December 8, 2009
Michele Spry, owner of Midway Electric in Columbia, answers a phone call Thursday at her office. As a small-business owner, Spry worries that health care prices for her company will rise if the U.S. Congress reforms health care.
Don Laird, Columbia Chamber of Commerce president, poses for a portrait in his office on Friday. Laird sees the health care reform issue as an economic one and worries about how it will affect small businesses financially.
December 7, 2009
Missouri gymnast Allie Heizelman said she became much more involved with community service once she came to college. She now serves as a vice president of community service for the Student-Athlete Advisory Council at MU.
Wynonna Judd will be performing Wednesday at Jesse Auditorium.
Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing gestures during the opening of the U.S. center at the Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Monday.
A globe is projected as people are seen in Town Hall Square on the opening day of the Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Monday. What is being called the largest and most important U.N. climate change conference in history opened Monday, with organizers warning diplomats from 192 nations that this could be the best, last chance for a deal to protect the world from calamitous global warming.
Diane Peckham, right, helps John Engleking choose a toy bear on Wednesday at Alpacas & Artisans. Engleking reserved a hat made of alpaca fibers and wants to return to the store with his family. Engleking said he plans to have his own alpacas one day if he "can ever afford the land."
Gloves, hats and a toy bear made out of alpaca fibers are displayed on Wednesday at the Alpacas & Artisans holiday store. Alpacas are easy to care for and they don't need nearly as much as a horse, said alpaca breeder Diane Peckham.
Jamie and Michelle Outman of Cape Girardeau, relax in their home with their family on Nov. 21, from clockwise left: Jamie, Paeton, Michelle, Phelix, Parker, and Phisher.
Offenders in the Jefferson City Correctional Center in Jefferson City translate numerous books and papers into Braille for Rehabilitation Services for the Blind. They all work in the Center for Braille and Narration Production at the correctional facility.
At age 15 Austin Nelson began telling his mother that if anything happened to him he wanted to be an organ donor. When Nelson died in a car accident five of his organs were transplanted, including his kidney.
December 6, 2009
Hickman guard Marcus Whitt drives past Popular Bluff's Jordan Marler on Sunday in the Kewpies' loss.
Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel, left, and Mark Alnutt, an MU associate athletics director, speak to media Sunday after the Tigers accepted a bid to play in the Texas Bowl.
Dave Williams and Glenda Nickell choose to eat a diet of vegan, raw food. Besides the groceries they buy at least once a week, the couple also grows their own vegetables. The ones in the outdoor hoop house get a "haircut every other day" says Williams, which means that they pick their own spinach, leeks, radishes or beet greens.
Not even the cold can keep people away from waiting in line at the Columbia Farmers' Market on Saturday. Despite near-freezing temperatures, the market has extended its season into the December month.
Tammy and Greg Sellmeyer of Sellmeyer Farm showcase their dried fruit, jams and produce all while fighting near-freezing temperatures at the Columbia Farmers' Market on Saturday. Even with the cold, the market saw it's fair share of shoppers and everybody seemed to be in high spirits.
Judy Thimesch examines one of the church mice for sale at the St. Nicholas Bazaar on Saturday. Shoppers could also enter a raffle, eat a "country-style" breakfast in the parish hall, and browse books, crafts and decorative trinkets.
Shirley Farrah, left, views decorative church mice displayed by Kathy Digges at the St. Nicholas Bazaar on Saturday morning. The church mice's popularity had shoppers waiting in line to enter the foyer where the mice were sold. "Limit two until everyone gets through the line," Digges told customers as they browsed.
Holiday ornaments decorate a tree while Nancy Davenport presides over her jewelry for sale at the United Methodist Church's holiday Bazaar on Saturday. Davenport has been involved with the jewelry trade for 10 years, and hasn't missed the church's holiday bazaar since.
Missouri sophomore guard Marcus Denmon grabs the ball for a rebound against Oregon's Jeremy Jacob on Dec. 5 at Mizzou Arena. Denmon tied his career-high game total with 17 points toward Missouri's 106-69 victory.