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Pro Day at Devine Pavilion

Former Missouri tight end Chase Coffman, center, talks with former MU quarterback Chase Patton, right, and Patton's personal coach, Skip Stitzell. Since breaking a bone in his foot during the Tigers' Alamo Bowl win, Coffman has missed three chances to work out for NFL scouts.

Well worth it

The ride from Leah Yordt's Montgomery City home to Columbia Family Dental Center is more than an hour, and Leah has waited a year for her 2-year-old son, Jayson Yordt, left, to nab an appointment with Brian Fischer. But the wait has been well worth it in her eyes. "Dr. Fischer is the most awesome doctor ever. I love him," says Leah, mother of three children, in the center's waiting room. "He knows exactly what my kids are like, and he remembers; he knows their personalities and just what they need."

Providing dental care

Elaine McQuegge, left, and Brian Fischer provide dental care to patient Bethany Juppier at Columbia Family Dental Center on Feb. 6. Fischer believes that the clinic will one day consist of up to 10 operatory rooms to work on patients. Plumbing for three new operatories has already been completed.

Mike Anderson opens up

Missouri senior Leo Lyons listens to coach Mike Anderson make a point during a practice March 10 at the Big 12 Conference Tournament in Oklahoma City. Before coming to MU, Anderson had been a consistent winner.

Tackling training

Columbia Fire Capt. Eric Hartman pauses Thursday while tilting a propane tank — which is feeding a staged residential propane tank fire — in order to watch the firefighters tackle the training exercise. After the fire is put out, Hartman points out icicles forming on the back of the tank that are caused by escaping and incredibly cold liquid propane.

Directing the fire away

Columbia firefighters practice extinguishing a residential propane tank fire on Thursday. Instead of initially putting out the flames, they first direct the fire from the shut-off valve in order to turn it off and prevent the tank from exploding.

Igniting a flare

Fire Capt. Eric Hartman uses a flare to ignite a residential propane tank as part of the Columbia Fire Department's first night-training session of the year on Thursday. The firefighters needed to first use water to direct the fire away from the shut-off valve before extinguishing it.

Ensuring safe extraction

Columbia firefighters stabilize an upside-down vehicle at the first night-training session of the year at the Columbia Fire Training Academy on Thursday. This particular exercise focused on effectively stabilizing both a vehicle on its side and upside-down in order to ensure safe extraction of anyone who could be trapped inside.

Cooling off the engine

Columbia firefighters extinguish fires in the trunk, cabin and engine of a car as part of the year's first night-training session on Thursday. Firefighters first directed the fire away from the front of the engine block in order to prop open the hood and cool off the engine.

A little bit of love

Mayor Darwin Hindman gets a kiss from Tanner, a rescue dog owned by Teal Alt, on Thursday at the Central Missouri Humane Society.

Soaking up some sun

Tanner takes a nap in the sun at the feet of owner Teal Alt on Thursday during the welcome at the Central Missouri Humane Society. After the trolley procession down Broadway, the public was invited back to the Humane Society to hear a welcome and speeches from Mayor Darwin Hindman, Zootoo.com founder Richard Thompson, Humane Society Director Patty Forister, and Libby Burks and Amanda Huhman, the teens who originally discovered the shelter makeover contest and helped publicize it.

Blue for Zootoo

A volunteer holds a sign in support of Zootoo.com's $1 million shelter makeover contest. Blue is Zootoo's signature color.

Ties to untangle

Heather Grote helps untangle Rebel as they wait on Broadway for the trolley car procession on Thursday. Although Rebel, a rescue dog, is not from the Central Missouri Humane Society, Grote said she supports their cause. "We think what those girls started is so great," she said.

Chatting with personnel, supporters

Zootoo.com founder Richard Thompson chats with Central Missouri Humane Society personnel and supporters on Thursday at the shelter on Big Bear Boulevard. Thompson's visit is part of the second phase of the shelter makeover contest.

Showing their support

Kim Stonecipher-Fisher, left, waits for the Zootoo/Central Missouri Humane Society trolley procession with her dog, Coco, and Michele Spry on Thursday. Coco is the second rescue dog that Stonecipher-Fisher has adopted; the first one is memorialized in a locket filled with ashes that Stonecipher-Fisher wears around her neck. She and Spry came with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce ambassadors to show their support. "It is important to show that downtown businesses are behind this," Stonecipher-Fisher said.

Waving from the procession

From left, Zootoo.com founder Richard Thompson, Amanda Huhman and Mayor Darwin Hindman wave to the crowd during their trolley procession down Broadway on Thursday. The Central Missouri Humane Society won first place in the first round of Zootoo's million-dollar shelter makeover contest.

Earning stripes

Listen up

Jeff Henderson, chef and Food Network personality, speaks to students at Hickman High School on Wednesday. Henderson was at the school to deliver an inspirational speech about his previous jail time and attainment of his lifetime goal to become a chef.

Here's a tip

Lisa Johnson, home school coordinator for Moberly Public Schools, takes notes as chef Jeff Henderson delivers his speech in the Hickman High School media center on Wednesday. Johnson and her colleagues brought about a dozen students to Hickman to hear Henderson speak.

Heibel-March building

The city of Columbia has tentatively agreed to let First Chance for Children occupy the Heibel-March building, located at the corner of Range Line Street and Wilkes Avenue. First Chance plans to raise $250,000 to renovate the building and make it the education organization's main office. Green technology will be used to make the nearly century-old building more energy efficient.
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