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Rock Bridge's Lauren Fuller at practice

Rock Bridge junior Lauren Fuller prepares a throw after fielding a grounder during practice on Sept. 9. Fuller plays first base and pitches for the Bruins.

Vendors' booths for Pumpkin Festival measured out

Jeri Mertensmeyer, of Hartsburg, measures off the boundaries of one of the vendor booths in preparation of 19th annual Pumpkin Festival in Hartsburg on Thursday. Mertensmeyer, a member of the festival's Board of Directors, had been out since 8:00 a.m. with other members measuring out the spaces.

Rock Bridge's Lauren Fuller shares softball love with mother

Rock Bridge junior Lauren Fuller prepares to practice bunting during softball practice on Sept. 9. Fuller and her mother, Sue, share a passion for softball that has added a unique dynamic to their relationship.

Gourds ready to be sold at this weekend's Pumpkin Festival

Boxes of gourds sit outside at Hackman Farms in Hartsburg on Thursday. The gourds will be sold over the weekend during Hartsburg's 19th annual Pumpkin Festival. Jo Hackman, a member of the festival's Board of Directors, said that the year's pumpkin crop was hurt by all the rain, as standing water causes pumpkins to rot.

Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival banner unrolled

Shawn McCollom unrolls the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival banner in preparation to hang it over 2nd Street in Hartsburg on Thursday. McCollom had the help of Jason Thomas, but said that it should be a three person job. McCollom said that he and Thomas have been putting up the banner for the last four to five years.

Monsanto Co. vice-president gives speech at Missouri Tech Expo

Steve Padgette, vice president for biotechnology at Missouri-based Monsanto Co., delivers the keynote address at the first Missouri Technology Expo on Thursday, October 7, 2010. Businesses and researchers networked at the event and discussed future investments.

Protesting Proposition B at Cafe Berlin

Bill Sutton protests Proposition B outside Cafe Berlin, where CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle, spoke on September 13. Sutton said he believes Proposition B will be the end of domesticated animals in Missouri, including beef, pork and chicken.

Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen vs. Hawaii

Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen throws against Hawaii in a Sept. 18 victory in Boulder. Hansen emerged as Colorado’s No.1 quarterback in spring practices, ending Colorado’s quarterback controversy between Hansen and Cody Hawkins.

Andrighetto stays involved as MU soccer coach

Kristin Andrighetto, center, fights MU soccer player Brittany Hopkins for the ball as Dominique Richardson, Molly Bear and Tyler Easley watch during a morning soccer practice on Wednesday. Andrighetto is a fifth-year senior who played for Missouri the last four years and now volunteers as an assistant coach since she is no longer eligible to play.

Ryo Okubo came from Japan to play for Columbia College

Freshman Ryo Okubo, right, came from Japan to play for Columbia College. He looks up to Junior Brian Eike, left, for direction as a soccer player and as a person.

Six-year-old girl's painting wins national award

Madisyn Hinkebein, 6, was inspired by the art of Wassili Kandinsky. Her painting won first-place in the preschool/kindergarten category of American Printing House' national BlindInSights 2010: Visions from the Mind art contest.

Hickman's Wesley Leftwich punts against Helias

Wesley Leftwich punts against Helias in Hickman's homecoming game on September 24, 2010. Hickman won 20-17.

Sisters play at Cosmo Park

Siblings (from left) Sierra Tavarez, 8, and Lucy Tavarez, 5, play at Steinberg Playground in Cosmo Park on Wednesday. A renewal of the park sales tax will be on the November ballot. Revenue from the tax will help improve the playground to meet ADA standards.

Father and daughter play at Cosmo Park

Sophie Bethel,1, and her father, Adam Bethel, play on a seesaw at the Steinberg Playground in Cosmo Park on Wednesday. A renewal to the park sales tax on the November ballot will focus on various improvements to the park, such as making the playground more accessible to people with disabilities.

Dr. Lubahn

MU professor Dennis Lubahn, who teaches biochemistry and child health, is director of the botanical research center.

Rep. Kelly reads to children

Missouri state Rep. Chris Kelly reads to UCP Child Development Center student Adrianna Mitchell, 4, as part of Jumpstart’s campaign on Thursday.

Jumpstart book stack

A stack of children’s books sits outside the Boone County Courthouse on Thursday, waiting to be read as part of the campaign.

Jumpstart tutor reads to children

Former Jumpstart tutor Shane Chinni reads to Columbia school children as part of the program’s Read for the Record Campaign on Thursday. The goal of the campaign is to create a new World Record for the most people reading the same book on the same day. The official book of the campaign was Ezra Jack Keats’ "The Snowy Day."

Miss Missouri reads to children

As part of Jumpstart’s Read for the Record Campaign, Miss Missouri Erika Hebron reads to Columbia school children on Thursday.

MU Provost Brian Foster speaks to faculty about degree programs

MU Provost Brian Foster speaks to MU faculty on Wednesday.
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