Tomatoes, peppers get graded at Tomato Festival

Darrel Sharpe, 76, tastes and grades each tomato and pepper at the Tomato Festival on Thursday. Sharpe, who is interested in horticulture, traveled all the way from New Bloomfield this year for the festival, which is held at Bradford Farm.

Tomato Festival offered chance for tasting

The Tomato Festival was held at Bradford Farm, 6.5 miles east of Columbia on Thursday afternoon. Visitors were welcomed to try 50 varieties of tomatoes and 32 varieties of peppers grown at the farm, and then rate them to select the best varieties. Last year, the winning tomato was a hybrid called Sun Sugar.


Rainwater gushes through Flatbranch Creek Thursday morning as precipitation continues in the Midwest as a result of Hurricane Gustav. Effects of the storm are expected to taper off by Friday morning and add an extra 3 to 5 inches of precipitation. Rain and gusts will continue throughout the day.


The effects of Hurricane Gustav have added an extra 3 to 5 inches of precipitation as heavy rains continued throughout the Midwest on Thursday. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning, effective until Friday morning.

Michael Keck

Southeast Missouri State fans

SEMO fans cheer on the Red Hawks at a football game. The team was paid $250,000 to play MU and thinks the exposure from taking on the Tigers is worth the wide disparity in scholarship players and talent.

MU students make compost from dining hall waste

Katie Hemmann composts food waste collected from the Rollins dining area at the Saint Joseph Community Garden for a new environmental studies class Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008. Every day, a pair of students will have to bike from the garden to the Rollins dining area, collect food waste, ride back carrying the waste in a small trailer and put it in the garden to compost.

Graduate student begins composting program at MU

MU graduate student Adam Saunders, center, shows Katie Hemmann and Luke Freeman how to properly compost food waste at the Saint Joseph Community Garden for a new environmental studies class. Saunders, who has been involved in the development and teaching of the class, wants to show the need for locally grown food.

Waiting for the final ceremony to begin

Members of a U.S. Army Honor Guard await the arrival of Spc. Steven Fitzmorris' casket for the burial ceremony.

The trumpeter for taps

William Kersh, an Army trumpeter from Fort Leonard Wood, was assigned to play for Spc. Steven Fitzmorris' services.

Casket is put into a hearse

After funeral visitation and a military honor ceremony for Spc. Steven Fitzmorris at Memorial Funeral Home, his casket is placed into a hearse for transportation to the burial site in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman

Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman

Illini quarterback Juice Williams

Illinois quarterback Juice Williams throws a pass against MU on Saturday. Williams embarrassed the MU defense with two long second half scoring drives to cut MU’s lead.

Don Johnson in 1986

Don Johnson at the 1986 Heart of America Marathon. He won first in his age group.

Volunteers assemble cots

Volunteers assemble cots for Hurricane Gustav evacuees at an American Red Cross shelter Monday at Calvary Baptist Church in Columbia. Officials expected as many as 13 evacuees at the shelter later Monday afternoon, with other shelters in Columbia and Jefferson City ready if necessary.

Mid-Missouri Chapter Red Cross discusses shelter plans

Jeanine Dowell, of Boonville, second from right, talks with Mid-Missouri Chapter Red Cross emergency services Director Karen Viebrock, second from left, while setting up a shelter for Hurricane Gustav evacuees Monday at Cavalry Baptist Church in Columbia.

Shelter prepares cots for evacuees

Community Emergency Response Team member Matt Schnase assembles cots at an American Red Cross shelter for Hurricane Gustav evacuees on Monday at Calvary Baptist Church in Columbia. The shelter expected as many as 13 evacuees to arrive sometime Monday afternoon.

Three cars set on fire in north Columbia

Fire crews found one car completely engulfed in flames and two other vehicles that sustained fire damage in the parking of 1804 Holly Ave. late Sunday night.

Gathering to celebrate their independence

Brazil declared its independence from Portugal on Sept. 7, 1822, and for about 10 years a group of native Brazilians meet on Labor Day at Stephens Lake Park to celebrate. Grilling the food for the day was graduate student Leonardo Linares, who also brought a number of flags to be hung around the pavilion.

Preparing for Brazilian Independence Day

Leonardo Linares prepares the food for the Brazilian Independence Day celebration which included turkey wings, chicken legs and bratwurst, along with side dishes brought by others on Monday at Stephens Lake Park. Labor Day is the time when Linares meets with his countrymen for the Sept. 7 holiday.