Fayette school official under investigation

The Fayette R-III School District is investigating an incident involving three of its educators, including a high school principal, that occurred early Friday at Central Methodist University.

According to a Fayette Police Department report, officers were dispatched to Central Methodist at 12:59 a.m. Friday after a disturbance of the peace was reported.

Senate passes cuts to UM system

JEFFERSON CITY — The state Senate has approved $48 million in cuts to higher education.

About $40 million of the cuts would come from the operating budgets of the state’s public colleges and universities, with $18 million coming from the UM System.

Cornell cruises past competition

It was the third leg of the boy’s 4x800-meter relay, and Hickman senior Tim Cornell could feel the excitement — or was it butterflies? — in his stomach. Cornell, a distance star for the past three years at Hickman, has been hampered this season by injuries.

Tuesday’s 800-meter run was his first of the season. It looked to be a tough race, too.

Flair for simple fare

Presentation: Restaurants have it, and home cooks don’t.

Maybe it’s the mood lighting, but asparagus cooked at home never seems to come out in that saturated, robust Jolly Green Giant green way, and attempts to go vertical with steak and potatoes — thank goodness the trend is now passé — always seem to fail.

Breaking ties no easy task

Dan Saab has been close to winning matches all season. He sends matches to third-set tiebreakers but keeps coming up short.

Tuesday at Hickman’s tennis courts, Saab lost his singles and doubles match in third-set tiebreakers. His team also came up short, losing to Jefferson City 6-3. Hickman (3-7) received all three points from Nate Bohon and Omeed Latifi. Bohon and Latifi won their singles matches and then won 6-3, 6-3 against brothers Josh and Zach Roling in doubles.

Strong finish helps Bruin shoot even par at Gustin

Despite three stellar rounds, including freshman Joe Neal’s even-par 35, the Rock Bridge boys’ golf team lost to the Hannibal Pirates on Tuesday at A.L. Gustin.

Neal’s 35 was the best round turned in by any golfer, but the Bruins shot 164 on the afternoon, three strokes behind the Pirates.

Lone Tiger takes fifth in nationals

Alisha Robinson ended her gymnastics career at Missouri on a high note.

The senior All-American finished fifth in the vault at the NCAA Championships on Saturday in Auburn, Ala.

Kewpie star shines off court, too

For Megan McCabe, sports has always been about being a team player.

The humble Hickman senior, a standout in basketball and soccer, has never worried about how many points or goals she scored. She just wants her team to win.

Bears silence MU bats

The Missouri baseball team matched a season low with three hits Tuesday night, losing to Southwest Missouri State 2-1 in Springfield.

Missouri (30-11) has lost its last two games against the Bears (13-25), who now lead the all-time series with MU 17-16.

Catering to Kosher

Beth Lawrence began thinking about Passover back in January.

The eight-day holiday, which started Saturday, celebrates the exodus of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. Practicing Jews must adhere to special kosher dietary restrictions during Passover — a difficult task for college students with small kitchens and even smaller budgets.

For the love of pizza

Pizza brought them together, and now they’re bringing pizza to the people of Columbia.

William and Jonna McClain, the owners of CollegeTown Pizzeria of 3910 Peachtree Drive, met when Jonna was waitressing at one of William’s pizza establishments in Cherry Creek, Colo. They began dating, eventually married and in 1998 moved to Columbia, Jonna McClain’s hometown.

State is quiet on officials’ firings

The director and deputy director of a major division of the Department of Public Safety were fired last week, and no one wants to talk about it.

Keith Fuller, director of the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, and his deputy, Lori Baskins, lost their jobs April 19. Department spokeswoman Terri Durdaller would not comment on the details of their dismissal, saying the Missouri Open Meetings and Records Law would not allow it.

Lacking a green thumb? Native plants are best

A native flower is hardy and —for those of us not born with a green thumb — will survive our gardening efforts. My faintly green opposing digit is a result of the many plants I have neglectfully terminated. Therefore, I like things that take care of themselves. Dead plants, after all, are rather ugly.

Plants grown even in the right place need care and nurturing when they are young. But the plants I love and tend to grow are the ones that, as they mature, become almost self-sustaining.

Biodiesel plant brings new energy

In the town square in Mexico, Mo., plans were announced Monday to build Missouri’s first farmer-owned biodiesel production plant.

The new plant, which was announced by Mid-America Biofuels LLC, and the Missouri Soybean Association, will have the capacity to produce 30 million gallons of biodiesel each year.

Reading opens cultural doors

Raven Meyers, a second-grader at Two Mile Prairie Elementary School, was dressed for a trip to Japan.

Wearing a purple kimono and chopsticks in her hair, she made an origami jumping frog and a carp kite, played wiffle ball and sampled authentic Japanese cuisine.

Big Ben

Ben Scott had a choice to make.

Boys growing up in Lancashire, England, are encouraged to play soccer and cricket, and Scott’s cricket abilities were good enough to play past high school.

Police examine officer’s gunfire incident

A Columbia police officer is the subject of an internal investigation after he accidentally fired his service weapon in a north Columbia duplex April 16.

Police would not release the name of the officer being investigated. Capt. Sam Hargadine described him as being fairly new and said he was hired within the last year. The officer’s immediate supervisor, Sgt. Will Green, is overseeing the investigation, Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm said.

Learn to read between lines on textbook costs

When MU freshman Joseph Bell shelled out nearly $500 for textbooks this semester, he knew it was a lot of money but figured he didn’t have a choice.

“Regardless of the price, it’s something you’re going to have to do, and there’s nothing anyone can really do about it,” Bell said.

Morel hunters delight in challenge

The only certain thing about morel mushrooms is their unpredictability. For hunters of the fickle fungus, the search can be the most satisfying and frustrating aspect of the hobby.

The inability to forecast where these mushrooms are means the only way adventurous eaters can get good ones is by scouring the woods for them.

Mo. Army National Guard to get leaner

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Army National Guard outlined a restructuring plan Monday that would place more soldiers in military police positions and fewer in field artillery and engineering units as part of the Pentagon’s plan to remake the Guard for modern warfare.

Adjutant Gen. King Sidwell described the reorganization as the largest since World War II.