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Ready for Some Football

ASHLAND — The wait is over. It’s finally football time for Ashland.

After decades of hoping and dreaming, the moment has arrived for the town’s first varsity football team. On Friday night, as about 200 parents and friends cheered, the Southern Boone Eagles made their debut on the road against North Callaway.

Labor unions unite to endorse local candidates

Local politicians who have adopted labor-friendly platforms will be rewarded with support from the United Working People of Mid-Missouri, a group of about 60 individuals representing nearly 20 union organizations.

The political action committee first met in February and has decided to endorse eight candidates since the August primary elections. Each politician will receive backing from the group in the form of money and organized canvassing.

It’s so hard to find time to be bored

Well, here it is September, and I’m still waiting for three consecutive days without rain so I can put the cushions on my lawn chairs. Geronimo, the cat, is still waiting for his first dose of flea repellent. That pretty much sums up the story of how we spent the summer — waiting. Period.

Still, I have found plenty of interesting things to do. Most of my work involves history writing, and that keeps me enough removed from the present that I don’t get deeply entrenched in the here and now. I could easily get depressed over the fact that history repeats itself so often and so few notice, but I don’t. I try to forget, for instance, how many times we have lived through a presidential election like this one simply because it does no good. I find that people prefer to make their own mistakes and let the rest of us suffer for them.

Rios trial venue change possible

Lawyers defending murder suspect Steven Rios could request a change of venue for the trial of the former Columbia police officer at his arraignment Tuesday.

Underdog no more

At first glance, he doesn’t look like much.

Secondary struggles in opener

It is sometimes hard to pinpoint weaknesses after a 32-point win, but Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel said he would like to see improvement defensively after Saturday’s season opener.

The Tigers, who dropped a spot in the Associated Press poll to No. 19, could not stop Arkansas State’s passing attack in the 52-20 win, allowing 350 passing yards. Indians starting quarterback Nick Noce was 19-for-26 with 240 yards and two touchdowns before leaving in the third quarter with cramps in his calf muscle. Devin Hollins replaced Noce and also had success, going 7-for-11 for 110 yards.

Corrections

A story about an unemployment compensation fund on page 8A Sunday incorrectly referred to a 1996 amendment. The amendment was called the “Farmahan” amendment because it received backing from former Gov. Mel Carnahan and the Farm Bureau.

Team reunion honors real, embellished feats

In 1954, the stories were already great. At the MU baseball team’s 40-year reunion in 1994, they got a little bit better. Now, after 50 years, some have gained legendary status.

“The older you get, the better you were,” said pitcher Emil Kammer, who really did win eight games for the Tigers’ 1954 national champions. “I think all of us have gotten a lot better, all of us were 5-for-5 every game.”

Marathon runner will bare his soles

About 140 runners will lace up their shoes this morning to run in the 45th annual Heart of America marathon, but Rick Roeber won’t be one of them. He plans on running the race barefoot.

“This will be my third marathon with no shoes,” Roeber said. “I started running barefoot about a year ago.”

Persistence pays off

It took 27 shots, but the Missouri soccer team finally connected with 3 minutes left to defeat Iowa 1-0 on Sunday in the last game of this year’s Nike Tiger Invitational.

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