Columbia, before and after the snowstorm

Missourian photographer Nick Schnelle visited various spots in Columbia on Monday, Jan. 31, then revisited those places after the snowstorm on Wednesday and Thursday. Paired together, the images offer a glimpse of the dramatic effects of an 18-inch snowfall.

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Bracing for the storm

As the biggest snowstorm in years threatened Columbia, many residents stocked up on food and supplies at local grocery stores. Hy-Vee Assistant Manager Adam Lindsey talks about the surge in sales at his store, and Columbia residents Andrew Deane, Christian David Robinson and Carroll St. John discuss their preparations for the storm.

Rock Bridge boys basketball defeats Hickman

Rock Bridge boys basketball started slow but mounted a rally in the second half behind the play of Matt Kelly and Travis Jorgensen. After leading by two at halftime, the Bruins defeated Hickman 64-43

Judy Irola presents Cine Manifesto

Judy Irola, head of the cinematography track at the University of Southern California, came to MU on Friday to screen her film “Cine Manifest” at the newly completed Chambers Auditorium and reminisce about her earlier years in the film industry.

Unrest in Egypt intensifies

Protesters in Egypt continue to clash with riot police.

At Columbia Regency, residents caught between rock and hard place

Residents of Columbia Regency mobile home park deal with a multitude of problems — inexplicably high power bills, rampant crime, persistent property neglect. Residents say that park managers seem to be indifferent to the issues, and the city is often powerless to help.

Hickman vs. Rock Bridge: girls basketball

The Hickman High School and Rock Bridge High School girls varsity basketball teams met on Wednesday evening for their yearly crosstown rivalry game. Students and fans from both schools filled the Hickman High School auditorium to cheer on their respective teams.

Seventh-grader takes SAT

Friday night, seventh-grader Kelsie Small sat in Anthony’s Italian Restaurant eating cheese sticks and studying for the SAT with her mom, Kimberly Small. It was less than 12 hours before the big test and she said she felt nervous. As part of Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP), Kelsie is one of thousands of seventh-graders across the nation who were given the opportunity to take the SAT or ACT a few years early.

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Church bells in Fulton and London ring together to commemorate WWII air raid

Fulton church bells rang in unison with a London church on Dec. 29 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the WWII air raid.

MU men's basketball team beats Oral Roberts

The No. 13 Missouri men's basketball team defeated Oral Roberts 81-62 on Thursday night at Mizzou Arena to improve to 9-1. Laurence Bowers led the Tigers with 17 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots.

AUDIO SLIDESHOW: Gentry Middle School's sixth-grade choir performs holiday concert

Santa Claus hats, dress shoes, poinsettias, and garland all describe the Gentry Middle School sixth grade choir concert Tuesday. For the past two weeks, the sixth-grade choir students have been working extra hard in preparation for their winter concert by arriving for choir practice at 7 a.m. on both Tuesday and Thursday. Their choir teacher, Cindy Boudinot, who has been teaching at Gentry for 12 years, said that the sixth graders are a fun bunch to work with. The students sang six songs: "A Bell Carol," "Ding-a Ding-a Ding," "Colors of Winter," "The Holly And The Ivy," "Sing World Peace," and "Various Themes on 'Fa-La-La.'"

SLIDESHOW: Players participate in Ashland live action role playing game year-round

Live action role players gather in Ashland Community Park to practice Amtgard, a boffer medieval war game, on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. The group practices all year regardless of weather conditions.

Six new members join Mizzou wheelchair basketball team

Meet the new members of the Mizzou wheelchair basketball team. The six new members this season include the team's first international player, first female and first set of brothers. Hear how they came to the Mizzou wheelchair basketball team and their experiences on the team thus far.

SLIDESHOW: The 'Open Mic Night' experience

Open Mic Night is held once a month in the Bengal Lair in Memorial Union before Comedy Wars. The showcase is open to any MU student and provides a chance to show off talents. Those who perform on stage are put into a raffle with the chance to win a prize. Popular acts include guitar solos and duets.

SLIDESHOW: Compassionate Friends member reflects

The Compassionate Friends held a candlelight vigil Sunday night for parents whose children have died. In this clip, Del McMillem talks about how she came to be involved with the event and how it has helped her deal with loss in her life.

SLIDESHOW: The Grants share their farm, family history

Bob and Ida Grant have lived on their farm in Columbia for the past 52 years. The farm has been in the family for over 100 years and is still functioning. Photos by Alex Giddings. Photos also contributed by Patsy Watt and Bob and Ida Grant.

MU Quidditch team gets off the ground

The MU Quidditch team scrimmages every Wednesday and Sunday on the north end of Francis Quadrangle. The team was started earlier this year by MU sophomore Wendy Walden and is growing in popularity with every practice session. The game is relatively new worldwide, inspired by J. K. Rowling’s well-known "Harry Potter" book and movie series. It had to be adapted for Muggles, or non-magical humans, because in the series the game is played hundreds of feet in the air on flying brooms.

Black Belt Academy hosts first annual Board Break-a-Thon

Strength in the body, honesty in the heart, knowledge in the mind. These are the words that are spoken before every martial arts class at Hockman’s ATA Black Belt Academy on Corporate Lake Drive. About 45 martial arts students participated in the first annual Board Break-a-Thon on Dec. 3. Students gained sponsorships and broke 1,000 boards in about 30 minutes.

SLIDESHOW: Three siblings wrestle for Fulton

Mariah Gary needed an outlet. She didn't have to look beyond the wrestling mat, where her brothers had been competing for five years.

Stephens College celebrates 'A Dickens Victorian Christmas'

To celebrate the holiday season, Stephens College performed "A Dickens Victorian Christmas" at the Historic Senior Hall parlors on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.