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Capitol Perspectives: Deadly, Devious and Disabling Details

by Phill Brooks

In the weeks before the 2015 legislative session, two issues have emerged as dominant — Ferguson and government ethics. Yet, I wonder whether conflicts over details will be fatal.

For years, I’ve seen well-intentioned efforts by Missouri public officials crash on the shores of details. Think back to last year when legislative leaders expressed pride at pulling together a complex compromise on unaccredited school districts. There was

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Bulldogs Claim Title in Carrollton Wrestling Tournament

And GJH wrestlers finish 2014 season

Needing a win in the final match of the day, the Gallatin Bulldogs got just that from Dillan Gray, who pulled out a victory that gave the Bulldogs a 135 to 134 lead over host Carrollton and the title in last Friday’s wrestling tournament at CHS.

“We had a great tournament and I couldn’t have asked any more out of them,” GHS Head Wrestling

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Winston Boys Advance in HDC Tournament Play

The top-seeded Winston boys had no trouble moving into the semifinal round of the HDC Tournament being played at Pattonsburg High School. The Redbirds will face the host team Wednesday at 8 p.m. with a spot in the championship game on the line.

The Redbirds rolled past Gilman City in the opening round last Friday with 10 different players finding the scoring column. Jordan Leonard topped all scorers for the

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Lady Bulldogs Split in Latest Non-Conference Action

Gallatin’s girls went on a 16-0 run from the end of the first quarter to the midpoint of the second period and used that momentum to defeat Winston, 58-22, last Thursday night.

The Lady Bulldogs shot nearly 44% from the field and outrebounded their visitors by a 42 to 32 margin. Top scorers Kailey Salmon, 15 points, and Kylie Collins, 13 points, each shot above 60% from the field.


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MSHP Welcomes New Troopers

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will hold a graduation ceremony for 31 new state troopers on Friday, Dec. 19, at 10 a.m., at the Law Enforcement Academy in Jefferson City. Graduates will report for duty on Jan. 5. They’d begun training at the academy on July 1.

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Christmas Cultural Luncheon

CHILLICOTHE, MO — The Chillicothe Area Arts Council is sponsoring its annual Christmas Cultural Luncheon, from noon to 1 p.m., on Dec. 17, at the First Christian Church (900 Jackson Street). Lunch is served from noon to 12:25 in the church’s social hall, and from 12:30 – 12:55 a special program of sacred and popular Christmas music will be presented in the sanctuary by musicians Frosty Garr on

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Missouri Faces Illinois in Annual Braggin’ Rights Game

by Benjamin Herrold 

For Missouri Tiger fans, certain events are associated with different parts of the calendar. March is for basketball tournaments, conference and hopefully NCAA; August is excitement for the football season about to begin; and October brings the traditions of Homecoming. And every year, a few days before Christmas comes the annual Braggin’ Rights game with Illinois in St. Louis.

It’s a fantastic atmosphere, with the crowd

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Winston Teen Seriously Injured in Accident

Ezekiel Bridgeman, 19, Winston, was seriously injured in an accident that happened at about 10:53 p.m. on Dec. 12, in DeKalb County.

According to the highway patrol, Ezekiel was traveling northbound on Route EE about three miles north of Cameron. He attempted to pass a vehicle and traveled off the west side of the roadway. His 2001 Toyota Avalon struck a mailbox and impacted a ditch, overturning onto its top.

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Jennifer Acree Graduates Basic Training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Jennifer M. Acree graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air

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