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

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.