Tornado drill aims beyond mere test

This is a test.

Those familiar words — along with the shriek of ear-piercing sirens — will ring out statewide Tuesday as part of Severe Weather Week, an exercise that aims to prepare Missourians for the start of tornado season, along with flash floods and other emergency situations.

Clouds bar star buffs from view of nebulae

A crescent moon and patchy clouds teased Steve Gallaway on Saturday night.

“I’ve been watching the moon appear and disappear,” said Gallaway, an amateur astronomer and a member of the Central Missouri Astronomical Association. “It’s like the Cheshire Cat smile — it’s there, and then it’s gone.”

MU’s bracket: the other one

For the seventh straight year, the Missouri men’s basketball team will play in a postseason tournament.

The Tigers accepted an invitation Sunday night to play in the National Invitation Tournament.

Fifth-grader wins art competition

Bryan Page, a fifth-grade student at Derby Ridge Elementary School, won first place for his pencil drawing of inventor Elijah McCoy, in his second year entering the U.S. Cellular Black History Month Art Competition.

When the contest began last year Page received second place for his portrait of Bessie Coleman, also a pencil drawing. Coleman was the first black woman to receive a pilot’s license.

School board to discuss grant, salary proposals

If a grant proposed by Smithton Middle School faculty and technology services is approved, Smithton students will be able to improve their writing skills through the use of technology.

The Columbia School Board will hear this recommendation and others when it meets at 7 p.m. today at Lange Middle School.

Tigers blank Youngstown State ... again

Missouri had a big day offensively Sunday at Taylor Stadium. Again. And the Tigers shut out Youngstown State. Again.

But perhaps lost in Missouri’s 17-0 blowout of the Penguins was the emergence of two additional weapons.

MU gets kick out of win

Ty Singleton was having flashbacks to April 1985.

Singelton, Missouri’s softball coach, could not get the image of Sidd Finch, a fictitious New York Mets pitching prospect, out of his head.

Tiger gymnasts upend No. 15 Razorbacks

The Missouri women’s gymnastics team recorded its highest road score of the season in Fayetteville, Ark. on Sunday. The No. 32 Tigers defeated No. 15 Arkansas 196.050-195.575.

Senior Alisha Robinson won the all-around title, scoring a 39.300; Ashley Khederian finished fourth with a 38.275.

Two Tigers dive into nationals

Evan Watters and Nicole Frazier accomplished something over the weekend that no Missouri diver had in two decades.

Watters and Frazier, juniors on the Missouri swimming and diving team, qualified for the NCAA championships, becoming the first Tiger divers to do so since Denise Buchheister in 1982.

For Alana’s benefit

Those traveling past Henry Clay Boulevard in Ashland on Sunday likely saw the hand-lettered signs pointing the way to “Alana’s Benefit.” By 11 a.m., the Ashland Optimist Complex down the road was bustling as members of the surrounding communities set up for an event to raise money for the medical fund of 15-month-old Alana Barner of Ashland.

The event consisted of a luncheon with live and silent auctions. Alana’s parents, Bart Barner and Patti Cuddihee-Barner of Ashland were there with her 5-year-old brother, Wyatt. By noon, the Optimist Club gymnasium was nearly full of friends, family members and community members who had come to show support.

ACT, SAT update features new essay-writing section

As if college entrance exams were not stressful enough, the two biggest ones are being changed.

Both the SAT and the ACT will now include a written essay portion to help colleges make admissions decisions and determine at which level of English a student will be placed.


Lauren Palmer knows what she wants to do with her life — if only she could choose between the two.

Palmer recently played Celia, the naive cousin of the play’s protagonist, Rosalind, in MU’s Western-themed production of “As You Like It.” Palmer performed in her first show as a freshman at her Wichita, Kan., high school. “As You Like It” was her seventh show at MU.

Marijuana ticketing increases

Although Columbia police officers have made plain their disapproval of the city’s new marijuana ordinance, they are enforcing the law with zeal, and the numbers show it.

Columbia police have ticketed more people per month for misdemeanor possession of marijuana since voters approved Proposition 2 in November, but most are not being prosecuted. First-time offenders are given a second chance as part of the municipal court’s marijuana deferral program.

Break plans changing for MU students

Spring break is getting a makeover.

What was once considered an opportunity for coeds to overindulge on the sunny beaches of Florida, California and Mexico is being reinvigorated to include more adult destinations such as Las Vegas and Europe as well as volunteer opportunities in cities across the country.

Holden, Blunt tout obscure credit fact

JEFFERSON CITY — Bob Holden and Matt Blunt might espouse different political philosophies. But the former Democratic governor and the current Republican one seem to share a penchant for citing an obscure financial fact to try to bolster their political aims.

Holden used to frequently trumpet Missouri’s “Aaa” credit rating while claiming it showed his sound, conservative management of the state’s money. Holden would typically couple that with his call to increase state tax revenues to shore up the budget.

Missouri town threatens to sue local plant over foul odor

CARTHAGE — Leaders in this small southwest Missouri community are threatening to sue a local plant because of a foul odor they say is hurting the town’s quality of life.

“We’ve had it,” Carthage Mayor Kenneth Johnson said of the smell many believe is coming from the Renewable Environmental Solutions plant.