School Board candidates discuss budget issues

Candidates running for the Columbia School Board agree that merit pay for teachers — that is, paying teachers based on their performance — is a good idea that would need careful implementation.

Harrisburg defeats Marionville for state championship

The Harrisburg Bulldogs entered Friday’s Class 2 boys’ basketball championship in uncharted territory. The school, with an enrollment of 182, had never finished better than fourth place in the state tournament.

Man faces charge in Orange Street fire

A man was arrested Thursday morning on a charge of first-degree arson according to a Columbia Fire Department news release.

Woman dies in fifth fatal car crash of 2006

A Vienna woman died Wednesday evening when the car she was driving crossed a median and plunged into Hominy Branch Creek, according to a Columbia police news release.

Curator seeks board role in sports

While a second independent investigation into the resignation of former Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder came to a close Thursday, UM Curator David Wasinger said he wants to bring more access and input to the athletic department as a whole.

Mo. Senate lifts limits on gifts

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Senate passed a broad ethics bill on Thursday that eliminates limits on campaign contributions to candidates, a move supporters say will give the public a better view of the interests funding political campaigns.

Winter's bounty

Call it the winter that wasn’t.

911 callers routed to wrong number

Columbia’s Cingular Wireless customers dialing emergency 911 were met with extra delays Wednesday when the carrier experienced a glitch and wrongfully routed callers to an administrative office in the joint communications department instead of the county’s command center, according to a release from Columbia & Boone County Public Safety Joint Communications.

Two Tigers in quarterfinals

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two Missouri wrestlers advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA championships Thursday.

Baffled Cougars eliminated from postseason

KANSAS CITY — With Columbia College trailing early in the second half, Cougars guard Marcus Bradford had just been called for a loose ball foul that could have gone either way. Instead of arguing the call, he turned his back on the referee and faced media row.

Wentz eager for thrills of racing in whitewater

Emilee Wentz loves to slice through fast-running rivers in her kayak.

Triple threat

When Sarah Zigler, a senior on the Missouri gymnastics team, transferred from Arizona State her sophomore year, she didn’t have a scholarship, didn’t know anyone on the team and was competing in only one event — the uneven bars.

A celebration of Irish heritage

For some people, St. Patrick’s Day is an excuse to drink beer and wear green clothing. But for the Irish, it’s a time to celebrate Irish heritage.

Creativity blossoms at museum event

Three weeks ago, Ruth LaHue picked out a piece of art at MU’s Museum of Art and Archeology. Friday night, the public will have the opportunity to view that artwork portrayed through floral design.

Eye on the goals

The goals the Hickman boys’ lacrosse team shoots at may be small, but the goals the players shoot for are most definitely not.

Track and field coach honored

On Tuesday, during a weekly team “mind-set” meeting, Missouri head track and field head coach Dr. Rick McGuire was presented with the Mick Deaver Memorial Award.

William Woods sweeps Cougars

The Columbia College softball team was one out away from beating No. 9 William Woods on Thursday in the second game of a doubleheader at Cougars Softball Field.

Sunday lightning caused Wednesday fire

The fire in MU’s Southwest Campus Housing complex Wednesday was three days in the making.

Developing Columbia

Valerie Barnes got her first job in the development business when she was 8, delivering water during the summer to thirsty workers at her father’s construction sites.

UM System on Snyder report: No comment

The University of Missouri System will have nothing to say today or in the immediate future about a report on the departure of MU men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder. That includes MU and its athletic department, according to a statement this morning from the system.