Dylan Soper soapbox derby car [Photo]

Dylan Soper, 9, of Columbia, Mo. works on his soapbox derby car with his father *Matt Soper at the Soapbox Construction Clinic held at the Downtown Optimist Club on Tuesday, June 8, 2010.

Finding her children [Photo]

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Jun. 9, 2010, Prince Sagala covers her face as she arrives at her home in Montclair, Calif. Prince Sagala's first husband, Faustino Utrera, kidnapped their children 15 years ago: a daughter who was 3-years-old, at the time, and their son 2-years-old. Sagala found them on Facebook. Utrera has been arrested in Florida, and their children are now in protective custody.

YouZeum for sale [Photo]

The Routine Maintenance section of the YouZeum shows visitors why exercise is important, different ways to exercise and shows different types of bones and muscles and how they work. The locker room set up with videos makes this room interactive for children to learn about their bodies. Similar setups can be found throughout the YouZeum.

Street performer plays the violin for a living [Slideshow]

Lee Wenzbauer refuses to live a conventional lifestyle. He makes his living by playing the violin day in and day out and occasionally collaborates with other local artists.

Molly Harbarger mug [Photo]

Molly Harbarger is a columnist for the Missourian.

Reginald Robinson plays piano [Photo]

Composer and musician Reginald Robinson plays a piano piece titled "Freedom Dance" at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Wednesday. Robinson also held a short seminar discussing the documentary he is making, and he also talked about the contributions of performers like Scott Joplin.

Virtuosi String Trio performs at jazz festival [Photo]

San Francisco-based guitarist Craig Ventresco was joined on stage by bassist Svein Aarbostad and guitarist Johnnie Harper for the debut of the Virtuosi String Trio. The spontaneously created stringed instrument trio, borne of a Bay Area gig, performed Wednesday during the J. W. "Blind" Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.

Reginald Robinson describes his documentary [Photo]

Reginald Robinson speaks about the documentary he is making at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Wednesday. Robinson, a composer and musician, is in Columbia to participate in the J.W. "Blind" Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival.

Teen enjoys playing at J. W. 'Blind' Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival [Photo]

Thirteen-year-old Benjamin Anderson peruses a table of ragtime books and CDs in the lobby of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts where he performed earlier in the day as part of the J. W. "Blind" Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival. This year marks Anderson's third year performing at the festival with a promotion to official performer status. "I'm going to keep playing in this as long as they let me," Anderson said. In addition to piano, Anderson plays the violin and clarinet.

Volunteers collect tickets at jazz festival [Photo]

Volunteers Pat Lawnick-Ritchie and Dave Phillippe greet music lovers and collect tickets during the J.W. "Blind" Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Wednesday. The two-day festival closes with late-night with jam sessions located at the Regency Hotel Downtown.

Greg Williams [Photo]

Greg Williams is the new director of University of Missouri System research parks.

Evangelical Fellowship of West Ohio letter [Document]

Click here to read a letter from the leadership of Evangelical Fellowship of West Ohio regarding Brownson's nomination.

West Ohio Conference announces CFO position [Document]

Click here to read the announcement that Bill Brownson had been nominated to be the next chief financial officer for the West Ohio Conference.

Resumes for Water and Light director candidates [Document]

Click here to download the resumes of Tad A. Johnsen, Timothy G. Luchsinger and Mack Thompson, candidates to become the new director at Columbia Water and Light.

John Williamson [Photo]

File photo from April 3, 2008 of John Sam Williamson.

Column work done to sustain bases [Photo]

Workers perform repairs to the six bases of the columns, wrapped in plastic, on Francis Quadrangle on Tuesday. A fence was erected to enclose the area on Monday.

Repairs made to MU Columns [Photo]

A worker repairs cracks in the base of a column, wrapped in plastic, on Francis Quadrangle on Tuesday. A fence was erected on Monday to enclose the area.

Raised beds improve plant growth [Video]

Flooding in Columbia’s early summer weeks has been a problem for many community gardens. The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture has a way of keeping its plants healthy despite the heavy rainwater.

Daniel Soetaert, a member of the center’s board of directors, said the raised beds in their gardens both retain rainwater through droughts and protect them from floods. The beds are raised above ground level in a domed shape to promote plants’ deep-root development, which sustains their growth.

The raised-beds approach to gardening is successful in Columbia, where plants are subject to regular rainfall. A different approach is a reversed pattern where the beds are lower than ground level to maximize rainwater exposure. Soetaert said gardens like these are more common in desert areas.

The center’s mission is to promote local urban food growth and education. The center maintains a garden on the corner of Ash and St. Joseph streets in Columbia.

Boone County National Bank Evacuation [Photo]

Firefighters Samanta Lamp and Kyle Fansler leave Boone County National Bank after a small fire in an elevator caused the building to be evacuated around 5 p.m on Tuesday. A man was trapped in the elevator at the time of the fire but was unharmed, according to Jim Weaver, a public information officer for the Columbia Fire Department. Weaver said that elevator doors are designed to close when smoke is detected in order to protect occupants from smoke and flames.

Fire at Academic Hall [Photo]

The MU Columns were originally part of Academic Hall, which burned down in an electrical fire Jan. 9, 1892.