Sarah Shire balance beam [Photo]

Senior Sarah Shire performs on the balance beam at the MU's Black and Gold meet on Friday night.

Sarah Shire chalks up [Photo]

Mizzou senior Sarah Shire chalks up for the uneven bars at Friday night's Black and Gold meet.

Danielle Guider - Floor Routine [Photo]

Danielle Guider performs her floor routine Friday night at the Black and Gold meet held at the Hearnes Center.

MU Gymnast Danielle Guider [Photo]

MU senior Danielle Guider prepares for her bars routine at the Black and Gold meet on Friday night at the Hearnes Center.

Checking who is open [Photo]

Lyle Harris looks to pass the ball during a practice session on Thursday in the gymnasium at Hickman High School.

Shooting a free throw [Photo]

Lyle Harris practices his free throws during a practice session on Thursday in the gymnasium at Hickman High School.

Owners of Starr Pines help families choose Christmas tree [Slideshow]

The owners of Starr Pines, Wayne and Annie Harmon, help families choose their perfect tree year after year.

Cheryl Brewer [Photo]

Reading a poem to class [Photo]

Megan Accola reads the poem "Channel" to Ginger Donaldson's class on Nov. 20 at Douglass High School. Douglass is now considered a Title I school through the No Child Left Behind Act.

Class work on computers [Photo]

From left, students Megan Accola, Krista Ward and Lorenzo Estes complete computer class work while their teacher, Ginger Donaldson, takes a moment to instruct Ward about her assignment at Douglass High School on Nov. 20. "Douglass is a unique place that gives kids a second chance," Donaldson said. "Students have smaller classes and can spend more quality time with teachers."

Presenting Tupac to class [Photo]

Lorenzo Estes presents "Jada" by Tupac to Ginger Donaldson's class at Douglass High School on Nov. 20. Douglass is now a Title I school under the No Child Left Behind Act.

Analysis of high school population [Graphic]

The No Child Left Behind Act divides each school’s population into subgroups, including racial and ethnic categories and free and discount lunch, to measure test-score disparities among groups of students. Douglass High School became a Title I school when 78 percent of its population became eligible for free and discount lunch.

Local agencies distribute federal homelessness prevention funds [Video]

Three local groups will help identify homeless people who can be helped by a nearly $400,000 federal stimulus grant given to Columbia. One way the money will be used is to pay security deposits to utility companies, which can keep people from being able to afford to move into apartments.

Hannah Dressler [Photo]

Rock Bridge freshman forward Hannah Dressler guards a Blue Springs player during the Norm Stewart Classic Dec. 5 at Columbia College.

Ashley Dressler [Photo]

Rock Bridge's Ashley Dressler fights for the ball with a Booneville player during the Bruins' 42-41 victory Jan. 20, 2005. Dressler is now a redshirt sophomore playing at McKendree University in Illinois.

Jordan Dressler [Photo]

Jordan Dressler drives to the basket during a Rock Bridge boys basketball practice March 3, 2009. Dressler is now a freshman playing at the University of Toledo in Ohio.

Dressler family [Photo]

The Dressler family poses for a family photo outside of Mizzou Arena for Jordan Dressler's high school graduation in May 2009. From left to right: Mark Dressler, Ashley Dressler, Jordan Dressler, Hannah Dressler, Jennifer Dressler.

Mark Dressler [Photo]

Missouri forward Mark Dressler attempts to block a pass from Kansas guard Darnell Valentine in the Tigers' Big Eight postseason tournament semifinal loss to the Jayhawks on March 5, 1980.

Hickman's Lyle Harris [Photo]

Hickman senior point guard Lyle Harris, No. 3, catches his breath with his teammates during a Kewpies practice Dec. 10 at Hickman High School.

MU gymnast Sarah Shire [Photo]

Missouri senior Sarah Shire practices her routine on the balance beam during Monday's gymnastics practice.