Sarah Shire has career best in all-around competition

Missouri senior gymnast Sarah Shire performs her floor routine during Big 12 meet against Oklahoma in February at Hearnes Center. Shire won the conference's all-around championship on March 27 in Lincoln, Neb.

Hickman wrestles Hazelwood

Hickman High School freshman J'Den Cox wrestles Hazelwood East High School senior Eugene Dunbar in his second bout of the Missouri State High School Activities Association Wrestling Championship at Mizzou Arena. Cox won the match and advanced onto the semifinals.

Rock Bridge wrestler enters tournamet ranked fifth in his weight class

Rock Bridge junior Josh Braselton wrestles Hazelwood Central senior Julian Smith in his second bout at the Missouri State High School Activities Association Wrestling Championship at Mizzou Arena on Friday. Braselton entered the tournament ranked fifth in Missouri for his weight class of 215.

Holt wrestler pins Rock Bridge's Johnson

Holt High School junior Brett Beckmann wrestles Rock Bridge sophomore Trent Johnson in the third round of bouts at the Missouri State High School Activities Association Wrestling Championship on Friday. Johnson was eliminated after losing the bout 5-0.

'Stylized Seedling'

This is a model of an art piece by Glenn Williams that will be erected at Columbia's new Fire Station No. 9 at Blue Ridge and Providence Roads.

Doctor Day at the Youzeum

"He's not breathing!" Emma Day, 7, shouts during "Doctor Day" at the YouZeum on Monday. Doctor Day was set up to teach children about health and safety — and in Emma's case, how to revive mannequins. The event was part of the YouZeum's School's Out program, which offers education and entertainment for children on days when school is out of session. Emma and her friends attended Monday's event while school was out in observance of President's Day.

Hickman senior Jenahlyn Felten gets ready for State Championships

Hickman's Jenahlyn Felten gets in her last practice before the State Championships this weekend. The Kewpies senior will compete at the Rec-Plex in St. Peters.

E-cigarette components

The components of an electronic cigarette are shown. The smokeless and odorless substitute for tobacco cigarettes are under scrutiny by the Federal Food and Drug Administration.

Deployed to Haiti

Navy Ensing Emily Merritt, a native of Columbia, was apart of the USS Nassau deployment to Haiti from Jan. 23 to Feb 7.

Hookah lounge opening downtown

The 9th Street Hookah Lounge will open to Columbia on Friday. The lounge will have two flat panel televisions mounted over fireplaces and two couch areas with hookah pipes in firepits for use at the couches. The lounge will have at least five tables to serve customers.

Tigers catcher Megan Christopher takes leadership role on softball team

Tigers catcher Megan Christopher practices at the Dan Devine Pavilion. Christopher has become one of the leaders on the field for the softball team this season.

Tigers catcher Megan Christopher talks with teammates

Tigers catcher Megan Christopher talks to her teammates during a break in practice. "Megan is like the quarterback of our team," Tigers assistant coach Pete D'Amour said of the Missouri junior.

Missouri baseball player Aaron Senne is one of few returning starters this season

Missouri outfielder Aaron Senne, one of just two seniors on the Tigers this season, stands at the plate during a 2009 game against Minnesota.

Rock Bridge's Megan Marshall vs. Helias's Arielle Chambers

Rock Bridge's Orreshia Chatman vs. Helias

Helias' Marki Burnett tries to block Rock Bridge's Orreshia Chatman's shot during Thursday's game at Rock Bridge High School.

Rock Bridge's Hannah Dressler vs. Helias's Carol Kehoe

Rock Bridge High School's Hannah Dressler drives the basket against Carol Kehoe of Helias High School during the Bruins' last home game of the season at Rock Bridge High School.

Rock Bridge's Allison Marshall vs. Helias

Rock Bridge's Allison Marshall drives to the basket as Helias' Alex Heislen guards during the Bruins' last home game of the season.

Commemorating the "New Patient Tower"

A beam which will be placed on the top of the "New Patient Tower" is displayed in the lobby at Boone Hospital Center, Thursday, Feb. 18. The Hospital has been encouraging people to sign a beam to commemorate the "New Patient Tower" which will be equipped with 128 beds and constructed by mid of 2011.

New beginnings

Gabriel Forte, 5, signs a beam which will be placed into the "New Patient Tower" at Boone Hospital Center Thursday, Feb. 18. The New Patient Tower will be equipped with 128 beds and constructed by mid of 2011.

Craig Van Matre

Craig Van Matre