Edwards wins Cup race at Michigan

Columbia native Carl Edwards celebrates winning the NASCAR 3M Performance 400 auto race Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Edwards also won Saturday in the Nationwide Series race in Michigan

Eco Schoolhouse ready for 2008 school year

Grant Elementary's Eco Schoolhouse, shown here on Saturday, has walls and a ceiling that keep the temperature of the classroom steady, leaving little need for outside energy. The schoolhouse's building crew is working double time to finish in time for school.

Blessings for pets at Unitarian Universalist Church

Corinne Mann holds her pet bunny Goldilock at a pet blessing ceremony. Several members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia took their beloved pets to a blessing ceremony on Sunday.

Pets get blessings at Unitarian Universalist Church

Fran Reynolds introduces her two dogs, Maggie on the left and Toby on the right, during a pets blessing ceremony at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbia. Members of the Church brought their pets to be blessed on Sunday.

Chase speaks

Phyllis Chase visits with Alex Geyer, right, and Andrea Morales at Mill Creek Elementary School during her time spent as Columbia Public Schools' superintendent. Chase announced her retirement Aug. 5 and sat down for an interview with the Missourian Aug. 7.

Tiles made of corn

Steve Schaefer shows Avery Danziger samples of the tile he is preparing to install in the Eco Schoolhouse. Schaefer said that the tiles, which are made of corn, are likely the first of their kind to be installed in the area.

Tiling the floor

Avery Danziger films Steve Schaefer (front) and his brother Mike, both of Steve Schaefer Flooring, while they prepare the floor of the Eco Schoolhouse for tiles. The tiles being installed are made of corn.

Making budget

Ken Leija films architect Nicholas Peckham and contractor Scott Powell outside of the Eco Schoolhouse. Leija and others are making a documentary about the building of the schoolhouse. According to Powell, all of the labor and much of the building supplies have been donated. "It's a $250,000 building on a $30,000 budget. That doesn't happen everyday," he said.

MU quarterback Chase Daniel

Missouri's Chase Daniel was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy after the Tigers' 2007 season.

The cost of keeping horses

It costs at least $1,825 to keep a horse per year, according to the American Association of Equine Practitioners. That’s not including hoof care, veterinary and health care bills. The total cost of keeping a horse can easily amount to $5,000 yearly.

Horses bought from auctions

Rosy Erganian of Rocheport stands with two of the horses she bought at auction. She says some of the horses in her barn probably would have been slaughtered if she hadn't bought them. Yet, she thinks slaughter is a necessary part of the horse industry. "It's a lot less humane to let a horse starve all winter than to take them to slaughter," she says.

Dog wash benefits Second Chance

Carolyn Sullivan comforts her dog Jessie, who is being brushed at the dog wash on Saturday.

Dog wash benefits Second Chance animal rescue center

Rita Flórez holds her one-and-a-half-year-old toy rat terrier, "Puppy," after he was washed and his toenails cut at a dog wash benefiting the Second Chance animal rescue foundation on Saturday.


Cantwell wins silver medal

Christian Cantwell of the United States reacts as he competes in the final of the men's shot put during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Cantwell came away with a silver medal.

Cantwell wins silver

Christian Cantwell of the United States reacts as he competes in the final of the men's shot put during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Cantwell came away with a silver medal.

Cantwell at the Olympics

Christian Cantwell, a native of Eldon and an MU graduate, advanced in the men's shot put at the Beijing Olympics. He will compete in the medal round on Friday.


Former Missouri shot-putter Christian Cantwell, show at the 2008 Olympic Trials, will compete in the finals in Beijing on Friday.

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Economy keeps families at home

Jenna Kagan, right, shares the family trampoline with sons Joey, 7, left, and Hunter, 6, center, as well as the family dog, Daisy, during a summer day at home in Maple Valley, Wash. Kagan said the uneasy economy has her family spending more time at home.