Surrounded by flowers, a bowling ball is suspended a foot off the ground in front of the house. About 60 more have been placed on the porch, on the lawn and in the flowerbeds.
Only local bowling alleys can compete with the quantity of balls owned by Meg Gibson. Gibson, however, rarely sets foot in a bowling alley. She uses her bowling balls to decorate her home near Stephens Park. Some are faded from the sun, weather beaten and cracked. The longer the balls are exposed to the elements, the more they blend in with the landscape.
With detailed play-by-play of unforgettable, against the odds victories , Rudy Kelley talks about the National Veterans Golden Age Games the way most men talk about their glory days on the high school football team. With one exception: He can return each year to create more memories.
Kelley and three other local veterans are representing Truman Veterans Hospital in the 18th annual games next week in Fresno, Calif. The group of athletes prepares and trains for about six months prior to the games and typically they bring home top medals, said Kelley, who is in his 10th year as coach and coordinator of the team.
Andreya Evans sat on her horse, Kaypasa, her teal English daycoat flashing brightly on top of the horse’s dark brown, shiny coat. Kaypasa pawed the ground and shifted his weight, impatient for the event to begin. Andreya rode him out of the arena to get him ready to go into the ring, but she was not nervous as he was.
“I’ve been riding for so long,” she said. “I look at it more as a practice.”
As cartoon boxing gloves smack and animated flames spurt, a mid-Missouri TV announcer hypes next week’s Democratic debates between Gov. Bob Holden and primary challenger Claire McCaskill: “Don’t miss the Show-Me State Showdown!”
But who will actually tune in to a political debate on a warm summer evening, with sunshine casting long golden slants across baseball diamonds, swimming pools, soccer fields and patio parties?
JEFFERSON CITY — Their diagnoses are different, and so are their proposed remedies.
The three leading candidates in Missouri’s gubernatorial race hold divergent beliefs on whether the economy is good, bad or mediocre. And they promote varying plans to strengthen it.
Democratic incumbent Bob Holden views Missouri’s economy as improving, citing the job-creating policies and actions of his administration as part of the reason. He wants another four years in office to work toward a rather lofty goal.
The disparity in campaign contributions collected by the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor is reflective of their different campaign styles.
“My campaign is very much a grass roots kind of campaign,” said Pat Secrest, a Republican from Manchester. “I’m out there on the road and going door to door.”
After responding to reports of a possible abduction, the six-hour search for a transient man and a young girl was called off early Friday evening once authorities found the subjects in question -- and learned that the female involved was a small-framed, grown woman.
Sara Effner of Jamestown sat on the floor of the Boone County Commission Chamber on Friday with four other Falun Gong practitioners. With slow-moving hands, they demonstrated the exercises of Falun Gong after announcing Effner's planned trip to South Africa.
The reported shooting of Falun Gong practitioners in South Africa inspired her to make the trip to raise awareness in the South African government about the Chinese spiritual practice of meditation called Falun Gong.
Alexander sees his mother only in pictures. Jessica Owen’s warm smile and gentle blue eyes are frozen on a framed piece of photographic paper pressed behind a thin sheet of glass.
With Alexander’s growing vocabulary he says “night-night” at bedtime, “water” when he’s thirsty and “cracker” when he’s hungry. He looks at the photograph of Jessica and says, “Mama.”
The story line couldn’t be any better for the Bush-Cheney campaign.
A thriving family-owned small business in central Missouri. Politically active co-owners grateful for the business-friendly policies of the current administration. A founder who has given generously through the years to Republican candidates.
A Moberly woman remains in the Randolph County Jail on $1 million bond in connection with the separate deaths of her infant son and daughter. The deaths occurred just more than a year apart.
Carla Clay, 23, was arrested by Moberly police on Thursday morning on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder. She was arraigned Thursday afternoon before Randolph County Associate Circuit Judge Scott Haynes.
More than two years after the Environment and Energy Commission first complained about loopholes in Columbia’s tree-preservation ordinance, the Columbia City Council on Monday night will have the chance to approve or reject recommended amendments.
The first would alter penalty provisions of the law to base fines for violators on a per-acre rather than a per-tree assessment.
A headline on Page 7A in Friday's Missourian incorrectly listed the defendants in a school property-tax lawsuit. Attorneys for the Columbia School District and the Boone County Collector Pat Lensmeyer filed an application to have the case transferred to the Supreme Court.
Jim LePage proves the terms “conservative” and “Democrat” are not mutually exclusive.
LePage, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, has views that conflict with those typically held by Democrats. He opposes abortion, and gay marriage. In the Democratic gubernatorial primary, LePage said he will be an option for Democrats the party has abandoned over right-to-life issues.
If Jeff Emrick is elected governor, he would fund affordable housing programs for senior citizens, open forums for discussion of a mass-transit rail system and fight the high cost of prescription drugs.
Emrick, a Democrat from Blue Summit, is a full-time candidate for governor. He registered late for the governor’s race because he was moving, he said.
Last week’s allegations that a candidate for Boone County Sheriff had an affair with a subordinate — then lied about it under oath — originated from court documents a judge sealed from public view three years ago.
Affidavits submitted to county prosecutors by Columbia attorney Dennis Murphy allege that candidate Dwayne Carey, committed perjury in 1999 to hide an affair in 1996 and 1997 with former deputy Edith Homan.
Ideas for campaign finance reform have taken numerous shapes, from lowering caps on contributions to letting contributors donate as much as they want.
Republican lawyer Chris Byrd of Kansas City believes the attorney general and those running for the office, including himself, should not accept contributions from attorneys or law firms. Byrd criticizes incumbent Attorney General Jay Nixon for doing so.
The people of “Realville” are just like everyone else: They work, send their children to school and pay bills. The town has a bank, a supermarket, a school and a police department. The only difference is that all of Realville’s residents are at or below the poverty level.
Realville and its residents may be fictitious, but the situations they find themselves in are very real. That’s what participants from all over the community — ranging from the homeless to CEOs — learned during the “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” poverty simulation Friday.
Sarah Whites-Koditschek walks with a purposeful gait, her shoulders taking the lead and a determination behind her steps that fall heavy on her brown leather Birkenstocks. She’s clad in slacks with a tank top over her broad shoulders, hanging a bit from her thin frame. The 19-year-old has dark, calm eyes. They seem to record and take notes as she nods occasionally. Her knuckles cover her pursed lips. Her dark hair is almost within Army regulations for men. Whites-Koditschek stretches a lot. Hardly a moment goes by when she’s not tugging at one elbow or another, which reveals a rather large scar that other women would go to lengths to cover. But this restlessness is possibly because of stress. She just organized Columbia’s first Youth Activist Conference.
“They’re really doing an excellent job,” said Hilary Aid, an adult volunteer helping with the conference. Aid insists that Whites-Koditschek and her small crew did all the organizing themselves.
About 300 people are expected to gather this week in St. Louis for the Missouri Summit on Life Sciences for opportunities to learn, exhibit and network with each other.
A Columbia contingent of 20 to 30 participants will attend the summit, which opens today and runs through Tuesday. It is “a way to facilitate commercialization activities that will directly affect Missouri’s bottom line in the life sciences industries,” said Barbara Wilhelm, program director for Missouri Biotechnology Association, host of the summit.