Juneteenth thunderstorm interrupts celebration

The annual Juneteenth celebration Saturday in Douglass Park was rained out, but not before a brief bout of dancing. The event commemorates the end of slavery in 1865.

PHOTO GALLERY: Seniors compete in shuffleboard, washers at Missouri State Senior Games

People competed in shuffleboard and washers at Hearnes Center on Saturday. Both events are included in the 2014 Missouri State Senior Games.

PHOTO GALLERY: Thomas found guilty of murder

Nicholas R. Thomas, 20, center, was convicted of first-degree murder on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Race-walkers compete at Senior Games

Competitors powered through a 1500-meter race walk at the 2014 Missouri State Senior Games on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Doubles tennis at Missouri State Senior Games

A friendly foursome who have played tennis together for years, both as partners and opponents, faced off in a doubles match at the Missouri State Senior Games on Friday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mother, daughter bond during fishing trips to Little Dixie Lake

Ona Potter, 96, and her daughter, Wanda Holt, 72, fish together at the Little Dixie Lake Conservation Area near Fulton on Thursday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Pickleball tournament participants play to stay active, socialize

Participants in the Missouri State Senior Games' compete in the mixed doubles pickleball tournament Thursday at Cosmo Park.

PHOTO GALLERY: Girls Who Code class helps equip girls for computer-related careers

Google is partnering with Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization that aims to inspire, educate and equip young women for futures in the computing-related fields.

PHOTO GALLERY: Voluntary turtle trapping can be a family event

Helping the Missouri Conservation Department to catch and catalog turtles became a family affair for the Jones Family. Volunteer Robert Jones brought his son Zach and three grandchildren Aiden, Bella and Rylan along with him to help trap turtles at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Center on Wednesday. The department captures the turtles in traps and then quickly catalogs them to help estimate information such as population and returns the turtles to the water. Volunteering is open to everyone.

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.