Hands on education [Photo]

Dr. Tom Rose flashes a look of concern and empathy for the chocolate lab he has just neutered as veterinary technician Aleisha Riddle performs a post-operation procedure Monday, August 10th, 2008. Dr. Rose first became involved with Columbia schools when his clinic participated in the partners in education program at Mill Creek Elementary School some years ago. He has since become a School Board member. "It's a great opportunity to help and give back to the community," said Rose.

Partners in success [Photo]

Karla DeSpain completes errands and other daily tasks at her and her husband’s business, DeSpain Dermatology Center. Her husband, John DeSpain, is pictured at left. The DeSpains just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary.

Concerned for the future [Photo]

Michelle Pruitt works in her office in the Agricultural Engineering building on MU on March 4, 2009. Pruitt is running for the School Board because she is concerned about the effects of Columbia's growth on the school system. "I just hope that as Columbia grows into a big city we can expand without all the problems of a big city," said Pruitt. "A lot of the time those problems show up in the schools first."

Missouri receiver Jerrell Jackson [Photo]

Missouri receiver Jerrell Jackson, No. 29, is one of several players the Tigers coaches are considering as a kick returner. Former return man Jeremy Maclin is playing in the NFL this season.

Warren Hearnes [Photo]

Former Missouri Gov. Warren Hearnes takes a moment in 1982 for a quick portrait with his wife, Rep. Betty Hearnes. Warren Hearnes became the first Missouri governor to win re-election in consecutive terms. Hearnes died Sunday at his home in Charleston.

Second chance ensures animals go to loving families [Photo]

Certain breeds, like Ned the pit bull, are looked over carefully to ensure the adopting family will treat the dog fairly. Other animals, such as black cats, are rarely given out during times like Halloween in fear that people won't take good care of them.

Pet owner finds dog through Second Chance Web site [Photo]

Foster mom Kerrie Vivion, right, along with Kimberly Newberry, left, say their goodbyes to Scotty the dog. Scotty's new owner Mike Janssen moved a month ago and found Scotty while visiting the Columbia Second Chance Web site.

Kostaki’s Pizzeria finds success in Village of Cherry Hill [Video]

Kostaki’s Pizzeria general manager David Baden speaks about the success of his business in the Village of Cherry Hill. Restaurants in the village have often struggled with being away from the downtown market, with several closing their doors in the past few years. Kostaki’s, however, has a growing customer base and a busy kitchen nearly every night.

Teen with troubled past takes refuge at Sol House [Slideshow]

Mary Grantham, 19, was homeless this summer. The staff at Sol House helped her get back on her feet.

Police demonstrate simulator at training [Photo]

Columbia Police Sgt. Mike Hestir demonstrated a new police training simulator Wednesday. The machine is designed to test and evaluate officers' skills in use-of-force situations.

Sgt. Mike Hestir tests a weapon [Photo]

Columbia Police Sgt. Mike Hestir uses a replica of his side arm during a demonstration of the new police officer training system that uses real-life scenarios to evaluate use of force.

Dairy cows can produce two batches of milk a day [Photo]

Cows eat a healthy cassarole mixture of alfalfa, straw and several other ingredients. Eating around 80 pounds a day, the cows produce two batches of milk.

Cows are milked twice a day [Photo]

Grey Battershell, left, and Aaron Maberry prepare to clean the udders of the first batch of dairy cows at Foremost Dairy Farm. The farm's 200 cows are milked twice a day using these machines.

Foremost Dairy Farm home to 200 cows [Photo]

The MU Agriculture School's Foremost Dairy Farm is home to 200 cows, several heifers and calves. The farm's two 2,000-gallon tanks hold the milk until it is sold.

Crowd gathers at forum on sharing the road [Photo]

More than 100 people attended a forum on bike and motorists safety at Columbia's Activity and Recreation Center on Wednesday. The gathering allowed people to voice concerns about the legal and practical issues facing motorists and cyclists who must share the road.

Resident speaks up about cycling [Photo]

Dennis Payne voices his concerns for cyclists during a meeting at the Activity and Recreation Center on Wednesday. The crowd reacted to Payne's opinion when he issued the challenge of cyclists being restricted to using the Katy Trail for recreational riding.

Bike rider speaks up at meeting [Photo]

Janet Godon, center, refutes the idea that cyclists can't hear what's coming up behind them while riding next to Columbia traffic at the public forum on bike/motorist law. "In fact, I feel even more conscious," said Godon, who is an avid bike rider.

Neighborhood residents speak up [Photo]

Attorney Skip Walther listens to a resident of the neighborhood surrounding West Broadway and West Boulevard explain that parking for any new developments in the area should be in the rear of buildings.

Great Hang-ups slated for reconstruction [Photo]

The owner of Great Hang-ups, Mark Nichols, is planning to replace the current structure at the corner of West Broadway and West Boulevard. Neighbors voiced concerns about Nichols' plan for rezoning and possible demolition of the building and adjoining properties.

Volatile milk prices squeeze Missouri dairies [Graphic]

The average price dairy farmers were paid for 100 pounds (approximately 11.6 gallons) of milk has dropped sharply after hitting record highs in recent years, imperiling Missouri dairies and triggering federal Milk Income Loss Contract payments. MILC payments are distributed when benchmark prices drop below a certain level and cover 2,985,000 pounds of milk, or the production of about 130 average cows. With an average herd size of 63 cows as of 2008, the vast majority of Missouri’s 1,760 dairy operators receive the MILC subsidy for all the milk they produce. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has also responded to plunging prices by taking the highly unusual step of setting a federal support price for some cheese and dry milk.