Playground fun [Photo]

Brydon Butler, 3, dumps sand into the sand pit at Stephens Lake Park on Monday morning. Brydon's mother Gina brought him to the park to enjoy the warm weather.

Climbing on the rocks [Photo]

Brydon Butler, 3, climbs one of the rocks at the playground at Stephens Lake Park on Monday morning.

Fun on the swing [Photo]

Brennan Vanmatre, right, pushes his son Kyler, 1, backwards in a swing at Stephen's Lake Park on Monday morning. Brennan and his son, along with his father and sister, came to the park to enjoy the warm weather.

Playing in the sand [Photo]

Kyler Vanmatre (left), 1, and Dimitri Kardakos, 2, play in the sand at Stephen's Lake Park on Monday morning. Their parents brought them to the park to take advantage of the warm weather.

Horace Mann Award recipient [Photo]

Jefferson Junior High School math teacher Kathy Steinhoff gives her acceptance speech for the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence on Monday, November 22, 2010.

Bo Fraser [Photo]

Thanksgiving favorites [Photo]

Columbians discuss their Thanksgiving traditions [Audio]

Columbia residents have a variety of traditions and memories about Thanksgiving, but they all agree on what's most important: food, family and friends.

CHART: Pollutants and conditions in Hinkson Creek [Graphic]

The pollutants and conditions at Hinkson Creek come from a variety of sources, including roads, sewers, litter and runoff.

Firefighter surveys damage at house fire [Photo]

Boone County Fire Department Training Officer Josh Creamer surveys the damage of a house fire Sunday evening on Bon Gor Court, north of Columbia. While no residents were injured, the damage from a fire, which started in the kitchen, exceeded $60,000.

Moore on sidelines [Photo]

Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore watches from the sidelines during Sunday's game in St. Louis.

Moore, Weatherspoon focus on defense [Photo]

Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore, left, and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon focus on the St. Louis Rams offense during Sunday's game at the Edward Jones Dome.

Columbia Jaycees Holiday Parade [Slideshow]

Columbia residents turned out Sunday afternoon for the 31st annual Columbia Jaycees Holiday Parade downtown.

Remembering the Capitol Christmas tree [Photo]

Hunter Acton, 11, takes a photograph of his signature, which his father, Victor, points to, on the side of the semi-truck carrying the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on Sunday.

Signing the Capitol Christmas tree truck [Photo]

Taylor Boyd signs her name on the tarp of the semi-truck carrying the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree which parked at the Holiday Inn on Interstate 70 Drive on Sunday.

Moore continues to wear No. 25 [Photo]

St. Louis Rams wide receiver Laurent Robinson is tackled by Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore on Sunday in St. Louis. Moore continues to wear No. 25 to honor his former Missouri teammate Aaron O'Neal.

Injured girl loaded into ambulance [Photo]

A 7-year-old girl who participated in the Columbia Jaycees Holiday Parade is rolled into a Boone Hospital Center ambulance after being run over by the float she was walking alongside. The girl's costume got caught in the wheel of the trailer carrying the float, and she was dragged under it. Police on site said the wheel "barely missed her head."

Pelini yells at team [Photo]

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, right, yells at his players during the third quarter Saturday's game against Texas A&M.

Petty congratulates Edwards [Photo]

NASCAR legend Richard Petty congratulates driver Carl Edwards in the No. 99 Aflac Ford after Edwards won the Ford 400.

Edwards celebrates with fans [Photo]

NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, center, high fives fans after winning the Ford 400. In addition to his victory backflips, Edwards has started going into the grandstands to celebrate with fans.