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.

Jessica Stephens [Photo]

Jessica Stephens is a reporter and editor at the Missourian.

Lies illustration [Editorial cartoons]

DIAGRAM: Winter weather and its forms [Graphic]

Winter weather is anything but predictable. As travelers set out on the roads, different conditions mean different things. The form the precipitation takes depends on the temperature of the air it travels through. Below is a diagram of different forms of precipitation and how they collect on the roads.

Distributing food to pantries [Audio]

The Food Bank supplies food to pantries in central and northeast Missouri, including several in Columbia.

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.