From walls to floors, a few simple updates can breathe new life into tired rooms

Wall colors  Giving a room a new look is often as easy as popping open a can of paint. It’s picking the right color that’s the hard part. Pantone aims to help by annually naming its color of the year. This year that honor has been bestowed on Marsala. Described by Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the  Pantone Color Institute, as “a subtly seductive shade,” Marsala is predicted to draw “us in to its embracing warmth.” In spring fashion as well as on walls and in accessories, Pantone suggests that the color of the year pairs well with “an eclectic, ...

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Hardscapes offer low maintenance options for busy homeowners

Consider it the architecture of the yard – the rocks and pavers, wood, iron, concrete and brick that make up modern hardscapes and transform ordinary patios, pathways and decks into works of art. While retaining walls commonly are used to transition elevations, shore up slopes along foundations and define spaces such as planters, tree rings and fire pits, hardscapes can be so much more, including a low-maintenance landscape solution for busy homeowners. The use of rock mulch and natural rock in gardens and beds, as walkways and as stepping stones offers an attractive solution to weed control and lessens the ...

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Parkway North excited about first trip to Class 5 girls basketball Final Four

The Parkway North Vikings are in the Final Four for the first time in the history of the girls basketball program. Now comes the chance to make more history. “My message has been to not be satisfied, stay hungry, and always want more,” Vikings coach Brett Katz said. “This is exciting. It’s one game at a time. If we win the semifinal, it is a shot at a state title. “Our dreams have become reality.” The Vikings (24-5) will meet Liberty (26-3) in a Class 5 semifinal game at 7:45 p.m. Friday (March 20) in the Mizzou Arena in Columbia. ...

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Incarnate Word Academy begins quest for third consecutive Class 4 girls basketball championship

When the two-time state champion Incarnate Word Academy Red Knights started the season losing two of their first three games, panic did not set in. Coach Dan Rolfes knew it might be rough seas before any smooth sailing for his squad. “I knew going into the year that we would go through some growing pains,” Rolfes said. “We lost three seniors that went on to play Division I basketball. Anytime you lost that quality of players, it’s going to take your team some time to adjust.” The did adjust. The Red Knights have won their last 26 games. Incarnate Word ...

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MICDS happy to spend spring break playing in Class 4 girls basketball Final Final

It’s spring break week at MICDS and the girls basketball team are excited about their destination. No, it’s not Florida, Texas or Mexico. Instead, the Rams are headed to Columbia. MICDS (25-2) will play the Springfield Hillcrest Hornets  (23-7) in the Class 4 semifinals at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the Mizzou Arena. “I think our girls are thrilled to be spending their spring break in Columbia,” MICDS coach Scott Small said. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and these are some great memories for them to have going forward.” In the other Class 4 semifinal, two-time defending state ...

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Thomas Sowell – Two Warnings

Thomas Sowell

When Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress on March 3rd, it was the third time he had done so. The only other person to address a joint session of Congress three times was the legendary British prime minister Winston Churchill.

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Parkway North withstands Hardestys big night to claim first state berth

      Sophomore guard Kyra Hardesty almost singlehandedly shot and scored the Washington girls basketball team past Parkway North. Almost but not quite. Hardesty was the star on this night but the Vikings found a way to move on and earn the first state semifinal trip in club history. Parkway North pulled away late for a 64-53 victory in a Class 5 quarterfinal at Lindenwood Uiversity Saturday despite an amazing game-high 38 points by Hardesty. Parkway North (24-6) will face Lee’s Summit or Liberty in a Class 5 semifinal Friday at 7:45 p.m. at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. After ...

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