July 9, 2010
The week in pictures: July 3 to 9.
President Barack Obama paid a visit to Smith Electric Vehicles on Thursday in Kansas City, Mo., to congratulate the plant and its employees on the $32 million Department of Energy grant it received in March. The grant has allowed the small company, which produces electric commercial trucks by hand in its facility, to grow to 50 employees, and in the near future increase production from one to two trucks per day. Obama also took the opportunity to address current political hot topics, such as the economy and jobs, during his presentation to Smith Electric.
A branch of an uprooted tree smoldered on a high voltage power line on Redbud Lane Thursday morning in Columbia's Quarry Heights neighborhood. The tree uprooted around 5:30 a.m., knocking down three understory trees and utility lines. The Columbia Fire Department, Water and Light Department and a tree removal service crew cleared debris and restored power to the block by 9 a.m.
July 8, 2010
On their first night with the Lady Bulldogs Cheer and Dance team, Andrianna Walter, 8, and Falen Singleten, 11, learn their first cheer. The group, lead by Sonrisa Wood and Athena Hord, uses dance and cheer routines to build self esteem in young girls.
Kyleigh Fuller, 8, warms up for Lady Bulldogs Cheer and Cance practice on Wednesday night with a back-bending stretch called a bridge.
Jayla Greer, 6, strikes a pose in the mirror while Kyleigh Fuller, 8, practices her moves for dance instructor Sonrisa Wood during the Lady Bulldogs cheer team practice Wednesday at the Armory Center. Greer has been attending the biweekly practices since they began in February.
Jayla Greer, 6, strikes a pose in the mirror while Kyleigh Fuller, 8, practices her moves for dance instructor Sonrisa Wood during the Lady Bulldogs' cheer team practice Wednesday at the Armory Center. Greer has been attending the biweekly practices since they began in February.
Sam Russell's hand-cycle bike allows him to crank and steer with his hands and arms. Russell, who was paralyzed three year's ago in a trail bike accident, will ride the hand-cycle bike with friend Carl Edwards in the Ride with Carl for Sam next Wednesday on the MKT trail.
Roy Harrison holds his 4-year-old granddaughter Alisa Maier as she arrives home Thursday in Louisiana, Mo. Alisa Maier smiled broadly at the crowd gathered Thursday in the yard where she was abducted three days earlier.
This Feb. 17, 2010, photo provided Thursday by the Missouri Sex Offender Registry shows Paul S. Smith. Smith, a registered sex offender who shot himself Wednesday as officers approached him for questioning about the disappearance of 4-year-old northeast Missouri girl, was almost certainly the man who took her, police said Thursday.
Logan Moore, playing Ren McCormack, and Olivia Jones, playing Ariel Moore in Footloose, rehearse during the last dress rehearsal on Wednesday night at Rock Bridge High School. TRYPS is a professional children's theater with a mission "to teach, to reach, and to inspire through the magic of theater." The performers are trained with the help of professional actors.
Dakotah Cooper rehearses during the last dress rehearsal for Footloose on Wednesday night at Rock Bridge High School. TRYPS, Theater Reaching Young People and Schools, is a professional children's theater and is in its 11th season since it was incorporated in 1999. They will perform Footloose from Thursday to Sunday at the Rock Bridge High School's Performing Arts Center.
Nina Parker, playing Betty Blast in the play Footloose, skates out to rehearse for her part during the last dress rehearsal while Sandy Decker, Harleigh Wacker and Maggie Washer watch from behind at Rock Bridge High School on Wednesday night.
From left, Rebecca Burke-Aguero, Spenser Crum, Ellen Tucker Thieme, Olivia Jones, Nora Hennessey and Madi Mertz perform during the last dress rehearsal for Footloose on Wednesday night at Rock Bridge High School. The actual performance begins on Thursday, which will be TRYPS's 53rd show since its first show in 2000. The cast of Footloose have been rehearsing and preparing for 18 rehearsals for the past month.
A car sits next to a stormwater drain on Ross Street in East Campus. Reader Betsy Raghu said the water, which is flooding driveways and yards, is at least 1 foot high in some places.
Tires start to dry out on Thursday in the parking lot of the Scott Boulevard access to the MKT trail. The lot has been closed during bridge construction.
Dozens of earthworms squirmed on onto Route ZZ on Thursday.
Mike Denehy uses an axe to break apart Steve Windmoeller's couch on Thursday afternoon. Windmoeller's basement flooded with 4 feet of water Wednesday night, destroying his furniture.
Missouri Department of Natural Resources report for Hinkson Creek