Nixon signs autographs

Governor Jay Nixon signs autographs at the Potluck Dinner at Capital Plaza hotel, on Monday in Jefferson City.

Welcome sign

A sign outside Capital Plaza hotel welcomes Missouri's new governor on Monday in Jefferson City.

Blunt exits, Nixon enters

Governor Jay Nixon and his wife Georganne, left, stand on the South Steps of the Missouri Capitol as former Governor Matt Blunt and his wife Melanie walk away, during the Inaugural ceremony on Monday in Jefferson City.

Woman watches parade marching band

Denise McMillen from Jefferson City takes pictures of the marching bands during the Inaugural Parade on Monday in Jefferson City. McMillen's daughter is a member of the Jefferson City High School marching band.

Gubernatorial family waits for ceremony start

From right, Governor Jay Nixon, his wife Georganne Nixon, and his sons Jeremiah and Will attend the Inauguration Ceremony on the South Steps of the Missouri Capitol on Monday in Jefferson City.

Potluck speech

Governor Jay Nixon gives a speech at Capitol Plaza Hotel during the inaugural potluck dinner, on Monday in Jefferson City.

Missourians gather for inauguration

Missourians gathered in front of the South Steps of the State Capitol in Jefferson City to attend the inauguration of Jay Nixon as the new Governor of the State of Missouri, on Monday.

inauguration parade

The Hazelwood West High School marching band participated in the inauguration day parade in Jefferson City. The parade began at 10 a.m. Monday morning.


Todd and Cande Iveson, both of Columbia, attended the inauguration of Gov. Jay Nixon. Nixon kept his speech short on a crisp, blustery day in the capital.


Governor Jay Nixon and his wife, Georganne, wave to the crowd on the South Steps of the State Capitol. Nixon pledged to work toward "a new day for Missouri" in his inaugural speech.

Psalms in green

Green ink is used to print more than 1,000 passages of the Green Bible that show how "God is green," according to the Green Bible Web site.

The Green Bible's cover

The Green Bible, made with recycled paper, soy-based ink and a linen cover, is a part of a Christian movement to take care of the Earth.

Nixons ride in inaugural parade

Although the new governor had said he would walk in the parade, he and his wife, Georgeanne, rode in Monday's inauguration parade in Jefferson City. Rain in the forecast prompted the decision, although no rain actually fell during the parade.

A casualty of the 2008 closings

Aaron Kroeger, an employee with Straight Line Construction, helps disassemble Shake's Frozen Custard on Nifong Boulevard. "I'm usually the guy people hate to see," said Tim Lewis, owner of Straight Line Construction.

Nathan Stephens mug

Nathan Stephens is a guest columnist.

Before the camera

David Anderson films children tying balloons onto a wooden boat for a True/False Film Festival promotional video.

Filming to promote the festival

Eric Mousel looks through the camera as he films children at Stephens Lake Park on Sunday. Mousel works for a company called Pure Marketing and Media that was filming promotional videos for the True/False Film Festival, which runs from Feb. 26 to March 1 in Columbia.

Dressed-up barn

Margot McMillen feeds her farm cats outside her Calloway County barn adorned with a quilt pattern in Hatton, Mo.

MU's RaeShara Brown vs. Texas A&M

Missouri sophomore RaeShara Brown calls for support from the crowd during Saturday's loss to No. 3 Texas A&M at Mizzou Arena.

Plenty of fight

MU guard Bekah Mills attempts to steal the ball away from Texas A&M's La Toya Micheaux in the second half on Saturday. The Tigers made a late charge but fell to the third-ranked Aggies 62-56.