Mark Christeson [Photo]

Mark Christeson

David Barnett [Photo]

David Barnett

Joseph Franklin [Photo]

Joseph Franklin

Cecil Clayton [Photo]

Cecil Clayton

Allen Nicklasson [Photo]

Allen Nicklasson

MU men's basketball team beats Oral Roberts [Slideshow]

The No. 13 Missouri men's basketball team defeated Oral Roberts 81-62 on Thursday night at Mizzou Arena to improve to 9-1. Laurence Bowers led the Tigers with 17 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots.

Hickman boys basketball player Chris Clark vs. Rock Bridge [Photo]

Hickman freshman Chris Clark puts up a shot Thursday against visiting Hickman. A loss to their rivals leaves the Kewpies' record at 1-5.

Rock Bridge boys basketball player Manuale Watkins vs. Hickman [Photo]

Rock Bridge sophomore Manuale Watkins drives for a layup Thursday night in the Bruins' victory at Hickman. Watkins and Karon Hayes led Rock Bridge with 14 points apiece.

MU men's basketball player Laurence Bowers vs. Oral Roberts [Photo]

Missouri's Laurence Bowers, left, shoots over Oral Roberts' Steven Roundtree in the Tigers' victory Thursday night at Mizzou Arena.

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Gentry Middle School's sixth-grade choir performs holiday concert [Slideshow]

Santa Claus hats, dress shoes, poinsettias, and garland all describe the Gentry Middle School sixth grade choir concert Tuesday. For the past two weeks, the sixth-grade choir students have been working extra hard in preparation for their winter concert by arriving for choir practice at 7 a.m. on both Tuesday and Thursday. Their choir teacher, Cindy Boudinot, who has been teaching at Gentry for 12 years, said that the sixth graders are a fun bunch to work with. The students sang six songs: "A Bell Carol," "Ding-a Ding-a Ding," "Colors of Winter," "The Holly And The Ivy," "Sing World Peace," and "Various Themes on 'Fa-La-La.'"

Working for food donations [Photo]

Fred Parry, left, publisher of Inside Columbia magazine, and Travis Gregory of the Columbia Fire Department wave to drivers Thursday as they try to collect donations for the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

Fire Department joins in food donations [Photo]

Members of the Columbia Fire Department collect donations for the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

Gathering donations for Food Bank [Photo]

Lieutenant Brian Wasson of the Columbia Fire Department collects items Thursday for the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

Keith Matheny delivers his packages with a "howdy" [Photo]

Keith "Howdy" Matheny checks to make sure that he has pulled all the packages that need to be delivered to Mid-City Lumber Co Ltd on Thursday, December 16th, 2010. Matheny has been delivering packages to the same businesses in Columbia for the last 30 years, and when he pulls up an exchanged greeting of "Howdy!" can be heard between him and the person expecting the packages.

UPS experiences rise in delivires over holiday season [Photo]

Keith "Howdy" Matheny scans and pulls packages out of his UPS truck as he makes his rounds on Thursday, December 16th, 2010. Matheny has been delivering in Columbia for over 30 years and works the corporate route, which requires him to get signatures from each business he delivers to. After 30 years Matheny has become familiar with many of the people he delivers to, who often joke around with him about shipping something through FedEx. "I always ask them, 'oh, so what's his name' and they don't know, because with FedEx it is a different guy every time, but they know me, they see me almost every day," Matheny said.

UPS delivers medical equipment to KCI [Photo]

Dennis Pulley, working supervisor of KCI, a medical equipment company, signs for packages delivered by Keith "Howdy" Matheny of UPS on Thursday, December 16th, 2010. "UPS is a big part of what we do," Pulley said, "and Howdy is always on time, and a real gentlemen." KCI uses UPS to ship medical equipment to homes and hospitals around Missouri, and then bring the equipment back when the user is done with them.

The ages of non-English speakers [Graphic]

The U.S. Census Bureau released a report in April that showed almost 20 percent of people more than 5 years old spoke a language other than English at home.

English as a second language [Graphic]

The U.S. Census Bureau released a report in April that showed 55,444,485 of 280,950,438 people in the U.S. ages 5 and up, roughly 20 percent, spoke a language other than English at home.

New 4G to boost wireless signals [Graphic]

Fourth generation wireless, or 4G, is coming to Columbia for the first time. Full Stream Wireless plans to bring 4G to Columbia in 2011. Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Brenda Hill said that the mobile company also plans to extend its 4G service to Columbia no later than 2013. Although it has the service, Sprint does not offer 4G in Columbia.

Map: Rezoning proposal at College Avenue and Walnut Street [Graphic]

If a rezoning request by Jon and Nathan Odle is approved, five lots along College Avenue between Walnut Street and Ash Street would change from residential properties to commercial. Building could begin in 2011.