June 15, 2009
Cars await the competition as drivers learn the rules of the race. Racers must keep their eyes over the brim of the car at all times and may not brake until the race is completed.
Coached by his father, JB Waggoner, Thomas Waggoner prepares to race in the annual Mid-Missouri Soap Box Derby races. The competitors raced down Broadway between Seventh Street and Providence Road on Sunday.
Tyree Tarver races to the finish line in his flame-decorated car. Tarver won the race and continued on to the next round. The competitors battle head-to-head until one person is the Mid-Missouri Soap Box Champion and recieves a trophy.
Haley McKernan looks at the finish line in concentration as she passes her opponent. Crouching low in the car, she exemplifies a key to soap box racing: aerodynamics.
June 14, 2009
Justin Cook, right, navigates his boat towards the launch ramp of the Wilton Boat Club after a night of angling for catfish on the Missouri River. Cook and fishing partner Alex Palmsmeyer brought in the largest fish of the tournament, which weighed 25.8 pounds.
Two of the ten catfish caught by Bryan Crump and Tim Sherman rest on a table after the weigh-in at the Wilton Boat Club catfish tournament. Crump and Sherman had the heaviest haul of the event as more than half of the boats in the tournament returned empty-handed.
Colby Phillips, 9, looks on as fishermen Bill Toth, right, and Jon Young carry out the weigh-in process Sunday during the Wilton Boat Club catfish tournament.
Mark Martin celebrates in victory circle Sunday after winning the NASCAR LifeLock 400 auto race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.
Fran Reynolds named her dog Bailey and has traveled with him from California to New Mexico to Missouri. "He just loves to see the country," she said. After sharing stories from their pets, the church-goers sang, "How much is that doggie in the window?"
Heather Carver tells the story of her new dog, Tripod, whom she adopted from Columbia Second Chance animal rescue group. Carver got Tripod nine days ago and says, "He puts the 'try' in Tripod."
Adele Dorman shares a story about her hamster, Teddy. The Dorman family also has a new pet — a black and white cat.
Kate, whose mother asked that her name be withheld, holds, from left, Maggie, Bailey and Toby at the 10th annual pet blessing service at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia.
Dale Chihuly's Walla Wallas float in the reflecting pools outside the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.
This is the Victorian District.
This is a view of the Japanese Garden with the ZigZag Bridge.
This is the Children's Garden with a view of the Climatron.
This is the Chinese Garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Gayla Hart, 48, was hospitalized with severe burns she received Tuesday morning in the house fire that claimed the life of her father, Joseph Hart.
Casey Glaude, 11, and her father Marty Glaude reflect on her first soap box derby racing experience at the Mid Missouri Soap Box Derby in Columbia on Sunday
Eledia Stone holds up her mother's childhood bank and a box of Mark McGuire home run baseballs from a wheelbarrow of items salvaged from her shed. Behind the barbed-wire fence, debris from the flood can still be seen. Her property on Hinkson Creek Road flooded on April 30. Stone and her daughters are still cleaning out the property.