PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri football prepares for second SEC season

The Missouri football team practices Thursday afternoon.

PHOTO GALLERY: The Canvas on Broadway hosts painting class

The Canvas on Broadway hosts a painting class while serving wine Thursday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Empire Artistic Team practices roller skating, show off national medals

The Empire Artistic Team took photographs on Wednesday to showcase the 16 medals they won at last month's national competition. One team member will be competing in the world championships in Taiwan.

PHOTO GALLERY: Drive-in theaters struggle in digital age

The latest threat to the existence of drive-in theaters is the film industry's conversion from 35 mm film to digital prints, and the expense involved in converting projectors to the digital age. The $70,000-plus investment required per screen is significant, especially for what is in most places a summertime business kept alive by mom-and-pop operators. Paying for the switch would suck up most owners' profits for years to come.

PHOTO GALLERY: Midnight BBQ kicks off fall semester

The annual party, Midnight BBQ, kicks off the fall semester on Rollins Street by the MU Student Center. Students ate food, danced and made wax molds of their hands.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kindergartners visit new teachers, elementary schools

Lee Elementary School and Rock Bridge Elementary School host open houses for new kindergartners and their parents Wednesday evening. Parents enrolled their children in classes, and new students talked to teachers, read books together and played on the swings.

PHOTO GALLERY: Competition cheerleaders practice routines at Battle High

Battle High School's competition cheerleading squad practices stunts and routines Tuesday. The Battle squad won first place at regionals last month, earning it a spot in the state competition Sept. 15. It will be at the Hearnes Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU students move into Discovery Residence Hall

Audrey Smith moves into Discovery Residence Hall on Tuesday with the help of her family, and she shares pizza with her suitemates.

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.