June 3, 2009
The first Woman-Centric home in Columbia, at 2310 Redmond Court, was open for visitation Sunday. The house design is based on recent research done by Kliethermes Homes & Remodeling Inc. to better serve a woman's homeowner experience.
Letter magnets cover the refrigerator of Dorie Clark. Bought as an educational tool, Clark was hoping to teach his ex-wife's son, Dakota Miner, how to spell. Lessons were cut short after Dakota was removed from Clark's care. "Life is a challenge and whatever challenge I see I'll go after it. Right now I need to stay busy 'cause of that little one. You have too much time on your hands, things go through your head," said Clark. Although unemployed, Clark keeps busy with job interviews, exercise and has even enrolled in Metro Business College in Jefferson City with aims to receive an associate's degree in Biblical studies.
On March 8, Dorie Clark's ex-wife removed her child, Dakota Miner from his care. Clark, who has no legal rights to Dakota, is concerned for his safety and hopes to regain custody soon. Clark stares at an empty miniature red recliner in his living room, which was given to Dakota for Christmas. "He stole my heart the first time I saw him... Hopefully I'll get him back," said Clark.
Dorie Clark, 65, bikes through his neighborhood on the early morning of June 1. Clark, a recent graduate of the MU Law Enforcement Training program exercises from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. every morning.
Interviews do not worry Dorie Clark. At 65, he has been through plenty and says he is not worried about his interview with the Eldon Police Department. Clark chose to dress business casual for the interview because it was more comfortable.
Everett Rayl of Versailles, right, is Dorie Clark's pastor and close friend. The two worked together at the F.A. Smith & Company factory in Eldon until both were laid off. Clark and Rayl discuss employment options such as teacher certification or studying computer science.
Since 2006, Clark has been recording his pulse and blood pressure. He checks it before and after his morning workout and says doing so helps him keep track of "when I'm up, when I'm down and when I'm stressed out."
Dorie Clark awaits his interview for a position at the Eldon Police Department on Monday in Eldon. With only three officer positions available, Clark hopes his past experience as an officer in the 1980s and good relationship with the current staff will give him an edge of the competition.
Dorie Clark's desk is filled with important papers and important people. Aside from his current career choice as a future police officer, Clark started his own private investigation business, and he is also a minister. Photos of Dakota Miner, the child who Clark has cared for since the age of three, line the desk's main work space.
From left, Cole Rackers, 9, and Levi Thiessen, 6, celebrate the last day of school and the beginning of summer with homemade snow cones. The Rackers family hosted a neighborhood block party at Mill Creek Manor on Tuesday.
From left, Emma Ayers, 11, hands off a water balloon to Laurel Ayers, 8, during a block party at Mill Creek Manor in Columbia on Tuesday. Members of neighborhood families organized the party to celebrate the last day of school.
From left, Haley Evers, 13, and Ashley Reichert, 12, prepare to greet their younger siblings as they step off the bus Tuesday, the last day of school for many young students in Columbia.
June 2, 2009
From left, across the front row, Vicky Wilson, State Rep. Mary Still, Sean Spence and Bonnie Trickey are among those at the vigil Tuesday night to remember George Tiller, the abortion doctor who was killed Sunday in his church. Heavy rain caused the gathering to move from Peace Park to MU's McAlester Hall.
“During this time of tragedy, it’s important to grieve, but it’s also important to stand up for what we believe in,” said Michelle Turpino, lobbyist and mid-Missouri spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood.
Dianne Lynch likes horses and is attracted to the Stephens equestrian program. "It is one of the truly unique parts of the school," she said. Her 11-year-old daughter, Annie, will learn to ride on a horse named Chopper when she arrives in Columbia.
Stephens College President Dianne Lynch stops to watch professor Erik Gratton's Stage Combat class on Tuesday. The students, who will perform a full fight scene toward the end of their summer class, showed off a few moves to Lynch.
Karren Prasifka and Stephens College President Dianne Lynch share a laugh. Prasifka said she decided to join the college's equestrian program to "get over my fear of riding a horse."
Stephens College President Dianne Lynch introduces herself to employee Jim Klick, who has worked as the supervisor of the college's Mechanic Shop for more than two years. Lynch met a number of faculty, students and staff on Tuesday.
11-year-old Lucy Kingsley, left, looks on as fellow fifth-grade classmates clean out their desks on the last day of school at Fairview Elementary in Columbia on Tuesday.
11-year-olds Da'Jon Gully, left, and Lucas Wadley pose for a photo on their last day of fifth grade at Fairview Elementary in Columbia.