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Taking to the court [Photo]

Rock Bridge senior Lizzie Frericks high fives her teammates as the starters are announced. Rock Bridge players wore pink breast cancer awareness warm-up shirts before the game began.

Leaping Bruins [Photo]

Rock Bridge players, in black, from left to right, Shelby Ringdahl, Caitlyn Beck and Lizzie Frericks all leap to block a spike from Hickman's Danielle Christian, center, during Monday's game at Rock Bridge.

License Plate Recognition System [Graphic]

The Columbia Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff’s Department are now seeking funding from the federal government to buy License Plate Recognition devices. Here is how the technology works.

Firefighters spread absorbent material [Photo]

Capt. Tom Putnam puts an absorbent material on the surface of Highway 124 on Monday. "Fluids make the road slick, especially oil and antifreeze," Putnam said. "Wouldn't want another wreck."

Firefighters watch wreck cleanup [Photo]

Lt. Chris Roberts and Capt. John Timmermann of the Boone County Fire Protection District in Harrisburg watch a wreck being cleaned up Monday near Harrisburg.

Patrick Swayze dies [Photo]

Actor Patrick Swayze died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

Kansas State held in check [Photo]

Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas (8) is brought down by Louisiana-Lafayette defenders Grant Fleming (47) and Jordan Topp. The Wildcats' offense did not score until the fourth quarter.

Houston upends Oklahoma State [Photo]

Houston quarterback Case Keenum signals a touchdown during Saturday's upset win against No. 5 Oklahoma State.

Loading hay bales at ecovillage [Photo]

Tao Weilundemo, left, loads a hay bale during the construction of a community center, made of hay, at the Plan B Ecovillage. Weilundemo, who founded the ecovillage with Elizabeth Stanfill, is building the ecovillage on land that his family owns near Fulton.

Taking a break at ecovillage [Photo]

Justin Garnett of Fulton takes a break after straightening an outer wall of a community center, made of hay bales, at the Plan B Ecovillage near Fulton.

Straightening hay bales at ecovillage [Photo]

Justin Garnett of Fulton pauses to examine the straightness of an outer wall of a community center, made of hay bales, at the Plan B Ecovillage near Fulton. Garnett used a hand-built hammer to straighten out the bales.

Protecting hay at ecovillage [Photo]

Tao Weilundemo, co-founder of the Plan B Ecovillage, stacks up unused hay bales to protect them from the elements at the ecovillage.

Constructing an ecovillage community center [Photo]

Elizabeth Stanfill climbs down to take a break while constructing a community center, made of hay bales, at the Plan B Ecovillage near Fulton.

Stuffing straw at ecovillage [Photo]

Elizabeth Stanfill, a co-founder of the Plan B Ecovillage, stuffs loose straw between the cracks of larger hay bales used to construct a community center at the Plan B Ecovillage near Fulton.

Window construction at ecovillage [Photo]

Tao Weilundemo constructs a window frame at the Plan B Ecovillage. Weilundemo, who founded the ecovillage with Elizabeth Stanfill, is building it on land that his family owns near Fulton.

Eco village [Graphic]

Plan B Ecovillage community members Tao Weilundemo and Elizabeth Stanfill have been working on their visitor lodge for the past six months. They have been attempting to use the most environment-friendly means available to them in their construction. They plan to move into the structure before winter and live in it until they’ve built their own home. Eventually the lodge will be available for guests

Map of Eco village [Graphic]

Approximately 35 minutes from Columbia, Plan B Ecovillage is located near Calwood.

Pumping iron [Photo]

Mandy Schick, a personal trainer of three years, watches her client, Andrew Bach do reps in the gym. Schick says she never wanted an office job and prefers to teach individuals about fitness. "I like building those relationships," she says. "When you are done training people they are very sincere about thanking you, and they really honestly feel like they got something out of it."

Waiting to workout [Photo]

While waiting in the gym lobby Mandy Schick calls a client who is running late on Thursday. Schick's schedule as a personal trainer is largely determined by the needs of her clients. She works 40 hours in a typical work week. "I always have my watch on," Schick says.

EcoArtFest at Cooper's Landing [Video]

EcoArtFest was a huge hit, said music coordinator Mike Robertson. See some of the entertainment that took place Saturday and Sunday at Cooper's Landing.
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