Playing the first game of the season is enough to unnerve even the most seasoned player. But Tuesday night, the Hickman volleyball players had a new reason for pre-game jitters. They had to sing the national anthem.
The Rock Bridge boys soccer team, a team with a new coach, new system and several new players, opened the regular season Tuesday evening. The Bruins are preparing to defend their district title by playing a daunting regular-season schedule. Five of their opponents appeared in sectional games last season. Even more challenging is that four of those games are on the road. Not exactly easy for a team with only two players with meaningful varsity experience.
When Rock Bridge, Hickman and Rolla met on Tuesday on the first tee of L.A. Nickell Golf Course, the scene was familiar. The teams took part in the 12-team Crusader Classic Monday, and on Tuesday, they met in a three-team match. Both times, Leslie Fischer led her team to a win.
It took nine innings, but the Hickman softball team kept fighting and captured a 2-1 win against the Kirksville Tigers. Kirksville knotted the game 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth, but the Kewpies refused to hang their heads. They kept the score tied into the bottom of the ninth, when junior Jennifer Bieberly came up with runners at second and third and one out. Bieberly ripped the game-winning single up the middle to help the Kewpies improve to 2-0.
Hurricane Katrina’s wrath extends beyond the Gulf Coast states’ borders, affecting Columbia residents with ties to the devastated area. Mary Elise Decoursey, a MU freshman journalism major, experienced both Hurricane Ivan and Hurricane Andrew, and her family chose to evacuate their home in Lakeview, La.
Regulations for vehicles shipping supplies are waived. Gov. Matt Blunt has ordered that regulatory requirements be waived for commercial vehicles shipping relief supplies to areas hit by Hurricane Katrina.
Columbia insurance companies sent teams to assess the millions of dollars in property damage to the hurricane-stricken area, but say it is too soon to tell how much the destruction will cost. Kip Diggs, a spokesman for State Farm Insurance, which has 35 percent of the Louisiana homeowner’s insurance market and 30 percent of Mississippi’s, said the damage to the area’s homes and property was still difficult to measure.
The wrath of Katrina continues to affect consumers throughout mid-Missouri, as gas prices rocketed 30 cents Tuesday. Major gas stations in Columbia increased their prices from about $2.49 to $2.79, and further increases are expected overnight. “I got a phone call from the home office, “ said Taylor Pleiman, 22, an employee at the Break Time gas station on Forum Avenue. “And then we changed the prices.”
Five Columbia-area Red Cross volunteers trained in emergency relief have traveled south to assist hurricane victims in Miami; Mobile, Ala.; and Biloxi, Miss. The volunteers are committed to a three-week stint alongside Red Cross volunteers from around the country.
NEW ORLEANS — Announcing itself with shrieking 145 mph winds, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast just outside New Orleans on Monday, submerging entire neighborhoods up to their roofs, swamping Mississippi’s beachfront casinos and killing at least 55 people.
JEFFERSON CITY — As thousands of Missouri adults lose Medicaid coverage because of cutbacks, Missouri’s welfare agency says it does not have a plan to track the impact of the cuts on those who lose medical coverage. Under legislation approved earlier this year, Medicaid coverage will be eliminated for about 100,000 Missourians, effective Thursday. Nearly 250,000 more will lose partial services under the state health care program.
A Columbia Housing Association task force presented six options Monday for the redevelopment of the Park Avenue Housing Project. All but one called for the complete demolition of the existing 70 multifamily homes. Immediately after the meeting, a group called Grass Roots Organizing held a press conference to announce a survey report that found 86 percent of Park Avenue residents surveyed oppose complete demolition of their homes and 74 percent said they do not feel that the CHA has involved them in the planning and decision-making process.
An evidentiary motion filed Monday by attorneys for murder defendant Ryan Ferguson revealed that hairs recovered from a slain Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor’s body in November 2001 did not match hair from either of the two men accused in his killing or the victim’s hair. Defense attorneys Charles Rogers and Jeremy Weis want to either prohibit the state from speculating about the source of the unidentified hairs or require the state to test the DNA of all emergency personnel on the scene.
An unusually high number of MU campus police reports were filed last weekend, including four burglaries, two sexual assaults and two trespassing incidents in MU residential halls. MU police said they also received two reports of men entering restrooms while women were showering and then leaving after being confronted by the women. MU police Capt. Brian Weimer said there might be more reports from the weekend once all the paperwork is completed. He said the high number of incidents prompted a mass e-mail to all MU students and the posting of signs in residential halls detailing ways to curb the problem.
Rock Bridge coach Beth Newton likes her volleyball team to play as fast as road runners. Last night’s loss to Helias seemed to her like it was playing in slow motion. The Bruins (0-1) played an improved game compared to last year’s season-opening loss to the Crusaders (1-0), and if it wasn’t for a late breakdown in Game 1, the 25-22, 25-20 loss could have ended differently. The slow play of Helias, however, kept Rock Bridge off-balance all night long.
Even though the Gulf Coast communities most affected by Hurricane Katrina are hundreds of miles away, the storm’s effects are hitting home for many in Columbia. Several local groups and charities have begun sending aid.
A 20-foot section of bricks fell off a 70-foot storage structure at the MU power plant around noon Aug. 19, causing no injuries but taking three boilers already scheduled for maintenance out of service early. The cause is being investigated by campus facilities staff and outside consultants, including a structural engineer.