Wiffle Ball Wednesdays [Photo]

Caroline Lavelock runs to first base after a line drive down the third-base line. The other team chases after the ball on a muddy Francis Quadrangle.

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Wiffle ball organizer, comissioner, and pitcher Nick Straatmann wipes mud off the ball.

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Organizer Nick Straatmann is up to bat while the rest of his team waits in the batting order. The group of about 20 students from Mark Twain residence hall gather to play Wiffle ball on the quad every week, rain or shine.

Almeta Crayton emphasizes youth as she seeks re-election in First Ward [Photo]

First Ward City Council incumbent Almeta Crayton, shown here at a forum with the First Ward candidates on Feb. 23, has three challengers for her seat this year after running unopposed during her two previous re-election campaigns.

Police looking for suspect in Break Time convenience store robbery [Photo]

Columbia police released this image from video surveillance of a perpetrator of a robbery on March 15 at the Break Time convenience story at 901 U.S. 63.

Fire causes $75,000 in damage at Arrow Head Motel [Photo]

Columbia firefighters put on masks and prepare to enter a room at the Arrow Head Motel, 1411 Business Loop 70 E. on Wednesday morning after a fire was reported there. Seven units at the motel were damaged by smoke; three had damage from the fire. No injuries were reported.

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Columbia firefighters block off part of Business Loop 70 between College Avenue and Paris Road on Wednesday while fighting a fire that began inside one of the rooms at the Arrow Head Motel, 1411 Business Loop 70 E.

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Columbia firefighters put on their gear before fighting a fire at the Arrow Head Motel on Wednesday. No one was injured in the fire at the business, 1411 Business Loop 70 E.

Former Columbia resident killed in Iraq [Photo]

Sgt. Phillip R. Anderson with his son, Warner, is shown in this undated family photograph.

Girls lacrosse teams seeking out competition [Photo]

The Columbia Women's Lacrosse Team has girls from Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools, as well as West Junior High School.

Columbia's top accident locations in 2007 [Graphic]

Boys lacrosse continues quest [Video]

At the recent game between Hickman and Rock Bridge boys lacrosse clubs, parents and club officials talked about why the clubs should be sanctioned by the Missouri State High School Activities Association. Sanctioning would make lacrosse a varsity sport.

Paul Sturtz: festival co-founder, 'visionary' and energetic candidate [Photo]

First Ward City Council candidate Paul Sturtz talks to Columbia residents during a meet and greet at Klik's at 205 N. Tenth St. on March 19.

Stadium Boulevard near Interstate 70 is a traffic accident trouble spot [Photo]

A series of cars and trucks turn into the intersection Stadium Boulevard and Bernadette Drive Tuesday. The intersection was the location of 53 traffic accidents last year, the most of any site in Columbia.

Jerry Thompson's works of art [Slideshow]

Below see some of Jerry Thompson's paintings transform from photographs and sketches. Thompson’s paintings typically start from a sketch and not a photo. When he is in situations where he can’t sketch something he will take a photo to sketch later and then paint it.

Spring brings blooming lilacs [Photo]

Tammy Bush

AARP’s tax assistance program sees high number of users [Photo]

At left, Juanita Jennings, Cassie Fisher, 3, Mary Burnett and Marcella Roberts sign in while waiting for help on their taxes at the Columbia Public Library on Friday. The AARP has offered free tax assistance to Columbia residents each Monday, Wednesday and Friday since March 1. The tax clinics continue through April 15.

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Tim and Annette Renwick listen to their daughter Kylie, 9, ask for permission to go to a sleepover at a friend’s house.

John Clark: financial officer, neighborhood activist and civic enthusiast [Photo]

John Clark speaks at a structured forum for First Ward City Council candidates on Feb. 23.

A Missouri family raises beefalo as a low-fat alternative to beef cattle [Photo]

Beefaloes graze at Fowler Beefalo Farms in La Monte on Thursday.