Gator Bowl a wrench in bowl mix for Missouri

The cluttered college bowl game situation just got a little clearer.

Cougars welcome tournament

In the past three years at the NAIA Volleyball National Championship tournament and other major tournaments, Columbia College volleyball players have been the targets of racist verbal abuse, been spit on and had a player grabbed during game play.

Cougars happy with spotlight

In a market dominated by MU and high school athletics, Columbia College typically gets little attention from the average Columbia sports fan, something Brad Jenks, Columbia College’s assistant athletic director, and the rest of the Cougar athletic department hope to change beginning today when Columbia College hosts the NAIA Volleyball National Championship Tournament that runs throughSaturday.

A school’s struggle

It’s lunchtime at Field Elementary School. The fifth-graders stand in a line, hands at their sides or behind their backs — just as school rules say they should be. They pick up a carton of milk and a Styrofoam plate. Some ask for pizza; others want ravioli. They walk into the gymnasium, pile on some salad, sit down at one of the tables and eat.

Liberty’s defense downs Rock Bridge

Flashes of purple streaked across the Rock Bridge basketball court all of Tuesday night, surrounding the basketball wherever it moved. The purple was that of Liberty’s jerseys, but it more resembled a swarm than a team. The Bruins could not help but become engulfed.

Hickman’s pinning makes Kirksville fall

Drae Cox watched as his mother, Cathie, sang the national anthem before Hickman wrestling’s season-opening dual against Kirksville Tuesday night at Hickman. After Mom hit the last note, the Kewpies’ starter at 152 pounds greeted her with a big smile and a hug.

Hundreds join forum to envision city’s future

On Tuesday night, 301 people were asked to close their eyes and imagine Columbia over the next two decades.

Democrats back 12.6% more higher ed funds

JEFFERSON CITY — House Democrats are backing a 12.6 percent funding increase for state colleges and universities — a raise they say would reverse several years of budget cuts and take higher education spending to a record high.

Volunteer firefighter rewarded for Katrina heroics

Sitting in a helicopter several hundred feet above the black waters of the Gulf of Mexico with gale force winds whipping around him, heavy turbulence and near zero visibility, U.S. Coast Guard flight mechanic Dan Berlemann was scared.

Floyd questions higher ed report conclusions

Universities should be “more gazelle-like and less dinosaur-like” in changing with the times and meeting the needs of today’s students, UM System President Elson Floyd said Tuesday.

Court to hear why women’s commutation is ignored

The Missouri Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole have until Dec. 6 to explain to the Missouri Supreme Court why two women who are serving life sentences for murdering their abusive husbands and later received commutations of their sentences are still being held in prison.

Crime Stoppers requests info about home invasion

A 24-year-old man reported that he was robbed by three men, one white and two black, at his home on the 1100 block of Locust Street.

Sapp listed as potential contractor for bridge project

More than two months after Gov. Matt Blunt declared that the state would strive to fix 800 of the state’s worst bridges within six years, the Missouri Department of Transportation has announced that Columbia construction company Emery Sapp & Sons Inc. is a member of one of four teams of construction companies capable of completing the project.

After warm spell, get ready for snow

The mild weather that Midwesterners have enjoyed the last week is expected to end as a cold spell works its way toward Columbia this afternoon.

Library strapped

CENTRALIA — Kathryn De la Rosa recalls hanging around Centralia’s library at the end of the 1930s, when it was located on the city hall’s second floor. Once, the librarian called De la Rosa’s mother to check whether De la Rosa’s book was age-appropriate.

BJC lease impact questioned

David Addison, a linen service technician at Boone Hospital Center, said no one has discussed how termination of the hospital’s lease with BJC HealthCare might affect the hospital’s service employees.

Analysis: Wastewater permits expired

A permitting backlog for Missouri’s sewage treatment facilities has the state pulling inspectors out of the field to process paperwork.

City to consider theater funding request

The Missouri Symphony Society could receive $250,000 to aid in the renovation of the historic Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts if the City Council approves the funding request at its Monday meeting.

Meetings look to tap residents’ ideas in shaping city’s vision

Imagine Columbia’s Future, the city’s visioning project, will host two Big Idea Gathering Meetings this week. Anyone who “lives, works, studies or plays in Columbia” is invited to attend the meeting most convenient with their schedule. Those in attendance can expect a large group assembly and small group breakout sessions led by trained discussion leaders.

Mo. Theatre seeks donations from companies

If you’re a corporation looking for a way to help support the arts in mid-Missouri, the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts has got a deal for you.