August 8, 2009
Luther Perkins poses for a portrait outside his house in Providence on Aug. 3. Perkins owns the last livable house in Providence. The town began faltering after Missouri's first railroads were built in the late 1800s.
Rick Goodman shows the supposed burial location of Ira Nash, founder of Nashville, Mo., on his property on Aug. 3.
Gianina Beusan, a volunteer from Commerce Bank, folds clothes from the Salvation Army during the Project Homeless Connect event at the Silverthorne Arena of Stephens College on Friday. There were about 100 volunteers from various businesses and organizations at the event.
Michael Walton enjoys a haircut and shave from Sarah Loaiza Hooibrink during the Project Homeless Connect event on Friday at Stephens College. "I love it," Walton said about his shave. Hooibrink is one of several students from Merrell University of Beauty Arts and Science who volunteered at the event.
John Kriegshauser and Michael Walton enjoy haircuts and shaves given by students from Merrell University of Beauty Arts and Science during the Project Homeless Connect event. The haircut booth, manned by Merrell students, was very popular throughout the event. The event was held to connect individuals experiencing homelessness with in-site medical care and a variety of social services.
The minuscule Providence, a once-thriving river town that peaked at about 3,000 residents and is now occupied by just one family, has faced more than a century of setbacks, beginning when the Missouri River changed course and left it high and dry in the 19th century. Now the Forum Development Group, which had consolidated the old Providence town site and about 1,200 acres in the area is, like the river before it, moving on. The property is for sale for about $36 million.
August 7, 2009
GRAPHIC | Truman Veterans Hospital covers 44 counties in Missouri as well as Pike County, Ill.
GRAPHIC | On Monday, Truman Veterans Hospital will break ground on a new addition. Construction at the hospital will unfold in three phases — construction of the new building, followed by two phases of renovations within the old.
Dick Brumley holds the flag of the Chinook Tribal Nation a few moments after his team, the Its Woot Rivermen, completed the Missouri River 340 race in St. Charles on Thursday. Brumley is flanked on the left by Chinook Nation chairman Ray Gardner and Donnie Deerpath Wright. Wright blessed the canoe with a smudging ceremony before its departure from Kansas City, Kan., on Tuesday, and Gardner greeted the team in St. Charles with a gift of smoked salmon and uncirculated commemorative Lewis and Clark nickels.
Adam Burns adds some donated trail mix to his provisions as his teammate Dave Hudson waits on the boat launch at the Klondike check point of the MR 340 race on Thursday. The teams' boat is constructed of recycled plastic barrels.
Family and friends greet Matt and Mark Verslues, both of Jefferson City, as they arrive at the finish of the MR 340 race on the banks of the Missouri River in St. Charles on Thursday.
Jim Jarman and Kelly Pretz peer north on the Missouri River awaiting the arrival of the Back Woods team to the Hermann check point of the MR 340 race on Thursday. The tandem team is made up of Mike Hicks and Pretz's husband, Travis Pretz.
Tom Ronk waves the flag of the Chinook Tribal Nation while Syd Stoffel holds the canoe steady and the Chinook Nation chairman embraces Dick Brumley after the Its Woot Rivermen team completes the MR 340 paddling race in St. Charles on Thursday.
Sixteen-month-old Tristan Loveland runs to greet Rob Bell and his father, Joel Loveland, after their arrival into the Klondike check point of the MR 340 race on Thursday. Loveland's wife, Rosanna Loveland, hands the team a bag of supplies for the last stretch into the race's finish in St. Charles.
Jimmy Burge, a defensive lineman, performs a drill during the second day of MU football fall practice Friday.
Jaron Baston, defensive lineman, waits between sets of a drill during the second day of MU football fall practice, Friday morning.
Terrell Resonno, defensive lineman, performs a drill during the second day of MU football fall practice Friday morning.
A group of offensive players rests between drills Friday morning, the second day of MU football fall practice. From left: J.T. Beasley, number 67; Kurtis Gregory, number 78; and Travis Ruth, number 53.
Cruz Buchanan watches a putt on 17 during the first round of the Kiwanis Golf Championship at the Lake of the Woods Golf Course on Friday.
Construction equipment arrives at Pershing Park on July 31, the last day the park will be open to patients and staff of the Truman Veterans Hospital. The park will be the site of new construction for the next few years as the hospital builds its new operating room suite.