Pregnant driver hits boys crossing Broadway

A Buick Skylark driven by a pregnant woman hit two juveniles crossing West Broadway at Highland Drive on Friday afternoon.

Yvonne Piersee, 17, of 2401 W. Broadway, who is 37 weeks pregnant, was transported to Columbia Regional Hospital shortly after her car struck the two boys.

Man critically injured in motorcycle accident

Chris S. Schneider of Columbia crashed his motorcycle into a tree off Rock Quarry Road Saturday at 11:10 a.m. Schneider, 32, was taken to University Hospital for treatment of broken legs and pelvis, said Traffic Officer Lynn Woolford of the Columbia Police Department in a media release.

Sure-handed victory

The Missouri and Arkansas State offenses took different approaches Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

No. 18 Missouri featured a quick-strike approach while Arkansas State was methodical in the Tigers 52-20 win.

Thousands expected for Bush

Thousands of people are expected to attend a rally for President George W. Bush at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, according to a spokesman for Bush-Cheney ’04.

Representatives at the Boone County Republican Headquarters, one of two locations giving out tickets to the event, said Friday evening that 1,000 tickets had already been distributed. However, the tickets are not expected to run out.

City plans purchase of Philips for park

The city appears to be only weeks away from buying a large portion of the Philips tract for a new city park.

The Columbia City Council on Tuesday will introduce an ordinance calling for acquisition of 140 acres of the former farm in southeast Columbia.

Red Cross worker describes wreckage

On Friday, Columbia resident John Souza returned from Florida where he was involved in the disaster relief efforts from Hurricane Charley.

With Hurricane Frances approaching, Souza said one of his main concerns is the damage left behind from Hurricane Charley. As high winds develop, debris could be hurtled through the air and cause additional damage.

Nonprofit groups spur voter registration

Weaving through the front yards of Jefferson Street in Columbia, Dominique Turner couldn’t wait to meet a stranger. Through a maze of curious porch-sitters, barking dogs and barbecue pits, Turner sifted through her grandmother’s neighborhood, searching for first “no” and then the treasured “yes” answers to her two simple questions: “Are you registered to vote?” and “Would you like to register?”

Turner is one of more than 200 foot soldiers asking such questions in Columbia’s neighborhoods. The results of their efforts have been impressive; voter registrations are stacking up.

Regulator picked for creek project

Like many other Columbians, Scott Hamilton still canoes and goes kayaking down Hinkson Creek, despite the steadily increasing problem of pollution caused by urban development.

“I see the creek as a reflection of everything that we do in Columbia,” Hamilton said. “I see it as a reflection of my home, so I have a personal stake in the Hinkson.”

Residents report car break-ins

One of the reasons Linda Little moved to Oak View Drive in May was the neighborhood’s safety.

So, Little was concerned when she prepared to leave for work from her northeast Columbia home Friday morning and discovered her car window had been pried open overnight.

Minority students tutor peers to close achievement gap

The problem of black student academic underachievement has been battling a familiar foe at Hickman High School.

For the past three years, Hickman High has been home to the Minority Achievement Committee Scholars, the main goals of which include the promotion and encouragement of academic success in all classes, as well as the building of a support group so that minority students can form strong relationships focused on scholarly achievement.

Leader urges fixes to benefits funding

JEFFERSON CITY — As many unemployed Missourians are collecting assistance from the state while they seek new jobs, they’re putting the state into debt.

It’s a debt that is forcing Missouri to borrow from the federal government as required by federal law. It also is a debt with an interest rate far higher than the state would pay if it were to borrow the money from private investors through a bond issue.

MU alters parking

A metered parking lot next to Brady Commons was packed with cars Tuesday afternoon — as usual. Yet students used to the past year’s parking regulations were in for an unpleasant surprise.

MU sophomore Adrienne Ford, struggling to find one of the last spaces in the lot, was dismayed to discover that the university has changed the lot’s meter enforcement hours from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Kewps trounce LSN

When senior quarterback Blake Tekotte went down with an injury early in the first quarter, junior Andrew Perkins knew he was prepared.

“Blake’s the man. We all expected Blake to lead the team,” Perkins said. “I’ve been (playing quarterback) all summer, and I was ready for it.”

Owl fumbles aid Bruins

MARSHALL – A scoreless and sloppy first half didn’t stop Rock Bridge from earning a season-opening win against Marshall on Friday night.

Quarterback Logan Gray threw two interceptions in the first half of his debut at Cecil Naylor Field in Marshall, but managed to get to half time with a scoreless tie.

Tiger kickers stymied after slow first half

A halftime pep talk couldn’t overcome a sluggish start for the MU soccer team Friday night.

The Tigers lost 2-1 to Wisconsin at the Nike Tiger Invitational, with junior Jennifer Nobis scoring her third goal of the season.

Cougars breeze through Classic

Dawn Erickson might have trouble deciding on the best part of her Saturday: turning 21 or helping her team win a tournament on her home court.

But she said it was the latter.

Coffey shows improvement

If Sean Coffey, a Missouri wide receiver, felt pressure going into Saturday’s game against Arkansas State, he hid it well.

After a disappointing 2003 season in which the Tigers finished 102nd in the country with 166 passing yards per game, Coffey led an aerial attack Saturday that kept pace with Missouri’s rushing offense. The Tigers passed for 243 yards and ran for 263.

Rucker’s debut proves worth

Martin Rucker picked a great way to start his college career.

With 11:46 left in the first quarter Saturday, quarterback Brad Smith faked a handoff, rolled to his left and hit Rucker on the sideline inside the 10-yard line. Rucker, a tight end, carried his first college catch into the end zone for Missouri’s first touchdown.

Bruins win Great Eight

After two days, 27 matches and a 10-year wait, the Rock Bridge tennis team claimed a Great Eight championship Saturday.

Kara Hickey beat Pembroke Hill’s Erin Bleakley in a 10-point tiebreaker after splitting the first two sets of their match to give the Bruins a 5-4 victory against the perennial Kansas City powerhouse.

Putting on a new face

It’s not just celebrities and reality-show participants. College-aged Columbians are doing it, too.

The “it” is cosmetic surgery, a trend that’s making headlines all over the United States.