Superintendent candidate Belcher [Video]

Columbia Public Schools superintendent candidate Chris Belcher answers questions at a community forum Thursday night at Paxton Keeley Elementary School.

Hickman wins final home game [Photo]

Hickman senior Eric Franklin drives through a gap in the Jefferson City defense on Thursday night at Hickman High School. Franklin contributed 18 points to Hickman's 54-33 win over Jefferson City.

Hickman dashes past Jefferson City [Photo]

Hickman junior Jerald Hickem tries to shake Jefferson City senior Khiry Draine on Thursday night during Hickman's 54-33 win. Hickem led all Hickman scorers with 23 points.

Coaching the Kewpies [Photo]

Hickman head coach Ken Ash (left) encourages senior Eric Franklin (not pictured) after making a tough basket while assistant coach Travis Cearley (right) gives out directions to the rest of the team. Hickman gave little ground to Jefferson City, defeating the Jays 54-33.

Gymnasts ready themselves for Beauty and the Beast [Photo]

The MU gymnastics team watches as members take turns practicing their floor routines Thursday. The team will compete in the Beauty and the Beast competition Friday against Illinois.

Pre-diabetes screening [Photo]

Richelle Koopman has developed a tool, shown on the computer screen, to pre-screen patients for diabetes from ages 20 to 64. “It’s totally based on easily measurable or self-reported data,” Koopman said. “What’s really new about it is that it goes down to age 20.” Most previous diabetes screening tools were designed for older patients.

Shakara Jones a stabilizing influence [Photo]

Sophomore forward Shakara Jones fends off KU's Aishah Sutherland on Feb. 7 at Mizzou Arena in a 74-60 victory for the Tigers.

Carroll leads in pressure situations [Photo]

MU's DeMarre Carroll protects the ball against Texas Tech defenders Mike Sinletary, 32, and Alan Voskuil, 20, during the game on Jan. 24 at Mizzou Arena. Carroll is Missouri’s leading scorer with 17.3 points per game, and he’s done his part leading the Tigers in pressure situations. But so far at the end of close games, he hasn’t gotten many chances.

MU gymnasts focus on the balance beam [Photo]

MU junior, Sarah Shire, works on the balance beam during practice on Thursday, February 12, 2009, at the Hearnes Center. During practice, assistant coach Amy Smith blared loud music and shouted chants at the girls while they practiced to prepare them for Friday's noisy meet.

MU flower delivery [Photo]

Randy Slaughter, left, delivers a floral bouquet to an MU address, his first stop on the morning of Feb. 7. "I like this job — it's something different every 10 minutes," Slaughter said.

Slaughter prepares Allen's Flowers deliveries [Photo]

Randy Slaughter gathers arrangements for the morning’s deliveries at Allen’s Flowers in downtown Columbia on Tuesday. Slaughter has worked at Allen’s Flowers for about 8 months, and previously worked for a flower distributor. He said he always knew the shop had a great reputation but didn’t realize the extent of it until he started working there. “Secretaries are like, ‘I haven’t gotten Allen’s flowers in a long time!’” Slaughter said.

Radio Adelante Episode 16 [Audio]

No. 16
Aired February 7, 2009

Episode 16 Contents

Radio Adelante talks with Melitza Bonet, a graduate student at MU, about her work in public health in the Latino Community. Hannah Ritchie analyzes the possible effects of Governor Nixon's job cuts on Columbians. International and national news and the community calendar complete the show.

Host/Reporter: Dolores Obregon
Reporters:Christine Martinez, Hannah Ritchie
Producer: Sara Shahriari
Translator: Gabriela Renteria
Business Manager: Mark Stanley

Students receive Gettysburg address [Photo]

Fifth-grader Mariah Emme, 10, of Paxton Keeley Elementary was one of many students that played around with volunteer Larry Rollins after the Lincoln assembly ended. The event provided a chance for students to share their learned knowledge of Lincoln, his presidency and death.

Julian Cheatum [Photo]

Age: 13
Grade: 8th grade at Jefferson Junior High School
Position: Assistant treasurer
Interests: Basketball, track

Charity Gant [Photo]

Age: 12
Grade: 7th grade at Lane Middle School
Position: Assistant secretary
Other organizations: MAC Scholars

KaDarrius Anderson [Photo]

Age: 14
Grade: 8th grade at Jefferson Junior High School
Position: Education chair
Interests: Basketball, piano

Gary Smith [Photo]

Age: 18
Grade: Senior at Hickman High School
Position: Second vice president
Interests: Football, track
Other organizations: MAC Scholars

Stephany Cox [Photo]

Age: 18
Grade: Senior at Hickman High School
Position: President
Interests: 2008 Homecoming queen, cheerleading
Other organizations: MAC Scholars

Myah McCrary [Photo]

Age: 15
Grade: 9th grade at West Junior High School
Position: Secretary
Interests: Cheerleading, dancing, Tae Kwon Do
Other organizations: MAC Scholars, National Junior Honor Society

A warm embrace [Photo]

Actors Richard Hinschberger, left, and Bill Farfan, share a tender moment as lead characters Albin and Georges in the Columbia Entertainment Company presentation of Jean Poiret's "La Cage aux Folles." The tale of passion, hardship and acceptance will premier at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at CEC.