PHOTO GALLERY: New ropes course under construction for MU's Venture Out

MU’s Venture Out program is building a new high ropes course called Odyssey.

PHOTO GALLERY: New apartments bring businesses, residents to downtown Columbia

The new student apartments have been a boon to downtown businesses, which are seeing increased foot traffic as a result of more people living so close to their establishments.

PHOTO GALLERY: Chase Daniel hosts football ProCamp

Former Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel returned to Columbia to host a football ProCamp for boys and girls ages first through eighth grades.

PHOTO GALLERY: Owners bring pets out to Pet Expo Unleashed

Owners brought their cats and dogs out to the Columbia Pet Expo Unleashed at the Canine Sports Center on Saturday. The event raised money for No Kill Columbia and featured several vendors offering natural foods and toys for animals.

PHOTO GALLERY: Kim English holds basketball camp in Columbia

Kim English returned to Columbia after his first season playing for the Detroit Pistons. He held a basketball camp for children in third through 12th grades at Hickman High School.

PHOTO GALLERY: Summer Expeditions provides students with a taste of college

The Summer Expeditions commencement ceremony occurred Friday afternoon at Columbia College. The program is designed to give students a taste of what awaits them if they choose to go to college

PHOTO GALLERY: Reptile enthusiast performs shows to scale up animal awareness

Ethan Meyers owns reptiles as pets and has put on educational shows with them for Douglass and Rock Bridge high schools, along with Jefferson Junior High School. His collection includes venomous snakes and an American alligator named Wya.

PHOTO GALLERY: A Druid Fellowship celebrates the summer solstice

The neo-pagan group A Druid Fellowship celebrated the summer solstice with a rite. A prayer was read and attendees were purified with holy water.

PHOTO GALLERY: Lunch in the Park program serves free meals at Douglass Park

Douglass Park hosts the Lunch in Park program. The program provides free lunch to children during the summer.

PHOTO GALLERY: Bikers stop in Columbia on Katy Trail Ride

Bikers on the 13th annual Katy Trail Ride stayed in Columbia on Tuesday night before continuing their trek Wednesday morning. The ride, which lasts five days and travels from Clinton to St. Charles, is hosted by the Missouri Parks Department and the State Parks Foundation

PHOTO GALLERY: Meat smoked, sauced at Lonnie Ray's BBQ

Brandon Millikan and owner Mike Whiteley take orders, smoke pork and use barbecue sauce at Lonnie Ray's BBQ. Whitely and Millikan are the only two employees at Lonnie Ray's in Harrisburg. Whiteley opened Lonnie Ray's in 2004.

PHOTO GALLERY: Residents spend day playing in water with friends, family

Columbia residents spend Tuesday at the Douglass Pool with family and friends at Douglass Park. Children jumped into the pool and some did handstands.

PHOTO GALLERY: Shooters take aim during Missouri State Senior Games

Marksmen tested their aim in the Missouri State Senior Games shooting events Sunday at Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports.

PHOTO GALLERY: Readers share photos of their fathers

What one word best describes your dad? We asked readers and some people shared just the one word, and some chose to tell us about a moment or situation that explains why they chose it. Several readers also sent photos of their dad, which are included in this gallery.

PHOTO GALLERY: Seniors compete in archery, track, field

Men and women aged 50 and older participate in the Missouri State Senior Games on Saturday. There were many different sports, including track and field as well as archery.

PHOTO GALLERY: 115 children compete in triathlon

Children compete in the Hy-Vee IronKids Triathlon on Saturday at Albert-Oakland Park. Competitors ranging from ages 6 to 15 swam, biked, and ran their way through a custom course.

PHOTO GALLERY: Children squirrel hunt in national forest

Children spent Saturday morning squirrel hunting in the Mark Twain National Forest. Although none of the groups were able to shoot a squirrel, they were able to try slow-cooked squirrel meat harvested from a previous hunt.

PHOTO GALLERY: Second night of the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals

The Central Missouri Events Center hosted the second night of the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals on Friday. The saddle bronc event was one of the night's competitions.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman High School class of 1943 70-year reunion

Hickman High School's class of 1943 70-year reunion occurred Friday at D. Rowe's Restaurant & Bar. Members of the class brought their yearbooks to show to their former classmates, and the current Kewpie cheerleaders performed during the event.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri State Senior Games competitors play golf, pickleball

Participants came from across the state to compete in the Missouri State Senior Games on Friday. Competitions included pickleball and golf at places like Cosmopolitan Park and the Lake of the Woods Golf Course.