The Hickman Kewpies came from behind to win their first baseball state title in 15 years on Saturday at Taylor Stadium.

Hickman (28-2) defeated the DeSmet Spartans (19-9) Saturday at Taylor Stadium 17-7. The Kewpies tied a state record with 18 hits in the championship game.

Life aquatic comes to Mizzou

Starting 5:30 a.m. on Monday, Missouri students can enter a jungle, float around a lazy river, spin around in a massive vortex, and swim under a waterfall surrounded by palm-trees.

Mizzou students, faculty, and staff can relax in the Tiger Grotto, a palm-tree-lined leisure pool that features a 20-person hot tub, wet and dry saunas, a lazy river that wraps around a swirling vortex and runs by a waterfall, and a16-foot digital entertainment board capable of showing ZouTV, cable TV, and playing Xbox games.

Worth the effort

“The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile

and hopeless labor.”

Here's Mud in your eye

Impatiently sitting in folding chairs, the first round of children had their shoes duct taped to their feet. Teenage volunteers wanted to make sure that the wet mud that would soon cover the children didn’t get into their shoes.

Twin Lakes Recreational Area hosted the eighth annual Mudstock, a free, all ages, mud obstacle course Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. The police department was on hand if anything happened and the water was provided by the Columbia Fire Department.

National Trails Day Run/Walk collects mix of people

Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department held a 5k Run/Walk on Saturday at the Stadium Boulevard-entrance to the MKT Trail to commemorate National Trails Day.

“We noticed The American Hiking Society was recognizing National Trails Day and we thought this would be a great way to commemorate it,” said Tammy Miller, an information specialist for Columbia’s Parks and Recreation.

Katy Trail, small-town charm bring visitors to Rocheport festival

Merchants dressed in period attire filled white tents with handcrafted items, and horses were washed in preparation for carriage rides as Roche-port geared up Saturday for a weekend celebration of the small town’s past.

Rocheport River Days helps visitors understand how the history of the Missouri River town has been preserved.

Fireworks complaints spark rise in patrols

When Nathan Stephens was young, he would get together with his friends who lived on Trinity Place every Fourth of July and have a “fireworks war” with the kids who lived on Lincoln and Unity drives.

They would shoot each other with bottle rockets and Roman candles. The Trinity Place children called themselves the Trinitons; the Lincoln and Unity drive kids were called the Unitons.

Waterway rules being reviewed

The state Department of Natural Resources is reviewing the recreational uses of more than a dozen Boone County streams to decide whether they should be exempt from a proposed water quality rule that would require higher levels of sewage treatment.

Proposed water quality rules, which could go into effect in April, will influence how sewage treatment facilities decontaminate bacteria in waterways deemed suitable for recreational uses such as swimming and fishing.

Task force helps UMKC with image

A task force assessing how the University of Missouri-Kansas City can help make Kansas City a top-ranked U.S. city views a split between UMKC and the UM System as feasible. However, a representative for the organization that formed the task force said this is just one of many options being considered.

Larry Jacob, senior vice president of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, said it is possible for the task force to conclude that no split is necessary. Although media emphasis has been heavy on the idea of a split, he said the task force is still in the information-gathering phase.

Community youth center near completion

The plans to build a neighborhood community center just north of Columbia College are back on track.

Three nonprofit organizations are collaborating to finish the long-awaited community center at 900 Range Line St.

Firefighters learn how to react in flashovers

Paper itself doesn’t burn. Neither does wood. But the gasses they emit when heated are what burn, and when they get hot enough, they can erupt in a super-hot, super-fast fire called a flashover. Predicting a flashover is difficult, and when one happens, a firefighter has about two seconds to get out of the room.

Many firefighters go their entire careers without encountering a flashover. Jefferson City Firefighter Mark Earls survived one, but not in the field. The 13-year veteran’s first encounter came Thursday while training at the 72nd annual Summer Fire School, a five-day event ending Sunday in Jefferson City. Flashover Survival is one of 15 new classes being taught at the school.

Hatton raises funds for Sudan

The farming community of Hatton is reaching out to a warn-torn village in Sudan.

Residents of Hatton are raising money toward the purchase of a tractor and other tools to help the people of Morobo grow their own food and become more self-sufficient.

Historical Society races to save microfilm

Ara Kaye was preparing to ship a box of old microfilm from the newspaper library at the State Historical Society of Missouri in October when she opened one of the tin containers and noticed the odor of vinegar.

As a senior reference specialist in charge of the newspaper library and its staff, she’s aware of “vinegar syndrome,” a condition that ruins microfilm over time.

14-year-old spells her way to fifth round of national bee

Misspelling “merganser”— a type of saw-billed sea duck — cost 14-year-old Jessy Hwang of Columbia her place in this week’s 78th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.

However, she was one of 51 finalists who advanced to the fifth round on the final day of competition Thursday. Anurag Kashyap of Poway, Calif., took first place with “appoggiatura,” a term in music.

Thirsty Turtle II site marked for apartment complex

One less Thirsty Turtle is on the streets of Columbia.

Thirsty Turtle II closed its doors May 27 because the property was sold to Copper Beech Townhome Communities, a Pennsylvania limited liability company. The company is owned by Menno and Evelyn Toews.

Tigers open NCAA play

Few things in baseball can intimidate hitters like a 98-mph fastball.

That is what Max Scherzer will bring to Missouri’s opening regional match against Arizona at 6 p.m. today in Fullerton, Calif.

Kewpies’ game in order

Dom-i-nate: vb, to exert supreme determining or guiding influence on another

No other word better describes the Hickman Kewpies’ past two games in the 2005 MSHSAA Class 4 Baseball Championships.

Frevert hero for Hallsville

Some things are just sweeter the second time around.

That is how the Hallsville baseball team felt Thursday. The Indians held on to win their second-straight MSHSAA Class 2 state championship in dramatic fashion, beating the Mansfield Lions 8-7 at Taylor Stadium.

Colorado walks by St. Louis

DENVER — It takes more than one big hit to break out of the kind of slump Todd Helton has been in lately. Still, this was a pretty big hit, and it came against a darn good pitcher.

Helton tied the game with a two-run single with the bases loaded in the ninth, and Brad Hawpe followed with the winning walk Thursday to help the Colorado Rockies defeat St. Louis 8-7, handing Cardinals closer Jason Isringhausen his first blown save of the season.

Residents find plenty to like

Sonny Ignacio, a Columbia resident fishing for bluegills Wednesday morning at Stephens Lake Park, said he was generally pleased with the city’s growth.

“Columbia is basically doing a good job trying to satisfy a very diverse community,” he said.