PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri defeats Illinois in Braggin' Rights game

Missouri defeated Illinois 82-73 at the Braggin' Rights game Saturday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

PHOTO GALLERY: Blacksmith pursues artistic dream

Justin Tattitch owns Whiskey Barrel Forge Blacksmith & Primitive Arts. He mostly makes tools but is starting to make more art pieces. He hopes to one day become a full-time blacksmith.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fifth-grade class collects donations for Room at the Inn

Fifth-grade students at Mill Creek Elementary School collected and wrapped donations for the Room at the Inn homeless shelter at a holiday party Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Carolers raise money for Columbia family

Carolers gathered Thursday evening to raise money for a Columbia family who are struggling to pay medical and other bills.

PHOTO GALLERY: Chamber honors retiring president

Members of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce honored Don Laird during a reception Thursday evening. Laird officially leaves his post on Jan. 15.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fire at Sound Performance

Firefighters battled a blaze for an hour late Thursday and early Friday at Sound Performance in north central Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball team defeats Murray State

The Missouri women's basketball team defeated Murray State 69-55 on Thursday at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: First snow of season falls in Columbia

The first snow of the season fell Thursday in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cooks in the Kitchen

Cooks in the Kitchen is a program that helps teach simple, healthy recipes to people with disabilities so they feel more comfortable in the kitchen.

PHOTO GALLERY: Boonville tree farm helps family with Christmas tree

Wayne Harmon, owner of Starr Pines farm in Boonville, helps a family from Columbia select a Christmas tree on Wednesday. Harmon has been growing and selling Christmas trees for 26 years.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sewing store serves as center for snowflakes

Satin Stiches, a sewing and embroidery store, has opened up three sewing machines for people to use to sew snowflakes for the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women's basketball team defeats Morgan State

The Missouri women's basketball team defeated Morgan State 75-50 on Tuesday at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: Volunteers collect donations for The Food Bank

Volunteers collected donations Tuesday for The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dog Daze Playcare offers exercise, training for dogs

Dog Daze Playcare is the newest in a handful of facilities in Columbia that allows drop-off day care for dogs.

PHOTO GALLERY: Team works to improve water quality of Hinkson Creek

Reforestation has emerged as a low-cost way to help reduce runoff and pollution at Hinkson Creek. A program organized by Jason Hubbart would divert rainwater from the creek into a field at the Forum Nature Area that will be reforested.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri men's basketball wins over South Carolina State

The Missouri Tigers faced South Carolina State on Monday night at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers defeated South Carolina State 102-51.

PHOTO GALLERY: Officers conduct sobriety checkpoint

A sobriety checkpoint was organized by the Boone County Sheriff's Department on Saturday night. Members of Hallsville and Centralia police departments offered assistance.

PHOTO GALLERY: Director opens doors to science, math

Anna Waldron, director of the MU Office of Science Outreach, works to make science and math education accessible to students at various grade levels.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ceremony welcomes back the sun

People donned costumes, painted their faces, carried torches and sang and danced during the Winter Solstice Celebration on Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Attendees were welcoming back the sun.

PHOTO GALLERY: Two Army ROTC members recieve officer commission

The Army ROTC program at MU held commissioning ceremonies Sunday in which graduating members received officer statuses in their respective military branches. 2nd Lt. Jamar Williams and 2nd Lt. Chris Shoemaker will serve in the Missouri National Guard.