Folk group and fundraiser rally sustainable farmers [Photo]

Casi Lock, 26, of Columbia, finishes dinner as folk group The Ditty Bops take the stage at the Missouri Rural Crisis Center’s fundraiser for mid-Missouri farmers Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007.

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Walker Claridge, who leases a couple of acres on Tera Bella Farm, shows his 2-year-old son, Lushen, some dance moves.

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Leftover corn ears will become compost on Terra Bella Farms, a small, sustainable farm in Hatton.

Shoe drive a success for local teens [Photo]

Amanda Perry, 18, left, and Sarah Ginsberg, 19, box shoes to ship to Africa as part of the "Shoe Away Poverty" shoe drive Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007 in Columbia. Ginsberg and others created the drive and started collecting shoes in July.

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More than 2,800 shoes have been donated and will be sent to needy families in Kenya.

Amateur actors perform 'Oklahoma' in Nifong Park [Photo]

Sonya Stark practices her violin backstage during a dress rehearsal for “Oklahoma!” at the Maplewood Barn Community Theater. The musical begins Friday and ends Sept. 9.

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Sarah Perez-Swofford and other members of the musical cast strike a final pose at the end of a song.

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Thespian Hall unveils new Steinway [Photo]

New waterfall and bridge being constructed at Stephens Lake Park [Graphic]

Missouri Theatre launches<br>renovation efforts</br> [Photo]

Missouri Theatre’s upper balcony is being renovated as part of the theater’s transformation process.

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The Ninth Street sidewalk is blocked off in front of the Missouri Theatre. The bricks by the building’s entrance, circa 1928, are being moved to the north side of the theater.

Columbia schools begin push toward new school year [Photo]

Music teacher Judy Brown, left, gets some help from media specialist Jaque Schaller to install a new teaching tool called a smart board.

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Students walk alongside Francis Quadrangle Monday afternoon during the first day of class for MU students.

School officials plan for heat cancellation [Graphic]

Broadway’s new aesthetic [Photo]

Shoppers walk past A La Campagne on Broadway in downtown Columbia on Monday. Downtown businesses used to be covered by concrete canopies, but they were removed in 2006 as part of a city plan to enhance the look of businesses located in The District.

State's highest court won't hear Ferguson appeal [Photo]

Ryan Ferguson's appeal for a new trial in the killing of Kent Heitholt, a Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor, was denied by the Missouri State Supreme Court on Tuesday.

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Click here to see the court document.

Red-light cameras still months away [Graphic]

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Earl Salmons, a seventh-grader at Columbia Independent School, takes part in an acting warm-up exercise as part of Molly Davin’s, far left, performing arts class on Tuesday.