Monday, December 31
A storm system is bringing Missouri a round of wintry weather to usher in the new year.
Sunday, December 30
The new year starts Tuesday, and with it come the usual resolutions to start over, be better. The Fulton Sun surveyed residents and visitors out and about in downtown Fulton Saturday to find out what their goals are as they prepare for a new beginning in 2013.
Marsha Chism was honored Friday during a retirement reception at the Callaway County Courthouse for her 34 years of service to the Callaway County Treasurer’s Office.
A number of area business people turned out to show their appreciation for outgoing Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce Director Nancy Lewis and everything she has done for the community over the last 21 years at her going away reception Friday afternoon. Lewis started with the chamber in 1988.
The Fulton girls basketball team used the Lebanon Central Bank Holiday Tournament to find its offensive groove. And now that they have that, they’re finding some victories.
Friday, December 28
Faces charges of assault, failure to appear
A parole absconder from Auxvasse gave the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office a late Christmas present when he turned himself in early Friday morning.
In what might be the fastest amount of time they’ve ever earned, the Callaway County United Way has reached just more than 96 percent of its fall campaign goal as of this month.
A Reuters analysis of U.S. government data on background checks run on prospective gunbuyers in the past 13 years has shown that statistically, firearm sales tend to boom following mass shootings.
Callaway County residents have until Monday to return their property and real estate tax payments to the county collector’s office.
Abandoned horses a rising problem in the county
The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the owner of three horses found running loose near Williamsburg Thursday.
Senior guard Stephanie Hughes poured in a team-leading 22 points and five 3-pointers, but No. 9 seeded Fulton couldn’t overcome the top-seeded Crocker Lady Lions in a 79-64 loss at the Lebanon Central Bank Holiday Tournament on Thursday morning.
Thursday, December 27
Callaway County’s 2013 budget has increased spending for some departments and offices and less for others.
School safety is just one topic of discourse that has swept the nation following the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., resulting in the deaths of more than 20 children.
Pay raises ranging from $300 to $700 per employee are likely to be granted to Callaway County employees next year, Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann said Wednesday.
Wednesday, December 26
Tests begin in two years
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education plans to require schools to give achievement tests on computers starting with the 2014-15 school year.
Part of national drive to make “happy environment” for students following tragedy
Thanks to one teacher’s coordination, Fulton Middle School students will be sending at least 200 paper snowflakes to welcome students back from break to the new Sandy Hook Elementary School building in Newtown, Conn.
The office staff of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., is hosting a Listening Post event on Jan. 3 at the Callaway County Courthouse.
President Obama has signed legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth. removing a requirement that automatic teller machines (ATMs) display duplicative signs disclosing fees.
Sunday, December 23
Members of the Fulton office of the Missouri Division of Probation and Parole Friday donated almost 100 coats to the Redeem Project, which provides services to former prison inmates reentering society.
The donut America runs on has come to Callaway.
The New Bloomfield Board of Aldermen Thursday night reviewed the city’s proposed 2013 budget but took no final action.
“Miss Connie” Cashion wears many hats in Callaway County, whether she’s helping Anne Erbschloe with The Soup Kitchen or collecting donated clothes, toys, furniture and more to drive around and deliver year-round to the county’s homeless or those in need.
Cale L. Woolsey, 34, of Holts Summit, was arrested Wednesday morning when he fled from a vehicle and was later recovered by the Callaway County sheriff’s Department near several different types of controlled substances.
Two unnamed juveniles ages 14 and 15 confessed to burglarizing and vandalizing the Reform Baptist church, 8734 State Road CC in Steedman, Callaway County Sheriff’s Office officials said.
Slick roads caused by the season’s first snow storm on Thursday are blamed for causing three accidents and four injuries in Callaway County, and two fatalities and two more injuries in Gasconade County.
JEFFERSON CITY — You won’t see many better defensive efforts in boys’ varsity basketball than what Chamois did Saturday afternoon.
JEFFERSON CITY — It was closer than expected.
Friday, December 21
The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Joseph B. Wyatt, 24, a parole absconder from Auxvasse.
Due to “whiteout” conditions, the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri State Highway Patrol closed down I-70 between mile marker 148 in Kingdom City and marker 128 in Columbia for about 11 minutes Thursday.
Intruder training also to be offered
The New Bloomfield R-3 School District Board of Education has decided to update the school’s crisis management plan and provide intruder training for teachers.
Darrin D. Smithee, 47, of Auxvasse, was arrested by Callaway County Sheriff’s Office deputies Dec. 18 for three counts of violation of an order of protection and one count of aggravated stalking.
Thursday, December 20
Area weather-related announcements for Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 include early dismissals: Fulton Public at 1:15 pm, Eugene Schools at 12:15 pm, North Callaway at 12:30 pm, South Callaway at 12:45 pm.
Parents of students with emotional or severe behavioral issues soon will have another option within Fulton Public Schools.
A Fulton couple is hoping their business venture can successfully make the transition from online to a brick and mortar store.
A man the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office had been searching for since assaulting and running from a deputy Dec. 14 has turned himself into the sheriff’s office, along with a Fulton woman wanted on unrelated charges.
In just about a year, Yahweh’s Restoration Ministry in Holts Summit has expanded the reach of its message from its congregation of 50 to potentially 120 million viewers internationally.
County road crews on alert to plow snow
With the first day of winter looming on Friday, motorists in Central Missouri face the possibility of snow today.
It should come as no surprise that Fulton native and Olympic champion Helen Stephens heads up the inaugural class in the William Woods University Athletics Hall of Fame.
KINGDOM CITY — Junior center Brett Metcalf came off the bench to score seven of his career-high 18 points in the fourth quarter Tuesday night, helping the North Callaway Thunderbirds hold off Silex in a 60-59 EMO victory.
Wednesday, December 19
Mike Farmer, a local businessman and developer, has bought the Capital Mall, according to papers filed Wednesday with Cole County.
More than 700 bags, boxes and bikes were donated to SERVE, Inc. Monday during collection hours of their Adopt A Family drive.
Four stop signs at unused railroad crossings in Fulton may soon be eliminated.
In an attempt to help curb the county’s stray cat population with a steady stream of income, the Callaway County Humane Society is introducing the Guardian Angel Program Dec. 22 with a promotion hosted at Well Read, Fulton’s downtown bookstore.
No one filed yet in Holts Summit
With the filing of Susie Hinrichs, a three-way race has developed for two seats on the New Bloomfield R-3 School District Board of Education.
The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs gave themselves a chance with a deliberate offensive approach. In the end, Miranda Brandt and Allison Mehmert both scored 13 points and state-ranked Chamois outlasted South Callaway in a 30-27 Show-Me Conference victory over the Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday night.
Tuesday, December 18
Bruce Harris dies at 58
A long, vibrant and decorated career came to an end Sunday morning as The Callaway Bank CEO Bruce Harris passed away, peacefully in his home following a long battle with lung cancer.
The Missouri National Guard’s Company B, 311th Brigade Support Battalion has a new commander.
Fulton’s second of three Mexican restaurants will soon leave town for Kirksville.
Tax collections in the Fulton Tax Increment Financing District are running about $50,000 short of the annual interest and principal payments due on the $8.7 million in bonds financing part of the cost of the Fulton Commons Shopping Center.
North Callaway led by eight points in the third quarter of Monday night’s Eastern Missouri Conference tilt with the Silex Lady Owls with a few chances to lengthen that lead. Unfortunately, they couldn’t break the game open and they couldn’t hold off the Lady Owls.
Sunday, December 16
With Christmas just a week away, time is running out to find that perfect Christmas present.
Friday, Dec. 21 will be Fulton thrifters’ last chance to fill up a bag at Yours, Mine and Ours.
Central Bank customers are the target of another round of phone scams involving Fulton and Mid-Missouri.
MOBERLY — The Fulton Hornets wrestling team, with six individuals going unbeaten, extended its season record to 10-0 by prevailing in all seven of its matches at Moberly’s Spartan Duals on Friday and Saturday.
Fulton Hornets head coach Ryan Shaw got to the point with many words. Junior guard Jerome Mandley took a more direct route. Either way, when summing up the Hornets’ performance against the Kirksville Tigers, both could settle at the same place. “It’s like (Shaw) said before the game, it’s execution, and we didn’t have it,” Mandley said.
Saturday, December 15
The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office is seeking two fugitives who fled after a deputy stopped a vehicle they were in Friday near Calwood.
At 8:07 a.m. Saturday, a convoy of about 25 law enforcement and emergency vehicles roared through downtown Fulton with their sirens wailing and red lights flashing.
Friday, December 14
A shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday left 28 people dead.
After seven years of programs ranging from musical guests to visiting artists and authors, organizers say this year’s Celia Commemoration will be a little more scaled back.
Two people were injured in separate one-vehicle accidents in Callaway County.
Filings for the Board of Aldermen in New Bloomfield opened this week and so far only one candidate has filed.
After serving a search warrant Thursday on G.I. Joe’s Gun and Pawn in downtown Fulton, the Fulton Police Department has seized hundreds of packets of suspected synthetic cannabinoids.
MOKANE — Heading into their Show-Me Conference game against Eugene, it had been three years and one conference move since the South Callaway Lady Bulldogs’ last conference win.
Thursday, December 13
With a number of projects from Fulton Public Schools’ 2010 Bond Issue coming in under budget, the district has money left over that can be used for other school improvements.
Other driver arrested for manslaughter, DWI
Officer Michael J. Tufts of the New Bloomfield Police Department is in critical condition at University Hospital in Columbia after a vehicle accident in Columbia. The vehicle Tufts was driving Thursday night was hit by a vehicle driven by a Columbia man who was arrested for involuntary manslaughter and DWI.
Tony Brandt, Activities Director and basketball head, successfully rallied the South Callaway School Board at their meeting Wednesday to approve a district-sponsored 5th and 6th grade boys and girls basketball program to begin in the upcoming spring.
This Christmas nearly 30 children signed up with SERVE’s Adopt-a-Family program will wake up to find a new bicycle, courtesy of Boy Scout Troop 50 and Wal-Mart.
On Saturday morning needy Fulton area children will converge on the Walmart Shopping Center in Fulton for the seventh annual Shop With A Cop event.
Budding high school artists will have another chance to professionally showcase their hard work when the Mildred M. Cox Gallery’s second Emerging Talent High School Art Show kicks off Jan. 16 to Feb. 1.
Wednesday, December 12
Rate hike is fifth in last six years
Council approves first reading of ordinance to buy old rock barn, place bond question on April ballot
City leaders encouraged the owner of a local bar and a nearby neighbor complaining about the noise to work to come to an agreement while officials continue to look into the issue.
The Callaway Singers invite area residents to come help them make a “Joyful Noise” Thursday night during the group’s annual Christmas Concert.
Building to serve as new city hall
The Holts Summit Board of Aldermen Monday night decided to use a lease-purchase agreement to acquire a new building to be used as the new Holts Summit City Hall.
The Holts Summit Board of Aldermen is considering a proposal from the YMCA of Callaway County to expand and operate the city’s community center and lease all city parks for athletic programs.
Oldest franchise in Callaway family owned for 20 years
After close to 50 years at Fulton’s Ford dealership — with 20 at its helm — Don Keeney has decided it was time to hang up the keys and sell Keen Ford.
In addition to offering its first two doctorate degrees Friday night at Cutlip Auditorium, William Woods University also will have another commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at the same location.
On Friday history will be made at William Woods University when the university awards its first two doctorate degrees.
At their meeting Tuesday, the Auxvasse City Council approved and passed the city’s 2013 budget.
The New Bloomfield Fire Protection District responded to a call at about 1 p.m. Tuesday when a trailer home here was burned to the ground.
A double-digit deficit wasn’t enough to keep the Fulton Hornets down in a 51-48 win at Marshall last Friday night. Unfortunately, that resolve wasn’t enough to help Fulton overcome another sizeable deficit in their home opener against the Eldon Mustangs.
Sarah Rhine broke out for a game-high 33 points Tuesday night, powering Eldon to a 66-53 victory over the slumping Fulton Lady Hornets at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
Tuesday, December 11
Karhoff named as first female fire chief in county
On Jan. 1, Lana Karhoff will become a part of Callaway County history when she becomes the first woman locally to serve as a fire chief.
MILLERSBURG — Bricks made of egg cartons, towers made of paper towel rolls, chandeliers made out of earrings, a doily as a rug; Sarah and Richard Klingbeil of Treasure Hill World of Dollhouse Miniatures can find a use for almost anything when they are putting together one of their creations.
Elite Auto & Marine Repair Shop at 100 E. Saint Eunice Road, a full-service auto and marine repair shop in Fulton, will move next week to a new location on Route F in Fulton.
Nelson’s Garage is likely a total loss following a major fire Monday morning, Fulton Fire Department Chief Dean Buffington said.
Staff with Our House: Caring for Callaway’s Homeless hoped for a good turnout to their first Holiday Dinner Fundraiser hosted at Beks Restaurant Sunday, but what they got blew their expectations out of the water.
North Callaway girls basketball coach Jack Peace was worried his team’s recent Centralia Tournament championship win might inspire overconfidence in the Ladybirds’ Eastern Missouri Conference opener against Clopton on Monday. Luckily, there’d be no such occurrence for North Callaway. The Ladybirds jumped out early and didn’t let up in a 64-46 EMO win over the Lady Hawks on Monday night.
Sunday, December 9
When Jayla Kemp of Fulton returned from school recently she had a surprise waiting in her backyard.
Gas prices in Fulton have dipped to $2.99 a gallon, causing many motorists pulling up to pumps to breath a sigh of relief.
Mid-Missouri home and business owners have a new choice in Fulton to fix their roofs or put up siding.
During Thanksgiving break, McIntire Elementary School kindergarten teacher Shauna Smith saw an interview on TV that led to several soldiers receiving a special reminder of home for the holidays.
A young St. Louis woman was killed early Friday morning when the vehicle she was driving the wrong way on Interstate 70 crashed head-on with another vehicle. The accident shut down eastbound I-70 near Kingdom City for almost three hours.
North Callaway turns back Macon in 43-38 win
North Callaway head coach Jack Peace is doing his best to enjoy the Ladybirds’ unbeaten status at this early stage of the season.
Junior guard Dalton Horstmeier tied for a game-high 14 points, helping the Hornets chip away at a pair of 10-point second-half deficits for a North Central Missouri Conference win over the Marshall Owls on Friday night.
Friday, December 7
Those pesky little reflective posts placed every one-tenth of a mile along the side of U.S. 54 in Callaway County will be replaced soon.
Beginning Dec. 10, visitors to the Callaway Community Hospital’s emergency room will need to enter through the main entrance while the hospital expands the ER’s waiting room and entrance.
The Fulton Lady Hornets are five games into the season and, after Thursday night’s North Central Missouri Conference opener against the Marshall Lady Owls, excuses are no longer welcome. Freshman guard Sloane Totta led Fulton with 16 points and added eight rebounds in the Lady Hornets’ 55-46 loss to Marshall. The loss was the fourth in a row for Fulton, which tumbled to 1-4 overall.
Thursday, December 6
Dispute erupted during pool game
Benjamin T. Harris, 28, of Auxvasse was shot and killed early Thursday after an argument started during a pool game at an Auxvasse bar.
Callaway County authorities are investigating a shooting that occurred early this morning that left one person dead in Auxvasse.
Claudia Starr fell in love with Fulton and Callaway County when she moved here three years ago.
County served as pilot project
Although the training was stressful, Circuit Clerk Judy Groner said Wednesday most Callaway County Circuit Court files are now accessible by computers.
The flu season has hit early and hard in Callaway County, a local health official said Wednesday.
About 708 utility customers in Fulton were without power Tuesday — some for as long as five hours — due to a faulty underground power circuit at the Fulton State Hospital, city and state workers determined.
Recalls serving country during time of segregation
Virgil “Jack” McBride, a Word War II Navy veteran and president of the local NAACP branch, received some long overdue recognition for his service last week.
CENTRALIA — Junior forward Maddie Sorell supplied a game-high 21 points Wednesday night, steering the unbeaten North Callaway Ladybirds to a 50-38 win over Salisbury in the semifinals of the 57th-annual Centralia Invitational Tournament.
Wednesday, December 5
A small ceremony was held Tuesday at Southside Cemetery where Fulton City Councilman Steve Moore and Debo Funeral Home General Manager John Pautz welcomed the addition of two new granite plaques on columns marking the cemetery’s entrance.
Prosecutors threatened to sue public defenders
Missouri public defenders have decided to resume taking indigent cases after Missouri prosecutors last Wednesday threatened to sue the Missouri Public Defender System.
Callaway County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two men Monday morning off County Road 403 south of Fulton for scrap metal theft.
A Fulton man who the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office identified as a non-compliant sex offender is wanted after leading deputies on a chase following a reported burglary.
Third highest total in state
Callaway County hunters recorded the third highest kill of antlerless deer during the recent 12-day antlerless firearms season.
A pair of Callaway County linemen — North Callaway senior Zac Eads on offense and South Callaway senior Dylan Atterberry on defense — have been named to the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association’s 2012 Class 2 all-state football team announced today.
Fulton Hornets wrestling coach Eric Hudson stressed to his team the importance of being aggressive in their North Central Missouri Conference match with the Marshall Owls on Tuesday.
It was a football sweet 16 for Callaway County.
Tuesday, December 4
For David Bartz, his work at Lifetouch Portrait Studios is about to get a lot more personal.
Colby Stuart, 21, of New Bloomfield was arrested Sunday after his vehicle was pursued by a Callaway County deputy through various county roads near New Bloomfield.
Trial set to start on Jan. 3, 2013
Sandra Plunkett, 39, of Holts Summit, accused of killing her husband almost two years ago, appeared in Callaway County Circuit Court Monday to hear her court-appointed lawyer argue preliminary motions to suppress evidence relating to investigative subpoenas requested by Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wilson.
Pledges, donations and successful fundraising campaigns have earned the City of Fulton close to 65 percent of their $250,000 goal to build a new animal shelter, and if all goes according to plan, preliminary work on the building could begin as early as next spring.
By the end halftime of Monday’s game against the Hallsville Lady Indians, North Callaway Ladybird junior guard Jaida Gray had outscored the Lady Indians all by herself.
Monday, December 3
Jefferson City native will succeed William Ray Price Jr., who retired Aug. 1
Paul Wilson, former Cole County circuit judge and a former assistant attorney general, will be the next judge on Missouri's Supreme Court. Gov. Jay Nixon announced the appointment this afternoon.
Lincoln University and Linn State Technical College said this morning they will purchase the Jefferson City High School complex and the Simonsen Ninth Grade Center.
Sunday, December 2
With only two weeks remaining in the SERVE, Inc. Adopt A Family program, only 359 of the 684 eligible low-income Callaway children have found donors.
For families separated from loved ones by incarceration, hospital stays or similar places of residency, the holidays can be a difficult time. A local motel hopes to make that easier.
The final float in the Fulton Jaycees Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon was a trailer piled with food donated by all of the parade participants. In addition to the 9,546 pounds of canned and dry goods brought to the parade, enough money was donated to purchase an additional 5,364 pounds, bringing the total amount donated to SERVE to 14,910 pounds of food. The Callaway Bass Anglers brought in the largest donation giving the equivalent of 1,200 pounds of food.
When the City of Fulton sends out its solid waste collection trucks this week, they will be picking up more than just trash.
O’FALLON — The Fulton Hornets wrestling team, featuring three individual champions, took first place in the Gold Division at the Fort Zumwalt North Tournament on Saturday.
NEW BLOOMFIELD — North Callaway head coach Jack Peace wishes his Ladybirds would play, well, a little meaner. Free-throw shooting is an area New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats head coach Brett Craighead thinks his squad can improve upon.
Junior guard Leigh Ann Lutz scored 13 points Saturday afternoon to help fuel the Westminster College Lady Blue Jays to a 70-62 win over visiting MacMurray (Ill.) College in their St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener.