Back to the 1800s

When a wooden keelboat with 11 men pulled in near Bonnots Mill on Friday afternoon, locals who witnessed the arrival were a bit confused. The expedition wasn’t scheduled to stop there, but had to make the unplanned landing because of debris in the Missouri River.

The crowd at River Ratz Beer and Burgers on the Osage River became impromptu overnight hosts to half of the Lewis and Clark expedition — or at least their 21st-century equivalent.

Few cell users opt to switch numbers

Wanda Northway is looking to change her cell phone service. She has done so twice in the past. Each time she picked a different provider, she had to surrender her previous phone number. Northway, co-owner of House of Brokers Realty, has never listed her cell number on business cards as she saw it as a hassle to get her new numbers out to the people who needed them.

“The ones I very much wanted to know, I called immediately,” Northway said. “The others were informed as the opportunity provided itself.”

Tire waste removal to end as bills die in committee

For more than 13 years, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Waste Tire Unit has been cleaning up illegal tire dumps that serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes. But, the cancellation early this year of the 50-cent fee on each tire purchased in Missouri might have put an end to funding for the unit.

Since 1990, the tire fee has brought in $1.7 to $2.5 million annually, which was used in a multitude of ways to clean up between 1.5 and 2 million tires each year.

Look out below

Thousands of spectators in their lawn chairs squinted up at the sky and erupted into cheers when Canada’s Master Cpl. Brad Gaiger jumped out of a helicopter and displayed the American flag as he descended to a grassy landing area.

Despite recent rainy weather, an estimated 20,000 people showed up at Columbia Regional Airport on Saturday to watch the demonstration by Gaiger and the rest of The Canadian Forces Parachute Team — The Skyhawks — as well as the other avionic displays during the Salute to Veterans Memorial Weekend Air Show.

Bond pushes for highway support

With the roar of traffic from U.S. 63 behind him, U.S. Sen. Kit Bond offered his gratitude to supporters of the highway reauthorization bill Friday at the State Highway Shed.

Bond said the bill would provide the state with $1.5 billion more over the next six years to improve Missouri roads, highways and bridges, which he said are the third worst in the country.

Four die in head-on collision on U.S. 63

Four people were killed when two cars collided early Saturday morning on U.S. 63 just north of Stadium Boulevard, Columbia police said Saturday.

The driver of the first vehicle was traveling south in the northbound lanes of U.S. 63, police said, and the vehicle struck the second vehicle head-on just before 2 a.m. As of Saturday, police said the southbound driver was 40 years old but had not released the name.

Final act: MU seeks title

ARLINGTON, Texas — Cody Ehlers hit a tie-breaking two-run home run in the seventh inning, sending Missouri to its first Big 12 Conference Tournament championship game with a 10-7 victory against Baylor on Saturday at Ameriquest Field.

With the game tied at 7, Lee Laskowski led off the seventh with a double against Zane Carlson (0-4). Paul Woody was brought in to pitch to Ehlers, who hit his second home run of the tournament and 17th of the season.

Cornell earns 1,600 crown

JEFFERSON CITY — Hickman’s Tim Cornell picked the best time for his best performance.

Cornell won the 1,600 meters at the Class 4 state championships Saturday at Lincoln University. Cornell, a junior, passed seniors Kevin McNab of Howell North and Jared Kreissler of Truman on the last corner to win.

Kewpies advance to berth in semis

WAYNESVILLE — After a 10-year absence from the state semifinals, the Hickman girls’ soccer team is back in the spotlight and coach Sandy Paulsen couldn’t be happier.

The Kewpies defeated the Glendale Falcons 3-0 in the Class 2 quarterfinals Saturday at Tiger Pride Park.

Rocky start dooms Mavs

Another rocky start sank the Mid-Missouri Mavericks again.

The quick hole was too much to overcome, and the Mavs lost 9-2 to the River City Rascals at Taylor Stadium on Saturday in a Frontier League game.

Dresner-Winner take fifth place

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –- Both teams were assured a medal. Their chances at a championship were gone. It was the fourth match they played in two days. By most accounts, it seemed those circumstances might make for a lackluster match.

Emotions were high, though, for Rock Bridge’s Matt Dresner and Justin Winner and Helias’ Scott and Matt Schlueter. It was the third time the doubles teams met this season, and they had split the first two matches.

Small towns, full lives

Trace a 200-mile long loop around Columbia. You’ll find your finger running through a lot of small towns.

Moberly: The pharmacy’s been serving Coke floats and ham sandwiches for 93 years. Centralia: The state-championship football team boosts not just student pride but that of an entire community. Mexico: The local general practitioner has moved from downtown to the medical park, but after 40 years, the same patients keep coming. Fulton: The Civil War, the Cold War and the current war come together here, with men from Churchill to Cheney, Clinton to Kerry making worldwide news in the same county that dared to secede from the Union. California: On any given Sunday, Oak Street’s churches – big churches, one after another – are packed. Boonville: High Street’s neighbors have left this beautiful street overlooking the Missouri River, traveled from Denver to the Deutschland, and come home again. Fayette: Neither a microburst, a fire or a building collapse, all coming within a few years, has killed downtown’s spirit or regeneration.

Ministry on the beat

ASHLAND — As an Ashland police officer brings an intoxicated woman into jail, he is shadowed by a new member of the department — only this man isn’t wearing an officer’s uniform or carrying a gun. He’s the Rev. Jeff Anderson, part of a new chaplaincy program in the Ashland Police Department.

As the woman is turned over to other authorities, Anderson drops a card into her hand and invites her to call him if she needs anything.

Serving up specials

It’s a typical late spring day — the sun is shining, it is warming up — and people from different walks of Centralia life stop for lunch at the Allen Street Diner.

The diner is divided more or less in half. On one side, four men in button-down shirts with cell phones clipped to their belt loops finish their meal at one of the 10 tables. Their plates, atop a pink plastic tablecloth, are mostly empty as they take their last sips of soda. Off to one side is a heavy glass ashtray and vase of fake roses that match the tablecloth.