Effort unrewarded

Evan Unrau is not the best-known player in the Big 12 Conference, but she proved again Sunday why teams respect her.

Unrau’s career-high 40 points couldn’t save Missouri in a 93-90 double-overtime loss to No. 8 Kansas State on Sunday afternoon at Hearnes Center.

Burleson lifts Tigers

Missouri has counted on Kenny Burleson to get it through more than one tight spot this season.

In the No. 5 Tigers’ final regular season match against No. 7 Oklahoma on Sunday, Missouri coach Brian Smith put the outcome in Burleson’s hands. Burleson responded with a victory to earn the Tigers a 21-15 win against the Sooners at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.

Chancellor succession

The retirement clock is ticking for MU Chancellor Richard Wallace, but UM system President Elson Floyd has yet to announce his plans for the Columbia campus.

Wallace steps down in August, with no successor on the horizon. Floyd has said he was considering taking Wallace’s place along with running the four-campus system. But he declined last week to provide new details about the status of the process.

Quicker lineup fits when MU in trouble

WACO, Texas – When the Missouri men’s basketball team plays its best, the ball often goes through one of its powerful interior players every offensive possession.

When fouls begin to pile up, though, it can take the Tigers away from their game plan, but that doesn’t always mean trouble.

Teams set to begin postseason

The Hickman and Rock Bridge boys basketball teams are not afraid of Jefferson City.

The Kewpies and the Bruins have a chance to meet the top-seeded Jays in the District 10 tournament that starts today in Jefferson City.

MU falls short

Although excruciating home losses are nothing new for the Missouri women’s basketball team, Sunday’s loss to Kansas State was the most heartbreaking of them all.

Despite one of the greatest individual performances in Missouri basketball history from Evan Unrau and an outstanding team effort against the No. 8 team in the country, Missouri came up short, losing to the Wildcats 93-90 in two overtimes before 3,442 at Hearnes Center.

Civil unions aren’t holy matters

The mating game is becoming more complex every day. As if it isn’t hard enough sometimes for two people to agree to tie the knot, now the government is getting involved in the selection process. Same-sex marriages, of course, are the source of the debate.

Usually, the government tends to be involved in the dissolution of the union, settling matters regarding alimony, child custody, property settlements, etc. So, I think the libertarian argument that government has no business in mating agreements is pretty simplistic. I believe civil unions are important in maintaining the social order.

Stars closer to joining NAIA

Stephens College is getting closer to switching affiliations from NCAA Division III to the NAIA, though a final decision might not be made until next month.

“We still have quite a lot of paperwork to file before the NAIA national convention in March,” Athletic Director Deb Duren said. “I will attend the national convention and answer any questions about Stephens they may have.”

Art in the trees

Nestled between a roundabout and a bar on Old 63 is the future of an artist, wrapped up in the paws of two maple wood tigers.

“Fighting Tigers of Missouri,” a 9-foot sculpture weighing 1,200 pounds, is the result of more than three years of work that Columbia artist Lonnie Tapia hopes will be worth every chisel mark.

Concerns snag plan to widen highway

Without successful mediation, a barrier between county commissioners, business owners and the Missouri Department of Transportation may divide or halt the plan to improve Missouri 763.

Grading, paving and widening the road to four lanes with a raised median from Big Bear Boulevard to U.S. 63 are the proposed improvements for the project.

Honor system for tax credit scrutinized

JEFFERSON CITY — It seemed like a perfect, albeit somewhat complicated, scheme. Fake the purchase of business equipment, send the state the phony invoices and checks, then receive a $75,000 tax credit under a program meant to reward high-tech companies in low-income areas.

During the past two years, James Holtrop and his wife, Jill Meyerhardt, used the scheme to collect $300,000 in Rebuilding Communities tax credits. The St. Louis couple pleaded guilty last week to two counts each of stealing by deceit and agreed to cooperate in an ongoing investigation into others accused of doing the same thing.

Every curve represents a lesson

A teacher’s footsteps echo on the ceramic floor as her pupils sit armed with their crayons. Making her rounds, the teacher spies an unfamiliar scene on one student’s page.

“Lonnie,” she says. “Trees don’t look like that.”

Rezoned land to be for duplexes

Columbia will soon have a new development on its west side.

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday approved the rezoning of 40 acres in western Columbia, allowing builder Jack Dougherty to continue with his plan to build upscale duplexes.

Security concerns hamper relocation of attorney’s office

County commissioners are divided over the possibility of moving the prosecuting attorney’s office to the third floor of the Roger B. Wilson Boone County Government Center because of the office’s need for metal detectors and security guards.

“My biggest concern is how we would deal with the security,” Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller said. “I don’t want to change the culture of the building for the public.”