An education in pet care: Stephens College expands its pets-in-residence program

Tao, a pet pug and one of Searcy Hall's residents, waits in anticipation for his afternoon walk with owner Abby Herzog.


Cats Benny and Joon seem to enjoy life at Stephens. "It's nice having pets. It gives us something in common," the cats' owner Emilyann Allen said of life in Searcy Hall.


A resident of Searcy Hall on the Stephens campus takes a break from dorm life to check out life on the outside.

Con artist working downtown churches

Picture of man going by name of Alan Farha or Michael.

Gymnast Hatcher travels long road to reach Missouri

Alicia Hatcher was named All-Conference on the uneven bars and was named to the Big 12 All-Academic first team for the second year in a row.

Kewpies’ Mitrisin beats Bruins baseball team on three days rest

Rock Bridge outfielder Lonnie Hofmann catches a fly ball in center field during Wednesday's game. Hickman won 6-4.

Volunteers look ahead to November

Volunteers wait outside the Activity and Recreation Center to gather signatures on petitions for initiatives they hope will appear on the November ballot during the municipal election on Tuesday. The petitions concerned hospice care at home, Medicaid benefits and natural fuel usage.

Huzzah! '50 foot robot' wins film competition

Katie McMillen, left, and Eric Mericle, right, watch the films shot for the Brickwall competition at Deja Vu Comedy Club on Monday night. Mericle is member of Kodiak, one of the bands that volunteered a song to be part of the competition.


Jay Sparks, co-founder of the Brickwall film competition, hosted the event Monday night at Deja Vu Comedy Club.

Man escapes home fire

Firefighters pull burnt furniture from a fire Tuesday at 8105 Highway HH.


A charred wheelchair was pulled from the fire, which broke out Tuesday.

J-school alumnus Steve Fainaru awarded Pulitzer Prize

Steve Fainaru was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting on Monday.

Slam dunk

Katy Koontz, an MU softball player, throws a ball to dunk MU professor Dr. William Horner on Tuesday. Horner said he thought he had been dunked about seven or eight times in the hour and a half he spent out in Lowry Mall. The dunk tank was a way for the American Cancer Society to raise money for the Relay for Life on Stankowski Field from 6 p.m. Saturday until 6 a.m. the following day.

Paul Sturtz defeats three-term incumbent Almeta Crayton for First Ward City Council seat

Newly-elected First Ward City Councilman Paul Sturtz thanks supporters during a speech Tuesday night at the Pasta Factory in Columbia.


Sutu Forté, center, and other supporters of newly-elected city councilman Paul Sturtz, listen as Sturtz delivers a speech after election results were announced Tuesday night at the Pasta Factory in Columbia.

Edwards wins third Sprint Cup race

Columbia native Carl Edwards celebrates after winning NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. The victory moved Edwards four spots into 10th in the point standings.

Guitar Hero Tournament rocks Columbia

Austin Robb, 10, plays in the first round of the Guitar Hero Tournament on March 15 at the Blue Note. “I’m really good at hammer-ons and pull-offs,” Robb said.


Austin Robb got his sides cut and used styling gel to keep his hair spiked.


Austin Robb displays his marker-tattooed knuckles inspired by Ozzy Osborne.


Jeanne Mason comforts her grandson, Austin Robb, after he lost in the second round of the Guitar Hero Tournament. Robb has been playing Guitar Hero for about four years, his dad said.