Helen Noonan discusses Centralia Anchor Festival [Slideshow]

Helen Noonan, a cosmetologist and esthetician for Brown Chiropractic Wellness Center and Spa in Centralia, discusses the importance of the Centralia Anchor Festival to her family and the city.

Students at Two Mile Prairie Elementary School discuss changing grade levels [Audio]

Students at Two Mile Prairie Elementary School in Columbia discuss why they are excited about changing grade levels and schools.

A horse fan [Photo]

Dianne Lynch likes horses and is attracted to the Stephens equestrian program. "It is one of the truly unique parts of the school," she said. Her 11-year-old daughter, Annie, will learn to ride on a horse named Chopper when she arrives in Columbia.

Learning combat moves for the stage [Photo]

Stephens College President Dianne Lynch stops to watch professor Erik Gratton's Stage Combat class on Tuesday. The students, who will perform a full fight scene toward the end of their summer class, showed off a few moves to Lynch.

That fear might be gone [Photo]

Karren Prasifka and Stephens College President Dianne Lynch share a laugh. Prasifka said she decided to join the college's equestrian program to "get over my fear of riding a horse."

Meeting colleagues [Photo]

Stephens College President Dianne Lynch introduces herself to employee Jim Klick, who has worked as the supervisor of the college's Mechanic Shop for more than two years. Lynch met a number of faculty, students and staff on Tuesday.

Cleaning desks [Photo]

11-year-old Lucy Kingsley, left, looks on as fellow fifth-grade classmates clean out their desks on the last day of school at Fairview Elementary in Columbia on Tuesday.

Taking a picture on the last day of school [Photo]

11-year-olds Da'Jon Gully, left, and Lucas Wadley pose for a photo on their last day of fifth grade at Fairview Elementary in Columbia.

Comden and Day [Photo]

Barry Comden and singer-actress Doris Day are shown in this 1976 photo. Comden died of heart failure on May 25 in Los Angeles, according to his son.

Barry Comden with Doris Day [Photo]

Barry Comden, a maitre d' at a Beverly Hills restaurant, became the fourth husband of singer-actress Doris Day. Comden died of heart failure on May 25 in Los Angeles, according to his son.

Hindman talks status of crime in Columbia [Photo]

Mayor Darwin Hindman stands with Fifth Ward Councilwoman Laura Nauser and addresses the press about crime in Columbia. The mayor introduced an Internet-based program that residents can use to review crimes committed in their neighborhoods.

Truck crashes into electric pole [Photo]

A PAR Electrical Contractors Inc. truck hoists three linemen above a totaled black Chevy S-10. The Chevy's driver was reported to have been driving eastbound on Business Loop 70 when he veered right and crashed into an electric transmission pole, splintering it in two.

Saturn of Columbia [Photo]

Saturn of Columbia, part of Lou Fusz Auto Group, was open for business as usual on Monday. Saturn, which is owned by General Motors, filed for bankruptcy Monday.

GM files for bankruptcy [Photo]

The sign for Sullivan Buick Pontiac and GMC is reflected in a car on the lot on Monday in Arlington Heights, Ill. General Motors filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday as part of the Obama administration's plan to restructure the company and give majority ownership to the federal government.

Hairspray rehearsal [Photo]

From left, actors Daryl Vaughan, David Hemsley Caldwell and Annie Funke practice a scene from "Hairspray," the opening play of the 49th season at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. Vaughan, who will perform in drag as Edna Turnblad, is a regular face in Lyceum shows. Lead actress Funke, playing Tracy Turnblad, previously worked as an understudy for the role in the Broadway production.

You can't stop the beat [Photo]

Cast members of "Hairspray" dance around Stephen Lukas, center left, and Annie Funke during a rehearsal Saturday at the Old Schoolhouse Community Center in Arrow Rock. Lukas portrays teen idol Link Larkin in the show.

Range line bike lanes, sidewalks [Graphic]

Rolling Hills Road extension [Graphic]

Joint collaboration at MU [Photo]

James "Jimi" Cook, left, of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine and Sonny Bal, orthopedic surgeon at the MU School of Medicine, have been collaborating for more than seven years on research to create biological joints for hip and knee replacements — as opposed to the standard metal and plastic parts. The process is currently being used in dogs, but, Bal said, it is likely to take "about five years" before it can be perfected enough for human use.

Speaking on the need to slow traffic [Photo]

Fergus Moore speaks about the need to slow traffic on Alexander Avenue at a City Council meeting, while his daughter Olivia, 6, listens. "We've created a neighborhood," he said of the street that he lives on. "For the solutions that require funding, we ask for your help. For those that do not, we ask for your support."