Area just a stop for many educated singles

More young, educated single people left the Columbia area than moved in during the five-year period that ended in 2000, according to recently released U.S. Census data.

In its report, the Census Bureau suggests that people 25 to 39 years old and single who have at least one bachelor’s degree are important to an area’s economy because they’re viewed as “human capital” that can foster economic growth.

UM making another bid to lease out acreage

For the past two years, the UM system has tried to get permission from the state to lease out 25 acres at College Avenue and Stadium Boulevard for a developer to build a hotel and a convention center.

Winning that approval would be music to MU’s ears because it would use the lease money to build a performing arts center.

She got game

Picture five lines of high school girls basketball players. Each line is five players deep. Each of these players has a ball, and row by row, players sprint down the court, stop for crossovers first at the free-throw line, then at mid-court and then at the next free-throw line. Assistant coaches swipe at the players’ crossovers.

There is an air of discipline and focus in the gym. An injured player lies on her back, ice wrapped around a knee and works on her shooting form. She flicks a ball into the air repeatedly.

The equations of education=?

Otto Fajen and Brian Long, legislative assistants with the Missouri General Assembly, were faced with a tight deadline. In just a few hours, they had to compose two 140-page documents determining the financial future for 524 school districts and roughly 900,000 students.

Nothing less than the entire Missouri public school financial system was riding on their handiwork.

The equations of education=?: Part Three

While the future of the formula is not completely clear, one thing is certain: Any changes will come with a price, both political and financial.

Lack of funding weakens formula

The very first line of Missouri’s foundation formula establishes a relationship between the amount of money available and the amount of money needed. It’s called the “proration factor.”

In an ideal world, that factor should be 1. In the real world, it now sits at either .82, which is the lowest estimate, or .87, which is the highest.

Confusion delays water projects

Confusion between Boone County government and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has delayed about 20 county maintenance projects in the past year alone.

It’s a situation that has county officials frustrated and grappling for a solution.

First influenza case reported in county

The first case of influenza was recently reported by the Columbia/Boone County Department of Health, but Mary Martin, public health manager for the department, said that doesn’t mean there haven’t been more cases.

“Most people that get influenza aren’t tested,” Martin said. “If people get the flu, they usually stay home and don’t go to the doctor.”

A new spin on rugby

The name has changed throughout the years, but the rules haven’t. What began as “murderball” is now the fastest-growing wheelchair sport: wheelchair rugby.

Columbia’s first Wheelchair Rugby Hit Hunger Day was held Saturday at Wilson’s Total Fitness. Those who attended were asked to bring a nonperishable food item or cash donation. The proceeds benefited the Central Missouri Food Bank.

Tigers’ offense stymied

MANHATTAN, Kan. -– When what usually works didn’t, Missouri seemed stunned.

The Tigers came into the game with the No. 6 running offense in the nation, but finished with 109 rushing yards. Combined with a sporadic passing game, Missouri had trouble accomplishing anything on offense in its 24-14 loss to Kansas State on Saturday at KSU Stadium.

North dreams head South

MANHATTAN, Kan. –- One thing stood between Missouri and the Big 12 Conference championship game.

A better team.

Wildcats end Kewps’ title hopes

Scottie Guthrie guaranteed a state championship. The bad news for Guthrie and the Hickman Kewpies was he promised a state title for the Kewpies next year.

The Blue Springs Wildcats defeated Hickman 17-7 in a Class 6 state semifinal Saturday. The No. 1 Wildcats (12-0) advance to play Hazelwood Central in the final at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on Friday.

Cougars advance with win

When Columbia College’s Jaime Diestelkamp tore her right anterior cruciate ligament in practice Nov. 14, there was concern that she might not be able to play again this season. It seemed unlikely that she would serve the Cougars to the NAIA National Tournament.

Saturday afternoon at Southwell Arena in the Region V Tournament championship, Diestelkamp did just that. Wearing a brace on her leg and limited to serving duties for the third match in a row, she polished off Columbia College’s nerve-racking 30-19, 30-20, 34-36, 30-24 win against Central Methodist, serving the final six points to put the Eagles away.

Abron gets few opportunities

MANHATTAN, Kan. — If Zack Abron had consistently gotten the opportunities he had in the second half, he would have become Missouri’s rushing king and MU might have been the king of the Big 12 Conference North Division.

Instead, Abron and the Tigers fell short of a win and a record.

Sproles sets KSU game rushing mark

MANHATTAN, Kan. –- Darren Sproles might be as purple as his fans after all those yards.

Sproles, Kansas State’s junior running back, had 273 yards rushing against Missouri to set a game school record. Mike Lawrence held the record with 252 yards.

Tigers eager to get started

Cindy Stein is taking her team and going home.

Stein, the Missouri women’s basketball coach, returns to her hometown of Peoria, Ill., today to take on Bradley, where she spent five years as an assistant coach.

Defenses harass QBs

In a close game, sometimes the quarterback is the player who has to make the plays.

Blue Springs beat Hickman 17-7 on Saturday at Hickman to advance to the Class 6 state finals. Blue Springs will play Hazelwood Central on Friday in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

Missouri upsets No. 1 Cowboys

FLORISSANT — Oklahoma State has a tradition of winning, but Missouri’s wrestling team made history Friday night.

The Tigers defeated the Cowboys 21-17 in front of 1,721 fans at Hazelwood Central High. The Tigers won for the first time in 29 tries against the Cowboys (2-1), snapping OSU’s 24-match winning streak.

Lasting Vision

In quill-scratched ink, the original minutes of the First Baptist Church of Columbia declare the intention of 11 people to follow certain tenets.

No. 1: “We believe in our only true and living God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and these three are one.”

Building the ultimate mudball

Mud dots the street in front of the Rucker house in Centralia, where 9-year-old Johnny Veazey works on his messy masterpiece. He and four of his friends crowd around a patch of dirt in a grassy ditch next to the street. Some sit crossed-legged; others lie down, propped up on their elbows.

Each boy is dressed in mud. Jacob Rucker, 7, has clumps stuck to his chin. Danny Beachy, 10, has a smudge in the middle of his forehead. And Johnny’s arms look like they have been dipped up to the elbow in brownie mix. But it doesn’t matter. The boys have a job to do.