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Sustaining a GROWING congregation

One evening a few months ago, tears welled in Darcie Putnam’s eyes as she watched fellow members of The Crossing Church drop envelopes into a basket.

She and her husband were among about 200 families enjoying a night of prayer and celebration in a conference room at Stoney Creek Inn. The lights were low and soft music played as, one by one, members of the evangelical Presbyterian congregation walked slowly to the front of the room and made their contributions toward The Crossing’s first church building.

Two Tigers seize top honors at Cat Classic

The first night of the 25th annual Cat Classic finished with two Tigers taking home the top honors.

The Towson Tigers took second place in the team competition and MU grabbed first Friday night with a score of 195.250.

No. 24 Missouri prevailed over Towson's 192.650, New Hampshire's 192.850, and Illinois State's 187.900.

Jeff City ends Rock Bridge's dream season

Jefferson City won the Class 5-District 10 on Friday night, its first title in six years, ending Rock Bridge's dream season by a score of 53-50 at Rock Bridge.

Turner turns the tide

Terrell Turner gave Rock Bridge a boost. The Bruins trailed by eight after the first quarter, but Turner, a Bruins guard, helped narrow the deficit with eight points in the second quarter.

Filming a story of survival

After six years teaching English to Bosnian refugees in Columbia, Kerri Yost took what, for her, was the next logical step: making a film about them. And then another film. And then one more.

The second of Yost’s trilogy is a four-minute documentary entitled “Waiting for Adnan,” which will be screened Sunday at the Missouri Theatre as part of the True/False Film Festival.

Rock Bridge will meet Jefferson City in district final Saturday

Missouri is rolling on a four-game winning streak, but the Tigers are going to need more than momentum to come out of Austin, Texas with a victory.

The Longhorns (18-8) are fifth in the Big 12 Conference at 7-6, but a loss to Missouri on Saturday could drop them to the lower half of the standings. Texas lost a tough road game at Texas Tech 69-65 on Tuesday, but Longhorns coach Rick Barnes said he thinks his team could be in its prime because his players are healthy.

Cat Classic could vault MU into elite company

A milestone event will take place at Hearnes Center tonight and Saturday.

Missouri’s gymnasts will host the 25th annual Cat Classic, the premier invitational meet in the nation, this weekend at Hearnes Center. The meet’s setup is what makes it such a special event.

Tigers take hot streak to Texas

Missouri is rolling on a four-game winning streak, but the Tigers are going to need more than momentum to come out of Austin,Texas with a victory.

The Longhorns (18-8) are fifth in the Big 12 Conference at 7-6, but a loss to Missouri on Saturday could drop them to the lower half of the standings. Texas lost a tough road game at Texas Tech 69-65 on Tuesday, but Longhorns coach Rick Barnes said he thinks his team could be in its prime because his players are healthy.

UM system payments deferred

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Matt Blunt has decided to defer payments totaling $100 million to the University of Missouri system and five other state universities, a Blunt spokesman said Thursday.

During a conference call on Wednesday night with presidents from each school, Blunt received unanimous consent to defer the payments. From March until May, the schools will receive a distributed amount of $14 million per month as opposed to the $47 million usually allotted.

Wearing responsibility

Responsibility is more than the name of an MU residence hall. The campus Wellness Center is distributing green “Responsibility” bracelets to students willing to commit to being responsible for themselves and their friends when drinking alcohol.

These symbolic bracelets are part of a process to change a person’s life, said Kim Dude, director of the Wellness Center.

Police: No ‘white van’ reports filed

Columbia police said on Thursday they had no reason to believe there is a connection between two reports — circulated all over town via e-mail — of a man stalking women in a white van.

The e-mail was sent Wednesday morning and warned of a man in a white van who followed one woman last Monday and another woman on Tuesday. Contrary to the claim in the e-mail, police said they had not received any reports of people being harassed by a man in a white van, Capt. Mike Martin said.

Passengers improve after crash

Five of the 17 Mexican migrant workers involved in Tuesday’s fatal accident on eastbound I-70 were in fair condition on Thursday, according to a University Hospital spokeswoman.

The spokeswoman said the five are expected to be released by the end of the week.

Council weighs holiday options

Three times a year, the simple act of going to class becomes an inner conflict of faith for MU junior Courtney Jakul.

“I would go to really important classes on religious holidays, and it made me feel really guilty,” Jakul said. “I grew up in a traditional family where we didn’t go to work or do anything on religious holidays except go to services.”

MU panel debates plus/minus grades

MU’s grading system came under scrutiny at Thursday’s Faculty Council meeting, as some schools disagreed with language in the Faculty Handbook that suggests professors must award grades on a plus/minus scale.

The Faculty Handbook says faculty are “expected” to use the plus/minus system, and this wording has been interpreted as saying the system is required.

DIRTY WORK

Here are a few facts about the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources:

1 Students in the college can choose from among 14 degree programs and can now get a degree with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture.

Early stumble sinks Cougars

The Columbia College men’s basketball team lost 82-70 at Missouri Baptist on Thursday. The Cougars (19-12, 8-3) fell into a tie for second place in the American Midwest Conference.

A 12-0 run in the first half put the Spartans (21-8, 10-1) up 31-22, and they never trailed again.

Senior year not a time for senioritis

With thoughts of college life and independence on their minds, many high school seniors may be suffering from senioritis. But with its classic symptoms of laziness and procrastination, senioritis can be a blow to students’ post high-school dreams.

Students need to stay on top of deadlines, including ones for college admission, financial aid, scholarships and tests, as well as continue to work hard in their high school classes.

Tuition lawsuit with UM system continues

A 1998 lawsuit that could result in the refund of educational fees to some students in the UM system — and cost the university as much as $470 million — is in the discovery phase.

St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Romines ruled in favor of three former UM system students on a lawsuit more than two years ago.

Tigers at a loss for wins

There’s more than one way to lose a basketball game.

For the Missouri women’s basketball team this season, there have been 16.

Missouri enters Saturday’s game at Nebraska at 9-16, with a 3-11 mark in the Big 12 Conference.

Faces

Heather Pugh has had two experiences at MU she’ll never forget.

The first was when her fiance proposed to her at the columns, close to where they met her freshman year.

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