July 18, 2009
John Yonker, senior pastor of First Christian Church, is biking 380 miles to raise money to fight racism. Yonker has been training a few mornings a week to prepare for his four-day journey.
The Boone County Fair begins with a parade every year. Spectators saw race cars, the royal court, goats and floats pass them by Saturday in Columbia.
Members of the City-Wide Drumline and Rhythm Band of Columbia wave vibrant flags as they march in the Boone County Fair parade Saturday.
Sheila Durnil, left, makes final adjustments to her daughter Lorelai's outfit before the start of the Boone County Fair parade Saturday in Columbia. Lorelai Durnil was part of the Rock Bridge 4-H Club float.
Walter Cronkite reports the evening news on July 1, 1952 at CBS-TV. Cronkite died Friday of cerebral vascular disease. He was 92.
July 17, 2009
Olympic medal winner Larry Young carries the torch at the Show-Me State Games opening ceremony on Friday. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the games.
Named the 2008 Show-Me State Games male athlete of the year, Rudy Oates helps carry the torch at the games' opening ceremony held at the Hearnes Center on Friday.
Olympic medal winners Christian Cantwell, left, and Larry Young, right, are cheered by the crowd as Jim Riek, center, mentions that both Olympians are native Missourians. Young carried the torch later in the evening at the Show-Me State Games opening ceremony.
The crowd stands silent as Jenna Ash sings the national anthem at the Show-Me State Games opening ceremony held at the Hearnes Center on Friday. This year's emcee was Jim Riek, left, of KOMU.
A parade of athletes walks through the main floor at the Show-Me State Games opening ceremony held at the Hearnes Center on Friday. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the games, which has more than 40 sports categories.
Chelsea Schriewer enjoys the moment after shooting her first career hole-in-one Thursday on the 16th hole at The Club at Old Hawthorne en route to tying the overall course record with a 66.
Evan Bourne staggers WWE wrestler Jamie Noble with a jump spin kick at a WWE show in March in San Antonio.
Rick Matheny, left, and his son Mike Matheny practice their swings at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course on Monday. The Mathenys plan to compete in four events at the Show-Me State Games, including the father-son golf tournament.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completion of Brown School Road happened Thursday morning. Construction on the project lasted nine months. Some residents in the nearby Clearview subdivision said they are worried about the long-term effects of the construction on their neighborhood.
Matthew Hensley, 12, helps organize hams on Thursday for the youth and open ham shows to take place at the Boone Country Fairgrounds on Friday. Hensley has worked with the competition for 3 years and always enters in a ham of his own.
Mikaela Adams, 13, picks up her ham to kiss it good luck ahead of the 2009 ham competition on Thursday. Her mother, Jessica, said Mikaela is a member of 4-H. She said it is a great organization because "parents get involved, and it makes the kids get involved, and they get hooked on it. Now, it's like a competition for her. She tries to outdo herself every year."
Hundreds of hams, such as this one from Uless Reeder, are tagged and sorted for the ham competition. The hams are to be judged in eight categories: Eye appeal, color, smoothness, fitting, trim, firmness, meatiness and aroma. The top 20 hams are expected to go up for auction next weekend.
July 16, 2009
Taron Crawford is escorted out of a Boone County Courthouse courtroom Thursday evening after being found guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action by a Johnson County jury in the Nov. 16, 2003, shooting death of MU student Charley Blondis.
From left, Charley Blondis' uncle Robert Krzeminski, and parents Tom and Alba Blondis thank Boone County Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Scholz Thursday evening after Taron Crawford was found guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action by a Johnson County jury in the Nov. 16, 2003, shooting death of MU student Charley Blondis.
Taron Crawford, center, reacts to a Johnson County jury's verdict Thursday evening at the Boone County Courthouse. Crawford was found guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action. Standing with him are defense co-counselor Sara Watson and public defender Tony Manansala.