Rock Bridge graduate competes in SkillsUSA [Photo]

Ben Truesdell, a Rock Bridge High School graduate, slices potatoes to prepare his second entree, a poached salmon with parsley potatoes and stewed zucchini with an herbed beurre blanc. Truesdell competed June 25 in the culinary arts competition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City. Contestants were required to prepare a green salad, a chicken and vegetable soup and two entrees. Truesdell placed fourth out of 42 contestants.

Agreement between city and Thumper [Document]

Click here to download a copy of the agreement between the city of Columbia and Thumper Entertainment.

Luke Adrian, meet Curious George [Photo]

Luke Adrian is comforted by his nanny, Teryn Bowman, during a meeting Thursday with a lifesize Curious George at the YouZeum. After a while, Luke was no longer crying, and he posed for a photograph with the representation of the popular children's book character.

Visitors arrive to YouZeum for Curious George event [Photo]

Parents and children arrive Thursday at the YouZeum for activities and a visit from a person dressed as Curious George. The event was presented in partnership with KMOS and MU Children's Hospital.

Posing with Curious George [Photo]

Lynn Lindbloom and her daughters, Mia, 18 months, and Kerra, 2, pose on Thursday as Rosemary Olas, KMOS education and outreach manager, takes their photograph with a person dressed as Curious George at the YouZeum.

When the Lights Go Down in the City [Graphic]

GRAPHIC | Columbia Water and Light has proposed replacing a large number of mercury vapor lamps with high-pressure sodium bulbs because they have been shown to be more efficient.

Explaining streetlight repairs [Photo]

Columbia Water and Light store clerk Brandon Gibson explains some of the common malfunctions that may require repair in a 250-watt high-pressure sodium luminaire streetlight.

Two types of streetlight bulbs [Photo]

Columbia Water and Light store clerk Brandon Gibson holds two of the high-pressure sodium bulbs used by the city of Columbia. The city is considering a proposal to replace some 250-watt bulbs with 100-watt bulbs as a cost-cutting measure.

Checking the streetlights [Photo]

Columbia Water and Light lineman Mike Mastin prepares to examine a streetlight on 7th Street in Columbia.
On average, 12 lights are repaired per week during both day and night shifts, said Dan Stokes, Water and Light electric distribution manager.

Fixing the streetlights [Photo]

Columbia Water and Light lineman Mike Mastin replaces the cover of a 250-watt streetlight in Columbia after repairing it.

Baseball Card History [Graphic]

A history of baseball card collecting and manufacturing.

Mike French owns Dugout Sports Cards in Columbia [Photo]

Mike French operates Dugout Sports Cards in Columbia, which specializes in lower priced sports memorabilia.

Accepting sexuality in the church [Photo]

Doug Stone, left, and partner Tim Root have both been active members of the Missouri United Methodist Church for over a year. "It's one thing being kind of accepted by your family and community," said Root. "It's another thing to be accepted in our church."

the beat 7/07 [Audio]

Janet Saidi of KBIA/91.3 FM talks with Missourian city editor Scott Swafford and reporter Abby Rogers about how Thumper Entertainment, the company that runs, manages and operates the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ Festival, has paid back the debt it owed the city for the 2008 festival.

Cherry Hill Summer Fest and Art Show [Slideshow]

Complete with music, games and food, the Cherry Hill neighborhood held its annual Summer Fest and Art Show on June 13. Festival organizers added a parade with neighborhood children on bikes and scooters to open the morning.

A full docket at the courthouse [Photo]

The number of cases on Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton's docket filled nearly 13 pages outside his courtroom at the Boone County Courthouse on July 6.

Nancy Jones outside her home [Photo]

Nancy Jones stands outside her house in the Clearview subdivision of north Columbia where she has lived since it was constructed in 1971. A credit card company threatened to take her house after Jones fell behind on her payments. Jones went to court three times against the company until it was dismissed Thursday. "I might not have fought so hard if they hadn't threatened my home — this is all I have," Jones said.

A shelf of files at the Boone County Courthouse [Photo]

Civil court clerk Sheri Vanderhoof retrieves a file for court in the circuit court office of the Boone County Courthouse on Monday. Shown in this photograph are files for civil court cases that are currently pending.

More cases, fewer employees [Graphic]

Clerks keep track of nearly everything that comes through the Boone County Courthouse. As the worsening economy drives case numbers up, the number of clerks available to handle such cases remains unchanged.

MU Health Care vehicles given new certification [Photo]

Dan Lund, left, ambulance supervisor for MU Health Care, displays a pediatric immobilization board as he and Eric Mills, assistant manager of ambulance services at University Hospital, discuss the service's recent state certification for pediatric care. "We've always had this equipment, but the certification is new. It keeps the ambulances up to speed," Lund said.