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PHOTO GALLERY: Veteran takes up farm work after service overseas [Gallery]

After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, Cody Waters returned to Missouri and bought farmland in Callaway County. He hopes to get into the cattle business and become a full-time farmer. A number of recent war veterans like Waters are returning home to take up farming.

Veteran farmer walks son to truck [Photo]

Cody Waters walks his son Cole, 3, to his truck before welding. Waters, who owns a farm in Callaway County, wanted to ensure Cole was not near the welding in order to keep him safe.

Missouri farmer creates sparks while welding [Photo]

Sparks fly as Cody Waters repairs an auger using a welder on Tuesday, Jan. 20, on his farm. Waters ultimately hopes to get into the cattle business and become a full-time farmer.

Veteran starts farm in Missouri after service overseas [Photo]

Cody Waters, a veteran, returned to farming after serving overseas and earning a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Waters' interest in agriculture began while working on his great-uncle's farm when he was young.

Veteran farmer welds on his Callaway County farm [Photo]

Cody Waters welds an auger on his farm in Callaway County on Tuesday, Jan. 20. Waters earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from MU between deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pedestrians make their way through snow [Photo]

Pedestrians make their way through snow Monday in New York. More than 35 million people along the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor rushed to get home and settle in as a fearsome storm swirled in with the potential of 1 to 3 feet of snow that could paralyze the Northeast for days.

Ex-CIA officer convicted in leaking case [Photo]

Former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, second from left, leaves the Alexandria Federal Courthouse on Monday in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Holly, second from right, attorney Barry Pollack, right, and attorney Edward MacMahon, after he was convicted on all nine counts he faced of leaking classified details of an operation to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions to a New York Times reporter.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fifth-graders try out instruments [Gallery]

Fifth-graders from Columbia Public Schools try out different instruments on Monday at Lange Middle School. Band directors from all middle schools emphasized that the purpose of the evening is to help students find an instrument that best fits "their interests and physical characteristics."

Davez Carr attempts to stay on beat [Photo]

Fifth-grader Davez Carr attempts to stay on beat while playing mallets at Instrument Try Out Night on Monday at Lange Middle School. Students interested in any percussion instrument are taught both mallets and snare drum in their first year in band.

Fifth-graders try out flute [Photo]

Fifth-graders from Columbia Public Schools meet with local musicians to try out playing the flute on Monday at Lange Middle School. These local musicians range from teachers to private instrument tutors to university band members. They show the students how to hold and play their instrument and rate how well each student performed.

Brooke Nutter blows into trombone for the first time [Photo]

Fifth-grader Brooke Nutter blows into a trombone for the first time during Instrument Try Out Night on Monday at Lange Middle School. Students interested in trombone were encouraged to try out baritone, and vice versa, to balance out the number of students selected for each instrument.

Maura Roodhouse attempts plucking a string bass [Photo]

Fifth-grader and prospective orchestra member Maura Roodhouse attempts plucking a string bass at the Instrument Try Out Night on Monday at Lange Middle School. Fifth-grade students have the opportunity to try out instruments from every instrument family during these special nights. Band directors from all middle schools emphasized that the purpose of the evening is to help students find an instrument that best fits "their interests and physical characteristics."

PHOTO GALLERY: Shannon Tatum's memorial service held Monday [Gallery]

Family and friends attended Shannon Tatum's memorial service Monday at the Baptist Student Union.

Friends sing at Tatum's memorial service [Photo]

From left: Shannon's Bible study friends, Becca Clodfelter, Alysse Yee and Lucy Wynn, support each other while they sing "Amazing Grace" at the end of the memorial service on Monday.

Pastor John Drage closes Shannon Tatum's memorial service [Photo]

Pastor John Drage closes the memorial service with a Bible verse and some comforting words to Shannon Tatum's family and friends on Monday.

Family attends Shannon Tatum's memorial service [Photo]

From left: Jaylin Gibbs, Shannon Tatum's cousin, sits with her aunt and uncle, Chris Tatum and Carmen Barnes, at their daughter's memorial service Monday at the Baptist Student Union.

Brianna Lashway gets ready to hit the ball [Photo]

Brianna Lashway anticipates the ball during tennis practice at MU Tennis Complex.

Brittany Lashway serves the ball at practice [Photo]

Brittany Lashway prepares to serve the ball during a practice at the MU Tennis Complex.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission plans to bridge gap between Grindstone and Stephens Lake Park [Graphic]

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission is considering four options for a trail that would connect the Grindstone Nature Area to Stephens Lake Park. PedNet, an active transportation advocacy group, has recommended to the commission the development of options 1 and 3. Check out the proposed trails for the project.

PHOTO GALLERY: Senior citizens play canasta every week [Gallery]

Residents of the Columbia Senior Center play their Monday game of canasta. The senior citizens get together every Monday and use the weekly card game as a way to socialize with one another.
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