Officials: Shots limit flu mutation

A toss-up of cold chills and fever, debilitating lethargy, respiratory secretions and the chance for a secondary illness are just a few reasons to be vaccinated to avoid a seasonal bout with influenza. But now there may be a new, more noble reason to expose yourself to the needle. “That flu shot protects you from the currently circulating strain of flu,” said Eddie Hedrick, emerging infectious disease coordinator with the state of Missouri.

Columbia male injured in shooting

A Columbia resident went to the hospital Saturday after an incident involving a gun earlier that morning. Torrey Donte Williams of Columbia was treated for a bullet wound at University Hospital’s Emergency Room, a news release by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department said.

MU System not looking to buy Kemper property

Although Elson Floyd, president of the University of Missouri System, toured the unused Kemper Military School in Boonville on Wednesday, his spokesman said the system has no plans to pursue the property. “Dr. Floyd often hears proposals or tours facilities,” said Joe Moore.

Property lawsuit threatens Cooper’s Landing home

Cooper’s Landing owner Michael Cooper’s mobile home is being threatened by a lawsuit over property lines. Crowley’s Cove Farm, which filed the lawsuit Aug. 31, owns the 82.5 acre area next to Cooper’s property. Parcel maps on the Boone County Web site,, show that about half of Cooper’s mobile home crosses the property line. Mick Wilson, Cooper’s attorney, said in the response to the petition filed by Crowley’s Cove that Cooper believed the “disputed portion” of land belonged to him since he had used the land for more than 10 years. Wilson also included in the response a letter written by William J. Crowley Jr., owner of Crowley’s Cove Farm, to demonstrate that Crowley was aware of Cooper’s presence on the land.

Who’s on list? City waits to ID picks

While the Columbia City Council has asked the public to submit questions for the five finalists vying to become the next city manager, some residents and organizations are frustrated that they don’t know who the candidates are.

Burning tires to fuel fires

People looking to get rid of their old tires Saturday had an opportunity to dispose of them at the Boone County Fairgrounds. The Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District administered a waste tire collection where residents could pay to have unwanted tires scrapped. The district accepted car tires for $1 each and tires larger than 16 inches for $5. Tires brought in with rims were charged double the price. Last year the tire collection was free, but the costs of dealing with the tires forced District Coordinator Matthew Harline to charge money for the service.


HALLOWEEN TIGER NIGHT OF FUN A free alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating with activities for children in sixth grade or younger; 6 to 8 p.m. Monday; Hearnes Center Field House, use east entrance.

Forum discusses stem-cell therapy

Bonnie Riley’s son Bart was piloting an ultralight plane when he was 22. The ultralight crashed, and Bart lost his legs and also his eyesight as a result of brain injuries. Bart is now 35. Riley went to the stem-cell educational forum Saturday in Boonville to learn more about stem cells, hoping that one day in the future Bart would be able to see again with the help of stem-cell therapy.

Of and roasting recipes

Craig Cyr, executive chef of The Wine Cellar and Bistro, demonstrated how to cook four main dishes at the third annual Missouri Chestnut Roast on Saturday. The chef demonstration was a new addition to the chestnut roast, hosted at the MU Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center in New Franklin. With the help of his two sous-chefs, Cyr made a mixed green salad, chestnut and goat cheese ravioli, roasted leg of lamb and chestnut pancakes with elderberry syrup in front of a crowd of nearly 100 people.

Health expert talks of disparity

Too many Americans have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness without health, said former Surgeon General David Satcher to a crowd of about 250 people at the MU School of Medicine on Friday.

Eight cents on the dollar

Clutching a dollar in one hand and a baseball toy in the other, 10-year-old Justice Boyes approached the checkout counter at Deals dollar store. In a store plastered with posters that read, “Nothing more than $1,” the register flashed the total price, “$1.08.” Even in a dollar store, few things cost exactly $1. That’s because of a little thing called sales tax.

Kansas silences Missouri offense

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Three measly points. No one could have expected this kind of output from a Missouri offense that, a week earlier, was pumping out points against the nation’s No. 1 rush defense.

Players speechless after tough defeat

LAWRENCE, Kan. — This was too hard to put into words, so most of the Missouri football players didn’t try. It was a sad sight to see them, filing out of the visiting locker room of Kansas’ Memorial Stadium, hushed and red-eyed. For three years they had tried to shake this beast of a Kansas team. For three years they had done their best to regain the edge in the annual Border Showdown. For three years they had tried and for three years they had failed, this time in an emotional 13-3 loss.

Jayhawks fans send goalposts on traditional tour of KU campus

LAWRENCE, Kan. - There are certain images no Missouri fan wants to see. Many of them appeared in Lawrence on Saturday afternoon: Kansas’ Memorial Stadium, minus its goalposts.

Unforced errors doom Missouri

The Missouri volleyball team set multiple season highs against Colorado, unfortunately they were all in error categories. The Tigers lost to Colorado 30-20, 28-30, 30-23, 27-30, 12-15 Saturday night at Hearnes Center.

Morris runs through pain for research

Lisa Morris is accustomed to working through pain. Morris, a Missouri volleyball player from 1998 to 2002, had multiple serious injuries during her time at MU. Morris sat out her freshman year while recovering from a tumor that had been removed from her left tibia before coming to MU. During her junior year, Morris was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, which caused her to have a rib removed.

Jayhawks end Tigers’ dominance with home victory

The Missouri women’s swimming and diving team’s first away meet of the season wasn’t typical. The Tigers lost at Kansas to end a five-year winning streak against the Jayhawks. “Kansas is one of those teams you really want to beat,” MU coach Brian Hoffer said. “We just couldn’t do it this year.”

Chapman anchors Kewps

His coach called him a “one of a kind kid.” His teammates described him as an optimist, and a big brother-type figure. But Zach Chapman shrugged, grinned, and tried to turn the attention away from himself and onto the team.

Bruins’ newcomer turns team into contender

Rock Bridge’s record-setting season began almost three months ago with a knock on Lauren Borduin’s door. It was a Saturday morning in early August, and members of the Bruins’ cross country team were out for their daily training run. They decided to take a short detour, hoping that they could finish their run with one more person than they started with.

Defenders lead Kewpies in bid for district crown

Hickman defenders Omeed Latifi and Gabe Widmer couldn’t be more different. Latifi is a hard-hitting, fast-talking left back. He’s gregarious, loud and confident. He is cut, quick, with dark features and lots of stubble. He plays with reckless abandon, sometimes too reckless, as even he admits. Chest-bumping teammates after goals, tackling threatening-opponents hard and starting the counter-attack quickly is all in a day’s work.