PHOTO GALLERY: Black Friday shoppers line up in Columbia

Shoppers lined up Thursday night at stores in Columbia for Black Friday deals.

PHOTO GALLERY: Marching Mizzou drum major overcomes vision disability

Paul Heddings, who is legally blind, has been a drum major for Marching Mizzou for two football seasons.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hundreds enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at Everyone Eats

More than 400 guests enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner at Everyone Eats in Stamper Commons at Stephens College.

PHOTO GALLERY: Local stores prepare for Black Friday

Local stores prepare for Black Friday shoppers with special sales and promotions.

PHOTO GALLERY: Volunteers help prepare for Everyone Eats Thanksgiving meal

Volunteers gathered at Stephens College's Stamper Commons on Wednesday to help prepare dishes for the annual Everyone Eats Thanksgiving meal.

New Salvation Army regional coordinators gear up for holiday season

Richard and Beth Trimmell, the new regional coordinators for the Salvation Army in the Columbia/Jefferson City area, are preparing for the holiday season with Thanksgiving baskets and bell-ringers.

PHOTO GALLERY: Group gathers outside the courthouse to protest bombing along Gaza strip

A group of protesters gathered outside the Boone County Courthouse on Tuesday to call for an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

PHOTO GALLERY: Frontier Airlines inaugural flight takes off Tuesday

Only two seats were unfilled on Frontier Airlines' inaugural flight to Orlando Tuesday at Columbia Regional Airport.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Chess Club president is king

Columbia Chess Club president Justin Hull takes on fellow club members at Kaldi's Cafe. Hull has learned how to play chess blindfolded.

PHOTO GALLERY: Veterans, dogs help each other in training program

The Veterans and Shelter Dogs program, run through the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction at MU, is meant to provide veterans with a stress-reducing experience while helping shelter dogs learn the skills they need to be adopted.

PHOTO GALLERY: U.S. Army Golden Knights land parachutes during halftime

The U.S. Army Golden Knights landed parachutes during halftime of the Missouri versus Syracuse game Saturday to thank Chris Nelson, the trauma surgeon who treated a member of their team, and the physicians and staff of University Hospital's Frank L. Mitchell Jr., M.D., Trauma Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia College men's soccer defeats Cardinal Stritch

The Columbia College men's soccer team defeated Cardinal Stritch on Saturday at R. Marvin Owens Soccer Stadium in the opening round of the NAIA national tournament.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ashland residents celebrate opening of new library

On Saturday morning, Ashland residents passed books hand-to-hand to fill the Southern Boone County Public Library's new building. A white-dove release and a ribbon-cutting ceremony were also part of the festivities.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dorial Green-Beckham has quiet first season

The top recruit last year on is a sturdy 6-foot-6-inch, 220 pounds, runs a 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds and is only 19 years old. Dorial Green-Beckham destroyed national records in his four years at Hillcrest High School, amassing more than 6,000 receiving yards and 75 touchdowns. However, he's had a relatively quiet season as a freshman on Missouri's football team.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball wins against Western Illinois

The Missouri women's basketball team earned a 70-61 victory over the Western Illinois Leathernecks. The Tigers' record is now 3-0.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Public Works displays equipment for stormwater study

Columbia Public Works shows off their equipment to study urban stormwater drainage near Bear Creek on Thursday. The department was awarded a grant for the study by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in March 2011.

PHOTO GALLERY: People weigh in on Grindstone Trail proposal

The Parks and Recreation Commission voted Wednesday to proceed with the proposed Grindstone Trail project.

PHOTO GALLERY: Library changes locations in Ashland

The Southern Boone County Public Library moved to a new location Wednesday in Ashland. The new location is needed for more space to meet the needs of the community, said Mitzi St. John, the public relations manager of the Daniel Boone Regional Library system

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman students prepare for "Once on This Island"

Students of Hickman High School rehearse for the musical, "Once on This Island." The show opens Thursday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Construction nearly complete on U.S. 63 interchange

Road workers continued construction Tuesday on a new interchange on U.S. 63 that leads to Columbia Regional Airport. The interchange will open to traffic this Friday.