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All seven members of the Columbia City Council serve three-year terms and volunteer their time and efforts.

Voters in each of the city’s six wards elect one council member each, and the mayor is elected by voters citywide to serve as an at-large council representative with no more real power than any other member.

Missouri braces for another tough test

When it came down to either Missouri or Kansas State, Tiffany Brooks went to Kansas State because she thought that is where she wanted to be.

Brooks, a 5-foot-11 forward from Leavenworth, Kan., drew interest from several schools when she was deciding on a college. Brooks, a 2002 Street & Smith’s All-American honorable mention, said her decision came down to Missouri or Kansas State.

Rock Bridge defense makes big difference

Rock Bridge and Helias had a difficult time shooting inside the 3-point arc Friday night.

Despite poor shooting from both teams, the Bruins defeated the Crusaders 38-36 in the final game of the regular season.

Dynamic Direction

Twenty-nine-year-old Stefan Freund snaps his fingers as 38 pairs of eyes follow intently for their cue. “Short, long. Short, short — long,” Freund sings, raising the baton. After a few more stanzas, the Columbia Civic Orchestra is done with Czech composer Antonin Dvorzak’s “New World Symphony.”

“All right, we kind of got through it. We’ll run through it again the coming two weeks,” Freund says before turning to Igor Stravinski’s “Suite No. 2.” Freund snaps his fingers or whistles the melody at times; his expressive mouth and eyebrows sets the mood for the piece.

Cantwell’s mark best since 2000

Saturday was supposed to be a quiet day off for former Missouri Tiger Christian Cantwell before heading to the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships next weekend.

It was anything but.

Holy Hoops

As a voice on the loudspeaker boomed their names, 10 boys clad in identical royal blue T-shirts and bright orange jerseys charged through a silver tunnel made of wire and paper that stretched out in front of them.

They leapt over a cloud of gray smoke that billowed in wisps at the tunnel’s exit and then darted onto a basketball court surrounded by their cheering families.

The Family Flock

Gerri Moore is a little sick of having lambs all over her kitchen floor.

“At first they’re kind of cute, but after you get four or five in here, it gets a little old,” she says. She raises her voice slightly to be heard over the bleating practically underfoot.