Kewps, Bruins prepared for state

The remnants of a storm pass overhead, and Kaela Rorvig, half-laughing, half-serious, remarks how slow she is in practice.

Rorvig, who runs for Hickman, is anything but slow. At the sectional meet Saturday in Camdenton, she qualified for the state championships in four events. She won the 400 meters, where she is the two-time defending state champion.

Chasing NCAA bids

Imagine running 3,000 meters while clearing five barriers and one water jump all in less than 10 minutes.

Missouri sophomore Matt Noonan will do just that in the men’s steeplechase Friday and Saturday at the NCAA Mideast Regional track meet at Bernie Moore Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. Noonan will join 23 Tigers athletes competing in 28 events.

Exploring new territory

Hickman’s performance Tuesday makes it difficult to picture losing.

The Kewpies girls’ soccer team plays Glendale in the quarterfinals of the Class 2 state tournament at 1 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Sports Complex in Waynesville.

Holiday closings

Weekend air show schedule

Because of wet conditions, parking will not be allowed on grassy areas at Columbia Regional Airport.

Pliska's lobster earns him Iron Chef title

With a six-course spread using the secret ingredient wasabi, Daniel Pliska, executive chef of the University Club, won Thursday night's Iron Chef Challenge 3: The Final Showdown - beating out Mark Prece, corporate chef at the American Italian Pasta Company based in Kansas City.

Mavs stuggle with more than pitching

Unfortunately for the Mavericks, Derrick Peoples is only one person, because he was the Mavericks' only source of offense in the second game.

Paperwork load floods court

An increase in police activity may mean better law enforcement, but it is also threatening to overwhelm the Columbia Municipal Court.

Shara Meyer, clerk of the court, said she has seen an increase in citations for city ordinance and traffic violations, as well as misdemeanor drug violations. That has meant additional paperwork for her staff of five clerks and one probation officer.

Curators to allocate new funds from state

When they meet in Kansas City today, curators governing the University of Missouri system will hear how $12 million beyond what the system budgeted for in state dollars will be spent.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis can expect about $2.7 million to improve equity among the campuses.

Shooters take aim at tourney

Helen Jeavons stands with her feet slightly spread apart aiming her 9 mm at six circular steel plates that are 8 inches in diameter and 4 feet off the ground, spaced one foot apart.

She steadies herself and takes a single shot at each plate, first at 10 yards, then 15, then 20, then 25. For the first round, she’s only allowed 6 seconds to knock down all six plates.

Whooping cough case confirmed

A 10th case of whooping cough has been confirmed in Columbia’s public schools, a school official said Wednesday. The student was a first-grader at Rock Bridge Elementary School, the fifth school to be affected by the outbreak.

Darlene Huff, health services coordinator for the school district, estimated that 130 to 140 students and staff have been identified as close contacts since whooping cough was first identified in the schools.

MU doctoral student rides through history

Amahia Mallea will trace her way through history and time when she leaves today to bicycle more than 2,000 miles through nine states. Her journey marks the end of a creative class project at MU.

Mallea, a doctoral student in history and a teaching assistant for a survey history course this past semester, is particularly interested in environmental history and the Missouri River. After taking a bike tour of the river last summer, she was inspired to combine her love of biking and history to teach her students.

Rain slows, helps progress

As a cold shower pelts its surface and drenches its beach, Stephens Lake hardly seems conducive to swimming. But more rain is exactly what the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department needs before it can open the lake to visitors this summer.

After more than a year of extensive renovation of the lake and the 111 acres that surround it, the parks department has nearly finished the first phase of its development of Stephens Lake Park. The lake, however, needs five to six more feet of water before it’s ready for swimmers, anglers and boaters.

Special Olympics State Games gives athletes chance to play

Nearly 2,000 Special Olympics athletes from across Missouri will compete in the 2004 Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games that begins today on the MU campus and continues through tomorrow.

Seventy local athletes will participate in the events, according to Shannan Baker of the Special Olympics’ Missouri office. Events today and Friday will include track and field, aquatics, powerlifting, bocce, tennis and team handball. To qualify for this week’s competition, roughly 14,000 athletes competed in their event at the local level in Special Olympics games across Missouri. The Missouri State Summer Games is the highest competing level that athletes reach in the Missouri program.

Health offices have new location

Only two desks remain in Kelly Hughes’s office, but the clinic downstairs is lined with boxes and still functioning.

“It’s pretty bare-bones around here,” said Hughes, secretary for the Columbia/Boone County Health Department.

Two locals praised for aid with film

Helping a production company film a movie in Fayette is not typically a function of the Columbia Convention and Visitors bureau. But when The Missouri Film Commission asked Lorah Steiner, executive director of the local convention and visitors bureau, to help with production, she felt her staff could handle the task.

“We felt more than up for the challenge,” Steiner said. “It was excellent business for the city and the economy.”

MU to remove bikes from dorms Friday

Students found a surprise Wednesday when they went to retrieve their bicycles from MU residential halls. Red tags hung from their handlebars, informing them that if the bikes weren’t removed by today, they would be cut off the racks at the owner’s expense.

“Summer school is coming, and we need to clean out the racks and get ready for the next round of students,” said John Humlicek, associate director for Residential Life and the head of Facility Operations.

Language complaints drop

Complaints about the English proficiency of faculty members in the University of Missouri system have dropped significantly in the past five years, according to a policy review to be presented today to the UM Board of Curators.

Stephen Lehmkuhle, UM vice president of academic affairs, said the policy passed in October 2000 requires department leaders to certify that all faculty members teaching required, non-foreign language undergraduate courses be proficient in English.

Chefs face-off tonight

Though both chefs would like to see victory in “Iron Chef 3: The Final Showdown” tonight at the Holiday Inn Select Expo Center, it is neither victory nor a title that brings them to compete.

The Expo Center will be transformed into “Kitchen Stadium” as Daniel Pliska, executive chef at the University Club, and Mark Prece, corporate chef at the American Italian Pasta Company, battle to see who will be Missouri’s Iron Chef.

Mavs nip Grizzlies

After opening the season with an onslaught of errors, the Mid-Missouri Mavericks took advantage of somebody else’s defensive lapse.

Frank Scott, Jr. scored from second on an infield single in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Mavericks their first win of the season, 4-3 against the Gateway Grizzlies on Wednesday in their home opener at Taylor Stadium.