City Council plans strategy for 2005

OSAGE BEACH — During brief breaks from the intensive work sessions at its annual retreat this weekend, Columbia City Council members held impromptu talks with department heads and even cooled off with water-gun fights.

Holding the retreat outside Columbia allows the council members to dedicate their time and undivided attention to city business. Though there was some opportunity for play and relaxation, it was a working weekend. All totaled, the council and staff spent about 14 hours discussing city business.

Diet choices fuel rising cost of milk

Ernest Zhang’s family drinks three gallons of skim milk each week. When Zhang went shopping for milk on May 9, he was shocked at what he found.

“For the price of skim milk, it has been $1.80 to $2.09 a gallon for a long time, but it was $2.69,” Zhang said. “We compared it with the soaring gasoline prices. We can not live without both of them because we need to drink a lot of milk and drive every day.”

Healthy exchange

To prepare the way for her Russian guest, Susan Burns carefully compiled a list of useful words for almost every room in her house 20 miles outside Columbia. She used a Web site to translate the key words from English to Russian.

“I gave her several lists for different rooms,” Burns said. “But she has been taking English classes for two months, and her English is much better than she said it would be.”

A year later, parents look to law

MOKANE — Christine Ewing was an adventurous young woman, recently living on her own, who loved spending time outdoors with family and friends.

It was a family outing to a ball game that led to the unthinkable.

Senate candidates split on oil policy

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Nancy Farmer criticized President George W. Bush and U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., for refusing to act on the high cost of gasoline.

Speaking to a handful of people gathered Friday at the MFA Oil gas station on West Boulevard, Farmer mirrored the stance of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, saying the Bush administration should suspend the delivery of oil into the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve. She said the move would reduce the price of gas by 10 to 25 cents a gallon.

Cleaning the Big Muddy

Jim Fogle of Kansas City is committed to retracing the route of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery from Missouri all the way to Oregon. Alone and carrying everything he needs on his bicycle, Fogle set out at 4 p.m. May 14, the same time the expedition departed from St. Charles 200 years ago.

Fogle will bike across the country and camp each night along the way. Retired, he has time to stop wherever he sees fit. On Saturday, he decided to stop at Cooper’s Landing south of Columbia, where he joined nearly 200 other volunteers who lent a hand to Missouri River Relief’s annual cleanup and “trash bash.”

Extra special home run

Before Saturday, Kyle Johnson did not have an extra base hit for the Missouri baseball team.

That changed in the eighth inning.

Cantwell’s throw No. 1

Christian Cantwell is on top of the world.

Cantwell, a former Missouri athlete from Eldon, won the shot put competition at the Home Depot Invitational on Saturday with a 73-foot, 4-inch throw, the world’s leading mark this year, in Carson, Calif.

Bruins earn title, state semis berth

The Rock Bridge boys’ tennis team advanced to the Class 2 state semifinals after victories against Kickapoo and Glendale on Saturday in Springfield to earn a sectional title.

The Bruins (14-1) play Chaminade (11-6) at 9 a.m. Thursday for a berth in the state championship match. Rock Bridge reached the semis last season but lost to Rockhurst.

Quick start lifts Kewps past Bruins

Sure there was a trophy involved, but it wasn’t what Hickman midfielder Mike Moesel wanted most.

Moesel, a senior, had his hopes set on a return trip to the state lacrosse playoffs, and a season-ending 13-7 win against Rock Bridge in the Golden Cross match at Rock Bridge on Friday left him unsatisfied.

Mid-Missouri falls again on the road

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks lost to the Springfield/Ozark Ducks 8-5 on Saturday in Springfield, Mo., in a Frontier League game.

The Ducks took a 7-2 lead after scoring three runs in the second inning, three in the third and one in the fourth.

Extra Points

COLUMBIA COLLEGE SOFTBALL: The Cougars won two games Saturday to stay alive in the NAIA National Tournament in Decatur, Ala.

The Cougars defeated Union University (Tenn.) 3-0 and College of St. Mary (Neb.) 1-0.

Burglar at large after assaulting woman

A woman who awoke to find a burglar climbing into bed with her early Saturday morning was sexually assaulted before she escaped and called authorities from a neighbor’s house in Valley Creek subdivision, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

The man is suspected of a burglary minutes earlier in the same neighborhood east of Columbia. The crimes occurred between 4:30 and 5 a.m., according to a news release from detective Andy Anderson.

Roadway funding to get more focus

OSAGE BEACH — Several top officials at the Columbia City Council’s annual retreat this weekend raised concerns over the creation of transportation development districts to build new roads, furthering the debate over how the city will meet its growing transportation needs.

Most of the city’s major street projects are financed by a quarter-cent capital improvements sales tax, which brings in an estimated $4 million a year. While it seems a foregone conclusion that the council will ask voters this fall to extend that tax for street work, City Manager Ray Beck has already indicated that won’t be enough to keep pace with the city’s growth.

Not much fabric, but a lot of grief

Note to readers: I’m resurrecting another old column, again with additional comments.

I just returned from my annual swimsuit quest. I normally love to shop, but this is one instance where the whole procedure is very painful. A one-piece bathing suit is nothing more than a colorful girdle. And those of us who wore girdles in the ’60s know that they don’t hold in the fat, they just squish the flab so it looks for the nearest opening to fan out. And with the latest styles, there is plenty of room for redistribution.