Sheriff hopefuls discuss jail occupancy

The Boone County Jail, completed in 1991, was built to house 188 inmates. Most of the time, it’s filled to capacity, and then some.

All of the candidates for Boone County Sheriff — the three Democrats in next week’s primary and one Republican — agree that figuring out how to cut back on the jail population or increase the bed space will be a major challenge.

County election workers needed

The Boone County Clerk’s Office is looking for election judges to help at the polls for Tuesday’s primary.

Cathy Cross of the clerk’s office said she does not know the exact number of election workers needed but is looking for anyone from any political party who is interested.

Predatory lending scrutinized

Predatory lending has become a national issue, with attorneys general and legislatures around the country taking action to protect consumers. Missouri is no different.

Predatory lending includes the legal and illegal practices of loaning money to high-risk consumers. By using their greater knowledge of loans, lenders do not make the loans in the best interest of the consumer. In the worst cases, consumers lose all their assets, including their homes.

New musical to debut in Columbia

The scene is set for Brantley, Kan., with a tailor shop on one side of the street and a general store on the other. Townspeople mill about visiting, shopping, singing and dancing — all on stage at the Columbia Entertainment Co.

The company, known as CEC, will end its 25th season with the world premiere of “The Klemperers’ New Clothes.” The production is based on the fairy tale of a similar name by Hans Christian Andersen.

Fest brings consumers downtown

Occupancy rates at the Regency Premier Hotel Downtown in Columbia increased to about 85 percent during June’s Twilight Festival, which was an increase of about 15 percent from other Thursdays, hotel owner Mike Ebert said.

“My guests were very impressed about how we can bring 8,000 to 11,000 people together each Thursday in the month of June,” Ebert said. The Twilight Festival continued to lure record crowds and revenues to downtown in June. Estimated attendance of June festivals was a record 42,000, with some nights exceeding 11,000 visitors. In 2003, the estimated average attendance was 7,000 each night, according to a report from the Central Columbia Association.

Holden’s Columbia speech targets seniors, education

Rose Corgan had a busy day scheduled Wednesday, but she found time to attend Gov. Bob Holden’s speech at the Tiger Columns retirement community. She went to listen to his speech that focused on issues close to her heart as a retired teacher: care for older Americans and education.

Holden stressed the importance of fighting for the needs of children and older citizens. He said it is important to adequately fund Medicare, prescription drug coverage and housing for seniors and education.

Bellerive inspires grand memory

CREVE COEUR – Bellerive Country Club might not have the mystique of St. Andrews, the tradition of Augusta National or the allure of Pebble Beach, but it has a small corner in the immense annals of golf lore.

It was here in 1965 that Gary Player, at 29, won the U.S. Open and completed his career grand slam. Player joined Sam Snead and Ben Hogan as the only men to accomplish the feat.

Weir on par after tough final round in Jr. Classic

Even though a tougher course was the site of the second day of the Coca-Cola Junior Championship, the challenge didn’t faze Drew Weir.

Weir, 16, shot a par 70 at A.L. Gustin Golf Course on Wednesday for a two-day 139 total to the 15-17 division by nine strokes

In the Zone: Post 202 all set

Summer baseball continues for Columbia Post 202.

Post 202 faces Chillicothe Post 25 at 5:30 p.m. today in the first round of the Zone I American Legion Baseball Tournament at Moberly High. It is a four-team, double-elimination tournament.

Swinging into action

For someone who finished with a total more than seven times his age, Zachary Cook can golf.

Zachary, 8, shot a 57 for nine holes in the Coca-Cola Junior Championship golf tournament Tuesday morning at L.A. Nickell golf course in his first tournament. His is third in the boys’ 8-10 division.

No mistake about it, Mavs’ defense better

For the first half of the season, the Mavericks defense was offensive.

Now, it has sparked the Mavericks back to respectability.

Mid-Missouri enter tonight’s game having won of eight of 13, and it can attribute its improved play to the suddenly smooth infield defense.

Improving Mavs sweep Rockford

Things have changed, and the Mid-Missouri Mavericks are no longer to be taken lightly.

The Mavs completed a sweep of the first-place Rockford RiverHawks in convincing fashion with a 10-3 victory Tuesday night at Taylor Stadium.

Some MKT phones found faulty

Shortly after 6 a.m. on July 2, Ben McCloskey was biking on the MKT Trail when he came across a jogger who had collapsed on the path. McCloskey quickly biked to the nearest emergency phone, at the Stadium Boulevard entrance to the trail, only to find that the device wasn’t working.

McCloskey then turned around and biked back down the path, passing the still unconscious jogger, to a second phone, which he told police was also out of order. McCloskey continued on to the Forum Boulevard access to the trail, where he finally found an emergency phone that worked.

Cards have Cincinnati seeing red

At this rate, nobody is going to catch St. Louis.

Right-hander Jason Marquis hit a two-run double and pitched seven stingy innings for his eighth straight win Tuesday night, 6-0 against the Cincinnati Reds.

Sports mailer worries parent

When the Kids Sports News arrived in Larry Fredette’s mailbox earlier this month, the first thing he noticed was the address label. It read: “Alex Fredette,” specifically indicating that the newspaper was for his 8-year-old son.

Fredette, a youth baseball and basketball coach, said he likes the new monthly newspaper, which features young athletes’ pictures and coverage of their games, and isn’t concerned that his son is receiving it. However, he hopes youth sports leagues are cautious when deciding to release the names and addresses of players to businesses. He said it’s the first time he’s seen anything in the mail addressed only to Alex.

The right to bear beer

For more than 10 years, Village Wine and Cheese on Broadway has served its outdoor diners alcohol. Because of the small outdoor dining area, some of the patrons sat at tables on city sidewalks.

In April, Village Wine and Cheese owner Kathy Fluesmeier was notified by the Columbia Police Department that she was in violation of city ordinance 17600 — “possession of open container of alcoholic beverage or consumption of alcoholic beverage in certain public places.” She no longer serves alcohol to the outdoor diners.

Haas greeted as fan favorite at Senior Open

Jay Haas will garner plenty of attention and be a popular man during this week’s U.S. Senior Open at Bellerive Country Club in suburban St. Louis for good reason.

Haas, who in December turned 50, the minimum age to compete on the Champions Tour, is not only No. 22 in the World Golf Ranking and on the cusp of earning a berth on the United States’ Ryder Cup team this fall, but he also is a hometown favorite.

Ultimate finale

The Ultomatoes were a little too much for the Tiny Dancers on Tuesday night at Epple Field as they battled for the Ultimate Frisbee Championship title.

Playing by the light of the moon, the Tiny Dancers won 17-16 in a game that continued past the normal 13-point limit.

Voters weigh in on sheriff

Since Sheriff Ted Boehm took office in 1985, the population of Boone County has increased by nearly a third to more than 135,000 people.

Boehm’s department has grown to 140 full-time personnel with an annual budget of nearly $9.5 million. The county has a bigger jail, built in 1991, and two years ago, Boehm helped convince voters to approve a one-eighth cent sales tax for law enforcement.

Ballers perfect champs

The Columbia Ballers won the boys’ 12-and-under basketball division last weekend at the Show-Me State Games.

The Ballers, who went 7-0, defeated the St. Louis Bulls 40-30 in the final.