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Flag retirement

As part of their Flag Day celebration, the Columbia Elks Lodge held a flag retirement ceremony for 28 well-worn flags donated by members and the community. The flags will be burned with dignity — cremated — at a private ceremony later in the week, according to tradition.

Historic flags

From left, Boy Scouts Grant Pestle, 14, Alexander Terry, 17, Dillon McCann, 12, and Drew Howard, 14, wait in line holding historic versions of the American flag before the Flag Day Ceremony at the Columbia Elks Lodge #594 on June 13.

Pledge of Allegiance

Boy Scout John Hiley, 13, holds the current United States flag and salutes during the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance at the Columbia Elk's Flag Day ceremony on June 13.

Waiting for the signal

Kelsey Zwonitzer, 15, receives last-minute advice from her brother Michael, 22, at the start line during the Super Stock division of the Mid Missouri Soap Box Derby Race on Sunday. The first time Kelsey raced in Columbia, she won, leading her to compete in the All American Soap Box Derby Race in Akron, Ohio.

Getting low to gain speed

To pick up speed, racers crouch down into their cars. Here, Levi Slate, 13, and James Duncan, 14, race in their super stock derby cars as they sail down Broadway during the Mid Missouri Soap Box Derby Race on Sunday. Overall heat winners are determined by the best of two races, alternating lanes to ensure fairness. Duncan won the overall heat by .374 seconds.

And they're off ... in Soap Box Derby race

Casey Glaude, 12, and James Duncan, 14, take off down Broadway during the Mid Missouri Soap Box Derby Race, super stock division, on Sunday. Overall heat winners are determined by the best of two races, alternating lanes to ensure fairness. In this race, Duncan beat Glaude by .730 seconds.

Completing tire swap for derby

Sam Williams, 8, secures the left rear tire of his Soap Box Derby car before his father, Dan Williams, 36, moves his car to the starting line. Prior to racing, opponents must swap two tires to ensure fairness. A coin toss determines which two.

Ready, set, roar ... in Soapbox Derby

TJ the Tiger and Tim Fete, chairman of Children's Health at University Hospital, take off down Broadway during the third and final celebrity race for Mid Missouri Soap Box Derby Race on Sunday. Fete, originally slated to race Dan Rothery, CEO of Boone Hospital & Clinics, beat the tiger by 5.591 seconds.

Ready to bowl

Edward Hinderberger bowls during the Missouri State Senior Games, held at the Columbia AMF Bowling Lanes on June 13. Four teams, each composed of four individuals over the age of 50, participated in the team bowling event. The Singles and Doubles events were held on June 12.

Missouri State Senior Games Bowling

Steven Thompson bowls during the Missouri State Senior Games, held at the Columbia AMF Bowling Lanes on June 13. Four teams, each composed of four individuals over the age of 50, participated in the team bowling event. The Singles and Doubles events were held on Saturday, June 12.

Bowling a spare

Audrey Ashley congratulates Stephen Thompson after he bowled a spare during the teams event in the 2010 State Senior Games bowling competition, held at the AMF Bowling Lanes on June 13. Four separate teams, each composed of four individuals, participated in the competition, which also featured singles and doubles events.

First place winners

Gina Green and Joe Clark are all smiles after their bowling team won first place in the 50-54 age group during the 2010 Missouri State Senior Games on June 13.

Alpaca in wheelchair gets attention from seniors at care center

Holli the alpaca gets lots of attention at Hidden Lakes Care Center from Helen Parsons, 89, left; Virgalee Shoptaugh, 92, center; and Ruth Seris, 91, in Spanish Lake. When retirees in wheelchairs recently gathered at a nursing home to trade some stories, a guest with perhaps the most improbable story had nothing to say. She was Holli, not a person but an alpaca, maybe the only one on wheels.

Paralyzed alpaca receives massage therapy

Michelle Zumwalt, 48, does massage therapy on Holli, the injured alpaca, while Bill Silkwood, 72, holds her steady on an exercise ball in Spanish Lake.

Teachers marry at Grant Elementary School

John and Kristin Nies were married Saturday at the only place that made sense to the two elementary school teachers — the playground at Grant Elementary School.

Couple marries on elementary school playground

Kristin Nies and her husband, John, were married on Saturday at the only place that made sense to the two elementary school teachers — the playground of Grant Elementary School in Columbia.

Rain doesn't stop teachers from sealing vows on playground

Even Mother Nature couldn't dampen the spirits of newlyweds Kristin and John Nies as they sealed their vows on the playground of Grant Elementary School on Saturday.

Farm to Table Festival explains worm composting

Bobby Johnson and Edwina King of the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture demonstrate how to construct and maintain a worm bin at the Farm to Table Festival on Saturday. "A worm bin shouldn't smell at all," Johnson said. "If it does, it's due to either too much moisture or too many food scraps."

Soccer fans cheer on Mexico at The Blue Fugue

Mexico soccer fans, Jesus Ramirez, Mario Perez and Elmer Jimenez cheer after Mexico scored to tie the game against South Africa during the second half of the World Cup open Friday morning at The Blue Fugue. The fans could be heard cheering, "Si se puede!" or "Yes, we can!"

Soccer fans cheer as Mexico scores in World Cup opener

Mexican fans, from left, Cassidy Shearrer, Autumn Nixon, Victor Cruz, Jesus Ramirez, Mario Perez, Roberto Lopez and Elmer Jimenez cheer after Mexico scored to tie the game against South Africa during the second half of the first World Cup game Friday at The Blue Fugue.
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