PHOTO GALLERY: Glynn Thacker is an airbrush artist

When Glynn Thacker was in prison, he began painting airbrush portraits. He has continued to paint them in his home at the Deluxe Inn. He creates self portraits or portraits of famous characters.

PHOTO GALLERY: Chris Ingersoll serves as Park Patrol volunteer

An avid bicyclist, Chris Ingersoll uses his time on the trail to serve the community as a a Park Patrol volunteer.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri softball beats Creighton 11-6

Missouri softball beat Creighton 11-6 and 2-1 in a doubleheader Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kim Anderson meets with fans at reception

Kim Anderson, the new Missouri men's basketball coach, greets fans at a reception Tuesday at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fifth annual Meet Your Meat event at MU

Mizzou Collegiate CattleWomen hosted its fifth annual Meet Your Meat event at MU on Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kim Anderson announced as MU men's basketball coach

Kim Anderson was named as MU's new basketball coach during a news conference at the Reynolds Alumni Center on Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kim Anderson is new head coach for Missouri basketball

Kim Anderson is the next Missouri men's head basketball coach.

PHOTO GALLERY: Severe tornado kills at least 17

On Sunday, a severe tornado tore through the central U.S. The storm hit Quapaw, Okla., Mayflower, Ark., and Baxter Springs, Kan., among other towns, and officials say at least 17 people were killed.

PHOTO GALLERY: Culinary class grows own herbs in milk crate garden

Culinary chef instructor Brook Harlan built a milk crate garden at the Columbia Area Career Center. The center currently has 300 crates, and half of them have been planted with herbs including chives, sage and jalapeno.

PHOTO GALLERY: City Garden School emphasizes Waldorf principles

City Garden School, led by Nicole Knapp-Weber, provides an alternative learning environment in the form of Waldorf schooling for first to third grades. Waldorf schooling focuses on a combination of hands-on play, environment exposure and artistic expression. About two dozen children attend the school in downtown Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kevin Keegan invents device to test horse lameness

Kevin Keegan, a professor of equine surgery at MU, developed a sensor that revolutionized the approach to testing lameness in horses. He founded Equinosis, the company that sells his lameness locator technology, in 2007.

PHOTO GALLERY: 3-D microscope created at MU to study cells

Gavin King and Krishna Sigdel created a 3-D microscope that helps study the interactions of membrane proteins on a cellular level.

PHOTO GALLERY: Emily Crowe leads Advanced Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program

Emily Crowe, 24, an MU graduate student and teaching assistant in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, is leading the Advanced Stay Strong, Stay Healthy, a strength-training program designed to increase mobility in older adults.

PHOTO GALLERY: Landfill equipment operators compete on Road-E-O course

The Landfill Equipment and Collection Trucks Road-E-O took place at the City of Columbia Sanitary Landfill on Saturday. The competition tested participants' driving skills in bulldozers, wheel loaders and roll-off trucks. It was the inaugural Road-E-O for the Missouri chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia College wins tournament against Benedictine

Columbia College softball won the tournament 3-2 against Benedictine University-Springfield on Saturday at Capen Park.

PHOTO GALLERY: Visualization lab showcases 3-D software

The Immersive Visualization Lab open house was held by MU's architectural studies department on Friday. Students volunteered to help showcase 3-D software and the programs used by the department in planning buildings and scenarios, such as emergencies, inside. One of the devices showcased, an Oculus head mounted display, allows the viewer to see and move around a virtual building by creating a 3-D simulation.

PHOTO GALLERY: Stephens College rehearses for fashion show Saturday

Models rehearsed Friday for The Collections, Stephens College's 70th annual student fashion show, that will occur on Saturday. All outfits showcased were designed by student designers.

PHOTO GALLERY: Empty Bowls charity event offers soup, bowl

The Empty Bowls event was held Friday at the Balsamo Warehouse in Columbia. Ceramics aficionados were asked to donate to charity in exchange for a student-made bowl of their choosing and soup inside it offered at the event.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri softball beats Missouri State

Missouri defeated Missouri State 5-0 in Wednesday's softball game.

PHOTO GALLERY: Colorado ranch transitions to accomodate bigger tourists

As stables across the West transition to accommodate bigger riders, draft horses are in higher demand. Sombrero Ranches in Estes Park, Colo. uses draft horses along with quarter horses for rides with tourists.