June 23, 2008
Robert Barnes tosses compact discs into the basin of the new grinder Wednesday afternoon at Alternative Community Training in Columbia. The company's program, ACT Recycling, now has the capability to grind up various smaller plastic items such as CDs, VHS tapes and jewel cases for resale to manufacturers who use recycled plastic.
Floppy discs wait to be recycled at Alternative Community Training on Wednesday afternoon where the ACT Recycling program chops up plastic-based media such as CDs and video tapes to resell to manufacturers. A new granulator, which grinds up plastic products into tiny pieces, is helping the program increase production and, hopefully, create more jobs for workers.
Robert Barnes gradually loads a large box of Beach Boys and Sara Evans compact discs into the new granulator Wednesday afternoon at Alternative Community Training's recycling program. The discs were donated by the to the program to be chopped up by ACT Recycling and resold to manufacturers.
June 22, 2008
Ronald Franklin, 7, shows off a marigold flower growing at Lee Elementary School on June 2, 2008. Lee Elementary is one of several Columbia schools experimenting with the use of outdoor learning areas.
Lilly Dailey, 7, points to a flower she planted at Lee Elementary School. The first-grade students at Lee Elementary placed wooden sticks by their plants to track individual growth.
First-graders, left to right, Ronald Franklin, Nicole Tinsley, Symphony Young, and Lilly Dailey, care for a garden plot on the playground at Lee Elementary School on Monday June 2, 2008. The garden plots at Lee Elementary sit on an asphalt portion of the playground.
Michael McGimsey tends the garden on Monday June 2, 2008 in front of Ridgeway Elementary School. Michael’s father, Mark McGimsey, coordinates the garden with staff members from the school’s Adventure Club.
Drew Wilson, 9, receives a plant from garden co-developer Mark McGimsey on Monday June 2, 2008 at Ridgeway Elementary School. The Missouri Department of Conservation recently awarded the school a $1,000 grant to encourage the students’ interest in the environment.
Graffiti lines an alley off Walnut street, in downtown Columbia.
Louisiana Fire Chief Mike Lesley gives an update on the flooding situation on Sunday in Louisiana, Mo.
Irrigation equipment sits in a flooded Iowa cornfield in Oakville, Iowa, on Monday, June 16. Corn prices have shot up 11 percent in the last week as floodwaters continue to ravage the Midwest, swallowing corn fields just before the crucial growing season.
Inmates were among the volunteers unloading sandbags to shore up a levee Saturday, June 21, north of Foley. In the hard-hit towns of Winfield, Mo., and Grafton, Ill., floodwaters aren't expected to crest until Wednesday.
Jerry Morgan looks back at his friends and laughs before he shoots the clay during the American Skeet competition Sunday. Morgan traveled with his brother Jim and their neighbor Larry Price from Lebanon.
June 21, 2008
Carroll Walker uses his teeth to pull back his arrow for the Missouri State Senior Games on Saturday. Walker lost his right arm in a farming accident thirty years ago, but has managed to win dozens of archery competitions in the past twenty years.
Lowell Thomas retrieves his arrow from the target during Saturday's archery competition for the Missouri State Senior Games.
Contestants tally their scores and collect their arrows Saturday during the archery competition for the Missouri State Senior Games.
Naomi Lahiri tends the Peace Nook booth at Sol-a-bration, a celebration of the summer solstice, solar energy and other forms of renewable energy. This is the first year of Sol-a-bration, which Peaceworks started to raise awareness about clean energy.
Pamela Johnson holds granddaughters Aniya Frazer, 3, and Tyra Robertson, 1, while Leesha Jones barbecues some chicken at the Juneteenth celebration at Douglass Park on Saturday. Jones ran a raffle for Covenant Partners, an organization that provides support for women getting out of prison and trying to start over.
Rochelle Hawkins sits with son Bryson Wilks, 4, at Douglass Park during the Juneteenth event celebrating the end of slavery. The event included several religious and political booths, as well as musical performances and family barbecues.
Robert Leach brought his ice cream truck to Douglass Park on Saturday to attract customers from the crowd that had assembled for the Juneteenth celebration of the end of slavery. Aniya Frazer, 3, had trouble deciding what to buy, and Zach Collier, 11, tried to help her decide.