Tigers’ official travel agency bought by chain

Canterbury Travel and Tiger Travel Associates, a decades-old Columbia agency that holds an exclusive account with the MU athletic department, will soon be bought by a Springfield-based travel agency chain.

Great Southern Travel contacted Canterbury in late spring or early summer about a possible acquisition, said Barbara Davis, who co-owns Canterbury with Gudrun Parmentier.

What's in a name?

For 24 years now, Tom Foster has been selling fishing rods, tackle, hunting gear and outdoor equipment branded with the Bass Pro label — which probably explains why he calls his business at 1108 Business Loop 70 East “Tom Foster’s Bass Pro Shop.”

But earlier this year, Foster received a letter from Springfield sporting goods behemoth Bass Pro Shops Corp. demanding that he change the name of his store-front business within 10 days or face legal action.

Annual sidewalk sale hits downtown Thursday

Beginning Thursday, downtown retailers will be clearing their storerooms and lining Columbia’s streets with sandals, dress suits, sports coats, pens, designer jeans, handbags, baby clothes and other goods, all priced to move.

The 46th annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale will be running from today through Sunday. Storeowners are encouraged by the city’s Special Business District to hold sales on the sidewalk in front of their stores.

Sisters still hope for resolution in tragedy

KANSAS CITY — Inside a cramped eighth-floor courtroom in downtown Kansas City this week, the end of Anthony Jackson’s murder trial played out with little fanfare in a city that has recently experienced a spike in homicides.

For the sisters of former MU student Damon White, it was far more dramatic. The trial and Jackson’s conviction for a crime he committed two years ago confirmed their suspicions about the still unsolved slaying of their brother in 1999.

Stephens a contender in history catalog

Dating back to 1833, the south quadrangle of Stephens College is the school’s historic core. Now, that part of the campus is in the running for a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

Doug Lange, Stephens’ vice president for operations and facilities, thinks it’s important to protect this part of Columbia. The south quad, at Broadway and College Avenue, has Columbia, Wood and Hickman halls, the President’s Home and Historic Senior Hall, which is already listed on the register.

Group opposes city tax plans

A group of Columbia residents is fighting to block approval of a set of city tax and fee proposals slated to appear on the November ballot and intended to pay for transportation projects.

Members of Timely and Responsible Road Infrastructure Financing, or TARRIF, said they think the city’s plan is grossly inadequate.

Water alert lifted for Columbia after rain

The Columbia Water and Light Department lifted its water-use alert after Tuesday’s long-awaited rain and cooler temperatures.

Tuesday’s rain eased concerns about drought. While no restrictions are in place, Water and Light is urging Columbians to continue conserving.

They've got spirit

Kids from grades 2 through 7 spend a week in camps for cheerleading, soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball and baseball.

Sports Crusaders organized the program held at the Memorial Baptist Church with support from the Missouri Baptist Foundation.

Education hub’s plan advances to funding

The hustle and bustle of children hiking through the forest at Rock Bridge Memorial Park echoes in a shady clearing where a memorial stone rests. The plaque on the stone bears the name of a former governor and the park’s directors, but the largest name belongs to 9-year-old Carol Stoerker.

In 1961, Carol was hit and killed in a car accident. Her father, Lew Stoerker, established a park in her name as a place for children to run, play and explore nature in safety.

Reports shed little more light on O’Neal’s death

A report from the MU Police Department shed some light on the events of MU football player Aaron O’Neal’s death after a voluntary workout on July 12.

Combining the events of the police report with the timeline shown in photographs by Columbia Tribune photographer Jenna Isaacson and an Associated Press story Tuesday created a clearer image of the day O’Neal died. Yet, some questions remain.

Grease fire causes $35,000 in damages

A kitchen grease fire caused about $35,000 in damage to a house at 1802 Southeast Trails Drive at around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, a county fire official said.

The building’s renter, Agedria Carter, escaped uninjured. She was cooking when the fire started.

Columbia police captain to take position in Iowa City

Columbia police Capt. Sam Hargadine will take over as chief of the Iowa City Police Department, most likely by the end of August, the Columbia Police Department announced Wednesday.

Hargadine joined the Columbia police force in February 1985 and served as an officer until he was promoted to sergeant in July 1993. He became a captain, serving as executive assistant to the chief, in May 2000.

Earning golden marks

Thomari Story-Harden has committed nine errors at first base for the Mavericks this season. Still his manager mentions him in the same breath with one of baseball’s greatest defensive players.

Jim Gentile is firm when he says Story-Harden is on par with Brooks Robinson.

Voters might face 5 ballot measures regarding sales tax

Columbia voters in November could face five ballot measures to extend and increase the city’s sales tax for up to 10 years and another calling for an increase in the fee it charges for new developments.

The sales tax options proposed for the Nov. 8 ballot include two extensions of a sales tax for parks projects, one extension and one increase in the sales tax for roads projects and an extension of a sales tax for public safety projects.

Mother, abducted girl reunite after three years

HOUSE SPRINGS — Three years after a father allegedly abducted his young daughter from Missouri and took her outside the U.S. to avoid detection, the mother and child are reunited and rebuilding their relationship.

Authorities say that Arlen Dean Hill II, who was separated from his wife and had visitation rights, took their 17-month-old child for a two-week visit on June 8, 2002, and never returned.

No surprises for team at finish line

After long hours of work, planning, grueling qualifying inspections, uncontrollable weather conditions and small mechanical issues, the race is over for the University of Missouri’s solar team.

Crossing the finish line in eighth place, SunTiger VI zoomed in just 43 minutes after seventh-place winner, Principia College.

Rising up

Like Neo of “The Matrix” trilogy, Natalie Stepney is The One.

Or at least it’s a helpful metaphor for Stepney’s mother, Carol Stepney, when trying to calm her daughter’s nerves before this weekend’s AAU Junior Olympic Weightlifting competition where Natalie will be competing in the 14-16-year-old class.

Padres edge Cardinals with walk-off single

SAN DIEGO — Jake Peavy and Trevor Hoffman combined on a three-hitter and Robert Fick singled in the game-winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth as the San Diego Padres snapped a season-high eight-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Ryan Klesko started the winning rally with a one-out double to left-center off Jason Marquis (9-8) and was replaced by pinch-runner Damian Jackson. Joe Randa was intentionally walked to bring up Fick, who drove a 2-1 pitch to right-center to score Jackson.

Daniel Boone Stars round bases

Ryan Phillips and Brendan James were on second and third base when Conner Darrough singled in the fourth inning. Three forest green shirts in a sea of orange.

The ninth and 10th runs came home and the Daniel Boone All-Star’s mercy-ruled the La Co Mo All-Star’s, 10-0, in the Missouri State Little League Championship Wednesday evening.

Royals tough out win

KANSAS CITY — On pace for their third 100-loss season in four years, the Kansas City Royals keep playing well against tough opponents.

Mike Sweeney hit two home runs and drove in five runs, and Emil Brown hit a run-scoring single in the 13th inning as the Royals overcame a five-run deficit and beat the Chicago White Sox 6-5 Wednesday.