PHOTO GALLERY: Keija Parssinen became a full-time author after 'The Ruins of Us'

Keija Parssinen, author of "The Ruins of Us" and a Columbia resident, continues to be a full-time author while raising her 8-month-old son.

PHOTO GALLERY: Old friends gather in the Pierpont Store every morning

Old friends gather in the Pierpont Store located on Missouri 163 to chat about their lives over coffee. Every morning the Pierpont Store Coffee Club meets at 6:30 a.m. as friends stroll in and out telling their daily tales.

PHOTO GALLERY: Young entrepreneurs go online to start their businesses

Lauren Rundquist uses Etsy to sell customized shoes that she paints herself.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students participate in MU International Day celebrations

MU's International Day celebration included a flag ceremony and a bazaar with food from countries around the world.

PHOTO GALLERY: Priscilla Bevins and Bob Bartlett start married life together

Priscilla Bevins and Bob Bartlett got married in August, less than three months after they first met. He is 88, and she is 82.

PHOTO GALLERY: Harrisburg Bulldogs defeat Slater

The Harrisburg Bulldogs beat the Slater Wildcats 50-26 during JV play on Monday at Harrisburg High School. The Bulldogs move to 3-1 for the season.

PHOTO GALLERY: Stephens College poms squad tryouts start

Poms squad try outs start at Stephens College under head coach Danyale Williams.

Battle High School softball team holds car wash

Members of the Battle High School softball team gathered at the Dairy Queen at Forum and Stadium boulevards on Sunday to host a car wash fundraiser for the program.

PHOTO GALLERY: History revisited with Heritage Festival in Nifong Park

The 36th Annual Heritage Festival & Craft Show on Saturday and Sunday in Nifong Park helped modern visitors mingle with costumed actors to recreate, if only briefly, 19th century small town life.

PHOTO GALLERY: Program uses baseball to help fight Alzheimer's

Members of the Cardinals Reminiscence League remember and discuss past games in hopes of helping with their fight against Alzheimer's.

PHOTO GALLERY: Roots 'N' Blues brings melody to Stephens Lake meadows

People at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival mingle in Stephens Lake Park on Saturday to catch a spin on the Ferris wheel, eat some barbecue and, most of all, listen to music.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri football vs. Indiana

The Missouri Tigers face the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday night in Bloomington, Ind. Some Missouri fans made the 5 1/2-hour trip to cheer on the Tigers.

PHOTO GALLERY: Aimee Mullins spends time with Jordan Reeves after speech

Aimee Mullins signs one of Jordan Reeve's old helper arms and talks with her after Mullins' speech for the Delta Gamma Lectureships Series on Wednesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Battle football gets win over Carnahan

Battle football rolled to a 49-28 home game victory on Friday night over Carnahan.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge football suffers loss to Raymore-Peculiar

Rock Bridge football lost 31-21 to Raymore-Peculiar on Friday night at Rock Bridge.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri volleyball gets 13th straight win Friday against Towson

Missouri volleyball defeated Towson 3-0 on Friday. Missouri is now 13-0 and off to its best start in 32 years.

GRAPHIC GALLERY: Chronic wasting disease hurting Missouri deer and elk operations

Chronic wasting disease has affected deer and elk in numerous states and at least two provinces in Canada. In Missouri, gaps remain in the system of prevention and early detection of the disease for captive deer operations.

PHOTO GALLERY: Freshman brings strong defense to the Columbia Cougars

Columbia College women's soccer player Taylor Hagenhoff practices with the rest of the Cougars on Wednesday. Hagenhoff, a freshman, is new to defending but has earned the praise of her coach and teammates for her skill and dedication tot the sport.

PHOTO GALLERY: Crews prepare Stephens Lake Park for Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ

As Columbia's annual Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival approaches, volunteers prepare Stephens Lake Park for the the three-day celebration of music and food.

PHOTO GALLERY: World's dependence on coal is declining

Renewable energy sources are becoming more popular while the dependence on coal is decreasing.