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Brown Station Road accident injures five [Photo]

A three-car accident at the corner of Brown Station Road and Route B in Columbia on Wednesday sent five to the hospital.

Handing out samples [Photo]

Jayton Johnson stands ready to hand out samples of his group's taco salad in the cafeteria of Douglass High School on Wednesday. Amy Hoffman, coordinator for the Fun City Youth Academy's Kids in the Kitchen program, says this year's recipes include healthy options.

Learning new recipes [Photo]

Jalyn King and Kiejah Clark add pudding to their fruit cups during Fun City Youth Academy's Kids in the Kitchen program, held every Wednesday during June and July at Douglass High School. The program focuses on promoting physical activity and encouraging healthy eating habits, such as introducing the kids to new foods and giving them recipes to make at home with their families.

Cran-licious creation [Photo]

Bryant Brown Jr., left, gives a final stir to his group's 'Cran-licious Smoothie' as Thomas Johnson waits to pour in the cafeteria of Douglass High School on Wednesday in Columbia. Both are enrolled in the Fun City Youth Academy's Kids in the Kitchen program.

Taking a break for break dancing [Photo]

Nick Rodriguez shows break dancing moves to Jayson Crawley during Fun City Youth Academy's Kids in the Kitchen program on Wednesday. They were preparing for the group's talent show to celebrate the end of the program later this month. Kids in the Kitchen is a summer program held at Douglass High School that encourages physical activity and healthy eating habits.

Students escape violence in Nigeria [Graphic]

Student from UMKC and Lincoln University were performing research in Nigeria when violence erupted in the area. They escaped and are scheduled to arrive in the U.S. on Monday.

Dedication for more than 500 acres of land [Photo]

Hal James takes a picture of Thomas Bell, John Burk and Tom Shryock at a dedication ceremony of more than 500 acres of land. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service combined with Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation to purchase the land.

Steve Clayton and his propane-fueled Ford [Photo]

Steve Clayton, general manager of Ferrellgas in Columbia, promoted liquid propane-injection fuel technology in Columbia last week by driving a propane-fueled Ford F-250 to consumers in the area interested in propane fuel for their vehicles.

Grato Ndunguru of Columbia [Photo]

Grato Ndunguru of Columbia has been traveling in Nigeria and is scheduled to return to the U.S. on Monday.

MU's Sean Weatherspoon at Big 12 Media Day [Photo]

Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon talks to reporters during Big 12 Media Day on Tuesday in Irving, Texas.

J.T. Jarnegan at CMU [Photo]

J.T. Jarnegan makes a layup during his playing days at Central Methodist University in Fayette.

Comparison of Alternative Fuels [Document]

An Excel document describing differences in fuels.

Church gives an extreme home makeover [Slideshow]

Members of the Fairview Road Church of Christ teamed up with the Boone County Council on Aging to give 78-year-old Mary Sutton’s home a needed makeover. The project lasted from July 24-27 and included new carpets, ceiling tiles, paint, porch supports, landscaping, a couch and some appliances. Kourtney Sebben of the Council on Aging shared her vision for similar projects, and 11-year-old congregation member Justin Hajiceck talked about his experience working on Sutton’s home. The project was completed in time for Sutton, who is a mother of 12, to host a family reunion in her new home.

Friendly Collision [Video]

Veteran drivers Eddie Chick and Rob Heuer went head to head at the 63rd Boone County Fair Demoliton Derby Sunday night. Both paid tribute to their friend and fellow driver Andy Bell, who died last August, a few days after his final demolition derby.

Downtown development map [Graphic]

After years of discussions about the need to revitalize and redevelop parts of downtown, some projects are well under way, others are breaking ground and still more are in the works.

Correction: The Daniel Boone City Building is located between Seventh and Eighth streets on Broadway. An earlier version of this map showed it in an incorrect location. The 10-story garage will take up half the block between Fifth and Sixth streets on Walnut Street.

Volunteers serve lunch in Douglass Park [Photo]

Bob Marshall, center, and Ryan Pruitt, left, volunteer by serving lunch in Douglass Park. The program is in its eighth year. The program runs Mondays through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Picking up a free lunch [Photo]

Kyra Lorthridge, 6, picks up her free lunch Tuesday from the Douglass Park pavilion. More than 130 people participated in the free lunch program Tuesday.

Tenth and Locust development [Photo]

An artist's rendering of the proposed mixed-use development at Tenth and Locust streets downtown. The development was approved for tax increment financing at the July 20 City Council meeting.

Most of downtown doesn't pay much property tax [Graphic]

Government and educational institutions, as well as private parking lots, cover about 62.5 percent of Columbia’s downtown while paying relatively little or no property tax.

Downtown in decline? [Graphic]

Columbia officials, including City Manager Bill Watkins and Assistant City Manager Tony St. Romaine, have said that economic indicators suggest downtown is in trouble. Specifically, they cite data showing that the number of new business licenses issued in the central business district has stagnated and that the citywide drop in sales tax revenue is particularly dramatic downtown.
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