Montessori students share lessons with grandparents

A cool breeze swept through the shaded area of the playground where the audience sat. At the front was a group of young children donning black plastic hats distractedly performing "Five Little Monkeys" on a bed of wood chips.

It was the annual Grandparents Day Friday at the Columbia Montessori School, and nearly 50 parents, grandparents and siblings turned out for the big event.

Lee Elementary celebrates 100 years of history

Hanging lamps and a wet principal were the main attraction Saturday at Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School.

A year of celebration for the school culminated Saturday with one final party; the school's carnival marked the end of Lee's 100thth birthday celebration, which included a silent auction, dunking tank and carnival games.

History classes highlight attacks

Now that the phrase “Since Sept. 11” has embedded itself in the American vocabulary, local U.S. history teachers are making sure their lesson plans don’t gloss over the watershed event.

The Columbia school district’s 11th-grade U.S. history curriculum has been revised to include teaching on Sept. 11.

Former governor back on top

JEFFERSON CITY — Whether you’re betting on poker, pugilism or politics, it always pays to pick a winner.

And nobody in Missouri knows this better than former Gov. Roger Wilson.

Cyclists travel 150 miles for MS

This year, participants raised $1.75 million.

The long steep hill that leads to the finish line of the MS 150 Bike Tour is nothing to smile at, but that’s exactly what cyclists did as they broke the hill’s crest Saturday. Participants trekked 75 miles of Missouri countryside to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Another 75-mile journey awaits the cyclists today.

Memorial events bring community together

The third anniversary of Sept. 11 went unrecognized by the city, but that didn’t stop the community from memorializing the event.

About 50 people gathered Saturday morning at the post office, flags in hand. Young children wove through the crowd displaying signs reading “Never forget” and “God bless America”; signs they weren’t old enough to read but already beginning to understand. Cars honked their horns in support.

Lessons about Islam continue

The attacks of Sept. 11 caused some people who knew little about Islam and America’s Muslims to turn their attention to this community. While there was suspicion and hostility from some, there was also solidarity and a desire for knowledge about Islam.

“I’m very pleased that people showed their support,” said Rashed Nizam, president of the Islamic Center. On the day of the attacks, several Columbia church leaders expressed their support for Columbia’s Muslims.

Supporting seniors

It’s not every morning that Patsy Perkins gathers in a group to envision little bird eggs under her armpits.

But then again, this is her first time practicing Tai Chi.

Science lecture series kicks off

It takes 48 hours for a fertilized tree frog egg to turn into a tadpole. What in the egg allows it to accomplish such a complicated task?

This was the question associate biochemistry professor Bruce McClure posed to his audience as he inaugurated the Saturday Morning Science series with his lecture titled, “Why Are The Molecules Of Life So Big?”

Parents rally to prevent speeding

"Slow down!” Catherine Parke yelled at a speeding car as she stood and waved a sign in the air on Broadway across the street from Grant Elementary School. The sign read “Slow Down. 3Rs: Reduce Speed, Respect Laws, Remember Children.”

“They’re driving awfully fast this morning,” Grant PTA President Julie Davis said to Debbie Hamilton as they both held signs encouraging drivers to slow down near the intersection of Broadway and Garth Avenue.

Tigers defensive over Trojan victory

TROY, Ala. — An embarrassing defeat typically means a great deal of disappointment, but No. 19 Missouri can’t think all is lost.

Although overshadowed by the failures of the offense in the 24-14 loss to Troy on Thursday night, the Tigers defense, in general, showed improvement after its first-week struggles.

MU volleyball takes second in Tiger Invitational

For most of the day, it looked like the Missouri volleyball team would have an easy Saturday. Then the Idaho Vandals made things a little tougher.

In the end, the Tigers (4-2) came away with two victories Saturday at Hearnes Center to take second place in the Tiger Invitational behind Creighton.

Bruins volleyball replaces mistakes with title

The first two weeks of the Rock Bridge volleyball season produced one victory. Saturday, the team posted three.

The Bruins won the Rock Bridge Tournament, defeating the Osage Indians in the championship match 25-17, 25-18. The Bruins went 3-1 in the tournament, evening their record at 4-4.

Bruins offense dominates Tigers

The score: 21-0.

The time: Less than three minutes left in the third quarter.

That was the scenario for sophomore quarterback Logan Gray as he stepped up and made a key play to ensure the Bruins would win.

Rockhurst outlasts Kewpies

Everyone waited.

They waited through the first quarter and then the second.

They waited through halftime as Hickman’s boys’ swimming team ran around the field in nothing but Speedos.

Near goal frustrates Tigers’ offense

Both players managed to beat their defenders, and each fired at the goal and saw the ball sail over the goalkeeper’s head. One watched her shot hit the back of the net, while the other saw her ball bounce off the crossbar.

“The difference was their once in a lifetime shot went in and ours didn’t today,” MU coach Bryan Blitz said.

Missouri runs past Southwest

Even with a shorthanded team, the Missouri women’s cross country team proved Saturday why it deserves to be the No. 12 team in the nation.

Both the women’s and men’s teams routed Southwest Missouri State, but Rock Bridge had mixed results in the high school division in the 12th Annual Missouri Cross Country Challenge held at A.L. Gustin Golf Course.

Kruse leads Rock Bridge at quad meet

Rock Bridge tennis coach Ben Loeb has repeatedly said the state tennis tournament goes through Joplin. If that’s the case, the Bruins have to like their chances of making a run at a third consecutive championship.

Rock Bridge defeated Joplin 9-0 on Friday, and also swept Kickapoo 9-0 later in the afternoon in the Columbia Quad Duals. Joplin’s district hosts the state sectional the Bruins could play in this year, setting up a potential rematch later this season.

Seeing the unseen

Pieces of art that adorned ancient temples in India centuries ago now line the walls of MU’s Museum of Art and Archaeology. Small sculptures that were once devotional icons at home are on display, worn from years of being cleansed and anointed.

“The Infinite and the Absolute: Belief and Being in the Art of South Asia” opened Aug. 28 at the museum in Pickard Hall. The exhibit features sculptures from 1000 B.C. through the 19th century from three influential India-based religions: Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.

Cell phone problems plentiful

I don’t consider myself an old fuddy duddy. I try to keep up on the latest technology. My coffeepot is on a timer that promises fresh-brewed java upon my arrival in the kitchen each morning. The only problem is, I haven’t learned how to set the timer and I forget to load the coffee beans at night.

I have a lovely lightweight camcorder that my husband gave me for Christmas. It was on Oprah’s “must have” holiday gift list. If you’re thinking that I haven’t taken it out of the box, you are wrong. It’s out; I just haven’t used it.