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Burundi gospel choir celebrates ceremony [Photo]

Members of the Burundi gospel choir, Paz Sauti (Big Voice), broke out in dance and song in the church sanctuary after the service concluded.

Preparing for the wedding ceremony [Photo]

The women prepare before the ceremony in a preschool room of the church. Clementine M'Sengabo, Stani's sister-in-law, looks on as Shirley Colbert fixes her dress in the bathroom and a friend does the bride's makeup. M'Sengabo came from Hazelwood with her husband, daughter and four boys to attend the ceremony. Colbert organized much of the wedding while Moyosola, from Ghana, a good friend of the family and past neighbor, sang during the service.

Wedding day send-off [Photo]

Marianne and Stanislas Bihomora leave Christian Fellowship Church after renewing their vows. Members from Christian Fellowship Church, the St.Louis-based Global Christian Church, the International Friends Center, Church Afrique, along with other friends and family of the Bihomoras, all joined for the ceremony and send-off.

Wedding vow renewal ceremony [Photo]

During the service, pastor Phil Schaefer of Christian Fellowship Church spoke some words tailored to both Stani and Marianne about faithfulness and endurance of hardship. While he spoke, Caritas Habimana, a relative of Stani, translated the sermon into Swahili for the diverse audience. Shaefer concluded with a reference to a biblical metaphor saying, "Twenty years of marriage, six children, is rain coming down, streams rising, winds blowing on your relationship and things beating against your house ... but God is going to make you stand together for his glory." Both Marianne and Stani saw the wedding renewal ceremony as a gift from God.

Wedding day arrives after 20 years [Photo]

When Marianne's father, Michel Mumyantarama, came to Columbia from Africa on a limited visa, the Bihomoras decided to have the wedding ceremony they had always hoped for. "I thank God that I can do this while my daddy's here," said Marianne. Stani mentioned that at the first ceremony, twenty years ago, Michel was also present. It is unsure if Michel will be able to stay in the United States after his visa expires. The Bihomoras and friends from Christian Fellowship Church are currently working on Michel's situation so that he can remain in the United States with his daughter's family.

Ryan Ferguson retrial denied by Boone County judge [Photo]

Ryan Ferguson's appeal for a new trial in the killing of Kent Heitholt, a Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor, was denied Monday by Boone County Circuit Judge Jodie Asel.

Ian Thomas leads PedNet Bike Train [Photo]

Ian Thomas is executive director of the PedNet Coalition, a non-profit organization that promotes active modes of transportation such as walking and biking in Columbia. Thomas leads a Bike Train to Fairview Elementary School on Fridays. All of the children who ride in the Bike Train have taken PedNet's BikePro course. “They act as if they’re kind of the cool kids because they get to bike, and all the other kids have to come in a car or in a bus,” Thomas said.

Ian Thomas instructs Bike Train kids [Photo]

Ian Thomas instructs the Bike Train kids when they stop to pick up another student. From left, Leah Maxey, Ian Thomas, Kyle Shearrer, and Lily Fisher.

PedNet Coalition's Ian Thomas [Photo]

Ian Thomas is the director of the PedNet Coalition, a nonprofit organization that promotes active modes of transportation such as walking and biking in Columbia.

Ryan Ferguson appeal June 15 [Document]

Click here to download a 40-page PDF document of Monday's court decision denying Ryan Ferguson's appeal for a new trial.

Ryan Ferguson news release from family [Document]

Click here to download a news release from Ryan Ferguson's family, which was released immediately following a ruling that denied Ferguson a retrial.

Range Line Street construction continues [Photo]

Vehicles pass construction on Range Line Street on Thursday. The $13.92 million construction project to widen the road and make it safer for drivers and pedestrians will be completed later this year.

Range Line Street intersection construction [Photo]

Construction of a new lane continues at the intersection of Range Line Street and Blue Ridge Road on Thursday. The construction project was scheduled for completion Aug. 1 but will now be finished later this year.

Local "celebrities" race in soapbox derby [Photo]

In a celebrity race, James Ross, executive director of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and Boone Hospital Center President Dan Rothery compete for bragging rights. Ross defeated Rothery by two seconds.

Rules of the soapbox derby [Photo]

Cars await the competition as drivers learn the rules of the race. Racers must keep their eyes over the brim of the car at all times and may not brake until the race is completed.

Getting ready to race [Photo]

Coached by his father, JB Waggoner, Thomas Waggoner prepares to race in the annual Mid-Missouri Soap Box Derby races. The competitors raced down Broadway between Seventh Street and Providence Road on Sunday.

Racing to the finish [Photo]

Tyree Tarver races to the finish line in his flame-decorated car. Tarver won the race and continued on to the next round. The competitors battle head-to-head until one person is the Mid-Missouri Soap Box Champion and recieves a trophy.

Racers use aerodynamics [Photo]

Haley McKernan looks at the finish line in concentration as she passes her opponent. Crouching low in the car, she exemplifies a key to soap box racing: aerodynamics.

Returning from a night of fishing [Photo]

Justin Cook, right, navigates his boat towards the launch ramp of the Wilton Boat Club after a night of angling for catfish on the Missouri River. Cook and fishing partner Alex Palmsmeyer brought in the largest fish of the tournament, which weighed 25.8 pounds.

Winning catch [Photo]

Two of the ten catfish caught by Bryan Crump and Tim Sherman rest on a table after the weigh-in at the Wilton Boat Club catfish tournament. Crump and Sherman had the heaviest haul of the event as more than half of the boats in the tournament returned empty-handed.
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