Kewpies wrestler enjoys riding time

Rodeo and wrestling seem like drastically different sports. For Hickman's Zach Arnold they're his two passions.

Arnold, ranked third in state at 189 pounds by, was second Saturday at the 12-team Hickman Tournament. He fell 4-2 to Jamie Luckett of St. Charles West.

Seven Rock Bridge wrestlers place at meet

Justin Davis has never had it easy in his wrestling career. Ever since he was a freshman, Davis has battled injuries ranging from problems with his knees to shoulder surgery. Davis never seemed to catch a break during wrestling season.

Davis, a 103-pounder who transferred from Hickman to Rock Bridge this year, hopes to wrestle injury free this season.

Field to fuel

Stainless steel silos rise from some of the most fertile farmland in central Missouri. At the end of January, the silos of the Malta Bend plant in Saline County will begin filling with ethanol from Missouri’s first completely farmer-owned ethanol plant. The sparkling new facility, the third ethanol plant in Missouri, is designed to transform 40,000 bushels of corn per day into 190-proof grain alcohol that will be blended with a small amount of gasoline to make it unfit to drink and pass muster with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

By year’s end, up to 48 million gallons of the corn-derived fuel is expected to have left the Malta Bend plant for blending facilities as close as Columbia and as far away as California — and into the tanks of millions of automobiles.

MAP test standards reduced

The adequate yearly progress goals on Missouri’s standardized tests, the Missouri Assessment Program, will be lowered, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced Friday. Columbia public schools said they won’t be affected by the decision.

AYP goals are standards set by the state in communication arts and math that public schools must meet by performing at proficient levels or higher on MAP tests. Each state sets its own standards for these goals.

Council to wait and see on Sapp annexation

The Columbia City Council will not vote on what would be the largest annexation in the city’s history until it learns whether a petition that seeks to block the proposal is valid.

City Attorney Fred Boeckmann said the council would have no reason to vote at the scheduled time if the validity of the petition remains uncertain.

Blunt looks to limit meth ingredients

Gov. Matt Blunt announced Friday he has gained the support of the Missouri General Assembly to pass legislation that would control the key ingredient used to manufacture methamphetamine in illegal labs, pseudoephedrine. This law also applies to ephedrine, which is another form of the same drug.

Methamphetamine, or “meth,” is a stimulant drug that affects the central nervous system. It causes hyperactivity, decreased appetite and sometimes violence.

Last-minute petitioner files for Fifth Ward seat

Three hours before Thursday’s deadline, a fourth and final candidate filed for the Fifth Ward seat on the Columbia City Council. Laura Nauser, a local real estate closing officer, will face Stephen Reichlin, Gayle Troutwine and Joseph Vradenburg for election April 5.

Nauser said she will focus on local education if elected. She is considering her stance on issues such as appropriate city growth and development.

Local resident robbed at gunpoint

A Columbia resident was robbed at gunpoint early Saturday morning outside his apartment complex on the 1500 block of Hinkson Avenue, according to Columbia police.

Police said the suspect approached the victim, displayed a silver handgun, demanded money and left with the victim’s wallet and an undisclosed amount of money.

Columbia man gets sentence for his role in dual murders

Columbia resident Bobby Rohrer and Henry Rehmert of Belle were sentenced Friday in U.S. District court in St. Louis.

Rohrer, 39, was sentenced to 29 years in prison, while Rehmert, 27, received 10 years, said U.S. Attorney James Martin in a news release. Neither will be eligible for parole. In addition, both defendants were ordered to pay $475,000 in compensation to victims.

Santacruz closes after one year of business

For the second time in less than three years, a Mexican restaurant at 220 S. Eighth St. has closed.

Jennie Vogt, a manager at Santacruz Mexican Restaurant, said Friday the restaurant closed because of financial reasons.

Second grade basketball team enjoys game from arena suite

Usually the fans in the luxury suites at Mizzou Arena can be found sipping Coke and reclining in the plush seating.

On Saturday, one of the 26 suites had a little more life, thanks to 10 second graders.

Tigers paint NU red

It’s been an up-and-down season for the Missouri men’s basketball team.

When the Tigers lost three straight in non-conference play, they were down.

Post play rekindles Kleiza

Missouri’s Linas Kleiza is a mismatch because he is as dangerous behind the 3-point line as he is under the basket.

But he didn’t need the arc to post a career high against Nebraska.

Guards, defense lead Cougars win

With a key starter forced to miss Saturday’s game and facing the conference’s leading scorer, the Columbia College men’s basketball team showed it takes more than one player to win.

Guided by guards Aaron Edwards and Terrance Smith, the Cougars beat Williams Baptist 75-52 on Saturday in American Midwest Conference action at the Arena at the Southwell Complex.

Bruins defeat Liberty in OT

Bouncing back from tough games is a sign of maturity in an athlete.

Claire Schaeperkoetter, a freshman on the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team, continued her maturation Saturday, coming up big when her team needed her the most.

Old swimming hole hosts one last win

The ceiling is so low that you can touch it on a particularly high dive.

The air is so humid that inexperienced swimmers sometimes become dehydrated.

Jayhawks nudge past Tigers late

LAWRENCE, Kan. —- Six times, everything was even.

Every basket held the weight of victory. Both teams countered shot-for-shot, with 18 lead changes in all.

Old swing, young musicians

Too young to vote, with one exception, but old enough to swing, the jazz sextet Random Blues performs tunes from an era that predates the birth of the members.

On a recent Sunday evening, the group of Rock Bridge High School students prepares to record its first album in the living room of keyboardist Jessie Roark, 15. Tommy Dorsey’s “Opus One,” Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man” and Duke Ellington’s “Take the A Train” are among the cuts.

Out of the limelight

Oddly enough, for an artist, Robert Bussabarger would prefer to remain anonymous, to slip beneath the radar of celebrity.

Being famous is a distraction, says Bussabarger, a Columbia painter, potter and sculptor, who has somehow managed to resist creating work aimed at a commercial market.

Son simplifies hotel search in Internet Age

It has been a very long time since my husband and I have taken a trip away from the old homestead. But when my husband received a call from an old high school buddy (now that’s old) saying that they were having a mini reunion in Arizona at the end of January, we decided to go. The original plan was to take our RV, but the days we could be away from Columbia were tight, so we decided to fly and stay in a hotel. My husband hates to fly and I hate to stay in hotels, but the weather this winter has been so depressing that I have rationalized this would be a mental health trip.

I have a history of making bad decisions when booking any kind of reservation, so I called my son and had him place the order for our plane tickets. I also asked him to arrange for a rental car. I thought we were all set and that all I had to do was choose a hotel. Tucson is a very large town, and I’ve been told that there are hundreds of hotels and resorts. I figured if we were not going to travel in our beloved motor home, at least we could stay in a nice hotel — maybe one with spa services.