Commercial flight service resumes at Columbia Regional [Video]

Mesaba Airlines, a Northwest Airlines partner, began operating commercial flights out of Columbia Regional Airport on Tuesday. The airline will offer Columbia nonstop service to Memphis and onward connections to domestic and international destinations through Northwest Airlines.

Record number of freshmen rushing at MU [Photo]

Potential members of sororities travel across the intersection of Kentucky Boulevard and Richmond Avenue on Monday, the first day of rush week. They will visit the 14 chapter houses between Monday and Tuesday. Each chapter will accept about 70 of the incoming students, but there are more people interested in joining the sororities than there are spaces for them.

Sorority recruits make introductions [Photo]

Women of Alpha Chi Omega, left, introduce themselves to potential members on Monday, the first day of rush week. "We're a really big Greek community," said Audrey Danner, a facilitator for rush week. The final decisions on chapter placement will be made on Saturday.

Missouri Theatre performers [Photo]

Performing Arts in Children’s Education members staged “Aladdin Jr.” in the renovated Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.

Football practice [Photo]

Brian Coulter, a junior defensive end from Baker, La., who is currently sidelined with a bad ankle sprain, watches a drill during Monday morning's football practice on Faurot Field at MU.

Edwards wins Cup race at Michigan [Photo]

Columbia native Carl Edwards celebrates winning the NASCAR 3M Performance 400 auto race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Edwards also won Saturday in the Nationwide Series race in Michigan

Increase in theft from cars [Graphic]

Eco Schoolhouse ready for 2008 school year [Photo]

Grant Elementary's Eco Schoolhouse, shown here on Saturday, has walls and a ceiling that keep the temperature of the classroom steady, leaving little need for outside energy. The schoolhouse's building crew is working double time to finish in time for school.

Blessings for pets at Unitarian Universalist Church [Photo]

Corinne Mann holds her pet bunny Goldilock at a pet blessing ceremony. Several members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia took their beloved pets to a blessing ceremony on Sunday.

Pets get blessings at Unitarian Universalist Church [Photo]

Fran Reynolds introduces her two dogs, Maggie on the left and Toby on the right, during a pets blessing ceremony at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia. Members of the Church brought their pets to be blessed on Sunday.

Pets get blessed at Unitarian Universalist Church [Video]

Lay Service Leader, Marianne Erickson, leads a Unitarian animal blessing service.

Race of city employees [Graphic]

Wage ranges among racial groups [Graphic]

Gender of city employees [Graphic]

Chase speaks [Photo]

Phyllis Chase visits with Alex Geyer, right, and Andrea Morales at Mill Creek Elementary School during her time spent as Columbia Public Schools' superintendent. Chase announced her retirement Aug. 5 and sat down for an interview with the Missourian Aug. 7.

Tiles made of corn [Photo]

Steve Schaefer shows Avery Danziger samples of the tile he is preparing to install in the Eco Schoolhouse. Schaefer said that the tiles, which are made of corn, are likely the first of their kind to be installed in the area.

Tiling the floor [Photo]

Avery Danziger films Steve Schaefer (front) and his brother Mike, both of Steve Schaefer Flooring, while they prepare the floor of the Eco Schoolhouse for tiles. The tiles being installed are made of corn.

Making budget [Photo]

Ken Leija films architect Nicholas Peckham and contractor Scott Powell outside of the Eco Schoolhouse. Leija and others are making a documentary about the building of the schoolhouse. According to Powell, all of the labor and much of the building supplies have been donated. "It's a $250,000 building on a $30,000 budget. That doesn't happen everyday," he said.

MU quarterback Chase Daniel [Photo]

Missouri's Chase Daniel was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy after the Tigers' 2007 season.

The cost of keeping horses [Photo]

It costs at least $1,825 to keep a horse per year, according to the American Association of Equine Practitioners. That’s not including hoof care, veterinary and health care bills. The total cost of keeping a horse can easily amount to $5,000 yearly.