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Xzavie Jackson fights past an opponent

Xzavie Jackson fights his way past an opponent on the Gateway Soul, another team out of St. Louis. Jackson joined the River City Rage after being cut from Philadelphia Eagles. For Jackson, the Rage is an opportunity to stay in shape and build character.

Dancing to the 'YMCA'

RiverCity Rage fan Devin Lofton, back, dances to "YMCA" by the Village People only a few feet from former Missouri safety Pig Brown, left, on the bench.

Attracting the attention of reporters

Despite being turned down by the NFL, Pig Brown, left, still attracts media attention from local sports reporter Rene Knott of KSDK/Channel 5 in St. Louis.

Darnell Terrell straps up before game

Former MU defensive back Darnell Terrell straps up before an exhibition game. Before joining the Rage, Terrell worked at the Boys and Girls Town of Missouri in Columbia.

Kington hand-stitches a purse

Jolene Kington hand-stitches a purse made from old wool sweaters at her home in Columbia on Thursday. Kington will be selling her crafts this weekend at a Mothers of Preschoolers spring fundraiser on Saturday as well as at Earth Day Festival on Sunday.

Jolene Kington

Jolene Kington crochets organic cotton baby rattles and sells them on Etsy.com and at various Columbia events. She also makes purses and amigurumi dolls.

Making amigurumi dolls

Jolene Kington makes a variety of crafts, including these amigurumi dolls. Amigurumi is the Japanese art of crocheting anthropomorphic dolls. Kington has to keep them hidden because her 7-year-old daughter always wants to play with them, even though she has her own.

Kington cuts an old wool sweater

Jolene Kington cuts an old wool sweater to be sewn into a purse at her home in Columbia on Thursday. Kington felts the fabric before working with it by washing it in hot water and then drying it. Once the fabric is felted, it can be cut without unraveling.

'Juggling act'

Jolene Kington works on a purse made from an old wool sweater. Kington's crafts and her family keep her busy. "It's such a juggling act trying to get everything done," she says.

Hero Award winner Max Lewis

Vicki Russell, left, associate publisher of the Columbia Daily Tribune, congratulates Max Lewis of Boone County Family Resources as the winner of the 2009 Hero Awards for outstanding public service in the individual adult category. In addition to a crystal trophy, Lewis also received $500 on behalf of the Tribune to donate to his not-for-profit organization of choice.

Ben Askren at American Top Team

Ben Askren, a former MU wrestler and U.S. Olympian who has recently gone professional in MMA, trains at Columbia's American Top Team gym in 2009.

Bruins freshman tennis player Ford Zitch

Rock Bridge freshman Ford Zitch returns the ball during his match against Glendale sophomore Paul Nahon on April 23. Zitch won the match 9-7.

Runaway daughter returned home

Fifteen-year-old Ashley Friel was reunited with her family Wednesday night. The family spread the word about their search for their runaway daughter via online blogs, e-mail and Twitter, a social networking site.

A little to the right ...

Brett Johnson, director, left, guides the actor's into their positions on the stage as they rehearse Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Ryhnsburger theater on April 8.

Everybody gather 'round

Brett Johnson, director, center, instructs the actors during the rehearsal of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Ryhnsburger theater on April 8.

Constructive criticism

Brett Johnson, director, offers instruction during the rehearsal of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Ryhnsburger theater on April 8.

Shell family sits under the maple tree

Harvey Shell sits on his father Harvey Shell Sr.'s lap along with brother Bill Shell on his mother Dottie Mae Shell's lap. The family is sitting under the maple tree where the book gets its title.

Shell brothers relax together

Harvey Shell, left, and brother Bill Shell relax in the Shell family's yard. Bill's birth is one of the many memories chronicled in the book.

Harvey Shell

Harvey Shell published "Whispers from the Maple on the Hill," as a way to share the memories of his childhood. Shell lives with his wife Joanne in Columbia.

Kacey Rehagen pitches

Columbia College sophomore Kacey Rehagen pitches during the first game of a double header between the Cougars and the Williams Baptist College Eagles on April 22. Columbia College won the game 3-2.
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