Dancing with Missouri stars

Ten local celebrities battled it out on the dance floor Thursday night at “Dancing with Missouri Stars” to help to raise $37,000 for the not-for-profit Missouri Contemporary Ballet.

Five Illinois students denied diplomas after celebratory cheering

Caisha Gayles was one of five students denied diplomas from the lone public high school in Galesburg, Ill., after enthusiastic friends or family members cheered for them during commencement.

Missouri River rising toward flood stage

Flood watches were posted for a large part of western Missouri on Friday afternoon, and rain that’s already fallen was expected to push the Missouri River above flood stage at Boonville early next week.

‘Blind’ Boone Festival kicks off Saturday with movie showing

Those tired of hearing the Top 20 over and over can sing to a different tune at the Original “Blind” Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival.

Poems for Rock Bridge High School's graduation ceremony

Clay Minchew plans to read two poems as part of the Rock Bridge High School's graduation ceremony on Saturday. Minchew will read his poem “Life is short, life is sweet,” written after attending the funeral of classmate Paige Siddall, and a poem his grandmother wrote to help the family cope with her death.

State investigation finds no wrongdoing at bar in Hancock accident

A state investigation found no evidence that workers at Mike Shannon's restaurant knew Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was drunk as they served him alcohol in the hours prior to his fatal accident.

UM candidate rejects offer

Two sources have told The Kansas City Star that Terry Sutter, a New Jersey plastics company executive, has turned down an offer to become the president of the University of Missouri System.

Colossal catch

“A lot of people don’t get to see a fish that big,” said Adam Wolf, owner of Tombstone Tackle.

Bruins basketball coach will enter Hall of Fame

When the Rock Bridge boys’ basketball team won its first game last season, it was more than a successful beginning to their year.

For coach Jim Scanlon the victory marked his 500th career win, a key factor in earning a spot in the Missouri Basketball Hall of Fame.

Mach has lineage for baseball glory

Although he wasn’t born yet, 1967 has a special meaning for Kyle Mach.

Mach’s grandfather, Phil Gagliano, was a member of the 1967 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Ever since hearing his grandfather’s stories, Mach, who plays third base on the Missouri baseball team, has dreamed of winning a World Series of his own.

Kent State to rely on Carpenter in regional

Chris Carpenter returns to the mound tonight.

No, not that Chris Carpenter. He will be sidelined for another three months after bone chips were removed from his elbow in early May.

This Chris Carpenter is Kent State’s ace. He’s scheduled to start against Missouri at 6:30 p.m. on the opening day of the NCAA regional in Columbia.

Rocheport hopes to raise money to house replica of keelboat

The Missouri River town of Rocheport has been chosen as the new home for a replica keelboat used to celebrate the Lewis and Clark bicentennial, and the town is about to begin raising money to house it permanently.

Abstinence-only bill limits choices

Good health care policy is good politics.

Please urge Governor Blunt to veto HB 1055. Missouri is beginning to move backward instead of moving forward, and, at a minimum, we are barely maintaining status quo.

Hulshof not ready to lead UM System

It’s a logical statement. I write political editorials. I teach at a local college. Therefore, I am an expert on the nominations for president of the University of Missouri System. Right? Not really, though friends and colleagues do not hesitate to ask my opinion about Congressman Kenny Hulshof’s nomination. Here it is …

Honoring a Hero

Thirty-seven years after he was wounded in the Vietnam War, former Marine Corps Sgt. Dennis R. Mills was finally recognized.

Mills, clad in dress blues, stood silently amid a sea of uniformed men and 210 rippling flags in the Centralia Cemetery and accepted his Purple Heart during a Memorial Day ceremony on Wednesday night.

New garden brings sense of community to neighborhood

Eight weeks ago, an empty, barren lot occupied space on St. Joseph Street. Now hundreds of green shoots spring up from the newly tilled ground.

Turning the tassels: Hickman

On Thursday, students entered the gymnasium at Hickman High School for the Class of 2007’s last student assembly. Juniors and seniors filled the bleachers and basketball court for their annual “Memories” assembly, an event highly anticipated by Hickman students and faculty.

Turning the tassels: Rock Bridge

Eman Abdelhadi, Clay Minchew and Chowdhury were chosen by a student committee several weeks ago to speak at the graduation. The committee heard interested students read their speeches before making the final selection.

UM views plans to raise pay

It would cost the University of Missouri System $21 million over three years to bring faculty salaries in line with those at peer institutions.

McCaskill gathers VA information

Two months ago, Cpl. Stephen Webber was in Fallujah, Iraq, nearing the end of his second deployment with the Marine Reserves. He said his company sustained more casualties than he could count.