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Kathy Ritter

Kathy Ritter is currently the principal of Rock Bridge High school and plans to retire at the end of the academic year.

Boxing up the berries

Mike Atkinson, director of sales at The Candy Factory, packages a tray of 100 milk chocolate-covered strawberries into a box. The Candy Factory sells its chocolate-covered strawberries in 1/2-pound and 1-pound boxes that contain four to six berries and eight to 12 berries, respectively.

Family business

The Candy Factory, located at the corner of E. Cherry and Seventh streets, has chocolate-covered strawberries available from Feb. 10-14 every year. Sam and Donna Atkinson have operated the store since 1986 and now run it along with their son Mike Atkinson and his wife, Amy Atkinson.

Popular treat

The Candy Factory's milk chocolate-covered strawberries are one of its most popular Valentine's Day season treats, said Director of Sales Mike Atkinson while he prepared the store for the holiday. He said that truffles and Katys (The Candy Factory's designation for turtle candies) are also typically in high demand.

Chocolate-covered goodies

Mike Atkinson, the director of sales at The Candy Factory, places a tray of 100 milk chocolate-covered strawberries next to the box in which they will be packaged. The Candy Factory produces many of its treats within the walls of its E. Cherry Street facility. "We make most everything that's chocolate ourselves," Atkinson said.

Kathleen Zellner

Portrait of lawyer Kathleen Zellner in her office in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Kay Murray

Boone County Treasurer Kay Murray

Shoveling the walk

Allen Nguyen, 10, shovels the sidewalk in front of his parents' restaurant in Columbia on Monday, when Columbia area schools closed due to snow. Nguyen said he always enjoys a good snow day. "I like to stay home and play video games all day," he said. "So once I finish this I'll probably do that."

Ryan Ferguson at his trial

Ryan Ferguson waits for proceedings to start Friday, April 23, 2004, in Columbia.

Erickson testifies at Ferguson trial

Chuck Erickson describes where he says he and Ryan Ferguson were hiding behind a dumpster moments before they allegedly killed Kent Heitholt in the parking lot of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Erickson recanted that testimony in a deposition videotaped Nov. 22, 2009.

Employees unpack after moving into new City Hall addition

Jennifer Hudson, an engineering aide at the Public Works Department, unpacks a box in the engineering cubicles during the move at Columbia City Hall on Monday.

MU men's basketbal player Kim English works on his shot

Missouri sophomore guard Kim English practices his shot at Mizzou Arena two hours before a January game against visiting Nebraska. The extra work did little for his game. English shot 2-for-9 against the Cornhuskers while airballing one shot and clanking another off the side of the backboard.

City staff begins to move into new building addition

Telephones, computers and other office necessities wait to be reorganized throughout the engineering department during the moving process at Columbia City Hall on Monday.

Students learn about thermal camera

From left, Jiyoung Lee, and Byung Joo Lee look on intently as Lt. Debbie Sorrell, assistant fire marshal at the Columbia Fire Department, explains on Monday how a thermal camera works. The two students are from South Korean universities and enrolled in the English and Professional Immersion program at the University of Missouri.

MU student tries on firefighter's uniform

Engineer Rachel Smith helps Han Jeon remove the firefighter's uniform she tried on Monday at the Columbia Fire Department. Jeon is a student in the English and Professional Immersion, or EPI, program run by the Asian Affairs Center at the University of Missouri.

CJ's prepares for game day

Rene Cruz prepares chicken wings for frying by tossing them in flour at CJ's in Tiger Country on Saturday. He said that game days are especially busy. "If it's Mizzou related, then this place is packed," Cruz said.

Restaurant makes hot wings for Super Bowl Sunday

Quentin Stevenson mixes chicken wings and sauce at CJ's in Tiger Country on Saturday. "We're more like a family. It makes me love Columbia a lot more," Stevenson said.

Restaurants prepare wings for Super Bowl

Rene Cruz prepares to add more chicken wings to the trays already frying in the kitchen at CJ's in Tiger Country on Saturday. "The atmosphere in the kitchen is awesome," Cruz said. "Jack FM is probably my second favorite part of working here."

Chuck Erickson

Chuck Erickson in court in 2004 when he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Kent Heitholt . Erickson's testimony helped send his former high-school classmate Ryan Ferguson to prison with a sentence of 40 years for murder. Erickson has recently recanted his original story and now says he acted alone. Pool photo by Don Shrubshell.

Brees celebrates

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees holds his son Baylen after the Super Bowl on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts in Miami.
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