Heart Fair will offer free health exams

Boone Hospital will hold the third edition of the Heart Fair on Feb. 5, during which community members can receive four free screening exams, such as glucose and total cholesterol screening, blood pressure check and Body Mass Index calculation.

A historic future

There’s been talk for several years in Hartsburg about creating land-use guidelines for the small town in the Missouri River bottoms.

“Things don’t happen very fast in Hartsburg,” said Jeff Kays, a lawyer who lives in the town of just more than 100 people.

Filibuster centers on renaming

JEFFERSON CITY — The University of Missouri system could gain roughly $190 million under an agreement between two top state senators.

The agreement, still being discussed, was brokered after a six-hour filibuster by Sen. Ken Jacob, D-Columbia, and Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder, R-Cape Girardeau.

Wal-Mart traffic worries neighbors

When Mary Paxton Keeley Elementary School opened its doors in the Park De Ville neighborhood in fall 2002, the area was a quiet, residential section of Columbia.

That’s changing quickly.

Democrats swarm into Missouri

ST. LOUIS — Almost immediately after Tuesday’s primary election wrapped up in New Hampshire, three candidates for the Democratic nomination flew to St. Louis on Wednesday, underscoring Missouri’s importance in the Feb. 3 primaries.

John Kerry came into St. Louis as the front-runner Wednesday evening in his last-minute campaign rally here, showcasing powerful endorsements and slanting his speech against President Bush and toward his own electability.

A grant to grow

After three years of hard work, La Escuela Latina, a consolidation of Centro Latino’s eight education programs, is coming to fruition.

Currently, the programs are run in a room flanked on one side by a row of computers and on the other side by two folding tables. The free space in the room is not much wider than an average hallway.

Republicans break ranks in Senate

JEFFERSON CITY — Some Senate Republicans have expressed support for revenue increases to help balance the budget.

Sen. Matt Bartle, R- Lee’s Summit, introduced bills that would increase gambling boat admission fees and court fees with the proceeds earmarked for education.

MU law student to run for office

Lara Underwood, an MU law student from Columbia, has thrown her hat into the ring to become the fourth Democratic candidate for the 25th District seat in the Missouri House of Representatives.

“I’ve always had an interest in politics,” Underwood said Wednesday. “I knew I wanted to enter public service.”

Tax bill cleared for passage

JEFFERSON CITY — A bill that would close a corporate tax loophole was cleared for final passage in the House on Wednesday. The loophole is on Gov. Bob Holden’s hitlist, but the resulting bill doesn’t fall quite in line with his recommendations.

The loophole allows national corporations to transfer revenues to holding companies in other states and write them off on Missouri tax returns as franchise costs such as trademarks and copyrights — which allows them to avoid Missouri taxes. It’s named the “Geoffrey Loophole” after the mascot for Toys “R” Us, one national corporation operating in Missouri.

Groundwater slows ’Berg construction

A few trucks are the only things standing in the space where the Olde Heidelberg restaurant burned down and where the new restaurant will stand.

Construction of the Olde Heidelberg was expected to start in November, and Rusty Walls, general manager of the restaurant, had anticipated re-opening in February or March. But plans have been pushed back due to groundwater problems.

MU recalls King’s art legacy

Three days late, MU began its celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday with “The King Legacy on Art and Public Policy.” The university’s celebration of King, “The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on American Public Policy,” was supposed to be a weeklong series of events; however, this week’s snap of cold, ice and snow forced the cancellation of events on Sunday and Tuesday.

Wednesday’s panelists were Norree Boyd, executive director of the Missouri Arts Council; Marie Hunter from the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs; Teresa Unseld, former chairwoman of the art department at Winston-Salem State University; Jean Brueggenjohann, an MU professor of graphic design; and Eduardo Díaz, former director of cultural affairs for San Antonio.

Highway chief calls for more road money

JEFFERSON CITY — More money topped the list of recommendations Missouri’s Department of Transportation director presented to a joint session of the General Assembly on Wednesday.

“It is time to make constructive plans for the critical transportation needs of this state,” transportation director Henry Hungerbeeler said in the first State of Transportation address.

Kewps topple Bruins

Heading into Wednesday night’s game against Rock Bridge, Hickman’s Amy Bolerjack had eight points to score to reach 1,000 points.

She got them all, one by one.

MU gasping for air

BOULDER, Colo. — The altitude in Boulder hasn’t bothered the Missouri basketball team in recent years, but Wednesday night, something about the Coors Events Center atmosphere devastated the Tigers.

Everything the Tigers had been doing correctly in their previous four games disappeared as the Buffaloes stampeded to an 83-70 win in a Big 12 Conference game.

New lineup helps Tigers top ’Huskers

Missouri coach Cindy Stein has found a starting lineup she likes.

With the new combination, the MU women’s basketball team upset No. 20 Oklahoma 77-65 at Hearnes Center on Wednesday. The win is Missouri’s first against a ranked opponent since defeating Texas Tech 81-72 on Jan. 9, 2002, in Columbia.

Win shows confidence

It appears Missouri coach Cindy Stein knew what she was talking about all along.

Two weeks after Stein said there was no reason for her team to panic after losing its third straight Big 12 Conference game, the Tigers seem to be turning their season around.

Buffs’ win honors ‘Sox’

BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado football coach Gary Barnett called him “a great Buff.”

Former basketball player Dave Logan said he was “an excellent coach and an even better guy.”

No breaks for Johnson vs. Harrison

BOULDER, Colo. – When David Harrison faces Arthur Johnson, he knows to expect a tough game, and that’s what he got.

“Me and Arthur are both great players and great competitors,” Harrison said. “I never feel like I get the better of him, we both just play hard. We go out there and give it our all, and after the game, we give each other a hug and say ‘Good game’ and that we played our hardest.”

Fire critically injures Boone County woman

Shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday morning the Boone County Fire Protection

District responded to a fire at 5660 Liddell Lane, about seven miles east of Columbia between Route PP and Route Z. Lt. Carl Giacchi, investigator for the county fire department, said the fire started in a fireplace flue. Owner Penny Sipe was believed to be near the fireplace when the fire started. Lt. Giacchi said Sipe had burns over more than 90 percent of her body. Sipe was taken to University Hospital.