The nine contestants of the 2014 Miss Fourth of July Queen competition sat in a booth during tea at the White Rose Restaurant in Mound City, Mo., on Thursday, July 3. One by one, each girl passed through the restaurant to meet one-on-one with three anonymous judges.
Tori Peters, left, and Shailea Panning, right, both of Mound City, take a breath after swimming underwater during the first day of swimming lessons with the American Red Cross on Monday morning, June 23.
Emmie Akers paddles with a beach ball on Sunday, June 15, at the Big Lake State Park swimming pool. The pool opened the week of June 9; Monday through Wednesday, pool hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday through Sunday, hours are extended to 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
10-and-under Trojanette Kendall Hux of Mound City, Mo., gets ready to throw a fast one during the NIT Tournament at Adair Park in Lee’s Summit, Mo., on Memorial Day weekend. During the three-day tournament, Hux struck out 40 batters.