PHOTO GALLERY: Team works to improve water quality of Hinkson Creek

Reforestation has emerged as a low-cost way to help reduce runoff and pollution at Hinkson Creek. A program organized by Jason Hubbart would divert rainwater from the creek into a field at the Forum Nature Area that will be reforested.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri men's basketball wins over South Carolina State

The Missouri Tigers faced South Carolina State on Monday night at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers defeated South Carolina State 102-51.

PHOTO GALLERY: Officers conduct sobriety checkpoint

A sobriety checkpoint was organized by the Boone County Sheriff's Department on Saturday night. Members of Hallsville and Centralia police departments offered assistance.

PHOTO GALLERY: Director opens doors to science, math

Anna Waldron, director of the MU Office of Science Outreach, works to make science and math education accessible to students at various grade levels.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ceremony welcomes back the sun

People donned costumes, painted their faces, carried torches and sang and danced during the Winter Solstice Celebration on Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Attendees were welcoming back the sun.

PHOTO GALLERY: Two Army ROTC members recieve officer commission

The Army ROTC program at MU held commissioning ceremonies Sunday in which graduating members received officer statuses in their respective military branches. 2nd Lt. Jamar Williams and 2nd Lt. Chris Shoemaker will serve in the Missouri National Guard.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri rolls past Southern Illinois

The Missouri women's basketball team beat Southern Illinois 110-47 on Sunday at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Online masters student comes to MU for graduation

Adam Lewkowsky completed his master of arts in Library Science online while living in Portland, Ore. He came to Columbia this weekend to participate in the MU Graduate School commencement.

PHOTO GALLERY: Winter graduation ceremonies held at MU, Columbia College

Commencement ceremonies were held at MU and Columbia College on Saturday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Community remembers victims of Connecticut school shooting

A candlelight vigil was held at Edmund Town Hall in Newtown, Conn., and a makeshift memorial was set up near Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 26 people, including 20 children, were killed when a gunman broke in the school.

PHOTO GALLERY: Community brings Nativity to life in Centralia

Participants in a live Nativity event in Centralia on Saturday acted out scenes from the Christmas story. Several churches work together to put on the event, now in its second year.

PHOTO GALLERY: Meng Ren's family traveled from China to watch her graduate

MU graduate Meng Ren's family traveled from China to watch her graduate Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Stephens College celebrates graduation

Stephens College held its graduation ceremonies in Kimball Ballroom on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU graduates and their parents take part in fall commencement activities

MU students from the Sinclair School of Nursing and School of Journalism take part in commencement ceremonies at Jesse Auditorium on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Elementary school shooting in Connecticut leaves 27 dead

An official with knowledge of Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., said 27 people were dead, including 20 children.

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.