The great pumpkins

Pumpkins sorted by size and variety await festivalgoers in Hartsburg on Saturday. The festival, an annual tradition for the town, runs through Sunday.

All smiles and pumpkins

Jeff McCully balances pumpkins as he waits to purchase them on Saturday at the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival.

Walking in a pumpkin wonderland

Zoe Olaughlin, 10 months, of Columbia, poses in the pumpkin pile as her dad, John Olaughlin, takes her picture. The pumpkin harvest is on display for the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival that runs through Sunday.

Festival goer investigates pumpkins

Brynn Baker, 4, of Jefferson City inspects the base of a pile of pumpkins before climbing on top of it at the at the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival. The pumpkins were for sale but were used also as a natural jungle gym by children.

Bands perform at the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival

Members of the Southern Boone High School marching band warm up in a field before they perform in the parade for the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 11.

Face painting at the pumpkin festival

Mackenzie Wadly, 5, of High Point, gets her face painted by Kirsten Sapp of Ashland. Sapp was one of the many Ashland FFA students who sponsored the face-painting booth at the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 11.

Edwards scuffles with Harvick

NASCAR drivers Kevin Harvick, left, and Carl Edwards, right, scuffle in the garage area at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

MU volleyball players Catie Wilson and Amanda Hantouli

Sophomore Catie Wilson, left, and junior Amanda Hantouli both played high school volleyball in Nebraska before coming to play for the Tigers.

Hickman softball wins district title

Hickman softball player Taylor Aniker hugs her teammate after the Kewpies won their district championship game against the Jefferson City Jays Friday.Hickman won the game 2-1 will play in the state sectionals Wednesdayin Columbia.

Stabbing victim transported to University Hospital

A stabbing victim is escorted to a University Hospital ambulance in front of Hitt Street Mini Mart.

Paramedics help stabbing victim

A stabbing victim receives care from emergency responders in front of Hitt Street Mini Mart. The man was stabbed in the alley behind the store at around 2 p.m. Friday.

Students take advantage of free breakfast

Jazmin Williams, 8, picks up milk from a crate at one of Parkade Elementary's breakfast stations. She is one of many students who gets her breakfast from the free breakfast program the school began offering this school year.

Checking up on the prairie

Retired MU ecology professor Clair Kucera poses with big bluestem, a grass native to Missouri, in Tucker Prairie on Aug. 11. Kucera said the plant is one of his favorites. "It's tall and dominant-looking," he said.

Canon Crew

Members of the Cannon Crew, with Truman the Tiger, do pushups after an MU touchdown during the Nevada game on Sept. 13. Ten cadets rotate between cannon and pushup duties so no one gets too overworked, but high scores require lots of strength.


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Members lead prayer at service

Shirley Studley and J.C. Bias lead a prayer during a Sunday morning service at Fayette’s Assembly of God Church. The struggling church, which averages an attendance of about 15, is receiving mentorship and financial support from Columbia’s First Assembly of God.

Embracing in prayer

Kenny Fitzgerald, left, Shirley Studley and J.C. Bias embrace in prayer as the Rev. Richard Sullivan plays the piano and sings at a Sunday morning service at Fayette's Assembly of God Church.

New pastor leads service

Rev. Richard Sullivan directs service at Fayette's Assembly of God Church. Sullivan became pastor of the church two months ago.

A silent moment of prayer

Shirley Studley, right, and others move to the front of the Fayette Assembly of God Church at the end of service for a silent moment of prayer.