PHOTO GALLERY: Joseph M. LaBarge steamboat paddles down Missouri River

Roger and Barbara Giles own a 75-year-old sternwheeler, the Joseph M. LaBarge.

PHOTO GALLERY: Canines caper around Bear Creek Nature Area

Dogs spend an afternoon playing at the Bear Creek Nature park, which is a lease-free area, on Thursday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia hunters demonstrate bows

Columbia bow hunters demonstrate how they use their bows for hunting and recreation.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hulagans and Adventure Club hula hoop to celebrate 12/12/12

Hulagan members help children in Adventure Club learn how to do tricks with a hula hoop Wednesday at Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School. Hulagans came to the school to celebrate "12/12/12," a circular date, while also performing and helping the children decorate their own hula hoops

PHOTO GALLERY: Debra Oliver takes care of her husband, David Oliver

Debra Oliver, a professor at the MU School of Medicine, became the primary caregiver for her husband, David Oliver, after he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2011.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman, Rock Bridge basketball meet in crosstown rivalry game

In a crosstown rivalry basketball game on Tuesday, the first game in Hickman High School's new gymnasium, the Hickman High School Kewpies defeated the Rock Bridge Bruins, 55-48.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fire crews respond to Creekwood Estates fire

Five fire trucks were dispatched to Creekwood Estates Senior Living on Tuesday afternoon. Crews performed an "aggressive fire attack" and put out the fire in 12 minutes, according to a Columbia Fire Department news release.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students and teachers transition to Common Core State Standards

Columbia Public Schools are transitioning to Common Core State Standards, which focuses on teaching students skill-based curriculum.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU students attend menorah lighting event

Students ate latkes, listened to Hanukkah music and watched a 9-foot tall menorah be lit at an event organized by the Chabad Jewish Student Organization in the MU Student Center on Monday evening.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sorella Natural Foods chef prepares vegan meals

Shelly La Fata, owner of Sorella Natural Foods, prepares healthy snacks and meals in her home. La Fata teaches in-home culinary classes and has a catering service.

PHOTO GALLERY: Millions of insects, specimens housed at Enns Entomology Museum

The Enns Entomology Museum, founded in 1874, holds more than 6 million insects, arachnids and fossils.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Missouri women's basketball team beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 92-59 on Saturday night in Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kish and Noah train to become rescue dogs

Two dogs, Kish and Noah, are training to become rescue dogs. The dogs had to complete a Foundation Skills Assessment, which assesses a dog's obedience, control and agility. Neither of the dogs passed.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri men's basketball team wins against Tennessee State

Missouri men's basketball team won over Tennessee State, 68-38, after a slow start in the first half.

PHOTO GALLERY: Calligraphy artist hones skills in home studio

Michele Keele, a professional calligraphy artist, owns The Artist’s Hand on West Broadway. Keele produces a variety of calligraphy work, including invitations, poetry, scrapbooking material, mailing addresses, wedding programs and reception items, certifications and more.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tolton girls basketball loses to the O'Hara Catholic

The Tolton Catholic's girls basketball lost to the O'Hare Catholic 45-39 Friday at Tolton Catholic High School despite an outstanding performance by Hope Wright.

PHOTO GALLERY: Living Windows Festival

Columbia businesses put up decorations as part of the Living Windows Festival. The festival also featured live performances of different holiday scenes.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman and Rock Bridge girls swimming teams practice together

The Hickman and Rock Bridge girls swimming teams practice together at Hickman High School. The swimmers consider themselves one big team instead of two teams that will eventually compete.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball team beats Missouri State

The Missouri women's basketball team came out with a victory against Missouri State on Thursday at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers won 91-77.

PHOTO GALLERY: States face off over Missouri River water

Sen. John Hoeven, right, and Sen. Roy Blunt represent North Dakota and Missouri, two states entrenched in the water wars raging over downstream drought-stricken states competing for the increasingly scarce upstream water of the Missouri River.