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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.

YouZeum sees difficult first year [Photo]

Murat Agra, 8, from Fairview Elementary School plays a food selection video game at the YouZeum. YouZeum had a difficult first year; the executive director stepped down, the operating hours were cut, and the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau redrew funding for the YouZeum.

Wrestling with weight [Photo]

Rock Bridge High School junior Josh Gaskins weight-trains before starting wrestling practice on Monday, Dec. 7 at Rock Bridge. Gaskins, who weighs 152 pounds, wants to be at 148 pounds by the end of the season.

Weighty issue [Photo]

Rock Bridge High School junior Josh Gaskins drills some finishing moves with senior Josh Litofsky during wrestling practice on Monday, Dec. 7 at Rock Bridge. Gaskins, who wants to lose four pounds by the end of the season, said, "I have to eat really healthy and make sure I'm not overloading my stomach with a bunch of food."

Richard Thompson is CEO of Zootoo [Photo]

Zootoo CEO Richard Thompson spoke with Central Missouri Humane Society personnel and supporters on March 19, 2009, at the shelter on Big Bear Boulevard. Thompson's visit was part of the second phase of the shelter makeover contest.

Bell ringer applications rise [Photo]

Chad Larson stands with his Salvation Army donation bucket and bell in front of the Walmart on Nifong Boulevard in Columbia. Larson has been a paid* bell ringer for three weeks and thinks that it is "just a good thing to do" for the community.

Evangelist Oral Roberts dies at age 91 [Photo]

Evangelist Oral Roberts smiles after being honored on the floor of the Oklahoma Senate in Oklahoma City. A spokesman for Oral Roberts on Tuesday said the evangelist and university founder has died at age 91.

THE BEAT: Covering the Mizzou men's basketball team [Audio]

Holiday Festival at Village of Cherry Hill [Slideshow]

The Village of Cherry Hill held its annual Holiday Festival on Dec. 8.

Retrieving a ball [Photo]

Isabella Hansen, 6, returns a ball to a Lafayette player during halftime of Monday's game against Rock Bridge.

The grocery scene [Photo]

With Walmart and Aldi providing low-cost options and Hy-Vee aggressively expanding, Columbia's grocers are in a fierce feud to stay in the market.
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