Rock Bridge football coach A.J. Ofodile

Rock Bridge football coach A.J. Ofodile said that by running the option the Bruins have probably gained more yards on the ground in five games this season than they did in all 10 last year.

Rock Bridge quarterback Mark Pickerel

Rock Bridge quarterback Mark Pickerel, left, says he has adapted well to the Bruins' new option offense. “Once you start watching film on a team, you can pick up its tendencies. If he does that, I’ll do this," he said.

Gans Creek

The creek, which is now the main feature of Gans Creek Recreation Area, is set off from the rest of the property by trees and gently rolling hills, making it seem even more distant from the lights and sounds of city life. Lowery predicts the creek will retain that quiet atmosphere even after the rest of the park becomes active.

Gans Creek barn

An unused barn sits on the Gans Creek Recreation Area property. The property, formerly known as the Crane Property, was recently bought by the City of Columbia for future development as a regional park. The city sees the property as an important link in the park system with its proximity to Rock Bridge State Park and Nifong Park.

Teri Finneman mug

Teri Finneman is the coordinator for the Missourian Reader Board.

Roland Meinert

Roland Meinert is a Columbia resident and a guest columnist for the Missourian.

Gary Kelley

Gary Kelley is a minister in Columbia. The views expressed here are his own.

Lauren Foreman mug

Lauren Foreman is a guest columnist for the Missourian.

Hickman soccer player George Plakorus

Hickman's George Plakorus takes the ball upfield against Rock Bridge on Wednesday night at Rock Bridge's field.

Rock Bridge goalkeeper Brady Wulff

Rock Bridge goalkeeper Brady Wulff has earned the respect of his coach Kyle Austin. “He has these natural instincts, and his reaction time is just unbelievable. He’s one of the best keepers I’ve ever seen," Austin said.

Missouri running back Kendial Lawrence

Missouri running back Kendial Lawrence averaged 7.7 yards on 10 rushes against Furman, but, in general, the Tigers' runners have struggled this season.

Governor announces new Lake of the Ozarks enforcement

Gov. Jay Nixon, left, and Mark Templeton, director of the Department of Natural Resources, talk to reporters about a new water quality enforcement effort for the Lake of the Ozarks near Osage Beach. Nixon's plan involves inspections of facilities with wastewater permits, stepped up enforcement against those violating clean water policies, tough reviews of applications for new permits and a lakewide water quality study.

Becky Doisy

Becky Doisy disappeared in 1976, and her body was never found.

No one injured in house fire

Columbia Fire Dept. Lt. Bruce Britt surveys the scene at 301 Duncan St. after a fire was extinguished there on Tuesday. Columbia Fire Dept. Capt. Eric Hartman said that most of the damage occurred in the utility room area, and the investigation is ongoing. The two adults and two children who live in the rental house were not present at the time of the fire, which neighbors reported to 911.

Artist's drawing shows Dick Tracy questioning Doisy's disappearance

A 1980 drawing by short-order cook Arthur Koch depicts a scene at Ernie's including a large drawing above the kitchen, except Koch's rendition has Dick Tracy referring to the 1976 disappearance of part-time waitress Becky Doisy. The drawing also features 1976 Ernie's owner, Wayne Gladney, front, and Koch serving customers.

Restaurant drawing depicts former employee's disappearance

A 1980 drawing by Arthur Koch depicts a scene at Ernie's. A large drawing rested above the kitchen has Dick Tracy referring to the 1976 disappearance of part-time Ernie's waitress Becky Doisy, who is featured on the right side of the frame.

Kansas-State football coach Bill Snyder

Kansas State coach Bill Snyder walks the sidelines during the Wildcats' victory over Tennessee Tech last Saturday in Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas football player Kerry Meier

Kansas wide receiver Kerry Meier gets past Southern Mississippi defensive back Michael McGee for a touchdown during the first half of the Jayhawks' victory Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.

Rock Bridge tennis players Sarah Heeter and Kelsey Kinderknecht

Rock Bridge tennis players Sarah Heeter, left, and Kelsey Kinderknecht pause during practice Monday to listen to their coach. The pair are the only members of this season's team who have experience playing in the state tournament.

Class assists veterans with transition to student life

Keith Widaman, far left, listens to Daniel Sewall, right, president of the Mizzou Student Veterans Association and a teaching assistant for a class called "Learning Transition Strategies for Military Students."