Confetti celebration [Photo]

Ziggy Woldeghebriel throws confetti on her newly graduated son, Amann, after Hickman High School’s commencement on Saturday.

The youngest graduate [Photo]

Steven Tufts holds nephew Ethan Abadi, who wears Tufts’ mortarboard. Four children from the Tufts family have graduated from Hickman High School, with one more to go.

A double celebration [Photo]

Brothers Chavis and Chadrick Butler celebrate their graduation from Hickman High School with their mother, Cynthia Simmons, left, and Monique Prince. The twins were two of more than 600 students to graduate at Saturday’s ceremony.

Mass at Lenoir [Photo]

From left, Rush George, Esther Ehly, Elsie Hughes, Peggy Cline, Margaret Hauschild and Bea Fray sing "Amazing Grace" during Mass inside of Lenoir Community Center on April 19.

Bible study at Lenoir [Photo]

Chaplain Jerry Riggert gives a Bible study as Nora Mank and Mary Jo McBride participate at Lenoir Woods Senior Living center on April 22. The bible study is based on the Andy Griffith Show. On this particular day, the Bible study watched the "High Noon in Mayberry" episode. Chaplain Riggert made connection between the episode and the Bible.

Peggy Cline receives communion [Photo]

Peggy Cline receives communion from Debbie Danforth inside of the Lenoir Community Center on Sunday April 19.

Taking on the KC squad [Photo]

Kaitlyn Bowles from Boonville of the Northeast All-Star Team drives for a layup against Bryonna Snow from Blue Springs and Morgan Johnson from Platte County of the Kansas City All-Star Team during the Missouri Challenge Tournament on Friday. The teams were made up of high school seniors chosen to represent eight regional teams in Missouri. The Northeast team lost 72-54.

An all-star veteran [Photo]

Jay Lee from Glasgow of the Northeast All-Star Team drives past Alex Hall from Kickapoo of the Southwest regional team during a Missouri Challenge game. Lee, who has experience playing with all-star teams, said, "I fit in wherever I go." He observes the playing styles of his teammates to see where his own skills fit in. "It was fun out there," he said. The Northeast squad lost 107-100.

MU basebal team loses regional opener [Photo]

Western Kentucky's Terrence Deyleg scores on a wild pitch as Missouri pitcher Nick Tepesch moves to cover home Friday in the Tigers' 11-4 loss to the Hilltoppers in NCAA regional play in Oxford, Miss.

Renovation music [Photo]

Boonville duo Cathy Barton Para, rear left, and husband Dave Para provide live music during an open house hosted by the First Presbyterian Church of Columbia to celebrate the church's new renovations.

Taking in the celebration [Photo]

Deborah Chance, left, and husband Tom Mawhinney of Columbia enjoy the live music of Boonville duo Cathy and Dave during an open house hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Columbia. The reception was held to celebrate the church's new renovations; Chance and Mawhinney are members of the First Presbyterian congregation.

Cutting the ceremonial ribbon [Photo]

From left, chair of the Columbia Ambassadors Rollie Hausman looks on as Mark Crawford and Allan Moore cut the ceremonial ribbon during the introduction of the newly renovated First Presbyterian Church of Columbia. Moore served as chair of the building committee for the $4.5 million renovation, while Crawford's construction company provided the labor services.

A paddler's hands [Photo]

"These are third-generation callouses," says Dan Cook, who is paddling his dory 3,700 miles down the Missouri and Mississippi rivers to raise awareness for disabled veterans and the benefits of recreational rehabilitation.

Paddling for disabled veterans [Photo]

Dan Cook of Park City, Utah takes a day to rest at Cooper's Landing along the Missouri River during a 3,700-mile paddle boat journey. He is traveling to raise awareness for disabled veterans and his organization, Rivers of Recovery, which provides recreational rehabilitation for disabled veterans. He started April 6 at Three Forks, Mont., and hopes to reach the Gulf of Mexico by June 30.

Stephens says farewell to Libby [Photo]

Wendy B. Libby is credited with plenty of accomplishments during her time as president of Stephens College, including a 93 percent student retention rate. When asked what one tip would she give incoming President Dianne Lynch, she responded, "Always speak from the heart."

Rock Bridge celebrates quarterfinal victory [Photo]

The Rock Bridge baseball team celebrates its 8-2 victory over Nixa on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Class 4 state tournament.

Hickman athlete Wesley Leftwich [Photo]

Hickman sophomore Wesley Leftwich will be competing in the 100-meter dash, the long jump and the 4x100 and 4x200 relays at this weekend's state track and field championships.

Rock Bridge sprinter [Photo]

In sectionals, Rock Bridge sprinter Lauren Flaker ran a time faster than last season's state champion.

Confiscated pot [Photo]

Twenty pounds of marijuana was seized Thursday as part of an on-going drug investigation by the Cole County Sheriff's Department.

Ragtime Festival schedule [Graphic]