GOP to replace Hulshof on panel

Ninth District U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof learned today that he would not be reappointed to the House Ethics Committee, a decision he believes is the result of his role in last year’s investigation of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

“I believe the decision to remove me from the Ethics Committee is a direct result of my subcommittee’s findings,” Hulshof said in a written statement Wednesday.

Bill could restore Dixie flag

JEFFERSON CITY — Dixie may fly again.

A government board would be given the power to restore the Confederate battle flag to two Missouri memorials under a bill reviewed at a Senate hearing Wednesday.

After Hannibal Inn snub, Wiccans relocate

Organizers of a Wiccan gathering say they will move the event to Columbia this weekend after being told they weren’t welcome in Hannibal.

Rose Wise of the Ozark Avalon Church of Wicca said her group contracted with the Hannibal Inn in August for a “Hibernate in Hannibal” convention to celebrate the pagan holiday Imbolc. On Friday, she said the group received a letter from the Hannibal Inn stating the contract had been “respectfully declined.”

More than a field trip

One of the latest education opportunities at Columbia College allows students to travel to foreign countries with professors who teach courses about the places they visit.

Professors and students have traveled to Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Ireland and will make an excursion to Greece this year.

Rock Steady

A 3-point third-quarter lead was enough for Rock Bridge on Wednesday night.

The Bruins held Jefferson City to one field goal in the final quarter and beat the Jays 53-40 at Rock Bridge.

A day for 100

Students participated in a 100-item scavenger hunt, 100-piece puzzles and a 100-themed museum. They also made necklaces out of Cheerios and Life Savers that added up to 100 to celebrate the 100th day of school.

The event began with the scavenger hunt in Judi Schoonover’s class. Each student, armed with a clip-board, a piece of paper numbered from 1 to 100 and a pencil, set off searching the room. The red, yellow and blue numbered stickers were hung at a kindergartner’s eye level (or lower) on things all over the room, including walls, tables, book shelves and even on the cage of Mr. Big, the class pet guinea pig.

HIV test offered at health outreach

Expanded opportunities for free HIV testing will be available as part of the fifth annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness and Information Day.

The Columbia/Boone County Department of Health will sponsor the events in Columbia and Jefferson City on Friday and Monday, the actual day of observance. Columbia is one of more than 60 cities in the United States that will sponsor programs.

Ham-fisted theatrics abound

A crowd of agricultural producers gathered Wednesday for the opening day of the 2005 Show-Me Ag Classic, the largest agricultural trade show in mid-Missouri.

Donation to fund MU advertising scholarship

Because of Paul Synor’s $2.5 million gift, future advertising students at MU can expect greater scholarship and fellowship opportunities.

“As specified by the donor, we will use the money for scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students,” said Margaret Duffy, an associate professor and chairwoman of the department.

Recruit rank drops, but needs met

The Missouri football team didn’t accomplish its goal of retaining in-state recruits, and its class ranking is down from the previous two years, but one analyst says the Tigers still had a strong showing.

Missouri signed nine in-state players of the 15 it offered scholarships to, below the team’s goal of 90 percent. ranked the Tigers’ recruiting class 38th, down from 29th last year.

MoDOT chief discusses road improvements

JEFFERSON CITY — Conceding that Missouri’s roads are in sad shape, the director of the Missouri Department of Transportation on Wednesday promised legislators a new day at one of the state’s most beleaguered departments.

Pete Rahn in a State of Transportation address outlined a variety of plans designed to revamp Missouri’s rocky roads. He touted the Smoother, Safer, Sooner plan, a program designed to speed road improvements using money provided by Amendment 3. The constitutional amendment approved by voters in November funnels all transportation-related taxes directly to the transportation department.

Lip-syncers raise $1,441 from ticket sales

The annual Golden Cow lip-sync competition raised $1,441 this year through ticket sales.

New MU chair adds leadership courses

A new endowed chair in MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources will focus on entrepreneurial leadership in life sciences.

The chair will be held by J. Bruce Bullock, chair of the agricultural economics department and professor of agricultural economics.

Win escapes Hickman wrestlers

The close one didn’t go Hickman’s way.

The Kewpies fell 43-34 to Smith-Cotton on Wednesday at Hickman after rallying from a 22-12 deficit.

Storytellers organize tsunami benefit

Beth Horner has a story for you. The story may make you laugh or cry, but her objective is simple: to make you feel.

Horner, five other adult storytellers and several student groups, will evoke emotions in “Story Tsunami: An Evening of Stories to Benefit Tsunami Relief,” a performance Friday at Stephens College.

Callaway Co. praised for ’rural charm’

The February 2005 issue of Progressive Farmer magazine ranks Callaway County as the fourth-best place to live in rural America.

Health care, education, climate, pollution, crime and taxes were considered in the rankings, as well as factors such as scenery, quality of life and leisure and cultural opportunities. The magazine said the county “can boast of a low crime rate, good school systems and a low cost of living. Though it’s growing fast, the county has kept its warm rural charm.”

Five Kewpies sign to play in college

Five Hickman athletes signed national letters of intent Wednesday. The commitments came on the first day available to athletes to announce their college destinations.

Four of the five were from the Kewpies’ Class 6 state championship football team. The fifth, Janelle Cordia, a soccer and cross country standout at Hickman, accepted a scholarship to play soccer for Missouri .

Bush: Saving Social Security won’t be easy

WASHINGTON — President Bush Wednesday night called for a historic restructuring of Social Security that would allow younger workers for the first time to invest some of their payroll taxes in the stock market, declaring in his annual State of the Union address that without change, the venerable program is headed toward bankruptcy.

Speaking to a joint session of Congress and a national television audience, Bush sketched out in more detail than before the top domestic goal of his second term but stopped short of providing a complete blueprint to leave himself negotiating room with skeptical lawmakers. Under his plan, workers younger than 55 could divert up to 4 percent of income subject to Social Security taxation into private investment accounts beginning in 2009.

Smart Growth meeting canvasses Sapp plan

Members of the Boone County Smart Growth Coalition met with the spokesman for developer Billy Sapp on Wednesday night to address environmental and infrastructure issues related to a proposed 1,800-home development east of Columbia.

Outmatched Stars can’t slow Eagles

Freshman Lisa Sanderson stepped up her game when her team needed it most Wednesday night.

Late in the second half, Sanderson hit two consecutive turn-around jump shots to help Robert Morris College-Springfield pull away for a 63-48 victory against the Stephens College basketball team at Silverthorne Arena.