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The grocery scene

With Walmart and Aldi providing low-cost options and Hy-Vee aggressively expanding, Columbia's grocers are in a fierce feud to stay in the market.

Filling the cups

Olivia Ramsey, 5, left, and Madison Snodderley, 6, fill cups with water for the Lafayette girls' basketball team during Monday's game at Rock Bridge High School.

Checking the cups

Olivia Ramsey, 5, makes sure the cups are filled for the players during Monday's game between the Rock Bridge and Lafayette girls' basketball teams.

Shaunece Ballenger dribbled down the court

Hickman point guard Shaunece Ballenger dribbles down the court during the fourth quarter of Monday's win against Rolla.

Andrighetto tries out for professional team

Kristin Andrighetto, left, led the Missouri women's soccer team in scoring three out of the four seasons she played for the Tigers. This past week she tried out for Chicago Red Stars, a women's professional soccer team.

Ready for installation

SMART boards wait to be installed in classrooms of the new Alpha Hart Lewis elementary school. The School Board took a tour on Monday evening of the new school that will open in January.

A new home

Dan Boatman, Field Elementary School principal, attends a tour Monday of the new Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary facilities. Field Elementary will close next week with winter break, and students will begin the new year at Alpha Hart Lewis.

Checking out the space

Members of the Columbia School Board comment about the amenities of the media room while Jack C. Jensen, assistant superintendent for elementary education, gives a tour Tuesday of the new Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School.

Pawsitive visit

The Pawsitive Visits program gives retirement home residents a chance to meet some new furry friends.

Dogs in Humane Society's shelter

Roket and Roscoe are two of the dogs that have found a place to stay at the Central Missouri Humane Society in Columbia. Staff and volunteers take good care of animals at the shelter, and if they are lucky, a new family will come to adopt them.

Clemons displays hand-crafted jewelry

Rhiannon Clemons sits for a portrait alongside her hand-crafted jewelry Tuesday at her house. Clemons makes necklaces, bracelets and earrings to sell on Etsy, a Web site that allows the people to buy and sell hand-made items including spice kits, jewelry and clothing.

Frozen yogurt becomes a study break for students

From left, Emily Leeker, Varsha Gupta and Kasey Holdinghausen top their cups of yogurt at the self-serve counter at Yogoluv on Dec. 10. "Its a good study break," said Gupta, who has been to the store five times since its opening.

Clemons adjusts one of the necklaces she has made

Rhiannon Clemons adjusts one of the necklaces she has made to sell on Etsy. Clemons, who has been making jewelry for about five years, recently joined Etsy to facilitate and expand her jewelry sales. "This week, there's not a night that I won't work," Clemons said.

Yogoluv opens after Thanksgiving

From left, Megan Ballenger and Arianne Macgillivray take a sample cup from Yogoluv owner Kerry Chao. The two MU students were taking a study break and decided to try frozen yogurt from Yogoluv, which opened after Thanksgiving.

New store downtown sells frozen yogurt

From left, Kasey Holdinghausen, Elyse Greteman, Varsha Gupta and Emily Leeker pick their flavors and fill their cups with frozen yogurt at Yogoluv on the corner of Ninth Street and Locust Street.

A display of earrings made by Clemons

Earrings are one of the jewelry items that Rhiannon Clemons creates and sells on Etsy. Of all the jewelry she makes, earrings are the fastest and easiest to design and finish, Clemons said.

Music therapist helps teen patient write rock song

Music therapist Tracie Heuring, right, helps 13 year-old Sickle Cell Anemia patient Terrell Donaldson write his very own "rock song" in St. Louis. Music therapy has become more prevalent in hospitals over the past decade as the medical community is more accepting of the idea that patients' emotional well-being is closely intertwined with their physical, therapists say.

Music therapist helps teen patient in St. Louis

Music therapist Tracie Heuring helps 13 year-old Sickle Cell Anemia patient Terrell Donaldson, left, write his very own "rock song" in St. Louis. Studies show that music therapy can reduce stress, anxiety and pain.

Taylor the Tiger bests Fairleigh Dickinson

Senior guard Zaire Taylor defends against a Fairleigh Dickinson player during the Saturday's game at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers won and extended their homecourt winning streak to 24.

Tigers talk on sidelines

Senior guard Zaire Taylor, left, and freshman guard Michael Dixon, center, talk with their teammates near the end of Saturday's game against Fairleigh Dickinson at Mizzou Arena.
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