Saying goodbye

Hearts for Valentine’s Day, ducks and bunnies for Easter, angels and trees for Christmas and pumpkins and cats for Halloween. Each holiday, Cheryl Brown and her friend Chelsea would make sugar cookies for family members. Chelsea cut out and baked the cookies with her mom and asked Brown to decorate the first one. Then Chelsea did the rest.

But on Saturday, it was bouquets of pink, red and purple flowers arranged at the front of a room full of mourners and a doll perched on the rim of a small casket.

MU seeks answers from magazine

As MU officials push for more details from a report published in Seventeen magazine, they continue to release more specific plans for the future of the Tiger Hostess program.

The article, published in the September issue of the magazine geared toward female, teenage readers, reports that MU’s athletic department ignored a Tiger Hostess’ claims of sexual harassment. The woman, who is cited anonymously in the article, claims recruits sexually harassed her and coaches joked about her complaints. The article did not say when the alleged incidents occurred.

Kennedy, volunteer fire captain, dies

For 15 years, Mike Kennedy served Boone County as a volunteer with the Boone County Fire Protection District, where he rose to the rank of captain. He was a member of the bomb squad and commander of the fire investigation team.

Fire Chief Steve Paulsell described Mr. Kennedy as “very dedicated to the organization and to fire protection.”

Boundary lines block Pierpont proposal

Boone County Commissioners Skip Elkin and Karen Miller both applauded the initiative of Pierpont residents to incorporate their small piece of land and become a village. But after all the petitions, proposals and attorneys, the residents of Pierpont still have a ways to go — half a mile to be exact.

According to state law, the boundaries of a village must be two miles outside a city’s limit to incorporate. However, the boundaries drawn up in a petition presented by Pierpont’s residents, come within 11/2 miles of Columbia’s newly annexed Phillips Tract. The survey to measure the distance was done by the city after prompting by Fifth Ward Councilman John John.

Cooper’s Landing liquor license hearing ends

It could be weeks or months before Mike Cooper will know if he will be able to sell beer again at Cooper’s Landing, the convenience store he owns on the banks of the Missouri River, south of Columbia. Friday was the final day of Cooper’s hearing before the Administrative Hearing Commission.

A decision will follow a review of the hearing by Commissioner John J. Kopp.

Class reunion rivalry

In the quiet Saturday morning, a sudden burst of drumbeats and rap music awoke the neighbors of Douglass High School as a colorful procession of cars, floats, horses and even a llama paraded around their district.

More than 300 Douglass graduates arrived in Columbia from across the country for the Black and White parade and ball.

Dems seek unity

Democratic winners of Tuesday’s local primary elections carried the national party’s message of unity to the weekly luncheon of the Boone County Muleskinners on Friday.

About 50 people attended, listening to nominees and their representatives talk political strategy while grabbing a plate of fettuccini alfredo.

Search continues for woman

Boone County Sheriff’s Department detectives continue their statewide search for a Columbia woman kidnapped from her residence Thursday morning. The stolen car, however, has been found in Kansas City.

The roommate of Sara Riebold, 25, called detectives to their home in the 11000 block of Old Highway 63 N. Thursday to report Riebold’s disappearance. The roommate said he’d been struck over the head and bound, according to a news release. The release said he reported Riebold and his teal 1994 Mazda Protege missing. The roommate was hospitalized Thursday and released later that day.

Two chances not enough for Post 202

SEDALIA — It is heartbreaking enough to lose one championship game. Columbia Post 202 lost two of them.

The Blue Springs A’s foiled Post 202’s two chances to win the American Legion state championship, winning 11-6 and 11-10 on Saturday at Liberty Park.

Multisport club on the road again

Last August, 52 triathletes from Columbia Multisport Club confidently went to Boulder, Colo., to compete in the USA Triathlon National Club Championship. They were so confident that they brought T-shirts and a banner declaring them national champions.

It was their first year at the competition, and they won Division I.

All-Stars’ run ends

The Columbia All-Stars were eliminated Friday in the semifinals of Little League Baseball’s 11- and 12-year-old Midwest Regional, losing for the second time to Iowa 5-4.

Columbia manager Mark Pfeiffer said he was pleased with his team’s performance despite the loss.

Snyder receives reprimand

The University of Missouri issued a public letter of reprimand to men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder, addressed July 28.

The letter was one of the self-imposed penalties that came as a result of MU’s July 1 response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations.

Walker makes successful debut in Cards’ victory

ST. LOUIS — Larry Walker is 1-0 with the St. Louis Cardinals, and he played a supporting role in the victory with his new team.

Rookie Yadier Molina, batting with the bases loaded after an intentional walk to Walker, blooped a single to center with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday for a 2-1 victory against the New York Mets.

Early error costs Mavericks

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks paid for an early miscue Saturday night against the Gateway Grizzlies.

The Mavericks lost 2-1 at Taylor Stadium.

Mavericks boast Blase of power

Columbia native Blake Blase is the only player on the Mid-Missouri Mavericks from Missouri.

Blase could be another hometown boy playing for a local team, but his playing has made him stand out.

Justice put him in prison, now justice is his mission

Flowers adorn the wooden kitchen table. Silverware flanks neatly arranged dishes. A baby’s high chair sits next to the window. As the father prepares to bite into the roast and green beans supper he has prepared, he looks mournfully at his wife, who has put them both on a low-carb diet.

This is a moment in Michael Lenza’s life. It’s a different moment from those that made up his past. Lenza spent 15 years in prison on a murder conviction. He claims he was “very young” then. Now, he is known locally for his research on the death penalty and for his community involvement. He has an insider view of the criminal justice system and uses it to advance his research.

Night out includes piercings

Every summer I reserve two nights back-to-back for boys’ and girls’ nights out with the grandchildren. Boys are the easiest and, quite frankly, the most boring. Give them burgers and a go-cart and they’re good for the night.

Girls are another story. The two oldest co-chairs concocted elaborate plans for the night with Grammy and Papa. Although all seven of my granddaughters were invited, two sisters tested positive for strep throat and had to stay home. We began in late afternoon with a craft. Each girl was given a pair of flip-flops to decorate. They had the table loaded with tubes of paint, silk flowers and an assortment of beads. An hour and several mishaps later, we put the one-of-a-kind footwear on some newspaper to dry.

Irish games featured at pagan harvest festival

Wearing a kilt, a green T-shirt and sunglasses, Robert Brummel used his hand-carved staff to push a white laundry basket worth two points back into place. At the end of the stone-throwing competition, he received third place after two tie breakers.