Mary Burch Nirmaier and Capt. William Bond [Photo]

"She always had a twinkle in her eye," said retired US Navy Capt. William Bond, Mary Burch Nirmaier's escort at her reception of the Congressional Gold Medal in March. "She always had this little mischievous grin" and was "always looking to pursue knowledge."

Mary Burch Nirmaier recieves ovation [Photo]

Mary Burch Nirmaier stands and waves at the Salute to Veterans, Honored Guests and Volunteers banquet on May 29 at the Hearnes Center. More than 500 people acknowledged her service to her country with a standing ovation. Mrs. Nirmaier died Sunday. She was 89.

Rock Bridge soccer player Matt Kelly [Photo]

Rock Bridge junior forward Matt Kelly takes a free kick in Tuesday's 1-0 victory over visiting Rolla. Kelly scored the winning goal in the last minute of regulation. "It was the best game of the season so far," said Rock Bridge coach Kyle Austin, who saw the Bruins even their record at 2-2 with the win.

Obama from the Rose Garden [Photo]

President Barack Obama photographed from the Rose Garden delivers a primetime televised address Tuesday from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

Obama speaks from Oval Office [Photo]

President Barack Obama reads his speech to photographers Tuesday after delivering a primetime televised address marking the the end of combat mission in Iraq from the Oval Office of the White House.

MAP: Downtown benches to be moved [Graphic]

Benches will be removed in downtown Columbia, and new benches will be placed in different locations. Five benches have been removed, but the Special Business District has not figured out where to place two of them.

Letter from Poppy complaining about downtown bench [Document]

Read a letter from the floor manager at Poppy, a retail business at Tenth and Broadway in Columbia, to City Manager Bill Watkins complaining about a sidewalk bench.

Ryan Ferguson [Photo]

The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District rejected Ryan Ferguson's appeal for a new hearing because he could not prove a previous ruling was erroneous. The court did say, however, that Ferguson has other options to plead his case.

Court of Appeals ruling on Ferguson motion [Document]

Read the text of the Missouri Court of Appeals ruling denying Ferguson's request to seek a new trial.

Bruins softball player Caroline Sicht [Photo]

Rock Bridge softball player Caroline Sicht talks with her 3-year-old cousin Adler Sicht Monday before Adler threw out the first pitch in the Bruins' game against visiting North Callway.

Rock Bridge softball player Nicole Jamison [Photo]

Rock Bridge's Nicole Jamison scores for the Bruins in the bottom of the third inning Monday in the Bruins' 15-0 victory over visiting North Callaway.

Rock Bridge softball player Breanna Logan [Photo]

Rock Bridge freshman Breanna Logan swings at the ball Monday in the Bruins' 15-0 victory over visiting North Callaway.

Rock Bridge softball player Lauren Fuller [Photo]

Rock Bridge junior Lauren Fuller slides into home plate in the bottom of the first inning Monday against North Callaway. The Bruins won the game 15-0.

Austin Stanton boxes eggs [Photo]

Austin Stanton, 14, boxes eggs on Monday. Stanton's chores start immediately after school as he gathers, washes and boxes eggs, which are to be delivered the following business day. Stanton owns 5,000 to 6,000 chickens along with his brother, Dustin, 17, and they have noticed an increased demand for local eggs since the salmonella outbreak.

Stanton brothers and their mother [Photo]

Austin Stanton, 14, Dustin Stanton, 17, and Judy Stanton take a break from their evening chores. Farming is a family affair for the Stantons on their Centralia farm. Although Austin and Dustin own the chickens for Stanton Brothers' egg farm, parents Judy and Andrew share the chores to help their sons balance the egg business and school.

Egg-laying chickens peck at Dustin Stanton's heels [Photo]

Chickens peck at the heels of Dustin Stanton, 17, after he gathers all the eggs for the evening on Monday. Stanton started raising chickens in the first grade, and over the years, his educational project evolved into a business. Now he and his brother Austin, 14, own 5,000 to 6,000 chickens, and sell eggs at more than 20 locations.

MAP: Jefferson Junior High Parking Lot Proposal [Graphic]

According to Jefferson Junior High School and the Columbia School Board, the lot proposal is intended to provide parents a safer way to pick up and drop off students.

Eggs from Todd Farm [Photo]

Dave Todd, owner of Todd Farm in Millersburg, sells his eggs at the Columbia Farmers Market on Monday. Since the salmonella outbreak, Todd has noticed an increase in demand for locally produced eggs.

Proposed parking lot for Jefferson Junior High School [Photo]

This lot at the corner of Sixth Street and Hickman Avenue is the proposed spot for a new parking area north of Jefferson Junior High School.

Joe Tonnies at Family Health Center Golf Tournament [Photo]

Joe Tonnies, a Columbia resident, looks over the silent auction items at the Family Health Center Golf Tournament on Monday at Old Hawthorne. The tournament was a benefit for the Family Health Center. The Columbia Missourian was one of the sponsors of the event.