Stories for January 2012


Tuesday, January 31

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Local youth reach goal to build well in Africa

One year ago, a local youth group decided it wanted to make a significant impact on the lives of some in need.

Chamber honors 49 county firms, area entities

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.

Founding 50 group formed in New Bloomfield

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.

Meeting tonight on gas-to-propane vehicle conversion

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.

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Sewer line work starts along Court Street

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

Turnout at Chamber’s awards banquet sets record

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.

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Need increases for food backpack programs across county

Every weekend during the school year, an average of 332 food-stuffed backpacks go home with Callaway students in need.

Hamilton sparks Lady Hornets to home win

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.

Hornets, Bulldogs to renew rivalry at Mizzou Arena

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

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Chamber presents four civic awards

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

Public defender takes up Koebel case

Ryan Wayne Koebel made his first appearance in Callaway Circuit Court Friday morning, with Public Defender Justin Carver at his side.

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New Bloomfield church brings dinosaurs to Callaway

They have been called by some the mightiest creatures to ever roam the earth.

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MSD celebrates Asian culture through festival

Celebrating the Year of the Dragon, the Missouri School for the Deaf held a Chinese New Year Festival Thursday.

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Lottery winner offers entire prize to boss

Big winners in the Missouri Lottery don’t often say they intend to give away all of the money they won.

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Awards presented for hiring veterans

The Dollar General Distribution Center in Fulton and the City of Fulton were honored Thursday for hiring veterans.

First quarter gives Ladybirds fits in loss

KINGDOM CITY — The North Callaway Ladybirds couldn’t compensate for a flat first-quarter showing.

Lady Hornets clip Boonville in OT

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

Ward 4 to see only contest in Fulton council election

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.

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New photography studio opens in Fulton

Chances are if anyone spots Lydia Schuster around the community, she has a camera in hand.

Three hurt in bridge crashes

Three people had minor injuries in two separate chain-reaction crashes involving seven vehicles on the Missouri River Bridge early Wednesday morning.

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Foundation to offer grants to NB schools

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.

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Fulton senior helps out in McIntire classroom

At 17 years old, Seth Steeves gets a first-hand taste of what it would be like to teach elementary students.

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Year of the Dragon

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

Council puts hold on brick district overlay zoning

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.

Aldermen address concerns over neglected homes

AUXVASSE — Two citizens here raised concerns regarding dilapidated houses to the Auxvasse Board of Aldermen Tuesday night.

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Obama: American dream in peril, fast action needed

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.

Chance of wintry mix across Mid-Missouri

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.

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Countless career opportunities are available for deaf students, adults

I believe that only a very small percent of deaf people currently possess doctorate degrees.

Hornet wrestlers bow to Moberly 46-24

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.

Fulton Wall to add Davis, Kim and Bagby

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

'Target' stickers placed on Capitol doors

Capitol Police investigating 'target' stickers placed on Capitol doors.

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Koebel to appear in court Friday

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.

Resignation leaves open seat on FSB

The resignation of one of its members Friday morning has left a vacancy on the Fulton School Board.

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Harris elected president of Callaway UW

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.

Two places to offer free help in preparing income tax forms

People who need help in preparing their income taxes can receive free assistance this tax season at two locations in Fulton.

2 Fulton men arrested on drug possession charges

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.

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Volunteers organize Kingdom at Work exhibit

Surrounded by artifacts and black and white photographs collected from around the county, Carmen McEwen and Sheila Guthrie are hard at work.

Guilty plea in Callaway Co. cattle theft scheme

A Smithfield, Nebraska man has pleaded guilty in federal court to a cattle scheme in Callaway County.

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Westminster pushes past William Woods 52-40

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

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Holts Summit youth in custody after killing grandmother

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.

Young girl injured in Holts Summit shooting

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.

Westminster group to raise money for water project

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.

Authorities again caution residents against asphalt scam

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.

Shooting woes vs. Helias stump Lady Hornets

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.

Third-quarter rut costs Hornets in Helias loss

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

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Holts Summit youth arrested for killing grandmother

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

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Burglary probe ends in drug bust, firearms recovery

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 officials explain why they sign up to serve

City service across Callaway County includes commitments of time, planning and community involvement.

New Bloomfield school board reissues bonds, saves district $131,215 in interest expenses

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.

CCSO: Asphalt driveway scam returns to Callaway County

The asphalt driveway paving scam has returned to Callaway County, the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office reports.

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Visitors flock to first-ever senior expo

Many Callaway seniors came out Thursday to investigate the first-ever Senior “Living the Dream” Expo.

Andrews, No. 25 Lady Owls fend off Columbia College

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.

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Ladybirds win in wild fashion

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.

Lady Wildcats trip Tuscumbia for Show-Me win

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

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Auxvasse bus driver receives probation after manslaughter conviction

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.

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Second candidate declares for Callaway House district

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 faces toss names into Fulton school board race

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.

No need for election for ambulance district

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.

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Three area synchronized skaters put it all on the ice

Sliding on ice may not usually be considered a good thing, but for three Fulton students, it’s their favorite hobby.

Fulton native competes in televised Dream Girl contest

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

Ambulance district adjusts paid leave policy

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.

2nd candidate creates GOP county primary election contest

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.

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Callaway ranks second in deer harvest

With 5,013 deer taken, Callaway County ranked second in the state in numbers of deer harvested during 2011-12 deer season.

New YMCA classes to focus on nutrition

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.

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Ready, set, go!

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.

Fulton man arrested for breaking into vehicles

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.

Y auction to benefit scholarship program

One of the main goals of the YMCA of Callaway County is to improve the overall health of the entire community.

Commission weighs options for trail markers

Setting up historic markers along the Stinson Trail is still under consideration.

Fulton woman hurt in Route Z collision

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.

Moore, Hornets stop five-game losing skid

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

Senior Expo set Thursday at YMCA

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.

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Library to teach youth about Chinese New Year

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.

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Area truck stop offers hair-care salon services

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.

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Civil rights activist recounts segregation, protests of 1960s

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.

Ladybirds offense goes dry late in loss to Hallsville

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 burglary victim offers $500 reward

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

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Series of events lined up for MLK Day

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.

McDonald’s renovations postponed, should take place in early spring

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.

Two USDA offices to close in Central Missouri region

In a reorganization effort, two U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offices in Central Missouri will be closed.

Pros, cons to be discussed on federal health care law

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.

Holts Summit woman hurt when her vehicle hits truck

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

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Lady Hornets pick up fifth-place victory at California

CALIFORNIA — The Fulton Lady Hornets summoned enough second-half energy to depart the 18th-annual California Tournament with some hardware.

Saturday, January 14

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Jack Marshall eulogized during memorial at college

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

Authorities search for missing JC teen

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.

Gohring to leave school board after 21 years

After two decades of service, Rick Gohring has decided not to seek another term on the Fulton School Board.

2 Auxvasse seats up for election

AUXVASSE — No challengers have filed so far to run against the two aldermen here who currently hold the seats up for election.

Fire destroys KC mobile home

About a dozen volunteer firefighters battled an early Thursday morning fire that destroyed a Kingdom City mobile home.

NoCal school board may see contest for two open spots

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.

Election contests develop in NB

Contests for mayor and Ward 1 alderman have developed so far in the April 3 New Bloomfield city election.

Mokane council incumbents see no opposition

MOKANE — As of Thursday, the two open seats for the council here were uncontested.

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Storm causes few mishaps in Callaway

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.

Hannibal-LaGrange jolts No. 22 Lady Owls with late 3-pointer

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.

T-Birds falter late in semifinal loss to Bearcats

MOKANE — All North Callaway Thunderbirds basketball coach Tim Turlington asks of his team is to play consistently. Consistently good, that is.

Thursday, January 12

School closings, announcements for Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012

Here are school closings and other weather-related announcements for Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012.

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FHS approved for Graduation Matters Project

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.

Council takes first step to establish brick district overlay zoning

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.

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Fulton senior sets goal for career in ‘helping people’

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.

Farm management class for women comes to Callaway

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.

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Ladybirds make fifth-place game at South Callaway

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.

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Winter storm brings snow, bitter cold to Mid-Missouri

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

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Bustamante pleads guilty to killing 9-year-old neighbor

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.

Council to consider industrial revenue bonds

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.

Callaway Relay for Life kicks off Thursday

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 deadline to register for Feb. 7 presidential primary

Today is the last day for unregistered voters to register to vote in Missouri’s Feb. 7 presidential primary election.

Why Missouri’s presidential primary lacks interest

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.

Thunderbirds hold it together, resist Bulldogs

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.

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Doctors to parents: ‘I’m sorry; your baby is deaf’

A doctor usually makes the first comments to parents about the condition of their newborn baby’s condition.

Tuesday, January 10

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Bustamante pleads guilty to murder

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.

No candidate for Fulton’s third ward as filing deadline looms

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.

Riddle to file bill to permit expansion of nuclear plant

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.

MLK Day event to raise awareness of childhood hunger

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Westminster College is holding a special service project.

2 in custody following pursuit

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 sited for trespass in southern Callaway

Eight young men were issued summonses for trespassing early Sunday morning after Callaway County Sheriff’s Office deputies found them on private property.

HS considers expansion of City Hall

HOLTS SUMMIT — The Board of Aldermen Monday night moved a step closer to expansion of the Holts Summit City Hall building.

Scoreless drought costs Ladybirds against New Haven

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

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‘Motion hearing’ set Tuesday in Bustamante murder case

A motion hearing is scheduled for Tuesday morning in the Alyssa Bustamante murder case.

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Fulton Fastlane robbed at gunpoint

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

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No law enforcement sales tax in Callaway

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.

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Wild mountain lion captured about 125 miles south of Fulton

A 122-pound wild mountain lion was trapped Wednesday about 125 miles southeast of Fulton.

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College to host tribute to man who ‘was Westminster’

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.

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New winery opens near Millersburg

The owners of Serenity Valley Winery may be new to Callaway County, but they certainly are not new to the wine making business.

Baumgartner arrested on drug charges, again

Former alderman George “Trey” Baumgartner III was arrested on drug charges on Jan. 5 for the second time in two months.

Two men arrested for scrap metal thefts

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two men suspected of stealing scrap metal in the New Bloomfield area.

Hornets’ late surge not enough in NCMC loss to Spartans

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.

South Callaway outlasts Iberia in overtime win

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

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First Callaway baby of 2012 born Wednesday

Little Jazmynn Marie Johnson did not make a dramatic entrance into the world, but there was something special about her birth all the same.

Civil rights activist to speak at WWU

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.

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Trivia Night on tap for Relay For Life

Trivia fans can help out a good cause while playing games with their teammates at an upcoming benefit.

Forfeits sink Hornet wrestlers in first loss

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

Nixon: University borrowing plan ‘off the table’

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.

Farmers seek repairs on Missouri River levees

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.

Salvation Army raised $11,000 during holiday Red Kettle drive

Red Kettle bell ringers for the newly-formed Salvation Army Extension Unit in Fulton collected more than $11,000 during December.

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Williamsburg student uses 4-H for horse sense

When Darla Cassidy first heard her daughter wanted to join horse bowl, she couldn’t believe it.

Bulldogs fall just short in loss to New Haven

NEW HAVEN — The New Haven Shamrocks did just enough to outlast the South Callaway Bulldogs in a low-scoring affair.

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Republican-voting residents sound off on GOP candidates

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

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Auxvasse to ask voters for $5 million bond authorization

The Board of Aldermen here voted Tuesday night to put a $5 million bond issue on April’s ballot.

Judge orders release of victim’s medical records

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 board contests yet at NB, SoCal

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.

3 Mid-Missouri lawmakers talk about some of the pending issues

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.

Pintos power past T-Birds in 60-48 win

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.

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Hornets do little in 72-48 loss to Hannibal

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

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Auxvasse Aldermen to examine details of bond issue tonight

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.

Officials discuss road issues

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.

Craighead not to run for re-election to Commission

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.

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Presbyterian manor to host Art is Ageless, heart health seminar

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 defense stifles South Callaway in win

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

United Way awards 7 prizes in first campaign sweepstakes

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.

Consent of Governed Rally set Wednesday at Capitol rotunda

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 muzzleloaders bag 281 deer during 11-day season

Callaway County hunters bagged 281 deer during the recent 11-day muzzleloader hunt, the Missouri Department of Conservation reports.

Andrews’ double-double ends Lady Owls skid

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.