Heart condition won’t stop an MU junior from dancing

Amy Parrish has an unidentified heart condition that causes sharp pain and shortness of breath. Despite two heart surgeries, she keeps dancing. “I actually feel better a lot of times when I’m out there, and I’m just doing it because it’s what I love to do,” Parrish said.


Amy Parrish, who has been dancing since age 3, juggles dance class with the demands of nursing school.


MU's Chancellor Brady Deaton speeds to catch up with Superintendent Phyllis Chase on Sunday at the Soap Box Derby. Chase received a trophy for winning the race.


Soap box derby cars line up along Broadway on Sunday.


In preperation for his race Sunday morning, 10-year-old Deontre Stewart tightens his helmet. He was one of many kids at the derby whose car was sponsored by Brock's Auto Body.

Soapbox derby provides fun for families, kids

Tucking his nose down into his car, Daniel Adams prepares for his first race. Adams' car was sponsored by the newest sponsor, Going Bonkers.


Racers cross the finish line at the soap box derby Sunday morning. The race took place on Broadway between Seventh Street and Providence Road.

Dedication pays off in wheelchair basketball

Heavily recruited as a wheelchair basketball player since eighth grade, junior John Gilbert chose MU over many other schools.

Putting the kibosh on tire dumping in Missouri

Parker Naylor, on his property Wednesday, talks about the tires that have been illegally dumped there. After a rainy day, he is concerned about mosquitoes that could possibly carry the West Nile virus that might breed around the tires. He has owned the land since 1990, and the tires have been there more than 30 years. He is waiting for the Department of Natural Resources to send people to his property to get rid of the tires.


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.

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