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Former Columbia Public School District students enjoy ball

Robert Vaughn, Wayne Bush, David Horrell, Frank Cochran and Audrey Thornton are all smiles while being photographed before the Black & White Ball dance, held at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center on Saturday. The ball, a reunion of Douglass High School alumni of all ages, has been held every three years since 1960.

Douglass High School graduates dance at ball

Live music brought guests to the dance floor at the 18th Black and White Ball. "We come together every year to celebrate those who taught us all to be good to each other," Mason Gordon, a graduate of Douglass who currently lives in New Orleans, said.

Couple dances at Black and White Ball

George E. Stemmons and Ardella Prawford dance among friends during the 2010 Black and White Ball, a reunion of Douglass High School alumni, at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center on Saturday. Many people in attendance, like Prawford, did not graduate from Douglass but retains close ties with friends and coworkers who did attend Douglass. "I came for the rock and roll, and the company," Prawford said.

Columbia fencers

Columbia fencers Patrick Market, left, and John Konzal duel in a match on "Fight Night" on Thursday at a Jazzercise studio in Columbia. When two duelers hit at the same time, the fencer with the more extended arm is usually credited, and the fencer with the bent arm is faulted, as happened in this case.

Truck pull at Boone County Fair

Doug Ridder drives a Ford F350 named Stroker to a second-place finish in the modified four-wheel-drive class of the tractor pulling competition Saturday at the Boone County Fair.

Families at Black and White Ball

Teonona Campbell, 10, and Nailah Bonaparte push Nathan Bonaparte on the swings at Douglass Park on Saturday. Families came to the park as part of the Black and White Ball, a three-day weekend of events to bring together black alumni of Columbia Public Schools.

Boy covers ears as monster trucks rev their engines

A young boy covers his ears as the noisy monster trucks rev their engines in preparation for the second half of the monster truck show Saturday at the Boone County Fair.

Monster truck flies through dirt

Larry Quick of Aledo, Ill., launched his monster truck, Ghost Ryder, over a mud bank during the monster truck show on Saturday at the Boone County Fair. Quick's truck won first place in the freestyle event, measured by the audience cheering for their favorite.

Audience gets a chance to ride monster trucks at Boone County Fair

Audience members take a ride on the monster truck "Bone Crusher" during the intermission of the monster truck show on Saturday at the Boone County Fair.

Monster truck covered in mud at Boone County Fair

Monster truck Quadzilla, built out of a 2002 Ford Super Duty, sits covered in mud at the end of the monster truck show on Saturday at the Boone County Fair. The truck represented the most experience on the field, as driver Roger Gauger of Evansville, Ind., has been racing monster trucks for 18 years.

Camera image of assault suspect

At approximately 2:20 a.m. Saturday officers from the MU Police Department responded to the report of an assault that occurred near University Avenue and Hitt Street. The victim described the suspect as a male in his early twenties, heavy set, wearing a yellow shirt and khaki shorts, according to the department's website. This is one of the images of a person who matches the general description of the perpetrator that investigators were able to pull from cameras in the area. Other images can be found on the Police Department's website.

Lawsuit alleges Columbia police beat man after arrest

Cadilac Derrick sits in the Columbia Police Department after being arrested on Feb. 24, 2009. Derrick is now suing two officers involved in the arrest. The civil lawsuit, filed on July 22, alleges that the officers beat Derrick. During an interview after he was arrested, Derrick said he got the scrape on his face after falling down.

Vendor prepares for National Bikers Roundup in Columbia

Jay Farmer poses on his heavily decaled truck at the Red Roof Inn on East Texas Avenue near North Providence Road in Columbia on Thursday. “I’m here to sell jackets and stuff. I’m a vendor,” he said describing his trip from North Carolina to Columbia for the National Bikers Roundup, which is held at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Farmer arrived in Columbia on Wednesday evening.

Columbia man arrested on suspicion of possession of child porn

The suspect, identified as 44-year-old Norman Troxel of 1501 Vandiver Drive, Lot 138, was arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography on Friday.

Team worksheet

The "Geiser's" team worksheet sits on the board used for the plank race at the 2010 Agriculture Olympics at the Boone County Fair on July 30. The "Geisers" were a group of adults competing against nine other teams of varying ages, but mainly consisted of younger children.

Keeping score at the Agriculture Olympics

Kara Roderick, 18, from Alton keeps the score for the Agriculture Olympics at the Boone County Fair on July 30. The Agriculture Olympics featured numerous events including the Plank Race, a Trivia Contest, and the event concluded with the Utter Toss.

The Udder Toss

Glenn Garrett from team "Geisers" catches the "udder" during the Utter Toss at the Agriculture Olympics at the Boone County Fair on July 30. The "Geisers" were able to complete 33 tosses before the "udder" burst in Garrett's arms.

The Feed Bucket Race

Garrett West, 9, from Hallsville blindly drops feed into a larger bucket during the Feed Bucket Race during the Agriculture Olympics at the Boone County Fair on July 30. Racers had to put on a blindfold, fill up their small pails with a sandcastle shovel, then run and drop their feed into the large bucket. The first team to fill their bucket past the rim wins.

Agriculture Olympics

There was an easy atmosphere at the Boone County Fair on July 30 where over 50 people participated in the Agriculture Olympics. The Agriculture Olympics featured multiple events including the plank race, the sack race, and the utter toss. At the end of all the events the scores were tallied and the winners received cold cans of Dr. Pepper.

Collegetown 2010 e-book cover

The cover of the e-book edition of the Collegetown 2010 special section of the Missourian.
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