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Bus riders brave cold

Noah Myers gets in line to board the bus with his bike on Tuesday evening after work at the Root Cellar. Despite the cold weather, he still needs to ride his bike as he lives ten minutes away from his bus stop. "It was real bad yesterday, but at least I have mittens today," Myers said.

Bus riders prepare to wait in freezing cold

A single passenger waits aboard a Columbia Transit bus for it to depart on Tuesday evening.

Bitter cold forecast for remainder of week

Christian Holley waits in the cold for the bus after work on Tuesday evening. Temperatures were only in the teens, with bitter weather forecast for much of the week to come.

Bus riders plan for cold weather

Layered in fleece and jackets, Tammy Erbe takes the bus home from Wabash Station after school at Job Point on Tuesday evening. She waits every morning at 5 for the bus that she takes to school, even in the coldest of weather. "I have blankets under here to cover my legs and wrap around me if it gets too cold," Erbe said. "I bundle up real good."

Teens find outdoor fun in freezing temps

Jamie Rauba (left) and Chris Sorlien play hockey on Tuesday on a section of Stephens Lake they gradually cleared of snow over the last two days. The closest ice rink open to the public is located in Jefferson City. "Unless you want to drive, the only time to play is on the lake," Rauba said. While the temperature was only in the low teens, the cold did not bother him. "We're the only crazy fools to be out here."

Act of reverence

Congregants cover their faces in reverence as Peruci Ndabazaniye prays in the African language Kinyarwanda for the church at Sunday's Agape Fellowship Church service held at the J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center. Pastor Aaron Ruvuga founded the church to provide a place of worship based in African language, as most of the congregants speak little to no English.

Song of praise

Congregants sing and clap during a song of praise at the end of a service with the Agape Fellowship Church on Sunday. The service is based in the African languages of Kinyarwanda and Swahili to provide the attendees with a place to worship in their home language.

Place of fellowship

A group of children play in the back of the room during an Agape Fellowship Church service on Sunday at the J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center. The church provides an African language place of worship in Columbia for its congregants, many of whom speak little to no English.

Importance of translation

Caritas Habimane translates Pastor Aaron Ruvuga's African-language sermon into English during Sunday's Agape Fellowship Church service held at the J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center. Pastor Ruguva founded the church to provide a center of worship based in Kinyarwanda and Swahili, as most of the congregants speak little to no English. Habimane plays a pivotal role as a translator for this African community; many say they would be lost without her.

Bands at the Texas Bowl

Marching Mizzou members perform as members of the U.S. Naval Academy Drum & Bugle Corps pass by and shout their cheer on Thursday, Dec. 31, outside Reliant Stadium in Houston. Later, a misunderstanding regarding post-game rituals resulted in both bands playing at the same time, which confused and angered fans on both sides.

Shortage of health professionals

Physician Karlynn Sievers listens as patient Joyce Thomas describes her sinus condition on Thursday. Sievers, who could not estimate how many patients she has, works in what is called a "Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area." Eighty percent of Missouri's counties share that designation.

An 'everything' doctor

Physician Karlynn Sievers looks at patient Joyce Thomas' throat on Thursday at St. John's Clinic in Rolla. As a family practitioner, Sievers said, "I prefer to think of it as specialists in common problems. You don't have to know everything about everything, but you have to know a little something about a lot."

Family doctor

Physician Karlynn Sievers says goodbye to Chris Gerischer and his two children Noah and Lorelle after their examination on Thursday at St. John's Clinic in Rolla. Sievers delivered both Noah and Lorelle and has remained the family's general practitioner.

Eye examination

Physician Karlynn Sievers examines 4-year-old Lorelle Gerischer's eye Thursday as Lorelle's father, Chris, looks on at St. John's Clinic in Rolla.

MU women's basketball player Shakara Jones vs. Duquesne

Missouri forward Shakara Jones fights for the ball in the first half of Saturday's game against Duquesne. Jones scored 9 points in Missouri's 72-66 victory.

Welcome to Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School

A message greets students on their first day at the new Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School. The new school replaces Field Elementary.

Getting used to Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School

Preschool teacher Clarissa James reads with Aalayah Lemasters as Ja'renzo Hicks plays. The first day for students at the new Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School consisted mainly of getting used to the new surroundings.

The new Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School

Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School opened its doors to students for the first time on Monday, Jan. 4.

Students enjoy lunch at the new Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School

From left, Kyran Shirley, Kierra Pilot and Paige Niles eat in the new cafeteria at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School in the new cafeteria. The cafeteria is one of the biggest improvements over the old Field Elementary, where the gym doubled as the lunch room.

Bruce Hillis

Bruce Hillis is the director of Missouri First Inc.
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