Mental specter haunts Tigers

Missouri men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder said the Tigers’ toughest opponent isn’t some 7-foot center or an impenetrable zone defense.

Their worst enemy is a 50-year-old man.

Columbia Responds

Condolences flood in

When reserve Columbia police Officer David Young and his wife, Debbie, got off their motorcycle at the Columbia Police Department, they stopped to look at the memorial of flowers, cards, bears and candles. They came to the station to buy another magnetic blue ribbon dedicated to Officer Molly Bowden.

Lessons in love

Love actually abounds in Columbia. Valentine’s Day reminds young and old that love makes the world go ’round. But what keeps the prime mover — love itself — going? The Missourian sent four reporters looking for love, and they returned with tales of devotion from four Columbia couples, each doing its best to keep this love-driven globe spinning.

Future looks bright for young Stars

Stephens freshmen Pam Dodge and Elyse Steffan caught Stars women’s basketball coach Dane Pavlovich a little off guard at the beginning of the basketball season in November.

At a practice, Dodge and Steffan were stretching on the center circle at Silverthorne Arena when they called Pavlovich over.

A fire chief’s final call

ASHLAND — The former chief of the Southern Boone County Fire Protection District received full fire department honors at his funeral at Ashland Baptist Church on Sunday. John William Thomas died Thursday of cancer.

Fire trucks and ambulances draped with black cloth in the front and on the ladders lined the street. Hanging against a cold gray sky from two Columbia Fire Department ladder trucks was a 30-foot-by-60-foot flag.

Refs' no-fall call downs Missouri

Missouri sophomore Ben Askren has 19 falls this season, a new Missouri record. He was after his 20th on Sunday, when the Tigers faced Iowa State at Hearnes Center.

He didn’t quite get it, and Missouri fell to the No. 2 Cyclones 18-15 before a crowd of 1,063.

Commending Character

In 1839, a group of Boone County families worked tirelessly to win a bid to establish MU. These founding families’ spirit of service and commitment to the community are reflected on campus today among a group of MU students, faculty and staff.

On Feb. 7, 39 MU seniors and 37 faculty and staff were recognized with the inaugural Mizzou ’39 Award, sponsored by the MU Alumni Association Student Board. On Tuesday, the group was again recognized at the Founder’s Day Celebration, an event commemorating MU’s 166th birthday.

School honors ‘hero’ for his service

Anderson Logan smiled the whole time.

He smiled before the Sunday celebration began. People came out of the rain into the Nora Stewart Memorial Nursery School, filling the small space ornamented with books and toys. Reporters interviewed him, looking to find out why he was the first person the school designated as a “community hero.”

Changes in name could lift stature

Achievement is all in the name for a few Missouri state schools.

The Senate Education Panel recently approved name changes for four institutes of higher education. If the legislation is passed in the General Assembly, Missouri Western State College and Harris-Stowe State College will change the word “college” to “university” in their names. Missouri Southern State University-Joplin would drop the city from its name.

Now You Know

Seed purity

What was found: Minimal changes in seed purity demands can have a high impact on production costs for U.S. seed companies.


Annie Jones

Her fellow dancers call her Little Buddy, but there is nothing small about Annie Jones’ lifelong ambition to be a professional dancer. Jones, a freshman dance major at Stephens College, has been working toward that goal since childhood.