Rusty Strodtman [Document]

L. Lee Terry [Document]

Matthew Vander Tuig [Document]

Rob Wolverton [Document]

Larry Wyatt [Document]

Councilman Wade makes statement [Document]

Guest from first 'Pepper and Friends' show [Photo]

Cookie Hagan greets Paul Pepper on Monday outside the KOMU/Channel 8 station. Hagan was on Paul's very first show 27 years ago as part of the Paquin ukulele ensemble. The group was interviewed upon their return from a performance for president Jimmy Carter.

"When we came home and a local TV station picked it up ... it was just wonderful, a memory that just lives forever," said Hagan.

'We love Pepper' sign [Photo]

Paul Pepper and James Mouser, hosts of "Pepper and Friends," hold up a sign protesters presented them on Monday outside of the KOMU/Channel 8 station.

Handmade signs show support [Photo]

Paul Pepper and co-host James Mouser, of the KOMU/Channel 8 program "Pepper and Friends," are greeted with cheers, embraces and a handmade sign.

Paul Pepper greets protesters [Photo]

Paul Pepper, host of the KOMU/Channel 8 program "Pepper and Friends," emerges from the station to receive a group of protesters. About 30 people met on Monday outside the KOMU/Channel 8 station to protest the station's decision to take the program off the air.

Robert McNamara dies [Photo]

Robert S. McNamara died Monday. He was 93. McNamara served as U.S. secretary of defense and was vilified for his role in escalating the Vietnam War, a disastrous conflict he later denounced as "terribly wrong."

Home for the Fourth [Video]

Mid-Missourians experienced the Fourth of July this year in different ways. While some prefer the parades, firework shows and live bands of Jefferson City, other mid-Missourians choose to celebrate their Independence Day in the atmosphere of a small town community like Rocheport.

Awaiting his nightly meal [Photo]

Ditto awaits his nightly meal from Kimberly Newberry on June 18. The small notch in his left ear indicates that he has been fixed by one of the veterinarians that work with Spay, Neuter And Protect, an extension of Columbia Second Chance that specializes in trapping and fixing feral cats.

Newberry calms trapped feral cat [Photo]

Kimberly Newberry calms a trapped feral cat while waiting for a veterinarian on the morning of June 20. Newberry seeks to educate her children and her community about the importance of responsible pet care.

Mother, child watch over cat [Photo]

Bailey Newberry, 10, left, and her mother, Kimberly, watch over a trapped feral cat on the night of June 19. Younger cats might go into a trap repeatedly, while older cats learn to stay away.

Sedalia snake lady [Photo]

Connie Koch of Sedalia, fondly known as the Snake Lady by children and adults around Pettis County, shows off one of her 10 snakes in her snake room at her Sedalia residence. The snake is a ball python she named J.J. Buddy and has had for eight years.

'Snake Lady' known all over Sedalia [Photo]

Connie Koch of Sedalia calls her bull snake, Maxine, a drama queen because it tends to hiss when annoyed. Lots of children — some now adults — have met Koch as she hosted educational programs over the years. Many don't remember her name, but they remember who she is: the Snake Lady.

Backyard Fourth of July celebration [Slideshow]

A group of neighborhood kids and their families from mid-Missouri gathered for a backyard celebration in Prathersville on the Fourth of July.

Sights and sounds at Fourth of July Fire in the Sky [Slideshow]

Despite brief rain delays, families from around mid-Missouri gathered to celebrate the Fourth of July at Columbia's Fire in the Sky event.

Fourth of July fireworks go on despite rain delay [Video]

After days of preparation by organizers, pyrotechnicians and musicians, Columbia’s biggest fireworks display, "Fire in the Sky," was threatened by a summer storm system that dampened the Memorial Stadium crowd and delayed the colorful explosions. In the end, the Missouri Symphony Orchestra packed up its instruments, but its pre-recorded performance of patriotic music played on. After a 10-minute rain delay, damp spectators were treated to the traditional booms and flashes of their annual Independence Day light show.