Nuggets activate Kleiza

Former Missouri player Linas Kleiza was activated by the Denver Nuggets prior to Wednesday’s game against Los Angeles. The move comes after Nuggets forward Nene suffered a season-ending knee injury during the season opener on Tuesday.

Area sports briefs

Father of two players hits basketball road

During college basketball season, Alvin Muse Sr. can be found traveling interstates throughout the Midwest. With two sons playing Division II basketball, he’s traveled to many schools.

Twins’ bond goes beyond soccer field

Early in the season, Josh McNutt searched for his brother, Ryan, who at 6 feet, 1 inch, is lanky with sandy-blond hair and a square jaw. Ryan looks just like Josh. They are twins.

Student musicians compete at state conference

Hundreds of music students and teachers from Missouri will be on the MU campus today through Sunday for the 2005 Missouri Music Teachers Association state conference.

Wal-Mart vote stirs up Boonville

BOONVILLE — The campaign signs dot the businesses and yards of homes along Main Street: “Vote NO Proposition A. Poorly Planned Annexation.” The signs are the work of Not So Super for Boonville, a group trying to galvanize opposition to Proposition A on the Nov. 8 ballot. Boonville voters will decide whether the city will annex 28.8 acres for a new Wal-Mart Supercenter and provide water and sewer service to the site near Interstate 70 at Jackson Road and Route B.

New library proposed

Residents in northern Columbia are in line for a new landmark that promises to inform, educate and entertain the whole community. In a draft of its five-year master plan, Daniel Boone Regional Library outlines plans to build a new library in northern Columbia. The exact location, budget and size of the library are still to be determined, with future consultations and public input expected.

Centralia man dies in crash

A 20-year-old Centralia man died early Tuesday morning after taking a curve too fast in his car on a Boone County road, sliding off and rolling the vehicle seven or eight times, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department said. Sgt. Scott Ewing, supervisor of the department’s traffic unit, estimated that Travis Wayne Beamer was driving between 75 and 100 mph when the accident occurred and said Beamer was not wearing a seat belt.

Chinese city wants Columbia as sister

China’s Laoshan District, beset by mountains and sea, is a small, charming city much like Columbia. It is for this reason that the Columbia Friends of Laoshan think it is a worthy addition to Columbia’s four other international sister cities. The relationship between the cities can help foster understanding between cultures and strengthen economic ties, according to Columbia’s Sister City policy resolution.

Records show disparity in election fundraising

Less than a week before the Nov. 8 election, official campaign finance records have been released for Columbia’s two dueling organizations, Columbia on the Move, a committee appointed by Mayor Darwin Hindman to promote six ballot initiatives, and Citizens for Timely and Responsible Road and Infrastructure, which is opposed to Propositions 4 and 5. Columbia on the Move raised $13,985, roughly half of which came from developers, construction companies and banks, while TARRIF raised $3,786, most from its members.

Runaway girl found after three-hour search

A three-hour search for an 8-year-old girl ended Tuesday night after she was found hiding behind bushes in the 4400 block of Bellview Drive by officials from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department and Boone County Fire Protection District. The girl ran away from home at 4:15 p.m. because she was afraid of getting in trouble with her parents over an incident that occurred on the school bus ride home, Boone County Sheriff’s Maj. Tom Reddin said. Her family searched for her for almost two hours before contacting the Sheriff’s Department at about 6 p.m., Reddin said.

Residents asked for input on transportation system

Boone County residents will have the chance to share their opinions on bus routes and the state of public transportation today at an open house sponsored by the Boone County Community Partnership. The open house is part of a study aimed at gaining the public’s opinion and suggestions regarding public transportation before action can be taken, said A.T. Stoddard, community involvement officer for the partnership.

Roasting rivalry

A New Year’s countdown has a whole new meaning for Jennifer Ayers this year. Starbucks Coffee is coming to Ninth Street in downtown Columbia in early 2006, and Ayers and other members of her MU Starbucks group on couldn’t be happier. “Most towns have a Starbucks,” said Ayers, a sophomore at MU. “With 80,000 people, it’s shocking that the only Starbucks in Columbia is in HyVee.”

Seniors find new hurdle in licensing

JEFFERSON CITY — A 72-year-old Missouri man worries a new state law will make it illegal for him to drive. John Kelly’s driver’s license is up for renewal in January, but because he lacks a birth certificate he may not be eligible for a new one.

Celebration to honor legendary Missouri fiddler

The music of champion fiddler Pete McMahan sounded like apple cider tastes and autumn leaves smell. It was the soundtrack to barn dances and helped set the standard for what is recognized around the nation as Missouri-style fiddling A celebration of McMahan and the rerelease of his recording, “50 Old-Time Fiddle Gems,” will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Walters-Boone County Historical Museum, 3801 Ponderosa St. The event will also feature an old-time fiddling jam session.


Lisa Bullard was incorrectly identified in this week’s MiniMo. Bullard has been a full-time employee of the Columbia Fire Department for the past five years.

Accidents minutes apart block I-70 traffic

Two accidents that occurred within 10 minutes of each other Monday on Interstate 70 blocked traffic in the westbound lanes for about an hour. At 5:21 p.m., a Columbia girl rear-ended a car driven by 19-year-old MU sophomore Margaret Rallo on westbound I-70, Columbia police Capt. Stephen Monticelli said. The car driven by the juvenile, who cannot be identified because of her age, slid into the rear of Rallo’s car when Rallo slowed down for congested traffic.

Tigers mend after loss, turn attention to Colorado

The scene outside the Missouri football team’s locker room Saturday at Kansas’ Memorial Stadium could have easily been confused with a late-autumn funeral. Young men with red eyes shuffled toward the team bus. Noses pointed directly at the asphalt. Some of the recently concluded game’s participants struggled to put into words the flood of emotions.

Young Cougars falter

Losing one All-American player to graduation can be extremely challenging. Replacing three is difficult on an entirely new level. But that’s what the Columbia College women’s basketball team is facing this season. All-Americans Charliss Ridley, Tiffany Foote and Lisa Kowalewski have moved on.

Watkins all ready to get in game

When the Missouri men’s basketball team faces Bemidji State in its first exhibition game today, it will serve as a good opportunity for the team to retool and rebuild for the season opener. For junior guard Marcus Watkins, who sat out last season after transferring from Texas A&M, the game will be more about revival, a chance to shed his cushy seat on the bench for a spot on the court.