Oerly leads Rock Bridge past Tigers

A strong pitching performance by junior Kelsey Oerly helped the Rock Bridge softball team win its home opener against Sedalia Smith-Cotton 10-5. Oerly got the win for the Bruins (2-2), shutting down the Tigers’ offense for the first four innings before re-entering the game in the sixth inning to close out the victory.

Bruins claim Classic title

Leslie Fischer couldn’t have been happier about her and the Rock Bridge girls’ golf team’s play Monday. Rock Bridge finished first in the 12-team tournament with 345 stokes at the Crusader Classic outside of Jefferson City at Redfield Golf Club. Fischer led the Bruins with an 81 and finished in a first-place tie.

Nothing replaces good education

My niece moved recently into a school district in another state where her children will be required to wear uniforms to school. She is delighted as are other members of the family. When it comes to education, we continue to embrace the old school standards that were in force when we attended school. As far as we are concerned, it wasn’t broke so it didn’t need fixing. School uniforms solve a number of problems for my niece. Perhaps the most important one is that it renders the entire subject of wearing apparel moot. That means that parents and school administrators can give their attention to matters of curriculum and other important issues. I’m glad that I grew up in a generation that took education seriously. This keeps me in touch with people of other generations who share the same attitude. This group includes grandparents, parents and children who understand that the world of technology has made the pursuit of learning more, not less, valuable. A simple visit to a public library confirms the fact that the thirst for knowledge is alive and well.

Timely hit sinks Royals

KANSAS CITY – Nick Punto made good on his second chance. After striking out in the eighth inning with a runner on third, Punto hit a two-run double in the 10th inning to lead the Minnesota Twins past the Kansas City Royals 3-1 Monday night.

Freshman chosen to backup Smith

Brad Smith, you have a backup. And he just graduated from high school three months ago. The Missouri football team released its final depth chart for Saturday’s game against Arkansas State, and chief among the surprises was that Chase Daniel, a true freshman, passed both redshirt junior Brandon Coleman and redshirt freshman Chase Patton, a Rock Bridge graduate, to become the No. 2 man behind Smith.

Starting Young

She doesn’t play like a freshman, she has the confidence of a senior and she has been waiting for this opportunity since the seventh grade. On the eve of Hickman freshman Jessi Strother’s first high school volleyball game, where she’s expected to start tonight against Hannibal at setter for the Kewpies, she displayed self-confidence not normally shown by most 15-year-olds.

Rough start hands Mavs 57th defeat

Six players remain from the Mavericks’ 23-man opening day roster. Half are pitchers and two start on the infield. The other, Thomas Bowker, gleefully fills in wherever and whenever he can.

Mavericks talking move to fairgrounds

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks met with the Boone County Commissioners Monday afternoon to discuss the team’s proposal for a new privately-funded stadium. “We made a presentation regarding the possibility of building a new stadium out at the fairgrounds,” Mavericks’ co-owner and president Gary Wendt said. “They couldn’t have been more professional or more receptive.”

McCaskill to run for Senate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Democratic state auditor Claire McCaskill announced today that she plans to challenge Republican Sen. Jim Talent.

Getting ready to go

In the car—On our way to Katrina

Big Easy clears out as Katrina roars in

NEW ORLEANS — A monstrous Hurricane Katrina barreled toward New Orleans on Sunday with sustained winds of 160 mph and the threat of a 28-foot storm surge, forcing a mandatory evacuation of the below-sea-level city and prayers for those who remained to face a doomsday scenario. “Have God on your side, definitely have God on your side,” Nancy Noble said as she sat with her puppy and three friends in six lanes of one-way traffic on gridlocked Interstate 10. “It’s very frightening.”

Medicaid recipients swamp clinics

John Young, 60, went to the Family Dental Center last month and had cavities filled. He’s scheduled to return in September, but at his next visit, he will no longer have Medicaid to cover four tooth extractions and the partial dentures that will replace them, all of which will cost $1,433. Instead, he will be paying out of pocket on the sliding fee schedule the clinic offers to those without insurance. Young said he plans to pay for the next visit using the disability check he receives for arthritis and spinal stinosis.

Police investigating car shooting

Columbia police were investigating a shooting on Third Avenue near Garth Avenue on Sunday. There were no injuries or identifiable damage to any property, according to a release from Sgt. Ken Smith of the Columbia Police Department. Shortly after the report of shots fired, police stopped a blue car at about 2 p.m. near Providence Road and Switzler Street. Four men, ages 17 to 20, were taken into custody for questioning. They had been identified as potential shooters by a 911 caller, but police later said they were the target of the shooting.

Columbia man charged with drug trafficking

A Columbia man was arrested Saturday night on a drug trafficking charge after a search of his residence revealed marijuana, cocaine and Ecstacy, according to a release from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. Adam B. Stutesman, 22, was charged with one count of distribution, delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance. Members of the department’s drug unit served a search warrant at 917 North Cooper Drive, turning up the drugs as well as drug paraphernalia, a digital scale and $730 cash.

Community Band director is fondly remembered

Sitting on the hood of a Model A Ford listening to the Sweet Springs Band, 3-year-old Keith House’s heart was captured. It was his first memory of falling in love with music and he never let go. Years later at Central College in Fayette, Mr. House’s heart was captured once again when he met his wife of 55 years, Ilene, a piano player who began to accompany his trumpet solos.

Tuition plan gets mixed reactions

Whether you like what you have heard about a guaranteed tuition rate floated by University of Missouri System President Elson Floyd, it all comes down to money. “This will be a lot better plan,” said David Fagen, a Marceline father of future college students, at the town’s public forum on Aug. 16. “It will be like a car payment or a house payment. You have a set amount that you know and you can plan ahead for that.

Art out of junk

Creating art from the less-than-mundane is nothing new. In 1917, Marcel Duchamp, combining shock value with a complex intellectual statement, scribbled on a urinal and called it art.

Few appeal Missouri’s Medicaid cutbacks

JEFFERSON CITY — The public outcry over Missouri’s Medicaid cuts seemed significant — Capitol protests, critical editorials, frequent news conferences by advocates for the poor and disabled. But officially, the Department of Social Services reports a mere whimper of objection.

Grass Roots Organizing releases anti-Blunt film

A crowd of protesters with the anti-poverty interest group Grass Roots Organizing chanted loudly outside Gov. Matt Blunt’s Capitol office in April, criticizing his efforts to push Medicaid cuts through the General Assembly. “Matt! Matt! Come on out! See what Missouri’s all about!” the group chanted, but to no avail. The scene is one of the more compelling in “Blunt Trauma,” a 30-minute video that premiered Thursday night at the organizing group’s office on Garth Avenue.