Sparky attends the last Twilight Festival

Sparky the dog stares down his sculpted twin in front of Sparky's ice cream during the last Twilight Festival on September 25. This is the 19th and final year that the Twilight Festival has been held.

Memphis flights exceed expectations

Passengers board a Mesaba Airlines flight at Columbia Regional Airport early Wednesday morning en route to Memphis, Tn. Mesaba runs the route three times daily from Columbia.

Former Washington head coach Don James

Former Washington coach Don James used Gary Pinkel as his offensive coordinator from 1984 to 1990.

Pinkel takes the field

Gary Pinkel has found success leading Missouri as its head coach since 2000.

New Stepehns volleyball coach Abby Funderburk

New Stephens volleyballl coach Abby Funderburk directs her players in drills during practice at Silverthorne Arena on September 25.

Rock Bridge football player Jaimonte Cooper

The summer before his sophomore year in high school, Jaimonte Cooper's family moved from the Hickman school district to the Rock Bridge district.

Rock Bridge volleyball team huddles

The Rock Bridge volleyball team huddles on the court with coach Beth Newton, left, on the court during practice on Sept. 25

Hickman pitcher Taylor Cowan

Hickman's Taylor Cowan pitched two perfect games in under a week, one Sept. 18 against rival Rock Bridge and another Monday on the road against Hallsville.

Fish Shack waitress prepares customer bill

Server Suney Brent cashes out a tab at the Mississippi Fish Shack.

Zach Milligan and his wife Ashley

Zach MIlligan and his wife, Ashley, have been married since spring, and they met after Zach’s return from Iraq.

Zach Milligan and his mother Robin Littrell

Zach Milligan poses with his mother, Robin Littrell, at the Missouri Reserves Center in Belton, a Kansas City suburb.

MU volleyball player Weiwen Wang

Weiwen Wang is a starting sophomore middle blocker for the Missouri volleyball team. She came from Nanjing, China, to play for the Tigers.

Offering prayers

The Rev. Paula Robinson looks toward the ceiling of the Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Columbia on Wednesday as she is welcomed with applause.

New pastored installed

The Rev. Paula Robinson prepares Communion on Wednesday evening at the Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Columbia. She is originally from Ireland and has served as rector prior to be installed as the church's new leader.

Listening to Corwin

Fans of Jeff Corwin wait to have their books signed at Corwin's book signing Wednesday at University Bookstore. Corwin's book "Living on the Edge: Amazing Relationships in the Natural World" describes animals and their habitats in various parts of the world and his concerns for protecting these habitats.

Corwin speaks at MU

Jeff Corwin signs a copy of his book "Living on the Edge: Amazing Relationships in the Animal World" at University Bookstore on Wednesday. Corwin hosts The Jeff Corwin Experience, an educational but entertaining program about animal life on Animal Planet.

MU defensive lineman Zach Milligan

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel stressed the importance of a player like Zach Milligan, who spent 11 months as a soldier in Iraq, to further the "team concept."

Gans road project might affect citizens' property

A car drives past George Montgomery's pecan field off Missouri 163 where the Gans Road will possibly be extended. If the extension is approved, the first row of Montgomery's pecan trees will have to be taken out. Montgomery grows 15 to 17 different varieties of northern pecans in his front yard, harvesting more than 2.5 tons each year. Montgomery is concerned that if the extension goes through this area will become highly commercial.

Students pray at See You At the Pole

Students break into small groups of prayer on Wednesday during the 7 a.m. See You At the Pole event at Rock Bridge High School. Catherine Sandstedt, in the pink jacket, sophomore, Katy Buddemeyer, in the brown shirt, sophomore, Jamie Daylor, in the printed shirt, sophomore, and a fourth student pray together.

Students sing at See You At the Pole

Jamie Daylor, left, sophomore, Whitney Hamilton, center, senior, and Kirk Backus, senior, sit outside Rock Bridge High School as they sing Christian songs Wednesday. The students in the Rock Bridge Fellowship of Christian Athletes gathered around the flag pole at 7 a.m. to worship, sing and pray for the nationwide See You At the Pole