MU athletes await Olympic events

Jared Wilmes has four years of his life tied up in preparing for the Olympics.

The assistant track and field coach at MU has been working closely with Derrick Peterson, a runner who will begin competing in the 800–meter event on Aug. 25.

MU representatives face NCAA

MU officials will appear in front of the National Collegiate Athletics Association’s Committee on Infractions in Seattle today to discuss the NCAA allegations levied against the men’s basketball program in May.

University of Missouri system President Elson Floyd, athletics director Mike Alden, basketball coach Quin Snyder and members of an MU investigatory team are among those who made the trip.

Council weighs plan to add 25 city employees

Three police officers and two firefighters are among the 25 new employees the Columbia City Council should authorize for fiscal year 2005, according to a budget proposed by City Manager Ray Beck.

The new positions, which run the gamut from public safety to vehicle maintenance to public works engineers, would cost the city about $1.16 million, said Robert Ross, spokesman for the city. The city council will consider Beck’s recommendations over the next several weeks as it holds work sessions and public hearings on the budget, a final version of which will take effect Oct. 1.

Park reopens after renovations

Under a hide-and-seek sky of sun and swift-moving clouds, Jennifer Sanders and her family enjoyed the cool weather Thursday as well as changes to Stephens Lake Park.

Sanders came to the lake often as a child, and now that it has reopened, she brought her children, nieces and nephews.

Convention snags trappers’ interest

As customers perused through his finished product, Kenny Cook stitched together a teddy bear made of red fox fur. By the middle of Thursday afternoon, the first day of the National Trappers Association’s 45th Annual Convention, Cook had finished five bears made from raccoon, coyote and red fox.

Cook, who lives in California, Mo., has been sewing fur accessories for more than 22 years. He was a dairy farmer who added fur sales for extra income. But he had a marketing problem.

State fair offers variety

Nicole Lawrent of Columbia leaned against the gated fence Thursday morning surrounding the practice arena for horses at the Missouri State Fair, watching intently as other riders took their steeds through their paces.

Lawrent, 16, was at the fair with her Arabian, Cozmo, to compete later in the evening for Stephens College in the Saddle Seat Arabian Country Pleasure category.

Keeping Pace

During his two years as a star linebacker at Rock Bridge, Van Alexander seldom was unable to catch up to the play.

In setting a school record with 400 tackles, Alexander was usually making the play.

Former Missouri star dies

ST. LOUIS — Ernest Blackwell a standout on the Missouri football team in 1997, shot his stepdaughter and attacked neighbors, then died after struggling with police, authorities said Thursday.

Blackwell, 29, of St. Louis County, died Wednesday night. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday. Results were not yet known.

Columbia links see areas’ best

At first glance, the Kiwanis Columbia Championship is another local tournament. There are tee times, local courses and familiar players, but without an invitation, there is no hope to compete.

The tournament takes place on three courses, including Lake of the Woods and the Country Club of Missouri, beginning today and ending Sunday.

Timing right for full pads

Putting the Missouri football team in full pads today for the first time this preseason might be more of a necessity than part of the regular practice plan.

Thursday’s two-hour practice at Memorial Field, with players in upper body pads and helmets, featured some hard hits by the offense and defense.