Stephens volleyball vs. Hannibal-LaGrange [Photo]

Stephens Ashton Mixer sets the ball for teammate Alexis Wood against Hannibal-LaGrange Tuesday at Silverthorne Arena.

Missouri String Project open house [Photo]

Maya Quick, 8, has a hands-on learning experience with the violin from teacher Tammy Takaishi, 26, during the Missouri String Project open house on Tuesday. Maya went home with a half-sized violin and will have 11 lessons throughout the semester.

Missouri linebacker Zaviar Gooden [Photo]

Missouri linebacker Zaviar Gooden said he tried to refine the simple things in practice this summer by working on fundamentals. "I feel like I have a lot of room to grow, but if I work really hard I'm going to get there," he said.

MU footall player Michael Egnew vs. McNeese State [Photo]

So far this season, Missouri tight end Michael Egnew hasn't had much luck breaking tackles after the catch. “I try to use a stiff arm pretty often, but a lot of guys go for my ankles,” Egnew said.

Cyclists begin the bike MS ride [Photo]

Cyclists begin the Bike MS: Express Scripts Gateway Getaway Ride Saturday morning at the starting line. Riders biked for MS both Saturday and Sunday to raise funds for research and could pick from three routes with varying distances—the 40-mile, 75-mile or 100-mile century route.

MS bike ride starting line [Photo]

Charlie Ries waves to and encourages MS bike riders Saturday at the starting line. This was Ries' 25th year volunteering for the MS bike ride, "Thank the volunteers at the rest stop(s). They'll give you food."

Little Dixie Fire Protection District Station [Photo]

Cyclists pass the pirate themed rest stop at the Little Dixie Fire Protection District Station Sunday. Riders could choose among three different routes, which had rest stops roughly every ten miles.

Charles Ries gives a pep talk [Photo]

Charlie Ries gives riders a pep talk Saturday morning before the MS bike ride. He led cyclists in his well-known "Hip, hip...hooray!" cheer to get them excited. The number "281" on his shirt corresponds to his bid number when he first volunteered 25 years ago. He has kept that bid number every year afterward.

Rock Bridge students watch Obama's back-to-school speech [Photo]

Students watch President Obama's back-to-school speech in the auditorium at Rock Bridge High School. Some teachers opted to have their students watch it on the larger screen while some viewed it on the televisions in their classrooms.

Demolition of Stafford Hall [Photo]

Little remains of MU's Stafford Hall, which was demolished this month. The residence hall was built in 1947 and housed about 230 students. Stafford and neighboring Cramer Hall are being razed to make way for University Hospital's new Patient Care Tower.

Stafford destruction video [Video]

DIAGRAM: The process of chip-sealing damaged pavement [Graphic]

The Boone County Public Works Department plans to repair 43 miles of damaged pavement in the Columbia area using a process known as chip-sealing.

MAP: Missouri might reintroduce elk [Graphic]

The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Farm Bureau are arguing about the effects of reintroducing elk in the southeastern part of the state.

In the office at A-1 [Photo]

From left, Lynne Robertson and two of her sons, Kiffer and Chad, work in the office at A-1 Auto Recyclers. After growing up with the business, Robertson's three sons decided to also work in the salvage yard. "When Chad was little, and they asked him in school what he wanted to be when he grew up, he said, 'I'll just help my mom,'" said Robertson.

Auto recycling a family affair [Photo]

Erin Slate takes the tires off a Jeep Cherokee at A-1 Auto Recyclers. Slate is one of three sons who work at the family business and takes on many tasks at the yard. "Everybody does everything," said his mom, Lynne Robertson.

Chloe takes a rest [Photo]

The family bulldog, Chloe, sleeps on a spare chair at A-1 Auto Recyclers on Tuesday. Don Slate takes Chloe with him on his drives to St. Louis when he transfers crushed cars. Slate said whenever Chloe hears the words "St. Louis," she gets excited and is ready to take the trip.

Finishing off the fire [Photo]

Columbia and Boone County firefighters put out the remnants of a trailer fire on Kirsten Lane, off of East Brown School Road. The fire was put out in about 15 minutes, said Scott Olsen, chief of the Boone County Fire Protection District.

Receiving medical attention after fire [Photo]

University Hospital EMS personnel tend to Vinny Barbieri after his trailer caught fire Tuesday afternoon. The source of the fire was unknown as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, said Scott Olsen, chief of the Boone County Fire Protection District.

Owners developed family business [Photo]

Don Slate and his wife, Lynne Robertson, talk outside at A-1 Auto Recyclers on Tuesday. Slate and Robertson opened the salvage yard about 30 years ago. It turned into a family-run business when their three sons, Kiffer, Erin and Chad, all started working at the yard. "The boys all grew up in the business," Robertson said.

Hickman vs. Rock Bridge volleyball [Photo]

Hickman's Kayla Rodes sends the ball over the net against Rock Bridge blockers Elise Meyer, left, and Emily Holt.