Rock Bridge chest bump [Photo]

Rock Bridge tight end Austin Ray (80) and wide receiver Nate Egharevba celebrate a play with a chest bump.

MU freshman golfer Brad Moody [Photo]

Freshman golfer Brad Moody chips the ball onto the green during a Tigers practice Wednesday at The Club at Old Hawthorne. While in high school in Jefferson City, Moody won four of the five tournaments he participated in as a senior.

MU soccer player Bree Thornton [Photo]

Senior Bree Thornton dribbles the ball around Edith Lopez during a Tigers practice Tuesday at Walton Field.

The SteelDrivers [Photo]

The SteelDrivers, a bluegrass band with connections to Columbia, will play at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Saturday.

Paquin Tower heating system [Photo]

The heating system in Paquin Tower will receive $1.8 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for energy savings improvements. Currently, residents in the building's 200 units cannot control their rooms' heat unless they open their windows. Once the improvement project is completed, the building could save up to 42 percent of its current heating costs.

Stimulus funds for Paquin Tower heating [Document]

This is the news release from the Columbia Housing Authority detailing specifics of the heating system upgrade for Paquin Tower funded by stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Agriculture area around Columbia [Graphic]

Boone County has drafted an abeyance regulation that would prohibit development on agricultural land for six years if it is cleared and graded. This map shows the land around Columbia zoned as agricultural, urban agricultural, and agricultural-residential.

Rivals all ready [Photo]

City Hall Silhouette [Photo]

Construction equipment sits two stories up on the corner of East Broadway and Eighth Street for the addition to City Hall, which is slated for completion by the end of 2009. "Ninety-five percent of the exterior shell from the original building will be reused in addition to some recycled ceiling tiles, carpet, counter tops and steel," said project architect Diane Mansfield.

Hindman at City Hall construction [Photo]

Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman visits the new City Hall addition at 701 E. Broadway on Wednesday. Assistant City Manager Tony St. Romaine said he anticipates the first council meeting of January 2010 will be in the new facilities.

Judging at Roots 'N' Blues [Photo]

George Lynn of Memphis, Tenn., prepares meat for the grill. Lynn competed with the Crispy Critters group at the Roots 'N' Blues Festival BBQ competition on October 3, 2008.

Rivals all ready [Photo]

Fire Factor focuses on fire safety [Video]

Students gathered along Ninth Street on Wednesday to participate in Fire Factor with the Columbia Fire Department. The event included practice with a fire extinguisher, an obstacle course to test firefighting skills, as well as a demonstration of a residence hall room fire. This is the ninth year the Fire Department has worked with MU to put on this event.

Alden speaks on campus [Photo]

Missouri Director of Athletics Mike Alden addressed various topics Wednesday during a Q&A session at the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Pfeiffer switches positions [Photo]

Wilson Pfeiffer grew up playing quarterback, but he has switched to cornerback after returning to play football this year.

Pfeiffer back on football field [Photo]

Rock Bridge's Wilson Pfeiffer runs a play during practice Wednesday at Faurot Field. After making the difficult decision to quit football his sophomore year to focus on baseball, he is back on the football field.

Blues in the schools [Photo]

T.J. Wheeler talks to students at Grant Elementary School about the history of blues music and the civil rights movement. Wheeler is the Artist in Residence at Grant for his third year in a row, singing and telling stories as part of his program entitled Hope, Heroes and the Blues. As part of this program he works with a group of students in the Blues Corps to write and perform songs at this weekend's Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival.

Children laugh at funny song [Photo]

Grant Elementary School students Henry Wilson, left, Raya Aberbach, Ellie Kayser, Audrey Roloff, and Karlee Shettlesworth laugh as T.J. Wheeler sings a funny line from the song they are collaboratively writing during the Blues Corps practice at Grant. The fourth and fifth graders who make up the Blues Corps make suggestions to Wheeler as he composes the song, which they will perform together this weekend at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival.

Freestyle blues singing [Photo]

Megan Matchell, left, and Shalyn Barclay get ready to freestyle sing over a song sung by the other Blues Corps students under T.J. Wheeler's direction at Grant Elementary School. Wheeler is the Artist in Residence at Grant for the third year in a row and is leading the Blues Corps in writing two original songs they will perform at this weekend's Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival.

Northeast Development [Graphic]

The Boone County and Columbia planning and zoning commissions heard feedback from the community Tuesday night regarding future development of 3,104 acres northeast of Columbia. The area contains the site of the new Columbia public high school, which is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2013.