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Stephens softball Haley Caldwell

Stephens College junior Haley Caldwell tore her ACL in October 2008. Despite the injury, Caldwell remains a versatile threat when playing shortstop for the Stars, and she also leads the team in stolen bases this season.

Rock Bridge's Blake Burchert

Rock Bridge junior Blake Buchert returns a serve from Terry Ward of Marquette High School on Wednesday. Even though the Bruins have started the season with a 15-0 record, Buchert said he isn't sure if this year’s team is better than last year's team, and he doesn’t know if he will ever know.

Ashley Brawner

Ashley Brawner, sophomore outfielder, practices at Columbia College. She followed her sister, Rachel Brawner, to play softball with the Cougars.

Rachel Brawner

Rachel Brawner, senior first baseman for the Columbia College softball team, plays catch during practice. Rachel Brawner helped her younger sister, Ashley Brawner, adjust to college life since coming to Columbia College.

Columbia College sisters playing together

Rachel Brawner, right, runs during Columbia College softball practice while her sister, Ashley Brawner, left, looks on at the Columbia College practice facilities. Ashley Brawner said that their parents encouraged them to play together in college.

Stephens College's Hayley Caldwell

Stephens College shortstop Hayley Caldwell throws a ball to a teammate during the Stars' game against Missouri Baptist on April 8. She has come back from four tears of her anterior cruciate ligament.

Veteran to view memorial for first time

John Uhlig, a World War II veteran who was stationed in the Samar province with the Navy in 1945, is flying to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II Memorial. Uhlig said it will be his first visit to the memorial.

Veteran to visit World War II memorial

John Uhlig, a World War II veteran, is flying to Washington, D.C., as part of the Honor Flight program to visit the National World War II Memorial. In 1945, Uhlig was in the Navy and was stationed in Samar, a province in the Philipines.

Longtime Columbia DJ Charley Blackmore

Charley Blackmore has been a deejay since 1977 and often volunteers his services for wedding receptions, parties and events for family and friends. Blackmore said he didn't become a deejay to make money. It was "to support my addiction. My addiction was buying records and stereo equipment," he said.

Charley Blackmore discusses his DJ services

Charley Blackmore talks with a bride-to-be about his deejay services for her wedding reception.

Valentine's Day for volunteering

Maureen Harris places her hand on Robinson’s leg as the group of volunteers prays with Robinson on Feb. 14 in Columbia.

Valentine's Day for volunteering

Aaron Harris, left, looks on as Laura Kebede puts an arrangement of silk flowers back together before placing them in a box on Feb. 14 in Columbia.

Valentine's Day for volunteering

Virginia Robinson sorts items in her closet before Karis Community Church volunteers pack them into boxes on Feb. 14 in Columbia.

Valentine's Day for volunteering

Maria Nelson, left, and Emily Ponder fold a blanket to be packed away at the home of Virginia Robinson on Feb. 14 in Columbia. More than 30 volunteers from Karis Community Church who went out to several locations to help those in need as part of their “Love Thy Neighbor(hood)” event on Valentine’s Day.

Brown of the RiverCity Rage

Former Missouri safety Pig Brown spent this season playing for the River City Rage of the Indoor Football League. Brown received an invitation to attend the Green Bay Packers' minicamp this weekend to try out for a roster spot.

A man of many roles

Brian Coley is the owner-chef of Coley's American Bistro. Coley, a 23-year-old MU graduate, takes on several roles at the bistro, including chef, manager, owner and even dish washer. Coley said he sees the main attraction of the restaurant to be a mix between the food and the ambiance. Coley's American Bistro is located at 15 S. Sixth St. in the District.

Free and clear: The salvation of Josh Kezer

Convicted in 1994 for the murder of a 19-year-old nursing student, Josh Kezer's exoneration two months ago was only the second part of what he considers his salvation.

Hickman track coach Stewart Johnson

Stewart Johnson, left, the jumps coach for the Hickman track and field team, checks junior Alicia Wagner's form during practice.

Garage sale

A box of action figures awaits a potential customer next to Jeanie Musc in her front yard off of West Way in southwestern Columbia. Jeanie and her husband, Victor, had a garage sale on Saturday in effort to jump-start some spring cleaning.

Humane society wins million-dollar makeover

On Monday, the Central Missouri Humane Society announced the organization's first-place win in the Zootoo.com makeover contest. The winners are given up to $1 million in goods, services and cash. The campaign began after two 13-year-old students from Columbia Catholic School, Amanda Huhman and Libby Burkes, expressed interest in entering the shelter in the contest. The Humane Society came away from the national contest with first place, despite the fact that it was entered four months into the contest.
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