Lost landmark

A fire that destroyed The Olde Heidelberg restaurant Monday was preceded by a series of apparent electrical problems, according to interviews with workers and customers, but Columbia fire officials say it might take several days to determine the true cause of the blaze.

Don’t worry, however. The ’Berg will be back.

City alters plans for I-70 traffic project

While the idea of a new interchange on Interstate 70 won the approval of the Columbia City Council last night, a host of speakers helped persuade members to provide a list of several alternative locations for the crossing.

After more than two hours of discussion, the council voted 4-2 to amend the city’s Major Roadway Plan to call for an interchange west of Stadium Boulevard. The Kroenke Group has lobbied hard for the interchange as a potential access to a Wal-Mart SuperCenter it hopes to build west of Columbia Mall. City officials hope it will relieve congestion on Stadium Boulevard to the east.

Regulars remember The Heidelberg

The usual smells of burgers and beer coming from The Olde Heidelberg were replaced Monday morning by smoke and ashes. Staff, regulars and ’Berg alums stared at the scene from across Ninth Street, many in disbelief. Some were on their cell phones, calling friends to tell them the news.

“I was just there,” Lara Langeneckert said.

Alumni keep plastic cups, fond memories

The Olde Heidelberg was home to a large number of journalism students studying at MU over the years. When fire destroyed the ‘Berg, alumni reacted by sharing some of their memories.

Columbia temperatures soar to a four-year high

For the second consecutive day, the temperature in Columbia topped 100 degrees Monday. This summer is the first time in four years the mercury has soared so high.

The temperature officially peaked at 101 Monday, narrowly missing the 103-degree mark set on Sunday.

Drought cuts supplies of organic food

Local organic food lovers may find slim pickings of their food favorites until next season.

Roxie Campbell, 40, visits both Clover’s Natural Market and The Root Cellar about once every three months. The Root Cellar, she said, provides a convenient source of grass-fed organic beef when she is in the mood for it.

MU registration hotline crashes; cause unknown

MU students using PAWS phone registration Monday had to take a hands-on approach to sign up for their classes when the system shut down for unexplained reasons.

Students who would normally register over the phone or online instead had to select their classes in person at Brady Commons.

Focus on present for MU defender

When he is on the field, Missouri cornerback Calvin Washington follows a motto he would never try in school. Forget, and as quickly as possible.

“That’s a little DB thing, you’ve got to have a short memory,” Washington said. “The life of a DB, you’re going to get beat sometimes. You’ve just got to forget that, go out on the next play and try to capitalize.”

Mavericks’ slide against Rascals continues

There are 13 games left on the Mid-Missouri Mavericks’ schedule, but after their performance Monday night, the Mavericks might be wishing the season was over.

Starter Luis Reyes was ineffective and the Mavericks’ offense sputtered in a 12-2 loss to River City at Taylor Stadium.