Schulte demonstrates homemade filter system

Scott Schulte demonstrates his homemade straight vegetable oil filter system in the garage of his Columbia home on Feb. 13. Schulte, a retired park superintendent of the Rock Bridge Memorial State Park and a section of the Katy Trail, buys old cooking oil from restaurants in the area and filters out impurities and solids to fuel his 2006 Chevrolet Duramax pick-up truck. Since January 2008 Schulte has also been running a business called Biofuels, where he sells the purified vegetable oil.

Oil on wheels

Scott Schulte equipped the interior of his van with an interconnected array of tanks, pumps and hoses that allows him to collect the used cooking oil from the restaurants in a 100-mile radius around Columbia. "I want that protection," Schulte said about why he built the system in the van. "It's hard to keep your stuff nice and clean when it's exposed to the elements."

Manage the flow of diesel

The fuel injection control module and the Pollak 6 port valve are located in the bottom left corner. The control module is the silver block, the valve is the black box attached to it. Both are part of the Golden Fuel system in Schulte's car that manage the flow of diesel and the filtered and heated straight vegetable oil (SVO) stored in the tank on the back of the truck into the engine. When Schulte starts the engine of his Chevrolet, it runs on regular diesel until it reaches operating temperature. The hot coolant can then be used to heat the more viscous vegetable oil in the tank. Once it is heated up properly, Schulte flips a switch on his dashboard and the car runs on SVO.

State wrestling championship

Park Hill junior Alan Waters tries to break down Hickman senior Vince Pescaglia in the title match during the MSHSAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. Waters led throughout the length of the match.

Wrestling reversal

Hickman senior Vince Pascaglia attemps a reversal on Park Hill junior Alan Waters in the title match during the MSHSAA state wrestling tournament on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. Pascaglia lost the match 13-5.

Discussing strategy

Senior Sofia Ayala exchanges a glance with her doubles partner freshman Danielle Day during the meet against Minnesota on Saturday. Ayala and Day lost the match to Karina Chiarelli and Alessandra Ferrazzi.

MU tennis player Jessica Giuggioli

Missouri senior Jessica Giuggioli lines up her return in her match against Minnesota sophomore Alessandra Ferrazzi on Feb. 21 at the Green Center.

Hickman wrestler Vince Pescaglia falls in state final

Hickman senior Vince Pescaglia winces in pain after Park Hill junior Alan Waters landed on his left foot late in the second period of the Class 4 119-pound title match at the MSHSAA state wrestling tournament on Feb. 21 at Mizzou Arena. Pescaglia lost the match 13-5.

Feeling the pressure

Missouri forward Laurence Bowers (21) is pressured by Colorado guard Javon Coney (14) during the second half of the Missouri-Colorado basketball game.

Denmon and Lyons rebound

Missouri guard Marcus Denmon (12) and forward Leo Lyons (5) go up for a rebound as Colorado forward Austin Dufault (33) looks on during the second half of the Missouri-Colorado basketball game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday. Missouri beat Colorado 66-53.

Leo Lyons at Colorado

Missouri's Leo Lyons drives against Colorado's Austin Dufault on Feb. 21 in the Tigers' road victory.

Vince Pescalgia attempting a takedown

Hickman senior Vince Pescaglia attempts to knock Seckman sophomore Denny Kleinschrodtover during the semifinals of the MSHAA state wrestling meet on Friday at Mizzou Arena. Pescaglia defeated Kleinschrodt to advance to the final round, putting one match between him and the title he's tried to capture unsuccessfully twice before.

Vince Pescalgia holding his position

Hickman senior Vince Pescaglia tries to maintain the lock he has on Seckman sophomore Denny Kleinschrodt during the semifinals of the MSHAA state wrestling meet on Friday at Mizzou Arena as match official Lenny Gino makes the count.

Belcher's press conference

New Superintendent Chris Belcher said he hopes to stay with the school district for more than the three years his contract requires.

Answering questions

Newly hired superintendent Chris Belcher answers questions next to school board President Michelle Gadbois, during a press conference at the school district administration building Friday. Belcher expressed his excitement to join the district and said he looks forward to starting on July 1.

The Tiger Hotel on Eighth

The owners of The Tiger Hotel on Eighth Street hopes to receive tax relief so they can begin construction to renovate the hotel's rooms. The hotel previously operated as senior living center. With the renovations, owners hope to reopen once more as a hotel.

The Tiger's applies for tax break

Previously, the rooms of The Tiger Hotel were used as a senior living center. If the recently submitted tax relief application the owners have filed is approved, the rooms will be renovated so that the hotel can operate commercially again.

The Tiger's Decor

If the Tiger Hotel on South Eighth Street receives the tax relief it recently applied for, it will renovate the rooms to match the lower levels and lobby that were renovated before the hotel became a senior living center. The hotel owners submitted for tax-increment financing on Tuesday, Feb. 10, and if approved the hotel would be able to operate commercially after the completion of renovations.

The Zumba workout

Jensen Smith, a freshman majoring in biochemistry, follows along in a Zumba class at the MU Student Recreation Center on Thursday, Jan. 29. Zumba is an aerobic dance workout set to Latin music.

Zumba moves

Jennifer Manian, who became a certified instructor in August, leads an exercise in Zumba class on Thursday.