Inside Baked Beans

As families fire up barbecues for summer weekend cookouts, chances are baked beans will appear alongside whatever’s cooking on the grill.

It stands to reason pots of simmering and spicy baked beans should be summer’s savory of choice. Baking beans is easy, which makes the classic baked or barbecued beans the perfect side dish to serve with chicken, steaks, ribs and roasted vegetables.

Rising Stars focus on inclusion, basketball

In high school, Ray Magruder’s Lamar Consolidated High School basketball team advanced to the Class 5A Texas state championship in 1989. As a forward, he was ranked among the top 15 percent of basketball players in Texas. As a parent, he now wants to give children the opportunity to play sports, particularly those who might not be able to afford to play.

Magruder and Kent Murdock of Columbia formed Rising Stars Sports Association for girls and boys between third and seventh grade. So far, about 45 players play on their five basketball teams, and three teams competed in the Show-Me State Games.

Season for deer earlier in county

Firearms deer season this year will open earlier than ever in Boone County.

The Missouri Department of Conservation has set up an early season for firearms hunters from Oct. 8-11 in Boone and 11 other urban counties — more than a month earlier than the traditional firearms season.

An MU minor with a major impact

Staying active in her community is important to Emily Wenzlick, a junior in biochemistry at MU, because she believes it gives her a broader perspective on life. So when she heard that the Office of Service-Learning would offer a minor in leadership and public service, she decided to pursue it.

“It’s important to me to challenge myself to keep seeing the world from different points of view, from different people’s perspectives, because it just changes your heart on so many issues,” Wenzlick said.

Treasurer hopefuls urge kids to make sense out of dollars

Candidates for state treasurer worry about Missourians’ financial literacy.

“We have problems with finance because people don’t know how to calculate or make rate comparisons,” said Anita Yeckel, who is running for the Republican nomination for treasurer.

Graham campaign lodges ethics claim against Harlan

With the Aug. 3 primary less than a week away, criticism has been flying between Democrats Chuck Graham and Tim Harlan, who are running for the 19th District state Senate seat.

The attacks intensified Tuesday as Graham’s campaign manager, Mike McGennis, filed a complaint with the Missouri Ethics Commission saying Harlan did not disclose the source of $13,595 in 2002. The commission requires all contributions to be itemized, with the contributor’s name, address and occupation listed. Harlan’s Oct. 14, 2002, report lists his expenditures, but not his contributions.

Storm set to make noise in Las Vegas

A storm is leaving for Las Vegas.

The Mid-Missouri Basketball Club Storm of Columbia is departing today to compete in the Vision Sports 2004 National Youth Championships in Las Vegas. The tournament ends Saturday.

MU’s list of values may add diversity

Respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence — not just words, but values to MU. For the last few years, these concepts have been the foundation of MU’s values statement, but a change could be in sight.

The Missouri Students Association, in a letter last week, asked a task force that created the initial values statement to consider diversity as a fifth value for MU. The letter cites recent events, particularly a racially charged column in a March issue of the independent MU Student News, which led to a sit-in on the steps of Jesse Hall.

Little hit lifts Mavs

Brent Metheny came up to the plate looking for the big winning hit. A little one got the job done.

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks defeated the Rockford RiverHawks 4-3 on Monday at Taylor Stadium. Metheny drove in the winning run in the eighth with a two-out RBI bunt single.

Third-party candidates to join Missouri ballot

Political independent Ralph Nader and Michael A. Peroutka of the Constitution Party will be added to Missouri’s presidential race, according to their campaigns.

Vying for a spot on the ballot in the November elections, the two presidential candidates, along with three new parties and six independent candidates running for state representative, filed petitions and declarations of candidacy Monday. The secretary of state’s elections office was still receiving petitions minutes before the 5 p.m. deadline.

Cardinals’ power surge helps shut down Reds

CINCINNATI — Tony Womack singled with the bases loaded in the 11th inning Monday night, sparking a four-run rally that sent the St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-6 win against the fading Cincinnati Reds.

The Reds lost their sixth in a row, not the way they wanted to start a homestand that could determine their season. They blew a pair of leads and fell to .500 for the first time since May 13.

Arena brings concession changes

MU basketball players won’t be the only ones noticing changes when the new Paige Sports Arena opens this year. Fund-raising groups will also have to adapt.

The layout of the new arena means some groups who participated in concession stand fund-raising last year will need more people if they hope to do so again this season, said Alan Petersen, director of Athletic Dining Services.

Two stars stick together

They have played together for four years at Douglass High. Now they plan on playing four more together in college.

Douglass’ Andre Burgess and Anthony Johnson signed letters of intent to attend Lewis and Clark College in Alton, Ill. on Monday.

New face set to compete

Experience is important, but it is not always crucial.

Rock Bridge golfers Thomas Schuenemeyer and Mark Kollias enter the Coca-Cola Junior Classic today with different backgrounds. Schuenemeyer, 16, is participating in his fourth Classic. It will be the first time Kollias, 15, will play in the tournament.

Spoonhour joins Tigers basketball coaching staff

Jay Spoonhour will join the staff of the Missouri men’s basketball program. Spoonhour is the son of former UNLV coach Charlie Spoonhour, also a past coach at Southwest Missouri State and St. Louis University.

Jay Spoonhour will assist the MU coaching staff in practice, and help scout and recruit. He spent the past three seasons an assistant at UNLV, the last part of his third season as interim head coach after his father resigned.

Gunfire injures 2 in Harrisburg burglary

A burglary that left two people injured with shotgun wounds early Sunday morning in Harrisburg appears to be related to domestic violence, police said Monday.

“There is a domestic violence element to it,” said Sgt. Tom Reddin of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. “The guy who came into the residence shooting is apparently the estranged husband of a woman in the house.”

City ranks 14th best for running business

Business is good for businesses in Columbia, at least according to one magazine.

Expansion Management magazine ranked Columbia 14th out of 331 metropolitan areas across the nation of best metros for business expansion and relocation. Columbia ranked fifth among metro areas with a population of 250,000 or less.

McCaskill rakes in contributions in month of July

While State Auditor Claire McCaskill led gubernatorial hopefuls in money raised in the most recent reporting period, Gov. Bob Holden maintained the lead in total money and Secretary of State Matt Blunt has the most money on hand, according to campaign finance reports filed Monday.

The “Eight Day Before Election Report” was required of all candidates as the Aug. 3 primary elections approach.

A second chance

Bernard walks around the eroding pasture, nonchalantly picking at tufts of grass, twitching his giant ears to keep the flies away. Wherever the 3-year-old donkey goes, Ladybug the horse isn’t far away.

Bernard and Ladybug, a 10-year-old thoroughbred mix, have an unusual relationship that was formed at their previous home. Andrea Rickards, a volunteer for Columbia Second Chance animal shelter, said Ladybug became blind after not receiving proper medical treatment and being picked on by other horses. As a result, she said, Bernard became her “seeing-eye” donkey.

Collegetown, U.S.A.: Getting to know MU

You stand on the north end of Francis Quadrangle and take it all in. This is MU.

The white dome of Jesse Hall reflects the sun. Two red squirrels rest on the bronze statue of Thomas Jefferson. A couple sits on the base of one of the MU Columns, books open. On the surrounding grass, a group of students tosses a Frisbee.