Penny Bonner's photo of children playing in the Piney River at Dog's Bluff is featured in the Blue Book, released Tuesday.

A Cabool woman’s photograph is featured in the 2007-’08 Missouri Official Manual – or “Blue Book” – released this week by Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

Penny Bonner’s photo of children playing in the Piney River at Dog’s Bluff was a winner in the statewide contest. Bonner and her mother were guests of Carnahan and received a copy of the Blue Book at the public unveiling ceremony Tuesday in the Rotunda of the Missouri State Capitol.

Bonner’s photograph finished second under the “Family Vacations” category. It was taken of her cousin’s children June 3.

The Blue Book, which is published every two years, is the definitive source of information about Missouri state government. This valuable resource for Missouri citizens includes an overview of state government services and contact information for government officials and departments.

“It’s not hard to see why Missourians love the Blue Book,” said Carnahan. “It is a commonsense way to give Missourians a tool they can use to learn more about their state and access their government.”

In addition to the required government information, the 66th edition of the Blue Book features a special dedication to Missouri’s innovators, an essay about Missouri’s immigrant history, the Missouri Family Scrapbook photo contest winners and a sampling of a photo collection from the early twentieth century.

The publication of the Blue Book is mandated by state law, and the Secretary of State’s office has published it since 1889. This is the second Blue Book published under the Carnahan administration. It includes more government contact information than in past editions, such as websites and e-mail addresses.

To request a copy of the Blue Book, contact the Secretary of State’s Publication Division by email at or by phone at 573-751-4128.

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