Fayette candidates square off in first debate since 2002

FAYETTE – Soon after he was introduced at a candidate forum in the basement of the Commercial Trust Co. building, state Rep. Wes Shoemyer leapt out of his chair and looked toward the back of the crowd.

“Can everyone hear me fine?” he asked.

Old-fashioned & Natural

Upon turning off Interstate 70 at Exit 161 and entering Williamsburg, the town seems somewhat colorless. A few left turns later, Old Highway 40 reveals the treasure of the Crane property.

The centerpiece is an old country store from the ’20s. Adjoining stores are a museum, an ice-cream shop and the Boone’s Lick Harvest shop.

Ekwerekwu at home in Texas

After losing his redshirt status last season, Brad Ekwerekwu entered his sophomore season with high expectations and a starting position.

But as the Arlington, Texas, native prepares to face No. 9 Texas (4-1, 1-1 Big 12 Conference), he has yet to live up to the preseason hype.

Lions deliver late knockout blow

It wasn’t a soccer match Tuesday night. It was a heavyweight fight, and a wet one at that.

At the end of 90 minutes the scorecard gave the nod to No. 6 Lindenwood as the Lions beat Columbia College 2-1 at Owens Soccer Stadium.

Cider Season

People are more mobile than they used to be, traveling across the country for school or work. They might distance themselves from family and friends without a deep thought or bad intention. They might wish they had an opportunity to rekindle those long-lost relationships or get to know their nieces and nephews better, but their schedules call them back from the daydream.

For the families of the late Herbert F. Lionberger and J. Wendell McKinsey, there is a way to avoid this situation.

Defense ignored as key to volleyball

Defense is obviously a key part of every football or basketball game. In volleyball, however, it’s often overlooked.

But Missouri used strong defense to confound Texas A&M on Saturday night for its four-th straight victory. The streak gives the Tigers much-needed momentum before they trek to Austin, Texas, at 6:30 tonight to play undefeated and No. 9-ranked Texas.

MU golfers finish third at Bluffs

The Missouri men’s golf team finished third out of 13 schools at the Missouri Bluffs Challenge Tuesday in St. Charles.

The Tigers were tied for first with Miami of Ohio going into the final 18 holes, but Memphis, which entered the final round two strokes back, posted an 11-under 273 to jump both teams.

Senate candidates clash in debate at MU

U.S. Senate candidates from four political parties converged on MU’s Jesse Hall on Tuesday to debate a range of domestic and foreign issues, including education, Missouri River regulation, health care and the war on terrorism.

Well-publicized contenders Kit Bond, the Republican incumbent, and Nancy Farmer, the Democratic challenger and current Missouri state treasurer, traded barbs. Libertarian nominee Kevin Tull and Constitution Party candidate Don Griffin repeatedly stated their desire to limit the power of the federal government.

Afghan cultivates partnership with journalism school

Kazem Ahang has lived through civil war in Afghanistan, the bombing of his university and house arrest by the Taliban. Now, the 70-year-old dean of Kabul University’s journalism school is in Columbia to develop an agreement that would include an exchange between his faculty and journalism professors at MU.

Ahang is interested in the “human exchange” for his faculty and students in Kabul. All of his 18 faculty members want to study at MU’s School of Journalism, he said.

Columbia braces for rise in heat cost

As the price of crude oil hit a record high of $54 a barrel on Tuesday, utility representatives said the price to heat with either natural gas or electricity will go up this winter.

Mike Holman, assistant manager of the Missouri Valley Division of AmerenUE, said he expected an increase next month in the purchase price of natural gas, which is what most Columbians use to heat their homes. He blamed the rise on oil prices and forecasts of a colder-than-normal winter.

Hickman students hear political views

Students got an interactive lesson in “civic discourse” Tuesday evening at a Speak Your Mind forum at Hickman High School.

Four party representatives spoke to almost 200 students about their parties’ presidential platforms and answered questions from students. David Raithel represented the Democratic Party and Ernie Lee represented the Republican Party. Keith Berkhus from the Green Party and Adam Shahid from the Libertarian Party rounded out the forum.

Campaigns assume higher profile in final weeks

In the midst of a heated presidential campaign, local elections can be drowned out in the deafening hullabaloo of partisan squabble. But as Nov. 2 approaches, candidates in the 23rd District state representative race are getting ready to make some noise.

The contest pits Democratic incumbent Jeff Harris against Republican challenger Dan Fischbach. As of early October, neither candidate had distributed typical political paraphernalia such as yard signs and stickers, and campaign Web pages remained under construction.

Agents search local Islamic relief group

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Federal and local law enforcers were searching the Islamic American Relief Agency on Wednesday as part of what the FBI described generically as a criminal investigation.

The search of the Columbia office occurred as the Bush administration accused the Sudan-based Islamic African Relief Agency of helping finance Osama bin Laden and other terrorists.