No sweat

Every gym has its culture: its soundtrack, its clients, its sweat. But Columbia’s 9-month-old Activity and Recreation Center is not just a gym.

DMV test-drives new technology

Driver exams in Columbia have entered the 21st century.

People applying for a state license can now take their exams on a touch-screen computer rather than the traditional written test.

City settles lawsuit over fiber optics

A formal settlement that ends a lawsuit by CenturyTel against the city of Columbia should ease tension between the two over whether the city should provide fiber-optics service to local businesses.

The settlement, approved last week by the Columbia City Council, will suspend the issue until the U.S. Supreme Court reaches a decision on a larger, but similar case in its 2003-2004 session. The high court’s decision could affect the way many businesses nationwide choose their fiber-optics service and could decide whether cities would be able to compete as service providers.

Flying Tigers prepares for takeoff

Wes Stricker is in the final stages of an effort to establish his new company, Flying Tigers, at Columbia Regional Airport.

Nearly a year after the former co-owner of Ozark Air Lines won approval of his proposal for a new fixed-base operation at the airport, Stricker is preparing for takeoff. Fixed-base operations provide services such as flight instruction, aircraft maintenance, charter flights, sales and refueling. Flying Tigers would become the second such operation at the airport.

License plates to observe Sept. 11

After Sept. 11, Vincent Rotundo pictured a license plate that would unite Americans in their hatred of terrorism and remembrance of the victims.

Officials in his home state of Virginia thought he was onto something, and in July 2002 Virginia unveiled the first “fight terrorism” license plate.

On Thursday, there will be a Sept. 11 memorial service at the state Capitol. Rotundo plans to be there, alongside Gov. Bob Holden, when Missouri publicly announces the release of its own “fight terrorism” plate.

Daly quits job as Mavs GM

Pat Daly, the Maverick's general manager and vice president, resigned Tuesday. The resignation becomes effective Sept. 22.

Seven MU programs evaluated

The University of Missouri is considering merging or closing programs on its four campuses — including seven degree programs at MU — because they cost too much or they graduate too few students.

In addition to the seven programs, two MU departments are targeted for evaluation. Lori Franz, MU vice provost for undergraduate studies, said a committee is developing criteria to use in evaluating the programs.

Campaign ads scrutinized

Fall TV season is here, but MU communications professor Bill Benoit is tuning in for the new season of political advertisements — and handing down judgment.

Benoit, nationally known for his research on political campaign ads, analyzes and records information about what candidates target in their ads, and how they go about it. He then compares candidates’ strategies.

Tigers’ defense looking to force turnover issue

According to Nino Williams, he should have sat out the Missouri football team’s win against Ball State on Saturday.

Although Williams, a junior free safety, led the Tigers with nine tackles, the defense forced one fumble but did not recover it.

Items stolen from deputy found in ditch

A group of cyclists riding in the MS 150 Bike Tour on Saturday discovered several discarded items that were stolen from a Boone County deputy’s home near Hallsville Friday, according to Boone County Sheriff’s Capt. Kevin Merritt.

Merritt declined to provide details about which of the stolen items the cyclists found in a ditch alongside the road in the 11200 block of Route Z southeast of Hallsville.

Kewpies swing by Eagles

During the summer, Hickman girls’ golf coach Doug Steinhoff asked his team if it wanted to have fun or work hard to earn a state berth. Six matches into the season, the Kewpies are proving they can have both.

The Kewpies beat the Southern Boone County Eagles 165-223 on Tuesday at L.A. Nickell.

New-look Bruins defeat Bulldogs

Coach Ben Loeb got a look at his future Rock Bridge tennis team.

Four Bruins, including three freshmen, moved up from the junior varsity and helped the Bruins defeat Mexico 9-0 on Tuesday at Rock Bridge.

Early goal helps Kewpies roll

Hickman’s fluke goal early in the first half got the momentum going in its direction.

The rest of the game was anything but a fluke as Hickman went on to beat Smith-Cotton 5-0 at Cosmopolitan Park on Tuesday.