Extra Points: Rock Bridge football ranked fifth in Missouri

The Associated Press released its preseason high school football poll on Wednesday. Rock Bridge High School was ranked fifth in Class 6 while receiving one first place vote. Blue Springs South was ranked first, and Jefferson City was ranked third.

Committee chosen to discuss high school site

Columbia Public Schools announced Tuesday the 21 people who will serve on a committee to review proposed sites for a new Columbia high school.

Presentation examines unpredictable nature of sales tax revenue

The Boone County Commission heard a presentation on sales tax trends that highlighted factors such as e-commerce, inflation, and changes in individual spending habits.

TV station tour meant to raise awareness of funding woes

Columbia Access Television volunteers gave city council members a tour of their facilities in an effort to plead their case over funding of the station.

Regional partners hope to add Chicago flights

The city of Columbia is planning to raise $2 million, with help from MU and neighboring cities, to persuade an airline to carry passengers nonstop between Columbia Regional Airport and Chicago.

New bronze sculptures now at Flat Branch Park

New bronze sculptures by artist Larry Young are now on display in Flat Branch Park.

Blunt directive aimed at illegal immigrants

O’FALLON — Gov. Matt Blunt issued a directive Tuesday that will tighten oversight of state-financed construction projects to ensure that contractors don’t employ illegal immigrants.

Hickman girls golf team wins close match against Rock Bridge

The Kewpies defeated the Bruins 194-195 on Tuesday at Old Hawthorne Golf Course.

MU soccer team readies for season-opener against Illinois

The intensity has increased for the junior-laden Tiger squad as it prepares for Friday’s opener.

Hardy Ricks returns to Missouri secondary

Cornerback Hardy Ricks was slated as a starter at cornerback until a dislocated shoulder sidelined him. Now the redshirt sophomore has been cleared to play and will start Saturday against Illinois.

Former Missouri receiver Brad Ekwerekwu seeks roster spot with Chiefs

Undrafted free agent and former Missouri wide receiver Brad Ekwerekwu is attempting to make the Kansas City Chiefs’ 53-man roster as final cuts approach.


Hiring pool expanded for county jail nursing position

Licensed practical nurses can now apply for a nursing position at the Boone County Jail. Previously only registered nurses were eligible.

Low deer count cancels annual hunt for first time since 2004

The annual deer hunt at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park has been canceled this year because of a reduced deer count.

Rock Bridge parking lot to feature pervious pavers

Park workers hope the lot at the park's new main office, and a nearby rain garden, will serve as model projects for others in the county.

Recreational cyclist finds niche as professional coach, mechanic

Thomas McDaniel is a local cyclist and team mechanic for the Jelly Belly Pro Cycling team, currently the No. 5 domestic pro-cycling team. Team Jelly Belly will compete in the Tour of Missouri, which rolls into Columbia on Sept. 14.

MU Libraries to curb acquisitions in tight budget

MU Libraries expects a $600,000 shortfall in FY09 and a 30 percent reduction in book and journal acquisitions this year.

Laurie woman loved church, volunteering

Shirley Elizabeth Soricelli, a founding member of the Broadway Christian Church and West Lake Christian Church, died Thursday. She was 83.

City faces tough decisions on energy

Rising demand and costs, along with more stringent environmental standards, mean Columbia will have to develop a new strategy for meeting future power needs.

Hot dog plant loses juice

The Columbia Foods plant, 4600 Waco Road, lost power briefly this morning between 9 and 11 a.m., bringing the hot dog maker’s production to a halt.

Downtown water main causes flooding

A water main leak around noon Monday caused flooding at the corner of Broadway and Second Street, leaving customers on Second Street without water for two hours.