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Rural church revival

Lucille Street delicately moves her aged hands across a large black and white picture in the homemade photo album displaying her church’s history. About 30 men and women, fully dressed, stand shoulder to shoulder in a small lake in northern Boone County ready to submerge themselves in the sacrament of spiritual regeneration. As they emerge from the water, they believe they are passing through doors to a more religious, meaningful life. Around the lake stand nearly 100 townspeople, doing what people did in 1931 at Dripping Spring: watch the revival. Model T Fords line up behind the crowd.

During that era, rural churches were the focus of small towns, with services such as the summer revivals attracting major crowds. But they were also largely the only gig in town.

Hundreds show support for police at barbecue

The smell of smoked pork and hot kettle corn wafted in from the cold. Long tables covered with white plastic table clothes awaited crowds. A chorus echoed through the arena.

“I have a daughter with the police.”

Judge denies request to unfreeze assets

WASHINGTON — A federal judge tried to balance the right of association with national security Friday when he heard arguments concerning the Columbia-based Islamic American Relief Agency.

After much back-and-forth questioning, Justice Reggie Walton denied the charity’s motion to unfreeze its assets.

Church honors woman’s decades of work with refugees

Alice Wolters has helped more than 1,000 refugees from almost 15 countries resettle in mid-Missouri during the past three decades.

But the speech she gave at a dinner held in her honor Friday evening at First Christian Church made it clear she refuses to take too much credit despite her years of service.

Joyous return for three soldiers

It had been almost a year since Sgt. John Kloeckner, 1st Sgt. Kevin Findley and Staff Sgt. Chuck Call last set foot on Missouri soil.

When they arrived at the Columbia Regional Airport on Friday, more than 100 friends and family members packed the baggage claim room to greet them. The three men, all wearing civilian clothes, were returning from Iraq.

Teenagers arrested for posting hit list on Web

Two former Gentry Middle School students were arrested Thursday on charges of posting a list on the Internet containing names of students and faculty members to kill, according to Columbia police.

The two teens were charged with making a terrorist threat after police received a tip from a Gentry Middle School faculty member about the Web site, Columbia police Captain Brad Nelson said Friday.

Talent promotes bill limiting meth ingredients

A federal bill aims to take all over-the-counter cold and sinus medicines containing pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient for methamphetamines, off the shelves. This bill would broaden the scope of a state bill prohibiting sales of cold and sinus tablets containing the drug.

Sen. Jim Talent, R-Mo., sponsor of the bill, discussed the federal Combat Meth Act at a press conference Saturday at D&H Drugstore. If passed, the bill would require drugs containing pseudoephedrine to be kept behind the counter and require identification to purchase. Sales of the drug would be limited to nine grams per person every 30 days, about three or four packages. The similar state bill is now back on the Senate floor after clearing both chambers.

Deer control ordinance up for vote

The Columbia City Council drafted an ordinance that would allow firearms hunting on all 20-acre or larger tracts of land, subject to certain safety restrictions. The council will also hear public comment before taking a vote on Monday night.

The proposed ordinance could have two major benefits: curbing the urban deer population and providing an incentive for large tracts of land to be annexed into the city.

Doughnut company considers Columbia

Columbia residents may soon see the signature green tile roof and flashing red “hot” light of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts in town.

About a month ago, architects met with city staff to discuss the possibility of building a Krispy Kreme in the new Broadway Shoppes development, said senior planner Chuck Bondra.

Blunt urges privatizing revenue offices

The Columbia branch office of the Missouri Department of Revenue is one of 11 that Gov. Matt Blunt plans to shut down and replace with operations that will be run by hand-picked private contractors.

Seventeen people work at the branch office on Vandiver Drive, where residents go to get drivers licenses, to renew license plates and to pay taxes on vehicles. While the governor included the proposal in his budget for fiscal year 2006, the revenue department hopes to implement the changes as soon as late spring or early summer.

ROAD GLORY AT LAST

LINCOLN, Neb. - Missouri played a brilliant second half to overcome a lackluster start against Nebraska.

Still, the outcome of the game remained shrouded in uncertainty until the buzzer sounded and the Tigers won 56-53.

Rising Stars high on education

Few sports programs for children go to the length that Rising Stars Sports Association does to make education a priority for players.

In December, the year-old sports association started an education campaign that encourages young players to excel in school and to learn outside class. Players on each of five teams are competing to win one of five computers donated by Frito Lay/Quaker Oats, where Rising Stars cofounder Ray Magruder works.

Brown’s dunk sparks Tigers

LINCOLN, Neb. – Kevin Young put it in the top-10 list of Missouri’s best dunks of the year.

Jason Conley said it showed some confidence.

Missouri ruins day for ’Huskers’ Turek

LINCOLN, Neb—It was Nebraska forward John Turek’s birthday on Saturday. He turned 21, but the Missouri men’s basketball team had designs to spoil his party.

Missouri defeated Nebraska 56-53 and left Turek to celebrate a birthday without being able to celebrate a victory.

Threes down Mizzou

NORMAN, OKLA. — The Missouri women’s basketball team demonstrated strong effort on Saturday, but the 3-point shooting of Oklahoma stifled any Tiger offensive threat.

“A lot of time we were flying at them, and they penetrate so well,” Missouri coach Cindy Stein said.

Pescaglia’s title picturesque finish

Tony Pescaglia can finally smile.

Pescaglia told his mom he wouldn’t smile for any pictures until he won a state title. Saturday, Pescaglia stood atop the podium on the Hearnes Center floor with a first-place medal around his neck, and smiled for all the cameras.

All-Comers draws 650 competitors

Though trailing behind the others, the little girl with glasses kept on running. As the runners crossed the finish line, the crowd at Hearnes Center’s field house began to clap. They were applauding not for the winner, but for the girl who was just making the last turn around the track.

Despite being the youngest participant in her heat, Shelby Stowt, 7, finished the girls’ 400-meter dash at full speed to the applause of the crowd.

Two new records set

At 74, Lewis Mead was the oldest participant in the competition. He raced in the 3,000-meter walk. He said he has been race walking for 15 years and trains three times a week.

Two new meet records for the high school competition were set. Shannon Leinert of Wildwood broke the mile record in 5:11. Jared Huske of Topeka, Kan. broke the 60-meter hurdles record in 7.91 seconds.

Fine finish for foursome

They got their roses, thanked God and their families, and received a standing ovation.

Then they took the court.

Cougars’ bench key to victory

The ineptitude of the Illinois-Springfield men’s basketball team was on full display Saturday at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

While the Prairie Stars committed technical fouls and missed free throws, Columbia College led throughout its undramatic 69-52 win.

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