SLIDESHOW: Compassionate Friends member reflects [Slideshow]

The Compassionate Friends held a candlelight vigil Sunday night for parents whose children have died. In this clip, Del McMillem talks about how she came to be involved with the event and how it has helped her deal with loss in her life.

Museum owner shares his love for pianos and music [Video]

Tom Hutchinson's mechanical music contains thousands of rolls of both classical and popular music. Hutchinson, who has been running the museum for more than 10 years, talks about his ancient pianos with passion and is happy to receive any visitors who are interested in them.

SLIDESHOW: The Grants share their farm, family history [Slideshow]

Bob and Ida Grant have lived on their farm in Columbia for the past 52 years. The farm has been in the family for over 100 years and is still functioning. Photos by Alex Giddings. Photos also contributed by Patsy Watt and Bob and Ida Grant.

VIDEO: Pets pose for pictures with Santa [Video]

Pet owners brought in their animals for pictures with Santa on Saturday at Lizzi and Rocco's Natural Pet Market. The event was a fundraiser for the Central Missouri Humane Society and Columbia Second Chance, which finds homes for rescued pets. Kyle Schlosser, who owns the store along with his wife Jessica, said a little under $1,000 was raised over two weekends to benefit the organizations. The store also hosts pet friendly photo events for charity on Easter and Halloween.

GRAPH: Cost to operate holiday lights [Graphic]

For today’s holiday enthusiast, there are many more options available than traditional, incandescent holiday lights. LED lights use less electricity, which can lead to a lower electric bill. See how much it will cost the average Columbia resident to operate strands of each type of lights for 8 hours a night, every night for the month of December.

City's response to EPA [Document]

This letter was sent to the EPA on behalf of the city. It details the objections the city has to the EPA's plan to clean up Hinkson Creek.

Joint Commission Report [Document]

Here is a pdf of the most recent Joint Commission report on University Hospital and Clinics.

Poetry read in remembrance [Photo]

The Rev. Susan Spencer of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia reads "We Remember Them," a poem by Sylvan Kamens and Rabbi Jack Riemer during the Compassionate Friends candle lighting on Sunday.

Lighting candles of remembrance [Photo]

The Rev. Susan Spencer of Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia lights the first candle during the Compassionate Friends candle lighting on Sunday. The vigil was in remembrance of children who have died.

Remembering dear ones [Photo]

From left, Emma Farrell, Maria Oropallo and the Rev. Susan Spencer look at memorial photos during the Worldwide Compassionate Friends candle lighting on Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia.

MU Quidditch team gets off the ground [Slideshow]

The MU Quidditch team scrimmages every Wednesday and Sunday on the north end of Francis Quadrangle. The team was started earlier this year by MU sophomore Wendy Walden and is growing in popularity with every practice session. The game is relatively new worldwide, inspired by J. K. Rowling’s well-known "Harry Potter" book and movie series. It had to be adapted for Muggles, or non-magical humans, because in the series the game is played hundreds of feet in the air on flying brooms.

Preparing the next edition [Photo]

Jim Nilges works on designing and editing the next edition of The Hartsburg Truth. It's a monthly newspaper for the town of Hartsburg.

The newspaper's morgue [Photo]

Stacks of previous issues of The Hartsburg Truth are available. Storage areas of back issues for newspapers are called morgues.

Back issues set aside [Photo]

Previous issues of The Hartsburg Truth can be found Jim Nilges's home office as he works on the upcoming January issue on Monday.

The editor at work [Photo]

Jim Nilges looks over notes for an article to be published in the January issue of The Hartsburg Truth on Monday. The Truth stopped running in 1939, but Nilges revamped the newspaper this year.

Hazardous road conditions leads to Broadway closing [Photo]

A car slid into a Columbia Police Department patrol car Saturday evening on Anthony Street, near Boone Hospital Center. Broadway, which runs parallel to Anthony Street, was closed for about an hour Saturday night because of the hazardous driving conditions.

MU women's basketball player BreAnna Brock vs. UMKC [Photo]

Missouri's junior forward BreAnna Brock scored a career-high 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting and grabbed six rebounds in the Missouri women’s basketball team’s 72-48 win over Missouri-Kansas City on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Flores family at MU women's basketball game [Photo]

Joyce Mollgaard, Connie Flores, Christine Flores, Ralph Flores and Dennis Mollgaard met after the Missouri women's basketball team's victory Saturday at Mizzou Arena

Adding a bit more makeup [Photo]

Bradley Morgan applies powder as he transforms into his female persona, LaDreama Funn.

Making the transformation [Photo]

Bradley Morgan transforms into his female persona, LaDreama Funn, at the Courtyard Marriott hours before the Miss City of Columbia on Saturday. Morgan spent three hours applying make up to prepare for the preliminary to the Miss Gay Missouri.