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New water slide at Oakland Family Aquatic Center makes a splash [Photo]

Four-year-old Kaden Fugate gazes up at the new slide at the Oakland Family Aquatic Center on Saturday. The slide, which cost $180,000, was opened for the first time later in the afternoon.

Honor for tee-ball player well deserved [Photo]

Jill Zulovich, 6, will represent Missouri on July 16 at the Tee-Ball on the South Lawn All-Star Game in Washington D.C.

In the dugout [Photo]

Jill Zulovich waits her turn to bat Thursday at Daniel Boone Little League Field. After the rained-out game, teammates yelled out, "Say hello to the president!" before heading home.

Jill Zulovich plays tee-ball [Photo]

Jill Zulovich played her final game of the season Thursday at Daniel Boone Little League Field. "I don't think she understands the scope," her father, Joe Zulovich, said of the opportunity to play tee-ball at the White House and meet the President.

Smiling on base [Photo]

Jill Zulovich smiles after reaching first base in her tee-ball game Thursday at Daniel Boone Little League Field.

Well-wishers pack council chambers for police Chief Boehm’s sendoff [Photo]

Retiring police Chief Randy Boehm, center, hugs Donna Hargis before the start of a farewell ceremony held for him at the Daniel Boone Building on Friday.

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Retiring police Chief Randy Boehm, left, shakes hands with Les Kerr from the U.S. Attorney General's office during a farewell celebration held at the Daniel Boone Building on Friday.

Farewell to Boehm [Slideshow]

Retiring Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm attended his retirement reception held by the city of Columbia at the Daniel Boone Building on Sunday. The chief has served with the Columbia Police Department for 31 years and will take a job as manager of security for MU Health Care on July 7.

Oakland Family Aquatic Center opens pool slide [Slideshow]

Oakland Family Aquatic Center debuted a 125-foot-long water slide Friday. But Saturday marked the first time many used it. The pool cost $180,000 and was paid for by a city park sales tax.

Wine and Food Festival 2008 [Video]

Assistant chef at Churchill’s restaurant, Emmitt Joyner, explains the importance of complementing food and wine at the Wine and Food Festival 2008 at the Holiday Inn Express in Columbia on Friday evening.

Summer Survival Guide [Photo]

Searching for a past [Photo]

TOP: A Wilson family reunion in Quincy, Ill., in 1970.
BOTTOM LEFT: Traci Wilson-Kleekamp’s grandmother, Mary Ella Wilson, and her brother-in-law Arthur Wilson with Kenneth, Robert and William E. Wilson Jr., Traci’s father.
BOTTOM RIGHT: The Rev. Nathaniel P. Wilson and his granddaughter, Tonie Wilson-Buie.

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“I’ve learned one little missing link can put everything off. But one little piece can set everything right.”
Traci Wilson-Kleekamp, who traces her own genealogy and hires herself out as a researcher for others trying to find their roots.

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TOP LEFT: Marc Cobb’s great-great-grandfather, Henry James, from Knox.
TOP RIGHT Cobb (center, tallest), with mother Connie and his brothers and sisters.
BOTTOM: The brother of Cobb’s great-great-great-grandmother on his mother’s side, Leslie E. Fonza, who lived in Quincy, Ill.

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“This has been a time of healing. By going back into family history, it gets people talking again. People are trying to get the stories straight.”
Marc Cobb, who has traced his family back four generations.

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LEFT: Mollie and Henry Rogers around 1930.
RIGHT: Linda Palmer’s relative, Mollie Rogers, on her 100th birthday.

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“We call each other ‘cuz.’ We keep circling around the same family, the same town. I know we are related somewhere.”
Linda Palmer (right) about her friend and possible cousin, Traci Wilson-Kleekamp (left)

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The Hardimans, a group of Linda Palmer’s family members.

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Eugene D. Cobb, Marc Cobb’s grandfather.

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Moss Johnson, Traci Wilson-Kleekamp’s relative.
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