PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia experiences a rainy autumn day

Wednesday brought rain and 60 degree temperatures to Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fall into Arts coordinator creates jewelry in her home studio

Farah Nieuwenhuizen, a former art teacher at Hickman High School, is now one of four coordinators of the Fall into Art festival, which is set for Saturday and Sunday at the Parkade Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dewey becomes Puppies with Purpose's first service dog in training

Puppies with Purpose is a new organization that is drawing on students and community members to raise puppies for CHAMP Assistance Dogs in St. Louis.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman soccer falls to Helias in last minute loss

The Hickman High School soccer team fell to Helias High School 2-1 in a last-minute loss Tuesday at Hickman.

PHOTO GALLERY: Artful Bra Contest held at Missouri Theatre

The Artful Bra Contest featured 70 bras Tuesday at the silent auction. Money raised from the event will go toward patient care and mammographies at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Benton first-graders learn though hands-on activities in STEM program

First-grade students at Benton Elementary School learn basic shapes during a drawing activity in Katie Mayabb's art class Oct. 4. The class is part of Benton's STEM curriculum that teaches kids about science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on activities.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU holds 27th annual Homecoming Blood Drive

Students, staff and Columbia residents gathered at the Hearnes Center for the 27th annual Homecoming Blood Drive, hosted by MU and the American Red Cross. The blood drive will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily through Thursday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Local taxidermist Curt Shahan preserves big and small game animals

Taxidermists are entering their busy season as wildlife hunting seasons kick off.

PHOTO GALLERY: Peg Craig offers ceramics classes at Squarepeg Art Studio

Peg Craig dabbled in art during high school, but didn't pick it up again until 20 years later. Now, Craig holds ceramics classes in her basement studio, Squarepeg.

PHOTO GALLERY: Thousands enjoy Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival

More than 20,000 people were estimated to have attended the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival this weekend.

PHOTO GALLERY: Construction alters area surrounding Rock Quarry Road

The development of new apartment complexes has altered the landscape surrounding the scenic Rock Quarry Road.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students gather for protest

MU fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha organized "The Epiphany" protest Friday at Tiger Plaza in support of victims of bleach-balloon attacks at the University of Texas-Austin.

PHOTO GALLERY: Alabama fans set up home away from home

Alabama fans traveled in RVs to Columbia for Saturday's game against Missouri.

PHOTO GALLERY: Alabama fans enjoy their time in downtown Columbia before game day

Alabama fans arrived in Columbia before the game between Missouri and Alabama on Saturday. Fans spent their time in downtown Columbia on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Alabama fans arrive in RVs

Alabama fans arrived in RVs on Thursday at the Cottonwood RV Park.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge wide receiver focuses on college goals

Rock Bridge wide receiver Kenny James hit a dry spot at the beginning of the season, but James broke out of the rut during a Sept. 28 win over Helias Catholic.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman wide receiver matures on and off field

Hickman football junior wide receiver Roderick Beasley is known for joking around, but he is learning when it is time to focus. That focus has translated into three touchdowns for Beasley in Hickman’s past two games.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia College women's soccer duo anchors defensive unit

Junior Elise Castellanos and freshman Mallory Page work together to anchor the defensive unit of the Columbia College women's soccer team. The team is preparing to play Harris-Stowe on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tolton-Calvary football team prepares for upcoming game

Despite the football team's lack in size, Tolton-Calvary is working to grow as a unit. The team is preparing for a game against the South Callaway Bulldogs on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge soccer team beats Waynesville 6-0

The Hickman boys soccer team pulled out a 6-0 victory against Waynesville. The team's assistant coach David Graham took over the head coaching position for Thursday's game.