One family, two truck drivers [Photo]

Caleb Thompson and his parents, Jeff and Cassi, walk their dog in front of their Centralia home. Jeff Thompson works as a truck driver for Swift Transportation Co. Inc., and often finds himself away from his family three weeks to a month at a time due to his job.

A most important truck stop [Photo]

Jeff Thompson plays with his son Caleb, 3 in front of Thompson's semi-truck. Thompson's job as a truck driver forces him to be away for extended periods of time: "I like the job. I just don't like being away from him (Caleb)."

Ryan Asbridge [Photo]

Ryan Asbridge graduated from Rock Bridge High School, earned three degrees from MU and has been involved in the Columbia community.

Million Man March [Photo]

From left, Tracy Edwards (Chief First Ward ambassador), Nathan Stephens (director of the Black Culture Center at MU), and Darrell Foster (First Ward ambassador) link arms at the end of the gathering for the 13th anniversary of the Million Man March Sunday afternoon at Douglass Park. Speakers encouraged positive change, decreasing crime and increasing community and youth involvement in the First Ward.

Film festival features workshop [Photo]

Stephanie Barber, left, shows Candice Carmichael how to design a strip of film during a handmade film workshop at the Citizen Jane Film Festival on Sunday morning at Stephens College.

Citizen Jane Film Festival offers workshop [Photo]

Isabel Accurso, left, and Jane Accurso look at film against the light to better the image during a handmade film workshop on Sunday at the Citizen Jane Film Festival.

Pinkel ponders awful first half [Photo]

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel walks off the field at halftime of the Tigers' 56-31 loss Saturday at Texas.

Too many cases [Photo]

Closed files from the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1, 2008, fill several columns of filing cabinets in the Columbia Public Defender’s office storage room. By the end of the fiscal year at least 56 filing cabinet drawers will be packed full of paperwork.

Piles of work [Photo]

District Defender Kevin O’Brien works on the paperwork covering his desk at Columbia’s Public Defender’s office on Wednesday afternoon. The piles of case work represent only five business days' worth of files.


The city of Columbia is looking to buy the Anderson family's land in order to build a Perche Creek trail.

Taking orders [Photo]

David Melnick takes customer Mitchell Frechmann's order at Hot Box Cookies. Friday was the grand opening of the cookie store, and Melnick is one of the three MU juniors who started the business. A customer can order pre-made cookies or have custom ones cooked and delivered in pizza boxes.

Creating cookies [Photo]

Adam Hendin prepares a cookie for the oven by combining peanut butter cookie dough and several ingredients at Hot Box Cookies on Friday.

Cookies on display [Photo]

Adam Hendin places cookies in the display during the grand opening of Hot Box Cookies on Friday. Hendin is one of the owners and managers of the shop, which he and two fellow MU students started.


Missouri's unemployment insurance funds are expected to remain viable for five more months.

Chestnut Roast [Slideshow]

The MU Center for Agroforestry held its sixth annual Chestnut Roast in an effort on Saturday to spread awareness for the nut and other agricultural products.  The festival included a variety of activities, such as cooking demonstrations, walking tours and events for children. There was also live music, with Ironweed Bluegrass performing throughout the day. Businesses from across Missouri set up booths showcasing their various products, such as wine, goat cheese and roasted pecans.

Chase Coffman makes a catch for MU [Photo]

Missouri tight end Chase Coffman hauls in a Chase Daniel pass over Texas cornerback Deon Beasley to set up a touchdown Oct. 18 in Austin, Texas.

Signs of the time — a long time [Photo]

Russel Breyfogle and Dick Parker talk with Bob Gibson, an Army veteran, during a vigil outside the Columbia post office Saturday. Today was the 25th anniversary of the Fellowship of Reconciliation's weekly vigils.

Rally at Liberty Memorial [Photo]

Barack Obama ended the day in Kansas City, where he spoke for about a half hour. Other speakers included Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and others.

From one end of the state to the other [Photo]

Obama prepares to address the crowd in Kansas City. Early in the day, he spoke to an estimated 100,000 people, the most people for one of his events in the U.S.

Don Choate [Photo]