Hickman golfer Cruz Buchanan vs. Rock Bridge

Hickman High School golfer Cruz Buchanan reacts to his missed putt during Friday's match at Columbia Country Club.

City Lights sound board

Mike Antel runs a soundboard from beneath the stage during City Lights' rehearsal on Thursday at Rock Bridge High School. City Lights puts on one show every year and usually starts rehearsing in October.

City Lights rehearsal

Hannah Overfelt preforms during a rehearsal on Thursday at Rock Bridge High School. City Lights must first compete against 20 teams to make it through the preliminary round at the regional competition hosted in Branson this weekend.

Rock Bridge choir rehearsal

Ian Meyer performs during a rehearsal on Thursday at Rock Bridge High School. This is the first time there has been a national show choir competition.

Rock Bridge Choir director

Rock Bridge High School show choir director Mike Pierson critiques the band during rehearsal Thursday evening at Rock Bridge. Pierson has been City Lights' director for seven years and estimates they spend around $50,000 to produce both the all-female and coed shows.

Coupon Queen

Amy Woodall does some light shopping as she looks through her coupons at Schnucks in Cape Girardeau.

Mentoring Program

Mentor Ray Merriweather (left) cheers with 8th grade history students (left-right) Quran Banks, 13, Timothy Williams III, 14, Quentin Leonard, 14 (standing) and Nicholas Johnson, 14, after Leonard correctly answered a question during last Friday's class "Jeopardy" game on the U.S. Constitution at Yeatman-Liddell Middle School in north St. Louis City.

Mike Middleton and Deborah Hanuscin shake hands

Associate professor Deborah Hanuscin shakes hands with MU Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton on Friday. Commerce Bank Chairman Jim Schatz proceeded to award her with a check for $10,000.

Associate professor Deborah Hanuscin

Associate professor Deborah Hanuscin reacts after finding out she received a William T. Kemper award for teaching excellence on Friday. MU Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton, Commerce Bank Chairman Jim Schatz and Hanuscin's fellow faculty members surprised her with the award in her 9:00 a.m. class.

Protesters sing during government spending talks

Esther Mayberry, right, with the State Department, sings "America the Beautiful" during a rally of U.S. diplomats and federal workers against the prospect of a government shutdown on Friday in Washington.

Remembering students who died in the past year

Rock Bridge girls soccer player Kenzie Jacoby vs. Helias Catholic

Rock Bridge senior Kenzie Jacoby takes the ball down the field Thursday against Helias Catholic. In their past three meetings, the Bruins and Crusaders have played into overtime.

Rock Bridge runner Taylor McDannold

Rock Bridge assistant track coach Matt Prescott says Bruins freshman Taylor McDannold has a "competitive edge" that he likes to see in his athletes.

Man wanted in Ramada Inn robbery

Police are looking for a man who robbed the Ramada Inn on Conley Road on Sunday morning. He fled the hotel on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

Decorating with a smiley face

Kenadie May, 3, outlines a smiley face with a green border on her T-shirt as part of the Puffy Paint Party on Thursday morning at the Stephens Lake Activity Center. She later added polka dots all over her shirt.

Painting a volcano

Eric Chacon, 4, adds a volcano on the side of his shirt with his mother, Kelley, on Thursday morning at the Stephens Lake Activity Center. Eric said he wanted lava to pour down both sides.

Puffy Painting T-shirts

Emily Lee, 4, paints a shirt with her mom, Yvonee, as part of the Puffy Paint Party on Thursday morning at the Stephens Lake Activity Center. Columbia Parks and Recreation hosted the community event for children ages 2 - 6 and nearly 20 children and parents/guardians took part.

Columbia College softball player Kacey Rehagen vs. Stephens

Columbia College's Kacey Rehagen rounds first base on her way to a run-scoring double Wednesday against Stephens.

In the Cougars' dugout

Columbia College softball players Chelsie Crain, left, Valerie Teter, Rachel Coleman and Marli Hayes watch the action in the Cougars' second game Wednesday against Stephens.

Columbia College softball player Valerie Teter vs. Stephens

Columbia College senior Valerie Teter said she jinxed herself when she realized she was an inning away from a perfect game Wednesday against Stephens.