Inspectors to seek grease trap records

Local restaurants might soon be required to serve up records of grease trap cleanings.

In response to a violation issued last month by the state Department of Natural Resources about a backed-up grease trap that caused a raw-sewage spill in Hinkson Creek, the city wants to require food-service establishments to document grease disposal as part of the Health Department’s regular round of inspections.

Mo. pollster numbers fall short

JEFFERSON CITY — With less than one month remaining before Election Day, local officials said they are having difficulty staffing Missouri’s polling places and fear many positions will go unfilled.

In June, DeForest Soaries, chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, said the United States was 500,000 workers shy of the 2 million needed to run November’s election.

A driving force

He’s the quiet one around the office, but everyone knows he’s there. In the midst of commotion, he helps sort everything out.

Chuck Miller, a Columbia Transit bus dispatcher, has worked for the city since 1982. He began as a building attendant, worked his way up to driver and then earned a spot as a dispatcher.

Running Rovers

There were short dogs, tall dogs, big dogs and small dogs.

The frost-covered Saturday morning didn’t deter more than 100 dog-lovers of all ages from showing up for a stroll with their pooches at the 11th annual Dog Jog, hosted by MU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, class of 2006. Each year, the college’s junior class organizes the jog.

Life after Beck

The work of Columbia City Manager Ray Beck and his staff reaches into your house with every flush of the toilet, every turn of the spigot.

He has a hand in where and how city streets are built.

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.

Kewpies break out the bats

Days after learning it would be playing Rock Bridge in the opening round of the district softball tournament Oct. 7, the Hickman softball team defeated the Bruins 13-7 Friday at Cosmopolitan Park in a primer for next week's showdown.

Huskers beat Tigers

Senior forward Melissa Peabody scored her first goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the 17th-ranked Nebraska on Friday at the Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex. The Huskers beat the Tigers 2-1 in the second sudden-death overtime to bring the Tigers record to 4-6-1, 1-2 in Big 12 play.

Scalping charges leveled at firm

A Columbia online ticket broker has been accused of illegally scalping St. Louis Cardinals post-season baseball tickets.

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is suing Show-Me Tickets Inc., accusing the company of selling tickets above their face value at sporting events in the state, according to a suit filed Thursday.

New Season Starts

The real season begins on Saturday for Missouri and Colorado.

Both teams have had success during nonconference play, but when the Tigers and Buffaloes meet at Memorial Stadium in their Big 12 Conference openers, the success of the previous three games means nothing.

Bruins eye Webb City upset

Rock Bridge senior Demond Thorpe said he thinks his team fell short when the Bruins had a chance to prove themselves and gain respect two weeks ago.

The Bruins (3-1) lost 32-14 to the Liberty Blue Jays on Sept. 17.