Families gather for 'Fire in the Sky' celebration

Spectators at the 58th annual "Fire in the Sky" celebration watch fireworks over the parking lot at Hearnes Center on Saturday.

Parents, children and grandparents waited in lines to play tic-tac-toe, win prizes and get some patriotic decorations Saturday at the "Fire in the Sky" celebration at Memorial Stadium. The day was capped off with a fireworks show that could be seen throughout Columbia.

Columbia family celebrates Fourth by remembering veterans

For one Columbia family, the Fourth of July represents a chance to remember veterans and cherish the time they have together.

Revelers arrive early for fireworks at Memorial Stadium in Columbia

Groups were claiming prime real estate Saturday afternoon in the parking lots surrounding Memorial Stadium, preparing for lengthy festivities.

PHOTO GALLERY: Family celebrates grandmother's birthday on July 4

Family members gathered Saturday in Cosmo-Bethel Park for Dorothy Huddleston's 84th birthday and Independence Day festivities.

Columbia family restarts Fourth of July tradition

The Ricketts marked Independence Day by gathering for a meal at Cosmopolitan Park, restarting a tradition that began nearly 20 years ago.

Hot eats? Share your Fourth of July menu

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PHOTO GALLERY: Residents turn out for Ashland Independence Day parade

A collection of photos from the 2009 Ashland Independence Day parade.

Springfield mayor asks residents to ease city's financial woes

Because of budget cuts, the mayor of Springfield is asking residents to help the city by adopting a park, manning City Hall phones or donating to the history museum, among other activities.

Budget battles keep states from tackling reforms

Unlike their colleagues in Washington, where policy work isn't hindered by the need to pay as you go, state lawmakers generally can't leave for home without settling on a spending plan.

Southern Boone County flood warning extended

The warning is tied to heavy rain early Saturday, the National Weather Service stated.

Controversial Missouri-manufactured fireworks pulled from shelves

The fireworks, called "Run Hadji Run," included packaging that showed a bomber jet flying over a group of Arab men on camels.

Tribal casinos boost Oklahoma revenue nearly 30 percent

Three of the seven tribes that operate northeast Oklahoma casinos contributed to the increase.