2 arrested for Heitholt murder

The Columbia Police Department has arrested two men in connection with the homicide of Kent Heitholt, a sports editor with the Columbia Daily Tribune. Heitholt was beaten and strangled to death on the morning of Nov. 1, 2001, in the Tribune parking lot, 101 N. Fourth St.

Student groups aid voters

Elephants, donkeys and porcupines, or rather, Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians, are coming out of the woodwork on the college and university campuses in Columbia.

With the primaries over, campus political groups are still determining what the next step on the campaign trail is. However, one item on the agenda that all groups, including nonpartisan ones, will focus on is registering voters.

School board acknowledges budget cuts must be made

The Columbia Public School Board realized Monday night it is going to have to make cuts to Columbia’s schools. But it doesn’t know where the cuts will be made, when they’ll be made or how much cutting will take place.

The only thing for sure is that the fate of Columbia’s teachers will come up in the April board meeting, Deputy Superintendent of Administration Jacque Cowherd said. Beyond that, the board members were reluctant to make any concrete budgeting actions, aside from adopting a philosophy on how budgeting should take place.

Missouri’s February tax revenue up 7.8 percent

JEFFERSON CITY — State revenue collections were higher than House Republican leadership expected as the Revenue Department released February numbers.

General revenue collections released Friday are up 7.8 percent over last year at this time.

New chapter in the story of Stephens

More than 30 years ago, Stephens College seemed the logical choice for a young Annie Potts.

After all, her mother and sister had gone to Stephens, one of the nation’s oldest women’s colleges and an institution known for its tradition of innovation. The school had been gaining steam since 1920, when Werret Wallace Charters was hired as director of research to build what was touted as “the strongest curriculum found in any women’s college in the world.”

Women grin and bare it for a good cause

Karen Althage wants to get out the message that there is life after cancer. With a little help from her friends, she’s raising money for cancer research at the same time.

The Bosom Buddies of Boone County, 14 women ranging in age from 27 to 65, have posed partially nude for a calendar the group is selling to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life walkathon. Three of the women featured in the calendar are cancer survivors, but all have been affected by the disease in some way, Althage said.

Airport to get second Saturday flight

American Airlines plans to announce today that it will add a second flight into Columbia to its Saturday schedule.

The new flight, which is to begin service in May, is being added because the current Saturday flight consistently runs three-quarters full or more — evidence that there is demand for a second flight, said Bill Boston, manager of Columbia Regional Airport.

Pedestrian dies after being struck by car

A pedestrian who was hit by a car Sunday night on the U.S. 63 entrance ramp at Route AC died Monday.

Carol Tyrrell, 62, of 5909 St. Charles Road, was driving the car that struck Tara Jones, 25, who was walking in the northbound lanes of the ramp.

When conflict spills over on the job

Your boss, who is the son of your company’s CEO, always insists that he is right, even though he rarely is. When you point out his mistakes, including evidence that he is wrong, he tells you that you’re the one who is wrong and never to question his intelligence again. Because of his mistakes, your company is starting to lose credibility. What do you do?

Archaeologist isn’t shy to tackle rock-solid workloads

Only two years out of graduate school, Brant Vollman achieved his ultimate goal — to work as an archaeologist for a state department.

“I got here quicker than I thought,” he said. “That’s when I realized why: The job burns you out real quick.”

Learning to lead

For nearly 20 years, business leaders in Columbia have been discovering that learning doesn’t have to end when they leave the classroom behind.

Each year, 30 members of the Columbia business community take part in Leadership Columbia, a class put on by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

Funding to improve Wabash Station

The Columbia Transit System got some good news last week. A large chunk of federal money — more than $2.3 million — has been secured to renovate and expand Wabash Station, the historic Columbia landmark that serves as the main transfer point for city bus lines.

The funding is part of $10 million earmarked for transit programs throughout the state from the 2004 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. Columbia’s share is the biggest on the list.

Fraud suit targets mid-Mo. company

When 26-year-old Martha Oliver and her boyfriend James Fainter moved to Columbia four years ago, they hoped to eventually save enough money to purchase a mobile home on their own land.

Last spring, Oliver endured a whirlwind sales pitch by Quality Pre-Owned Homes, a Columbia company owned by Amega Sales Inc. After receiving repeated assurances from the company that she would have no problem securing financing, Oliver said she signed a contract and put down $5,000, most of which she had borrowed from friends, on a new mobile home.

Up our alleys

Broken bottles litter the ground. Vibrant graffiti covers parts of the brick. There’s even a Volkswagen Cabriolet snuggled up against a building as delivery trucks unload clean linens.

With their filthy grease vats and broken pavement, the alleys of Columbia represent a perhaps overlooked, yet integral, element of life downtown.

Program teaches disaster readiness

One in four families do not believe it is necessary to prepare for emergencies. And of those that do, 40 percent aren’t sure how to go about it, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

March is National Preparedness Month, and state health officials couldn’t think of a better time to launch a new program, “Ready In 3.”

MU student writes for CNN Web site

Chris Blank is a freshman at MU — and he’s already working for CNN.

Since the sixth grade, Blank has steadily hiked the path toward his dream job as a newspaper war correspondent. He has gone from writer to editor and back again as he moved from school newspaper to newspaper.

Mental functions, disorders focus of psychological study

An MU professor has played a large role in research that could help those suffering from schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Psychological sciences professor John Kerns is the lead author of an article published in the peer-reviewed journal Science Magazine. In the Feb. 13 article, Kerns and his colleagues explained and identified the parts of the brain that regulate cognitive control.

No fairy tale end for Hearnes

Just like the Missouri men’s basketball team, fans have something to look forward to.

Even though the Tigers lost their final regular-season home game in Hearnes Center 84-82 to the Kansas Jayhawks, excitement for the future radiates from across the street where work continues on a new arena.

Babies on Parade

Shake those keys and tickle those tummies, do anything to get those babies to smile. It could ultimately lead to a $25,000 savings bond.

That was the scene at the Most Beautiful Baby Contest at Columbia Mall on Feb. 25. Parents paid $40 to enter a child between the ages of newborn to 6. By 5 p.m., a few eager parents had already signed up their babies. By 6:30 p.m., the judging began, and it was standing-room only, a much better turnout than last time, some experienced parents said.

Attorney general race broadens

It’s no secret that Columbia lawyer Dewey Crepeau is looking to topple Democrat Jay Nixon’s incumbency advantage in this year’s election for Missouri attorney general.

It’s also no secret that Nixon has raised the most money to date to support his candidacy — nearly $280,000 — for a possible fourth term as the state’s leading law enforcement official.