FACES: Tim Ranft

Tim Ranft never really understood what people meant when they said someone was obsessed, until he realized he had his own obsession — cleaning. That makes him perfect for his job as a Stephens College custodian.

Election saw rise in values voting

Before the presidential election, Iraq, the economy and health care were the buzz words. Now, much of the political talk has shifted to the impact of values voters.

A widely cited CBS News exit poll showed that 22 percent of voters identified “moral values” as their top issue.


What was learned: Edward Sauter, MU associate professor of surgical oncology, discovered that the natural hormone replacement black cohosh does not increase estrogen levels in the breast.

How they did it: Black cohosh, an indigenous plant, has been used for centuries by Native Americans to heal gynecological illnesses.

Photographer wins journalism honor

Few people can say that they’ve seen as much as photojournalist Ernest Withers.

He rode with Martin Luther King Jr. in Montgomery, Ala. He watched Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays play at the ballpark. He attended early performances of many celebrities, including Elvis Presley, B.B. King and Aretha Franklin.

Board to pass or run with turf

The Columbia Public School District will decide today whether to fund half the cost to install artificial turf for football fields at Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools.

The Rock Bridge Booster Club approached Bruce Whitesides, director of physical education and athletics, and other members of the athletic department 18 months ago to request another field for soccer. The athletic department decided it wasn’t a viable option and instead proposed installing artificial turf.

MU student to compete on ‘College Jeopardy’

Larry Marshall’s mother always told him that one day she would get him on the game show “Jeopardy.”

That day finally arrived in October when Marshall, a junior at MU, flew to Pittsburgh to tape his appearance on “College Jeopardy.”

Turning up the volume

It isn’t every day that composers have one of their pieces performed at home. However, a composer in MU’s School of Music is about to be given that honor.

“Screams and Grooves,” a piece for saxophone and piano written by Stefan Freund, will be performed Thursday evening at the First Baptist Church of Columbia as part of a program called “Exotic Voices.”

Sproles continues dominance of MU

The Missouri defense pursued Darren Sproles as he sprinted toward the right sideline at Memorial Stadium in the third quarter. The Tigers desperately needed to contain Kansas State’s star running back to preserve a lead that could help save their disappointing season.

With a wave of black shirts blocking his path to the sideline, Sproles abruptly came to a stop, cutting back through a hole in the defense, blazing past the secondary for a 74-yard touchdown run that pulled the Wildcats within a touchdown and highlighted Missouri’s inability to make plays in key situations.

Kidding around

Even though she’s 43, it’s not out of character for Jill Womack to sit at the kids’ table.

“If there’s a big family dinner, you can usually find me sitting with the kids because that’s where all the action is,” she said. “Working with kids is never dull or boring.”

While in college, Womack applied that philosophy to an assignment that required her to design a professional children’s theater. After living in New York for a year as a self-described starving artist, Womack traveled to Los Angeles, where she founded a theater company with friends.

Womack launched TRYPS (Theater Reaching Young People & Schools) in 2000 when she returned to Columbia.

New England kicker uses accurate arm to beat Rams

ST. LOUIS — Adam Vinatieri beat the St. Louis Rams with his leg in the 2002 Super Bowl. This time, he used his leg and his arm.

New England’s place-kicker hit a season-best four field goals, then threw his first career touchdown pass on a fake to Troy Brown to help the Patriots bounce back from their only loss with a 40-22 victory Sunday.

Bucs overpower Chiefs

TAMPA, Fla. — All week long, Jon Gruden kept telling his offense it could keep pace with the high-scoring Kansas City Chiefs.

It turns out the Tampa Bay coach was right.

Cougar goalkeeper earns MVP honors

Steve Williams, a senior goalkeeper for the Columbia College soccer team, earned the American Midwest Conference’ Most Valuable Player Award. Williams has allowed 12 goals in 16 games and has six shutouts for the Cougars, who enter NAIA Region V tournament play Wednesday.

John Klein, who has led Columbia College to a 14-3-1 regular season record for the top seed in the tournament, was named Coach of the Year for the third time in five seasons at the school.

For mid-Mo. artisans, it’s about love of the craft

Harold Uthlaut looked at home Sunday in the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse, though he lives 50 miles northwest in Glasgow. The 76-year-old, sporting blue jeans, suspenders and a contagious smile, couldn’t help but offer a word or two to those passing his stand of wood crafts.

“Go ahead, pick it up … that’s made of tin, this is cast iron … that’s included with it,” he said as three different people glanced his direction.

Hundreds of mid-Missourians sidestepped through aisles with the smell of cinnamon and country candles in the air to browse and buy from the more than 300 vendors like Uthlaut who crowded into the Hearnes Center for the 19th annual Fall Art and Craft Show.

Police looking for suspects in home robbery

Three men broke into a home in the 500 block of West Sexton Road at about 5 p.m. Sunday.

In a press release, Sgt. Ken Hammond said a man knocked on the front door of the house. While he was speaking to one of the residents, the other two men en-tered through the back door, wearing ski masks. One displayed a handgun. The three suspects de-manded an unknown amount of property, and then fled the scene on foot.