PHOTO GALLERY: Battle High School abuzz ahead of opening

Battle High School buzzes with activity Monday as the school’s first day of classes approaches. Athletic teams have started tryouts and practices, teachers are preparing their classrooms and materials, and administrators are planning special events.

PHOTO GALLERY: Family visits Cosmo-Bethel Park after rain shower

Three generations of the Stowe family visited Cosmo-Bethel Park after a rain shower Monday evening.

PHOTO GALLERY: Children with autism often wander

The phenomenon of children with autism wandering away from home goes by various names — wandering, elopement, bolting — and about half of autistic children are prone to it, according to research published in 2012 in the journal Pediatrics. It has claimed the lives of more than 60 children in the past four years and can make daily life a harrowing, never-let-your-guard-down challenge for parents whose sons and daughters are at risk.

PHOTO GALLERY: Battle High School part of school changes

Muriel Williams Battle High School is welcoming its initial students for the 2-13-14 school year. The opening of the school is one of several changes for the Columbia School District this year.

PHOTO GALLERY: Roosters compete in crowing contest at state fair

Barnyard Stud, a rooster owned by Mitchell Cunningham, of Cairo, Mo., is the the winner of this year's Missouri State Fair Rooster Crowing Contest, which was held Monday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Building needs greater than funding available

The needs of the buildings at MU are much greater than the funds available to make all of the repairs. In recent years, Campus Facilities has prioritized buildings with the greatest need and planned complete building renovations. Switzler Hall is one of three buildings to be renovated this year. Curtis Hall, Lafferre Hall and Strickland Hall are high on the list for renovations. Tate Hall and Switzler Hall were recently renovated with bond issues.

PHOTO GALLERY: Incoming freshmen move in to Jones Hall

Students move into Jones and Center Hall on Sunday at MU. Residents move in to the halls early to participate in panhellenic recruitment starting Monday morning. The fall semester at MU begins Aug. 19.

PHOTO GALLERY: Waynesville begins cleanup after flooding

Waynesville began the task of cleaning up and sorting out possessions after a flash flood tore through the town on Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Retired soldier walks America to honor others

Memorial creator Joe “Tiger” Patrick of Peace Dale, R.I., selected more casual, personal photos for the memorial when they were available. Patrick is walking 20 miles a day, six days a week to honor military members killed in action. On the 25-foot panel are 26 Missouri natives, including Columbia residents Lance Cpl. Leon B. DeRops and Spc. Sterling Wyatt.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tigers run through first official scrimmage of fall

The Missouri Tigers had their first official scrimmage of the fall season Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

PHOTO GALLERY: Children get free medical tests

Children were weighed, measured and underwent a variety of medical tests at Boone Hospital Center on Saturday at the Back to School Health Fair hosted by the Voluntary Action Center and Healthcare USA.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri football team practices for upcoming season

The Missouri football team practiced Friday at the practice field behind Devine Pavilion in preparation for the 2013 season. The Tigers hope to best their 5-7 record from 2012's inaugural campaign in the Southeastern Conference.

PHOTO GALLERY: Harrisburg school reflects Masonic origins

Restoring the 135-year-old Harrisburg school building is a driving reason behind trying to get it on the National Register of Historic Places. A hearing to consider the Harrisburg school as well as 10 other Missouri sites for the registry will be held at 9 a.m. Friday in the Lewis and Clark State Office Building.

PHOTO GALLERY: Woodcarvers practice craft at Columbia Senior Center

Woodcarvers gathered to fashion sculptures Thursday at the Columbia Senior Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Flash flood damages homes in Hollister

A flash flood ripped through a trailer park and industrial area of Hollister on Thursday morning, forcing the evacuation and rescue of residents of the Hidden Valley Mobile Home Park.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mizzou Store employees work on filling orders

Mizzou Store employees find books Thursday for students who registered for EarlyBird Textbook Registration.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mark Twain Residence Hall reopens

MU's Mark Twain Residence Hall was reopened Wednesday. Events included lunch in the remodeled dining room and tours of rooms. The project cost $21.7 million.

PHOTO GALLERY: Flooding continues in south-central Missouri

Floodwaters closed Interstate 44 and U.S. 63 in south-central Missouri on Wednesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Natural processes change flood plains along Missouri River

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge established the Big Muddy National River Refuge in the Missouri River flood plains between St. Louis and Kansas City after the flood of 1993. In the years after refuge’s creation, the Fish and Wildlife Service studied the natural processes at work.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia residents participate in National Night Out

Columbia residents turn out to participate in National Night Out at more than a dozen locations across the city Tuesday evening. National Night Out is an event meant to strengthen the relationship between communities and public services. It is held annually on the first Tuesday of August.