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Riding on

Carl Edwards, right, rides with his friend Sam Russell, left, for the third annual Ride with Carl for Sam on Wednesday. The ride, which began at Walt's Bicycle Fitness and Wilderness Co., followed the 8.9 mile MTK Nature and Fitness Trail, which runs from near downtown Columbia to McBaine. Approximately 60 bicycle enthusiasts participated in the event that Edwards started to help raise money for his friend Russell, who was paralyzed from the waist down after he was involved in a mountain biking accident.

A stop along the MKT Trail

Carl Edwards stops along the MKT Trail during the third annual Ride with Carl for Sam on Wednesday.

Construction equipment wait to start work at school site

Construction machines sit on the new high school lot on East St. Charles Rd. on Tuesday, where the Columbia Public School District is opening up a new high school. The construction work is projected to be completed in 24 to 35 months.

Preparing for ground breaking

Derek Graupman, left, and Riley Phillips inspect a scraper at the new high school lot on East St. Charles Rd. on Tuesday, where the Columbia Public School District is opening up a new high school. The scraper is used to kick up dirt and level out the soil to get the correct elevation before the early stages of the construction begins. The ground breaking ceremony will be on Thursday.

Paxton Keeley students fill out surveys about lunches

Anne Billington, assistant Principal at Paxton Keeley Elementary School, hands out survey sheets as Katie Liu, 9, left, and Kaitilyn Townsend, 10, listen to the instructions. The school conducted a survey Wednesday on the beans and rice on the menu to find out what the students liked the most.

Locally grown foods being used at three Columbia elementary schools

Fresh fruit and vegetables wait to be served before lunchtime at Paxton Keeley Elementary School on Wednesday.

Superintendent joins students for lunch

Chris Belcher, Superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, joins Micaiah Rice, left, and Adrienne Smith for lunch on Wednesday. Paxton Keeley is one of the three schools in Columbia to supplement a new pilot lunch program that uses locally grown foods with rice and beans.

Paxton Keeley bringing local food to school lunches

From right, Vanduh Lian, 8, Bryce Kohrs, 7, Chiara Gordon, 7, and Morgan Carby, 7, fill their plates with lunch as Sergio Turner provides assistance at Paxton Keeley Elementary School on Wednesday.

Persian arms exhibit on display at MU's Museum of Anthropology

The "Persian Arms and Armor: A Hero's Tradition" exhibit is on display at the Museum of Anthropology at MU until July 30.

Museum of Anthropology's assistant curator creates displays

Jessica Boldt poses next to an exhibit of Persian arms and armor in the Museum of Anthropology at MU Wednesday.

Donating a house to Clyde Wilson Memorial Park

Paul Wallace shows the area near his house on Taylor Street that the East Campus Neighborhood Association is trying to raise money for so that it can be donated to the Clyde Wilson Memorial Park. "We want to maintain the naturalness of this area right in the middle of the city," Wallace said.

Preparing the site for a new school

From left, Mark Lea and Bob Annett take a break from work while Annett puts up a GPS at the new high school lot on East St. Charles Rd. on Tuesday. The Columbia Public School District is opening up a new high school at this location, where the construction is projected to be completed in 24 to 35 months.

Matt Pearce

Missourian assistant city editor Matt Pearce

Winning designs

The two winning designs, by Sandra Eccles: one resembling a compass and the other depicting a sun surrounded by a green ring. They will be painted on Columbia's new Bike Boulevard.

The neighborhood dirt pile

A large dirt pile sits off the side of Grindstone Parkway across from the Walmart shopping center, as seen on July 13. Dirt piles such as this one are the subject of a new city ordinance still in draft form. Officials hope the City Council sees ordinance by August.

Dirt pile ordinance

A large dirt pile sits off the side of Grindstone Parkway across from the Walmart shopping center, as seen on Tuesday. Dirt piles such as this one are the subject of a new city ordinance still in draft form. Officials hope to see the ordinance by August.

Dirt pile is near Taco Bueno

A large dirt pile sits off the side of Grindstone Parkway across from the Walmart shopping center, as seen on July 13. Dirt piles such as this one are the subject of a new city ordinance still in draft form. Officials hope to see the ordinance by August.

Acosta release from University Hospital

Eddie Acosta walks through the halls of University Hospital on May 28, where Columbia Police Department believes he left around 10 P.M. Acosta left the hospital with no transportation back to his home in Laquey. What are believed to be his remains were found in a wooded area behind Rock Quarry Road on July 2.
This photo was courtesy of the "Bring Eddie Acosta Home" Facebook group. It was confirmed to be authentic by Matt Splett, media coordinator for MU Health Care.

Acosta disappearance questions arise

Family and friends of Edward Acosta, who went missing May 28, question the few details that are available about the night of his disappearance. He left the University Hospital without transportation back to Pulaski County, and remains found July 2 in a wooded area behind Rock Quarry Road are likely his.

Kickin' The Tires

Buddy Bell, a two year veteran driver of the Pastors for Peace Caravan bus, checks his tires during a Caravan stop in Columbia on Tuesday. Bell, a Chicago school bus driver during the school year, will help load aid supplies onto cargo ships in Mexico, but will not travel on to Cuba. "The whole trip isn't for everyone. There is a lot of legal pressure put on us by the government, and sometimes they even stop us at the border if they know we are bringing aid headed for Cuba," he said.
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