June 2, 2009
From left, actors Daryl Vaughan, David Hemsley Caldwell and Annie Funke practice a scene from "Hairspray," the opening play of the 49th season at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. Vaughan, who will perform in drag as Edna Turnblad, is a regular face in Lyceum shows. Lead actress Funke, playing Tracy Turnblad, previously worked as an understudy for the role in the Broadway production.
Cast members of "Hairspray" dance around Stephen Lukas, center left, and Annie Funke during a rehearsal Saturday at the Old Schoolhouse Community Center in Arrow Rock. Lukas portrays teen idol Link Larkin in the show.
June 1, 2009
James "Jimi" Cook, left, of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine and Sonny Bal, orthopedic surgeon at the MU School of Medicine, have been collaborating for more than seven years on research to create biological joints for hip and knee replacements — as opposed to the standard metal and plastic parts. The process is currently being used in dogs, but, Bal said, it is likely to take "about five years" before it can be perfected enough for human use.
Fergus Moore speaks about the need to slow traffic on Alexander Avenue at a City Council meeting, while his daughter Olivia, 6, listens. "We've created a neighborhood," he said of the street that he lives on. "For the solutions that require funding, we ask for your help. For those that do not, we ask for your support."
Residents of Alexander Avenue listen while their neighbors address the City Council on the issue of fast-moving traffic on the street. The street already has two speed bumps, but residents say that they are not sufficient to control drivers' speed.
Roger Gadbois is a guest columnist for the Missourian.
Jennifer Russell is a night news editor at the Missourian.
Speeding cars and lack of sidewalks on Alexander Avenue prompted residents to ask the City Council for help with the problem. Residents will speak at 7 p.m. Monday during the City Council meeting.
Brian Jarvis is a journalism graduate student at MU and a columnist for the Missourian.
Newly elected Columbia Public Schools superintendent Chris Belcher answers questions about his plans for the school district on Tuesday. "The thing that excited me about Columbia is that I want to close the achievement gap," said Belcher who starts his job on Wednesday.
May 31, 2009
Western Kentucky's Chad Cregar, right, steps on home plate in front of Missouri catcher Trevor Coleman, left, after hitting a three-run home run.
Millvina Dean, shown here in a 2003 file photo, was the last living survivor of the Titanic disaster. She died in her sleep on Sunday. She was 97. Her family had been on the Titanic with plans to resettle in the U.S. — specifically in Kansas City, where Dean's mother had relatives.
Matt and Caleb Bryson, sons of Circuit Judge Larry Bryson, compete in the team division of the Anchor Driving Contest in Centralia. The pair drove a 38-inch land anchor into the ground but lost to the father-and-son pairing of Larry and Luke Bryson.
Abbigale Cloven, age 3, was the youngest competitor in the Anchor Driving Contest. The contest was sponsored by the Centralia Rotary.
The Hargis family watches family member Ethan compete in the Boys 8-and-under division of the Anchor Driving Contest in Centralia. Halia Hargis, cheering her brother, also competed in the competition.
The Ball Brothers were this year's entertainment at Centralia's Anchor Festival. Real brothers Steven, Andrew, Daniel and Josh are a harmonic gospel group who tour around the South and Midwest.
Feathers, glitter and plenty of hair spray were used to create wild hair styles at the All-Night Senior Party. Students had the option of visiting the hair salon, massage spa or nail salon throughout the evening.
Dozens of students from the high school graduating class of 2009 gathered at the All-Night Senior Party held Saturday at Hearnes Center. Karaoke, bingo, basketball and sumo wrestling were just some of the activities available at the event, which lasted from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Paula Nguyen, a recent Hickman High School graduate, gets her hair done by a stylist from High Maintenance salon. "I've never had my hair done like this before. It's pretty awesome," Nguyen said.