The Metsker Family has been farming in Douglas County for 150 years. Fourth-generation son Phil Metsker, 56, is putting together a family gathering on Aug. 21 at the original 240-acre farm.
From left to right- Andy Metsker, Phillip Metsker, Margaret Metsker and David Metsker.
Raymond Baker talks on the phone Wednesday as he walks down a road torn apart by a flash flood in Cookeville, Tenn. Heavy rainfall has soaked some of the same parts of middle Tennessee that were inundated with severe flooding in May, and forecasters are warning that more rain is expected.
Matthew Blankers, front, and Jon Bowles, both employees of Watson Library at Kansas University, provided entertainment during a get-acquainted event Wednesday on the library’s front lawn. The event was part of Hawk Week activities designed to help new students become familiar with the university.
Phillip Metsker, who lives south of Lone Star Lake, looks over some corn he was harvesting Tuesday afternoon.
Phillip Metsker with 4H steer, August 3, 1969 at age 15.
Brady Tanner, 29, puts more weight on the bar during his workout last week at Haskell University. Tanner has been active in sports of all kinds for most of his life. He is also a member of the Douglas County Special Olympics basketball team. Tanner has been chosen to compete in weightlifting events at the Special Olympics World Games in Greece.
A U.S Army soldier dismantles a machine gun mounted on his Stryker armored vehicle Monday, immediately after crossing the border from Iraq into Kuwait. The U.S. Army’s 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, part of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, are the last combat brigade to leave Iraq as part of the drawdown of U.S. forces.
American flags fly outside General Motors world headquarters in Detroit in this April 21, 2009, file photo. General Motors filed the first batch of paperwork Wednesday needed to sell stock to the public, a step that brings the automaker closer to shedding government ownership.
Kansas’ Marcus Morris autographs the cast of a Children’s Mercy Hospital patient as teammates Markieff Morris (21) and Mario Little wait their turn. The Jayhawks visited the Kansas City, Mo., hospital on Wednesday.
Cleveland Indians catcher Chris Gimenez, right, keeps the ball in his glove after tagging Kansas City Royals’ Mitch Maier out at home as Maier tried to advance on a fly out by Chris Getz during the second inning. The Royals won, though, 9-7, on Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo.
Matt Scanlon flips a 450-pound tractor tire as part of the workout regimen for the Next Level Strongman competition, which will be Sept. 18 in Watson Park. Early registration is due Aug. 27. Visit NextLevelRising.com for more information.
At top right, Isaac Combs pulls a 1-ton truck as part of the workout regimen for the Next Level Strongman competition.
At right, Diane Juracek competes in the Strongman event in last year’s Next Level games. She placed second in her age division in 2009.