Daily planner

One morning this past January, MU quarterback Brad Smith sat at a table with Scott Ashton, director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in mid-Missouri. The pair were discussing plans for an upcoming FCA event to be held before the MU-Kansas basketball game. During the event, Ashton and Smith would be speaking in front of about 750 young people from across the region.

Strangers interrupted them four times during their 45-minute-meeting to ask Smith for his autograph and to praise his on-the-field achievements. At the end of the meeting, Ashton asked Smith if all that attention bothered him.

College political parties debate

Close to 100 people were on hand Thursday night when the MU College Republicans and College Democrats held the first annual debate between the two groups.

Pope’s new putter brings fresh result

A golfer can always change his swing if he has trouble with his game. Rock Bridge’s Jeff Pope changed his equipment instead.

Pope used a new putter to push the Rock Bridge Bruins to a 165-175 win against the Marshall Owls on Thursday at A.L. Gustin Golf Course. Pope won with a 38.

Angels’ offense stymies Bruins

Despite the sting of each opposing goal, Marc VanDover had to admire the skill in every St. Joseph’s Academy score.

“I hope we got a good videotape of it,” VanDover, Rock Bridge’s coach, said. “They were pretty.”

Consistent Kewpie

Center fielder Blake Tekotte has been Hickman’s most consistent performer during a season that has had its ups and downs.

The Kewpies won their first three games before going into a slump that dropped them to 6-6. Hickman recovered this week, though, winning its past two games to improve to 8-6.

Tiger bats brace for pitching challenge

A difficult conference season for the Missouri baseball team gets a lot more difficult this weekend.

The Tigers play the first of a three-game series at 6:30 tonight at Taylor Stadium against No. 1 Texas in a Big 12 Conference game.

Cool Kruse key to Bruins

After three smooth practice swings, Rock Bridge’s Johnny Kruse rests his bat several inches above his right shoulder.

He adjusts and readjusts his right hand on the barrel as he takes a curveball for strike one. Kruse never flinches. It’s not his pitch.

New development plans afoot

Plans are in place for a three-phase development that will span nearly 1,000 acres and include about 2,000 homes, a championship golf course, a country club and a commercial area along Route WW, just east of Columbia.

The proposal from developer Billy Sapp has yet to be presented to either city or county officials, but many of its details have been unveiled at neighborhood meetings. The development should begin taking shape within two years, Sapp spokesman Don Stamper said Wednesday. Its proximity to the city and need for adequate sewer service make it a prime candidate for annexation by the city, Stamper said. Its size and scope also will require improvements to Route WW.

Bad knees, super arm

Columbia College’s Monica Mueller has been the most dominant pitcher in the American Midwest Conference this season.

She has done it all without her plicas, horseshoe-shaped folds that serve as a divider between the lower and upper part of the knee.

Chunky missile of cast iron hits residence

A piece of cast iron, apparently fired from a cannon located on the property of the Kappa Alpha fraternity, tore through the fifth floor of a residence building adjacent to the MU campus Thursday night.

Doug Miller, manager of University Place at the corner of University and College avenues, said what appeared to be an eight-inch piece of cast iron struck the roof of the building, fell through the fifth floor and settled on the fourth floor. No residents were injured, he said, but the impact blew out an apartment window.

Festival to honor Lewis, Clark journey

Sleepless nights and endless anxiety describe Mayor Nancy Grant as she prepares for Hartsburg’s first Lewis and Clark bicentennial festival and one of the largest in the area.

In the town of a little more than 100 people, Grant and her husband, Mike Rodemeyer, along with several volunteers, are setting up tents, welcoming re-enactors and worrying about the forecast, which is calling for a chance of showers and thunderstorms Friday night and Saturday morning.

Fulton remains calm in glare of spotlight

FULTON — On Thursday, a day before John Kerry is scheduled to arrive and three days after Vice President Dick Cheney left, you could have driven straight past Westminster College and not realized it was America’s political battleground du jour.

There were no banners. No protests. Few students meandered about and the Winston Churchill Museum was as dead as a department store on Christmas. It’s striking, considering the national attention the college has received since Monday, when Cheney was chided for giving a stump speech when college officials said they thought he was making a foreign policy announcement.

Developer quizzed by residents

Residents of the El Chaparral neighborhood may not love it, but they accept the inevitability of growth and development — as long as it is high quality.

Neighborhood residents got their first look at a graphic of the nearby 976-acre development being planned by Billy Sapp at a meeting Thursday night, when Sapp representative Don Stamper presented preliminary drafts to about 20 people.

School dress codes not fashionable for all

As girls' clothing gets smaller, boys' clothing gets bigger and parents' patience grows thinner, the mention of school uniforms and dress codes tends to creep into the conversation. Studies on the effect of uniforms on student behavior, however, have produced mixed results.

Kerry receives warm welcome at Columbia Regional Airport

Wilma Droz Miller and her friend Ginny Van Hove arrived at the Columbia Regional Airport at 9 this morning to wait for Sen. John Kerry's plane to land.

Tigers Take Down No. 1 Texas

The Texas pitching staff did not look like the best in the nation, or even on the field, Friday night against Missouri.

Kerry speaks at Westminster College

FULTON -- Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry on Friday told a crowd at Westminster College that the word today is as perilous as it was nearly 60 years ago, when Winston Churchill warned that the "iron curtain" of communism was descending upon Europe.

Tax receipts

In case you haven’t noticed, our tax system is broken. Making matters worse, our politicians seem unable to talk about taxes without using deceitful rhetoric. Sockdolager would settle for an honest discussion of just how out of whack the country’s current tax system is. Hey, an opinion page can dream, can’t it? Here, we’ll take the initiative and start the discussion …