Rural doctors trained

Jennifer Marcellus has spent the past seven years working toward becoming a doctor so that, one day, she can be one in her hometown of Branson.

Marcellus, who graduates next month from MU’s School of Medicine, is a Bryant scholar. She was identified as a student at a rural high school and encouraged to apply for early admission into the school’s rural track program, which recruits, trains and places medical students in small Missouri communities.

Center to kick off public fund raising

After nearly 14 years in the making, the Health Adventure Center will make its final push for the money it needs to open next year.

The interactive health-education center will kick off its community campaign on May 22. To date, the center has raised more than $3.7 million of its $5.2 million goal, said campaign spokeswoman Wendy Knorr. The center’s board of directors and its capital campaign committee have been raising cash for the past 18 months, she said. Most of the money has come from larger foundations and organizations.

FACES: Abraham Lueth

In 1987, Abraham Lueth says he was out playing with friends when he heard the gunfire that started an attack on his village during the Sudanese civil war.

At age 7, he was forced to flee to Ethiopia, without going home to find his parents or his four brothers first. The journey ahead of him was dangerous and gruesome.

Fee office in Columbia to transfer to local owner

The state-owned Columbia branch office of the Missouri Department of Revenue will shift to the private ownership of Columbia businessman Scott Atkins on Monday.

Atkins owns Columbia-based Tom Atkins Investments, which is named for his father. Both men are also involved in a series of enterprises ranging from investment banking to real estate development. Gov. Matt Blunt granted Scott Atkins a contract to operate the fee office as part of a larger promise he made during his State of the State Address to eliminate the revenue department’s 11 branch offices around the state.

Protester gets support

Rita Preckshot is used to standing alone every Wednesday afternoon at the corner of Broadway and Providence Road. As a group Columbia residents gather there every week to oppose the war in Iraq, Preckshot stands just south of the intersection holding an American flag to show her support for the troops.

On Wednesday, Preckshot was not alone, as she was joined by 15 new supporters, who came not only to support her position, but also her presence as well.

Chase breaks silence about Brotzman

Columbia Public School Superintendent Phyllis Chase said she was assured by Rock Bridge High School principal Bruce Brotzman in early November that an allegation of sexual misconduct against him was false, and that she decided her students and staff were not at risk.

“Let me assure you, there was no latitude on the part of this organization when it comes to the safety of staff or students,” Chase said in her first public comments since Brotzman resigned. “And at this point, from the information that I had, the safety of staff and students was never an issue.”

Group tries to save historic bridge

Advocates for saving the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge in Boonville said they will continue to fight for the bridge, despite Monday’s announcement that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources will turn over the bridge rights to Union Pacific.

“We are not done fighting. They will have to drag us off the bridge,” said Cheryl Lixey, a member of the Save the Bridge steering committee.

Heinsz memorial run

More than 200 people came out to participate in the Tim J. Heinsz Memorial 5K Run/Walk held on April 16. About 50 volunteers were stationed throughout the course and also helped at the post-race gathering.

The event was held to remember the former dean of MU’s School of Law, who died last year.

Tigers’ hitters put it outside the park

Cups and soda cans mingle with the twigs and leaves in the grassy section beyond the left field fence at University Field.

A few paces from the litter is an old John Deere tractor, the paint of its yellow lettering slowly chipping from the Kelly green-painted body.

A house of Meat

Most people don’t know all the work that goes into preparing meat.

David Newman does it all, harvesting and cutting and selling meat.

Sole Senior

Marc VanDover, the Rock Bridge girls’ soccer coach, knew he was going to have a young team this season.

But he had no idea he would have only one senior.

Transcript of interview with Superintendent of Schools Phyllis Chase

Concert celebrates 30 years

Marilyn Cheetham remembers the first time she performed Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem” with MU’s Choral Union in 1978. It was special then, and she hopes that Saturday will be a repeat performance in more than one way.

The Choral Union will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Saturday with a performance of Verdi’s “Requiem.”

MU pitcher charged in stabbing

Missouri pitcher Michael Anthony Cole, 20, was dismissed from the baseball team on Wednesday after he was arrested on charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action in connection with the stabbing of a 21-year-old man after a party early Sunday.

According to a release from Columbia Police Sgt. Stephen Monticelli witnesses said the stabbing occurred at about 5:30 a.m. after Cole went uninvited to a party on Tessa Way in south Columbia.

Class about nuclear science offered at MU

Starting in the fall, a new introductory nuclear science course, Utilization of Nuclear Technology in Society, will be offered at MU.

The Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute was able to introduce this course with money from the $1.4 million grant it received from the Department of Energy.

Bruins lose late lead against Jefferson City

Bob Coons, the Jefferson City baseball coach, said John Wilson, his sophomore shortstop, always does the little things needed to win.

But against Rock Bridge on Wednesday, Wilson came through with several big plays.

Hickman principal chosen

Hickman High School is getting a new leader, a man known for stretching a buck and still creating innovative programs.

Mike Jeffers, principal of Truman High School in Independence, was chosen from a pool of more than 20 applicants to take the helm of Columbia’s largest high school with 2,048 students, Superintendent Phyllis Chase confirmed Wednesday in a meeting at the Columbia Missourian.

Extra Points

Blunt silent to critics of bill

JEFFERSON CITY — The outcry over Gov. Matt Blunt’s cuts to Missouri’s Medicaid program reached a new pitch Wednesday when eight wheelchair-using citizens chained themselves to the doors of the Missouri House. Supported by a chanting crowd, the protesters blocked the hall for two and a half hours before relenting after their demand to meet with the governor went unanswered.

Capitol police quickly cut the chain but made no arrests. Instead, they moved down the hall to guard the office of House Speaker Rod Jetton, R-Marble Hill, where Blunt was meeting with Republican legislators.

UM prepares for budget cut aftershock

With the approval of $48 million in higher education budget cuts in the Missouri Senate on Tuesday, the University of Missouri System is among the institutions preparing themselves for a possible budget shortfall.

Joe Moore, director of media relations for the system, said the cuts were not yet finalized. UM hopes the cuts — $18 million of which would be directed toward the system — are not approved, he said.