Panel OKs bond for research

JEFFERSON CITY — A bond bill to fund construction of buildings related to scientific research throughout the state was almost doubled Monday night by the time the Senate Appropriations Committee approved it.

The bond’s newly enlarged total, measuring $350 million, accounts for projects beyond those requested by the University of Missouri system in the original bonding bill, as well as the debt service. The bill would provide money for fifteen projects at 12 colleges and universities throughout Missouri.

City, county talk growth

A more efficient means of ensuring the expansion and growth of Columbia could be in the future.

Columbia’s expanding city limits and the subsequent challenges faced by the Columbia City Council and the Boone County Commission were the topics of discussion at a joint work session Monday night.

Potential for growth

Classes such as “Dealing with Anger in the Workplace,” “Surgical Technology” and “Beginning Highland Bagpipes” are not typical curriculum for most schools, but a center in the Columbia Public School District offers these and more and — with voter blessing — is looking to expand.

The Columbia Area Career Center provides programs for adults and secondary education students interested in developing their education through specialized classes and services. Large growth in the past decade will make the Career Center the recipient of $4 million for construction if the coming bond issue is approved.

Three books contend for One Read program

It’s the public’s turn again to democratically elect a book for the Daniel Boone Regional Library’s third annual One Read program.

Voting began Monday on the three books selected by the One Read 2004 Reading Panel: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” by Mark Haddon, “Life of Pi,” by Yann Martel and “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in Boom-Time America,” by Barbara Ehrenreich.

Delicious delivery

As owners Debbie Hamilton and Ali Price work in the kitchen, they make cooking seem effortless. Given the success of their business after its first year, they make starting a business from scratch look easy, too. The women behind Sweet Things started without any advertising — or even a long-term plan — and they have come out in the black. So far, so good.

“Our biggest challenge is controlling our growth because we both have responsibilities outside of the business, and we want it to be a fun thing,” Hamilton says. “It really could be bigger if we wanted it to be. We have just been overwhelmed at the response of the community.”

Receivers set to roll

Thomson Omboga thinks he can beat any defender.

Greg Bracey ran a 4.29 second 40-yard dash during the offseason.

Board candidates square off

When education majors at MU had the opportunity Monday to discuss questions and concerns with school board candidates, students wanted to know what each candidate would do to help the recruiting process for hiring quality first-year teachers.

Local businessman Arch Brooks, who is also running for mayor, said the first thing he would do is “stop fronting.” He explained that Columbia Public Schools have talked about programs for recruiting minorities, but he has found no programs that go to campuses to recruit quality teachers.

ESPN not bad start for Hall

When I first met Mike Hall back in February, I said he had everything it would take to win ESPN’s “Dream Job.”

I don’t mean to toot my horn, but I was right. The dream has turned into reality for Hall.

Cordia powers Kewps’ victory

The Hickman girls’ soccer team, opened the season with a 5-2 win against Camdenton on Monday. Janelle Cordia had a goal and three assists for the Kewpies.

Awash in gravel and mud

Floodwater from the record-breaking weekend downpour has receded and left what could be up to $500,000 in damage to Boone County roads.

Meanwhile, the Missouri Athletic Center in the Hinkson Creek floodplain is also dealing with hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage from the storm.

Finger Lakes to add amenities

Patrons of Finger Lakes State Park looking to have a good time in the mud might soon be able to leave the park with dirt bikes cleaner than their clothes.

A plan to add 25 campsites and a power washer at the park by January will be among the topics at an informational meeting planned by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources next week.

State creates Hispanic commission

Proving that Hispanic issues have become important politically, Gov. Bob Holden has created a 22-member Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs.

The commission’s purpose, according to a news release from Holden, is to “serve as a statewide advisory body to the governor and the General Assembly on issues of importance to the Hispanic citizens of Missouri.”

Radiology schools have space crunch

The nationwide shortage of health care workers is drawing more students to the field, but many are being turned away by schools that have limited space in their programs.

The field in highest demand is radiology. A radiologic technician is responsible for administering and assisting with tests that utilize heavy radiation for medical imaging. Positions in this field have a vacancy rate of 15 percent, higher than that of registered nurses, according to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists. The shortage is expected to last through 2010, ASRT reported.

Pancake house restricts smoking

Smokers looking to enjoy a cigarette with their pancakes have to pay attention when they eat.

The International House of Pancakes, 51 Conley Road, implemented new smoking hours in November. The entire restaurant is smoke-free from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and major holidays. These designated smoke-free times are exclusive to this particular IHOP.

Injuries concern for three teams

ATLANTA — Saddled with a bum ankle, B.J. Elder limped during warm-ups, limped through 12 scoreless minutes, then limped back on the court to celebrate Georgia Tech’s first trip to the Final Four in 14 years.

In Phoenix, Connecticut All-America center Emeka Okafor had two points in the regional final because of an elbow stinger.