Donny Spradling with his son [Photo]

Donny Spradling holds Isaac, one of his five children.

Donny Spradling works in his Columbia home [Photo]

Navy veteran Donny Spradling works at his Columbia home. Spradling will attend MU this fall. Nearly half a million veterans are expected on college campuses this year as part of a new GI Bill that has many schools re-examining their services for soldiers-turned-students.

Accident on Blackfoot Road [Photo]

Late afternoon on Thursday, August 20, 2009, two cars collided on Blackfoot Road, just off of Stadium Boulevard. Jeff Winn, who was in one of the cars involved, was unharmed, but his girlfriend was taken to the hospital to be checked. "This corner is dangerous," said Winn, "I hit my head on the windshield, but I'm ok."

Welcoming back tradition [Photo]

The Mizzou Golden Girls dance squad performs for the incoming and returning student body during the Spirit Rally on Thursday. Thousands of students gathered to socialize and learn more about the university.

Golden Girls pump up the crowd [Photo]

The Mizzou cheerleading squad performs for the incoming and returning student body during the Spirit Rally on Thursday. Thousands of students showed up to participate in the nights events.

Passing on the traditions [Photo]

New students follow upperclassman instruction while being taught Mizzou chants during the 2009 Spirit Rally on Thursday. The rally gave incoming and returning students an opportunity to eat, sing and cheer as an introduction to MU traditions.

Wes Kemp during drills [Photo]

Wes Kemp tries to shake teammate Gahn McGaffie during drills on Wednesday. Kemp is currently listed as a first-string wide receiver.

Wes Kemp at practice [Photo]

Wide receiver Wes Kemp, shown here at a fall practice on Wednesday, is quite familiar with first-string quarterback Blaine Gabbert — the two are longtime friends.

The right hoop for the job [Photo]

Shelly Dometrorch picks out hoops to embroider at her shop, Hoops Unlimited. Dometrorch also has the help of her stepson, daughter and dog, Annie, in the store.

Adding some flare [Photo]

Shelly Dometrorch sets a hoop onto a polo about to be embroidered at her business, Hoops Unlimited. Dometrorch has owned the business for ten years.

Tools of the trade [Photo]

The embroidery machine at Hoops Unlimited quickly sews out letters for Kilgore's Pharmacy polo shirts.

Humps not high enough [Photo]

A boy bikes down Alexander Avenue Tuesday afternoon amongst the speed bumps installed on the street after years of resident calls for such measures.

Mourning former Gov. Warren Hearnes [Photo]

Mourners enter the rotunda of the Capitol to pay respects to Gov. Warren Hearnes and to greet his wife, Betty Cooper Hearnes, on Wednesday morning in Jefferson City.

Jay Nixon hugs Betty Hearnes [Photo]

Gov. Jay Nixon hugs Betty Cooper Hearnes, the wife of former Gov. Warren Hearnes, as first lady Georganne Wheeler Nixon greets Betty Hearnes' sister Jane Cooper Stacy on Wednesday morning.

Nixons pay their respects to Hearnes [Photo]

Gov. Jay Nixon and his wife first lady Georganne Wheeler Nixon pay respects at the casket of former Gov. Warren Hearnes.

The viewing in the Capitol [Photo]

Family and close friends filter into the Capitol rotunda to pay their respects to former Gov. Hearnes and greet his widow, Betty Cooper Hearnes.

Dignitaries pay respects [Photo]

With all the remaining former governors and first ladies seated behind the podium, members of the public and family filled the seats.

A crowd of mourners [Photo]

Attendees were stacked three stories high around the rotunda at the Capitol on Wednesday.

MU singers [Photo]

The MU University Singers perform "Amazing Grace" during a memorial service for former Gov. Warren Hearnes.

Army band [Photo]

Members of the 135th Army Band of Springfield prepare for a procession around the Capitol.