Balk lifts Post 202

Post 202 edged Jefferson City Post 5 in the second game of the District 8 Championships, earning an 8-7 win at American Legion Field Post 5 Sports Complex.

Post 202 (23-9) plays tonight at 8 in the double-elimination tournament. It will meet the Post 5-Centralia Post 113 winner. They play at 5 p.m. Eric Schultz scored the winning run on Brian Bassman’s balk in the bottom of the ninth inning.

School attendance rewarded with cash

Columbia School District officials said Tuesday that incentives totaling $354,000 were given to summer school students.

Jacque Cowherd, deputy superintendent, said incentives were awarded as follows: 2,585 students had perfect attendance, for which they received a $100 gift card; 992 students had only one absence, for which they received a $75 gift card; and 422 students had only two absences, resulting in a $50 gift card. The cards are meant to be used as cash at a variety of locations.

Progress made on Green Meadows

After months of failed negotiations, the development of three tracts of land off Green Meadows Road in south Columbia may be closer to becoming a reality.

In the first sign of progress in weeks, developer Don Stohldrier agreed with neighbors’ request to reduce the number of units on a 2.5 acre tract of land from 21 townhouses to 16 townhouses, said Mark Farnen, spokesman for Stohldrier. In return neighbors would have to agree to support Stohldrier’s proposals for two other tracts on the 17-acre piece of land.

Recruiting laws could be altered

The National Association of Basketball Coaches is urging the NCAA to loosen its laws on the number of permissible telephone calls and meals coaches can have with prospective student-athletes, according to an NCAA press release.

The NABC submitted a “comprehensive plan to reshape the recruiting process” to the NCAA Division I Management Council, according to the release dated Monday.

Tigers making strides

For a team known for its dynamic and high-powered offense, its defense is receiving most of the preseason attention.

Missouri will enter the season ranked as high as No. 11 in preseason polls and with a Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Brad Smith. The Missouri representatives at the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days, though, said if the team wants to continue its progression toward becoming a national contender, the defense must improve.

Dems’ debate gets personal

ST. LOUIS — Getting personal at times during their second debate, Gov. Bob Holden and State Auditor Claire McCaskill on Tuesday night presented two starkly different images of Missouri’s governor: Holden held himself forth as a winner; McCaskill painted him as a loser.

Each proclaimed they were better able to bear the Democratic banner against Republicans — reason for Democrats to vote for them in the Aug. 3 gubernatorial primary.

Small businesses endorse Blunt

Although Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Blunt is running uncontested in the August primaries, he received a major boost for his campaign Tuesday.

The National Federation of Independent Business announced its endorsement of Blunt following an overwhelming show of support by Missouri small business-owners.

School board to hold 2 meetings at schools

In an effort to attract more parents and members of the community, the Columbia School Board plans to move its meetings to schools twice in the coming academic year.

Board members hope that by holding meetings in schools, more people will attend, said board president J.C. Headley.

Flowers, education bloom

Science is not limited to the inside of MU’s new Life Sciences Center. Outside the southern face of the building is the Life Sciences Discovery Garden, which features crops that are the subject of research at MU and plants with medical uses.

Joan Smith, the landscape designer at Campus Facilities-Landscape Services who designed the roughly 6,400-square-foot garden, calls it “a passive learning experience.” Labels, Smith said, will tell each plant’s common and botanical name, as well as its beneficial uses.

Twilight fest report urges open streets

The Central Columbia Association is thrilled that the Twilight Festival is drawing record crowds. But the voluntary merchants’ association is not thrilled that the Columbia City Council is considering a resolution to close a two-block stretch of one road because of safety concerns.

At Monday’s meeting, the Columbia City Council directed city staff to draft a resolution to close Ninth Street between Broadway and Walnut Street during the first two weeks of the September Twilight Festival. The decision followed discussion of a report submitted to the council by the CCA that outlines methods used to provide the public with safe, accessible festival activities. The report also lists the reasons why the board of the CCA does not support festival street closures.

Something’s fishy

Five-year-old Price Phillips of Columbia runs up to the tank, pointing out all the fish he knows. He’s so excited he can barely get out all he wants to say. He starts at one end of the tank and follows his favorite — the gar fish — all the way to the other.

Behind the Plexiglas, small panfish gather against the rocks to escape from their bass predators. A hybrid bass swims from one end to another as if it were standing guard. Large flathead catfish move slowly around the tank, waiting for their night feeding.

Kids do the darndest things

Meet Ali Kitchen. At 13, she knows how to do more than most adults. And she got a chance to show-off at the Boone County Fair.

Grizzlies’ bats too much for Mavs

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks couldn’t match the Gateway Grizzlies’ power Tuesday night in Sauget, Ill., losing 7-2.

A three-run eighth inning by the Grizzlies (32-34) proved too much for the Mavs (12-43).

Fair gives kids chance to compete

Savannah Angell, her three sisters and their cousins have made it a tradition to spend three or four nights of the Boone County Fair camping in the pig barn.

“Sometimes it’s hard to actually sleep, with all the noise the pigs make,”

Chic & Cheap

Nostalgic “turn-of-the-century mood” is back for the fall, fashion experts say. A way to keep in style and in budget is to take a second look at second-hand clothing stores. In Columbia, these stores are abundant in number and styles and can inspire both savvy and frugal buyers.

Columbia boasts six downtown second-hand stores, one Goodwill and two Salvation Army Red Shield Stores. Each of them offers its own distinct selection of vintage or modern clothes, costumes, accessories and furniture.

Sewer options discussed

At the Boone County Regional Sewer District meeting Tuesday, board members discussed the county’s options for bringing private, owner-operated sewer facilities up to sewer district standards.

Boone County is home to about 100 domestic wastewater treatment facilities that operate with a Department of Natural Resources permit. Approximately 65 of those are privately owned, meaning that they have one owner but serve multiple tenants, as in a mobile home community.

4-H activities teach life skills

Head, heart, hands and health are the 4 H's that make up the youth organization that has been helping young people prepare to be future leaders since 1902.