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Betty White didn’t know what she was getting into 30 years ago, marrying a fiddler.

A few weeks after they were married, she went to the bathroom to find her husband locked inside, refusing to come out. She grew alarmed.

Selling off realty can be a fiasco

My husband and I decided that it is time to sell our lake house. With three levels and five bedrooms it was the perfect place for our children and their children to visit. But now that most of the grandkids are in school, they’re far too busy to spend time at the lake away from their friends and activities.

Putting a house on the market is a pain in the neck. First we had to fill out a six-page disclosure that I didn’t have a clue as how to answer some of the questions.

Tigers’ tournament hopes slim

DALLAS – The countdown to the culmination of the college basketball regular season, Selection Sunday, will certainly be an agonizing one for Missouri.

With their season complete, the Tigers have left their fate and NCAA Tournament hopes in the hands of the NCAA selection committee. The Tigers’ chances to join the 34 at-large bids appear bleak after an embarrassing 94-69 loss to Kansas in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference Tournament on Friday in the American Airlines Center.

Philips plan assessed before final vote

The Columbia City Council will have its final vote Monday on Elvin Sapp’s proposal to develop the 489-acre Philips farm just southeast of the city limits. Sapp wants to annex and zone the land to allow for more than 750 homes and a mix of office buildings and shops, which, if built according to current plans, would be one of the largest developments in Boone County history.

Sapp’s spokespeople have repeatedly said he will pull the project if the council doesn’t approve it Monday.

Limbo Queen

About halfway through any given skating session at Empire Roller Rink, the first eight beats of the Limbo Rock snap the attention of dozens of children and even some adults. They stop what they’re doing and rush to the skate floor to claim their spots in line.

Once in line, the competition becomes intense as participants try their best to get as low as they can on skates to maneuver under the bar. This limbo differs from the on-foot style in that contestants don’t have to bend backwards. Instead, they bend forward over their legs, sometimes in positions similar to doing the splits, to get under the bar. The goal is still to be the lowest and to become that session’s limbo champ.

Graham resigns from committee

JEFFERSON CITY — Columbia lost a vote on Missouri’s House Budget Committee when Rep. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, resigned from the committee Wednesday.

Graham’s resignation from the committee, which determines the House’s budget proposals, came just before the committee votes on its budget for next year.

Dream Job has Hall scrambling

Saying Mike Hall is having a great time would be an understatement. Saying Hall’s life has become hectic would be a greater one.

Hall, who has made it to the final eight on ESPN’s reality series Dream Job, finds himself caught up in a whirlwind that deposits him in Columbia one day, in Florida the next and in New York for the weekend.

Lancers too tough

Senior goalie Kendall Gessling might have been wondering whether someone had painted a target on his chest. The shots kept coming.

The Hickman lacrosse team lost to Lafayette 11-5 on Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park.

Rested Tigers earn second Big 12 victory

All the Missouri tennis team needed was rest and relaxation.

Tigers coach Blake Starkey gave his team three days off last week. After its loss to Iowa, four Tigers had injuries.

Hopefuls’ opinions debated in forum

Incumbent Mayor Darwin Hindman and challengers John G. Clark and Arch Brooks sounded off against each other Friday at the Boone County Muleskinners meeting. Issues that will play a large role in the upcoming election, based on the Democratic club’s forum at Stephens College, are police-community relations, city growth, the Philips tract and unemployment. Each candidate had a chance to critique or praise city government and to share their opinions on each issue and ideas for future change.

Asked what the “biggest challenge” facing city government is now, each candidate had a different response.

Healing through prayer

Every Sunday morning, in the sun-filled foyer of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Columbia, visitors and church members are warmly welcomed by both a smiling usher and an inspirational message from the religion’s founder, Mary Baker Eddy, in bold block letters on the front wall: “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.”

The congregation is small — about 30 to 50 people attend services at the church’s chocolate-colored building on Broadway — which might make it easier for members to develop loving and familial relationships with each other, churchgoers said.

Bad ending

St. Joseph’s Academy remembered; it didn’t need Hickman fans to remind them.

The Angels withstood the Kewpies’ rally and taunts of “remember the last game” to win the Class 5 championship game 56-44 on Saturday at Hearnes Center.

What’s next in the delegate process

As in other states, the results of Missouri’s Feb. 4 primary election are represented to the national Democratic Party by delegates, those who officially anoint the party’s presidential nominee at the Democratic National Convention in July. Missouri will send 88 delegates and 13 alternates to the convention, most of whom are bound to represent the state’s popular vote. The process is a lot like tryouts for a baseball team:

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Cougars defeat Spartans for title

ST. LOUIS — Bob Burchard, the Columbia College men’s basketball coach, has emphasized the strength of his team instead of touting individual greatness throughout the season.

Saturday’s American Midwest Conference Tournament final was a huge challenge to that notion.

Mayoral candidates’ fund-raising varies

Darwin Hindman isn’t taking the upcoming mayoral election lightly. He’s just spending lightly.

Hindman, who is opposed in the race by John G. Clark and Arch Brooks, raised only $800 through Feb. 21, according to a campaign finance report on file at the Boone County Clerk’s Office. Nearly half that amount came from a single contributor.

Tigers’ defense shines in first scrimmage

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel said he does not want to dwell on what his team is doing well.

Pinkel’s team had its first scrimmage of the spring Saturday morning at the Daniel J. Devine Pavilion, where the Tigers had a chance to show their progress since practices began March 4.

Hickman can’t solve defense

Two teams needed to get inside Saturday, but only one held the key.

The St. Joseph’s Academy Angels beat the Hickman Kewpies 56-44 in the Class 5 girls’ basketball title game at Hearnes Center.

Stars’ loss serves as learning experience

Westminster might be in the same division as Stephens, but the teams are not in the same league competitively.

The Stars’ inexperience showed Friday in a 9-0 loss in which Westminster was in complete control of every match.

Carbon monoxide deaths ‘accidental’

The deaths of the two Columbia women and a 10-year-old girl were classified as accidental Friday after police said they found no sign of foul play.

The Columbia Police Department issued a press release stating that Pelagia “Peggy” Cuellar’s car had been running inside her closed garage for “quite some time,” causing carbon monoxide to accumulate within the house and the garage, which was located under the residence.

Film fest returns to its roots

The Rural Route Film Festival, born in New York City, is the brainchild of former Columbia resident Mike Schmidt and his friend Alan Webber.

But the festival’s subject matter takes viewers a long way from the Big Apple: cattle auctions and oil wells, prescription drug abuse in Kentucky, Texas camel treks and a farmhouse in rural West Virginia that doubles as a “pay-as-you-go” dental clinic.