State Farm to transfer 300 jobs to Columbia

After almost a year of speculation about the future of State Farm Insurance Company in Columbia, the company announced Wednesday the transfer of roughly 300 jobs to Columbia from its Monroe, La., facility.

MO-MENTUM: Sen. John Kerry racks up wins in five states

John Kerry dominated Boone County in Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary without investing in an extensive campaign here. His victory showed decisive strength in what has been called a county of maverick voters when compared with the rest of the state.

With nearly all results totaled late Tuesday, Kerry led all candidates in Boone County with 44.4 percent of the vote. He declared victory in Missouri less than three hours after polls closed, finishing with more than half the vote statewide.

Surprise move costs Bruins

Nick Fuchs didn’t expect to wrestle, but his match decided the outcome.

Fuchs, of Rock Bridge, expected a bye at heavyweight, but in a last-second move, Smith-Cotton coach Chad Hopkins moved Jimmy Brown from 215 to heavyweight.

Mayoral hopeful wants more wards

When John Clark moved to Columbia in 1968, he was one of its approximately 50,000 residents. The crowd has grown significantly, but Clark hasn’t gotten lost in it. He’s more recognizable now than ever.

Clark, 61, is a candidate in Columbia’s mayoral election. He talks a lot about how Columbia has grown and how he feels it will grow. His written platform, released Sunday, places expansion issues at the forefront of his campaign. Clark doesn’t seem totally satisfied with the way Columbia has developed since his arrival.

Delayed permits granted to sites

Lax city oversight prompted the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to hold up land-disturbance permits for 23 construction projects in the Hinkson Creek watershed.

The DNR on Tuesday, however, granted permits to 16 of those 23 projects, including a Wal-Mart Supercenter in south Columbia, that had been on hold because the state feared they could further pollute Hinkson Creek. Five other projects, including a Bass Pro Shop planned for Vandiver Drive and a new student commons for Columbia College, remained on hold.

Defense carries Kewpies

It took a while for the Smith-Cotton Tigers to score Tuesday night.

Once they scored they found themselves too far behind to catch Hickman, which defeated the Tigers 66-38 at Hickman.

Shooting troubles plaguing Missouri

Kansas coach Bill Self offered a simple, yet thoughtful suggestion Monday night that could lead to many victories this season.

“There are going to be nights when we don’t shoot the ball well,” Self said. “In those games, we have to play great defensively.”

Louisiana tries to woo State Farm centers

State officials in Louisiana have offered State Farm Insurance a $33 million incentive package that they hope will bring the company’s newly consolidated operations centers to Monroe, La.

State Farm plans to announce the results of an internal review of its three Central Zone operations centers in the next few weeks. The results could affect the company’s Columbia operations center, which employs about 785 people.

Ex-drug investigator: Legalize it

A former undercover narcotics agent thinks U.S. authorities aren’t using the right tactics to fight the war on drugs.

“This is not a war on drugs — it’s a war on people,” said Jack Cole, who spent 26 years with the New Jersey State Police and 12 years as an undercover officer. He calls the law enforcement effort a “dismal failure” and is spreading that message across the country.

Sturgeon man dies in silo accident

A Sturgeon man died Tuesday in a silo accident on Route Y in southern Audrain County.

The Boone County Fire Protection District responded to a 911 call and found Robert Pollard trapped in machinery inside the silo. Assistant Fire Chief Ken Hines said that Pollard, who was hanging about 40 feet off the ground, was removed from the silo by an aerial ladder device. He had no pulse and was not breathing, Hines said. The Columbia Fire Department was also dispatched to assist with Pollard’s extrication.

Temple finds his sanctuary on field

KANSAS CITY — Tony Temple’s perfect world isn’t hard to find.

Instead of all of the interviews, photo shoots and unrealistic expectations, Temple pictures a football field. The field is his escape, 100 yards of green solitude with freshly painted white lines.

Saved dogs given second leash on life

The family of a woman who died in an accidental house fire last week has released the 57 dogs she owned to the custody of the Central Missouri Humane Society.

Humane society workers, assisted by Boone County Animal Control and the Boone County Fire Department, moved and transported the animals, which had been found in an outdoor kennel with no water and little food. Elouise Sipe died Thursday in a flue fire that caused more than $100,000 damage to her house at 5660 Liddell Lane.

Hulshof joins cause of soldier, Iraqi dog

It’s not every day that a U.S. congressman’s schedule includes helping get a puppy out of Iraq, but that’s what Kenny Hulshof is offering to do.

The puppy, a black-and-white mutt named Niki, belongs to Army Pfc. Jeremiah Smith. Stationed in Baghdad, Smith and his company befriended Niki when she was found starving at the gate to their base.

Cougars gain first with win

The Columbia College women’s basketball team defeated No. 18 McKendree College 79-75 on Tuesday night in Lebanon, Ill., in an American Midwest Conference game. The Cougars took over first place in the AMC.

Sigma Kappa to close May 17

More than three decades after its initiation to MU, the Epsilon Mu chapter of the Sigma Kappa sorority will close its doors in May.

With the permission of the national council of Sigma Kappa, Epsilon Mu will continue to function as a chapter until May 17. At that time, it will close and members will be granted alumnae status, according to a press release from Sigma Kappa national headquarters.

A chicken champion

The gray mallard, an Easter present from Grandma, stood in his cage watching spectators walk past in the poultry barn at the Missouri State Fair. A pink banner with the words “Missouri State Fair 2000 Reserve Champion” hung from the cage. Light glinted off ribbons from the American Poultry Association.

Jody Bryson has been showing chickens and other animals for years, but that show was Jody’s most memorable triumph. Receiving the Reserve Champion award, just one step away from Grand Champion, was an exciting surprise.

New grocer in town

When Melody White heard about a new grocery store coming to Ashland, she decided to take advantage of a job opportunity closer to home. She left her job at Sam’s Club — and the drive to Columbia — to work as a cashier and in customer service at Moser’s Discount Foods.

White, 51, started working at the store a few weeks before its Jan. 8 opening, helping to stock shelves and get everything ready for the public.