GetAbout Hinkson Creek Trail connection [Graphic]

Choir performs for NAACP anniversary [Photo]

The Second Baptist Inspirational Choir performs for community members gathered Feb. 12 at the Second Baptist Church in commemoration of the NAACP's centennial anniversary.

Mary Ratliff observes 100 years of NAACP history [Photo]

Mary Ratliff, president of both the NAACP's local chapter as well as the Missouri state chapter, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the organization Feb. 12 at the Second Baptist Church. Ratliff, who lived in Mississippi at a time when the NAACP was banned in that state, moved to Columbia with her family in 1957.

NAACP celebrates 100th anniversary [Photo]

The centennial anniversary of the the NAACP was celebrated by Columbia's local chapter at the Second Baptist Church on Feb. 12 with home-cooked refreshments such as meatballs and tuna salad, as well as a whipped cream cake adorned with the organization's insignia. Members of the chapter and community line up for a taste following presentations by Mary Ratliff, Kadarrius Anderson, George Farris, and the Second Baptist Inspirational choir.

LBC Gospel Choir [Slideshow]

To its members, the Legion of Black Collegians Gospel Choir is far more than a group of singers. Over the course of weekly rehearsals and frequent engagements in the city of Columbia and as far away as St. Louis, members develop close friendships and grow together as a family. When talking about the music they sing, choir members emphasize the religious messages of their songs, citing the choir's purpose to minister in the Christian faith to both the audience and to the choir's members.

Gospel choir [Graphic]

Larry Rollins as Lincoln [Photo]

Volunteer Larry Rollins donned a top hat, suit and bow tie to give fifth-graders of Paxton Keeley Elementary School a unique take on Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. Rollins went to Janet Kieffer's fifth-grade class the day before and had a vocabulary list of words in the Gettysburg Address. The vocabulary list, Rollins said, was intended to teach the children words in the Address so that they could understand it better.

Top crash locations in 2008 [Graphic]

Although the number of crashes went down in 2008, most of the accidents occurred in the same locations as in 2007.

the beat 2/11 [Audio]

Chris Belcher, candidate for Columbia Public Schools superintendent [Photo]

Candidate for Columbia Public Schools superintendent Chris Belcher attended a question-and-answer session at Paxton Keeley Elementary School on Thursday.

Superintendent candidate Belcher [Video]

Columbia Public Schools superintendent candidate Chris Belcher answers questions at a community forum Thursday night at Paxton Keeley Elementary School.

Hickman wins final home game [Photo]

Hickman senior Eric Franklin drives through a gap in the Jefferson City defense on Thursday night at Hickman High School. Franklin contributed 18 points to Hickman's 54-33 win over Jefferson City.

Hickman dashes past Jefferson City [Photo]

Hickman junior Jerald Hickem tries to shake Jefferson City senior Khiry Draine on Thursday night during Hickman's 54-33 win. Hickem led all Hickman scorers with 23 points.

Coaching the Kewpies [Photo]

Hickman head coach Ken Ash (left) encourages senior Eric Franklin (not pictured) after making a tough basket while assistant coach Travis Cearley (right) gives out directions to the rest of the team. Hickman gave little ground to Jefferson City, defeating the Jays 54-33.

Gymnasts ready themselves for Beauty and the Beast [Photo]

The MU gymnastics team watches as members take turns practicing their floor routines Thursday. The team will compete in the Beauty and the Beast competition Friday against Illinois.

Pre-diabetes screening [Photo]

Richelle Koopman has developed a tool, shown on the computer screen, to pre-screen patients for diabetes from ages 20 to 64. “It’s totally based on easily measurable or self-reported data,” Koopman said. “What’s really new about it is that it goes down to age 20.” Most previous diabetes screening tools were designed for older patients.

Shakara Jones a stabilizing influence [Photo]

Sophomore forward Shakara Jones fends off KU's Aishah Sutherland on Feb. 7 at Mizzou Arena in a 74-60 victory for the Tigers.

Carroll leads in pressure situations [Photo]

MU's DeMarre Carroll protects the ball against Texas Tech defenders Mike Sinletary, 32, and Alan Voskuil, 20, during the game on Jan. 24 at Mizzou Arena. Carroll is Missouri’s leading scorer with 17.3 points per game, and he’s done his part leading the Tigers in pressure situations. But so far at the end of close games, he hasn’t gotten many chances.

MU gymnasts focus on the balance beam [Photo]

MU junior, Sarah Shire, works on the balance beam during practice on Thursday, February 12, 2009, at the Hearnes Center. During practice, assistant coach Amy Smith blared loud music and shouted chants at the girls while they practiced to prepare them for Friday's noisy meet.

MU flower delivery [Photo]

Randy Slaughter, left, delivers a floral bouquet to an MU address, his first stop on the morning of Feb. 7. "I like this job — it's something different every 10 minutes," Slaughter said.