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Zaire Taylor drives against Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions

Missouri senior guard Zaire Taylor drives down the court during the game between the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at Mizzou Arena in Columbia on Saturday. Missouri defeated the Lions 88-70.

Mizzou fights for possession in win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Missouri senior forward Keith Ramsey fights for possession with Arkansas-Pine Bluff senior forwards Lebaron Weathers and Tyree Glass during the first half of the basketball game between the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at Mizzou Arena on Saturday night.

Rock Bridge Amaya Williams

Rock Bridge senior guard Amaya Williams beats the Glendale defense to make a shot on Friday night. The Lady Bruins beat the Lady Falcons 59-47.

Rock Bridge girls basketball defense

Rock Bridge senior Amaya Williams, 12, leads her team on defense with Emily Holt, 54, Carmen Boessen, 30, and Lindsey Cunningham, 11, against Glendale High School on Friday night. Rock Bridge won 59-47.

Field students cheer on Cougar basketball

First-graders Allyson Smith, Serenity Grant, Alan Whittington and Ahmad Anderson cheer as the Columbia College Cougars score on Friday. On Field Elementary's last school day, Columbia College gave each of the children a white T-shirt to commemorate the schools' partnership over the last 22 years.

Columbia College Basketball Turner

Columbia College freshman Kaleb Turner pushes forward after a steal late in the second quarter on Friday afternoon. Turner was the top scorer for the Cougars with 13 points in their win against the Lyon (Ark.) College Scots, 72-61.

Trash bag to cover the fare box

Warner Roberts readjusts the trash bag covering the fare box of his bus Friday. In appreciation of regular customers, the Columbia Transit Authority didn't charge for rides all day.

Bill McMahon gets a free ride on Columbia Transit bus

Bill McMahon looks out the window of a city bus Friday. McMahon said he rides the bus at least four times a week, usually from the downtown station to Truman Veterans' Hospital. McMahon said he is a veteran of the Vietnam conflict.

Eliot Battle to recieve honorary degree

Eliot Battle, retired public school administrator, is the author of "A Letter to Young Black Men." Battle has more than 40 years experience in the public school system and in 1960, he worked as a counselor for Hickman, the first fully integrated high school in Columbia.

Owner of Mama Bessie's Cleaners on Halloween

Margaret Hickem-Smith, owner of Mama Bessie's Cleaners, enjoys the Keep the Kids off the Street Halloween Party on Oct. 31. This was Hickem-Smith's last community event before closing her doors Monday. Hickem-Smith's business will no longer be the hub for neighborhood activities, but she still plans to host community events in Douglass Park.

Walking through the hallway

Bill and Linda Giddings walk down a hallway of Field Elementary School with their granddaughter, Emily Crumbliss, 1, at the open house on Thursday. Linda Giddings taught fifth grade at Field Elementary from 1969-72 before moving on to becoming a mother and a kindergarten teacher. Students will have their last day at Field Elementary School on Friday, and will begin to attend Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School on Jan. 4. The Field Elementary School building is expected to become the home of the Columbia Public Schools' gifted education program.

Packing for the move

Beth Dixon, who has taught kindergarten for six years at Field Elementary School, helps Judy Arnett pack her second grade classroom into boxes on Thursday evening for the move to Alpha Hart Elementary School. Students will have their last day at Field Elementary School on Friday, and will begin to attend Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School on Jan. 4. The Field Elementary School building is expected to become the home of the Columbia Public Schools' gifted education program.

Empty stairwell

The central staircase of Field Elementary School is quiet and bare, as are many of the hallways, on Thursday evening. Teachers at the school have been clearing off the walls and packing up their classrooms in anticipation of the move to Alpha Hart Elementary School in time for classes to resume on Jan. 4. Students will have their last day at Field Elementary School on Friday. The Field Elementary School building is expected to become the home of the Columbia Public Schools' gifted education program.

Harris caught between defenders

Hickman senior Lyle Harris tries to get past Rock Bridge senior Ricky Kreklow, left, and freshman Travis Jorgenson during the Rock Bridge-Hickman rivalry basketball game.

MU players experience Rock Bridge-Hickman rivalry

Missouri basketball players Miguel Paul, Laurence Bowers, Kim English, Tyler Stone and Marcus Denmon watch the Rock Bridge-Hickman rivalry basketball game from the stands Thursday at Rock Bridge High School.

Rock Bridge's Millard

Rock Bridge senior Trey Millard takes a shot against Hickman's Josh Williams, No. 34, during the first half of the rivalry game Thursday at Rock Bridge High School.

Rock Bridge girls basketball chili supper

Rock Bridge High School seniors Katie Seyer, right, and Beau Reske join Bruins girls basketball team captain Amaya Williams for their meals Thursday night at the girls basketball team's chili supper

Local dancer performs professionally while in school

Melanie Auinbauh poses in her Sugar Plum Fairy costume on Saturday. She began taking ballet classes when she was three years old, and now performs with the Missouri Contemporary Ballet.

Area leaders cut ribbon

Ken Pearson the presiding commissioner of Boone County, center left, and Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman laugh as their giant scissors fail to cut the ribbon at the ceremony to officially open the $13.9 million widening of Range Line Street on Monday.

Singing the national anthem

Loretta Roney, the district credit union manager for the Missouri Department of Transportation, sings the national anthem before the ribbon cutting to officially open the $13.9 million "widening" of Rangle Line Street on Monday.
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