Bike plant holder at shade garden

A bicycle plant holder, part of Thomas and Anne Smith's shade garden decor, was chosen by one of the couple's two garden designers.

Ruby the macaw at shade garden

Thomas and Anne Smith's macaw, Ruby, spends the afternoon outside her cage in the couple's shade garden on Wednesday.

Garden hands prep for Tiger Pilot Club's garden tour

Garden hands Ben Reid, left, and Adam Horine help prepare Thomas and Anne Smith's 6.5 acre shade garden for the Tiger Pilot Club's garden tour to be held Saturday. "It's a work in progress" Anne Smith said.

Churchill statue vandalism

A spray painted goatee was left by vandals on May 30 on the Churchill statue outside of the Churchill Memorial at Westminster College in Fulton.

Westminster restoration

R&G Restoration LLC from Jefferson City has been removing graffiti from three locations on the St. Mary Church at Westminster College throughout the week. Ed Newland and Will Camden were working Wednesday on the South end. "We will probably do this fifty or sixty times before this comes off," said Camden, referring to the scrubbing and rinsing process.

Vandals make mark

Vandals left their mark in blue graffiti (bottom left).; One of the suspects; Victor Calderon of Fulton wrote 'Who are we?'

School board candidate forum

John Miles, semiretired MU professor of engineering, speaks as a school board candidate at an applicant forum held in the Elm Street Ballroom.

Phil Peters speaks at school board candidate forum

Phil Peters, executive director of nonprofit organization First Chance for Children, speaks at a school board applicant forum held in the Elm Street Ballroom.

Sam Phillips speaks at candidate forum

Sam Phillips, Columbia parent and legal practitioner, speaks as a school board candidate at an applicant forum hosted by Columbia Locally Owned Retail and Services (COLORS).

Hobby Lobby robbery

K-9 Officer Todd Alber and Lt. Carl Young discuss an armed robbery at the Hobby Lobby neat W. Worley Street on Wednesday in Columbia. At approximately 7 p.m., an assistant manager inside the store was robbed at gunpoint but escaped injury. The perpetrator fled the scene with an unknown amount of money and has not been apprehended.

James Whitt elected to school board

James Whitt, director of nonprofit organization cPhase Sports Association, speaks as a school board candidate at an applicant forum.

Robin Hubbard

Robin Hubbard, Columbia parent and former member of the Head Start advisory council, speaks as a candidate for the school board at an applicant forum held June 10 at the Elm Street Ballroom.

Martha Tomlin-McCrary

Martha Tomlin-McCrary, candidate for the Columbia School Board and former director of the Back-to-School, Stay-in-School Tutoring program, speaks at an applicant forum held June 10 at the Elm Street Ballroom.

Jonathan Sessions

Jonathan Sessions, co-owner of consulting firm Tech 2 and teacher at the Columbia Area Career Center, speaks as a school board candidate at forum on June 10 in the Elm Street Ballroom.

Hiroshima after bomb strike

A panoramic created from photos of Hiroshima, Japan, after the nuclear bomb strike on August 6, 1945.

Steven Starr

Steven Starr is an expert on nuclear weaponry. He has been trying to eliminate high-alert weapons for more than 30 years. The complexity of the scientific research regarding the issue is difficult to understand for outsiders, however. "The essence of my work is to make technical information understandable to people who are not scientists," Starr said about his work. Starr has spoken to the U.S. Senate, the United Nations in New York and Geneva and various universities.

Midnight Hoops

Columbia Police officer Keisha Edwards speaks with Missouri basketball players Tyler Stone, right, and Keith Ramsey on Wednesday during the first night of Moonlight Hoops at Douglas Park. The Columbia Police Department will be on site for the summer-league games. "It's community policing at its best," Edwards said. "It's an opportunity to interact with the community, giving them an opportunity to interact with us, building relationships."

Carroll diagnosed with liver ailment

DeMarre Carroll's agent confirmed that the former Missouri forward was diagnosed with a liver ailment "a couple years ago."

People to People Ambassador

Courtsey of Tina Schroeder
Nicole Schroeder, who just finished the fifth grade at Mill Creek Elementary, has been accepted into the People to People Ambassador Program and will travel to Australia.

Casey Palmisano in 'My Fair Lady'

First-time actor Casey Palmisano was chosen for the lead of Henry Higgins in April for the Columbia Entertainment Company's production of "My Fair Lady." This is the 30th anniversary for the theater, whose first show was "My Fair Lady."