April 24, 2010
Eliot Battle reads "Buzz Said the Bee" to children on Friday at the Nora Stewart Early Learning Center located at 505 E. Ash St. The Minority Men's Network is launching a reading program for preschoolers to get them interested in reading and also to get men involved in reading to serve as positive role models.
Damere Logan, 4, introduces himself to Eliot Battle before Battle read a book to the children on Friday at the Nora Stewart Early Learning Center located at 505 E. Ash St.
Jonathan Sandys, great-grandson of Winston Churchill and chairman of Churchill’s Britain Foundation, speaks at the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton on Friday morning. During his first visit to Fulton, Sandys discussed about his great-grandfather's legacy and his own experience with the organization that helps children struggling with learning disabilities and illiteracy.
Morel mushrooms, prized for their taste, only appear from early April to early May, and unlike most other mushrooms, they don't come out at the same spots each year.
Morel mushroom enthusiast Stan Hudson harvests morels surrounding the "mother lode" tree. Hudson keeps the Mid Missouri Morels and Mushrooms blog.
April 23, 2010
Ryan Phillips, sophomore pitcher for the Rock Bridge Bruins baseball team, is greeted by his team after hitting a home run during Friday night's game on April 23. The Bruins won their game against Smith-Cotton 11-3.
Alicia Hatcher is a former Missouri gymnast who competed for the Tigers from 2006 to 2009. She is a journalism major who covered sports for the Missourian in 2007.
Grand-prize winner Kelly Smith, 31, shot this photo of her husband Ryan and her 6-year-old son Ben at a bridge on the Hinkson Creek Trail. Smith, director of Habitat for Humanity in Jefferson City, said photography is a stress relief. "I can't draw or paint or anything like that," she said. "It's my own way to express myself."
Randy Hughes, a 47-year-old quality tech for JM Eagle, placed four times in two different categories, including a first place in the Parks and Recreation Facilities category with this photo of the new waterfall at Stephens Lake Park. "As far as nature areas, it’s just so beautiful out there,” he said. “I love landscape photography.”
Lisa Fechter, a 41-year-old office manager, took this Trails-category photo while walking with her children and dog on the Bear Creek Trail. They go for walks whenever the weather is nice. "I shoot all the time," she said. "If any of the kids stay still long enough, they're always the subjects."
Rick Hansen works two jobs for the U.S. Wildlife Reserve: one as a wildlife biologist and the other as a self-titled unofficial photographer. He said his colleagues always ask him to document what they're doing. He shot this first-place Landscape, Wildlife and Nature photo at Fairview Park in 60 degree weather that was just cold enough to slow down the cold-blooded frogs. He said the frogs would have been harder to shoot on a hotter day.
Colleen McDevitt, a former Missourian photographer, took this first-place photo for the Recreation Programs, Sports, Events and Classes category. It depicts former Special Olympics intern Cassie Shields winning the heart of Polar Bear Plunge judges with her then fiance, Scott Drochelman. Their teamname, "Taking the Plunge," helped the newly engaged couple win the event at Stephens Lake Park on Valentine's Day 2009.
April 22, 2010
Rock Bridge sophomore Anna Alioto gets tripped up while chasing after the ball with Blue Valley Northwest sophomore Nicole Vermes.
Rock Bridge sophomore Stephanie Monticelli returns the ball to play after a shot on goal during Thursday night's game against Blue Valley Northwest at Rock Bridge High School.
Rex Hainey, father of MU sophomore pitcher Jana Hainey, shields himself from the rain during the the Tigers' game against Central Methodist on Thursday. Hainey said his outfield spot was the "best seat in the house."
MU sophomore Ashley Flemming swings at a pitch during the first inning against Central Methodist.
MU sophomore Jaydee Young slides into home plate during a game against Central Methodist on Thursday at University Field.
Staff and volunteers from the Turtle Hospital watch a 200-pound, male Loggerhead sea turtle named "Pal" make his way to deeper water off the Florida Keys on Thursday, in Marathon, Fla. The turtle was released on Earth Day after being treated for more than a month with antibiotics and laxatives for an impacted digestive system.
The Columbia Civic Orchestra and the MU Choral Union will perform Bach’s B Minor Mass on Friday at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. The group rehearsed for two and a half hours on Tuesday and will do the same on Thursday in preparation for Friday's performance, which will take about two hours.