An abrupt finish

Rock Bridge’s dream season ended in a nightmare Tuesday night.

The Bruins fell to Francis Howell North 1-0 in a Class 3 sectional in Jefferson City. The Knights (21-7-1) advanced to play Rolla in a state quarterfinal on Saturday. Rock Bridge finished 21-2-2.

In-state foe visits Paige, Tigers

Quin Snyder may not remember the last time Missouri and Northwest Missouri State University played each other, but Steve Tappmeyer does.

Tappmeyer, now in his 17th season at Northwest, was at the helm when the Tigers and Bearcats played for the only time, on Dec. 17, 1996. Missouri handed Northwest a 77-56 loss. It was the last Division I game for the Bearcats until today.

Tekotte set to sign with Hurricanes

To say that Hickman senior Blake Tekotte has had a trying year is an understatement.

He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the first game of the Kewpies’ 2004 season, ending his high school football career. So he’s been forced to watch from the sidelines as the Kewpies have marched to the No. 1 spot in Missouri’s Class 6 high school football poll.

Talent talks to students about issues

It’s not every day high school students get to speak candidly with a U.S. senator. But some Rock Bridge students got that chance Tuesday.

Students in Matt Cone’s contemporary issues class hosted Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., for a discussion about some of the topics they have covered in class. The discussion focused primarily on the war on Iraq and the AIDS epidemic.

Students honor veterans

West Junior High School students honored past and present military members Tuesday night in a presentation titled “Freedom Isn’t Free: A Tribute to Veterans.” Twenty-three students of Kim Bard’s acting class presented their work to an audience of about 65 that included friends and relatives as well as faculty and staff.

Two days before Veterans Day, students recited literature, poems, stories and song lyrics to honor the five branches of the armed forces.

Missouri failing Big 12 Conference exams

Entering the Big 12 Conference season, the Missouri football team appeared to be on the rise.

But after a four-game losing streak, the Tigers (4-5, 2-4 in the Big 12) are on the verge of failing to win the six games necessary to qualify for a bowl game. Below is the Missourian’s assessment of the Tigers’ play since the conference season began.

Head Start, HDC on solid ground after changes in management

Head Start and Central Missouri Counties’ Human Development Corporation. have new directors after almost a year of uncertainty and worry about the agencies’ funding.

Mernell King will begin her position as director of Head Start on Monday. Florence Tandy moved into the director’s office at HDC last week.

MU doctors urge sickle cell funding

With a prominent Missouri politician by their side, MU doctors and researchers gathered Tuesday to press for more federal dollars for treatment of sickle cell disease.

Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., visited the MU School of Medicine to tout a bill he sponsored, the Sickle Cell Treatment Act, which was recently passed into law.

Fast finish erases unorthodox start

The performance that earned the Columbia College volleyball team its first 45 points against Williams Baptist College couldn’t be called inspired.

But the performance that earned the Cougars their last 45 points couldn’t be called anything but inspired.

Confident of America’s safety, Ashcroft resigns

On Election Day, Attorney General John Ashcroft delivered a five-page handwritten letter to President Bush, stating his resignation. A week after Bush’s re-election, the White House released word of Ashcroft’s resignation amid speculation about who would succeed him and other Cabinet changes.

Stepping up to the plate

Dali’s new chef, Peio Aramburu, claims the hardest thing for a chef to get accustomed to is that everyone who tries your dish has an opinion and even if it is the best dish in the restaurant, people might not like it.

But Aramburu says he does not shy away from this.

Irrera’s prowess not always visible from stat sheets

Juan Pablo Irrera has had one of the most spectacular careers of any Cougar soccer player.

At least that’s the opinion of coach John Klein.

Wilmes, five others elected to Hall of Fame

Rebecca (Davis) Wilmes sees MU athletic director Mike Alden often. As an assistant coach with the Missouri track and cross country teams, Wilmes crosses paths with her boss regularly.

A recent meeting was a little more out of the ordinary, however.

Populist commentator lambastes Bush, Kerry

Self-styled populist author and political commentator Jim Hightower called for progressives to continue “the fight to take our country back from the thieves in high places” Tuesday night as he spoke about the 2004 presidential election and its aftermath at Conservation Auditorium at MU.

“I come out of last Tuesday’s election with mixed emotions,” Hightower said. “On the one hand, we did not win. There is King George the W., now with a Viagra-sized smirk saying ‘bring it on.’ ”

Awareness increases reports of same-sex domestic abuse

It begins with verbal threats and intimidation. It can move to stalking and physical violence. In rare cases, it ends in murder.

Domestic violence plays itself out every day in well-to-do neighborhoods and East Campus apartments alike. And, according to some domestic violence counselors, the number of cases reported by gay and lesbian couples is growing.

Islamic agency tries to free up funds for bills

The Islamic American Relief Agency is undergoing another government review, but this time it is at the request of the charity itself.

The agency, whose assets were frozen by the U.S. Treasury Department in October, has petitioned for access to funds to pay off creditors. Shareef Akeel, a Michigan-based lawyer representing the agency, submitted the request to the Office of Foreign Assets Control last week.

County reviews gravel road conditions

Two vehicles carrying Boone County government officials wound through hilly gravel roads Tuesday afternoon, kicking up dust and identifying priorities for next year’s road and bridge budget.

“The roads we are looking at today are ones we’d consider for major improvements, not minor maintenance issues,” Northern District Commissioner Skip Elkin said.

Chief says pot law tough to interpret

When Proposition 2 passed overwhelmingly on Election Day, marijuana possession became Columbia law enforcement’s lowest priority.

But it’s not clear to police exactly how they are supposed to adjust to the change in the law.

Students assemble to discuss draft

Under the flags of many nations, 140 high school students and a professional panel gathered in Hickman High School’s Commons Tuesday night to discuss national service and the possibility of another U.S. draft and national service in general.

The discussion was part of Hickman’s Speak Your Mind Forum, which gives the student body a chance to address national and local issues that have an impact on the students’ lives. Hickman English teacher George Frissell said the focus of Tuesday’s forum was shaped by the events in Iraq and by the statements of the presidential candidates.

Farmers brace for first hard frost

With below-freezing temperatures forecast for Thursday and Friday nights, growers are preparing for the winter or calling it quits.

“I’m done,” said Phil Stewart of Fulton, who sells his produce at the Columbia Farmers’ Market. “Last Saturday was my last day.”