Small towns, big plans

Sturgeon has one restaurant. One main street. One gas station.

The population is 944, according to the sign posted on the road into town. It might be a little more than that, Mayor Gene Kelly said, but it usually hovers around 950.

Domestic violence response disparate

Domestic violence touches every corner of Missouri, but the way it is handled by varies from county to county, a new MU study reports.

The researchers — Mary Beck, an MU law professor, and Kent Collins, a broadcast journalism professor — examined 911 reports, law enforcement records and civil protective orders for four Missouri counties: Boone, Callaway, Cape Girardeau and Cooper. According to the results of the study, Boone and Cape Girardeau most aggressively prosecute domestic abusers, while Callaway and Cooper counties appear less responsive.

Big men bolster Tigers

The big players came up large for Missouri this time around.

A strong inside game helped No. 10 Missouri beat UNC-Greensboro 106-98 on Sunday at Hearnes Center. Center Arthur Johnson and forwards Travon Bryant and Linas Kleiza combined for 53 points in the victory.

Conley, Pulley don’t disappoint

Jason Conley started his Missouri career in impressive fashion.

With 14:06 left in the first half of Missouri’s 106-98 win against UNC-Greensboro, fans welcomed Conley’s first appearance as a Tiger with a standing ovation. Although he received the warm greeting before he had touched the court, Conley didn’t disappoint the 11,552 in attendance Sunday afternoon at Hearnes Center.

Bowl lets redshirts prepare for future

Every Missouri football player has one thing on his mind, preparing for a bowl game.

Most are getting ready for the Independence Bowl, but the Tigers’ freshmen and redshirt players are aiming for a trip to a bowl next season, too. Because of the Tigers’ trip to Shreveport this season, the young players are getting a head start on next season.

Rams streak past Bengals at home

ST. LOUIS — There is a homey feeling surrounding the St. Louis Rams recently, and it has little to do with the approaching holiday.

The Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals 27-10 on Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome to secure a first-round bye for St. Louis (12-3) in the playoffs.

Past MU star helps Cincinnati improve

ST. LOUIS — Justin Smith is finally getting a taste of success again. Smith, a former Missouri defensive standout and Cincinnati’s starting right defensive end, endured plenty of losing in his first two years in the NFL.

After being selected as the fourth overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, Smith and the Bengals struggled to a 6-10 record in 2001 and went 2-14 last year. Coupled with losing seasons in each of his last two years at Missouri, the Bengals hunt to make the AFC playoffs this season has been a bright spot for Smith.

Tigers pull through in second half

It was the first time a Big 12 Conference team had played in Evansville, Ind., and the Purple Aces wanted Missouri to remember the experience.

The Missouri women’s basketball team defeated Evansville 78-72 on Sunday at Roberts Stadium in a game that was close throughout with eight ties and 11 lead changes.

Tigers’ defense not up to speed

Since the start of the season, Missouri coach Quin Snyder has said his team’s identity is its defense. The Tigers seem to be having an identity crisis, though, and it almost caught up with them Sunday as they outdid UNC-Greensboro 106-98.

Snyder said his team can’t afford an offensive race with every team. If the Tigers want to keep winning, Snyder said his team’s method has to change.

It’s déjà vu time again for budget planners

JEFFERSON CITY — Preparing a household budget can be a tough, time-consuming task. How much can you afford to spend on entertainment each month? How much do you have to spend on home and car payments, electricity and such?

Now imagine that you aren’t sure how much money you will have monthly. Suppose you expect to earn $4,000 a month but your spouse budgets for a $3,000 income.

Sharing time and wish lists with Santa

Care Bears, Barbies, American Girl dolls, and computer and video games are some of the must-haves this holiday season.

So if children need, want, gotta have these things, how do they tell their wishes to the man who brings them from the North Pole?

Learning lessons makes life better

I fooled my friends a couple of weeks ago. A young relative volunteered to rearrange my home office so that I would have more writing space. My friends, of course, were taking bets that I couldn’t leave home and let the young woman “do her thing.” They insisted that I would interfere and start giving orders about where I wanted things placed. Actually, I went into the kitchen, sat down and had a cup of coffee while she ordered her crew to start rearranging desks and bookcases. Later, I calmly disappeared into the bathroom, took a bath, got dressed and left for an appointment.

When I returned, I marveled over the transformation a lot like they do on those television room-makeover shows. She did a beautiful job, and I had not one thing to complain about. Was I hit by a bolt of lightning or run down by an 18-wheeler?