Rutland checks out the field [Photo]

MU defensive back Kevin Rutland checks out Jack Trice Stadium before MU's game against Iowa State on Saturday.

West inducted into Hall [Photo]

West Virginia University basketball star Jerry West takes a practice shot in 1959. West plans to be in attendance when he's ushered into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday in Kansas City, inducted in the founding class for his remarkable career at West Virginia.

Helping load food drive donations [Photo]

Jessie Adolph loads sacks of donated groceries for a food drive beneficiary outside the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010.

Turkey and fixings for food drive [Photo]

Bags of food wait to be distributed to families at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. The food drive included personalized grocery lists for each family with enough supplies to cook meals for the week leading up to Thanksgiving.

Thank you notes from mid-Missouri's needy [Photo]

Marshall L. Green, Alpha Phi Alpha Missouri district director, reads a thank-you note from a food drive beneficiary family at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010.

Seven days food drive helps mid-Missouri's needy [Photo]

Dr. Jarron Tilghman, front, carries grocery bags of food for Monica Pendoza, right, during the 15th-annual Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity Thanksgiving Food Drive at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. This year's drive provided food supplies for 30 low-income mid-Missouri families.

Showing support for the Historical Society [Photo]

From left, Liz Kennedy and Lisa White discuss which baked goods White should take from the sale at the Boone County Historical Society Museum on Saturday. Kennedy has been on the Board of Directors for the museum for four years and is also a researcher for the society.

Bakesale goods for Historical Society fundraiser [Photo]

Chocolate chip cookies, lemon tea cake and numerous other baked goods were part of the Boone County Historical Society museum's fundraiser on Saturday. The society was raising money to cover costs because of a budget shortage. There were also crafts, jewelry and other goods also for sale.

Shopping for treasures at Historical Society fundraiser [Photo]

From left, Erma Pauley and Ann Sullivan discuss Sullivan's jewelry at the Boone County Historical Society Museum fundraiser on Saturday. In addition to making jewelry, Sullivan also is a paraprofessional educator, or teaching assistant, who helps at Rock Bridge HIgh School.

Serving up Shakespeare's for Best College Grub [Photo]

General manager Tobias Epstein cuts a pie while Branna Still pulls another pizza from the oven during lunch rush at Shakespeare's Pizza on Broadway on Saturday. Shakespeare's Pizza is one of four eateries in "Good Morning America's" contest to find America's "Favorite College Grub."

Tiffany Williams [Photo]

Tiffany Williams is a guest columnist.

Peter Brookes [Photo]

Peter Brookes is a guest columnist.

Dena Hoff [Photo]

Dena Hoff is a guest columnist.

Connor Lake, Pierce Scribner and Sara Barfknecht before West Junior High School's performance [Photo]

Connor Lake combs Pierce Scribner's hair as Sara Barfknecht keeps them company backstage before the West Junior High School performance of "The Man Who Came to Dinner" on Friday.

Zach Stone before West Junior High School performance [Photo]

Zach Stone shows his confidence as fellow West Junior High School classmates fix his hair before the Friday night performance of "The Man Who Came to Dinner."

Emily Gibbs, Kristen Tarr, Sara Barfknecht and Lisa Simms before West Junior High School performance [Photo]

Clockwise from left: Emily Gibbs, Kristen Tarr and Sara Barfknecht curl Lisa Simms's hair before the West Junior High School performance of "The Man Who Came to Dinner" on Friday.

Callaway Nuclear Plant releases water waste [Photo]

The cooling tower and Callaway Nuclear Plant, located near Fulton, releases pressurized water waste on Friday. The tower at Callaway is 553 feet tall. Governor Jay Nixon and state-wide utilities are pushing for legislation that would help cover the costs of an early site permit for a possible new plant.

SLIDESHOW: Miss Lou's restaurant opens [Slideshow]

Former MU basketball player Willie Smith, along with his wife and daughter, opened Miss Lou's restaurant today.

Mexico Gravel Road opens with ribbon-cutting ceremony [Photo]

City officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, to celebrate the opening of Mexico Gravel Road in northeast Columbia. The project, which began last spring, cost $4.4 million and included building new sidewalks and bike lanes as well as improving the existing road. The funding came from a 1/4-cent sales tax that voters approved in 2005.

Coach walks by Miss Lous' entrance [Photo]

Associate MU men’s basketball coach Melvin Watkins walks by the front entrance to former MU basketball player Willie Smith’s restaurant, Miss Lous', on its first day of business Friday. Smith runs the restaurant with his wife and daughter, and several current and former associates of the MU basketball program dropped by the restaurant to support Smith.