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.

Hard day for Rock Bridge tennis

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Jon-Eric Meyer's match with Helias' Andy LeRoy in the quarterfinals of the state championship consolation bracket was, in essence, a five-part epic story, a near-marathon of tennis that resembled a heavyweight title fight.

River City spells trouble for Mavericks

It is the begining of a new series and the Mid-Missouri Mavericks are hoping to come out on top. But with a 12-4 loss in the series opener at Taylor Stadium last night against the River City Rascals, the Mavericks seem to have their work cut out for them.

Pilot smashed glass ceiling

Mary Burch Nirmaier wasn’t satisfied with her job as a secretary for the War Production Board in Washington, D.C. She wanted a job that was substantial, one that would serve an important purpose.

A friend told her about a new women’s organization, one that would help their country during a time of need. Nirmaier signed up and became an integral part of women’s history.

Missouri abortion law upheld

JEFFERSON CITY — A federal appeals court panel on Thursday allowed a challenged Missouri law to take effect requiring a 24-hour wait for women seeking abortions.

The order by a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis dissolved a temporary restraining order that had been in place against the law since Oct. 10.

Data: Blacks at higher risk to be stopped

Ebony McTye said she doesn’t need to see statistics on racial profiling to convince her that it exists in Columbia.

Over three months, McTye said she was stopped and searched by members of the Columbia Police Department six times. Each time, she said, the officer found nothing.

Few penalties for delaying racial data

Missouri’s laws on collecting racial profiling data are among the most comprehensive in the country, yet the penalties for noncompliance are almost nonexistent.

The state has the power to withhold funds from law enforcement agencies that do not file their data on time.

Olympic efforts

Michael Myers, 22, walked away with a fifth-place ribbon on Thursday in the softball throw at the 2004 Special Olympics Missouri Summer State Games, but he was just as pleased as if he had won a gold medal.

“Michael competes because he loves to compete,” his mother, Darla Myers, said, “It’s more about the fun. Michael does the best he can.”

Equestrian rides to fulfill a dream

Nelly Owen and Tom Bass have two things in common: Both love horses, and both have overcome the odds to become successful.

During today’s Tom Bass Classic, named for the famous Missouri horse trainer who had to overcome racial adversity, Owen, who is disabled, will be competing in the United Professional Horseman’s Association’s exceptionally challenged riders class at the horse show.

Douglass senior credits teachers for his success

In first grade, Anthony Johnson started playing basketball at recess and never looked back.

“It was just natural to me,” Johnson said.

In his senior year at Douglass High School, Johnson had 90 blocks and 99 assists in 24 games, attracting the attention of college recruiters.

Johnson, 18, said it wasn’t until he transferred to Douglass as a sophomore that he began to get serious about his grades and his future.

Scouts craft canoe — Lewis and Clark style

Spring and wood chips have been in the air for Boy Scout Troop 706.

Working Monday nights, the Scouts have carved a canoe from a tree. Now, after months of work, their creation has finally taken shape at St. Andrews Lutheran Church. They plan to enter the canoe in a contest Memorial Day weekend at the Cupboard Creek Encampment. That the location, just south of Jefferson City, is near where Lewis and Clark once camped is no coincidence.

$1 billion sought for MU

KANSAS CITY — MU’s next fund-raising goal is $1 billion, Chancellor Richard Wallace said Thursday at a meeting of the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

He made the announcement in response to UM system President Elson Floyd’s presentation about the system’s strategic planning goals. Those goals include raising $1 billion over the next five years.

Soggy ground limits air show parking

If you’re planning on going to the “Salute to Veterans” air show this weekend, you better take the shuttle.

Because of wet weather conditions, parking will not be allowed on grassy areas at Columbia Regional Airport for the air show on Saturday and Sunday.

Mavs pitchers lag behind

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks’ offense is starting to heat up, but the pitching isn’t coming along.

Three Mavericks pitchers couldn’t slow down a potent Gateway Grizzlies attack Thursday night, and Mid-Missouri dropped the first game of the doubleheader 10-4 at Taylor Stadium.

POWs recall bond in memoir of war

James Hirsch, a 1984 MU graduate and former journalist for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, recently published “Two Souls Indivisible: The Friendship That Saved Two POWs” in Vietnam in time for the celebration of Memorial Day.

The book recognizes the bond that occurred among the men in the prisoner-of-war camps of North Vietnam.

Gunshots into home awaken woman

A woman was awakened early Wednesday by gunshots being fired into her home, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department said.

The incident occurred about 1 a.m. in an apartment in the 4500 block of Bellview Drive on the southwest end of Columbia, according to a press release from the department. At the time, four adults and two children were inside the residence; no one was injured.

Bruins pleased to earn second

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –- About an hour into Rock Bridge’s state-championship match with Rockhurst, a fan asked Bruins coach Ben Loeb how his team was faring.

Loeb looked at the fan for a second, cracked a smile and turned away. It wasn’t going well for the Bruins.