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Concerned for the future

Michelle Pruitt works in her office in the Agricultural Engineering building on MU on March 4, 2009. Pruitt is running for the School Board because she is concerned about the effects of Columbia's growth on the school system. "I just hope that as Columbia grows into a big city we can expand without all the problems of a big city," said Pruitt. "A lot of the time those problems show up in the schools first."

Missouri receiver Jerrell Jackson

Missouri receiver Jerrell Jackson, No. 29, is one of several players the Tigers coaches are considering as a kick returner. Former return man Jeremy Maclin is playing in the NFL this season.

Warren Hearnes

Former Missouri Gov. Warren Hearnes takes a moment in 1982 for a quick portrait with his wife, Rep. Betty Hearnes. Warren Hearnes became the first Missouri governor to win re-election in consecutive terms. Hearnes died Sunday at his home in Charleston.

Second chance ensures animals go to loving families

Certain breeds, like Ned the pit bull, are looked over carefully to ensure the adopting family will treat the dog fairly. Other animals, such as black cats, are rarely given out during times like Halloween in fear that people won't take good care of them.

Pet owner finds dog through Second Chance Web site

Foster mom Kerrie Vivion, right, along with Kimberly Newberry, left, say their goodbyes to Scotty the dog. Scotty's new owner Mike Janssen moved a month ago and found Scotty while visiting the Columbia Second Chance Web site.

Police demonstrate simulator at training

Columbia Police Sgt. Mike Hestir demonstrated a new police training simulator Wednesday. The machine is designed to test and evaluate officers' skills in use-of-force situations.

Sgt. Mike Hestir tests a weapon

Columbia Police Sgt. Mike Hestir uses a replica of his side arm during a demonstration of the new police officer training system that uses real-life scenarios to evaluate use of force.

Dairy cows can produce two batches of milk a day

Cows eat a healthy cassarole mixture of alfalfa, straw and several other ingredients. Eating around 80 pounds a day, the cows produce two batches of milk.

Cows are milked twice a day

Grey Battershell, left, and Aaron Maberry prepare to clean the udders of the first batch of dairy cows at Foremost Dairy Farm. The farm's 200 cows are milked twice a day using these machines.

Foremost Dairy Farm home to 200 cows

The MU Agriculture School's Foremost Dairy Farm is home to 200 cows, several heifers and calves. The farm's two 2,000-gallon tanks hold the milk until it is sold.

Crowd gathers at forum on sharing the road

More than 100 people attended a forum on bike and motorists safety at Columbia's Activity and Recreation Center on Wednesday. The gathering allowed people to voice concerns about the legal and practical issues facing motorists and cyclists who must share the road.

Resident speaks up about cycling

Dennis Payne voices his concerns for cyclists during a meeting at the Activity and Recreation Center on Wednesday. The crowd reacted to Payne's opinion when he issued the challenge of cyclists being restricted to using the Katy Trail for recreational riding.

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.
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