Columbia College advances to championship bracket

The Columbia College softball team rebounded from a pair of losses Friday in the Gulf Coast Invitational with a pair of victories Saturday in Orange Beach, Ala.

The No. 7 Cougars beat Belhaven University 10-1 in five innings in the first game of the day. Pitcher Monica Mueller earned the win, striking out seven and allowing two hits. Catcher Sarah Moreau went 2-2 with an RBI and a run scored.

First in the Family

In 2001, the best senior wrestler in Wisconsin called out Ben Askren, telling anyone who cared to listen that he was going to beat Askren in the state finals.

Big mistake.

Finding a home through God

The chapel at The Bluffs, a Columbia skilled nursing facility, feels more like a living room than a church. The chairs are in a circle; a podium is pushed back against the wall, seemingly forgotten. Some residents come and go by wheelchair, others with the help of a walker.

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, 10 women came to the chapel for a Bible study. A few dozed in their wheelchairs, while others chatted before class began.

ABOVE Columbia

Columbia’s unique and recognizable landscapes can be seen in books and on walls and postcards across Missouri. What isn’t seen, though, are photographs from the point of view of these well-known landmarks.

This is a different look at Columbia, from the places that have been admired, walked by and gazed upon.

Taking every chance

Joel McCune is in the zone.

The only sounds at Finger Lakes State Park this late morning are the geese and the ripples McCune makes as he glides his small boat through the water.

Leading the way on lead removal

Thirty years ago, public health officials across the country sought to ban lead-based paints, a major cause of lead poisoning in children.

Today, the children who were once at risk for this hazard have become parents. But despite widespread public attention and millions of dollars in prevention efforts, lead poisoning remains a problem in houses that predate the 1978 ban on lead paint.

Married for 30 years, the best is yet to come

Monday is my 30th wedding anniversary. I’ve been leafing through several photo albums, reminiscing about my life as Mrs. Harl. The wedding, which took place on a Friday evening, was the second for both of us. We had a private ceremony at the church. I wore hunter green. The gal who stood up with me wore white (go figure!). I had my hair cut the day before at the barbershop downtown. It wasn’t more than a half-inch long anywhere on my head. My groom had beautiful blond, shoulder-length hair coiffed into a pageboy.

The reception was at a local hotel. About 50 guests were invited. Looking at the pictures, you might think we had a costume theme. My older brother, who was a security guard at the time, came during his dinner break and was in uniform. Another guest wore a scarf around her hair — kind of a peasant look. There was one gentleman who wore the loudest plaid sports jacket I’ve ever seen. It gave him the air of a used-car salesman (although he was a police officer by day).

Forecasting floods--now

A team of MU researchers is working on a new method of short-term weather forecasting that will enable meteorologists and hydrologists to better predict when and where heavy amounts of rainfall will occur.

The new model, known as “nowcasting,” could allow forecasters to issue flash flood warnings earlier and more accurately. Such floods are among the deadliest force of nature, killing an average of 140 people every year in this country, according to the National Weather Service.

Tigers Win Missouri Bragging Rights

The Missouri women’s gymnastics team beat Southeast Missouri State and a flu bug this week.

Despite battling a team-wide flu strain, the team scored its second highest team score of the season. MU out performed SEMO 195.350-190.200. The score beat last week’s Cat Classic’s performance that bolstered the Tigers’ ranking into the top 20 according to updated national rankings.

Scherzer fans 13 in Tigers' triumph

Sophomore pitcher Max Scherzer was so dominant in Missouri's 7-1 victory against Eastern Michigan on Friday he was boring his teammates.

"Playing in the outfield, it gets real monotonous because he'll just throw it by them," outfielder Hunter Mense said. "When you do get a ball hit to you, you're kind of surprised."

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.


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.”