City tweaks Sapp’s plan for Philips tract, park

City Manager Ray Beck issued a counterproposal Friday that calls for Elvin Sapp, the would-be developer of the Philips farm, to contribute more money toward road improvements to serve his development and a city park planned for the property.

The proposal also asks that Sapp split the cost of a traffic study and cover two-thirds of the expense of raising a dam and dredging the 40-acre Bristol Lake. This is so the lake can serve double duty as a regional storm-water detention basin and a place of recreation.

Checking out coffee, too

Patrons strolling in on Saturday morning slowed their steps and turned their heads to look at the new Lakota Coffee Kiosk in the Columbia Public Library that was up and running for its first full day of business.

The kiosk stands opposite to the book checkout in front of the ceiling-high windows that illuminate the lobby on sunny days. The state-of-the-art countertop holds the self-serve coffee dispensers and a top-of-the-line Brasilia cappuccino maker. The biggest seller is the regular cup of joe, called the “library blend,” which was specially brewed for this location, said Lakota employee Anthony Russomanno.

Mapping system locates 911 callers

The Public Safety Communications Center in Columbia/Boone County can now pinpoint the specific location of 911 callers thanks to a new software system.

The Geographical Information Systems mapping system was officially unveiled and activated on Feb. 6. The software was added to the current phone system and will allow 911 calls, including calls that come from cellular phones, to be located geographically. The location of 911 callers was not always available.

County appoints new board member

David Shorr, former director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, has been appointed to the Boone County Regional Sewer District’s board of directors.

The Boone County Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to appoint Shorr, who will serve as a representative of the Rock Bridge Township. His term expires on Jan. 1, 2009.

Education bill would raise casino tax

Missouri higher education could receive more than $100 million from increased taxation on people’s gambling losses, said Columbia’s Reps. Chuck Graham and Jeff Harris.

The two Democrats introduced a bill in the House on Friday, HB 1537, that would eliminate a Missouri casino-gambling law that limits spending to $500 every two hours. The bill would then raise the tax on casino revenue by 1 percent.

Trust grants Scouts $20,000

The Columbia Police Department and the Great Rivers Council Boy Scouts of America are the most recent beneficiaries of the Stafford Family Charitable Trust.

The trust gave $20,000 to the Scouting group for a camp ranger residence at Camp Thunderbird in Cairo, Mo.

Loss of liberties blamed on fear

Professors from around the country gathered at the MU School of Law Friday afternoon and Saturday morning to discuss the roles that fear and risk perceptions play in society during times of democratic crisis — times when civil liberties are jeopardized, such as during war.

The symposium focused specifically on governmental responses to national states of emergency.

Sports haven envisioned

Columbia park planners are excited about the potential for a 500-acre regional park that could link Rock Bridge Memorial State Park to Nifong Park, but they warn the planning and development process could take as long as five years.

City officials believe they can create a park that fits the city’s 2002 master plan, which calls for a 300- to 500-acre park in southeast Columbia.

Mardi Gras in Soulard takes students back home

With Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday just around the corner, MU students from St. Louis are packing their bags to head home for the 25th annual Grand Parade through Soulard.

“I love going to Mardi Gras in St. Louis,” said Justin Hitschler, an education major. “I go every year and make a four-day weekend out of it. It is a great time hanging out in the streets; you can find great music.”

MU gaining steam

WACO, Texas — After tending to find ways to lose games earlier this season, Missouri has begun to do the opposite.

Two technical fouls served as momentum-changing plays and the Tigers held off a Baylor rally to win their fourth consecutive game Saturday 70-66 in a Big 12 Conference game at the Ferrell Center.

Police searches disputed

Columbia police don’t always need a warrant to enter someone’s home. Sometimes, all they need to do is knock.

Police call this tactic a “knock-and-talk” investigation, and officers use it to make contact with people they believe are involved in illegal drug activity. According to reports from the narcotics unit, the number of these investigations conducted between 2002 and 2003 doubled from 11 to 22.

Meet local candidates

The Columbia Missourian asked the candidates for the Columbia City Council, which includes the mayor, to tell readers in 100 words or fewer what they believe is the most pressing or important issue in local government today and why. Below are their verbatim, written responses. Also included is a brief personal look at each of the candidates. The Missourian provides the contact information as a service to its readers.

Paulding’s free throws crucial

WACO, Texas – As one of Missouri’s four senior captains, Rickey Paulding knows he should have his hands on the ball late in games.

Paulding had his wish in the Tigers’ 70-66 win against Baylor in a Big 12 Conference game Saturday. Unlike earlier in the season, Paulding converted his opportunities, sealing the win.

New Sunday

My Sunday is coffee beans and hymns and bagels and car washes and Missouri basketball on the radio. It is trips to parks like Rock Bridge for walks and drives down Broadway for no reason at all. It is art fairs and street music. It is people-watching on Ninth Street. It is polite conversation and public eavesdropping. It is my son’s baseball practice at The Barn, my daughter’s friends at the house, my wife’s research papers spread all over the table and floor and sofa. My Sunday is wondering what the Missourian staff is doing and whether I should sneak in to help out.

My Sunday is not perfect. It is far from perfect. Just as my Columbia is not perfect. But it’s my Columbia, and your Columbia. And although it’s my newsroom, it’s really your Missourian.

Amos sparks Cougars

Andre Amos, a Columbia College senior, was so determined to win Saturday against McKendree (Ill.) that not even a nasty blow to the head could disrupt his concentration.

The Cougars beat the Bearcats 83-79 in front of perhaps the season’s largest crowd at The Arena of Southwell Complex. The win puts the Cougars in a first-place tie with Missouri Baptist for the American Midwest Conference lead.

Pescaglia, Arnold take third

Hickman wrestler Tony Pescaglia’s chance for a top-three finish seemed to be slipping away with 35 seconds left in his match against Eureka’s Jon Sumner at Hearnes Center on Saturday.

Sumner’s escape narrowed Pescaglia’s lead in the Class 3 112-pound third-place match of the state wrestling tournament to 5-4 and Sumner seemed to be gaining momentum.

Farmers net higher prices for soybeans

Nathan Martin usually plants equal amounts of soybeans and corn on his 1,400 acres of cropland just outside Centralia. This spring, though, Martin plans to put two-thirds of his cropland in soybeans to take advantage of some of the best prices in years.

Soybeans, the No. 1 cash crop in Missouri, were selling in central Missouri on Friday for a lofty $8.66 to $8.69 per bushel — a price the market has not seen since September 1997.

Aging isn’t always so graceful

Winter is especially difficult for the elderly, and lately I’ve been feeling their pain. When I get up from a chair, something cracks or snaps. I now look down when I walk instead of straight ahead. My war wounds from my youth are coming back to life. When I was in ninth grade at Jeff Jr. (in this very town) someone dared me to jump over a half wall to the landing, which separated the stairs going down to the girls and boys locker rooms. I took the dare and missed the landing and fell to the bottom of the stairs, crushing my fourth thoracic vertebra. The doctor gave me an ugly brace that extended from my collarbone to my pelvis. I wore loose-fitting jumpers (which were NOT in style) for more than a year. And I remember the doctor saying that I would have a dowager hump when I was old. I just giggled. I was only 13; old was 40. Well, it seems lately my kids keep telling me to stand up straight. They say I’m bent over when I walk. GULP!

I recently started thinking about getting old. You don’t just wake up one morning and walk to the mirror and gasp, wondering who the person is staring back at you. It’s a gradual process. But, by golly, I’m showing definite signs.

Conley rises to rescue Tigers

WACO, Texas – There won’t be any election, but Missouri guard Jason Conley is running a campaign for a starting position in the Tigers’ lineup.

In the Tigers’ 70-66 win against Baylor, Conley drummed up support among his teammates, leading the Tigers’ offense with a game-high 24 points.

Wrestlers count on trainers

On a mat, someone calls for a trainer. Dr. John Yetter rushes to the mat, takes a look at the wrestler’s arm and stops the match.

Early on the last day of the state wrestling championships, a match is stopped as a wrestler sits, grabs his arm and moans. Yetter, an expert in sports medicine from St. Louis, jogs onto the mat and assesses the situation. The wrestler is supporting his hurt arm with his other hand and his wrist hangs limp.