Mid-Mo. delegates find NYC safe, fun

Stephanie Huett said her first impression of New York is that it’s like Fort Knox.

The 14-year-old is in the Big Apple this week to attend the Republican National Convention with her mother, Denna, a Columbia resident and Missouri delegate to the convention.

Tax increase would pay for county construction

Boone County property owners’ tax bills will rise next year if voters approve a $15 million bond issue. The bond would pay for the addition of two floors to the county courthouse, construction of a new two-story office building and extensive work at the county government center.

The proposed expansion plan, which was discussed Friday at a meeting of elected county officials and department heads, would add office space for circuit court and county government offices. Renovating the first two floors of the county government center to expand existing office space would cost about $800,000, while finishing the third floor would cost an additional $1.3 million.

Will they be back?

At game time, the sparse crowd of 924 clearly reflected the state of Mavericks baseball in Columbia.

When the team left the field after Monday night’s game, a 9-1 season-ending loss against the Rockford RiverHawks, it did so in last place in the independent Frontier League, and with the second-lowest total attendance of any of the league’s 12 teams.

Focus on run defense

Everybody on the Missouri defense has spent the preseason working on run defense, even the unit that is chiefly responsible for stopping the pass.

The Tigers’ secondary hasn’t stood idle after the defense allowed a combined 667 yards rushing against Kansas State and Arkansas, the final two losses in 2003. To help improve the run defense, the secondary has focused on the concept of leverage.

Bruins upbeat after loss

JEFFERSON CITY — The Rock Bridge volleyball team could not deliver the perfect welcome gift to its new coach Beth Newton, but did manage the next best thing.

Although the Bruins fell 25-11, 25-23 in their season opener to Helias on Monday, Newton said the team’s play pleased her.

Maxwell seeks longer life for Senior Rx

JEFFERSON CITY — Lt. Gov. Joe Maxwell on Monday called for a coalition of legislators and advocacy groups to help extend funding for the Senior Rx program. Without more money, tens of thousands of seniors would be left without prescription drug coverage effective Dec. 13, 2005.

Maxwell was speaking at a meeting of the Senior Rx Commission.

No question, footbag is sport for new generation

One thing every generation of young people has in common is their popular music’s ability to frighten and confuse the older generation.

Baby boomers lamented their parents’ denouncement of rock ‘n’ roll as noise and not music.

Trustees discuss hospital expansion, to be completed by November 2005

The expansion of Boone Hospital Center remains on target, even as hospital officials plan the addition of a fourth medical office building.

The Boone Hospital Center Board of Trustees discussed those construction projects at its monthly board meeting Monday.

Va. governor speaks in Rocheport

ROCHEPORT — About 30 local residents joined Gov. Mark Warner of Virginia for a roundtable discussion Monday at Laborers Local Post 955 organized in support of the Kerry-Edwards campaign, and voiced strong concerns on rising health-care premiums and what they see as an increasingly-bleak economic outlook.

Almeta Crayton, First Ward representative to the Columbia City Council and a participant in the roundtable discussion, highlighted strains on the middle class that she said are the result of a drab economy, and the perceived “lack of conversation about double-digit unemployment” in some parts of Missouri.

Kneading people at home and in Greece

A Columbia massage therapist is on her way to Athens, Greece, to work with athletes at the 2004 Summer Paralympics.

Elisabeth Norton has been selected to be one of 60 international massage therapists who will travel to Greece next week. The Paralympics are similar to the Olympics, except that athletes have a physical disability.

Minor foes worry Big 12 coaches

To some, it might appear Big 12 Conference schools have decided to ease into the new season. The Big 12’s coaches don’t think that is the case.

When Oklahoma State plays at UCLA this weekend, it is the only Big 12 team playing a major conference opponent. That doesn’t mean, though, the Big 12 teams will get a week off. Teams’ scheduling philosophies were topics of discussion during the first Big 12 coaches’ teleconference of the season.

Chancellor’s last days

MU Chancellor Richard Wallace spent his penultimate day in office in a few meetings and attending to last-minute details.

Although Wallace will stay with MU for at least two more years as a fund-raiser for the $600 million “For All We Call Mizzou” campaign, he said Monday he’s sad to leave his job as chancellor.

Bruins’ softball team falls

The Rock Bridge softball team fell to Smith Cotton 5-3 on Monday night in Sedalia.

MU Athletics

Senior Kristen Heil and sophomore Brad Ekwerekwu were named Lathrop and Gage Student-Athletes of the Week.

One Read author’s visit will cap month full of discussions

Though Barbara Ehrenreich won’t appear in Columbia for another month, her words have already been making an impact in the community. Her book, “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America,” was the selection for this year’s One Read program, as well as reading programs at MU and Stephens College.

The events scheduled for the One Read program in Columbia begin with a celebrity book talk with Associate Circuit Judge Chris Kelly on Sept. 7 and culminate with the author’s visit Sept. 30.

MU Baseball

Sixteen members of the 1954 MU baseball team will be reuniting in Columbia this weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its championship season.