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Refugees from Africa [Graphic]

The Refugee and Immigration Services Diocese of Jefferson City has placed 267 African refugees from 10 different countries in Columbia since 1999.

Eliot Battle to recieve honorary degree [Photo]

Eliot Battle, retired public school administrator, is the author of "A Letter to Young Black Men." Battle has more than 40 years experience in the public school system and in 1960, he worked as a counselor for Hickman, the first fully integrated high school in Columbia.

Owner of Mama Bessie's Cleaners on Halloween [Photo]

Margaret Hickem-Smith, owner of Mama Bessie's Cleaners, enjoys the Keep the Kids off the Street Halloween Party on Oct. 31. This was Hickem-Smith's last community event before closing her doors Monday. Hickem-Smith's business will no longer be the hub for neighborhood activities, but she still plans to host community events in Douglass Park.

Walking through the hallway [Photo]

Bill and Linda Giddings walk down a hallway of Field Elementary School with their granddaughter, Emily Crumbliss, 1, at the open house on Thursday. Linda Giddings taught fifth grade at Field Elementary from 1969-72 before moving on to becoming a mother and a kindergarten teacher. Students will have their last day at Field Elementary School on Friday, and will begin to attend Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School on Jan. 4. The Field Elementary School building is expected to become the home of the Columbia Public Schools' gifted education program.

Packing for the move [Photo]

Beth Dixon, who has taught kindergarten for six years at Field Elementary School, helps Judy Arnett pack her second grade classroom into boxes on Thursday evening for the move to Alpha Hart Elementary School. Students will have their last day at Field Elementary School on Friday, and will begin to attend Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School on Jan. 4. The Field Elementary School building is expected to become the home of the Columbia Public Schools' gifted education program.

Empty stairwell [Photo]

The central staircase of Field Elementary School is quiet and bare, as are many of the hallways, on Thursday evening. Teachers at the school have been clearing off the walls and packing up their classrooms in anticipation of the move to Alpha Hart Elementary School in time for classes to resume on Jan. 4. Students will have their last day at Field Elementary School on Friday. The Field Elementary School building is expected to become the home of the Columbia Public Schools' gifted education program.

Harris caught between defenders [Photo]

Hickman senior Lyle Harris tries to get past Rock Bridge senior Ricky Kreklow, left, and freshman Travis Jorgenson during the Rock Bridge-Hickman rivalry basketball game.

MU players experience Rock Bridge-Hickman rivalry [Photo]

Missouri basketball players Miguel Paul, Laurence Bowers, Kim English, Tyler Stone and Marcus Denmon watch the Rock Bridge-Hickman rivalry basketball game from the stands Thursday at Rock Bridge High School.

Rock Bridge's Millard [Photo]

Rock Bridge senior Trey Millard takes a shot against Hickman's Josh Williams, No. 34, during the first half of the rivalry game Thursday at Rock Bridge High School.

Rock Bridge girls basketball chili supper [Photo]

Rock Bridge High School seniors Katie Seyer, right, and Beau Reske join Bruins girls basketball team captain Amaya Williams for their meals Thursday night at the girls basketball team's chili supper

Local dancer performs professionally while in school [Photo]

Melanie Auinbauh poses in her Sugar Plum Fairy costume on Saturday. She began taking ballet classes when she was three years old, and now performs with the Missouri Contemporary Ballet.

Area leaders cut ribbon [Photo]

Ken Pearson the presiding commissioner of Boone County, center left, and Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman laugh as their giant scissors fail to cut the ribbon at the ceremony to officially open the $13.9 million widening of Range Line Street on Monday.

Singing the national anthem [Photo]

Loretta Roney, the district credit union manager for the Missouri Department of Transportation, sings the national anthem before the ribbon cutting to officially open the $13.9 million "widening" of Rangle Line Street on Monday.

Keeping warm at the grand opening [Photo]

Dwena Kueffer, left, the mother of Kenneth Lehman of Lehman Construction, the contractor that completed the Range Lind Street widening project, and Susan Ball, a senior construction inspector for the Missouri Department of Transportation, try to warm up with coffee after the ribbon cutting to officially open the $13.9 million project on Monday.

Hickman and Rock Rock Bridge basketball teams continue rivalry [Slideshow]

The Hickman vs. Rock Bridge rivalry game will be played Thursday. The Kewpies have not won in seven years.

Rock Bridge basketball player Logan Parks and sister show tattoos [Photo]

Rock Bridge senior basketball player Logan Parks and his sister Morgan have matching tattoos of a Chinese symbol that means "family."

Mother works to get health coverage for herself, son [Photo]

Sandra Hawkins sits by the fire with her son, Brayden, and dog, Lola, to relax after dinner. Hawkins has not had health insurance for her or Brayden, now 10, since he was an infant. Her jobs have not provided health coverage, and she cannot afford to pay for coverage on her own.

YouZeum cutting hours [Photo]

Paul Morpurgo, 6, from Russell Boulevard Elementary School takes a virtual bike ride on the Katy Trail at the YouZeum on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Morpurgo participated in a day-long camp on the eve of Thanksgiving Day when all the schools were out.

Children participate in day-long camp at YouZeum [Photo]

Nick Litteken, 8, from Fairview Elementary School tests his jumping skills at the YouZeum in Columbia. Litteken participated in a day-long camp the day before Thanksgiving Day when all the schools were out.

Children take turns as reporters at YouZeum day-long camp [Photo]

From left to right, Nick Litteken, 8, Zach Litteken, 10, Murat Agra, 8, Grace Rogers and Faith Rogers, 7, take turns as reporters in the TV studio at the YouZeum. Eleven children participated in a day-long camp on the eve of Thanksgiving Day when all the schools were out.
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