State of the City address [Photo]

City Manager Bill Watkins gives the State of the City address at the Council Chambers, highlighting accomplishments of the past year and the goals and obstacles that the city foresees in the future. "It's been a long time since we as a community have had to face some of the economic challenges we will face in 2010," Watkins said in his address after he referred to the 1980s as the last period of no city revenue growth. Much of his speech addressed questions regarding efficient use of existing funds and programs.

City stimulus requests up to $126 million [Graphic]

Checking on the methane boiler meter [Photo]

Frank Putnam checks a methane boiler meter at the Columbia Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. The orange engine generator in the background has been running since 1983 and produces $6,000 worth of energy a month. Plant officials are hoping to install two new generators if the stimulus money becomes available.

Behind the final clarifier tank [Photo]

Officials of the Columbia Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant hope to expand its facilities with the stimulus money to improve efficiency and meet new denitrification requirements. A grassy field in the background of a final clarifier tank is one location where they hope to expand.

Columbia Terminal Railroad [Photo]

Traffic drives alongside the Columbia Terminal Railroad on Paris Road.

Seeking to improve 'Blind' Boone center's roof [Photo]

Those at the J.W. "Blind" Boone Community Center on North Providence Road are seeking stimulus money to fund improvements to the center's roof.

Five new buses to be purchased with stimulus money [Photo]

The city of Columbia's El Dorado buses are mainly used to cover bus routes around the MU campus. Grant money is funding the purchase of five new buses, scheduled for delivery in April 2010.

Rough driving over Stadium Boulevard potholes [Photo]

Potholes make for a rough driving surface on Stadium Boulevard.

City to purchase new buses with stimulus money [Photo]

The city of Columbia's El Dorado buses are mainly used to cover bus routes around the MU campus. Grant money is funding the purchase of five new buses, scheduled for delivery in April 2010.

Baseball stress [Photo]

Khalil Greene's 2008 season ended last July when he punched a dugout wall and broke his left hand. The Cardinals don't want the frustration to eat him up again, so they're using their slumping shortstop in a utility role for the time being.

Ragtime music's new tune [Slideshow]

Adam Swanson, 17, joined 11 other headlining performers for the “Blind” Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz Festival from May 31–June 2. Swanson performed in multiple concerts throughout the festival and hosted a seminar about his mentor, Johnny Maddox.

Swanson’s age makes him the youngest performer at the festival, but according to fans and fellow ragtime pianists, Swanson is more than capable of keeping time with the veterans.

Couple tours Woman-Centric home [Photo]

Kim Trabue and her husband, Tom, tour the first Woman-Centric home in Columbia on Sunday. Visitors were invited to tour the home, which was built with women specifically in mind.

Neighbors check out Woman-Centric home [Photo]

Neighbors Ted and Lila Hilgeford and James and Angeli Brooks check out the first Woman-Centric home in Columbia on Sunday. The home attracted families who, like the Brooks, still loved the home they were in but were curious about the Woman-Centric approach.

Woman-Centric home opens for tours [Photo]

The first Woman-Centric home in Columbia, at 2310 Redmond Court, was open for visitation Sunday. The house design is based on recent research done by Kliethermes Homes & Remodeling Inc. to better serve a woman's homeowner experience.

OK you cop? [Photo]

Letter magnets cover the refrigerator of Dorie Clark. Bought as an educational tool, Clark was hoping to teach his ex-wife's son, Dakota Miner, how to spell. Lessons were cut short after Dakota was removed from Clark's care. "Life is a challenge and whatever challenge I see I'll go after it. Right now I need to stay busy 'cause of that little one. You have too much time on your hands, things go through your head," said Clark. Although unemployed, Clark keeps busy with job interviews, exercise and has even enrolled in Metro Business College in Jefferson City with aims to receive an associate's degree in Biblical studies.

Clark pines for ex-wife's son [Photo]

On March 8, Dorie Clark's ex-wife removed her child, Dakota Miner from his care. Clark, who has no legal rights to Dakota, is concerned for his safety and hopes to regain custody soon. Clark stares at an empty miniature red recliner in his living room, which was given to Dakota for Christmas. "He stole my heart the first time I saw him... Hopefully I'll get him back," said Clark.

Early morning exercise [Photo]

Dorie Clark, 65, bikes through his neighborhood on the early morning of June 1. Clark, a recent graduate of the MU Law Enforcement Training program exercises from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. every morning.

Dressing for comfort [Photo]

Interviews do not worry Dorie Clark. At 65, he has been through plenty and says he is not worried about his interview with the Eldon Police Department. Clark chose to dress business casual for the interview because it was more comfortable.

Discussing career paths [Photo]

Everett Rayl of Versailles, right, is Dorie Clark's pastor and close friend. The two worked together at the F.A. Smith & Company factory in Eldon until both were laid off. Clark and Rayl discuss employment options such as teacher certification or studying computer science.

Monitoring his blood pressure and pulse [Photo]

Since 2006, Clark has been recording his pulse and blood pressure. He checks it before and after his morning workout and says doing so helps him keep track of "when I'm up, when I'm down and when I'm stressed out."