Hickman and Rock Bridge swimmers persevere [Photo]

Even though much of the pool at Hickman High School, including the diving board, is in disrepair, swimmers have found a way to have a successful season.

Reporting that serves the good of the people [Photo]

Katherine Reed

Spill it: A conversation with skeet shooter Haley Dunn [Photo]

Skeet shooter Haley Dunn was a member of the U.S. Olympic skeet shoot team in 2002 as an alternate. She is an MU student who is studying business management and economics.

Artist Rex Bandy is on an Ugly Crusade [Photo]

In his cluttered basement studio, Rex Bandy dabs evenly-sized petals onto a small portrait of blooming flowers. Bandy said he started painting the walls of clubs and tents during his service in the Korean War, after procuring some cheap paints and materials on the local black market. “We were stuck in this God forsaken country, 40 degrees below zero, winds 40 miles an hour,” Bandy recalled. “Morale was bad, food was bad, everything was bad, and I just started to do this thing.”

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Rex Bandy spends much of his time in a basement apartment in his son’s house. Although he doesn’t profess to know what folk art is, he says he does believe that real art “doesn’t belong to dictators, generals (or) CEOs of corporations. In the United States, we’ve had a great history of art from ordinary people.”

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Bandy’s artwork often uses vivid colors.

Sights of a small farm trade show [Photo]

Mike Perkins promotes his waterless Kitchen Craft cookwear at the 15th annual National Small Farm Trade Show and Conference at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Friday. This is Perkins' second year at the farm trade show, and his eleventh year selling Kitchen Craft.

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Elaine O'Brien, an intern at Terra Bella — a female- owned and operated Central Missouri organic farm — checks out poultry on display at the 15th annual National Small Farm Trade Show and Conference on Friday at the Boone County Fairgrounds. The conference, the largest annual small farm show in the United States, hosts a number of booths, livestock displays, sheepdog shows, farming equipment, demonstrations and more.

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Dick Reinap, left, adjusts the top of his box of Polish and Buffed Orpington chicks, while Shelly Dowden and her 5-year-old son Deyton Dowden shop for new additions to their egg-laying business on Friday during the 15th annual National Small Farm Trade Show and Conference at the Boone County Fairgrounds. "The Orpingtons are really pretty birds with nice feather layers and are good eating, too, but we won't eat our birds unless they stop laying eggs," Shelly Dowden said.

Local View: Council visioning [Photo]

Howard set to fill big shoes for Missouri football [Photo]

Safety Del Howard interacts with the crowd after Mizzou's victory over Nebraska, Oct. 6, 2007.

When are you too old to trick or treat? [Photo]

Missourian reporters, from left, Jackie Borchardt, Zul-Fakhri Maidy and Kristina Sherry, grown-up trick-or-treaters, ask for candy in this photo illustration. The group went to a nearby neighborhood to look for the answer to the question: How old is too old?

The write stuff [Photo]

Elizabeth Bishop, who has enjoyed writing since she was a young girl, will be taking part in her fourth year of National Novel Writing Month.

Missouri United Methodist Church will hold benefit for music director [Photo]

Alex Innecco singing during a performance on Sept 29.

Single in the country [Photo]

Dorothy and DeWitt Finney smile for their Christmas photo in front of their home in Skidmore. The couple met through Singles in Agriculture in 2000 and have been married since October 2001.

A snapshot of life in Denmark [Photo]

A muslim woman leaves the community center in the Brabrand area of Århus, Denmark, at the end of a meeting over the closing of Nordårdskolen in the Gellerupparken housing community. The elementary school is being targeted for closure because of a lack of funding in the municipality. The school is made up of children of immigrants and foreigners living in Denmark's largest ghetto, where residents are criticized for not integrating into Danish society.

Water and Light director resigns to take position in Michigan [Photo]

Dan Dasho, director of Columbia Water and Light.

Columbia author turns chaos into prose [Photo]

Monica Stoneking with her dog, Kaeli, one of the subjects of her recent book, "Diary of an unemployed workaholic: Lessons learned from chaos." Stoneking says she wrote this humorous book to reflect and share her everyday life experiences, including her house burning down and a pit bull attacking her dog. "What are you going to do if you can't laugh at things?" she said.

NaNoWriMo kicks off in CoMo [Photo]

From left, Christian Young and Kirstin Steitz work on their novels at 12:27 a.m. Thursday at Steak 'n Shake. The NaNoWriMo group met at Steak 'n Shake at 8 p.m. Wednesday to celebrate the midnight kickoff of National Novel Writing Month by commencing their efforts together.

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Christian Young works on his manuscript at Steak 'n Shake on Wednesday. Young and other authors were given a sticker that said "my word count is bigger than yours" and a tattoo that said "50K (50,000 words) or bust."