War protest marches on

Samantha Winkler’s voice broke and her blue eyes teared as she summoned the courage to read the speech she had prepared earlier in the morning to a silent crowd of several hundred people gathered in Courthouse Square to observe the one-year anniversary of the U.S. war in Iraq.

Winkler, 18, a senior at Hickman High School, used the occasion to remember her cousin, Sam Cox, of Kansas City, who died eight months ago in Iraq in what the government called a helicopter accident.

Interest in enlisting dips

It wasn’t difficult for Sgt. Brian Boss to recruit for the Missouri National Guard — until the first bombs fell on Baghdad last March.

He first noticed a change during his monthly visits to Columbia high schools, where he would set up a display table in the lunchroom to attract new recruits.

Two sports, two titles and one proud small town

The Centralia Panthers brought home their second Class 3A state championship trophy of the school year on Friday, becoming only the fourth team in Missouri to capture state championship titles in football and basketball in the same school year.

The Panthers not only made history, they made a small town beam with pride.

New Sunday Missourian

Dear Reader:

Roy Robinson woke me from my arrogance last week.

I saw Roy at church. The Downtown Optimists will bring a Russian delegation of medical clinic managers to Columbia later this spring, and Roy wanted me to know about it. I was quick to dismiss – after all, I figured, Columbia probably hosts international visitors every week. I was wrong.

Owner sued over climbing death at game

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in the case of a climbing wall accident last July.

David Moen, representing Kathleen Schmitz, and Thomas Riley, representing Craig Ewing, filed the lawsuit Friday afternoon in the Boone County Circuit Court.

Beyond backyard burgers

Jena Bricker is one lucky woman.

  Her boyfriend, Ben Randolph, is one of five finalists picked from thousands of entrants in a nationwide contest to find America’s best amateur griller.

Hallsville sees no rush on gun permits

Hallsville Police Chief Pete Herring printed almost 2,000 conceal-and-carry gun applications, but there was little or no waiting on Saturday, the second day people could apply at the police department for the permits.

Only 13 applicants forked over the $100 fee and submitted to fingerprints and background checks Saturday.”There is no big and wild rush,” Herring said.

The age of high-tech headaches

I love all the techno-toys that the 21st century has to offer. That is, until something goes wrong, then I pine for the good old days. I’ve learned the hard way (it took more than once) to save my copy when writing an article so I don’t lose it if the computer crashes.

And I know that my cell phone needs to be recharged if I don’t want it to go dead in the middle of a conversation. But it’s the things I have no control over that really bug me.

Emilie’s organ

Emilie Dye’s new organ wouldn’t play.

Her new 29-year-old organ plucked from a classified ad for an estate liquidation, whose previous owner dropped the price when he found out that it would be entrusted to 10-year-old Emilie, wouldn’t play.

So close

ST. LOUIS — Ben Askren fought back the tears after his loss Saturday to Oklahoma State’s Chris Pendleton in the finals of the 2004 NCAA Championships.

Missouri’s redshirt freshman finished second after losing 11-4 to Pendleton at 174 on Saturday at Savvis Center. Askren had defeated Pendleton at the Big 12 Conference Championships.

Cardinal too much for Tigers

TEMPE, Ariz. – A glimmer of hope wasn’t enough to keep Missouri around for a second day of play.

An early departure probably isn’t what No. 11 seed Missouri women’s basketball team wanted, but No. 6 seed Stanford didn’t give the Tigers much choice, winning 68-44 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday in Wells Fargo Arena.

Offense fades, sinks Missouri

TEMPE, Ariz. — Missouri picked a bad night to have its worst offensive performance of the season.

The Tigers’ offense sputtered at the end of the first half and then completely stalled in the second, allowing Stanford to run away with a 68-44 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday.

MU’s new home: Paige Sports Arena

With its court named, Missouri’s new basketball complex received a title Friday: Paige Sports Arena.

Bill and Nancy Laurie, who donated $25 million toward the arena’s construction, the largest amount given to the Missouri athletic department, received naming rights as a stipulation of their gift.

Despite woes, Tigers roll by Chicago State

The score was one of the few things that went right for the Missouri baseball team Saturday.

The Tigers defeated Chicago State 8-1 at Taylor Stadium in a game that included numerous base running miscues, confusion about the rules and a powerful wind that made judging fly balls a challenge.

Centralia two-sport champion

Adam Hinspeter thought winning the Class 2 football championship this season was sweet.

Centralia won its first state basketball title Friday, beating Maryville 41-32 in the Class 3 final.

Cougars’ win streak, season end with loss

JACKSON, Tenn. — It was a season of firsts for the Columbia College women’s basketball team. Unfortunately for the Cougars, that didn’t include their first national title.

Houston Baptist beat the Cougars 79-66 in the second round of the NAIA Championship Tournament on Friday at Oman Arena to snap the Cougars’ 20-game winning streak. On Thursday, the Cougars beat Wayland Baptist (Texas) 71-57 in the first round.

Tigers third at Big 12 meet

DES MOINES, Iowa – Missouri beat Oklahoma during the regular season, but not at the Big 12 Conference Championship.

Oklahoma won the title Saturday with 196.95 points, defeating Iowa State (196.925), Missouri (196.425), and Nebraska (196.175) at Drake’s Knapp Center.

Trinity Lutheran School receives endowment

Trinity Lutheran School in Jefferson City will receive a $500,000 endowment, Principal Ken Hartman announced Friday.

Robert Barrett Laury of Jefferson City gave the money to create the Martha Katelyn Aull Endowment Fund in his sister's name. Aull is a seventh-grader at Trinity.