Schools crunching funds

Almost 50 staff positions will have to be cut next year if teachers are to remain on their current salary schedule, school administrators told the Columbia Board of Education on Thursday.

The board decided to continue operating the district salary schedule — that is, incremental payments for teachers based on experience and education — but said raises beyond that are not feasible with a predicted budget shortfall of $8.7 million for the next school year.

Mothers in their Prime

Not long ago, it wasn’t unusual for young women attending college to say they were going to get an M.R.S. degree, better known as the “Mrs.” degree.

Christine Pierson, now 32, was not one of those women. When she attended college in California, she said, many people in her circle of friends weren’t looking for future husbands and wives and were not engaged until about five years after college.

Kewps’ Croom undeterred

When Hickman’s Kevin Croom saw Pattonville’s Nathan Waldrum grab his shoulder, Croom knew he had the match won.

Croom was down 7-3 in the middle of the second period of his 130-pound first-round match at the MSHSAA state wrestling tournament at Hearnes Center on Thursday, but he used a quick takedown and near fall to tie the match. Waldrum had to take an injury timeout and looked noticeably weaker.

Crusaders too much in Bruins’ home finale

The gym was packed at the start of the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team’s final home game. Unfortunately for the team, most of the crowd was there to see Chase Patton, Missouri’s quarterback prospect, crowned king of this year’s Courtwarming dance at halftime.

By game’s end only a few groups of parents and students could be seen in the stands. Those who stayed saw a disappointing performance by the Bruins.

Missouri takes winning show on road

His team had just won three consecutive games for the second time this season, and it was clear Missouri coach Quin Snyder was happy with his players’ efforts.

In such an up-and-down year, every win feels good.

City officials deny hiding details from public

City officials have nothing to hide in their dealings with would-be Philips farm developer Elvin Sapp, City Council members said Thursday.

The Sierra Club and some residents have accused the council of trying to conceal details of its business dealings with Sapp, which include the possibility of the city buying part of the Philips farm for a park. Council members contacted Thursday said those accusations are unfounded.

Future of MAP at stake in House debate on state education needs

Members of the Columbia School Board said Thursday that they want any additional state money to be spent on teachers. And their commitment to that philosophy may well be tested in the future.

Under a House education funding bill, the Columbia board — as well as hundreds of other school boards across the state — may have to face one of the most unpleasant choices a school board can face: whether to pay for a federally mandated test or satisfy the needs of their district.

Sims aims for All-American form

Things are starting to look familiar for Jesse Sims.

Sims, a junior, is looking to return to his All-American form in the high jump at the Missouri All-Comers Meet, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.

Salt, cinders central to de-icing plan

Regular snowfall and temperatures hovering below freezing for the past month have led to slick sidewalks and roads this winter in Columbia.

For drivers, this means being extra careful on the roads and relying heavily on city officials to keep the roads drivable.

Plan links Philips, state park

The park planned for the Philips property just south of Columbia might include an extension of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, city officials said Thursday.

The city has held preliminary talks with representatives of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources about extending Rock Bridge park to include at least part of a 320-acre tract owned by Sue Crane just south of Gans Road and west of Highway 63.

Top records not touted at state level

Most coaches want a state championship or at least a state champion. All Jefferson City coach Steve Johnson wants is 100 percent.

“One hundred percent effort, it’s all I can ever ask of a kid,” Johnson said. “I don’t worry about team scores; I worry about kids when you get to this point.”

Illinois company courts Missouri

Take a look at several of the high-profile projects on the MU campus and you’ll notice they have something in common: They’re all being built by River City Construction. The Illinois-based construction company has picked up so much new business in mid-Missouri that it’s decided to establish a Missouri headquarters in Ashland.

John Sutherland, Missouri project manager for the construction company, said the proximity to projects and availability of space in the Ashland area led to the decision to build a branch there.

Agency vexed with fiscal fiasco

The Columbia Housing Authority must make up $200,000 of its $9 million operating revenue this year.

Its top accounting manager resigned Wednesday due to the administration’s dissatisfaction with his work.

MU instructs teachers on science of DNA

Leigh Fleck decided to go back to college for a day to help her middle school students learn more about DNA and new research.

Fleck, a science teacher at New Franklin Middle School, was part of a group of four teachers who participated in the first of a series of six workshops organized by the MU Plant Genomics Research Experience for Teachers Program.

Loeb honored with coach of year award

Ask Ben Loeb where he got his passion for tennis and he will tell you it came from his passion for coaching.

“I got my passion for coaching first,” Loeb said.

General: Take advantage of technology

Technology used on the battlefield in Iraq is slowly making its way into the hands of officials who oversee U.S. homeland security, an Army general said Thursday.

Maj. Gen. John Doesburg, commander of the Army’s research and development engineering command, was in Columbia to discuss how police and firefighters can take advantage of military technology.

Missouri may play in K.C. in 2005

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After opening its season for the past two years in St. Louis, Missouri is planning on taking its road show to the other side of the state to Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium. The Iowa Hawkeyes apparently are watching closely.

Missouri has been trying to work out the details of a matchup in 2005 against Arkansas State at Arrowhead in what would be the Tigers’ first visit to Kansas City since 1945, said Chad Moller, Missouri’s sports information director.