Former volunteer firefighter saves his own home from blaze [Photo]

Firefighters investigate a fire at 2408 Katy Lane on Sunday at the home of Steve and Dana Fedenia of Columbia. The fire was extinguished by Steve Fedenia, far right, with a garden hose before fire crews arrived. The fire originated at the front left corner of the garage, Battalion Chief Gary Warren said. Fedenia is a former volunteer firefighter with the Boone County Fire Protection District. No one was injured in the fire.

Billy Mays dies at 50 [Photo]

In this Dec. 6, 2002 photo,TV pitchman Billy Mays poses with some of his cleaning products at his Palm Harbor, Fla., home. Mays, the television pitchman known for his boisterous hawking of products such as Orange Glo and OxiClean, has died. He was 50.

Motorcycle collision leaves two drivers injured [Photo]

A police officer conducts traffic at the scene of a motorcycle accident on Missouri 163 on Sunday in Columbia. Two motorcycles southbound on Missouri 163 just east of Providence Road collided in a rear-end collision. The driver on the inside lane reached to swat a bee that flew inside his shirt and crossed in front of the other motorcycle, said Tony Helfrecht of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Helfrecht said the two drivers and a passenger were moderately injured, and all were wearing helmets.

World's Ugliest Dog [Photo]

Pabst competes in the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Friday in Petaluma, Calif. The toothy 4-year-old Boxer mix won top honors.

Woodcrest Chapel pastor targets 'fellow stragglers' [Photo]

Pieter Van Waarde has had a 15-year ministry at Woodcrest Chapel in Columbia. His preaching style is generally conversational and casual, and he suggests through his ministry that Woodcrest is a place for people to come who are uncertain about their religious beliefs. His series is targeted toward this demographic, a group of "fellow stragglers" who have not yet formed strong convictions about their faith.

Summer sabbatical program offers local pastors opportunity [Photo]

Pastor Paul H. Moessner of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church is attending the summer sabbatical program of Institute for the Study of Evangelism and Congregational Development, an institute of the Theological Faculty of the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University, in Greifswald, Germany. Moessner stands in the foreground of Greifswald's gothic-baroque town hall and central market square.

Show-Me State Games youth football [Photo]

Columbia Colts player Nash Sutherlin, center, glances to his right before being tackled by Isaiah Johnson of the St. Louis Prime Time Panthers. Alexander Dupree, left, and Zachary Balentin, right, surround the tackle.

Don't look back [Photo]

Caleb Rankin (34) of the Columbia Colts carries the ball as Qian Johnson (44) of the St. Louis Prime Time Panthers looms behind him. The teams played in the sixth-grade division of the Show-Me State Games youth football competition June 27, 2009. Rankin, much smaller than most of his opponents, was cheered from the sidelines for his contribution to the Colts, who beat the Panthers 22-6.

K.C. Hinton [Photo]

K.C. Hinton of the Columbia Colts holds the ball for teammate Kenneth Jackson during the Show-Me State Games youth football competition June 27, 2009.

Mid-Missouri sky divers [Photo]

(Top row) Tandem master Ben Crowell, jumper Tom Smith, jump staff leader Kevin Holbrook, jumper Robert Kimpling and tandem master Jim Horak, along with jump master Neagle Ledet (bottom row), prepare to skydive June 22, 2009, over Mt. McKinley in Alaska.

Budget stabilization [Graphic]

Gridiron sweat [Photo]

Kenneth Jackson, left, and Josh Green, right, of the Columbia Colts cool off during their game against the St. Louis Prime Time Panthers in the sixth grade division of the Show Me State Games, June 27, 2009. Coaches had several water coolers near the field to help keep players cool.

Richland Road project [Graphic]

Log jammed [Photo]

Steve Schrader, driver of the overturned log truck, surveyed the damage at the intersection of U.S. 63 and Breedlove Drive. Schrader says he lost control of his truck after he heard a tire pop. He was not injured in the crash.

Inquiring minds at VBS [Photo]

Landon Herd poses a question during a Scripture reading at Parkade Baptist Church's Vacation Bible School — Sun Rock Kids Camp.

Volunteers at VBS [Photo]

Volunteer Luke Miedema, left, helps Zach Robertson, 8, work through an activity at The Quest Kids Club Vacation Bible School at The Crossing on June 11, 2009.

Giddy the Horse's VBS appearance [Photo]

For creating the best graham cracker fortress, the Black Bats team was rewarded with Giddy the Horse at The Quest Kids Club Vacation Bible School at The Crossing on June 11, 2009.

Preparing for a contest [Photo]

Katherine Dudley, 9, left, and volunteer Ashleigh Robertson practice a dance for an upcoming contest at the The Quest Kids Club Vacation Bible School at The Crossing on June 11, 2009.

Inside fun [Photo]

Children at the Victory Christian Church Kidz Zone Vacation Bible School played with a parachute when a thunderstorm prevented them from going outside on June 10, 2009.

Silliness at VBS [Photo]

Children's pastor Donna Palmeter, left, and volunteer Rita Jackson try to quiet the children before an activity during the Victory Christian Church Kidz Zone Vacation Bible School on June 10, 2009.