Firefighters gather for annual summer school

Ryan Straley of the Olathe Fire Department assists Gary Woodson, Fire Chief of the Lake of the Ozarks Fire Protection District during a practice fire at the Midwest Wildfire Training Academy in Jefferson City, Wednesday, June 6, 2007.

“Red team’s going in!” barked the instructor in a gravelly voice. Instantly, more than 20 firefighters from across the state, most of them dripping with sweat, fell silent and listened to him.

Special Olympics memorable for athletes, volunteers

The Special Olympics have been part of Shauna Balk’s life for as long as she can remember. Balk is the volunteer coordinator for the Special Olympics, but her involvement began long before she held this position. After being introduced to the games by her grandmother, who was a coach for the athletes, Balk also decided to volunteer, and the athletes kept her coming back.

Artful architecture

The construction of the Nelson-Atkins was completed a year ago, but it has taken nearly another 12 months to fill the 165,000-square-foot addition with artwork from the museum’s African and contemporary art collections and two new featured exhibits that will greet the first visitors.

Manager says city needs to curb spending

Despite slower sales tax growth and higher city spending than expected in Columbia, City Manager Bill Watkins remains “bullish on the future of Columbia,” he said during his state of the city address on Wednesday morning. That optimism, however, is balanced with a “big dose of prudence”.

Fears about bio-defense lab grow

Columbia could learn soon whether it is still in the running as a potential site for a biological research lab, said a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Columbia is one of 17 locations across the country being considered for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility.

State joins effort to get grant for I-70 work

Missouri has joined three other states in seeking federal approval to expand a 790-mile stretch of Interstate 70.

If selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio will find themselves on a fast track for environmental review and access to federal credit assistance.

Special Olympics to leave Columbia

For the last four years, the Special Olympics Missouri have been held in May, but last year, MU learned it would host the NCAA Mideast Track and Field Regional on the Audrey J. Walton Track-Soccer Stadium on May 25 and 26 earlier this year. In response, Special Olympics held its games in June this year, causing several hundred athletes to miss the games.

Suspect arrested in Callaway Co. in shooting case

Callaway County Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday arrested a man in connection with the shooting of a 19-year-old man at a north Columbia convenience store on Saturday morning, Columbia police said.

Ex-mayor wins re-election in Sturgeon

After months of uncertainty, residents elected former mayor Danny Joiner as the next mayor of Sturgeon in a tiebreaker election Tuesday.

City hopes to cut out a bit of dirty work

Hunched at the beginning of the conveyor belt, Shelby Salmon ripped open blue bags and dumped the contents. Salmon, a temporary worker for three months at the municipal landfill’s recycling center, grabs milk bottles, beer cans or coffee tins off the line, tossing them to bins below.

Board wants city to expand flights

People should be able to fly directly to Chicago and Dallas from Columbia, members of the Airport Advisory Board said Wednesday, and they voted to recommend the City Council seek airlines willing to provide the flights. The advisory board wants the council to issue a formal request for interest to appropriate airlines that would outline the specific desired service in and out of Columbia.

Proposed biolab a threat to Columbia

Columbians need to be aware of the following facts regarding the biolab which the Department of Homeland Security is considering locating in Columbia.

‘Time’ offers some things to ponder

Had a little time on my hands the other day. So I thought I’d think a little about time. It’s a fascinating subject and one that will frustrate what little gray matter you might have. Funny. I had never thought about time before. So I tried to force myself to say what time is. Or what it was or what it will be.

Tigers seek future in pros

Although the season ended in disappointing fashion Monday for the Missouri baseball team, a few Tigers are still excited. Juniors Evan Frey, Brock Bond and Jacob Priday are expected to get drafted in today’s MLB draft. The first round is televised on ESPN2 beginning at 1 p.m. The draft will end on Friday.

Quin Snyder gets job as NBDL Toros’ head coach

Quin Snyder is a head coach again. Snyder, 40, will work for the Austin Toros, one of the 15 franchises in the NBA Developmental League. He replaces the late Dennis Johnson, a former NBA star who coached the Toros until he died from a heart attack on Feb. 22 after a team practice.

Blanche Deal, 91, can’t stop bowling

Blanche Deal, 91, a native of Marshall, began her bowling career at a six-lane makeshift bowling alley. She was 27 the first time she rolled the old ball at the pins at the far end of the lane. Bales of hay were placed at the end to stop both the pins and ball.

Spurs’ faithful always sport team colors

SAN ANTONIO — In their simple convent, where rows of chairs are arranged in front of a television and a crucifix, the 23 nuns of the Salesian Sisters of Mary Immaculate Province briefly put aside their pleas for the sick and the poor to pray for the San Antonio Spurs.

New addition Gathright key in Royals’ win

Newly promoted Joey Gathright gave Kansas City an immediate boost, helping Brian Bannister win his second straight start with the Royals’ 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night.

Pujols’ homer vanquishes Reds

ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols’ two-run homer snapped a seventh-inning tie, helping the surging St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 on Wednesday night.

Daffy Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Anaheim Ducks aren’t called mighty anymore. Now they can simply answer to Stanley Cup champions. For the first time, the Stanley Cup resides in California and at the expense of Canada, which hasn’t boasted a winner since Montreal in 1993. Calgary, Edmonton and now Ottawa each had a chance the past three seasons only to be done in by a U.S. club from the sun belt.