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John Blattel [Photo]

John Blattel, Columbia’s internal auditor, has been named the interim director of the city Finance Department, City Manager Bill Watkins announced on Wednesday.

Celebrating Thanksgiving with church [Photo]

From left, Jim Olson, Don Nyboe, Angie Herbold, Angie Gresham, Darce’ Nyboe, Chia-Wei Young, Kim Olson and Elisa Day share a Thanksgiving meal at Herbold’s home on Wednesday. Columbia Church of Christ members brought dishes to share and held a short Bible study afterward.

Kids in the kitchen [Photo]

From left, Nick Ditto, 4, and Mason Herbold, 6, take some food from the kitchen following a Thanksgiving meal for some members from the Columbia Church of Christ on November 17. After the adults ate dinner and moved to the living room for a bible discussion, the children came downstairs and started going through the left over food.

Jarrell Harrison makes tackle [Photo]

Senior safety Jarrell Harrison dives to tackle Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Boyles during the first quarter of the Homecoming game on Oct. 23 at Faurot Field.

MAP: Sewer basin to be inspected [Graphic]

Beginning this week, TREKK Design Group LLC will be testing sewage flow and sewer lines in Columbia’s sewer Basin D, along Broadway, Ash Street and Stewart Road. Basin D is just one of several sewer basins in Columbia with problems due to excess inflow and infiltration. Inflow refers to stormwater entering the sewer basin from from outsides sources, such as storm drains and sump pumps. Infiltration occurs when groundwater enters the sewer basin through cracks caused age or deterioration.

Stewart Park bridge [Photo]

Cliff Tompson stands on a footbridge over a creek in Stewart Park on Nov. 19. Tompson built a similar bridge in the same spot in 1966. Since then, two new bridges, including the one pictured, have replaced the original structure. Tompson said the bridge is heavily used by walkers, joggers and dogs. "It's a good neighborhood," Tompson said.

Allison Schwartz practices with Blaine Gabbert, james Franklin [Photo]

Allison Schwartz, left, throws a football as MU quarterback Blaine Gabbert keeps time and backup quarterback James Franklin prepares to hand her another ball. Schwartz is competing for $123,000 from Dr Pepper on Dec. 3 in Dallas. She has 30 seconds to get as many balls out of 10 through a home 8 feet off the ground.

Alan Toigo's basement, damaged by sewage [Photo]

When Alan Toigo's neighbor "snaked" his sewer line last fall, Toigo's bathroom and a quarter of his basement ended up with raw sewage 6 inches deep, he said. Toigo and his wife, Stephanie, bought their house at 1416 Shannon Place in the Fourth Ward two and a half years ago.

Homeowner shows damage from sewer mishap [Photo]

Alan Toigo displays the drain where water collected in his home after a neighbor's sewage line, which connects to his as part of a private common collector system, backed up last year.

Volunteers hand out food 'baskets' [Photo]

Volunteers for "Everyone Eats" at St. Luke United Methodist Church help in the process of handing out "baskets" with food Monday. Event organizers said they ran out of meat about mid-afternoon and had ask for more donations.

Thanksgiving 'baskets' ensure 'Everyone Eats' [Photo]

"Baskets" of food are ready to be handed out by volunteers at Almeta Crayton's "Everyone Eats" event at St. Luke United Methodist Church on Monday. The event ran out of meat about mid-afternoon and made a plea for more donations.

Playground fun [Photo]

Brydon Butler, 3, dumps sand into the sand pit at Stephens Lake Park on Monday morning. Brydon's mother Gina brought him to the park to enjoy the warm weather.

Climbing on the rocks [Photo]

Brydon Butler, 3, climbs one of the rocks at the playground at Stephens Lake Park on Monday morning.

Fun on the swing [Photo]

Brennan Vanmatre, right, pushes his son Kyler, 1, backwards in a swing at Stephen's Lake Park on Monday morning. Brennan and his son, along with his father and sister, came to the park to enjoy the warm weather.

Playing in the sand [Photo]

Kyler Vanmatre (left), 1, and Dimitri Kardakos, 2, play in the sand at Stephen's Lake Park on Monday morning. Their parents brought them to the park to take advantage of the warm weather.

Horace Mann Award recipient [Photo]

Jefferson Junior High School math teacher Kathy Steinhoff gives her acceptance speech for the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence on Monday, November 22, 2010.

Bo Fraser [Photo]

Thanksgiving favorites [Photo]

Columbians discuss their Thanksgiving traditions [Audio]

Columbia residents have a variety of traditions and memories about Thanksgiving, but they all agree on what's most important: food, family and friends.

CHART: Pollutants and conditions in Hinkson Creek [Graphic]

The pollutants and conditions at Hinkson Creek come from a variety of sources, including roads, sewers, litter and runoff.
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