Student groups aid voters

Elephants, donkeys and porcupines, or rather, Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians, are coming out of the woodwork on the college and university campuses in Columbia.

With the primaries over, campus political groups are still determining what the next step on the campaign trail is. However, one item on the agenda that all groups, including nonpartisan ones, will focus on is registering voters.

School board acknowledges budget cuts must be made

The Columbia Public School Board realized Monday night it is going to have to make cuts to Columbia’s schools. But it doesn’t know where the cuts will be made, when they’ll be made or how much cutting will take place.

The only thing for sure is that the fate of Columbia’s teachers will come up in the April board meeting, Deputy Superintendent of Administration Jacque Cowherd said. Beyond that, the board members were reluctant to make any concrete budgeting actions, aside from adopting a philosophy on how budgeting should take place.

Missouri’s February tax revenue up 7.8 percent

JEFFERSON CITY — State revenue collections were higher than House Republican leadership expected as the Revenue Department released February numbers.

General revenue collections released Friday are up 7.8 percent over last year at this time.

New chapter in the story of Stephens

More than 30 years ago, Stephens College seemed the logical choice for a young Annie Potts.

After all, her mother and sister had gone to Stephens, one of the nation’s oldest women’s colleges and an institution known for its tradition of innovation. The school had been gaining steam since 1920, when Werret Wallace Charters was hired as director of research to build what was touted as “the strongest curriculum found in any women’s college in the world.”

Women grin and bare it for a good cause

Karen Althage wants to get out the message that there is life after cancer. With a little help from her friends, she’s raising money for cancer research at the same time.

The Bosom Buddies of Boone County, 14 women ranging in age from 27 to 65, have posed partially nude for a calendar the group is selling to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life walkathon. Three of the women featured in the calendar are cancer survivors, but all have been affected by the disease in some way, Althage said.

Airport to get second Saturday flight

American Airlines plans to announce today that it will add a second flight into Columbia to its Saturday schedule.

The new flight, which is to begin service in May, is being added because the current Saturday flight consistently runs three-quarters full or more — evidence that there is demand for a second flight, said Bill Boston, manager of Columbia Regional Airport.

Pedestrian dies after being struck by car

A pedestrian who was hit by a car Sunday night on the U.S. 63 entrance ramp at Route AC died Monday.

Carol Tyrrell, 62, of 5909 St. Charles Road, was driving the car that struck Tara Jones, 25, who was walking in the northbound lanes of the ramp.

Ridley leads Cougars

Throughout Columbia College’s season, coach Mike Davis has repeatedly said Charliss Ridley looks great in blue and silver. Apparently, the other American Midwest Conference coaches agreed.

Ridley, a junior forward, was named the AMC’s Most Valuable Player after the Cougars’ 87-79 win against McKendree (Ill.) in the AMC Tournament final on Monday at The Arena of Southwell Complex.

Honors for Conley, Johnson

Junior guard Jason Conley and senior center Arthur Johnson represented Missouri on the Big 12 Conference’s Specialty Teams.

Conley made the All-Newcomer Team and the All-Reserve Team, and Johnson made the All-Defensive Team.

Cougars determined

The American Midwest Conference season’s conclusion was anticlimactic. Fortunately, the conference tournament guarantees an undisputed champion.

The Columbia College and Missouri Baptist men’s basketball teams accumulated 10-2 AMC records, and the teams split their head-to-head matchups. The No. 5 Cougars beat the No. 21 Spartans 84-71 on Feb. 7 in St. Louis. On Thursday, the Spartans defeated the Cougars 84-73 in Columbia.

Tigers in familiar territory

DALLAS – This is déjà vu with a twist.

Missouri finished the regular season in a three-way tie for seventh in the Big 12 Conference with Nebraska and Iowa State. Because of the tiebreaker system, Missouri (16-11, 7-9 Big 12) is the No. 7 seed.

NCAA bid is Unrau’s goal

DALLAS — Evan Unrau exceeded many expectations since coming to Missouri, including hers.

Unrau, a 6-foot-1 senior, came to Missouri in 2000 as a quiet kid from Fort Collins, Colo. She will leave as one of MU’s most versatile players.

Fairy tale turns into tragedy

Missouri coach Quin Snyder and his team crafted the perfect story.

After withering from the heights of great preseason expectations to below .500, the Tigers find paradise once lost in a second stretch of Big 12 Conference play as NCAA Tournament outsiders-turned-contenders in a matter of weeks.

Disappointed fans need not be at loss

I promised myself I would write about something different this week, but I can’t help it. It’s March, and I have basketball on the brain.

It’s like this every year. I can’t escape my basketball obsession at this time of year. I’m filling out brackets in my sleep, crunching the numbers to see whose bubbles have burst and contemplating calling in sick for the first Thursday and Friday of the NCAA Tournament.

When conflict spills over on the job

Your boss, who is the son of your company’s CEO, always insists that he is right, even though he rarely is. When you point out his mistakes, including evidence that he is wrong, he tells you that you’re the one who is wrong and never to question his intelligence again. Because of his mistakes, your company is starting to lose credibility. What do you do?

Archaeologist isn’t shy to tackle rock-solid workloads

Only two years out of graduate school, Brant Vollman achieved his ultimate goal — to work as an archaeologist for a state department.

“I got here quicker than I thought,” he said. “That’s when I realized why: The job burns you out real quick.”

Learning to lead

For nearly 20 years, business leaders in Columbia have been discovering that learning doesn’t have to end when they leave the classroom behind.

Each year, 30 members of the Columbia business community take part in Leadership Columbia, a class put on by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Tigers have confidence in Coleman

Missouri fans held their breath when Brad Smith suffered a concussion in last season’s second game.

A star quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate was sidelined indefinitely. With no proven backup, the season could have been done almost before it started.

Funding to improve Wabash Station

The Columbia Transit System got some good news last week. A large chunk of federal money — more than $2.3 million — has been secured to renovate and expand Wabash Station, the historic Columbia landmark that serves as the main transfer point for city bus lines.

The funding is part of $10 million earmarked for transit programs throughout the state from the 2004 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. Columbia’s share is the biggest on the list.

Fraud suit targets mid-Mo. company

When 26-year-old Martha Oliver and her boyfriend James Fainter moved to Columbia four years ago, they hoped to eventually save enough money to purchase a mobile home on their own land.

Last spring, Oliver endured a whirlwind sales pitch by Quality Pre-Owned Homes, a Columbia company owned by Amega Sales Inc. After receiving repeated assurances from the company that she would have no problem securing financing, Oliver said she signed a contract and put down $5,000, most of which she had borrowed from friends, on a new mobile home.