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GRAPH: Columbia public high school enrollment trends [Graphic]

Columbia’s public school hierarchy will soon change from a four-tiered system to three-tiered system of elementary (grades 1-5), intermediate (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12). Freshmen will be integrated into high schools. With the opening of Muriel Williams Battle High School, each high school, with the exception of Douglass, will eventually have an average enrollment of 1,600 to 1,800 students. During Battle High’s first fully functioning year, there will most likely not be juniors or seniors there, as Columbia Public Schools will allow current students to graduate from the high school they are currently attending. For now, no boundaries have been set to designate which students will be attending Battle High. A committee will begin to develop district proposals sometime in January.

CHART: What's the difference between the twins? [Graphic]

Twin brothers Brock and Blake Walker are freshmen guards on the Columbia College basketball team. Although they have many similarities, there are some slight differences.

MU men's basketball player Michael Dixon vs. Presbyterian [Photo]

Missouri sophomore guard Michael Dixon has been suspended for violating a team rule and will not play in the Tigers' game against Oral Roberts on Thursday night at Mizzou Arena.

Rock Bridge boys basketball player Carter Marcks vs. Nixa [Photo]

Rock Bridge junior guard Carter Marcks worked hard in the offseason to improve his game.

GRAPH: Columbia income and poverty levels vs. U.S. levels [Graphic]

According to the 2005-2009 American Community Survey, the median family income in the U.S. and Columbia has decreased and the percentage of people with incomes below the poverty level has increased since 2000. The poverty threshold for 2000 was $8,794 for one person. The average poverty threshold for 2005-2009 was $10,560.

Carroll plays defense [Photo]

Atlanta Hawks guard Jamal Crawford (11) drives against Memphis Grizzlies forward DeMarre Carroll during the second quarter of a game Dec. 1.

Freezing rain expected Wednesday night [Photo]

A man walks through an empty campus at the end of the day Wednesday. Freezing rain is expected later tonight.

Grant property in 1875 [Photo]

This map published shows Columbia in 1875. Grant land can be seen in sections 15, 29 and 33.

Grant property in 1917 [Photo]

This plat map shows Columbia as it was in 1917. The land owned by Bob Grant’s father can be seen in section 28, which is where the Grant home is currently located. More land owned by the Grants can be found in section 15, where several city landmarks, such as Fire Station No.6 and Fairview Elementary, are now located.

Santa Claus comes naturally to him [Video]

Steve Smith looks, acts and laughs like Santa Claus. He appears as St. Nick throughout mid-Missouri.

Excited for new school [Photo]

Melanie Abernathy searches for pictures of the farmhouse that used to sit on the site of the new Muriel Wiliams Battle High School. Abernathy lives across the street from the site and said she was excited for it to open. "I'm hoping to be able to volunteer, I think that would be awesome," she said.

Grant property in 1993 [Photo]

Bob Grant's land is in section 28 of this plat map, which shows the boundaries in 1993. By this time, the land owned by the Grants had diminished. This map shows the land before it was sold to the subdivision developers.

Bob Grant on his farm in urban Columbia [Photo]

Bob Grant and his wife live on a farm in southwest Columbia that has been in his family for generations. It is now surrounded by housing subdivisions and may eventually be consumed by them. Here, Grant shows off an old well that he has turned into a planter.

Hickman boys basketball falls to Jefferson City [Photo]

Hickman's Da'Quan Dixon and Andrew Berry fight for the ball against Jefferson City's Paul McMahon and Billy Brehe in the Kewpies' loss Tuesday at Hickman.

Corpening family relaxes at home [Photo]

Members of the Corpening family, including from left to right: Detrianna, Aqua, Paulette, Paul and Annie, play a card game Sunday at their dining room table.

SLIDESHOW: Players participate in Ashland live action role playing game year-round [Slideshow]

Live action role players gather in Ashland Community Park to practice Amtgard, a boffer medieval war game, on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. The group practices all year regardless of weather conditions.

Jannik Blair of the MU wheelchair basketball team [Photo]

Jannik Blair, of Australia, is a new member of the the MU wheelchair basketball team.

Six new members join Mizzou wheelchair basketball team [Slideshow]

Meet the new members of the Mizzou wheelchair basketball team. The six new members this season include the team's first international player, first female and first set of brothers. Hear how they came to the Mizzou wheelchair basketball team and their experiences on the team thus far.

Helmig freed on bond [Photo]

Richard Helmig, left, hugs with his brother Dale Helmig before leaving court in Maysville on Monday. Helmig had been serving a life sentence for first-degree murder since 1996 at a Cameron prison in northwest Missouri. A trial judge threw out the conviction, saying Helmig was the victim of injustice, and an appeals court ruled Monday he could be released on bond pending the state's appeal.

SLIDESHOW: The 'Open Mic Night' experience [Slideshow]

Open Mic Night is held once a month in the Bengal Lair in Memorial Union before Comedy Wars. The showcase is open to any MU student and provides a chance to show off talents. Those who perform on stage are put into a raffle with the chance to win a prize. Popular acts include guitar solos and duets.
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