July 19, 2012
Several community members watched the Sterling Wyatt motorcade pass the First Baptist Church.
Readers shared photos taken during the procession honoring Spc. Sterling Wyatt, as his body returned to Columbia.
July 18, 2012
High school students from all over North America came to MU to spend a week learning about different types of engineering. The students do hands-on activities to learn and apply the principles of engineering, including designing and launching rockets propelled by water pressure.
The Family Fun Fest on Wednesday night at Flat Branch Park included music, dancing, bounce houses, face painting and more. This month's theme was "Around the World" and focused on teaching families what other children around the world do for fun.
Tessa Chambers, 16, showed Earl and Hoss, two boer bucks, at the Howard County Fair on June 28. Earl, weighing in at 48 lbs, won first in his class. Tessa will be showing and selling both bucks at the Boone County Fair this month.
July 17, 2012
Dennis Samnee took up falconry about 26 years ago, inspired after catching and releasing a red-tailed hawk that terrorized his wife's chickens. These days, falconry is not just a hobby for Samnee, it's a lifestyle.
The Far West Cemetery occupies an acre of land off the main road in Centralia. It was recently vandalized, with headstones being pushed over and broken.
The Voluntary Action Center's 21st Annual Christmas in July Picnic was held July 12.
July 16, 2012
Allison Frappier, 15, will compete with two of her dogs, Kasey and Chip, at the Boone County Fair. The fair will be held July 24–28 at the Central Missouri Event Center.
FFA Organization and 4-H member Brianne Abramovitz shows her cattle all over Missouri, including at the Boone County Fair.
Noppadol Paothong has spent 11 years photographing North American grassland grouse. His work has recently been turned into a photo book.
The Missouri Stealth 10U softball team will compete in the Central World Series tournament in Branson this week.
July 15, 2012
Louisiana, Mo., a town of 3,300 residents, is the place where a Sasquatch-like creature was spotted by several people in 1972. Forty years later, people in this historic old town on the banks of the Mississippi River are still debating whether the creature dubbed "Momo the Missouri Monster" really existed.
With the drought this summer, lawncare companies have seen the need for mowing decrease but are getting more requests to replace dead trees and shrubs.
July 14, 2012
Katie Smith and her family enjoy cowboy mounted shooting. Smith and her friends practice runs at her house in Harrisburg. The Smiths freeze brand their horses with a 45 and wings — symbols of the gun they shoot with and the speed they must have during runs.
A slalom and trick water skiing tournament was held at Lake Sundance on Saturday. People of all ages participated in both the slalom and the trick events. Skiers relaxed and joked around before the tournament began.
During a bike tour across the country, cyclists stop at MU's Pi Kappa Phi house. The bikers are Pi Kappa Phi brothers from various universities around the country. The bike tour raises funds to benefit people with disabilities, and the riders raised a minimum of $5,500 each before the cross-country trip began in May. The bike tour has been going on every summer for 25 years. Cyclists have built relationships with local sponsors in every city they stop in.
Volunteers helped clean up streams near Battle Garden on Saturday as part of a Columbia Crawdads Stream Team Cleanup event. The events are held once a month to remove garbage from the city's waterways. According to volunteer leaders, Columbia sits on top of a watershed, and waste from residential and business properties end up in the city's waterways.
A high-speed chase involving two motorcycles ended when one of the motorcycles crashed into a parked pickup truck. The motorcyclist fled on foot after the crash, and the second motorcycle eluded Boone County Sheriff's deputies after the bikers split up in a north Columbia neighborhood. The Boone County Sheriff's Department later arrested David Noble Jr. in connection with the chase that ended in a crash.
Extreme heat and drought have taken a toll on Missouri corn crops. Farmers expect low yields, which may affect food prices.