Vince Pescalgia holding his position

Hickman senior Vince Pescaglia tries to maintain the lock he has on Seckman sophomore Denny Kleinschrodt during the semifinals of the MSHAA state wrestling meet on Friday at Mizzou Arena as match official Lenny Gino makes the count.

Belcher's press conference

New Superintendent Chris Belcher said he hopes to stay with the school district for more than the three years his contract requires.

Answering questions

Newly hired superintendent Chris Belcher answers questions next to school board President Michelle Gadbois, during a press conference at the school district administration building Friday. Belcher expressed his excitement to join the district and said he looks forward to starting on July 1.

The Tiger Hotel on Eighth

The owners of The Tiger Hotel on Eighth Street hopes to receive tax relief so they can begin construction to renovate the hotel's rooms. The hotel previously operated as senior living center. With the renovations, owners hope to reopen once more as a hotel.

The Tiger's applies for tax break

Previously, the rooms of The Tiger Hotel were used as a senior living center. If the recently submitted tax relief application the owners have filed is approved, the rooms will be renovated so that the hotel can operate commercially again.

The Tiger's Decor

If the Tiger Hotel on South Eighth Street receives the tax relief it recently applied for, it will renovate the rooms to match the lower levels and lobby that were renovated before the hotel became a senior living center. The hotel owners submitted for tax-increment financing on Tuesday, Feb. 10, and if approved the hotel would be able to operate commercially after the completion of renovations.

The Zumba workout

Jensen Smith, a freshman majoring in biochemistry, follows along in a Zumba class at the MU Student Recreation Center on Thursday, Jan. 29. Zumba is an aerobic dance workout set to Latin music.

Zumba moves

Jennifer Manian, who became a certified instructor in August, leads an exercise in Zumba class on Thursday.

Exercise in Zumba class

Jennifer Manian leads an exercise in Zumba class, which takes places twice a week at MU Student Recreation Complex on Thursday. Manian became a certified instructor in August 2008.

Cougars men's basketball coach Bob Burchard

Columbia College men's basketball coach Bob Burchard encourages his team in a victory over William Woods on Feb. 19 at Southwell Complex.

Columbia College women's basketball player Fiona Sparks

Columbia College guard Fiona Sparks drives past William Woods guard Cameo Holly in the Cougars victory on Feb. 19 at Southwell Complax

Fight for a loose ball

Columbia College guard Fiona Sparks, left, William Woods center Miranda Loesch, center and Columbia College forward Deanne Tonkin scramble after a loose ball in the Cougars' victory on Feb. 19 at Southwell Complex.

Columbia College women's basketball player Rachel Oswald

Columbia College's Rachel Oswald grabs a rebound Thursday in the Cougars' victory over visiting William Woods.

New chiefs

Chris Belcher, left, is expected to be named Columbia Public Schools superintendent on Friday. Kenneth Burton, right, was named Thursday as the new chief of the Columbia Police Department.

Wrestling elimination

Rock Bridge senior Thomas Senseman grapples with Francis Howell's Alex Langford at the MSHSAA Class 4 Championships in the 145 lbs category Thursday. Senseman, his team's lone representative in the tournament this year, lost both of his matches and was eliminated.

Wake-up call

Cougar guard Terrell Turner, center, stops short in front of the William Woods defensive line during the game on Thursday. Since an embarrassing loss at William Woods late last month, the Cougars have won eight of their past nine games.

Corey Brown with his son

Corey Brown, 18, with his son, Jailen, on the day he was born, Aug. 4, 2007. Corey Brown was fatally shot Monday, apparently the victim of a botched robbery attempt.

Cougar men squeak by William Woods

Columbia College forward Christian Lewis overpowers the William Woods defense, forwards Jerone Lester, left, and Lucas Dahl, to score two points for the Cougars at the American Midwest Conference game at Southwell Complex in Columbia on Thursday. The Cougars won the game 61-58.

Gov. Jay Nixon

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon asked Missouri senators on Thursday to put a halt to their discussion about tax credit reform so that an economic development bill could be passed.

Coaching at MU as "dream come true"

Coach Ehren Earleywine talks with freshman Jaydee Young at the MU Black and Gold game Feb. 7. Earleywine called the job offer from MU "a dream come true." “We came in here the first year and the team before I got here had been under .500. They were 85th in the nation, and sometimes it can take two, three, four years to pull yourself out of that funk,” Earleywine said.