August 27, 2010
An enormous amount of balloons, ready to be launched, fill a room at Columbia Independent School on Friday. The balloon colors represent the gold and blue school colors.
Senior Abbi Clearinger and pre-kindergartner Claire Opie watch as the mass of balloons drift in the wind on Friday. Middle and Upper School Director, Doug Sept, says that an older student is paired with a younger one so that they can each make a friend and properly launch a balloon.
The Columbia Independent School student body releases balloons on their campus to mark the commencement of the school year on Friday. This is the twelfth consecutive year that the balloons have been launched.
Jenna Marston led Team USA in batting average at the International Baseball Federation’s Women’s World Cup in Venezuela.
Bruins senior Sheldon Gerau is the younger brother of MU receiver Brandon Gerau, who helped the Bruins upset the Kewpies in 2005.
Rock Bridge players gather around head football coach A.J. Ofodile at the end of the Bruins practice Thursday on Faurot Field.
August 26, 2010
Christina Osamtowski, 16, and her mother Tami Osamtowski rode 420 miles from Columbus, Neb. Christina began riding on the back of her mom's bike when she was 6 years old and has had her motorcycle license for less than a year. She was the youngest biker at the last two bike rallies that they attended.
Joe Banks, 72, rode to Columbia from Princeton. “I’ve rode my whole life,” said Banks, who started out riding dirt bikes. He now owns a variety of classic bikes that he rode when he was younger, which he enters in various competitions.
Henry Barchet, 56, stands beside his wife, Debbie, 55, with his custom Harley-Davidson. They came to Columbia from Waterloo, Ill. “You immediately strike up friendships here because you have something in common,” Henry said. “You ride a Harley.” He and his wife have met bikers from Belgium and France in the past. Henry, who has been riding since the 1960s, is more than the "official biker bingo caller" for the 2010 Missouri State H.O.G. Rally; he’s also the 2011 Make a Wish, “Ride for Wishes” chair. “We do a lot of good,” Henry said. “We do things for kids and veterans.”
Darren Williams, 42, owner and editor of Full Throttle magazine, a motorcycle enthusiast publication, has been riding for 28 years. A St. Louis native, Kleinhans has been running the magazine for five years. “When the economy hit, the bikers rallied around us,” Kleinhans said. “You can’t beat that.”
Steve Kleinhans, 42, owner of Liquid Illusions, started riding dirt bikes at age 12. His passion for art and design became his career when he opened his custom paint and fabrication company in 1999. “I do custom paint on everything from bikes to boats,” said Williams, who is the shop’s only employee. “It’s my bread and butter.”
Dave Hagler, 60, has never owned a bike that wasn’t a Harley-Davidson. “Everybody that buys a Harley wants to individualize it,” Hagler said. “I put another $5,000 in mine.” His custom seat alone, which is equipped with memory foam and a gel pad, cost $1,000, he said. He rode the “Ghost,” as he calls it, from his hometown of Trenton with his “LOUDR” license plate. “Ghost” was already taken, he said.
Last season, Derrick Washington led the Tigers in rushing for the second straight year.
Beetle Bailey leans against a pillar in the brand new MU student center on Thursday. With the Beetle Bailey stamp being released and the current rebuilding of The Shack, Bailey joins Truman the tiger as an important MU mascot.
Alumn Mort Walker sent the Columbia Missourian a special 80th birthday card to help commemorate the milestone.
Elizabeth Ann "Betsy" Gill was 2 1/2-years-old when she disappeared from the front porch of her family's home in Cape Girardeau in 1965 and was never found. The FBI has now declared the case to be a kidnapping. Elizabeth Ann Gill is shown here in an undated family photo. Her family always believed she was snatched and, 45 years on, the FBI has reclassified her case as a kidnapping and reopened the investigation.
Spirtas Wrecking Co. beings the demolition of Stafford Hall with an excavator punching a hole through a window on the third floor of the building at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. According to MU's website, Stafford Hall was built in 1947 and housed about 230 students
Bricks, wires and mortar come tumbling down as the demolition of Stafford Hall began Thursday. The hall, built in 1947, is being cleared for a new hospital building.
Erich Arvidson, 21, of Cape Girardeau watches from inside Pershing Commons on Hitt Street as demolition begins on his old residence hall, Stafford Hall. Arvidson lived in Stafford Hall for the 2009-10 school year and said that he had stopped by to see if demolition had begun. "They're working their way toward my room," said Arvidson as the large backhoe ripped though Stafford's walls, from the top floor towards the bottom. Arvidson lived on the ground floor.
Construction workers from Spirtas Wrecking Co. continue to tear down Stafford Hall. The residence hall was named after MU graduate Richard Yeater Stafford. Stafford was killed at Guadalcanal where he was serving as a captain in the Marine Corps during World War II. In 1943 a U.S. Navy destroyer was also named after Stafford.