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Fire caused by old painting rags [Photo]

Columbia firefighters and members of the Boone County Fire Protection District were called at 10:42 pm on Friday to 2206 Port Townsend Court in southwest Columbia. According to the Fire Department improperly disposed painting rags caused a fire in the garage.

High school rodeo team roping champions [Photo]

Brothers Tory, left, and Brady Chasteen from Columbia won the team roping event Friday at the Missouri High School Rodeo state finals. Brady recently graduated from Rock Bridge High School where Tory will be a junior this coming school year.

Cowboy brothers lasso a steer [Photo]

Brady Chasteen, left, of Columbia, throws his lasso to catch the ankles of the steer while his brother Tory Chasteen holds tight onto the rope around its neck during the team roping event of the Missouri High School Rodeo state finals on Friday at the Boone County Fairgrounds. The brothers won the event in 7.37 seconds.

Watching the rodeo on horseback [Photo]

From left, Amee Riley, 15, left, Kelsey Eitel, 16, center, and Jake Pendelton, 17, talk among with other competitors from across the state at the second day of the Missouri High School Rodeo state finals. The teens lined up on their horses to watch the calf roping event and prepare for their upcoming runs.

Westbook retires [Photo]

Detective Jeff Westbrook shakes fellow Officer Mark Brotemarkle's* hand at Westbrook's retirement reception on June 18 at the Police Training Center in Columbia. Westbrook retired after 22 years of service working in the Columbia Police Department.

Detective Retirement [Photo]

Detective Jeff Westbrook holds his father, Willie Westbrook, with his mother, Betty Westbrook, at his retirement reception on June 18 at the Police Training Center. Jeff Westbrook said that one of his father's goals was to see him retire.

Elephant in traffic [Photo]

A decorated elephant walks on a street in New Delhi, India, on Friday. The pachyderms have created traffic havoc in the past, and they are now allowed to roam the streets only during lean traffic hours.

Pictures of the week for June 12 [Slideshow]

UM System online courses [Document]

Course information is detailed for the 2010-11 school year for the four University of Missouri System campuses. All of the listed classes are either face-to-face courses that will be delivered online or new courses.

High school rodeo competitor Cody Wright [Photo]

Cody Wright of Billings, Mo., throws his hands up at the end of his go in the calf roping competition Thursday at the Missouri High School Rodeo state finals at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

High school rodeo competitor Garet Aldridge [Photo]

Garet Aldridge* holds on tightly during the saddle bronc riding event Thursday at the Missouri High School Rodeo state finals at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Cowboy confab [Photo]

Tanner Brundage, 15, from Jefferson City, left, and Chase Gabriel, 17, from Grain Valley, who are partners in the team roping event, talk about their performance with Gabriel's father, Lance outside of the arena Thursday at the Missouri High School Rodeo state finals at Boone County Fairgrounds.

High school rodeo competitor Bailee Wright [Photo]

Bailee Wright of Billings, Mo., chats with a friend while waiting for her turn in the breakaway roping Thursday at the Missouri High School Rodeo state finals at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

High school rodeo competitor Victoria Meyer [Photo]

Victoria Meyer of Moscow Mills chases after a calf in the breakaway roping event Thursday at the Missouri High School Rodeo state finals at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Touring the new green building [Photo]

Shelley Simon of Simon Oswald Associates gives a tour of the renovated building on Thursday. "Blending history and tradition while looking to the future was the theme of this design," Simon said. Simon Oswald Associates was the Architecture firm commissioned to redesign Columbia College's Missouri Hall, now the first building in Columbia to receive a LEED silver certificate.

Missouri Hall [Photo]

Missouri Hall originally was a girls dormitory and now houses the admissions office. Missouri Hall is also the first building in Columbia to receive a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification as a green, sustainable building. Kerry Renner came to see the building at a tour given on Thursday because his Architecture firm is currently working on a LEED project as well.

Secret Garden of Columbia [Slideshow]

Joanne and Jerry Berneche live tucked away from rest of their neighborhood. From the street, their property looks like a small forest someone forgot to cut down. But inside those woods is the Berneche's own private Italian-styled villa that Joanne has spent 40 years tending.

Ed's Quick Stop [Photo]

Ed's Quik Stop on Rte B in Hallsville will be the site of library-to-go lockers, managed by Daniel Boone Regional Library. Once installed, books can be ordered by residents and picked up from lockers with a library card. According to Daniel Boone Regional Library's website, the lockers should be installed in August. Demonstration lockers can be seen at Hallsville's Heritage Days festival on Saturday.

Quick Stop Books [Photo]

Katlyn Daly, left, chats with Theresa Brink and her grandmother Rhonda Daly at Ed's Quik Stop in Hallsville on Thursday. The store, which Rhonda Daly co-owns, will be the site of library-to-go lockers in August. The lockers will allow residents of Hallsville, which has no library, to pick up books ordered from Daniel Boone Regional Library with a swipe of a library card. Katlyn Daly's favorite book is, "Anne of Green Gables."

Budget informational session [Photo]

Jan Mees, school board president, left, listens as Superintendent Chris Belcher, right, adds specific details pertaining to Columbia public schools during an informational session on the districts budget on June 10 at the Columbia Public Schools' district office.
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