The 9:45 a.m. service at Grace Bible Church was missing two of its regulars Sunday.
“That’s where Molly and Corey usually sit,” said Michael Burt, the church’s pastor, gesturing to where wounded Columbia police Officer Molly Bowden and her husband, Officer Corey Bowden, sit when they attend the service.
As lawmakers have spent months arguing over who should own the name Missouri State University, lawyers behind the scenes have nearly finished a process that would grant Southwest Missouri State University rights to the name, angering those who have said it belongs to MU.
In January and February 2004, SMSU filed three federal applications to trademark the names Missouri State and Missouri State University — two for clothing and one for educational services. Now, after nearly a year of processing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, lawyers from SMSU are awaiting word that the name is officially theirs — at least from the standpoint of federal commerce.
Four Hickman High School seniors and one home-schooled Columbia senior have a chance to receive one of the nation’s highest academic honors as a Presidential Scholar.
Vellore Arthi, Stefan Novosel, Benjamin Shelton and Suzanne Wetz, all from Hickman, and Carmen Pettus, who is home-schooled, are the Columbia-area nominees, according to the Presidential Scholars Program Web site.
Local business owners can throw their support behind a proposed no-smoking ordinance for Columbia. They just can’t expect to know who those supporters are.
The Boone County Coalition for Tobacco Concerns is quietly circulating a letter of support, asking area business leaders to endorse the measure. That support, though, is strictly behind the scenes.
Schools have not yet decided whether to show the film.
Chase Wetenkamp has a lot of weight on his shoulders, in addition to his 275-pound frame.
The mental pressure on heavy-weights can be immense. Like a football kicker called in for a winning field goal, heavyweights are often the last to wrestle, and a match can be won or lost based on their performance.
Amid walls washed in color, a swath of purple stood out. It was a narrow strip of cloth, folded in half and hung on the wall so that both halves showed. On the left side were three people-shaped cutouts, each a different color. The cutouts were connected by a line of black. On the purple cloth, a card described Erik Christensen’s call to the ministry.
“I pursued other forms of ministry, looking for alternate ways to live out my calling, but I have gradually come to know that I will not find satisfaction anywhere else,” Christensen said. He is gay, and the cloth, or stole, was donated by an Atlanta branch of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America to tell his story.
Two Eva J’s employees dish up fun,
friendship and a touch of home
An extreme makeover — a real one, not the one on television — is on the way to MU. This makeover will not be a surprise or be completed in a week, and a host will not be there to guide students.
But it will be extreme.
Over 60 years, Ernest C. Withers has taken between 8 million and 11 million photographs.
Withers, 83, is known for his documentation of the Civil Rights movement and social scenes from the 1950s and ’60s in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn.
Expectations for the Tigers at the beginning of the season were not high, but even the harshest critics wouldn’t have expected Missouri to be in the position it is now.
On Saturday night, Kansas State completed its first sweep of Missouri in more than 20 years. The loss also dropped Missouri to 10-10 on the season and 2-5 in Big 12 Conference play.
With the onset of arthritis and consistent physical therapy to repair a 13-year-old hip injury, Mary Rotella said her body isn’t quite what it used to be.
“It’s hard to get older,” said Rotella, 46, chairwoman of the Stephens College dance department. “I’ve been dancing since I was 3, so if you think about it, my hips have been rotating for 43 years.”
What’s new: Faculty and student researchers at the National Center for Explosion Resistant Design at MU are looking for ways to make buildings explode gracefully rather than catastrophically.
The center, which was created in 1997 under the supervision of Sam Kiger, chairman of MU’s civil engineering department, promotes understanding of the explosion environment and generates structural building designs. The designs aim to reduce flying debris and prevent the collapse of a building after an explosion, thus minimizing potential injury or death to people inside the structure.
KANSAS CITY — It turns out football is not the only thing the Big 12 Conference’s South teams do better than their counterparts in the North.
The South plays a better brand of basketball, too.
BOULDER, Colo. — Oklahoma State freshman JamesOn Curry played a lot like a senior in his first start on Sunday.
Curry scored 17 of his career-high 22 points in the second half of No. 9 Oklahoma State’s 104-86 victory against Colorado. He was 6-of-8 from 3-point range, making all five in the second half.
Four of Kansas State’s starting five weren’t even alive the last time the Wildcats won in Columbia.
And the last time they swept the season series against Missouri the other starter, Cartier Martin, was 1.
From the outside, it’s the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology. But for a group of Lee Elementary School second-graders, inside the brick building is a journey into Africa.
“We’re ready to go around the world today,” Ann Mehr says to Brandy Moore-Klutse’s class as they enter the exhibit of masks inside the museum’s first gallery. Mehr, the class’s art teacher, then leads the students on a whirlwind trip through the African continent and its history.
It’s one of the only times you’ll see them adorned in Kansas State purple.
But that’s a concession Thomas Gardner, Jason Conley and Jimmy McKinney are willing to make for a hair cut.
Lauren Harris, a 6-foot-3 freshman center at Kennesaw (Ga.) State, recently called home and told her father that she led the nation in blocked shots.
“Where’d you get your information?” Alvin Harris asked.
Joey Eads is not used to getting second chances, so when given the opportunity to participate in a new early parole program, he jumped at the opportunity.
Eads is one of six Boone County residents to participate in the program, which was approved in October and initiated in November. In addition, 14 more applications have been submitted for review, said Capt. Warren Brewer, detention director for the Boone County Jail.