Cheering for the team

Taryn Johnson from Columbia's Southwest Swim Club cheers on as teammate Ellen Terry touches for a first-place finish during the 9 to 10-year-old girls relay at the Summer League's Youth Swim Championships on Saturday at Fulton Municipal Pool.

Robnett-Spence Hall at Columbia College

The Robnett-Spence Hall at Columbia College houses the lab science program that has expanded greatly in the past six years. The program now includes forensic science, chemistry, natural science and biology. Along with Robnett-Spence Hall, the lab department only has a double-wide trailer for additional space.

Cramped lab space at Columbia College

A typical science lab at Columbia College has become cramped and filled with supplies. The developers at the college are coordinating funds and creating plans for a new science lab to be built on the spare softball field.

Dish prepared by Rock Bridge graduate

Ben Truesdell, a Rock Bridge High School graduate, prepared a hand-fried chicken cutlet with rice pilaf, sauteed green beans, glazed carrots with a lemon demi-glace for his first entree at the SkillsUSA national culinary arts competition in Kansas City last week.

Rock Bridge graduate places 4th out of 40 in national cooking competition

Margaret Hughes, Rock Bridge High School graduate, competed in the commercial baking competition on June 25 at the SkillsUSA national competition in Kansas City. She was required to bake a variety of pastries, including pan and braided bread, a pineapple pie, cinnamon rolls and an iced and decorated cake. Hughes placed fourth out of 40 in her competition.

Rock Bridge graduate competes in SkillsUSA

Ben Truesdell, a Rock Bridge High School graduate, slices potatoes to prepare his second entree, a poached salmon with parsley potatoes and stewed zucchini with an herbed beurre blanc. Truesdell competed June 25 in the culinary arts competition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City. Contestants were required to prepare a green salad, a chicken and vegetable soup and two entrees. Truesdell placed fourth out of 42 contestants.

Luke Adrian, meet Curious George

Luke Adrian is comforted by his nanny, Teryn Bowman, during a meeting Thursday with a lifesize Curious George at the YouZeum. After a while, Luke was no longer crying, and he posed for a photograph with the representation of the popular children's book character.

Visitors arrive to YouZeum for Curious George event

Parents and children arrive Thursday at the YouZeum for activities and a visit from a person dressed as Curious George. The event was presented in partnership with KMOS and MU Children's Hospital.

Posing with Curious George

Lynn Lindbloom and her daughters, Mia, 18 months, and Kerra, 2, pose on Thursday as Rosemary Olas, KMOS education and outreach manager, takes their photograph with a person dressed as Curious George at the YouZeum.

Explaining streetlight repairs

Columbia Water and Light store clerk Brandon Gibson explains some of the common malfunctions that may require repair in a 250-watt high-pressure sodium luminaire streetlight.

Two types of streetlight bulbs

Columbia Water and Light store clerk Brandon Gibson holds two of the high-pressure sodium bulbs used by the city of Columbia. The city is considering a proposal to replace some 250-watt bulbs with 100-watt bulbs as a cost-cutting measure.

Checking the streetlights

Columbia Water and Light lineman Mike Mastin prepares to examine a streetlight on 7th Street in Columbia.
On average, 12 lights are repaired per week during both day and night shifts, said Dan Stokes, Water and Light electric distribution manager.

Fixing the streetlights

Columbia Water and Light lineman Mike Mastin replaces the cover of a 250-watt streetlight in Columbia after repairing it.

Mike French owns Dugout Sports Cards in Columbia

Mike French operates Dugout Sports Cards in Columbia, which specializes in lower priced sports memorabilia.

Accepting sexuality in the church

Doug Stone, left, and partner Tim Root have both been active members of the Missouri United Methodist Church for over a year. "It's one thing being kind of accepted by your family and community," said Root. "It's another thing to be accepted in our church."

A full docket at the courthouse

The number of cases on Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton's docket filled nearly 13 pages outside his courtroom at the Boone County Courthouse on July 6.

Nancy Jones outside her home

Nancy Jones stands outside her house in the Clearview subdivision of north Columbia where she has lived since it was constructed in 1971. A credit card company threatened to take her house after Jones fell behind on her payments. Jones went to court three times against the company until it was dismissed Thursday. "I might not have fought so hard if they hadn't threatened my home — this is all I have," Jones said.

A shelf of files at the Boone County Courthouse

Civil court clerk Sheri Vanderhoof retrieves a file for court in the circuit court office of the Boone County Courthouse on Monday. Shown in this photograph are files for civil court cases that are currently pending.

MU Health Care vehicles given new certification

Dan Lund, left, ambulance supervisor for MU Health Care, displays a pediatric immobilization board as he and Eric Mills, assistant manager of ambulance services at University Hospital, discuss the service's recent state certification for pediatric care. "We've always had this equipment, but the certification is new. It keeps the ambulances up to speed," Lund said.

Missouri task force leader unloads equipment

Doug Westhoff, Missouri Task Force One leader, unloads equipment after returning from Louisiana in 2008. Westhoff is one of 80 members from the Missouri Task Force One, a division of the Boone County Fire Protection District that went to help with Hurricane Ike destruction.