Runners ready

Runners wait for the start of the First Night 5k near Flat Branch Park.

A first 5K for First Night

Graham Geyer, 8, stretches in Flat Branch Park on Wednesday before the start of hte First Night 5K. Geyer, who is a third grader at Rock Bridge Elementary School was running in his first 5k.

Puppets at First Night

Peter Allen of the Parasol Puppets Team performs the story "George and the Dragon" on New Year's Eve as part of the First Night celebration at the Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia.

Dancing with stars

Eben Misho, 7, Chloe Midkif, 5, and Simon Midkiff, 9, dance around the stars near the Boone County Courthouse following the fireworks show for First Night on Wednesday.

Fireworks light up night

Fireworks launch off the Roger B. Wilson County Government Building in downtown Columbia on Dec. 31 as part of First Night celebrations.

Good moves

Night lights

Children and parents watch as fireworks launch off the Roger B. Wilson County Government Building in downtown Columbia on Wednesday night.

Hands-on fun

Kids at United Methodist Church create noisemakers and masks to celebrate the coming of the new year.

Lighting up downtown

Before midnight Wednesday, lights shine on the Boone County Courthouse as part of First Night Columbia.

Tigers 2008 season remembered

Missouri tight end Chase Coffman leaps over a Southeast Missouri State defender during the Tigers home opener against the Redhawks on Sept. 6 at Faurot Field. The Tigers finished their season with a win over Northwestern at the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.


MU's Leo Lyons looks to pass the ball against Centenary's Travis Hill on Tuesday. Lyons had 10 points and seven rebounds.


Missouri’s J.T. Tiller shoots over Centenary’s Lance Hill. Tiller had nine points, four rebounds and four assists.


Missouri's Matt Lawrence, left, and Justin Safford try to trap Centenary's Travis Hill on Tuesday.


Missouri’s DeMarre Carroll tries to shoot over Centenary’s Travis Hill (5) on Tuesday. Carroll had 15 points.


Quarterback Chase Daniel and coach Gary Pinkel led the Tigers to 22 wins during the past two seasons, including two bowl victories.

A visit led to so much more

Leonor Jurado came to America in 1996 when she was 16 through an exchange program. “My father wanted me and my sister to learn different culture and different language,” she said. Her sister was sent to France. “I was ready to see something new, but I didn’t think of ending up here,” Jurado said.

Ministry goes on

Pastor Bonnie Cassida preaches during Sunday morning service at Bethel Church in Columbia. Cassida and her late husband, David, used to minister together.

On duty in Afghanistan

Missouri National Guard Specialist Aaron Briscoe inside a military vehicle during his first tour in Afghanistan. Briscoe completed his tour and returned home before Christmas.

At work in Korea

Burgundy Anderson, who graduated from MU in May, teaches middle and elementary school students English in Seoul, Korea.

2008 made three

Kelsey Hammond and her husband, Joe Chevalier, with first born daughter, Sally James, on Chevalier's 36th birthday.