1209Hoops3 [Photo]

Missouri's RaeShara Brown recovers the ball from Bradley's Monica Rogers, left, and Raisa Taylor on Dec. 9 at Mizzou Arena.

A lawyer and a consultant [Photo]

Sarah Read goes over the status of First Christian Church with other members of the church planning committee.

Listening is part of the job [Photo]

Sarah Read listens as other members of the First Christian Church planning committee debate the church's meeting room rental rates and schedule. Read is involved with several planning committees across the city to try to help improve quality of life in Columbia.

Sarah Bowman talks on a cell phone at Rock Bridge [Photo]

Sarah Bowman, a sophomore at Rock Bridge High School, talks on her cell phone on Dec. 2. With her is Kyle Sherman. Students are allowed to use their cell phones any time in cell phone zones, which include the cafeteria, commons area and designated hallways.

Rock Bridge students in the school's cell phone zone [Photo]

From left, Josh Gaskins, Grant Hunter and Collin Morris play on their cell phones between lunch breaks at Rock Bridge High School on Dec. 2, 2008. Rock Bridge has designated cell phone zones in which students are allowed to use their cell phones.

Welch Lake dam public hearing 1997 [Graphic]

Retirement community residents treated to Christmas concert [Slideshow]

The MU Bassoon Ensemble, directed by professor Rodney Ackmann, performed an arrangement of 30 classic Christmas carols for the residents at Boone Landing Retirement Center late Monday afternoon. The audience sang along and found the concert to be an enjoyable experience. Students in the bassoon ensemble said that if invited again, they would be happy to play for residents next year as well.

Ashok Cutkosky [Photo]

Ashok Cutkosky won a $20,000 scholarship over the weekend in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology at New York University.

Residents applaud music ensemble [Photo]

Barbara Hawkins and Charles Pinney applaud at the conclusion of song by the MU Bassoon Ensemble at the Boone Landing Reitrement Center Monday evening. The ensemble played an hours worth of classic Christmas carols that residents could sing along to.

MU men's basketball player Jarrett Sutton [Photo]

Missouri's Jarrett Sutton, right, moves into position during the last few minutes of the Tigers' victory against California on Sunday at Mizzou Arena. Sutton tried but failed to walk on to the Missouri men's basketball team as a freshmen last season. This season he earned a spot on the Tigers' roster.

Columbia celebrates Kwanzaa [Video]

Columbia residents gathered at Douglass High School on Saturday to celebrate family and community ties in their annual Kwanzaa celebration. This is the 15th year that Columbia has put on the African-American holiday festival in hopes that Columbia residents will better understand their traditions and put an emphasis on community and family togetherness.

Bassoon ensemble entertains retirement home [Photo]

The MU Bassoon Ensemble, directed by Rod Ackman, performed a variety of Christmas songs for residents at the Boone Landing Retirement Center on Monday. Ackman has been conducting the Ensemble since the fall of 2007.

'A Dickens Victorian Christmas' at Stephens [Slideshow]

The Stephens College School of Performing Arts and the Stephens Concert Choir perform "A Dickens Victorian Christmas" Dec. 7, 8 and 9. The festive performance takes place at the Historic Senior Hall parlors on the Stephens campus. The night is filled with music, food and dancing.

Hickman basketball player Marcus Whitt [Photo]

Hickman sophomore Marcus Whitt, left, takes the ball past Poplar Bluff's Chris Kilgore in Sunday's game at the Norm Stewart Classic.

Mizzou Invitational [Slideshow]

Both the MU men's and women's swim teams won the inaugural Mizzou Invitational held at the Mizzou Aquatic Center from December 5-7. The teams combined to break seven school records over the course of the three-day event. Senior Lori Halvorson broke three individual records for the Tiger women (100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, 200-year individual medley) and was also part of the record-setting 400-yard freestyle relay.

25th annual Holiday Home Tour [Video]

The Women’s Symphony League held its 25th annual Holiday Home Tour on Dec. 6 and 7. The tour began with a bake sale, gypsy boutique and silent auction at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. Four homes were on exhibit, including the home of John and Linda Barton on Rodeo Drive.

MU's DeMarre Carroll vs. California [Photo]

Missouri forward DeMarre Carroll takes the ball past California's Jorge Gutierrez, left, and Harper Kamp in the first half of Sunday's victory at Mizzou Arena.

Separating mail [Photo]

Alan Austene separates mail. He has seen a growth spurt in the past few years, with mailboxes and stops becoming more frequent on his mail route.

Mail drop [Photo]

Alan Austene drops off mail on Academy Road. He uses his own vehicle to zigzag on and off dirt roads throughout Hallsville.

On his mail route [Photo]

Alan Austene drives along Kemper Road during his mail route. He and two fellow mail carriers deliver to Hallsville's 1,353 mailboxes.