* Alexandria Birk of Saxony Lutheran High School won the 2009 8th Congressional District Art Contest. Birk and 10 other honorable mention students will have their artwork on display at the Black Door Gallery today from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be an awards ceremony at 6 p.m.
* The Hooked on Science television segment, which airs on WPSD Local 6, was recently recognized by the Missouri State Teachers Association for outstanding coverage of education.
* Christy Ruth Laxton of Scott City was recognized during Central Methodist University's Honors Convocation in Fayette, Mo. Laxton was accepted into the Sigma Epsilon Pi Senior Honorary Society and the Alpha Chi Honorary Society.
-- From staff reports