Another Tigers’ scare

Against Oakland, it was because of the Golden Grizzles’ pressure. Against Coppin State on Tuesday night, coach Quin Snyder said there were no excuses.

For the second time in as many games, the No. 4 Tigers struggled with turnovers but escaped, defeating the Eagles 70-61 in come-from-behind fashion at Hearnes Center. The win is the Tigers’ 29th straight home-opening win.

Columbia teachers earn more than average

These days, it pays to be a teacher at Grant Elementary School. According to a new report on the Columbia Public School District, teachers at Grant earn $42,465 on average for their full-time services, almost $4,000 more than the state’s median salary.

The information released Monday in the 2002-03 report required by the state shows that teachers in the Columbia district earn about $2,000 more than the state average. It also shows that the district exceeds the state average in other categories, including the percentage of students entering four-year colleges or universities and the percentage of job placements for vocational students.

Protecting the past

For more than a century, Columbians have headed downtown to bank, dine, ship and shop. And while the central business district has gone through many transformations over the years, many of the buildings from the late 19th century and early 20th century remain.

Because of its central role in Columbia’s history, the Special Business District was recently nominated by the state for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Dozens of downtown structures are several decades old, and their rich architecture and history were detailed by Debbie Sheals, a local preservationist, in a report to the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

MoDOT director to resign

JEFFERSON CITY — The director of the Missouri Department of Transportation announced his intention to step down from the agency next year.

Henry Hungerbeeler’s resignation comes just weeks after an independent citizens panel appointed by the state’s Highways and Transportation Commission recommended management change at the highest levels of the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Bryant makes big plays to complete comeback

It’s not easy to miss Missouri power forward Travon Bryant. With a 6-foot-9, 240-pound physique, Bryant has few places he can hide.

With acclaimed teammates such as Rickey Paulding, a preseason All-American, and Arthur Johnson, coaches’ preseason pick for Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, Bryant is sometimes overlooked.

Rock Bridge struggles through season-opening victory

A few forfeits from Boonville’s wrestling team lifted Rock Bridge to a win in its first match.

The Bruins defeated the Pirates 38-25 at Rock Bridge on Tuesday. The Pirates forfeited four matches, giving the Bruins 24 points.

Cougars’ road to title full of bumps

The past 2½ weeks have been like a roller coaster for Columbia College’s Jaime Diestelkamp.

When Diestelkamp, a senior middle hitter, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee at practice Nov. 14, there was concern that her season was over. The next day, though, Diestelkamp, wearing a plastic leg brace, played in the back row as the Cougars won the American Midwest Conference Tournament against Missouri Baptist.

Cougars’ defense keys win

Mike Davis, Columbia College women’s basketball coach, says he believes pressure defense starts with the point guard.

Junior Tiffany Foote applied that pressure Tuesday in the Cougars’ 79-62 win against Park University at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Inquiry into crash response continues

The message sent out to Columbia Police units by dispatchers after an accident Friday on U.S. 63 near Broadway said only that the accident occurred somewhere near a bridge on the highway between Broadway and Stadium.

Police did not find the victims until driver Jerad Miller, 21, crawled up an embankment to flag down help after regaining consciousness the next morning.

Pioneers surge past Stephens

Depth is often the determining factor in most sports. Andy Hamilton, coach of the Grinnell College Pioneers, uses his bench differently from most coaches, though.

The Pioneers, at times substituting five players at a time, defeated the Stephens Stars 78-44 on Tuesday night at Stephens College.

Impact of I-70 plan addressed

The planned widening of Interstate 70 stands to have a significant impact on jobs and taxes, and the city of Columbia wants to know more about those potential impacts.

There are more than 300 businesses along the I-70 corridor in Columbia, and the city is taking bids from companies for an impact study about how the project would affect local jobs and tax revenues.

City’s large vehicles get new biofuel

A new form of biodiesel for use in city vehicles — and the city’s first hybrid car — were unveiled Tuesday morning at a ceremony attended by local, state and national officials who said they hope these purchases become widely used. The new fuel uses 20 percent soybean oil and is commonly called B20. It will be used in the city’s 290 large vehicles and heavy equipment.

Currently, the city uses about 400,000 gallons of diesel fuel a year in these vehicles, said Lowell Patterson, director of Public Works.

Near and Afar

You’ve seen the road signs: Mexico — 200 miles. Mexico? In Missouri? That couldn’t possibly compare to the sandy white beaches of the country south of the border, could it? Maybe not. But while these mid-Missouri towns aren’t as flashy and exciting as their exotic counterparts, they may hold more excitement than you think.

Whether you have a few months or a few days to plan a quick getaway, these exotic locations and their similarly named counterparts can fulfill your need for excitement and relaxation. So pick up the phone and call your travel agent, or simply pack up the car and get ready to explore.

State releases $83 million in public funds for education

The coffers of the Columbia Public Schools and the University of Missouri system received a surprise boost Tuesday.

Citing an unexpected influx of federal money, Gov. Bob Holden released more than $80 million to Missouri’s public schools and colleges — a little more than one-third of the roughly $220 million he withheld in July because of budget concerns.

Trumpeting trout

As the owner of WindRush Farms fishing resort, Quint Drennan has met nearly every sort of trout fisher, and he has swapped some rather creative trout recipes with the anglers he has met.

“That’s one thing that is fun,” says Drennan. “We do swap recipes.”