PHOTO GALLERY: Local taxidermist Curt Shahan preserves big and small game animals

Taxidermists are entering their busy season as wildlife hunting seasons kick off.

PHOTO GALLERY: Peg Craig offers ceramics classes at Squarepeg Art Studio

Peg Craig dabbled in art during high school, but didn't pick it up again until 20 years later. Now, Craig holds ceramics classes in her basement studio, Squarepeg.

PHOTO GALLERY: Thousands enjoy Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival

More than 20,000 people were estimated to have attended the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival this weekend.

PHOTO GALLERY: Construction alters area surrounding Rock Quarry Road

The development of new apartment complexes has altered the landscape surrounding the scenic Rock Quarry Road.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students gather for protest

MU fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha organized "The Epiphany" protest Friday at Tiger Plaza in support of victims of bleach-balloon attacks at the University of Texas-Austin.

PHOTO GALLERY: Alabama fans set up home away from home

Alabama fans traveled in RVs to Columbia for Saturday's game against Missouri.

PHOTO GALLERY: Alabama fans enjoy their time in downtown Columbia before game day

Alabama fans arrived in Columbia before the game between Missouri and Alabama on Saturday. Fans spent their time in downtown Columbia on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Alabama fans arrive in RVs

Alabama fans arrived in RVs on Thursday at the Cottonwood RV Park.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman wide receiver matures on and off field

Hickman football junior wide receiver Roderick Beasley is known for joking around, but he is learning when it is time to focus. That focus has translated into three touchdowns for Beasley in Hickman’s past two games.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia College women's soccer duo anchors defensive unit

Junior Elise Castellanos and freshman Mallory Page work together to anchor the defensive unit of the Columbia College women's soccer team. The team is preparing to play Harris-Stowe on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tolton-Calvary football team prepares for upcoming game

Despite the football team's lack in size, Tolton-Calvary is working to grow as a unit. The team is preparing for a game against the South Callaway Bulldogs on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge wide receiver focuses on college goals

Rock Bridge wide receiver Kenny James hit a dry spot at the beginning of the season, but James broke out of the rut during a Sept. 28 win over Helias Catholic.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge soccer team beats Waynesville 6-0

The Hickman boys soccer team pulled out a 6-0 victory against Waynesville. The team's assistant coach David Graham took over the head coaching position for Thursday's game.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia residents discuss Scott Boulevard interchange proposal

Columbia residents attended a public hearing Thursday at the Activity and Recreation Center to learn more about the Scott Boulevard and Interstate 70 interchange.

PHOTO GALLERY: "Tough Old Birds" practice for run-kayak race

Friends Nancy Taube and Linda LaFontaine, who call themselves the "Tough Old Birds," practice for the Perche Creek Fall Five. The race, which consists of a 2-mile running segment on the Katy Trail and a 3-mile kayaking segment in Perche Creek, will take place Saturday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Seniors take to the lanes with Sunshine league bowling

The Senior Sunshine league bowls every Monday throughout the winter.

PHOTO GALLERY: Couple opens historical house as guesthouse

For the first time in its 100-year-old history, the house at the corner of West Boulevard and Ash Street will be open to the public. Owners Kristin Bourgeois and Adam Kaiser bought the historical house in 2011 and converted it into a guesthouse called Creekstone Cottage.

PHOTO GALLERY: Trailside Cafe provides food and fixes for bikers

The Trailside Cafe and Bike shop in Rocheport is a one-stop shop for cyclists on the Katy Trail. Cyclists can drop in to get something to eat or get their bikes fixed.

PHOTO GALLERY: Old Wheels attracts variety of entries

A variety of vehicles were entered in the Old Wheels car show on Sunday, including a 1946 Hudson truck that paid tribute to veterans.

PHOTO GALLERY: Backyard chickens grow in popularity

Two years after an ordinance amendment allowed Columbia residents to keep chickens in city limits, an increasing number of people are opting for do-it-yourself poultry and eggs.