New link to learning

When Chad Raw moved to Columbia from Linn nearly two years ago, he could have attended Rock Bridge High School. Doing so would have meant stepping onto a campus with a student body larger than his hometown and starting over midway through high school.

SAT scores suffer sharpest decline in 31 years

The high school class of 2006 recorded the sharpest drop in SAT scores in 31 years, a decline that the exam’s owner, the College Board, said was partly due to some students taking the newly lengthened test only once instead of twice.

Mo. hospitals banning use of tobacco

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Hospital Association reports that hospitals across the state will implement bans on tobacco use on campuses beginning Friday.

Tigers win home opener

With her team on the ropes, Missouri senior Jessica Vander Kooi delivered a knock out punch.

Transforming Tony Temple

Tony Temple’s progress on the field entering this season is obvious. Off the field is tougher to measure.

Cougars calling up foreign players

When Columbia College soccer coach John Klein is on the recruiting trail, he does not limit his search to the United States. Klein looks for the best, well-rounded player no matter what side of the Atlantic Ocean he’s from.

Rock Bridge dealt second volleyball loss

The scoreboard glowing behind Lindsey McDaniel as she palmed the ball told the entire story: Jefferson City led McDaniel’s Rock Bridge Bruins 24-23 in the tie-breaking third game of the match. It was game point for the Jays, but McDaniel’s serve.

Forum addresses achievement gap

As about 40 members of the Columbia community looked on, Tuesday, Hickman High School junior Rashida Bantu-Foster thanked her father for encouraging her to succeed in school.

Police seek Ashland woman friends say has been missing

The Ashland Police Department issued a missing person bulletin late Tuesday for a 59-year-old woman reported missing Aug. 23.

MU pigskin sees a friend in ‘Pig’

COLUMBIA — Don’t call him Cornelius. His name is Pig.

Senate group tackles college costs

In 2005, an MU graduate left school older, wiser — and, on average, owing nearly $18,000 in student loans.

New vice provost of Extension named

Michael D. Ouart was named Tuesday as vice provost for MU Extension and director of cooperative extension. He will replace Interim Vice Provost Linda Jo Turner, who has held the position since Dec. 1, 2005.

Performers push for health care

Singing “we’ve been paying for poor health care,” to the tune of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” about 30 people gathered outside of the Governor’s Mansion Tuesday. They came to see “Pirates of the Health Care-I-Be-In,” a street theater event. Actors wore pirate hats, eye patches and carried swords. They called themselves “pirates” representing insurance companies. Drinking out of green glass bottles, the pirates sang, “I got mine and I’m just fine, so go ahead and die.”

Suspect accused of burglary, assault at trailer

A home at Woodstock Trailer Court was broken into Monday night, and a Columbia man was arrested.

MU ed students get double dose of teaching time

Kate Whitfield is no stranger to the classroom, but she was surprised by the energy required to manage a class of 5- and 6-year-old kindergartners at Rock Bridge Elementary School on their first day of school.

Chemical burn victim in critical condition

A 22-year-old man who fell into a vat of chemicals at a Centralia manufacturing plant was in critical condition Tuesday evening at University Hospital.

Firm discusses vibrant redesign of Columbia’s downtown

Cool. Interesting. Authentic. Vibrant. These were the words a consultant group used to describe Columbia’s downtown potential. The group, Sasaki Associates of Boston, was hired jointly by the City of Columbia, MU and Stephens College to help plan the future of downtown.

In honor of MLK

Martin Luther King Jr.’s words were not only hanging in the humid Missouri air Monday night, but they were also chiseled on the granite pillars of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at Battle Garden.

Jobless figures improve for state, city

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri experienced a double-digit drop in unemployment in July, according to a report issued by Missouri’s Labor Department.

Columbia has lowest jobless rate in metro areas

MU employed 23,608 people, as of Oct. 31, 2005. With so many jobs in the hands of a single employer, should Columbians be scared or reassured?