How mid-Missouri residents beat the heat in 1956

These photos of 1950s advertisements, provided by the Missouri State Historical Society, offer a glimpse into Columbia summers of the past.

Boone County residents recall the quirky and imaginative tricks they used to "beat the heat" back in 1956, the year of the previously most widespread drought in the U.S.

How Missouri residents are beating the heat in 2012

The Missourian asked people around Columbia how they are withstanding record temperatures. 

Missouri public school aid formula facing $700 million shortfall

Missouri's formula for determining state aid to public schools is facing an estimated $700 million shortfall. Local candidates for state office provide their input on how to address the foundation formula.

Youth Ultimate Frisbee program debuts in Show-Me State Games

Comokaze is the only youth Ultimate Frisbee program in Columbia. The team debuted at the Show-Me State Games.

Columbia bowlers volunteer to share the sport with a younger generation

Members of Columbia's United State Bowling Congress Association have hosted leagues and volunteered at the past 20 Show-Me State Games competitions in an effort to spread the game they love to a younger generation.

Boone County commission candidates discuss growth and planning

Protecting rural areas and reining in regulations were among the themes cited by candidates in the August primary.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Wyatt memorial, Family Fun Fest and Show-Me State Games

Images from Family Fun Fest, the Show-Me State Games and Spc. Sterling Wyatt's memorial services were some of the best photos taken by Missourian staff in the past week.

At Show-Me State Games, grandmother, grandson connect through golf

Pat Carl and her grandson, Aidan Liu, competed in the Mother/Son 12 and under division at Sunday's Show-Me State Games. The pair hoped to improve on last year's performance.


FAIR IN THE MAKING: Jim Thaxter to call contradance at Boone County Fair

A longtime contra dance instructor will call an Old Time Barn Dance set to live music Wednesday.

Heat advisory to remain in effect until Thursday evening

Temperatures will continue to rise in Columbia this week, prompting another heat advisory for mid-Missouri by the National Weather Service.

DEAR READER: High school journalists continue to impress

If the work of the Urban Journalism participants is any indication of the future success of the journalism industry, we all have little to be worried about.

Motorists urged to be cautious about discarding cigarettes

The Missouri Highway Patrol reminds motorists that discarding lit cigarettes out of their car windows amid the current drought conditions is dangerous and illegal.

FROM READERS: Highlights from my big summer trip

Photographer John Hall shares six of the highlights from his summer trip to Cincinnati, Ohio.


Doctors at odds over cholesterol tests for children

Doctors disagree on whether or not children should be tested for high cholesterol, and when a government-appointed panel recommend that children should be tested, their impartiality was called into question. The debate goes on.

ANALYSIS: Ambiguity restored to Missouri campaign finance reports

Contribution reports from the Democratic Attorneys General Association initially linked specific contributions to a specific candidate, but that was later changed to restore the ambiguity that surrounds political contributions. 

NCAA to punish Penn State; Paterno statue removed

NCAA President Mark Emmert hasn't ruled out the possibility of shutting down the Penn State football program, saying that he had "never seen anything as egregious" as the Penn State sex abuse scandal.

Doumit homers from both sides; Twins beat Royals

Ryan Doumit became the third Twins player to go deep both right-handed and left-handed in a game.

Lynn wins 12th; Cardinals top Cubs 7-0 for sweep

It's just the Cardinals' second series sweep overall at home, where they're 26-20.

Colorado shooting suspect gun club membership was rejected

 James Holmes is being held without bond on suspicion of multiple counts of first-degree murder after a shooting rampage minutes into a premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora early Friday that left 12 people dead and 58 injured.

U.S. poverty on track to rise to highest since 1960s

Census figures for 2011 will be released this fall in the weeks ahead of the November election. Even a 0.1 percentage point increase in the official poverty rate would put poverty at the highest level since 1965.