Drooling over the new room

Sassy, a six-year-old Airedale Terrier Labrador, drools in one of the new dog rooms on Saturday. Facility renovations have been valued at $600,000.

Enjoying the Greek festival

Festival-goers enjoy the food at the fifth annual More Than a Greek Festival at St. Luke's Greek Orthodox Church in Columbia on Saturday.

Cleaning the new place

Trevor Cunningham cleans one of the dog doors at the Central Missouri Humane Society on Saturday. Animal Care Counsellor Scott Surface says that the renovations have made it much easier to clean and keep the animals healthy.

Holding a kitty

A visitor of the Central Missouri Humane Society holds a cat in one of the new holding rooms on Saturday. Shelter Operations Coordinator Pam Pearn said the the renovations have been valued at $600,000.

The new digs

A three-month-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel stands in newly updated rooms at the Central Missouri Humane Society on Saturday. Amanda Huhman, one of the "zoo girls" who helped win the makeover contest, said that the shelter was very much in need of a face-lift.

Cutting the ribbon

Libby Burks, left, and Amanda Huhman, also known as the "zoo girls," cut the ribbon to the debut of the newly renovated Central Missouri Humane Society on Saturday. Most of the employees of the Humane Society credit these girls for their efforts in winning a makeover contest that granted the facility up to one million dollars in renovations.

The art of rug hooking

Barbara Willenberg demonstrates rug hooking at the Fall into Art festival Saturday. There were about 30 booths featured at the event.

Looking at the earring selection

Rina Leon, left, inspects a piece of Farah Nieuwenhuizen's handmade earrings at the Fall into Art festival on Saturday. Leon was shopping for a birthday gift for her mom, who likes handcrafted jewelry.

Carving a spinning top

Jeff Ferguson carves a block of wood into a spinning top for a child at the Fall into Art festival on Saturday. Ferguson's booth featured bowls, gourds and plates that he carved.

The art of the fishing fly

Fisher John Willenberg crafts a fly to give to kids at the Fall into Art festival on Saturday. Willenberg cares more about the challenge of fishing, rather than the catching and eating aspect.

Cleaning accident debris

From left to right, Tim Taylor, Mike Bauer and Roger Mertensmeyer from the Columbia Fire Department clean up glass and debris from an overturned SUV on Friday at the Stadium exit on US-63.

Rock Bridge's Freeman Simmons vs. Jefferson City

Rock Bridge's Freeman Simmons fakes out a Jefferson City player during Friday's game at Adkins Stadium.

MU soccer player Alysha Bonnick vs. Loyola

MU Senior Alysha Bonnick attempts to fend off Loyola senior Kelly Thomas in Friday's game against Loyola. Bonnick scored the second goal against Loyola in the second half.

Ceremony renaming Maryland Avenue

Clockwise from front: Chamber of Commerce ambassadors Darlene Johnson, Chris Rosskopf and Les Borgmeyer react during a speech at the ceremony.

Truman the Tiger

Truman the Tiger stands in front of the new Tiger Avenue sign during the renaming ceremony of Maryland Avenue on Friday in front of the Reynolds Alumni Center at MU. City Council voted to rename the street after a Sept. 7 City Council meeting.

Columbia College's Nikola Velickovic at practice on Sept. 17

Columbia College's Nikola Velickovic, left, attempts to steal the ball from teammate Parker Rawdon at practice on Friday. As a sophomore captain, Velickovic has already shown his leadership abilities.


Brian Kratzer is director of photography for the Columbia Missourian.

Getting physical with Aldon Smith

Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith has crafted his body into football's version of the Vitruvian Man — a Leonardo da Vinci drawing showing the human body's ideal proportions. With a 7-foot-2 wingspan, the ability to bench press 350 pounds and the ability to jump 40 inches from a standstill, Smith is an ideal athlete.

Rock Bridge golfer Mikayla Baker

Rock Bridge sophomore golfer Mikayla Baker

Rock Bridge golfer Catherine Howser

Rock Bridge freshman golfer Catherine Howser