Trial to begin in climbing death

Before she fell to her death from a climbing wall during a Mid-Missouri Mavericks game last summer, Christine Ewing used to head to the gym most mornings with her mother, Kathleen Schmitz.

Now, Schmitz said, the gym conjures up too many painful memories — although they’re nothing compared to what she remembers of the evening of July 14, 2003.

Boone County teen shot at home

A 17-year-old woman who was shot in the back while making her bed Sunday afternoon was airlifted to University Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Although investigators with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department were originally told that the woman, whose name was not disclosed, was shot by an intruder, Detective Tom Reddin said in a news release Sunday night that interviews and evidence in the case were inconsistent.

Schools to vote on working with REDI

The Columbia Board of Education is expected to vote at tonight’s meeting on whether to have a representative from the district work with Regional Economic Development Inc.

The administration is recommending that the board take action to ensure input on work with REDI to draft policies that use incentives to draw businesses to Boone County. The incentives could temporarily reduce property taxes for the prospective businesses. Because the school board depends on revenue from property taxes and each development would have different outcomes, the financial effect of the proposal is unknown.

Art League members to show their work

With more than 100 pieces of art, the Columbia Art League had to put up temporary walls to accommodate the large number of submissions to its annual members’ art exhibit.

“Just by looking at the number of paintings and our wall space, you can tell this is going to be problematic,” league president Tom O’Connor said. “This is what we’ve got: a whole lot of artwork and not a lot of space. This is really an outpouring of work.”

Post 202 still perfect

Good pitching and solid hitting have kept Post 202 undefeated.

Post 202 swept Boonville on Sunday night, winning 3-1 and 5-0 in a doubleheader at Rock Bridge High School to move to 6-0.

Marriage milestone

In “an old house for old people” — a small, north Columbia home fit for two — Glen McBride’s fragile 97-year-old hands still prepare dinner most every night for her husband, Marcum.

Every other Sunday, the couple attends services at the Rocheport Christian Church, followed by lunch with friends at the Senior Center in Columbia. When the St. Louis Cardinals take to the field for televised games, Marcum and Glen still watch eagerly, hoping for a St. Louis win.

Field cut at Hagan

Brad Daugherty, a Columbia native and former Missouri golfer, continues to play well at the Francis Hagan Match Play Championship.

Daugherty advanced to the round of 16 on Sunday at Lake of the Woods Golf Course. A field of 64 played two rounds, with 16 advancing to next weekend’s final rounds.

Wanted: a hero to restore hope

Like many people, I had hoped Smarty Jones would win the Triple Crown. I’m not a great horse racing fan, I’m just desperate to have something wonderful happen that Americans could share. Obviously, I’d rather hear an announcement that a cure has been found for cancer or AIDS, but since nothing that spectacular seems imminent, I would have settled for a big win at the track.

I think we are in need of one, genuine, authentic hero we can all salute. We need to have one whose heroic deeds we all witness with our own eyes. We’re worn out with pseudo-heroes that, somehow, never pan out to equal their press agents’ accounts of their triumphs. I’ve gotten to the point where I tend to mistrust almost everything I hear on television. And with so much confusion going on about this war in Iraq, it’s hard to tell the winners from the losers.

Rockford hits Mavs for 20th defeat

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks lost to the Rockford RiverHawks 14-2 on Sunday at Marinelli Field in Rockford, Ill.

The loss dropped the Mavericks to 3-20.


A headline on page 1B Sunday reported the wrong leader after qualifying Saturday at the Francis Hagan golf tournament. Brad Daugherty had the best round with a 66.