Junior high marching bands play at Providence Bowl [Photo]

From left, drum director Travis Cearley gives Shaun Gladney's strap a final check before going to the Providence Bowl parade on Friday, Sept. 26. This is the first time for Oakland Junior High School, West Junior High School and Jefferson Junior High School marched in a parade.

Junior high marching bands play Providence Bowl [Photo]

Zeke Rachow, left, and Stephen Turban prepare for the Providence Bowl Parade on Friday, Sept. 26. This is the first time for Oakland Junior High School, West Junior High School, and Jefferson Junior High School will march in a parade.

Sturgeon cheerleaders [Photo]

Patty Brill, center, watches as the Sturgeon Middle School students prepare for cheerleading tryouts. Brill, the school's secretary, took over as the cheerleading coach this year.

Paws in the Park [Slideshow]

Second Chance, a no-kill animal adoption organization, raised money for their 2009 rent on Saturday at Paws in the Park. A record number of dog owners participated in the 5K walk/run.

Commemorating the 144th anniversary of the Battle of Centralia [Slideshow]

Centralia's commemoration Friday of the 144th anniversary of the Civil War battle fought there made for an educational and entertaining evening on the battlefield. There was a live play with contemporary music by Chris Edwards as well as historical crafts and food. The event portrayed the acts of "Bloody" Bill Anderson and the guerrilla attacks on Union Soldiers in 1864.

Roctober Fest Biker Rally [Slideshow]

Motorcycle enthusiasts from across the Midwest rode into town for the third annual Columbia Roctoberfest Biker Rally held Saturday at the Midway Expo Center. Several motorcycle owners participated in the ride-in bike show to compete for awards in custom style and craftsmanship.

Carl Edwards scrapes the wall [Photo]

Carl Edwards (99) goes high and slides along the wall as he tries to pass Jimmie Johnson (48) on the final lap of Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway. Johnson won the race and Edwards came in second and his 10-point lead over Johnson became to a 10-point deficit with seven races left in the Chase for the championship.

Cheering for a spot [Photo]

Patty Brill, center, watches as Sturgeon Middle School students practice for the cheerleading team Sept. 18 at the school. Brill, the middle school secretary, started her first year coaching the cheer team.

"Energy Guy" promotes efficiency [Photo]

David Mars, the "Energy Guy," is filmed by Tim Craft for October's installment of "Conservation Tips," which airs in the last five minutes of the "City Hour" on the Columbia Channel. Every month Mars gives a brief presentation on how citizens can conserve and save money on their energy bills.

Easing fears [Photo]

Ivy White tries to comfort six-week-old William Leigh while he is being weighed.

Aiding babies and moms [Photo]

Ivy White, a certified professional midwife in Columbia, holds 6-week-old William Leigh at the Columbia Community Birth Center before an appointment Sept. 18. A law upheld by the Missouri courts this summer made it legal for midwives like Ivy to assist in the birthing process without the presence of a physician.

Moo-Dah Parade [Video]

The Third Annual Occasional Moo-Dah Parade took place Saturday afternoon. It started at Flat Branch Park and made its way around downtown Columbia. The parade is meant to be a time for Columbia residents to gather and dress up, support a local business and just go and have fun. Among the marchers were families, businesses and more enthusiastic, costumed participants.

Fried mealworms served here [Slideshow]

Fried mealworms graced the menu at the Third Annual South Farm Showcase. Richard Houseman, MU Associate Professor of Urban Entemology, as well as MU Entemology graduate student Margo Mire, provided a fun, yet educational, dining experience by offering up samples of fried mealworms coated in a variety of ways.

"Best in Show" pottery [Photo]

Artist Paul Pfrehm of Wewoka, Okla., won "Best in Show" at the Columbia Festival of the Arts. This year marks his sixth time in the show and his second time as winner. Pfrehm calls himself a "wannabe local" and spends much of his time showing in Missouri.

Festival of the Arts [Photo]

Mary Verdi-Fletcher performs with Carly Dorman during the Columbia Festival of the Arts on Saturday. The Dancing Wheels company from Cleveland incorporates seated and standing performers in modern dances.

Downtown cleanup [Photo]

Becca Brauer scrapes off a sticker from a mailbox downtown Saturday morning. Karis Community Church members worked to clear the streets in preparation for the Roots ’N Blues ’N BBQ Festival on Oct. 3.

Cleaning downtown [Photo]

Jaylyn Salmons removes graffiti from a parking meter downtown Saturday morning. A Karis Community Church public service project to clean up graffiti and garbage took to downtown Saturday morning.

Sticker cleanup [Photo]

Tracy Edwards and Jaylyn Salmons scrape stickers off a parking meter using razor blades Saturday morning on Broadway as part of Karis Community Church's "Shalom" community service program.

One-handed juggler [Video]

The first one-handed juggler in history, according to the International Juggling Association, performed on the children’s stage at the 17th annual Columbia Festival of the Arts on Saturday. Dale Jones lost most of the use of his right hand after breaking his arm at age 8. By inventing new techniques, he hasn’t let this stop him from performing.

Graffiti cleanup [Photo]

A member of Karis Community Church's service group carries cleaning supplies Saturday. The group worked to clean graffiti and stickers from downtown.