Bruins win again in rivalry

Opinions differ as to what characterizes a rivalry. Some say it’s proximity. Others say it is the history between the teams. Still others say it is an increase in intensity. For the two major Columbia high schools, separated by just more than four miles, playing one another is always an anticipated matchup.

Bruins, Kewpies send six to state

Columbia was well-represented in Tuesday’s Class 2 District 4 Tournament and will be in the state tournament later this month, too; Hickman and Rock Bridge will send a combined six golfers to the state tournament later this month. Rock Bridge shot a 362 to place second in the district tournament and will take three golfers to state. It was only two strokes behind Helias, which clinched the district title. Hickman shot a 372 to finish in third place.

Seniors shine for Kewpies

The lights on the Hickman football field were bright. The smells of grilled burgers and hot dogs wafted through the muggy, late-autumn air. A large crowd roared with every pass, run and strong defensive play. But, this wasn’t a Friday night Hickman home football game. This was Senior Night for the Hickman boys’ soccer team.

Robinson can’t help Cougars

After a frustrating defeat in which a ranked team lost to an unranked one, game-tying shots ping off goalposts, and your team falls just short of a win that would keep it in consideration for postseason play, there’s not a lot of positive things to say. Unless, of course, Justin Robinson is on your team.

Hickman wins as Strother fights back

After losing the second game of Tuesday’s match to Camdenton, Hickman setter Jessie Strother slowly crouched to the ground, balled up with an unbearable pain in her lower back that’s becoming all too familiar for the freshman. Strother’s 25 assists were enough to propel the Kewpies to victory over Camdenton 25-19, 21-25, 25-17. But no one except Strother was sure she would play in the third game.

Honoring the holy days

"Ramadan is the month during which the Quran was revealed, providing guidance for the people, clear teachings, and the statute book. Those of you who witness this month shall fast therein.” Quran, Chapter 2, verse 185

Forgiveness, festivity amid Rosh Hashana

“In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall be a solemn rest unto you, a memorial proclaimed with the blast of horns, a holy convocation.” Leviticus 23:24

Technology park to feed innovation

One day in the foreseeable future, people will be able to stop at businesses south of Columbia to buy soybeans genetically altered to help prevent cancer and ice that can freeze at 74 degrees Fahrenheit. Maybe there will also be artificial or cultured limbs and skin. Maybe there will be non-toxic anti-freeze.

Trail Ridge work gets go-ahead from City Council

The final phase of the Trail Ridge subdivision in south Columbia will go ahead as planned despite concerns from neighbors who say the development is ruining their property. Construction can also begin on the sprawling Old Hawthorne subdivision east of town after a unanimous vote by the City Council late Monday night.

Tigers’ backup fills in nicely

As an unheralded 5-foot-9 fourth-string running back among bigger, taller superstars, Missouri’s Jimmy Jackson didn’t figure to get a lot of attention at Memorial Stadium on Saturday against Texas. But with Tony Temple and Earl Goldsmith, two of the Tigers’ top three running backs, injured, Jackson not only saw some playing time but also made the most of it, rushing five times for 36 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown run five minutes into the game that tied the score at 7.

Foul finish concerns Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals are about to find out if their late-season pitching swoon was just a collective exhale after months of dominance, or a reason for concern. St. Louis, coming off its second straight 100-victory season, opens the postseason today in a best-of-five division series against the San Diego Padres, who were only 82-80. But the Cardinals’ recent pitching struggles could be the equalizer.

Bruins fight off strange week in victory

It’s been a strange couple of days for the Rock Bridge volleyball team. First, senior Amanda Hanson suffered a concussion in a car accident on Wednesday, and required stitches on her face.

Chiefs’ second-half meltdown uncommon sight at Arrowhead

KANSAS CITY — The day after, everybody was still blinking their eyes and wondering how in the world this happened. How could the Kansas City Chiefs, with what they think is one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL, let a robust 18-point lead dissolve into a disquieting 37-31 loss?

Citizens will help pick city manager

As Ray Beck’s tenure comes to a close, the Columbia City Council is dusting off long-forgotten procedures for hiring the next city manager. Karl Nollenberger, a consultant with Illinois-based recruitment firm The PAR Group, is charged with narrowing the pool of applicants and aiding in the hiring process. Since he was hired in August, Nollenberger has received nearly 200 inquiries about the city manager position.

All fired up

When Rock Bridge homecoming planning began, Student Council President Ryan McNutt knew one thing for sure. “I just wanted homecoming to be better than last year,” said McNutt, a senior. “Everyone knows that Student Council is in charge of it, and I’m the head of Student Council, so it falls on me if it isn’t good.”

Audit: Medicaid cuts unnecessary

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri State Auditor Claire McCaskill says her office has found how nearly $5 million in the administration’s cuts to the state’s Medicaid budget could have been retained to recover the cost of items such as wheelchairs, oxygen devices and prosthetics for Medicaid recipients. McCaskill said the audit conducted from Jan. 1, 2003, to March 31, 2004, found that the state could save

New water plant’s name would be tribute to employee

Joe Paul Crane could never catch his employees by surprise. “Everyone would know he was coming because they’d hear his whistle at the job site,” said Otis Shields, who moved up the ranks of the Columbia Water and Light Department under Crane.

Winter’s expenses hit poor hardest

The threat of rising heating costs and gasoline prices are causing a lot of folks to begin considering changes they can make in their lifestyle this winter to shave living expenses. According to some predictions, natural gas prices in our part of the country could take a substantial leap. Some families who have already combined households for financial reasons are facing the possibility of having to stretch space even further to accommodate more family members.

Property values up; tax rates down

It’s rollback time in Boone County. A booming real estate market and reassessed property values have caused many local taxing jurisdictions to cut their property tax levies. Boone County Assessor Tom Schauwecker said preliminary reassessments of all properties in the county showed an increase in value of about $227 million as of June 16. Reassessment of county real estate and new construction has raised values by about 19 percent to a total of more than $1.5 billion.

A festive fall

BOONVILLE — On the corner of Sixth and Spring streets, Kenny Williams helped two girls who were teetering on Rollerblades to crank his fire-engine-red antique corn sheller at the 35th Boonville Festival of Leaves. As soon as the wheel’s rotations were fast enough, Williams slid a cob through the top. The children watched as the dry, multi-colored kernels rushed out the bottom into an orange bin. He then pulled the stripped cob out of the other end and held it against the quickly rotating wheel until the friction caused it to stop. Williams’ corn machines, in and around his stand propped with cornhusk-covered poles, allow him to demonstrate the 1920s machines, which he says will one day be relegated to museums.