Tuesday, January 31
One year ago, a local youth group decided it wanted to make a significant impact on the lives of some in need.
As part of its “The Way We Worked” annual honors banquet theme, the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce Friday night honored 49 county businesses and other area entities for more than 50 years of service to the county.
The newly formed New Bloomfield Education Foundation, which will provide classroom grants to New Bloomfield schools, is in the process of forming a “Founding 50” group to raise $50,000 in seed money for the foundation.
Companies and individuals who want to cut their gasoline purchase costs can attend a meeting tonight in Holts Summit to learn more about converting engines powered by gasoline to propane.
Tracked backhoe excavation equipment Monday blocked off Court Street south of 7th Street to begin digging up century-old city sewer lines
Sunday, January 29
A record crowd at the annual Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce’s awards banquet Friday night jammed the main meeting room at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club.
Every weekend during the school year, an average of 332 food-stuffed backpacks go home with Callaway students in need.
Senior forward Corri Hamilton scored 33 points and pulled down 23 rebounds in the Lady Hornets’ 51-29 North Central Missouri Conference win over the Marshall Lady Owls at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium on Saturday. It was Hamilton’s second straight game of 20 or more rebounds as she pulled down 22 in Fulton’s 56-49 overtime win over Boonville on Thursday night.
It’s cliche to say that the one game you want to win all year is against the rival school. But just because it’s cliche doesn’t mean it isn’t true. For the Fulton Hornets, that game is against the Mexico Bulldogs.
Saturday, January 28
During the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet Friday night, Tom Maupin of Fulton received the coveted J. H. Atkinson Award.
Friday, January 27
Ryan Wayne Koebel made his first appearance in Callaway Circuit Court Friday morning, with Public Defender Justin Carver at his side.
They have been called by some the mightiest creatures to ever roam the earth.
Celebrating the Year of the Dragon, the Missouri School for the Deaf held a Chinese New Year Festival Thursday.
Big winners in the Missouri Lottery don’t often say they intend to give away all of the money they won.
The Dollar General Distribution Center in Fulton and the City of Fulton were honored Thursday for hiring veterans.
KINGDOM CITY — The North Callaway Ladybirds couldn’t compensate for a flat first-quarter showing.
You’ll have to excuse T.J. Quick if she was a little fired up. Fulton’s first-year head coach had just watched her Lady Hornets relinquish the lead to Boonville for the first time Thursday night and they were severely lacking in momentum. So Quick called a timeout to stop the slide and to remind her players of a few facts.
Thursday, January 26
With the filing deadline for the April election having passed, only one of the four open Fulton City Council seats will feature a contested race.
Chances are if anyone spots Lydia Schuster around the community, she has a camera in hand.
Three people had minor injuries in two separate chain-reaction crashes involving seven vehicles on the Missouri River Bridge early Wednesday morning.
NEW BLOOMFIELD — The newly-formed New Bloomfield Education Foundation expects to award its first two grants to New Bloomfield R-III classrooms on March 2.
At 17 years old, Seth Steeves gets a first-hand taste of what it would be like to teach elementary students.
Lin Rou-May, of Fulton, shows James Chuang, 3, how to glue feathers to his dragon Wednesday during the Lunar New Year event held at the Callaway County Public Library.
Wednesday, January 25
A plea from a downtown property owner caused the Fulton City Council to reconsider a proposal to designate a Brick District Overlay Zoning Area in downtown Fulton that would prohibit buildings in that area from allowing residential use on the ground floor.
AUXVASSE — Two citizens here raised concerns regarding dilapidated houses to the Auxvasse Board of Aldermen Tuesday night.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the American dream under siege, President Barack Obama called Tuesday night for a flurry of help for a hurting middle class and higher taxes on millionaires, delivering a State of the Union address filled with re-election themes.
A 50-percent chance of rain, snow and sleet is expected across parts of central and southeastern Missouri before noon, then a chance of rain continuing as temperatures rise. Little, if any accumulation is expected.
I believe that only a very small percent of deaf people currently possess doctorate degrees.
The Fulton Hornets wrestling team slipped to 2-3 in the North Central Missouri Conference after Tuesday night’s 46-24 dual loss to the Moberly Spartans at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
Darrell Davis, Michael Kim and Byron S. Bagby have each left an indelible imprint in their respective professions of coaching, television and the military.
Tuesday, January 24
Capitol Police investigating 'target' stickers placed on Capitol doors.
One week after admitting to authorities that he fatally stabbed and shot his grandmother during an argument, Ryan Wayne Koebel will appear before Callaway Judicial Circuit Judge Carol England on a string of charges that include murder and multiple counts of assault on a law enforcement officer.
The resignation of one of its members Friday morning has left a vacancy on the Fulton School Board.
Glenn O. Harris, assistant vice president of Callaway Bank in Fulton, has been elected president of the board of directors of Callaway County United Way.
People who need help in preparing their income taxes can receive free assistance this tax season at two locations in Fulton.
A search warrant obtained by law enforcement officers from the Central Missouri MUSTANG drug task force and Fulton Police resulted in the arrest of two Fulton men late Saturday on drug charges.
Surrounded by artifacts and black and white photographs collected from around the county, Carmen McEwen and Sheila Guthrie are hard at work.
A Smithfield, Nebraska man has pleaded guilty in federal court to a cattle scheme in Callaway County.
Lady Blue Jays sophomore guard Leigh Ann Lutz led all players with 20 points in guiding Westminster to a 52-40 win over their cross town rival William Woods on Monday night. Lutz tallied 20 for a second straight game as the Lady Blue Jays won for an eighth straight time. The teams were tied at 14 with 5 minutes, 32 seconds left in the first half before Westminster went into halftime on a 13-5 run, taking a 27-19 lead into the break. The Lady Blue Jays led by as many as 13 in the final 20 minutes.
Sunday, January 22
A Holts Summit youth faces a string of charges, including murder and assaulting law enforcement after allegedly killing his 60-year-old grandmother and shooting at law enforcement officers in Holts Summit Friday.
Holts Summit Police are asking for information from the public about a girl who was shot in her mobile home at Seges Mobile Home Park in the 100 block of North Summit Drive Friday morning.
A new Westminster College club is taking on a big challenge in the name of a good cause: Raising $20,000 in 90 days to help provide clean, safe water to a community in a developing country.
Callaway County authorities continue to caution area residents against a potential asphalt driveway paving scam, but there is little they can do unless and until a local resident calls to complain they have paid for services or materials that were not rendered.
Fulton played Jefferson City Helias on even terms for one quarter, but then the Lady Hornets were shackled by shooting hardships the rest of the way. Helias broke an 8-8 tie by outscoring Fulton 17-5 in the second quarter, and the Lady Crusaders put three players in double figures to fuel Friday night’s 55-30 rout of the Lady Hornets at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
After week off, Fulton will play three games in three days
The Fulton Hornets’ basketball season is 14 games in and, for the most part, the campaign has read like an open book. There’s no subtext to the Hornets’ successes or failures, according to head coach Marques Baldwin. “It’s easy to see why we win and why we lose,” Baldwin said. “Either we have a whole lot of turnovers or we have a lull where we don’t execute the way we should. “And those are things we know we have to do.” The Hornets were hit with both of those Friday night in a 49-38 home loss to the Helias Crusaders at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
Saturday, January 21
Woman found slain in home
A Holts Summit youth faces a string of charges, including murder and assaulting law enforcement after allegedly killing a 60-year-old woman and shooting at law enforcement officers in Holts Summit Friday.
Friday, January 20
What began as a simple burglary investigation ballooned into a two-county cooperative venture, with charges being sought for several burglaries, stolen weapons and drugs.
City service across Callaway County includes commitments of time, planning and community involvement.
NEW BLOOMFIELD — The R-3 Board of Education Thursday night reissued $1,130,000 in general obligation bonds at a lower interest rate, saving the school district $131,215 in future interest costs.
The asphalt driveway paving scam has returned to Callaway County, the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office reports.
Many Callaway seniors came out Thursday to investigate the first-ever Senior “Living the Dream” Expo.
COLUMBIA — William Woods University senior guard Sharron Andrews responded with 17 points Thursday night as the No. 25 Lady Owls battled past rival Columbia College for a 69-64 American Midwest Conference win.
After all the drawn fouls and free throws, the North Callaway Ladybirds completed their fourth-quarter rally on, of all things, a desperation 3-pointer. Junior forward Mariah Peace flung in a 3-pointer from the right wing with no time left. It was the Ladybirds’ only successful shot from behind the arc and it ended up being the difference-maker in a 47-44 Mid-Missouri Conference win over the Southern Boone Lady Eagles on Thursday night.
NEW BLOOMFIELD — Senior guards Jessica Hazelhorst and Kelsey Jaegers connected for 15 points apiece Thursday night, sparking the New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats to a 64-57 Show-Me Conference victory over Tuscumbia.
Thursday, January 19
Willie R. Leonberger, 78, Auxvasse, a former North Callaway School District bus driver, Wednesday received five years of probation after he was sentenced to four years in prison.
Philip Todd, 56, Holts Summit, Wednesday declared his intention to file as a Republican candidate for the newly created 49th District of the Missouri House.
Three new candidates have filed for the two open seats on the Fulton School Board after longtime board member Rick Gohring announced last week his decision not to return for another term.
With only two candidates having filed for two open positions — Chuck Baker and Marilyn Macker — there will be no need for an election for the Callaway County Ambulance Board this April.
Sliding on ice may not usually be considered a good thing, but for three Fulton students, it’s their favorite hobby.
When Kaylee Farris first walked into Hooters for a job more than four years ago, she had no restaurant experience besides working part-time at the Domino’s Pizza in Fulton during high school.
Wednesday, January 18
In 2011, Callaway County Ambulance District employees earned 6,722 hours of paid time off (PTO, vacation and holiday hours) with a value of $115,513. During Tuesday night’s meeting, the Callaway County Ambulance Board took steps to help address what CCAD Director Charlie Anderson said had become a large liability for the district.
The decision of Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, to run for the newly created 7th District Missouri Senate seat rather than seeking re-election already has created a primary election contest for the Callaway County area she now represents in the Missouri General Assembly.
With 5,013 deer taken, Callaway County ranked second in the state in numbers of deer harvested during 2011-12 deer season.
Nutrition experts to teach about healthy eating
With busy work schedules and money being tight, it can be difficult to focus on health. That’s why organizers with the YMCA of Callaway County have decided to offer a new series of classes focused on nutrition that will start in February.
Cub Scouts of Pack 55 watch as some of their cars race down the track during the pack’s Pinewood Derby Tuesday night at McIntire Elementary School. Members of the Fulton Breakfast Optimist Club judged the race.
FPD: Lock cars to deter criminals
Fulton Police Department officers nabbed a Fulton man early Monday morning after he broke into about a dozen vehicles in the Cote Sans Dessein residential area.
One of the main goals of the YMCA of Callaway County is to improve the overall health of the entire community.
Setting up historic markers along the Stinson Trail is still under consideration.
Camille S. Walker, 31, Fulton, suffered moderate injuries Tuesday when her car was hit head-on by another car on Route Z in Callaway County.
Senior point guard Austin Moore had a team-high 19 points for the Fulton Hornets in getting a much-needed 48-40 win over the School of the Osage Indians on Tuesday night. The win snapped a five-game losing skid for the Hornets, and was their first in a little more than a month.
Tuesday, January 17
Callaway County older adults will have an opportunity to learn more about how to improve the quality of their lives during the first Senior Expo Thursday at the Callaway County YMCA, 1715 Wood St. in Fulton.
The Callaway County Public Library is looking to broaden horizons for area children next week when it hosts its seventh annual Lunar New Year celebration on Jan. 23.
A hair styling shop in a truck stop might sound unusual but Petro truck stops around the nation often have one inside their “stopping centers” that are part of the firm’s 70 nationwide truck stop complexes.
At 58 years old and having lived through violent times during the Civil Rights Movement, Joanne Bland doesn’t hold back when she has something to say.
North Callaway hung on for three quarters against the No. 1 team in the state. But it's the fourth quarter that eventually got them. The Ladybirds went scoreless for the first six minutes of the final period in falling to the Hallsville Lady Indians 42-29 in Mid-Missouri Conference play on Monday night. Hallsville was responsible for North Callaway's first loss on the year, a 56-38 defeat in the Centralia Tournament on Dec. 5.
Monday, January 16
NEW BLOOMFIELD — In the 12 years she has lived in her home on State Road J, Shirley Besche has been robbed three times.
Sunday, January 15
The celebrated dreamer who has a national holiday in his honor for his dedication to civil rights — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — will be the focus of a series of events at William Woods University this week.
A new look for the Fulton McDonald’s — originally slated to take place at the end of 2011 — has been pushed back until this spring.
In a reorganization effort, two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offices in Central Missouri will be closed.
Callaway County residents can learn the pros and cons about the new federal health care law at the “Understanding the Affordable Care Act” seminar on Feb. 6 in Fulton.
Geraldine Adams, 50, Holts Summit, sustained moderate injuries Friday when her car collided with a tractor-trailer truck on Missouri 94 in Callaway County.
Closed for MLK Day
CALIFORNIA — The Fulton Lady Hornets summoned enough second-half energy to depart the 18th-annual California Tournament with some hardware.
Saturday, January 14
Former official praised as ‘Mr. Westminster’
The late Jack Marshall, a beloved former college official. earned the title of “Mr. Westminster” for his long service to Westminster College.
Friday, January 13
The Cole County Sheriff's Department is joining other law enforcement agencies in asking for the public's help in trying to find a Jefferson City 16-year-old girl.
After two decades of service, Rick Gohring has decided not to seek another term on the Fulton School Board.
AUXVASSE — No challengers have filed so far to run against the two aldermen here who currently hold the seats up for election.
About a dozen volunteer firefighters battled an early Thursday morning fire that destroyed a Kingdom City mobile home.
KINGDOM CITY — Two new candidates to the North Callaway Board of Education have filed for April’s election, hoping to win a seat on the board.
Contests for mayor and Ward 1 alderman have developed so far in the April 3 New Bloomfield city election.
MOKANE — As of Thursday, the two open seats for the council here were uncontested.
A number of drivers skidded off of roadways and there were several accidents, but overall Callaway County officials said the area got off pretty lightly when the second winter storm of the season dropped 1-3 inches of snow over a thin glaze of ice.
Ashleigh Spencer connected on a 3-pointer with 2 seconds to play, negating William Woods University’s frantic comeback and sending Hannibal LaGrange University to a 68-65 win over the Lady Owls in Thursday night’s AMC opener at Anderson Arena.
MOKANE — All North Callaway Thunderbirds basketball coach Tim Turlington asks of his team is to play consistently. Consistently good, that is.
Thursday, January 12
Here are school closings and other weather-related announcements for Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012.
Fulton High School Principal Jason Whitt had good news to share with the school board at its regular meeting Wednesday night: The school’s application to the Missouri Graduation Matters Project has been approved.
The Fulton City Council granted first round approval to a bill that would designate a Brick District Overlay Zoning Area in downtown Fulton during Tuesday night’s council meeting.
No matter how bad her day is going, Cassie Scoggins says when she’s met by her smiling kindergarten students, her troubles just melt away.
Women who want to learn farm management can do so in a class called Annie’s Project. For the first time since 2006, the farm management class will be held in Fulton at the Callaway Extension Center. This is the second time Annie’s Project will be offered in Callaway, a class that originated in Illinois.
OKANE — Senior guard Jordan Gray responded with a game-high 19 points Wednesday night to help send the No. 4 seed North Callaway Ladybirds to a 50-33 win over No. 8 Montgomery County in the consolation semifinals of the South Callaway Tournament.
The first significant snow of the year fell across central and eastern Missouri today, accompanied by colder temperatures with strong and gusty winds.
Wednesday, January 11
Alyssa Bustamante pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to an amended charge of second-degree murder and a separate charge of armed criminal action for the Oct. 21, 2009, killing of a 9-year-old neighbor who had been visiting Bustamante’s younger sister.
Fulton Area Development Corporation President Bruce Hackmann encouraged the city council to consider developing a policy for use of what he described as an important tool to assist in economic development: Chapter 100 Industrial Revenue Bonds.
The kickoff for the 2012 Relay for Life of Callaway County starts at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Fulton State Hospital community room in the administrative building.
Today is the last day for unregistered voters to register to vote in Missouri’s Feb. 7 presidential primary election.
Under new presidential national convention rules adopted by both Republican and Democratic parties, any state that sets a primary election before March 6 will lose half of their delegates to the national party convention where a presidential candidate is nominated.
The North Callaway Thunderbirds broke down in the final quarter of a 43-37 loss to the South Callaway Bulldogs on Dec. 13. No such event happened on Tuesday night as No. 5 seed North Callaway edged out No. 4 South Callaway 50-46 in the first round of the South Callaway Tournament.
A doctor usually makes the first comments to parents about the condition of their newborn baby’s condition.
Tuesday, January 10
At a half-hour hearing Tuesday morning, Alyssa Bustamante pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree murder and a charge of armed criminal in connection with the Oct. 21, 2009, death of Elizabeth Olten.
The official filing deadline is just around the corner on Jan. 17, but there still are no official candidates for the open Ward 3 seat on the Fulton City Council, and thus far there are no contested races in the other wards.
Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, said Monday she intends to file legislation soon that would allow Ameren Missouri to recover costs of obtaining an early site permit for a second nuclear reactor at Callaway Energy Center.
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Westminster College is holding a special service project.
A 33-year-old Jefferson City man was arrested Sunday after fleeing from Jefferson City police who attempted to stop him at a Walmart parking lot and caught him after a foot chase in Holts Summit.
Eight young men were issued summonses for trespassing early Sunday morning after Callaway County Sheriff’s Office deputies found them on private property.
HOLTS SUMMIT — The Board of Aldermen Monday night moved a step closer to expansion of the Holts Summit City Hall building.
North Callaway was shutout in the second quarter, trailing for the majority of a 40-24 loss to New Haven in the first round of the South Callaway Tournament on Monday night. The Ladybirds — the No. 4 seed — were held scoreless from the five minute mark of the first quarter until the 6:44 point of the third quarter.
Monday, January 9
A motion hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning in the Alyssa Bustamante murder case.
Fulton police are asking for help in their search for a suspect in connection with an armed robbery at the Fastlane Convenience Store early Monday morning.
Sunday, January 8
Sheriff: We have definite need, but not good time to ask
Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane said Friday his office would like to have a special sales tax for law enforcement purposes but he thinks it’s the wrong time to place the issue before county voters.
A 122-pound wild mountain lion was trapped Wednesday about 125 miles southeast of Fulton.
In honor of his more than 50 years of service to the school and to the Fulton community, Westminster College will be hosting a memorial service for the late John “Jack” Marshall on Jan. 14.
The owners of Serenity Valley Winery may be new to Callaway County, but they certainly are not new to the wine making business.
Former alderman George “Trey” Baumgartner III was arrested on drug charges on Jan. 5 for the second time in two months.
The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men suspected of stealing scrap metal in the New Bloomfield area.
Fulton boys basketball coach Marques Baldwin wasn’t yelling. Far from it, actually. But after a third consecutive loss, the second-year head coach’s voice rang louder, dripping with exasperation. Frankly, he felt this is one the Hornets should have had.
Extra basketball was needed, but the Bulldogs were able to bat away the visiting Iberia Rangers. South Callaway outscored Iberia 13-7 in overtime, pulling out a 56-50 win over the Rangers on Friday evening.
Friday, January 6
Little Jazmynn Marie Johnson did not make a dramatic entrance into the world, but there was something special about her birth all the same.
University schedules week of activities to honor Martin Luther King Jr.
Joanne Bland was 11 years old on March 7, 1965, when she lined up with her friends to participate in what she thought would be just another peaceful Civil Rights march in Selma, Ala. Nearly 47 years later, Bland will share her experience on what has come to be known as “Bloody Sunday” and her subsequent involvement with the Civil Rights movement when she appears as part of the President’s Lecture Series at William Woods University on Jan. 16.
Trivia fans can help out a good cause while playing games with their teammates at an upcoming benefit.
The Fulton Hornets wrestling team found open weight classes to be its downfall in suffering its first loss of the season. Fulton was unable to survive forfeits in five weight divisions Thursday night in falling to the Hannibal Pirates 40-33 in a North Central Missouri Conference dual at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
Thursday, January 5
Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that he will not tap university reserves to help balance Missouri’s budget, scrapping the idea just a few weeks after its debut generated a generally negative reaction.
Grain farmers along the Missouri River are calling for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to speed up efforts to rebuild levees along the river.
Red Kettle bell ringers for the newly-formed Salvation Army Extension Unit in Fulton collected more than $11,000 during December.
When Darla Cassidy first heard her daughter wanted to join horse bowl, she couldn’t believe it.
NEW HAVEN — The New Haven Shamrocks did just enough to outlast the South Callaway Bulldogs in a low-scoring affair.
The Republican presidential race is heating up as results from Tuesday’s Iowa caucus rolled in Wednesday causing Rep. Michele Bachmann to drop out and the other GOP candidates to press on.
Wednesday, January 4
The Board of Aldermen here voted Tuesday night to put a $5 million bond issue on April’s ballot.
A judge Tuesday ordered the University of Missouri hospital and physicians to turn over any medical records they may have of Paul Wade Plunkett, 52, Holts Summit, before he was murdered on New Year’s Day one year ago.
No contests have developed yet for the April 3 Board of Education elections at the New Bloomfield R-3 and South Callaway R-2 school districts.
The 2012 General Assembly session begins at noon today. Its first-day action includes leaders’ speeches pronouncing this year’s leadership priorities — and the introduction of bills for lawmakers to consider.
California, placing three players in double figures, outscored North Callaway 17-5 in the second quarter Tuesday night to spark the Pintos’ 60-48 victory over the Thunderbirds.
Fulton Hornets basketball coach Marques Baldwin stressed to his team to play the rest of the season the same each game — as if a championship hung in the balance. So far, not so good for the Hornets. Fulton looked all sorts of lost and unfocused coming out of the Christmas break and it showed in the final tally, a 72-48 drubbing by Hannibal at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
Tuesday, January 3
Multi-phase upgrade project expected to cost $3-$5 million
To finance a long-range water and sewer system overhaul, the Auxvasse Board of Aldermen have decided to go to the voters.
Between detours while the Highway 94 bridge was closed and increased traffic due to the large number of temporary employees working the Callaway Nuclear Plant’s outage, several county roads took a beating this summer and fall.
Bryant Liddle announces campaign for Eastern District seat
After two terms as Callaway County’s Eastern District Commissioner, Gabe Craighead will not be seeking re-election this year.
Two community events are on the docket for the Presbyterian Manor of Fulton. The annual Art is Ageless competition and exhibition is calling all creative seniors 65 and older to enter their artwork before Jan. 31. Any senior in the county can enter. The nine categories for entries are: Christmas, drawing, fiber arts, mixed media/crafts, needlework, painting, photography, quilting and sculpture/3-D. Artwork must have been completed in the last five years.
NEW BLOOMFIELD — The New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats defense put the clamps down on the South Callaway Lady Bulldogs to offset an otherwise spotty shooting night.
Sunday, January 1
For the first time, some Callaway County residents who contributed to the United Way campaign were rewarded with sweepstakes prizes ranging from a computer to a year’s business membership in the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce.
For the second consecutive year, an informal coalition of 23 Missouri Tea Party groups and others will stage a Consent of the Governed Rally in the rotunda of the Missouri Capitol Wednesday morning.
Callaway County hunters bagged 281 deer during the recent 11-day muzzleloader hunt, the Missouri Department of Conservation reports.
A William Woods player has had a double-double in each of the last two games, but the Lady Owls weren’t able to punctuate those performances with a win. On Friday, they got got both.