A brief opening at Sparky's

With unseasonably warm weather, MU freshmen Susie Griffiths and Praveena Kolli enjoy scoops of "The King" and "Carrot Cake" from Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream on Thursday afternoon. The store opened for the weekend, using Facebook to let members of its fan page know about the brief opening.

A scoop of 'The King'

Kelly Mitchum scoops out a serving of "The King" for a customer on Thursday at Sparky's Homemade Ice Cream on Ninth Street. The store took advantage of warm weather to bring in extra business before its official opening the last week in February in conjunction with the True/False Festival. Sparky's used its fan page on Facebook to encourage customers to come in while it was open through the weekend. Once the store is officially open for the season, it will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.

Eating wings at speed of light

Chloe Perkins,right, laughs as she holds a plate of chicken wings for Tilly Payne, left, a teacher at Hickman High School. Payne participated with the students in a wing-eating contest. in which they attempted to eat 15 wings the fastest.

Pie for fundraiser

Gerardo Arzate, 18, throws a pie at Beau Rothwell, 18, during the Hickman High School Courtwarming King fundraiser. Rothwell is the Courtwarming King representative from the Hickman Junior Classical League. Rothwell says that he has raised almost $450 over two weeks for the fundraiser.

Throw a pie for a good cause

Amann Woldeghebriel, 18, stands outside of Hickman High School in the cold weather on Wednesday. He allowed students to throw a pie at his face for a dollar.

Whacking a car for Courtwarming

Carl Gillespie, 16, takes his turn hitting the car with a baseball bat as other Hickman High School students look on. Students could pay $1 for one hit, $2 for five hits and $5 per minute to hit the donated car. The only rule of the "car bash" fundraiser was that the tires must remain intact so the vehicle could be towed to the junkyard at the end of the day. All proceeds will be contributed to the Not for Sale Campaign to stop human trafficking.

Pie in your eye

Amann Woldeghebriel, 18, allows Daryl Williams, 18, to throw a pie at his face for a $1. Amann is trying to raise money for the Courtwarming King fundraiser.

Medical Debt: Eylers

Jackie and Jim Eyler of Wesminster, Md., are employed and insured, and they are unable to pay down a $10,000 credit card balance.

Fire truck out of service following accident

A city fire truck was struck by a sport utility vehicle Thursday morning when the truck was responding to a residential structure fire. The fire truck received moderate damage, and is currently out of service.

SUV collides with city fire truck

This sport utility vehicle collided with a city fire truck at the intersection of Providence and Walnut on Thursday. The fire truck was responding to a residential structure fire at the time. The SUV suffered major damage.

Medical Debt: Eakers

Pummeled by a recession that is demolishing jobs and family finances, more Americans are struggling to pay medical bills. Ron and Mary Ann Eaker: Bankrupted by $100,000 in medical debt, they are now barred from a large clinic.

2009 football recruit Sheldon Richardson

Gateway Tech senior Sheldon Richardson announces Wednesday afternoon at the high school that he has chosen to attend Missouri.

MU's Zaire Taylor vs. Texas

Missouri guard Zaire Taylor made 3-of-4 three-pointers and led Missouri with 17 points in Wednesday's victory at No. 16 Texas. "He made a lot of momentum shots," Tigers coach Mike Anderson said.

Training canine

Liz Hansen trains her dog, Vegas, who is three, in the Columbia Canine Sports center in January. Vegas will compete in the 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at New York's Madison Square Garden Feburary 9 and 10.

Dog on ball

Liz Hansen trains her dog, Vegas, to enhance his muscle strength by balancing on an exercise ball in the Columbia Canine Sports center in January. Vegas will compete in he 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at New York's Madison Square Garden in Feburary 9 and 10.

Brady brings grumbles

Students stream into Truman's Takeout inside the MU bookstore on Tuesday. Many students cite inconveniences about the yet-uncompleted store. “It needs to be bigger and have more space for the food court,” said Bandar Alotaibi, a chemical engineering sophomore.

Brady bustles with one entrance

Students enter the new Brady Commons on Tuesday. There is only one entrance to the not-yet-completed project. Jeannine Clow, bookstore greeter, said the expansion “can’t be completed soon enough for me. I miss the kids hanging out.”

Nadia Vizitei

Nadia Vizitei, a Hickman senior, is a student advocate for the Not for Sale Campaign. The campaign raises awareness and calls for action against human trafficking. "It's a problem easy to ignore but it still exists all around the world and in America," she said.

Adithi Vellore

Hickman senior Adithi Vellore, president of the Desi Club at the school, poses for a portrait. Vellore is an advocate for the Not for Sale Campaign. She said the most important goal is to minimize human trafficking and raise awareness.

Wing-eating contest fundraiser to combat human trafficking

William Starks, 15, prepares for a wing-eating contest at Hickman High School organized by Hickman student Larry Shim as part of the school's efforts to raise funds for the Not for Sale Campaign to combat human trafficking.