Life in a carnival

The sounds of the Boone County Fair are surprisingly chaotic, considering that this is supposed to be a fun, relaxing event. The constant hum of carnival ride motors is punctuated by the hiss of compressed air or the shrill scream of a child in the throes of either terror, ecstasy, or both.

Mavs end skid with late spree

It was a much needed win.

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks ended their three-game skid Thursday night at Taylor Stadium defeating the River City Rascals 4-2.

Mavs’ Manager Jim Gentile said he was encouraged.

“It’s great after three losses,” Gentile said. “Every time we win I say, ‘I hope this is the start’, but I really do. We just had a bad three games at Gateway.”

Beyond showmanship

Mallory Trosper first met Justin McBee in 1999 when they were both showing calves at a national Junior Angus Show.

“We’ve been good friends and then we started seeing each other last summer and our families became friends,” Mallory says.

NAACP sponsors candidate forum

Racial profiling, the economy and disability services were among the topics discussed Thursday at a candidates forum sponsored by the NAACP. Candidates for the 19th District state Senate seat, the 24th and 25th District House seats, Boone County sheriff, Boone County commission and Boone County treasurer made an appearance at the event at Second Baptist Church, which was also attended by about two dozen residents

19th District state Senate

Teachers take sides

Whoever is elected to the 19th district state senate seat will face having to possibly re-write the public education foundation formula, deal with lagging budgets and look at changing the tax structure. Democratic candidates Chuck Graham and Tim Harlan each have their own plans to close corporate tax loopholes and both oppose tax credits or vouchers for private schools.

With the Aug. 3 Democratic primary less than two weeks away, educational issues have become the focal point of the race.

GOP candidates vary campaigns for governor bid

While Secretary of State Matt Blunt has for months been billed as the presumptive Republican nominee for Missouri governor, those who pick up a GOP ballot at the polls on Aug. 3 will have choices.

Here’s a look at the lesser-known candidates.

Cardinals shut out Brewers

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals’ vaunted lineup is taking a backseat to the rotation.

Jason Marquis threw eight sharp innings, Jim Edmonds hit a home run off Ben Sheets, and the Cardinals shut out the Milwaukee Brewers for the second consecutive game, 4-0 on Thursday night.

McCaskill: Debates neglect rural issues

Gubernatorial candidate Claire McCaskill wants to take debates with Gov. Bob Holden out of the big cities and into Missouri’s smaller towns in the days leading up to the Aug. 3 Democratic primary.

In a conference call Thursday, McCaskill said debates in rural Missouri will address issues that were neglected in debates earlier this week, which were held in Kansas City and St. Louis. McCaskill said the debates did not address issues pertinent to outstate Missouri — defined as rural areas in the state — such as agriculture, ethanol, transportation for school districts and Medicaid recipients who have limited options in receiving services.

Stores set for Best Buy’s competition

The big blue building with the giant yellow tag on Stadium Boulevard is expected to create competition with electronics, appliance and music stores in Columbia.

Best Buy will open in the old Kmart building at 2001 W. Worley St. on Aug. 13. Kmart closed in February.

Singer's style inspired by folk and jazz music.

Jolie Holland's voice is an anachronism. Possessing a melancholic strain common in Appalachia and traditional American folk music prone to dirges and murder ballads, her voice lolls gorgeously in a cadence tinged with jazz rhythms.

At times, it seems steeped in the very opiate of which she sings in the narcotically dark, bluesy "Old Fashion Morphine" on her latest release, "Escondida" - issuing repeated invocations to two infamous junkies, nomadic '30s writer Isabelle Eberhardt and beat writer William S. Burroughs.

Alternate jail facility discusses expansion

Board Members of the Reality House discussed plans with the Boone County Commission on Thursday to add a wing to their existing facility of 210 beds. While no specific financial or design plans have been developed, they want to add 50 new beds.

Reality House is a nonprofit community correctional program that offers alternatives to traditional jail or prison sentences. The county owns the facility and charges rent.

Motorcyclists ride for fund-raiser

It’s time for motorcyclists to show their bikes and raise money for kids.

The second Showme Cruise begins today and kicks off the fifth annual Rolla Rally, which raises money for Missouri Special Olympics. For $35 motorcyclists can register at the Mid-Missouri Fairgrounds in Rolla. Registration begins at 5 a.m. and at 7 a.m. bikers begin a 526-mile, five-city ride to raise money for Special Olympics.

Putting them through their paces

Tape marks on the floor outline the boundaries of the stage. Folding chairs stand in for fences, stools and even a butter churn, and the temptation to sit on them is great.

Even without props, scenery and rehearsals on the actual set — until shortly before opening night — the actors for this summer’s Performing Arts in Children’s Education productions have created two distinct shows with nothing but a script, music, choreography, directors’ guidance and their own energy and enthusiasm.

Police seek 3 in two rape cases

The Columbia Police and Boone County Sheriff’s departments are still searching for three men in connection with two separate rapes that occurred within the last week.

The first rape occurred at 10:45 p.m. Sunday in Worley Street Park when a 36-year-old Columbia woman was forced into the park and sexually assaulted by two men, police said in a release.

Racing down the muddy track

Holly Burnett and Ian Diegelman raced down the muddy 125-foot long track, the roaring of their trucks drowning out the cheering of the crowd.

“Blue Angel,” Burnett’s shiny ’87 Chevy ripping through the muck, came in second, right behind Diegelman’s red ’78 Dodge, in the first class of mud races at the Boone County Fair on Thursday night.

Candidates decide to return to stump-speaking at fair.

Candidates at the Boone County Fair are being forced to resort to old-fashioned stump-speaking to reach the public after their planned debate forums failed to generate much interest.

After a poor showing Tuesday night for the congressional and sheriff candidate forums, the decision was made to cancel Thursday night’s event in favor of individual speaking time for each of the candidates, said Vicki Russell, president of the Fair Board.