PHOTO GALLERY: Greg DeStephen speaks at LGBTQ panel

Former diver Greg DeStephen, the only athlete to publicly say he is gay while actively competing for Missouri, spoke at a panel about LGBTQ issues Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Reynolds Alumni Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri softball beats Western Illinois

Missouri softball played Western Illinois on Wednesday at University Field. The Tigers swept the Leathernecks in Wednesday's doubleheader.

GALLERY: Nature-based school possible

A plot of land in the northwestern corner of Rock Bridge Memorial State Park could be the site of Columbia’s first nature-based school.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia enjoys sun, warm weather

People throughout Columbia took to the outdoors Wednesday to enjoy sunny, warm weather.

PHOTO GALLERY: First Ward City Council candidates attend watch parties

First-time candidate Ginny Chadwick received 525 votes to win the First Ward City Council election. She received 63.5 percent of the vote.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sessions, Wade, Cushing elected to school board

Jonathan Sessions, Helen Wade and Paul Cushing were re-elected to the Columbia School Board on Tuesday. Sessions and Wade attended an election watch party at Bleu Restaurant, while Cushing gathered with family and friends at Flat Branch Pub and Brewing.

PHOTO GALLERY: Polls open for municipal election

Election officials prepared for the arrival of voters Tuesday morning. The First Ward council seat, three Columbia School Board positions, a school bond issue and a Boone County Fire Protection District bond issue are on the ballot. Polls are open until 7 p.m.

PHOTO GALLERY: Aiden Taylor returns to school at Shepard Boulevard Elementary

Students, teachers and administrators welcomed Aiden Taylor back to school at Shepard Boulevard Elementary School on Monday. Aiden, a second-grader at Shepard, has been at St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., receiving treatment for brain and spine tumors. He will be back at school full time until he returns to St. Jude for chemotherapy treatment in May.


Representatives for the First Ward City Council seat and Columbia School Board will be elected Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Andy Schneider, 'Chicken Whisperer,' lectures at book signing

Andy Schneider hosted a lecture and book signing of "The Chicken Whisperer's Guide to Keeping Chickens" on Sunday at Tractor Supply Co. Schneider is the host of an internet radio show called "Backyard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer" and the editor-in-chief of Chicken Whisperer Magazine.

PHOTO GALLERY: Jeff Bauman about to mark a year since Boston Marathon bombing

One year since the Boston Marathon bombing, survivor Jeff Bauman has written a memoir, learned how to walk on prosthetic legs and proposed to his girlfriend, Erin Hurley. The couple are expecting their first child in July.

PHOTO GALLERY: Friends, family remember Cody Hendren

Friends and family gather at Peace Park on Saturday for a memorial service to remember Cody Hendren, who was 14 when he killed himself last month.

PHOTO GALLERY: Eagle hit by car 11 months ago released

Marquis spent 11 months in rehabilitation after being hit by a car. He was placed in the Raptor Rehabilitation Project and was released back into the wild Saturday in Versailles. Education coordinators for the MU Veterinary School of Medicine brought education birds to the release to educate the public about raptors.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri baseball loses to Georgia 7-2

Missouri baseball lost 7-2 to Georgia on Saturday at Taylor Stadium. The series will end with the Bulldogs at 11 a.m. Sunday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Families fly kites at park

More than 30 people showed up at Douglass Park on Saturday for the annual Kite Flying Day, organized by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department. With little wind that afternoon, most participants kept their kites aloft by running. The event included a contest.

PHOTO GALLERY: Immigrant communties photos displayed at Columbia Public Library

A photo exhibit titled "The Missouri Immigrant Experience: Faces and Places" will run from April 5 to 25 at the Columbia Public Library. The exhibit will feature a combination of photos from archival collections, as well as photographs from contemporary photographers on immigrant communities in Missouri.

PHOTO GALLERY: First Ward candidate Bill Easley focuses on community

Bill Easley, a City Council candidate for the First Ward, wants to focus on community. He's specifically interested in housing and crime issues.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge players Gumati and Smith sign at rival colleges

Rock Bridge soccer players and friends Cooper Smith and Salim Gumati signed on Thursday to play for rival colleges. Smith will be attending Drury University and Gumati has decided to go to Rockhurt University.

PHOTO GALLERY: Three injured in Highway 63 crash

Three people were sent to University Hospital with minor injuries Thursday evening after a collision on Highway 63.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tyree Byndom is a First Ward City Council candidate

Tyree Byndom is one of three candidates running for First Ward City Council representative. He has hosted a radio talk show and spoken at the J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center, but he does not plan on campaigning for the position because of religious reasons.