Stories for April 2012


Monday, April 30

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Fire destroys home for family of 6

A mobile home for a family of six about two miles south of Fulton in the 4800 block of County Road 410 was destroyed by fire Friday evening.

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Trees, trails sport damage, debris

Fulton joggers were in for as nasty of a surprise Monday morning as light sleepers were the night before.

Missouri Gas Prices Decline to end April

Consumers continued to find relief at the gas pump during the week as the price of gasoline, which had been on the rise for most of the year, fell nearly six cents a gallon over the last seven days.

Sunday, April 29

Labor Department withdraws controversial new farm rules

In response to months of opposition from farmers, the Obama Administration has withdrawn a proposed new U.S. Labor Department rule that would have made it difficult to hire youth to work on farms.

Additional charges filed in credit card case Investigation handed over to federal authorities

The Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has filed new charges against three individuals suspected of using stolen credit cards at a number of Fulton convenience stores, and the Fulton Police Department has turned the case over to the Secret Service.

Second Westminster campus in Arizona moves step closer

A plan revealed last week to establish a second campus of Westminster College next year in Mesa, Ariz., has moved a step closer.

Local girl named Children’s Miracle Network champion for Missouri

A 6-year-old girl who has battled cystic fibrosis since birth will serve as an ambassador of children with illness in Missouri this year.

Callaway woman named to area Red Cross board

Heather Vodnansky, a Holts Summit attorney, is one of four people appointed recently to the board of directors of the Heart of Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Sizzling Hornets win third in a row, pound Mexico 10-0

MEXICO — The Fulton Hornets baseball team is suddenly showing some swagger with its stroke.

Baldwin steps down as Hornets' basketball coach

Marques Baldwin was looking to make a move into the college basketball coaching profession. Baldwin has taken that step and he didn’t have to go far to get there.

Lady Owls softball team advances to AMC semifinals

After waiting out an 85-minute weather delay Friday, the William Woods University Lady Owls softball team recovered from its slow start in game one to sweep Benedictine University-Springfield in the quarterfinals of the American Midwest Conference postseason tournament.

Saturday, April 28

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Area youngsters learn value of saving

Kids Bank Day at Callaway Bank

Just as a squirrel puts away nuts for another day, learning to save is also a valuable trait for youngsters to learn.

Friday, April 27

Green Consumers Deluge Kellogg's Kashi With Pesticide Concerns

You might call it a tempest in a cereal bowl. Green consumers are feeling betrayed following reports of genetically-modified grains (GMO) and pesticide residues in Kashi cereal products.

Seniors Often Confused About Life Insurance Policies

When people reach a certain age, they begin to ponder the end of life and what they will pass on to their children.

Hospital Charges Vary Widely

If you are a savvy consumer, you probably shop around before you buy. But what if you are stricken with a sudden ailment, such as appendicitis?

Mayo Clinic Researchers Link Obesity, Rheumatoid Arthritis

When you stop and think about it, it seems logical. With obesity on the rise, more people are putting extra weight on sensitive joints. An increase in rheumatoid arthritis shouldn't come as a surprise.

Burger King Adopts Animal-Friendly Policies

Forget for a moment the argument over whether fast food is bad for your health and think for a minute about the health of the animals that wind up in the middle of your sandwich.

Can Good-Tasting Food Be Good For You?

Broccoli is good for you. So are carrots. And an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Mo. lawmaker targets overtime at Fulton mental hospital

A central Missouri lawmaker says overtime demands on employees at Fulton State Hospital have grown unreasonable, and she believes the Legislature should intervene.

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Holts Summit church to break ground on new preschool

Parents of preschoolers here will soon have a new place to send their children to learn. Grace Lutheran Church is planning an addition to its building to be used as a preschool, teaching children about Christ in addition to a basic preschool curriculum. There will be a groundbreaking ceremony for the new addition Sunday, May 6 after morning services.

Fulton council approves traffic study, street fair fireworks

The Fulton City Council approved several expenses Tuesday night, including continued sponsorship of fireworks at the Fulton Street Fair and a traffic study for the traffic lights at the intersections of Market and Fifth, and Market and Fourth streets.

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Fulton administrator wins award

Matt Harline, Fulton’s assistant director of administration, recently received the Richard R. Noll Outstanding Assistant Award by the Missouri City/County Management Association.

Lady Hornets pull out of lengthy slide, down Kirksville

The Fulton Lady Hornets soccer team can finally exhale. Fulton broke a 1-1 tie with second-half goals from junior defender Anna Fink and senior forward Camilla Hefre Lie, sending the Lady Hornets to a 3-1 North Central Missouri Conference win over Kirksville on Thursday night at the high school athletic complex.

Abbott, Hornets blast Hallsville 14-0

Jake Abbott tried to will the ball over the fence. Fulton’s senior center fielder belted a 1-1 pitch from Hallsville freshman pitcher Lance Leverenz to the warning track, hoping he caught just enough for it to leave the yard.

Thursday, April 26

Mesa approves deal with Westminster College

The City Council in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa is going forward with a deal to bring a campus of Missouri-based Westminster College to the city.

For Seniors, Giving Up Car Keys Can Be Traumatic

It's an issue every aging person faces, sooner or later. Has disease, or age itself made them unsafe behind the wheel?

Credit Card Companies Still Heavily Target Young Consumers

The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009 was designed to end a number of credit card industry abuses, among them the heavy marketing of credit cards to college students.

How To Select Tires For Your Car

Tires are probably the most important, but most under-appreciated part of your vehicle.

Fulton Commons under new ownership

The Fulton Commons Shopping Center in Fulton is now owned by L.W. Partnership, L.P., a firm based in the state of Nevada.

Group opposes plant’s license renewal

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) is opposing Ameren Missouri’s proposal to extend its federal license to operate the nuclear reactor at the Callaway Energy Center south of Fulton.

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MU partnership brings Chinese culture to North Callaway schools

Students in North Callaway School District will have a chance to learn from a culture many of them have never been exposed to before. The district signed a one-year deal Wednesday at Auxvasse Elementary with the University of Missouri’s branch of the Confucius Institute, an educational outreach program designed to promote Chinese language, culture and cultural exchange throughout the world. Program leaders and cultural delegates wasted no time, giving a presentation on the Asian nation to about 30 of the school’s middle schoolers.

NRC names new inspector at Callaway Energy Center

Tom Hartman has been appointed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission as its senior resident inspector of nuclear facilities at the Callaway Energy Center, which is about 10 miles southeast of Fulton.

Tanglewood offer youth golfing opportunities

Area youth dreaming of becoming the next Payne Stewart will have the opportunity to learn some of the basics of the game that made the Missouri native famous.

Hornets advance three golfers to sectional meet

MARSHFIELD — The Fulton Hornets golf team found the slimmest of margins to still feel like a wide gulf.

Owls baseball team posts wins over Culver, McKendree

William Woods University second baseman Jacob Harrison’s squeeze bunt with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning scored freshman second baseman Austin Clapp with the winning run as the Owls rallied for a wild 12-11 victory Tuesday night over Culver-Stockton College.

Wednesday, April 25

Google, Microsoft Hope to Box In Dropbox & Box

Build a better mousetrap and ... what? The world beats a pathway to your door? Maybe that was true once but what generally happens today is that Microsoft and Google duplicate your mousetrap, slap their logo on it and leave you wondering where all the mice and cheese went.

Environmentalists oppose Callaway nuclear renewal

A Missouri environmental group is asking the federal government to more closely scrutinize Ameren Corp.'s request for a 20-year license renewal at the state's only nuclear power plant.

Illinois Makes Arrests in ATM ID Theft Scheme

Authorities in Illinois are urging consumers to use extra care at ATMs after three men were indicted for allegedly compromising cash machines in the Chicago area and across the Midwest.

Long Distance Auto Purchase Requires Extra Care

With the Internet, it's easy to live in one state and purchase an automobile in another. But it also requires the buyer to use even more care in making the deal.

Under Pressure From Connecticut, Groupon Alters Disclosure

Online couponer Groupon has changed the consumer disclosure information on discount vouchers sold nationwide and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen says his state deserves a lot of the credit.

SEC: Teen-Aged Brits Ran Pump-and-Dump Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged twin brothers from the U.K. with defrauding about 75,000 investors through an Internet-based pump-and-dump scheme in which they touted a fake “stock picking robot” that purportedly identified penny stocks set to double in price.

Echelmeier overpowers Moberly in Hornets’ 1-0 NCMC win

MOBERLY — Fulton senior starter Burke Echelmeier was in charge while clamping down on the Moberly Spartans.

Lavy's late hit carries T-Birds past Sturgeon

Zach Lavy had pitched three scoreless innings of relief, keeping North Callaway in position to pull out a come-from-behind victory over the Sturgeon Bulldogs on Tuesday. In the seventh inning, with the bat in his hands, Lavy made sure both he and his team got the win.

Tuesday, April 24

Senate keeps pay raise plan on first test-vote

Nine senators want to cancel pay raises; got 15 votes

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13th circuit wins award for timely child-case hearings

Perhaps one of the most persistent complaints about America’s justice system is the amount of time it takes for the courts to hear a case, but when it comes to child abuse and neglect hearings, that is not a problem that plagues Missouri’s 13th circuit.

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Riding for God and country

Five horses laden with packs and gear, two men, a woman and a dog rode east out of Fulton through green, swaying grass under a bright blue sky Tuesday morning. It would have looked like a scene straight out of a John Ford film, if it weren’t for the rumbling semis passing by on U.S. Route 54.

Commercial vehicle checks find 659 violations

A recent drive by Troop F of the Missouri State Highway Patrol to inspect trucks, buses and other large vehicles resulted in 659 safety violations.

Mahoney to retire

Curators to launch new search

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Westminster to open campus in Arizona at Mesa

For the first time since it was founded 160 years ago, Westminster College in Fulton plans to open a second campus. The new campus will be located in Mesa, Ariz., the nation’s 38th largest city.

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Council to consider traffic study for Fifth Street light

Drivers frustrated by shortened traffic signals in downtown Fulton could soon see a solution to that problem.

Unwanted drug collection set Saturday by law enforcement

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Auxvasse Police Department and the Auxvasse Lions Club will participate in a national drug take-back program on Saturday.

Fulton fishermen to host fundraiser for ‘local hero’

The Callaway Bass Anglers have decided to start giving back, and they have chosen a local veteran as their first beneficiary.

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Westminster, William Woods ‘battle’ to save lives

Westminster College and William Woods University have been locked in a battle for almost a decade. School pride and bragging rights are what’s on the line, and with each passing year, gallons of blood are let.

Fulton cable firm to launch phone service, more channels

Charter Communications, which operates the cable television service in Fulton, on Wednesday will add phone service, faster Internet service and more high definition channels.

Eight inning run puts Blue Jays past Blackbur

Westminster junior third baseman Zeth Lavy’s sacrifice fly with no outs in the bottom of the eighth inning was the difference in a 2-1 St. Louis Intercollegiate Conference win over Blackburn on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Jays swept the final two games of the three-game series to improve to 11-22 overall and 11-10 in SLIAC play.

T-Birds offense comes alive in win over Bulldogs

The North Callaway Thunderbirds had been in an offensive slump and a losing skid as of late. Both of those are over for the time being. The T-Birds scored five runs in the sixth inning and managed to stop their two-game losing streak with an 8-0 Mid-Missouri Conference win over the South Callaway Bulldogs on Monday night.

Sunday, April 22

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Stolen credit card ring busted in Fulton

Thanks to an observant convenience store clerk, the Fulton Police Department arrested three people Friday morning for allegedly using stolen credit cards at multiple locations throughout mid-Missouri, with charges likely from other states as well.

FHS to switch from block to hourly schedule

After 15 years on block scheduling, Fulton High School is switching to an hourly schedule for the 2012-13 school year.

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Keeping Callaway Comfortable

CCH auxiliary works hard to provide for hospital, citizens

People who have bought something at the Callaway County Hospital’s gift shop might not have known that the person staffing the register was a volunteer worker, or that their money from the transaction was supporting a great cause.

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WWU sorority seesaws for charity

People in downtown Fulton Friday and Saturday morning were treated to a strange, yet incredibly familiar, sight. The women of William Woods University’s chapter of Delta Gamma tottered back to the courthouse lawn for their annual 24-hour “See-Saw For Sight” event.

FHS hopes to launch volunteer mentor program

A potential new program at Fulton High School hopes to enable at-risk teens to SOAR.

Trio of pitchers stifle Williams Baptist in Owls’ 7-1 victory

Three William Woods University pitchers combined on a four-hitter in the Owls’ 7-1 victory over Williams Baptist (Ark.) College in the first game of Saturday’s American Midwest Conference doubleheader at Owls Field

Hamilton wins 800, 1,600 at Don Dobson Invite

Fulton’s Corri Hamilton won both the 800 and 1,600 meters on Friday to direct the Lady Hornets in their own Don Dobson Invitational at the high school athletic complex.

Friday, April 20

Sprint Faces $300 Million Tax Fraud Suit

The state of New York has slapped Sprint-Nextel with a $300 million suit, accusing the wireless carrier of deliberately under-collecting and underpaying millions of dollars in New York state and local sales taxes on flat-rate access charges for wireless calling plans.

NRDC: Drivers Could Save $68 Billion Under Obama Gas Plan

Drivers will save $68 billion in fuel costs when the Obama administration’s 54.5 miles-per-gallon standard is fully implemented in 2030, according to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Study: Low-Fat Dairy Foods Reduce Stroke Risk

There's no question that full-fat yogurt, milk and cheese taste better than the low-fat varieties but a new study confirms that eating low-fat dairy foods reduces the risk of stroke.

California Considers Law Limiting Prospective Employers' Social Media Access

The recent revelation that prospective employers increasingly ask applicants for their Facebook passwords has raised eyebrows and sparked sharp reaction. California appears to be the first state to try to limit that activity.

Shamrock group to host literacy event

All aboard! The Friend to Friend group out of Shamrock is hosting a Reading Express event at Auxvasse Elementary School from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, designed with a dual purpose of promoting literacy and bringing the community together.

Library to host book discussion to ‘work children’s minds’

If your child is a fan of mysteries and puzzles, they may want to be at the Callaway County Public Library on April 28.

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Westminster alum, CIA analyst inspires students ‘to live a life of intelligence’

When Jefferson City native Heather Triplett Biehl graduated from Westminster College in 1989, she probably didn’t know that she would spend the next two decades working for the CIA, analyzing intelligence in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

FHS student receives national scholarship

Fulton High School senior Josh Hinchie knows exactly how he is going to pay for college, but it’s not just because he’s an economics whiz. Hinchie was one of just 28 Missouri high school students to be selected as recipients of a National Merit Scholarship this year, ultimately earning him a full ride to Tulsa University.

Hornets’ offense goes missing in NCMC loss to Hannibal

You can look at the three runs the Fulton Hornets gave up in the sixth inning Thursday night against the Hannibal Pirates and think that was the difference.

Hornets' tennis team posts ninth straight win

The Fulton Hornets tennis team continued to surge Thursday night, rolling to its ninth straight victory with a 9-0 shutout of Sedalia Sacred Heart at the high school athletic complex.

Lee, Lady Blue Jays mash MacMurray, sweep SLIAC twinbill

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — Sophomore pitcher Brittany Lee provided some pop on both the mound and at the plate for the Westminster College Lady Blue Jays softball team.

Thursday, April 19

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Ameren, Westinghouse form nuclear alliance

Ameren Missouri announced Thursday it has entered into an agreement with Westinghouse Electric Company to exclusively support Westinghouse’s application for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Small Modular Reactors (SMR) investment funds of up to $452 million.

White House Targets 'Manipulation' In Oil Markets

With consumers growing more surly over rising prices at the gas pump, President Obama has proposed new rules for investors who trade oil futures, to ensure there is no market manipulation.

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Out of state vehicle purchases not subject to local tax, local government picks up the tab

April marks the first full month the Missouri Supreme Court ruling deciding that Missourians who purchase vehicles outside of the state would not have to pay county sales tax went into effect, which has Callaway County officials biting their nails.

Officials to reveal plans for nuclear reactor

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and energy officials are to announce plans Thursday that could include the development of another nuclear reactor in the state. The Democratic governor’s office called the plans significant for energy development and economic growth in Missouri. Nixon and officials from Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse Electric are scheduled to make the formal announcement Thursday afternoon at the Missouri Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City.

Katy Trail open for horses in Callaway

Equestrian enthusiasts now have a new place to ride in Callaway County. Earlier this month the Katy Trail opened up a section near Mokane to horseback riding.

Hornets golf team falls to rival Mexico in NCMC dual

MEXICO — Juniors Justin Vann and Josh King, and sophomore Kory Masek each shot a 45 on Wednesday as the Fulton Hornets golf team bowed to North Central Missouri Conference rival Mexico by 18 strokes, 165-183, at Mexico Country Club.

Wednesday, April 18

Sheriff’s Office makes arrests in stealing cases

Investigation into scrap metal thefts continues

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office has made two more arrests in its ongoing efforts against scrap metal thefts throughout the county in recent months.

Area photographer in custody for recording women in dressing room

Photographer Edwin L. Morris of Auxvasse was taken into custody Tuesday by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office and charged with felony invasion of privacy.

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Beloved Callaway doctor retires after 36 years

“It takes five years to learn when to operate. 20 years to learn when not to.” These words, iced onto his cake at his retirement reception Tuesday, are a sort of catchphrase of beloved doctor Dilip Parulekar, better known to his patients and coworkers as Dr. P.

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Kilmer brings Clemens to WWU

Val Kilmer has appeared in dozens of films and television shows in his 30-year career, playing everyone from Batman to Jim Morrison to Moses. Now the actor has recently added Mark Twain to his repertoire, and is bringing the renowned author and humorist to life here in Fulton when he comes to deliver William Woods University’s commencement address in May.

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Since 1880, They Took the Authority, Opportunity, & Advantage Away From Us, the Deaf People.

In each of my three previous articles, I explained the importance of one of the three terms, “authority, opportunity, and advantage.”

Trial date set for Plunkett case

Sandra Plunkett, the Holts Summit woman charged with murder in the Jan. 1, 2011, shooting death of her husband, will go to trial Jan. 7, 2013.

Wright City ends Thunderbirds’ nine-game winning streak

AUXVASSE — The Wright City Wildcats found this trip to Callaway County to be much more to their liking.

Hornets finally win close one, clip Tigers in 10

Close games aren’t anything new for the Fulton Hornets. But this year, getting the raw end of the tight ones has been even more familiar. Headed into Tuesday night’s matchup against the Kirksville Tigers, the Hornets were 0-4 in games decided by two runs or less. Now that record stands at 1-5.

Tuesday, April 17

Lavy’s base hit helps Westminster complete sweep

A walk-off single from junior third baseman Zeth Lavy was the difference for the Blue Jays in a 5-4 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win over MacMurray on Monday afternoon. Westminster completed the series sweep with the victory and won for the fourth straight game.

Brinker dominates, T-Birds beat Eagles with late rally

Opponents have had a hard time scoring earned runs off of North Callaway Thunderbirds senior pitcher Collin Brinker this season. That trend continued.

Monday, April 16

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Beloved ‘Grandma Kemp’ provides more than just child care

There probably aren’t too many people who know of 74-year-old Delores Kemp, a Fulton native who moved away with her husband for almost 30 years before returning in 1992.

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Fulton Sears, Sutherlands to participate in state’s green tax holiday

With Earth Day coming up Sunday, the state once again is hosting its Show Me Green Sales Tax Holiday starting at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday and ending at midnight on April 25.

Missouri Guard agriculture team reports no fatalities after attack

The Missouri National Guard Agribusiness Development Team VI is reporting no fatalities or life-threatening injuries after an attack on the forward operating base where they are stationed in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province.

Sunday, April 15

Local man arrested for statutory sodomy

Paul E. White, of Fulton, was taken into custody Tuesday morning after reports that he had sexually abused two minor boys to whom he was related.

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Annual Fulton Pride Day draws big crowds despite rain

The weather couldn’t have been much more dreary Saturday, but the people of Fulton didn’t let it keep them from participating in the city’s 12th annual Fulton Pride Day.

Legislation would designate highway to honor veterans

Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, is sponsoring legislation that would designate State Road 94 in Callaway County as the AMVETS Memorial Highway.

Briefing planned Thursday on Missouri River

Residents and farmers living along the Missouri River, which stretches along Callaway County’s southern border, can receive a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers briefing Thursday afternoon in Jefferson City about predicted levels along the river this year.

Friday, April 13

Storms could be life threatening

In an unusually early and strong warning, national weather forecasters cautioned Friday that conditions are ripe for violent tornadoes to rip through the nation from Texas to Minnesota this weekend.

T-Birds reach Montgomery County title game

The North Callaway Thunderbirds got all six of their hits from three different players but still managed to win their seventh straight game.

Lady Owls take pair from Stephens

Senior pitcher Kelsey Schulte and freshman second baseman Sam Parsons played prominent roles in the William Woods University Lady Owls’ AMC sweep of Stephens College.

Thursday, April 12

South Callaway approves $180,594 in salary hikes

Board reorganized after April 3 election

Pay increases totaling $180,594 for district employees were approved Wednesday night by the South Callaway R-2 School District Board of Education.

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Jayhawker finds Callaway’s rich Civil War history arresting

The term “Jayhawker” might leave a bitter taste in any mid-Missourian’s mouth, but that has nothing on the reaction the term would have elicited 150 years ago in Callaway County, when it said more about politics than it did sports.

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Speaker urges: View U.S. as ‘Godly nation’ not ‘Christian nation’

Mayor misses Prayer Breakfast due to illness

The Fulton Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast was missing one key component Thursday morning: Mayor LeRoy Benton.

New study: Consumers highly engaged with newspaper media content across platforms

Arlington, Va.–A new study shows that in an average week, 74% of all Internet users rely on local newspaper media – digital as well as print – as key sources of news and information, and are engaging with their local newspaper across multiple platforms.

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Wilson pleads guilty to federal charge

2 other men named in charge involving Columbia insurance company

Barely 24 hours after being indicted, former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson this afternoon pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge of misappropriating $5,000 from the Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Co.

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Fulton schools do away with early release days

Gohring honored for 21 years of service on board

After four years, Fulton Public Schools will be getting rid of early release Wednesdays for the 2012-13 school year. The Fulton School Board approved a revised calendar for next year during its regular meeting Wednesday night that would switch instead to six full professional development days.

Appeals court orders new hearing in FSH employment case

The state Mental Health Department has sovereign immunity and can’t be sued for monetary damages in a worker’s compensation case, the Missouri Court of Appeals in Kansas City ruled Tuesday.

Westminster College students put on race for water

Westminster College students are giving a new meaning to the phrase “running water.” A group of students, staff, faculty and administration are putting on a 5 and 10K run at 8:30 a.m. April 14 to raise money as Westmo for H2Ope, a campaign to bring fresh drinking water to people in developing nations.

Owls baseball team splits doubleheader with Central Methodist

Sophomore second baseman Damon Adrian came through with a two-run triple and senior right fielder Brian Carr added an RBI single in William Woods University’s 5-4 win over Central Methodist University on Tuesday night at Owls Field.

Hornets golf team wins Southern Boone Invite

HARTSBURG — The Fulton Hornets golf team, led by senior medalists Glenn Ripsch and JoeRyan Anderson, took first place at the 17-team Southern Boone Invitational at Eagle Knoll Golf Course on Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 11

$105K grant sought to fund deputy pay hikes

The Callaway County Commission Tuesday approved a request by Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane to seek a $105,000 state grant to provide pay raises to deputies.The Callaway County Commission Tuesday approved a request by Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane to seek a $105,000 state grant to provide pay raises to deputies.

Fulton OKs building luxury hangars at airport

The Elton Hensley Memorial Airport may soon see more traffic thanks to a plan approved by the Fulton City Council Tuesday night. After swearing in newly-elected council members Lindsey Pace, Steve Moore, Mike West and Mary Rehklau, the council heard a presentation by developer Bob Moreland.

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MSD student places in national science fair

Missouri School for the Deaf sophomore and Springfield native Andrea Crouch traveled to New York, where her science project beat out more than 70 others to earn Second Place honors at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s 2012 National Science Fair for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students.

New CFO hired at Westminster College

Philip J. Daniels is the new vice president for business and chief financial officer at Westminster College in Fulton.

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A special egg story

Children’s librarian Janice Miller reads a story about cooking breakfast to preschoolers Tuesday morning. Eggs were the common theme in the books, stories, activities and crafts she planned for this week’s Family Story Time.

Hornets scratch out 8-2 NCMC victory over Boonville

The Fulton Hornets baseball team showed some resourcefulness in pulling itself back up to the .500 mark in the North Central Missouri Conference.

Lady Hornets upbeat despite third straight loss

Fresh off its third consecutive loss, the Fulton Lady Hornets soccer team isn’t as despondent as one might think. That may have something to do with the fact that it can avenge this loss later on in the week.

Tuesday, April 10

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William Woods graduating art students open exhibition

The Eye of the Tiger

Every year, William Woods University's graduating art class takes part in a Senior Art Show, which they must plan, raise funds and put on as part of their graduate requirements. This year's unusually large class of 17 led to their theme “The Perfect Crowd,” and it's an experience that art student and Fulton native Scott Kronk won't soon forget.

State begins test of electronic filing of lawsuits

Electronic filing of court cases is on the horizon for the Boone-Callaway 13th Judicial Circuit Court, Callaway County Circuit Clerk Judy Groner said Monday.

Holts Summit approves $222,000 sidewalk project

The Holts Summit Board of Aldermen Monday night approved a low bid of $220,000 to construct a sidewalk and culverts from the North Elementary School along South Summit Drive to Simon Boulevard.

Blue Jays get just five hits in league loss to Spalding

Five different Westminster players had the hits for the Blue Jays in their 4-0 loss to St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe Spalding on Sunday.

Hornets bat back Kirksville in NCMC showdown

Despite a 7-5 conference win over Moberly last Thursday, Fulton boys tennis coach Louis Schnoebelen hoped to see a better effort out of his team on the road Monday at Kirksville. They gave him just that, besting the Tigers 9-3 in North Central Missouri Conference play.

Monday, April 9

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A dinner for Addison

Every parent hopes and prays for a healthy baby, but when their friends weren’t blessed with one, an Auxvassse couple have stepped up to help out.

Sunday, April 8

Seeking extensions to file state, federal income taxes may be costly

Taxpayers pondering whether to seek an extension on filing state and federal taxes this year should be aware they run the risk of piling up substantial late payment penalties if they don’t pay any taxes due when they request an extension.

Who qualifies for state property tax credit?

Eligibility for program limited by total income

Many Missourians age 65 or older wonder if they qualify for the state’s low income circuit breaker tax credit for property tax relief.

Mayor to receive MU Alumni Award

Fulton mayor LeRoy Benton is set to receive the Mizzou Alumni Association’s Annual Alumni-Faculty Award from Callaway County's branch this month.

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Operation Game Thief trailer visits Fulton

Anyone who stopped by Fulton High School April 6 saw an array of antlers, pelts, skins and trophies so vast they would make any avid hunter instantly green with envy.

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Fulton First Baptist Church Easter Egg Hunt

Two-year-old Josiah Carroll, son of James and Amanda Carroll of Fulton, finds an egg Saturday morning during an Easter Egg Hunt near the Humphrey Pavilion at Veterans Park in Fulton. The hunt was sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Fulton.

Lady Owls hit both ends of spectrum in AMC sweep of Columbia College

COLUMBIA — The William Woods University Lady Owls softball team experienced extremes at the plate while picking up a pair of important conference wins.

Brinker tames Indians in T-Birds’ 1-0 victory

HALLSVILLE — North Callaway senior starter Collin Brinker threw a three-hitter and struck out 11, and the Thunderbirds manufactured just enough offense to slip past Hallsville 1-0 in Friday’s Mid-Missouri Conference opener.

Saturday, April 7

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New all-you-care-to-eat buffet opens in Fulton

CK’s Buffet, a new all-you-care-to-eat restaurant featuring fried chicken, opened Saturday in Fulton.

Friday, April 6

Callaway Community Hospital receives $5 million loan to finance improvements

Callaway Community Hospital has received a $5 million loan to finance $1.5 million in improvements and lower its debt costs.

Callaway Board of Associates celebrates 50th anniversary

The Callaway County Board of Associates, which raises money for 22 annual college scholarships in Callaway County, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Eleanor Roosevelt impersonator to visit Fulton

Mid-Missourians will get a chance to meet a First Lady right out of history April 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m. While she's only a facsimile, renowned Eleanor Roosevelt impersonator Jessica Michna will bring her dramatic presentation of anecdotes, “First Lady of the World,” to Westminster College.

Matthews' monster effort energizes Hornets

Fulton senior Jake Matthews started the day on the mound and then moved to third base. But he stayed all over the pitching of the Mexico Bulldogs on Thursday night.

Lady Hornets suffer second straight loss

Hannibal tallied a pair of second-half goals in handing the Fulton Lady Hornets soccer team its second loss in a row and its first North Central Missouri Conference setback, 2-0 on Thursday night.

Thursday, April 5

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Fulton man sentenced for death of Fulton woman

French gets 22-year term for causing heroin death

Trevonn Lionel French, 36, Fulton, has been sentenced to more than 22 years in federal prison without parole for distributing heroin that resulted in the Jan. 9, 2011, death of Summer Bond, 28, Fulton.

Senate gives first-round approval to 10-year teacher tenure

Senators, on a voice vote, defeated an amendment to keep 5-year tenure for current teachers.

By Whose Advantage

Dictionaries commonly define the term, “advantage,” as: “a superior or favorable position in relation to somebody or something,” and “to hope for gaining an advantage in the negotiations.” This article is similar to the two previous articles entitled “By Whose Authority,” and “By Whose Opportunity.”

Fulton Garden Club prepares for spring sale

Proceeds to beautify Fulton

With a mild winter behind us and a warm spring here to stay, Fulton residents will be working hard to make their gardens bigger and better this year.

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SoCal buses pass state inspection

MOKANE — South Callaway students and staff can rest easy in their bus seats after state inspections April 4. One hundred percent of the R-II district's 22 buses passed with flying colors, for the ninth time in seven years.

Callaway County records third highest youth turkey kill

The recent two-day youth turkey season resulted in hunters bagging 4,319 turkeys in Missouri.

Hitting, defensive issues trip Hornets in loss to Marshall

One night after a dramatic comeback victory, the Fulton Hornets baseball team lacked offensive punch while crippling itself with a pair of costly defensive lapses.

Wednesday, April 4

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Kimminau wins South Callaway school board recount

The importance of a single vote was demonstrated Wednesday when a recount of Tuesday’s South Callaway R-2 School District Board of Education election at Mokane resulted in a one-vote victory for Greg Kimminau.

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Moore returns for another term in Fulton fourth ward

It is to be another two years for longtime Ward 4 Councilman Steve Moore. Moore, who has served on the Fulton City Council for 28 years, barely edged out challenger Kathy Segerson in Tuesday’s election with 74 votes to her 69.

South Callaway school board election ends in tie

An automatic recount of votes will be conducted today after the election for the South Callaway Board of Education ended in a tie for one of the two expiring seats on the board.

New Bloomfield, Auxvasse approve bond issues

New mayor elected in New Bloomfield

A sewer and water bond issue in Auxvasse and a street bond issue in New Bloomfield received overwhelming approval in area city elections Tuesday.

Depping returns, Donohue to join Fulton Board

The Fulton School Board will welcome one familiar face and one new one at its next meeting on April 11.

Zerr, Starkey elected to NoCal School Board

Incumbent Dennis Zerr will be returning to the North Callaway School Board, alongside newcomer Scott Starkey.

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Callaway’s Crusade

Local restaurateur’s philanthropy a labor of faith, love

Guthrie Township may only have just over 600 denizens, but that pales in comparison to the number of people who have heard of Tonanzios over the years. Its owner, Tom Dawson, has established locations all throughout the state of Missouri and as far southeast as Florida. Dawson has fed governors and musicians, serving Connie Francis her first slice of pizza.

New Director to sustain health of Westminster’s Wellness Center

First year on the job, Dr. Kasi Howard plans to uphold the effectiveness of Westminster College’s Wellness Center, a part of Westminster’s Counseling and Health Services Department. Located in the basement of Westminster Hall, students are able to visit the center to either seek medical attention or counseling.

CCH joins statewide effort to improve patient care

Callaway Community Hospital has joined the Missouri Hospital Association’s Hospital Engagement Network to help improve patient care and reduce preventable hospital readmissions.

Nickelson, Matthews’ HRs top off Hornets’ comeback

Fulton surges past Moberly 10-7, picks up first NCMC win of season

The Fulton Hornets summoned some vigor when they rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, tying Tuesday night’s North Central Missouri Conference game with Moberly.

Osage brings halt to Lady Hornets hot start

Heads, shoulders and spirits were down as Fulton Lady Hornets head coach Kati Wallace stood in the middle of a seated circle of her players just to the side of the field.

Tuesday, April 3

Callaway County election results

Here are unofficial final results from the April 3, 2012, election in Callaway County.

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Lawmen shoot, kill Williamsburg man near Fulton

Timothy Earl Simpson, 34, of Williamsburg was shot and killed early Monday morning by law enforcement officers after he leveled a weapon on them while they were responding to reports of shots fired in the Green Meadows Subdivision west of Fulton.

Shooting victim had long record of convictions

State court records reveal the Williamsburg man who was shot and killed by law enforcement officers early Monday morning had a record of more than a dozen arrests and convictions on a variety of minor criminal charges in Callaway County.

Wine tasting to benefit Our House

Our House: Caring for Callaway’s Homeless is hoping area residents think a wine tasting is the best way to wind down after tax day.

KPI, UW offer opportunity to ‘shred it and forget it’

Celebrity banquet to be held April 14

Kingdom Projects and the Callaway County United Way are asking area residents to let them help dispose of sensitive paperwork during the month of April to help them raise money.

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Students, community can seek spiritualty during Holy Week at Westminster

As Easter Sunday is just days away, Westminster College celebrates Holy Week; a time in which Christians commemorate Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, his last week on Earth, his Crucifixion, and resurrection.

Blue Jays take take first two, drop third against Eureka

Westminster gave up three runs to the Eureka Red Devils in the bottom of the eighth inning, allowing the Red Devils to prevail 7-6 over the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon. Westminster was unable to complete the sweep of Eureka after taking the first two games of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic conference series on Saturday.

Weiss scores twice, Lady Hornets remain unbeaten

Fulton Lady Hornets soccer coach Kati Wallace thinks of her senior midfielder Lola Weiss as a force to be reckoned with when on the field. Weiss scored a pair of goals, helping the Lady Hornets to a 4-2 North Central Missouri Conference win over the Kirksville Lady Tigers on Monday night to remain unbeaten.

Monday, April 2

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Williamsburg man shot, killed Monday near Fulton by law enforcement officers

Timmy Simpson, 34, of Williamsburg was shot and killed early Monday morning by law enforcement officers after he leveled a weapon on them while they were responding to reports of shots fired in the Green Meadows Subdivision west of Fulton.

Sunday, April 1

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McDonald’s in Fulton closes

Restaurant to be rebuilt with reopening set July 1

The McDonald’s Restaurant on Business 54 South in Fulton closed on Saturday afternoon to prepare for demolition of the current building on Wednesday.

Voters to decide bonds, city offices on Tuesday

Ward 4 race is Fulton’s contest

Callaway County voters go to the polls on Tuesday to select city and school officials and approve or reject bond proposals.

One Read voting opens Monday

After receiving more than 140 reader suggestions, the One Read Reading Panel has narrowed that list down to two books for area library patrons to vote on for the Daniel Boone Regional Library’s 2012 community reading program, starting Monday.

2 Civil War panels to mark Moore’s Mill battle site

Two new historic marker panels will be dedicated this summer near Calwood along the Civil War Gray Ghosts Trail driving tour in Callaway County.

Two arrested on drug charges

Sheriff’s office investigates construction thefts

Three suspects are facing drug charges after a disturbance call early Friday morning.

Derek Fletcher's sacrifice fly in ninth boosts Owls

The William Woods University Owls leaned on some late-inning dramatics in toppling AMC leader Missouri Baptist University.

Lady Hornets turn back Boonville, stay unbeaten

The Fulton Lady Hornets soccer team wrapped up a full week in remaining undefeated.

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Brinker, Thunderbird bats bust up Hornets

North Callaway pitcher Collin Brinker only needed to throw 10 second-inning pitches before receiving a visit from Thunderbirds head coach Kevin O’Neal. Already up 5-0 on the Fulton Hornets, the senior right-hander relinquished a leadoff single and then walked back-to-back batters to load the bases.