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Kickball warm-ups

Brandon Spry warms up with his team, the Gold Coats, ahead of the first round of Kickballapalooza at Rainbow Softball Center on Wednesday, July 15, 2009. Looking on from left to right: Chris Rosskopf, Jim Cherrington and Karen Brown.

Here's the kick

Les Borgmeyer pitches to teammate B.J. Hunter before the start of Kickballapalooza at Rainbow Softball Center on Wednesday, July 15, 2009. Their team, the Gold Coats, were up against the Columbia College Kicks Balls in the first round of play.

Young gymnast returns from injury

Stephanie Gregg, center, practices her beam routine. Gregg is returning from a back injury to compete in the Show-Me State Games gymnastics competition.

Hang-Gliding fun

Fair-goers ride the Hang-Glider during last year's Boone County Fair. This year's fair kicks off Monday, and features a new animal show and hypnotist.

Hannah Pingleton's Gryffindor shirt

Hannah Pingleton of Columbia wore a shirt in support of her favorite Hogwarts house, Gryffindor, at the midnight showing of the sixth Harry Potter film, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."

Mike Swart with cards awaiting Harry Potter movie

Mike Swart holds cards while waiting for the start of the sixth Harry Potter film.

Lining up for Harry Potter movie

More than 100 people crammed inside the lobby of Hollywood 14 for the midnight showing of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." After the shows sold out, people pre-purchased tickets for the 10:30 a.m. show.

A rare Ozark hellbender

A rare Ozark hellbender crawls out from under a rock inside its tank on June 9 at the Ron Goellner Center for Hellbender Conservation at the St. Louis Zoo.

Christmas in July a hit with kids

Molly Schooley, 9, and Austin Bruns*, 7, of Harrisburg, Mo., are greeted by Santa (Don Waltman) as they make their way to the Christmas in July event hosted by Columbia's Voluntary Action Center. Christmas in July took place at the Missouri United Methodist Church.

Pujols scoops president's pitch

President Barack Obama throws the ceremonial first pitch to the St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols at Tuesday night's MLB All-Star game at Busch stadium in St. Louis.

Mark Wanner with a hellbender

Mark Wanner, zoological manager for reptiles, amphibians and aquatics for the St. Louis Zoo, holds a maturing Ozark hellbender that is nearing the age for fertilizing eggs, a key part of the reinstatement process and conservation effort at the center.

Texting while driving

Realtor Brent Gardner, of ReMAX, navigates the streets of downtown Columbia while talking on his cellular phone on July 10. Real estate agents, who often use their cars as mobile offices, have strongly opposed cell-phone restrictions. “My office is the city of Columbia,” Gardner said. “My job is a little different than most people in that I’m mobile.”

Local business owner refused loans

Tom Kardon Sr. poses for a portrait inside Tom's Imports repair shop. Kardon is in the process of opening a parts store at 1001 N. Providence Road, freeing up space in his old shop. However, he was refused loans to purchase equipment to open the new parts store.

Tom's Imports trying to open new location

Tom Kardon Sr. and his son, Tom Kardon Jr., help a customer at their repair shop, Tom's Imports. The Kardons are opening a new store at 1001 N. Providence Road to alleviate the clutter at their current location.

Owner of Tom's Imports seeks to rezone again

Tom Kardon is opening a new parts store at 1001 N. Providence Road, while keeping his old shop for repairs. He is trying to rezone the land so he can rent out half of the shop to a retail business, which would lower the operating costs of the store.

Training Joint Communication operators

Michanne O'Dell, a communications operator for Joint Communications, trains Jade Mooney on how to answer 911 calls Wednesday. The dispatch center needs five more employees to be fully staffed, according to Interim Director Zim Schwartze. "You should see when a storm hits or there's an accident on I-70 ... We're stretched pretty thin in here," she said.

Joint Communication operator answers call

Michanne O'Dell, a communications operator for Joint Communications, answers a nonemergency call on Wednesday.

Lucille “Lucy” Coleman

Lucille "Lucy" Coleman, 82, celebrates her retirement as owner and manager of Lucy's Burgers and Beverages in McBaine, Mo. She ran the bar for 51 years before selling it to her great-nephew Larry Morris in early June.

Lucy’s Burgers and Beverages

The day before selling her bar, Lucille "Lucy" Coleman sips her afternoon refreshment -- Diet Coke on ice with a splash of vodka. After two heart attacks by age 82, Coleman insisted her doctors approved of her daily ritual. Now that she's sold Lucy's Burgers and Beverages to her great-nephew Larry Morris, Coleman doesn't spend as much time in the place.

Rainer Glaser floats down Missouri River

Rainer Glaser, a Columbia resident, points to the storm clouds in the distance while floating down the Missouri river for the Big Canoe Float on Saturday. The Big Canoe Float was postponed once due to weather but eventually was rescheduled. The event did eventually get rained on, but most canoers found it a welcome relief from the heat of the sun on the river.
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