Clean, green hybrid machine

As gasoline prices climb above $2 a gallon, Missouri residents are starting to wonder how to save a buck or two at the pumps.

That question is what the Missouri Department of Natural Resources hopes to capitalize on with its Drive Clean and Green event.

Growth proponent joins council

A platform promoting balanced growth for Columbia and $21,000 in campaign financing proved to be a winning combination for Laura Nauser.

Nauser won the Fifth Ward seat on the Columbia City Council that will soon be vacated by John John. Nauser, opposed by Gayle Troutwine and Joseph Vradenburg, garnered 959 votes, or 56.4 percent.

First-timer, 2 incumbents elected to school board

Columbia voters elected first-time candidate Darin Preis and incumbents David Ballenger and Don Ludwig to the seven-member Columbia Board of Education on Tuesday. Preis, director of the Missouri Head Start collaboration office, finished in second place, receiving 24.52 percent of the votes.

He and his wife, Stacey, spent the evening monitoring election results with supporters at the Colosseum, a downtown restaurant.

Kewpies stroll past Crusaders

The first four innings passed without a run scored by either district powerhouse.

Then Helias imploded and Hickman powered ahead to a 7-1 home win.

After handling Hickman’s potent offense for four innings, Helias pitcher Jason Lansford made a fatal mistake in the fifth.

P&Z to hold hearing for rezoning on Broadway

Jay Lindner says he will consider neighborhood concerns about bright lights and traffic when planning a development near Stephens Lake Park.

Lindner, a developer with Forum Development Group, has asked that the city rezone 8.15 acres on the northwest corner of Broadway and Trimble Road to accommodate multiple restaurants and office buildings. He would not comment on which restaurants he would build, but said some “sit-down restaurants, quick-casual restaurants, and one fast-food chain” are interested.

Reflective Cougars split doubleheader

FULTON — The Columbia College softball team did some soul searching last weekend.

After finishing 2-2 at the McKendree Tournament in New Baden, Ill., the No. 16 Cougars reflected on where they were and where they wanted to go.

Judge has seen law from badge to bench

HALLSVILLE — Municipal Judge Lee Koury bought the bench he sits behind for $1 from the city of Springfield. That was a good deal. But his courtroom is so small he had to saw two feet off the end of the bench just to make it fit.

Koury has been the municipal judge in this northern Boone County town — population 1,200 — since 1993. He holds court once a month and handles 12 to 15 cases.

No-hitter earns MU duo national honors

Sophomore Max Scherzer of the Missouri baseball team has been named National Pitcher of the Week by the National Baseball Writers’ Association and Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week.

He teamed with sophomore Michael Cole to throw a no-hitter in a 25-0 win against Texas Tech on Friday. For this accomplishment, the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper named Cole and Scherzer National Players of the Week.

Tar Heels break Columbia bracket jam

Three weeks ago, the Missourian asked five well-known Columbia residents for their predictions on this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Some went with gut instinct, others were more analytical with their choices. But in the end, it was all about knowledge and maybe a little luck.

Gallant effort goes for naught

The Hickman boys’ lacrosse team got its first taste of what it’s like to play an elite team.

The Kewpies fought valiantly in the second half of their 16-6 loss Tuesday at Cosmopolitan Park against a quicker, more physical Rockhurst team. Their lack of hustle in the first half, however, put them in a difficult position to make a comeback.

None hurt in fire at recycler

Flames engulfed hundreds of bales of recyclable materials at Civic Recycling, 3300 Brown Station Road, sending a column of black smoke into the blue evening sky Tuesday.

A Civic Recycling employee reported the two-alarm fire at 4:24 p.m. to Station 4 of the Columbia Fire Department. The downtown station was called later.

Southern Boone coach dismissed after one year

Breaking an unwritten rule may have cost Southern Boone football coach Mike Hall his job.

On March 7, 2005, the Southern Boone County R-1 school district voted to renew Hall’s teaching contract, but his high school coaching position was not renewed by school officials due to his failure to report confirmed knowledge of alcohol use by one of his players.

Bruins shut out Jeff City

A great team isn’t usually founded on talent alone.

On Tuesday night, the Rock Bridge High School boys’ tennis team (3-0) showed its strength lies in its depth and ability to deal with adversity.

Two students remain in hospital after fire

Two MU students remained in critical condition Tuesday after a south Columbia house fire on Sunday, University Hospital media coordinator Jess Hoelscher said.

Curators to vote on grievance process

MU faculty are likely to see differences in the way they file their campus complaints. When it meets Friday in Rolla, the University of Missouri Board of Curators will vote on whether to implement a revised grievance process.

The new process, championed by MU’s Faculty Council, has been in the making for almost two years.

House plan reconsiders Amtrak cuts

JEFFERSON CITY — House budget writers on Tuesday restored money for Amtrak passenger train service and Alzheimer’s research — two items targeted for elimination in earlier budget proposals.

The House budget plan would fund the passenger trains, which make eight stops between Kansas City and St. Louis, with about $6.2 million, roughly the same amount Amtrak received for the current fiscal year.

Kemper awards given to two MU professors

Jana Hawley, assistant professor of textile and apparel management, and Glenn Good, associate professor of educational and counseling psychology, were awarded the second and third Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence on Tuesday. Each receives $10,000 for the honor.

Stories about the surprise presentations of the Kemper awards will run Thursday in U Town. Seven more Kempers will be handed out during the next couple of weeks.

Driver hospitalized after car is struck

A car was struck from behind and flipped Monday night, sending one man to the hospital.

Larry Grantham, 54, was slowing to make a left turn onto Grant Lane from Chapel Hill Road when his car was hit by another car so strongly that Grantham’s car flipped and landed on its roof, Columbia police said.

Hallsville school bond passes

Hallsville voters passed a $2.95 million bond issue Tuesday — with no increased tax levy — to build a new primary school.

The final tally was 628 votes, or 78.8 percent, in favor of the issue and 206, or 24.7 percent, against. The measure needed a four-sevenths majority vote, or 57.1 percent, to pass.

Village’s attempt to annex land is denied

Pierpont voters unanimously approved a proposed annexation on Tuesday’s ballot, but residents north and east of the village rejected it.

But it wasn’t all bad news for voters in the newly incorporated village, who approved a sales tax of a half–cent that will take effect in October. The tax proposal passed by a margin of 14–0.