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SEC FOOTBALL IS READY FOR YOU

One happy effect of Mizzou’s move to the Southeastern Conference is linking up with high-powered teams across Dixie whose rabid fans love to travel.  Especially happy are hoteliers in Columbia, where rooms are booking fast for this fall’s football season: Sept. 8 hosting the Georgia Bulldogs, Oct. 6 welcoming Vanderbilt’s Commodores, the Crimson Tide of Alabama rollling in for a big game Oct. 13 and Kentucky playing Oct. 27 as the Tigers’ designated homecoming sacrificial Wildcat. A dozen Columbia hotels are already full booked for homecoming, which is always thickly attended, but excitement is about the new conference action which has lodging filling up for Georgia and Alabama especially. The luckiest travelers are booking the cozy Victorian Taylor House Inn Bed & Breakfast near campus.  The smartest about handy logistics are reserving space at the rustic-decor Stony Creek Inn, an easy fall stroll down Providence Road from Faurot Field.  Across Providence Road from the Stony Creek, the party-minded are already calling about private dining rooms at Grand Cru Restaurant, George and Mariel Liggett’s cozy establishment.  George’s pride is the adjoining Diamond Crown Cigar Lounge, his blue-smoke oasis for the good life in smoke-free Columbia.  Norm Ruebling’s MO-X shuttle vans are familiar sights making the I-70 run between Lambert Airport and Columbia, but Norm’s fleet is now being specially booked for safely transporting SEC football revelers with designated drivers.

MIZZOU HOLIDAY GRINCH

Here’s a nice salute to certain veterans with Missouri license plates denoting specific military honors.  The Columbia, Mo. City Council approved an ordinance allowing free parking at city-owned facilities and parking spaces for those vets with tags honoring Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, P.O.W., Silver Star and Bronze Star recipients.

The holiday Grinch in all of this? The University of Missouri, which told the city it will continue to collect parking tolls from the veterans despite the special honors for their bravery and sacrifices. Apparently Mizzou wasn’t satisfied that qualifications to receive the special honors plates must be approved by both the Missouri Dept. of Revenue and the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.  Maybe the powers that be forgot that the centerpiece of campus life, the Gothic Memorial Union and its clock tower, was dedicated as a memorial to Mizzou people who gave their lives in military service.

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