Rise in Boone County population continues

According to the latest Missouri population data, Boone County continues to be a popular place to live — but not nearly as popular as the counties surrounding Missouri’s larger cities.

The data released by the Missouri Office of Administration on Thursday reflect that the county recently has been growing at a slightly lower rate than it did from 1990 to 2000.

History drives passion

Hartsburg Mayor Nancy Grant and her husband, Mike Rodemeyer, spent three weeks retracing the route of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, but their adventure wasn’t just for pleasure.

The couple’s attention to re-enactments and historical details at interpretive centers is being put to use as they plan a festival in Hartsburg to celebrate the area’s first of a series of bicentennial celebrations to commemorate the explorers’ trip up the Missouri River.

ESPN winner back at school

Mike Hall sits on the futon in his room, munching on day-old popcorn and sipping a Dr. Pepper. Despite the whirlwind his life has become, Hall is calm and collected, but that’s no surprise. It’s Hall’s coolness under pressure that has gotten him where he is.

During his triumph on ESPN’s “Dream Job,” Hall held up when the teleprompter went out and he had to ad lib his lead-in to a Yankees-Red Sox highlight. He didn’t flinch when breaking news came in the middle of his interview with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. When viewers voted to make him the show’s first cut, he didn’t break down. He made sure he didn’t get another vote. Ever.

A winning combination

Matt Dresner and Justin Winner couldn’t get it done alone, but as a team they prevailed.

They lost close singles matches for Rock Bridge against Hickman on Thursday at Bethel Park but won their doubles match in a tie-breaker.

Bruins’ Plourde resigns as coach

Bob Plourde always did what he thought was best for his team and this was no different.

Plourde announced his resignation as girls’ basketball coach at Rock Bridge on Thursday.

Columbians to help with city cleaning

For Amy Gundy, volunteerism runs in the family. And that’s part of the reason a record number of groups have signed up for Cleanup Columbia 2004.

The annual event is set for Saturday as part of a city-sponsored effort to encourage volunteerism and keep the city litter-free.

A lesson in dedication

Michele Sterrett used the words “inquisitive, passionate and vibrant” to describe herself when interviewed as a finalist for an award from the Missouri State Teachers Association

People around Sterrett, a language arts teacher at Lange Middle School in Columbia, would add “devoted” to the list. That quality is a main reason she was chosen as an Outstanding Teacher of the Year from the association’s northeast region, one of the judges said.

Tiger wants 2nd qualifying mark

It’s one mark down and one to go for Serena Ramsey.

Ramsey, a sophomore distance runner for Missouri, will try to qualify for the NCAA Mideast Regional in the 5,000-meter run at the Tom Botts Invitational and Heptathlon today and Saturday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

Senate passes malpractice reform bill

JEFFERSON CITY — After breaking a contentious, 16-hour debate Thursday, senators passed legislation that supporters say will help lower doctors’ malpractice insurance premiums.

The legislation, which passed 24-8, would create new restrictions for many types of lawsuits, including putting new caps on jury awards in medical malpractice cases. Insurance companies claim high awards are the cause of doctors’ fast-rising premiums, although opponents of caps say they have not been proven to lower insurance costs.

Hosting camps is tradition for Jones

Mike Jones excels at turning potentially negative situations into opportunities.

After playing at Missouri from 1987-1991, Jones signed with the Los Angeles Raiders. He was in his fourth year with the Raiders when he started hosting free football camps for children.

MU junior wins Truman Scholar service award

Dylan Sullivan, a junior at MU, received some unexpected good news after opening an e-mail from MU Chancellor Richard Wallace on March 19.

“I re-read it a few times to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me,” Sullivan said. “I was incredibly surprised to get the award.”

Living with Autism

Four-year-old Thomas Cleek has a toothy grin and bright blue eyes that peer from underneath his tousled blond bowl cut — a sunniness that wasn’t there nine months ago when Thomas was plagued by aggressive, potentially dangerous tantrums and could hardly talk.

Thomas’ outbursts led him to be diagnosed with PDD-NOS, Pervasive Developmental Disorder — Not Otherwise Specified, a mild degree of autism, in February 2002.

Panel approves center’s location

Rick Wells stood before the Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday evening and spoke about his struggle to overcome alcohol abuse.

“Recovery is not an event,” he said. “It is a process which continues until we die.”

Fostering assistance for alopecia sufferers

There is a group of people that gathers in room 3003 at the University Physicians Medical Building five times a year. Sometimes they come wearing hats, other times scarves, but most of the time, they wear wigs in a bid to mask their baldness.

Together, they make up the Mid-Missouri Support Group for Alopecia Areata. Alopecia areata is a highly unpredictable autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and on the body. The group of 20 members was founded in January 2001 by Kathleen Lively. She believes there are people out there with the disease who might not know of this group.

Pinkel announces captains for 2004 season

The ballots have been cast for captains for the Tigers' 2004 football season. Coach Gary Pinkel announced Friday that teammates have chosen senior linebacker James Kinney, senior defensive lineman Atiyyah Ellision, senior tailback Beau Viehmann and junior quarterback Brad Smith.

Kinney returns for a second year as captain. Smith, listed on several pre-season Heisman Trophy watch lists, comes back for his third consecutive year as captain. First-time captain Ellison was a 3rd-team All-Big 12 conference selection in 2003. Viehmann was named MU's walk-on player of the year in 2003.

Source this!

Namaste, readers. This week Sockdolager’s been bit by the latest craze sweeping the country: Outsourcing! Yes, we’ve been temporarily outsourced to Bangalore, India. Fear not, however, as this is not the death knell it may seem. Don’t get us wrong — losing your job is never a good thing. But as with most things, the outsourcing issue is a bit more complex than the view that a bunch of low-paid foreigners are stealing our jobs. In many ways, it is about America finally finding itself on the short end of a practice — brain drain — that this country has been perfecting for years.

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