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Spinning against coal [Photo]

Paul Rolfe, president of Coal Free Mizzou, adjusts student-made pinwheels on MU’s Carnahan Quad as part of a national movement calling for clean energy on Thursday. Coal Free Mizzou is a campus organization that promotes new forms of renewable energies.

Beverly Borduin to retire [Photo]

Beverly Borduin, principal of Grant Elementary, hugs Alexandra Estes, left, and Colby Felton-Bettis as they leave school at the end of the day. Borduin, who announced that she plans to retire at the end of this school year, has been at Grant for 18 years and has been principal for the past five years.

MAP: Heibel-March Drugstore building [Graphic]

The Heibel-March Drugstore building has been on the corner of Range Line Street and Wilkes Boulevard in Columbia since 1910. It was listed as a notable historic property by the Historic Preservation Commission in 2005, and attempts to restore the building have been in effect since 2000.

MAP: Mexico Gravel Road [Graphic]

The reconstruction of Mexico Gravel Road from Vandiver Road to Route PP has been completed. The project includes roundabouts to create better connectivity between U.S. 63 and Route PP. Sidewalks and bike paths were added on both sides of Mexico Gravel Road. On the north side, the sidewalk is 5 feet wide, and on the south, it is 8 feet wide.

Alcoholic energy drink being pulled from market [Photo]

Nicknamed "blackout in a can," Four Loko will no longer include its usual amount of caffeine, the equivalent of one 12-ounce cup of coffee in each 23.5 ounce can along with 12 percent alcohol. Many stores are also no longer selling the product.

"A Christmas Carol" actors [Photo]

In this Nov. 11 photo, these actors will perform in "A Christmas Carol," Patrick Andrews as Fred, left, Brian Austin as Bob Cratchitt, center, and Bill Guth as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Andrews and Guth are two of the 47 adults with developmental disabilities participating in Project Stage Light in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Balloon Stormers [Slideshow]

Husband and wife Gary and Jan Sines have owned and operated Balloon Stormers for the past 16 years. The company offers hot air balloon rides in Columbia.

New city bus designs: Option C [Graphic]

Courtesy of the City of Columbia Public Works Department.
The City Council is considering three possible designs for new city buses. Option C:

New city bus designs: Option B [Graphic]

Courtesy of the City of Columbia Public Works Department.
The City Council is considering three possible designs for new city buses. Option B:

New city bus designs: Option A [Graphic]

Illustration courtesy of the City of Columbia Public Works Department.
The City Council is considering three possible designs for new city buses. Option A:

Motocross race [Photo]

Motocross Rider T.J. Sapp, 19, crashes on a right turn during an afternoon ride on Oct. 15, on the dirt track at Finger Lakes State Park. Sapp said it is harder to ride when the dirt is so dry from the lack of rain.

First Ward to receive new health community center [Photo]

Bob Jenkins, salesman for Accurate Heating & Cooling; Adrienne Stolwyk, architect for Peckham & Wright Architects, Inc.; Eduardo Crespi, director and founder of Centro Latino; and Tim Colton, a contract plumber, discuss plans and materials needed for the future site of the Comedor Popular on Tuesday. Comedor Popular will be a plant-based eatery to be built in the First Ward, which typically lacks healthy eating options. Eduardo Crespi, the visionary for this project, foresees Comedor Popular being a community center with public health services, as well as an eatery.

Comedor Popular comes to Columbia [Photo]

Jim Gerhardt, owner of Accurate Heating & Cooling, discusses the possible locations of duct work while looking over the floor plans for the future site of the Comedor Popular on Tuesday.

Centro Latino initiative funds new 'People's Diner' [Photo]

Tim McTague, an independent carpenter, and Adrienne Stolwyk, architect for Peckham & Wright Architects Inc., discuss the height of counters while looking over floor plans for the future site of the Comedor Popular on Tuesday.

Healthy food alternative coming to First Ward [Photo]

The future site of Comedor Popular, a plant-based eatery being built in the First Ward, will be across the street from Oak Towers living center on Garth Avenue.

Harrison moves to linebacker [Photo]

Missouri safety Jarrell Harrison (11) gets in position to tackle Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez. Harrison is now playing linebacker.

Quidditch players choose sides [Photo]

Muggles on Mizzou's quidditch team stand in a circle with their brooms to decide teams in Francis Quadrangle at the first scrimmage on Wednesday.

Fifth Ward candidate Glen Ehrhardt [Photo]

Glen R. Ehrhardt has announced his campaign for the Fifth Ward seat on the Columbia City Council.

Columbia College volleyball has international feel [Photo]

Jefferson City native Nicole Murphy, left, Serbian Vesna Trivunovic, center, and Toronto native Kelly Corkum are examples of the international feel that can be found on the court at Cougars matches.

MAP: Columbia burglary arrests [Graphic]

The Columbia Police Department reported that there were 22 burglary arrests in October and November. The dots below mark the locations of the burglaries connected with the 22 arrests.
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