Richard Thompson is CEO of Zootoo [Photo]

Zootoo CEO Richard Thompson spoke with Central Missouri Humane Society personnel and supporters on March 19, 2009, at the shelter on Big Bear Boulevard. Thompson's visit was part of the second phase of the shelter makeover contest.

Bell ringer applications rise [Photo]

Chad Larson stands with his Salvation Army donation bucket and bell in front of the Walmart on Nifong Boulevard in Columbia. Larson has been a paid* bell ringer for three weeks and thinks that it is "just a good thing to do" for the community.

Evangelist Oral Roberts dies at age 91 [Photo]

Evangelist Oral Roberts smiles after being honored on the floor of the Oklahoma Senate in Oklahoma City. A spokesman for Oral Roberts on Tuesday said the evangelist and university founder has died at age 91.

THE BEAT: Covering the Mizzou men's basketball team [Audio]

Holiday Festival at Village of Cherry Hill [Slideshow]

The Village of Cherry Hill held its annual Holiday Festival on Dec. 8.

Retrieving a ball [Photo]

Isabella Hansen, 6, returns a ball to a Lafayette player during halftime of Monday's game against Rock Bridge.

The grocery scene [Photo]

With Walmart and Aldi providing low-cost options and Hy-Vee aggressively expanding, Columbia's grocers are in a fierce feud to stay in the market.

Filling the cups [Photo]

Olivia Ramsey, 5, left, and Madison Snodderley, 6, fill cups with water for the Lafayette girls' basketball team during Monday's game at Rock Bridge High School.

Checking the cups [Photo]

Olivia Ramsey, 5, makes sure the cups are filled for the players during Monday's game between the Rock Bridge and Lafayette girls' basketball teams.

Shaunece Ballenger dribbled down the court [Photo]

Hickman point guard Shaunece Ballenger dribbles down the court during the fourth quarter of Monday's win against Rolla.

Andrighetto tries out for professional team [Photo]

Kristin Andrighetto, left, led the Missouri women's soccer team in scoring three out of the four seasons she played for the Tigers. This past week she tried out for Chicago Red Stars, a women's professional soccer team.

Ready for installation [Photo]

SMART boards wait to be installed in classrooms of the new Alpha Hart Lewis elementary school. The School Board took a tour on Monday evening of the new school that will open in January.

A new home [Photo]

Dan Boatman, Field Elementary School principal, attends a tour Monday of the new Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary facilities. Field Elementary will close next week with winter break, and students will begin the new year at Alpha Hart Lewis.

Checking out the space [Photo]

Members of the Columbia School Board comment about the amenities of the media room while Jack C. Jensen, assistant superintendent for elementary education, gives a tour Tuesday of the new Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School.

Humane Society caring for dogs [Slideshow]

The Central Missouri Humane Society's status as an open shelter allows it to take in animals of all breeds, ages and backgrounds.

Pawsitive visit [Photo]

The Pawsitive Visits program gives retirement home residents a chance to meet some new furry friends.

Dogs in Humane Society's shelter [Photo]

Roket and Roscoe are two of the dogs that have found a place to stay at the Central Missouri Humane Society in Columbia. Staff and volunteers take good care of animals at the shelter, and if they are lucky, a new family will come to adopt them.

PAWSitive Visits program helps residents connect [Slideshow]

The PAWSitive Visits program brings a variety of pets to residents living in the city's retirement homes. Pet owners give hour-long presentations on their animals, which include dogs, cats and alpacas. Charlotte McKenney, the coordinator of the program, describes a typical visit at Tiger Place senior living facility.

Clemons displays hand-crafted jewelry [Photo]

Rhiannon Clemons sits for a portrait alongside her hand-crafted jewelry Tuesday at her house. Clemons makes necklaces, bracelets and earrings to sell on Etsy, a Web site that allows the people to buy and sell hand-made items including spice kits, jewelry and clothing.

Frozen yogurt becomes a study break for students [Photo]

From left, Emily Leeker, Varsha Gupta and Kasey Holdinghausen top their cups of yogurt at the self-serve counter at Yogoluv on Dec. 10. "Its a good study break," said Gupta, who has been to the store five times since its opening.