August 24, 2008
Columbians gather around Corporate Lake on Saturday night to attend Columbia Balloon Invitational. Only a small number of the balloons competing were able to take off because of a severe weather report. The competition went ahead on Sunday morning with Fred Shoening finishing fourth in his "Yankee Doodle" balloon, pictured above.
Mary Lou Wallner addresses the members and visitors of the Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbiaon Friday. Wallner presented her insight about the acceptance of gays among Christians.
Mary Lou Wallner, and her husband, Bob Wallner, smile during their talk in which they presented their insights about the acceptance of gays among Christians during an event at Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia on Friday.
Mary Lou Wallner speaks with Bill Hillenbrand after a talk in which Walner presented her insight about the acceptance of gays among Christians. The talk took place at Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia on Friday.
Columbia native Carl Edwards celebrates winning NASCAR's Sprint Cup race Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol Tenn. It was Edwards' second consecutive Sprint Cup victory.
August 23, 2008
Tharon Riley, left, discuses with Brian Taylor the latest weather report Saturday morning at the Columbia Balloon Invitational.
After being grounded Saturday morning because of a bad weather report, several competitors of the Columbia Balloon Invitational talk.
Brian Taylor, left, discuses with Lynn McVay the latest weather report. Competitors of the Columbia Balloon Invitational were grounded on Saturday morning because of a bad weather report.
Flying at 2,500 feet above Columbia, Herb Heriford of Jefferson City uses the balloon's propane burner to increase his altitude during the Columbia Balloon Invitational on Friday.
Karis Community Church members discuss the acoustics of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts. The church recently moved from The Tiger hotel into the theater.
Karis Community Church moved from the Tiger Hotel to the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Sunday night. Almost everything from the church fit into single the trailer and was moved into the basement of the theater with the help of several church volunteers.
Daniel Gibbins, a horticulturist from Columbia's Parks and Recreation department shows Columbia Aquatic Restoration Program volunteers which plants need to be pulled from the shore of Stephens Lake on Saturday morning. The group helped clean up the shoreline, removing invasive species such as poison ivy and cattails.
Jon Rapp pulls various species of vines and weeds from the shore of Stephens Lake on Saturday morning during a project by volunteers for the Columbia Aquatic Restoration Program through Columbia's Parks and Recreation Department. "My wife likes to call it 'practice'," said Rapp.
Brad Johnson pulls various invasive plants from the shore of Stephens Lake on Saturday morning during a project by volunteers for the Columbia Aquatic Restoration Program through Columbia's Parks and Recreation Department. Properly kept shorelines can help reduce the algae in a pond or lake and ultimately save the Parks and Recreation department money by preventing the need for chemical algae treatments.
Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois and his vice presidential running mate, Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, appear together Saturday in Springfield, Ill.
August 22, 2008
Columbia police are searching for Clyde Hyler III in connection with the shooting death of Antonio Flores-Ramirez. Police say Hyler's whereabouts are unknown, but he should be considered armed and dangerous.
Layne Walters attempts to hold a balloon steady while it inflates in a field at Corporate Lake Park on Friday. Steady winds and wet landing areas kept many pilots on the ground Friday morning.
Fred Schoening of Moberly makes final preparations to the basket of the 'Yankee Doodle' balloon at Corporate Lake Park on Friday.
'Yankee Doodle' balloon pilot Fred Schoening of Moberly explains to volunteer Sarah Viall how to set up the balloon basket at Corporate Lake Park on Friday.
Angela Baldwin and her husband, Joseph, bought the 0.79-acre lot and Wade School building for $20,000 at a Columbia Public Schools auction in June. Their house adjoins the property.