PHOTO GALLERY: Local man is historian of Olympics

John Lucas has authored over 200 articles and books about the Olympics. He coached cross-country, indoor, and outdoor track and field teams at Penn State from 1962-1968, and then he taught the “History, Philosophy, and Politics of the Modern Olympic Games” course for almost 30 years before retirement.

PHOTO GALLERY: Owners show off animals at Boone County Fair

Owners showed off their animals in competitions Thursday at the Boone County Fair. Lots of preparation is put into the meat market show. Before cattle are shown, they are bathed, dried, trimmed, and hair sprayed.

PHOTO GALLERY: Drivers compete in Figure 8 Derby and Tuff Truck Competition

The Figure 8 Derby and Tuff Truck Competition at the Boone County Fair on Thursday night brought out beat-up compact cars and trucks to the dirt track at the Grandstand.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sheep breeding spans generations for Hallsville Sheep Project

The Hallsville Sheep Project comprises members of the Hallsville, Shaw-Harg and Centralia 4-H sheep projects. Parental support drives the project, a close-knit group of families that spends every day together at the Boone County Fair.

PHOTO GALLERY: Patient approach pays off for Demolition Derby competitor

Ashley Elam, of Columbia, was the only woman of 25 competitors at the 2012 Boone County Demolition Derby. She won the compact division and took the $600 prize.

PHOTO GALLERY: Old Time Barn Dance bring relaxed fun to Boone County Fair

The Old Time Barn Dance on Wednesday night at the Boone County Fair brought out old-time fiddle music to accompany the fun of a square dance.

PHOTO GALLERY: Betteridge family works to restore family legacy in Crestmead Mansion

Ann Betteridge has worked for the past four years to restore her family's historic home in Cooper County after fire struck in 2008.

PHOTO GALLERY: Route Z fire destroys barn south of Hallsville

The Boone County Fire Protection District was dispatched to Route Z south of Hallsville after reports that several 1-ton hay bales had caught fire. Firefighters were able to stop the blaze, but the barn where the hay was stored burned to the ground.

PHOTO GALLERY: Contests on Boone County Fair's opening day

The Boone County Fair opened Tuesday with the Little Mister & Miss Boone County Fair, Boone County Fair Teen Queen and Boone County Fair Queen competitions.

PHOTO GALLERY: Lucinda Williams concert at Stephens Lake Park

Lucinda Williams performs in concert Tuesday at Stephens Lake Park. "The Night's Too Long" and "Right in Time" were some of the songs Williams played during her set.

PHOTO GALLERY: Eddie Chick prepares for demolition derby

Eddie Chick of Hallsville prepares Tuesday for Wednesday's demolition derby at the Boone County Fair.

PHOTO GALLERY: Service members attend resume writing class

U.S. combat troops patrol dusty pathways in Afghanistan, look for hidden roadside bombs, load and fire mortar shells at insurgents' positions. So when they come home, how will that help them land a civilian job?

PHOTO GALLERY: 11-year-old shows off the animals he will enter in the Boone County Fair

Matthew Barnes, 11, won last year’s Rabbit Show and will bring his two rabbits and a few chickens to participate in this year's Boone County Fair.

PHOTO GALLERY: Pee Wee Showmanship

Pee Wee Showmanship was held Monday at the Boone County Fair. Members of Clover Kids, a 4-H program for children under 8, participate in the competition with their animals.

PHOTO GALLERY: Recent drought affects Missouri winemakers

Although grapevines thrive in warm weather, the recent drought may be too stressful for the vines. The drought could produce a superior vintage, but Missouri winemakers will have to wait until harvest to find out how the weather has affected their wines.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mulekicker Cloggers prepare to perform at the Boone County Fair

The Mulekicker Cloggers have been dancing together for more than 25 years. One of the group's members, Jackie Cole, has credited dancing to keeping her alive through her battle with cancer.

PHOTO GALLERY: Participants of smoking cessation program do relaxation exercises at Oak Towers

Thanks to a partnership between the Columbia Housing Authority and the Health Department, smokers with limited resources looking to quit have new opportunities to kick the habit.

PHOTO GALLERY: Pat Carl, Aidan Liu win their Show-Me State Games Parent-Child division of golf competition

Pat Carl and her grandson, Aidan Liu, competed in the Show-Me State Games Parent-Child division of the golf competition Sunday. They won in their division.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Missouri Ultimate Frisbee team plays in Show-Me State Games playoffs

Columbia Missouri Ultimate Frisbee team competes in the Show-Me State Games Ultimate Frisbee playoffs on Sunday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Jim Thaxter calls a contra dance

Jim Thaxter calls a contra dance Friday. Contra dance is a type of dance similar to square dancing. Thaxter said it is a great way to interact with other people who love to dance.