Your Guide to Thanksgiving Day


n Need ideas on how to baste your turkey or just help trying to cook it? Call the Turkey Talkline at 800-288-837-2255 or visit for help. No problem is too small or large for the turkey experts who will guide you through your cooking issues.

MU curators to rename sports arena

Mizzou Arena could become the new moniker for MU’s new basketball building, but the label is already drawing opposition from state Sen.-elect Chuck Graham and Tiger basketball fans who want the arena named after longtime MU basketball coach Norm Stewart.

The University of Missouri Board of Curators will vote at

Snow puts skids on travel plans

Snowball fights and sledding mixed with tough commutes and numerous weather-related accidents Wednesday as Columbia saw its first snowfall of the season.

Between four and six inches of snow had fallen by late afternoon when the snow stopped, according to the National Weather Service in St. Louis. As the temperature hovered around 32 degrees, the snow fell in large, wet flakes that on pavement were quickly reduced to slush.

Just plumb busy

Today will be a feast of turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie for Columbia families, and a feast of potato skins, turkey grease and pumpkin strings for Columbia’s drains.

Columbia’s plumbers agree: Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year for those in the business of keeping drains unclogged.

Stores expect large sales early on ‘Black Friday’

Die-hard shoppers will be out of bed Friday before the sun comes up for one of the biggest shopping days of the year, and retailers are ready for the arrival of the masses.

The day after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday in the retail business — traditionally regarded as the day when the retailer’s balance sheet goes from red to black. Last year it was the biggest holiday shopping day of the year, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Sheriff-elect reorganizes, promotes

Two veterans of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department will leave when Sheriff-elect Dwayne Carey assumes the office on Jan. 1.

Absent from Carey’s administrative lineup list are Chief Deputy O.J. Stone, a major in the department, and Kevin Merritt, an enforcement captain.

Floyd weighs future of UMKC’s chancellor

KANSAS CITY — The head of the University of Missouri system says schools must be headed by an administrator whom professors trust, but he remains undecided on the future of a chancellor given a no-confidence vote.

President Elson Floyd met with professors Tuesday at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where Chancellor Martha Gilliland is a target of criticism.

Floyd declines $10,500 salary increase

University of Missouri President Elson Floyd on Wednesday turned down a 3 percent salary increase approved last week by the UM Board of Curators.

“In view of the continuing tight fiscal situation faced by the university, I have decided not to accept the increase,” Floyd said in a news release.

Diagnosis football

On a mid-autumn Saturday morning just before six, Hickman High School sleeps.

The doors are locked, the lights are turned off and the parking lots are empty – except for that crimson Rodeo tucked away at the southwest corner of the school.

No consolation for MU in loss

It was the play that could have ended Missouri’s losing streak, redeemed a tough night from the field and regain the trust of some fans.

Instead it was the play that turned jubilation into frustration.

Talented ’74 Kewps sent four to pro ball

To win a football state championship, it takes a certain amount of talent.

Looking back 30 years when Hickman last achieved that feat, talent came in a surplus.

Missouri playing for love of game

Everything the Missouri football team wanted this season is gone.

There will be no Big 12 Conference North division title. There will be no bowl game. There will be no winning season.

Tigers beat OU in final home game

It may have seemed like a routine blowout of a bottom-feeding team. But for the Missouri’s volleyball players, it was much more than that.

The No. 24 Tigers beat Oklahoma 30-18, 30-20, 30-18 on Wednesday at Hearnes Center in what was the final home game in senior Jenny Duitsman’s career, the last home game of the year at the Hearnes Center and the win that may have put the Tigers safely in the NCAA Tournament.

Extra Points

The Missouri wrestling team Wednesday announced the signing of three recruits, one a Missouri native and another the brother of All-American 174-pounder Ben Askren.

Robert Conn, from Marquette High School in Ballwin, won last season’s state title at 145 pounds with a 37-0 record. He was second at that weight in 2003 and fourth at 125 pounds as a freshman. His coach at Marquette is Joe Weir, a former Big Eight champion for Missouri.

Defensive rally no help for MU with Houston

If the defense failed the Tigers, it wasn’t for a lack of trying.

Missouri tried about everything on the defensive end of the court in its 57-55 loss to Houston on Wednesday in Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium.

Tigers forced to give up on 3-point shooting

The Tigers were unable to hit a 3-point shot in the first half. At least they only attempted six.

Missouri abandoned the idea of shoot first, ask questions later early in the half and instead tried to pound the ball inside. The Tigers finished the game shooting 2-of-16 from behind the arc.