December 9, 2008
Missouri's RaeShara Brown recovers the ball from Bradley's Monica Rogers, left, and Raisa Taylor on Dec. 9 at Mizzou Arena.
Sarah Read goes over the status of First Christian Church with other members of the church planning committee.
Sarah Read listens as other members of the First Christian Church planning committee debate the church's meeting room rental rates and schedule. Read is involved with several planning committees across the city to try to help improve quality of life in Columbia.
Sarah Bowman, a sophomore at Rock Bridge High School, talks on her cell phone on Dec. 2. With her is Kyle Sherman. Students are allowed to use their cell phones any time in cell phone zones, which include the cafeteria, commons area and designated hallways.
From left, Josh Gaskins, Grant Hunter and Collin Morris play on their cell phones between lunch breaks at Rock Bridge High School on Dec. 2, 2008. Rock Bridge has designated cell phone zones in which students are allowed to use their cell phones.
December 8, 2008
Ashok Cutkosky won a $20,000 scholarship over the weekend in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology at New York University.
Barbara Hawkins and Charles Pinney applaud at the conclusion of song by the MU Bassoon Ensemble at the Boone Landing Reitrement Center Monday evening. The ensemble played an hours worth of classic Christmas carols that residents could sing along to.
Missouri's Jarrett Sutton, right, moves into position during the last few minutes of the Tigers' victory against California on Sunday at Mizzou Arena. Sutton tried but failed to walk on to the Missouri men's basketball team as a freshmen last season. This season he earned a spot on the Tigers' roster.
The MU Bassoon Ensemble, directed by Rod Ackman, performed a variety of Christmas songs for residents at the Boone Landing Retirement Center on Monday. Ackman has been conducting the Ensemble since the fall of 2007.
Hickman sophomore Marcus Whitt, left, takes the ball past Poplar Bluff's Chris Kilgore in Sunday's game at the Norm Stewart Classic.
December 7, 2008
Missouri forward DeMarre Carroll takes the ball past California's Jorge Gutierrez, left, and Harper Kamp in the first half of Sunday's victory at Mizzou Arena.
Alan Austene separates mail. He has seen a growth spurt in the past few years, with mailboxes and stops becoming more frequent on his mail route.
Alan Austene drops off mail on Academy Road. He uses his own vehicle to zigzag on and off dirt roads throughout Hallsville.
Alan Austene drives along Kemper Road during his mail route. He and two fellow mail carriers deliver to Hallsville's 1,353 mailboxes.
Alan Austene jokes with Sara Crane and Deanna Rowland as he delivers mail at Hallsville Elementary School.
Alan Austene, a Hallsville postal worker for 32 years, loads his car for deliveries. Austene's route takes him an average of 8 1/2 hours and 64 miles through the roads surrounding Hallsville.
Alan Austene makes room in his car for mail to be delivered. His route takes him past farmland and horses and through newer subdivisions that have popped up over the years.
Clay Stem and his sons, Chase and Grady, prepare to take home their Christmas tree after selecting the perfect one at Log Providence Pines Tree Farm on Friday. The entire family helped select, cut and carry the tree to the cashier's stand.
Dean Fitzgerald owns Log Providence Pines, a Christmas tree farm south of Columbia. Dean and his wife, Diane, have owned the farm for more than 20 years, but this will be his last year. The farm lets families find and cut their own tree, sold by the foot.
Daniel P. Mehan is the president and CEO of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry