Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith

Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith celebrates the Tigers' victory over San Diego State on Sept. 18 at Memorial Stadium.

MU linebacker Andrew Gachkar vs. Iowa State

Missouri senior linebacker Andrew Gachkar tackles Iowa State tight end Collin Franklin in the Tigers' victory last Saturday in Ames, Iowa.

MU volleyball team's senior night

Missouri senior Julianna Klein wipes away a tear after the senior ceremony before the Tigers' final 2010 home game on Wednesday night at Hearnes Center. Klein was one of five seniors honored at the event.

MU volleyball player Julianna Klein vs. Oklahoma

Missouri senior outside hitter Julianna Klein jumps to block the hit of Oklahoma's Morgan Reynolds in the Tigers' loss Wednesday night at Hearnes Center.

MU volleyball player Caitlyn Vann vs. Oklahoma

Missouri senior libero Caitlyn Vann dives for the ball during the third set of the Tiger's match against Oklahoma on Wednesday at Hearnes Center.

Missouri's Blaine Gabbert vs. Kansas in 2009

Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert tries to shake a pair of Kansas defenders in the Tigers 41-39 victory over Kansas in 2009. No. matter what the circumstances are entering the game, MU-KU contests always seem to be close.

John Blattel

John Blattel, Columbia’s internal auditor, has been named the interim director of the city Finance Department, City Manager Bill Watkins announced on Wednesday.

Celebrating Thanksgiving with church

From left, Jim Olson, Don Nyboe, Angie Herbold, Angie Gresham, Darce’ Nyboe, Chia-Wei Young, Kim Olson and Elisa Day share a Thanksgiving meal at Herbold’s home on Wednesday. Columbia Church of Christ members brought dishes to share and held a short Bible study afterward.

Kids in the kitchen

From left, Nick Ditto, 4, and Mason Herbold, 6, take some food from the kitchen following a Thanksgiving meal for some members from the Columbia Church of Christ on November 17. After the adults ate dinner and moved to the living room for a bible discussion, the children came downstairs and started going through the left over food.

Jarrell Harrison makes tackle

Senior safety Jarrell Harrison dives to tackle Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Boyles during the first quarter of the Homecoming game on Oct. 23 at Faurot Field.

Stewart Park bridge

Cliff Tompson stands on a footbridge over a creek in Stewart Park on Nov. 19. Tompson built a similar bridge in the same spot in 1966. Since then, two new bridges, including the one pictured, have replaced the original structure. Tompson said the bridge is heavily used by walkers, joggers and dogs. "It's a good neighborhood," Tompson said.

Allison Schwartz practices with Blaine Gabbert, james Franklin

Allison Schwartz, left, throws a football as MU quarterback Blaine Gabbert keeps time and backup quarterback James Franklin prepares to hand her another ball. Schwartz is competing for $123,000 from Dr Pepper on Dec. 3 in Dallas. She has 30 seconds to get as many balls out of 10 through a home 8 feet off the ground.

Alan Toigo's basement, damaged by sewage

When Alan Toigo's neighbor "snaked" his sewer line last fall, Toigo's bathroom and a quarter of his basement ended up with raw sewage 6 inches deep, he said. Toigo and his wife, Stephanie, bought their house at 1416 Shannon Place in the Fourth Ward two and a half years ago.

Homeowner shows damage from sewer mishap

Alan Toigo displays the drain where water collected in his home after a neighbor's sewage line, which connects to his as part of a private common collector system, backed up last year.

Volunteers hand out food 'baskets'

Volunteers for "Everyone Eats" at St. Luke United Methodist Church help in the process of handing out "baskets" with food Monday. Event organizers said they ran out of meat about mid-afternoon and had ask for more donations.

Thanksgiving 'baskets' ensure 'Everyone Eats'

"Baskets" of food are ready to be handed out by volunteers at Almeta Crayton's "Everyone Eats" event at St. Luke United Methodist Church on Monday. The event ran out of meat about mid-afternoon and made a plea for more donations.

Playground fun

Brydon Butler, 3, dumps sand into the sand pit at Stephens Lake Park on Monday morning. Brydon's mother Gina brought him to the park to enjoy the warm weather.

Climbing on the rocks

Brydon Butler, 3, climbs one of the rocks at the playground at Stephens Lake Park on Monday morning.

Fun on the swing

Brennan Vanmatre, right, pushes his son Kyler, 1, backwards in a swing at Stephen's Lake Park on Monday morning. Brennan and his son, along with his father and sister, came to the park to enjoy the warm weather.

Playing in the sand

Kyler Vanmatre (left), 1, and Dimitri Kardakos, 2, play in the sand at Stephen's Lake Park on Monday morning. Their parents brought them to the park to take advantage of the warm weather.