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Boone County Historical Society hosts Columbia Cemetery History Walk [Video]

Jenifer Flink, executive director and curator at the Boone County Historical Society led a small group of curious history buffs through the Columbia Cemetery on April 8 in the first guided tour through the cemetery. Flink said the cemetery is populated by the men and women who built Columbia, including influential families like the Leniors, Guitars and Rollins as well as numerous presidents and important figures in the history of the city's universities.

Throwing to first base [Photo]

Missouri shortstop Jenna Marston throws to first base during Sunday's game against Texas A&M. The runner was out.

Thomas happy with performance [Photo]

Missouri pitcher Chelsea Thomas, right, was happy with her performance Sunday, a shutout win against Texas A&M. “I’m finally healed,” Thomas said. “I’m in shape. My arm is ready to go two full games. It’s a great feeling.”

Removing unwanted parts [Photo]

Lee Elementary second-grader Nora Croom scrapes the cheese off her pizza during lunch on March 4. The Columbia Public School District is offering programs and changing nutritional guidelines to help increase student nutrition.

Perfect meal [Photo]

Lee Elementary second-grader Nora Croom licks her hand after taking a bite of pizza during lunch on Mar. 4. The Columbia Public School District is tweaking food programs to fight undernourishment in students' diets.

Lunch time [Photo]

Lee Elementary second-grader Nora Croom takes a bite of her lunch on March 4. Fourteen of 19 elementary schools in the Columbia Public School District serve free rice and beans on Mondays and Fridays to help students eat a more nutritious diet.

GAS PAINS CONTINUE [Graphic]

The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in Columbia is up more than $1 from a year ago.

Carl Edwards welcomes U.S. Marines [Photo]

Carl Edwards, center, greets wounded U.S. Marines Christian Baez, right, and Patrick Myers, left, before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

A father prepares his kite for flight [Photo]

Nari Park, right, waits while her father, Sichan Park, rearranges their kite during the Kite Flying Day at Douglass Park on Saturday.

Mother exercises her kite-flying skills with her son [Photo]

Ling Chen, right, flies a kite with her son, Rayleigh Li, during the Kite Flying Day at Douglass Park on Saturday. She know about the event because her friend received an e-mail.

A mother and her son watch as their kite flies [Photo]

Ling Chen, left, teaches her son, Rayleigh Li, right, how to fly a kite during the Kite Flying Day at Douglass Park on Saturday.


A mother and her daughter play with a kite [Photo]

Amber Smith entertains her daughter, May Smith, with a kite at Douglass Park on Saturday. Smith said it was a beautiful day and she knew it was Kite Flying Day.

Families attend Kite Flying Day at Douglass Park [Photo]

Z'ion Kennedy, center, flies a kite at Douglass Park during the Kite Flying Day on Saturday.

Boy flies a kite at Douglass Park [Photo]

Kedrick Harris flies a kite at Douglass Park during the Kite Flying Day on Saturday.

First-time kite flier winds up her string [Photo]

Eva Brinkerhoff rewinds her kite at Douglass Park during the Kite Flying Day on Saturday. It was her first time to flying a kite.

Cleaning up caution tape [Photo]

Jillian Rathert pulls on a line of caution tape from a tree along a sidewalk on College Avenue near Paris Road for Cleanup Columbia on Saturday. Some of the more interesting items Rathert said her group found at one location included over 20 bottles of vodka, a bag of K2 synthetic marijuana and a handgun.

Columbia College softball player Marli Hayes vs. Williams Baptist [Photo]

Freshmen Marli Hayes high fives Columbia College hitting coach Joe Henderson after beating Williams Baptist College in 12 innings.

Columbia College softball player Rachel Coleman vs. Williams Baptist [Photo]

Sophomore Rachel Coleman of Columbia College takes a swing during the sixth inning of the game against Williams Baptist College on April 9, 2011.

Missouri track and field's Shawnte' Middlebrook at Tom Botts Invitational [Photo]

MU senior Shawnte' Middlebrook flies through the air during the long jump competition at the Tom Botts Invitational on Friday, April 8, 2011.

Missouri track and field thrower Patrick Fitzgerald at Tom Botts Invitational [Photo]

Missouri's Patrick Fitzgerald winds up before throwing the shotput during the final round of the men's shotput competition at the Tom Botts Invitational on Friday, April 8, 2011.
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