Stories for May 2011


Tuesday, May 31

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Memorial Day events Saturday in Callaway

Members of the Fulton Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard at Callaway Memorial Gardens Saturday are, from left, Keith Boswell, Honor Guard captain who served in Vietnam; Richard Schwallenstecker, who served in Korea; Ron Baldwin, who served in World War II; Morris Gohring, who served in World War II; Kenny Attebery, who served in Korea; Howard Purcell, who served in Vietnam; Will Marshall, who served in Korea; and Jesse Jones, who served in Vietnam.

Monday, May 30

Our Opinion: Help carry the message on Memorial Day

We must do a better job communicating to young people the importance of honoring our nation and its military veterans.

Sunday, May 29

ARC volunteers travel to Joplin to aid tornado victims

Two trained Red Cross volunteers from Holts Summit are staffing the emergency response vehicle (ERV) used by Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross for disaster relief duties to aid victims of last Sunday’s deadly tornado in Joplin.

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Fulton man serves duty in Joplin as fireman, National Guardsman

Matt Dodd of Fulton went to the Springfield area last weekend for a friend’s wedding.

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Fairness, love of job make Fulton teacher of the year great

Unlike many of her coworkers, Vicky Salmons did not grow up with the dream of becoming a teacher, or decide upon education as her future vocation while in college.

Animal control panel to revise impound fees

Fees the city’s animal shelter is charging for impounded animals are not sufficient to cover costs, the mayor’s animal control task force learned Thursday.

Friday, May 27

Our Opinion: Patience helps direct, extend disaster aid

In response to tragedy, patience can be difficult.

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Church commemorates cornerstone dedication

One hundred years ago a large crowd gathered on the corner of Court and Seventh streets in Fulton to watch the First Christian Church cornerstone lowered into place. In full uniform, the Fulton Lodge No. 48 A.F. & A.M. Masons conducted the cornerstone ceremony on May 29, 1911.

Prayer breakfast to focus on link between faith, community

With the string of natural disasters that have struck around the United States over the past month and a half — the most recent striking close to home in Joplin and Sedalia — the links between community and faith have come into sharper focus as those areas struggle to recover.

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Warden: Adopted dog works as therapy for offenders

Usually those who enter Cremer Therapeutic Community Center stay for a 12-week program, but Ceree is there for life.

Wildcats’ quarterfinal delayed again

The New Bloomfield Wildcats baseball team’s postseason pursuits were put on hold again by the weather.

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Student gets perfect reward for perfect attendance

Every Sunday, Courtland Simmons and his mother, LaTocha, watch Lifetime television’s “Coming Home” series chronicling U.S. service men and women returning home to surprise loved ones.

Thursday, May 26

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System glitch causes weather notification call on wrong day

Michelle Kidwell, Callaway County Emergency Management director, reports that a glitch in the county’s 247 mass notification system caused it to call residents Thursday for severe weather instead of Wednesday.

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Fulton area battered by storm Wednesday

Callaway County was battered Wednesday afternoon by a severe storm that included heavy rain, hail, high winds and scattered reports of tornadoes.

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Coalition formed for Joplin relief

Fourteen Fulton service agencies have formed Together for Joplin, a coalition of Fulton private and public agencies to funnel relief items and financial aid to victims of the Joplin tornado.

Council approves asphalt overlay project, landfill bid

After two months of discussion regarding the merits of various street resurfacing projects up for contention, the Fulton City Council approved the amended 2011 asphalt overlay project during Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

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Church celebrates 180 years of history

Mabel Fischer, 92, has many memories of time spent at White Cloud Presbyterian Church.

Wildcats’ Class 2 quarterfinal moved back to today

The New Bloomfield Wildcats’ Class 2 baseball quarterfinal against visiting Elsberry, which was rained out Wednesday, has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. today.

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Trees downed Wednesday at home south of Fulton

A high wind microburst or possibly a small tornado uprooted three large trees at about 2 a.m. Wednesday at the home of Joey and Jessica Potter, 7209 State Road C, just south of Fulton.

Wednesday, May 25

Mo. tornado injures 15, damages homes in Sedalia

The National Weather Service says it has confirmed tornadoes touched down in the Sedalia and another near Climax Springs in central Missouri.

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Minister marks 100th mission trip

May has been an important month in Bishop Bill Rogers’ life. Not only did he turn 88 this month, but on Friday, he returned from his 100th mission trip.

AT&T expands data service on cell phones in Fulton area

AT&T is expanding mobile broadband service on cell phones in Fulton and Central Missouri.

New Bloomfield to cut $488,516 from budget

The New Bloomfield R-3 School District administration has decided to cut 10 jobs, including seven certified teachers, for the school year beginning July 1.

Wildcats demolish Eagles to reach quarterfinals

New Bloomfield’s Brandon Talbot is an aggressive coach, or so he has been told.

Lady Hornets pick up all-District 10 honors

Six Fulton Lady Hornets soccer players, led by three first-team picks, have been named to the 2011 Class 2, all-District 10 squad.

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Fulton firms to assist Joplin tornado victims

Some Fulton businesses are making an effort to raise money to aid victims of the tornado on Sunday that killed at least 122 and destroyed more than 4,000 homes and businesses in Joplin.

Strong to severe thunderstorms forecast for Mid-Missouri (May 25, 2011)

A strong storm system is expected to create a chance for severe weather across Mid-Missouri, mainly this afternoon and evening.

Tuesday, May 24

Rescuers continue race to find survivors of Joplin tornado

Rescue crews dug through piles of splintered houses and crushed cars Monday in a search for victims of a half-mile-wide tornado that killed at least 116 people when it blasted much of this Missouri town off the map and slammed straight into its hospital.

Maylee theft trial moved to Boone

Facing three first-degree murder and one attempted murder charges, Joshua Maylee, 24, Holts Summit, pleaded not guilty Monday in Callaway County Circuit Court to two felony theft charges.

Fulton sends heavy equipment to assist with tornado recovery

Fulton Mayor LeRoy Benton said Monday he is sending a four-man work crew with heavy equipment to Joplin to assist with rescue efforts.

Donations needed to aid Joplin victims of tornado

Callaway County residents wanting to help displaced Missourians who lost their homes in a deadly tornado that struck Joplin Sunday night have been asked to donate to the American Red Cross.

New Bloomfield sectional playoff game postponed until today

The Wildcats Class 2 sectional playoff game against Brentwood originally scheduled for Monday will instead be played today at 5 p.m in St. Louis. The game was postponed following excessive rain fall on Monday.

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Joplin rescue effort includes Callaway firefighter

Matt Dodd, a volunteer firefighter with the Central Callaway Fire Protection District, is in Joplin volunteering to help with rescue operations for tornado victims.

Monday, May 23

Vehicle accident leads to evacuation near Auxvasse

A small area off of State Route E was evacuated for several hours Friday night after a single-vehicle accident resulted in a gas leak.

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Auxiliary donates device to help with child X-rays

Thanks to a donation from the Callaway Community Hospital Auxiliary, children 3 and under who need chest X-rays at CCH will now have an easier time of it.

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Wildcats benefit from Talbot’s subtle touch

New Bloomfield first-year head coach Brandon Talbot wasn’t re-inventing the wheel.

Lady Owls leave tourney with victory

The William Woods University Lady Owls softball team managed to salvage a win at the NAIA national championships.

Hornets, T-Birds earn all-District 8 baseball honors

Four Fulton Hornets players — led by senior pitcher-outfielder Ryan Fritz, a first-team pick — have been named to the 2011 Class 3, all-District 8 baseball team.

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Fulton woman helps tornado victims recover

Shirley Kunkle was struck by one thing in particular during the four weeks she spent volunteering with the Red Cross in North Carolina and then in Alabama, helping victims of the tornados that recently devastated those two areas: The generosity of those who were most affected by the storms.

Our Opinion: The dark side of extreme couponing

As we pointed out in a May 15 story, couponing is on the rise thanks to a weak economy and the new television show “Extreme Couponing.”

Friday, May 20

Bus driver charged with involuntary manslaughter

Charges were filed Friday afternoon against the North Callaway school bus driver who hit and killed a student in January. The Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney’s office filed a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the second degree, a class D felony, against Willie Leonberger, 77, of Auxvasse. On Jan. 18, Leonberger hit and ran over 6-year-old Hunter Pitt after dropping him off in front of his home in Williamsburg after school.

Football player charged with theft

A Florida man who played football for Westminster College last fall has been charged with stealing from the Fulton convenience store where he worked.

Canine committee speaks on chaining, fencing

Two guests were asked to speak at Thursday’s dog committee meeting.

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‘Stamp Out Hunger’ sees drop in donations

Although donations from Saturday’s food drive are still trickling in, as of Thursday, SERVE’s total of food collected amounted to about 6,200 pounds.

Olivet Nazarene’s late rally trips Lady Owls

The William Woods University Lady Owls softball team couldn’t resist Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) University’s late charge.

Maylee venue change reversed

The case of a Holts Summit man accused of killing three Callaway County residents last October has been returned to the local courts just days after a change of venue to Boone County was approved.

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Highway Patrol: Bus driver did not follow protocol

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s investigation into a school bus accident that left a North Callaway student dead in January concluded the bus driver didn’t wait long enough for the student to get out of the path of the bus before driving forward.

Thursday, May 19

Kehoe asks governor to call special session

State Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, on Wednesday asked Gov. Jay Nixon to call a special session to deal with the nuclear site permit issue.

Socket OK to bring fiber optic to Fulton, Callaway

Callaway County and Fulton are one step closer to having broadband Internet access.

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Tough trucks

Third-grader Parker Plybon sits behind the wheel of a National Guard contact truck during the Touch-a-Truck event at Bartley Elementary School.

Change of venue granted in Maylee trial

A Callaway County Circuit Court Judge Monday granted a change of venue to the man charged with killing three county residents last October.

Fulton man arrested for repeat offense

A repeat driving while intoxicated offender, Claude D. Brown, was arrested by the Fulton Police Department early Wednesday morning.

Lady Owls hope AMC tournament run is glimpse of what’s to come

Arriving at its current location, the opening round of the NAIA national championships, is more important than how the William Woods University softball team got here.

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Wildcats work fast in locking up District 6 title

During the fall season, New Bloomfield senior pitcher Aaron Bedsworth pitched back-to-back no-hitters, one of which was a perfect game.

Wednesday, May 18

Former Fulton union leader indicted for bank fraud

A former president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1324 in Fulton recently was indicted in federal court on 14 counts of bank fraud.

Maylee waives hearing in theft case

An attorney for Joshua Maylee, 24, filed a motion to waive his preliminary hearing for two theft charges Tuesday afternoon.

Scouts, vets to retire flags with respect

On June 14, Boy Scout Troop 53 of Fulton will conduct a ceremony at Veteran’s Park that local veteran and Fulton VFW Post 2657 officer Tom Maupin said everyone should see at least once.

Ambulance district receives clean audit

The Callaway County Ambulance District passed its audit report for 2010 with the proverbial flying colors.

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Quick goals ground Lady Hornets, Helias secures District 10 title

The crowd at Gene Reagan Field for Tuesday night’s Class 2, District 10 championship had little to no time to get settled in before the Helias Lady Crusaders launched the preemptive, and ultimately decisive, strike against the Fulton Lady Hornets.

Wildcats to host Class 2, District 6 title game tonight

The New Bloomfield Wildcats will try to gain passage to the state playoffs by staying perfect at home.

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State Hospital service to honor Civil War veteran

Stan Busken had always heard his family speak well of his maternal great-grandfather, August Emile Feltz. When Busken learned Feltz fought as a Union soldier in the Civil War, it only spurred on his interest.

Tuesday, May 17

Board OKs construction bids

Fulton Public Schools continue to make progress on the 2010 bond issue checklist, with the school board approving bids for several projects during its May 11 meeting.

Earthquake exercise planned this week

Callaway County Red Cross volunteers will staff emergency shelters Thursday as part of a seven-state, week-long earthquake preparedness drill.

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Youth summer program seeks to build leadership skills

A call for Callaway youth to connect more with their community and learn to be leaders is the goal of the Youth Leadership Callaway program.

Shoppers say they are saving hundreds by clipping

Tiffany Nash always clipped grocery coupons here and there.

Hornets season ends on walk-off home run

The Fulton Hornets were ousted from the 2010 Class 3 state tournament via a walk-off home run in the seventh inning.

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Lady Hornets know what's at stake

Fulton head coach Kati Wallace wants to be certain that her Lady Hornets soccer team isn’t content, or willing to settle, when it comes to the unique opportunity that awaits.

Owls tussle hard with top seeds before ending run

No other opponent here tormented the top seeds like the William Woods University Owls baseball team.

Wathen completes first round at Class 2 state meet

Thunderbirds junior Gary Wathen shot a 98 in the opening round of the Class 2 boys’ state golf championships at the Rivercut Golf Course on Monday afternoon.

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Missouri bands on tap for Fulton Street Fair

Those who intend to dance in the streets during the 8th annual Hit the Bricks! Fulton Street Fair will have several opportunities to do so with this year’s lineup of entertainment.

Our Opinion: Nixon should reject bill

Although it contains some good ideas, Gov. Jay Nixon should veto an elections bill lawmakers sent his way last week — because it contains a political proposal that doesn’t improve the cause of good government.

Monday, May 16

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Fulton woman wins $100K from Lottery

Thanks to a lot of luck, Tracy Coffman, 35, of Fulton soon will be debt free and have some extra money to invest.

Renovations start Monday at CCPL

Renovations to the Callaway County Public Library will begin Monday.

Hornets advance to semifinals

One thing was for certain when the No. 4 seed Fulton Hornets and the No. 5 seed Fatima Comets took the field for their Class 3, District 8 quarterfinal game: the outcome would be a tight one.

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Eyewitness to Churchill speech returns for dedication

Robert L. Hawkins Jr., a retired Jefferson City attorney, had a special reason for wanting to attend the dedication Saturday of a sculpture of Sir Winston Churchill commemorating his famed “Sinews of Peace” address at Westminster College in Fulton.

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Churchill’s Iron Curtain speech depicted in new sculpture

Towering 13 feet, a new sculpture of Sir Winston Churchill now welcomes visitors to the entrance of the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton.

Lady Hornets to play for District 10 title

For the Fulton Lady Hornets soccer team, this one mattered more.

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Wathen puts coach’s advice to good use

Gary Wathen was inquisitive about what was required to be a state-level golfer, and North Callaway head coach Jason Smith proved to be a credible source.

Saturday, May 14

Our Opinion: Studying state pay is fine, but test is doing something

Studying state pay invites a dilemma.

Friday, May 13

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Panel to develop big changes in city animal control ordinance

A special committee appointed by Fulton Mayor LeRoy Benton moved a step closer Thursday to developing a comprehensive overhaul of the city’s animal control ordinance.

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Fulton receives bids for landfill closure

The City of Fulton opened bids for closure of its landfill Thursday afternoon; bids which yielded a pleasant surprise for city officials.

Cooking for Cancer event set at Callaway Christian Church

Members of the Callaway Christian Church will have a fund raising “Cooking for Cancer” competition Saturday evening at the church.

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FPD makes stalking arrest

A Columbia man was taken into custody by the Fulton Police Department Wednesday following a stalking investigation.

New Bloomfield approves trash contract with Allied Waste Services of Jefferson City

The Board of Aldermen Thursday night awarded a contract to Allied Waste Services of Jefferson City to collect trash at a overall rate of $9.85 a month for New Bloomfield customers.

Blue Jays tennis team to compete in Central Regional today

The Westminster College men’s tennis team will compete in the NCAA Division III Central Regional this afternoon at Washington University in St. Louis.

Hornets stay in funk after loss to Owls

What looked to be a great diving play to end an inning and squash a rally, in reality, squashed the Fulton Hornets.

Owls split opening NAIA games

The William Woods University baseball team’s debut Thursday at the NAIA national tournament started off nicely and almost ended with a pleasant surprise.

Lady Hornets blaze past Marshall in 4-1 win

The Fulton Lady Hornets soccer team lit up the Marshall Lady Owls in the second half after a 45-minute lightning delay.

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SERVE braces for big financial hits

Already facing issues with increased demand, SERVE, Inc. now is dealing with the possibility of significant cuts that will affect several of the organization’s key services.

Thursday, May 12

Our Opinion: Lawmakers put up roadblocks to human trafficking

If the question was asked, it has been answered.

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FPD nabs Mexico man after car chase

A Mexico man is in the Callaway County Jail on drug charges after leading the Fulton Police Department on a chase through the city Tuesday night.

Fundraiser to benefit visually impaired seniors

Need lunch ideas for Friday afternoon?

Council raises roll-off rates, settles location for Liberty Bridge plaque

Although Fulton officials reiterated their stance that residential trash pick-up rates are not likely to go up in the near future, the city council approved an increase for roll-off fees during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

FSH employee faces discipline after firing weapon at hospital

A Fulton State Hospital employee is facing severe disciplinary action after he accidentally fired a weapon Thursday in the hospital’s administration building.

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Couple launches ‘relevant’ church

It’s not every visitor to Fulton that decides to start up a church in the city. But that is just what Adam and Shawn Schnelting decided after their first trip to the community.

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Owls finally get opportunity on national stage

When Darren Munns isn’t pacing about the dugout as the head coach of the William Woods University baseball team, he’s setting the pace elsewhere — serving as the voice of the Owls men’s and women’s basketball audio casts on the Internet.

Lady Hornets taken down by Boonville’s first-half flurry

Boonville produced three first-half goals and made them stand up in a 3-2 NCMC victory over the Fulton Lady Hornets soccer team Wednesday night at Morgan Soccer Complex.

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Bartley school presents Famous Missourians

Fourth-grader Cassidy Thomas plays “Mary Whitney Philps” for her fellow students at Bartley Elementary School Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 11

Community garden plots available

As the Callaway County YMCA works to get its new community garden project off the ground, it is seeking local residents with green thumbs — or at least who aspire to have green thumbs — to help establish the garden.

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Williamsburg youth work to revitalize outdoor classroom

When seventh-grader Katerina Roesner heard one of the first tasks to clean up the outdoor classroom at Williamsburg Elementary School was pulling weeds, she jumped right in.

Auxvasse hears idea for new subdivision plan

Tom Baughman of Auxvasse approached the board at Tuesday night’s Board of Alderman meeting about plans for a new subdivision off of Maple Street. He owns 7 acres he told the city he would like to develop into lots and sell.

Hornets stumble again, drop suspended game

The Fulton Hornets were unable to protect a lead they had owned for close to three weeks.

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Visitors, council again cite dog owner responsibility

The responsibilities of dog owners once again was a topic of discussion during Tuesday night’s Fulton City Council meeting.

Study of state pay endorsed

State senators may get to debate freshman Rep. Mike Bernskoetter’s proposal for an in-depth study of state employee salaries.

Tuesday, May 10

Postmen fear more attacks by pit bulls

Fulton’s Postmaster Roger Bounds said Monday letter carriers are carrying Mace tear gas and pepper spray to protect themselves from dog attacks in Fulton.

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NoCal seniors choose their biggest fan for prom queen

At first glance she may not seem like typical high school royalty, but as the North Callaway Thunderbird’s No. 1 supporter and a great lover of dancing, Katy Stinson was the perfect choice for prom queen on April 30.

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Food drive presents opportunity for ‘neighbors helping neighbors’

Community members are being asked to bring a bag of food out to their mailboxes Saturday.

Partnership leads to free summer lunches for youth

With the help of a federal grant, a partnership between Fulton Public Schools, YMCA of Callaway County and the Fulton Housing Authority has put together a program to provide free lunches for area children this summer.

South Callaway use big sixth inning for big win at Fulton

The Fulton Hornets coughed up a one-run lead in the top half of the sixth inning and the South Callaway Bulldogs responded with a four-run frame to get a 7-3 non-conference win at FHS Field on Monday afternoon.

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William Woods makes program history with first NAIA tourney invite

Coming off the first American Midwest Conference baseball tournament title in school history, the William Woods Owls now know their postseason fate.

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Three county residents hurt in weekend accidents

Three Callaway County residents were injured in weekend accidents, and seven others were killed during six days this month in Central Missouri traffic accidents.

Monday, May 9

Our Opinion: Salvation Army raises shield of protection

Throughout history, a shield has served as protection. Throughout its history, which traces to 1865, the Salvation Army has protected people in need.

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Grand Parade marshal, theme chosen

NASCAR fans will be excited to learn the theme for this year’s Grand Parade at the Fulton Street Fair is Brickstreet 40 “Racing through the Streets of Fulton.”

New program pays families to care for wounded 9-11 vets

Starting Monday many seriously injured 9-11-era combat veterans can receive care at home and their family caregivers will be paid for providing their care.

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Fatima makes the timely hits to end Fulton's win streak

Of the eight straight opponents that the Fulton Hornets have turned away with losses, two teams were marked in the loss column twice — the Moberly Spartans and the Hallsivlle Indians.

Local volunteers head to help tornado victims

Much of the national media focus over the past week has concerned the demise of Osama bin Laden, or who was wearing what at the royal wedding.

New Bloomfield rides Bedsworth's arm to a bounce back road victory over South Callaway

Sophomore pitcher Greg Bedsworth pitched five innings and gave up one earned run in the New Bloomfield Wildcats’ 8-2 win over the South Callaway Bulldogs on Friday night in Mokane.

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Firemen to be honored May 14-15 at KC Memorial

The names of three Missouri firemen who died in the line of duty will be added to the Missouri Firemen’s Memorial in Kingdom City on Saturday.

Sunday, May 8

Our Opinion: ‘You drink, you drive, you lose’ – a lot

Mixing high school celebrations with underage drinking is hardly a new phenomenon. But it remains a lethal combination.

Saturday, May 7

Pit bull bites boy Friday

A young Fulton boy walking home from school Friday afternoon became the latest victim in a string of dog biting incidents over the past two months.

Friday, May 6

Our Opinion: MoDOT plan sends shock waves through Missouri

Knowing a storm is coming doesn’t always prepare you for its magnitude.

Fulton man indicted for distribution of heroin resulting in death of Fulton woman

A Fulton, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to distributing heroin, which resulted in the death of 28-year-old Summer Bond, also of Fulton.

Westminster announces speakers for commencement, baccalaureate

Both the commencement and baccalaureate speakers for Saturday’s Westminster College graduation ceremony are graduates of the college.

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Teen wrestler comes out on top

Although most children are told to “play nice,” Jaydin Clayton was brought up slamming, throwing and pinning others his age.

No. 9 Moberly powers past Lady Hornets again

The Fulton Lady Hornets soccer team exhausted its resources in trying to suppress state-ranked Moberly, and it still wasn’t enough.

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Ripe and ready

The Fulton Farmers Market kicks off Saturday and will run through October.

Thursday, May 5

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Fulton man arrested after fleeing through field, endangering child

Trying to escape police, James M. Johnston, 26 of Fulton, threw his 2-year-old child over a barbed-wire fence before climbing over himself early Thursday morning, reports the Fulton Police Department.

Seguin, Cowherd are featured speakers at two WWU commencement ceremonies Saturday

On Saturday 444 students will receive diplomas during commencement at William Woods University.

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CCHS seeks new canine mayor

For the past two years, Spuds the Dalmatian has served as the Canine Mayor of Fulton; making appearances at special events throughout the community and writing a regular column for The Fulton Sun.

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Professor to retire after 47 years at WWU

Prof. Jack Dudley is retiring after serving almost a half century as professor of geosciences at William Woods University in Fulton.

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New Bloomfield, Auxvasse closures part of reorganization

Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) maintenance buildings in Auxvasse and New Bloomfield will be closed and employees transferred to other Callaway MoDOT facilities as part of a drastic redesign of the department unveiled Wednesday.

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T-Birds’ Wathen qualifies for state

North Callaway junior Gary Wathen qualified for the state golf tournament by shooting an 83 during Wednesday’s Class 2, Sectional 2 championships at Tanglewood Golf Course in Fulton.

Lady Owls dismiss another lofty seed to reach AMC finals

The William Woods University Lady Owls softball team took to the road again to toss aside another higher-seeded opponent in the American Midwest Conference postseason tournament.

Owls make national tournament for first time

The William Woods University Owls baseball team will be looking on Sunday night when the 45 teams and nine sites will be announced for the NAIA national championship opening round. Only this time, the Owls will be watching as active participants.

Hornets tennis team turns back Marshall in 7-6 win

The Fulton Hornets tennis team improved to 9-7 overall and 4-3 in the North Central Missouri Conference after edging visiting Marshall 7-6 on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, May 4

MoDOT plans to close three offices, cut 1,200 positions

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced today its plan to close three district offices, as well as cut 1,200 positions by December 2012.

Churchill Friends plan fashion, art, food fundraiser

The Friends of the National Churchill Memorial are using their annual luncheon and fashion show to set the stage for the return of the group’s cook book, “The Cookery Book.”

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No. 7 T-Birds fall to Fatima in semis, suffer first loss

Considering that he was leading a team with a zero — a goose egg — in the loss column, North Callaway head coach Kevin O’Neal didn’t have the best feeling about his Thunderbirds headed into the 17th-annual Fulton Tournament.

Ladybirds, T-Birds keep possession of MMC track titles

The North Callaway girls and boys extended their monopoly of the Mid-Missouri Conference track championships.

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Central Fire District buys $480K air foam fire truck

A new $480,000 KME fire truck equipped with a compressed air foam system has been purchased by the Callaway County Central Fire Protection District.

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Exchange students from India visit New Bloomfield school

Elementary School students Tuesday learned more about life in India during a special student exchange program. Eleven boys, ages 12-17, from Ahmedabad, India, are staying with host families in the New Bloomfield area for 19 days.

Tuesday, May 3

Surgical raid eliminates mastermind of terror

Although we share a sense of relief that terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden has been killed, we are not inclined to cheer or chant. Bin Laden’s death during a surgical raid Sunday by elite U.S. Navy Seals marks a successful step — indeed, a vital step — in the ongoing war against terrorism.

Maylee pleads not guilty to triple homicide charges

Joshua Maylee, 24, Holts Summit, pleaded not guilty in Callaway County Circuit Court Monday when he was arraigned on three first-degree murder charges and one attempted murder charge.

Callaway Singers to put on concert featuring oldies

The Callaway Singers will be revisiting the past Thursday night as the perform their annual spring concert.

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Hornets win two to reach tourney final

When Fulton senior second baseman Alex Thomas came down on his ankle during a P.E. class last week, something in the way he fell told him to expect the worst.

William Woods baseball to play for AMC title

The Owls offense erupted in the first two games of the AMC postseason tournament scoring 28 runs total to advance to the tournament title game. William Woods (32-16) heads to the finals for the fourth time in school history and is looking for its first tournament championship.

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Mid-Missourians speak out on bin Laden’s demise

For Mid-Missouri resident Dale Deraps, Osama bin Laden’s death was sense of triumph, tempered by the realization of the war’s human toll — including the ultimate price paid by his own son.

Monday, May 2

Hearing reset on murder charge faced by HS woman

The preliminary hearing for Sandra G. Plunkett, 37, Holts Summit, on a first-degree murder charge was delayed for the third time Friday in Callaway County Associate Circuit Court.

Radio group to establish crisis grid

Should Callaway County ever suffer devastating storms such as those that have decimated parts of St. Louis, North Carolina, Arkansas and Alabama over the past two weeks, one local group is working to make sure authorities still will be able to communicate with the outside world in order to help coordinate relief efforts.

Court rules in favor of NB father

For the father of Christine Ewing, Tuesday’s Missouri Supreme Court decision was a bittersweet end to a long, “emotional” journey.

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Students learn traffic safety at assembly

Juniors and seniors at the high school here Friday afternoon learned first hand the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and texting while driving.

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No. 7 T-Birds survive defensive missteps, clinch MMC title

The manner in which it was procured may have lacked style points, but the North Callaway Thunderbirds now own their first-ever Mid-Missouri Conference baseball title.

Hornets ride out rocky start, rally past Mexico

Better to start bad and finish strong than the other way around.

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‘Paw wash’ benefits CCHS

Great Dane Murphy, gets a quick rinse from (from left) Lauren Kruse, Julia Clark, Kathleen McKinney, Rachel Hyde and Andrea Weed Saturday afternoon as part of a dog wash to raise money for the Callaway County Humane Society.

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Obama: Al-Qaida head bin Laden dead

Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that murdered thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said Sunday.