April 13, 2009
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.
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.
Colorful felt decorations on sticks adorn one of the sand mound fashioned on the temple grounds.
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, 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, 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.
The documents, which are dated between 1860 and 1921, could provide important historical information about Sturgeon during that period, officials say.
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.
During the renovation of the courthouse, a cabinet full of 100-year-old documents from the Sturgeon Court of Common Pleas was found by Christy Blakemore, Boone County circuit clerk.
Bill Lant, owner of Lant's Feed, holds a chick, not unlike ones he lost in last year's tornado at the store on April 2, on Missouri Highway 43 north of Seneca.
Bill Lant, owner of Lant's Feed, recalls last year's tornado as he stands in front of his store on April 2 on Missouri Highway 43 north of Seneca.
April 12, 2009
Missouri's DeMarre Carroll added to his growing list of accolades this season, earning MVP honors at the Portsmouth Invitational. Other honors include MVP honors from the Big 12 Tournament and All-NCAA West Region honors.
The Obama family welcomed their new puppy, Bo, this weekend. Bo is a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog and a gift from Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.
Hsiao-Mei Wiedmeyer spoke at the annual Columbia Friends of China banquet. The event, held at the Columbia Chinese Christian Church on Saturday, featured a traditional Chinese meal and an awards ceremony that recognized teachers who have spent more than 250 hours teaching Chinese culture.
Thomas Kohler, 9, carries the Cross and a palm frond as part of the special Palm Sunday service at Columbia Hope Church on April 5 in Columbia.
Lay reader Pete Kohler takes last-minute instructions from the Reverend Heather McCain on February 1 at Columbia Hope Church. Kohler grew up attending Grace Episcopal Church in St. Louis before joining Columbia Hope.
Lyn Williams listens as Pastor Heather McCain discusses logistics with Deacon Janet Schisser, right, before a special Palm Sunday service.
Charly Crouch, 7 months, is held by his father, Dennis Crouch, as he chats with fellow congregation member Kathy Batt after services on February 1 at Columbia Hope. Church members have spent many hours and late nights readying the facility, which opened officially on February 8.
Columbia Hope Church's new location on 4603 John Garry Drive in Columbia.
Members of Columbia Hope Church's "Journey Companions" all-female faith-sharing group enjoy coffee, spiritual books and fellowship on Thursday. From left to right: Julia Chang, Chris Vitt, Lisa LoPorto, Shannon Hensley and Amanda Wheeler with her daughter, Meribelle Wheeler. The group was started by Parish Administrator Tamara Oberbeck in October 2008, and met at her house until the new space was ready in early February 2009. Oberbeck said the group rotates leadership, and follows covenants to make sure that no one voice dominates during discussion. "That's how churches grow is through small groups, " Oberbeck said.