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Taking in the celebration [Photo]

Deborah Chance, left, and husband Tom Mawhinney of Columbia enjoy the live music of Boonville duo Cathy and Dave during an open house hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Columbia. The reception was held to celebrate the church's new renovations; Chance and Mawhinney are members of the First Presbyterian congregation.

Cutting the ceremonial ribbon [Photo]

From left, chair of the Columbia Ambassadors Rollie Hausman looks on as Mark Crawford and Allan Moore cut the ceremonial ribbon during the introduction of the newly renovated First Presbyterian Church of Columbia. Moore served as chair of the building committee for the $4.5 million renovation, while Crawford's construction company provided the labor services.

A paddler's hands [Photo]

"These are third-generation callouses," says Dan Cook, who is paddling his dory 3,700 miles down the Missouri and Mississippi rivers to raise awareness for disabled veterans and the benefits of recreational rehabilitation.

Paddling for disabled veterans [Photo]

Dan Cook of Park City, Utah takes a day to rest at Cooper's Landing along the Missouri River during a 3,700-mile paddle boat journey. He is traveling to raise awareness for disabled veterans and his organization, Rivers of Recovery, which provides recreational rehabilitation for disabled veterans. He started April 6 at Three Forks, Mont., and hopes to reach the Gulf of Mexico by June 30.

Stephens says farewell to Libby [Photo]

Wendy B. Libby is credited with plenty of accomplishments during her time as president of Stephens College, including a 93 percent student retention rate. When asked what one tip would she give incoming President Dianne Lynch, she responded, "Always speak from the heart."

Rock Bridge celebrates quarterfinal victory [Photo]

The Rock Bridge baseball team celebrates its 8-2 victory over Nixa on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Class 4 state tournament.

Hickman athlete Wesley Leftwich [Photo]

Hickman sophomore Wesley Leftwich will be competing in the 100-meter dash, the long jump and the 4x100 and 4x200 relays at this weekend's state track and field championships.

Rock Bridge sprinter [Photo]

In sectionals, Rock Bridge sprinter Lauren Flaker ran a time faster than last season's state champion.

Confiscated pot [Photo]

Twenty pounds of marijuana was seized Thursday as part of an on-going drug investigation by the Cole County Sheriff's Department.

Ragtime Festival schedule [Graphic]

J.W. 'Blind' Boone home [Photo]

J.W. "Blind" Boone home

Preliminary plans for job site [Document]

DOCUMENT: Preliminary plans for an employment center site on 210 acres off Route Z east of Columbia.

Request to rezone 201 acres [Graphic]

Green Acres LLC has requested permission to rezone 210 acres off Route Z from residential to light industrial.

GetAbout Columbia's budget [Graphic]

Cycling safety [Photo]

Michelle Windmoeller works to fit the tire back over the air tube on her bicycle wheel during a GetAbout Columbia Confident City Cycling Class inside of Stephens Lake Activities Center on May 6. Windmoeller was demonstrating how to change a flat tire to class participants.

Brushing up on bike safety [Photo]

Robert Johnson and Michelle Windmoeller attach a rear wheel back onto Windmoeller's bike after completing a tire changing demonstration during a GetAbout Columbia Confident City Cycling Class inside of Stephens Lake Activities Center on May 6. Johnson and Windmoeller are both instructors with the program.

Taking tips on tires [Photo]

Robert Johnson and Rachel Pinnow inspect Pinnow's completed changed tire during a GetAbout Columbia Confident City Cycling Class inside Stephens Lake Activities Center on May 6. "I wanted to start commuting on my bike more and realized that I needed a refresher course," Pinnow said of the class.

Spreading the knowledge [Photo]

Michelle Windmoeller shows her mother-in-law Kathy Windmoeller how to pop the tire back over the air tube on the wheel of her bicycle during a GetAbout Columbia Confident City Cycling Class inside of Stephens Lake Activities Center on May 6. "I think confidence in cycling definitely makes you safer," Windmoeller said.

Making a safe landing [Photo]

TOP ROW: From left, Anderson "Danny" Peebles, navigator; Flavil Ray Edgin, co-pilot; John Cartmill, bombardier; Don Billings, radio operator/gunner; Robert Mink, engineer/gunner; John Brewer, armorer/gunner
KNEELING: Michael Garvie, crew chief; GEORGE PARKER, pilot; Charles Franzwick, assistant crew chief

George Parker was piloting 42-96188, another B-26B55, when he and his fellow crew members were hit by flak over France. He made an emergency landing at a British advanced landing ground, B7-Martragny, near Bayeaux in Normandy on July 7, 1944. All the crew members were safe after making a belly landing.

Then-candidate for state treasurer [Photo]

"It doesn't matter what your age is; you can help and influence the election," said state Rep. George Parker, R-Columbia, and a then-Republican candidate for state treasurer, to a group of youthful supporters at a Young Missourians for Parker meeting on Sept. 13, 1972.
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