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Patrons mingle at opening

Patrons mingle outside the auditorium before the start of the Tony Bennett concert on May 21, 2008, at the newly reopened Missouri Theatre.

Evening car crash; medics treat child

Medics treat one of three children injured in a three-car accident at the intersection of College and Locust as police investigate the scene on Wednesday. The accident occurred after a red Ford Focus T-boned a green Honda Civic at approximately 6:22 p.m.

Williamson greets guests at Muleskinners meeting

Ilene Ford speaks with John Sam Williamson at the Muleskinners weekly meeting Friday, July 9, at noon located in Stamper Commons at Stephens College. Williamson is one of two Democratic candidates running for Boone County Presiding Commissioner.

Williamson answers questions at Muleskinners meeting

Sean Spence, Muleskinners vice president, warns John Sam Williamson that he has 15 seconds remaining during the Muleskinners weekly meeting Friday, July 9, at Stamper Commons at Stephens College. Williamson and his fellow Democratic candidate, Scott Christianson, are running for Boone County Presiding Commissioner. Both answered questions from the Muleskinners as they lunched. Among questions asked were: Why are you running as a Democrat? "I'm running because I love Boone County," answered Williamson.

Williamson identifies tight budget as county's biggest issue

Boone County residents listen to John Sam Williamson, candidate for Boone County's presiding commissioner, during a League of Women Voters panel discussion Wednesday, July 14, at the Columbia Public Library. Williamson identified the budget as the biggest problem facing Boone County. "The budget is really tight, and it will continue to be tight for the next couple of years."

Williamson gave up farming to run for presiding comissioner

John Sam Williamson and his wife, Susan, discuss political engagements during the final weeks before the election for presiding commissioner for Boone County. John Williamson has been a farmer for 35 years, but recently gave that up in hopes of moving from a private citizen to government official at the age of 61.

William Edward Jones III

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A sticky wicket

Saqib Choudhry and Muhammad Hesan work to secure their wickets before a cricket match Sunday night at MU's Stankowski Field.

Cricket a game for all ages

From left, Saqib Choudhry, 20, Tariq Khan, 55, Asad Khan, 34, and Nazif Ullah, 27, play cricket Sunday night at MU's Stankowski Field. Family and friends of all ages gather to play the sport whenever they can.

At bat in cricket

Muhammad Hesan, an MU sophomore takes his turn at bat during a cricket match Sunday night at MU's Stankowski Field. Most members of the group Hesan plays with are of Indian or Pakistani descent, and many of them say the games have helped ease the transition to life in America.

Judging ham at the Boone County Fair

Stan Lynn of the Ham Committee holds a piece of ham to place on the award stand at the Boone County Fair Ham Show on Tuesday afternoon at the Boone County Fairgrounds. The hams were judged based on criteria such as firmness, meatiness and aroma.

Hams on parade

Entry cards are placed on top of each ham at the Boone County Fair ham show on Tuesday afternoon. At Tuesday's ham show, a total of 39 hams were selected to be sold at the ham auction on Saturday, July 31.

The Ham Committee deliberates

From left, Linda Lynn and Elaine George of the Ham Committee write down scores and producers for each piece of ham at the Boone County Fair ham show on Tuesday, July 20 at the Boone County Fairgrounds. For Wednesday's Ham Show, a total of 39 hams were selected to be sold at the ham auction on Saturday, July 31.

Questions for Christianson

J. Scott Christianson, left, Sean Spence, and John Sam Williamson listen as a Muleskinner member asks the two Democratic candidates, Christianson and Williamson, who are running for Boone County Presiding Commissioner, what they think about implementing a curfew for youth, during the Muleskinners weekly meeting Friday July 9 at noon located in Stamper Commons at Stephens College.

Christianson working the crowd

J. Scott Christianson hands out flyers and shakes hands during the Fourth of July parade in Ashland. Christianson is running for Presiding Commissioner of Boone County in the November 2 election.

A view of Christianson's home life

Presiding Commissioner candidate J. Scott Christianson, left, relaxes with his wife Ava Fajen in their backyard garden. The pair grow a variety of vegetables, along with apples, peaches, plums, pears and raspberries.

A big ol' profile

Six-year-old Bruno, a playful bear in the Welde Big Bear Show, enjoys the ring toss game in his free time.

Big, Scary Kiss

Johnny Welde, 53, kisses Ginger, a 16-year-old female grizzly bear that Welde has raised since she was a cub.

Lifesaving Mailman

Ohio letter carrier Keith McVey walks his route delivering mail in Akron on Friday. The veteran mailman has gained a reputation for delivering people from life-threatening situations three times while on the job. Last week, he gave CPR to a man along his route who wasn't breathing and whose lips were turning blue.

Road race results

Nicole Kumar, left, and Kate Floros, right, compile results of the Show-Me State Games 5k, 10k, and race-walk events at Bethel Park in Southwest Columbia on Sunday, July 18. Discussing why they volunteer, Kumar said, “because I hurt my ankle and couldn’t run.” Floros explained,” I want to be a race planner when I grow up.”
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