Road work ahead

Ashley Curry lives and works in Columbia. Lately, it’s often been taking her more than 30 minutes to commute from her home south of Nifong Boulevard to her office at Premier Bank, just north of Clark Lane.

“The construction on the Hominy Creek bridge forces me to leave 15 minutes earlier from my house to get to work on time,” Curry said. “With traffic down to one lane in each direction, it makes for a slow go during morning and evening rush hours.”

Air Force was her ticket out of Fayette

Vicky Weaver still feels a twinge of guilt when she recalls encouraging her daughter Rebecca, now 22, to join the Air Force after graduating from Fayette High School four years ago.

“Being here, she just had bad influences,” Weaver said.

Rebel flag flies at Missouri memorial

JEFFERSON CITY — Hundreds of people turned out for a Confederate memorial service Sunday held under the rebel battle flag as others demonstrated their disapproval outside the Missouri Governor’s Mansion.

The crowd at the annual ceremony at Confederate Memorial State Historic Site in Higginsville was about four times larger than organizers had expected. Site administrator Greta Marshall attributed the roughly 400-person turnout to the return of the Confederate flag.

Battle over bridge gets political

JEFFERSON CITY — For quite a while now, Katy Railroad Bridge 191.1 over the Missouri River literally has been a bridge to nowhere.

The last locomotive crossed its steel frame when Ronald Reagan was president. And it’s not even possible for a train to try it again.

Sierra Club supports lawsuit

The statewide chapter of the Sierra Club on Sunday gave its support to Attorney General Jay Nixon’s legal efforts to prevent removal of a historic railroad bridge at Boonville.

The Ozark chapter’s leadership voted to oppose plans by Union Pacific to dismantle the bridge and use parts of it elsewhere.

Methodist bishop warns of bankruptcy

A $6 million judgment against the United Methodist Church in Missouri is about $500,000 more than the church’s total net assets and could bankrupt the church, the Missouri conference’s new bishop told members over the weekend.

Last month, a Springfield jury awarded $4 million in punitive damages to Teresa Norris, who already had been awarded $2 million in compensatory damages.

Love for lost dog fuels a search

Jianna and Michael Beeson went to work together every day and fell asleep together every night. Their picture is posted in the United Church of Christ album with all of the other families and is mounted on the wall at the home of Beeson’s parents. Beeson brought Jianna almost everywhere, and even his friends became attached to the mixed-breed dog.

“If I was coming, they knew she was coming,” Beeson said.

Mavericks bagged

Mavericks manager Jim Gentile had a pulse on the 922 fans who attended his team’s 7-3 loss to Gateway Sunday night.

“I think they’re coming just to see if we can win now,” he said.

Water’s fine for boarding showcase

When the sun is shining and the water is sparkling you can find wakeboarder Nick Franklin on the water.

Saturday and Sunday, Franklin was at Pa He Tsi State Park at Lake of the Ozarks for the Midwestcoast Summerfest II. About 2,500 attended with 36 wakeboarders taking part in the competition.

Houston wards off Cards

HOUSTON — Trailing 3-0 after the top half of the first inning, Roger Clemens sidled up to Astros manager Phil Garner in the dugout and warned him to get ready for a long afternoon.

Most days, that’s an insurmountable deficit for the worst offense in the majors. On Sunday, Houston erased it by the second inning and finally gave their ace some run support.

Frustrating loss ends Missouri’s season

Missouri’s baseball team was eliminated from NCAA regional play Sunday night in an 8-6 loss to host Cal State Fullerton.

The Tigers led 6-5 after six innings but gave up three runs in the top of the ninth. Fullerton’s Sergio Perdoza’s two-run home run caped the Titans rally and his diving catch with runners on first and second in the bottom of the ninth ended the Tigers hopes.

Royals crowned

KANSAS CITY — Kenny Rogers won his career-best eighth consecutive start with seven sharp innings in the Texas Rangers’ 8-1 triumph against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Rogers gave up five hits and a run, lowering his American League-leading ERA to 1.62. The left-hander, last lost April 18 at Tampa Bay.. The 40-year-old Rogers who had a 31-inning scoreless streak from April 27-May 20, had his shutout spoiled with two outs in the seventh inning when Joe McEwing hit a run-scoring double.