Jessie Linneman, 24

“I have a baby due in July, so I would like to spend more time learning how to cook.” —  Jessie Linneman, 24

Jim Schauwecker, 52

“We had a great 2008, so I hope to keep it the same.” — Jim Schauwecker, 52

Jeff Wegs of Moberly

“I hope to quit smoking, get a new job, have better control of my finances and do more hunting.” — Jeff Wegs of Moberly

Andrew Del-Colle

Andrew Del-Colle writes a regular opinion column for the Missourian.

Teletubbies greet racers

From left to right, Nate Smith, Sam Budzyna, Nicole Mello, Pat Hanson, Daisy Smith and Matt Dreier stop for a photo after the First Night 5K on Wednesday. Dreier finished first and Mello was the first woman to cross the finish line in the annual race through Columbia.

First female to finish

Nicole Mello, 13, was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 18 minutes 20 seconds in the First Night 5k on Wednesday.

First across the finish line

Matt Dreier finishes first in the First Night 5K with a time of 16 minutes 37 seconds.

Teletubbies on wheels

Dressed in Teletubbie outfits Nate Smith, left, and Daisy Smith ride a tandem bicycle as they lead the pack of runners to the finish line next to CyclExtreme on Fourth Street during the First Night 5K on Wednesday.

Taking off

Runners take off at the start of the First Night 5k on Wednesday. The runners started at Flat Branch Park and followed a route that led them to Mizzou Arena then back to CyclExtreme on Fourth Street.

Runners ready

Runners wait for the start of the First Night 5k near Flat Branch Park.

A first 5K for First Night

Graham Geyer, 8, stretches in Flat Branch Park on Wednesday before the start of hte First Night 5K. Geyer, who is a third grader at Rock Bridge Elementary School was running in his first 5k.

Puppets at First Night

Peter Allen of the Parasol Puppets Team performs the story "George and the Dragon" on New Year's Eve as part of the First Night celebration at the Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia.

Dancing with stars

Eben Misho, 7, Chloe Midkif, 5, and Simon Midkiff, 9, dance around the stars near the Boone County Courthouse following the fireworks show for First Night on Wednesday.

Fireworks light up night

Fireworks launch off the Roger B. Wilson County Government Building in downtown Columbia on Dec. 31 as part of First Night celebrations.

Good moves

Night lights

Children and parents watch as fireworks launch off the Roger B. Wilson County Government Building in downtown Columbia on Wednesday night.

Hands-on fun

Kids at United Methodist Church create noisemakers and masks to celebrate the coming of the new year.

Lighting up downtown

Before midnight Wednesday, lights shine on the Boone County Courthouse as part of First Night Columbia.

Tigers 2008 season remembered

Missouri tight end Chase Coffman leaps over a Southeast Missouri State defender during the Tigers home opener against the Redhawks on Sept. 6 at Faurot Field. The Tigers finished their season with a win over Northwestern at the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.


MU's Leo Lyons looks to pass the ball against Centenary's Travis Hill on Tuesday. Lyons had 10 points and seven rebounds.