A mission in microfilm

Charlie and Eleonore Fox were enjoying their retirement in Alpine, Utah, a town with a population of about 7,000. With their four children, 18 grandchildren and two horses close by, life was a daily joy.

But as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Foxes had something else on their minds besides the pursuit of leisure. They decided to give up a couple of years and join about 60,000 other church members who are serving as short-term missionaries around the world.

Soccer coach supported city’s youth

Brian Benton was known throughout the community for his soccer skills, but his parents remember a well-rounded young man distinguished by his passion, dedication and work ethic.

“Brian would do anything to make himself better, to be the best he could be,” said Stan Benton, Brian’s father.

Fund expected to boost sheriffs

JEFFERSON CITY — After years of trying, the state’s sheriffs are celebrating passage of legislation allowing judges to make criminals pay money into local law enforcement funds.

A similar measure also passed last year but was vetoed by Gov. Bob Holden because of constitutional concerns. This year, supporters think they have found the proper wording to find acceptance from the governor and to withstand a constitutional challenge.

Licenses to disclose concealed gun status

JEFFERSON CITY — Driver’s licenses are no longer just for height, weight, hair color, eye color and birthday.

Under the state’s new law legalizing concealed guns, Missourians licensed to conceal and carry must get new driver’s licenses that will announce a person’s concealed-gun permit in bright red type, the Department of Revenue said Monday.

Billboards encourage Latino vote

Centro Latino is pumping up its efforts to inform immigrants about the importance of voting, health and education.

Eduardo Crespi, director of the center, is coordinating a billboard campaign focused on sending Spanish-language messages to Latinos.

For many, retirement isn’t work’s end

As college graduates start flooding the labor market, many will find themselves working with someone who already has retired.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2015 the percentage of the work force age 55 and older will rise from 13 percent to 33 percent. The shift is largely due to the aging population of baby boomers, but it also suggests people are living longer, and many either want or need to keep working.

Tract development plan passes despite opposition

Despite hearing from nine residents who opposed the plan, the Columbia City Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday to develop a 23-acre tract of land at the corner of Stadium Boulevard and Audubon Drive.

Councilman Brian Ash of Ward Six, where the tract is located, was highly in favor of the Stratford Chase development proposed by Rex and Patricia Waid.

More than a face in the crowd

Pressure has followed the Rev. Raymond Hayes for much of his life.

The feeling was there in high school when, in 1958, he chose to transfer as a junior from Frederick Douglass School to Hickman High School. Hayes felt pressure on the football field where he was the first black football player for Hickman.

Sluggish Kewpies advance to finals

SEDALIA — The Hickman soccer team kept its season alive Monday, but that does not mean coach Sandy Paulsen is happy.

The Kewpies beat Helias 4-0 in the Class 2 District 10 semifinals at Susie Ditzfield Memorial Field, but Paulsen said her team did not play as well as she expected.

Mends lifts Bruins past Jays

SEDALIA — Rock Bridge coach Marc Vandover said between the Bruins’ prom and freshman dance it was difficult to get the effort he wanted in practice this last week.

“I had two girls come up to me and say, “Coach, I’m here and I can’t sweat,’” Vandover said.