Illegally dumped tires sit in storage space at Drew Anderson's Cosmo Self Storage in Columbia in May. Missouri Department of Natural Resources inspector Jacob Cross estimates that there are more than 900 tires present.

Streak runner takes off

Mikel Burlingame and Darrin Young compete in the Jeff Shikles Memorial 8K Run/Walk on Sunday in Columbia. Burlingame traveled from Lee's Summit to run in his first race with his longtime friend.

Stage garners warm reception at Art in the Park

From left, Elizabeth Fedorachalk, Quintin Huck and Judi Hirte entertain festival-goers at the Premeir Bank Shady Tree Stage on Saturday. The Art in the Park festival was held at Stephens Lake Park over the weekend.

ArtCycle competition turns heads, wheels at Art in the Park

Eleanor Ross, 11 months, looks at "Fly Hi Birdie," a tricycle entered into the ArtCycles competition by Susan Taylor Glasgow. The tricycle, on display during the Art in the Park festival on Saturday at Stephens Lake Park, is covered with thousands of tiny glass beads.


A bicycle decorated like a giant camel was designed by the St. Louis Banana Bike Brigade for the "ArtCycles" project. The bicycles were displayed at Stephens Lake Park on Saturday during the Art in the Park festival.

National Trails Day brings outdoor fun

Oscar Chavez, left, Bryan Danford, his dog, Ozzie, and about 40 others participated in the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department's 5k run/walk and 10k bike ride to celebrate National Trails Day.


Sally Swanson of Missouri Master Naturalist, a volunteer conservation program, shows Lily Herwald, 3, mouse bones within an owl pellet at Saturday's Trailside Nature Expo in Forum Nature Area.


Lily Herwald, 3, inspects mouse bones that she picked out of an owl pellet at the Missouri Master Naturalist booth at the Forum Nature Area's Trailside Nature Expo on Saturday.

Belmont brings out Columbia’s horse racing enthusiasts

Lonnie Pritchard of St. Louis shouts in disappointment as Big Brown loses his shot at a Triple Crown win at Belmont Stakes on Saturday. Sports Zone at Columbia's Holiday Inn hosted a watch party for the event.

How to buy and sell a church


A variety of images from Flickr, taken by Lisa Fecther, Abbie Brown and Notley Hawkins.

Connecting with cameras

A variety of images from Flickr, taken by photographers Notley Hawkins, Abbie Brown and Lisa Fechter.


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Diondre Cooper

A runner’s passion sparks a streak

Mikel Burlingame, left, and Darrin Young compete in the Jeff Shikles Memorial 8K Run/Walk in Columbia on Sunday. Burlingame traveled from Lee's Summit to run in his first race with his longtime friend.

Downtown Optimist Club helps kids cruise the Soap Box Derby

Hunter Montague, 9, and his dad, Kevin Montague, clean up and make some final adjustments to Hunter's soapbox car. Hunter plans to race on Sunday in the Mid-Missouri Soap Box Derby. It will be his second year racing. Hunter's car is sponsored by Brock's Auto Body.


Chuck Boots, Downtown Optimist Club member and past president of the Mid-Missouri Soap Box Derby, works on a soapbox car Wednesday at the Downtown Optimist Club. The car is scheduled to race on Sunday at the derby.

Police identify suspect, issue warrant request in Sanford Avenue shooting

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Twilight Festival's return features bands, entertainment and magic

Marq Marshall, 13, and Rachel Mooney, 11, don costumes and distribute promotional materials for Victory Christian Church at the Twilight Festival at Flat Branch Park on June 5.


Iceiss Starr blows fire during a fire show at the Twilight Festival on June 5.