This is January?

Brian Craig, "B.C.", plays with Hailey Krone, 14 months, and friends dogs that came over for a BBQ at his home on Sunday. B.C. and his roommates began a BBQ tradition last summer, when they had 18 straight Sundays of grilled sausage and beer. This weekend was the first BBQ of the year. "This ain't winter, it's summer time!" B.C. said.

It’s been nearly 100 years since Columbia has seen January temperatures like those recorded on Saturday.

With a recorded high of 72 degrees, tied with the previous record of 72 in 1907, Columbians took advantage of the summer-like weather to partake in outdoor activities not typical for this time of the year.

Local car washes saw increased business and parks were filled with basketball players and picnickers.

The nice weather isn’t likely to last, however, as rain and snowfall is possible throughout the week. The lowest recorded temperature in Columbia was on Jan. 7, 1919 at -12 degrees.

Full day on a farm

Elaine Walker is a farmer. A strong, resilient woman, she carries more than a handful of responsibilities.

Mo. native featured in 'The Great Debaters'

“The Great Debaters” stars Denzel Washington as Melvin B. Tolson, a college professor who forms the school’s first debate team. Before working at Wiley College, though, Tolson lived in Moberly.

Salina, Kan., sets standard for access television

Community Access Television of Salina, Kan., isn’t the biggest or the busiest public-access center in the country, but it’s proving public access can be successful and valuable.

Building commission urges repeal of Greek house sprinkler rule

A year after the City Council approved an amendment requiring fraternities and sororities to install sprinkler systems by the end of 2012, the city’s building commission is pushing for a repeal.

Council to vote on how to fund 7 police vacancies

With seven positions unfilled in the Columbia Police Department, the City Council will hear a report at its Monday meeting on police staffing levels and vote on financing for the hiring of officers to fill those positions.

Mo. lawmakers ignore own demands for Medicaid accountability

Lawmakers who sought to inject more accountability into the state’s Medicaid program have failed to live up to their own demands.

Events overtake our issue of Parade magazine

The Sunday, Jan. 6, issue of Parade magazine, which featured an interview with Benazir Bhutto was printed and distributed around the country before Bhutto was assassinated.

Problems overseas crowd out interest in U.S. election

Trouble in Kenya and Afghanistan has people’s attention more than the beginning of the U.S. presidential campaign.

Candidates need courage to win

Candidates who will speak to the issues and offer solutions are dearly needed.

Marines in need of more support

Not all of the troops had a traditional Christmas dinner.

Marable making mark for MU wrestling team

Despite a No. 3 national ranking and an impressive 12-2 record, Missouri wrestler Nicholas Marable expects to get even better.

Coaching keeps couple together

For husband and wife John and Linda Hamilton their varied personalities are a big help when it comes to coaching the Hickman and Rock Bridge swimming teams.