January 1, 2009
“I have a baby due in July, so I would like to spend more time learning how to cook.” — Jessie Linneman, 24
“We had a great 2008, so I hope to keep it the same.” — Jim Schauwecker, 52
“I hope to quit smoking, get a new job, have better control of my finances and do more hunting.” — Jeff Wegs of Moberly
Andrew Del-Colle writes a regular opinion column for the Missourian.
December 31, 2008
From left to right, Nate Smith, Sam Budzyna, Nicole Mello, Pat Hanson, Daisy Smith and Matt Dreier stop for a photo after the First Night 5K on Wednesday. Dreier finished first and Mello was the first woman to cross the finish line in the annual race through Columbia.
Nicole Mello, 13, was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 18 minutes 20 seconds in the First Night 5k on Wednesday.
Matt Dreier finishes first in the First Night 5K with a time of 16 minutes 37 seconds.
Dressed in Teletubbie outfits Nate Smith, left, and Daisy Smith ride a tandem bicycle as they lead the pack of runners to the finish line next to CyclExtreme on Fourth Street during the First Night 5K on Wednesday.
Runners take off at the start of the First Night 5k on Wednesday. The runners started at Flat Branch Park and followed a route that led them to Mizzou Arena then back to CyclExtreme on Fourth Street.
Runners wait for the start of the First Night 5k near Flat Branch Park.
Graham Geyer, 8, stretches in Flat Branch Park on Wednesday before the start of hte First Night 5K. Geyer, who is a third grader at Rock Bridge Elementary School was running in his first 5k.
Peter Allen of the Parasol Puppets Team performs the story "George and the Dragon" on New Year's Eve as part of the First Night celebration at the Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia.
Eben Misho, 7, Chloe Midkif, 5, and Simon Midkiff, 9, dance around the stars near the Boone County Courthouse following the fireworks show for First Night on Wednesday.
Fireworks launch off the Roger B. Wilson County Government Building in downtown Columbia on Dec. 31 as part of First Night celebrations.
Children and parents watch as fireworks launch off the Roger B. Wilson County Government Building in downtown Columbia on Wednesday night.
Kids at United Methodist Church create noisemakers and masks to celebrate the coming of the new year.
Before midnight Wednesday, lights shine on the Boone County Courthouse as part of First Night Columbia.
Missouri tight end Chase Coffman leaps over a Southeast Missouri State defender during the Tigers home opener against the Redhawks on Sept. 6 at Faurot Field. The Tigers finished their season with a win over Northwestern at the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.