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The Show-Me State Games have begun

Renee Alvarez carries the Show-Me State Games torch with Michelle Elliot, Roger Fillmer, Cody Anfinson, Connor Gundy and Amy Gundy. The group ran the torch from the Boone County Courthouse to Hearnes Center on Friday afternoon.

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MU quarterback Chase Daniel lights the Show-Me State Games torch at the opening ceremony on Friday night at Hearnes Center.

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Don Lawrence catches the ball during the kickball event at the Show-Me State Games on the morning of Saturday, July 19, 2008, at Rock Bridge High School. Lawrence's team, The Runs, lost its game, 14-1, to the team Chuck Norris' Left Foot.

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Steve Dominique fires a round during the single-bird skeet shoot at Cedar Creek Rod and Gun Club on Saturday, July 19, 2008. Skeet shooting is one of three types included in this year's Show-Me State Games.

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Sixteen-year-old Seth Hill spots his teammate, Kaleb Sanders, 17, as he warms up with a 205-pound press before the bench press event of the powerlifting competition at the Show-Me State Games in Columbia. Hill and Sanders are both athletes on the Kingston High School weightlifting team in Cadet, Mo.

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"It was kind of luck," said Tiffany Urwiler pitcher and soon-to-be freshman at School of the Osage, about how she ended up with the Revolution. The team is a mix of players from all over mid-Missouri and is the only Columbia-based team participating in the Show-Me Games 14-and-under softball tournament this weekend. Catcher Sammi Bell is at left, and centerfielder Paige Fredrich is on the far right.

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During a Show-Me State Games ultimate frisbee match, Gordan Mahanoy, a member team Cleveland Steamers, attempts to block a frisbee toss by Jay Froude, a memer of Team X.

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Tony Clinesmith, top, wrestles against Mitch Schmidt on the afternoon of Saturday, July 19, 2008, at Hearnes Center. Clinesmith won the match.

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Ashleigh McKinley rolls up her sleeves as she returns to the judging table after using her pool noodle to alert the referee of the time. The 8-year-old volunteered for the noodler position to have something to do while her brother wrestled.

Women audition in Columbia to be on 'America’s Next Top Model'

Lara Pence, 19, waits before her audition for the CW network television show "America's Next Top Model" on Saturday, July 19 in Columbia. The television show was holding a local casting call where women auditioned for three local judges, and the winner will receive a guaranteed interview with the show's official casting director in either Chicago or New York.

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Women lined up Saturday, July 19, at Columbia's Holiday Inn Executive Center for a chance to audition for "America's Next Top Model."

Garbage truck catches fire on way to landfill

Columbia firefighters were called to 4501 Paris Road, near U.S. 63, at 1:44 p.m. where they found heavy flames coming from this garbage truck’s cargo portion, according to a news release. The fire was later extinguished.

Parade kicks off week of Boone County Fair events

Aija Calewell, 3, collects candy thrown from the floats at the Boone County Fair Parade on Saturday.

Oddly-named kickball teams compete in Show-Me State Games

Don Lawrence catches the ball during the kickball event at the Show-Me State Games on Saturday at Rock Bridge High School. Lawrence's team, The Runs, lost their game, 14-1, to the team Chuck Norris's Left Foot.

Missouri Revolution take field for Columbia

"It was kind of luck," says pitcher Tiffany Urwiler of how she ended up with the Missouri Revolution. One of her teammates is catcher Sammi Bell.

Young volunteer pitches in at Show-Me State Games

Ashleigh McKinley rolls up her sleeves as she returns to the judging table after using her pool noodle to alert the referee of the time. The 8-year-old volunteered for the "noodler" position to have something to do while her brother wrestled.

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Janice Ellis looks over a copy of Rise Up while at her office in Kansas City. She started Rise Up to ignite a new national conversation about race.

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Lara Pence, 19, waits before her audition for the CW network television show "American's Next Top Model" on Saturday at the Holiday Inn in Columbia. The television show was holding a local casting call where girls auditioned in front of three judges. The winner will receive a guaranteed interview with the show's official casting director in either Chicago or New York.

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Chere Wright, 18, fills out an application before auditioning for the television show "America's Next Top Model" on Saturday at the Holiday Inn in Columbia. The show held an opening casting call and each girl auditioning had to complete a 15-page application which included questions such as "What are you most ashamed of?" and "How do you deal with someone who intimidates you?"

Want to see a 4-H/FFA dog show? Sit. Stay.

Candace Decker and her bulldog, Smedley, won second place in showmanship at the 4-H/Boone County Fair Dog Show.
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