Stories for February 2012


Wednesday, February 29

Chase ends in crash on UU south of Fulton

A Callaway County woman wanted for a probation violation led Callaway County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase Tuesday that ended when her car crashed on state Road UU, south of Fulton.

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3 bridges to be rebuilt in southern Callaway

This spring and summer three bridges in southern Callaway County will be reconstructed, making it necessary for detours throughout the period starting in March and ending in August.

Riddle reverses course

Files Tuesday for Missouri House

Faced with a new Missouri Senate district that no longer exists, Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, filed Tuesday for the newly created 49th House District that includes most of Callaway County.

Software exec named 2012 Kingdom Supper guest of honor

He may be an international businessman who makes his home in Puerto Rico now, but Auxvasse native Rick Brown said his humble Callaway County roots played a role in getting him there.

Council OKs bid for police station renovation

Downtown brick district overlay fails to pass

The Fulton Police Department should have a new home by early summer after the Fulton City Council awarded a bid for renovation of the former Callaway Electric Cooperative building during Tuesday night’s regular meeting. Later in the meeting, the council granted authorization to purchase a new fire truck and failed to pass the proposed Downtown Brick District zoning overlay.

T-Birds ride hot shooting to District 8 quarterfinal win

North Callaway torched the nets to the tune of a 55 percent shooting clip in their 66-35 Class 3, District 8 quarterfinal win over Montgomery County on Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday, February 28

Buddy Pack in need of peanut butter

Organizers of the local Buddy Pack program that provides Fulton Public Schools elementary students in need with food to take home on the weekends have a plea for area residents: “We need peanut butter.”

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Callaway County family provides public service

Service to others is a trait shared by many members of the Stone family in Callaway County. Barbara Stone of Stephens is proud of the service her family provides to Callaway County residents. She has four members of her immediate and extended family serving in U.S. armed forces, four volunteer firefighters, one registered nurse and one deputy sheriff.

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Fulton woman offers prom dresses for loan

Debbie Bonsall was driving to Columbia to go shopping with friends last year when she overheard two of them in the back seat talking about how expensive prom dresses are.

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Rising up

Workmen from JTW Restoration of St. Louis repair a sign in front of the Fulton Post Office that was damaged on Nov. 3 when a Fulton man became ill and lost control of the vehicle that hit the sign.

Prized pair

Westminster women, men both make Division III tourney

Westminster men’s basketball coach Matt Mitchell has seen it brewing all year. Mitchell’s Blue Jays and women’s coach Tracey Braden and her Lady Blue Jays have generated quite a buzz.

Ladybirds notch win over Wright City in district quarterfinals

Sophomore guard Jaida Gray had a game-high 17 points and five steals in leading No. 3 seed North Callaway to a 40-34 Class 3, District 8 quarterfinal win over No. 6 seed Wright City at Christian High School on Monday night.

Monday, February 27

Candidate filing begins Tuesday morning

Lawmakers on Monday fail to pass bill delaying start date.

Sunday, February 26

Flower fundraiser benefits Our House

With an unseasonably mild winter nearly over and spring almost in the air, Our House: Caring for Callaway's Homeless has launched a new fundraiser designed to help brighten both local gardens and the lives of the individuals and families they serve.

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Fulton teens take the plunge for Special Olympics

It's cold, but it's worth it. That was the assessment by several Fulton High School students who participated in the Polar Bear Plunge at Stephens Lake in Columbia on Feb. 18.

U.S. Cellular to add 4G LTE service to Callaway County

This summer faster 4G LTE data services for cell phones will be offered in Callaway County, a U.S. Cellular representative reports.

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Bush School fourth-grader wins spelling bee for Fulton schools

First there were 24 and then only two remained in the Fulton Elementary School Spelling Bee championship competition Saturday at Bartley Elementary School.

Turnovers pester Thunderbirds in MMC loss to Harrisburg

HARRISBURG — The North Callaway Thunderbirds dropped their third straight game in Friday night’s regular-season finale, doomed by 22 turnovers in an 82-68 MMC loss to Harrisburg.

Blue Jays fall short in SLIAC finals

ST. LOUIS — The Westminster College Blue Jays slipped into an offensive sinkhole and never really emerged.

Lady Blue Jays march to title game

It took about 7 seconds for Westminster College senior guard Heather Letourneau to step in front of a pass at midcourt, convert a layup and set the tone for the Lady Blue Jays in the second half of their St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal against Webster University.

Saturday, February 25

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Businesses, groups showcased at Callaway Business Exposition

After a 15-year absence, the Callaway Business Exposition returned Saturday at the Callaway Senior Center in Fulton.

Friday, February 24

Lady Blue Jays advance, will host SLIAC Tournament championship

The top-seeded Westminster College Lady Blue Jays will play for the championship of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament after demolishing No. 4 Webster University 69-34 in Friday night’s semifinals at Westminster.

N.B. approves sewer, water rate hikes

Aldermen hear complaints about unleashed pit bulls

The Board of Aldermen Thursday night approved 17 percent sewer and water rate increases spread over five years and heard complaints about unleashed pit bull dogs threatening the safety of citizens.

Low demand causes Callaway Hospital to close OB unit, clinic

There will be no more babies delivered at Callaway Community Hospital after March 9. On that day, the hospital will close both the obstetrics (OB) unit at the hospital and the obstetrics clinic that is part of Fulton Medical Clinic.

Fulton school board reviews applications for vacancy

The Fulton School Board received five letters of interest for the vacancy created by the recent resignation of Linda Davis, which members briefly reviewed during a special meeting Wednesday night.

Kansas City Dem could be Callaway’s new state senator

Unless there’s a change in the next couple of weeks, Callaway County’s state senator could be a Kansas City-based Democrat for the next two years.

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Higher gas prices predicted this weekend

Gas prices are likely to be going up this weekend in Central Missouri, predicts Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst.

Car chase ends in two arrests

Pursuit of a stolen vehicle Wednesday night resulted in the arrest of two young Fulton men on multiple charges ranging from tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest to possession of a controlled substance.

Riddle nominated to receive Callaway County YMCA Legislative Award

Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, has been nominated to receive the Callaway County YMCA Legislative Award.

Press breakdown delays Fulton Sun delivery Friday morning

A breakdown of the press that prints the Fulton Sun has delayed delivery of the newspaper.

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Game day

From left: Maxine Pholman, of Rhineland, Hazel Snethen, of Big Springs, “Queen” Norma Mueller, of Big Springs, Maxine Witte, of Rhineland and (not pictured) Mae Hinrichs, of Rhineland, play Mexican Train Dominoes while at the Auxvasse Community Hall for Loafer’s Week Thursday afternoon. The ladies, all members of the Big Springs Hens and Chicks chapter of the Red Hat Society said attending Loafer’s Week has become a tradition for them. “We’ve been coming for several years,” Witte said. “We always enjoy it; we enjoy the food, the fellowship and the games.”

BLue Jays smother Eureka in SLIAC men's semifinals

Westminster to face MacMurray for tournament title Saturday afternoon

The Westminster College Blue Jays reached the finals of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament by stifling the second-highest scoring team in the conference. No. 2 seed Westminster advanced to Saturday’s title game with a 74-60 victory over No. 3 Eureka (Ill.) College on Thursday night.

Lady Blue Jays 'get back to us,' back to top seed

Days after the Westminster College Lady Blue Jays lost 55-53 to Fontbonne University on Feb. 8 in St. Louis, head coach Tracey Braden received a visit from senior point guard and captain Rachel Backes. After posting a record 30 straight St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season wins, Westminster had just lost for a second time in its last four conference games.

Thursday, February 23

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New Bloomfield senior to compete in fashion show

Prom traditionally is one of the highlights of the senior year of high school. One New Bloomfield senior is hoping her fashion design skills will help her win a dream prom this weekend.

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Cowherd gives update on operating budget development

Fulton Public Schools Superintendent Jacque Cowherd gave the school board another update on the budget situation for the 2012-13 school year during its special meeting Wednesday night.

United Way partnership helped residents save on prescriptions

A partnership between the Callaway County United Way and free FamilyWize prescription discount cards has saved county residents $38,679 by cutting costs of prescriptions by an average of 35 percent.

Southern Boone blows past Ladybirds 68-42

ASHLAND — The North Callaway Ladybirds were victimized by Southern Boone’s 17-0 run spanning the first and second quarters in Tuesday night’s 68-42 MMC loss to the Lady Eagles.

Wednesday, February 22

MoDOT meeting today for Callaway Co. bridge replacements

MoDOT will hold an open-house community briefing today from 4:30 - 6 p.m. to discuss plans to replace three bridges located in Callaway County. The bridges include:

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Fulton businessman objects to county plan to drop lease

David McDaniel, the owner of downtown Fulton offices leased to the county, is objecting to a decision by the Callaway County Commission to purchase a building instead of leasing from him.

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Colleges to promote literacy to local youth

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss Greek groups from Westminster College and William Woods University are hosting two separate events to help promote literacy among children over the next two weeks; one on Saturday featuring a Toy Story theme and one on March 2 revolving around perennial childhood favorite Dr. Seuss.

Board OKs purchase of ambulance

The Callaway County Ambulance Board approved bids for the purchase of a new ambulance and audit services in a meeting that was business as usual Tuesday night.

Koster to appeal MOSIRA ruling

Attorney General Chris Koster said this morning he will appeal Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green's Monday ruling that the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, known as "MOSIRA," is unconstitutional.

Helias ends Lady Hornets' season in district semifinals

Senior forward Corri Hamilton led the Lady Hornets with 11 points and seven boards in Fulton’s 43-34 loss to the Helias Crusaders in the Class 4, District 10 semifinals at Eldon on Tuesday night. With the defeat, the Lady Hornets end their season at 12-15.

Tuesday, February 21

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Loafer’s Week tradition begins at Auxvasse

Loafer’s Week, an annual observance in Auxvasse for the last half century, got underway Monday at the Auxvasse Community Hall.

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Boulware to bring ‘flavor of North Callaway’ to Supper

Mike Boulware, president of the 107th Kingdom of Callaway Supper, said one of his favorite aspects of the annual event is the opportunity for residents of various parts of the county to come together and learn a bit more about one another.

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WWU senior, dad to receive award for tree work on campus

A William Woods University student and her father will receive the 2012 Missouri Arbor Award for Excellence for their tree restoration work on the WWU campus.

Pancake event Thursday to benefit charity

Callaway Countians can get all the pancakes they can eat Thursday and also help the families of sick children.

Lady Hornets open district play with win over Boonville

The Fulton Lady Hornets bounced back from a loss at Mexico to close out the regular season with a performance good enough to extend their season. Three players hit double figures as No. 3 seeded Fulton bested No. 4 seeded foe the Boonville Lady Pirates 52-49 in the first round of Class 4, District 10 play on Monday night at Eldon.


Pae rolls to state title at 129, McClure takes second at 145

As luck would have it, junior Cody Pae just happened to become the 13th state champion in Fulton Hornets wrestling history. But make no mistake, serendipity had no influence whatsoever on Pae’s rousing run to his first state title at the 82nd MSHSAA Wrestling Championships. Pae allowed little resistance from John Burroughs senior Cory Lester, striking him down in a 7-0 decision to collect the Class 2 state championship at 126 pounds late Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena. Meanwhile, Fulton senior Zack McClure fell just short in duplicating Pae’s feat. McClure bowed in a narrow 4-2 decision to Excelsior Springs junior Brennan Johnson for the state title at 145 pounds.

Sunday, February 19

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Cookie time

Pam Coots of Fulton buys a box of Girl Scout cookies from Troop 62503 in front of the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Fulton Saturday morning.

Cowherd: Major cuts not likely

With the Fulton School Board set to hold its annual budget meeting Wednesday night, Superintendent Jacque Cowherd said he is optimistic the district will not have to make drastic cuts the like in the past two years.

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Fire destroys home of local veterinarian

Blaze claims 2 cats; 1 cat, 3 dogs saved

The rural home of Fulton veterinarian Kitty Barnett was destroyed after a fire erupted at 9:30 p.m. Thursday. No injuries were reported in the blaze.

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New Owls supporters add pep to William Woods games

For several years, when the William Woods University men’s and women’s basketball teams took to the floor, it was to the tune of a recording of the school fight song being played by the Central Methodist University band.

Hornets bow late at Mexico, build district momentum

After 24 games and 15 losses — including five in a row — there was a welcome first and a silver lining for the Fulton Hornets basketball team. Well, as much of one as you can find in a close loss to a rival in your regular-season finale.

Pae, McClure pursue titles at 126, 145

COLUMBIA — Cody Pae was emphatic and Zack McClure dramatic.

Foul trouble plagues Ladybirds in loss to Eldon

The North Callaway Ladybirds gave the Eldon Lady Mustangs all they could handle, but a bad start thwarted a potential upset. The Ladybirds were within a point with less than four minutes left but couldn’t upend the Lady Mustangs, losing 60-51 on the road on Saturday afternoon.

Lady Hornets lag in NCMC loss to Mexico

Fulton Lady Hornets head coach TJ Quick sat her team down after the first quarter of their game against the Mexico Lady Bulldogs. The looks on the players’ faces and the body language of most of them told her all she needed to know about how the rest of the game was going to go. And not in a good way.

Friday, February 17

Pae, McClure to wrestle for state titles

COLUMBIA — Fulton junior Cody Pae and senior Zack McClure took different routes in arriving at the same destination — state championship matches.

Couple charged in three-year old's death

A Morgan County couple has been charged in the death of a three-year old boy.A Morgan County couple was charged Friday in the death of a Stover child after they allegedly tried to conceal a fatal beating by staging a fake hit and run accident.

Pae, McClure, Kingsley make Class 2 semifinals

COLUMBIA — Fulton’s Cody Pae, Zack McClure and John Kingsley have all moved within a match of wrestling for state titles.

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North Callaway votes to refinance bonds

Student council to develop courtyard at high school

The North Callaway School Board approved a resolution during its regular meeting Thursday night to continue its tradition to save the district money on its debt service obligations. Tom Pisarkiewicz and Cybil Paris with L.J. Hart and Associates gave a presentation to the board regarding its bond refinancing options for its 2003 and 2009 series bonds. Pisarkiewicz started off the presentation by reminding the board that in the 17 years L.J. Hart has represented North Callaway, the district has been able to save more than $2.7 million in interest, “and we hope to add to that.”

Tramel predicts no major budget cuts for NB

Unlike last year, major cuts in the district’s budget will not be necessary this May, New Bloomfield R-3 School District Superintendent David Tramel predicted Thursday night.

Three arrested in Fulton drug bust

Three Fulton residents were taken into custody on drug-related charges late Wednesday night after a search of the residence they were in yielded narcotics.

Ladybirds outgunned at home by Hallsville in league play

North Callaway got down early and had a hard time chipping away at their deficit in a 47-23 Mid-Missouri Conference loss to the state-ranked Hallsville Lady Indians at home on Thursday night.

Pae, McClure breeze into Class 2 quarterfinals

Fulton junior Cody Pae experimented, while senior Zack McClure positioned himself for the renewal of a rivalry.

Thursday, February 16

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New salon puts ‘focus on you’

The mother-daughters team in charge of Fulton’s newest salon are hoping their intense focus on personal service will help their business stand out to area patrons.

Teacher group opposes state NCLB waiver

The Missouri State Teachers Association strongly opposes a plan by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to seek a waiver from federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation.

Essay winner talked to farmer

Madeline G. Wilson, a 6th grader at Kingdom Christian Academy, talked to area farmer Dennis Shramek to help her obtain information for a Farm Bureau essay contest she won Wednesday.

Pae, McClure set out on state-title pursuits

Having conquered a No. 1, Cody Pae is aiming to become the ultimate No. 1.

Moberly sends Hornets to fourth straight loss

MOBERLY — Cory Briggs and Rashon Smith tallied 13 points apiece Tuesday night to direct the Moberly Spartans to a 50-44 North Central Missouri Conference victory over the Fulton Hornets.

Wednesday, February 15

Senate OKs candidate filing delay

The state Senate must take a final vote Thursday morning to send the measure to the House.

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Developer: Construction of Fulton biodiesel plant could begin this spring

After four years of planning, setbacks and more planning, the developer of the proposed Fulton biodiesel plant told the council construction could begin “within the next two or three months.”

Hunters donate 2.5 tons of venison to SERVE

SERVE, Inc. of Fulton has received two and one half tons of processed and frozen venison donated by deer hunters in Callaway County and throughout Central Missouri.

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Finally Tammy’s closes doors

After almost two years of serving up daily specials like homemade lasagna, fried chicken and hamburgers and satisfying local sweet teeth with homemade pie and a smile, the owners of Finally Tammy’s have been forced to close their doors for financial reasons.

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MSD students to raise money to benefit Puppies for Parole

Dr. Barbara Garrison, superintendent of the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton, will be doing her part to help MSD students with their annual fundraising project at the school.

Lady Hornets come close, but fall to Moberly for third time

Three times the Fulton Lady Hornets have faced the Moberly Lady Spartans this season. And all three times, the result has been the same.

Tuesday, February 14

Guilty plea in Moniteau Co. child porn case

A California, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to producing child pornography.

School closings, announcements for Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012

Here are school closings and other weather-related announcements for Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012.

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Spence brings campaign for governor to Callaway

Candidate meets with county leaders

Dave Spence, Republican candidate for Missouri governor, said Monday Gov. Jay Nixon is failing to create a climate for job growth in Missouri and should be replaced.

Fulton man caught after chase

Mitchell L. Atterberry, 34, Fulton, is in Callaway County Jail after city, county and state law enforcement officers chased his vehicle from Holts Summit to Fulton where he eventually was arrested after fleeing from his car west of Fulton.

WWU encourages recycling with new program

Generally, motorists don’t pay much attention to those signs scattered along the highway declaring that such-and-such group is responsible for keeping a particular stretch of roadway clean of litter.

Area schools let out early for weather

Early release does not count as snow day

Callaway County students may have had half a day to play in the snow Monday, but the hours they did attend school count as an attendance day as far as the state is concerned.

USDA starts registry for minority farmers

The Obama Administration has ordered creation of a Minority Farm Register to help make sure minorities receive government benefits from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

William Woods baseball opens season with series split

The Owls opened up 2012 play with a pair of games against Christian Brothers University on the road on Saturday. William Woods fell 3-2 in the front half of the doubleheader but got the win in the back half by a score of 5-3.

Pae, four other Fulton wrestlers qualify for state

Fulton head wrestling coach Eric Hudson is realistic when it comes to prognosticating his Hornets’ team prospects for this week’s state championships.

Monday, February 13

School closings, early dismissals for Monday, Feb. 13, 2012

Here are school closings, early dismissals and other weather-related announcements for Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.

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Snow forecast through Monday night

A winter storm system will impact Central Missouri today (Monday), potentially bringing from one to four inches of snow into the region by tonight.

Sunday, February 12

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Fulton native named Hooters Girl of the Year

Fulton native Kaylee Farris has been named Hooters Girl of the Year 2012.

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Antique valentines displayed in New Bloomfield

A display of antique valentines attracted visitors Saturday to the New Bloomfield Area Historical Society.

Saturday, February 11

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The Way We Worked exhibit opens in Fulton

A combined Smithsonian and local exhibition on how Americans worked before modern conveniences opened Saturday in Fulton at the National Churchill Museum.

Friday, February 10

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Local students jump rope for American Heart Association

As a class of fourth-graders jumped rope in P.E. class Thursday, they were exercising a muscle that is being highlighted this month — the heart.

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Agencies hold disaster preparedness workshop for faith-based groups

Representatives from various churches and denominations gathered Thursday in an effort to study up on disaster preparedness.

Board names new leaders for FMS

The Fulton School Board have named two new administrators at Fulton Middle School for next year.

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Brick District group takes steps toward future

Four years after Fulton was named a DREAM community, leaders of a local group are working to lay the groundwork to help meet some of the goals set by that program, the main objective of which is to revitalize the city’s downtown area.

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Lady Hornets hold off Hannibal 55-50

The Fulton Lady Hornets and the Hannibal Lady Pirates had traded momentum, the lead and turnovers for much of the first three minutes of their North Central Missouri Conference game on Thursday night.

Hornet wrestlers look for success at District 2 championships

Fulton Hornets head coach Eric Hudson is hoping his wrestlers will be a loose bunch heading into the Class 2, District 2 championships. Wrestling starts at 6 tonight at Mexico High School and continues at 10 a.m. Saturday. The top four finishers in each of the 14 weight classes advance to the state championships starting Thursday, Feb. 16, at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

Thursday, February 9

South Callaway to allow students to play in two sports at same time

MOKANE — The South Callaway R-2 Board of Education voted 4-2 Wednesday night to allow high school students to participate in two school sports programs at the same time.

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Sport-loving fourth-grader stays active, involved

Zack Fortman not only loves watching sports on TV, but also playing them — many of them.

Winston’s Gang aims to draw youth to campus sporting events

Organizers of Westminster College’s new children’s club, Winston’s Gang, are hoping for a good turnout at the group’s first event: Senior night for the men’s and women’s basketball teams on Feb. 18.

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Board to accept letters of intent for open seat

The Fulton School Board formally accepted the resignation of member Linda Davis Wednesday night, leaving an opening on the board.

Miscues sink Lady Hornets in NCMC loss to Kirksville

KIRKSVILLE — The Fulton Lady Hornets withered under the weight of their mistakes.

Wednesday, February 8

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Alyssa Bustamante sentenced to life in prison for killing 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten

"If I could give my life to bring her back, I would," those are the words from Alyssa Bustamante to the family of her victim, Elizabeth Olten, prior to Bustamante receiving a life sentence in prison for the killing that took place in October 2009.

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Santorum wins Missouri, sweeps Callaway

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won Missouri’s nonbinding Republican presidential primary Tuesday and captured a landslide victory in Callaway County.

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UW campaign still short of goal

The $242,220.33 raised so far through the Callaway County United Way’s 2011 fall campaign will be used to feed hungry families at the SERVE Food Pantry, provide educational opportunities at the Fulton Head Start and provide counseling and resources for abused women and children at the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence and a host of other valuable services in 2012.

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Fulton landfill methane gas now generates electricity

Methane gas from the closed Fulton landfill is now burned to power a new $450,000 generator to create electricity.

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Polar champions

Fulton Scouts participate in Amazing Race competition

Camping, First Aid and tying knots are all skills associated with scouting.

Four-vehicle accident in Holts Summit

Three people were treated for injuries after a four-vehicle accident occurred Tuesday afternoon in Callaway County.

T-Birds celebrate first MMC victory

INGDOM CITY — The North Callaway Thunderbirds marked head coach Tim Turlington’s birthday with their first Mid-Missouri Conference victory of the season, while also gaining some redemption.

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Hornets unable to close deal in Kirksville loss

By his count, Fulton Hornets basketball coach Marques Baldwin figures there are 20 high school teams in the country who can lose a battle of intensity but still win a game. They’re just talented enough to overcome it.

Tuesday, February 7

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Bustamante sentencing expected Wednesday morning

A Boston psychiatrist told Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce this morning that no scientific study has shown a connection between the anti-depressant drug Prozac and an increased incidents of suicides or violence, including murder.

Presidential preference primary today

Callaway Countians go to the polls today to indicate their preference of candidates for president of the United States.

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Area unions, agencies collaborate for ‘The Way We Worked’

About a dozen union members worked together Monday morning setting up The Way We Worked exhibit at the National Churchill Museum.

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Museum offers taste of exhibit to students

As part of an effort to educate youngsters about occupations and whet their appetite for a new exhibit, the National Churchill Museum is offering a free presentation to area schools.

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Congress may not fund new health care law

If the new federal health care law is not funded by Congress, it may become a law that is not enforced, a health care analyst said Monday in Fulton.

Defense keys Lady Bulldogs to win over Calvary Lutheran

South Callaway's defense was up to the task, resulting in a 51-22 home win over Calvary Lutheran on Monday night.

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Bustamante’s journal recounts how she killed 9-year-old girl

A journal of Alyssa Bustamante matter of factly described how she killed 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten in October 2009 and described the experience as ‘ahmazing,’ according to testimony Monday in her sentencing hearing.

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Prozac part of Bustamante defense

Alyssa Bustamante’s prescription for Prozac may have helped lead her to killing Elizabeth Olten, 9, a consulting psychiatrist testified Monday afternoon.

Monday, February 6

Prescription drug part of Bustamante defense

Alyssa Bustamante’s prescription for Prozac may have helped lead her to killing Elizabeth Olten, 9, a consulting psychiatrist testified Monday afternoon.

Sunday, February 5

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Murray declares for Missouri House district

Pam Murray, who has served as a member of the Holts Summit Board of Aldermen since 2005, has decided to file as a Democratic candidate for the new 49th District of the Missouri House of Representatives.

City to launch campaign for new animal shelter

More than 20 years after an old pool house was renovated to create Fulton’s Garrett Animal Shelter as a temporary measure for the city’s animal control department, city leaders now are working on a more permanent solution.

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Santorum asks Obama to apologize for revealing Israel plans for Iran attack

President Obama should apologize to the American people for revealing that Israel is planning an attack on Iran’s nuclear capability this spring, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum declared Friday in Fulton.

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Turkey Federation hosts annual banquet

Event sees change in location

The Kingdom of Callaway Limbhangers chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host its 19th Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet on Feb. 24, and group leaders said they are hoping for a good turnout.

Fatima steals fifth-place win away from Hornets

Things had gone decently enough for the Fulton Hornets in the first 31 minutes, 15 seconds of their matchup against the Fatima Comets. But the final 45 seconds were not as kind. Fulton lost the lead on a late 3-pointer and was never able to fully recover in a 49-45 loss to No. 2 Fatima in the boys’ fifth-place game of the 28th-annual Southern Boone Classic on Friday night.

Brandwein, Community halt Lady Bulldogs’ win streak at two

Brittni Brandwein produced 13 of her game-high 20 points in the first half Friday night as Community R-6 stopped South Callaway’s two-game winning streak with a 49-42 victory over the Lady Bulldogs.

Hughes, Lady Hornets rain down 3-pointers

Junior guard, team set tournament marks in win over Ladybirds

By the time the buzzer sounded, Fulton Lady Hornets junior guard Stephanie Hughes had a career high in points and a feeling she had never experienced as a basketball player. Oh, and Hughes was still a little bit sore from a mild rotator-cuff strain in her right shooting shoulder.

Friday, February 3

Callaway United Way to continue to provide services to older adults

The Callaway County United Way will not reduce services to older adults like its Columbia-based counterpart, Callaway County United Way Executive Director Kathy Richey Liddle said Friday.

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SERVE food bank shelves almost empty

Scouting for Food to arrive just in time

The shelves at the food bank at SERVE, Inc. in Fulton are almost empty.

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SERVE food bank shelves now almost empty

The shelves at the food bank at SERVE, Inc. in Fulton are almost empty.

Judge upholds Missouri congressional districts

The lawmaker-drawn congressional districts are constitutional, Cole County Circuit Court Judge Dan Green ruled this afternoon.

Ameren Missouri seeks 14.6 percent rate hike

Customers of Ameren Missouri would see their average monthly electric bills rise about $14 under a rate increase proposal filed Friday.

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Republican Rick Santorum to make campaign speech Friday in Fulton

Rick Santorum, a Republican candidate for President of the United States, will be in Fulton Friday afternoon for a campaign speech.

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FADC banquet to focus on ‘The Way We Will Work’

The Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce put its focus on the way Callaway has worked in the past during its recent banquet.

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New signs erected to guide visitors to Civil War panels

Fourteen red, white and gray signs marking the route of the Gray Ghosts Trail driving tour through Fulton have been erected here.

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Fundraiser to help family ‘in time of need’

In the month since he was diagnosed with leukemia, family and friends of David Shawley have been working hard to provide support in whatever way they can.

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Greek students, Fulton Sun collect 2,832 pounds of food for SERVE

To help bolster depleted food supplies for the needy at SERVE, Inc., the Fulton Sun in cooperation with local college fraternities and sororities conducted a Greek Challenge food collection drive from Jan. 23 to Feb. 2.

T-Birds tumble in semifinal

The North Callaway Thunderbirds were outshot at the free-throw line by almost 4-to-1 in a 64-48 loss to the California PIntos in Thursday night’s semifinals of the 27th-annual Southern Boone Classic. No. 7 seed North Callaway was just 3-of-9 from the foul line, while No. 3 California converted 21-of-32 attempts. The loss stopped the Thunderbirds’ three-game winning streak.

Thursday, February 2

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Exhibit to feature Fulton photographer

Community scenes, local stage productions and glimpses of places a world away. Fulton photographer Bob Pauley has been capturing the world around him through a camera lens for decades, and that work will be on display in the Mildred Cox Gallery on the William Woods University campus Feb. 11 through March 10 as part of a an exhibit that has been 12 years in the making.

UW gains new board members

The group that helps determine distribution of funds to area charitable organizations has a couple of fresh faces for 2012.

Local tax firm offers way for clients to aid schools

To help deal with school budget cuts, B&N Business and Accounting Services of Fulton is offering a way for new tax clients to help band and music programs at local schools.

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Fulton Diner opens in Fulton

With new menu items, the Fulton Diner opened Wednesday at 2101 North Bluff St. in Fulton at the former location of Diner 54.

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Eighth-grader uses imagination to pen, publish two books

One of Aiyana Thompson’s favorite hobbies is to fill composition notebooks with stories. Aiyana, 13, of Fulton, will spend hours working on her fiction books, and she always has more than one going at a time. So far, two of her novels have been published. Her latest, “Miranda Fishhook Goes to Middle School,” was published in December by AuthorHouse. It’s a sequel to “Miranda Fishhook Makes a New Friend,” which was published in June 2010.

Sorell, Gray carry Ladybirds in victory

ASHLAND — To say that the North Callaway Ladybirds leaned primarily on sophomore forward Maddie Sorell and sophomore guard Jaida Gray would be an obvious understatement.

Lady Blue Jays rebound in win

The Westminster College Lady Blue Jays set the foundation for what they hope will be another lengthy SLIAC run.

Wednesday, February 1

Ameren files plan to resolve shoreline issue

Ameren Missouri has filed a shoreline management plan that the utility says will ensure that most of the 1,600 homes along the Lake of the Ozarks shoreline are not threatened with removal.

Missouri Tigers sign nation’s top wide receiver Green-Beckham

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, one of the top prep recruits in the country, has signed a national letter of intent to play at Missouri.

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Gas powered vehicle can be converted to propane for about $3,000

HOLTS SUMMIT— About a dozen farmers, commercial vehicle operators and interested citizens learned Tuesday night it's cheaper to operate a personal vehicle after it is converted from burning gasoline to propane.

Callaway County is first to offer faith-based disaster training

Callaway County is serving as a model for a new statewide effort to provide emergency training to church members who volunteer to help victims of disasters.

Sales tax licenses revoked for 36 county firms

Thirty-six Callaway County businesses have been placed on a Missouri Department of Revenue list for not paying a total of $403,333 in collected sales taxes or employee income tax withholdings.

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Meals liined up, games ready for annual Auxvasse Loafer's Week

AUXVASSE — For more than 50 years now, those with ties to Auxvasse have congregated for the annual Loafer’s Week event.

N. Callaway gets upset win over Fatima at Southern Boone Classic

Three straight games the North Callaway Thunderbirds have been down to the final possession with an opponent. And all three times, they’ve come out on top.