July 17, 2009
Olympic medal winners Christian Cantwell, left, and Larry Young, right, are cheered by the crowd as Jim Riek, center, mentions that both Olympians are native Missourians. Young carried the torch later in the evening at the Show-Me State Games opening ceremony.
The crowd stands silent as Jenna Ash sings the national anthem at the Show-Me State Games opening ceremony held at the Hearnes Center on Friday. This year's emcee was Jim Riek, left, of KOMU.
A parade of athletes walks through the main floor at the Show-Me State Games opening ceremony held at the Hearnes Center on Friday. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the games, which has more than 40 sports categories.
Chelsea Schriewer enjoys the moment after shooting her first career hole-in-one Thursday on the 16th hole at The Club at Old Hawthorne en route to tying the overall course record with a 66.
Evan Bourne staggers WWE wrestler Jamie Noble with a jump spin kick at a WWE show in March in San Antonio.
Rick Matheny, left, and his son Mike Matheny practice their swings at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course on Monday. The Mathenys plan to compete in four events at the Show-Me State Games, including the father-son golf tournament.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completion of Brown School Road happened Thursday morning. Construction on the project lasted nine months. Some residents in the nearby Clearview subdivision said they are worried about the long-term effects of the construction on their neighborhood.
Matthew Hensley, 12, helps organize hams on Thursday for the youth and open ham shows to take place at the Boone Country Fairgrounds on Friday. Hensley has worked with the competition for 3 years and always enters in a ham of his own.
Mikaela Adams, 13, picks up her ham to kiss it good luck ahead of the 2009 ham competition on Thursday. Her mother, Jessica, said Mikaela is a member of 4-H. She said it is a great organization because "parents get involved, and it makes the kids get involved, and they get hooked on it. Now, it's like a competition for her. She tries to outdo herself every year."
Hundreds of hams, such as this one from Uless Reeder, are tagged and sorted for the ham competition. The hams are to be judged in eight categories: Eye appeal, color, smoothness, fitting, trim, firmness, meatiness and aroma. The top 20 hams are expected to go up for auction next weekend.
July 16, 2009
Taron Crawford is escorted out of a Boone County Courthouse courtroom Thursday evening after being found guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action by a Johnson County jury in the Nov. 16, 2003, shooting death of MU student Charley Blondis.
From left, Charley Blondis' uncle Robert Krzeminski, and parents Tom and Alba Blondis thank Boone County Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Scholz Thursday evening after Taron Crawford was found guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action by a Johnson County jury in the Nov. 16, 2003, shooting death of MU student Charley Blondis.
Taron Crawford, center, reacts to a Johnson County jury's verdict Thursday evening at the Boone County Courthouse. Crawford was found guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action. Standing with him are defense co-counselor Sara Watson and public defender Tony Manansala.
Phase 2 of construction on the Daniel Boone City Building continues. Construction has closed some streets, such as Eighth Street north of Broadway.
Detective Jeff Nichols, right, one of several witnesses called during the retrial of Taron Crawford, points to photographic evidence presented by prosecutor Andrew Scholz on Wednesday in Columbia.
Taron Crawford, center, looks towards the courtroom entrance as another witness is called to the stand Wednesday in Columbia. Crawford, convicted for the killing of Charles Blondis in 2004, was granted a retrial because of ineffective counsel.
Emma Kingsley, 4, left, and director Holly Kroon watch as Garrett Hoover, 4, traces a sandpaper letter before carving it in coffee grounds at the Columbia Montessori School on July 9. Montessori teachers prefer to be called directors, in keeping with the idea that they guide students instead of instructing them.
Braden McKenzie, 4, left, waits his turn while Ben Stephen, 5, works on a multiplication board at the Columbia Montessori School on July 9.
Amanda Huckabey checks out her new face paint in a mirror at the Family Fun Fest at Flat Branch Park on Wednesday.
Deacon Sweeting, 5, jumps in a bounce house at the Family Fun Fest at Flat Branch Park on Wednesday.