Rezoning plans given for bigger Wal-Mart

An attorney for the developers of a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter at Broadway and Fairview Road filed a rezoning application on Tuesday, setting in motion city officials’ consideration of the plan.

Attorney Craig Van Matre filed the application with the city’s Planning and Development Department on behalf of Broadway-Fairview Venture, the entity that controls the land, and the owners of five residential lots who have agreed to sell their homes if the city approves the rezoning request.

‘Audition’ turns play inside out

Just one week ago, Hickman High School graduate Betsy Head, 25, watched nervously as a dozen actors took the stage of a small theater in New York City’s East Village. It was opening night for “The Audition,” a play she wrote, produced and brought to the stage almost entirely on her own steam and with more than $2,000 of her own money.

Unlike most producer/directors, Head had never met her cast members before they took the stage on opening night. But that’s the concept behind her show: Twelve actors, different each night, perform three-minute monologues for the audience and three New York directors. At intermission, audience members vote for their favorite male and female actor. The top six are called back for the second act, during which they “cold” read a play Head wrote — a dark comedy.

P&Z votes to rezone Maier tract

Columbia’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted Thursday to rezone the property at the end of Stadium Boulevard at U.S. 63 for a mixed commercial and residential development.

The 42-acre property, which is owned by Bruce and Kathleen Maier, is currently zoned for agricultural uses, according to the commission’s agenda. The new commercial zoning, if approved by the City Council, will give developer Stadium-63 Properties LLC the right to develop the area for commercial buildings, small offices and apartment buildings.

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An Artist's Touch

The Columbia Festival of the Arts will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday on Courthouse Square and the surrounding streets. This year’s festival will host 40 live performances on three free stages. Audiences can enjoy jazz, modern dance, Celtic music, African drumming, juggling or fire-eating performances. The event — which is put on annually by the Office of Cultural Affairs — will also include free art activities for kids, food vendors and displays by local art organizations.

For a map of the festival grounds and a complete list of stage schedules for the weekend, go to

Corky Hale performs at college

Stephens College Department of Performing Arts will be presenting jazz pianist and harpist alumna Corky Hale in “Jazz on the Lawn.” The performance will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 10, on the Historic Senior Hall courtyard, 100 Waugh St.

Keeping the Pace

Coach Gary Pinkel said during preseason practices that Missouri was not as good as its top-25 ranking.

The Tigers proved Pinkel right when they lost to Troy 24-14 on Sept. 9 on national television.

Swift Boat Veterans for Truth speak

Commentator Ann Coulter, author David Limbaugh and Swift Boat Veterans for Truth will speak at MU on Oct. 19.

Controversial science discussed

The annual Perez-Mesa Lecture will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in MU’s Cornell Hall Auditorium.

“Beyond Therapy — How Far Should Medicine Go?” is the second part of a series on stem cell research.

Rock sets tone for Kewpies

Last season it was all so different.

Lindsey Rock, Hickman’s starting shortstop, was a junior on an 8-18 Kewpie softball team that had four seniors that she could go to for advice and support.

Versatile Alvis poised to lead Kewps

It’s one thing to lead by your actions. It’s another to do it five times over.

Welcome to Cedric Alvis’ world.

Bruins look to stop surging Hannibal

The Rock Bridge football team hopes to do what a lightning storm could not: stop the Hannibal Pirates.

In Hannibal’s game Sept. 17 against Marshall, lightning forced officials to reschedule for Saturday with 1 minute, 35 seconds left in the first quarter.

Porter wins leadership award

On Monday, Rosemary T. Porter, dean of the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, will become the second recipient of the University of Missouri system’s Manuel T. Pacheco Leadership Award. The award recognizes outstanding academic leadership across the UM system.

Edgy series starts Oct. 2 on PAX TV

PAX TV will feature “Faith Under Fire,” a new debate/talk show that deals with religious issues and the role they play in today’s world.

Hosted by atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, a graduate of MU’s School of Journalism, the program will feature such guests as Hugh Hefner, musician Moby and Yehuda Berg, Kabbalah Centre co-director.

Nedoma leads Bruins with 40

A home-course advantage helped secure the second victory this week for the Rock Bridge golf team.

The Bruins beat Southern Boone 171-224 on Thursday at Lake of the Woods Golf Course.

Stags crush Bruins, Kewps

Adjectives like ugly and gruesome are usually reserved for the latest horror movie, but Rock Bridge volleyball players used them to describe the team’s match Thursday night against two-time defending 5A Kansas state champions Bishop Miege.

The 18-0 Stags defeated Rock Bridge 25-13, 25-5 and Hickman 25-17, 25-10 at Hickman in separate matches. With the losses, Rock Bridge falls to 4-7 and Hickman to 6-5.

Shen’s play maturing

After a history of errors on big-time points, Missouri volleyball player Shen Danru is using this season to shine in the clutch.

Five times during the young season, Shen, a junior outside hitter, has made kills to give the Tigers game victories.

Kirksville slips past Hickman

Nobody likes to lose, and the Hickman tennis team is no exception. Don’t expect the Kewpies to throw their rackets because of a losing streak, though.

Hickman fell 5-4 to Kirksville on Thursday, but there was more enthusiasm than frustration afterward.

Cougars streak by St. Mary

The St. Mary Spires were left rather low after the Columbia College men’s soccer team toppled them on Thursday.

A 3-0 win against the Spires, from Leavenworth, Kan., gave the Cougars 11 consecutive victories at Owens Soccer Stadium.

Family, friends remember Heinsz

In a memorial service Thursday, friends, colleagues and family gathered at the MU School of Law to remember and celebrate the life of Tim Heinsz, former dean of the school,who died July 2 of heart disease.

A portrait of Heinsz — wearing his signature bow tie — stood at the front of the room. As people gathered, a slideshow of images from Heinsz’s life played across a screen, including photos of his daughters, his wife, his granddaughter and other people who had figured prominently in his 56 years. There was even a picture from the “First Annual Tim Heinsz Bow Tie Day,” held Sept. 1. Heinsz was dean from 1988 to 2001.