Wal-Mart proposal pumped up

Developers of a planned Wal-Mart at Broadway and Fairview Road have decided to seek a larger store that will require rezoning and could have a final plan ready for the city as early as the end of the month.

“The plan should be done by the end of the month,” said Craig Van Matre, attorney for the developer.

Snyder aides take a hit in inquiry

It didn’t take long for the NCAA’s findings to shake up the MU men’s basketball program.

Assistant coach Lane Odom resigned Tuesday afternoon, and associate coach Tony Harvey was suspended with pay hours after the public release of the NCAA’s official “notice of allegations” outlining the program’s possible violations from 1999 to 2003.

Summer jobs focus of 1st Ward meeting

Despite confusion and finger pointing during the second town hall meeting organized to get summer jobs for low-income First Ward youths, a job fair has been scheduled for next week as well as a meeting with Columbia business owners.

The series of meetings has been organized by First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Crayton to get youths out of the streets this summer. She said that too often youths who don’t have anything to do during the summer break hit the streets and run into trouble with the police.

Kewpies reach end of an era

Sandy Paulsen did not want to be the Hickman girls’ soccer coach in 1988.

With two years’ experience coaching the sport at a junior high school, she thought an assistant coaching position suited her better.

Harvey regarded as ‘chief engineer’ of MU recruiting

Two MU men’s basketball coaches will be absent from the team’s summer recruiting schedule. One might return this fall. The other has resigned.

Within hours of being implicated in suspected NCAA violations Tuesday, assistant coach Lane Odom submitted his resignation and associate coach Tony Harvey was suspended with pay at least until MU faces the NCAA infractions committee in August.

Hickman routs Pirates

Hickman needed to rebound after a tough loss to Rock Bridge, and rebound it did.

The Kewpies beat the Hannibal Pirates 9-0 in tennis Tuesday at Hickman. It was Hickman’s second shutout in three matches.

Bruins, Doak roll past Jays

Rock Bridge ate up another team and then did the same to a cake.

After the Bruins swept Jefferson City 9-0 in tennis Tuesday, coach Ben Loeb said he had a surprise. He led the team to a pavilion at Bethel Park. Loeb said the cake was in honor of senior Taylor Doak, who isn’t a varsity player but occasionally played when needed.

New faces no problem for Bruins

For the second straight game, Rock Bridge needed nothing more than a first-minute goal.

The Bruins used members of their JV team and moved other players to different positions in a 3-0 win against the Moberly Spartans on Tuesday at Cosmopolitan Park.

Hatcher holds down Helias

Hickman showed it deserved the top seed for next week’s Class 4 District 10 baseball tournament.

Hickman pitcher Chad Hatcher shut down the Helias Crusaders for the second time this year, and the Kewpies backed up their No. 1 seed with a 4-2 win Tuesday at Hickman Field.

Cougars crowned champs

The Columbia College softball team beat William Woods 4-0 to win the NAIA Region V Tournament on Tuesday in Springfield, Mo., and earned an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament on May 21-26 in Decatur, Ala.

Kerri Gapka (19-4) earned the win, striking out four and walking one. Amy Seipp added a two-run double in the third inning for the Cougars (43-9), who won the tournament for the second straight season.

MU blacks out names of personnel in report

When MU released the NCAA’s notice of allegations Tuesday, the report lacked an important aspect.

The names of the MU personnel and players involved in the investigation are missing from the 19-page document.

Diamond family affair

It’s an expression Fred Burks and Steve Reller have seen countless times since April 4.

Players with their eyes wide, jaw dropped, able to muster one word: “Wow.”


1: It is alleged that during the 1999-2000 to 2002-03 academic years, the men’s basketball program violated several provisions of NCAA recruiting legislation.

A: In a 3-year span, (redacted name) bought meals for 10 individuals while (redacted names) played for American Athletic Union teams. This occurred 31 different times.

Plan a perfect picnic

A romantic date, a family reunion, a company event or whatever the occasion, a picnic is the perfect option as the days get longer and the sun shines brighter.

Columbia, with its many parks and recreational areas, makes the perfect setting for a spring or summertime picnic. Take a trip to Cosmo-Bethel Park, Grindstone Nature Area or Rock Quarry Park to name just a few that offer the perfect picnicking locations, with shelters, tables and grills.