PHOTO GALLERY: Annual Mizzou H2O event draws students, families

MU students and members of the community gathered on the Mel Carnahan Quadrangle on Saturday to enjoy Mizzou H2O, an annual event that involves water balloon tosses, dodgeball using wet sponges, tug-of-war using fire hoses, an obstacle course and a water slide.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dredges clear way for barges

Dredges in the Mississippi River are busy moving silt, debris and mud out of the way to allow barges to carry goods along the river.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge defeats third-ranked De Smet in season opener

Rock Bridge High School defeated De Smet Jesuit High School 20-7 in Friday's season opener.

PHOTO GALLERY: Cattlemen Days Rodeo

The Cattlemen Days Rodeo in Ashland had calf roping, barrel racing and bull riding. Among the riders was Matt Dunsmore, a Minnesota native who tried to best a bull named Orion, the same bull that bucked him off at last year's event.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fire Departments respond to house fire in south Columbia

The Boone County and Columbia Fire Departments responded to a house fire Friday afternoon on Stanwood Drive. No one was injured.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Independent School's annual balloon release

Columbia Independent School celebrated the start of school by releasing balloons. The tradition, which dates back to the school's opening in 1998, gives each student a balloon to release.

PHOTO GALLERY: Australian kayaker paddles the length of the Missouri River

Bob Bellingham of Perth, Australia, stopped Thursday at Cooper's Landing in Columbia during his kayak expedition. Bellingham is kayaking the length of the Missouri River and began his trip June 1.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri football has last preseason scrimmage

The Missouri football team Thursday had its last preseason scrimmage of the year. The team is gearing up to play Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 1.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman football prepares for season opener

The Hickman High School football team practiced Thursday in preparation for its season opener against Lee's Summit North on Friday night.

PHOTO GALLERY: Supporters gather at Planned Parenthood rally

A crowd of about 120 Planned Parenthood supporters gathered Thursday for a rally in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: For students at Cedar Ridge, lunch is on Kim English

Kim English, the former Missouri basketball player who was drafted by the Detroit Pistons, donated sandwiches Thursday to students at Cedar Ridge Elementary School in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri football gears up for first game of season

Missouri football players ran through drills at their practice Wednesday. The Tigers will play against Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 1 at home in the first game of the season.

PHOTO GALLERY: Children take advantage of warm weather

Children splashed around at the Country Club of Missouri pool on Wednesday. After a few weeks of relatively cool weather, temperatures reached mid-90s and led to early dismissals at Jefferson and West Junior High schools.

PHOTO GALLERY: Celebration held in honor of University of Missouri Press

A rally to celebrate the University of Missouri Press was held Tuesday in Jesse Wrench Auditorium.

PHOTO GALLERY: Archers practice at Powder Horn Guns & Sporting

Archers, including some from MU's archery club, practiced shooting bows Monday at Powder Horn Guns & Sporting.

PHOTO GALLERY: Wee Ones offers activities for children at library

Parents and their infants gathered together to sing songs, dance and play during Wee Ones at the Columbia Public Library on Monday. Wee Ones, offered for young infants up to 24 months, is one of several activities offered at the library to help develop reading skills. "The idea is to be familiar with sounds and with books," Library Associate Barb Tucker said about Wee Ones activities. "It's all for getting ready for them to read on their own."

PHOTO GALLERY: MU buses give more transportation options

Bus routes give more options to students and Columbia residents for transportation. While Tiger Line runs three routes and is mainly targeted at MU students, FastCAT provides routes elsewhere in the city. After Aug. 27, the new FastCAT route will cost $100 per semester or $1.50 per ride.

PHOTO GALLERY: Drought's effect on cattle farmer

The drought has had a detrimental effect on Brian Lease and other Missouri cattle farmers.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tiger Walk at MU Columns

Freshmen and transfer students walked through the MU Columns on Sunday evening in Francis Quadrangle toward Jesse Hall.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia College freshmen welcomed in at Storm the Gate

Columbia College freshmen were welcomed into the school during the Storm the Gate event Sunday evening.