Wanted: doctors and nurses for rural health care facilities

It is past 3 p.m. and Alan Weaver is more than an hour late. A few cars sit in the gravel parking lot at the Tri-County Medical Clinic in Sturgeon, their occupants waiting for a staff member to unlock the white front door.

Warm donations

Anna Coleman and her 14-year-old daughter, also named Anna, dig through plastic bags full of children’s coats.

Super comics

Scott Ziolko put his pencil down. Mortar the Mighty is half-drawn, but Ziolko needs a break. It was 2:15 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, and he had been drawing for almost 15 hours. He still had nine hours left to complete a comic book — 24 pages in 24 hours.

Chavis wraps up Kansas State

Tommy Chavis stood underneath the south stands of Memorial Stadium, tucked away in a corner near the small, makeshift tent for Gary Pinkel’s postgame news conference.

Reclaiming the religious left

Since the 2004 election, when exit polls showed that 64 percent of people who attend services more than once a week reported voting for Bush, the conventional wisdom has been that Republicans represent the party of God.

Belief in brief: Halloween

Halloween lore promises that an abundance of witches, princesses, ghosts and the like will be out haunting the streets Oct. 31. The annual opportunity to spend the night in costume dates back 2,000 years to the Celtic festival of Samhain.

From the editor: Local news deserves big attention

I couldn’t get in to work Saturday morning to pen this letter. Not by car, at any rate.

Mizzou spirit on display

Katie Bolton couldn’t help but smile as she gushed about the honeymoon cruise she’s taking with her husband, Micah, this week.

Six arrested in drug investigation

Six people suspected of selling narcotics were arrested Friday on Garth Avenue, and seven more arrests were expected in the culmination of an investigation that began in August.

House races set record

The race for the 24th District seat in the Missouri House of Representatives is shaping up to be just what the candidates predicted: the most expensive state representative contest in state history.

No easy answers for health care coverage

With Missouri’s Medicaid program scheduled to end in 2008, health care issues have become central to the campaigns for seats in the Missouri House of Representatives.

On the agenda

The Columbia/Boone County Health Department Condo Association will meet at 9 a.m. in the mezzanine conference room of the Daniel Boone City Building

One friend, two friend, best friend, web friend

Once upon a time, kids got in trouble with their parents for talking on the phone all day. Those kids grew up and became parents, and their kids talked on their cell phones. But they also sat at keyboards and typed and chatted and instant messaged, and they always seemed to be looking at MySpace.

Facebook helps crack case

Before an MU student suspected of downloading child pornography became the subject of an MU Police investigation in August, he was the subject of an online community investigation that lasted a day and a half and was conducted over a public message board.

What might have been

HALLSVILLE, Mo. — Justin Connolly’s right leg dangles over a brown table, his cast a reminder of a dream on hold.

Unique accomplishment

Christy Skouby laughed as she told the story. She and her teammates on the 1997 Missouri softball team were in San Francisco for a spring break tournament. Skouby, a freshman at the time, had successfully avoided initiation up to that point, but that was about to change.

Cards’ Rolen dispels doubt about hitting

DETROIT — Scott Rolen sure gave Tony La Russa something to talk about.

Big third quarter not enough for Hickman

Facing a 30-7 halftime deficit against the Fort Zumwalt West Jaguars on Friday night, the Hickman Kewpies played one of their best quarters of footbal.

Wang’s assists help Missouri win in five sets

At the end of the 2005 Missouri volleyball season, Lindsey Hunter had 6,096 career assists.

Fallen reigns

Lined up in the shotgun at the Kansas State 15-yard line, quarterback Chase Daniel surveyed the Kansas State defense.