Friday, August 31
A Holts Summit couple is in custody after a search of their residence yielded drugs and stolen firearms Thursday.
Auxvasse Elementary School is hosting a health fair from noon until 7 p.m. on Sept. 13, and is inviting area residents to come find out what kinds of services they have access to.
Hottest, driest in 118 years
A widespread drought throughout the Midwest has caused a shortage of forages needed by cow-calf cattle farms in Central Missouri.
Except for a chance encounter earlier Thursday, a Kingdom City woman might have lost $4,000 in a classic grandmother scam.
Fulton preschoolers and kindergartners will have new books and high-tech learning equipment, thanks to two grants from Dollar General.
Representatives from several disaster and public health organizations in Callaway County will be teaming up to host the county’s first community-wide disaster-preparedness meeting in Millersburg.
The Fulton Lady Hornets volleyball team was pushed in the second game, but still came away with the victory in its North Central Missouri Conference opener against Marshall on Thursday night.
The Fulton Hornets’ defense was dissected for more than 500 yards of total offense in last week’s 50-14 loss at School of the Osage in the season opener.
The South Callaway Bulldogs are taking every precaution to keep a stirring win in perspective.
The North Callaway Thunderbirds have no time to dwell, so they’ve wadded up their disappointment, discarded it and moved on.
Thursday, August 30
About 60 position to be cut in move
CALIFORNIA, MO. — Cargill announced Thursday it is shutting down its third shift Oct. 12 at its California plant. The cut is expected to affect 61 employees
2-6 inches predicted during this weekend
The Fulton Utilities Department and other Central Missouri cities are bracing for heavy rains that may hit Friday and Saturday in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac.
While the average composite ACT score improved for three of Callaway County’s school districtsin 2012, administrators all said they still see a need to do better.
For the past two years, the city and the airport advisory board have been working with H. W. Lochner in Kansas City to develop a master plan for the Elton Hensley Memorial Airport.
When 325 new students moved into Westminster College last week, some of them brought the school and the surrounding community a splash of international flair.
Officials here said a petition circulating to have the state audit the city’s finances in response to utility bills and the well project could cost citizens more money in the long run.
The MUSTANG Drug Task Force, with assistance from several area law enforcement agencies, arrested two New Bloomfield residents after meth and stolen goods were found on their property at 8522 Old Highway 54.
While the Fulton Hornets football team will be seeking its first win of the season in Friday’s home opener against Versailles, it will also be looking to beat the rain.
Wednesday, August 29
The Fulton School Board will have good news for local patrons Thursday morning.
Nine-year-old Zoee Schuster started hunting two years ago because it was something her father and her older sister were involved in.
Holt, Klosterman played football, baseball at FHS
They were classmates at Fulton High School when they graduated in the same class a quarter century ago.
Both competed at Illinois event
Two William Woods University equestrian summer workers, Krista Spencer and Heather Kruse, won awards during last weekend’s dressage competition in the Centerline Dressage Classic at Springfield, Ill.
A farm family with a 4-H legacy was selected by the University of Missouri Extension to represent Callaway County at the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day.
Junior pitcher Abby Bartley pitched seven innings and struck out seven Lady Hornet batters in South Callaway’s 2-0 win over Fulton at home on Tuesday night.
Tuesday, August 28
Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green agreed with the challengers Tuesday, accepting one of their alternative proposals as the ballot language voters will see Nov. 6 on a measure about “health care exchanges.”
The Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce Monday sent emails to businesses in Callaway County informing them that The Callaway Bank needs chamber members to be aware of a scam artist who is attempting to secure an appointment to review merchants’ identification numbers.
Proceeds from iTunes sales to help rebuild Joplin
William Woods University’s chaplain has joined forces with a Tim McGraw tribute act and a local multimedia production company to write a Mizzou football-themed parody of McGraw’s hit “Southern Voice,” with proceeds from the song going toward the relief effort in Joplin.
A series of construction projects at Elton Hensley Memorial Airport concluded with paint drying on the runway numbers, according to City Engineer Greg Hayes at the Airport Advisory Board meeting Monday.
On Wednesday a staff representative of Ninth District Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, will be at the Fulton City Hall to meet with constituents to answer questions and share concerns.
Missouri students attending college inside the state — including those at Westminster College and William Woods University — are scheduled to receive modest state scholarship increases this year.
Fulton head volleyball coach Megan Youse feared the game might be getting away from her team early on against the Centralia Lady Panthers.
Sunday, August 26
Several area youth were taken into custody early Sunday morning after Callaway County authorities broke up an underage drinking party.
Farmers should use care before feeding drought-damaged corn or soybeans plants to cattle, University Extension specialists warn.
A Mid-Missouri artist known in part for his photographs of Fulton is featured in an exhibit at William Woods’ Cox Gallery alongside his mentor.
Fulton bank sues San Francisco bank
Kevin Ray Asbury, 44, a former Howard County man accused of an $8 million cattle fraud, was sentenced Thursday in federal district court in Jefferson City to nine years in federal prison without parole.
Five minutes in and it looked like the Fulton Hornets football team was all ready out of it.
KINGDOM CITY — South Callaway head football coach Tim Rulo cautioned his team about the coming “blur.”
Saturday, August 25
Event had special meaning to one entry
Adam Elley of Mokane, who grew up on a Callaway County farm near Hams Prairie, has some special memories of the International Harvester McCormick-Deering Farmall H farm tractor he and his nine-year-old son Seth drove Saturday through eastern Callaway County.
Friday, August 24
County clerk to decide within next two weeks
In a public meeting Thursday night, about 100 residents of the Carrington area asked Callaway County Clerk Denise Hubbard to return voting to the Round Prairie Voting Precinct at Carrington.
When Melinda McEwen found out her job as an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor was being phased out by William Woods University due to a decline in international student enrollment, she turned the bad news into a business opportunity.
Officers reminisce about history of Market St. station
Fulton’s Finest will officially have a new place to call home for the first time in 44 years this afternoon.
145 lose jobs during July
During July the number of unemployed Callaway Countians increased by 145 as workers without jobs continues to increase in the county and throughout the state.
Kitty Zeugin now Republican candidate for position
Callaway County voters will see a different name on the general election ballot than was on the primaries this year.
Until the beginning of the third quarter of last year’s season opener against the School of the Osage Indians, Joe Schlemeier figures he had taken about one meaningful varsity snap as a Fulton Hornet quarterback.
If the North Callaway football team was feeling a little brash coming off its Class 3 quarterfinal appearance in 2011, the Thunderbirds received a humbling reality check earlier this summer.
Two games for the North Callaway Ladybirds, two complete-game wins for Danielle Cassidy. The sophomore allowed one earned run on four hits, striking out six and walking two in North Callaway’s 6-1 win over the South Callaway Lady Bulldogs on Thursday night.
MOKANE — After such an impressive run, the South Callaway Bulldogs football team is seemingly starting over.
Thursday, August 23
Although there are no laws in Callaway County preventing residents from burning trash or yard waste, local fire officials are hoping they will use their common sense and hold off until weather conditions improve.
Auxvasse officials are asking residents to limit their water usage until a broken pump at the water tower can be repaired.
Come from near and far for small classes, equestrian programs
The William Woods University campus was alive with activity for its move-in day Wednesday.
Fulton Education Center uses smart boards, technology to help kids learn
Fulton’s preschoolers will soon be using technology that will help them learn faster and leave them more prepared for later in their educational careers.
AUXVASSE — Junior first baseman Maddie Sorell’s two-run double highlighted a five-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday night, sparking the North Callaway Ladybirds to a 6-1 season-opening victory over Sturgeon.
Wednesday, August 22
District may have to consider adding more personnel to shifts
If the current trend of higher call rates continues, the Callaway County Ambulance District may have to consider adding more personnel to help handle the increased volume.
Fulton group shores up partnership with Rwanda
Hannah Minchow-Proffitt knew before she left Kibungo, Rwanda last summer that she would be back to Fulton and Callaway County’s sister community.
With its traditional Ivy Ceremony, new students will be welcomed to William Woods University today.
Foundation to give $10K in October
With student achievement increasing despite tight budgets, community support for the New Bloomfield School District continues to build.
Golfers wanting to benefit the Callaway Branch of the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter can register now for the Masters of Disaster Golf Tournament Thursday at Tanglewood Golf Course in Fulton.
Thanks to one local bar owner and military veteran, bikers in mid-Missouri will have a chance to win prizes while giving people who served the armed forces a chance to visit the nation’s capital.
Tuesday’s meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission consisted primarily of several updates on continuing projects.
Tuesday, August 21
A bridge replacement project on Missouri 94 over Eagle Creek in Callaway County is complete.
Callaway County entities levying property taxes probably will have to set their tax rates again because county vehicle assessments were not completed by the deadline for setting tax rates for this year.
Three months after announcing a special loan incentive program, The Callaway Bank’s plan to help jump-start Fulton’s downtown revitalization efforts has yielded some results.
After a successful barbecue fundraiser Sunday afternoon, Our House: Caring for Callaway’s Homeless received more good financial news Monday when the organization received a Wal-Mart Community Grant.
Two people were injured in recent accidents in Callaway County.
Roy Shields Jr., 23, Columbia, was arrested Saturday night by Callaway County Sheriff’s deputies on burglary and stealing charges.
For South Callaway head football coach Tim Rulo, this was just a preliminary marker in the development of his 2012 Bulldogs.
Sunday, August 19
During this summer’s prolonged severe drought, about 180 Callaway County farmers have applied for federal and state aid to help provide water to livestock.
With local singer and news anchor Carissa Biele at the helm as emcee, organizers are hoping the Fulton State Hospital Foundation’s 6th Annual Bluegrass and BBQ event from noon until 6 p.m. on Sept. 9 will continue to be a successful fundraiser for the organization.
After Kingdom City’s tax assessment declined this year, the Board of Trustees of the village has raised this year’s real estate and property tax rate a fraction of a cent that will produce only an extra $1,064 to the city.
In what is only her second pageant, one young Fulton woman has the chance to compete for a shot at Miss Teen USA.
Fulton will work to clean up mistakes before opener at School of the Osage
It’s just a practice. A glorified practice. That’s what Fulton Hornets head football coach Pat Kelley emphasized to his players following their final scrimmage against the Kirksville Tigers at the Blair Oaks jamboree Friday night. But it was no excuse.
Longtime Westminster College athletic administrator Terry Logue announced Friday he will retire from the school effective Aug. 31.
Friday, August 17
The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) has announced the approval of projects in California and Fulton under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
The New Bloomfield School Board Thursday night approved a fractional cut in the tax rate for the 2012-13 school year.
Has history of volunteerism, calls helping “therapeutic”
When David Hamilton takes vacation time from his work with an engineering firm based out of Columbia, he doesn’t pack up the van and head for Disney World.
Citing space and budget concerns, the animal shelter committee decided not to pursue the suggested plan to lease space in the new shelter to other cities and organizations as a place to bring stray animals.
At Thursday’s tax rate hearing and board meeting, the North Callaway Board of Education set the 2012 tax rate.
Spend an evening as a refugee, help save tigers, discuss health care in third-world countries, an animal safari. Local readers will have the opportunities to experience all of these activities and more as part of programming for the Daniel Boone Regional Library’s 2012 One Read Program.
Thursday, August 16
Company serves 15,000 patients
A Fulton firm that has been manufacturing artificial limbs for 17 years recently opened a practice to fit patients with prosthetic devices in the same location at 110 Industrial Drive.
Local residents looking for a fresh coat of red on their toes, a new hairstyle, a deeper tan or a relaxing massage now have a new option in Fulton.
Discuss leasing space in new Fulton shelter
Stray and abandoned animals are running rampant throughout the county, and one Fulton councilman has proposed an arrangement that could alleviate some of the problem while bringing in the city more money.
Carmen Brandt hugs her grandson, Brynn Bynum, after his first day as a 3rd grader at Bush Elementary School Wednesday.
More than 21 local restaurants, businesses, groups and organizations will be bringing a dish to Westminster College’s first Taste of Callaway event Sunday.
Wednesday, August 15
All Callaway County public schools except Fulton met all 14 Annual Performance Report (APR) standards set for 2012 by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Trash rates likely to go up soon
After a strong public reaction against the idea, the Fulton City Council decided Tuesday night not to follow the recommendation of an engineering firm that advised the city do away with the east-west facing stoplights at the intersection of Fifth and Market streets.
Our House: Caring for Callaway’s Homeless is hosting a barbecue Sunday, and executive director Brad Sheppard is hoping a large number of his Callaway neighbors show up to support the organization.
Kathy Becker, executive director of Missouri Girls Town at Kingdom City, got some good news recently when she learned the State of Missouri has approved a 70 percent tax credit for donations to finance a Girls Town building renovation project in Callaway County at Kingdom City.
From usage rates to the new well project, residents here have questions — and a few gripes — regarding water.
Fulton native Derek Hux did not take the most traditional path to becoming an attorney: He started out as a carpet salesman.
Tuesday, August 14
Crane’s Country Store, Studio Seven photography hold Missouri Model Search
Aspiring mid-Missouri models have their chance at a photo shoot and shopping spree thanks to Crane’s Country Store’s Missouri Model Search.
The Holts Summit Board of Aldermen was asked Monday night to allow a public vote on whether to permit bars to offer liquor by the drink.
Goal is $48,000 for local colleges
The Fulton Colleges Fund has collected $46,000 in donations toward its $48,000 goal to provide 24 scholarships to Callaway County students enrolling at either Westminster College or William Woods University.
When he graduated 8th grade in 1954, Larry Rehma probably thought he was done doing homework for the Portland schoolhouse.
Westminster received 55 points and three first-place votes in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference preseason football poll released on Monday. Greenville College (58 points) and College of St. Scholastica (55 points) matched the Blue Jays’ first-place vote total but finished first and second respectively.
Sunday, August 12
Callaway County Sheriff’s deputies, with help from the Fulton Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol, arrested three people from Fulton, Mokane and New Bloomfield following a chase through the county.
While most livestock owners in mid-Missouri are raising cattle, hogs and horses, one Auxvasse woman is tending to a more exotic furry herd.
Mike Backer, chairman of the Callaway County Central Democratic Committee, said Friday he has organized a bipartisan public meeting on Aug. 23 of voters in the Carrington area to discuss continuation of the Round Prairie Voting Precinct at Carrington.
MOKANE — The Old-Time Fiddler’s Contest at the Mokane Lion’s World’s Fair is a decades-old tradition.
Thanks to new federal guidelines designed to encourage young people to make healthier eating choices, Fulton students are going to be seeing some changes in the cafeteria this year.
Saturday, August 11
Callaway County event was along Missouri 94
Time trials for the 2012 Missouri State Bicycle Championships started at 9 a.m. Saturday in Callaway County along State Road 94 next to the Missouri River.
Friday, August 10
Backpacks are stacked on a table at Callaway Christian Church Thursday afternoon, waiting to be filled by area children on Saturday as part of SERVE Inc.’s Back to School Supplies and Services Fair. To be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church, located at 2051 Silver Dr. in Fulton, the event includes free school supplies, health screenings, haircuts, lunch and information on a variety of community resources.
Callaway Hills Stable, near New Bloomfield, will pay host to this year’s Town and Country Dinner Sept. 18.
Offers care for seniors between hospital and home
Presbyterian Manor of Fulton now offers more private rehabilitation care for seniors 65 and up transitioning between acute hospital care and home.
As a new school year is about to begin, supporters of Fulton Public Schools are hoping to generate some extra funds for district teachers and students.
Thursday, August 9
Students to see big changes in lunch line
Thanks in large part to a little more than $6 million drop in assessed valuation for the county, local residents will be seeing an increased tax rate for 2012-13.
Jobless rate edges upward
Callaway County’s unemployment rate has been edging back up slightly for the last three months.
License won’t expire for another 12 years
Ameren Missouri’s request for a 20-year license renewal to operate the nuclear reactor at the Callaway Energy Center has been delayed but not rejected by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Since 1998, the Fulton Rotary Club has recognized Callaway County law enforcement officers for their service to the community.
District does well in annual performance report
Residents in the South Callaway School District won’t have to worry about their tax rate increasing this year. The operating tax rate will remain the same, at $2.75.
Event on Missouri 94 in Callaway County
Motorists traveling in Callaway County on Missouri Highway 94 Saturday morning have been urged to use extra care because the highway will be used for the 2012 Missouri State Bicycle Championship time trials.
Dala Dunn of Kingdom City hopes to turn a hobby into a livelihood.
Wednesday, August 8
In the Republican primary election Tuesday, incumbent Doc Kritzer of Fulton and newcomer Randall Kleindienst of Kingdom City both won their party’s nomination for the Callaway County Commission.
With daily temperatures still hovering near the century mark, utility bill cooling aid to needy people is again depleted in Central Missouri.
Fulton Public Schools students will have a few scheduling changes to adjust to for the upcoming 2012-13 school year.
New Mokane Bar and Grill owner Mel Atterberry is hoping to draw 1,000 bikers to his bar on Sept. 8 in support of a good cause: Central Missouri Honor Flight.
The title “My last article” does not mean I am finished writing.
Served on nuclear submarine for surveillance missions
Many people in Fulton know Mike Speek as their kids’ former football or soccer coach, Callaway Nuclear Plant worker and Fastenal manager. Less know him as EM1 (SS) Mike Speek, Cold War espionage agent for the Navy. During his tenure in the service, Speek served on a nuclear submarine tasked with keeping tabs on Soviet military activity.
Tuesday, August 7
At 12:13 a.m., Tuesday, the Emergency Operation Center in Fulton received notification from the Jefferson City Police Department of a stabbing victim in the emergency room of St Mary’s Health Center.
Despite lower numbers, livestock events a success
After a move to put more of an emphasis on music failed to draw the crowds expected, organizers of the Kingdom of Callaway County Fair say they will return to a more tried-and-true schedule next year.
The Old-Time Fiddle Contest at the Kingdom of Callaway County Fair drew a small crowd of musicians to the fairgrounds Saturday afternoon, many of them youths under the age of 16.
An alley here will give Mokane cars a little less trouble, thanks to a grant from the county commissioner’s office.
Absence of grass adds to cattle stress
Missouri farmers have been cautioned to watch for premature births of calves caused by heat stress on pregnant cows.
An alley here will give Mokane cars a little less trouble, thanks to a grant from the county commissioner’s office.
The Fulton Fire Department responded to a house fire Aug. 2 at 1009 Chippewa Drive, on the north end of town.
Sept. 24 is the deadline for Callaway County farmers to sign up for federal drought aid that pays up to 75 percent of the cost of providing emergency water to livestock.
Currently 9 churches with hazard agreements in county
The myth that showers must be present for a building to be eligible as a Red Cross-partnered hazard shelter is a rumor that is present among church boards, civic groups and even governments, and the aid group hopes to lay it to rest.
Monday, August 6
Callaway County Clerk Denise Hubbard said Friday after Tuesday’s primary election she is willing to reconsider the possible return of voting at the Carrington Precinct in the November general election.
Sunday, August 5
Callaway County Western District Commissioner Doc Kritzer said Thursday full dental services to needy Callaway County residents will be available soon through a cooperative agreement with the Community Health Center of Central Missouri.
According to Virgil and Joy Gardner, Callaway County has some of the best ham in the state.
The Kingdom of Callaway County Fair has a strong association with the county’s 4-H and FFA programs, particularly when it comes to providing area youth an opportunity to show the swine, sheep, goats and cattle they have worked so hard to raise.
The Bemberger brothers are two of a kind.
Two Republicans are competing in Tuesday’s primary election for the Callaway County Eastern District Commissioner’s job now held by Democrat Gabe Craighead, who did not seek re-election. They are Randall Kleindienst of Kingdom City and Carl Linnenbringer of Hatton.
Saturday, August 4
Jefferson City police arrested a California, Mo., man after a car chase Friday night.
Friday, August 3
Amid the familiar deep-fried candy bars, face painters and game vendors crowding the fair this year is a rather unusual sight for mid-Missouri. Brave fairgoers adventurous enough to wander into the seemingly unassuming white tent in the middle of the fairgrounds get to bump shoulders with some tamed, reptilian friends.
There were numerous chickens, several goats and family pets with names ranging from Freckles to Foxy paraded through the show arena during the Children’s Small Animal Show at the Kingdom of Callaway Fair Thursday night, but 8-year-old Curtis Humphreys of Fulton gave one of the most crowd-pleasing answers to the question “What is your chicken’s name?”
When many people think of fair food, they have visions of corn dogs, funnel cake and deep-fried pickles or Twinkies sold out of yellow trailers with flashing lights.
Verneile Jones is a mother of 10, grandmother to 30 and great-grandmother to 30 more.
The Fulton Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 1009 Chippewa Drive on Thursday night.
Thursday, August 2
Offord to be Interim Provost
After months of hard work and preparation, a group of 37 area youth ended their day at the Kingdom of Callaway County Fair with a little bit of extra money.
This weekend Central Missouri shoppers won’t be paying the 4.225 state sales tax on back-to-school purchases.
A tiny rancher shows off her stock during the Bucket Calf Show at the Callaway County Fair Wednesday. Dozens of Callawegians young and old got to take part in the livestock festivities throughout the day.
Champion bolsters family’s legacy
This year’s Callaway County Fair 4-H FFA Ham Auction drew in big numbers, with hams selling upwards of $525.
When competitors in the Callaway County truck pull hauled their way to victory Tuesday, they earned something a little more special than prize money. They also earn a trophy that reminds them of a big player in the annual event’s early days.
After peaking at 18 in 2009, traffic deaths in Callaway County have been declining during the last four years, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.
Fatalities reverse downward trend
An upsurge in traffic deaths in Missouri has prompted the Missouri Department of Transportation to help increase awareness of drivers to the growing number of fatalities and the importance of wearing a seat belt.
Wednesday, August 1
Both seek office of commissioner
The only contested county office involving Holts Summit voters in Tuesday’s primary election is the race involving Callaway County Western District Commissioner Donald (Doc) Kritzer and his Republican opponent, Bill Gallowa
For the past five years, local residents seeking to buy stamps, send care packages to loved ones away at school or serving in the military, or mail off their annual stack of Christmas cards, the smiling face behind the counter at the Kingdom City Post Office has been that of Marilyn Farley.
Moser provides lead donation
As the lead gift, Roger Moser of Moser’s Supermarkets has contributed $2,500 to the Fulton Colleges Fund Drive.
Ask just about any of the area youth participating in the livestock exhibits at the Kingdom of Callaway County Fair how they got started with 4-H and/or FFA and the answer will include an explanation of older siblings, parents or other relatives who were involved when they were younger.