4-H Bucket Calf Project combats family farm decline

The 4-H Bucket Calf Project teaches young people how to be responsible for livestock from birth. They must feed their calf with a bottle or out of a bucket and learn how to handle them. Participants showed their calves Monday night at the Boone County Fair. The was Morgan Naeger's first year showing livestock.

The 4-H Bucket Calf Project teaches young people how to be responsible for livestock from birth. They must feed their calves with a bottle or out of a bucket and learn how to handle them.

PHOTO GALLERY: Scenes from 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.

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. 

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. 

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.

League of Women Voters forum features candidates, park sales tax discussion

The League of Women's voters public forum featured nine candidates who will appear on the primary ballot on Aug. 5. One issue, a one-eighth-cent sales tax increase for Boone County to fund parks and the Central Missouri Events Center, was also discussed.

Car crashes into El Maguey storefront at Conley Road location

The 15-year-old driver was taken into custody and was charged with a traffic violation, but no one was injured in the accident.

Phillips, Basye seek GOP nod in 47th House District race

Both of the first-time candidates, Elizabeth "Betsy" Phillips and Chuck Basye, hope to take on the incumbent, Rep. John Wright.

Youngsters show and tell at Boone County Fair

Children participated in the Pee Wee Showmanship competition on Monday evening. Millie Sexten showed her calf, Marie, named after Marie Watkins Oliver, the creator and designer of Missouri's state flag. 

Empathetic approach yields results for Missouri's at-risk youths

Missouri's model of teaching, rather than punishing juvenile offenders has led to low recidivism rates and positive results.