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PHOTO GALLERY: Volunteers help make Cosmo Park tennis courts fit for pickleball

Volunteers use colored tape to fit two pickleball courts into a tennis court at Cosmo Park on Wednesday morning. The Missouri State Senior Games begin Thursday, and the Show-Me State Games begin Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: American Outlaws celebrate U.S. victories

The American Outlaws watched the U.S. vs. Nigeria friendly at McNally's Irish Pub on June 7 to gear up for this year's World Cup. The chapter gathered again Monday to watch the U.S. defeat Ghana 2-1 in the team's first match of the tournament. "Our mission is to bring love of soccer to higher and higher levels. To support the passion and unity of soccer fans," said Patrick Finney, the chapter's president and founder.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sehon Williams invites family, friends to his home

Sehon Williams has been an important part of Columbia's black community. While raising his family in Columbia, he worked hard to shelter his children from the ugliness of racism while confronting it in his own life.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students compete in bull riding contest at Missouri State High School Rodeo finals

Students from across Missouri competed in the bull riding event at the Missouri State High School Rodeo finals Friday night at the Central Missouri Events Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Madeline Cuppy competes in rodeo

Madeline Cuppy competed at the Missouri High School rodeo Friday, where she competed in the barrel race with her horse Hank.

PHOTO GALLERY: Twins Hannah and Morgan Williams prepare for high school rodeo finals

Sixteen-year-old twins Hannah and Morgan Williams, of Odessa, dream of becoming pharmacists one day. But these days, they spend their free time competing in events such as breakaway roping and goat tying at the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals.

PHOTO GALLERY: Family travels to Brazil for World Cup

James and Christiane Quinn and their two teenage children are traveling to Brazil to watch a World Cup game and to visit with Christiane's family.

PHOTO GALLERY: A barrel racing 'jackpot'

The annual Missouri High School Rodeo has returned to Columbia and brought with it excited and nervous high schoolers, ready to compete for spots at the national finals. The barrel jackpot is an "open" barrel race, meaning that it is open to all ages and doesn't require full dress code. The event requires participants to race around barrels in an arena. Competition will run Thursday through Saturday at the Central Missouri Events Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri High School Rodeo queen competition

The Missouri High School Rodeo queen competition began Wednesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Girls rock at camp

CoMo Girls Rock is a week-long summer camp for girls ages 12 to 18 to teach them empowerment through creative expression, musical exploration and performance.

PHOTO GALLERY: Forum on proposed Callaway County hog farm draws discussion

Callaway County residents gathered in the gymnasium of Hatton-McCredie Elementary School on Tuesday night to hear about a proposed hog farm to be built in Callaway County, south of Kingdom City.

PHOTO GALLERY: Adam Beckett, founder of Global First Responder, prepares for trip to Jordan

Emergency room physician Adam Beckett has created an online global network for people who want to volunteer on overseas medical relief trips. He and a group of volunteers are about to provide help to people in the world's second-largest refugee camp in Jordan.

PHOTO GALLERY: Camp Adventure begins at Stephens Lake Park

Children visited Stephens Lake Park for the first day of Camp Adventure, run by Columbia's Parks and Recreation Department. Activities included fishing, baseball and tag.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Rouges rink hockey team

The Columbia Rogues practice every Tuesday night at Empire Roller Rink. The Rogues won the Bronze Division Rink Hockey National Championship in 2013.

PHOTO GALLERY: Artist sells colorful masks and jewelry at Art in the Park

Wendy Sollod, polymer clay artist from Boulder, Colo., is attracted to color and texture when she creates her pieces. She makes jewelry and masks, and she came to Columbia for friends. The Art in the Park festival is the first time she has displayed her artwork in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Soap box derby drivers race down Broadway

Contestants in the Mid Missouri Soap Box Derby raced Sunday in downtown Columbia. The free, family-friendly event featured racers who range in age from 7 to 17 and hail from Columbia, Ashland, Boonville, Eldon, Harrisburg and Rocheport. The competition is split into three divisions: stock, super stock and masters.

PHOTO GALLERY: Artists showcase work at Art in the Park

Kids had plenty to do at Art in the Park Saturday, as they could get their faces painted, play with science or tie-dye shirts.

PHOTO GALLERY: Callaway County farmer discusses potential hog farm

The Horstmeiers of Horstmeier Farms are looking to sell 20 acres of their property to Eichelberger Farms to be developed as a confinement hog operation. Some Callaway County residents, however, will meet June 10 to discuss the proposed hog farm planned for a site near State Road HH. The project is not definite, but residents still wanted their concerns and questions addressed about the 10,000-hog facility.

PHOTO GALLERY: D-Day anniversary celebration

Veterans and world leaders from across the globe celebrated the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the invasion of Normandy on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge wins baseball state championship

Rock Bridge defeated Francis Howell 9-6 in the Class 5A state championship game to earn its first baseball state championship on Friday.
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