June 10, 2013
Roman Caldwell lives in a trailer park in Columbia. He likes to play around the neighborhood and in his house. He said one day, he wants to work at a crayon factory.
Flooding at John Sam Williamson's farm has caused damage to soybeans. Soybeans should be planted in May and then need about an inch of rain each week from June through October for them to yield the best crop, Williamson said. As of Wednesday, Williamson had planted about two-thirds of his crop, but had lost 5 percent of it to recent flooding. He has "been in observation mode" for the past week and hasn't been able to plant or tend his crops, he said.
June 9, 2013
Children, ages 7 to 17, race homemade cars down East Broadway on Sunday in the 2013 Mid-Missouri All-American Soap Box Derby. Races took place in the Stock, Super Stock and Masters divisions, Each division required a specific age range and weight of the participant and their car. To ensure the times are based solely on the skill of the driver, each race takes place twice, with the racers getting a chance to drive on both sides of the street once, and they switch two of their wheels with their opponent before each run.
June 8, 2013
Skateboards preformed tricks during the Shred Fest at the Cosmo Skate Park on Saturday. The Blue Springs Pilot Club was giving away free helmets to promote skateboard and bicycle safety.
Students and Columbia Public Schools staff begin the The Science Adventures Trip on Saturday at the Aslin Administrative Center. The group will go to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.
MU High School held its graduation at the Stotler Lounge at the Memorial Student Union on Saturday. The school is an accredited distance learning high school that opened in 1997. Fifteen of the school's graduates attended the ceremony.
When Julius Udinyiwe first returned to his hometown in Nigeria in 2011, he was shocked to see the disarray of the schoolhouse he once attended. Udinyiwe, who lives in Boonville now, traveled with friend Don Wemhoff to Benin City to dig wells to provide water to the community.
Smrithi Susan Jacob plays Rummikub with a seniors Sherill Mikles, Sherrill Mikles and Veena Sahota Thursday at the Columbia Senior Activity Center. Jacob, a recent immigrant from India, goes to the Senior Center each week to keep busy while looking for employment in Columbia.
June 7, 2013
Joel Ewbank takes care of three dependent care patients in his home. He had been a mortician but finds caring for the living more fulfilling.
June 6, 2013
The Hot Summer Nights concert series got underway with a "Strike up the Band"-inspired performance by the Missouri Symphony Orchestra at Stephens Lake Park.
Battle High School students are in their first week of classes, with 465 students starting summer school.
The Padres played the Cardinals on May 29 and the Tigers on Wednesday in a Columbia T-ball league at the Daniel Boone Little League Field.
June 5, 2013
For 21 years, A Call to Serve International has raised money and donated medication and medical supplies to the country of Georgia. Its latest shipment to the country left this week.
June 4, 2013
Three Missouri track and field athletes will be competing in the NCAA tournament this week in Eugene, Ore. Missouri freshman Markesh Woodson will compete Wednesday. Laura Roxberg will compete in the 1,500-meter race Thursday. Missouri sophomore Kearsten Peoples will compete in the shot put Saturday.
June 3, 2013
Battle High School softball players won their first scrimmage 8-2 Monday against Fr. Tolton Catholic High School. Tolton won the second scrimmage 9-7. The two scrimmages were the first games for both teams.
The first day of classes are held at Muriel Williams Battle High School on Monday, including a leadership class which teaches students about the skills they will need to take on leadership roles at the school.
June 2, 2013
Bella's Pet Carnival was outside the MU Animal Science Building on Sunday. It was sponsored by No Kill Columbia's Spay and Neuter Project. The carnival is named after Bella Harver because she came up with the idea for the event.
The third day of the Calvary Episcopal Charity Horse Show was Saturday at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Horses and riders were competing for championship titles. Winning horses at the Calvary Episcopal Charity Horse Show received a ribbon around their neck and another pinned to their bridle. The show hosted many different categories, including Friesian English Pleasure riding, Stock Seat Equitation and Hackney Pony Pleasure Driving.
Artists Kris and Al Clement were selling things from wine goblets to tea pots to knitting bowls at their booth, Clement Clayworks, as part of the Art in the Park festival on Sunday at Stephens Lake Park. They throw 12 tons of clay a year to make enough pieces to sell at the 30 or so art shows they attend throughout the year around the country. Children who visited the "Young Collectors Tent" were allowed to chose a small piece of art and then meet the artist who made it.
June 1, 2013
The Missouri Contemporary Ballet is rolling out a contemporary interpretation of the classic story "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." The final performance takes place at 2 p.m. Sunday.