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.

PHOTO GALLERY: Competitors rally at rodeo

Competitors from across Missouri came to the Central Missouri Events Center on Thursday for the annual Missouri State High School Rodeo Finals.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mizzou Storm Chase Team pursues Mother Nature

The Mizzou Storm Chase team completes a 26-hour round trip storm chase. Seven members of the team, left Columbia at 5 a.m., April 17, to track reports of tornadoes in the Lawton area in southwest Oklahoma. The team headed first to Oklahoma City, and then down through small towns and to Lawton, chasing two storms that occurred one after the other. The team drove through the night and returned to campus at 7 a.m. the next day.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Area Career Center hosts rocket camp

Ibrahim Khaleel and his daughter Mabinah Khaleel teach students how to make water rockets during the first part of the week in preparation to launch solid fuel rockets Friday at the Columbia Area Career Center.

PHOTO GALLERY: MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announces retirement

MU Chancellor Brady Deaton announced Tuesday that he will retire effective Nov. 15. He has been chancellor since 2004.

PHOTO GALLERY: Eliot Battle, distinguished Columbia educator, dies

Columbia educator Eliot Battle died Tuesday night. He was 88. This gallery is a collection of photos of Battle through the years.

PHOTO GALLERY: NBA player DeMarre Carroll hosts basketball camp

Utah Jazz forward DeMarre Carroll hosted the Demarre Carroll Next Level Basketball Camp on Tuesday at Father Tolton Catholic High School. Carroll created the basketball camp two years ago to benefit children in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Christy McCullough returns from brain injury to become Miss Teen Rodeo Missouri

Christy McCullough, of Clinton, won the 2013 Miss Teen Rodeo Missouri in September 2012 and will compete in the National Miss Teen Rodeo competition later this year. Christy suffered a brain injury in August 2011 and had to learn to ride a horse again. She also had to give up the cowboy hat and wear a helmet when she rides, including at events and competitions.

PHOTO GALLERY: Roman Caldwell hangs out around home

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.

PHOTO GALLERY: Flooding slows planting, damages soybeans

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.

PHOTO GALLERY: Competitors race down Broadway during Soap Box Derby

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.

PHOTO GALLERY: Skateboards compete in Shred Fest

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.

PHOTO GALLERY: Science Adventures Trip began Saturday

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.

PHOTO GALLERY: Students graduate from MU High School

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.

PHOTO GALLERY: Smrithi Jacob plays Rummikub at Columbia Senior Activity Center

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.

PHOTO GALLERY: People repair Nigerian school, provide water

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.

PHOTO GALLERY: Compassion for Joel Ewbank's patients starts from home

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.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hot Summer Nights concert series kicks off at Stephens Lake Park

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.

PHOTO GALLERY: Battle High School's opening week

Battle High School students are in their first week of classes, with 465 students starting summer school.

PHOTO GALLERY: Padres play T-ball in Columbia

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.