District to challenge tax ruling

Henry Lane’s property tax lawsuit may substantially affect the way school districts across the state create and implement their budgets.

In a ruling handed down Tuesday, Judge Edwin Smith of the Missouri Court of Appeals applied the state’s budget laws to school districts, saying they must keep revenues “substantially the same” as the amount budgeted for the school year.

Student cases of disease increase

Whooping cough continues to works its way through the Columbia Public School District.

Nine cases have been confirmed throughout the district, with six cases reported at Smithton Middle School. The most recent case was confirmed Thursday at Gentry Middle School, the school’s first case.

Emergency practice

Outside at the Boone County Fairgrounds, patients are wheeled to military-issue emergency tents on camouflage-colored stretchers. The skin of many has turned bright red, and blisters are stuck to faces, arms and legs. One of the most vivid cases, recalls Chris Babich, the noncommissioned officer in charge of triage, was a 14-year-old burn victim who began a high-pitched screaming as she was carried in.

The girl and the other patients are actors, volunteers working with the National Guard and local emergency agencies. Their injuries are created by Staff Sgt. Yaneth Alvarez and a team of impromptu make-up artists who use chicken bones, wax and Vaseline to make injuries appear realistic.

Lunches going up in price, nutrition

In the district’s first price increase since 1996, children in Columbia’s public schools will pay more for meals starting next fall.

To help cover an expected increase in expenses of nearly $295,000, the district will generate about $224,000 by way of an 11 percent elementary increase, 9 percent secondary increase and 18 percent adult increase in meal prices. The Columbia Public Schools will serve about 1.5 million meals this year.

Broadway to feature new shopping mall

Hollywood Video, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar and CiCi’s Pizza are among the first tenants moving into The Broadway Shops, the retail center being built by the Forum Development Group on East Broadway near U.S. 63.

The owners of the Forum Development Group announced Thursday that leases with 11 merchants had been signed for space inside the new 85,000-square foot center. The 11 stores will occupy about 45 percent of the center’s available space.

Avid academic

Cool, perky and energetic were all words that Jill Villasana’s ninth-grade students used to describe her.

And cool is a word Villasana uses to describe a James Madison Foundation Fellowship she recently received. The fellowship, awarded annually to one person from each state, will pay up to $24,000 of Villasana’s educational fees as she pursues a master’s degree in social studies.

Eastside hotel proposed

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved plans to build a four-story, 152-room Hilton Garden Inn at the CenterState Crossings development between Vandiver Drive and U.S. 63 at its meeting Thursday night.

Commission member Jerry Wade called the hotel a pleasant addition to the CenterState Crossings location.

Mavs boost talent, seek better year

Bill Clark, the Mid-Missouri Mavericks director of player procurement, set one goal when he started assembling this summer’s team.

“What I’d like to have here is a staff of pitchers and position players that can play at the Single A level,” Clark said.

Long run of success

Charles Allen had a gift. Too small to play football and too short to play basketball, he could sprint like the wind.

He would take that gift and sprint his way through Douglass School and then Hickman High, where he transferred in 1959.

2 goalies = great net result

Having a top-ranked goalie is a good thing. Having two top-ranked goalies is almost unheard of.

Richardson driven to compete

After school, Jeremy Richardson does not hang out with his friends, go home or stay after to study.

He hops in his car, turns on some music and drives.

Kewps seek to make big state-ment

When John Hamilton looks at Hickman’s five state qualifiers in the swimming pool, he sees beyond the faded swim caps, pink goggles and innocent smiles.

What he notices has been apparent since the first day of practice, and he is confident little will change entering today’s preliminaries of the Swimming and Diving Championships at St. Peter’s Rec-Plex.