A 13th-birthday ride [Photo]

Koby Gilleland takes a ride for his 13th birthday. Jan Sines, in the green cowboy hat, directed the balloon.

Flying high over Columbia [Photo]

Koby Gilleland and friends start to fly away over Columbia.

Eighth place winner leads pig out of ring [Photo]

Shari Brunner, a senior at Centralia High School, leads her pig out of the ring after she won eighth place in the Crossbred On-Foot Barrow competition on Saturday at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. Brunner won the 2008 Grand Champion Breeding Gilt title with her female red duroc breeder at the Boone County Fair.

Centralia student's pig gets first place [Photo]

Tyler Martin, a Centralia High School student, shows off his 2009 Grand Champion Barrow on Saturday at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. His pig, Chrome, won the FFA/4-H competition on Friday.

Farmers process hogs [Photo]

Farmers Isaac Phillips, left, and John Adam process hogs in a confinement building in Richland, Iowa.

Farmers walk on their farm [Photo]

Farmers John Adam, left, and Isaac Phillips walk on their farm in Richland, Iowa.

Farmer enjoys his land [Photo]

Farmer John Adam talks on his cell phone in a hog confinement building.

Farmer feeds hogs [Photo]

Farmer Isaac Phillips feeds hogs in a confinement building on his farm.

Cantwell celebrates [Photo]

Christian Cantwell of the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's shot put at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday in Berlin.

Over the Hill Gang [Photo]

Sidney Wilson pitches for the Over the Hill Gang during the Missouri State Senior Games on Aug. 15, 2009, at Cosmopolitan Park. The Over the Hill Gang lost its first game 22-14 to the K.C. 65s.

Missouri Senior State Games softball tournament [Photo]

Dick Skinner cheers on his Over the Hill Gang teammates during the softball tournament at the Missouri State Senior Games on Aug. 15, 2009, at Cosmopolitan Park.

Moore takes break during scrimmage [Photo]

Sophomore tailback De'Vion Moore takes a break during the Missouri Tigers' fall football scrimmage Saturday morning at Faurot Field.

Missouri Manor to be renovated [Photo]

The Missouri Manor, built in 1927, is being renovated and the rooms will be turned into studio apartments.

Complex to be built behind Missouri Manor [Photo]

By fall 2010, the property manager of the Missouri Manor hopes to build a new 24-unit apartment complex behind the manor. The new complex would serve as additional studio apartments for MU students.

Woman gets puppy kisses [Photo]

Cathy Murphy receives kisses from Tami, who is waiting to be walked at Columbia Second Chance. Tami is one of the many dogs Second Chance hopes will find a loving family.

Coulter moves to starting role [Photo]

Senior defensive end Brian Coulter runs through a pass rush drill during morning practice Friday. Coulter has moved into a starting role for the Tigers this season and is feeling more comfortable with the team's defensive system.

Police guard rooms at Eastwood Motel [Photo]

Columbia Police Department officers and detectives guard rooms 32 and 33 at the Eastwood Motel on Friday morning.

Jane Austen meets zombies [Photo]

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” has become a best-seller since it was published earlier this year and has sparked a trend in literary monster mashups. “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters” will hit stores next month.

Soul Seat [Photo]

Pack Matthews' Soul Seat was first conceived in the summer of 2008, and two dozen have already been made and many sold. The base is made of Arctic birch plywood, and the seat can be surfaced with virtually any material.

Showing off their work [Photo]

Isaiah Berry, center, points out his signature to his sister Sanora Berry, left, and Columbia School Board of Education member Jan Mees, right. The painting was unveiled at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009.