Getting advice for farmers

Participants listen to a guest speaker during an Annie’s Project class in mid-November at the Advanced Technology Center in Mexico, Mo. Each Annie’s Project class consists of a series of six three-hour sessions that are usually spread over a period of six weeks. From left are Delana Becker, Robin Bullard and Alice Willott.

Charolais cattle fill farm

Sally Angell walks through the gate of her cattle farm in Centralia. Angell has been raising cattle for 20 years and has been the sole operator of Angell Charolais for two years.

Edwards with an Edhead

Jen Burns, right, laughs after a surprise phone call she had Carl Edwards make to her mom. Jen Burns said she became a Edwards fan after her first hug with him. She is a member of Edwards' unofficial fan group the Edheads. Edwards is a reserve officer for the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Edwards supports friend

Carl Edwards, right, rides with his friend Sam Russell, far left, for the third annual Ride with Carl for Sam, on July 14, 2010. The ride, which began at Walt's Bicycle Fitness and Wilderness Co., followed the 8.9 mile MTK Nature and Fitness Trail, which runs from near downtown Columbia to McBaine. Approximately 60 bicycle enthusiasts participated in the event, which Edwards started to help raise money for his friend Russell, who was paralyzed from the waist down after he was involved in a mountain biking accident.

Edwards makes child's day

Jacob McKinney, 10, right, enjoyed meeting Carl Edwards at the Ride with Carl for Sam fundraiser in Columbia and having the NASCAR driver sign his toy race car.

Edwards' yearbook photo

Carl Edwards' yearbook photo from Rock Bridge High School in 1997.

Edwards at Daytona

Carl Edwards stands on pit road during a delay of more than an hour and a half on Feb. 14, 2010, in the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Carl Edwards with toy airplane

Carl Edwards as a child with a toy airplane. Carl Edwards' father keeps the picture at his shop in Columbia. Edwards had his pilot's license.

Ed Robb sworn in

County Clerk Wendy Noren swears in Ed Robb as Boone County presiding commissioner on Saturday morning.

Ed Robb addresses crowd at swearing-in ceremony

Ed Robb speaks to a small crowd at the Boone Government Center after being sworn in as presiding Boone County commissioner Jan. 1.

Dan Knight sworn in

County Clerk Wendy Noren swears in Dan Knight as county prosecuting attorney Saturday morning at the Boone Government Center.

A foster mom at home

Karen Anderson loads the dishwasher in her home in Hartsburg in late December. Anderson has been a foster parent for 31 years. She says she hasn’t even kept track of how many children she’s taken in over the years, she estimates that the number is about 180.

It's time to hula hoop

Surka Noeooe from the St. Louis Hoop Club welcomes the audience with an LED hula hoop on the balcony of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts for First Night.

Connecting the rings

Jade Tjin from California performs Chinese magic rings as part of her First Night performance.

Making it snow

Magician Jade Tjin from California amazed the audience with “snowflakes” at Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts during First Night activities.

Ta-da, a new outfit for the new year

Alexis Doebelin, 4, gets festive with accessories from Maude Vintage on Friday at Missouri United Methodist Church. Adrienne Doebelin, mother of Alexis, watched her daughters play dress up in the church’s lobby. “I enjoy all of the shows and the fun,” Doebelin said. “I also like the children’s fireworks.”

Dancing out the old year

Isabella McGarity, 6, breaks it down at the Videology dance party at City Hall during the First Night festivities on Friday. "She's serious when she's dancing," Tim McGarity, Isabella's father, said. Videology was started by Daryle Bascom of Columbia several years ago and is typically reserved for night clubs around town, but Bascom made a "kid-friendly" dance mix for First Night.

Entertaining children at First Night

Spike Bones performs at City Hall for First Night's "Alternative Fitness Fun" event for families on Friday. Bones has been performing and playing the 19th-century-instrument "bones" for more than 30 years. "First, I looked for an art skill ,and then I saw an old man playing the bones," Bones said. "And I said, 'That's for me.'" Bones has been participating in Columbia's First Night festivities for about 10 years.

Exiting City Hall as alarm goes off

First Night patrons exit City Hall as the fire alarms go off inside because of fog from the Videology dance room on Friday. Events being held inside were put on hold until the fire alarm could be turned off.

Preserving the image of damages

A soldier takes a picture of a home and car destroyed by a tornado that touched down at the Fort Leonard Wood Army base in southern Missouri Friday morning.