Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday [Photo]

A small crowd gathers at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Garden as Valerie Shaw, treasurer of the local and state NAACP chapter speaks about the events going on to celebrate what would be Martin Luther King Jr.'s 80th birthday. The crowd then loaded in to their cars and proceeded in a motorcade to Second Baptist Church Monday.

Columbia resident reflects on Martin Luther King Jr. [Slideshow]

Columbians honored Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday at an early morning meal, called the Poor People’s Breakfast, and a late-morning memorial service at Second Baptist Church. George Farris, who received a lifetime achievement award at the service, reflected on King’s vision.

Ready to head to Washington, D.C. [Photo]

Lyn Williams directs Ben Ogawa to put packages of bottled water on the bus before a group of Columbia residents departs for Washington, D.C. on Sunday. Ogawa, a junior at Rock Bridge High School, was one of many high school students and others from around Columbia who were making the trip to the nation's capital for the Barack Obama's inauguration on Tuesday.

Opening inauguration ceremonies [Photo]

President-elect Barack Obama speaks during "We Are One: Opening Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial" in Washington on Sunday.

On a bus to Washington, D.C. [Photo]

Sarah Ludeman, left, applauds as Lyn Williams announces the bus is set for departure to Washington D.C. on Sunday. A group of nearly 60 people from Columbia, including several high school students, headed to the nation's capital for the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Martin Luther King Jr. portrait [Photo]

Leonore Templeton poses with a portrait of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Conn., on Jan. 15. The portrait of King is part of an exhibit of paintings of civil rights leaders painted by Templeton's husband, the late Robert Templeton. The portrait of King was painted from photographs provided to the artist by King's wife, Coretta Scott King.

Attempt to score [Photo]

MU forward Leo Lyons (5) attempts to score over Iowa State forward Craig Brackins (21) on Saturday.

Hands high [Photo]

MU forward Leo Lyons (5), center, and teammates Justin Safford (23), left, and Kim English (24) celebrate a basket scored by their teammate Jarrett Sutton, late in the game against Iowa State on Saturday.

Looking for space [Photo]

MU forward DeMarre Carroll (1) tries to get the ball past Iowa State guard Bryan Petersen (22) and Craig Brackins (21) on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Tug of war [Photo]

MU guard Matt Lawrence (33), left, fights over the ball with Iowa State forward Craig Brackins (21) on Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena.

On guard [Photo]

MU guard Zaire Taylor (11), right, plays defense against Iowa State guard Wes Eikmeier (12) on Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena.

Site for proposed funeral home [Graphic]

Heavy fire destroys home [Photo]

County firefighters extinguished a home fire Saturday morning at 1351 W. Akeman Bridge Road. No injuries were reported, but the the Boone County Fire Protection District said the house was a "total loss."

Fire causes extensive damage to vacant residence [Photo]

The Boone County Fire Protection District responded to a 911 call about a house fire at 3630 Old Ridge Road just before 1 a.m. Saturday. The house is vacant and for sale and sustained extensive damage; no injuries were reported.

Black Parents Association holds first meeting [Photo]

Robin Hubbard gives her thoughts on issues she thinks should be addressed in the newly created Black Parents Association of Columbia Public Schools on Thursday night at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Hubbard spoke of social distance and how it affects educational achievement.

Iowa State's Craig Brackins [Photo]

Iowa State's Craig Brackins, center, defends against Missouri's DeMarre Carroll in a Tigers victory in March of 2008 at Mizzou Arena. Brackins has been named Big 12 player of the week twice in 2009.

Mr. Kid Bars competes in barrel racing [Photo]

Mr. Kid Bars was a champion barrel racer and won a Missouri State Fair competition in 1988. Joe Henry Shallenburger, riding Kid, is 2 years older than the horse. Shallenburger and Kid have competed in pole racing and the American Royal event in Kansas City.

Mr. Kid Bars stays warm in the winter [Photo]

Mr. Kid Bars hangs out around Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center during the winter with Karen Grindler, director of Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center. Mr. Kid Bars wears a lightweight coat from New Zealand, donated to keep him warm.

Mr. Kid Bars turns 40 [Photo]

Mr. Kid Bars turned 40 this year. When asked the secret of Kid's old age, Grindler joked that he doesn't drink alcohol and doesn't smoke, but said lots of love and attention help keep him in great condition.

Mr. Kid Bars nuzzles a friend [Photo]

Karen Grindler, director of Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center, kisses Mr.Kid Bars after his lunch Thursday afternoon. Kid eats three times a day to keep his shape while other regular horses eat twice a day, which might account for his unusually old age. "His favorite snack is a carrot," Grindler said.