Brian Rehg receives Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence award

Columbia School District Superintendent Chris Belcher shakes the hand of second-grade teacher and honoree Brian Rehg on Friday. Belcher received the Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence award along with five other Columbia teachers.

Flower covered in spring snow

A spring snow that hit Columbia on Thursday evening into Friday morning left yellow daffodils in Peace Park covered in a white snow.

Snow appears in Columbia grass

Grass in Peace Park is covered in a slushy snow after a small storm that hit Columbia Thursday night left the town with a light dusting on Friday morning.

Spring snow hits Columbia

A holly plant stands out among snow-covered mulch Friday near Peace Park.

Hickman soccer player Erika Storvick sprints past Camdenton midfielders

Hickman's Erika Storvick sprints past the Camdenton midfielders during Thursday's game in Columbia. Camdenton defeated Hickman 4-0.

Hickman soccer player Erika Storvick vs. Camdenton

Hickman's Erika Storvick challenges a Camdenton play during Thursday night's game in Columbia.

Nursing station at the old center

The old nursing station has been replaced by the new Missouri Psychiatric Center, which has been called one of the major improvements to the center.

Patient room at the old center

A patient room at the old Missouri Psychiatric Center has been renovated to have alarm systems and swing for the bedroom doors.

MU Health Care employees tour the new psychiatric center

MU Health Care employees tour the new Missouri Psychiatric Center on Thursday. The new nursing station is three times as large as the old station.

The new patient rooms revealed

Missy Jost shows off the new patient rooms Thursday at the Missouri Psychiatric Center. The center's medical director John Lauriello said the center is about five-eighths done. "I know we're more than halfway done, but we're not quite three-fourths of the way done," Lauriello said. The center will be completed by November.

Students build a doghouse for Barkitecture event

Rashad Abdul-Majid and Jessica McBride saw pieces of plywood to cover the frame of the doghouse they are building for the Barkitechture contest. They were working Wednesday at their professor's home on High Street. The doghouses in the contest will be displayed on the Boone County Courthouse lawn from April 4 to 10.

U.S. population center follows growth trends

A car crosses a bridge outside Plato. In a nation of nearly 310 million people, America's population center rests not in the Midwestern skyline of St. Louis or Chicago, but in a tiny village in southern Missouri with a population of 109.

Plato designated as U.S. population center

A car drives through Plato, which has been designated the population center of the U.S., according to the 2010 census. The Census Bureau announced the shift of the popular center's location. The shift since 2000 signifies a larger trend: America's population is marching westward from the Midwest, pulled by migration to the Sun Belt. And in a surprising show of growth, Hispanics now account for more than half of the U.S. population increase over the last decade.

Players join AD Mike Alden at press conference announcing Mike Anderson's departure

MU basketball players, from left, Laurence Bowers, Marcus Denmon and Kim English listen as MU Athletics Director Mike Alden announces the departure of head coach Mike Anderson at a news conference at Mizzou Arena.

Bittle runs between bases

Rock Bridge senior Travis Bittle runs between bases in Wednesday's game against Eureka. Later in the game, Bittle hit a line drive down the right-field line to give the Bruins an 8-7 win.

Safe at second base

Rock Bridge's Ryan Phillips waits for the ball as Eureka's Frank Baumann slides safely into second base.

Mach at the plate

Conner Mach misses a pitch on Wednesday at Taylor Stadium. Mach had no hits and a walk in the game.

Smith delivers pitch

Myles Smith pitches to Central Arkansas on Wednesday at Taylor Stadium. Smith pitched three innings of relief for the Tigers.

What goes into the horse's mouth

Equine nutritionist Erin Venable, right, performs a body size assessment on Toby, the horse led by Stephens College senior Caitlin Trowbridge. Venable spoke to an audience about equine health Wednesday at a workshop at Stephens College. She was one of four panelists at the event who spoke about equine veterinary medicine, farrier work, equine nutrition, training and troubleshooting.

Hancock finds advantage

Missouri pole vaulter Brian Hancock prepares for a practice run on Wednesday at Walton Stadium. Although Hancock is shorter than other pole vaulters, Hancock said he makes up for height with technique and speed.