Brewing the apple butter

Matthew Voss stirs the apple butter in a copper kettle early Saturday morning. The family begins cooking the apple butter at 3:30 a.m. and finishes in the early afternoon.

Mixing in the spices

Vernetta Wehmeyer mixes in spices to the apple butter brew. Family members deem Wehmeyer an apple butter expert. She is in charge of the annual cooking held each year on the first Saturday of October.

Pouring the apple butter

Freda Ferguson is a "dipper" during the annual jarring of the Alexander homemade apple butter. Hot materials and a fast-moving assembly line of family members complicates the jarring process.

Making apple butter a family affair

David Alexander, and his daughter, Maggie, stir the apple butter together on Saturday. The brew must be stirred continuously so that it does not burn.

Taye Diggs

Taye Diggs, who was in the original Broadway cast of "Rent" and is currently on ABC's "Private Practice," came to MU on Saturday to speak in support of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. He appeared with his wife, Idina Menzel, and Aisha Tyler.

Roots 'N' blues 'N' ice cream, too!

Jenny Turner pays for Devin Turner's vanilla Dippin' Dots at the ice cream stand operated by Ed and Pam Palmquist on Friday Night at the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival in Columbia.

Missouri now No. 3 in polls

The Tigers celebrate their 52-17 win over Nebraska at Lincoln Memorial Stadium.

Missouri moves up to No. 3

Jared Perry is blocked during the second quarter by Nebraska safety Rickey Thenarse, above, and defensive end Zach Potter, below.

Daniel passes

MU quarterback Chase Daniel passes in the Tigers' game Saturday at Nebraska. Daniel said a Nebraska player spit on him before pregame. "That's just blatant disrespect," Daniel said.

Paddlers raise awareness for new musical

Participants paddle down Moniteau Creek and into the Missouri River in Rocheport during Sunday's Gumbo Bottoms River Float. The float was a promotional event for "Gumbo Bottoms: A Big Muddy Musical," which is set to open Nov. 21.

Tractor picks

Ryan Womack, center, and Tim Mumpower ride on the back of a tractor filled with pumpkins they picked on Sept. 30.

Pumpkin vine

A pumpkin vine creeps out of the Hackman family farm while workers pick pumpkins on Sept. 30. Two weeks before the annual Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival, workers begin to gather the pumpkins used for the event.

Gathering pumpkins

Ryan Womack of Columbia gathers Sept. 30 one of the thousands of pumpkins that will be at the upcoming Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival.

Mowing space

Norlan Hackman mows space Sept. 30 for pumpkins to be placed for the upcoming Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival. The annual festival starts Saturday.

Waiting for adoption

Sebastian, an 8-month-old black lab, awaits a possible owner to adopt him Sunday afternoon at the Central Missouri Humane Society.


Cats and kittens occupy every space available at the Central Missouri Humane Society on Sunday afternoon. Overcrowding has recently been a larger problem than usual at the Humane Society.

Blessings for rascal

Pastor Jim Bryan blesses Rascal, who was brought to the Missouri United Church’s Blessing of the Animals service on Sunday afternoon by his owner, Megan Rodgers. Rascal is a Lhatese, a cross between a Lhasa Apso and a Maltese.

Curling together for a nap

From left, three 5-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Sherri, Susie and Syra, curl up together for a nap at Central Missouri Humane Society on Sunday afternoon. The recent influx of animals has led to overcrowding, with two or more dogs per kennel.

Looking to adopt

From left, Chableigh Madsen, Shannon Gipson and Nevaeh Gipson look to adopt a dog Sunday afternoon at the Central Missouri Humane Society. A 4-month-old female rat terrier eagerly looks for attention.

Celebrities show support for Obama

Actress Aisha Tyler hands a voter registration form to a student at the Vote for Change event on Lowry Mall in front of Ellis Library on MU’s campus Oct. 4. Tyler, along with Taye Diggs and his wife, Idina Menzel, spoke to the Columbia crowd in support of Barack Obama and to promote voter registration among college students.