Special election planned

August 20, 2008 The Independence County Quorum Court on Tuesday set Oct. 14 as the date for a special election for a quarter-cent sales tax to promote local economic development.

Baseball Briefs

August 19, 2008 BOSTON (AP) - Curt Schilling says he's leaning "very heavily" toward retirement and is waiting until spring training approaches to see if he wants to try to pitch again.

Tennis Briefs

August 19, 2008 NEW YORK (AP) - A day after winning an Olympic gold medal in Beijing, Rafael Nadal officially unseated Roger Federer to become the world's No. 1 tennis player when the ATP rankings came out.

Elderly chorus denies old age

August 19, 2008 NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - Fred Knittle wears his belt up high. His nose is tethered to an oxygen tank, and on stage he's confined to a folding chair.

News of other days

August 19, 2008 Editor's note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Aug. 30, 1995. 73 YEARS AGO

Former FBI agent writes book on KC mob

August 19, 2008 KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A retired FBI agent has written a book about the organized crime in Kansas City he was once assigned to pursue.

Penmanship takes back seat in schools

August 19, 2008 WASHINGTON (AP) - John Hancock wouldn't recognize the handwriting taught in many schools today. And his loopy slanted script might as well be a foreign language to 21st century students.