Showcase connects city visions

Simon Wanyonyi, 9, looks at Columbia police Sgt. Lloyd Simons' badge as he makes his way around the Vision Showcase on Thursday. The groups present at the showcase shared their goals for the future development of Columbia.

Hickman football player Spenser Washington

Hickman sophomore Spenser Washington lined up at seven different positions in the Kewpies' season opening loss to Liberty.

McCain watch party 2

Boone Tavern employees and friends watch John McCain at the Republican National Convention during his acceptance speech on his party's presidential nomination.

McCain watch party, photo 1

James Gray, a manager at Boone Tavern, watches John McCain during his presidential nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, shown at a watch party in Columbia. "I'm neutral. I love everybody, " Gray said of his campaign following.

Tomato Festival gives growers opportunities to show

The Tomato Festival began about four years ago when festival superintendent Tim Reinbott said he and other growers had a discussion about what was missing in the Columbia horticulture community. Each year, the festival provides an opportunity for growers to bring their own varieties of peppers and salsas for taste tests and a friendly competition.

Tomato Festival allows visitors to sample

The Tomato Festival at Bradford Farm allowed visitors to sample varieties of tomatoes and peppers and rate them to select their favorites.

Sun Gold and Sun Sugar cherry tomatoes win at festival

The Sun Gold and Sun Sugar cherry tomatoes won the awards for best tomatoes at this year's Tomato Fest. It was the second year in a row where the Sun Sugar variety had taken the crown.

Tomatoes, peppers get graded at Tomato Festival

Darrel Sharpe, 76, tastes and grades each tomato and pepper at the Tomato Festival on Thursday. Sharpe, who is interested in horticulture, traveled all the way from New Bloomfield this year for the festival, which is held at Bradford Farm.

Tomato Festival offered chance for tasting

The Tomato Festival was held at Bradford Farm, 6.5 miles east of Columbia on Thursday afternoon. Visitors were welcomed to try 50 varieties of tomatoes and 32 varieties of peppers grown at the farm, and then rate them to select the best varieties. Last year, the winning tomato was a hybrid called Sun Sugar.


Rainwater gushes through Flatbranch Creek Thursday morning as precipitation continues in the Midwest as a result of Hurricane Gustav. Effects of the storm are expected to taper off by Friday morning and add an extra 3 to 5 inches of precipitation. Rain and gusts will continue throughout the day.


The effects of Hurricane Gustav have added an extra 3 to 5 inches of precipitation as heavy rains continued throughout the Midwest on Thursday. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning, effective until Friday morning.

Michael Keck

Southeast Missouri State fans

SEMO fans cheer on the Red Hawks at a football game. The team was paid $250,000 to play MU and thinks the exposure from taking on the Tigers is worth the wide disparity in scholarship players and talent.

MU students make compost from dining hall waste

Katie Hemmann composts food waste collected from the Rollins dining area at the Saint Joseph Community Garden for a new environmental studies class Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008. Every day, a pair of students will have to bike from the garden to the Rollins dining area, collect food waste, ride back carrying the waste in a small trailer and put it in the garden to compost.

Graduate student begins composting program at MU

MU graduate student Adam Saunders, center, shows Katie Hemmann and Luke Freeman how to properly compost food waste at the Saint Joseph Community Garden for a new environmental studies class. Saunders, who has been involved in the development and teaching of the class, wants to show the need for locally grown food.

Waiting for the final ceremony to begin

Members of a U.S. Army Honor Guard await the arrival of Spc. Steven Fitzmorris' casket for the burial ceremony.

The trumpeter for taps

William Kersh, an Army trumpeter from Fort Leonard Wood, was assigned to play for Spc. Steven Fitzmorris' services.

Casket is put into a hearse

After funeral visitation and a military honor ceremony for Spc. Steven Fitzmorris at Memorial Funeral Home, his casket is placed into a hearse for transportation to the burial site in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman

Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman

Illini quarterback Juice Williams

Illinois quarterback Juice Williams throws a pass against MU on Saturday. Williams embarrassed the MU defense with two long second half scoring drives to cut MU’s lead.