Kewpies dominate

Payge Pleimann could not let the midfielders and forwards have all the fun.

Late in the second half of Hickman’s game against Raymore-Peculiar on Wednesday at Cosmopolitan Park, Pleimann, a Kewpies defender, moved up and put a high, arching shot into the top right corner of the Panthers’ goal.

Assistance with tax filing

With every minute bringing taxpayers closer to the dreaded midnight deadline, more and more people scramble to get their taxes done.

Client faults MO-X access

When the local shuttle service MO-X purchased its only competitor in February, the merger came with the usual promises that it would have no negative impact on customers. But when Romanda Walker, who uses a wheelchair, needed a ride to Kansas City recently, she discovered that MO-X had no vans that could accommodate the physically disabled.

“They referred me to OATS,” said Walker, referring to the non-profit transportation service that helps people with disabilities get to doctor’s appointments and the grocery store. “They said I’d have to pay $200 each way, and it’s not equipped to take people to the airport.”

You're not wearing that

The state of teenage fashion today can be described as a “clothes war.” It’s a battle that takes place daily. Starting in the morning and sometimes lasting well into the evening, the battle rages between parents and children about what’s appropriate to wear.

With fashion trends changing every day, it’s hard for parents and children to reach common ground about what is appropriate.

U.S. 63 southbound gets big makeover

Orange and white striped barrels stretch as far as the eye can see on U.S. 63 south of Columbia. Road crews this week were patching the old concrete surface to level the road.

The real work is expected to begin May 1, when 10 miles of the worn, weathered southbound lanes of U.S. 63 will be resurfaced with 5¾ inches of asphalt from shoulder to shoulder.

Back in the Fast Lane

Kerry Earnhardt says it without hesitation or bitterness: He didn’t get the same breaks in his racing career as half brother Dale Earnhardt Jr.

It’s hard to win races and woo adoring fans when you’re laboring in a textile mill in rural North Carolina (four years) or working in the service department at your father’s Chevrolet dealership (six years).

Nurses without borders

Prepared IV kits, machines that keep track of patient medication and electric beds that move at the touch of a button are new experiences for four student nurses visiting MU from Mexico.

“In Monterrey, they use mercury thermometers. Here they use electronic,” said Claudia Flores, who, along with three other women, is broadening her education in a four-week tour of the American Midwest.

Duo creates ’White Scholarship’ as protest

An MU sophomore says he is offering a $200 “White Scholarship” available only to students of “European-American descent” to express his opposition to minority scholarships.

Colin Kerr said he is protesting “race-based scholarships,” which he would like to see replaced with scholarships based on socio-economic factors. 

Comprende comprenez?

On a Thursday evening at Rock Bridge High School, a group of adults were back in school to learn something they were either rusty at or had never really tried before — the Spanish language.

The students in Mariana Barrenechea-Carver’s beginning Spanish class are adults from different backgrounds and careers and have varying levels of Spanish-speaking experience.

Changes to school spark debate

The atmosphere at West Boulevard Elementary School has changed since an announcement that the school will be revamped into a model school to close achievement gaps between various ethnic and economic groups.

“There is a lot of excitement about the potential of all these ideas,” Pam Conway acting principal, said. “Now the school can pull out all the stops to help these students reach the achievement levels we know they can.”

Stars align with NAIA affiliation

A process that began in September culminated on Wednesday with Stephens College announcing acceptance to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

President Wendy Libby made the announcement in Windsor Lounge of Stamper Commons in front of several athletes and staff.

Houston stymies St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Wade Miller walked a career-high seven, which usually comes back to haunt a pitcher.

Not this time.

Blues hoping to stave off elimination

SAN JOSE, Calif. — If the St. Louis Blues fail to regain their knack for winning in San Jose, they’re headed home for the summer.

The Blues were among the San Jose Sharks’ least favorite opponents during the past three seasons, largely because St. Louis had big success at the Shark Tank, winning nine of 11 games at one point.

Colleges to get boost


The Senate Appropriations Committee voted to give an additional $20 million to higher education Wednesday. Of that, the UM system would receive slightly more than $9 million.