Students, blues guitarist perform in Flat Branch Park

Students, from left to right, Colin Smith, Maddie Mutrux, Emilee Breckenridge, Alex Isgriggs and Sarah Meadows, from Grant Elementary, perform at the Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ Festival in Flat Branch Park on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007. The students were taught by blues musician T.J. Wheeler between Sept. 4 and 7.


Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel is rushed by Mississippi’s Ted Laurent, causing an incomplete first-quarter.

A smoking good time

Rosetta Bonaparte grills chicken at the Rooten Tooten BBQ catering trailer on 8th Street during the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival on Saturday. Rooten Tooten had sold out of the majority of their BBQ by early afternoon.

Missouri soccer team improves to 4-0

Missouri forward Alysha Bonnick, right, maneuvers the ball past Eastern Illinois defender Lindsey Wilkening.

Lost in the Woods teaches navigation

Trail guide Kathryn DiFoxfire teaches Catharyn Pilch and her daughters Samantha, 8, and Avery, 19 months how to interpret a topographical map in Rockbridge State Park.


Brad Eiffert uses a compass and a topographic map to complete an orienteering course in Rockbridge State Park.


After reaching a bright orange and white marker; Brad Eiffert and his 13-year-old son Ryan Eiffert take time to get their bearings. The father and son were participants in Lost in the Woods, a free orienteering course offered at Rock Bridge State Park on Friday.

Bartimus headlines anniversary event

Tad Bartimus, who graduated from the MU School of Journalism in 1969, will be the keynote speaker Tuesday at the celebration of the 20-year anniversary of the National Women in the Media collection.

Regatta brings model boats to retirement center

Fred Hawthorne, a member of Mid-Missouri Model Sailing Club, explains his boat's name. Hawthrone became a member of the club three months ago.


Fred Hawthorne, a member of Mid-Missouri Model Sailing Club, explains a boat's name. Hawthrone became a member of the club three months ago.

Two-foot-long alligator caught, killed in MU’s South Farm Lake

A 26-inch American alligator was caught in South Farm Lake in southeast Columbia. Phil Pitts and Kevin Hempen remove the alligator from gill nets that were used in its capture.


Missouri Department of Conservation workers attempted to catch the alligator live using nets but it drowned after it became caught in the nets. The American alligator, native to the southeasten United States was thought to be illegally transplanted to the lake.

Smokin' good time

Kim and Duke Fennewald sit in the middle of Eighth Street during the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ Festival.

Pictionary fundraiser has players doodling for dollars

Jeanna Sanders, Trisha Patchett and Renee Ward play Pictionary at a Ronald McDonald House Charities fundraiser Thursday. It’s the event’s second year.


Roots' biodiesel Veggie Bus is fueled by recycled vegetable oil from Columbia area restaurants and is used to take the students on field trips.



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Suspended Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen can be on the practice field, but only by himself.


Harvested tomatos await washing before being made available for sampling in the festival. Master Gardeners from surrounding counties helped prepare for the event.


Leslie Shaw, horticulturist at the Bradford Research and Extension Center, picks tomatoes for the center's third-annual Tomato Festival, which will be held on September 6.