July 27, 2009
The Deaton family of Houston, Chris Deaton, left, wife Kimberly Deaton and children Brandon, 9, left, and Natalie, 11, enjoy the view and beverages under the shade of a tree at Stone Hill Winery near the 239-mile-long Katy Trail, Thursday, July 23, 2009, in Herman, Mo.
Derby fan Monty Perrigo waits as the first car of Sunday evening's demolition derby drives onto the track at the Boone County Fair.
Chris Bradshaw, 17, watches as his friends inspect damaged parts of his vehicle after he participated in the demolition derby on Sunday night that concluded the Boone County Fair.
Chris Bradshaw from Harrisburg retires his car in Sunday's Demolition Derby at the Boone County Fair.
Justin Schafer smashes into Rob Heuer and becomes attached to the modified car Sunday in the Boone County Fair Demolition Derby. A tractor had to pull the two cars apart to continue the competition.
Mud flies as Jeffy Gonzales of Columbia swerves to avoid an oncoming car.
Jacob Reed, in the car labeled "7x," and Jake Winston, in the orange car, battle it out in the mud pit at the Boone County Fair Demolition Derby on Sunday.
Jacob Reed in the car labeled "7x" and Jake Winston in the orange car at the Boone County Fair Demolition Derby on Sunday.
Three cars crash into one another in the compact division of the Boone County Fair Demolition Derby. The division opened with 11 cars, but only one remained running.
Attendees shield their eyes from the sun during Sunday's demolition derby.
Derby participant Trevor Howard revs his car's engine before the start of the 2009 demolition derby at the Boone County Fair.
Randy Calvert from Harrisburg out of his burning car during a final heat of the Boone County Fair Demolition Derby. Calvert had previously won the stock car heat.
Nigerians of the Yoruba ethnic group, from places such as Kansas City and St. Louis, met to celebrate their culture at the American Legion post in Columbia on Saturday.
Women of the mid-Missouri Nigerian cultural organization, Egbe Omo Oduduwa, serve various African dishes during their annual celebration at the American legion. Joni Koyejo, is married to a Nigerian and wears the traditional headdress. "The girls fix me up every year," Koyejo said.
Becky Oyelola dances during the Egbe Omo Oduduwa celebration on Saturday. A live band from Houston known as the African Homebeats played at the event.
Tajudeen "TJ" Soyoye, Becky Oyelola and Juliet Ogungbade sing and dance during a live band performance at the annual celebration of mid-Missouri's Nigerian cultural association, Egbe Omo Oduduwa. This year marked the tenth year of the organization.
Boone County Sheriff's Department detective Tracy Perkins presents a coaster to Gov. Jay Nixon in the offices of the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force in Columbia, where Nixon appeared to announce grants to assist local Missouri task forces in fighting cyber crime on Monday.
Boone County Sheriff's Department detective Andy Anderson introduces Gov. Jay Nixon at the offices of the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force in Columbia, where Nixon appeared to announce grants to assist local Missouri task forces in fighting cyber crime on Monday.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon speaks to Boone County law enforcement in the offices of the Mid-Missouri Internet Crimes Task Force in Columbia, where he announced grants to assist local Missouri task forces in fighting cyber crime, on Monday. Nixon chuckled as he recalled how the first Missouri cyber crime search warrant was signed at a barn on the hood of a truck because the judge was working at his farm that day.
Mary Bittle is a second-floor resident of Oak Towers on Garth Avenue. The Columbia Housing Authority applied for two stimulus grants to improve the Towers for ADA renovations.