March 14, 2008
Former Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee signs copies of his book for fans after delivering the 2008 Schiffman Ethics in Society Lecture at Columbia College on Thursday.
Samuel Combs, the Holy Road Tours Union tour director, practices the piano in the music room at the Holy Road House. Combs is a singer-songwriter from Virginia who moved into the house to perfect his music.
Michelle Grant (left) and Julian McFarland watch the performers during the expression session at the Holy Road House, Friday, March 7, 2008 in Columbia, Mo. Grant and McFarland play as the band, the Forealsies, and are one of the couples living at the House. They promote the expression sessions and the vision of the House in the community.
Artists at the Holy Road House work on their projects in early March. From left are Bobby Johnson, Lindsey Walker and Michelle Grant.
The Holy Road House serves as a boarding house for developing artists who need space to further explore their craft.
The Holy Road House serves as a boarding house for developing artists who need space to further explore their craft. Founded by Lizzie West and her husband, Anthony Kieraldo, they created Holy Road Tours in 2006 and later that year purchased the house located at 214 St. Joseph St.
An aerial image from the Boone County Assessor's Web site shows the neighborhood, with 308 McNab Drive outlined in blue.
Firefighters work to extinguish flames after the explosion at 308 McNab Drive.
Flames engulf the remains of the house at 308 McNab Drive on Friday morning.
Shortly after the explosion at 308 McNab Drive, the flames could be seen across neighboring yards.
Merna Sneed, left, shown in a 2005 Missourian file photo from the Friends of the Columbia Public Library sale volunteered at the Columbia Public Library for more than 30 years. At right is Gay Hawley.
Rescue efforts after an explosion on McNab Drive were hampered by the narrowness of the street.
Rescue workers take Merna Sneed, 84, to an ambulance that took her to University Hospital. Sneed was found in a pile of debris in her backyard; she had been blown out of her house at 308 McNab Drive by an explosion. As of 1:08 p.m. Friday, she was in critical condition with severe burns over a large portion of her body.
Celtic musician Tom Schultz plays a bodhrán, a traditional Irish drum, during an informal performance at Kayotea in downtown Columbia. Schultz had the bodhrán custom made by a German drummaker he met a drum festival in Ireland.
A firefighter calls for assistance on the scene of the house explosion in the East Campus neighborhood.
The firefighter moves quickly among the debris toward the wreckage of the house.
The firefighter works to rescue Merna Sneed from among the debris and flames.
Firefighters carry Merna Sneed to receive medical attention after she had been trapped under debris by the explosion of the home she shared with her husband.
Participants wait for Chi Epsilon member Kelly Schaefer to call the start of the first round of third annual MU Engineering Week Stretch Eating Contest on Thursday at the Broadway Diner in downtown Columbia. James Bryce, second from left, was eventually crowned the winner after eating five stretches, which consist of eggs, hashbrowns, chili and cheddar cheese, in twelve minutes.