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Beginning of a beautiful friendship

Erica Beshore, left, and Ginger Clower have been friends for five years now. They met while in graduate school together at MU. Clower will be moving to Madison, Wis., soon for her career, but the pair plan to keep in touch.

Friendship started 75 years ago

Betty Eyestone, left, and Pat Duerner pose for a photo in 1940 in Detroit Lakes, Minn. Although the two women have not lived in the same state since high school, they have remained friends for 75 years.

Friendship aging gracefully

Columbia residents Connie Taylor, 54, left, and Moni Lentz, 55, met in 1959 and have been close friends ever since.

Girlfriends

At left, Betty Eyestone, left, and Pat Duerner pose for a photo in 1940 in Detroit Lakes, Minn. At right, Pat Duerner, left, and Betty Eyestone recreated their childhood photo in 1997 while on vacation with their husbands in Pella, Iowa. The two have remained friends for 75 years and make an effort to see each other twice a year.

Rock Bridge shortstop Zach Kurzejeski

Rock Bridge shortstop Zach Kurzejeski take the throw at second base in an attempt to pick off a Boonville runner Saturday in the Bruins' 3-1 victory.

Missouri pitcher Stacy Delaney

Missouri starting pitcher Stacy Delaney delivers against Baylor Saturday in the semifinals of the Big 12 Conference softball tournament in Oklahoma City.

Missouri pitcher Scooter Hicks

Missouri pitcher Scooter Hicks makes his delivery Saturday against Kansas.

A day to remember

Columbia College President Gerald Brouder, left, and Stephens College President Wendy Libby address graduates at their schools' commencement ceremonies on Saturday.

Fourteen years and counting

Gerald T. Brouder, president of Columbia College, addresses graduates of the college before they are presented with their degrees inside the Southwell Complex on Saturday. This year, Brouder is completing his 14th year as president of the college.

Waiting to walk

Graduates of Columbia College wait in line before receiving their diplomas during the school's commencement ceremony on Saturday. The line of students had all earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the college.

Moment of anticipation

Matthew Corrado shares a moment with his neighboring graduate before their row is asked to rise during Columbia College's commencement ceremony on Saturday. Corrado walked across the stage to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree in history.

Commencement expression

Some students chose to adorn their caps with their graduation year or other personal touches, but most kept them clean and simple during Columbia College's Commencement ceremony inside Southwell Complex on Saturday. More than 250 graduates received their diplomas during the ceremony.

Mickey Carroll

In this Nov. 20, 2007, file photo, actor Mickey Carroll, the Town Crier among The Munchkins from "The Wizard of Oz," jokes as he arrives to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, site of "The Wizard of Oz's" 1939 premiere, in Los Angeles. He died Thursday at age 89.

The Center Project opens

Mayor Darwin Hindman praises the six years of hard work put forth by the board members (in the background) of the Center Project. The center, which will serve all of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations in Columbia, opened on Saturday.

Mark of honor

Stephens College Vice President of Academic Affairs Mary Hassinger, left, and President Wendy Libby, right, place honorary robes on graduating senior Kristin Parran during commencement ceremonies at the John and Mary Silverthorne Arena on Saturday. Parran was recognized as the class speaker for her accomplishments during her time at Stephens.

What's another word for 'thanks'?

Crossword puzzles, placed by professor Rob Doyen's students as a show of appreciation, hang from his back as he announces the names of graduates. Doyen, a professor of theater at Stephens, often did puzzles with his students during down time at rehearsals.

Closing with a song

The Stephens College Senior Ensemble performs "I'll Be There" for the closing of commencement ceremonies on Saturday afternoon.

Parting words

Outgoing Stephens College President Wendy Libby addresses the graduating class of 2009 at the beginning of commencement ceremonies.

Cassandra Wren wins raffle prize at Head Start 'I CAN' event

Cassandra Wren, a Cole East Head Start parent, wins a raffle prize at the "I CAN Help My Child Stay Healthy" training for Head Start grantees in mid-Missouri. The training was designed to be fun and engaging for a diverse group of parents. "I love these things," said Wren, who has attended various similar events.

Parents gather for Head Start program launch

A diverse group of parents and guests from Head Start centers in eight counties in mid-Missouri gathered for the "I CAN Help My Child Stay Healthy" training Thursday. The training is designed to empower parents to better utilize the health care system and decrease unnecessary ER and clinic visits. Parents described the event as fun and engaging. Mernell King, Head Start director for the program, said the event is useful to show parents the importance of learning more about basic health care. "When you get 500 people in a room you think, well, maybe it is a big deal," King said.
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