Investors fear worst with fund inquiries

Lately, Dean Gentry has spent a lot of time worrying about the portion of his retirement nest egg that is invested in mutual funds. The more he thinks about it, the angrier he gets.

“I’ve got as much of a stomach as the next guy for stock market losses,” said Gentry, a 67-year-old Columbia resident and retired manufacturing executive. “But I didn’t sign up for fraud.

Lost connection to younger generations

Some friends who moved to the country about 30 years ago were complaining last week about how complex country living had become. They admitted when they first moved outside the city limits they had bought into a rather idealized version of what rural life would be like. They visualized rich wooded areas, lush with animal and plant life and broad vistas of wide-open spaces where neighbors were few and far between.

And for a long time, it was much like they had envisioned, worth the cost of digging the well and stringing the electrical and telephone wires, maintaining their own road and supporting the organization of fire and ambulance districts. But little by little, progress bore down on them and threatened to overtake their way of life as developments began to spring up all around them. Before long, it was just like they were living back in the city, without the services.

Visit to the past

Sunday might have been Pearl Harbor Day, but tour guides at the Maplewood Home were more focused on the latest news: President William McKinley had just been re-elected.

Visitors to the home were taken back to the year 1900, courtesy of the Boone County Historical Society and Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department. The holiday tour-with-a-twist included actors in period costumes portraying real figures from the era.

As expected, Tigers head for Shreveport

It was the worst kept secret in Columbia.

Glen Krupica, executive director of the Independence Bowl, made official what many Missouri fans knew to be true for the past few weeks.

Destination: Shreveport

The speculation is over, rooms are available, and tickets are on sale.

For the first time since 1998, MU football fans can make travel plans to watch the Tigers play in the postseason. Ed Stewart, MU’s associate athletic director, announced Sunday that the Tigers will play Arkansas in the Independence Bowl at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 31 in Shreveport, La. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Kids’ call for better playground answered

Last month, West Boulevard Elementary School students Quanah and Rafael Leija-Elias got a lesson in civic participation.

Quanah, a fifth-grader, and Rafael, a first-grader, raised their voices at the Oct. 13 Columbia Board of Education meeting about the poor state of their school’s playground.

Affordable holiday gifts to be found at church

Members of the community will come together Saturday as the Retired Senior Volunteer Program helps people buy gifts for the holidays.

Santa’s Gift Shop allows low-income children and families to buy Christmas gifts that cost between 5 cents and $5. Additionally, volunteers will be on hand to provide shopping assistance and free gift-wrapping.

Luck credited for lack of shootings involving police

Although the more than 10-year stretch of no officer-involved shootings in the Columbia area came to an end in late October, local law enforcement officials cite tactics, technology and lots of luck for the area’s historically low number of shootings.

Capt. Dwayne Carey of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department credits the low number of officer-involved shootings to good tactics, verbal skills and a lot of luck.

Missouri vs. Arkansas appealing matchup

Missouri against Arkansas is like Romeo and Juliet according to Missouri coach Gary Pinkel.

“It’s like a perfect match,” Pinkel said.

Bowl Events, Tickets and Packages

Eight Big 12 bowl teams emerge from scramble

As soon as everything seemed to be falling into place, it all changed.

Kansas State’s 35-7 upset against then-No. 1 Oklahoma in the Big 12 Conference title game Saturday muddied the bowl picture, but the bowl bids are set at last and the Big 12 is well represented.

Paulding struggling to reach top form

The slashing, explosive Rickey Paulding that Missouri fans have grown accustomed to has been conspicuously absent in the past two games.

After scoring 21 points in the season opener Nov. 29 against Oakland, Paulding’s output has dropped to seven and eight points in the past two games. His scoring has dropped to 12 points per game from last season’s 17.4, and he committed as many turnovers (seven) as he scored points against Coppin State on Tuesday.

In Love and War

It’s just an old-fashioned love story. Boy meets girl. Girl likes boy. Boy challenges girl to a sword fight.

Robinson lifts Gold past Black

The question was not if Missouri would win, but which Missouri would win.

Alisha Robinson led the Gold to a 191.4-191.175 win in the Black and Gold intrasquad scrimmage Sunday at Hearnes Center.

Public trust major issue for MoDOT, officials say

JEFFERSON CITY — You’ve probably known someone like this: A person who loses a lot of weight but listens to critics or stares at the mirror and still thinks he or she is fat. The person might no longer have a weight problem but a perception problem. That’s a bit what it’s like these days to be a state transportation official.

The Missouri Department of Transportation — and the six-member commission that oversees it — have suffered from a chronic management problem manifest most obviously in a 15-year road plan adopted in 1992.