Adopting a tradition

While Rocio Madrigal is not usually fond of what she calls typical American food such as hamburgers, the turkey feast she shared with more than 100 others at Fairview United Methodist Sunday was a different story.

Madrigal and 11 others from the new Iglesia Metodista Unida Hispana, or Hispanic United Methodist Church, celebrated a meal that followed a bilingual service led by the Rev. Edgar Lopez. Lopez and his wife, Maribel, hosted the first church service in their home on Oct. 10 with about 15 in attendance.

Council decision draws ire

The Monday decision by the City Council to allow machine shop owner Tom Kardon to build an auto-parts store at Third Avenue and Providence Road slipped under the radar of residents.

“I thought the issue was dead,” said John McFarland, president of the Ridgeway Neighborhood Association. “If the neighborhood would have been notified of the final hearing, everyone would have been present.”

Blunt to decide on ‘fair-share’ fees

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov.-elect Matt Blunt has until Dec. 15 to decide whether to publish a rule in the Missouri Register that would force new state employees to pay their “fair-share” union fees or to continue his resistance and appeal a Cole County court ruling ordering him to publish it.

The rule must be published in the register before it can take effect.

International Cafe closed after fire

International Café owner Mohamed Gumati said he will have to wait for a Fire Department investigation and inspections by the Health Department and insurance agency before he will know when his cafe will re-open following Saturday morning’s fire.

“It could be a week, it could be two; we don’t know yet,” Gumati said.

Study a possible step for Stadium

Slowly but surely, local officials are working to take the first step in extending Stadium Boulevard east of U.S. 63 to Interstate 70’s Lake of the Woods exit.

Earlier this month, Columbia City Manager Ray Beck sent a letter to the Boone County Commission asking if it would be interested in joining the city and the Missouri Department of Transportation in paying for a purpose-and-need study to look at extending the road, also known as Missouri 740.

Soybean rust reaches U.S., infects South

Mid-Missouri farmers are thankful for bumper soybean yields this year, but a new fungal disease in the United States leaves uncertainties for future growing seasons.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the first case of soybean rust in the continental United States on Nov. 10. The disease traveled to the United States from South America during the extended hurricane season.

Abuse inflicts years of fear, oppression

Nettie Hisle of Columbia left her boyfriend in 2000. He abducted and murdered her. Charlotte Harris, another Columbia resident, left her husband, Dannie, in July 1997. He kicked in the door to her new apartment and shot her point blank with a shotgun.

A 1994 Canadian study showed that women who left their abusive husbands were as much as six times more likely to be murdered than those who continued to live with them.

Late show of talent little help

For a short time in the fourth quarter on Saturday, the Missouri football team forgot how to stall its own drives and make average opponents look great.

The Tigers were once expected to compete for the Big 12 Conference title, and for a 1-minute, 26-second span they looked capable of that, scoring two touchdowns before relapsing and letting Kansas extend its two-touchdown lead by a field goal.

Council to review hunting bill’s wording

During the City Council’s work session on Nov. 29, it will consider language for a bill that would allow firearms hunting on newly annexed land.

At its regular meeting on Nov. 15, the council received a report from city staff detailing what such a bill might look like. The proposal under review would restrict hunting to tracts 20 acres or larger. The draft contains provisions that would forbid firing across streets or at people, buildings, recreational areas or domestic animals.

Two win titles for Missouri

In a weekend full of disappointing performances by Missouri athletic teams, the Tigers’ wrestling program proved to be an exception Sunday.

Missouri avoided the woes of the football and basketball teams, placing four wrestlers in championship matches at the Missouri Open at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.

Conley shines despite costly misses

Marshall Brown is touted as one of the best jumpers to play at Missouri, but Jason Conley showed the freshman how to really fly Friday night.

Despite his best efforts, though, Conley was unable to lift the Tigers to a victory. In the last eight seconds, Conley had two chances at 3-point shots to tie but both were off the mark and Missouri fell to Davidson 84-81.

Grandfather knows best

Even though Serena Ramsey was one of the top high school runners in Wisconsin her senior year, Missouri’s cross country program probably never would have heard of her if not for Ramsey’s grandfather.

Although Ramsey was planning on attending college on one of the coasts, her grandparents, who live in Chesterfield, were intent on keeping her in the Midwest.

MU women’s team 2nd at swim meet

The Missouri women’s team finished second and the men’s team third at the TYR Invitational in Evanston, Ill.

The women totaled 996.5 points behind host Northwestern’s 1,113. The Wildcats also won the men’s competition, with Pittsburgh finishing second.