August 13, 2008
New interim superintendent for Columbia Public Schools, Jim Ritter addresses the media with school board President Michelle Gadbois at an early-morning press conference held to announce the his succession to recently-retired superintendent Phyllis Chase.
Soldiers secure a Russian military convoy outside Gori, Georgia, on Wednesday. Russian tanks, troops and paramilitaries rolled into the strategic Georgian city of Gori on Wednesday, apparently smashing an EU-brokered truce designed to end the six-day conflict that has uprooted tens of thousands and scarred the Georgian landscape.
Cara Walker competed in the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup in Canada where she won this High Point Rider trophy.
Cara Walker takes her horse, Party, for a trot. Walker competed in the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup in Canada in July.
Cara Walker takes her horse, Party, for a walk. Walker competed in the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup in Canada and won awards for High Point Rider, Horsemanship High Rider and Hunter Under Saddle.
Jason Harris, left, Wes Mcallister, center, and Steve Botts, right, lay down fresh sod on the Francis Quadrangle on Wednesday morning. Their work should be finished by Friday. The soil had been removed during construction of the Reynolds Journalism Institute.
Jim Ritter and Michelle Gadbois address the media at Wednesday morning's announcement. Ritter led the school district from 1998-2003 and has agreed to serve again as interim superintendent.
School Board President Michelle Gadbois announced Wednesday morning that Jim Ritter would serve as interim superintendent following the retirement of Phyllis Chase. The board voted him in unanimously.
Jim Ritter's selection as interim superintendent was announced Wednesday morning.
Jim Ritter has been chosen as interim superintendent of Columbia Public Schools. The announcement took place during a Wednesday morning press conference.
Customers line up for all-you-can-eat chicken wings at the Wing Ding chicken wing competition on Tuesday night.
August 12, 2008
Equipment lines the walls at Columbia Scuba Inc. The shop provides classes and puts together trips for its customers.
After five years in Oregon, Kevin Kivlahan returned to Columbia Scuba Inc. "We're all kind of like family here," he said.
Jim Ritter served more than 30 years with Columbia Public Schools before he retired as superintendent in 2003.
Customers pack the Columbia Executive Center for the Wing Ding chicken wing competition Tuesday night.
John Savio, general manager for Truman's Bar and Grill, serves up some chicken wings.
Kerry Boyles, 7, enjoys some chicken wings at the Easter Seals Wing Ding competition Tuesday night at the Columbia Executive Center at the Holiday Inn Select.