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MMA fighter Francisco “Kiko” France works out

Mixed martial arts fighter Francisco “Kiko” France goes head-to-head for the last time with sparring partner Justin Dyer on Wednesday afternoon at American Top Team gym in Columbia. France is leaving in a week to go to Phoenix where he will train with mixed martial artist Ben Askren, a former MU wrestling standout.

Bookmobile children

Lexi McClain, 7, shows her friend Whitney Hickman, 11, the My Little Pony sticker she colored when she registered for the summer reading program at Lunch in the Park June 25, 2010. The Bookmobile Jr. travels to Douglass Park every Friday as a part of Daniel Boone Regional Library's outreach program.

Bookmobile reading

Claire Whitney, 12, picks out a book during her first visit to the bookmobile Friday at Douglass Park. She and her younger brother, Will Whitney, came out because they were curious about the bookmobile while spending time with their friend. Whitney checked out books from the young adult section that day. Her mother, Greta Cole, said Whitney is an avid reader who usually enjoys going to the public library.

Moving Forward Meredith

Meredith Donaldson shows kids a bat at Rock Bridge State Park in Columbia. She explained that bats were the keystone species in cave environments like Devil’s Icebox.

Moving Forward Bat Hands

Meredith Donaldson, Rock Bridge Park volunteer tour guide, holds a stuffed animal bat Wednesday afternoon in Columbia. Donaldson used various props to capture kids' attention during the Moving Ahead program field trip.

In For a Trim

Amy Hemeyer trims client Lindsey Retz' bangs on Thursday at High Maintenance hair salon. Hair that is cut at High Maintenance is collected and donated to Matter of Trust to be made into hair booms, which will be used to soak oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hair cutting

Amy Hemeyer cuts the hair of Lindsey Retz on Thursday at High Maintenance hair salon. Hair that is cut at High Maintenance is collected and donated to Matter of Trust to be made into hair booms, which will be used to soak oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

Collected Hair

After clients' hair is cut at High Maintenance hair salon it is collected and donated to Matter of Trust, a group trying to gather hair in order to soak up oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

Officer inspects bullet hole on house

Officer Kevin Purdy examines a bullet hole on a house in the 500 block of W. Ash Street on Thursday. Three bullet casings were found at the scene.

Ragtag staff dresses up as 'Clue' characters for anniversary

Steve Ruffin, dressed up as Mr. Plum from the movie "Clue," prepares food and beverages before the beginning of the movie karaoke event at the Ragtag Cinema on Wednesday. Ragtag celebrated its 12th anniversary by holding a birthday bash with food and beverages supplied by the Uprise Bakery. Following the movie karaoke, there was a screening of the movie "Clue," where the staff of Ragtag performed a scene from the movie.

Ragtag celebrates 12th anniversary

From left, Tamara Coker and Tyler Flaker look through the program before the beginning of the movie karaoke at the Ragtag Cinema on Wednesday. It was the 12th anniversary of the Ragtag, which first started as a film series by David Wilson and Paul Sturtz. In 1998, the cinema was built as an innovative and independent cinema house that gave opportunities for people in Columbia to see movies that they wouldn't be able to see.

Ragtag staff prepares food for party

Tracy Lane, dressed up as Mrs. White from the movie "Clue," prepares cupcakes and beverages for the 12th anniversary of Ragtag Cinema as Chris Boeckman, left, and Jon Westhoff share a joke on Wednesday. The event started off with a movie karaoke followed by a movie screening of "Clue," where the staff of Ragtag performed a scene from the movie.

Couple buys church property to renovate

Erica Leach looks out the back door of the church, which is being renovated into a craft space for children, on the corner of Hickman Avenue and Sixth Street on Thursday, June 17. Leach and her husband purchased the property in February and hope to complete work on the building in August.

Church building faces renovations to become craft space for children

Aaron Dow, left, works on sealing the roof of an old church, which is being converted into a craft space for children, while his son, Plais Dow, 10, watches on Thursday, June 17. Erica and Chris Leach, who purchased the building in February, have been renovating it with the help of friends and hope to have it ready for W.A.C.K.Y (Walk-in Activity Center 4 Kids Yippee) in August.

Tombstones found toppled at Goshen Primitive Baptist Church's cemetery

Approximately 80 tombstones were reported toppled at the Goshen Primitive Baptist Church cemetery in Hartsburg on Wednesday. The cemetery is surrounded by a chain-link fence that is approximately 4 feet high, but there are no other deterrents to vandals or trespassers.

Tombstones toppled at church cemetery in Hartsburg

Approximately 50 tombstones were reported toppled at the Goshen Primitive Baptist Church cemetery in Hartsburg on Wednesday. The Boone County Sheriff's Department said they think the vandalism occurred between Saturday at noon and Sunday at 11 a.m. The cemetery is surrounded by a chain-link fence approximately 4 feet high, and there are no other deterrents to vandals or trespassers.

Preschoolers at play

Heather Linneman comforts Caitlyn Lundy while Brady Pattrin, Madalynn Pattrin and Abigail Graves play with fake plastic foods Wednesday at Little Wonders Preschool.

Working with Little Wonders preschooler

Heather Linnemann and Laura Pattrin share a laugh during a one-on-one learning session. Thirteen children currently attend Little Wonders Preschool, and Linnemann says she spends a portion of each day working individually with each child. "Some kids are older than the others, so I work on everything from recognizing letters and numbers, and the older kids work on writing," she says. "The goal is to teach them all the stuff to get them ready for kindergarten."

Neighborhood preschool

Heather Linneman tunes the radio to provide background music just before serving lunch at Little Wonders Preschool on Wednesday. The Vanderveen Crossing homeowner's association is suing Linneman for running the business from her house; Linneman says she has supporters in the neighborhood. "Two neighbors have spoken on my behalf at court, and I still actually have a waiting list for the preschool," she says.

Tad Johnsen selected as new Water and Light director

Columbia Water and Light director candidate Tad Johnsen poses for a portrait at a meet and greet reception for the public held on Friday, June 11, at City Hall.
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