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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.

Keeping warm at the grand opening

Dwena Kueffer, left, the mother of Kenneth Lehman of Lehman Construction, the contractor that completed the Range Lind Street widening project, and Susan Ball, a senior construction inspector for the Missouri Department of Transportation, try to warm up with coffee after the ribbon cutting to officially open the $13.9 million project on Monday.

Rock Bridge basketball player Logan Parks and sister show tattoos

Rock Bridge senior basketball player Logan Parks and his sister Morgan have matching tattoos of a Chinese symbol that means "family."

Mother works to get health coverage for herself, son

Sandra Hawkins sits by the fire with her son, Brayden, and dog, Lola, to relax after dinner. Hawkins has not had health insurance for her or Brayden, now 10, since he was an infant. Her jobs have not provided health coverage, and she cannot afford to pay for coverage on her own.

YouZeum cutting hours

Paul Morpurgo, 6, from Russell Boulevard Elementary School takes a virtual bike ride on the Katy Trail at the YouZeum on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Morpurgo participated in a day-long camp on the eve of Thanksgiving Day when all the schools were out.

Children participate in day-long camp at YouZeum

Nick Litteken, 8, from Fairview Elementary School tests his jumping skills at the YouZeum in Columbia. Litteken participated in a day-long camp the day before Thanksgiving Day when all the schools were out.

Children take turns as reporters at YouZeum day-long camp

From left to right, Nick Litteken, 8, Zach Litteken, 10, Murat Agra, 8, Grace Rogers and Faith Rogers, 7, take turns as reporters in the TV studio at the YouZeum. Eleven children participated in a day-long camp on the eve of Thanksgiving Day when all the schools were out.

YouZeum sees difficult first year

Murat Agra, 8, from Fairview Elementary School plays a food selection video game at the YouZeum. YouZeum had a difficult first year; the executive director stepped down, the operating hours were cut, and the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau redrew funding for the YouZeum.

Wrestling with weight

Rock Bridge High School junior Josh Gaskins weight-trains before starting wrestling practice on Monday, Dec. 7 at Rock Bridge. Gaskins, who weighs 152 pounds, wants to be at 148 pounds by the end of the season.

Weighty issue

Rock Bridge High School junior Josh Gaskins drills some finishing moves with senior Josh Litofsky during wrestling practice on Monday, Dec. 7 at Rock Bridge. Gaskins, who wants to lose four pounds by the end of the season, said, "I have to eat really healthy and make sure I'm not overloading my stomach with a bunch of food."

Richard Thompson is CEO of Zootoo

Zootoo CEO Richard Thompson spoke with Central Missouri Humane Society personnel and supporters on March 19, 2009, at the shelter on Big Bear Boulevard. Thompson's visit was part of the second phase of the shelter makeover contest.

Bell ringer applications rise

Chad Larson stands with his Salvation Army donation bucket and bell in front of the Walmart on Nifong Boulevard in Columbia. Larson has been a paid* bell ringer for three weeks and thinks that it is "just a good thing to do" for the community.

Evangelist Oral Roberts dies at age 91

Evangelist Oral Roberts smiles after being honored on the floor of the Oklahoma Senate in Oklahoma City. A spokesman for Oral Roberts on Tuesday said the evangelist and university founder has died at age 91.
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