Bowden’s condition worsens

On Saturday, the family, friends and co-workers of wounded Columbia Police Officer Molly Bowden were awaiting the results of a test administered Friday night that would help doctors determine what kind of infection had her fighting for her life.

Bowden, 26, had a low-grade fever Tuesday and developed an infection Wednesday. Sources with the Columbia Police and the family did not know the type of infection Saturday.

First-graders demonstrate geography skills

Sixteen first-graders at Mill Creek Elementary School stood in a line at the front of their classroom and sang “We All Live Together,” as their parents watched from around the room.

The song kicked off first-grade teacher Judi Privitt’s annual geography celebration Friday afternoon.

Texas makes seven unlucky for MU

Keeping a consistent offense is difficult for any team.

For the Tigers, it’s almost impossible.

Family-owned Hood’s closing after 17 years

For almost 18 years, Hood’s Warehouse Outlet on Paris Road has been offering discount prices on supplies for the home, from doors to tulip bulbs. By next month, customers will have to find a new place to shop. Hood’s is closing its doors in early February.

The family-owned home supply store offers customers discounted prices on building materials and home improvement supplies. Employee Becky Giessmann said the store’s inventory is made of large quantities of products bought at discounted prices from larger suppliers. Because Hood’s can buy the products cheap, she said, it can offer low prices to its customers.

City, county using Web to sell extras

Boone County and the city of Columbia have started using the online destination to sell their extra materials. Local government surplus for sale on the site ranges from the typical office calculator (which as of Friday was going for $1), to a foosball table (top bid $46.50) to a street sweeper that carries an $18,000 price tag.

The Boone County purchasing office has been using the site for two weeks, while the city logged on a few days ago.

Dandridge gets taste of spotlight

Twenty minutes after Missouri had dispatched Nebraska 80-70 on Jan. 22, Tiger freshman Glen Dandridge was back in the gym.

He was alone, an unassuming presence in Mizzou Arena’s practice gym with the hood of his gray sweatshirt pulled tight around his eyes.

Pinkel, Alden participate in Officer Down promotion

Football coach Gary Pinkel attended the men’s basketball game between Missouri and Kansas State, but he was doing more than just enjoying the show.

At halftime, Pinkel, Missouri athletic director Mike Alden and Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm accompanied a 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycle onto the court.

Askren sets record in Missouri defeat

After the No. 12 Missouri wrestling team fell to No. 6 Nebraska 26-12 Saturday night, individual accomplishments were all the Tigers had to fall back on.

“Nebraska (16-1-1, 1-0 Big 12) wrestled really well tonight, and we just got outtoughed tonight,” coach Brian Smith said. “In a lot of matches, we just really didn’t wrestle our best tonight. I’m not happy about it, they’re not happy about it, but we’ve got to bounce back.”

Cougars stun Missouri Baptist

When Missouri Baptist’s desperation 3-pointer caromed off the rim as time expired, Columbia College players met at center court and exchanged fanatical embraces and wild high fives amid a sea of applause from their grateful fans.

They had a 90-89 overtime win against a American Midwest Conference heavyweight.

Pembroke Hill too tough for Hickman

Defeating the top ranked team in the state earlier in the week didn’t distract Pembroke Hill’s girls’ basketball team against Hickman on Saturday night.

Pembroke Hill, which defeated Notre Dame de Sion in overtime Thursday, led the entire game against the Kewpies in a 48-41 victory.

Poet puts King into context

Nikki Giovanni, a best-selling poet, author and essayist who first achieved prominence during the black arts movement of the 1960s, skillfully wove history and current events together to address issues facing the United States during a lecture at MU Saturday evening.

“We are children of the ’60s,” MU Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton said in reference to Giovanni before she took the stage. “Thoughts that we had then and the principles that inspired us are still with us.”

New routine helps Stephens roll past Mount Mary College

After a lackadaisical start to his team’s Tuesday night loss at Central Methodist, Stephens College basketball coach Dane Pavlovich thought the Stars needed a new warm-up to get ready to go at the beginning of each game.

The new warm-ups accomplished that purpose Saturday, as Stephens jumped out to a 15-0 lead and cruised to an easy 88-19 victory against Mount Mary College, which arrived at Silverthorne Arena from Milwaukeewith only five players.

Ridley, Cougars pull away from Owls

Columbia College guard Tiffany Foote’s words before the Cougars’ 71-55 win against William Woods were prophetic.

“(William Woods) always gives us a good run in the first half, but we usually finish out strong,” Foote said before Saturday’s game at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Twin fins

As if it wasn't hard enough to tell Amanda and Megan Morford apart, they complicate the matter by showing up at class sometimes in the same outfit.

The identical twin sisters are seniors on the Missouri women's swimming and diving team. Amanda swims the backstroke and individual medley for the Tigers. Megan, meanwhile, swims the individual medley and the breaststroke.

Digital evolution

In the span of a single generation, how we listen to music has evolved from the vinyl record album to the clunky eight-track, from the handy cassette to the sleek compact disc.

Now, the latest trend in distribution, online digital music, has the potential to render the CD obsolete. In October, Apple announced that consumers had so far purchased 150 million songs from iTunes, an online service that allows users to download music to their computers for 99 cents per song. Apple sells 4 million songs a week through iTunes, and that figure will no doubt increase with a new European Union version of the software, along with the Canadian version Apple recently launched.

Beaded baubles

The artist:

Sheila Hawkey-Page has been a Columbia resident for 20 years and began making jewelry after searching for an art form she could easily pick up and carry.

Family has faith that religious diversity in the home will work

A year ago, Hana Solomon’s son bought her husband a plastic Christmas tree from Wal-Mart.

“It was his Hanukkah present for his dad,” she said.

Columbia is... ECLECTIC

Eclectic (ek·lek´tik)

adj. Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems or styles: an eclectic taste in food

Huskers come up big

The Missouri gymnastics team fell short of a win on Friday night.

The Tigers, 0-2 in conference, lost to No. 23 Nebraska (0-1) in a meet that measured the Tigers’ talent in comparison to nationally competitive teams.

Bruins top Kewpies

For the second time this year the Rock Bridge boys’ basketball team beat top rival Hickman. The Bruins topped the Kewpies 52-43 on Friday. The win improves the Bruins’ record to 16-3.