Physics, entomology spared

MU’s undergraduate physics program and its entomology department are off the hook. A campus program viability audit committee decided they are strong and should be maintained, MU officials said Friday.

The two departments were among were among the six programs and two departments selected for review by a UM system task force.

Merger, finances, consolidation seen as issues for UM in 2004

When MU Chancellor Richard Wallace announced his retirement last July, University of Missouri system President Elson Floyd said the university was entering a year of transition. The transition included a series of changes and decisions in both administration and academics, most of which should see a resolution in 2004.

The year ended in turmoil as the university was shaken by the Ricky Clemons scandal. On tapes released in December by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, the former MU basketball player talks to Floyd’s wife, Carmento Floyd, and Amy Stewart, the wife of MU associate athletics director Ed Stewart. The conversations contained racial remarks that sparked controversy about the Floyds’ and Stewarts’ relationships with Clemons.

Final push for 3 Boone legislators

JEFFERSON CITY — This could be the final year in Missouri’s Capitol for three Columbia-area legislators, and their circumstances are hardly conducive for going out with a bang.

Boone County’s senator and two of its representatives, who are scheduled to be ousted by term limits, find themselves in the minority party and with limited power to push their legislation to the top of the legislative agenda.

Walnut shells used for power

After rolling out a wind-powered renewable energy option in July called Renewable Choice, Boone Electric and its parent cooperative have switched from buying wind power to burning low-sulfur coal mixed with walnut shells.

Associated Electric Cooperative, which serves Boone Electric, bought about 3,000 tons of landfill-bound walnut shells and is using them to produce about 3.8 million kilowatt-hours of electricity at the Chamois power plant, along the Missouri River about 30 miles east of Jefferson City.

Treating timber

The familiar green, treated lumber that is used to build decks, fences and playground equipment will become less familiar in 2004.

In February of 2002, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that the wood treatment industry had voluntarily decided to gradually discontinue its production of chromated copper arsenate in residential products by Dec. 31, 2003.

City fire captain retires

For the first time in two decades, Columbia Fire Department Capt. Colin Tegerdine will spend most nights at home. Tegerdine, 44, completed his final 24-hour shift at the fire station at 2 this morning. No longer will he spend 56 hours per week eating, sleeping and waiting for the next fire call.

“You don’t do something for 20 years and then just walk away,” Tegerdine said at a retirement reception Friday. “It’s tough.”

Japanese look to I-70 plan for Tokyo project

Japanese officials have recognized the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Interstate 70 public involvement efforts as among the nation’s best and plan to emulate it in their future transportation projects.

Three high-ranking Japanese transportation officials visited Missouri transportation officials and members of the Improve I-70 Advisory Group on Friday at the Columbia Activity and Recreation Center to discuss future transportation projects in Japan.

Knowing the world earns spot in bee

“Urdu is an official language of a Muslim country that was once part of British India. Name this country.” The correct answer, as 13-year-old Brandon Reddick of Columbia knew, is Pakistan. The West Junior High eighth-grader credits knowing it to his friendship with Sagar Vengurleter of India, whom Brandon has known since preschool. On Friday, Brandon won at the school level of the National Geographic Bee. It was one of 16 competitions held, or to be held, at schools throughout Columbia and sponsored by the Golden K Kiwanis Club. “Being able to answer the last question was pretty cool,” he ...

Horse back on her feet after icy plunge

Wayne Westcott has no idea why or how his horse Ruby got stuck in a freezing pond on his farm north of Columbia. He says Ruby never seemed to like hanging around the pond before.

“I guess she did last night,” Jim Norden, who works for Westcott, said Friday. He found her late Thursday afternoon.

Soaking up the experience

A lack of swimsuits did not deter Seora and Pyeora Seok and Sally Cha of Columbia during the Sixth Annual Kayak Festival at Hickman Pool on Saturday — the girls jumped in with their clothes on.

They were among the more than three dozen children and adults who got a feel for kayaking and canoeing under the watchful eye of local experts.

Confidence boost

In basketball, there are no style points. Each win counts the same, be it a 30-point blowout or a double-overtime squeaker. When your team is struggling to find a consistent effort, you will take any win you can get.

In desperate need of a victory before moving into a brutal stretch of its schedule, Missouri defeated Texas A&M 82-77 on Saturday at Hearnes Center.

Johnson, Paulding spark MU

For the first time all season, Arthur Johnson played like Arthur Johnson, and Rickey Paulding played like Rickey Paulding.

After tentative performances and inconsistent play in Missouri’s first 10 games, Johnson and Paulding showed why they are All-American candidates in the Tigers’ 82-77 victory against Texas A&M on Saturday at Hearnes Center.

Rams ousted in OT

ST. LOUIS – After all he did, it was only fitting that Jeff Wilkins got the chance to tie, and win, the game. After all his successes it seemed inevitable Wilkins would get the job done.

He came up a couple of feet short.

Pulley’s 1st start a winner

Before Missouri’s 82-77 win against Texas A&M, junior point guard Randy Pulley had only played five games with the Tigers and only averaged 13.8 minutes per game. That was long enough to impress Missouri coach Quin Snyder.

Pulley made his first start as a Tiger against the Aggies on Saturday. He made it count.

Burchard nets 400th win

Andre Amos, a Columbia College senior guard, had difficulty sleeping before Saturday’s game with Lyon (Ark.) at the Arena of Southwell Complex. Fortunately for the Cougars, Amos’ game was wide awake.

The Cougars beat the Scots 78-57 on Saturday after Lyon won their previous meeting 67-48 on Nov. 15 in Batesville, Ark.

KU fights past MU

What was a typically intense and emotional women’s basketball game between Missouri and Kansas turned into an ugly scene after the final buzzer Saturday.

After Kansas’ 55-52 win, a fight broke out at half-court between several players, and eventually coaches from both teams and members of Missouri’s athletic department, including Athletic Director Mike Alden, broke up the fight.

Tigers still feel injury

Missouri is having an identity crisis.

Kansas, which has been winless in four games on the road before Saturday, defeated the Tigers 55-52 at Hearnes Center.

Kewps roll to victory

In the two weeks since its loss to Republic, Hickman has winning big by keeping its offense democratic. While Amy and Jodi Bolerjack have remained consistent forces offensively, different players have had big games on different night.

On Saturday, it was Kaela Rorvig’s turn.

Glendale sweeps Bruins, Kewpies

Glendale was too much for Hickman and Rock Bridge on Friday, winning all but five races.

Glendale defeated Hickman 122-61 and Rock Bridge 127-56 at Hickman High.

Jones’ quarterback talent earns entry to MU Hall

Before the running and passing show of Brad Smith, before the Columbia clout of Chase Patton, there was Corby Jones.

And Friday, Jones stood before family, friends and alumni as one of six inductees to the University of Missouri Hall of Fame.