Archive for May, 2007

May Favs

Allison Kennewell collects her thoughts in the Tigers’ dugout following Missouri’s 3-1 loss to Nebraska. It was senior day at University Field and the Missouri softball team was one win away from claiming the regular season Big 12 Conference title. Ten years in the making, the team previously finished on top in 1997. Missouri swept Nebraska 5-0 the day prior. With just one run by senior Kennewell in the 7th inning Sunday, the Tigers were unable to hold off the Cornhuskers, finishing third in the conference.

Battalion Chief Steve Sapp describes the features of a Columbia Fire Department vehicle that is now called a Quint on Tuesday outside Fire Station No. 8 at 2301 E. Nifong Blvd. Each of the Quint vehicles has five features, including an aerial ladder.

Jim Mallette, foreground, joins a crowd at the downtown Courthouse Square to celebrate the 56th annual National Day of Prayer with songs and prayers led by area pastors.

Roy Williams of Ashland bowfishes Carp May 11 on a flooded levee south of Hartsburg. “It’s a nice day for fishing,” said Williams during his third visit to the area this week. By mid-afternoon Williams had bagged three fish and continued to scan the surface of the Missouri River’s flooded waters for signs of hunt.

Austin Wade, 2, works with his occupational therapist Kim Westoff, Wednesday afternoon, as his parents Jennifer and Darren Wade sit nearby. Austin suffered a stroke as an infant as a result of not receiving a vitamin K injection which promotes blood coagulation and prevents bleeding in the brain. He lost part of his brain and suffered severe brain damage. His parents are throwing his second fundraiser to help pay for therapies and treatments. He has four therapy sessions a week–two physical, one speech, one occupational therapy sessions–and has undergone hyperberic treatments as well as umbilical-cord stem cell injections.

Caulfield and the Magic. From left, Zach Biri, Michael Cane, Casey Reeves, Brandon Robertson, and Josh Cochran, impress audiences with their folk-rock music.

Marquise Mathis sorts jeans that have been left behind or donated by MU students and other donors Thursday at Memorial Stadium. Proceeds from the June 2 sale will benefit the Salvation Army.

Naturalization ceremony at the Federal Courthouse in Jefferson City.

Rock Bridge’s Becca Sullinger kneels on the track after running the anchor leg of the 3,200-meter relay in the MSHSAA Track & Field Championships yesterday in Jefferson City. The Bruins placed ninth in the event, just missing out on a medal.

Members of the Black Daggers parachute team prepare for decent from a C-130 Hercules above the Columbia Regional Airport, Saturday, during the 19th annual Salute to Veterans Air Show.

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Sandbagging in Rocheport

Precautionary measures to save part of Rocheport, Mo. from the rising floodwaters of the Missouri River began Tuesday. Over 100 volunteers shoveled sand and raised sandbag levees along the Katy Trail and the small Mid-Missouri town’s low-lying homes. Some, familiar with the damage done in the 1993 Flood, began moving their possessions to higher ground.

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Emma Power, far left, and Rocheport mayor Brett Dufur fill bags with sand dumped from a truck Tuesday near the Katy Trail in Rocheport, Mo. About 100 people helped raise a sandbag levee around low-lying private homes and the trail to protect against the rising Missouri River and its tributary, Moniteau Creek.

Volunteers collect empty bags before filling them with sand.

Sandbags are places in trailers and pickup trucks, and sent to the town’s low-lying homes.

Firefighters Michael Hanks, far left, and Marcus Herman instruct a team of volunteers how to build a sandbag levee around Bryan Samuels’ low-lying Rocheport home.

Ryan Stonecipher-Fisher, left, and Jerry Coats, right, heft sandbags with other volunteers yesterday outside Bryan Samuels’ Rocheport home.

Three-foot high waters stains from the 1993 Flood are visible in the garage attached to Bryan Samuels’ home.

Bryan Samuels uses a ladder to elevate stored belongings in his garage in Rocheport, Tuesday, May 8, 2007, as property owner Connie Niederhelman relocates stored items. Three feet of water flooded the same garage in the 1993 Missouri River flood.

Bryan Samuels loads his boat with personal belongings Tuesday, as volunteers construct a sandbag levee around his house, seen in the background. The terrain around his garage was deemed not suitable for sandbags so Samuels began moving items to high ground. What didn’t fit in the boat, Samuels stored in the rafters of the garage.

Volunteers from left, Drew Elmore, Tim Hunn, Sam Bodine, and Jeanne Kukich pile sandbags around Chris McGee’s residence in Rocheport, Mo., Tuesday, May 8, 2007, which overlooks flooded Moniteau Creek.

Volunteers from left, Joanna Reuter, Eric Butler, and Brent Franklin take a break while waiting for another truckload of sandbags to pile around Chris McGee’s residence in Rocheport, Mo., Tuesday, May 8, 2007. Over one hundred volunteers bagged and placed an estimated 20,000 sandbags around Rocheport’s low lying houses near the Katy Trail to help control rising floodwaters from the Missouri River. Floodwaters are expected to rise near 33.5 feet, culminating Friday evening.

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