Jeffries pulls out of House race

Joel Jeffries withdrew as the Republican candidate for state representative in the 25th District on Tuesday to accept Gov. Bob Holden’s appointment to the Board of Probation and Parole.

“This was a remarkable opportunity that kind of dropped out of the sky,” Jeffries said.

MU’s Moller chosen for sports information award

Missouri Director of Athletic Media Relations Chad Moller will receive the Scoop Hudgins Sports Information Director’s Award at the All-American Football Foundation banquet on Sept. 22 in Chicago, Ill.

Moller was chosen by the Foundation as the recipient of this award because of his efforts to promote college football. This is his 11th year working with the MU athletic department and his fifth year as director of the media relations office.

Second-half score stings Spartans

Someone passing by Owens Soccer Stadium on Tuesday night might have mistaken the noise emanating from the stands for a swarm of angry hornets.

But the only sting was felt by the Missouri Baptist University soccer team in a 1-0 loss to Columbia College.

Education of the soul

Fourteen-year-old David Churchill wakes up at 5:30 a.m. each weekday.

The teenager has to get an early start to tackle a full day of high school — and a grown-up commute to get there.

Bruins cruise to easy victory

The Rock Bridge girls’ golf team didn’t settle for second-best.

Finishing three strokes behind Hickman at the William Woods Invitational on Monday left the Bruins eager for a win.

Fatima keeps Bruins sliding

It could have been much worse.

In a subtle but noticeable display of sportsmanship, Fatima softball coach Ryan Robertson began holding base runner late in Tuesday’s game against Rock Bridge to keep from running up the score on a struggling Bruins’ team.

Efficiency keeps Bruins undefeated

The Rock Bridge tennis team used machine-like efficiency to crank out the quickest home-match victory so far this season against Marshall.

Rock Bridge (12-0) showed little emotion on the court, finishing off the Owls 9-0 in 2 hours, 15 minutes.

13 is Tigers’ lucky number

It would be hard to blame Na Yang if she complained of a sore hand.

Na, a freshman outside hitter for the Missouri volleyball team, rattled off 13 consecutive serves Tuesday night in a 3-0 (30-21, 30-7, 30-20) sweep of Southeast Missouri State at Hearnes Center.

Four TV dates on tap for Missouri

The Missouri women’s basketball team faces a lineup of top-notch opponents and four games of national television coverage, the most of any season yet.

Coach Cindy Stein announced the team’s 2004-05 schedule Tuesday, which includes 14 games at home in the new 15,000-seat, $75 million Paige Sports Arena.

Rios asks for change of venue

Lawyers for former Columbia police officer Steven Rios have filed a motion requesting a change of venue for his trial in the death of an MU student.

The motion argues that the extensive media coverage of the case could prevent Rios from receiving a fair trial by Boone County jurors.

Kewpies stay perfect at home with shutout

Senior forward Michael Washington found a new way to the net, but it wasn’t pretty.

Hickman beat Quincy Notre Dame 1-0 on Tuesday, in its second straight home shutout at Cosmopolitan Park.

Taking a hit

The streets of Columbia are full of them. Clothes of all sorts that display Tiger pride. Retail stores offer the customary gear, but lately the usual has become trendier and more expensive.

“Every time there is a hit on the garment, it makes it a little more expensive and more fashionable,” said Karen Jefferies, associate director and general manager at University Bookstore.

Cougars ready for test vs. McKendree

Columbia College’s volleyball match against McKendree College today will likely be a test of patience vs. pressure.

The Columbia College volleyball team tries to capitalize on opponents’ mistakes. McKendree tries to force their opponents into making them.

International election monitors pay visit to county

A four-member team of international election experts will observe election procedures during a Thursday afternoon meeting with Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren.

Sponsored by Global Exchange, a San Francisco-based international human rights organization, the group has been in Missouri since Friday. Its itinerary also includes visits to Kansas City, St. Louis and Jefferson City.

Mothers question war

Before the war in Iraq, Becky Sommerhauser was a shy housewife from a St. Louis suburb who had never spoken publicly.

Now that her son may be deployed to Iraq in the coming months, the mother of seven is speaking out.

Missourian captures 18 awards in state contest

The Columbia Missourian nabbed 18 awards in this year’s Missouri Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

The Missourian won first place in general excellence among newspapers with similar circulations. The category evaluates the newspaper’s entire package including news and sports content, advertising, photography and layout.

Candidates decry using absentee list

JEFFERSON CITY — The Democratic and Republican candidates for secretary of state each proposed Tuesday to end a campaign practice used by incumbent Secretary of State Matt Blunt in which candidates can get the names of people who have requested absentee ballots.

Blunt, a Republican running for governor, has asked county clerks to submit the names of people requesting absentee ballots to a staff member at the Missouri Republican Party. A Blunt spokesman said the intent is to target campaign information at the absentee voters — a tactic other candidates have used in the past.

Determined senior steps up game

Wide receiver Thomson Omboga wants to make his senior season count and his versatility is starting to add up.

With Missouri’s offense sputtering against Troy on Sept. 9, Omboga shined, catching six passes for 64 yards.