Glenn Geiger lived through Depression [Photo]

Glenn Geiger, a charter member of Broadway Christian Church, listens to a speaker during the morning breakfast that kicked off the church's 50th anniversary celebration Sunday. Geiger experienced another time when the state of the economy caused much concern — the Great Depression.

Students paint pumpkins for senior citizens [Photo]

Dante Churchill and Austin Nelson, both 12, paint pumpkins at the Holiday Inn Select in Columbia on Tuesday. Churchill and Nelson are part of a family and consumer science club at Lange Middle School.

Kids paint pumpkins for senior citizens [Photo]

Middle-school students painted pumpkins, such as the one shown here, for senior citizens on Tuesday. They then helped to deliver them to nursing homes.

OSU's Zach Robinson [Photo]

Oklahoma State quarterback Zach Robinson scores against Texas A&M on Saturday. Robinson, a first-year starter, has led the Cowboys to the third-best scoring offense in the country, averaging 52.6 points.

Pet blessing slideshow [Slideshow]

Members of Missouri United Methodist Church celebrated the lives of their pets Monday, Oct. 7 with their annual “Blessing of the Animals” ceremony. Held in the courtyard facing Ninth Street, people brought their pets to be blessed by the Rev. Jim Bryan as they paraded them through the area. Hymns, prayers, and scripture readings themed in animal companionship were shared as participants enjoyed the diverse set of animals and the pleasant fall weather.

Gallery Crawl sparks conversation [Photo]

Artist Ming Zhou and graduate student Molly Frankel talk about Zhou's collection entitled "Glorious Life." The collection was displayed in the craft studio's gallery at MU as part of the Gallery Crawl on Tuesday.

Gallery crawl [Photo]

Samantha Genochio expresses her feelings about a painting to her friend Rebecca Prinster. The painting by Ming Zhou was displayed in the craft studio's gallery at MU as part of the Gallery Crawl on Tuesday.

Calvary Episcopal Chapel holds pet blessing [Audio]

Calvary Episcopal Church held their annual pet blessing ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 1 during St. Francis of Assisi Day. Members brought their pet cats, dogs and even a snail to the evening Eucharist, then led them to the courtyard to receive a blessing from the Rev. Paula Robinson and the Rev. Amy Chambers Cortright. The congregation offered prayers and thanksgiving for the companionship and joy they find in their pets.

Columbia solar power [Photo]

Missouri Solar Applications Chief Executive Officer Vaughn X. Prost in front of Columbia's first solar panel on Bernadette Drive. The recently installed panel will allow Columbia residents to receive solar energy for an extra $4 a month on their energy bill.

Roots 'N' Blues jazz service [Slideshow]

Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ was the influence for the Canterbury and Cambridge choirs at Calvary Episcopal Church Sunday. Director Ed Hanson led his choir in a jazz service inspired by the festival.

Broken dam [Photo]

Trash and debris on the backside of the Welch Lake dam make it hard to inspect the dam for structural problems that can cause the dam to fail.

wild onions [Photo]

Pressed specimens of wild onions native to Missouri are cataloged in the herbarium at the University of Missouri's Museum Support Center. Wheeler is working with similar specimens from all over the continent in her effort to classify the wild onions of North America.

Erica Wheeler [Photo]

Erica Wheeler, a biological sciences doctoral student stands in the herbarium at University of Missouri's Museum Support Center. The herbarium contains preserved samples of the wild onions that Wheeler is working to classify through DNA analysis.

"How to Succeed..." characters [Photo]

Alexandra Milner and Grant Watkins rehearse a scene for the production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." The play tells the tale of J. Pierrepont, a window cleaner with dreams of success in the business world and a book that will show him how.

"How to Succeed.." stage [Photo]

Grant Watkins and Stephen Kruse rehearse a scene for "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Rhynsburger Theatre. The musical is directed by James M. Miller and will take place Oct. 7-12.

'Gumbo Bottoms' float [Slideshow]

In efforts to stir up interest in next month’s “Gumbo Bottoms: A Big Muddy Musical” paddlers floated down the Missouri River on Sunday from Rocheport to Huntsdale. Writer Meredith Ludwig introduced lifetime river local Fred Oerly who told stories about growing up near the “Mighty Missouri,” and gave background to the slimy river muck he calls “gumbo.”
River regulars Brett Dufur of Mighty Mo Canoe Rental and Steve Johnson of the Missouri River Communities Network both lent their expertise to Sunday’s event that began just after noon and concluded around 6 p.m.
“Gumbo Bottoms: A Big Muddy Musical” begins Nov. 21 at Boonville’s Thespian Hall.

Drawing of proposed garage [Photo]

Artist rendering of what the potential parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets will look like. The issue was discussed at the City Council meeting Monday night.

Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant [Photo]

Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant Bryant, top, has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA because the All-America receiver lied about details of a meeting with former NFL player Deion Sanders.

Hickman volleyball's Madelyn and Emily Tegerdine [Photo]

Emily, left, and sister Madelyn Tegerdine say they didn't always take playing volleyball at Hickman as seriously as they do now.

Paquin Tower bus driver goes above and beyond [Photo]

Mike Bishop, left, gets help from Columbia Parks and Recreation bus driver Jim Umstattd onto the handicap-friendly bus to Aldi on Thursday outside of Paquin Tower.