PHOTO GALLERY: Rwenyaguza family reunites after 11 years

After 11 years apart, Nene Rwenyaguza met his family Thursday evening at Columbia Regional Airport. They were separated because of a rebel army had invaded his village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2002.

PHOTO GALLERY: Artrageous Fridays takes guerrilla approach, moves art to streets

Artrageous Fridays, a collaboration of galleries and businesses that allows visitors to walk from different exhibits and see work by local artists, hosted a guerrilla art event on Thursday before Friday's event. The idea behind guerrilla art is to bring art from the gallery to the streets.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri swimmer trains during the summer

To stay fit, Missouri swimmer Max Grodecki continues to train in the summer despite having no immediate competitions. Grodecki did take part in the U.S. Swimming National Championships on June 25 in Indianapolis. He finished 11th in the 100-meter freestyle.

PHOTO GALLERY: Compass Music Camp gives attendees opportunity to play in a band

Compass Music Camp opened Monday at the Columbia Academy of Music/The Bridge. Attendees learn musical theory and participate in private lessons with area musicians.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cosmo Park set for playground upgrade

Parks and recreation staff plan to update equipment and introduce a "Steinberg Time Machine" theme to Cosmo Park's playground.

PHOTO GALLERY: Nene Rwenyaguza awaits family's arrival

Nene Rwenyaguza awaits the arrival of his family, whom he hasn't seen in 11 years. Rwenyaguza was separated from his wife and children when his village in the Democratic Republic of Congo was attacked during warfare. He fled and ran on foot for two weeks until he reached Nairobi, Kenya. His family is expected to arrive Thursday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Community members attend candlelight vigil for slain teen

More than 300 people attend a vigil for Tre’Veon Marshall on Tuesday in McKee Park. Marshall was shot Sunday night and pronounced dead early Monday morning.

PHOTO GALLERY: Center hopes for more space

Columbia Interfaith Resource Center's lease expires in September. Its leaders and city officials are working to find a new and bigger location for the center.

PHOTO GALLERY: Community marches for peace after fatal shooting

Family, friends and community members marched Monday in honor of Tre'Veon Marshall, who was shot Sunday night in McKee Park and was pronounced dead early Monday morning.

PHOTO GALLERY: Pickard Hall hosted the radioactive experiments of Herman Schlundt

Former MU chemistry department faculty member Herman Schlundt used Pickard Hall in the extraction of radium, when the hall was a chemistry building on campus.

PHOTO GALLERY: Remembering the Great Flood of '93

The Great Flood of 1993 had residents of Hartsburg, Rocheport and other Missouri River towns sandbagging and moving belongings to higher ground. In remembering the flood, residents say they relied on neighbors and volunteers to get through.

PHOTO GALLERY: George Zimmerman found not guilty in shooting of Trayvon Martin

A six-member jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin after two days of deliberating.

PHOTO GALLERY: Blue Thunder Track Club meet helps prepare for Junior Olympics

For the Blue Thunder Track Club, hosting a meet on Saturday was the first step in becoming an AAU-sanctioned host. The meet had competitors from Iowa, Illinois, Kansas and Minnesota and is an important warmup for the AAU Junior Olympics in Detroit next month.

PHOTO GALLERY: Faculty, staff gather for Jefferson Junior High retreat

Current and former faculty and staff members from Jefferson Junior met at Stephens Lake Part to reunite before the district's grade reorganization in August.

PHOTO GALLERY: Volkswagen enthusiasts gather at VW Bug and Bus Bash

The first CoMo VW Bug and Bus Bash brought families out to enjoy the history of Volkswagen on Saturday at Joe Machens Volkswagen.

PHOTO GALLERY: Visitors spelunk through Devil's Icebox Cave to see endangered bats

Fifty registered guests were able to see endangered gray bats fly out of Devil’s Icebox Cave on Friday night. The park hosted the event that included exploring Connor’s Cave and information about the white nose syndrome, a disease that affects bats. The event was free, but participants had to register. The same program will take place Saturday evening at Rock Bridge State Park.

PHOTO GALLERY: The Urge rocks Ninth Street Summerfest

The Blue Note hosted Ninth Street Summerfest on Friday night in downtown Columbia with headliner The Urge. Crowds gathered for the free show on the street and in the top floors of nearby buildings to watch the show.

PHOTO GALLERY: Muslim families fast, celebrate Ramadan together

After the evening prayer at about 8:40 p.m., the Gumati and Abdul families, who have known each other for years, broke the first fast of Ramadan with dates and milk at the Gumatis' house in Columbia. Ramadan is a month-long Muslim holiday within which participants fast from sunrise until sunset.

PHOTO GALLERY: Patton Lions Club sponsors lawn mower races

The Patton Lions Club has been sponsoring lawn mower races every other Saturday on a track at the Patton Saddle Club.

PHOTO GALLERY: Christmas in July event offers respite for low income families

The Voluntary Action Center held a Christmas in July event at Missouri United Methodist Church on Thursday in downtown Columbia. Visitors received a free meal, spent time with Santa and could get their hands painted.