PHOTO GALLERY: Privy digger find personal items on digs

Personal items are often the things that Hannibal resident Jack Klotz finds on his excavations of privies in the area.

PHOTO GALLERY: East-West Dialogues showcases work from visiting artists

East-West Dialogues features artwork from four visiting Chinese scholars and MU professors. The show, which runs until Friday, is the culmination of a semester-long exchange for the Chinese professors.

PHOTO GALLERY: Smokey Bear turns 70

Smokey Bear, the subject of the nation's longest-running public service campaign, turns 70 on Saturday. The character was created in 1944 because of fears that America's enemies would set fire to the nation's forests.

PHOTO GALLERY: Jr. Naturalist Day Camp participants experience stream simulation

Participants in Jr. Naturalist Day Camp learned about the effects of man-made pollution during a stream simulation at Gans Greek Wild Area on Friday. The demonstration was part of a three-day camp.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri football takes practice indoors

Due to heavy rain on Thursday, Missouri football players practiced in MU's Devine Pavilion. The indoor field was more cramped than their standard practice field, so they had to adjust their movements to avoid hitting one another.

PHOTO GALLERY: Joshua Ploetz canoes entire Mississippi River

After serving two tours in Afghanistan, Joshua Ploetz decided to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder by paddling the entirety of the Mississippi River. The Minnesota native returned from war eight years ago, but he began his canoe trip in May.

PHOTO GALLERY: EnCircle Technologies teaches Web development, data entry

Becky Llorens and Teri Walden co-founded EnCircle Technologies after each raising a son with autism. They hope the school will help young adults living with autism obtain work in Web page development, data entry and content management.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kids try out coding

The first Code Camp Columbia, a new day camp for children ages 12 to 15, is underway this week at Columbia College. Its purpose is to introduce students to the primary programming languages and to build basic coding skills.

PHOTO GALLERY: Voters turn out for primary election

Proposed amendments to Missouri's Constitution were among the issues that drew Boone County voters to the polls Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri heads back to the field

Monday marked the first day of fall practice for the Tigers. Outside of drilling on the field, Missouri also named four new team captains - Markus Golden, Bud Sasser, Mitch Morse, and Braylon Webb.

PHOTO GALLERY: Members of Yoruba culture gather to celebrate traditions

Descendents of Oduduwa join on the chapter's 15th anniversary to share the traditions, culture, clothing and values of Yoruba culture. The Yoruba culture is one of the most prominent African cultures outside of its home continent. Egbe Omo Oduduwa was formed as a non-profit organization by descendants of the Yoruba people, who originate in West Africa, including Nigeria and parts of Togo and Benin, with the goal of promoting its members' culture and educating others about their traditions and customs.

PHOTO GALLERY: Israel supporters gather at Congregation Beth Shalom

Members of Columbia's Jewish community gathered Sunday evening to express their support for Israel in its current conflict in the Gaza Strip.

PHOTO GALLERY: Six years later, football players' fate differs from magazine's prediction

The cover of an October 2008 issue of ESPN The Magazine, featured then-MU football players Chase Daniel and Chase Patton. The magazine predicted a Heisman trophy for Daniel and a Super Bowl ring for Patton. Nearly six years later, Daniel is in Kansas City as a backup quarterback for the Chiefs while Patton practices dentistry in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Food allergies challenge parents, children

Food allergies are on the rise in Columbia and nationwide. Zachary McFetters, 8, didn't get to try an ice cream cone until he was 7 because of a severe tree nut allergy. Vance Pope, 5, and Nola Pope, 3, are also struggling with multiple food allergies. Parents say life with a food-allergic child is more challenging than they expected.

PHOTO GALLERY: COMO Connect launches new bus system, rates

COMO Connect hosted a launch party for Columbia residents on Saturday at the MU Student Center. The city has been planning for the new bus system for more than a year and hopes to attract new riders.

PHOTO GALLERY: Spirited Singers bring music to Lenoir Woods

Broadway Christian Church's Spirited Singers gathered July 21 in the lounge of Lenoir Woods, a senior living center, to sing to residents. The choir is one of multiple music groups that visit senior centers.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU School of Medicine class of 2018 recieves white coats

Members of the MU School of Medicine class of 2018 received their first white coats during at a ceremony at the Missouri Theatre on Friday. The annual event is meant to encourage new medical students to begin their education by upholding the highest values and standards of their profession, according to an MU news release.

PHOTO GALLERY: Couple salvage handmade items after house fire

David and Evelyn Ewing lost their home and most of their possessions in a house fire on Tuesday afternoon. The quilt Evelyn Ewing's grandmother hand-stitched for their wedding, old photo albums and a handmade box were among the items the fire spared.

PHOTO GALLERY: Residents receive hygiene supplies, haircuts at Project Homeless Connect

Project Homeless Connect provided residents in need with haircuts, backpacks filled with hygiene supplies, and transportation to the driver's license office Thursday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Group of Columbia writers meet often to share their work

Winn's Orphaned Writers meets at The Upper Crust on Tuesday, sharing work that's humorous or emotional and often gives a historical look at Columbia.