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Bell peppers in Columbia

Bell peppers at the Columbia Farmers Market, shown here in 2008.

Keeping up with Bo

Malia Obama runs with new dog, Bo, on the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday. Bo is a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog.

Green savings under your own roof

Lunge to kick

Rock Bridge High School junior Katherine Crane lunges to kick the ball as Hickman High School junior Katie LaRue defends on Monday night at Hickman High School. Rock Bridge defeated Hickman 1-0 off of a penalty kick in the second overtime.

Celebrating the Cambodian New Year

Observers of the Cambodian New Year plant sticks of incense in the mounds, each one representing an ancestor or loved one they wish to bless in the next life. As one of the most important Cambodian New Year festival traditions, the mounds represent Culamuni Cetiya, the stupa at Tavatimsa, where the Buddha's hair and diadem are buried.

Savann Mey meditating

Cambodian buddhist monk, Savann Mey, meditates during Cambodian New Year ceremonies, or Chol Chnam Thmey, at the monastic temple, or wat, off Highway 63 in northern Boone County. Cambodian Buddhists from all over Missouri and beyond gathered for three days of festivities marking the beginning of a new year according to the Cambodian calendar. Savann Mey has been living in Boone County for four years and is the only Cambodian Buddhist monk in the state.

Sand mound decorations

Colorful felt decorations on sticks adorn one of the sand mounds fashioned on the temple grounds.

Cambodian New Year Ceremony

Cambodian Buddhists listen to the monk as he performs a dedication ceremony to their ancestors in the Cambodian language during a moment of Wanabat, which is the second day of the three day New Year celebration. According to tradition, Cambodian Buddhists give charity to the less fortunate in honor of Wanabat.

New Year celebrants posing

Attendees of the festival playfully pose for a group picture. Not only a time for pious observance, the Cambodian New Year festival is the perfect time of year for family and friends to spend time together and reunite.

Rock Bridge soccer wins in OT

Rock Bridge's Kayla Hauck (No. 7) celebrates with her teammates after scoring on a penalty kick for the winning goal against Hickman on Monday night in overtime.

Pruitt gets sworn in

Michelle Pruitt, left, newly elected member of the Columbia Board of Education, is sworn into office by Lynn Barnett, assistant superintendent and secretary of the board, during the board meeting at the Public School Administration building Monday.

New Year posing

Attendees of the festival playfully pose for a group picture. Not only a time for pious observance, the Cambodian New Year festival is the perfect time of year for family and friends to spend time together and reunite.

Wanabat dedication ceremony

Cambodian Buddhists listen to a monk as he performs a dedication ceremony to their ancestors in Cambodian language during a moment of Wanabat, which is the second day of the three day new year celebration. According to tradition, Cambodian Buddhists give charity to the less fortunate in honor of Wanabat.

Offering tributes at mounds

Observers plant sticks of incense in the mounds, each one representing an ancestor or loved one they wish to bless in the next life. As one of the most important Cambodian new year festival traditions, the mounds represent Culamuni Cetiya, the stupa at Tavatimsa, where the Buddha's hair and diadem are buried.

New Year decor

Colorful felt decorations on sticks adorn one of the sand mound fashioned on the temple grounds.

Chol Chnam Thmey meditation

Cambodian buddhist monk Savann Mey meditates during Cambodian New Year ceremonies at the monastic temple off Highway 63 in northern Boone County. Cambodian Buddhists from all over Missouri and beyond gathered for three days of festivities. Savann Mey has been living in Boone County for four years and is the only Cambodian Buddhist monk in the state.

Christy Blakemore, Boone County Circuit Court clerk

Christy Blakemore, Boone County Circuit Court clerk, poses for a portrait in her office at the Boone County Courthouse on Wednesday, April 8, 2009. She found the Sturgeon Court of Common Pleas files during the courthouse remodel. She has since called the secretary of state to handle the preservation of the files.

Christy Blakemore and the cabinet of Sturgeon Court of Common Pleas files

Christy Blakemore, Boone County Circuit Court clerk, poses for a portrait next to the cabinet of Sturgeon Court of Common Pleas files that she found during the courthouse remodel. She has since called the secretary of state to handle the preservation of the files.

Sturgeon Court of Common Pleas documents

The documents, which are dated between 1860 and 1921, could provide important historical information about Sturgeon during that period, officials say.

Sturgeon Court of Common Pleas books

Five separate moves were required during the renovation of the courthouse. During all of these moves, an old cabinet full of files dating as far back as 1860 from the Sturgeon Court of Common Pleas was found. Volunteers will soon help to create an online database for the general public to access online.
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