PHOTO GALLERY: Marching Mizzou takes to the road

Before Missouri joined the SEC, Marching Mizzou sent a pep band to one or two away football games each season. Now, Marching Mizzou will travel to every away conference game.

PHOTO GALLERY: Body Combat Chicks run on Forum Blvd. in early morning

Members of Body Combat Chicks, a women's running group, run early Tuesday morning. The women schedule their runs early to accommodate their busy schedules.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia, S.C., prepares for Missouri visit

Students and marching band members gather in places at the University of South Carolina on Thursday. South Carolina will host the Missouri Tigers on Saturday in the Tigers' first away game as a member of the SEC.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rains bring small improvements to Missouri

Crops and plants are seeing some improvement after recent rains in Missouri, but most of Boone County still remains in severe drought.

PHOTO GALLERY: Second-graders take field trip to Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary

Second-graders from Russell Boulevard and Lee Expressive Arts elementary schools took a field trip Thursday to the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary. The students watched demonstrations on bird banding.

PHOTO GALLERY: Setting the stage for Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ

Workers prepare Thursday for the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival.

PHOTO GALLERY: Stephens College soccer team practices for debut game

The newly formed soccer team at Stephens College will play its first game on Saturday against Missouri Baptist College. The team practiced Thursday morning at Stephens Lake Park.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU holds 12th annual Fire Factor event

Students gawked as an inferno raged in MU's Speaker's Circle on Wednesday as part of the 12th annual Fire Factor event. The Columbia Fire Department set a mock dorm room ablaze in the circle to show students how quickly a fire can spread and to demonstrate the importance of responding to fire alarms.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri State Treasury holds auction

The Missouri State Treasurer held an unclaimed property auction Wednesday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Columbia. Currency, coins and jewelry made up the bulk of the items up for auction, and bids ranged from $1 up into the thousands.

PHOTO GALLERY: Occupy protesters persist one year later

Although the Occupy movement has dropped in intensity a year after it started, some people still remain active in the protest in Columbia, including Dave Dollens who crusades for several issues.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri men's golfer Jace Long prepares for Q-School tournament in Nebraska

Missouri men's golfer Jace Long, a senior on the team, could be headed to the PGA Tour. Long will begin the first of a four-stage qualifying process to earn his PGA Tour card Wednesday at ArborLinks Golf Course in Nebraska City, Neb.

PHOTO GALLERY: Musician trains Grant Elementary School students

T.J. Wheeler, a blues and jazz artist in residence at Grant Elementary School, trains students Tuesday for their upcoming Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ performance.

PHOTO GALLERY: Doggy Drill Team celebrates 10 years of Reading to Rover

The Doggy Drill team performed Tuesday at the Doggy Drill Team and Reading to Rover Celebration at the Columbia Public Library. This event was celebrating the 10th anniversary of Reading to Rover.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students face off in Humans vs. Zombies

Rock Bridge High School students play Humans vs. Zombies on Thursday at Cosmo-Bethel Park.

PHOTO GALLERY: Shooters take advantage of range at Finger Lakes State Park

Rain at the shooting range at Finger Lakes State Park on Monday evening did not deter shooters.

PHOTO GALLERY: UKneadSweets bakery fulfills longtime dream for owner

Helena Shih, who has been baking since she was a teenager, is the owner of the new UKneadSweets bakery. Shih plans to feature unique items such as Asian sweet breads and French style treats, as well as traditional baked goods in her bakery.

PHOTO GALLERY: Festival-goers enjoy crafts, music and dancing at Cooper's Landing

The seventh annual EcoArtFest was this weekend at Cooper's landing. People at the festival could tie-dye shirts, listen to music and dance.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri volleyball team defeats Ole Miss

Missouri's volleyball team defeated Ole Miss 3-0 on Sunday at Hearnes Center. It was the team's second match against a Southeastern Conference team.

PHOTO GALLERY: A quinceanera at MU

Five Columbia Latino women celebrate their quinceanera put on by an MU student group.

PHOTO GALLERY: Heritage Festival

Visitors enjoy traditions of the past with handmade craft vendors and traditional artisans Saturday at the Heritage Festival in Nifong Park.