PHOTO GALLERY: Most-read stories of 2012

These photographs represent some of the most-read stories of 2012 by the Missourian's readers in Columbia and overall.

PHOTO GALLERY: Emma O'Connell started website to help small farms

Emma O'Connell, who has a garden at her home near Rocheport, started the website Pick-A-Pepper to connect small farms to consumers.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cats wait for adoption at Humane Society

The Central Missouri Humane Society is allowing people to name their own price for cat adoptions this month.

PHOTO GALLERY: Gamer promotes healthy lifestyle

Jack Jones, an avid video gamer, started a website to help other gamers live a healthy lifestyle after struggling with depression, poor health and low self-esteem.

PHOTO GALLERY: Passion for Christmas lights leads to 30,000 lights on house, yard

Ryan Schultz stands in front of his decorated home in Columbia, which he calls the Candy Cane Crib. This is the fourth year that Schultz has decorated his home and yard, and this year's display has more than 3,000 lights.

PHOTO GALLERY: E-bike business owners promote green energy

Ryan Kanavich and John Robert Holmes, co-owners of Volt Riders on Sexton Road, teamed up to start the business after they discovered a mutual interest in green transportation.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri defeats Illinois in Braggin' Rights game

Missouri defeated Illinois 82-73 at the Braggin' Rights game Saturday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

PHOTO GALLERY: Blacksmith pursues artistic dream

Justin Tattitch owns Whiskey Barrel Forge Blacksmith & Primitive Arts. He mostly makes tools but is starting to make more art pieces. He hopes to one day become a full-time blacksmith.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fifth-grade class collects donations for Room at the Inn

Fifth-grade students at Mill Creek Elementary School collected and wrapped donations for the Room at the Inn homeless shelter at a holiday party Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Carolers raise money for Columbia family

Carolers gathered Thursday evening to raise money for a Columbia family who are struggling to pay medical and other bills.

PHOTO GALLERY: Chamber honors retiring president

Members of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce honored Don Laird during a reception Thursday evening. Laird officially leaves his post on Jan. 15.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fire at Sound Performance

Firefighters battled a blaze for an hour late Thursday and early Friday at Sound Performance in north central Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball team defeats Murray State

The Missouri women's basketball team defeated Murray State 69-55 on Thursday at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: First snow of season falls in Columbia

The first snow of the season fell Thursday in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cooks in the Kitchen

Cooks in the Kitchen is a program that helps teach simple, healthy recipes to people with disabilities so they feel more comfortable in the kitchen.

PHOTO GALLERY: Boonville tree farm helps family with Christmas tree

Wayne Harmon, owner of Starr Pines farm in Boonville, helps a family from Columbia select a Christmas tree on Wednesday. Harmon has been growing and selling Christmas trees for 26 years.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sewing store serves as center for snowflakes

Satin Stiches, a sewing and embroidery store, has opened up three sewing machines for people to use to sew snowflakes for the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball team defeats Morgan State

The Missouri women's basketball team defeated Morgan State 75-50 on Tuesday at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Volunteers collect donations for The Food Bank

Volunteers collected donations Tuesday for The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dog Daze Playcare offers exercise, training for dogs

Dog Daze Playcare is the newest in a handful of facilities in Columbia that allows drop-off day care for dogs.