Schools use biodegradable trays

From right, Mateesa Crowley, 7, Madison Simpson-Baroli, 6, and Peyton Sheeley, 6, eat lunch from biodegradable trays at Blue Ridge Elementary. Blue Ridge Elementary was one of three Columbia schools to switch from Styrofoam to biodegradable lunch trays at the beginning of the school year.

The big snip

Columbia Mayor Darwin Hindman and Thomas Payne, vice chancellor of MU and dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, cut a ribbon signifying the completion of the Gans Road Interchange.

Speaking before the ribbon's cut

Roger Schwartze, district engineer with the Missouri Department of Transportation, speaks at the Gans Road Interchange's ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new interchange opened to traffic on Thursday.

New interchange proposed

The city of Columbia is preparing a proposal to create a new interchange on Interstate 70 to relieve the congestion at the intersection of Stadium Boulevard and Interstate 70.

MU men's basketball player J.T. Tiller vs. Xavier

Missouri guard J.T. Tiller defends against Xavier's Dante Jackson in Thursday's game at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament. Tiller grabbed six steals for Missouri, but the Tigers struggled at the free-throw line and lost.

Brain exercise 2

James Miller, MU professor of theater, discusses costume designs from different musicals during a session of “A Potpourri of the Arts” class at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Brain Exercise

Students over 50 listen to watercolorist Paul Jackson lecture about his recent trip to China at the class “A Potpourri of the Arts” at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

'The Big Neal' returns to his alma mater, MU, a star

Neal Boyd's moment of glory immediately catapulted him from "hometown boy" status to overnight celebrity, or, as he said "Talent" host Jerry Springer dubbed him, "The Big Neal."
Photo courtesy of Catherine Lillie Presson

MU volleyball player

Missouri freshman Allison Johnson watches from the bench during the Tigers' game against Kansas State on Wednesday at Hearnes Center. Johnson is likely to claim a redshirt this season.

Thanksgiving feast at Paquin Towers

Janice Seagraves, left, and Ryan Davis of the Karis Community Church set out food during the Thanksgiving dinner at Paquin Tower on Wednesday. Members of the church brought food for the residents as they listened to bluegrass music.

Doctors donate to help food bank

Members of the Columbia Orthopaedic Group pose for a photo in front of the new mural in the volunteer room at the Central Missouri Food Bank on Wednesday. Funds for the room were donated by the Orthopaedic Group and to cover the cost of the food bank's mortgage.

Food bank unveils new volunteer room

Sarah Maguffee and Nancy Fay cut the ceremonial ribbon to help unveil the new volunteer room at the Central Missouri Food Bank. The Columbia Orthopaedic Group donated funds to help for the development of the room and for the food bank to pay off its mortgage so it can pay for more meals for those in need across central Missouri.

MU swimmer Bryan Difford

Bryan Difford, Missouri men's swimming team captain, swims laps at practice Monday afternoon at the MU Student Recreation Center. Difford came was recruited from his home in South Africa.

Doctors' donation helps food bank pay off mortgage

From left, David Machens, Sarah Maguffee and Naomi Cupp shred a copy of the mortgage for the Central Missouri Food Bank in celebration of it being paid off by a group of doctors from the Columbia Orthopaedic Group on Wednesday.

Hyperbaric chamber a new tool for healing

Registered nurse Amy Bierk, right, looks on as Dr. Kimberly Jamison of the Nephrology Wound Clinic explains the process of the hyperbaric chamber to other physicians and guests at the Wound Healing Center grand opening Wednesday. The center now has two hyperbaric chambers, which uses oxygen at levels higher than atmospheric pressure to assist in the healing of wounds.

DOVE partners deal with difficult issues

Detective Jeff Westbrook, left, shows Detective Bob Dochler some pictures of domestic violence cases that are available for training and educational purposes Wednesday morning in their office at the City of Columbia Police Department.

Wal-Mart demolition

Demolition of the Wal-Mart building at Nifong and Providence started Monday.

Wal-Mart building demolished

Demolition of the Wal-Mart at 405 E. Nifong began Monday and continues, as shown here, on Wednesday. According to the project superintendent, Rick Harness, a new Hy-Vee is planned for the spot and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2009.

Doughnut shop has grand opening

Long john doughnuts sit on a tray in the kitchen after being dipped in different types of icing at Daylight Donuts.

Dipping and decorating doughnuts

Karl Florek dips doughnuts in flavored icing at Daylight Donuts.