CIS grad sign [Photo]

Stefan Melnyk, center, poses with his family after Columbia Independent School's commencement ceremony at the Missouri Theatre Thursday evening. As the graduating class had only seven seniors, each one gave speech. The ceremony was concluded by a traditional balloon release.

CIS grad caps [Photo]

Madison Berry adjusts the mortarboard of Peter Stringfield as they prepare for Columbia Independent School's commencement ceremony at the Missouri Theatre Thursday evening. One of seven seniors, Berry will attend Northwestern University next fall.

CIS grad MU shirt [Photo]

Brianne Abramovitz poses before Columbia Independent School's commencement ceremony at the Missouri Theatre Thursday evening. One of seven seniors, Abramovitz will be entering the Pre-Veterinary Scholars Program at the University of Missouri.

Hickman bowler TeVon Moody [Photo]

Hickman bowler TeVon Moody pumps his fist and smiles after rolling a strike on Thursday during practice in preparation for Saturday's state tournament.

Hickman bowler Samantha Logue [Photo]

Hickman bowler Samantha Logue cringes after a near miss during practice Thursday in preparation for the state tournament.

Hickman bowlers prepare for state [Photo]

The Hickman bowling team gathers around coach Tina Balser at practice Thursday in preparation for Saturday's state finals.

Hickman bowler Charlie Chau practices for state meet [Photo]

Senior Charlie Chau lofts the ball down the lane during the Hickman bowling team's practice Thursday. Eight members of the team will compete in Saturday's state bowling finals.

Backyard garden educates and supplies food for children [Slideshow]

Kilgore’s Medical Pharmacy recently donated land to the Nora Stewart Early Learning Center.

Air Show Ousley [Photo]

Navy Veteran George Ousley plays with his grandson Spencer during the Ousley Family Gift Announcement at the Veterans Center at Columbia College on Thursday. The Ousley family, Gayleen, left, George, their son Greg and his wife Jennifer and their grandson Spencer, were all present for the announcement as part of Columbia College's third annual Military Recognition Day. The Ousley family donated $100,000 for scholarships for veterans.

Air show watch eagles [Photo]

Matt and Jude Schwedtman look to the sky as the "Screaming Eagles" parachute team begins its descent above the Columbia College campus. Schwedtman, a former marine, said he came to the event in support of veterans and to show his nephew a good time for his eighth birthday today.

Air show preview [Photo]

The U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division "Screaming Eagles" parachute team demonstrate a precision jump and landing May 27 on Columbia College's soccer field as part of the college's Military Recognition Day.

Sidewalks closed at MU due to construction [Photo]

Construction on campus at MU has left Speakers Circle and various other locations on campus closed. In conjunction with the repairs to Speakers Circle, two sidewalks leading to the Arts & Science Building are blocked off.

Construction leads to road closures on MU campus [Photo]

Construction continues Thursday at MU at the intersection of Hitt and Rollins streets. The construction has caused road closures at several locations on campus.

Windsor Street Montessori [Photo]

From left, Lauren Peck, 8, and Riley Kerns, 8, pose outside the Windsor Street Montessori School.

Montessori students sing song finale [Photo]

The finale of the students' song reflects their enthusiasm for the school completion.

JasonFingarObit [Photo]

Services for Pfc. Jason David Fingar will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, May 31, 2010, at the Salvation Army Columbia Corps and Worship Center, 1108 West Ash. Graveside services will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Salvation Army Columbia Corps and Worship Center.

Memorials may be sent in lieu of flowers to the Salvation Army Music Scholarship Fund, in Memory of Jason Fingar, 1108 West Ash, Columbia, MO 65203.

Tributes may also be left online at

Chris Dunn [Photo]

Chris Dunn is a former staff writer and photographer for the Missourian and a recent graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.

Virginia Young interviews Chris Kelly [Photo]

Rep. Chris Kelly sits down with Virginia Young for a quick interview on May 5 in the Missouri House of Representatives gallery. Young chiefs the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Jefferson City bureau, which has lost one position over the past few years but has retained two full-time reporters as well as one intern for the legislative session.

Missouri softball team readies for super regionals [Photo]

Missouri softball coach Ehren Earleywine, right, talks with junior Rhea Taylor at a team scrimmage Wednesday in preparation for this weekend's super regional competition against Oregon.

Hickman runner Wesley Leftwich [Photo]

Hickman's Wesley Leftwich will compete in the long jump and the 4x200 and 4x100-meter relays at this weekend's Class 4 state track and field championships in Jefferson City. His goal is to place in the top eight in all three events.