August 13, 2009
Certain breeds, like Ned the pit bull, are looked over carefully to ensure the adopting family will treat the dog fairly. Other animals, such as black cats, are rarely given out during times like Halloween in fear that people won't take good care of them.
Foster mom Kerrie Vivion, right, along with Kimberly Newberry, left, say their goodbyes to Scotty the dog. Scotty's new owner Mike Janssen moved a month ago and found Scotty while visiting the Columbia Second Chance Web site.
Columbia Police Sgt. Mike Hestir demonstrated a new police training simulator Wednesday. The machine is designed to test and evaluate officers' skills in use-of-force situations.
Columbia Police Sgt. Mike Hestir uses a replica of his side arm during a demonstration of the new police officer training system that uses real-life scenarios to evaluate use of force.
Cows eat a healthy cassarole mixture of alfalfa, straw and several other ingredients. Eating around 80 pounds a day, the cows produce two batches of milk.
Grey Battershell, left, and Aaron Maberry prepare to clean the udders of the first batch of dairy cows at Foremost Dairy Farm. The farm's 200 cows are milked twice a day using these machines.
The MU Agriculture School's Foremost Dairy Farm is home to 200 cows, several heifers and calves. The farm's two 2,000-gallon tanks hold the milk until it is sold.
More than 100 people attended a forum on bike and motorists safety at Columbia's Activity and Recreation Center on Wednesday. The gathering allowed people to voice concerns about the legal and practical issues facing motorists and cyclists who must share the road.
Dennis Payne voices his concerns for cyclists during a meeting at the Activity and Recreation Center on Wednesday. The crowd reacted to Payne's opinion when he issued the challenge of cyclists being restricted to using the Katy Trail for recreational riding.
Janet Godon, center, refutes the idea that cyclists can't hear what's coming up behind them while riding next to Columbia traffic at the public forum on bike/motorist law. "In fact, I feel even more conscious," said Godon, who is an avid bike rider.
Attorney Skip Walther listens to a resident of the neighborhood surrounding West Broadway and West Boulevard explain that parking for any new developments in the area should be in the rear of buildings.
The owner of Great Hang-ups, Mark Nichols, is planning to replace the current structure at the corner of West Broadway and West Boulevard. Neighbors voiced concerns about Nichols' plan for rezoning and possible demolition of the building and adjoining properties.
Nicole Mello trains with her father, Cesar Mello, early Wednesday morning. Nicole Mello, who will be a freshman at Hickman High School this fall, would like to run cross country at the high school level and has been recognized for her past track and field achievements.
Nicole Mello stretches before her Wednesday morning workout, which consisted of a rebuilding phase where Mello focused on agility, plyometrics and injury-preventing exercises.
August 12, 2009
Khris Norman, in gold, breaks away past the green team's Brian Harmon.
Keith Lane, who tended net for the red team, wipes sweat from his brow in between games. With temperatures in the nineties Sunday evening, the goalies may have suffered a bit more than the other players because of all the protective gear they wear.
Goalie Jordy Timbrook has been playing hockey for nearly three years in Hallsville.
A view from the press box at Whitney Briggs Memorial Hockey Arena in Hallsville. The only hockey league in mid-Missouri, the Twister Hockey League, held its playoffs and championship tournament Sunday evening.
Christi Brown puts on her protective padding. She was one of two women playing hockey Sunday evening in Hallsville.
Dustin Duran stretches before his team's first game Sunday afternoon. Later, the gold team would come from 3 goals down late in the second period to defeat the green team.