PHOTO GALLERY: Former missionaries help international students adjust

Dennis and Linda Messimer spent 38 years as international missionaries. Now, they work with international students at MU's Christian Campus House.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri beats IUPUI 78-64

Missouri defeats IUPUI 78-64 on Monday.

BATTLE RISING: Junior Tyler McCutchen finds his talent in theater performance

Tyler McCutchen, 16, has performed in 13 shows since he was in seventh grade. McCutchen says he hopes to perform in 20 before he graduates. "I just love the stage," McCutchen said. "I love the lights and seeing people in the audience and being up there in front of everyone just makes me feel … . It’s not even adrenaline because I don’t feel that. I just feel like it’s where I want to be because it makes me the happiest.”

PHOTO GALLERY: Sid Brown paints Mexican beach pebbles

Sid Brown paints wildlife scenes on stones. He has the stones on display at McAdams Ltd and Tucker's Custom Made Jewelry, but he isn't selling them. He learned to paint on rocks from a library book and uses photographs to inspire his paintings.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Jaycees annual parade kicks off holiday season

Spectators gathered on Broadway to watch the Columbia Jaycees annual holiday parade on Sunday. The theme was "Giving Back for the Holidays."

PHOTO GALLERY: John Bush picks up trash along Garth Avenue

John Bush, 58, has been picking up trash along Garth Avenue between Broadway and Business Loop 70 East for the past two to three years. He uses a screw at the end of a bamboo stick to pick up the trash. "I just like a clean town," Bush says.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri basketball defeats Gardner-Webb

The Tigers beat the Runnin' Bulldogs 72-63 at Mizzou Arena on Saturday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tailgating spots reserved at Ole Miss

Reserving tailgating spots on Ole Miss Campus calls for stand-ins.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri vs. Ole Miss

The Missouri Tigers football team plays Ole Miss on Saturday in Oxford, Miss.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri fans experience Ole Miss culture

From corner to corner, Oxford, Miss., is rich with history and tradition, deeply rooted in football. Missouri fans take time to experience the local culture Friday before Saturday's showdown with Ole Miss.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri volleyball sweeps Mississippi State, earns SEC title

The Missouri volleyball team clinched the SEC title Friday after defeating Mississippi State. The Tigers remain undefeated at 32-0. They played Friday in front of a record crowd of 7,789 and will take home the first SEC championship for a Missouri team. The Bulldogs were defeated in three sets, 25-19, 25-16, 25-17.

PHOTO GALLERY: Remembering JFK's assassination

Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. File photos from The Associated Press commemorate his death and capture reactions from the mourning public.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball takes on SEMO Thursday night

Missouri women's basketball took on Southeast Missouri State on Thursday at Mizzou Arena. Missouri outscored Southeast Missouri State in the second half to earn a 62-57 win.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman Varsity Boy's Basketball warms up for season

Hickman's men's basketball players begin their first week of practice before the season. Players on the team are determined to outdo last season's 27-3 record.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge students enjoy school district food truck

Rock Bridge High School students dined on barbecue chicken and pulled pork sandwiches Thursday as part of Columbia Public School's new food trailer program. The trailer, which will visit other high schools in the district, is intended to offer more food options and to reduce crowding in the high schools' cafeterias.

PHOTO GALLERY: Boone County Cyber Crimes Unit battles increasing child porn cases

The Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force is fighting an increasing number of child pornography cases. Detective Andy Anderson coordinates the Cyber Crimes Unit Task Force. Anderson began investigating Internet crimes in 1999 before joining the Cyber Crimes Unit task force started in 2007. The unit serves seven counties in mid-Missouri. Anderson estimates that everyone in the unit has looked at thousands of pictures of abused children as part of their work.

PHOTO GALLERY: Death penalty protesters gather in Columbia in defense of Joseph Paul Franklin

The Columbia chapter of Missourians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty organized a protest at Boone County Courthouse on Tuesday. The group protested the execution of serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, who was granted a stay of execution Tuesday night because of a pending lawsuit challenging Missouri's execution law.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fire significantly damages home in rural Boone County

The Boone County Fire Protection District responded to a fire in rural Boone County on Tuesday. The home was a total loss.

PHOTO GALLERY: Gauntlet Initiative brings together three years of friendship with 3D printing

Derek Provance and Alex Madinger work together at the Gauntlet initiative. Provance attends MU as a computer science engineer, and Madinger graduated as a mechanical engineer. They have known each other for three years and started building their business in August. The business has yet to be launched.

PHOTO GALLERY: Curt Riley's first year coaching Fr. Tolton Catholic High School girl's basketball team

Curt Riley has been enjoying his first year coaching the Fr. Tolton Catholic High School girls basketball team. This season adds to a 30-year coaching legacy inspired by his late father.