September 5, 2008
James Gray, a manager at Boone Tavern, watches John McCain during his presidential nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, shown at a watch party in Columbia. "I'm neutral. I love everybody, " Gray said of his campaign following.
September 4, 2008
The Tomato Festival began about four years ago when festival superintendent Tim Reinbott said he and other growers had a discussion about what was missing in the Columbia horticulture community. Each year, the festival provides an opportunity for growers to bring their own varieties of peppers and salsas for taste tests and a friendly competition.
The Tomato Festival at Bradford Farm allowed visitors to sample varieties of tomatoes and peppers and rate them to select their favorites.
The Sun Gold and Sun Sugar cherry tomatoes won the awards for best tomatoes at this year's Tomato Fest. It was the second year in a row where the Sun Sugar variety had taken the crown.
Darrel Sharpe, 76, tastes and grades each tomato and pepper at the Tomato Festival on Thursday. Sharpe, who is interested in horticulture, traveled all the way from New Bloomfield this year for the festival, which is held at Bradford Farm.
The Tomato Festival was held at Bradford Farm, 6.5 miles east of Columbia on Thursday afternoon. Visitors were welcomed to try 50 varieties of tomatoes and 32 varieties of peppers grown at the farm, and then rate them to select the best varieties. Last year, the winning tomato was a hybrid called Sun Sugar.
Rainwater gushes through Flatbranch Creek Thursday morning as precipitation continues in the Midwest as a result of Hurricane Gustav. Effects of the storm are expected to taper off by Friday morning and add an extra 3 to 5 inches of precipitation. Rain and gusts will continue throughout the day.
The effects of Hurricane Gustav have added an extra 3 to 5 inches of precipitation as heavy rains continued throughout the Midwest on Thursday. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning, effective until Friday morning.
September 3, 2008
SEMO fans cheer on the Red Hawks at a football game. The team was paid $250,000 to play MU and thinks the exposure from taking on the Tigers is worth the wide disparity in scholarship players and talent.
Katie Hemmann composts food waste collected from the Rollins dining area at the Saint Joseph Community Garden for a new environmental studies class Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008. Every day, a pair of students will have to bike from the garden to the Rollins dining area, collect food waste, ride back carrying the waste in a small trailer and put it in the garden to compost.
MU graduate student Adam Saunders, center, shows Katie Hemmann and Luke Freeman how to properly compost food waste at the Saint Joseph Community Garden for a new environmental studies class. Saunders, who has been involved in the development and teaching of the class, wants to show the need for locally grown food.
September 2, 2008
Members of a U.S. Army Honor Guard await the arrival of Spc. Steven Fitzmorris' casket for the burial ceremony.
William Kersh, an Army trumpeter from Fort Leonard Wood, was assigned to play for Spc. Steven Fitzmorris' services.
After funeral visitation and a military honor ceremony for Spc. Steven Fitzmorris at Memorial Funeral Home, his casket is placed into a hearse for transportation to the burial site in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman
Illinois quarterback Juice Williams throws a pass against MU on Saturday. Williams embarrassed the MU defense with two long second half scoring drives to cut MU’s lead.
September 1, 2008
Don Johnson at the 1986 Heart of America Marathon. He won first in his age group.
Volunteers assemble cots for Hurricane Gustav evacuees at an American Red Cross shelter Monday at Calvary Baptist Church in Columbia. Officials expected as many as 13 evacuees at the shelter later Monday afternoon, with other shelters in Columbia and Jefferson City ready if necessary.
Jeanine Dowell, of Boonville, second from right, talks with Mid-Missouri Chapter Red Cross emergency services Director Karen Viebrock, second from left, while setting up a shelter for Hurricane Gustav evacuees Monday at Cavalry Baptist Church in Columbia.