Big blue bike [Photo]

Owner Joseph Hathaway loves his Honda bike because it rides very smoothly and has a six-disc CD changer.

Rows of new bikes [Photo]

Motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson has already unloaded an 18-wheel semi filled with new bikes that patrons will be allowed to test ride during the rally.

Columbia gymnast Whitnee Johnson [Photo]

In July, Kent State offered a full athletic scholarship to Whitnee Johnson, a 17-year-old senior at Rock Bridge High School. She will be the first gymnast from Show-Me Gymnastics in Columbia to move on to college competition.

Road projects for proposed TDD [Document]

Here is a breakdown of the nine road projects for the proposed Grindstone Plaza Drive at Columbia TDD.

Working at the polls [Video]

At 4:30 a.m., MU student Joanna Witte, 21, and Bob Boston, 67, began setting up the polling station at the Columbia Public Library. The poll workers are expected to stay until their ballots are turned in to the county clerk sometime after 7 p.m. Despite the generation gap, these veteran poll workers said they put in the long hours at the polls for the same reason: to serve the public.

Heat - the enemy of hockey [Photo]

Naymon Holliman cleans the windows on the ice rink Tuesday morning at the Washington Park Ice Arena in Jefferson City.

The best prize? Air conditioning [Photo]

Melissa Pierce helps children pick out prizes in exchange for tickets on Tuesday at Going Bonkers Family Fun Center.

Going Bonkers [Photo]

Parents and children beat the heat by spending the afternoon on Tuesday at Going Bonkers Family Fun Center. High temperatures for Tuesday are expected to be near 100 degrees.

Drive through ice cream [Photo]

Harison Pitchford serves a custard sundae to a drive-through customer on Tuesday at Andy's Frozen Custard. Pitchford keeps cool at work while Columbia is under an excessive heat warning through Wednesday evening.

Scooping ice cream [Photo]

Scott Trotske scoops frozen custard for a customer Tuesday at Andy's Frozen Custard.

As the dragon perches on his previous prey [Photo]

A bearded dragon enjoys the sun at the Columbia Pet Center on Tuesday. Josh Hendren, who works at the store, said the lizard hails from Australia's outback and is no stranger to temperature extremes. "There, it's as hot as can be during the day, and as cold as can be during the night," he said.

How to train your dragon [Photo]

Beth Kiburz lifts a bearded dragon at Columbia Pet Center on Tuesday. Kiburz said she enjoys reptiles like the four-year-old dragon because they have a lot of personality.

Turtles go swimming [Photo]

A rescued red-eared slider turtle warms up on a rock at the Columbia Pet Center on Tuesday. Beth Kiburz, an employee at CPC, said the turtles are native to Missouri. "The heat's part of their digestive process," Kiburz said. "But when it's this hot they'll get back in the water to cool off."

Even bikes need shade [Photo]

A motorcycle sits in the shade across from the historic J.W. "Blind" Boone home at Fourth Street and Broadway on Tuesday.

Hot Day band [Photo]

Rosie Robinson, Nathan Smith, Joe Holloway, and Will Roberts of the Hickman Drum Line practice in the shade outside Hickman High School on Tuesday. Holloway said the drum line is having daily practice from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the next two weeks to prepare for the upcoming school year. "We're doing as much as possible in this hellish heat," he said.

People hold signs about Prop C outside polling place [Photo]

Eli and Lily Tinker-Fortel hold signs outside the Columbia Public Library urging people to vote against Proposition C in the Missouri primary election on Tuesday. "People don't really know what the proposition means," Lily Tinker-Fortel said of why she and her brother were motivated to display the signs in the heat. "But people get that there's something wrong with the health care system," Eli Tinker-Fortel said. The Columbia Public Library is one of the county's polling places listed on the Boone County Clerk's website.

Bringing the grandson to the polls [Photo]

Columbia resident John Ball brought his grandson James Bloss, 4, when he came to vote in the August 3 primary at the Tiger Shrine Club. According to Jery Darnell, an election worker, the turnout was still very light by 11:30 a.m.

Voting 'not real rushed' [Photo]

The Tiger Shrine Club is one of many polling locations for the August 3 primary election. "Three precincts are voting here today," said Vernon Wade, an election worker of six years. "But it's been fairly slow, not real rushed," he said.

Voting is a family event [Photo]

Erin Miller, left, turned voting in the August 3 primary into a family event by bringing her three children, including her 1-year-old son Andrew, to the polling place at the Tiger Shrine Club.

Bikers arriving [Photo]

Boone County Sheriff’s Detective Tom O'Sullivan and Deputy Tony Perking direct motorcyclists down East Starke Avenue toward the Boone County Fairgrounds entrance after they exited off U.S. 63 at Brown School Road on Tuesday. Traffic has been slow and steady entering the National Bikers Roundup at the fairgrounds, with no major traffic problems being reported.