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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.

PHOTO GALLERY: Michael Sam at Rams OTAs

Michael Sam participated in the St. Louis Rams' training activities Friday, where he was available for public comment for the first time since he was drafted.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge vs. Blue Springs South state semifinal

The Rock Bridge baseball team defeated Blue Springs South 2-0 on Thursday to advance to Friday's state championship game.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fifth-grade graduation at Alpha Hart Elementary School

Fifth-graders graduated from Alpha Hart Elementary School on the last day of the Columbia Public Schools' school year on Thursday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Roof of Prairie Home R-V School torn off in storm

Prairie Home residents and other volunteers showed up to help clean up debris after the roof of Prairie Home R-V School was torn off by a storm early Wednesday morning.

PHOTO GALLERY: Four residences damaged in early morning fire

The Columbia Fire Department was called to a fire at Woodrail On The Green. The fire was raised to a two-alarm fire as it damaged four units. As firefighters investigated the scene, friends and neighbors brought coffee and bagels to the residents. The Heart of Missouri American Red Cross chapter is also assisting the residents.

PHOTO GALLERY: Paddlefish spawned and birthed at hatcheries

Hatcheries in Missouri work to keep the paddlefish population steady.

PHOTO GALLERY: Smithton sixth-graders celebrate end of school

Smithton Middle School's sixth-grade class went on a field trip on Monday to Cosmopolitan Park to celebrate its last week of classes before summer break.

PHOTO GALLERY: Special Olympians compete in track and field events at Hickman High School

Athletes competed in the walking, running, long jump and softball throw events of the 2014 Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games Sunday at the Hickman High School track. Sunday was the final day of competition.

PHOTO GALLERY: Special Olympics athletes lift one another up

Athletes from around the state compete in the powerlifting competition at the 2014 Special Olympics Missouri State Summer Games. With constant motivation from coaches and one another, the athletes were able to see their training pay off.

PHOTO GALLERY: Friends and family hold candlelight vigil for Jose 'Eric' Alvarado

Gathered at Cosmopolitan Park for a candlelight vigil Friday, about 100 people honored the memory of 17-year-old Jose "Eric" Alvarado, who drowned Thursday night.

PHOTO GALLERY: Special Olympics Opening Ceremony 2014

Special Olympics athletes celebrated the start of the 2014 Summer Games with an opening ceremony at Hickman High School on Saturday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Special Olympics Opening Day 2014

The Special Olympics held its Opening Day ceremony at the MU Recreation Complex on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia files eminent-domain petition for Robert White's land

Robert White's family has owned the land near Columbia Regional Airport since the 1930s, but Columbia recently filed an eminent-domain petition to acquire the land for a runway expansion project. He is uninterested in selling the land, however.

PHOTO GALLERY: The search for Eric Alvarado's body

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