Stories for July 2011


Friday, July 29

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Excessive heat warning issued for Fulton, Callaway

Callaway County residents are adapting to the recent heat wave when temperatures have climbed to near or above the century mark for many days during July.

Coping with extreme heat

Callaway County residents use a variety of ways to help cope with recent heat that has pushed indexes into the 110 range.

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Local musicians to highlight fair’s main stage

The musical selection’s at the Callaway County Fair will have a very local flavor when festivities kick off Aug. 1.

Four Fulton residents arrested by FPD early Thursday

Four Fulton residents were arrested Thursday by Fulton Police on drug and underage alcohol charges.

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Piattoni puts price to locals’ antiques

When Gary Piattoni told one woman a family vase she had brought to the Antiques Appraisal was probably worth about $1,200, she was overjoyed.

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Making the homeless count

Officials to use numbers to plan services

To most people, the Nature Valley granola bar wrapper lying crumpled in the grass would appear to be just another piece of litter.

Thursday, July 28

Our Opinion: Smartphones calling forth addictive behavior

Will the future bring a 12-step program of recovery for smartphone addicts? Psychologists across the country are reporting a growing obsession among smartphone users, according to a recent Associate Press story.

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Plenty of fair food to be served up soon

A wide array of tasty treats including hot dogs, snow cones and shish kabobs are on the menu for this year’s fair — Aug. 1-6.

Area canines invited to show off art skills at fair

Though most artists dip their brush into paint before they begin, a special group of artists at the fair will be dipping their tails instead.

Council OKs funds for walking trail in split vote

Despite objections from some members over undefined expenses, the Fulton City Council Tuesday night approved a resolution authorizing the city to enter an agreement with the YMCA of Callaway County for construction of a walking trail from the north side of the YMCA parking lot extending north to Hornet Drive.

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NB man wins $106,500 in lottery game

A New Bloomfield man has won $106,500 playing a Missouri Lottery game and a Fulton waiter almost took home a Keno game ticket worth $18,530.

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Automated flagman signals used Wednesday in Fulton

Two mechanized automated flagman devices were used by Missouri Department of Transportation maintenance crews Wednesday in Fulton.

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Callaway County fair to feature tractor pulls, demolition derbies

Major attractions at the Kingdom of Callaway County Fair, which runs Aug. 1 through Aug. 6, include truck and tractor pulls, demolition derbies, mud race, and a rodeo.

Wednesday, July 27

Our Opinion: Dangerous side of water sports resurfaces

Three news stories published Monday offered a grim reminder of the dangerous aspect of water sports.

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Three county post offices targeted for possible closing

Three Callaway County post offices at Portland, Tebbetts, and Steedman are on a nationwide list of 3,700 small post offices targeted for possible closing by the U.S. Postal Service.

Antiques to be appraised at benefit for Manor

Those who want to find out how much their old treasures are worth can do so Thursday at a special event the Fulton Presbyterian Manor is hosting.

Free seminar offered to seniors on how to deal with aging issues

A free seminar on developing strategies for aging and avoiding many pitfalls will be offered next month to Callaway County older adults.

Fulton council to consider speed limit request

The Fulton Traffic Commission may not have seen a need to lower the speed limit in the Southwind Lake Estates subdivision, but the city council Tuesday night elected to give the request further consideration.

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Group aims to strengthen partnership with Rwandan sister community

In the three months since it opened, the satellite health clinic in Gashanda, Rwanda has seen approximately 400 patients per week. When its parent health center in Karama opens, it is expected to treat at least twice as many.

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Rodeo returns to more traditional county fair

It’s back. For the first time since 2008, the Callaway County Fair Board is bringing back a longtime staple to its lineup: The rodeo.

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Counterfeit cash circulates around Fulton

On Monday and Tuesday the Fulton Police Department recovered several counterfeit bills from area businesses.

Tuesday, July 26

Weekend sees serious accidents

Two Fulton residents were injured seriously during weekend accidents in Callaway County.

Shot at $250 gas card to entice more blood donors

To attract more blood donors this summer, volunteers who give blood to the American Red Cross through Sept. 5 will receive an opportunity to win a $250 gas card in a weekly drawing.

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Callaway couple to offer troubled women second chance, family

Betty Curtis is a firm believer in second chances.

Enterprise zone wins approval in Holts Summit

After a brief debate about the true benefit of a tax credit and abatement program, the Holts Summit Board of Aldermen on Monday approved an Enhanced Enterprise Zone within city limits.

Monday, July 25

Opinion: School board not opposed to use of drug dogs

We here at The Fulton Sun often receive phone calls, e-mails and letters from Callaway County residents wanting us to look into issues or answer questions about issues they consider to be a topic of concern.

Fulton man arrested for possession

A Fulton man with a history of drug charges was arrested Friday after a search warrant for his residence yielded marijuana.

NoCal fire responds to hazardous spill in Kingdom City

The North Callaway Fire Protection district was called to a truck stop in Kingdom City late Thursday night in response to a potential hazardous waste spill.

Presbyterian Manors joins CLAIM to help answer Medicare questions

Anyone who has questions or problems with Medicare can contact CLAIM for assistance in Missouri and Presbyterian Manors in Fulton has teamed up with the agency to help offer assistance with Medicare questions.

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VFW Car Cruise

The Callaway Cruisers and the VFW gathered in the Dairy Queen parking lot on Saturday for the VFW Car Cruise to showcase some of the area’s rarest collectible cars.

Sunday, July 24

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Second Battle of the Badges raises funds for Special Olympics

Officers excited to raise funds, race cars

Just minutes before the 30-plus juiced-up Crown Victorias and other old police vehicles lined up for a warm-up lap around the Lake Ozark Speedway, one law enforcement officer was fueling up himself to gear up for the Second Annual Battle of the Badges Race on Saturday in Eldon.

Saturday, July 23

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More than 200 volunteers help Mid-Missouri homeowners

Armed with power washers, brushes and leaf trimmers, the Mid-Missouri Mission Team — or 3MT for short — completed a variety of repair and refurbishing projects for local homeowners in Jefferson City throughout the past week, despite the relentless heat and drenching humidity.

Judge: Can’t release Ferguson; ruling opens door to further appeals

Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green ruled late Friday afternoon he can’t release Ryan Ferguson from prison on Ferguson’s claim the jury selection violated state law because a trial court can’t hear an issue already decided by a higher court.

Friday, July 22

Fulton schools work to fix alarm glitch

For two nights in a row, the Fulton Fire Department sent out a full response to an alarm at Fulton Middle School. Fortunately, on both Tuesday and Wednesday night the alarm ended up being nothing, but school officials are working to make sure it does not happen again. “We’re still not sure why (it’s been going off),” Superintendent Jacque Cowherd said Thursday afternoon. “The technicians have been out here the past two days working at the pole barn — they think it’s some kind of cable glitch.”

Care urged for children, animals in vehicles

With the thermometer near 100 degrees, drivers should be extra careful about leaving pets in enclosed cars, says Sandy Corbet, president of the Callaway County Humane Society.

New Bloomfield schools need tax levy hike for debt service

The R-3 School Board of Education learned Thursday night a 20 cent hike in the New Bloomfield district's tax levy is necessary to fund current school bond issue payments.

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Fulton woman shares quilts to 'give hope'

If you ask her, Bonnie Dixon will tell you that quilting is just something she does, as is helping others.

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Fire causes $100K damages to KA fraternity house in Fulton

No one was injured but there was an estimated $100,000 damages in an early morning interior fire Thursday at the Kappa Alpha fraternity house, 602 Westminster Ave.

Thursday, July 21

Applause, but no tears in Mission Control at end

It took awhile before there were any signs of emotion from the steely engineers of that famous room that takes care of the astronauts from start to wheels-stop.

Red Cross reorganizes Callaway County office

After eight years as manager of the Callaway County Red Cross office, Anne Johnson learned this week that her position has been eliminated by Red Cross officials effective on Sept. 2.

Sales tax holiday set Aug. 5-7 in Missouri

Back-to-school shoppers can save some extra cash if they take advantage of Missouri’s annual sales tax holiday on the weekend of Aug. 5-7.

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Microloan projects a success in Rwanda

Community partnership seeks to provide more financial assistance

Just a few months ago, Alphonsine was unable to support all eight of her children, nor was she able to put a roof over their heads.

Internet safety to be discussed at New Bloomfield school

Parents, students invited to event with state expert

Parents and students who want to learn more about how to use the Internet safely can attend a free presentation by a state expert on Aug. 9 at New Bloomfield High School.

Wednesday, July 20

Callaway Bank Night set at Callaway Fair

Tuesday, Aug. 2, is Callaway Bank Night this year at the 33rd annual Kingdom of Callaway County Fair.

Fulton motorcycle group trip raises money to buy Joplin school supplies

A Fulton-based motorcycle group calling themselves Ridin’ the Road to Recovery donated $3,388.08 in school supplies to school children of victims of the May 22 deadly tornado in Joplin.

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Two new county road bridges under construction

Two new replacement bridges are under construction this summer by the Callaway County Road and Bridge Department. One new bridge is six miles east of Auxvasse on County Road 1011 and the other is two miles east of New Bloomfield on County Road 436.

Fulton to host third, last animal control forum

Tonight is Fulton residents’ final opportunity to voice their opinions on the city’s proposed new animal control ordinance before it goes to the Fulton City Council for discussion and approval.

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Howard signs to be put into folksy, bluegrass song

Mark Stevenson grew up in a small town in central Indiana. He knows the small-town type and appreciates the particular brand of strange that comes along with that.

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Taking flight

Riding in WWII bomber offers taste of history

I can now say, proudly, I have flown in a World War II bomber. As part of the Wings of Freedom Tour on Monday, members of the media got to fly with a pair of WWII veterans in a Consolidated B-24J Liberator.

Tuesday, July 19

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School patrons welcome New Bloomfield superintendent

More than 200 patrons of the New Bloomfield R-3 school district jammed the district’s high school cafeteria Monday evening for an informal welcoming dinner to greet David Tramel, their new school superintendent.

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Police department starts plans for new home

The deal is done, and the Fulton Police Department now officially is preparing to make the move to the old Callaway Electric Cooperative building at 503 Truman Rd.

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Holts Summit man faces charges after leading police in high-speed chase

A Holts Summit man was charged Monday in connection with a high-speed chase through residential areas of Jefferson City on Sunday afternoon.

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WWII veterans take one more flight

Wings of Freedom Tour comes to Jefferson City

Bob Buell has not been on a World War II B-24 plane since the war — until Monday.

Monday, July 18

SERVE to distribute $8,000 in school supplies

Registration deadline is July 29

Approximately $8,000 worth of school supplies will be distributed by SERVE Inc. next month to students of needy Callaway County parents.

Three Fulton men arrested for liquor law violations

Two Fulton bartenders and one waiter have been arrested by Fulton Police for supplying alcohol to minors.

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Area artist not prone to picture people

Vonnie Byars doesn’t like to photograph people. But animals are a different story.

Driver who struck, killed Auxvasse man charged with manslaughter

Gilbert L. Love, 73, Auxvasse, was killed Thursday night while he and another man were putting gas into a vehicle on Interstate 70 near Columbia were struck by a car.

Auxvasse Fire awarded MDC grant

With the help of a grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Auxvasse Fire Department was recently able to purchase some needed equipment.

Friday, July 15

Three arrested in Fulton on drug charges

Three Fulton men were arrested late Wednesday for allegedly trespassing and alleged marijuana possession.

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Veteran couponers teach how to best grasp bargains

“It’s really so easy that even your own husband can do this!” Michelle Waggoner told those who came to hear her secrets to saving big on groceries.

Holts Summit woman hurt in two-vehicle crash

Kristie Frank, 58, Holts Summit, was injured in an accident Tuesday in Jefferson City and three Callaway County residents have been arrested by the patrol on multiple charges.

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County Fair to bring back rodeo, old favorites

Funnel cakes, livestock shows, demolition derbies and tractor pulls — it’s that time of year again.

Thursday, July 14

Tilley launches Mo. lieutenant governor’s bid

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri House Speaker Steven Tilley formally launched a campaign for lieutenant governor Thursday while reporting a hefty campaign account containing more than $1 million.

New trail planned between FHS and YMCA

A new 8-foot wide asphalt walking and biking trail will be constructed this summer between the YMCA of Callaway County and Fulton High School.

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Council warned of expensive new sewer, water rules

Fulton Mayor LeRoy Benton and members of the Fulton City Council have learned that the city faces the prospect of greater federal and state regulations that can lead to increased sewer and water bills in Fulton’s future.

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Sunday is 150th anniversary of Civil War battle near Fulton

Sunday is the 150th anniversary of a Civil War encounter near Fulton known as Overton Run.

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Fulton senior’s recovery after winter accident seen as ‘miracle’

The last thing Zackery Oliver remembers before blacking out on Feb. 9 was seeing a school bus approach the passenger side of his 1996 Buick as it slid on ice.

Wednesday, July 13

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Biodiesel plant in Fulton revived with Mexican partners

Fulton developer Boyd Ware told the Fulton City Council Tuesday night he has secured tentative financing underwritten by the Mexican government for a new biodiesel plant in northwest Fulton and he hopes to start construction in perhaps six months.

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Local author recounts Missouri suffrage movement

Come voting time, women stand in line at the polls right alongside men to cast their ballots.

Auxvasse passes new planning, zoning ordinance

AUXVASSE — Combining ordinances for simplicity seemed to be the order of the day at the Auxvasse Board of Aldermen’s regular meeting Tuesday night.

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LaRue steps up for new United Way role

The Callaway County United Way had been toying with the idea of an honorary campaign chair for some time. According to board president Cathi Harris, she and her colleagues were looking for a friendly face.

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Beat the heat

Jacob Burton, 8, of Fulton, splashes his two friends, (front) Jack Winterbower, 8, of Fulton, and (back) Darrin Neal, 11, of Fulton.

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Father pleased with court arguments seeking new trial for son

Bill Ferguson of Columbia told reporters Tuesday afternoon he was pleased with the arguments Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green had just heard — even though Green made no ruling to let Ferguson’s son, Ryan, out of prison.

Tuesday, July 12

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Maylee triple homicide trial moved to Boone

The triple homicide trial of Joshua Maylee of Holts Summit has been shifted from Callaway County to Boone County.

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SoCal hires middle school principal

Gary Bonsall will begin his eighth year at South Callaway School District as the new middle school principal.

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Mokane Amvets build new pavilion

A new pavilion with handicapped services and an enclosed meeting room is under construction by American Veterans Post 153 (Amvets) at 306 Broad St. in Mokane.

Holts Summit Board approves bid for recycling area

Despite bids coming in $14,000 more than expected, the Holts Summit Board of Aldermen on Monday authorized a bid to begin work on a recycling drop-off area at the Greenway Park Civic Center.

Monday, July 11

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Local ‘couponers’ share shopping tips to save big

Armed with her coupon binder, calculator and notepad, Joyce Lewellen hits the grocery store to shop for deals.

Official injured in accident at raceway ‘doing good’

A 20-year-old Fulton man injured in an accident at Callaway Raceway Friday night was released from the hospital and is doing fine, according to racetrack owner Betty Atterberry.

Street overlay begins Monday

Fourteen Fulton streets are scheduled to have an asphalt overlay applied during the next eight weeks.

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First timers, veterans take part in Fulton triathlon

Not much of anything gets done before 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Friday, July 8

Former county jailer faces assault charge

A former corrections officer at the Callaway County Jail is facing a third-degree assault charge for using pepper spray on an inmate.

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Fulton man jailed on burglary charges

Dillan J. Pasley, 17, of 509 E. 7th St., is in Callaway County Jail facing felony burglary and felony illegal use of a weapon charges after his arrest Thursday by Fulton police when he returned to a burglarized home and threatened occupants with a knife.

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Deer season regulations set by Conservation Dept.

New Missouri Department of Conservation regulations for the 2011-12 deer hunting season have been approved.

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Washington competes in triathlon, ‘gives back’ to Callaway United Way

Charitable contributions might be the last thing one would think could come out of good-natured competition between two friends.

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Treasure Hunt seeks to uncover interesting Missouri history

Doodling during tedious or exhaustive processes is not new. But discovering the 150-year-old pencil sketches in official government documents was curious.

Thursday, July 7

Mokane threatens to end service to residents with delinquent bills

Pay up or be cut off. That’s the message the Mokane City Council and the Mokane Water Cooperative have sent to almost a dozen Mokane residents who have delinquent sewer and water bills.

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NB to greet new superintendent

About 300 New Bloomfield area residents are expected at the “Supper with the Super” on July 18 at the New Bloomfield High School Cafeteria.

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Local FBLA is standout at national conference

Gina McLachlan has a passion for business.

County health office expands daily hours of service to public

The Callaway County Health Department at 4950 County Road 304 in Fulton is now open during the noon hour.

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Auxvasse offers craft fair to raise park funds

AUXVASSE — Taking the family out to the park to enjoy some sunshine and fresh air is one way to pass summer days.

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Fulton McDonald’s will close for renovations

After almost 40 years of service — and countless french fry, hamburger and milkshake orders — the McDonald’s at 303 South Business 54 will get a little facelift.

Wednesday, July 6

NoCal expects to have $500K bond surplus

KINGDOM CITY — As the $2.5 million bond projects wrap up for North Callaway School District, the administration can determine how much funding is left over.

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Holiday Inn Express renovation part of hotel’s worldwide relaunch

The exterior of the Holiday Inn Express hotel, 2205 Cardinal Drive in Fulton, is undergoing an extensive renovation.

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New fireworks ordinance leads to fewer complaints

A new ordinance that allows people to buy and set off fireworks inside Fulton’s city limits caused no problems during the Independence Day weekend for law enforcement and fire departments, city officials said Tuesday.

Sunday, July 3

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Funeral service equals dream come true for Fulton native

It certainly isn’t every little girl’s dream.

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Bus driver waives arraignment

Willie R. Leonberger, 77, of Auxvasse, did not appear in court Friday for his arraignment before Associate Circuit Judge Carol England. However, his attorney, Jerome S. Antel III, waived the arraignment on his behalf.

Saturday, July 2

Fulton motorcycle group organizes ride to benefit Joplin school children

Ridin’ the Road to Recovery, an informal group of motorcycle riders in the Fulton area, is organizing a July 16 benefit motorcycle ride from Fulton to Joplin to help buy school supplies for school children hit by a disastrous tornado on May 22.

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New Bloomfield woman is heir to Daniel Boone

Evelyn Thomas of New Bloomfield had a special reason for attending a Scholl family reunion of Daniel Boone descendants Saturday in New Bloomfield.

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Daniel Boone descendants meet for reunion in New Bloomfield

About 70 descendants of Joseph Scholl II and John Boone Scholl, Callaway County pioneers who were direct descendants of Daniel Boone, met in New Bloomfield Saturday for a family reunion.

Friday, July 1

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Czeschin strikes out on own to supply financial advice for professional athletes

The stories are well-documented about professional athletes — be it rookies or established players — who have squandered their substantial earnings on frivolous spending and dubious hangers-on.

Flood threat declines, heat advisory issued

A Callaway County flood watch task force meeting set for Thursday was canceled after predictions of the flood crest on the Missouri River continued to drop.

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Fulton triathlon to bring people together for exercise, fun

Organizers of the third annual Fulton Triathlon are hoping to draw more area residents to participate in a morning of healthy community fun on July 9.

$6.1M budget approved by New Bloomfield school board

After cutting 10 jobs and two programs last month, the New Bloomfield R-3 Board of Education Thursday night approved unanimously a $6.1 million budget for 2011-12 school year.

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Retired veterinarian volunteers to help prep pets for adoption

A flood of volunteers poured into Joplin after a tornado ripped through the city on May 22, including many who came to help the displaced animals.

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Summer slump leaves SERVE shelves empty

A combination of continued high demand and the usual summer decrease in donations have left the SERVE Food Pantry’s shelves almost entirely bare.