Ceramic figures at Peggy's Gifts [Photo]

Ceramic figures are among the gift items for sale at Peggy's Gifts, owned by Peggy Hurst. The store opened Dec. 15.

Peggy Hurst, proprietor of Peggy's Gifts in Columbia [Photo]

Peggy Hurst, proprietor of Peggy's Gifts in Columbia, checks her gift card inventory. Hurst opened the shop in December of 2008.

Lottery winners unite [Photo]

Jim Wilson jokes with children from a St. Louis day care during a reunion of former winners in the Missouri Lottery at Saint Louis Science Center on Tuesday. The reunion brings together two dozen lottery-made millionaires, like Wilson whose father won $254 million in the lottery in 2007.

A celebration of freedom [Video]

Kids and adults came out to celebrate African-American history at the Juneteenth celebration at Douglass Park on Saturday, June 20, 2009 in Columbia. The celebration commemorates the emancipation of slaves in Texas in 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation took effect. Saturday’s celebration included food, games and music, as well as historical exhibits provided by Lincoln University.

Tough times mean tighter pants for stress eaters [Photo]

Leslie Fuller, 51, is pictured outside her home in Las Vegas. Fuller says she has gained back weight she lost due to stress eating.

Stress eating causes Americans to put on pounds [Photo]

Leslie Fuller, 51, walks her dog Sirabi near her home in Las Vegas on June 13. Fuller says she has gained back weight she lost due to stress eating.

Church camp cool down [Photo]

Scott Ashton, mid-Missouri area director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, cools off during the FCA's Power Camp at Cosmo-Bethel Park on Monday. He advised campers to stay cool by putting water on the back of their necks.

Water stream fun [Photo]

Roan Baxter-Marti, right, jumps into the water stream with friend Alexzander Sutherland at Stephens Lake Park on Monday. Baxter-Martin was part of a Camp Adventure summer camp, one of many camps out at the lake, who all went cool off from the scorching heat.

Keeping horses cool [Photo]

Katherine Cowie and Jessica Schwartz wash down "Blitz" on Monday. The Stephens College Equestrian program takes steps to keep the horses cool during the hot months by washing them down frequently and limiting physical activity.

Douglass Park pool offers heat relief [Photo]

Olivia Moore ,6, cools off at Douglass Park on Monday.

Spicing up a boring, hot day [Photo]

Naybeah Moss, 4, wallows in the Stephens Lake Park Water streams to cool off. "It's hot and they're bored. I like coming here," said mother Maleshia Moss.

Stables equip fans to keep horses cool [Photo]

"Some of the biggest ways to tell if a horse is comfortable is in the eyes and the ears. If it's too warm and they're tired, you'll see the eyes drooping and the nostrils will flare heavily," says Clay Stem of the Stephens College Equestrian program. You will find large fans blowing air through the stables to keep horses cool during these hot summer months.

Stream play [Photo]

Rayshawn Moss runs from Katelyn England as he's sprayed with water at Stephens Lake Park. The park is a popular place when the temperature rises.

Taking a dive [Photo]

At the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Power Camp at Cosmo-Bethel Park on Monday, staffer Dustin Jeffries dives onto a water slide while campers and fellow staffer, Jeff Gamble watch.

Cooling down at Cosmo-Bethel Park [Photo]

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Power Camp staffer Jeff Gamble hoses down camper, Jack Buckley at Cosmo-Bethel Park on Monday.

Tiny Tiger learns defense [Photo]

DarréAnn Cockrell, 6, participates in the defense portion of her Tiny Tiger's tae kwon do class on June 17 at Hockman's ATA Martial Arts.

Arvilla McClellan with her picnic basket [Photo]

Long-time Columbia resident Arvilla McClellan carries her picnic basket to the side building of the New Providence Baptist Church in preparation for a fellowship lunch held after services.

McClellan plays washboard during a rehearsal [Photo]

Arvilla McClellan plays the washboard during an Older American Klub rhythm band rehearsal. McClellan also sings as part of the band, and recently bought a guitar book to continue to learn on her own.

Arvilla McClellan plays washboard [Photo]

Arvilla McClellan plays the washboard in the Older American Klub rhythm band.

Construction permits decline [Graphic]