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Sheriff won’t issue new gun permits

Boone County gun owners will now have to go to Ashland or Hallsville if they want to apply for conceal-and-carry permits.

The sheriff’s department will not be accepting applications for conceal-and-carry permits, according to a department press release. The decision was made during a two-hour meeting Monday with Boone County Sheriff Ted Boehm, the county’s legal adviser and the Ashland and Hallsville police chiefs.

Radio giant buys seven area stations

Premier Marketing Group announced Monday that it is selling its seven local radio stations to Atlanta-based Cumulus Media Inc. in a deal worth $38.75 million.

Pending approval by the Federal Communications Commission, Cumulus, the second largest U.S. radio broadcasting company, will take ownership of KFRU-AM, KBXR-FM, KOQL-FM, KPLA-FM, KBBM-FM, KLIK-AM and KJMO-FM by the end of the year. Cumulus will begin operating the stations immediately under a local marketing agreement with Premier.

Philips opponents fault City Council

Opponents of the Philips development fear the Columbia City Council has spent far too much time doing public business — in private.

At its meeting Monday night, as the council adopted a series of amendments to developer Elvin Sapp’s plans for the 489 acres in southeast Columbia, the public got its first chance to voice its opinions on the changes. Sapp wants the council to annex and zone the land to allow for nearly 2 million square feet of homes, businesses and office buildings.

Arena whistles while they work

Jim Henley has worked in construction for 25 years and says he’s never heard anything like it.

The construction project manager for MU came to work Monday morning on the new MU basketball arena prepared for the usual sounds of gravel crunching under tire wheels and the roar of truck engines. He never expected an industrial symphony.

Ticket trouble

When a family emergency kept MU senior Nick Ziegler commuting between Columbia and his hometown of Kansas City last month, the last thing on his mind was the coming MU men’s basketball game against Kansas.

After his family issues were resolved, Ziegler returned to Columbia on Feb. 20 and went to the Hearnes Center to pick up a ticket to the KU game as part of the All Sports Pass he bought at the beginning of the school year. But Ziegler’s student ticket, along with 2,099 others, had been sold to the general public.

Funds aid nutrition program

MU’s Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program has received the largest grant in its 10-year history from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service.

The grant, which is contingent upon matching funds from MU, will give the program $5.8 million this year and can be renewed for an additional four years.

Spring teams get seasons under way

After losing four of its top seven starters last year, the Rock Bridge tennis team will have an uncertain roster heading into its final season in the North Central Missouri Conference because the Bruins will become independent next season.

Although most of the starters will be determined after intrasquad match play in practice this month, coach Ben Loeb is confident that senior Jon-Eric Meyer will lead his singles team.

Price of finale tickets is dear

Greg Winscott, who works in the ticket office at the Hearnes Center, has been doing his share of apologizing lately.

The calls keep coming from fans in search of the hottest ticket in town: the last men’s basketball game in the Hearnes Center on Sunday against the Kansas Jayhawks.

Inside Job

Abercrombie & Fitch’s shrink rate, or level of lost inventory, is usually below three. A few years ago, one store’s rate mysteriously sky-rocketed to 12.

Was it customer shoplifting? A clerical error?

Split Decision

Throughout the 32-year history of Hearnes Center, two teams have visited Columbia and gone on to win the national championship.

During the regular season, few expected either team to be among the nation’s best, but both put it together during a strong March.

Inside Sports shields athletic practice from non-suitable weather

Negative temperatures in the winter and heat waves in the summer can cause dedicated athletes to seek an indoor sports facility to train year-round.

Inside Sports provides just that, offering an indoor training and a practice facility that includes clinics and instructional opportunities with professional athletes. While the center emphasizes baseball and softball services, it also has instructors on hand for a variety of other sports.

Trout season opens

MU student Andrew Hippert still recalls the first time he went fishing for trout.

"I remember when I was about three years old, and I went with my grandfather to fish for my first time at Tilles Park in Brentwood," said Hippert, a parks, recreation and tourism major.

Cougars eye NAIA tournament bid

On paper, the American Midwest Conference women’s basketball tournament looks like a two-team race.

Columbia College (24-7, 14-0 AMC) and McKendree (Ill.) are the only teams with winning conference records. The Cougars’ 79-75 win at McKendree on Feb. 3 was their lone AMC victory decided by single digits.

Practice focuses Tigers

Effort in practice never presented a problem.

Through 19 games, though, Missouri’s work in practice erratically appeared in the subsequent game. The team’s confidence wavered as it dropped below .500.

Big 12 teams like postseason chances

To reach the NCAA Tournament, Big 12 Conference teams have needed at least nine conference wins.

Because of the Big 12’s increasing parity, this seven-year old pattern might change, and teams with an 8-8 Big 12 record might not have their bubbles burst.

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