Monday, February 28
Missouri retains what the state Highway Patrol characterizes as the “unfortunate distinction” of leading the nation in seizures of methamphetamine laboratories.
Kevin Luetkemeyer and Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wilson were chosen as chili cook-off champions Saturday at the annual Fulton Breakfast Optimist Club Chili Cook-off.
The Callaway County YMCA is asking area residents for feedback about its new community garden project, being organized in conjunction with the City of Fulton.
For Fulton and Callaway County residents, the history of Celia the slave is a familiar story.
Nearly 1 million Missourians voted in November to change the state’s puppy mill laws and make them tougher, bringing more than 61,000 more supporters to the polls than those who cast ballots against that proposal.
A fake e-mail scam using the name and logo of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service is circulating in the Central Missouri area.
The No. 2 seed Westminster College Blue Jays shot a sizzling 60 percent (16-of-27) in the second half to take down the No. 3 Highlanders 73-63 in Friday night’s semifinals of the SLIAC postseason tournament.
There’s no telling when it will all make sense for Westminster women’s basketball coach Tracy Braden.
Eight area students joined youth from around the world on a 30-hour fast beginning Friday.
Sunday, February 27
Missouri lawmakers proposing increased use of electronic shackling are accepting the challenge to be smarter in dealing with crime.
Friday, February 25
The Holts Summit Police Department is looking for help from the public to nab a lottery ticket thief.
Though he’s lived in Alabama more than 20 years, this year’s Kingdom of Callaway Supper Guest of Honor says Callaway County is still his home.
The Fulton City Council has approved an ordinance accepting a $370,500 grant for improvements at the Elton Hensley Memorial Airport in Fulton.
Sylvia Rummel had heard the family stories about her great-great-great grandfather being a part of the Underground Railroad in the 1800s, but it wasn’t until recently that more light was shed on his involvement.
Senior forward Rachel Baker put up 20 points Thursday night to help spark the No. 18 William Woods University Lady Owls to an 82-68 AMC win over Missouri Baptist University at Anderson Arena.
After hearing a half-hour presentation by Superintendent Jacque Cowherd, the Fulton Board of Education Thursday night approved a deficit budget that included an average 1.25 percent pay raise for school employees.
Here is a list of school closings for our area by county.
Thursday, February 24
The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has dropped its two-year investigation of prevailing wage law complaints against the Shepherd’s Co. of Fulton, a faith-based construction company.
A Holts Summit man was sentenced Wednesday by Cole County Presiding Judge Pat Joyce to 10 years in prison for pleading guilty to a charge of first-degree statutory sodomy involving a 6-year-old girl in Jefferson City.
Wanting to add a youth component to the Rwanda Community Partnership Project, Kat Barden started a group where students could learn more about the world outside their own.
In the stairwell just to the side of Westminster Gymnasium, Lady Blue Jays basketball coach Tracey Braden wore her excitement for the coming week in her eyes.
The Westminster College Blue Jays claimed a share of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season title by closing out the regular season with a 96-76 romp over Principia College on Tuesday night.
Fighting fatigue, the New Bloomfield Wildcats were no match for Eugene’s 3-point barrage.
Based on information provided by the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Fulton Public Schools, Superintendent Jacque Cowherd said Wednesday he overestimated gaming revenue for this year by about $90,000.
Wednesday, February 23
Picture a scenario where political considerations do not distort debate on requiring voters to show photo identification. That scenario does not now exist.
The preliminary hearing in a triple homicide case against Joshua Maylee of Holts Summit has been delayed for two months by the Callaway County Associate Circuit Court.
The Board of Education here has agreed to refinance a $600,000 general obligation bond at a lower interest rate, saving the district approximately $80,000 in interest during the life of the bond.
The YMCA of Callaway County decided to host a live rock show to raise money for the construction of a playground.
This Fourth of July Auxvasse citizens may be able to do something inside city limits they haven’t had the opportunity to do in recent years — shoot off fireworks.
The No. 4 seeded Hornets got 14 points from sophomore guard Deon Galbreath in Monday’s 57-34 first round win over Osage in Class 4 District 10 play on Monday at Eldon High School.
So many people showed up Tuesday at the Auxvasse Community Hall yammering for some fried chicken, that the Fulton Masonic Lodge No. 48 that prepared it sold out.
Tuesday, February 22
Legislation advanced by a House panel would end Missouri’s decades-long process of offering driver’s license tests in foreign languages. The immediate question is: Why?
Ellen F. McCubbin, 67, of 9324 Chippewa Trail in Callaway County died when her home was destroyed by fire Saturday afternoon.
Callaway County United Way officials were thrilled Monday to learn the organization has ranked in the top 10 nationwide in a contest to win $5,000.
No one was injured in a mobile home fire at 1 a.m. Saturday at J&L Mobile Home Park in Holts Summit.
Fulton extended its season for at least one more game with a 64-58 win over North Central Missouri Conference rival-Boonville in Class 4 District 10 play on Monday night at Eldon High School.
The Fulton Hornets were able to use their trio of medalists as a source of solace.
The Lady Blue Jays closed out their regular-season home schedule with ease on Saturday with an 85-57 win over St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference-foe Eureka.
A New Bloomfield School District bus slid off a county road after school Monday when it was making its drops.
Monday, February 21
A proposal by a state lawmaker to call a constitutional convention allowing states to repeal federal laws has drawn mixed reactions – including from us.
A group of concerned community members, Youth On Up, is hosting a Parent’s Night Thursday, March 3, in an effort to help educate parents about substance abuse.
Anyone earning less than $49,000 a year may be missing out on a valuable federal tax credit worth up to $5,666.
The Fulton Hornets closed out the 81st MSHSAA Wrestling Championships by producing a trio of medalists Saturday. Senior Ryan Fritz topped off his high school career by taking third place at 171 pounds in Class 2, while sophomore Cody Pae finished fifth at 125.
A game that had laugher potential in the early going was, with 3 minutes, 52 seconds left in the first half, just a one-point affair.
The Fulton Lady Hornets couldn’t get their defense sorted out, allowing state-ranked Mexico to score at will in the first half.
The start of 2011 has been busy for Allied Waste.
Firefighters discovered a body after they extinguished a blaze in a Callaway County building on Saturday.
Sunday, February 20
Extending the smoke-free initiative to Missouri’s prisons is long overdue. Not only are the prisons publicly funded facilities where smoking befouls the working environment of public employees, the health consequences and care of inmates are paid by taxpayers.
Friday, February 18
The R-3 School Board agreed Thursday night to seek citizen involvement in hiring a new superintendent for the next school year.
Sherry S. Grimm, 38, Steedman, faces multiple charges after she was arrested at 12:14 a.m. Thursday by Fulton Police.
Rosalie Purvis would like to travel beyond U.S. borders this year. And she plans to get there by running, show jumping, shooting, fencing and swimming.
Because of a nationwide computer upgrade, Missourians and many other Americans throughout the nation won’t be able to get driver licenses or driver permits this Saturday nor on Monday, Feb. 21.
Charles E. Ausfahl, a Fulton Democrat, has been confirmed by the Missouri Senate as a member of the Missouri Soil and Water Districts Commission.
Are students receiving their fair share of food? This was a topic broached by board members during Thursday evening’s North Callaway School District meeting.
It was a high-five kind of day for the Fulton Hornets wrestling team.
On Wednesday night at Kingdom City, junior guard Jordan Gray connected for 16 points to direct two players in double figures in North Callaway’s 57-47 triumph over Fulton.
Lawmakers are being asked this year to ban smoking in Missouri prisons.
Thursday, February 17
The New Bloomfield School Board agreed to drop its charges against former Superintendent Christopher Small in exchange for his immediate resignation, a formal records request by the Fulton Sun reveals.
Landon Oxley said Monday he has decided to become a write-in candidate for Ward 2 of the Holts Summit Board of Aldermen.
Learning to balance school and extracurricular activities can be challenging for many students.
Jim Wallace should know, and now Eric Hudson has possession of that wisdom.
Two book sales are scheduled this week in Fulton. One is the annual Fall in Love with Good Books Sale at William Woods University and the other is the annual book sale by the Friends of Callaway County Public Library.
Wednesday, February 16
The Callaway County Ambulance District Board of Directors Tuesday night approved funds to purchase an automated vehicle location system to integrate with the Callaway County Emergency Operations Center’s new mapping system.
Sixty-five years ago, Winston Churchill brought the world’s attention to Fulton with his famous “Sinews of Peace” speech.
On Jan. 20, the home of Roger and Edith Salmons burned to the ground and resulted in a total loss. Now the community is rallying together to host a benefit for the family.
Seated behind the scorer’s table that separated his bench from Tuesday night’s opponent — the Moberly Spartans — Fulton Hornets head coach Marques Baldwin whipped out an Apple iPad and prepared to comment and make sense of the game he had just coached.
Junior guard Sharron Andrews connected for a game-high 21 points Tuesday night, steering the No. 22 William Woods University Lady Owls to a 62-50 AMC win over Williams Baptist (Ark.) College at Anderson Arena.
The South Callaway School Board is tight-lipped about its reasons for voting against renewing Middle School Principal Michael Auer’s contract for the 2011-12 school year.
Tuesday, February 15
It’s that time of year again to shell peanuts while jawing with fellow community members.
Callaway County firms that offer income tax preparation services report an unusual number of unemployed people seeking assistance with their taxes this year.
The creators of the Peace Fest event in Fulton are hosting a fundraiser this weekend they hope will benefit both their annual gathering and area youth in search of something to do.
The Fulton Hornets wrestling team has the potential to be even more of a presence at the 81st MSHSAA state championships.
Westminster secured the school’s first ever St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship with a win over Blackburn College on Saturday afternoon.
A series of public forums have been scheduled in Holts Summit to discuss a $7 million bond issue proposal on the April 5 city election ballot.
Monday, February 14
Gerald Dean Wolfe, 24, Fulton is in Boone County Jail in Columbia after he was arrested Friday night on charges of drug possession and violation of probation.
Valentine’s Day is known as the holiday of love and romance.
With school funding being cut state-wide, districts are having to come up with ways to watch spending.
The Board of Aldermen Thursday night agreed to hire a Jefferson City firm to audit the city of New Bloomfield for 2010 through 2012.
When the Fulton landfill closes on April 29, the city’s trash will have a new destination: Jefferson City.
Since its creation in 2002, bass player Bill Benskin’s Easy Rhythm Band has been keeping country, western and old standard music alive and kicking in Callaway County.
Senior forward Will Brandt delivered a game-high 21 points Friday night to spark the surging South Callaway Bulldogs to a 60-40 MMC romp over the North Callaway Thunderbirds.
With 13 seconds left in the third quarter, Hannibal Pirates junior guard Mike Shivers lofted in a 3-pointer from the top of the key.
After seven years at the helm of Fulton High School, Principal Teri Arms will not be returning in the role for the 2011-12 school year after the Fulton School Board voted not to renew her contract during an executive session at its Feb. 9 meeting.
Friday, February 11
Trevonn Lionel French, 36, Fulton, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City for distributing heroin that resulted in the death of Summer Bond, 28, Fulton.
Taxpayers expecting a refund from their federal income tax this year will have to wait longer than usual.
With the Fulton School Board scheduled to start working on approval for fiscal year 2012 budget expenses later this month, Superintendent Jacque Cowherd once again reviewed projections for the 2011-12 school year and offered four different ways of approaching the cuts he said will be necessary to maintain fiscal balance.
Diane Branch received 160 pounds of strawberries on Thursday, ready to be dipped.
The last few times the North Callaway Ladybirds and South Callaway Lady Bulldogs have played each other, the action hasn’t been baseline to baseline so much as it has been from charity stripe to charity stripe.
Junior guard Corri Hamilton tallied a game-high 16 points and the Fulton Lady Hornets rode an impressive second half to a 52-34 North Central Missouri Conference victory over Hannibal on Thursday night.
It’s not every day that your country goes through a revolution.
Thursday, February 10
Federal grand jury hands down indictment
Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Fulton, Mo., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for distributing heroin, which resulted in the death of 28-year-old Summer Bond, also of Fulton.
It has been a main topic of discussion for a week now, and Tuesday night’s Fulton City Council meeting was no exception as the council was updated on the city’s snow removal efforts after the Feb. 1 blizzard.
With schools state-wide having to cut back on spending because of budget woes, monetary gifts are not taken lightly.
Once again, the North Callaway R-I Schools family is pulling together to support one of its own.
An accident involving a South Callaway School District bus left the driver of the other vehicle injured, according to school officials.
Fulton’s elementary schools are on track with reading instruction and curriculum, judging by the data shared during Wednesday night’s school board meeting.
Snow removal in wake of last week’s blizzard was the main topic of the public works report given at Tuesday night’s Auxvasse City Council meeting.
Senior forward Nick Christensen responded with 14 points Tuesday night as the Fulton Hornets reached the .500 mark in the North Central Missouri Conference with a 56-44 victory over Kirksville.
Here are school closings and other weather-related announcements for Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011.
A lawmaker has initiated a proposal to ask voters to change the initiative process.
Wednesday, February 9
Their whole purpose is to help others.
Last week’s blizzard was just the latest in a string of missed school days for area students.
Eight-year-old Ben Bondurant was sweeping snow off his porch at home when an idea struck.
In an attempt to inform the community about Ameren Missouri’s plan to seek a site permit for a second nuclear reactor, Rick Eastman has been giving presentations to different local organizations.
The New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats took care of the ball and hit clutch free throws down the stretch to upset state-ranked Chamois 46-40 in Show-Me Conference action Tuesday night.
The first-place Westminster College Lady Blue Jays scored the game’s first 12 points Monday night to lock up a berth in the SLIAC’s postseason tournament with a 76-67 win over visiting Fontbonne University.
Callaway County farmers not only make substantial contributions to the nation’s food supplies, they also make significant purchases at local stores to help boost the economy, says Hadley Linnenbringer of Auxvasse, president of the Callaway County Farm Bureau.
Here are school closings and other weather-related announcements for Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011.
Last week — on the second day of American Heart Month — I shoveled snow.
Tuesday, February 8
Last week’s blizzard curbed state Senate action on a bill to expand the prohibition on texting while driving in Missouri. Now that streets have been cleared and the legislative session has reopened, it’s time for lawmakers to shift this proposal into high gear.
A fire that broke out Sunday afternoon destroyed a storage shed on property located south of Fulton.
Central Missouri deer hunters donated almost 14 tons of venison to area charities during the recent 2010-11 deer season, including more than a ton to the SERVE, Inc. food bank in Fulton.
For years, the Auto World Museum has provided visitors the opportunity to enjoy William Backer’s unique collection of vintage cars, which includes everything from a 1909 Black Auto Buggy to a 1957 Ford Thunderbird to a 1982 Delorean Coupe.
The National Wild Turkey Federation is about more than just turkeys.
The T-Birds put up double digit scoring efforts in all four quarters to cruise past Missouri Military Academy 64-32 at home on Monday night.
About two dozen emergency service providers throughout Callaway County gathered Monday afternoon at the county’s Emergency Operations Center to review procedures used during last week’s blizzard that dumped more than a foot of snow on the county.
Here are weather-related announcements for Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011.
Monday, February 7
With more than a foot of snow still on the ground, the Callaway County Emergency Operations Center director is concerned about medical responses to areas of the county where there are unplowed private roads.
Since 1976, Americans have designated February as Black History Month. Area educators plan activities to help students learn about the history and culture of African-Americans.
Senior forward Rachel Baker tallied a game-high 16 points to help steer the No. 21 William Woods University Lady Owls past McKendree University in a 66-63 AMC win Thursday night.
More than $183,000 has been spent by local governments in Callaway County to clear snow the last few days after a blizzard that dumped more than a foot of snow throughout the county, a Callaway County official said Friday.
Four Fulton High School students took their Boy Scouts motto to “Be Prepared” to heart by being prepared to put in the necessary hours and effort their service projects demanded.
Here are weather-related announcements for Monday, Feb. 7, 2011.
Friday, February 4
Father arrested after five Eldon children reported missing
ELDON — Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott canceled an Amber Alert on Friday night after five children reportedly taken from their rural Eldon home early Friday morning were found unharmed.
Mail delivery and garbage collection services were disrupted in Fulton this week by a blizzard that dumped more than a foot of snow on the city.
When Mike Kilman saw two college students shoveling the sidewalk outside his home Thursday morning, he walked out to thank them for their hard work.
Callaway County residents have been asked to enter a contest that may help the Callaway County United Way win a $5,000 prize to be added to its fall of 2010 fundraising goal.
Due to the blizzard that hammered the mid-Missouri area this week, the 2011 Southern Boone Classic — which included the Fulton and North Callaway boys’ and girls’ basketball teams — was officially cancelled Thursday.
On Thursday afternoon all 820 miles of Callaway County roads were open for traffic by county road-clearing crews after the county was hit by a one-two punch of an ice storm and blizzard earlier in the week.
Does a proposed expansion of legislative subpoena powers breach the traditional separation of powers?
Thursday, February 3
Area Closings for Friday, Feb. 4, 2011
Starting this month, Callaway County residential natural gas customers of Ameren Missouri will pay an average of $3.30 more each month for natural gas service.
Russ Automotive, a towing service located near Millersburg at the 137-mile marker on I-70, helped stranded motorists when I-70 was closed Tuesday during the blizzard that caused treacherous white-out conditions.
While many Callaway County residents were bunkered down safe at home during Monday and Tuesday’s blizzard, some employees at Fulton State Hospital were not so lucky.
In anticipation of the blizzard that besieged the mid-Missouri area, the Westminster College men’s and women’s teams postponed Wednesday night’s scheduled home doubleheader against SLIAC opponent Fontbonne University.
Just after 9 a.m. Wednesday Dan Breeden picks up his radio and asks about refilling his assigned truck, no. 105, with salt.
Snowmageddon, snownami, snowpocalypse, SnoMG.
Area Closings for Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011
Wednesday, February 2
Due to the inclement weather, delivery of The Fulton Sun has been delayed in many areas.
Mental health first aid is a new concept coming to Central Missouri.
Sparky is a 1-year-old, brindle-colored dachshund who is full of energy and spunk.
Potentially the worst winter storm to hit Missouri in decades began its trek across the state Tuesday, dumping more than a foot of snow while delivering freezing rain, blustering winds and dangerously cold temperatures.
A blizzard that blanketed most of Missouri intensified through Callaway County Tuesday afternoon, creating white-out conditions so hazardous that Interstate 70 was closed for a time to all traffic.
Bitter cold and wind will produce dangerously low wind chill values across Mid-Missouri through Thursday morning.
Here are area weather-related announcements and closings for Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011.
Tuesday, February 1
A dangerous winter storm produced huge amounts of snow across most of Central Missouri today, with snowfall expected to continue until sometime Wednesday morning. Even after the snow stops falling, heavy winds will continue to cause hazards from blowing and drifting snow.
The Missouri Department of Transportation has closed Interstate 70 across Missouri because of whiteout conditions.
Potentially the worst winter storm to hit Missouri in decades began its trek across the state Tuesday, dumping more than a foot of snow while delivering freezing rain, blustering winds and dangerously cold temperatures.
David Perkins and the other monitors at Wiley House and HAVEN House will be putting in some extra hours this week after a decision to keep the shelters open 24 hours during the coming winter storm.
Callaway County residents rushed to Fulton grocery stores Monday in anticipation of an ice and snow storm that may dump up to a foot of snow on the county.
Nine New Bloomfield High School students will attend a national conference in Chicago next month to learn leadership skills.
Three games in three nights could make a slug out of even the most well conditioned basketball teams.
Though not by the widest of margins, the Lady Blue Jays extended their current school record for consecutive wins by escaping with a 66-64 win over Spalding University in St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon.
All Callaway County schools were dismissed early Monday after freezing rain caused Callaway County side roads to become extremely slick.