June 20, 2009
Bullrider Cody Case does his best to stay on board a bull Saturday during the state finals of the Missouri High School Rodeo.
Joey Donnelly, 18, of Lake Ozark does a benihana grab in the best trick competition at the Columbia Skatepark on Saturday. The competition is Donnelly's first time skating since he broke his left foot one year ago.
Ashonda Bolden, 2, waits for a balloon as she enjoys the activities in Douglass Park on Saturday afternoon.
Robert Wilson, a singer with the Columbia-based song group One of Accord, performs a song that he wrote at the Juneteenth celebration Saturday.
Addae Ahmad, center, stands among various history panels at the Juneteenth celebration in Douglass Park on Saturday. Ahmad was part of the committee that organized the event, which commemorates the importance of African-American history and freedom.
Danny Spry of the Columbia Professional Firefighters laughs after Mayor Darwin Hindman is dunked during the "Extinguish Hunger" food drive's carnival Saturday.
Walt Goodman of Columbia Professional Firefighters Local 1055, stands before a 1940 fire engine as he mans the food bank collection booth outside of HyVee.
Mayor Darwin Hindman took the first turn sitting in the dunking booth at the "Extinguish Hunger" food drive's carnival on Saturday outside of HyVee off West Broadway. The Central Missouri Food Bank and Columbia Professional Firefighters teamed up for the first time for this event. Organizers hope to make it a yearly event, and expect it to yield 3,000 to 4,000 pounds of food.
The Mid-Missouri Bomb Squad removed seven "suspicious devices" from Mary Beth Litofsky's home on Highlands Parkway Saturday morning. Three of the bottles, which had likely been filled with cleaning chemicals, had exploded the night before. Police are investigating the incident.
A remote control device was used to move several suspicious devices away from a home on Highlands Parkway on Saturday. Columbia Police, firefighters and the Mid-Missouri Bomb Squad were called to the home after owner Mary Beth Litofsky heard small explosions.
Instructor Russ Taft works with kids at the Tiny Tigers taekwondo class on June 17. Taft is competing at the ATA World Championship.
June 19, 2009
Bullfighters, more commonly known as rodeo clowns, serve to protect a rider once he or she has dismounted by acting as safe targets for a bull. Mark Wilson, a bullfighter at the Missouri High School Rodeo has 10 years of experience as a bullfighter.
David King bursts out of the holding pen and tries to stay on his horse during the bareback category of the Missouri High School Rodeo competition on Friday in Columbia.
Garet Aldridge watches from the bull pens as he waits to compete at the Missouri High School Rodeo on Friday in Columbia. Aldridge competed in the saddle bronc and team roping categories.
An exterior rendering of the proposed Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, view looking south from the MU School of Nursing.
Renderings of the proposed interior of Ellis Fischel Cancer center.
An exterior rendering of the Ellis Fischel Cancer center, view looking north from the main entrance.
Cody Gregory hangs tight as his bull whips around the arena during the Missouri High School Rodeo on June 18, 2009. Gregory competed in four events during the night.
Lorry Meyers, marketing officer at Martinsburg Bank and Trust in Centralia, was born and raised in Centralia and has worked at the bank since it opened in 1999.