PHOTO GALLERY: Scenes from the Boone County Fair

Dog jumping events, the demolition derby and cooling off the livestock were among the activities Wednesday at the Boone County Fair.

Dogs leaped from docks and spectators experienced the demolition derby as the sun set Wednesday at the Boone County Fair. Photographers T.J. Thomson and Shannon Elliott captured some of the candid moments as well as some behind-the-scenes shots of fairgoers, both human and animal.

Shelter dog transformed to show winner at Boone County Fair

Allison Frappier, 17, transformed an unwanted shelter dog into an award-winning show dog. Frappier and her beagle, Kasey, competed Tuesday at the Boone County 4-H/FFA Dog Show.

Mizzou International Composers Festival in full crescendo

Since its 2009 start, the festival has grown into an internationally known event that attracts applications from composers around the world. Co-artistic director Stefan Freund said he hopes to eventually elevate the festival’s popularity to that of the True/False Film Festival.

Hickman football coach pleads guilty to DWI

Arnel Monroe, 47, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges Tuesday. As of Wednesday morning, he was still an employee of Columbia Public Schools, a district spokeswoman said.

Columbia woman shares her experience in Israel during conflict

Hannah Alexander and her family are within 15 miles of the Gaza Strip. This distance gives them roughly two minutes to get to safety after a rocket launch from Gaza as opposed to the 15 seconds faced by those who live closer to the border.

Broadway Diner extends hours to accommodate more people downtown

The popular spot will serve dinner for the first time starting July 30.

Hearing set for Thursday on new rules for downtown zoning

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission could vote on new restrictions after public testimony.

Batman Day swoops into Columbia Mall

Barnes & Noble at the Columbia Mall, and other stores, held a special daylong event in honor of Batman Day.

In wake of storms, tree recovery class to present options

Those with downed trees or questions about replanting them can attend a seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Activity and Recreation Center to learn some foliage fundamentals.

Mobility scooters make Columbia Public Library more accessible

A $5,360 Library Service Improvement grant funded two new Amigo RD motorized mobility scooters to help Columbia Public Library visitors get to their next read.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missouri farming needs regulation to prevent soil erosion

If we want to save our soil, then discredited farming practices must be abandoned — not enshrined in the bill of rights as Amendment 1 would.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Right to Farm' amendment threatens animal welfare

At the very least, the Amendment will eliminate the rights of some local governments to regulate factory farms within their borders.

Missouri's 4th Congressional District primaries see some new faces

Two Republicans, two Libertarians and one Democrat are on the Aug. 5 ballot, seeking their parties' nominations.

Car crashes into Water and Light building Tuesday

The Columbia Fire Department responded to a Columbia Water and Light building Tuesday night after a car crashed into it. There were no injuries to the occupants of the building, and the vehicle had left the scene. 

DAVID ROSMAN: For the most part, don't mess with state constitution

With the primary election coming soon, David Rosman shares his opinion on the ballot measures and how he intends to vote.

FROM READERS: Sons of Confederate Veterans to dedicate Civil War mass grave

A dedication ceremony will be held on Sunday in Callaway County. The event is set to feature honor and color guards of uniformed reenactors, a bagpiper, a fired salute and more.


Demolition derby a kind of therapy for one competitor

For 17 years, Wil Lawrence, a former drug addict, has found therapy in competing in the demolition derby at the Boone County Fair's demolition derby. This year he competed with his son. 

Ralph Dobbs was professor emeritus, farmer and father of five

Ralph Dobbs, 91, died Tuesday. He was a man dedicated to both learning and teaching. He loved his family and enjoyed "tea time" with friends and volunteering for Honor Flight.


Ponies bring new meaning to "pulling your own weight"

Nine teams of ponies pulled sleds full of cinder blocks at the Boone County Fair on Wednesday night.

Ella Lucille Coleman, March 31, 1927 - July 22, 2014, of McBaine

She was born March 31, 1927, in Centertown, Missouri to the late Martiles and Nellie (Tooms) Vaughan. On September 21, 1946, she married Carl S. Coleman in Kansas City, Missouri, and he preceded her in death.