Thursday Snow Day: Clearing the sidewalks

Alan Nichols of Columbia Turf clears the sidewalk in front of Landmark Bank on Broadway early Thursday morning before the sun came up. Nichols started his day at 1 a.m. "It looked like one of those scary movies," Nichols said of the poor visibility on the roads during his drive to work. "It was just eerie."

Thursday Snow Day: Unattended fire at Stephen's Lake

An unattended fire burns at Stephens Lake Park early Thursday morning.

Office of Neighborhood Services begins work

Bruce Martin, city building inspector, passes administrative assistant Julie Giboney some office supplies that were left in his truck during her move to the new Office of Neighborhood Services on Monday, Jan. 4. Giboney and volunteer coordinator Leigh Britt will be working off of folding tables until their desks arrive.

Columbia Independent School works to expand study-abroad program

Fifth-graders at Columbia Independent School study series and parallel circuits on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. Katie Topouria, an international student from the Republic of Georgia, works on a prediction of what will be the brightest light bulb among given circuits.

Schoolchildren at CIS enjoy more freedom

Fifth-graders at Columbia Independent School study series and parallel circuits Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. Dong-Min Lee, an international student from Korea, attaches a wire to a battery.

CIS works to expand student exchange program

Victor Topouria, a seventh-grader at Columbia Independent School, takes a Latin exam.

Missouri men's basketball team vs. Savannah State

Missouri's Justin Safford leaps to block the shot of Savannah State's Rod Mitchell in front of Missouri teammate Marcus Denmon.

Missouri men's basketball player J.T. Tiller vs. Savannah State

Missouri's J.T. Tiller is surrounded by Savannah State defenders in Wednesday's game a Mizzou Arena.

Snow covers interstate, highways

Snow drifts across westbound I-70 by the Clark Lane overpass on Wednesday.

Snow storm spurs car accidents

Columbia fireman Gary Oliver prepares to check out a car that slid off the highway by the westbound exit of Stadium Boulevard on I-70 on Wednesday. Ryan Gelnar, 18, hit a patch of ice as he prepared to exit I-70 and slid down the embankment. Gelnar was not hurt but the speed limit sign for Exit 124 will have to be replaced.

Snow plows tested by winter storm

A snow plow scrapes Forum Boulevard going north on Wednesday. The National Weather Service expects an accumulation of 5 to 6 inches by 6 p.m. Thursday.

Accidents mark winter storm's arrival

Rescue crews responded to an accident along I-70 near the Lake of the Woods exit Wednesday evening. As snow moved into the Columbia area Wednesday afternoon, traffic across town was quickly bogged down by numerous accidents.

House Speaker Ron Richard gives opening speech

House Speaker Ron Richard gives his opening speech at the first General Assembly session of the year. Representatives cheered at the mention of one of his goals being "complete economic recovery in Missouri."

Senate focuses on ethics reform

President Pro Tem Charlie Shields (center) answers a reporter's question during a press conference with Sen. Kevin Engler, majority floor leader, before the start of the General Assembly session on Wednesday. Key issues discussed revolved around ethics and campaign contributions, changes in taxes, and the senate's relationship with the governor. "We've got challenging times — we have to work together," Engler said.

Cindy Stein directs players

Missouri coach Cindy Stein instructs her players as they head back onto the court after a timeout in a January nonconference game.

Jessra Johnson shoots under pressure

Missouri forward Jessra Johnson puts up a shot while under pressure from Xavier's April Phillips on Jan. 5 at Mizzou Arena.

Shakara Jones attempts a layup

Missouri forward Shakara Jones eyes the basket while attempting a layup against Xavier's Amber Harris.

Travelers find rest at Missouri United Methodist Church

Gary Thomas, originally from Dallas, talks with his traveling partner from Florida at the emergency shelter set up at the Missouri United Methodist Church of Columbia on Tuesday night. They were driving through town when their car broke down earlier in the day and found a volunteer at the church who told them about the shelter. "We are glad to be here," Thomas' friend said.

RaeShara Brown gets knocked down

Missouri guard RaeShara Brown is knocked down while driving to the basket. Despite trailing by 15, Missouri started a comeback that got the Tigers within four points, but they ultimately fell short to Xavier's size advantage.

Missouri United Methodist Church becomes shelter from cold

Gary Thomas and his traveling partner talk with Nathan Todd, a volunteer at the emergency shelter set up by the Missouri United Methodist Church on Tuesday. The Red Cross provided cots and blankets for the emergency shelter to help offset the crowding at Columbia's homeless shelters due to the bitter cold weather.