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Bike rider speaks up at meeting

Janet Godon, center, refutes the idea that cyclists can't hear what's coming up behind them while riding next to Columbia traffic at the public forum on bike/motorist law. "In fact, I feel even more conscious," said Godon, who is an avid bike rider.

Neighborhood residents speak up

Attorney Skip Walther listens to a resident of the neighborhood surrounding West Broadway and West Boulevard explain that parking for any new developments in the area should be in the rear of buildings.

Great Hang-ups slated for reconstruction

The owner of Great Hang-ups, Mark Nichols, is planning to replace the current structure at the corner of West Broadway and West Boulevard. Neighbors voiced concerns about Nichols' plan for rezoning and possible demolition of the building and adjoining properties.

Mello trains with her father

Nicole Mello trains with her father, Cesar Mello, early Wednesday morning. Nicole Mello, who will be a freshman at Hickman High School this fall, would like to run cross country at the high school level and has been recognized for her past track and field achievements.

Track and field competitor Nicole Mello

Nicole Mello stretches before her Wednesday morning workout, which consisted of a rebuilding phase where Mello focused on agility, plyometrics and injury-preventing exercises.

Norman breaks away

Khris Norman, in gold, breaks away past the green team's Brian Harmon.

Goalies feel the heat

Keith Lane, who tended net for the red team, wipes sweat from his brow in between games. With temperatures in the nineties Sunday evening, the goalies may have suffered a bit more than the other players because of all the protective gear they wear.

Timbrook plays goalie in Hallsville

Goalie Jordy Timbrook has been playing hockey for nearly three years in Hallsville.

Championship tournament held Sunday evening

A view from the press box at Whitney Briggs Memorial Hockey Arena in Hallsville. The only hockey league in mid-Missouri, the Twister Hockey League, held its playoffs and championship tournament Sunday evening.

Brown suits up

Christi Brown puts on her protective padding. She was one of two women playing hockey Sunday evening in Hallsville.

Duran stretches before beating the gold team

Dustin Duran stretches before his team's first game Sunday afternoon. Later, the gold team would come from 3 goals down late in the second period to defeat the green team.

Poteet waits in the penalty box

Morgan Poteet spends time in the penalty box near the end of the first hockey game of the Twister Hockey League playoffs Sunday evening in Hallsville.

Traffic backed up on Interstate 70

Traffic was slow on Interstate 70 eastbound following a fatal crash on Wednesday morning.

Van rollover on Interstate 70

A rollover accident on Interstate 70 eastbound killed one person and sent several others to a hospital Wednesday morning. The accident occurred near the Stadium Boulevard exit on I-70 around 7 a.m.

Neighbors use Twitter to ward off crime

Richard Vickers checks for signs of weapons or drug use inside of an abandoned property as he patrols his Old Oaks neighborhood Aug. 4 in Columbus, Ohio. Like the members of this well-oiled block watch group in central Ohio, neighbors across the country are using Twitter, blogs, e-mail and street patrols to help ward off crime.

Lesser prairie chickens

Lesser prairie chickens fight during a mating ritual in New Mexico in the spring of 2007. Should the lesser prairie chicken become listed as threatened or endangered — and it's close now — there would be significant restrictions on companies hoping to plant towering turbines across a five-state region believed to have some of the nation's best wind energy potential.

Local group restores historic house

Pedestrians walk towards the Houston House in Newburg. The historic building, which used to house railroad workers, is being restored by a local group. Newburg, as well as other small Missouri towns, received a kick-start in civic planning with improvement suggestions from a professor and students at near by Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla.

Ozark town hosts fundraiser to build park

Richard Ingram, of Edgar Springs signals a mud run driver has stopped moving forward in Newburg. Saturday was the fifth fundraiser mud run held at the former railroad yard where a local group plans to build a park. Newburg, as well as other small Missouri towns, received a kick-start in civic planning with suggestions from a professor and students at near by Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla.

Ozark communities host fundraisers for community improvements

Timber Adams, of Steelville, left, breaks away from the pack to eventually win the nine and under foot race during a break in the vehicle mud run Saturday, Aug. 8, in Newburg. Saturday was the fifth fundraiser mud run held at the former railroad yard where a local group plans to build a park. Newburg, as well as other small Missouri towns, received a kick-start in civic planning with suggestions from a professor and students at near by Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla.

Town hall meetings overflow with listeners

From left, Ihsan Saleem, 23, of Decatur, Ga., Hud Williams, 29, of Atlanta and Naeem Muwwakkil, 57, of Atlanta listen to Chip Spradley, 65, of Tucker, Ga. share his viewpoints outside the filled to capacity Cole Auditorium at Georgia Perimeter College in Clarkston on Monday during a town hall meeting on health care reform. The line to get into the meeting snaked around the building and other auditoriums had to be used for overflow. These four men did not get into the meeting or the overflow, after the overflow was too crowded.
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