Soy farmers want facility

About 100 Missouri farmers have invested in a cooperative to build a facility that will manufacture high-protein, low-carbohydrate soy ingredients.

Hoping to capitalize on the popularity of low-carb foods, the group’s aim is to raise $3 million for the cooperative, which is named 1Soy Inc. The proposed facility would also manufacture finished soy products like energy bars and snacks.

Historic playhouse razed at Stephens

A trip down College Avenue by Stephens College on Friday gave travelers a different view of the campus. A cloud of dust rose steadily. Sitting atop a pile of splintered wood, large wooden trusses and faded orange theater seats was the source: A 35,000-pound hydraulic excavator was stripping down the red brick walls of one of the college’s oldest buildings.

Built in the late 1890s, Old South Auditorium had been used as the playhouse and theater until the mid-1980s, but it had not been used since. Sagging beams, a leaking roof and safety issues prompted the college’s decision to level the building, said Amy Gipson, a Stephens spokeswoman.

Trying their best

At 12, Chris Miller is tough enough to compete against the adults.

Miller, of Columbia, competed in the Show-Me State Games’ triathlon on Sunday with his parents, Brad, 37, and Barbie, 39. The race, which consisted of a half-mile swim, a 20.9-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run, started and ended at Twin Lakes Recreational Area.

MU’s Hall ready for big show

The dream is beginning for Mike Hall.

Hall, the winner of ESPN’s “Dream Job,” will debut on SportsCenter tonight at midnight. The show will be re-broadcast on Tuesday morning. His coanchors throughout the night will be Linda Cohn and Matt Winer.

Mavericks prevail

In a game measured by how well each team could take advantage of the opponent’s mistakes, and the Mid-Missouri Mavericks did it better Sunday.

The Mavericks defeated Springfield-Ozark 10-9 at Taylor Stadium. Mid-Missouri won the series 2-1, improving to 12-41. The Ducks fell to 28-26.

Postseason raises goals

Post 202 says it doesn’t want its season to end. It plans on winning the District 8 championship and more this year.

“We want it pretty bad,” said Scott Dunwoody, Post 202’s designated hitter. “We lost to (Jefferson City Post 5) a couple of times this year already. It seems like they’ve had our number lately, but we plan on changing that.”

A wave of excitement

An avid water-skier, Stacey Guilford didn’t compete Sunday at the Missouri Water Ski Championships. He didn’t seem to mind.

An Army reservist who lives on Lake Paragon, where the championships were held this weekend, returned from a year in Iraq on Wednesday. Guilford, a sergeant in the 106 Blackhawk Squadron out of Jefferson City, said one of the first things he did when he got back was to go skiing with his children, Jacob, 11, and Samantha, 14.

Carnahan’s book speaks volumes

Former U.S. Senator and First Lady Jean Carnahan was in town the other day on a book tour. Her recent book “Don’t Let the Fire Go Out” was published by the University of Missouri Press. I had met Mrs. Carnahan several years ago, had read one of her previous books and was looking forward to the opportunity to visit with this remarkable woman.

Those who have met Mrs. Carnahan already know about the charm and grace of her presence. She really is one of those people who makes you feel as if you’re the most important person she has spoken with that day. She makes you wish that someone could bottle her personality and distribute it to every politician on the planet.

Inspiration Strikes

Surrounded by flowers, a bowling ball is suspended a foot off the ground in front of the house. About 60 more have been placed on the porch, on the lawn and in the flowerbeds.

Only local bowling alleys can compete with the quantity of balls owned by Meg Gibson. Gibson, however, rarely sets foot in a bowling alley. She uses her bowling balls to decorate her home near Stephens Park. Some are faded from the sun, weather beaten and cracked. The longer the balls are exposed to the elements, the more they blend in with the landscape.

Veterans go for gold

With detailed play-by-play of unforgettable, against the odds victories , Rudy Kelley talks about the National Veterans Golden Age Games the way most men talk about their glory days on the high school football team. With one exception: He can return each year to create more memories.

Kelley and three other local veterans are representing Truman Veterans Hospital in the 18th annual games next week in Fresno, Calif. The group of athletes prepares and trains for about six months prior to the games and typically they bring home top medals, said Kelley, who is in his 10th year as coach and coordinator of the team.

Fair gallops toward 58th annual opening

Andreya Evans sat on her horse, Kaypasa, her teal English daycoat flashing brightly on top of the horse’s dark brown, shiny coat. Kaypasa pawed the ground and shifted his weight, impatient for the event to begin. Andreya rode him out of the arena to get him ready to go into the ring, but she was not nervous as he was.

“I’ve been riding for so long,” she said. “I look at it more as a practice.”

Candidates set for TV showdown

As cartoon boxing gloves smack and animated flames spurt, a mid-Missouri TV announcer hypes next week’s Democratic debates between Gov. Bob Holden and primary challenger Claire McCaskill: “Don’t miss the Show-Me State Showdown!”

But who will actually tune in to a political debate on a warm summer evening, with sunshine casting long golden slants across baseball diamonds, swimming pools, soccer fields and patio parties?

Hopefuls differ on state’s economic needs

JEFFERSON CITY — Their diagnoses are different, and so are their proposed remedies.

The three leading candidates in Missouri’s gubernatorial race hold divergent beliefs on whether the economy is good, bad or mediocre. And they promote varying plans to strengthen it.

Democratic incumbent Bob Holden views Missouri’s economy as improving, citing the job-creating policies and actions of his administration as part of the reason. He wants another four years in office to work toward a rather lofty goal.

Lieutenant governor candidates differ on fund-raising techniques

The disparity in campaign contributions collected by the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor is reflective of their different campaign styles.

“My campaign is very much a grass roots kind of campaign,” said Pat Secrest, a Republican from Manchester. “I’m out there on the road and going door to door.”