PHOTO GALLERY: Retirement ceremony honors Chancellor Brady Deaton

MU held a retirement ceremony to honor Chancellor Brady Deaton on Monday at the Reynolds Alumni Center. He will be stepping down from his position Nov. 15 and will lead the new Brady and Anne Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development.

PHOTO GALLERY: Jean Griffith uses junk to create art

Local Columbia artist Jean Griffith takes discarded trash and turns it into art. Her site on has had 1,200 views since her shop opened in February.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri volleyball defeats Kentucky

The Missouri volleyball team put its perfect record on the line against Kentucky on Sunday and emerged victorious. The Tigers swept Kentucky in three sets, moving their record to 27-0 overall and 10-0 in Southeastern Conference play.

PHOTO GALLERY: Miss Missouri Shelby Ringdahl meets with children at Columbia Mall

Miss Missouri Shelby Ringdahl met with children from TRYPS Children's Theater at the Columbia Mall on Sunday. Ringdahl signed autograph, had a tea party with the children and paraded around the mall. The money from the tickets to the tea party will go to fund future scholarships at TRYPS.

PHOTO GALLERY: White oak trees dying in Missouri

White oak trees are dying at higher than expected rates in parts of Missouri, and MU, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the USDA Forest Service will be conducting research to further investigate the causes.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri defeats Tennessee 31-3

The Missouri Tigers beat the Tennessee Volunteers 31-3 Saturday to improve to 8-1 on the season. The Tigers control their destiny in the SEC East division, and need to win their three remaining games for a chance at the SEC championship in Atlanta.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri vs. Tennessee

Tennessee and Missouri fans prepare for the game between the Tigers and the Volunteers. This is the first time the Volunteers have played a game in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: A pledge to duty, honor and country honored by MU ROTC

Five MU graduates were inducted into the MU Army ROTC Hall of Fame Saturday in an outdoor ceremony in front of MU's ROTC building. The inductees included included retired Col. Larry Matthews, Brig. Gen. Randy Alewel, retired Col. Russell Shelden, Capt. Roy Gray and Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Griffin.

They were selected based on their service to MU Army ROTC; the contributions they made to their communities; their national or state prominence; and sacrificing their life or being cited for bravery posthumously.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri volleyball beats Mississippi

Missouri volleyball defeated Mississippi 3-0 to reach 26-0 on the season in a game that saw senior Lisa Henning break the record for career kills with 1,661.

PHOTO GALLERY: Centro Latino celebrates Day of the Dead

Centro Latino hosted a Dia de los Muertos celebration Friday evening. The altar and celebration were for remembering family and friends who had died.

PHOTO GALLERY: Community remembers Almeta Crayton

Friends, family and community leaders gathered for the memorial of Almeta Crayton, Columbia's first black city councilwoman, who died Oct. 21.

PHOTO GALLERY: Grant Elementary students celebrate Halloween with parade

Grant Elementary School students dress up for Halloween during a parade where students walk around the perimeter of the black top in their Halloween costumes on Thursday.

PHOTO GALLERY: L'Damian Washington leads Missouri receivers in touchdown receptions

L'Damian Washington leads Missouri with 9 touchdown receptions. He said his 96-yard touchdown in Saturday's loss against South Carolina was a "message to his mother."

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge wins volleyball district playoffs

The Rock Bridge volleyball team won its district playoff game Wednesday at Hickman High School. The Rock Bridge Bruins beat the Smith-Cotton Tigers in the semi-finals and moved on to beat the Helias Crusaders in the final round.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia residents visit 'Harry Potter'-themed haunted observatory

The MU Department of Physics and Astronomy held its haunted observatory event Wednesday at MU's Laws Observatory. Columbia parents and children were invited to visit the "Hogwarts Astronomy Tower" where they could meet staff and students who were dressed as dead astronomers, including Galileo, Einstein, Sir William Herschel, and hear about the discoveries they had made while they were alive. Other faculty and staff members dressed up as "Harry Potter" characters, including Professor Snape, Luna Lovegood and Hermione Granger.

PHOTO GALLERY: Maude Vintage, the place to find a costume

Maude Vintage has lots of options for Halloween costumes, including hats, wigs, jewelry and face paint.

PHOTO GALLERY: Community weighs in on future of Douglass Park

Community members at a drop-in meeting observed and offered opinions about two plans for renovation of Douglass Park. Matt Boehner, senior planner for the Parks and Recreation Department, said about two-thirds of the attendees on Thursday preferred Plan A, which has a different parking design.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball powers past Southwest Baptist

Missouri women's basketball got off to a slow start before moving to a commanding 79-53 win over visiting Southwest Baptist University in Tuesday's exhibition.

GRAPHIC GALLERY: Comparing crime rates

Crime rates in Boone County have increased, decreased or stayed the same over the past five years, depending on the type of crime.

The criminal homicide rate for the year to date is 2.9 homicides for every 100,000 residents, based on a countywide population of 170,071. This year’s rate so far is higher than any of the previous four years but lower than the 2008 rate, 3.2 homicides for every 100,000 residents.

Boone County’s rates of aggravated assault and robbery are both at five-year lows for the year to date.

Per capita crime rates are calculated by dividing the number of crimes reported by the number of residents during a given time period. These rates are based on the number of crimes reported from January through September for a given year.

PHOTO GALLERY: Vigil for Brandon Coleman centers on issue of justice

A vigil and rally for Brandon Coleman was held Monday at St. Luke Methodist Church. Ministers, family members and supporters expressed a call for justice in Coleman's death and a review of issues pertaining to race in Columbia.