The ones left behind

When Jonathan Wilk’s college fund went dry, he joined the Army National Guard in January to help pay for his tuition to MU. He took a leave of absence from the university when he was transferred to the Wisconsin National Guard.

He moved back to Columbia in September and recently enrolled for next semester’s classes.

Now, instead of taking economics and statistics, the 19-year-old private second class might be going to war.

Defense bails out MU

For the second straight exhibition game, Missouri’s shots weren’t falling early, but for the second straight time it didn’t matter thanks to the defense.

Despite allowing the Asheville Altitude to score on seven of its first eight shots, the Tigers’ defense came to life and paved the way for a 74-60 win Tuesday night at Hearnes Center.

AmerenUE seeks bill increases

There is a $10.55 difference of opinion between state regulators and AmerenUE on how much to increase monthly bills for natural gas.

The utility wants to raise rates to increase the average gas bill by $16.26, but the staff of the state’s Public Service Commission recommends an increase that would make the average customer’s bill only $5.71 more each month.

City to hear housing plans

Affordable housing has been a contentious issue in Columbia. Earlier this year, the Missouri Housing Development Commission denied a loan to the Wyatt Lane Acres affordable housing project in northeast Columbia after nearby residents objected.

Two new proposals for affordable housing projects in Columbia, the subject of a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. today in the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center, have the unanimous support of the City Council.

Appeals court to hear local cases

Three judges from the Missouri Court of Appeals are in Columbia today to hear oral arguments in four cases that originated in Boone County.

Court clerk Terence Lord said the traveling docket is part of an effort by the court, which usually convenes in Kansas City, to educate the public on the appeals process. Lord said the judges also recognize that Kansas City is not always convenient for lawyers and petitioners from elsewhere in the state.

Suspect served time in prison

The man accused of killing MU student Charles Blondis had recently finished serving time in a Kansas prison and was on probation when he came to Columbia, according to Wyandotte County, Kan., court records.

Taron Crawford, 20, of Kansas City, Kan., pleaded guilty to two charges of automobile burglary on March 26 in a Kansas court. Crawford was sentenced in May to seven months in prison and 12 months probation, according to court records. He had already served 28 days before his sentencing.

Hutton says he’ll seek re-election to council

Columbia Third Ward Councilman Bob Hutton has taken the first step toward putting his name up for re-election on the April ballot.

Hutton filed a petition Monday with the city clerk to run again for City Council. The petition, which must contain at least 50 signatures from registered voters in his ward, will be forwarded to the Boone County clerk and should be verified in the next couple of days.

$90 million in car tax goes unpaid

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri drivers who avoid paying sales taxes on automobiles have driven down state revenue by $90 million, Revenue Director Carol Fisher said Monday. One proposed way to counter that funding leak has met with mixed reviews, Fisher said.

Some Missouri drivers have eluded sales taxes by stealing license plates from other drivers who have proper tags, Fisher said. Others drive with expired tags.

Bloc worries Missouri workers

For 16 years, Hiroko Roberts proudly sewed the top stitches in Stride Rite shoes. One of the top-paid workers in the Fulton factory, Roberts made $14.26 an hour in a job she enjoyed. But in 1995, the factory closed and Roberts was devastated.

Work on pedway to begin

Construction is set to begin on a $4 million pedestrian walkway across College Avenue that will connect MU’s Bingham Group residence halls to the Virginia Avenue housing and dining development.

A groundbreaking ceremony, hosted by MU Residential Life and Campus Dining Facilities, will be at 3 p.m. today, starting in the Bingham Connection Dining Facility. Official groundbreaking will happen across from the Schurz Hall entry drive.

Returners turning it on before MU drives

Marcus James and Shirdonya Mitchell don’t know who will break one first.

James and Mitchell, Missouri’s kick returners, have a preference on who will be the first Tiger this season to return a kick for a touchdown, though.

New evidence surfaces in kidnapping case

FULTON — A Bible school teacher and convicted pornographer suspected of killing a missing Skidmore man performed “gender nullification” procedures on other men and admitted in an online chat room to killing several men, according to an affidavit.

Godoi’s play, mouth talking

Juliana Godoi is loud.

“I am vocal,” Godoi said. “I am always talking to the girls, telling them they are doing good and what to do next.”

Offensive line sparks Kewpies

They might not elude defenders en route to the end zone. They might not intercept passes or throw touchdown passes.

They will, though, determine the success of the Hickman Kewpies in the playoffs.

Debut dud for Laurie

Spencer Laurie made his Missouri debut Tuesday in the Tigers’ exhibition win against the Asheville Altitude. It was a memorable evening for the Springfield, Mo., native, but not for all the right reasons.

Missouri coach Quin Snyder considered redshirting Laurie, a freshman point guard, but that became improbable when junior Randy Pulley was declared ineligible last week. Until his junior college transfer credits are resolved, Pulley is ineligible indefinitely. Pulling Laurie’s redshirt is an indication that the coaching staff might not expect Pulley back soon.

Far East Flavor

Asian foods share many similar influences and even some of the same ingredients, but different varieties have distinct tastes. The specific spices, vegetables and meats of each culture, as well as distinctive cooking techniques, make every type of Asian-influenced food unique.

A helping hand

Once a month, Gail and Eric Schultz spend their Sunday afternoon cooking, baking and packing up food to feed 15 to 25 people they have never met and will probably never even see.

The licensed nurse and her 18-year-old son make dinner once a month for the Ronald McDonald House, 101 E. Stadium Blvd., a charity that provides a home away from home for families of children who are receiving treatment at a nearby hospital.

Capturing the Moment

The look of happiness in the bride’s eyes as she walks down the aisle, the single tear glistening in the corner of her father’s eye as he gives her away, the bored yawn of the 4-year-old ring bearer as he stands beside the groomsmen during the ceremony and the loving smile of the groom as his bride says ‘I do.’ These tiny moments are what wedding photographer Lindell Thurman says make weddings so special.

“Getting married is a truly wonderful thing, but you’ll be surprised at how much you don’t remember. That’s what photography is: your memories. Memories of the things you did and also the things you missed out on because you can’t be everywhere at once,” Thurman said.