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Visitors at the Lewis & Clark Trailhead monument [Photo]

In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009 photo, Pat, left, and Loren Holmgren of Clancy, Mont., look at the Lewis & Clark Trailhead monument in Jefferson City. Nearly 1,800 visitors learned about the Corps of Discovery's Captain's Mess from Jefferson City-area volunteers this travel season. The anniversary of the Lewis and Clark military expedition may have passed. But the local Lewis and Clark Task Force has remained faithful to its mission, which is education, said chairman Charlie Palmer.

Homebuyers take advantage of incentives [Photo]

Kris and Heather Carmichael with their son Kolton stand outside their newly purchased home in northeast Columbia on Monday, Sept. 28. The Carmichaels were able to take advantage of an $8,000 federal incentive for first-time home buyers.

CROP Walk participants stop for refreshments [Photo]

Rashed Nizam passes out water and dates to CROP walkers at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri in Columbia on Sunday. Nizam says center sponsored 10 walkers in addition to serving as a water stop along the route.

Stuart Eiken of Rock Bridge High School [Photo]

Stuart Eiken, No. 22, in his Rock Bridge High School football uniform in 2008.

Residents rappel for Special Olympics [Video]

After finding sponsors to raise $1,000 each for Special Olympics, fundraisers rappelled down the side of Tiger Hotel on Saturday, October 4. Participants braved the ten-story drop despite nerves and wind.

Police detective rappels for Special Olympics [Photo]

Columbia Police Department detective Cyndi McLane rappels down the side of The Tiger Hotel on Saturday for Over the Edge to benefit Special Olympics Missouri.

A teacher rappels to raise funds for Special Olympics [Photo]

Becky Morris, a teacher at a school for the severely disabled, makes her way down the south wall of The Tiger Hotel during Special Olympics Missouri's Over The Edge event Saturday.

Family and friends of the rappellers for Special Olympics [Photo]

From left, Ken Hoeg and his 3-year-old son, Logun, seven-year-old Tanner Lightle, front, Brittain Center and Josh Boveri, all wait for their family members to rappel off the Tiger Hotel on Saturday's Over The Edge event in support of the Special Olympics Missouri. The rare spectacle of people rappelling down the side of a large building brought quite a crowd to eighth street.

Rappellers raise money for Special Olympics [Photo]

Usually, the ability to rappel down the side of a building is reserved for window washers but not on Saturday. Participants who raised money for Special Olympics Missouri got the chance to throw on a harness, get their adrenaline pumping and witness Columbia from a unique perspective in the Over The Edge event.

Going over the edge at 'Over the Edge' [Photo]

Over The Edge, an event to raise money for the Special Olympics Missouri, provided participants a chance to literally go over the edge — the edge of The Tiger Hotel. After suiting up, a brief gear instruction, a two-story practice rappel and an elevator ride to the top, participants pushed themselves to the limit and lowered themselves the down the side of the hotel.

MU senior rappels to raise money for Special Olympics [Photo]

"Just lean back" is much easier said than done when suspended 10 stories above the ground on the south wall of The Tiger Hotel, but Amber Lonchar, a senior at the University of Missouri and volunteer at the Over The Edge event on Saturday, did it with a smile.

Stegeman rappels for Special Olympics [Photo]

Susan Stegeman, the longest standing employee of Special Olympics Missouri, hangs several stories above eighth street during her rappel off The Tiger Hotel for the Over The Edge event on Saturday. Participants who raised money for the Special Olympics got the chance to harness up, clip in, and rappel down from the top floor.

Stegeman receives rappelling instructions [Photo]

Susan Stegeman listens to Over The Edge consultant Nathan Schuster as he instructs her on the rappelling process that will get her safely down the side of The Tiger Hotel during Saturday's Over The Edge event for Special Olympics Missouri.

'Reining' Champions [Photo]

Missy Hood rides her Champion Quarter Horse, Watch This Way, on Sept. 30. Hood rode her horse, whose nickname is Red, to a world championship win and has been training him since he was just a year old. "Everybody should be as lucky as me to have a horse as great as Red," Hood said.

On to the finals [Photo]

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. member Justus Roberts II aims for precision during the Sprite Step Off Competition on Saturday. Roberts and the Alpha Eta Chapter will represent the men of Alpha Phi Alpha in Chicago for the Sprite Step Off finals.

Steppers take first place [Photo]

The women of Alpha Theta Omega Sorority, Inc. took home a first place prize of $8,000 in the Sprite Step Off Competition on Saturday. Alpha Theta Omega will compete in Chicago at the Regional finals for a chance to win a trip to Atlanta for the nationally televised Sprite event.

Mid-Missouri High Steppers perform at Hearnes Center [Photo]

The Mid-Missouri Highsteppers performed live at the Sprite Step Off Competition on Saturday in the Hearnes Center. The young steppers celebrated their 30th anniversary by performing in front of a crowd of at least 1,000.

RV Lead Photo [Photo]

From left, MU tailgaters Sully Fairchild, Brady Crawford and Kevin Reichert assemble the "party deck" on top of the 1974 Dodge Midas RV they shared with five other tailgaters on Friday. The RV has been to every home Missouri football game for the past year and usually has anywhere from 15-20 people on the 10' by 12' deck at at time.

RV — Jump Start [Photo]

MU tailgater Brady Crawford attempts to jump start the 1976 Dodge Midas RV he shared with seven other MU fans on Friday. The RV has a history of being difficult to start and typically, Crawford says, "you have to talk real nice to her."

AUDIO: "Each person that's involved in this brings a different kind of aspect to it."

RV — Railings [Photo]

MU tailgaters Sully Fairchild (left), Brady Crawford and Kevin Reichert assemble the "party deck" on top of the 1974 Dodge Midas RV they shared with five other tailgaters Friday. The RV has been to every home MU football game for the past year and usually has anywhere from 15-20 people on the 10' by 12' deck at a time.

AUDIO: "A lot of our fellow tailgaters in the area, they ask about the deck."
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