PHOTO GALLERY: Children walk with animals at showmanship competition

Children displayed the fruits of their labor for the Pee Wee Showmanship competition at the Boone County Fair on Monday. Children raise a baby animal, teaching it how to walk on a lead or stand before a judge. The competition gives children an opportunity to practice for bigger livestock shows.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kids continue ham curing tradition at county fair

On Sunday afternoon, both rookie and veteran ham curers brought their hams to check in for the 2014 Boone County Fair ham show. It was even a family event for some participants.

PHOTO GALLERY: Archery is family pastime for Actons

The Acton family participated for a second time in the Show-Me State Games 3-D archery competition Sunday morning.

PHOTO GALLERY: Pets celebrated at church's animal blessing service

Columbia residents gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia on Sunday morning for the 16th annual animal blessing service. Attendees shared stories of their pets, either present at the service or in memorial, and there was a tribute to former Central Missouri Humane Society director Mary Pat Boatfield, who died in June.

PHOTO GALLERY: Steve Schmidt captures third Guiness World Record

Steve Schmidt began pulling nails out of boards with his teeth last Thanksgiving. He secured his third Guinness World Record on Saturday during an intermission at the Show-Me State Games powerlifting event at Lange Middle School.

PHOTO GALLERY: Playing Ultimate Frisbee at the Show-Me State Games

Athletes played Ultimate Frisbee at Battle High School as part of the Show-Me State Games on Saturday.

PHOTO GALLERY: An SUV crashed into a gas station

An SUV crashed into the Phillips 66 gas station on Paris Road on Saturday afternoon.

PHOTO GALLERY: The Show-Me State Games begin

The Show-Me State Games started the competition with a bang Friday night with its opening ceremony at Mizzou Arena.

PHOTO GALLERY: University Village demolition slated

The demolition of University Village will begin Monday, five months after the walkway collapse that killed firefighter Lt. Bruce Britt.

PHOTO GALLERY: Terry McBride's fence with found objects a local landmark

Terry McBride's fence in Harrisburg has become a landmark because of the unique items he has added to it. He says people stop to take pictures and ask questions about it.

PHOTO GALLERY: Young musicians participate in Compass Music Camp

Compass Music Camp, a program that occurs over six days, teaches young musicians how to play instruments and perform in a band. Participants also learn about music theory.

PHOTO GALLERY: Malaysian jet downed in Ukraine

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER was carrying 295 people when it was shot down, Ukrainian officials said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Marsha Knudsen pieced together her parents' love story during World War II based on letters and diaries

Marsha Knudsen used letters and diaries from a trunk she inherited from her parents to piece together their love story when her father was in the Navy during World War II.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kids play at Family Fun Fest

Children and families gathered at Flat Branch Park on Wednesday for the Family Fun Fest.

PHOTO GALLERY: COMO Connect Info Bus prepares residents for new system

The COMO Connect Information Bus will tour Columbia through Saturday to provide pamphlets, maps and schedules on the city's new bus routes. The bus makes two-hour stops at various locations, and visitors can stop by and get their questions answered. The new routes go into effect Aug. 4.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dog-friendly homes on the rise

Standard Pacific is pioneering the idea of setting aside dog-friendly spaces in homes, with options for a pet shower, drawers for pet snacks, and many more. Standard Pacific Homes is building and selling 27 new home communities from Florida to California and billing them as the first to offer pet paradise as an option in every one.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fresher, healthier foods grow more popular

Farmers markets aren't the only way for consumers to purchase food directly from farms. New distribution methods eliminate the middlemen from farm to fork. A growing network of companies and organizations is delivering food directly from local farms to institutions like hospitals and schools. They’re increasing profits for smaller farms and bringing consumers healthier foods.

FROM READERS: Challenger Division players and buddies play final game of 2014 season

The Challenger Division at Daniel Boone Little League “provides boys and girls who have developmental or physical disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the full benefits and excitement of playing on a baseball team,” according to the league.

PHOTO GALLERY: Amendment 1 could affect Two Mile Pork farm

Scott Hays and his family own Two Mile Pork, a company with 20 concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOS, around Missouri. The company is one of thousands across the state that could be affected by the Aug. 5 vote on Amendment 1, the "Right to Farm" amendment.

PHOTO GALLERY: Jailed and mentally ill

Cook County jail has more than 106,000 inmates, and like many jails across the country is struggling to deal with a rising number of inmates suffering from serious mental illnesses.