Big mistakes cost Mizzou big victory

BOULDER, Colo. — Missouri was playing No. 25 Colorado toe-to-toe.

Tiger players question referees’ penalties

BOULDER, Colo. — The Buffaloes trampled the Tigers. Missouri trailed the entire game, and Colorado out-ran, out-passed, out-kicked and out-coached them.

Unexpected all-state finish thrills Kewpies’ Foss

As Kendall Foss made her way through the chute at the finish line, a smile slowly crept across her face.

Florence won’t let injury keep him from playing

Six weeks before Friday’s victory over Jefferson City, Hickman senior Ryan Florence hobbled off Hickman Field with the help of two teammates after breaking the fibula bone in his right leg in a victory against Blue Springs.

Taxing Decisions

Columbia officials could find themselves in a dilemma after Tuesday’s elections if voters reject any of six propositions that seek funding for major capital improvements.

Ballot Breakdown: Prop 1

The extension would prevent the March 31 expiration of a one-eighth-cent sales tax for parks.

Ballot Breakdown: Prop 2

The expiring tax one-eighth-cent tax is the companion of a permanent one-eight-cent tax voters approved five years ago.

Ballot Breakdown: Prop 3

If approved, the quarter-cent sales tax would generate an estimated $15 million to pay for firetrucks, fire stations, a police training facility and firing range and 21 outdoor warning sirens.

Ballot Breakdown: Props 4, 5, 6

If approved, all three propositions would generate $79 million for street, sidewalk and transportation projects.

Clerk expects low voter turnout

Columbians will perform their civic duty Tuesday when they decide the fate of five city tax proposals and a sixth ballot question that seeks a higher municipal charge on new development. As voters arm themselves with information, Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren and her staff are arming themselves with the tools necessary to ensure a smooth election.

Vote ‘yes’ on Tuesday to keep roads in shape

Most of us have found ourselves fuming behind the wheel, waiting for a traffic jam in front of us to clear out. For some, it’s only an occasional experience, but for others, it happens daily. The reason is clear to everyone — Columbia’s construction of major arterial streets has lagged behind the curve. Eventually our streets are brought up to reasonable standards as growth occurs, but it often seems to happen several years after the need arises.

City’s planners failed to seek public input

Citizens for Timely and Responsible Road Infrastructure Financing is assiduously trying to inform the public about its opposition to road tax ballot Propositions 4 and 5 and its support for Proposition 6 as an appropriate small step forward. The justification for these positions are offered on the Web site, Suffice to say that if both Propositions 4 and 5 should pass, taxpayers can expect a resumption of “business as usual” from the city of Columbia administration. To some, that prospect might be reassuring, since it includes precious little public input and participation.

Church orders new youth center

Workers demolished the former Wendy’s building at the corner of Elm and Ninth streets on Saturday to make room for a new building for the Missouri United Methodist Church.

Ralphie’s rocky road

Forget everything you think you know about underdogs.

Author to share insights on Hollywood at Stephens

Judith Guest, whose novel “Ordinary People” was made into a movie, will be in Columbia this week to talk about the difficulties of working in Hollywood.

Boonville Wal-Mart vote sparks rallies

Three days before Boonville residents decide whether they want a new Wal-Mart, both sides of the debate voiced their opinions about the issue Saturday.

Farming ideas grow at trade show

Ever eaten rabbit jerky? Ever wondered what it would take to turn those five acres out back into an organic chicken coop?

No Blood, No Foul

When John Gilbert races down the court, his muscular arms wheel his chair so fast, the spokes in the wheels blur.

Schools doubt Blunt’s proposal

A spokeswoman for Columbia Public Schools said Saturday that an education initiative supported by Gov. Matt Blunt would ignore crucial support services under the governor’s definition of classroom instruction.

Overcoming obstacles

They’ve worked hard to overcome profound personal challenges, and now they’re being singled out for their efforts.