Stories for October 2011


Sunday, October 30

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Mexico couple arraigned in Auxvasse double homicide, fire

Court proceedings started Friday in Callaway County’s third murder case this year when a Mexico, Mo., man and his wife were arraigned on murder charges in Callaway County Circuit Court at Fulton. Represented by public defenders, Ryan Christopher Coari, 28, and his wife, Jacie Kollene Gagala Coari, 27, both pleaded not guilty at their separate arraignments.

New club aims to increase acceptance at Fulton High School

The rainbow was adopted years ago by the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning) community as a sign of diversity and inclusiveness. Founders of the new PRISM group — named as a nod to that symbol — at Fulton High School are hoping to accomplish much the same.

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Bartley shares experiences in honor of Disability Awareness Month

“Stilettos are not a disability,” Caitlin Bartley told high-schoolers Friday. In Bartley’s own way — using informative material mixed in with a touch of humor — the 21-year-old college student gave South Callaway High School students a presentation on disabilities. A former bulldog herself, Bartley was asked to come back to the high school to share her experiences with students for Disability Awareness Month.

Missouri 94 bridge reopens near Mokane

Work disrupted by nesting birds, summer floods

A traffic bottleneck in the Mokane area ended Friday when the Auxvasse Creek Bridge on Missouri 94 just east of Mokane reopened to traffic.

Accident shuts down Highway 54 Friday

Highway 54 was closed for a short time Friday morning after a truck ran into a tractor-trailer pulling onto the highway. According to a Fulton Police Department press release, the department received a call of a motor vehicle accident on US 54 eastbound and County Road 110 at approximately 11:31 a.m.

Hornets close out, finally reap offensive benefits

Most weeks this season, the Fulton Hornets football team found itself on the short side of a lopsided score. This was a Fulton team that gave up 40 or more points eight times this season and hadn’t scored more than 14 points in any of its nine games played.

HS mobile home catches fire

A short in an electrical line led to a fire at a mobile home in Holts Summit, Wednesday.

Friday, October 28

Fulton to swap ward boundaries

Changes in Fulton’s population reported in the 2010 Census soon will be reflected in a corresponding shift in the city’s ward boundaries.

Downtown Trick-or-Treat on tap for Monday

Fulton Sun photos move to courthouse

The majority of downtown will go to the kids Monday afternoon. Certain streets will be closed to allow more than 1,000 young trick-or-treaters to descend on the area in pursuit of candy.

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Favorite fables

Staff members at Bartley Elementary School dress up in character Tuesday. Students who met their reading goals celebrated by reading nursery rhymes and fairytales, doing skits and making snacks. Playing the part of the Three Blind Mice, the Farmer’s Wife, Little Red Riding Hood, the Wise Old Owl, Jack and Jill, and the Three Little Pigs are: (Front) Betty O’Neal, cashier; (front row, from left) Cheryl Fisher, building aide; Tina Bezler, custodian; Lillian LaFeir, health clerk; Lisa Eickelman, kitchen manager; Delora Vaughn, media specialist; (back row, from left) Amy Lowe, secretary; Katie Finley, kindergarten teacher; and Robyn Frame, kindergarten teacher.

Co-op aims to qualify for fed grants

Callaway Electric Cooperative is participating in a new statewide rural electrical cooperative effort to develop a five-year hazard mitigation plan. The statewide plan, targeted for completion next May, would for the first time allow all 47 rural electrical cooperatives in Missouri to quality for federal grants.

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Halloween event raises money for Shop with a Cop

It’s not every Halloween that youngsters get to grab candy from a police car or fire truck. This year, children can get a jump on Halloween trick-or-treating with a little help from area emergency personnel. At the second annual Trunk or Treat event being held from 6-8 p.m.

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Etiquette program to come to Callaway

Youth who have been told to “mind your manners” may soon have a club to join where they can learn those manners.

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Pumpkin pickin'

Sisters (front) Elizabeth, 12, and Emily Barbour, 16, select a pumpkin a piece to bring home and carve. The girls chose pumpkins from the Fulton Walmart selection on Tuesday in preparation for Halloween.

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Honorary Callawegian

Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society President Susan Krumm presents Paul Johnson with a proclamation naming him an Honorary Callawegian for his work on mapping — and identifying the persons buried in — area cemeteries during the society’s annual meeting Thursday night. Also during the meeting, Bruce Hackmann, Paul Johnson, Mike Auer, Frances Vaughn and Esther Digh were named to the Board of Directors. Named as officers for 2012 were: Susan Krumm, president, David Gilman, vice president, Esther Digh, secretary and Frances Vaughn, treasurer.

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Lady Hornets obtain third consecutive District 9 title

In Fulton head coach Megan Youse’s opinion, a difficult day at the Blue Springs South Invitational on Sept. 24 signalled a “turning point” for her Lady Hornets volleyball team.

No. 9 Bulldogs easily claim championship

MOKANE — The state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs moved swiftly in making sure there was no suspense on senior night.

Thunderbirds pull out title in 2OT thriller

KINGDOM CITY — The North Callaway Thunderbirds’ regular season kicked off with an 0-3 whimper out of the gates. But it’s continuing with a thunder and some championship hardware.

Hornets prepare to close out disappointing season

After a hard-fought 10-8 win at Marshall on Sept. 16, Fulton Hornets head football coach Pat Kelley hoped to see his young team trending upward going into the second half of their season and toward district play.

Thursday, October 27

Judge in Mo. hears suit on school website filters

A federal judge is considering whether to bar a central Missouri school district from using Internet filtering software that prevents automatic access to some websites with information about gay, lesbian and transgender issues.

Corps of Engineers hearing tonight on Missouri River

Callaway County farmers and others all along the southern border of Callaway County will have an opportunity tonight to voice their ideas on how to help control flooding along the Missouri River.

Enrollment starts Nov. 14 for SURE farm payments

In addition to low-interest emergency loans available for this year’s crop losses, Callaway County farmers also can seek federal payments for last year’s losses.

Plans in place to improve FHS student performance

Although they agreed that Fulton Public Schools’ 73.5 percent graduation rate — as calculated according to the state’s formula for the Annual Performance Report — is not the most accurate way of portraying the percentage of students who graduate from the district, Assistant Superintendent Suzanne Hull and Fulton High School Principal Jason Whitt said they are working on plans to improve that number.

Canine search at Fulton High School yields no drugs

Although drug sniffing dogs on loan from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department flagged a few vehicles, no drugs were found during a search at the Fulton High School campus Wednesday morning.

No. 9 Bulldogs prioritize implications

MOKANE — With all of the significant consequences attached, the state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs are concentrating on a secondary one that is equally important to them.

Eagles’ stout run game tests T-Birds again

KINGDOM CITY — The North Callaway Thunderbirds get their turn again to devise a blueprint — defensive or otherwise — that can somehow impede Southern Boone’s prodigious running game.

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Carving time

Kindergarten teacher Melissa Milius shows her students the seeds of a pumpkin before carving it Tuesday at McIntire Elementary School.

Wednesday, October 26

Couple to be arraigned Friday on charges of killing two near Auxvasse

A Mexico, Mo., couple accused of killing an Auxvasse man and his daughter on Sept. 2 are scheduled to be arraigned on murder charges Friday in Callaway County Circuit Court.

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Prisoners, quilt guild partner to sew holiday stockings for local charities

The Christmas spirit has hit early for some this year.

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Fulton woman honored with Gov’s Award

Marty Martin-Forman, chief operating officer of Fulton State Hospital, was a member of a team that won the 2011 Governor’s Award for Quality and Productivity.

Auxvasse debates water, sewer rate increases

AUXVASSE — Water and sewer rate increases may soon be in the forecast for residents here.

NoCal updates policies to reflect new state law

AUXVASSE — School districts are getting in step to make sure their policies reflect a new state law that was passed earlier this year designed to protect students from sexual misconduct from teachers.

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Hornets blank Mexico, claim share of NCMC title

Whenever Fulton boys’ head soccer coach Brad Oestreich sees a crossing shot coming into the box, he almost always expects it to gravitate toward Jake Pierce, the Hornets’ senior forward and leading scorer.

Lady Hornets volleyball team set for semifinals

The Fulton Lady Hornets volleyball team will be hoping to get a chance to defend its Class 3, District 9 title before its home fans.

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FSH undergoes many changes after mental health reorganization

Fulton State Hospital isn’t the same now as it was when employees received notice in May of 2010 that 270 jobs would be lost in a statewide reorganization of mental health services.

Tuesday, October 25

Kehoe selling car dealerships

Starting next Monday, it will be Joe Machens Capital City Ford Lincoln.

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Pharmacy offers free vitamins for children

Free vitamins for all Callaway County school children from kindergarten through the 5th grade are available at the Red Cross Pharmacy in Fulton.

5K Run/Walk planned Nov. 5 to benefit New Bloomfield youth

A campaign to encourage students to stay away from tobacco products begins this week at the New Bloomfield Junior/Senior High School and ends next week with a 5K Run/Walk event.

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Hoo-Var’s returns to downtown with new style

Hoo-Var’s is back in business.

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Craft fest, mud run to bring in fall fun Saturday

Those who want to get out and enjoy the fall weather and see some mud slinging will soon get their chance.

Lady Hornets begin district play with straight-set win over Mexico

The Fulton Hornets volleyball team bested Mexico for the second time in four days, beating the Bulldogs in straight sets in the quarterfinals of the Class 3, District 9 play at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium on Monday.

Sunday, October 23

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Callaway veterans urge others to participate in Honor Flight

Central Missouri Honor Flight wants you! Just like Uncle Sam in the old recruiting posters, organizers with Central Missouri Honor Flight are hoping to draw more of the area’s best and brightest to their cause.

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Mokane WW II pilot honored with memorial in France

For many years the family of 2nd Lt. Delbert E. Schmid of Mokane believed he died when his Army Air Corps plane was shot down by Germans in France during World War II.

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Mother, daughter help ‘make over’ Joplin

When the cast and crew of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition descended upon Joplin this past week to start the popular television show’s project to build seven houses in seven days in the tornado-ravaged community, they found thousands of volunteers ready and waiting to assist.

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Fulton man injured when car rolls into creek

Ian S. Culverhouse, 53, Fulton, suffered moderate injuries Friday when his car rolled off of State Road F and into Stinson Creek, the Fulton Police Department reported.

Friday, October 21

Analysis shows budget on track at New Bloomfield School District

A review by a financial consultant hired by the New Bloomfield R-3 School District shows the district is meeting budget goals for the current fiscal year, the district’s school board was told Thursday night.

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Fulton schools enrollment seeing upswing

The latest enrollment projections for Fulton Public Schools show an encouraging trend over the next several years. After going from a 2,261 enrollment in grades K-12 for the 2006-07 school year to 2,175 for 2011-12, the district’s student population is predicted to improve steadily over the next five years, reaching a projected 2,277 students in 2016-17.

Singing for SERVE

On Nov. 11, voices from all over Callaway County will be raised in support of the SERVE, Inc. food pantry.

Thursday, October 20

Callaway Jail faces overcrowding with female inmates

Commission set to investigate solutions in coming months

According to Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane, when the Callaway County Jail was designed back in 1989, “if we held two or three (female inmates) we were doing good.” In anticipation of future growth, the facility was built with a female holding cell that would hold up to 12 women at a time.

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Governor featured in Millersburg groundbreaking of broadband effort

Gov. Jay Nixon predicted Wednesday the launch of fiber optic high-speed Internet service will promote business and improve the quality of life of many Callaway County residents.

Fulton schools continue improvement, despite missing AYP

Fulton Public Schools may not have been one of the 18 districts across the state that met the state’s guidelines for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), but district officials are encouraged at what they say are signs of progress.

Commissioner: Missouri moving closer to waiver from federal education law

Missouri is moving closer to asking the federal Education department for a waiver from the requirements of the 10-year-old “No Child Left Behind” law, state Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro told the state Board of Education this week.

CAMPO to update region’s needs

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is getting ready to update the needs and priorities of the region, asking member communities to submit their project lists later this month.

USDA designates Callaway County as disaster area

The USDA has designated Callaway County and 100 other counties in Missouri as natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought and excessive heat that occurred July 1 – Aug. 30.

Wednesday, October 19

Liberty Bridge plaque to be re-dedicated

Plaque honors veterans serving in World War I

Fulton’s Liberty Bridge plaque honoring World War I veterans will be rededicated with a Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

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Callaway business burgled, offers reward

A Callaway County business located near Hartsburg lost thousands of dollars in equipment and inventory sometime late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

New digs with room to spare

But federal court clerks keep up their fast pace and service

To clerk at the federal courthouse is to adapt to the needs of many, while maintaining a Golden Rule attitude.

Solar energy more likely than wind at Callaway plant

Solar energy is more likely to be developed at the Callaway Energy Center than wind turbines, an Ameren Missouri official said Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 18

Arrests made in suspicious incident on burglary-plagued NN

Two people were arrested on State Road NN Friday after a Callaway County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted what appeared to be suspicious activity. Levi Tyrone Salmons, 24, of Callaway, was arrested on a charge of second-degree property damage, first degree trespassing and possession under 35 grams of marijuana.

HS aldermen tabled issues allowing for public comment

The Board of Aldermen at its special meeting here Monday tabled two issues, expecting to hear much public comment in the coming weeks.

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Fulton to renovate Memorial Park

Memorial Field will have a new look soon. The city council approved a plan to renovate the area into an urban park during its regular meeting on Oct. 11. Parks and Recreation Director Clay Caswell already has begun pricing the various elements being considered for the park — including a spray ground, a concrete stage, a shelter, a fountain and a playground — so the city may begin moving forward with plans.

Nuclear plant down for refueling, tests

The nuclear power plant operated by Ameren Missouri south of Fulton is shut down part of its routine refueling and maintenance. The refueling process, which will take several weeks, started at 3:01 a.m. Saturday.

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Solar, wind power generation eyed at Ameren plant

Generation of electricity by solar cells and possibly by wind turbines is under consideration for land surrounding the Ameren Missouri nuclear plant south of Fulton. For this reason, the Callaway Energy Center is the new name for the nuclear plant operated by Ameren Missouri south of Fulton. The plant had been known as the Callaway Nuclear Power Plant.

Sunday, October 16

Civil War marker event set Saturday in Williamsburg

Re-enactors clad in colorful Civil War uniforms, historic talks, a house tour, music, and wagon rides along the historic Boone’s Lick Trail are among the attractions offered at a Civil War marker dedication Saturday morning in Williamsburg.

United Way Business Campaign begins Monday with sweepstakes

On Monday members of the Callaway County United Way will begin their annual Business Campaign to seek contributions to the United Way.

Three face drug charges after Fulton Police arrests

Two men and one woman, all of Columbia, are in Callaway County Jail after they were arrested Friday by Fulton Police on a variety of drug charges.

Auxvasse raid yields cocaine

Members of the Mid-Missouri MUSTANG Drug Task Force and the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office Friday arrested David L. Williams of Auxvasse on three drug charges.

Mental Health First Aid training scheduled

First aid courses teach us how to care for one another in the event of a physical injury or illness. But what do we do when a friend, coworker or acquaintance comes to us with mental anguish that may require a professional’s help?

WWU to decorate T-shirts opposing domestic violence

As part of its annual Clothesline Project, a William Woods University sorority will display T-shirts Tuesday on campus to help raise awareness of domestic violence.

Friday, October 14

Fulton to host pumpkin carving contest

Officials with Fulton’s Parks and Recreation Department are hoping local residents will channel their inner Edward Scissorhands for a new Halloween-themed contest.

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County bridge approved for federal reimbursement

A contract for a newly constructed $315,000 Callaway County bridge built to federal specifications was approved Thursday by state and county inspectors.

FHS drama students to collect for SERVE food pantry

Fulton High School’s Drama Club once again will be participating in the Trick-or-Treat so Kids Can Eat program this Halloween.

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Thunderbirds bring momentum, Hornets hope to build some

The Fulton Hornets and North Callaway Thunderbirds both picked up their first wins of the season on Sept. 16.

Pierce’s hat track sparks Hornets’ shutout win

KIRKSVILLE — The Fulton Hornets soccer team tacked on five first-half goals in disposing of North Central Missouri Conference foe Kirksville 6-0 on Thursday night.

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Equipment fire

A large metal shed near Holts Summit containing equipment such as gas cylinders and utlitiy vehicles was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon.

Thursday, October 13

FHS drama students to collect for SERVE food pantry

Fulton High School’s Drama Club once again will be participating in the Trick-or-Treat so Kids Can Eat program this Halloween.

City hall improvements eyed by NB aldermen

Mayor Terry Shaw asked the Board of Aldermen Thursday night to consider electronic storage of city records and interior renovation of city hall.

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Peacemaker: ‘We can’t afford to ignore the world around us’

Russian peacemaker Marina Shishova hopes that by spending time with Westminster College students she will help increase their awareness not only of her native culture, but of the importance of cultivating international relationships.

Fulton to host pumpkin carving contest

Officials with Fulton’s Parks and Recreation Department are hoping local residents will channel their inner Edward Scissorhands for a new Halloween-themed contest.

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County bridge approved for federal reimbursement

A contract for a newly constructed $315,000 Callaway County bridge built to federal specifications was approved Thursday by state and county inspectors.

Wednesday, October 12

SoCal board approves one-year of freshman sports

The South Callaway R-2 Board of Education Wednesday night gave conditional approval to a one-year plan to start a freshman sports program.

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Halloween photos moved to courthouse

In keeping with the plans to make this year’s Downtown Trick-or-Treating event a little safer, the Halloween photos traditionally taken by The Fulton Sun will be taken in the Callaway County Courthouse instead of at the newspaper offices.

Fulton Rotary to host chili cook-off for SERVE

The Fulton Rotary is calling on Callaway County’s top chefs to put their chili where their mouths are in support of a good cause.

Neighbors offer reward for information on burglaries

A group of Callaway County residents is trying to help generate more leads for local authorities in a series of thefts from their neighbors.

30 permanent jobs coming to Callaway

Callaway County has received a $300,000 industrial infrastructure grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development to improve a county road and help create jobs.

Callaway Co. company to add 30 Jobs

Gov. Jay Nixon’s administration announced Wednesday that a Fulton company will expand, creating 30 new jobs, made possible by the award of economic incentives from the state of Missouri.

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Fischer’s farm offers fun in the corn

Fischer’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in rural Callaway County near Jefferson City offers a variety of family fun.

Lady Hornets volleyball team tops Mexico

The Fulton Lady Hornets volleyball team started slow but finished strong in a straight-set win over rival Mexico on Tuesday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

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Fulton pays off city hall mortgage

Tuesday night’s Fulton City Council meeting, which included discussion of the city’s 2012 budget, got off to a later start than usual due to a short celebration (and bonfire) to mark a significant financial milestone.

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Fulton pays off city hall mortgage

Council looks at 2012 budget

Tuesday night’s Fulton City Council meeting, which included discussion of the city’s 2012 budget, got off to a later start than usual due to a short celebration (and bonfire) to mark a significant financial milestone.

Westminster to host first Global Leader in Residence Thursday

Westminster College’s 2011 Global Leaders in Residence Program will kick off Thursday with a visit from Russian international peacemaker Marina Shishova.

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Fire consumes home east of Fulton

Firefighters worked for more than five hours putting out flames at a residence east of Fulton on Saturday evening. The Central Callaway Fire Protection District was called to the blaze at 5:15 p.m. Saturday when a neighbor spotted smoke coming from the home of Ernest and Kimberly Bell on County Road 133. The Bells were not at home when their residence caught fire.

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Fischer’s farm offers fun in the corn

Fischer’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze in rural Callaway County near Jefferson City offers a variety of family fun. In addition to a 10-acre corn maze and a 24-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch, the farm’s attractions also include a 250-bushel corn box (a large sand box with corn instead of sand), hay rides, a smaller straw maze, farm animals and two recently-acquired Clydesdales.

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Rwandans travel to U.S. to study, make impact on their country

Though both young Rwandans dared to dream they might one day study in the U.S., the fact that their dream came true is still hard for them to believe.

Tuesday, October 11

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Sale of church disputed in Auxvasse

A dispute has erupted in Auxvasse over the sale of the old Second Missionary Baptist Church at 109 1st St. in Auxvasse.

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Former volunteer to Afghanistan celebrates 50 years of Peace Corps

Though Afghanistan has suffered a considerable amount over the years and is still in turmoil today, Edie Maxey looks back on her time there with fondness.

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Extra Arris’ feeds the hungry

Arris’ buffet may be a popular lunch option in Fulton, but there still often is pizza left over by 2 p.m.

Two Auxvasse men arrested after police chase

Two Auxvasse men were arrested on multiple charges after fleeing from Fulton Police during the weekend.

Five South Callaway runners medal at Helias meet

JEFFERSON CITY — Five Bulldogs runners — three on the girls’ side and two on the boys’ side — were among the top 15 finishers and medaled at the Helias Invitational on Saturday.

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Local man plants pumpkin patch for fundraiser

Landry Jones has spent the last couple of weeks pumpkin picking.

Monday, October 10

HS bank fails, bought by Springfield bank

The Sun Security Bank of Holts Summit is among 27 locations of the Ellington-based bank to fail, and its assets have been seized by the Missouri Division of Finance.

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Kingdom Telephone to offer cable television for first time

AUXVASSE — During the Kingdom Telephone Company’s annual open house on Friday, hundreds of customers saw a demonstration of a high-definition television service that will be available throughout the firm’s service area.

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New Bloomfield Mule Show included variety of race events

A small group of Callaway County mule boosters gathered Saturday at the New Bloomfield Saddle Club Arena for the 2011 Mid-Mo Mule Show that featured a wide variety of races and skill events.

Area hunters encouraged to ‘Share the Harvest’

Hunters can help out the hungry again this year.

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Homicide suspects to be brought back to Callaway

The Audrain County couple suspected of a double homicide in Auxvasse will be back in Missouri soon.

Time gets away from No. 9 Bulldogs

TIPTON — The South Callaway Bulldogs were so achingly close.

Morland, T-Birds stay on a roll

BRENTWOOD — Junior wingback Levi Morland and the North Callaway Thunderbirds are picking up momentum as they prepare for the onset of district play.

Bulldogs throttle Hornets in second half for Highway 54 rout

MEXICO — Fulton Hornets head football coach Pat Kelley liked what was happening.

Blue Jays ride two defensive TDs to ‘ugly’ win over Cougars

Westminster College Blue Jays head football coach John Welty’s first words to describe his team’s just completed game against the Minnesota-Morris Cougars were accurate ones.

Saturday, October 8

AMBER ALERT canceled: 2-year-old boy found

An Amber Alert for a 2-year-old boy taken from his home was canceled after he was located.

Friday, October 7

U-Haul employee helped nab Callaway Co. homicide suspects

A couple is awaiting extradition from Michigan to face murder charges in the death of a central Missouri man and his daughter.

Social service veteran named interim director at SERVE

The Board of Directors for SERVE, Inc. has named Brenda Rose as the organization’s interim executive director.

Annual trivia night to feature patriotic theme

Callaway County supporters of Kingdom Projects Inc. are brushing up on their knowledge of all things trivial in anticipation of the organization’s 14th Annual Trivia Night on Nov. 5.

Branson to go at QB for T-Birds if Haubner can’t

KINGDOM CITY — The North Callaway Thunderbirds may get a bigger sample size from freshman quarterback Cole Branson as soon as tonight.

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Fulton graduate wins design contest in Russia

Rebecca (Moffatt) Wichmann tries to do her part when it comes to the environment.

Bulldogs, Cardinals set to do battle in state-ranked clash

MOKANE — South Callaway Bulldogs head football coach Tim Rulo is doing his best to play down the pizzazz among his players.

Hornets look to slow down Miller, Highway 54 rival Bulldogs

Last week’s 56-13 NCMC home loss to the Kirksville Tigers frustrated Fulton Hornets head coach Pat Kelley just a little bit more than his team’s previous four setbacks this season.

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Downtown Halloween event to see small changes

The Downtown Merchants Association once again is hosting Downtown Trick-or-Treating on Halloween, although there will be a few differences for this year’s event.

Thursday, October 6

Lady Wildcats’ Withers advances to state

Class 1 golf championships set for Oct. 17-18

New Bloomfield senior Ashtin Withers will cap off her high school golf career competing among the state’s best.

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Fulton students inspired by tour of C-SPAN Bus

After touring C-SPAN’s Campaign 2012 Bus Wednesday morning at Westminster College, Fulton Middle School students were inspired to consider entering a nationwide C-SPAN video contest.

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Rededication ceremony to include highlights of Callaway history

In celebration of a key historical figure in the county, there will be a ceremony held Sunday in Kingdom City.

SERVE seeks sponsors for Adopt-A-Family

Officials with SERVE, Inc. are hoping a few of Callaway County’s everyday heroes will step up to make sure every local child will have a merry Christmas this year.

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Restructuring gives MoDOT $177M for road projects

Closing two Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) maintenance facilities in Callaway County and similar cost reductions statewide allowed $177 million to be spent on Missouri road and bridge improvements, MoDOT Director Kevin Keith said Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 5

3 arrested for possession of stolen property

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office once again is working on a burglary case with Audrain County authorities.

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Circulating petition opposes closure of Portland Post Office

A petition opposing possible closure of the Portland Post Office is circulating in the Portland area.

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Broadband work to start this week for 3,000

Construction work is scheduled to begin this week on a $23.7 million plan to provide high-speed broadband Internet access to about 3,000 Callaway County homes and businesses.

Human Rights Comm. seeks directional input

Fulton’s Human Rights Commission soon will be asking city residents for help in defining its purpose.

Hoerber triggers Lady Hornets to NCMC win over Marshall

MARSHALL — Melissa Hoerber was a do-it-all difference-maker.

Tuesday, October 4

Sheriffs make headway in theft cases

Three more arrests were made recently in connection with a multiple-county theft ring Callaway and Audrain county officials have been working to crack.

Sandra Plunkett murder trial postponed

The trial for Sandra Plunkett, accused of killing her husband, retired Jefferson City police officer Paul Plunkett, has been postponed to give the defense more time to prepare its case.

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New fire station nears completion

The Fulton Fire Department will soon be operating out of two stations.

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Celebrating compromise

The Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society hosted a celebration in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the infamous Kingdom Compromise Friday.

North Callaway bested by Mexico to end regular season

MEXICO — The Ladybirds dropped their final pre-district game, an 8-5 loss to Mexico on Monday night.

Monday, October 3

CCSO investigates suspicious death

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the suspicious death of Adam E. Keith, 20, of Auxvasse.

TB confirmed at Westminster College

The Missouri State Health Department has notified Westminster College that one of its students has been diagnosed with active tuberculosis.

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Firefighter statue finally erected on permanent display in New York

A firefighter statue donated more than a decade ago to the people of New York after the 9/11 terrorist attacks finally has a permanent home.

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Big plays doom Fulton in big loss to Kirksville

The Kirksville Tigers left Fulton Hornets head football coach Pat Kelley befuddled.

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Portland Community Building nears completion

PORTLAND — The new Portland Community Building may appear to be finished from the outside, but there still is plenty of work to do on the interior before it is fully ready for use.

No. 9 Bulldogs running game, turnovers keep them undefeated

MOKANE — Turnovers aren’t something you want to make a habit out of in football. Unless you’re forcing them, in which case, you should do it often.

Freshman QB steps in, helps T-Birds stop skid

KINGDOM CITY — The third quarter of North Callaway’s homecoming game against Hermann couldn’t have started off any worse.

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Experts: Dispose of pills at take-back sites to keep water clean

Don’t flush, pour down the drain or throw away unwanted pills — that’s the message officials are trying to get out about prescription medications.

Saturday, October 1

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Helicopter crashes at Jefferson City airport

Happened just before 2 p.m. Saturday

Authorities are investigating the cause for a helicopter crash at the Jefferson City Memorial Airport on Saturday afternoon.