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.

Clemons adjusts one of the necklaces she has made [Photo]

Rhiannon Clemons adjusts one of the necklaces she has made to sell on Etsy. Clemons, who has been making jewelry for about five years, recently joined Etsy to facilitate and expand her jewelry sales. "This week, there's not a night that I won't work," Clemons said.

Yogoluv opens after Thanksgiving [Photo]

From left, Megan Ballenger and Arianne Macgillivray take a sample cup from Yogoluv owner Kerry Chao. The two MU students were taking a study break and decided to try frozen yogurt from Yogoluv, which opened after Thanksgiving.

New store downtown sells frozen yogurt [Photo]

From left, Kasey Holdinghausen, Elyse Greteman, Varsha Gupta and Emily Leeker pick their flavors and fill their cups with frozen yogurt at Yogoluv on the corner of Ninth Street and Locust Street.

A display of earrings made by Clemons [Photo]

Earrings are one of the jewelry items that Rhiannon Clemons creates and sells on Etsy. Of all the jewelry she makes, earrings are the fastest and easiest to design and finish, Clemons said.

Music therapist helps teen patient write rock song [Photo]

Music therapist Tracie Heuring, right, helps 13 year-old Sickle Cell Anemia patient Terrell Donaldson write his very own "rock song" in St. Louis. Music therapy has become more prevalent in hospitals over the past decade as the medical community is more accepting of the idea that patients' emotional well-being is closely intertwined with their physical, therapists say.

Music therapist helps teen patient in St. Louis [Photo]

Music therapist Tracie Heuring helps 13 year-old Sickle Cell Anemia patient Terrell Donaldson, left, write his very own "rock song" in St. Louis. Studies show that music therapy can reduce stress, anxiety and pain.

The Magic Tree celebrates 15 years [Slideshow]

Randy Fletcher continues his holiday tradition of lighting the Magic Tree. The tree can be seen at 303 Hickam Drive until Jan. 6.

Taylor the Tiger bests Fairleigh Dickinson [Photo]

Senior guard Zaire Taylor defends against a Fairleigh Dickinson player during the Saturday's game at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers won and extended their homecourt winning streak to 24.

Tigers talk on sidelines [Photo]

Senior guard Zaire Taylor, left, and freshman guard Michael Dixon, center, talk with their teammates near the end of Saturday's game against Fairleigh Dickinson at Mizzou Arena.

Marissa Scott drives to the basket [Photo]

Missouri senior forward Marissa Scott goes for the basket during a game against Murray State University on Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

Tigers beat Fairleigh Dickinson [Photo]

Freshman guard Michael Dixon drives the ball down the court in Saturday's game against Fairleigh Dickinson at Mizzou Arena.

Freshman Dixon starts off season on strong foot [Photo]

Freshman guard Michael Dixon drives the ball down the court against Fairleigh Dickinson on Dec. 12 at Mizzou Arena.

Special Olympics teams meet at halftime [Photo]

Clay Flaugher dribbles the basketball down the court during halftime of the Missouri women's basketball game Sunday at Mizzou Arena. Flaugher plays for the Eldon Mighty Mustangs, a Special Olympics basketball team. The Mighty Mustangs played the Russelville Rowdy Ones.