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ASHLAND — The meeting took place in a tiny, overcrowded music room at Ashland’s Primary Building.

Ashland R-1 School Board members sat stiffly in a row of chairs behind a makeshift table in front of alphabet pictures pasted on the wall. Children learn how to sing in harmony in this room.

Impressive outing spoiled

A pitching duel between seniors Scott Reller of Rock Bridge and Jake Mackey of Mexico went into the fifth inning Monday at Rock Bridge Field.

Only one pitcher returned to the mound in the sixth.

FACES: Heather Carver

Heather Carver, an assistant professor of theater at MU, uses the stage to give a voice to those who otherwise might not be heard.

Carver encourages others to portray their realities through programs such as MU’s Writing for Performance, which she co-directs, and the Life and Literature Performance Series. Both of these programs allow people to use the medium of play writing and production to tell stories of their own.

Campus News

Little more than a week ago, Stephens College was overrun with alumnae during its annual Reunion Weekend, and it appears that the college is on the minds of many.

On Friday, Stephens announced that it had recently received about

Rezoning of Range Line gets go-ahead

A request for rezoning of three tracts totaling 45 acres at Range Line Street and Blue Ridge Road won the approval of the Columbia City Council on Monday night.

With the council’s approval, Rampart, a development group, agreed to conduct a traffic study before submitting its plan for the development to the council. Many of the council members’ concerns regarded traffic safety and growth, but they said the need for commercial services on the north side of town was also important.

Kemper proposal rejected

The Boonville City Council voted seven to zero on Monday to reject a controversial offer to buy Kemper Military School.

After rejecting a proposal to go into closed session to discuss the proposal, the council, minus one member, voted unanimously to reject the offer without discussing the issue.

Kewpies win Helias Invite

Hickman won and Rock Bridge was fifth at the Helias boys’ golf invitational on Monday at Meadow Lake Country Club in New Bloomfield.

The Kewpies scored 298, 14 shots ahead of second-place Helias.

High gas prices strain state agencies

JEFFERSON CITY — In addition to aggravating Missouri drivers, the price of gasoline is costing Missouri state government a lot of extra money.

According to the energy center at the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, drivers are paying an average of 25 cents more per gallon this month than last. The energy center placed the current average price at $2.17 per gallon, an increase of 54 cents from this time last year. Diesel gas costs are rising even higher, with an average of $2.23 per gallon, a 43 percent increase from 2004.

Revealing Excellence

On Friday, newly selected members of MU’s six honorary societies were announced during the Tap Day ceremony. Tap Day recognizes the performance of students in academic and extracurricular arenas. The societies — Mortar Board, QEBH, Mystical Seven, LSV, Omicron Delta Kappa and Rollins Society — select their members based on scholastic, leadership and service achievements. It’s an MU tradition for inductees

to remain hooded until their

Mulder stops Pirates, slide

PITTSBURGH — Mark Mulder finally ended a slide that began late last season. The Pittsburgh Pirates only wish they could do the same.

Mulder, the Cardinals’ top offseason pickup, halted a personal nine-game winless streak by allowing two hits over eight innings to lead the Cardinals past the struggling Pirates 11-1 on Monday night.

Wrestling with Monsters

Tina Holliday and her 9-year-old son Cole burst into applause,

excited that their favorite wrestler, Mil Máscaras, was

Police pot petition challenged

An MU student expressed his disapproval of Columbia police officers’ efforts to try to repeal the city’s recently changed marijuana laws at the Columbia City Council meeting Monday evening.

Bailey Hirschburg, 21, said it is inappropriate for the Columbia Police Officers Association to petition to change the 6-month-old law that passed with more than 60 percent of the votes .

Royals catch cold vs. Lee

KANSAS CITY — An ailing Cliff Lee held it together just long enough to deal with the Royals.

Fighting flu-like symptoms and nausea, the Cleveland left-hander shut out Kansas City on two hits through seven innings Monday night and got the win in a 5-1 victory.

Schools say little about principal

Rock Bridge High School officials don’t have plans to speak to students and parents about sexual misconduct allegations made by an MU student against Principal Bruce Brotzman. Board of Education members have been virtually quiet on the issue as well.

“As far as what happens next, that’s up to the central office,” said Rock Bridge Assistant Principal Kathy Ritter. “We’re just going to continue on having school at Rock Bridge.”

Accidental gunshot victim recovering at hospital

A Columbia man who was accidentally shot in the leg over the weekend is expected to be released in a few days. Police learned of the shooting when University Hospital alerted them that Brandon Robbins, 19, was being admitted for gunshot wounds.

Robbins told police that he was visiting an apartment in the 1400 block of Greensboro Drive and was examining a firearm owned by one of the apartment residents. He was shot in the right leg as he handed the gun back to the resident, police said in a news release.

Volunteering lifts weight off world

People who consider themselves realists keep telling me that the times we live in are no different than other times past. But I simply can’t remember another time when I have hesitated saying such things as crime doesn’t pay or assuring youth that they will not be molested by a church leader, without providing them proof to convince them. I understand that folks feel it’s important to paint a positive face on our national image.

The preponderance of criminal acts and evil deeds that fill the news is sometimes so overwhelming I’m afraid to trust many of the old truths I once took for granted.

Activist seeks animal rights

Seeing a slaughtered pig as a boy was something Jim Mason said he will never forget.

“I blacked out, and family members told me that I was hysterical for a few days,” Mason said. “I had nightmares and had to leave the farm to stay with my aunt. I didn’t want to return to the farm.”

Conference focuses on two exiled authors

Lucía Charún-Illescas left Peru 20 years ago because she could not make a living as a writer.

She resides in Hamburg, Germany, and said she felt the solitude of being an Afro-Hispanic author in a small Latin American community.

Dual-credit classes grow

Heritage Academy, a private Christian college preparatory school, has teamed up with Missouri Baptist University to give high school seniors a head start on college with dual enrollment courses in college algebra and advanced biology.

Math teacher Tere DeWitt and biology teacher Laurie Wallace will use the university’s texts and syllabuses to instruct their high school classes.

Beating the Battle of the Bulge

Grant Elementary students gathered at the intersection of Bingham and Wayne roads with their parents on Monday morning, waiting to take their new bus to school. They looked over their shoulders as a big, yellow bus groaned down the street.

“I don’t guess he’ll be stopping,” said mom Debbie Hamilton.