Surprising a Kemper winner [Photo]

Robert Torres, left, is congratulated by MU Chancellor Brady Deaton as he awards one of the five 2009 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence to him during a surprise visit in Torres' classroom Monday. Torres is a professor of agriculture education and director of graduate studies in the Department of Agricultural Education in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. "It's a tremendous honor to receive the the Kemper award," Torres said after he was presented a check for $10,000 by Commerce Bank chairman Jim Schatz. "But it's the students who make it all worthwhile." The students of his Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation class, who were just writing their second exam when the award presenters entered the room, applauded and cheered for their teacher when his fellowship was announced. "He's one of the best," Stacy Vincent, one of the students, said. "He makes a topic that sounds very intimidating and boring ... fun and interesting." This year is the 18th time that the office of the MU Chancellor awards the William T. Kemper fellowship.

Matt Wilson teaches about jazz [Photo]

Matt Wilson, who is in Columbia with his group The Matt Wilson Quartet, gives a lecture on the history of jazz drumming at the Columbia Public Library on Monday. Wilson said he is intrigued with different sounds and implements many different found and created objects into his drumming.

Chris Janku often jogs at Bear Trail Creek [Photo]

Chris Janku poses against the sign for Bear Creek Trail, a place where he often jogs. Janku is Columbia's current City Council representative for the Second Ward, but has decided not to run for re-election.

Chris Janku jogs on Bear Creek Trail [Photo]

Chris Janku jogs along Bear Creek Trail. Janku often uses the trail, which is near his home, for exercise. Janku is stepping down after 18 years on the Columbia City Council.

1991 Chris Janku advertisement [Photo]

Chris Janku published this advertisement in the Columbia Missourian a few days before his first City Council election in 1991. Janku has served six terms on the council.

Chris Janku speaks at council meeting [Photo]

Chris Janku, Second Ward councilman, speaks at a Columbia City Council meeting on Jan. 5. Janku is not running for re-election.

Dogs in cages in Ava [Photo]

Dogs are seen in cages on property in Ava belonging to puppy breeder Marilyn Shepherd. Shepherd, who sells puppies via the Internet, has been the subject of three federal licensing complaints but still maintains a state license. Missouri is the "puppy mill" capital of America, home to more than 4,000 shoddy and inhumane dog-breeding businesses, by one estimate. But now the state is trying to shed its reputation, with the chief of the Agriculture Department pledging to do more to crack down on bad breeders.

Members of Columbia Farmers Market discuss local food [Photo]

Eric Reuter, member-at-large of the Columbia Farmers Market. Reuter, along with Joanna Reuter, brings produce and herbs from his farm, Chert Hollow Farm, to sell at the Columbia Farmers Market. Reuter took part in a Q & A about local food Friday evening at Sycamore restaurant.

Columbia Farmers Market holds Spring Round Up Community Day [Photo]

Dr. Kamyar Enshayan, director of the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education, was in Columbia to speak at the Spring Round Up Community Day held by the Columbia Farmers Market on Saturday.

Members of Columbia Farmers Market meet at Sycamore restaurant [Photo]

Dr. Kamyar Enshayan (center), director of the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy and Environmental Education, makes a point during a discussion with members of the Columbia Farmers Market on Friday evening at Sycamore restaurant.

Columbia Farmers Market treasurer talks about local food [Photo]

Columbia Farmers Market Treasurer Vera Gelder speaks at Sycamore restaurant with other members about various topics concerning local food. Gelder and her husband, Art, own Walk-About Acres farm and are vendors at the Farmers Market.

Residents unharmed in duplex fire [Photo]

The left side of the two-story duplex on Creeks Edge Court was scorched, and the other side suffered minor smoke damage. None of the residents were injured in the fire.

Three fire engines respond to duplex fire [Photo]

Three engines responded to a call at Creeks Edge Court, when the garage of the two-story duplex caught fire. A neighbor's visitor saw and alerted the tenants.

Firefighters respond to fire at duplex [Photo]

Firefighters enter the duplex at Creeks Edge Court. A visitor at a neighbor's house saw flames from the garage at around 11:40 a.m. and immediately alerted the occupants.

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An angel for a child [Photo]

An angel stands beside many others that Mike Stephens has made to sell or give away to a family in need. Stephens said he sometimes gets help from his family members to make the angels, but he still does most of the work himself.

Mike Stephens makes angels [Photo]

Mike Stephens places wings on one of the many angels that he makes for terminally ill and disabled children and their families on March 10 in Sedalia.

Raw food smorgasbord [Photo]

Columbia Raw Food Meetup Group members Shirley Fairchild, left, and Dorothy Sutherland survey the smorgasbord of raw food offerings including eggplant pizza, mango tart and banana cream pie.

Blazin' Jane [Photo]

Columbia Raw Food Meetup Group founder Jane Smith, who goes by "Blazin' Jane" online, listens to a member speak during the group's monthly meeting.

Colorful nutrients [Photo]

A group member samples raw entrees prepared by other members during the monthly get together in Columbia. "It's colorful because we don't cook all of the nutrients out of it," said Jane Smith.