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A old but efficient style [Photo]

Lustron houses were designed for returning WWII veterans and their families. 2,498 houses were made and placed in 36 states. The design, of pure steel, was sturdy, space efficient and marketed to be fire-proof, rodent proof, rust proof and lightning proof.

Classic advertisements [Photo]

Carl Strandlund, founder of the Lustron Corporation, designed Lustron houses with returning WWII veterans and their families in mind. 2,498 houses were made and placed in 36 states. The design, of pure steel, was sturdy, space efficient and marketed to be fire-proof, rodent proof, rust proof and lightning proof.

Moberly drive-in theater [Slideshow]

An evening at the Moberly Five and Drive, a drive-in movie theater. Only a half hour from Columbia, the theater provides an easy, inexpensive evening adventure.

Schools get graded [Graphic]

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has released this year's adequate yearly progress results for schools. All states must comply with the federal No Child Left Behind Act by proving a growing number of students are proficient in communication arts and math.
In 2009, 59.2 percent of students were expected to be proficient in communication arts and 54.1 percent proficient in math. However, several other factors are also considered when determining whether a school makes adequate yearly progress.

Local artists paint electrical boxes [Photo]

Another traffic control box, halfway through being painted, sits on the corner of Hitt Street and Broadway.

Art eliminating graffiti [Photo]

A traffic control box painted by David Spear sits on the corner of Ninth Street and Broadway. The boxes are painted by local artists in an effort to prevent graffiti.

Missouri kickers for 2009 [Photo]

Missouri kickers Jake Harry (36), Tanner Mills (91), Trey Barron (97) and Grant Ressel (95) gather on the sidelines at Monday's practice. Mills, a Rock Bridge graduate, hopes to become as efficient as former Tigers kicker Jeff Wolfert was at field goals and extra points. "I don't think anybody can be Jeff Wolfert," Mills said. "I can be Jeff Wolfert-esque."

Children play at the Moberly Five and Dime drive-in [Photo]

Children play under the outdoor movie screen at the Moberly Five and Drive on Saturday. Families come from as far away as Paris, Mo., to visit the theater because it offers them an alternative to indoor entertainment and they can talk openly and run around while the movie is playing.

Cars leave the Moberly Five and Dime drive-in [Photo]

Cars leave the Moberly Five and Drive drive-in movie theatre on Saturday. Not only does the theatre offer nightly double features, but frequently it offers an alternative "car load night" when families pay a flat rate per vehicle. The last "car load night" attracted over 200 cars.

Love and Basketball [Slideshow]

The second annual Think Safe: Love and Basketball tournament gave area teens ages 13-17 a chance to compete while learning about sexual health and smart life choices Aug. 7-8 at the Armory Sports Center.

Columbia Parks & Recreation, and six other area sponsors, hosted the event. Erin Carrillo, tournament organizer, said the tournament strives to give teens the opportunity to play teams they normally would not encounter from the area, incorporating both at-risk teens with the rest of the community. Listen to coach Ric Bush, player Ty Pickens and father Bobby Russell speak about their experiences.

A ring under repair by Kenneth Greene [Photo]

Kenneth Greene restores a ring for one of his customers on Aug. 3.

Kenneth Greene at his downtown workshop [Photo]

Kenneth Greene has had a presence in downtown Columbia since the late 1970s. After a few moves, he now has a store on Walnut Street near Tenth Street.

Columbia Golf Championship [Slideshow]

Head Golf Professional at the Country Club of Missouri, Jonathan Tips, golfer Cruz Buchanan, tournament chairman Hardeep Bhullar and golfer Bob Martin discuss the history, prestige and opportunities provided by the Columbia Golf Championship.

Chris Johnson won the 2009 City Championship.

Kenneth Greene repairs a ring [Photo]

In addition to restoration work like this, Kenneth Greene also makes custom pieces at Monarch Jewelry.

Kenneth Greene at work, er, play [Photo]

Kenneth Greene makes and repairs jewelry at his store, Monarch Jewelry, in Downtown Columbia. "From the moment I walk in the door, I'm at play," he said while working at his jeweler's bench Aug. 5.

Baptismal candidates pray at convention [Photo]

Baptismal candidates pray at the Jehovah's Witnesses Convention at Mizzou Arena on August 8.

Ryan Stone from Hult Summitt Congregation [Photo]

Ryan Stone, from the Holts Summit congregation, presents an informational session at the Jehovah's Witnesses Convention at Mizzou Arena on August 8.

Renee Green baptized at convention [Photo]

Nathan Karr, left, and Chris Upchurch, center, watch as Renee Green is baptized by William Lane at the Jehovah's Witnesses Convention at Mizzou Arena on August 8.

Ashlie Vincent baptized at concention [Photo]

Ashlie Vincent is baptized by Nathan Karr while William Lane watches at the Jehovah's Witnesses Convention in Columbia on August 8.

Baptisms at Jevhovah's Witness Convention [Photo]

In the foreground, Nathan Karr, left, greets Ricky McDay while Chris Upchurch baptizes Archie Cable at the Jehovah's Witnesses Convention at Mizzou Arena on August 8.
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