Thanksgiving service with a smile

Willy Maxwell waits for his second plate to be assembled by David Shirley, Dawn Brandon and Lisa Berry at the Salvation Army Thanksgiving Dinner held at Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken on Paris Road. Shirley said he was happy to come out and spend time at the event. "The experience from this side of the counter is very gratifying," Shirley said.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers building in North Columbia

Volunteers for Show-Me Central Habitat for Humanity work to complete vinyl siding for a new house being built in North Columbia on Saturday. This home was one of more than 20 that are located in the Habitat for Humanity subdivision in North Columbia.

Bob Shannon teaches novice builders construction skills

Bob Shannon, shown inspecting a home on Saturday, is a building supervisor for Habitat for Humanity. He takes groups of novice builders and teaches them construction skills.

Media tour Clydesdale breeding farm in Boonville

Jake, a Budweiser Clydesdale, greets Karla Terry during a media tour Wednesday at the new Anheuser-Busch breeding farm in Cooper County. Jake, 7, stands 20 hands high (about 80 inches from the feet to the top of the shoulders) and weighs 2,290 pounds.

Clydesdale horses on display

Jake, a Budweiser Clydesdale, is displayed with show grooming during the media tour Wednesday at the new Anheuser-Busch breeding farm near Boonville. Expert grooms who travel with the horses may spend five hours preparing the horses for events or showings.

Farm holds 70 percent of Budweiser Clydesdales

The new Anheuser-Busch breeding farm near Boonville is not open to the public but it did invite media Wednesday to view the 350-acre farm that now holds 70 percent of the Budweiser Clydesdales.

Hosting Clydesdale horses

A Budweiser Clydesdale observes the media tour passing his paddock at the breeding farm near Boonville. Anhueser-Busch expects to host about 100 Clydesdales within the first year at the new property.

Clydesdale horse breeding farm

One hundred Budweiser Clydesdale horses have recently moved to a new Anheuser-Busch breeding farm near Boonville. To qualify for one of the six hitches (10 horses per hitch) the Clydesdale gelding must be fours years old, stand 6 feet at the shoulder, weigh about 2,000 pounds, "be bay in color, have four white stocking feet, a blaze of white on the face and a black mane and tail," according to Anheuser-Busch regulations.

Friends rally around Angie Kennon

Angie Kennon and her husband, Dave, play peek-a-boo with their son Ryan while waiting for his doctor at University Hospital. Kennon was diagnosed with breast cancer in August.

Former councilman defends outgoing fire chief

Former City Councilman Pat Barnes speaks in defense of outgoing Boone County Fire Chief Steve Paulsell at a board meeting Tuesday evening at Boone County Fire Protection District headquarters. Barnes criticized board members for forcing Paulsell into retirement against his will. He received a standing ovation for his comments.


MU's Jessra Johnson shoots over Indiana's Jamie Braun on Tuesday at Mizzou Arena. Johnson had 15 points and 12 rebounds, her second straight double-double.


Indiana’s Amber Jackson grabs a rebound against Missouri’s Marissa Scott on Tuesday at Mizzou Arena. Jackson had three of Indiana’s 45 rebounds; Missouri had 34 rebounds.


Megan Wilson had to change her plans when she found out this season would be her last on the MU volleyball team.

Steve Paulsell leaves position as fire chief

Boone County Fire Protection District Fire Chief Steve Paulsell announced he was being forced to retire from his post Tuesday afternoon in front of Boone County Fire Protection District headquarters.

Winter clothes for Afghan security escorts

Sara Reichert collects donated winter clothing from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Her husband, Matt, who has been deployed to Afghanistan, saw that many of the low-wage military security escorts at his base were without winter clothing. Sara has since collected clothing from neighbors and from the church to send to the military escorts.

MU wrestler Todd Schavrien

MU wrestler Todd Schavrien, bottom, came to Missouri after a disappointing season at Arizona State.

Flat Daddy

Amanda Stapp and Kathleen Kaumans, both of Columbia, watch as friends take their turns bowling on Sunday. A life-size cardboard mock-up of Stapp's husband, Jason Stapp, a National Guardsman deployed to Kosovo in May, accompanies the group to Town and Country Lanes almost every Sunday. The figure is designed to help loved ones cope with the absence of family members in the military.

Douglass Park renovations

From right, recreation specialist and Vice President of Douglass Neighborhood Association Bill Thompson, Parks and Recreation Director Mike Griggs and senior parks planner Michael Snyder discuss renovations to Douglass Park Monday evening in a conference room at the Armory Sports Center in Columbia.

Discussing Taser use

Linda Green of the mid-Missouri chapter of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom spoke Monday morning at the Labor Temple in Columbia. She talked about cases in which she said the Columbia Police Department used questionable judgment in Taser use on citizens.

MU offensive coordinator Dave Christensen

MU offensive coordinator Dave Christensen