Lean on me: Friends help community activist raise money for new van

Kathleen Weinschenk's van is parked in front of Unity Church. A fundraiser was held Tuesday night to raise money for a new van for Weinschenk.


Kathleen Weinschenk, left, and Royda Crose greet each other at a fundraiser to raise money for a new van for Weinschenk.

Diabetes doesn't deter dancer

Danielle Scheetz rehearses a move in a new routine she is learning as part of an elite lyrical dance class Thursday afternoon at the MU Student Recreation Complex. High school senior Scheetz and her team, the Eureka Golden Line Dance Team from Eureka High School in Eureka, are participating in a four-day National Dance Association camp held at MU.


Danielle Scheetz, center, leaps during a run-through of her team's dance routine Thursday afternoon at the MU Student Recreation Complex. Scheetz competes at varsity and elite levels in dance competitions while managing her diabetes.


Danielle Scheetz, left, listens to instructions from her dance coach before her team rehearses their routine Thursday afternoon at the MU Student Recreation Complex.

Columbia cook sheds light<br>on cooking with soy products

Leigh Lockhart, right, owner of Main Squeeze Natural Foods Cafe, is filmed preparing various recipes using tofu and soy products Tuesday afternoon at the Boone County Health Department as part of a series of videos called "Columbia Cooks." The department is producing the videos to help educate people on healthier eating.

Environmentally friendly parking lot installed

A crowd gathers at Jefferson Farms on Wednesday to learn about the water permeable parking lot being installed and about the farm's environmentally conscious efforts. Jefferson Farm is due to be completed by spring 2009.


Aqua-Bric, designed by Advanced Pavement Technology, is an environmentally friendly paving brick that allows rainwater to seep into the ground instead of running off into the sewer system.

Defense claims police coercion in Hayes trial

The first day of the murder trial of Dwight T. Hayes, center, who is accused in the shooting death of Cynthia White at the Comfort Inn on Nov. 24, 2007.

Police looking to question father in death of 2-year-old boy

Horace C. Johnson

MU students to launch rocket at competition in Utah

MU senior Casey Bohnert watches as fellow engineering student Brian Doerhoff works on a motor mount for the rocket that MU's chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics will enter in a competition in Utah later in the week. It is the first time MU students have entered the rocket launch competition.

East Pointe residents form neighborhood association

The Easte Pointe subdivision has developed and grown up since its birth in 1988.


The sun beats down on dry pavement Tuesday afternoon at the East Pointe subdivision.


Panoramic view of the first houses built in the East Pointe neighborhood, taken in 1988.

Wheeling over sidewalk problems

Max Lewis rides down Broadway to cross at the intersection on Old Highway 63 on Thursday morning because the design of the nearby sidewalk cuts is too steep for Lewis to safely pass in his wheelchair. "I am forced out of necessity, not convenience," Lewis said about riding on the street.

UPDATE: Jury selection begins in murder trial of Dwight Hayes

Dwight T. Hayes, 21, is accused of raping and shooting Cynthia White, a hotel manager, in November 2007. His trial begins today.


Cynthia White, general manager of the Comfort Inn at 2904 Clark Lane, where she was found dead last November.

Independent joins packed race for district seat

Justin Johnson

Meeting the Jamboree sculpture

"Look, Papa!" says Terra Belle Veazey, 4, as she climbs on the Jamboree sculpture outside the Boone County Courthouse.
"She's my sweetheart," says her dad, Derrell Veazey.

Schurz hall coordinator develops relationship with new Seeing Eye dog

"I love his personality," says MU Residential Life Hall Coordinator Jim Pelfrey of his new Seeing Eye dog, Xilo. "He's all man! We might as well call him 'Frat Boy!'"