PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Fire Department hosts grand re-opening of Fire Station No. 3

The Columbia Fire Department hosted a grand re-opening of its Fire Station No. 3. The station is owned by MU, which allows the department free use of the station.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia College president Gerald Brouder retires

Gerald Brouder, the 16th president of Columbia College, announced his retirement Thursday. His retirement is effective Aug. 1.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture is a pocket of change

The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture began in 2008 when three MU graduates decided to do something involving urban agriculture. The organization now runs a 1.3-acre farm at Smith and Fay streets, sells produce to several high-end restaurants, provides landscaping services, organizes educational visits for middle school students, builds community gardens for low-income residents and organizations and attracts more and more volunteers and community affection.

PHOTO GALLERY: Thai restaurants opens in downtown Columbia

Kittikoon Chompupong has opened Thip Thai Cuisine restaurant on Broadway. Chompupong is the restaurant's owner and chef.

PHOTO GALLERY: Otts use tax credits to restore historical buildings

The Otts have tapped state historic preservation tax credits to renovate a number of historical buildings downtown, including the Stephens Building.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri men's basketball defeats Alabama

The Missouri men's basketball team defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide, 84-68 on Tuesday at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Music fans open vinyl record store

Kyle Cook and Taylor Bacon have opened Hitt Records on the top floor of the Ragtag Cinema.

PHOTO GALLERY: Alabama wins BCS championship

Alabama won the BCS National Championship college football game Monday, beating out Notre Dame, 42-14.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cafe Poland to open soon downtown

Robert Burlinski and his mother, Iwona Galijska, are preparing to open Cafe Poland on Locust Street.

PHOTO GALLERY: Efforts to deepen Mississippi River continue

Cranes are used to pull a rock out of the Mississippi River as part of efforts to deepen the waterway on Monday. The work is being completed just outside of Thebes, Ill. The rock-clearing effort is considered vital in ensuring that stretch of river remains open to barge traffic.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ready...Set...Learn! center opens

Katie Pease and Annika Lunceford opened Ready...Set...Learn! early childhood education center on Wednesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri beats Auburn, 82-76

The Missouri women's basketball team won out 82-76 over the Auburn team at Missouri's home Southeastern Conference opener at the Mizzou Arena on Sunday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri defeats Bucknell 66-64 in men's basketball

Missouri beat Bucknell 66-64 in men's basketball Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mizzou Botanic Garden Plant Fashion Show

MU students designed and modeled dresses for Friday's Mizzou Botanic Garden Plant Fashion Show at the Memorial Student Union.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sales, prices higher at gun show

Gun buyers and sellers brought out large numbers of assault rifles and high-capacity magazines at a gun show at the Central Missouri Events Center. The show continues Sunday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Heidelberg marks 50th anniversary

The Heidelberg, a Columbia bar and restaurant located on the edge of MU's campus, celebrates its 50th anniversary Saturday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Bookmobile stops at North County Shopping Center

The Daniel Boone Regional Library Bookmobile made a stop at the North County Shopping Center on Route B on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: City's water tested for fluoride levels

Ed Fisher, chief operator at the Columbia Water Treatment Plant in McBaine, conducts a fluoride test.

PHOTO GALLERY: Desire to Aspire reaches out to young girls

MU student Stacy Stewart launched an after-school program, Desire to Aspire, for young girls at Lange Middle School. She brings in guest speakers and plans different activities for the girls. In early December, Jeanne Szkolka, owner of the Columbia Dance Academy, volunteered her time to teach a jazz class.

PHOTO GALLERY: Boone County commissioners sworn in

Boone County Commissioners Janet Thompson and Karen Miller were sworn in to office at a ceremony Tuesday at the Boone County Government Center.