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Business planes make use of Columbia Regional Airport

Business planes as well as personal aircraft make use of Columbia Regional Airport.

Air traffic control tower

The air traffic control tower at Columbia Regional Airport sits by itself across a field opposite the airport buildings.

Plane makes pit stop to refuel at Columbia Regional Airport

A plane makes a pit stop to refuel at Columbia Regional Airport.

Airport hangar

Recently added, the airplane hangar is much larger than the previous one.

Father checks plane before flying home with son

John Runzel checks his aircraft before flying home to Chicago after picking up his son Johnny from a business camp at MU.

Family flies into Columbia to pick up son from camp

The Runzel family prepares to fly home to Chicago after picking up son Johnny from a business camp at MU.

Special Olympics staff, athletes protest "Tropic Thunder"

From left, Annette KIng, Lena King, Aarti Nagarkar, Bob Stephens and Sue Luiz gather outside Hollywood Theaters to protest the opening of “Tropic Thunder.”

Jim Ritter appointed interim school board superintendent

New interim superintendent for Columbia Public Schools Jim Ritter addresses the media at an early morning press conference held to announce the successor to recently retired superintendent Phyllis Chase.

Ritter announced as Chase successor

New interim superintendent for Columbia Public Schools Jim Ritter, far left, addresses the media with school board President Michelle Gadbois at an early-morning press conference held to announce the successor to recently retired superintendent Phyllis Chase.

Jim Ritter in 1986

United Way co-chairmen Jim Ritter, left, and Jack Cox. Ritter was recently appointed to succeed Phyllis Chase as superintendent of Columbia public schools.

Jim Ritter in 1978

Superintendent Jim Ritter in 1978. Ritter was appointed to succeed Phyllis Chase as superintendent of Columbia schools.

Ritter appointed Columbia schools superintendent

New interim superintendent for Columbia Public Schools, Jim Ritter addresses the media with school board President Michelle Gadbois at an early-morning press conference held to announce the his succession to recently-retired superintendent Phyllis Chase.

Georgia remains in conflict

Soldiers secure a Russian military convoy outside Gori, Georgia, on Wednesday. Russian tanks, troops and paramilitaries rolled into the strategic Georgian city of Gori on Wednesday, apparently smashing an EU-brokered truce designed to end the six-day conflict that has uprooted tens of thousands and scarred the Georgian landscape.

Cara Walker wins High Point Rider award

Cara Walker competed in the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup in Canada where she won this High Point Rider trophy.

Cara Walker trots with her quarter horse

Cara Walker takes her horse, Party, for a trot. Walker competed in the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup in Canada in July.

Cara Walker walks her quarter horse

Cara Walker takes her horse, Party, for a walk. Walker competed in the American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup in Canada and won awards for High Point Rider, Horsemanship High Rider and Hunter Under Saddle.

Re-sodding the Quad

Jason Harris, left, Wes Mcallister, center, and Steve Botts, right, lay down fresh sod on the Francis Quadrangle on Wednesday morning. Their work should be finished by Friday. The soil had been removed during construction of the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Jim Ritter addresses the media

Jim Ritter and Michelle Gadbois address the media at Wednesday morning's announcement. Ritter led the school district from 1998-2003 and has agreed to serve again as interim superintendent.

Jim Ritter and Michelle Gadbois

School Board President Michelle Gadbois announced Wednesday morning that Jim Ritter would serve as interim superintendent following the retirement of Phyllis Chase. The board voted him in unanimously.

Jim Ritter's announcement

Jim Ritter's selection as interim superintendent was announced Wednesday morning.
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