PHOTO GALLERY: Tanner Brundage practices trap shooting

Tanner Brundage, who won this year's Missouri High School Rodeo trap-shooting contest, practices with his Browning Trap 99 shotgun for the upcoming national event.

PHOTO GALLERY: Lake neighbors react to July 4 accident

Neighbors in the Golden Beach community on the Lake of the Ozarks have reacted to a July 4 accident by trying to improve the wiring of docks and increasing swimming and electrical safety. Two children died from an electrical shock while swimming in the lake.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ahmed Abdalla fled Somalia to pursue an American Dream

Ahmed Abdalla and his family fled Somalia to live in a refugee camp in Kenya. After seven years there, the family was allowed to relocate to St. Louis. It's been a journey of imagination and reality as the family has adjusted and learned the many cultural challenges and a new language. Now 20, Abdalla works as a doorman at a St. Louis hotel and attends college classes.

PHOTO GALLERY: Disc golfers battle the heat for tournament

The Columbia Disc Golf Club is hosting its biggest event this weekend, the Mid-America Open Disc Golf Tournament. The event takes place at Indian Hills Park and Albert-Oakland Park.

PHOTO GALLERY: DanJo Farms provides fresh produce on Business Loop

DanJo Farms used to operate at the Columbia Farmers' Market. However, since DanJo Farms sells items from a variety of small farms, they cannot participate in the market. The business sells produce, homemade bread, sauces and eggs, among other items at various locations during the week.

PHOTO GALLERY: Heat wave continues to assault the nation

The hot weather only worsened Saturday, causing major headaches for people across the country. For those that headed out into the heat, staying cool was a priority.

PHOTO GALLERY: National culinary arts champion cooks entree

Will Kinney prepares a chicken dish that won him top honors at a national culinary competition.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hard work allows the Mabins to live their version of the American Dream

To Sean and Darline Mabins, a healthy bank account enables a stable life for them and their children. Both came from homes where money was scarce but have worked hard to achieve what many consider to be the classic American Dream.

PHOTO GALLERY: DanceWalk COMO parades around downtown Columbia

On Friday, DanceWalk COMO started its parade at Artlandish Gallery and marched through Downtown Columbia to end where it began.

PHOTO GALLERY: Community track team sends 42 runners to national competition

Blue Thunder Track Club, a community track team in Columbia, was founded in 2005. Since then, its numbers have swelled. This year, the club is sending 42 runners to an AAU national competition.

PHOTO GALLERY: Geocaching leads participants into the woods

Geocaching participants work to find hidden boxes by using old-fashioned know-how and some up-to-date technology.

PHOTO GALLERY: Roll On Premium Smokes to end rolling Friday

Bruce Hendren, owner of Roll On Premium Smokes, decided to end rolling Friday after a new law passes. The law regulates and taxes roll-your-own tobacco stores. Hendren opened the store in June 2011 on East Broadway.

PHOTO GALLERY: Jessica Long enjoys pace of Rocheport

Friends Jessica Long and Amanda Weyerich both ended up in Rocheport and enjoy the small-town community atmosphere. Long owns Annie's Breads and uses the kitchen of the General Store in the early morning to bake her breads.

PHOTO GALLERY: Flags, fireworks, food abound on Fourth of July

Flags, fireworks and food abound on the Fourth of July in Columbia as residents and visitors gathered at Peace Park and Flat Branch Park for entertainment and activities for children and then stayed to watch the downtown fireworks.

PHOTO GALLERY: Food is an important part of Independence Day festivities

From cool treats to traditional festival fare, Columbia residents celebrated the Fourth of July with food.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fire in the Sky celebration brings out red, white and blue

Kids, families and adults dressed in red, white and blue for Columbia's Fire in the Sky celebration.

FROM READERS: What is your favorite Fourth of July tradition or memory?

In honor of Independence Day, two Missourian reporters wandered around Columbia and asked people the question: "What is your favorite Fourth of July tradition or memory?" Whether they were visitors just in town for the holiday or Columbia residents, everyone had something to say about why they enjoy the Fourth of July.

PHOTO GALLERY: 64 veterans participate in Honor Flight

More than 900 people waited outside the Courtyard by Marriott hotel early Wednesday morning for the return of 64 veterans who traveled to Washington, D.C., on an Honor Flight.

Fire damages backyard in Columbia

A fire at 1716 Rose Drive damaged part of the owners' backyard and a shed.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ezana Gebru found his work ethic differs from his parents'

Ezana Gebru has found that he has never had the work ethic his parents do. The son of two Ethiopian immigrants who raised four kids while going to school and working full time, Gebru had the American Dream drilled into him. Seven years of college later, he is a part-time waiter and nearly ready to graduate from Missouri State University.