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High school rodeo competitor Emily Thompson

While warming up for her event, Emily Thompson of Clark, right, greets rodeo fan Avery Faulkner on Saturday at the Missouri High School Rodeo State Finals at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

High school rodeo competitor Jeremy Kempker

Jeremy Kempker competes during the calf roping portion of the Missouri HIgh School Rodeo State Finals on Saturday night at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Kempker placed third, good enough to qualify for this summer's national rodeo.

Homeward bound

Rocket, a 14-month-old beagle and cocker spaniel mix, watches customers shop at the Petco on Broadway with his foster dad, Matt Harlan, by his side. Rocket and Harlan were at Petco participating in Pet Adoption Day on Saturday. Pet Adoption Day was organized by Field of Dreams Rescue, an organization that cares for unwanted dogs and cats.

Carl Edwards wins Nationwide Series race

Carl Edwards celebrates after winning Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc.

Annual Olivet Christian Church barbecue receives 400 donated pies

Karen Hobson, right, teaches Wyatt Moore, 9, which pie is which at the 53rd annual Olivet Christian Church chicken and mutton barbecue. The barbecue offered ten varieties of pie this year, including two new sugar-free additions: gooseberry and pecan. Church member Chester Edwards, not pictured, said the church received more than 400 donated pies this year.

Determining the damage

Officers of the Columbia Police Department and Columbia Fire Department survey damage caused by a fallen tree on the 1100 block of Locust Street. There were concerns that the tree presented an electrical hazard, but after inspection it was determined that there was no danger. The tree fell during a storm that occurred at approximately 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Debris in the road

A fallen tree partially blocks the westbound lane of East Broadway near the Stephens College campus on Saturday. The debris was cleared from the road around 4:15 p.m., and there was minimal disruption to traffic.

Clearing the scene

A Saturday-afternoon storm felled several trees in Columbia, like this one that blocked one lane of East Broadway near the Stephens College campus. Three workers began clearing the scene around 4:15 p.m. and a lawn tractor was used to pull the tree branch from the road.

Signing in family

Pam Muffi and Thomas Philips help sign other family members in at Stoney Creek Inn for the Phillips family reunion held in Columbia from Friday to Sunday. Thomas and Joe Phillips hosted the reunion. "Some of us spell it with two 'L's', some with one. I spell it with one, but we're still related," says Thomas Philips.

The family emblems

The family emblems were stitched by Shirley Phillips Hicks. She made sure to make them with both one 'L' and two 'L' spellings.

Sharing a laugh

Clockwise from left, Thomas Philips, Harold Phillips, Gwen Phillips, and Doris Philips share a laugh upon Harold and Gwen's arrival to the Stoney Creek Inn.

Catching up over lunch

Phillips family members sit down to lunch at the First Baptist Church on Saturday. The family members spent the morning taking pictures, reviewing memorabilia, talking with each other and discussing the family's history.

Florist arranges Father's Day bouquet

Zac LaHue applies finishing touches to a flower arrangement at My Secret Garden, a florist in downtown Columbia, on Saturday. This arrangement will be a Father's Day gift and features delphiniums, hydrangeas and other flowers with vibrant colors.

Fire caused by old painting rags

Columbia firefighters and members of the Boone County Fire Protection District were called at 10:42 pm on Friday to 2206 Port Townsend Court in southwest Columbia. According to the Fire Department improperly disposed painting rags caused a fire in the garage.

High school rodeo team roping champions

Brothers Tory, left, and Brady Chasteen from Columbia won the team roping event Friday at the Missouri High School Rodeo state finals. Brady recently graduated from Rock Bridge High School where Tory will be a junior this coming school year.

Cowboy brothers lasso a steer

Brady Chasteen, left, of Columbia, throws his lasso to catch the ankles of the steer while his brother Tory Chasteen holds tight onto the rope around its neck during the team roping event of the Missouri High School Rodeo state finals on Friday at the Boone County Fairgrounds. The brothers won the event in 7.37 seconds.

Watching the rodeo on horseback

From left, Amee Riley, 15, left, Kelsey Eitel, 16, center, and Jake Pendelton, 17, talk among with other competitors from across the state at the second day of the Missouri High School Rodeo state finals. The teens lined up on their horses to watch the calf roping event and prepare for their upcoming runs.

Westbook retires

Detective Jeff Westbrook shakes fellow Officer Mark Brotemarkle's* hand at Westbrook's retirement reception on June 18 at the Police Training Center in Columbia. Westbrook retired after 22 years of service working in the Columbia Police Department.

Detective Retirement

Detective Jeff Westbrook holds his father, Willie Westbrook, with his mother, Betty Westbrook, at his retirement reception on June 18 at the Police Training Center. Jeff Westbrook said that one of his father's goals was to see him retire.

Elephant in traffic

A decorated elephant walks on a street in New Delhi, India, on Friday. The pachyderms have created traffic havoc in the past, and they are now allowed to roam the streets only during lean traffic hours.
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