PHOTO GALLERY: Fireworks light up night sky, children explore music

This week Missourian photographers captured images of fireworks at night, soccer players at a unique camp, a wheelchair basketball scrimmage and children drumming to their own beat.

PHOTO GALLERY: First dog trained to detect gluten protects owner with Celiac disease

Elias, a Beauceron, is the world's first service dog successfully trained to detect gluten particles. His owner, Hollie Dennis, has severe Celiac disease and could get sick from even trace amounts of gluten. Elias is unique among other dogs trained to detect gluten because of his perfect record — the others were less accurate and couldn't be certified. Elias and Dennis have been together for five years.

PHOTO GALLERY: City of Hope soccer camp helps refugees

The City of Hope soccer camp has been held over the past four Saturdays on a field behind Broadway Christian Church. The camp brings together local refugees to learn new skills and form stronger ties with the community.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia celebrates the Fourth of July with Fire in the Sky

People gathered throughout downtown Friday to celebrate the Fourth of July. The Fire in the Sky celebration included concerts at Flat Branch and Peace parks as well as fireworks above the parking garage at the intersection of Sixth Street and Cherry Street.

PHOTO GALLERY: Ashland residents gather for July Fourth Parade

Ashland residents gathered Friday for town's annual July Fourth Parade.

PHOTO GALLERY: Delta Upsilon is torn down

A construction crew began removing the rubble of the old Delta Upsilon house on Thursday. After clearing the debris, a new house will be built for the fraternity and is expected to be finished by for the 2015-2016 school year.

PHOTO GALLERY: Angela Anderson uses advocacy to work through grief

Angela Anderson lost two of her children when they died in the Lake of the Ozarks on July 4, 2012. Brayden, 8, and Alexandra, 13, swam into an undetected electric current while swimming near the shore. The Fourth of July marks the second anniversary of their deaths.

PHOTO GALLERY: Arts Explorers teaches students to think creatively

The Columbia Public Schools' Fine Arts Explorers program gives selected fourth- and fifth-graders opportunities for creative growth and team work though the visual and performing arts. The program hosted over 100 students from 19 schools.

PHOTO GALLERY: U.S. men's team prepares for wheelchair basketball world championship

MU wheelchair basketball player Carter Arey, along with the rest of the U.S. Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team, held an open scrimmage Tuesday night at the MU Student Recreation Complex in preparation for this weekend's Men's Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Incheon, South Korea.

PHOTO GALLERY: Parley P. Pratt honored by great-great-grandson

The Parley P. Pratt Memorial Freedom Run will commemorate early Mormon leader Parley P. Pratt's escape from Boone County jail 175 years ago on July 4. Gerald Neuffer, one of Parley P. Pratt's great-great-grandsons, will participate in the race.

PHOTO GALLERY: U.S. Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team practices at MU

The U.S. Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team scrimmaged Monday at the MU Student Recreation Complex. The team was practicing for the World Championships in Incheon, South Korea, which will be held Saturday through July 14.

PHOTO GALLERY: Church members at Broadway Christian Church add Little Free Library

Marilyn McCreary is bringing books to a new Little Free Library just behind Broadway Christian Church. Charles Kyriakos built the library, and McCreary has helped to stock it. She recently added one of her favorites: "The Velveteen Rabbit."

PHOTO GALLERY: Kappa Delta sisters assemble to prepare for recruitment

About 15 members of the MU sorority returned to clean and decorate their house during marathon weekend. Over the weekend the sisters also crafted decorations and props and prepared skits.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU professor Michael Marlo receives African language research grant

MU English professor Michael Marlo will be part of team of four in Kenya thanks to an African language research grant. The team will study four languages for four years and write books about each.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kim English leads basketball camp

Kim English coaches a basketball workshop Friday. The day ended with a free-throw competition, and English promised to follow the winners on Instagram and Facebook.

PHOTO GALLERY: Arizona community remembers firefighters killed in 2013

Nineteen firefighters, the Granite Mountain Hotshots, died on June 30, 2013, in the deadliest day for U.S. fire crews since 9/11. The tragedy has seen the community go from an outpouring of support in the days after the deaths to animosity over survivors' benefits to blaming fire officials for mismanaging the blaze.

PHOTO GALLERY: Brandt dairy farm thrives in declining industry

Brandt farm, a family dairy farm owned by Alfred Brandt, raises dairy cows. Droughts in recent years have driven up the cost of grasses, grains and other feed, making it harder to turn a profit.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mitchell lives independently at Oak Towers

Oak Towers has provided Linda D. Mitchell with an independent living situation. She embraces her new-found freedom, but her medical issues never caused her to lose hope.

PHOTO GALLERY: Camp Citizen Jane teaches girls to be filmmakers

Aspiring filmmakers created a short public service announcement to encourage moviegoers to silence their phones.

PHOTO GALLERY: Shed destroyed in fire at Mackenzie's Prime restaurant

At least five firetrucks responded to a fire late Wednesday at Mackenzie's Prime restaurant at 131 S. Tenth St. Sgt. Chad Gooch of the Columbia Police Department said a police officer reported a shed on fire at 11:40 p.m. Officers at the scene said it appeared the fire started in a shed behind the restaurant.