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Art In the Park [Photo]

A bicycle decorated like a giant camel was one of several art bicycles displayed at Stephens Lake Park for Art in the Park in June 2008. The St. Louis Banana Bike Brigade designed the camel for the ArtCycles project.

Learning to manage emotions [Photo]

Sol House intern Chris Radigan, center, and Deron Young, left, listen to Zach Smith during a life skills class about teaching residents how to manage manage their emotions. As part of the program for staying at Sol House, residents attend classes each week that are organized by the staff.

Working toward independence [Photo]

Zach Smith walks two miles, each way, five days a week along Clark Lane in Columbia to the Wendy's on Clark Lane near U.S. 63, where he works the lunch shift. The four mile round trip walk takes Smith 45 minutes each way. The job, which took him 10 months to find, is the second he has ever had. "It's a pretty stressful job, but you got to laugh about something," Smith said. Finding and keeping employment is a constant concern for Sol House residents.

Dancing to 'Ice Cream and Cake' [Photo]

Temperance Hayes, center, laughs during while dancing with Sol House residents, Heather Brown, Tyler Caldwell and Carl Lewis to the song "Ice Cream and Cake" during Festa Palooza at Flat Branch park on April 18. As part of the program to remain at Sol House, residents must spend 35 hours per week on productive activities to earn passes to be able to leave on weekends to see friends and family. To do this, many residents volunteer with various groups in Columbia.

Peppers [Graphic]

Nixon tours [Photo]

Gov. Jay Nixon greets workforce development counselor Kandys Bleil, left, and Louis Randle at the Missouri Career Center in Columbia, MO on Thursday. Nixon toured the center before signing parts of the Show-Me Jobs Initiative.

Nixon Signs [Photo]

Gov. Jay Nixon signs the Show-Me Jobs Initiative (House Bill 191) at the Missouri Career Center in Columbia, MO on Thursday.

Showing your colors [Photo]

Puddles of paint collect around a newly decorated stage wall at the Stephens College Warehouse Theater on Thursday. The wall and another like it will be part of the upcoming production titled Jerks and Freaks which shows Friday.

Setting the scene [Photo]

Katie McKellar, a first year student at Stephens College, helps paint the platform for the upcoming show Jerks and Freaks on Saturday. McKellar will be the "radio" in the portion of the production titled "Video Killed the Radio Star". "I think it's going to be good. It's a really risque show. We're having a blast with it" said McKellar. Jerks and Freaks shows Friday.

Rock Bridge baseball player Jaide Rose [Photo]

Rock Bridge senior Jaide Rose, a pitcher and outfielder, has been on the Bruins' varsity since he was a sophomore.

Art in the Park 2008 [Photo]

A bicycle decorated like a giant camel was one of several art bicycles displayed at Stephens Lake Park for Art in the Park in June 2008. The St. Louis Banana Bike Brigade designed the camel for the ArtCycles project.

A new train overpass for Columbia [Video]

The COLT railroad crossing on US-63 is set to receive some safety improvements thanks to stimulus funding. ADS Transload Facility warehouse manager David Dick talks about the significance of the railroad.

New nightclub owner hopes to create memories for patrons [Photo]

Vinay Atluri stands before the bar at the new nightclub Memoir. At Memoir photographers document each night's events and post them to a slideshow the next day for patrons to see. "We're essentially creating memories" says Atluri, co-owner of the venue.

MU Horn Choir to play at international symposium this week [Photo]

The MU Horn Choir will play at the International Symposium this week.

State of the City address [Photo]

City Manager Bill Watkins gives the State of the City address at the Council Chambers, highlighting accomplishments of the past year and the goals and obstacles that the city foresees in the future. "It's been a long time since we as a community have had to face some of the economic challenges we will face in 2010," Watkins said in his address after he referred to the 1980s as the last period of no city revenue growth. Much of his speech addressed questions regarding efficient use of existing funds and programs.

City stimulus requests up to $126 million [Graphic]

Checking on the methane boiler meter [Photo]

Frank Putnam checks a methane boiler meter at the Columbia Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. The orange engine generator in the background has been running since 1983 and produces $6,000 worth of energy a month. Plant officials are hoping to install two new generators if the stimulus money becomes available.

Behind the final clarifier tank [Photo]

Officials of the Columbia Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant hope to expand its facilities with the stimulus money to improve efficiency and meet new denitrification requirements. A grassy field in the background of a final clarifier tank is one location where they hope to expand.

Columbia Terminal Railroad [Photo]

Traffic drives alongside the Columbia Terminal Railroad on Paris Road.

Seeking to improve 'Blind' Boone center's roof [Photo]

Those at the J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center on North Providence Road are seeking stimulus money to fund improvements to the center's roof.
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