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The basins at the Columbia Wastewater Treatment Plant can help clean up to 20.6 million gallons a day of Columbia's water.

Voters pick circus tale for One Read [Photo]

Less lawn and more garden [Photo]

Mike Stambaugh weeds his thriving tomato plants on Greenwood Avenue. He turned his front yard into a vegetable garden two years ago and has plans to extend it to his backyard.

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Three tomato plants make up just part of Stambaugh’s garden, which also includes peppers. One perk: He has less lawn to mow.

Rising Above [Photo]

Kansas City third baseman Esteban German went airborne as he watched his throw to first finish a double play in the fifth inning of the Royals’ 8-1 win in Tuesday’s opening game of the I-70 Interleague Series at Kauffman Stadium. German was 3 for 5 with three RBI in the win.

Kelly competes in U.S. Open [Photo]

Exercise, not Breaking The Record, was the goal [Photo]

On a day in which they ran distances up to 6.6 miles, participants in the Breaking the Record Run stretch their legs at the Forum Road entrance to the MKT trail early Tuesday morning.

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Newell Kitchen crosses a bridge during the second Breaking The Record Run Tuesday morning. The event, sponsored by the Columbia Multisport Club, began at 5:30 a.m. and featured 167 participants running distances including five miles, six miles and 6.6 miles.

Local group plants seeds of change [Photo]

Members and friends of the Big Canoe group feast family style on food from local farms Sunday at a fundraising dinner at Cafe Berlin. “I’m not a part of Big Canoe, but I count myself a sympathizer,” John Weber said. The dinner welcomed friends and supporters of Big Canoe. From left are Amy Jerae, holding Téa Jerae; second from left, Ashley Burnam, holding Alexis Burnam. From right are Jevon Jerae and Kai Jerae; third from right is John Weber.

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Jenny Czyzewski and her son, Henry, plant seeds in Big Canoe’s lot on Sanford Street. Beans, okra and squash were planted when the organization met for a weekend workday.

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Collin Bartels, with his horse Coke, was first diagnosed with leukemia when he was 3. In 2005, he found out he had cancer again.

Back in the saddle [Photo]

Bartels says his illness made his appreciation for being outside riding the trails grow greatly.

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A group leaves the hidden letterbox under a table as they move on to find new clues around library. The groups then continue the activity by stamping their own book and the one they find.

Children go on quest for hidden letterbox at the Columbia Public Library [Photo]

Lindsay Martin, 14, left, and Ellie Cole, 13, found the letterbox on a bottom bookshelf in the Columbia Public Library on Tuesday. Teams followed clues to locations around the library in search for the hidden box containing a unique stamp and booklet.

School district aims to make new teachers’ transition easy [Photo]

Lily Long, a literacy coach at West Junior High, finds papers for Colleen Goss, an incoming business teacher at Hickman High School, at the Columbia Public Schools’ welcome center on Wednesday.

Bistro owners work hard to please every customer. [Photo]

Sarah and Craig Cyr, co-owners of The Wine Cellar and Bistro on Cherry Street, show off their extensive wine selection. The couple has worked at the same restaurants for many years.

Crayton picked for black leadership summit [Photo]

First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Crayton

Developers’ road detour spares homeowners’ yards [Graphic]

Full Steam Ahead [Photo]

J’Sheree Peal races down Broadway in downtown Columbia on Sunday in the stock car division of the Super Kids Classic soap box derby race.