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Kids see the moon at Party with the Stars program [Photo]

Kaya Huffman, 4, looks at the bright moon through a pair of binoculars with the help of her mother Amber on June 25 at the Party with the Stars program at the Columbia Public Library. Amber said this was Kaya's first time seeing the moon through magnification. "Moon!" Kaya said after looking through the glass. "It's really close up."

Parents, children enjoy Party with the Stars event [Photo]

From left, Diana Suh, 9, her mother Karen Jung and her brother James Suh, 7, watch the night sky as the International Space Station passed by on June 25 at the Party with the Stars event put on by the Daniel Boone Regional Library. The space station moved from right to left across the sky, as bright as a large star, for about five minutes before disappearing behind the Earth's shadow.

Party with the Stars allows attendees to view Saturn [Photo]

Librarian Nina Sappington, right, helps Shelby Sappington, 7, center, and Kayla Holmgren, 7, look through a pair of binoculars pointed at the moon on June 25 during the Party with the Stars program at the Columbia Public Library. A larger telescope was set up for attendees to view Saturn as well.

West Ash Neighborhood Association forms subcommittees [Photo]

Carol Rogers, president of the newly formed West Ash Neighborhood Association, speaks with Officer Gamal Castile while the rest of the members of the association break off into three subcommittees to address more specific topics. The meeting on Thursday at Again Street Park was the neighborhood association's second meeting.

Neighbors discuss plans for meetings [Photo]

Ginny Muller, right, attentively listens to Carol Rogers, president of the West Ash Neighborhood Association, as they discuss plans for future meetings on Thursday at Again Street Park.

West Ash Neighborhood Association meets [Photo]

Shannon Canfield gestures to members of the West Ash Neighborhood Association on Thursday at Again Street Park. Canfield took suggestions for potential subcommittees to try and sort out the number and area of focus for each committee.

Hospice volunteer visits patients at home [Photo]

Glen Sapp is a volunteer for Hospice Compassus. He visits patient Harry Simons about once a week.

Hospice volunteer spends time with patient's family [Photo]

Glen Sapp’s visits can be 20 minutes or several hours. He talks to Harry Simons and his wife and caregiver, Zelmajoyce Simons.

Hospice volunteers focus on comforting family, patients [Photo]

Harry Simons has Alzheimer’s disease. He doesn’t know Glen Sapp’s name, but he enjoys his visits, said Alisa Calvert, Simons’ daughter.

Hospice volunteer comforts family [Photo]

As a volunteer, Glen Sapp provides the Simons’ family a listening ear. “I can talk to Glen; he is ‘our Glen,’” Calvert said.

Sturgeon festival features cart race [Photo]

From left, Lewis Smith, Betty Smith and Shawn Halliburton watching the cart race.

Musicians host a celebration to commemorate local storeowner’s 35 years of service [Slideshow]

Hennessy Music on West Broadway will be closing its doors to the public on June 30. It is important to accept the things you cannot change, according to owner Frank Hennessy. Hennessy said that at 77 years of age, he couldn’t justify renewing the five-year lease and being responsible for the store until he was 82. After its closure, he plans to continue tuning and restoring pianos.

Tausha Fields scribbles notes [Photo]

Tausha Fields scribbles notes on a piece of paper during a short recess Friday during the fifth day of her first-degree murder trial at the Boone County Courthouse. The prosecution showed videos from the 2008 interviews between Fields and detectives during both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Watching interview videos [Photo]

Enforcement Officer Brandon Weber of the Boone County Sheriff's Department watched videos from the 2008 interviews between Tausha Fields and detectives during the fifth day of Fields' first-degree murder trial at the Boone County Courthouse on June 25. Weber was one of many in attendance during the afternoon.

David Wilson testifies [Photo]

Boone County detective, David Wilson, testifies during the fifth day of Tausha Fields' first-degree murder trial at the Boone County Courthouse on June 25. The prosecution showed videos from the 2008 interviews between Fields and detectives during both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Opening the bids for new school [Photo]

Columbia Public Schools' Superintendent Chris Belcher listens in as contractors' bids for construction work on the new high school are opened. The school is estimated to cost $75 million when completed. The district received dozens of bids for the project, which will be compiled and presented at the Columbia School Board meeting on July 15.

Helping out at work [Photo]

Auben Galloway was surprised to learn that Friday was Take Your Dog to Work Day. His dog Bruno spent the morning walking around the office of Callahan & Galloway Inc. Bruno can typically be seen in the office.

Dogs in the office [Photo]

Martha Hervey did not know that it was Take Your Dog to Work Day on Friday, but she enjoyed the company of her Norfolk terrier Gus, and her larger dog Buddy. The family business usually has three dogs at T's Etc. on Broadway including Truman, a golden retriever. The campaign is sponsored by Pet Sitters International to promote pet adoption. The group doesn't track how many workplaces participate but said in the months leading up to it last year, nearly 100,000 people visited takeyourdog.com.

Dieter Kurtenbach [Photo]

Dieter Kurtenbach is a sports reporter at the Columbia Missourian and a senior at the Missouri School of Journalism.

Students on field trip tour Rock Bridge Memorial State Park [Photo]

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park's rock bridge was the destination of choice for the Schuyler School's field trip. The students were led on a tour under the rock bridge, which was once part of The Devil's Icebox, the seventh longest cave in Missouri.
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