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Solid foundations

Brandy Phillips’ long, sandy-brown hair falls over her back as she sits at a dark brown picnic table with books and papers spread out in front of her. She untangles a playful kitten from a piece of sweater and cuddles him gently in her arms.

“I’ll be able to graduate on time with this program,” Philips said in her soft, child-like voice. “If I was in the regular high school, I wouldn’t have been able to graduate on time.”

Scientists seek bean resistant to disease

When disease threatened Missouri’s biggest cash crop, MU researchers realized they had to build a better, stronger soybean.

“Right now we really don’t have any practical way to treat (soybean rust),” said Paul Beuselinck, an MU adjunct professor of agronomy and a member of the National Center for Soybean Biotechnology, located in MU’s Life Sciences Center.

Slight rise seen for sheriff budget

Sheriff-elect Dwayne Carey says the 2005 budget for the Boone County Sheriff’s Department is not much different from previous budgets.

“We have everything in place,” Carey said. “What we have to do is continue the progress the sheriff and the administrative staff have been making over the last 20 years.”

Nasal vaccine for flu offered

Telltale flu symptoms — fever, cough, chills and muscle aches — are almost nonexistent to Boone County residents so far this year. Yet members of the Boone County Health Department continue to urge residents to receive their vaccination as the height of flu season approaches.

“We haven’t seen the worst of it at this point,” said Heather Baer, Boone County Health Department spokeswoman. “We really just want to let people know that it is not too late. There’s still time to protect you and your family.”

Hearings slated for Sapp plan

Public hearings are scheduled for January and February for the annexation of the 1,000 acres east of Columbia that Billy Sapp plans to develop.

Earlier this month, Sapp resubmitted his application to annex the land, and the city declared the application valid. The resubmitted application includes a more detailed description of the area where land borders the city. In the fall, the city asked the developer to identify this area in his application, Sapp spokesman Don Stamper said.

Beware of thin ice on lakes and ponds

Warming temperatures this week have officials worried about ice safety. The ice might look thick, but no ice in Boone County is safe to walk or skate on now, according to Gale Blomenkamp, division specialist of the Boone County Fire Protection District.

During the last week in Columbia, Blomenkamp had to chase people off thin ice.

Shoot around

Travis Dye stands on a square cement slab with his 15-pound shotgun in hand.

Dye calmly raises his gun and sets it into his rotator cuff. He nestles his right cheek gently against the butt, clears his thoughts and mutters, “Pull it.”

Jackson arrives for Rams

ST. LOUIS — Belatedly, the future has arrived for the St. Louis Rams’ running game.

They’ve just got to hope rookie Steven Jackson, a young, fast, physical alternative to the aging Marshall Faulk, can stay on the field.

Kewpies earn 10th at 18-team event

The Hickman wrestling team placed 10th at the two-day, 18-team Springfield Holiday Tournament that ended Tuesday at Parkview High.

Ozark won the team title with 363.5 points and Carthage was second with 292.5. The Kewpies had 158.

Boehm, retiring Friday, is lauded for 20 years of service as sheriff

In his 20 years as Boone County sheriff, the honors piled up for Ted Boehm. He served longer than any of his predecessors, so the accolades for Boehm, who will retire Friday, seem to know no bounds. Almost.

“I’ll tell you one thing about him,” said Billy Boyce, who helped persuade Boehm to run for office more than 20 years ago, “He stinks at golf.”

Vintage versatility

Gone are the days of matching shoes and handbags.

No need to worry about whether casual pants go with an elegant shawl.

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