How cities govern themselves

Council/manager government

This is the form of government that has been used in Columbia since May 1949. Elected members of the council appoint the city manager, who works full time under their direction, handling the daily affairs of the city.

A different kind of search

Ray Beck keeps thoughts about retirement to himself. He hasn’t announced plans to step down from public service, but when he does, the Columbia City Council will be looking at a different field of candidates than those from the 1985 search that ended in Beck’s hiring.

Few of them will have Beck’s training as an engineer and experience as a former public works director. Now, a majority of city managers receive training in public administration, a background that emphasizes building relationships with the council, county and community, said John Nalbandian, professor of public administration at the University of Kansas.

Rose in Bloom

Most 12-year-old girls would rather hang out with their friends, go shopping for new clothes or talk about boys.

Don’t let the shy smile with braces and her love of instant messaging fool you: Rose Weston is not like most 12-year-old girls.

Defensive domination

After a quick start by Missouri’s offense, it was the Tiger’s defense that dominated Colorado.

Missouri scored on its first possession and the Buffaloes got two scores in the first half, before a stingy Tiger defense shut out Colorado in the second half of Missouri’s 17-9 win Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Defense solid on third downs

Football can be reduced to simple statements: To win, a defense must make stops on third down to get off the field.

The obvious nature of this statement doesn’t diminish its importance. Missouri’s ability to stop Colorado on third down in the second half keyed the Tigers 17-9 victory Saturday.

MU corrects past mistakes

Saturday’s win brought redemption for Missouri.

Last season, questionable calls by the officials and critical mistakes, particularly involving quarterback Brad Smith, hurt the Tigers in their loss at Colorado.

Fumble costs Bruins against top team

WEBB CITY – Fatigue from more than four hours on the road couldn’t stop the Rock Bridge Bruins from coming out strong Friday against the Webb City Cardinals.

But a second quarter fumble did.

Kruse, Bruins win tennis tournament

Rock Bridge tennis players shed layers of blankets and sweats to take the court on a cold but sunny afternoon Saturday. By the time the sun set, the Bruins had three more wins and were North Central Missouri Invitational champions.

They beat Lafayette 11-0, Kirkwood 11-0, and Shawnee Mission East (Kan.) 9-2 in picking up the inaugural event’s title.

Volleyball: Kewpies keep winning pace against Bruins

The Hickman and Rock Bridge volleyball teams were not in physics class Saturday, but both received a lesson in momentum.

The Kewpies defeated the Bruins 25-16, 25-16 at Hickman. The Kewpies improved to 12-7-1 while the Bruins fell to 5-9.

Keeping a marriage on track

Coaching relationships are similar to married ones. There are bound to be disagreements when two people spend so much time together.

But coaches can usually get away from each other when they head home.