Catholics’ property holds many options

The new property of the Jefferson City Catholic Diocese has lots of possibilities.

The diocese signed a contract with Bristol Lake LLC for the sale of 22.6 acres within the former Philips farm, now known as the Bristol Lake Development. Although the diocese has expressed the need for a church, school and church office buildings, The Rev. Greg Higley said a precise plan for the property’s use has yet to be determined.

MSHSAA eyes Rock Bridge

The Rock Bridge athletic department is on the agenda for Wednesday’s Missouri State High School Activities Association’s Board of Directors meeting.

The school’s girls’ basketball team might have violated player participation rules.

Blunt deputizes overhaul leaders

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt introduced Monday the two men he has charged with leading his promised overhaul of Missouri government.

Warren Erdman of Kansas City and Stephen Bradford of Cape Girardeau will head a commission that Blunt has created to analyze the structure of state government and to recommend changes to improve efficiency.

Rams pick DBs coach

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams on Monday hired Kurt Schottenheimer as their new secondary coach.

Schottenheimer replaces Perry Fewell, who left the Rams last week to work for the Chicago Bears. That move reunited Fewell with Bears coach Lovie Smith, who was the Rams’ defensive coordinator from 2001 to 2003. Fewell joined the Rams in 2003 after spending the previous five seasons coaching defensive backs in Jacksonville.

Prisons lose video games

JEFFERSON CITY — It’s game over for Missouri inmates.

Gov. Matt Blunt passed down an executive order Monday pulling the plug on video games in all state prisons.

Bulldogs run toward improving their play

The Douglass boys’ basketball team was exhausted. They puffed and panted with their heads down and their hands on their knees.

Bulldogs coach Lynn Allen had added conditioning drills to the end of his practice Monday.

Bowden shows improvement, can’t speak yet

After two weeks in University Hospital, Columbia police Officer Molly Bowden continues to improve and rest comfortably, family members said in an answering machine message Monday.

Bowden’s father, David Thomas, said in the message that Bowden was sitting upright for a short time Sunday. Her responsiveness was also improving, and Bowden was able to follow movement with her eyes, according to Thomas.

Rios moved

Murder suspect and former Columbia police officer Steven Rios has been moved to the Boone County Jail, where he is being held in isolated custody.

Rios had been held at the Biggs Forensic Unit at Fulton State Hospital since he was charged with murder July 1 in the slaying of MU student Jesse Valencia.

Three robberies under investigation

Columbia police are investigating three armed robberies that occurred over the weekend.

The first robbery occurred at 12:07 a.m. on Saturday in the 1500 block of Hinkson Avenue. The victim, a 46-year-old Columbia man, was approached in his apartment building’s parking lot, according to a Columbia Police Department media release. The robber then showed a handgun and demanded that the man empty his pockets.

Growing up faster

On paper and in the classroom Richard Roby is considered a freshman. But when he takes to the basketball court he doesn’t feel like one.

That’s the way Colorado coach Ricardo Patton prefers it.

Rock Bridge to honor five new alumni this fall

Rock Bridge High School is going beyond recognizing its current students by accepting nominations for the Rock Bridge Alumni Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame was started in 2003 to honor alumni who have “made exceptional accomplishments in their personal and professional careers,” said Assistant Principal Kathy Ritter.

Missouri: The bullfrog state?

JEFFERSON CITY — The croak of the bullfrog might soon become the new call of the wild here in Missouri.

A bill proposed by Rep. Susan Phillips, R-Kansas City, would make the North American bullfrog the official state amphibian.

The new year gives time for reflection

January has never been one of my favorite months.

  It’s not just because it’s usually cold and blustery and lurks right in the heart of winter, which is certainly reason enough for my distaste, but it is also a month which has few redeeming qualities. It has been spared total obsolescence, because it was lucky enough to have Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. born in the middle of it.

Call center back in Mo.

JEFFERSON CITY — A toll-free call center for Missouri welfare recipients will soon be staffed in Missouri, costing taxpayers $1 million more annually than if it had been kept in India.

Ash ignites garage blaze

Hot embers stored in a paper bag caused a fire at a private residence in the Hinkson Creek Valley neighborhood early Monday morning, according to Columbia Fire Department officials.