Katie Wilson, center, and Matyia Tucker, left, share a laugh in front of a mirror in the basement of the Missouri Theatre while waiting for the graduation ceremony to begin Friday, May 23, 2014. Douglass High School graduated 92 students at this morning's ceremony.

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Dotty’s Darlins perform at the cafe May 29, 2014 in Hartsburg, Mo.


“It is a huge difference raising kids on your own. There is no backup when you discipline and no extra hands to help out. It is a different world then when I raised my three older kids," says Maryann Williamson. She is a single grandparent raising a second generation of Williamsons; her two granddaughters Symone, age 11, and Ariana, age 8. Of her experience raising her granddaughters she says,“ It is one of the most rewarding events of my life but also the most challenging. Maryann, now in her late fifties, adopted her biological grandchildren in 2001 and intends to raise them on her own.


Duke, a 7-month-old border collie mix, waits for his owners poolside Tuesday night during the Pooch Plunge event at the Albert-Oakland Family Aquatic Center August, 4, 2013. The annual dogs-only swim marks the closing of the city pool for the season.


Kevin Eggemeyer, traffic supervisor with the Missouri Department of Transportation, places cones around a downed traffic light pole Tuesday morning at Business Loop 70 and Providence Road. The department is replacing the pole after a city garbage truck damaged it Tuesday morning.

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Surrounded by family, faculty and friends Columbia College President Dr. Gerald T. Brouder, center, hugs Columbia College board of trustees Chairwoman Daisy Willis Grossnickle, left, on his final day serving as President at Columbia College Tuesday July 30, 2013.

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A cast member from the play, The Orphan Sea, rehearses November 10, 2014 in Columbia, Mo.


Once her mobility declined Marilyn Fisher moved to the basement of her two-story home. Her bedroom is accessible via wheelchair from the garage. The room has some basic necessities to make her comfortable: a miniature refrigerator, microwave, television and a commode chair. Because she cannot climb the stairs up to the kitchen, meals are usually brought down to her.


A woman stands while waiting for a film to start at the 2009 True / False Film Festival in Columbia, Mo.