Called to Duty

After today, Grant Elementary School will be one staff member short.

Calvin Miles, home/school communicator at the school, has been called to duty and will head to Fort Leonard Wood for military police training Sunday. After that, he’ll be deployed to Germany, but Miles doesn’t know where he’ll end up or how long he’ll be gone.

Guardsmen from Hallsville being deployed

For one family in Hallsville, the war in Iraq could soon become a father-daughter affair.

Hallsville’s 23-year-old Roberta Howell, a member of the 1139th National Guard unit based in Moberly, is serving as a military police officer in Baghdad. Her 56-year-old father, Tom Howell, is preparing to report for duty Sunday as part of the 128th National Guard reserves in Columbia.

Fate of gun law rests on wording

It’s a matter of interpretation.

The fate of concealed guns in Missouri might come down to the meaning of one word.

Missouri gains funds to fight meth

In a sign that Missouri’s growing methamphetamine problem is an issue of national concern, the federal government has awarded more than $3 million in grants to state law enforcement agencies to fight production of the drug.

The money will be divided among 60 sheriff’s departments and drug task forces across the state and used primarily to purchase equipment and to pay existing personnel for additional hours spent fighting meth production.

Shots fired in Cosmo Park; none injured

No one was injured amid gunfire Monday afternoon at Cosmopolitan Park, but police have arrested two and issued summons for several more.

On Tuesday, Columbia Police arrested Charles Julian Ayers, 17, of Columbia while he was in class at 10:35 a.m. at Rock Bridge High School. He was arrested on suspicion of armed criminal action and first-degree assault.

Nash dances from critics

When Damien Nash reached the end zone after dancing his way through the Colorado defense for a 48-yard touchdown reception Saturday, he breathed a sigh of relief.

“It felt good,” Nash said. “It felt like me back again. I just felt like myself again. It felt really good.”

Monument honors former MU chancellor

In the early 1980s, Barbara Uehling pushed for MU’s first master plan for campus beautification.

The former chancellor reigned during $135 million in projects that gave the university its good looks.

University Hospital considers new ambulance

Because of long response times and a growing population in southern Boone County, ambulance officials at University Hospital want to add an emergency ambulance to cover the region.

University Hospital ambulance coordinator Jim Gwinner has submitted a plan to hospital administrators to put the Medic 22 ambulance into emergency service, probably near Ashland.

A man of principle

Kids don’t come to Principal Bruce Brotzman’s office out of fear. They usually show up at the Rock Bridge administrator’s door because they want advice or direction.

Brotzman, 44, is known for his energy. Good thing, because he plays two roles at school: principal and dad.

Man, 35, arrested in house fires

Melvin L. Davis, 35, whom police suspect set fire to two Columbia residences on July 10, was arrested Tuesday in Palmdale, Calif., Columbia police said. His location was provided by a CrimeStoppers caller.

Police in Columbia coordinated with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for the arrest. Davis is charged with first-degree arson, first-degree burglary, and second-degree arson.

Ford nearly perfect in Cougars’ victory

Tuesday night’s American Midwest Conference quarterfinal featured possibly the most nerve-racking 29-point game in the history of college volleyball.

Late in the second game of Columbia College’s 30-10, 30-1, 30-2 victory against Harris-Stowe at Southwell Arena, Cougars outside hitter Tracie Ford stood behind the service line, the same spot she had been since the game’s first serve. Ford had served all of Columbia College’s 29 points, and with one more she would have a perfect game.

Leadership key for Tigers

Eager for the comfort of game time, the Missouri men’s basketball team got its first taste of competition Monday night. The Tigers left feeling anything but satisfied.

After touting the Tigers’ newfound depth throughout the preseason, Missouri coach Quin Snyder said this year’s team wouldn’t face the same leadership questions it has in years past.

Piecing It All Together

Men’s fall fashions have been all over the runways of New York, Paris and Milan and are now making their appearance on the Columbia fashion scene, adapted to a mid-Missouri lifestyle. The styles appearing in New York fashion houses include velvet and mod suits a la Austin Powers in ’70s-inspired colors such as mustard and olive green, and slim tuxedos, which feature tailored, black pants with a slender satin stripe down each side. Although many of the latest looks will be available in Columbia, do not expect to see these particular fashions in local stores.

Keith Caldwell, manager and buyer of men’s fashions at Puckett’s Menswear reminds the trendsetters and fashionistas of Columbia, “Keep in mind this is Columbia, Missouri. When it comes to finding something like that in mid-Missouri, it is going to be hard.”

Rushing success

Whether running through plays in practice on a rainy Tuesday afternoon or running through opposing defenses on Friday nights, Hickman running back Brandon Kendrick never takes a down off.

On Saturday, Kendrick and Hickman (7-3) will travel to O’Fallon to play the Fort Zumwalt West Jaguars (4-6) in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs at 1:30 p.m.

Healthy Tigers roll into NCAAs

First, Missouri had to get healthy. Then it could get down to business.

The women’s soccer team stunned the Big 12 Conference at the league tournament last weekend, becoming the first eighth seed to advance to the championship game, where it lost to Oklahoma State 3-2 in double overtime in San Antonio.

Fashioning the past

The newest styles on the runway today are a reflection of the past, so knowing what was in style centuries ago could help update closets for years to come. And Laurel Wilson is the person to ask about past fashions.

Wilson, a professor in the department of textile and apparel management, is the curator of MU’s Historic Textile and Costume Collection, established in 1967 by Carolyn Wingo to assist the department of clothing and textiles. Today, the collection continues to be an important part of the department.

6-5 Noll grows into her game

Size is critical to a volleyball team’s success.

Lindsey Noll, 6 feet 5, fills that role for Missouri. Noll is the tallest player in team history.

A family affair

Running a restaurant can be a hard job. There is staff to manage, a building to maintain, food to prepare and customers to please. It can be a difficult task to take on by one’s self. However, picking a business partner can also be a challenge. For brothers Pano and Alex Terzopoulos, taking over G&D Pizza & Steak together seemed like a logical choice. Their uncle George Terzopoulos originally opened the restaurant at 2010 W. Broadway in 1977. He had also opened G&D Steakhouse at 2001 W. Worley St. in 1971.

“The best part about working with my brother and other members of our family is that I can count on them. We have the same work ethic and the same values. Everyone is working for a common good, and we all want to do things the right way,” co-owner Pano Terzopoulos said.

Yearning for yarn

Retailers in Columbia have tapped into the increasing demand for knitting supplies by opening two new shops. Stitches at 2529 Bernadette Drive opened Oct. 1, and Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe, 1414 Rangeline, Suite H lower level, will open Nov. 17. Both shops sell specialty yarns, needles, patterns and instruction booklets.

Sherry Jacquin, owner of Stitches, said community response to the new store has been positive.