Guard unit bids farewell

With heavy hearts and tear-soaked eyes, members of the Missouri National Guard’s 128th Field Artillery Regiment stood at attention as the regiment’s flag was rolled around its pole and slid into an Army-green case. The action marked the end of the road for the historic regiment, which dates to 1812.

Haunting choices

For the sixth year, Centralia’s First Baptist Church is bringing mid-Missourians face to face with hell. Judgement House, a religious version of a haunted house, is designed to make people aware of the consequences of their actions. More than 1,000 people take in the event every year, which usually runs for several nights around Halloween.

Art in living color

The Minority Artists Association, a new student group at MU, wants to see more color — not only on canvas, but also in the classroom. “I wanted the minorities to have a place to display their work,” said Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, the association’s president and founder.

Video game music links generation

Patrick Dell spent his summer playing video games and analyzing their soundtracks. With a $3,000 grant from MU, Dell dove into the video game world and explored the wide variety of musical genres the games have to offer.

Shifting into a new gear

If all goes as Tom Kardon plans, he and his neighbors from Third Avenue and the surrounding area would come together in the near future to inaugurate his proposed car parts store with a Greek grand opening party. They would certainly have something to celebrate. The theoretical party would mark the end of Kardon’s 10-year quest to build the store on his property at Third Avenue and North Providence Road.

Fire board feud now on Web

Days after a petition was filed to recall Boone County Fire Protection District Board President Willis Smith, county residents created two Web sites to influence Internet users on both sides of a contentious debate that has engulfed the third-largest fire department in the state. Robert Keller started his pro-Smith Web site on Sept. 6. The site,, offers a defense of the 27-year fire board veteran. In addition to documenting the growth of the fire district during Smith’s tenure, the site responds to several of the charges presented in the recall petition.

Woman from Jefferson City accused of attacking police

A Jefferson City woman nearly hit two Columbia police officers Saturday night with a vehicle police say she tried to steal, according to the Columbia Police Department. Police say Katryn A. Jones, 30, brandished a knife and entered an unidentified man’s car before officers responded to the disturbance in the 1600 block of West Worley Street.

Men attacked with rifle, pipe; police seeking arrest warrant

Two men were attacked early Sunday in southwest Columbia with an assault rifle and a metal pipe, according to the Columbia Police Department. Two victims and other witnesses said that the assailant entered a Columbia residence in the 1600 block of Highridge Circle with five other males and that a confrontation ensued when the men refused to leave.

Blunt, Ashcroft policies at odds in abortion case

JEFFERSON CITY — A recent court decision requiring the Missouri Department of Corrections to take an inmate to an abortion clinic was derided by Republican Gov. Matt Blunt as “outrageous” and “highly offensive to traditional Missouri values.” Blunt, who touts his pro-life credentials, said the ruling runs contrary to a state law prohibiting public money from being spent to assist an abortion.

Bethlehem Cemetery headstones vandalized

A historic Boone County cemetery was vandalized last week, with century-old headstones taken apart or knocked to the ground. Twenty-three headstones were damaged at Bethlehem Cemetery, located near Harrisburg off Route E. Three stones were broken and 20 dismantled, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. The department investigated the vandalism Saturday afternoon; personnel at the department had no further information on the incident Sunday afternoon.

Franklin hauls in crucial catches

After the most important performance of his career, Missouri sophomore Will Franklin took a minute to discuss what he’s learned about college football. “Play fast,” he said. “Play fast and trust the offense. I have trust in this offense and they’re making ways for players to have big games.”

Swinehart has finishing touch

Amber Swinehart was beaming after MU’s 1-0 victory over Colorado College on Sunday afternoon at Walton Stadium. With her parents and sister in the stands, the senior forward scored with 5:34 left on a pass from fellow senior forward Jennifer Nobis in the last home game of her career. The two embraced after the play.

Crushing blow

CHICAGO — Scott Podsednik made it two electrifying home runs for the White Sox _ and two World Series wins. Podsednik’s home run off Brad Lidge in the ninth inning gave Chicago a thrilling 7-6 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday night and put the White Sox halfway to their first World Series title in 88 years.