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Champion perfects call of the wild turkey

CENTRALIA — Chris Parrish is a different type of champion.

He doesn’t bask in the glory of his accomplishments. He puts family first. He hasn’t let celebrity get to his head. He will never go on strike or demand a bigger contract.

Who’s on first? One quality newcomer

Quick, name the Missouri baseball player third on the team in batting average, slugging percentage and RBIs and second in on-base percentage.

Third-year starter James Boone, who was third in average last year? Nope.

Lunch deal reconsidered

After hiring an outside firm to serve school lunches for the first time, the Centralia school board is wrestling with whether to continue using the private company next year.

The board voted 4-3 against renewing the contract with Opaa Food Management last month. But it has put the issue back on the agenda for reconsideration at its March 14 meeting.

Sabbath’s importance honored

Beginning at sundown on Friday, Jews from more than 600 congregations will gather across the United States and Canada to honor the spiritual importance of Sabbath, the weekly day of rest known in Judaism as Shabbat.

In Columbia, Congregation Beth Shalom will mark the event, Shabbat Across America, with a special service and Torah at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 2615 Shepard Blvd.

Defeat hard to explain

It’s hard to determine which told the story better, the numbers or the looks on their faces.

One-by-one they filed out of Missouri’s locker room. Glen Dandridge was first. A half hour later, Thomas Gardner was last.

Speaker touts religion as spark to creativity

Workplaces that are open to spirituality might actually be able to increase their creative output.

This was the message delivered by Douglas Hicks, an associate professor of leadership studies and religion at the University of Richmond, in a Thursday night lecture at MU. The lecture, “Is Creativity a Religious Concept?,” was sponsored by the MU Center for Religion, Professions and the Public. It also explored the origins of creativity in humans.

Win not that easy

Sometimes reaching the semifinals of the conference tournament is as easy as beating a 20-loss team at home.

And sometimes it’s as difficult as withstanding the hardest charge a well-coached underdog can muster.

A second ‘Dream Job’ of a lifetime

Since Mike Hall began his job at ESPN, he’s interviewed sports heroes and met Olympic athletes he’s admired since he was a boy.

But just how big of a deal his instant success was didn’t hit him until he returned to his alma mater.

Creative Spaces

The month of February saw 10 new regulars around downtown Columbia. Stylishly outfitted, they were spotted striking a pose through store windows, at a bank and hanging out at the art league. Each unique, they all had one thing in common: They were mannequins, made with care and purpose for a magical Saturday night.

Ten artists, seven of them from Columbia, were asked by MU’s College of Human Environmental Sciences to decorate a donated mannequin in the style of their choice with whatever materials they saw fit. Various downtown businesses displayed the mannequins, transformed with everything from watercolor and paper to wire, washers and telephone pieces.

Faces

If you’ve ever seen a show at MU’s Jesse Auditorium, you might have an idea of what’s happening on stage. But even more is happening behind the scenes. Melissa Brown, an events assistant for Jesse Auditorium, has been working backstage since shortly after she moved here eight years ago.

“My job involves lighting, sound and stage work,” Brown said. “I do the same thing at the Hearnes Center and the Mizzou Arena.”

New annexation bid surprises Harg group

Harg-area residents learned of a new annexation request in their neighborhood at a meeting Thursday night with Rep. Judy Baker, D-Columbia, and Boone County Northern District Commissioner Skip Elkin.

Richland Road LLC has filed a request for Columbia to annex 147 acres, located east of the city on the south side of Richland Road, near the intersection of St. Charles Road.

Economic group taps MU member as VP

Frank Seibert, a director for an extension program with the MU College of Business, has been elected vice president for the University Economic Development Association. This national, nonprofit organization serves institutions of higher education and their U.S. and international economic affiliates.

“I consider it a great honor to be elected to serve as the vice president of such a prestigious organization,” Seibert said in a news release.

Contributions to MU increasing

After two years without growth, charitable contributions to U.S. colleges and universities increased 3.4 percent last year to a record $24.4 billion, according to a report released on Wednesday.

MU reported a 9 percent increase in donations since last year.

Reward system faces scrutiny

JEFFERSON CITY — Several days after the Missouri Democratic Party requested a federal inquiry into fee office contracts awarded to two relatives of U.S. Attorney Todd Graves and two staffers for U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., House Democrats pushed to eliminate the patronage system used to award the contracts.

The state’s 171 fee offices collect money for driver’s license renewal, process motor vehicle titles and registrations and receive tax payments. The contracts are generally viewed as a tool governors use to reward friends.

Ethics author to visit Stephens College

Next week is Women Writers Week at Stephens College. One of the events will include Anita Allen, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, speaking about her feminist perspective on ethics in today’s world.

Allen, a recognized expert on privacy law, recently published “The New Ethics: A Guided Tour of the Twenty-First Century Moral Landscape,” which analyzes the ethics of current news topics.

In with an elite group

The Big 12 Conference is the best wrestling conference in America. Period.

All five teams are ranked in the top-15 in the country with Oklahoma State (No. 1), Iowa State (No. 3) and Nebraska (No. 4) in the top-five. No. 7 Oklahoma is the fourth team in the top-10, while No. 15 Missouri brings up the rear.

UMKC committee to find new chancellor

University of Missouri System President Elson Floyd announced the appointment of a search committee to help select the 16th chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Former Chancellor Martha Gilliland resigned in December after faculty organizations expressed concerns with her leadership and plans for the school.

Garage sale to aid local, global charities

When Paulina Perkins, Residential Life director at Stephens College, heard about the December tsunami, her thoughts of sympathy immediately turned into action.

On Saturday, the Residential Life staff will have a garage sale to benefit tsunami relief efforts and the Central Missouri Food Bank. It will be from 7 a.m. to noon in the foyer of Stephens Auditorium, 22 Dorsey St.

Nickoley picked top indoor freshman

Big 12 coaches voted Trisa Nickoley the 2005 indoor track and field Female Freshmen Performer of the Year Wednesday.

Nickoley, from Tecumseh, Kan., won two Big 12 indoor titles at last weekend’s Big 12 Championships. She won an individual championship in the 800 meters and was also a member of the winning distance medley relay team.

Freshmen facing final exam

For every Missouri player, the biggest game of the season is the home game against Kansas.

Even the Tigers’ four freshmen know how important it is, and they’ve never played against the Jayhawks in Columbia.

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