Drew Wilson, 9, receives a plant from garden co-developer Mark McGimsey on Monday June 2, 2008 at Ridgeway Elementary School. The Missouri Department of Conservation recently awarded the school a $1,000 grant to encourage the students’ interest in the environment.

City unites to clear walls of graffiti

Graffiti lines an alley off Walnut street, in downtown Columbia.


Louisiana Fire Chief Mike Lesley gives an update on the flooding situation on Sunday in Louisiana, Mo.


Irrigation equipment sits in a flooded Iowa cornfield in Oakville, Iowa, on Monday, June 16. Corn prices have shot up 11 percent in the last week as floodwaters continue to ravage the Midwest, swallowing corn fields just before the crucial growing season.

Volunteers help with relief efforts as Mississippi still rises in some areas

Inmates were among the volunteers unloading sandbags to shore up a levee Saturday, June 21, north of Foley. In the hard-hit towns of Winfield, Mo., and Grafton, Ill., floodwaters aren't expected to crest until Wednesday.

Senior shooters aim for camaraderie not just competition

Jerry Morgan looks back at his friends and laughs before he shoots the clay during the American Skeet competition Sunday. Morgan traveled with his brother Jim and their neighbor Larry Price from Lebanon.

Archer overcomes the odds to continue competing

Carroll Walker uses his teeth to pull back his arrow for the Missouri State Senior Games on Saturday. Walker lost his right arm in a farming accident thirty years ago, but has managed to win dozens of archery competitions in the past twenty years.


Lowell Thomas retrieves his arrow from the target during Saturday's archery competition for the Missouri State Senior Games.


Contestants tally their scores and collect their arrows Saturday during the archery competition for the Missouri State Senior Games.

Summer solstice celebration educates Columbia about sustainable energy future

Naomi Lahiri tends the Peace Nook booth at Sol-a-bration, a celebration of the summer solstice, solar energy and other forms of renewable energy. This is the first year of Sol-a-bration, which Peaceworks started to raise awareness about clean energy.

Residents gather at Douglass Park for annual Juneteenth celebration

Pamela Johnson holds granddaughters Aniya Frazer, 3, and Tyra Robertson, 1, while Leesha Jones barbecues some chicken at the Juneteenth celebration at Douglass Park on Saturday. Jones ran a raffle for Covenant Partners, an organization that provides support for women getting out of prison and trying to start over.


Rochelle Hawkins sits with son Bryson Wilks, 4, at Douglass Park during the Juneteenth event celebrating the end of slavery. The event included several religious and political booths, as well as musical performances and family barbecues.


Robert Leach brought his ice cream truck to Douglass Park on Saturday to attract customers from the crowd that had assembled for the Juneteenth celebration of the end of slavery. Aniya Frazer, 3, had trouble deciding what to buy, and Zach Collier, 11, tried to help her decide.

Senior Games pool tournament given new look

Darrell Swafford, 61, aims a shot during the 9-ball pocket billiards event at Billiards on Broadway during the Missouri Senior State Games on Friday, June 20, 2008. Swafford traveled to Columbia from St. Louis to compete in the event for the sixth year in a row. Swafford said he was confident about the tournament but added, "It all depends on if the pool gods are in your favor."

Village of Cherry Hill has unique strengths and challenges

Mel and Pat Propst dance as Ehren Oncken plays the accordion with the band Swampweed at the Cherry Hill Art Festival on Saturday. The Propsts drove up from Jefferson City to enjoy the art, music and festivities.


Jessica Prenger, center, and Roy Finley, right, enjoy art work at the Cherry Hill Art Festival on Saturday.


Dan Wright helps his son, Zachary, with a strong man game at the Cherry Hill Art Festival on Saturday. Zachary won himself and his sister, Loren, a juice box just for trying.

Seniors compete in Missouri State Senior Games darts tournament

Terry Basler won her division of the senior games electronic darts competition Saturday at the Hearnes Center.


Bill Cannon puts on the first-place medal he won in the senior games' electronic darts competition Saturday at the Hearnes Center.

Women and men share basketball court at senior games

Janet Weaver, right, jokingly grabs the jersey of John Fischer while Penny Shaw, left, laughs during a free throw late in the teams' matchup Saturday at the Missouri State Senior Games 3-on-3 basketball competition in Columbia College's Southwell Complex. Weaver, Shaw and their team, Downtown Appliance, rallied in the second half but lost to the Missouri River Men 42-36.