Tombstones toppled at church cemetery in Hartsburg [Photo]

Approximately 50 tombstones were reported toppled at the Goshen Primitive Baptist Church cemetery in Hartsburg on Wednesday. The Boone County Sheriff's Department said they think the vandalism occurred between Saturday at noon and Sunday at 11 a.m. The cemetery is surrounded by a chain-link fence approximately 4 feet high, and there are no other deterrents to vandals or trespassers.

Preschoolers at play [Photo]

Heather Linneman comforts Caitlyn Lundy while Brady Pattrin, Madalynn Pattrin and Abigail Graves play with fake plastic foods Wednesday at Little Wonders Preschool.

Working with Little Wonders preschooler [Photo]

Heather Linnemann and Laura Pattrin share a laugh during a one-on-one learning session. Thirteen children currently attend Little Wonders Preschool, and Linnemann says she spends a portion of each day working individually with each child. "Some kids are older than the others, so I work on everything from recognizing letters and numbers, and the older kids work on writing," she says. "The goal is to teach them all the stuff to get them ready for kindergarten."

Neighborhood preschool [Photo]

Heather Linneman tunes the radio to provide background music just before serving lunch at Little Wonders Preschool on Wednesday. The Vanderveen Crossing homeowner's association is suing Linneman for running the business from her house; Linneman says she has supporters in the neighborhood. "Two neighbors have spoken on my behalf at court, and I still actually have a waiting list for the preschool," she says.

Tad Johnsen selected as new Water and Light director [Photo]

Columbia Water and Light director candidate Tad Johnsen poses for a portrait at a meet and greet reception for the public held on Friday, June 11, at City Hall.

Line between residence and business [Photo]

A short wooden fence divides the family and business sides of Heather Linneman's backyard. Linneman operates Little Wonders Preschool out of her home. The Vanderveen Crossing homeowner's association covenants, however, say that no individual may run a day care or preschool from their house.

Honor Flight Crowd [Photo]

Community members welcome the 87 veterans returning home from the Central Missouri Honor Flight. The veterans were scheduled to arrive at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, but there was an hour delay. The crowd cheered and applauded when the veterans' bus was in sight.

Honor Flight Shipley [Photo]

Staff Sgt. James Shipley is escorted through the cheering crowd Wednesday at 12:50 a.m. One volunteer shouted that it was Shipley's birthday, and the crowd began to sing. Shipley was escorted by two community members and Honor Flight volunteer Doc Kritzer, at right.

Honor Flight Handshake [Photo]

Lieutenant j.g. Dabney Doty shakes strangers' hands Wednesday at 1 a.m. People gathered to thank veterans like Doty for their service.

LOCALLY GROWN: Sealing the air leaks [Photo]

Barbara Buffaloe demonstrates how to apply weather stripping to the windows in her home.

Barbara Buffaloe plugs air leaks in her house [Slideshow]

Fields Murder Trial Ends [Photo]

Tracy Kemp, brother of murder victim Mitchell Kemp, talks to reporters with family members Tuesday night after a jury took nearly nine hours to convict Tausha Fields in the shooting death of her former husband Mitchell Kemp. Fields was convicted of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Rios Appeal Denied [Photo]

Steven Rios, pictured here in May 2005, describes where he was sitting on the roof of the police station with other officers after his shift ended the night Jesse Valencia was killed. Rios says he went home from the stations but prosecutors say he drove to Valencia's house.

0629 Standoff arrest [Photo]

Duran Goto Pipes is arrested by officers from the Columbia Police Department at the corner of West Broadway and McBaine Avenue after a standoff during which a woman and child were held hostage Tuesday evening.

0629 Standoff [Photo]

Officers from the Columbia Police Department wait behind squad cars and riot shields during a standoff Tuesday with Duran Goto Pipes at the corner of West Broadway and McBaine Avenue.

VIDEO: A passion for fireworks [Video]

Bob Gerau of Deer Park has been selling fireworks for 45 years. "It's a passion for some of us," he said.

St. Charles Road Development Agreement [Document]

The agreement between the district and the St. Charles Development Co. finalizes the plans for an auxiliary, or access, road west of the high school. The agreement also addressed the purchase of another 4.2 acreage for stormwater runoff detention ponds.

Defense attorney offers business records [Photo]

Defense attorney Paul Hood (left) offers up business records as proof to Judge Oxenhandler while court reporter Kristal Murphy enters the information into official record on June 29 at the Boone County Courthouse during jury deliberation for Tausha Fields' trial. She is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of her ex-husband Mitchell Kemp in 2004.

Attorneys inspect evidence photographs [Photo]

Attorneys Richard Hicks (left) and Paul Hood (right) inspect evidence photographs at the jury's request for images that show Lexi, Tausha Fields' daughter, in August 2004 during jury deliberations for Fields' trial on June 29 at the Boone County Courthouse.

Fields listens to closing arguments [Photo]

Tausha Fields listens as her attorney, Paul Hood, delivers his closing argument to the jury during Fields's first-degree murder trial June 29 at the Boone County Courthouse.