Varsity football coming to Ashland

Football fields need bleachers, goal posts, a press box, concession stands and scoreboards. And you can’t forget the lights for Friday night football. The must-have list for players includes uniforms, helmets, padding and training equipment.

The total cost of starting a football program can be upwards of $500,000, which is a pretty steep price for a school to pay.

Smithton Ridge neighbors unite

When residents north of West Broadway learned last summer about plans to build a connector road through their neighborhood to Interstate 70, they banded together to voice concerns about increased traffic, reduced property values and effects on wildlife.

Residents began meeting and presenting their views at Columbia City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission meetings in an effort to preserve the integrity of their neighborhood.

Offense fails Cougars

KANSAS CITY — Columbia College was one of the NAIA’s top defensive teams all season, but its offense went array in the national tournament without its leading scorer.

Oklahoma City beat the Cougars 81-48 on Thursday night in the first round of the NAIA Tournament in Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.

Pitching staff lifting Tigers’ expectations

The success of the Missouri baseball team this season is no surprise. It is how they are winning that few outside the team expected.

After returning seven position starters, including All-Big 12 Conference Second Team catcher Brad Flanders and All-Big 12 honorable mentions Cody Ehlers and Ryan Rallo, the offense seemed poised to carry the team. It has been the pitching, though, that has frustrated opponents.

Cassis knows what he’s talking about

Luke Cassis is not shy about criticizing his former teammates. In fact, he gets paid to do it.

Cassis, a former Missouri baseball player and student assistant coach, moved into the broadcasting booth this year, providing the color commentary for Tiger baseball radio broadcasts on KTGR 1580/AM in Columbia.

Three Cougars earn All-American honors

Columbia College forward Charliss Ridley was named to the NAIA All-American second team, and guards Lisa Kowalewski and Tiffany Foote were honorable mentions.

All three players are juniors and received All-American Scholar-Athlete honors.

GOP looks for new senate candidate

Local Republicans have until Tuesday to find a new candidate for the Missouri Senate, after Kat Cunningham announced that she is dropping out of the 19th District Senate race.

Cunningham said that unforeseen circumstances have forced her to devote her time to running her business, Moresource. The Columbia company handles administrative services for other businesses and was founded by Cunningham in 1994.

New Democrat in House race

Former MU political science professor Greg Casey will officially announce his candidacy for state representative at 10:30 a.m. today at Casey and Co., 1 E. Broadway.

Casey is running as a Democrat for the 24th District seat of the Missouri House of Representatives, now held by Chuck Graham. Graham, a Democrat, will lose the seat because of term limits and is running for state senator.

Cleanup Columbia asks for volunteers

The city is seeking more volunteers to register for the eighth annual Cleanup Columbia event before the April 2 deadline. Almost 900 people have already volunteered to pick up trash along the city’s streets and parks for the April 10 event.

Each participant will receive a T-shirt or water bottle and will be invited to a post-cleanup barbecue at Twin Lakes Recreation Area. To register, call the Office of Volunteer Services at 874-7499 or visit

Dispatches from the War on Fat

In case you haven’t noticed, we Americans are fat.

Really fat. In fact, earlier this month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that overeating is on pace to become the No. 1 cause of avoidable deaths in the United States next year, knocking tobacco use out of the top spot.

Tigers fall in first conference game

Ryan Rallo had a chance to be a hero Friday night for the Missouri baseball team. The Tigers trailed by two runs and Rallo faced a full count, with two outs and runners on first and third.