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Boys and Girls Club Host Chili Cookoff

The Boys and Girls Club of Columbia hosted the Rootin’ Tootin’ Chili Cookoff at Holiday Inn on Saturday. Columbia businesses and organizations came out to show their support for Columbia’s children by raising money for the club – and cookin’ up a mean pot of chili.

Missouri Grand Prix stroke

Kathleen Hersey competes in the women's 200-meter IM preliminary race at the Missouri Grand Prix on Sunday. Hersey won the heat and qualified for finals on Sunday night.

Missouri Grand Prix splash

Whitney Myers swims the backstroke portion of the women's 200-meter IM preliminary race at the Missouri Grand Prix on Sunday. She qualified for finals.

Missouri Grand Prix laps

Dominique Bouchard glides through the water during the women's 200-meter backstroke preliminary race at the Missouri Grand Prix on Sunday. Bouchard, a swimmer for Mizzou, had the fastest time of anyone in all seven heats for the event.

Fireman hoses down clothing

A Columbia firefighter hoses down charred clothing thrown out of the window by firefighters as they check for smoldering embers in the bedroom of a house fire at 2600 Sunflower St. on Sunday. Damage to the home was estimated at $25,000.

Collins aims for bullpen spot

Kansas City Royals pitcher Tim Collins throws during baseball spring training Tuesday in Surprise, Ariz. Collins has the opportunity to open the season in the Royals' bullpen after putting up eye-popping numbers in the minors.

Firefighter hosing down clothes

A Columbia firefighter hoses down charred clothing thrown out of the window by firefighters as they check for smoldering embers in the bedroom of a house fire at 2600 Sunflower St. on Sunday in Columbia. Damage to the home was estimated at $25,000.

Edwards finishes second

Trevor Bayne, front, beats Carl Edwards, second on right, David Gilliland, left, and Bobby Labonte to the finish line Sunday to win the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Bike corral might get upgrade

This temporary bike corral is located on the corner of Ninth Street near Cherry Street in front of Kaldi's Coffee House. The City Council will consider a proposal Monday to make this bike corral a permanent area and to add another bike corral downtown on Walnut Street near Orr Street.

Dominique Bourchard competes at Missouri Grand Prix

Dominique Bouchard glides through the water during the women's 200-meter backstroke preliminary race at the Missouri Grand Prix in Columbia on Sunday. Bouchard, a swimmer for MU, had the fastest time of anyone in all seven heats for the event.

Whitney Myers competes at Missouri Grand Prix

Whitney Myers swims the backstroke portion of the women's 200-meter IM preliminary race at the Missouri Grand Prix in Columbia on Sunday. She qualified for finals.

Kathleen Hersey competes at Missouri Grand Prix

Kathleen Hersey competes in the women's 200-meter IM preliminary race at the Missouri Grand Prix on Sunday. Hersey won the heat and qualified for finals on Sunday night.

Bakers adjust to overnight hours

Gary Stewart, left, laughs with Karl Frank while they work on a batch of dough in the early hours on a recent morning at Uprise Bakery.* Despite working shifts from midnight until 8 a.m., Stewart manages to have a regular life outside of work, he said.

Rock Bridge wrestler Samuel Crane at state finals

Rock Bridge High School freshman Samuel Crane wrestles against Park Hill High School senior Bricker Dixon in state finals of the 125-pound weight class at the MSHSAA Class 4 Wrestling Championship in Mizzou Arena on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011. Crane lost to Dixon, receiving second place in the state. Crane's record for the season is 46-3.

Hickman wrestler J'den Cox at state finals

Hickman High School sophomore J'Den Cox mentally prepares for his match against Lee’s Summit West’s Benjamin Poeschl* at the MSHSAA Class 4 Championships in the 215-pound weight class in Mizzou Arena on Saturday. Cox won the match and his second consecutive state title. His record for the season is 38-0.

Rock Bridge boys basketball player Karon Hayes playing at practice

Rock Bridge senior forward Karon Hayes, center, reaches for the ball during a practice on Thursday, February 16, 2011.

Rock Bridge boys basketball player Karon Hayes

Rock Bridge senior forward Karon Hayes watches his teammates run drills during a Thursday, February 16, 2011 practice.

Craig Franklin plunges into Stephens Lake for charity

Craig Franklin topples into Stephens Lake, leading the rest of his team who are dressed as mice on Saturday. It was Franklin's first time participating in the Columbia Polar Plunge.

Craig Franklin cleans up after the Polar Plunge

Craig Franklin cleans up after swimming in Stephens Lake for the Polar Plunge. Franklin's team, a group from the Research Animal Diagnostic Laboratory, raised almost $1,500 for charity.

Students race into Stephens Lake for the Polar Plunge

A team of students races to jump into the frigid water of Stephens Lake for the Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 19, 2011.
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