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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.

Columbia residents in Honduras during coup [Graphic]

Kevin Denson was one of 26 Columbia residents on a service trip in El Pital, Honduras, during last week’s coup.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this map showed the location of the wrong El Pital village. The El Pital village the group visited is in the north, near the city of La Ceiba, as shown here.

Boone County Circuit Clerk among state's most overworked [Graphic]

A state survey has found a significant disparity between the number of employees the Boone County Circuit Clerk has and the number needed to handle the court’s workload.

Behind the scenes, clerks make court tick [Graphic]

Each of the hundreds of court appearances that take place in the Boone County Courthouse is made possible by the efforts of the circuit clerk and staff, who take care of most administrative tasks. A quick look at the work that goes into one consumer debt case illustrates their central role. Each step often involves numerous phone calls and minor steps too convoluted to picture here.

Electrical short causes fire in mobile home [Photo]

A fire that began with an electrical short in a clothes dryer destroyed a Columbia mobile home Wednesday. The owner of the home, Marie Crews, was able to escape safely — along with her daughter, son-in-law and dog, Piper — after being awakened by a smoke alarm.

Lightning struck home in June [Photo]

Damage caused by a fire that began with an electrical short in a clothes dryer can been seen from the outside of a Columbia mobile home Wednesday. The owner's daughter, Marsha Harrison, says that the dryer was damaged in June when lightning struck the home.

Taking photos of the damage [Photo]

Marsha Harrison takes photographs Wednesday of the damage caused to her mother's mobile home in Columbia after an electrical short in the clothes dryer caused a fire. No one was hurt in the blaze.

Car drives through kitchen, living room off Nifong [Photo]

The property manager and staff assess the damage done to a house on West Oak Drive by Nifong Boulevard on Wednesday morning. The car ran off Nifong, passing through a field, a partition of trees and the Dennison's backyard before ending up in the family's kitchen and living room. No one was home at the time of the incident.

Car crashes through home on West Oak Drive [Photo]

Chuck Dennison, right, speaks with his property manager as he stands in what remains of his kitchen. A car ran off Nifong on Wednesday morning, passing through a field, a partition of trees and the Dennison's backyard before ending up in the family's kitchen and living room on West Oak Drive. No one was home at the time of the incident.

Electrical fire destroys home [Photo]

Damage caused by a fire that began with an electrical short in a clothes dryer can been seen from the outside of a Columbia mobile home on Wednesday. The owner's daughter, Marsha Harrison, said the dryer sustained damage last month after lightning struck the home.

Mobile home in Columbia destroyed by fire [Photo]

A fire that began with an electrical short in a clothes dryer destroyed a Columbia mobile home Wednesday. The owner of the home, Marie Crews, was able to escape safely after being woken by a smoke alarm, as were her daughter, son-in-law and dog, Piper.

Mobile home catches fire after electrical shortage [Photo]

Marsha Harrison takes photographs of the damage caused to her mother's Columbia mobile home after an electrical fire that originated in the clothes dryer on Wednesday. No one was hurt in the blaze.

Boone County Fire District release on FEMA audit [Document]

Click here to download a PDF of the news release from the Boone County Fire Protection District.

Homeland Security audit memo [Document]

Click here to download a PDF of the memorandum from Homeland Security to the Boone County Fire District.

White-nose syndrome threatens bats [Photo]

Missouri is home to nine different species of bats, including the Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalis), which is a endangered species.

Missouri bats could be threatened by disease [Photo]

Missouri is home to nine different species of bats, including the gray bat, which is an endangered species.

Bat population threatened by disease [Photo]

Missouri is home to nine different species of bats including the little brown bat. White-nose syndrome is most common in these bats.

Blackburn creates student success [Photo]

Neal Blackburn, a language arts teacher at Gentry Middle School, explains a task given to his sixth-grade summer school class. The students were asked to draw about the things they liked and did not like in a pictorial collage form. Blackburn explains his collage by writing what one would infer from his drawings on the Smartboard.

Sketching on a traffic box [Photo]

Dennis Murphy sketches out his traffic box painting at the corner of Broadway and Hitt Street. Murphy, an illustrator, said he has worked on the project for about a week for a few hours at a time. He said it took a few months to plan the sketch. This marks the first time Murphy has painted a traffic box. Murphy won a yearly competition through Columbia's Office of Cultural Affairs to paint the box . "It's less likely to be grafittied if it's painted — and it works," Murphy said.

We love you Michael [Photo]

A heart made entirely of roses for Michael Jackson at his funeral in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
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