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Mike Burden demonstrates how to install a rain barrel [Photo]

Michael Burden demonstrates how to set up a rain barrel.

LOCALLY GROWN: Installing a rain barrel [Slideshow]

After a few failed efforts, I finally mustered the confidence to install rain barrels. My wife, Ashley, and I will use the rainwater to nourish our vegetable garden. We put two barrels together in just about two hours, despite a few technical setbacks.

While our barrels aren’t going to make big waves in solving the stormwater issues in Columbia, they will help us conserve water, and put a valuable resource to use rather than having it flow down the street.

Contact the Missouri River Communities Network for guidance in building a barrel, or simply buy one of their completed models for $60.

MMA fighter Francisco “Kiko” France [Photo]

Francisco “Kiko” France left his home in Brazil, where he was a black belt and state champion in jujitsu, and came to Columbia to start a Mixed Martial Arts career.

MMA fighter Francisco “Kiko” France works out [Photo]

Mixed martial arts fighter Francisco “Kiko” France goes head-to-head for the last time with sparring partner Justin Dyer on Wednesday afternoon at American Top Team gym in Columbia. France is leaving in a week to go to Phoenix where he will train with mixed martial artist Ben Askren, a former MU wrestling standout.

Bookmobile children [Photo]

Lexi McClain, 7, shows her friend Whitney Hickman, 11, the My Little Pony sticker she colored when she registered for the summer reading program at Lunch in the Park June 25, 2010. The Bookmobile Jr. travels to Douglass Park every Friday as a part of Daniel Boone Regional Library's outreach program.

Bookmobile reading [Photo]

Claire Whitney, 12, picks out a book during her first visit to the bookmobile Friday at Douglass Park. She and her younger brother, Will Whitney, came out because they were curious about the bookmobile while spending time with their friend. Whitney checked out books from the young adult section that day. Her mother, Greta Cole, said Whitney is an avid reader who usually enjoys going to the public library.

GRAPHIC: Bookmobile Jr. [Graphic]

Shots fired map [Graphic]

1. N. Fifth St. and Lyon St.
Sunday at 1:30 a.m.
Police find .45-caliber shell casings.

2. 800 block of Clinkscales Rd.
Sunday at 3:30 a.m.
Police find eight .45-caliber shell casings.

3A. N. Fourth St. and Pecan St.
Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Police find shell casings similar to those recovered on Sunday.

3B. Range Line St. and Wilkes Blvd.
Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Police receive calls reporting that shots are fired.

3C. N. William St. and Hinkson Ave.
Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Police receive calls reporting that shots are fired.

4. W. Ash St. and Sanford Ave.
Thursday at noon
Police find three 9 mm shell casings.

Moving Forward Meredith [Photo]

Meredith Donaldson shows kids a bat at Rock Bridge State Park in Columbia. She explained that bats were the keystone species in cave environments like Devil’s Icebox.

Moving Forward Bat Hands [Photo]

Meredith Donaldson, Rock Bridge Park volunteer tour guide, holds a stuffed animal bat Wednesday afternoon in Columbia. Donaldson used various props to capture kids' attention during the Moving Ahead program field trip.

Moving Ahead field trip [Audio]

Kyle Hayes, a participant in the program, points out the bat’s fingers to a friend.

In For a Trim [Photo]

Amy Hemeyer trims client Lindsey Retz' bangs on Thursday at High Maintenance hair salon. Hair that is cut at High Maintenance is collected and donated to Matter of Trust to be made into hair booms, which will be used to soak oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hair cutting [Photo]

Amy Hemeyer cuts the hair of Lindsey Retz on Thursday at High Maintenance hair salon. Hair that is cut at High Maintenance is collected and donated to Matter of Trust to be made into hair booms, which will be used to soak oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

Collected Hair [Photo]

After clients' hair is cut at High Maintenance hair salon it is collected and donated to Matter of Trust, a group trying to gather hair in order to soak up oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

All Aboard the Bookmobile Jr. [Video]

VIDEO: The Daniel Boone Regional Library has replaced its 24-year-old bookmobile with the new Bookmobile Jr. This "miniature library" is designed to introduce youth in low-income neighborhoods to the public library and encourage reading. Children and parents can come to Douglass Park to read and check out books from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. almost every Friday during the summer.

Officer inspects bullet hole on house [Photo]

Officer Kevin Purdy examines a bullet hole on a house in the 500 block of W. Ash Street on Thursday. Three bullet casings were found at the scene.

Ragtag staff dresses up as 'Clue' characters for anniversary [Photo]

Steve Ruffin, dressed up as Mr. Plum from the movie "Clue," prepares food and beverages before the beginning of the movie karaoke event at the Ragtag Cinema on Wednesday. Ragtag celebrated its 12th anniversary by holding a birthday bash with food and beverages supplied by the Uprise Bakery. Following the movie karaoke, there was a screening of the movie "Clue," where the staff of Ragtag performed a scene from the movie.

Ragtag celebrates 12th anniversary [Photo]

From left, Tamara Coker and Tyler Flaker look through the program before the beginning of the movie karaoke at the Ragtag Cinema on Wednesday. It was the 12th anniversary of the Ragtag, which first started as a film series by David Wilson and Paul Sturtz. In 1998, the cinema was built as an innovative and independent cinema house that gave opportunities for people in Columbia to see movies that they wouldn't be able to see.

Ragtag staff prepares food for party [Photo]

Tracy Lane, dressed up as Mrs. White from the movie "Clue," prepares cupcakes and beverages for the 12th anniversary of Ragtag Cinema as Chris Boeckman, left, and Jon Westhoff share a joke on Wednesday. The event started off with a movie karaoke followed by a movie screening of "Clue," where the staff of Ragtag performed a scene from the movie.

Couple buys church property to renovate [Photo]

Erica Leach looks out the back door of the church, which is being renovated into a craft space for children, on the corner of Hickman Avenue and Sixth Street on Thursday, June 17. Leach and her husband purchased the property in February and hope to complete work on the building in August.
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