DNR eyes park land

Half of the Crane land might become part of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.

Mayor Darwin Hindman said Tuesday that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has talked with the city about the possibility of the DNR buying about half the estimated 317-acre property from Sue Crane. The land lies just southeast of Columbia and the 489-acre Philips farm. Such a purchase would have the potential to extend Rock Bridge State Park and create a buffer around environmentally sensitive Gans Creek.

Broad new slogan for Columbia

For the last decade, the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau has had a problem: Its old images — if they could be called that — never really stuck. Remember the bland “Columbia, Missouri” campaign? Or the “For all the things you are” slogan with its confusing kaleidoscope logo?

Probably not, bureau Executive Director Lorah Steiner said.

Diamonds are forever

Today women are becoming more independent, and the newest trend in ladies’ jewelry is just further proof.

Thanks to the introduction of the right-hand diamond ring, engaged and married women are no longer the only ones who sport flashy diamond rings.

2 Tigers 2 much in 2 OTs

Missouri has grown up. Earlier in the season when games tightened at the end, the Tigers struggled to produce victories. The late-game struggles forced the Tigers below the .500 mark.

Gay marriage targeted in state Senate

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers entered the national fray on gay marriage Tuesday, debating a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution defining marriage as “only between a man and a woman.”

The state Senate debate came on the same day that President Bush urged Congress to pass a similar amendment to the U.S. Constitution and send it to the states.

Paulding, Johnson sparkle vs. Cowboys

If Missouri played Oklahoma State a day later, the results for senior stars Rickey Paulding and Arthur Johnson would have been spooky.

One day shy of the two-year anniversary of what Paulding called their “coming out game,” another marginal, must-have win against the Cowboys, the Detroit duo shattered all precedents, combining for 60 points in the Tigers’ 93-92 double-time victory Tuesday.

Measure would cut UM funding

A House committee voted to take $2.8 million from the University of Missouri system’s planned budget and using it for the Missouri public school aid formula.

Rep. Mark Wright, R-Springfield, who led the failed attempt to change the name of Southwest Missouri State University, introduced the measure.

The total UM system budget proposal for fiscal year 2005 is $388 million.

MO-X buys out Tiger Air Express

Less than five years after being founded MO-X has bought its rival Tiger Air Express. Two former employees of Tiger Air Express, Norm Ruebling and Brent Moore, formed MO-X.

The two men were opposed by Tiger Air Express when they first applied for a license with the Missouri Department of Motor Carrier and Railroad Safety.

The buyout had been in the works since January 2003, Ruebling said.

ARC marks

Mike Griggs calls it efflorescence. Others call it white crust. Either way it’s ugly, and it’s all over the Activity and Recreation Center.

The ARC has been open for just over a year but already the white, powdery substance is showing up in patches near the roof and near the ground on the brick sides of the building.

The race begins in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri’s election ballot started taking shape Tuesday, as scores of campaign veterans and political rookies filed for offices from U.S. Senate to governor to seats in the legislature.

Democrats moved closer to a contested nomination for governor, as State Auditor Claire McCaskill filed papers to challenge incumbent Bob Holden. The first-term governor filed later Tuesday, as did the best-known Republican candidate for Holden’s job, Secretary of State Matt Blunt.

Boy, 14, to testify against mother

Prosecutors are basing the homicide case against Lucille Duncan on the testimony of her son, 14-year-old Jeremiah Robertson.

Lucille Duncan is charged in Boone County Circuit Court with the first-degree murder of James Pruitt and one count of armed criminal action.

Taunts no problem as Cougars roll

Lisa Kowalewski’s smile is a welcome sight to Columbia College fans and a bad omen for her opponents.

Her deft shooting helped the Cougars beat William Woods 85-68 on Tuesday at The Arena of Southwell Complex and remain undefeated in the American Midwest Conference. The win was the Cougars’ 15th straight.

Highway plan riles residents

Cookies and coffee served by the Missouri Department of Transportation did little to calm a frustrated crowd of more than 120 people who attended a public hearing on the project to improve Missouri 763.

Some people who live or own businesses between Big Bear Boulevard and Brown School Road are unhappy with the 14-foot median and limited access the plan would create.

Seniors allow Bruins to survive

JEFFERSON CITY –- A pair of underclassmen led Rock Bridge for the first 31 minutes of its district tournament game against Smith-Cotton on Tuesday.

A pair of seniors though, wouldn’t let the Bruins’ season end. Ashley Guy and Melissa White each made a pair of free throws in the final 40 seconds to nudge Rock Bridge past Smith-Cotton 50-46 at Helias in the Class 5 District 10 Tournament.

Noodling around

Macaroni and cheese was a dish for elite Americans in the 19th century, but as the price of the Yankee Doodle noodle came down, its popularity increased. When Kraft introduced its boxed version in 1937, it earned its place on the kitchen table of families across the nation. It is a childhood favorite, a college staple and a de-stressor for even the most devoted foodie.

Around Columbia, kitchens everywhere have that special recipe tucked away.

Final shot one of few unlucky for Lucas

The way John Lucas had been shooting all night, there was little doubt his 3-pointer in the final seconds of double-overtime Tuesday night would fall through.

Unfortunately for Lucas, Oklahoma State’s star point guard, he had made two desperation shots against Missouri earlier in the game. His luck ran out in overtime when his 3-pointer from the right wing rattled out, securing a 93-92 Missouri win.

Seipp twins double trouble for opponents

In softball, a double is more productive than a single.

This holds especially true on the Columbia College softball field, where identical twins Amy and Anna Seipp have spent the past three seasons frustrating opposing pitchers.

Debbie D’Agostino’s Macaroni and Cheese