Radio Hickman

Each Tuesday at 7 a.m., DJ John Grupe, a senior at Hickman High School, starts his day by hosting a radio show. On Thursdays, he hosts another at 11:30 a.m. On a recent Thursday, he began his show with a theme. Grupe’s themes vary from weather to happiness to friendship. That particular day the theme was healing. “Today, songs are related to my sickly father, who has mono(nucleosis) at the moment,” Grupe said. During the show, he played songs such as “Happiness is a Warm Gun,” “Joy” and “Perfect Day,” wishing his father well and hoping that he would get better soon.

PedNet scraps plan to pave MKT

The MKT is safe.

The nonmotorized transportation project’s trails subcommittee struck down a proposal to pave the MKT nature trail at its monthly meeting Tuesday, after deciding the controversy around the project was obscuring the larger goals of the $21 million federal grant program.

New Wal-Mart spurs interests of community

A new Wal-Mart Supercenter opened on Oct. 18 on Broadway, and another one is under construction on Nifong Boulevard, but what can Columbia residents expect from these new developments? Research suggests a lot can happen when Wal-Mart expands its power in a community.

Wait finally over for Johnson

Domonique Johnson began Monday listed third on the Missouri depth chart at cornerback. By the time Saturday’s game at Iowa State begins, he expects that to change.

Commission urges drop of gambling loss limit

Missouri’s $500 casino loss limit is costing the state as much as $100 million per year and making its casinos less competitive than those in bordering states, the Missouri Gaming Commission said in its annual report to the General Assembly.

Stein gets milestone win

The Missouri Tigers made coach Cindy Stein’s 200th career win look easy.

Walk-ons contribute on bench

When the Missouri volleyball team takes on No. 14 Oklahoma at 6:30 tonight at Hearnes Center, chances are Kate Faust and Lindsay Smith won’t play a point.

Cougars get good tip from top-rated setter

At game point of the first game in the Columbia College volleyball team’s 30-21, 30-22, 30-19 sweep of Benedictine College on Tuesday, setter Luana Branco received a pass, jumped, and instead of setting to a hitter, tipped the ball behind her, hitting the Ravens’ sideline perfectly to end the game.

In busy life, a dash of fun

You might not have known it, but Columbia has a championship cross country team and no, it’s not the Tigers, Bruins or Kewpies.

Stephens coach ready to push young, talented squad

Dane Pavlovich stands pensively outside the door to his tiny office next to the men’s restroom in Silverthorne Arena. A pair of Little League teams are doing battle on Stephens College’s home hardwood, though turnovers far outnumber points in the contest, and the atmosphere falls somewhat short of intense. The young girls on the floor are participating in an activity that might be called basketball, one where benevolent referees ignore traveling violations as if Michael Jordan committed them. The 10-foot-tall rim may as well measure 50 feet.

Incoming auditor to examine MOHELA

JEFFERSON CITY — Incoming State Auditor Susan Montee said Tuesday that one of her first acts next year will be an audit of the state’s student loan authority.

UM curators award Floyd a raise of 3 percent

UM System President Elson Floyd has been awarded an $11,130 annual raise by university curators.

Social injustice at Pine Ridge addressed

Anna Mae Aquash, one of the most prominent female members of the American Indian Movement during the 1970s, was found frozen on the side of the road in the Badlands of South Dakota in February 1976. An autopsy determined she died of exposure seven to 10 days before she was found.

Donation accelerates slow project

The restoration of the historic Heibel-March drugstore should finally start in early December.

Attention to detail

A year and a half after “every bank in town” rejected his bid for a loan, David Banks has built a profitable car-detailing business that he plans to expand this spring.

Panelists dissatisfied with No Child Left Behind Act

The No Child Left Behind Act was put to the test Tuesday night, and it doesn’t look like it passed.

Parents challenge adult content in libraries’ graphic novel collections

KANSAS CITY — When Amy Crump took over as director of the Marshall Public Library in central Missouri two years ago, she decided to build up the library’s offerings for young adults by buying the literary world’s hot new thing — graphic novels.