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Ragtag staff dresses up as 'Clue' characters for anniversary

Steve Ruffin, dressed up as Mr. Plum from the movie "Clue," prepares food and beverages before the beginning of the movie karaoke event at the Ragtag Cinema on Wednesday. Ragtag celebrated its 12th anniversary by holding a birthday bash with food and beverages supplied by the Uprise Bakery. Following the movie karaoke, there was a screening of the movie "Clue," where the staff of Ragtag performed a scene from the movie.

Ragtag celebrates 12th anniversary

From left, Tamara Coker and Tyler Flaker look through the program before the beginning of the movie karaoke at the Ragtag Cinema on Wednesday. It was the 12th anniversary of the Ragtag, which first started as a film series by David Wilson and Paul Sturtz. In 1998, the cinema was built as an innovative and independent cinema house that gave opportunities for people in Columbia to see movies that they wouldn't be able to see.

Ragtag staff prepares food for party

Tracy Lane, dressed up as Mrs. White from the movie "Clue," prepares cupcakes and beverages for the 12th anniversary of Ragtag Cinema as Chris Boeckman, left, and Jon Westhoff share a joke on Wednesday. The event started off with a movie karaoke followed by a movie screening of "Clue," where the staff of Ragtag performed a scene from the movie.

Couple buys church property to renovate

Erica Leach looks out the back door of the church, which is being renovated into a craft space for children, on the corner of Hickman Avenue and Sixth Street on Thursday, June 17. Leach and her husband purchased the property in February and hope to complete work on the building in August.

Church building faces renovations to become craft space for children

Aaron Dow, left, works on sealing the roof of an old church, which is being converted into a craft space for children, while his son, Plais Dow, 10, watches on Thursday, June 17. Erica and Chris Leach, who purchased the building in February, have been renovating it with the help of friends and hope to have it ready for W.A.C.K.Y (Walk-in Activity Center 4 Kids Yippee) in August.

Tombstones found toppled at Goshen Primitive Baptist Church's cemetery

Approximately 80 tombstones were reported toppled at the Goshen Primitive Baptist Church cemetery in Hartsburg on Wednesday. The cemetery is surrounded by a chain-link fence that is approximately 4 feet high, but there are no other deterrents to vandals or trespassers.

Tombstones toppled at church cemetery in Hartsburg

Approximately 50 tombstones were reported toppled at the Goshen Primitive Baptist Church cemetery in Hartsburg on Wednesday. The Boone County Sheriff's Department said they think the vandalism occurred between Saturday at noon and Sunday at 11 a.m. The cemetery is surrounded by a chain-link fence approximately 4 feet high, and there are no other deterrents to vandals or trespassers.

Preschoolers at play

Heather Linneman comforts Caitlyn Lundy while Brady Pattrin, Madalynn Pattrin and Abigail Graves play with fake plastic foods Wednesday at Little Wonders Preschool.

Working with Little Wonders preschooler

Heather Linnemann and Laura Pattrin share a laugh during a one-on-one learning session. Thirteen children currently attend Little Wonders Preschool, and Linnemann says she spends a portion of each day working individually with each child. "Some kids are older than the others, so I work on everything from recognizing letters and numbers, and the older kids work on writing," she says. "The goal is to teach them all the stuff to get them ready for kindergarten."

Neighborhood preschool

Heather Linneman tunes the radio to provide background music just before serving lunch at Little Wonders Preschool on Wednesday. The Vanderveen Crossing homeowner's association is suing Linneman for running the business from her house; Linneman says she has supporters in the neighborhood. "Two neighbors have spoken on my behalf at court, and I still actually have a waiting list for the preschool," she says.

Tad Johnsen selected as new Water and Light director

Columbia Water and Light director candidate Tad Johnsen poses for a portrait at a meet and greet reception for the public held on Friday, June 11, at City Hall.

Line between residence and business

A short wooden fence divides the family and business sides of Heather Linneman's backyard. Linneman operates Little Wonders Preschool out of her home. The Vanderveen Crossing homeowner's association covenants, however, say that no individual may run a day care or preschool from their house.

Honor Flight Crowd

Community members welcome the 87 veterans returning home from the Central Missouri Honor Flight. The veterans were scheduled to arrive at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, but there was an hour delay. The crowd cheered and applauded when the veterans' bus was in sight.

Honor Flight Shipley

Staff Sgt. James Shipley is escorted through the cheering crowd Wednesday at 12:50 a.m. One volunteer shouted that it was Shipley's birthday, and the crowd began to sing. Shipley was escorted by two community members and Honor Flight volunteer Doc Kritzer, at right.

Honor Flight Handshake

Lieutenant j.g. Dabney Doty shakes strangers' hands Wednesday at 1 a.m. People gathered to thank veterans like Doty for their service.

LOCALLY GROWN: Sealing the air leaks

Barbara Buffaloe demonstrates how to apply weather stripping to the windows in her home.

Fields Murder Trial Ends

Tracy Kemp, brother of murder victim Mitchell Kemp, talks to reporters with family members Tuesday night after a jury took nearly nine hours to convict Tausha Fields in the shooting death of her former husband Mitchell Kemp. Fields was convicted of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Rios Appeal Denied

Steven Rios, pictured here in May 2005, describes where he was sitting on the roof of the police station with other officers after his shift ended the night Jesse Valencia was killed. Rios says he went home from the stations but prosecutors say he drove to Valencia's house.

0629 Standoff arrest

Duran Goto Pipes is arrested by officers from the Columbia Police Department at the corner of West Broadway and McBaine Avenue after a standoff during which a woman and child were held hostage Tuesday evening.

0629 Standoff

Officers from the Columbia Police Department wait behind squad cars and riot shields during a standoff Tuesday with Duran Goto Pipes at the corner of West Broadway and McBaine Avenue.
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