Weighty issue

Rock Bridge High School junior Josh Gaskins drills some finishing moves with senior Josh Litofsky during wrestling practice on Monday, Dec. 7 at Rock Bridge. Gaskins, who wants to lose four pounds by the end of the season, said, "I have to eat really healthy and make sure I'm not overloading my stomach with a bunch of food."

Richard Thompson is CEO of Zootoo

Zootoo CEO Richard Thompson spoke with Central Missouri Humane Society personnel and supporters on March 19, 2009, at the shelter on Big Bear Boulevard. Thompson's visit was part of the second phase of the shelter makeover contest.

Bell ringer applications rise

Chad Larson stands with his Salvation Army donation bucket and bell in front of the Walmart on Nifong Boulevard in Columbia. Larson has been a paid* bell ringer for three weeks and thinks that it is "just a good thing to do" for the community.

Evangelist Oral Roberts dies at age 91

Evangelist Oral Roberts smiles after being honored on the floor of the Oklahoma Senate in Oklahoma City. A spokesman for Oral Roberts on Tuesday said the evangelist and university founder has died at age 91.

Retrieving a ball

Isabella Hansen, 6, returns a ball to a Lafayette player during halftime of Monday's game against Rock Bridge.

The grocery scene

With Walmart and Aldi providing low-cost options and Hy-Vee aggressively expanding, Columbia's grocers are in a fierce feud to stay in the market.

Filling the cups

Olivia Ramsey, 5, left, and Madison Snodderley, 6, fill cups with water for the Lafayette girls' basketball team during Monday's game at Rock Bridge High School.

Checking the cups

Olivia Ramsey, 5, makes sure the cups are filled for the players during Monday's game between the Rock Bridge and Lafayette girls' basketball teams.

Shaunece Ballenger dribbled down the court

Hickman point guard Shaunece Ballenger dribbles down the court during the fourth quarter of Monday's win against Rolla.

Andrighetto tries out for professional team

Kristin Andrighetto, left, led the Missouri women's soccer team in scoring three out of the four seasons she played for the Tigers. This past week she tried out for Chicago Red Stars, a women's professional soccer team.

Ready for installation

SMART boards wait to be installed in classrooms of the new Alpha Hart Lewis elementary school. The School Board took a tour on Monday evening of the new school that will open in January.

A new home

Dan Boatman, Field Elementary School principal, attends a tour Monday of the new Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary facilities. Field Elementary will close next week with winter break, and students will begin the new year at Alpha Hart Lewis.

Checking out the space

Members of the Columbia School Board comment about the amenities of the media room while Jack C. Jensen, assistant superintendent for elementary education, gives a tour Tuesday of the new Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School.

Pawsitive visit

The Pawsitive Visits program gives retirement home residents a chance to meet some new furry friends.

Dogs in Humane Society's shelter

Roket and Roscoe are two of the dogs that have found a place to stay at the Central Missouri Humane Society in Columbia. Staff and volunteers take good care of animals at the shelter, and if they are lucky, a new family will come to adopt them.

Clemons displays hand-crafted jewelry

Rhiannon Clemons sits for a portrait alongside her hand-crafted jewelry Tuesday at her house. Clemons makes necklaces, bracelets and earrings to sell on Etsy, a Web site that allows the people to buy and sell hand-made items including spice kits, jewelry and clothing.

Frozen yogurt becomes a study break for students

From left, Emily Leeker, Varsha Gupta and Kasey Holdinghausen top their cups of yogurt at the self-serve counter at Yogoluv on Dec. 10. "Its a good study break," said Gupta, who has been to the store five times since its opening.

Clemons adjusts one of the necklaces she has made

Rhiannon Clemons adjusts one of the necklaces she has made to sell on Etsy. Clemons, who has been making jewelry for about five years, recently joined Etsy to facilitate and expand her jewelry sales. "This week, there's not a night that I won't work," Clemons said.

Yogoluv opens after Thanksgiving

From left, Megan Ballenger and Arianne Macgillivray take a sample cup from Yogoluv owner Kerry Chao. The two MU students were taking a study break and decided to try frozen yogurt from Yogoluv, which opened after Thanksgiving.

New store downtown sells frozen yogurt

From left, Kasey Holdinghausen, Elyse Greteman, Varsha Gupta and Emily Leeker pick their flavors and fill their cups with frozen yogurt at Yogoluv on the corner of Ninth Street and Locust Street.