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Creating art with nature

Artist Jo Stealey prepares a piece of river willow as part of a branch in her piece called "The Forest." This work will be featured at the Sheldon Art Galleries in St. Louis in September.

Contractors struggle to stay afloat in Columbia

Contractor Ray Yoder cuts a piece of plywood to size as Michael Schoen and Dan Yoder wait to nail it into place on the house they are constructing just off of Old Plank Road in Columbia on Wednesday

Housing market in Columbia on sharp decline

One of the houses owned by Jay Linder's Providence Farm LLC sits uninhabited and neglected just off of Old Plank Road in Columbia on Wednesday.

Swinging with Dad

Allan Bell, center, dips his daughter Morgan Bell, 7, at the 11th annual Father-Daughter Dance Night at the Activity and Recreation Center on Saturday.

Learning the moves

Charles Wiebe, center, and his daughter Leah Wiebe, 4, hold hands while they move across the dance floor.

A little help from Dad

Chris Allen and his daughter Sofia Allen, 5, practice some fancy footwork.

Entering the dance

Faith Boster, 8, takes her father Adam Boster's arm as they enter the Activity and Recreation Center.

Taking a break

Between songs, John Viator and his daughter Isabella Viator, 5, take a break. "I'm most excited about the door prizes," she said.

A spinning hug

Eric Sappington and his daughter Shelby Sappington, 6, smile during a spinning hug.

Sleepy from dancing

Chris Allen and daugher Sophia Allen share a sleepy hug after dancing.

Hand in hand

Charles Wiebe and daughter Leah Wiebe take a short break while Adam and Faith Boster keep dancing on.

Home builders suffer

Home builders in a tough market

Waiting for results

Lucas Godon, 6, Jervon Hedrick, 14, Brady Whelihan, 6, Jonathan Jolley, 14, Tanner Smith, 7, and Trevor Jolley, 13, listen to the beginner class results of Parkside Skateshop's best trick competition at the Columbia Skatepark. Saturday's event was the first competition for all the boys.

Skateboarders compete

Zack Shipley, 14, of Hannibal, airs out of a quarter pipe during practice for the best trick competition at the Columbia Skatepark. The competition was part of National Skateboarding Day. Shipley entered the beginner class but was moved to intermediate class after completing his first trick.

Bullriding at the Missouri High School Rodeo state finals

Bullrider Cody Case does his best to stay on board a bull Saturday during the state finals of the Missouri High School Rodeo.

Best trick competition

Joey Donnelly, 18, of Lake Ozark does a benihana grab in the best trick competition at the Columbia Skatepark on Saturday. The competition is Donnelly's first time skating since he broke his left foot one year ago.

Waiting for a pink balloon

Ashonda Bolden, 2, waits for a balloon as she enjoys the activities in Douglass Park on Saturday afternoon.

Musical performance marks event

Robert Wilson, a singer with the Columbia-based song group One of Accord, performs a song that he wrote at the Juneteenth celebration Saturday.

Giving history center stage at Juneteenth

Addae Ahmad, center, stands among various history panels at the Juneteenth celebration in Douglass Park on Saturday. Ahmad was part of the committee that organized the event, which commemorates the importance of African-American history and freedom.
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