Ready, set, write

It’s no wonder to K-5 Director Barbara Savage that Columbia Independent School kindergarteners swept the top three spots in the annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest for the second time in three years.

“If you’ve ever been in a kindergarten room for more than 25 minutes, you know they have a lot of stories to tell,” she said.

Open house educates about Islam

Jan DeLasara and her sister, Joy Rushing, came to the Islamic Center of Central Missouri’s open house Sunday with different religious perspectives. DeLasara considers herself a spiritual person but is not a member of any organized religion. Rushing is a devout Presbyterian. But both were interested in learning more about Islam.

“It’s an opportunity to get a very close look at a tradition that is pretty alien to me,” DeLasara said.

Rocheport mayor retires after two decades

The mayor of Rocheport is calling it quits after 20 years.

Frances Turner, the second female mayor of Rocheport, was elected in 1985. She will preside over her last city council meeting tonight. On Sunday, the Friends of Rocheport held a reception to honor Turner’s two decades of service.

Coach’s future will be discussed tonight

Mike Hall will likely know by the end of tonight if he will return to coach football at Southern Boone next year.

School officials did not renew Hall’s coaching contract on March 7 because of alcohol use by one of his players. Hall coached Southern Boone’s first season of varsity football last year.

Longhorns gain split by getting defensive

Two freshmen were central characters in the biggest play of Missouri’s softball game at University Field on Sunday.

One seized the moment, acted on gut instincts and emerged a heroine.

Helping troops take the heat

In about a month, average daily temperatures in Iraq will top 95 degrees. Blazing heat and almost non-existent precipitation already mean a miserable existence for U.S. and coalition forces on the ground.

The U.S. Air Force has elicited help from a team of MU doctoral candidates. Led by Satish Nair, the team recently completed research that predicts the risk of heat stress for pilots, soldiers, firefighters and others who wear protective gear in extreme weather.

Rolen has Brewers’number

MILWAUKEE — Scott Rolen could see it coming.

Rolen had three hits and three RBIs, including a tiebreaking home run in the top of the ninth inning, to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

Students consider starting Asian sorority

MU’s Greek community might be getting a new sorority.

On Tuesday night, eight college women of Asian descent gathered in Memorial Union to discuss starting an Asian-interest chapter.

Science creating link with business

Development directors from companies invested in life science research talked last week about how to improve communication between companies and universities.

The event Thursday in Monsanto Auditorium in MU’s Life Sciences Center was part of Life Sciences Week on campus. In the past five years, MU has been focused on cultivating an environment in which life science research can make the jump into the commercial realm. The attention led to the completion of the Life Sciences Center, the creation of the Office of Technology and Special Projects, and the goal of building an incubator to house start-up companies founded on university research.

Detroit flies past Royals

KANSAS CITY — Mike Maroth, known for his finesse pitching, was pleased to have a strong fastball as well.

Maroth pitched 7 2/3 strong innings and Ivan Rodriguez had three hits, including a home run and two-run double, to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 6-1 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

MU freshman co-authors book

Kourtney Mitchell loves writing. His mother said he wrote his first book when he was 10. Mitchell said he writes rap and hip-hop lyrics in his free time.

Now, at 18, this MU freshman has co-authored a book with his mother.

Odyssey benefits Osterman

Texas pitcher Cat Osterman walked toward Longhorns catcher Megan Willis to retrieve the ball after throwing a strike Sunday.

She caught the ball, then turned toward center fielder Tina Boutelle.

Partners in preservation

It might be easy to miss Abiel Leonard Guitar’s old house while driving down Range Line Street at 45 mph. Shade trees darken the front yard and weeds poke through the rocks on the worn gravel driveway.

The shades are pulled down over the two-story home’s nine windows, and its white paint looks as if it has been flaking off for years. There is a particularly large patch of exposed wood on the right side of the triple archway, a feature it shares with Confederate Hill, the other Guitar home. The house has remained empty since Guitar died there last year.

Curing a Country Boy

Last spring, two weeks before graduating from high school in a small town in northeast Missouri, Joel DeRosear began having headaches.

Then on May 15, the day before his commencement ceremony, DeRosear attended his friend’s graduation in a nearby town. Standing on a street corner, he talked with the county sheriff, Mike Kite.

Missouri golfers outlast Purdue

The Missouri men’s golf team won the Boilermaker Invitational on Sunday in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Tigers were 3-under par in the final round for an 861 to edge host Purdue by eight strokes and capture their second straight tournament victory.

MU libraries bar head of high school

Four months before stepping down from his position with little explanation, Rock Bridge High School Principal Bruce Brotzman was barred by campus police from all MU libraries after an employee complained of inappropriate sexual conduct, according to an MU police report.

Michael Hopkins, 22, an MU junior and library employee, said Brotzman repeatedly squeezed his own crotch before attempting to do the same to Hopkins in an encounter on the third floor of Ellis Library in July 2004.

Canopy removal up to business owners

From the second floor of his office at Ninth Street and Broadway, lawyer Greg Copeland has a bird’s eye view of Broadway — including the concrete canopy that lines the storefronts.

“Birds nest in the corner between the canopy and the side of the building,” Copeland said, pointing out at the canopy.