May 21, 2010
Theresa Churchill holds some plants while speaking with Shirley Evans, also known in the community as "Mamma Anne," on Friday during Columbia Housing Authority Planting Day. CHA provides free flowers and herbs to residents to better their community.
Theresa Churchill finishes cleaning out the mulch preparing for CHA's Planting Day on Friday. She moved into Columbia Housing in November. She started pulling the weeds in November.
Theresa Churchill hugs "Mamma Anne" after they finish planting flowers in Churchill's garden on Friday, Planting Day. Churchill said, "When I first came to this neighborhood everyone was like, you've gotta meet 'Mamma Anne,' she's good."
Theresa Churchill plants one of her marigolds in her newly cleaned up garden on Planting Day. There were a few other plants in the flowerbed before she began, and "Momma Anne" said, "Just let' em grow."
Theresa Churchill finishes planting for the day on Friday. She said that she had wanted to start a garden before, and Columbia Housing Authority's Planting Day let Churchill and and many more have that opportunity. Churchill said, "I think it helps people have a little more pride in their community."
From left: Firefighter Jim Kandlik, firefighter Cole White, Yonghua Fu and her daughter Yirui Wei, and firefighter Danny Spry pose for a photo at a reunion between the firefighters and Wei on May 21. Wei nearly drown last June and these firefighters saved her life.
Julia Ames, left, and two of her friends leave City Hall after waiting for the artwork's lights to turn on May 20.
Photos from the week of May 17 to May 21. Slideshow edited by Stephanie Hinkle.
COLT worker Eric Gooding talks on the radio with the conductor during a freight shipment between Centralia and Columbia on Thursday, May 13. Gooding is the newest employee at COLT, a Columbia owned freight line.
A freight car passes through Centralia during a shipment to Columbia on Thursday, May 13.
COLT Railroad employees Shane Riley and Matthew Sabath go through paperwork before heading out for the morning's shipments on Thursday, May 13. COLT employs a small team of 6 full-time and temporary employees to run and maintain the freight rails in Columbia.
A COLT Railroad engine awaits the day's shipments on Thursday, May 13. COLT Railroad is a city owned entity that moves freight in and around Columbia and the surrounding communities.
GRAPHIC | The COLT has handled more than 20,000 cars since 1999.
GRAPHIC | The Columbia Terminal Railroad spans 21 miles between Columbia and Centralia.
GRAPHIC | Rail traffic on the Columbia Terminal Railroad has increased dramatically since 1998, the first full year of city operation.
May 20, 2010
Columbia Chief of Police Kenneth Burton gave a statement to the public and answered questions on Thursday related to SWAT activity earlier this year. The police will invest in eight new helmet cameras costing about $300 each so every future SWAT entry can be reviewed. "We are trying to go above and beyond to make sure this doesn't happen again," Burton said.
Paula Nolan buys strawberries at Thursday's grand opening of a new Columbia Farmers' Market location in the parking lot of Forum Boulevard Christian Church. Nolan said: "I wasn't sure if I was going to come out due to the rain, but it's only three minutes (away from home). It's really great for us over here."
Paula Nolan bought her fresh lettuce from Tammy Sellmeyer on the grand opening, Thursday, at Farmers' Market's second location. The new location, at Forum and Nifong, is in the Forum Boulevard Christian Church parking lot.
Click here to download a minute-by-minute narrative of what is seen in the video of the Columbia SWAT team executing the warrant on Feb. 11. The narrative comes from the Columbia Police Department.
Click here to download a PDF of Police Chief Ken Burton's statement regarding the internal investigation into the Feb. 11 SWAT raid.