A family affair

From left, Kimberly Mahaney, mother Denise McFarlin, and Kimberly's sister Kortni McFarlin, stand in their family owned G.O.A.L.S., a women's perfume and clothing shop near Columbia College, on Tuesday. Kortni is donating her kidney to her mother Denise, whose kidneys are failing for the second time in her life. After recovering from the transplant, Denise plans on taking over the family business.

Laura Nauser to face Chris Kelly

Laura Nauser, shown here at a crime prevention news conference on June 6, has filed to run against Rep. Chris Kelly for the 24th District seat to the Missouri House of Representatives.

Mary Still

Mary Still

Moving a cart of plotted plants

Debbie Colton, who has worked at Strawberry Hill Farms for two years, moves flats of potted plants on a cart Monday afternoon. The plants must be moved to other greenhouses to make room for the younger plants now being potted.

Rows of strawberries

Rows of potted plants sit inside one of 21 greenhouses located at Strawberry Hill Farms. Amy Sapp, who runs the farm with her husband, Steven Sapp, said the farm will open for business on March 21, the first day of spring.

Unloading potted plants

Steven Sapp, the owner of Strawberry Hill Farms, unloads potted plants Monday afternoon. Sapp has managed the farm with his wife, Amy, since the beginning of 2009. His parents, Gary and Joyce Sapp , started the farm in 1980. "They have officially retired, but it's more of a semi-retirement. They still do quite a bit," Steven Sapp said.

Finding tags for flowers

Amy Sapp, who runs Strawberry Hill Farms with her husband, Steven, selects identification tags for flowers on Monday afternoon. They grow and sell annuals, perennials and vegetables.

Playing with dirt

Jerry Hemeyer receives a flat of pots from the soil filling machine at Strawberry Hill Farms on Monday afternoon. Hemeyer has been working at the farm since January of this year. "We get to play with dirt and water all day. Our mothers used to tell us not to do that," Hemeyer said.

Mizzou Idol judges

Mizzou Idol student judges, from left, sophomore Emily Patterson, sophomore Katie Bickley, junior John Rufus Shealy junior and Andrew Lang discuss the performers they have seen while more wait for their name to be called behind them during auditions in Jesse Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union. Mizzou Idol, held March 11 in Jesse Auditorium, will feature a panel of four community judges and will be open to the public to watch, listen, and also vote.

Auditioning for Mizzou Idol

MU freshman Mickey Moulder sings "Smash into You" by Beyonce during auditions for Mizzou Idol on Monday in Jesse Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union while MU junior and judge Andrew Lang watches. Mizzou Idol is a singing competition in the vein of American Idol, where a panel of student judges pick contestants to move to the final round held March 11 in Jesse Auditorium.

Les Bourgeois Wine Cellar

Gary Paxton carries a hose from the basement wine cellar of Les Bourgeois Winery in Rocheport on Wednesday. The winemakers of Les Bourgeois Winery complete the final steps of the winemaking process by blending flavors, as well as pruning the vines of the new year's crop.

East Columbia Area Plan explanation graphic tease

Johnson celebrates win

Jimmie Johnson celebrates in victory circle after winning the NASCAR Auto Club 500 race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

Explaining the 'Chicken chip bingo'

Amy Wells, a senior at Central Methodist University, reacts as she, senior Kristin Weimer, and sophomore Crystal Hutchinson listen to junior Danielle Perez explain the "Dang, There Goes That Chicken" fundraising event sponsored by service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. The event, to be held Sunday, Feb. 21, will be "Chicken Chip Bingo," where participants purchase a square on a grid. A chicken is set loose on the grid, and the first square the chicken defecates upon will win one-third of the money raised. The rest goes to the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation.

Leading the discussion

Carrie Strodtman Flaspohler, information services librarian at Central Methodist University, talks at the Books Versus Film Club meeting. Flaspohler is leading discussions in two different book clubs on "What is the What" by Dave Eggers. The main character, Valentino Achak Deng, is schedule to speak on campus this week. "Out of all the countries in Africa, it sounds like they have the most problems right now," says Flaspohler, "and that's really saying something."

Discussing Sudan

Senior Amy Wells sits with senior Kristin Weimer and discusses ways for students to get involved in global issues, such as the conflict in Sudan illustrated in the book "What is the What," by Dave Eggers, at their Books Versus Film Club meeting on Wednesday.

MU women's basketball loses at Iowa State

Iowa State forward Chelsea Poppens takes a shot over Missouri forward Marissa Scott in the Tigers loss Saturday in Ames, Iowa.

MU women's basketball at Iowa State

Iowa State guard Alison Lacey, center, scrambles for a loose ball against Missouri forwards Christine Flores, left, and Marissa Scott.

MU men's basketball player Justin Safford at Nebraska

Missouri's Justin Safford, right, and Nebraska's Jorge Brian Diaz battle for the tip in Saturday's game in Lincoln, Neb.

Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. speaks about clean energy

Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. speaks in front of the Fifth Street Christian Church. Rev. Yearwood is the president of the Hip Hop Caucus and stopped in Columbia on Saturday as part of a bus tour to raise awareness about the need and potential for clean energy.