New annexation bid surprises Harg group

Harg-area residents learned of a new annexation request in their neighborhood at a meeting Thursday night with Rep. Judy Baker, D-Columbia, and Boone County Northern District Commissioner Skip Elkin.

Richland Road LLC has filed a request for Columbia to annex 147 acres, located east of the city on the south side of Richland Road, near the intersection of St. Charles Road.

Economic group taps MU member as VP

Frank Seibert, a director for an extension program with the MU College of Business, has been elected vice president for the University Economic Development Association. This national, nonprofit organization serves institutions of higher education and their U.S. and international economic affiliates.

“I consider it a great honor to be elected to serve as the vice president of such a prestigious organization,” Seibert said in a news release.

Contributions to MU increasing

After two years without growth, charitable contributions to U.S. colleges and universities increased 3.4 percent last year to a record $24.4 billion, according to a report released on Wednesday.

MU reported a 9 percent increase in donations since last year.

Reward system faces scrutiny

JEFFERSON CITY — Several days after the Missouri Democratic Party requested a federal inquiry into fee office contracts awarded to two relatives of U.S. Attorney Todd Graves and two staffers for U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., House Democrats pushed to eliminate the patronage system used to award the contracts.

The state’s 171 fee offices collect money for driver’s license renewal, process motor vehicle titles and registrations and receive tax payments. The contracts are generally viewed as a tool governors use to reward friends.

Ethics author to visit Stephens College

Next week is Women Writers Week at Stephens College. One of the events will include Anita Allen, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, speaking about her feminist perspective on ethics in today’s world.

Allen, a recognized expert on privacy law, recently published “The New Ethics: A Guided Tour of the Twenty-First Century Moral Landscape,” which analyzes the ethics of current news topics.

In with an elite group

The Big 12 Conference is the best wrestling conference in America. Period.

All five teams are ranked in the top-15 in the country with Oklahoma State (No. 1), Iowa State (No. 3) and Nebraska (No. 4) in the top-five. No. 7 Oklahoma is the fourth team in the top-10, while No. 15 Missouri brings up the rear.

UMKC committee to find new chancellor

University of Missouri System President Elson Floyd announced the appointment of a search committee to help select the 16th chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Former Chancellor Martha Gilliland resigned in December after faculty organizations expressed concerns with her leadership and plans for the school.

Garage sale to aid local, global charities

When Paulina Perkins, Residential Life director at Stephens College, heard about the December tsunami, her thoughts of sympathy immediately turned into action.

On Saturday, the Residential Life staff will have a garage sale to benefit tsunami relief efforts and the Central Missouri Food Bank. It will be from 7 a.m. to noon in the foyer of Stephens Auditorium, 22 Dorsey St.

Nickoley picked top indoor freshman

Big 12 coaches voted Trisa Nickoley the 2005 indoor track and field Female Freshmen Performer of the Year Wednesday.

Nickoley, from Tecumseh, Kan., won two Big 12 indoor titles at last weekend’s Big 12 Championships. She won an individual championship in the 800 meters and was also a member of the winning distance medley relay team.

Freshmen facing final exam

For every Missouri player, the biggest game of the season is the home game against Kansas.

Even the Tigers’ four freshmen know how important it is, and they’ve never played against the Jayhawks in Columbia.

Indonesian magazine receives MU award

Indonesia’s Tempo Weekly News Magazine was awarded a 2004 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism on Thursday. Founding Editor Goenawan Mohamad and Editor in Chief Bambang Harymurti accepted the honor.

Tempo was founded in 1971 as Indonesia’s first independent weekly news magazine, and the first magazine to provide non-governmental versions of the news.

Dedicated to Diving

From the moment Jamie Sweeney wakes up to the moment he goes back to sleep, there is only one thing on his mind: diving.

“I don’t think about anything else,” Sweeney said. “Some people may think that’s lame, but this sport is my life.”

Lee plays a role for Kansas with cousin

Wayne Simien is the bruiser. Aaron Miles is the passer. Keith Langford is the shooter.

For Michael Lee, Kansas’ fourth senior, the description is a little different and took longer to adjust to.

Kansas on their minds

AMES, Iowa — Don’t talk to the Missouri Tigers about a postseason, even though their 14-15 overall record means they need to win Sunday to be eligible for the National Invitational Tournament. Teams with losing records can’t be invited to the NIT.

Don’t talk to them about the Big 12 Conference Tournament, even though the Tigers appear to be destined for a first-round meeting with either Iowa State, the team that trounced the Tigers 67-49 on Wednesday, or Kansas State, which swept the regular season series with Missouri.

Roney approaches the end

An essential portion of her life’s time, effort and focus is coming to an end.

The game clock began for her in third grade. But with every dribble, steal or block the clock ticks closer to the final buzzer.

Former Subway employee charged in burglaries

A former Subway employee remained in Boone County jail Thursday, arrested in connection with seven different burglaries, including five that took place at restaurants where he was employed.

William Shellie Franko, 21, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with four counts of second-degree burglary. His bond is set at $20,000.

Campus enrollment grows

Juggling is a skill Ashley Hightower has perfected. But this type of juggling does not involve tennis balls, but rather school, work and friends.

Hightower, a Columbia native, spends 22 hours a week working as a receptionist at a salon while taking 13 hours of college credit. Attending Moberly Area Community College’s Columbia Higher Education Center has complemented her busy lifestyle and work schedule.

Contest gets out of hand

AMES, Iowa — One team played like it wanted the postseason more than anything Wednesday night. But it wasn’t the Tigers.

Iowa State destroyed Missouri at Hilton Coliseum in a 67-49 rout and made a statement to the selection committee that would be hard not to hear.

Cyclones legend calls final game

AMES, Iowa – Wednesday marked the end of an era for Iowa State.

Gary Thompson called his last game for Iowa State, when the Cyclones defeated Missouri 67-49 at Hilton Coliseum. He is retiring after almost 40 years in sports broadcasting.

Missouri falters, watches lead evaporate vs. K-State

There were 10 minutes left. The scoreboard at Mizzou Arena showed Kansas State’s Twiggy McIntyre, who had just driven through the lane untouched for an easy basket. Then, the screen flashed to Missouri coach Cindy Stein, who wore an expression of confusion, frustration and disgust.

It’s been an all-too familiar face this season for Stein, whose Tigers were in the process of losing another Big 12 Conference game at home.