September 4, 2008
The Tomato Festival was held at Bradford Farm, 6.5 miles east of Columbia on Thursday afternoon. Visitors were welcomed to try 50 varieties of tomatoes and 32 varieties of peppers grown at the farm, and then rate them to select the best varieties. Last year, the winning tomato was a hybrid called Sun Sugar.
Rainwater gushes through Flatbranch Creek Thursday morning as precipitation continues in the Midwest as a result of Hurricane Gustav. Effects of the storm are expected to taper off by Friday morning and add an extra 3 to 5 inches of precipitation. Rain and gusts will continue throughout the day.
The effects of Hurricane Gustav have added an extra 3 to 5 inches of precipitation as heavy rains continued throughout the Midwest on Thursday. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning, effective until Friday morning.
Click the above picture to view an audio slideshow about the Tomato Festival in Columbia.
September 3, 2008
Dog lovers spilled into Oakland Family Aquatic Center on Tuesday evening to let their pets take the last swim of the pool season. Owners tossed toys, balls and Frisbee discs for the dogs to chase into the pool, but were not allowed to go in with them. More experienced dogs played with others near the shallow end of the pool while those just learning to swim took their chances slowly dipping into the deep end. Whether they were a strong swimmer or a beginner, both dogs and owners enjoyed the first pooch plunge.
SEMO fans cheer on the Red Hawks at a football game. The team was paid $250,000 to play MU and thinks the exposure from taking on the Tigers is worth the wide disparity in scholarship players and talent.
The nation watched as Barack Obama accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination in a historic campaign for the presidential candidacy. At Second Baptist Church on E. Broadway and in the surrounding area, African American residents of Columbia shared their opinions about Obama and his platform.
Katie Hemmann composts food waste collected from the Rollins dining area at the Saint Joseph Community Garden for a new environmental studies class Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008. Every day, a pair of students will have to bike from the garden to the Rollins dining area, collect food waste, ride back carrying the waste in a small trailer and put it in the garden to compost.
MU graduate student Adam Saunders, center, shows Katie Hemmann and Luke Freeman how to properly compost food waste at the Saint Joseph Community Garden for a new environmental studies class. Saunders, who has been involved in the development and teaching of the class, wants to show the need for locally grown food.
Editor’s note: The Missourian will publish blogs from delegates and members of the media who are covering the Republican National Convention this week.
September 2, 2008
Members of a U.S. Army Honor Guard await the arrival of Spc. Steven Fitzmorris' casket for the burial ceremony.
William Kersh, an Army trumpeter from Fort Leonard Wood, was assigned to play for Spc. Steven Fitzmorris' services.
After funeral visitation and a military honor ceremony for Spc. Steven Fitzmorris at Memorial Funeral Home, his casket is placed into a hearse for transportation to the burial site in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman
Illinois quarterback Juice Williams throws a pass against MU on Saturday. Williams embarrassed the MU defense with two long second half scoring drives to cut MU’s lead.
September 1, 2008
Don Johnson at the 1986 Heart of America Marathon. He won first in his age group.
Volunteers assemble cots for Hurricane Gustav evacuees at an American Red Cross shelter Monday at Calvary Baptist Church in Columbia. Officials expected as many as 13 evacuees at the shelter later Monday afternoon, with other shelters in Columbia and Jefferson City ready if necessary.