Once called ‘modern,’ this mule barn is now a slice of Columbia's history

Denny Walkup works on the windows facing Fay Street at the Wright Brothers mule barn building.

More than 80 years ago, the Wright Brothers’ mule barn was recognized for how modern it was. Now it’s being recognized for its rich history.

The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation evaluated the building Friday for potential placement on the National Register of Historic Places. Members voted unanimously to recommend the listing.

Local landmarks

Here’s a list of the Columbia landmarks added to the National Register of Historic Places in the past 10 years.

Excessive heat warning issued until Wednesday

The National Weather Service on Saturday upgraded the excessive heat watch to an excessive heat warning from 1 p.m. today to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Tick: Hot weather good news

Driven in large part by increased recognition from doctors and more houses built in old forests, the diseases are being reported at a rate far higher than the five-year average.

Dog day afternoon

David Goode-Cross went out for a pizza last May and found his dream dog — Mickey.

“I fell in love with him immediately,” said Goode-Cross, a 32-year-old doctoral student at MU.

City commission looks to expand preservation role

Columbia’s Historic Preservation Commission is seeking to expand its powers and duties for the first time in its nine-year existence. Soon the group could weigh in more on zoning and development if changes to the city’s zoning ordinance, which outlines the commission’s duties, are approved.

Sunday tomato festival will include free samples

The free event is organized by Big Canoe, a Columbia-based group interested in educating the community about sustainability and urban agriculture.

5 Ideas

In this section, we present a few of the major issues that have come up in the public discourse in the

past week. We end each subject with a question to encourage you to consider your own opinions about these issues and how they affect our community. Please take a moment and contribute to the dialogue.

Evaluating teachers is a waste of time

Teacher reviews in the various states seems to be a big issue these days. Here in Missouri teachers must spend a five-year probationary period before they get job security. In Nebraska it’s only one year. Why such a discrepancy? And why the need for teacher reviews at all?

Posh parties not just for Republican Party anymore

The big political question is whether affluent America is under full sail out of the Republican harbor or just drifting due to displeasure with the Bush administration.

‘Drink local’ to help the environment, save cash and end bottled water craze

Corporate bottlers are overseen by the Food and Drug Administration, which requires them to test their water sources only once a week — and the results are kept secret by the corporations.

Kickers moved back

The change will result in more returns and less touchbacks. More hits and less kneel downs. More spectators staying in their seats and less heading to the concession stands.

“It’s really bringing the play back in college football,” coach Gary Pinkel said.

Ankiel’s success continues

Ankiel hit two home runs and drove in three runs, the latest power display by the former pitcher, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 on Saturday.

Gordon lifts K.C.

Alex Gordon went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run and Leo Nunez combined with two relievers for a four-hitter as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Saturday night.

Chiefs lose to Browns, still looking for a QB

Rookie Brady Quinn stood with a clipboard and studied Cleveland’s playbook during his first NFL preseason game, a 16-12 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, who have some quarterback issues of their own to sort out.

Rams get their wish in preseason opener

Brian Leonard rushed for a touchdown, Adam Carriker helped stop Minnesota up the middle, and the Rams beat the Vikings 13-10 on Friday night in Minneapolis. Jonathan Wade contributed some tackles in the secondary.