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Duplex damaged by fire

Columbia and Boone County fire officials battled a residential fire at 5101 Silver Mill Drive on Saturday afternoon. The duplex is the home of Gisell and Kelly Ballenger and their three sons. There were no injuries, and the adjoining duplex suffered no damage.

Derrick Fogle, the Hacky Sack guy

Derrick Fogle performs a Hacky Sack trick at Speakers Circle on the MU campus on Sept. 17. Fogle, who frequents Speakers Circle each Thursday, has been kicking for more than 30 years. "I picked it up when I was a teenager and just never quit doing it," he said.

Derrick Fogle takes a water break

Derrick Fogle takes a break to get a drink of water at Speakers Circle on the MU campus on Sept. 17. "I drink about a gallon and a half an hour," Fogle said.

Derrick Fogle shows his stuff

Derrick Fogle says he is normally a pretty quiet individual. Footbag is the one thing that brings out his exhibitionist side. "Outside of Hacky Sack, I am a really an unassuming kind of person," he said.

Farmhouse moved to new location

Part of a Victorian farmhouse dating to the 1890s sits roofless on Friday at the Boone Junction History Village. This part of the farmhouse was moved to Boone County Historical Society property at midnight on Thursday.

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Workers help lift the fallen Watkins Roofing crane at 3:30 p.m. after it was blown over by high winds. The crane landed on 920 Cheery St. around 10:30 a.m on Friday. "The good thing is that nobody was hurt," a worker said after lifting the crane from the roof.

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Elizabeth Brixey oversees the Missourian’s coverage of K-12 and higher education. You can e-mail her at brixeye@missouri.edu or call at 882-2632.

Crane collapses onto downtown apartments

A Watkins Roofing truck was blown over and landed on Niedermeyer Apartments at 920 Cherry St. According to Captain Eric Hartman of the Columbia Fire Department, there were no injuries and the extent of damages are still unknown.

How to decorate a bra

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center Auxiliary supervisor Edlyn Donovan displays Joe Machens Ford's entry for the cancer center's Decorate-a-Bra Contest on Tuesday, in the center's basement. The bra features working headlights and the Mustang emblem. All 133 bras will be up for silent auction at the cancer center this Tuesday. The proceeds will benefit breast cancer patient programs and services.

Questions about health care reform

Lee Modesitt, 20, asks a question regarding health care reform as, from left, Courtney Poskin, 22, and Andrea Johnson, 20, listen at a panel on health care in Allen Auditorium.

Panel on health care

Kim Dude, center, the director of the MU Wellness Resource Center, answers a question regarding health care reform as law professor Phil Peters, left, and Dr. Steve Zweig, professor of family medicine, listen. They were part of a panel discussing health care on Thursday in Allen Auditorium.

Moderating the health care debate

David Schenker, holding the microphone, moderates questions for a panel discussion about health care reform on Thursday in Allen Auditorium. Professors from different schools at MU served as the panel of experts.

Hickman's Josh German

Kewpies defensive lineman Josh German runs toward the football during the Providence Bowl between Hickman and Rock Bridge on Sept. 24 on Faurot Field.

Rock Bridge football coach A.J. Ofodile

Rock Bridge football coach A.J. Ofodile said that by running the option the Bruins have probably gained more yards on the ground in five games this season than they did in all 10 last year.

Rock Bridge quarterback Mark Pickerel

Rock Bridge quarterback Mark Pickerel, left, says he has adapted well to the Bruins' new option offense. “Once you start watching film on a team, you can pick up its tendencies. If he does that, I’ll do this," he said.

Gans Creek

The creek, which is now the main feature of Gans Creek Recreation Area, is set off from the rest of the property by trees and gently rolling hills, making it seem even more distant from the lights and sounds of city life. Lowery predicts the creek will retain that quiet atmosphere even after the rest of the park becomes active.

Gans Creek barn

An unused barn sits on the Gans Creek Recreation Area property. The property, formerly known as the Crane Property, was recently bought by the City of Columbia for future development as a regional park. The city sees the property as an important link in the park system with its proximity to Rock Bridge State Park and Nifong Park.

Teri Finneman mug

Teri Finneman is the coordinator for the Missourian Reader Board.

Roland Meinert

Roland Meinert is a Columbia resident and a guest columnist for the Missourian.

Gary Kelley

Gary Kelley is a minister in Columbia. The views expressed here are his own.
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