PHOTO GALLERY: Boone County commissioners sworn in

Boone County Commissioners Janet Thompson and Karen Miller were sworn in to office at a ceremony Tuesday at the Boone County Government Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: First Night Columbia 2012

Families came out to enjoy First Night Columbia, which offered entertainment for all ages. The themes for the celebration were youth and guitars.

PHOTO GALLERY: Snow falls on New Year's Eve in Columbia

A New Year's Eve snow brought out snow plows and street sweepers in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cat Rehma serves homemade food at Cats Kitchen

Cat Rehma opened her restaurant, Cats Kitchen, in Columbia on Nov. 1. Rehma said she believes in serving homemade, non-processed food.

PHOTO GALLERY: The Beethovens rehearse in advance of First Night performance

The Beethovens, a musical group that plays classical rock versions of Beethoven classics, rehearses at the Missouri Theatre. The group will perform as part of Columbia's First Night Celebration for New Year's Eve.

PHOTO GALLERY: Most-read stories of 2012

These photographs represent some of the most-read stories of 2012 by the Missourian's readers in Columbia and overall.

PHOTO GALLERY: Emma O'Connell started website to help small farms

Emma O'Connell, who has a garden at her home near Rocheport, started the website Pick-A-Pepper to connect small farms to consumers.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cats wait for adoption at Humane Society

The Central Missouri Humane Society is allowing people to name their own price for cat adoptions this month.

PHOTO GALLERY: Gamer promotes healthy lifestyle

Jack Jones, an avid video gamer, started a website to help other gamers live a healthy lifestyle after struggling with depression, poor health and low self-esteem.

PHOTO GALLERY: Passion for Christmas lights leads to 30,000 lights on house, yard

Ryan Schultz stands in front of his decorated home in Columbia, which he calls the Candy Cane Crib. This is the fourth year that Schultz has decorated his home and yard, and this year's display has more than 3,000 lights.

PHOTO GALLERY: E-bike business owners promote green energy

Ryan Kanavich and John Robert Holmes, co-owners of Volt Riders on Sexton Road, teamed up to start the business after they discovered a mutual interest in green transportation.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri defeats Illinois in Braggin' Rights game

Missouri defeated Illinois 82-73 at the Braggin' Rights game Saturday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

PHOTO GALLERY: Blacksmith pursues artistic dream

Justin Tattitch owns Whiskey Barrel Forge Blacksmith & Primitive Arts. He mostly makes tools but is starting to make more art pieces. He hopes to one day become a full-time blacksmith.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fifth-grade class collects donations for Room at the Inn

Fifth-grade students at Mill Creek Elementary School collected and wrapped donations for the Room at the Inn homeless shelter at a holiday party Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Carolers raise money for Columbia family

Carolers gathered Thursday evening to raise money for a Columbia family who are struggling to pay medical and other bills.

PHOTO GALLERY: Chamber honors retiring president

Members of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce honored Don Laird during a reception Thursday evening. Laird officially leaves his post on Jan. 15.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fire at Sound Performance

Firefighters battled a blaze for an hour late Thursday and early Friday at Sound Performance in north central Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball team defeats Murray State

The Missouri women's basketball team defeated Murray State 69-55 on Thursday at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: First snow of season falls in Columbia

The first snow of the season fell Thursday in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cooks in the Kitchen

Cooks in the Kitchen is a program that helps teach simple, healthy recipes to people with disabilities so they feel more comfortable in the kitchen.