SLIDESHOW: Charles Carter [Slideshow]

After working through job hopping, failed marriages and alcoholism, he has become a friendly, reliable fixture in Columbia and is an inspiration to many who are struggling.

Rock Bridge soccer players design T-shirts for big game [Photo]

Kelsey Konrardy, a captain on the Rock Bridge girls soccer team, writes "Just Play" in duct tape on a T-shirt after Tuesday's practice. The team designed shirts for Wednesday's home game against Hickman.

Rock Bridge tennis player Jimmy Hunter [Photo]

Rock Bridge tennis player Jimmy Hunter returns a shot Tuesday in a doubles match against Hickman.

Hickman shot-putter Josh Harvey [Photo]

Hickman's Josh Harvey excelled as a 6-foot-6, 330-pound lineman on the Kewpies' football team. But he is also skilled in track and field and has a chance to win a state title in the shot put.

Rock Bridge tennis player Sam Johnson practices serving [Photo]

Rock Bridge tennis player Sam Johnson practices serving with teammates before facing off with hometown rival Hickman on Tuesday afternoon, their final encounter this season.

Hickman and Rock Bridge tennis players, before doubles matches [Photo]

Tennis players from Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools meet their opponents for doubles matches on Tuesday.

Dom DeLuise [Photo]

Dom DeLuise in 1988 at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

Ryan Ferguson [Photo]

Ryan William Ferguson, 19, accused of killing Columbia Daily Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt. The murder took place in the Tribune parking lot on Nov. 1, 2001.

TriZou lures four-time world triathlon champion [Video]

Simon Lesing, an Olympic triathlete and four-time world triathlon champion, visited Columbia for the first time for Sunday's TriZou triathlon at MU's Stankowski Field. Lessing was one of more than 700 participants, the most to ever compete in the race's 10-year history.

Relay race instruction [Photo]

Prior to the races, Dave Carlson goes over the rules at the starting line with runners participating in a relay.

Race regulation explanation [Photo]

Starting races is not the only thing Dave Carlson does. Before races, he explains the rules and regulations of each race to race participants.

Performing "Mermaids" [Photo]

Meg Morrissey Wilki and Ben DeMeyer perform the play "Mermaids," written by MU student Jessica Huang, during the Creative Performances and Recognition Ceremony at MU. The 10-minute play is one of the four plays that advanced to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival's national competition in Washington, D.C., last month.

Jessica Huang, playwright and journalist [Photo]

Jessica Huang, playwright of "Mermaids." The play is about a couple dealing with breast cancer.

Rehearsing in Washington, D.C. [Photo]

Mauricio Salgado, left, reads stage directions while Susan Lynskey and James Konicek rehearse "Mermaids" in a dressing room at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Play discussion [Photo]

Jessica Huang, left, discusses her play with Meg Morrissey Wilki and Ben DeMeyer before the staging of "Mermaids" during the Creative Performances and Recognition Ceremony at MU.

Stadium Boulevard extension [Graphic]

Community Conservation Center [Graphic]

Through the eyes of a starter [Slideshow]

The gun’s loud shot rang through the air as the runners blasted off their starting blocks. Seconds later, the next heat lined up and Dave Carlson, the MSHSAA race starter, reloaded his gun. Carlson is a race starter for the Missouri State High School Activities Association for track and field events. On Tuesday, he was starting relays for a track meet at the Hickman High School track.

Boone Life: Chloe waits patiently [Photo]

Wearing the expression of a stranded, hard-luck motorist, Chloe rests her jowls out the window while her owner Darren Crites replaces a length of fuel pump hose he borrowed from his old Ford to get a Jet Ski running at the Warren School Road river access near Easley on Sunday.

Darren Crites explains problems with Jet Skis [Photo]

Darren Crites explains how many Jet Skis get a hole burned in the piston head due to a lack of oil as he displays one of the culprits.