PHOTO GALLERY: Purple Bird Project raises awareness, money for epilepsy

Chris Heuer and Amy Lake make porcelain bird whistles and other items in their home pottery studio in Columbia. They started the Purple Bird Project in July to help support their 10-year-old-daughter Helen, who has epilepsy.

PHOTO GALLERY: Candidates for recorder of deeds prepare for election

Candidates for Boone County recorder of deeds Lisa Ballenger and Nora Dietzel host fundraisers leading up to the election. Recorder of Deeds Bettie Johnson is not seeking re-election after nearly 35 years on the job.

PHOTO GALLERY: Recent Columbia winters have been harsh

Columbia has had some nasty winters in recent years. This winter's outlook is a bit better, though: The National Weather Service predicted this week that a repeat of last year's harsh winter is unlikely.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU students perform in second annual Black 'N Gold Drag Show

On Saturday, MU's LGBTQ Resource Center hosted the third annual Black 'N Gold Drag Show. A dozen performers entertained a standing-room-only crowd of more than 150 in Stotler Lounge.

PHOTO GALLERY: Participants go pink for Alisha's Pink Pumpkin Painting Party

Participants decorated breast cancer-themed pumpkins at Alisha's Pink Pumpkin Painting Party on Saturday. All of the pumpkins used at the event were grown at the MU Bradford Research Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Annual Stallion Stampede fundraiser attracts crowd

Shepard Boulevard Elementary School held its annual Stallion Stampede fundraiser on Saturday. The school plans to use the money raised to buy iPads, and some of the proceeds will go to the Parent Teacher Student Organization.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge falls to Christian Brothers College High School

Rock Bridge fell to Christian Brothers College High School 40-26 on Friday. The loss puts Rock Bridge's record at 4-5 heading into next week's district playoffs.

PHOTO GALLERY: Opening night of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"

Talking Horse Productions had its opening night of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" on Friday. Before the show, the actors gathered on stage to perform vocal exercises.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri volleyball falls to LSU at home

MU and LSU faced off Friday in a women's volleyball match at Hearnes Center ending in an LSU sweep of Missouri. The loss was Missouri's first in Southeastern Conference play.

PHOTO GALLERY: Remembering 1985

The last time the Kansas City Royals were in the World Series, Woody Widenhofer coached the MU Tigers; Ray Beck was Columbia's city manager; Stephens College had just gotten its first woman president, Patsy Sampson; and Rodney Smith was Columbia's mayor.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mid-Missouri corn farmers harvest their crop

Missouri farmers are currently harvesting the season's corn, which is expected to be a bumper crop.

PHOTO GALLERY: Scott Dalrymple inaugurated as Columbia College president

Columbia College inaugurated Scott Dalrymple as its 17th president Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Serey Reth talks about her escape from the Khmer Rouge

Serey Reth escaped from the Khmer Rouge in 1979 by walking to Thailand from Cambodia. She then immigrated to the United States after being sponsored by a church in Macon, Missouri.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge defeats Hickman on senior night

The Rock Bridge varsity volleyball team beat Hickman Thursday on senior night at Rock Bridge High School.

PHOTO GALLERY: Crews search for hiker who fell from cliff

Rescue crews searched Thursday for a man who called 911 and said he fell off a cliff. Searchers recovered the body of Randall Fennewald on Thursday night in Callaway County near Cedar Creek.

PHOTO GALLERY: Battle High School practices before Hannibal game

Battle High School practices Wednesday. The football team's next game is Friday against Hannibal.

PHOTO GALLERY: Homecoming blood drive puts pressure on Greek members to donate

Students and community members have been donating blood this week for MU's Homecoming blood drive. The Homecoming rules state that Greek chapters need 100 percent participation to receive full points for the blood drive portion of the competition. The blood drives came under scrutiny 10 years ago when Greek chapter members were encouraged to donate even if they didn't qualify under the American Red Cross regulations.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman soccer beats Battle

The Battle High School varsity soccer team played Hickman High School on Wednesday. Hickman won 2-0.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ability Exhibit teaches students about disability awareness

The traveling Ability Exhibit debuted at Saint Louis University in 2010 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Through various interactive activities, it aims to educate the public about the awareness of disability issues.

PHOTO GALLERY: A Columbia house stands ready for Halloween

Halloween is Chanda Hughey's favorite holiday. She has been collecting the decorations for her Columbia home for about 10 years.