Nixon announces cyber crime grants [Photo]

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon speaks to Boone County law enforcement in the offices of the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force in Columbia, where he announced grants to assist local Missouri task forces in fighting cyber crime, on Monday. Nixon chuckled as he recalled how the first Missouri cyber crime search warrant was signed at a barn on the hood of a truck because the judge was working at his farm that day.

Columbia Housing Authority applies for stimulus grant for Oak Towers [Photo]

Mary Bittle is a second-floor resident of Oak Towers on Garth Avenue. The Columbia Housing Authority applied for two stimulus grants to improve the Towers for ADA renovations.

The Bubbas place second [Photo]

The Bubbas — Boys Using Bass, Beat And Sound — is composed of Patrick Henry, Christian Henry and Jason Mathews. The group placed second in the Boone County Fair Band Talent show.

Audience helps the winner with cheers [Photo]

The crowd at the Boone County Fair Band Talent show cheers for the first band, Parker Hall. This year, the winners were chosen based on judges' marks as well as on audience cheers.

Johnson wins at Indy [Photo]

Jimmie Johnson crosses the start/finish line on his way to winning the NASCAR Allstate 400 on Sunday at the Brickyard auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis.

Racing through the woods [Photo]

Ellen Scipione races in the women's mountain biking competition Sunday in the Show-Me State Games at Rock Bridge State Park.

Mountain biking race starts [Photo]

Kevin Bonney, left, Spencer Lowden, center, and Tanner Czaicki start biking Sunday in the Show-Me-State Games mountain biking competition. Lowden, who races with his family, crashed into a tree and did not finish.

Nerves before Society Horse Show [Photo]

Melissa Williamson mounts Rocky, a horse at Wildwood Stables, before a class on Saturday evening at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Before a show she gets nervous, but the excitement of the show usually settles her down.

Riding around the barn [Photo]

Melissa Williamson rides Rocky in preparation for the Society Horse Show on Saturday at the Boone County Fair.

Melissa Williamson rides Rocky [Photo]

Melissa Williamson rides Rocky, a horse at Wildwood Stables, in Hallsville on Saturday evening at the Boone County Fair Society Horse Show. Williamson has her own horse, but because of her expertise she also rides other horses in the barn.

Hallsville teen gains experience and confidence by riding horses [Video]

Melissa Williamson, a 14 year-old from Hallsville, gains confidence and experience by riding horses. She spent the entire weekend taking care of horses and competing at the 63rd annual Boone County Fair Society Horse Show.

Hemingway look-alike [Photo]

David Douglas, center, beams after winning the 2009 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike contest late Saturday at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. Douglas, a 55-year-old Cypress, Texas, mechanical contractor, won the contest that chooses the man that best emulates Ernest Hemingway. Douglas, who won after eight tries, is surrounded by previous Hemingway look-alike winners. The event was a highlight of the six-day Hemingway Days festival that ends Sunday, honoring the author who lived in Key West in the 1930s.

Lift off at the tractor pull [Photo]

The only female driver in her division, Deanna Collin competes Saturday in the Boone County Fair's truck and tractor pull.

Pouring on the power at tractor pull [Photo]

Jefferson City's Greg Braun puts his tractor into action Saturday night at the Boone County Fair's tractor pull.

Speeding down the track [Photo]

Jack Uhrig, right, of Marshall competes in the 100-meter dash Saturday at the Show-Me State Games.

Adult Talent Show winner [Photo]

Kelley Marchbanks celebrates winning the Adult Talent Show at the Boone County Fair on Saturday.

Hitting a high note [Photo]

Kelly Marchbanks won the Adult Talent Show at the Boone County Fair on Saturday. She sang "The Wizard and I" from the musical "Wicked."

Toe-tapping finish [Photo]

Brittany Marso finished third in the Adult Talent Show at the Boone County Fair on Saturday. Marso performed "Dancing Fool."

Sweet music [Photo]

Violinist Tamara Kitchen placed second in the Adult Talent Show at the Boone County Fair on Saturday.

Leaping into action at the Show-Me State Games [Photo]

Steve Terry of Lexington competes in the long jump Saturday at the Show-Me State Games.