Missouri Sen. Kit Bond answers questions during a press conference [Photo]

Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., answers questions from reporters during a news conference at City Hall on Monday. After nearly 40 years of planning and proposals, $1.5 million has been secured to fund the Highway 740 Extension.

Missouri Sen. Kit Bond spoke at a press conference Monday [Photo]

Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., left, listens to Senate staffer Sarah Barfield, center, and Toni Messina, director of communications for the city of Columbia, prior to a news conference at City Hall on Monday. Bond announced that $1.5 million of federal money had been secured for the Highway 740 Extension project in East Columbia, a fraction of the anticipated $133 million cost of the project. "This provides us the foundation to get a start on this," Bond said. "I intend to be around to drive on that road."

La Russa returning for another season [Photo]

St. Louis manager Tony La Russa

MU volleyball player Priscilla Armendariz [Photo]

Missouri junior Priscilla Armendariz smiles at an autograph section after the Tigers victory over Baylor on Saturday at Hearnes Center. Her parents have only missed one home game this season because it was her younger sister’s high school homecoming.

Alison Gammon [Photo]

Alison Gammon is a junior at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Andrew Schneider [Photo]

Andrew Schneider was named the new manager of the Columbia Regional Airport.

Bidders await auction at Guitar Mansion [Photo]

Parker Naylor (left), John Schloot (right) and the rest of the bidders sip coffee and wait for the auction of the Guitar Mansion to begin on Monday.

Men listen to bids at Guitar Mansion [Photo]

Bryan Bradford (left) and David Sapp (right) listen to bids get progressively higher on Monday at the Guitar Mansion. An interest in history drew a large crowd to the Civil War era property. Bradford is a camp commander for Columbia Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Sapp is a volunteer and past president for the Boone County Historical Society.

Auctioneer at Guitar Mansion [Photo]

Auctioneer Richard Henke signals to fellow auctioneer Michael Cunningham during bidding on the Guitar Mansion on Monday. Henke has been in the auction business for 40 years.

Guitar Mansion Plaque [Photo]

The Guitar Mansion was built in 1862 and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1993.

Prospective buyers look at Guitar Mansion [Photo]

Prospective bidders gather in front of the Guitar Mansion on Monday. A former bed and breakfast, the Civil War-era property drew bidders from all over Missouri. The property sold for $155,500.

William J. Strickland [Photo]

William J. Strickland is wanted on suspicion of first-degree statutory rape of a 12-year-old girl, according to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Office.

Alyssa Digg battles with a Texas A&M soccer player in their Big 12 matchup [Photo]

Freshman Alyssa Diggs battles with Bri Young of Texas A&M during the game on Sunday. Diggs scored one of the two goals of the game, yet the Tigers lost 4-2.

Krista Kruse tries to slide by a Texas A&M soccer player [Photo]

Missouri's Krista Kruse slides to make a play against Texas A&M's Lyndsey Gnatzig in Big 12 competition in October in Columbia.

Dressed for the season [Photo]

Vickie Arrowood adjusts a pumpkin costume on her 8-year-old Yorkshire terrier, Gibson, while Arrowood's daughter, Ashley, keeps their 2-year-old chihuahua, Melanie, calm on Sunday.

A colossal change [Photo]

Sam Fansher, left, helps Xavier, a 6-month-old boxer, into his elephant costume while Bee, a 1-year old boxer, handled by Doug Suntrup, distracts Xavier with kisses at Lizzi and Rocco's Natural Pet Market's first Halloween Party for pets on Sunday.

Winning costume for dogs [Photo]

Neko, a 1-year-old Yorkshire terrier who was dressed as Woody, a character from "Toy Story," won the overall best costume award on Sunday at Lizzi and Rocco's Natural Pet Store's Halloween party. Proceeds from the event are being donated to the Central Missouri Humane Society and Columbia Second Chance.

Exploring religious tolerance [Photo]

Taha Hamedduddin, right, from the Islamic Center holds the megaphone for Shakir Hamoodi, the former president of the Islamic Center, as he gives an opening prayer during the Interfaith Community Picnic at Flat Branch Park on Sunday afternoon as a crowd of onlookers watch. Those in attendance were invited after the opening prayer to sit with someone of a different faith and discuss topics such as religious tolerance and working together as a community. The participants were encouraged to embrace their faith as well as be open to others.

UPDATE: MAP: Richland Road Project revisited [Graphic]

The Richland Road Project will no longer include the addition of commercial property to the area known as tract 1. The project was first proposed in November 2008. The newest plan reduces residential density in tracts 3 and 5 to allay concerns on the part of neighbors and the commission.

Tangled net [Photo]

Columbia College's Tim Tevlin, left, gets tangled with Hannibal-LaGrange players Brent VanPelt, center, Mario Ferrero Albero, right, and goalie Jeff Jelinek in Saturday's game at Columbia College.