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Car soccer crashes Boone County Fair

Ride alongside Nelson Woods as he participates in car soccer at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Sunday. Woods' team lost 1-0.

Central Missouri Humane Society holds free cat adoption

The Central Missouri Humane Society opened after hours to have free cat adoptions on June 30th in honor of Adopt-A-Cat month. This event was part of the shelter's goal to have 100 cats adopted by the end of June. 

Produce, paintings come together in growing North Village Arts District

Artists and farmers are being brought together by the North Village Arts District Farmers and Artisans Market. The new market provides locally grown and raised food, as well as art from Missouri artists. The June 26 soft opening will lead to the market’s grand opening on July 24. The market will be located in the Wabash Station and will open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays until Nov. 13.

Refugees learn bike safety and maintenance at class sponsored by PedNet

About 20 refugees from Burma and Eritrea learned skills in bike safety and attended lectures focusing on bike laws as part of the inaugural Earn-a-Bike class held for non-English speakers on Friday at the Community United Methodist Church in Columbia. The program was a joint effort of PedNet and Refugee and Immigration Services. The eight-hour course was free. Participants received a free bike for attending. The class was organized and taught by Gina Overshiner, education coordinator for PedNet; Dan Murphy, education coordinator for Refugee and Immigration Services; and Joe Silsby, cycling instructor.

New budget cuts could effect many MU programs

Every summer for years hundreds of high school students have come to the MU campus at participate in Missouri Scholars Academy. Earlier this month Gov. Jay Nixon announced that UM state funding for the 2012 fiscal year would be cut by 8.1 percent. The summer camp is one of many educational programs facing possible funding cuts. Director Ted Tarkow is confident that the program will not be cancelled in the coming years. Right now, one third of the funding for the program comes from the state, one third comes from private donations and the rest comes from sponsors. See students participating in the camp and listen as they talk about their experiences. About 330 students from around Missouri participating in the camp, which runs through July 2. Though the camp has recruited international high school students in the past, it did not continue to do so this year because of the extra cost of bringing them to the camp.

Electric Flutist supports self on tips

Lamar Rogers has been a street musician for more than 25 years. He is able to support himself using the tips he receives playing around Columbia.

Battle of Boonville re-enactors enjoy camaraderie

Re-enactors come from all over the Midwest to participate in the Battle of Boonville Civil War re-enactment. Many have embraced re-enacting as a lifestyle for the history, fun, camping and camaraderie.

Jeff Copeland performs magic

Jeff Copeland lives in Columbia and performs magic for a living. Every since he was young, Copeland has had an interest in illusions. He has turned his passion into a career and performs for kids and adults of all ages.

Marilyn Barnes displays button jewelry at Art in the Park

Marilyn Barnes and her sister, Linda Davis, of Ozark visited Columbia the weekend of June 2 to participate in Art in the Park at Stephens Lake park for the sixth time. For the past 20 years Barnes has been making jewelry using antique buttons. Her unique designs are available at her store in Ozark, and they can also be purchased at art shows in the surrounding states. Barnes will return to Columbia to sell her work at The King's Daughters Holiday Festival in November.

Tiger Swim students participate in The World’s Largest Swim Lesson

Tiger Swim students at MizzouRec joined participants around the world in The World’s Largest Swim Lesson on Tuesday. Parents, swimmers and Aquatic Center staff talk about their part in the attempt to break last year's Guinness World Record of almost 4,000 people taking a swim lesson simultaneously.

Free Lunch in the Park begins its program

Boone County’s Voluntary Action Center and Health Department began its free lunch program for children in Douglass Park on Monday. Organizers explain how the program works.

Duane Shaw discusses the Senior State Games

The Missouri State Senior Games began on Friday, June 10, at 18 venues around Columbia. Athletes age 50 and above are competing in 20 different sports throughout the weekend. Horseshoes competitor Duane Shaw of Kansas City travels the country every year to participate in similar events nationwide. Besides horseshoes, he also bowls and plays basketball, softball and football.

Art In The Park: Muggy weather doesn’t stop the magic

Music, magic and food joined the usual art booths at Stephen’s Lake Park on Saturday and Sunday for the 53rd Art In The Park festivities. Dan Sperry, a magician who recently appeared on America’s Got Talent, shares his opinion on his second performance.

Cicada season

Columbia residents and MU entomologist react to the appearance of this year's brood of cicadas.

Restaurants offer ways to help Joplin tornado victims

Bleu Restaurant and Wine Bar, D. Rowe’s and Harpo’s planned special events that will give their customers a chance to help the victims of the tornado in Joplin.

MU celebrates its nominees for national Professor of the Year

MU's nominees for the national Professor of the Year Award were honored in a reception Tuesday in Cornell Hall. Two nominees were selected this year: Mary Grigsby from the rural sociology department and Gregory Triplett from the electrical and computer engineering department. Jim Spain, the vice provost for undergraduate studies, and Grigsby, one of the nominees, talk about the award.

Homeless student works to make ends meet

As a teenager, Zach Smith was kicked out of his home after an argument with his parents. Despite battling almost constant struggles, Smith keeps two jobs and attends Moberly Area Community College. 

Hickman choir director reflects on his job

Hickman choir director Matt Felts discusses the joys and benefits of being a part of a high school choir.

Quilting with Marilyn Russell

Every Tuesday a small group of 15 to 16 women meet at Community United Methodist Church on West Broadway to quilt and socialize. Most women stitch together quilts for friends and families, but others, like Marilyn Russell work on their own independent projects.

Russell, along with a few of the other women, is working on a quilt inspired by civil war diaries, following in the footsteps of author Rosemary Youngs who wrote “The Civil War Diary Quilt.” The book inspired Russell to add a part of her family's experience with the war to her groups' quilt with a block called "The cannonball."

James T. Scott memorial

Hundreds of Columbia residents gathered to remember James T. Scott and reflect on race relations past and present. Scott was lynched by a mob in 1923.
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