PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri tennis beats Arkansas

Missouri women's tennis beat Arkansas on Wednesday at the Southeastern Conference tournament at the Mizzou Tennis Complex. This was the first time Missouri has advanced in the SEC tournament.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Independent School students celebrate 16th annual Toga Day

Students at Columbia Independent School celebrated the anniversary of Rome's founding with the 16th annual Toga Day on Wednesday. They wore homemade togas and performed skits at Missouri United Methodist Church after eating at Harpo's Bar and Grill.

PHOTO GALLERY: Battle High students play quidditch in Dumbledore's Army

Battle High School students part of Dumbledore's Army, the school's "Harry Potter" club, played quidditch at the school Tuesday. The group hopes become an official team in the International Quidditch Association, the nonprofit that governs the sport.

PHOTO GALLERY: Truman's Closet provides free rental business attire

Truman's Closet, a service that offers free rental business attire to MU students, faculty and staff, opened in fall 2013.

PHOTO GALLERY: Boston community marks anniversary of Boston Marathon bombing

Members of the Boston community gathered along with Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday to mark the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing and to remember those who were killed.

PHOTO GALLERY: Shortwave Coffee celebrates grand opening

Dale Bassham and his wife, Laura, have opened Shortwave Coffee, located in Alley A in Columbia. Dale Bassham focuses on educating customers on hand-brewing techniques.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia School Board members sworn in

Helen Wade, Paul Cushing and Jonathan Sessions were sworn in as members of the Columbia School Board on Monday. They were elected to the board in the general municipal election April 8.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU freshman creates hand-lettered paintings

MU freshman Karen Spears started a business called The Korean Pears to sell her paintings, which are usually colorful, abstract and built around hand-lettered sayings or quotes. Her creations are available in MU's Quirks Consignment Store and on

PHOTO GALLERY: Despite rain, church members gather for Blessing of the Palms

Despite the rain, a Palm Sunday procession to the intersection of Ninth Street and Broadway marched on. With palm leaves in hand, community church members gathered for the Blessing of the Palms.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cardboard boats race in Float Your Boat for the Food Bank

Themed cardboard boats raced across the Bass Pro Shops lake on Saturday for the third annual Float Your Boat for the Food Bank event. Some were fast, others slow and steady while some didn't make it past the starting line.

PHOTO GALLERY: Volunteers band together to clean up Columbia

About 1,600 volunteers joined together to help pick up trash around parks and streets in the city Saturday morning with Cleanup Columbia, an annual effort.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hot air balloons race over Columbia

Hot air balloons took off from the Central Missouri Events Center on Friday for a hare and hound race.

PHOTO GALLERY: Car collides with firetruck on Hinkson Avenue and William Street

A crash Saturday afternoon left damage to both vehicles after a car struck a Columbia firetruck at Hinkson Avenue and North William Street. No major injuries were sustained by those involved in the crash.

PHOTO GALLERY: 20th anniversary of Rwandan genocide remembered

Sorrowful wails and uncontrollable sobs resounded Monday as thousands of Rwandans packed the country's main sports stadium to mark the 20th anniversary of the beginning of a devastating 100-day genocide. The country commemorated Monday the 20th anniversary of the genocide when ethnic Hutu extremists killed neighbors, friends and family during a three-month rampage of violence aimed at ethnic Tutsis and some moderate Hutus, leaving a death toll that Rwanda puts at 1,000,050.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge track competes at Missouri Relays

Rock Bridge High School competed at the Missouri Relays Friday at the the Audrey J. Walton Stadium in Columbia. Rock Bridge girls broke the meet record for the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 9:37.16. Rock Bridge boys won the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 8:20.46

PHOTO GALLERY: A look back at Dorial Green-Beckham's time as a Missouri athlete

Dorial Green-Beckham was dismissed from the Missouri football program Friday in a joint decision from head coach Gary Pinkel and athletics director Mike Alden. “This decision was made with the best interests of all involved in mind,” Pinkel said in a statement released Friday. “Dorial’s priority going forward needs to be focusing on getting the help he needs. As we have all along, we will continue to do everything we can to assist Dorial and his family. We care deeply about Dorial and his well-being, but hopefully he can benefit from a fresh start."

PHOTO GALLERY: Mike Alden discusses Dorial Green-Beckham dismissal

Missouri athletics director Mike Alden speaks at a news conference Friday after the football program dismissed Dorial Green-Beckham from the team.

PHOTO GALLERY: Young entrepreneurs present business ventures at #BOOM Pitch Competition

Young entrepreneurs presented their business ventures at the #BOOM Pitch Competition on Friday in Windsor Auditorium at Stephens College. Thirty-six contestants pitched business plans in the hopes of winning up to $5,000 to fund their projects. The event took place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

PHOTO GALLERY: Local artist inspired by eyes

Scott Kronk uses texture and acrylic-based paints to produce his works.


Battle Club, created and overseen by Craig Butler, is an organization meant to utilize a combination of laser tag and capture the flag with Nerf guns and gymnastics equipment to get children active and healthy