Monday, January 31
Heavy snow expected Tuesday, into Wednesday
The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts a dangerous blizzard, with freezing drizzle overnight turning into heavy snow on Tuesday, will hit much of Missouri.
A change in Jefferson City effective today will be deemed significant by some residents and will pass unnoticed by others.
More than four months after he was placed on paid administrative leave by the New Bloomfield R-3 School District Board of Education, Christopher Small has resigned as superintendent of the district.
Businesses in Jefferson City will be smoke-free starting Monday.
Callaway County residents of private subdivisions with roads that are not part of the county’s road system must make arrangements for their own road maintenance, including snow plowing.
All four school board races in Callaway County will be a contest this year, with at least one more candidate than there are open positions on each board for the April 5 election.
After serving as interim fire chief with the Auxvasse Fire Department since November of 2009, Nicholas Kaufman will now serve as full fire chief for the department.
A triple-homicide suspect in Callaway County had a hearing on Friday.
Perhaps it was after a jump shot from Boonville junior guard Jason Luster rattled off every part of the rim and fell through the hoop that the momentum swung and stayed with the Pirates in Friday night’s game against the Fulton Hornets.
During a press conference last Wednesday promoting today’s MFA Oil/Break Time Shootout, Mexico Bulldogs head coach Brennan Scanlon made it known how big of an honor it was to be playing in the annual mid-Missouri prep basketball showcase.
The No. 14 William Woods University Lady Owls watched their eight-game winning streak come to a stunning stop in a 71-55 AMC loss to No. 23 Columbia College on Saturday at Anderson Arena.
As members gathered in their best 1950’s attire for the 2011 Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce annual banquet at the Auto World Museum Friday night, leaders of the organization made the focus of the event a continued message to work together.
Friday, January 28
Recent calls from a group claiming to be a part of the sheriff’s department attempting to solicit donations have angered residents.
Mitchell Simmons Jr. and Courtney McCarty will experience their first airplane flight in March, as long as they are able to raise the required funds.
In a few weeks, Callaway County will have a newly organized Human Resources Department to deal with personnel issues involving the county’s 160 employees.
The Fulton Lady Hornets’ trigger fingers betrayed them in a big way.
William Woods University senior forward Rachel Baker responded with 18 points Thursday night to help send the No. 14 Lady Owls to a 77-60 American Midwest Conference victory over Missouri Baptist University.
Thursday, January 27
In the year since the Fulton City Council declared the old Wren Building to be surplus property, the city has struggled to generate interest in it.
Mayor Kevin Phares appointed Nicholas Kaufman as fire chief at Tuesday evening’s Auxvasse City Council meeting. Kaufman has been serving as interim fire chief since November of 2009 when the previous fire chief, Jeff Lindsey, stepped down and moved out of state.
When Jason Knowles came aboard the William Woods University staff last fall, his goal was to revamp the film production school at the university.
The Fulton Hornets found 1981 to be a prosperous year.
There couldn’t have been more of an offensive contrast between the New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats and the Sturgeon Lady Bulldogs.
After having already missed five full school days due to weather this year, Fulton Public Schools officials have decided not to do early-release Wednesdays in February.
Wednesday, January 26
Side effects may include hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rates, self-mutilation, suicidal thoughts and death by poisoning. Sound appealing?
In an effort to keep residential customers’ rates steady, the Fulton City council voted to commit to purchasing 50 percent of its natural gas for the next five years during its regular meeting Tuesday night.
While his arm made Al Hrabosky one of the most effective relievers in Major League Baseball in the ‘70s, his on-diamond antics and Fu Manchu mustache helped make him famous.
Fulton Public Schools soon will be taking big steps toward improving student safety as the next round of bond-funded construction begins in the next few weeks, including more secure entrances at the high school and middle school and new cameras district-wide.
The North Callaway Thunderbirds allowed an eight-point, fourth-quarter lead to slip out of their grasp in a 45-42 loss to the Russellville Indians on Tuesday night.
Figures for 2010 show Callaway County’s jobless rate was on a roller coaster ride throughout the last year and it’s creeping back up.
Tuesday, January 25
Members of the board of directors of Callaway Electric Cooperative have approved a resolution supporting passage of proposed state legislation for a second reactor at the Callaway Nuclear Plant.
Jack McBride of Fulton has been on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Statewide Celebration Commission of Missouri since 1993.
There has been a new face making regular appearances at the Callaway County Courthouse over the past two weeks.
A Holts Summit man has pled guilty to a charge of first-degree robbery in connection with a bank robbery in Holts Summit last October.
A New Bloomfield man has been charged in connection with a drug bust that took place earlier this month in Jefferson City.
The Board of Aldermen Monday night discussed construction of a new amphitheater as part of an overall plan to upgrade the city’s Greenway Park.
On Wednesday, a group of high school students from South Callaway descended upon Fulton — to bowl. The students were knocking down pins at the Fulton Bowling Center. The unit was part of the school’s physical education and lifetime sports classes.
The timing couldn’t have been more right for the state-ranked Fulton Hornets wrestling team to win its own tournament for the first time.
The No. 14 ranked Lady Owls ran their American Midwest Conference record to 6-0 and 19-1 overall witha 75-41 victory over Stephens College on Saturday afternoon. It was the team's seventh straight win.
Jean Carnahan has done many things — first lady of Missouri while husband Mel was Governor, speaker, author, historian and she was Missouri’s first female senator.
Monday, January 24
A 100-acre solar energy farm may be coming to Callaway County.
Though school was canceled Thursday, the North Callaway School Board still held a brief session Thursday evening.
Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer has voted for a resolution directing U.S. House committees to develop a new health-care legislation.
“Helias has a lot of good shooters and I think if we can contest every shot and find those shooters, we’ll have a chance to win.”
Senior forward Rachel Baker tallied 18 points Thursday night as the No. 14 William Woods University Lady Owls remained unbeaten in the AMC with a 64-54 win over Park University at Anderson Arena.
A petition to repeal Fulton’s new indoor smoking ban failed to gather the nearly 800 signatures needed to place the issue back before local voters in April.
Sunday, January 23
Not again. In his State of the State address Wednesday, Gov. Jay Nixon announced an additional, unspecified 800 job cuts for state employees.
Saturday, January 22
UPDATE: The Winter Weather Advisory for Central Missouri has been canceled.
Friday, January 21
A fireman keeps flames away from a nearby propane tank after a rural residence caught fire at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
The R3 School Board Thursday night began discussing ways to monitor and improve student achievement.
The annual Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce banquet will see a change of venue this year.
Gov. Jay Nixon’s third State of the State address generated mixed reactions from Mid-Missouri’s 10 lawmakers.
Austin Govero’s dream of becoming a doctor took a step closer to reality recently — a big step.
Monday, Jan. 3, was a memorable day in the life of Darrell Davis.
There’s no panic right now in the camp of the Fulton Hornets basketball team. Just 13 games in, there is ample time to attain the goals of the season — a North Central Missouri Conference championship followed by a district title.
The Westminster College Blue Jays were off the mark in experiencing their first SLIAC loss of the season.
Snow began to fall in Callaway County about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and when Callaway County residents woke up Thursday morning they found from 7-9 inches of snow had fallen during the night.
Justin Hamm has lived in the Midwest his whole life.
It may not happen this weekend, but sometime in the near future the North Callaway FFA has a date with area senior citizens.
Who speaks for the children? In the case of children navigating the labyrinth of the judiciary, 11 adult advocates recently were authorized by Cole County’s court system to advance a child’s best interests.
Thursday, January 20
We urge lawmakers to pursue efforts to bring Gov. Jay Nixon’s flight plans down to Earth.
As a snow storm moved through the area late Wednesday Fulton Public Schools, North Callaway R-I, South Callaway R-II and New Bloomfield R-III all called off classes for today by 8:30 p.m. because of hazardous road conditions.
When the filing deadline for the April 5 city elections in Callaway County ended Tuesday, a race for mayor emerged in Fulton, and no one filed for one alderman position in Holts Summit.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon proposed flat funding for public schools and cuts to colleges Wednesday while acknowledging during his annual State of the State speech that “times are tough” and even small job gains are cause for celebration.
The ability to find a hydrant in a time of emergency is essential to the duties of a Fulton firefighter. When snow is forecasted, keeping hydrants clear is important for city residents.
South Callaway first-year head coach Tony Brandt believes his Bulldogs are beginning to show a better understanding of his system.
The first time, we sat in the dark, crouched in corners, hiding behind desks and under tables, locked in closets, listening to the yelling and the blasts in the classroom next door, wondering whether we would be next or if the shooter would move on further down the hall calling out names, trying to find his intended victims.
Snow continues to accumulate around much of Missouri, with an additional one to three inches expected before tapering off to flurries from northwest to southeast Missouri this afternoon.
School closings and other cancellations for Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 are posted here.
Wednesday, January 19
Smoking remains on the list of rules that apply to almost everyone except elected lawmakers.
As Missourians prepare to hear from Gov. Jay Nixon regarding the state of the state tonight, the Callaway County Commission took time Tuesday to offer a similar assessment of the county’s status as it heads into 2011.
The Fulton Traffic Commission decided Tuesday to drop a proposal to use photos to enforce speed limits in Fulton.
Callaway County Western District Commissioner Doc Kritzer sharply criticized the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Tuesday before he was re-appointed by the commission as the county’s CAMPO representative.
“Excellence is our aim” is Kappa Alpha Order’s motto, and the fraternity is trying to put this into action by starting an outreach program called Brothers for Others.
The state-ranked Fulton Hornets wrestling team was resolute in regrouping after its first dual loss of the season.
Tuesday, January 18
An accident with a North Callaway R-I school bus resulted in the death of a student Tuesday afternoon.
Efforts to choke the supply of a meth ingredient have created a new criminal cottage industry.
It was an unexpected dream vacation.
The South Callaway School Board recently discussed the option of late starts during times of inclement weather.
Four people were injured in two weekend accidents in Callaway County.
The Lady Birds won their second straight game and ended the South Callaway Tournament on a good note with a 55-34 win over New Bloomfield on Saturday afternoon at South Callaway High School.
Fear that the Obama Administration will use its regulatory muscle against coal-fired power plants has pushed rural electric cooperatives and city-owned power plants around Missouri to team up with Ameren Missouri in seeking an early site permit for a second nuclear reactor at the Callaway Nuclear Power Plant.
Monday, January 17
It may not look like a bridge right now, but that soon will not be the case for the pedestrian and bike path on the Missouri River bridge.
An accident that tied up traffic in Fulton Thursday afternoon resulted in the arrest of one of the drivers involved in the collision.
It would have been pointless for New Bloomfield head coach Tyler Clark to make much of a fuss over a foul-shooting disparity between his Wildcats and their opponents, the New Haven Shamrocks, in the semifinals of the South Callaway Tournament on Friday night.
The Fulton Lady Hornets ended a rough week at the 17th-annual California Tournament by finding a way to enjoy themselves.
The Nixon Administration’s decision to shift the Department of Revenue’s 1099-G tax notification from a letter to a postcard has attracted taxpayer criticism.
Sunday, January 16
Organization to host fundraising dance competition
“To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.” —Hopi Indian Saying SERVE, Inc. is searching for 20 pairs of Callaway residents who are willing to speak with their hearts — and their feet —on behalf of the service organization.
Friday, January 14
Nyle Beatty stood with one of his dogs watching firefighters work to extinguish flames at his home Friday morning after some wood in front of his portable heater caught on fire.
Fulton attorney Casey L. Clevenger was hired Thursday night as the new Municipal Court judge for the City of New Bloomfield.
The Fulton School Board was updated on the district’s current fiscal status and budget outlook during Wednesday night’s regular meeting.
John Blattner of Fulton believes in the old business axiom of finding a niche and filling it.
Rather than the cuts proposed in previous years, Missouri students at private colleges and universities this year can expect small increases in annual Access Missouri scholarships.
Callaway County students may be out of school in observation of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, but Westminster College still is hoping to make it a day of learning.
Construction is expected to be completed this year for improvements on the Auxvasse Creek Bridge near Mokane on Missouri 94 in Callaway County.
The score spoke for itself and the effort was on full display, but New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats head coach Brett Craighead felt the need to shoot from the hip on his team’s performance against the New Haven Lady Shamrocks.
The Fulton Lady Hornets committed almost as many turnovers (31) as shots attempted (33) in Thursday night’s 72-40 loss to Kansas City Central in the consolation semifinals of the 17th-annual California Tournament.
Senior forward Rachel Baker delivered a game-high 20 points and the No. 14 William Woods University Lady Owls shot 60 percent in Thursday night’s 73-61 AMC victory over Hannibal-LaGrange University at Anderson Arena.
Weather has been a major concern in the area for the last several days. Schools have been out of session and athletic events canceled — including the annual South Callaway Basketball Tournament.
Teresa Jackson wondered what had gotten into her chihuahua Saturday morning when the dog suddenly started running back and forth and barking excitedly.
A federal grand jury Thursday indicted a Jefferson City woman on two counts of bank robbery and, in a separate indictment, charged three men with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana in Boone, Callaway and Cooper counties.
We urge lawmakers who recently received keys accessing the upper reaches of the Capitol dome to adhere to recommended policies and procedures.
Thursday, January 13
“Rebooting Government” is the catchy title of a Senate initiative to solicit ideas to streamline structure and cut costs. But is this simply a feel-good exercise to mollify the public while state services are being cut? Or is government embracing people’s ideas and taking action?
The office of Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce board president will change hands for the new year with Stan Crawford stepping into the role.
The kickoff for the 2011 Relay for Life of Callaway County is being held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 18 at the Callaway Electric Co-op, and event organizers are hoping for a good turnout and a strong start for the annual fundraiser.
Construction may soon begin on a proposed Dollar General store on the east side of Auxvasse.
Cole County Judge Jon Beetem sentenced a Fulton man Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to the robbery of a Checker Cab driver in April 2010.
Households in Auxvasse will see a cost increase on their next water and sewer bills because of a rate hike that was approved at Tuesday’s board of aldermen meeting.
An outburst at the outset helped put the Fulton Hornets back on track.
Featuring 17 individual champions, the Fulton Parks and Rec Wrestling Club captured the team title in its own 28th-annual Fulton Wrestling Classic last Saturday at Fulton High School’s Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
Some Callaway County taxpayers who paid their county personal property taxes recently were upset to learn that their tax assessment on some used truck and sport utility vehicles increased in 2010.
With windchills in the negative digits this week, staying indoors is at the top of many people’s lists to stay warm, but some may forget about key members of the family — pets.
Only three weeks into winter Fulton Public Schools already have used three snow days — two this week — due to dangerous road conditions and extreme temperatures.
School and other weather-related announcements for Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, include the following.
Wednesday, January 12
A four-inch snowstorm Monday accompanied by gusty winds forced cancellation of classes Tuesday and Wednesday in Fulton and other Callaway County public schools.
Callaway’s first new citizen of the year has made an appearance.
Five people died on Missouri roads from winter weather on Monday, but none were in Callaway County.
The Callaway Patriots Tea Party is hoping a special guest speaker can help better educate area residents about Islam.
After postponements the past two nights because of snow, the Fulton Hornets and Lady Hornets basketball teams are scheduled to play their first-round games tonight at the California Tournament.
Callaway County has adopted a new snow clearing policy that was successful in reducing calls from residents complaining about slick roads.
School closings and other cancellations for Wed., Jan. 12, 2011, are posted here.
Tuesday, January 11
In approaching American literary classics, explanation is preferable to revision. We believe removing certain language in new versions of two Mark Twain novels is misguided, although we understand the reasoning.
Marty Martin-Forman, chief operating officer of Fulton Sate Hospital, said Monday she is overjoyed to learn that more state jobs have been moved to the Fulton hospital, partially offsetting planned job losses.
Missouri’s governor decided to spare a convicted murderer’s life Monday, a little more than a day before the man was scheduled to die by injection for a 1994 killing.
The Annual Callaway County United Way Fundraising Campaign is wrapping up and United Way officials are pleased with the results so far.
With the onset of heavy snow Monday came numerous car accidents.
Iberia scored eight unanswered points during a 30-second span late in the fourth quarter last Friday night and rallied to edge the South Callaway Bulldogs 67-65.
The No. 13 William Woods University Lady Owls crafted a commanding 25-point halftime lead in rolling to an 86-49 AMC romp over Harris-Stowe State University on Saturday.
School closings and other cancellations for Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 are posted here.
Monday, January 10
Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, has introduced legislation that allows Ameren Missouri to recover costs of obtaining an early site permit for a second reactor at the Callaway Nuclear Power Plant.
Even though Mark Twain warned that “persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted,” in his book “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” readers have found both motive and controversy.
Fulton Hornets senior guard Anthony Porter hit six 3-pointers on Friday night but none were more important than his final one.
Two Fulton men are behind bars after Fulton Police got a tip that the men were participating in a drug deal on Tuesday night.
Teresa White of Fulton started the new year with extra money after winning $25,000 in a Missouri Lottery Club Keno game she played on New Year’s Day.
Friday, January 7
FULTON — Sandra Plunkett appeared Friday at the Callaway County Courthouse for her arraignment on the first-degree murder charge of killing her husband, Paul Plunkett.
The Callaway County Commission Thursday afternoon completed preliminary action on the county’s 2011 budget that grants 3 percent pay raises to all county employees.
Lydia Schuster believes in Facebook.
The first court appearance for a Holts Summit woman accused of killing her husband, a former Jefferson City police officer, is scheduled for this morning at the Callaway County Courthouse in Fulton.
Thursday, January 6
Women looking for help through prayer now have a new place to turn.
As a former Missouri first lady and the first Missouri woman to serve in the United States Senate, Jean Carnahan is considered an important and influential woman in her own right.
“Gotta dance!” Event organizers at KC Country are hoping Fred Astaire’s refrain from the movie “Singing in the Rain” soon will become the chorus for area families on weekends.
Ronald L. Smith, 69, Fulton, was injured seriously Tuesday when his car hit an icy patch on Route C and overturned.
Newly redesigned 2011 personal property tax assessment forms were mailed Tuesday to Callaway County residents.
The Blue Jays improved to 3-0 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with an 83-65 road win over MacMurray College on Tuesday night. Westminster is now 6-5 overall and 3-0 in the SLIAC.
Is it appropriate for a tax-funded federal agency essentially to lobby the public about congressional action on federal health care? You be the judge.
Wednesday, January 5
Gary Jungermann, the newly-elected Callaway County presiding commissioner, set a goal Tuesday of completing work on the county’s 2011 budget by the end of this week.
After four years at the helm of Fulton’s City Council, Mayor Charles Latham has decided not to seek another term in office this April.
Missouri schools are due a nearly $255 million state funding increase next year. But they’re unlikely to get it.
With the holiday season just completed, the flu season is ready to begin.
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The state recently revoked Sandra Plunkett’s nursing license for “gross negligence” during a night shift at St. Mary’s Health Center.
Holts Summit woman arrested during interrogation
Sandra Plunkett, 37, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the New Year’s Day shooting death of her husband, retired Jefferson City police officer Paul Plunkett.
Tuesday, January 4
Holts Summit police on Tuesday arrested Sandra Plunkett, 37, in the fatal shooting of her husband, Paul Plunkett, on New Year’s Day.
The flu bug no longer is flying under the radar. Confirmed cases of the seasonal virus have been sporadic thus far, but health officials warn the flu reaches its zenith in January and February.
Callaway County escaped the New Year’s weekend with no fatal accidents and five impaired driver arrests.
As sales of digital readers such as the Nook and the Kindle continue to soar, the Daniel Boone Regional Library is preparing to meet this new literary demand.
Phil Mills Jr. first came up with the idea to write a book after an incident as a junior at Auxvasse High School.
A 12-9 halftime lead almost guarantees that a a close game was in store between the New Bloomfield and the South Callaway, right? Not on this night.
The Jefferson City Police Department on Monday mourned the loss of retired officer Paul Plunkett, who was fatally shot at his home on Saturday, saying it is “deeply saddened” by his death.
Monday, January 3
Two Holts Summit men were arrested during the weekend after they were involved in separate high-speed chases by area law enforcement officers.
The second suspect in the burglary attempt on Finally Tammy’s turned himself in at about 1 p.m. Sunday to authorities at Callaway County Jail, Fulton police reported.
William Woods University in Fulton plans to convert the current presidential home on the campus to an alumni and visitor center after President Jahnae H. Barnett retires.
When Cory Harlan toured the Jefferson City Correctional Center with his Intro to Criminal Justice class, what he saw sparked an idea.
For the first time, Callaway County’s Emergency Management Center (EOC) Friday morning activated its countywide system providing automated telephone calls informing all county homes and businesses of a tornado watch.
Victim was retired Jefferson City police officer
Authorities on Sunday continued to follow leads in the apparent homicide of Holts Summit resident Paul Plunkett.
Sunday, January 2
Fresh faces will focus on familiar issues when the 2011 legislative session begins Wednesday.
Unseasonably warm weather clashing with cold temperatures Friday morning spawned a tornado warning after a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Callaway County.
Finally Tammy’s employees and family members were having a quiet New Year’s Eve party Friday night in the banquet room when something went awry.
A Holts Summit man is dead after he apparently was shot in the back of the head Saturday.