Stories for July 2012


Tuesday, July 31

Supreme Court OKs ballot issues

The Missouri Supreme Court cleared the way Tuesday for voters to potentially get a say on initiatives to raise tobacco taxes, increase the minimum wage and limit interest rates on payday loans.

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Fulton youth places in bowling nationals

A 12-year-old Fulton boy has bowled his way to 13th place out of 32 at the International Family Tournament in Jupiter, Fla.

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FPD, City complete final station walk-throughs

Chief Myers hopes to complete move within three weeks

Despite a few minor projects and problems, the new police station looks ready to go, city officials decided after their final walk-throughs of the building Monday.

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WWU science professor retires

Famed for her tick research

Dr. Mary Spratt, a William Woods University science professor who is nationally known for her tick research, is retiring after 20 years of service at the university.

More money available for needy cooling aid

With aid money running out this week, the program providing utility bill cooling aid for the needy has received another $72,933 in federal money authorized by the state.

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WWU graduate assists Olympic dressage team

Lauren Donahoo, a William Woods University equestrian graduate, is serving as a dressage groom during dressage competition this week at the Olympics in London.

Sunday, July 29

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New director to help take CARDV ‘to the next level’

Asked to describe her first week at the helm of the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence, and new executive director Lori Blank used one word repeatedly: Amazing.

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Callaway cheerleader to perform in London New Year’s parade

While many of her peers will be watching the Times Square ball drop on TV from the comfort of home, one South Callaway High School cheerleader will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to march in London’s 26th annual New Year’s Day Parade.

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HOPE meeting aims to promote compassion, healing

Prevention, treatment cited as important tools in battle against drugs

“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up.” Jesse Jackson Although one of the main purposes of Thursday night’s HOPE (Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education) meeting was to educate Fulton area residents on the dangers and signs of heroin, which local officials say is a growing problem in the community and surrounding area, the event had another message as well.

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How to sell a house? Let’s have a party!

Selling a house in a tight housing market might sound like a challenge. But not to Susan Miller of New Bloomfield.

Democratic chairman objects election judge selection

Mike Backer, chairman of the Callaway County Central Democratic Committee, has objected to Callaway County Clerk Denise Hubbard’s decision in replacing a Republican judge in the New Bloomfield precinct who no longer wanted to serve in that position.

Discarded cigarettes cause minor apartment fire

The Fulton Fire Department responded to a fire early Saturday morning at Towne and Campus Apartments off State Road Z.

Friday, July 27

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Officials seek to educate community on heroin

A recovering addict herself, Carol lost her son to a heroin overdose four years ago — one month before his 18th birthday.

No charges for Steedman man who shot intruders’ car

Warrant issued for suspect

A local farmer who shot at a vehicle trespassing on his property will not face charges for the incident.

Chinese students experience America

Group visiting 14 days at Westminster

Eighteen Chinese students are now in Fulton as part of a summer two-week program involving Chinese and American students traveling to each nation.

Holts Summit theater to close

The owners of the Summit Plaza Theater in Holts Summit have confirmed the theater will be closing its doors.

Recycling firm offers cash incentives for local schools

An international recycling company based out of New Jersey has found a way to make previously unrecyclable trash fashionable, and some Callaway schools are benefiting.

Recycling firm offers cash incentives for local schools

An international recycling company based out of New Jersey has found a way to make previously unrecyclable trash fashionable, and some Callaway schools are benefiting.

FFD puts out Airway Drive apartment fire

The Fulton Fire Department responded to the third area fire in as many days, this time at 543 Airway Drive, apartment 306.

Thursday, July 26

Two seek Republican nomination for Western District Commissioner

Republican Western District Commissioner Donald (Doc) Kritzer of Fulton faces opposition during the Aug. 7 Republican primary election. His opponent in the primary is Bill Galloway of Holts Summit.

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One person at a time

Holts Summit woman makes local missionary work her passion

Her name might not be as recognizable as that of some other local philanthropists, but to those who are familiar with “Sunshine” or “Miss Connie,” — particularly the Callaway County homeless population — she is a helping hand when it is most needed.

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Biggs Center fire causes damages

Blaze limited to security room

A fire in a security camera room near the front of the Biggs Forensic Center at 1157 State Road O in Fulton Wednesday morning was brought under control quickly by Fulton firemen.

Holts Summit group to host commissioner candidates forum

Local residents will have the opportunity to meet with the candidates for Western District Commissioner on July 31 at a candidate forum hosted by the Holts Summit Community Betterment Association and the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce.

County fair to keep eye on patrons during extreme temperatures

With the recent trend of higher-than-normal temperatures — even for summer — not looking to let up any time soon, officials with the Kingdom of Callaway County Fair have discussed ways to help make sure their visitors aren’t too miserable to enjoy themselves.

Wednesday, July 25

Study recommends elimination of Fifth Street light

No decision was made during Tuesday night’s Fulton City Council meeting, but the engineering firm hired to conduct a traffic study on Market Street at the intersections of Fifth and Fourth streets is recommending the city do away with the east-west facing stoplights at Fifth Street.

Fulton Police encourage residents to attend heroin awareness meeting

Jefferson City officer: ‘Program has made a difference’

The Fulton Police Department, with assistance from the Jefferson City Police Department will be hosting a HOPE (Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education) Campaign at an educational community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Fulton City Hall.

Auxvasse adopts county hazard mitigation plan

In their meeting Tuesday, the Auxvasse City Council formally adopted the Callaway County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, rendering the city eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds during weather events such as flooding or extreme snow.

Funds to help needy pay utility bills almost gone

CMCA expects money to run out next week

Needy Central Missourians struggling to pay utility bills got some bad news Tuesday when the director of energy assistance for Central Missouri Community Action said the agency has only $50,000 left in summer cooling assistance for Callaway County and seven other counties in Central Missouri.

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Fan donations help needy stay cool

With daily temperatures hovering around the century mark, staying cool can be tough without air conditioning.

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Millersburg Celebration Saturday to feature parade, prizes, family fun

In addition to providing the citizens of Millersburg with a parade, a meal, games and door prizes, the 9th annual Millersburg Celebration Saturday might be able to give something back to the community.

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Fire consumes Addison Street home

The Fulton Fire Department responded to a residential fire about 10:30 p.m. Monday at 206 Addison St., where a spark from a charcoal grill set the house and neighboring shed ablaze.

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Is it Right for a non-deaf professional to criticize the way a native deaf ASL user signs?

You might not realize it, but for more than a century, many non-deaf professionals have had a goal to banish or at least control the use of ASL.

Tuesday, July 24

Jungermann appointed to area nuclear task force

Callaway County Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann was appointed Monday to a Local Government Task Force to help Westinghouse Electric Co. win a federal grant to manufacture small modular nuclear reactors in Callaway County.

Mayor to host golf challenge for animal shelter

With just less than $100,000 to go to reach the amount needed to build a new animal shelter, Fulton Mayor LeRoy Benton is starting a golf tournament to help meet the $250,000 goal.

Blood donations lowest in 15 years

Blood drive set Aug. 2 in Fulton

Mainly because of this month’s hot weather, Red Cross blood donations are at the lowest levels they have been in 15 years, Red Cross officials report.

EMT class for high school students still open

Officials with the Callaway County Ambulance District still are hoping to generate more interest in their new Emergency Medical Technician course for high school seniors.

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A thirsty Stinson Creek

Stretches of Stinson Creek stand all but dried up following week after week of extreme heat and drought. Gov. Jay Nixon has declared Missouri in a state of emergency due to the weather conditions.

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Local doctor continues to help healing through art

Henry Domke always wanted to be an artist, but when art school didn’t work out after high school, personal and religious convictions led him to pursue a medical practice.

Four people injured in weekend accidents

Four people were injured in two Callaway County vehicle accidents during the weekend.

Sunday, July 22

Carrington petition swells to more than 200 signatures

Displeased voters voice concern over precinct change

More than 200 of Carrington’s 691 registered voters have signed a petition asking the County Clerk’s office to reverse its decision to combine their polling location with Guthrie’s.

Callaway 4-H to host new open class for younger children

With participation in 4-H limited to youths aged 8 and older, and FFA limited to high school students, coordinators of the 2012 Kingdom of Callaway County Fair have created a new event designed to encourage younger children to get involved in agriculture.

North Callaway schools to seek input from patrons

This spring, the North Callaway Strategic Planning Committee conducted a scatter poll of its patrons to determine what their primary concerns and priorities are for their school district.

Saturday, July 21

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Callaway farmers may receive aid to provide water to livestock

Callaway County farmers are now eligible to apply for federal cost-sharing benefits to provide water to livestock.

Friday, July 20

New Bloomfield schools receive major upgrade of computers

The New Bloomfield R-III School District has received a major upgrade in its computer hardware.

Drought may lead to higher prices

Farmers still receive fraction of food costs

A searing drought in Central Missouri and throughout much of the nation has severely damaged corn and soybean crops, prompting concern by consumer groups that the price of food soon may be going higher because of expected grain shortages.

North Callaway adjusts, adopts new policies for 2012-13 school year

At their monthly school board meeting Thursday night, members of the North Callaway School Board adopted a series of new policies, regulations and orders for the upcoming school year. Most were state-mandated policies that simply reaffirmed practices that the school had already had in place, and some will provide new students in foster care and staff members juggling sick and personal days some leeway.

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Moore’s Mill panel dedication to feature meal, local communities

For chairman of the Kingdom of Callaway Civil War Heritage Martin Northway, the ceremony slated to kick off at 11 a.m. July 28 in Calwood is about more than just commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Moore’s Mill, Callaway County’s bloodiest battle in the Civil War. It is also about a community celebrating its rich history.

Thursday, July 19

CRP acres open for drought emergency

The Conservation Reserve Program, a USDA cost-share and rental payment program designed to help reduce overgrazing, soil erosion, loss of wildlife habitat and other conservation issues, has opened for emergency haying and grazing use in Callaway County to help drought-stricken farmers.

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Owner of Jinx Books looks to sell store, cat

Kathryn Wade is selling a cat for $25,000. A cat, and a book store.

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Churchill Museum to host overnight experience for youth

The National Churchill Museum is offering area youth a fun twist on the traditional weekend sleepover.

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New Hot Iron downtown location larger, offers more services

Lisa Coldiron’s Hot Iron Salon served Fulton for five and a half years at their Manor Drive location off of Bluff Street, but she wanted more.

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Tyler Huffman home construction on fast track

The summer heat may have some construction crews working shorter days, but work on a new home for veteran Cpl. Tyler Huffman is in full force.

North Callaway plans football camp next week

KINGDOM CITY — North Callaway Thunderbirds head football coach Mike Emmons and his staff have scheduled a summer camp next week, July 23-26, for prospective high school and junior high players.

Wednesday, July 18

Ambulance, sheriff back on track with Geo-Comm

Ambulance district braces for possible budget issues

After deciding to part ways with AVL (automated vehicle location) system provider Geo-Comm at the end of last month, Callaway County Ambulance District Director Charlie Anderson says county officials have decided to give the company one more chance.

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Downtown Brick District parking changes begin

The Fulton Traffic Commission Tuesday reviewed recent changes approved by the Fulton City Council in downtown parking based on recommendations of the Brick District Committee.

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Fair organizers seek entries for Back Yard Chef contest

After a disappointing turnout last year, organizers of the Kingdom of Callaway County Fair’s Back Yard Chef Barbecue Contest are hoping for more participation on Aug. 4.

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Three Callaway County brothers honored for forestry management

Three brothers who own and manage a tree farm in Callaway County have been honored by the Missouri Tree Farm Committee for 25 years of exemplary forest management.

All Missouri farmers can seek low interest loans

Farmers in all of Missouri’s 114 counties are now eligible to seek low-interest disaster loans.

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New fiber optic cables installed between Fulton, Holts Summit

Commuters passing between Holts Summit and Fulton have no doubt noticed trucks and digging equipment along U.S. 54. What they might not have known was that improved internet and smart phone connections were on the horizon.

Tuesday, July 17

Adopt a Buddy plan starts in Callaway

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri is seeking 180 volunteer contributors for a new Adopt a Buddy initiative to support the Buddy Pack program that serves needy Callaway County youngsters.

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71-year-old breaks records, heads to world championships

Few people have gone on to break world records and compete internationally in powerlifting competitions less than two years after first picking up a weight. Lenna Barker might be one of the only people to do so in their ‘70s.

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Hopefest Approximately 1,200 area residents attended Victory Fellowship Church’s Hopefest fundraiser in Fulton Saturday afternoon. Hopefest activities included inflatable water slides for the kids and a motorcycle show for the adults as well as live music and food. The goal of the event was to raise enough money to provide 20,000 meals to Haiti.

County fair gives children a chance to strut their stuff

Callaway County parents will have the opportunity to show off their littlest treasures in the Kingdom of Callaway County Fair’s annual baby and Little Mister and Miss Callaway County contests.

Special care for pets required during extreme summer heat

With the thermometer hovering near the century mark each day in Central Missouri, Callaway County Humane Society President Sandy Corbet says pets now require special care.

Sunday, July 15

CMCA, university extension offer classes for small business owners

As Fulton’s Brick District Committee continues its efforts to draw new businesses downtown, two local organizations are providing classes to help hopeful entrepreneurs get started.

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Former Fulton matron celebrates 100 years

Having recently celebrated a century of life, former longtime Fulton resident Wilma Johnston has seen many changes and innovations in the world around her. Asked what the most exciting change has been, however, revealed a deeper interest in what changes have yet to come.

College to refinance $13.3 million in bonds

The Industrial Development Authority of Callaway County is allowing Westminster College to refinance about $13.3 million in revenue bonds the Authority issued to the college.

Fulton fugitive, associate in custody

A Fulton man wanted as a fugitive and parole absconder was taken into custody Friday morning, along with an individual who was helping him hide from authorities.

Saturday, July 14

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Westminster graduate released Saturday after arrest Friday in Maldives

A former Westminster College student who was arrested Friday in the Republic of Maldives after a political demonstration was released Saturday after appearing in court and promising not to participate in any more demonstrations for the next 21 days.

Friday, July 13

Fulton native earns prestigious award from MU J-School

Following in the footsteps of some of his longtime professional idols, Fulton native John Ferrugia has been announced as a 2012 recipient of the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism, a prestigious award presented by the University of Missouri’s journalism school to honor career-long outstanding service to the craft.

NB to seek bids for water, street improvements

The Board of Aldermen Thursday night agreed to seek competitive bids for new water line and street improvement projects.

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Flash mob

Campers from William Woods University’s College for Kids camp throw a flash mob at the roundabout Wednesday afternoon.

Mokane AmVets host seventh annual Frogs and Hogs Festival

Food, motorcycles, music and fun. That is the theme of the 7th Annual Frogs and Hogs Festival and membership recruitment drive in Mokane July 20 and 21.

East side of Holts Summit also hit by high wind

Fewer big trees in newer subdivisions east of U.S. 54 may explain the lack of reports of big broken limbs in the street in the wake of a sudden storm Saturday afternoon in Holts Summit.

Thursday, July 12

Nixon vetoes 'religious freedom' and sales tax on out-of-state-vehicle purchase laws

Those were two of the 10 bills Nixon vetoed, along with 12 bills that he signed.

Fulton Police to host heroin awareness meeting

While it has been seen more in the area lately, heroin has not yet become a serious problem in Fulton, and Fulton Police Chief Steve Myers wants to keep it that way.

Callaway fair makes music a main event in 2012

Music has always been a part of the Kingdom of Callaway County Fair but this year it will be a main part of the entertainment lineup.

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Gen. Bagby to speak to Chinese students

Along with Chinese college students, Central Missourians are invited to hear on July 18 Maj. Gen. Byron S. Bagby, a former Fulton resident, discuss his role as a military commander in the current conflict in Afghanistan.

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David Beaver to receive lt. governor veteran service award

David Beaver, a Vietnam veteran and commander of the American Legion Post 210, has been selected as the first recipient Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder’s Veterans Service Award, given to Missouri veterans who served or serve in any branch of the military and volunteer at least 25 hours per year.

South Callaway applies for grant to add after school program

If all goes well with their grant proposal, South Callaway R-II School District could have a new After School Program as early as second quarter of this school year.

Wednesday, July 11

City considers revising lawn ordinance

At the Fulton City Council work session preceding the regular meeting Tuesday, the council discussed potential revisions to its current grass, weed and debris nuisance enforcement policy.

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Holts Summit hit with rare damaging microburst

Storm wrecks large truck, uproots trees in small area

Holts Summit was hit Saturday afternoon by what a National Weather Service spokesman said was a relatively rare damaging microburst.

New Bloomfield Education Foundation goes Hog Wild

Summer event to raise funds for classroom grants

The New Bloomfield Education Foundation will hold a fundraiser event, Hog Wild at the Square, 6-10 p.m. Aug. 4 at 635 Redwood Drive.

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Which to hire, a non-deaf or deaf professional?

From 1880 until about 1980, it was rare for a qualified deaf professional to get a professional job serving deaf people.

Tuesday, July 10

Former Missouri Dem governor eludes prison

Roger Wilson sentenced to 2 years probation, fine

Former Missouri Democratic Gov. Roger Wilson eluded a federal prison term Monday when a federal judge in St. Louis sentenced him to two years probation for illegally using insurance money to make a campaign contribution to the Missouri Democratic Party.

Wednesday last day to register for Aug. 7 primaries

July 11 will be Missouri voters’ last chance to register to vote in the upcoming August primary elections.

Over 50 customers face power shutoff due to delinquent bills

Many accounts granted reprieve from extreme heat

Over 50 residential and commercial utilities customers in Fulton risk having their power shut off if they do not pay their bills by 10 a.m. today, according to the city’s Chief Financial Officer, Kathy Holschlag, and Director of Administration, Bill Johnson.

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One Route 94 bridge reopens, another closes

Work starts at Portland, Mokane bridge reopens

After a month and a half of detours, the East Wing Creek bridge over Route 94 east of Mokane has reopened to traffic after it was closed to replace the bridge floor.

Third person electrocuted at Lake of the Ozarks

A Hazelwood woman has died in a second weekend dock electrocution at Lake of the Ozarks.

Monday, July 9

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Local church holds Hopefest for Haitian relief

Aims to send 20,000 meals to Haiti

Victory Fellowship Church’s mission team hopes to send hope to Haiti this summer.

Sunday, July 8

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11th consecutive day in 100+ degree heat

Forecast gives hope of respite soon

For close to two weeks, temperatures in mid-Missouri have peaked over 100 degrees.

DBRL holds Own the Night Teen Photography Contest

Youth ages 12-18 with an eye for composition are invited to participate in the Daniel Boone Regional Library’s Own the Night Teen Photography Contest, running now until July 13.

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Nephew of Fulton resident wins first Olympic Gold Medal

Sculpture wins gold in art contest

Missourian Martin Linson’s bronze sculpture showing an athlete in a wheelchair crossing the finish line won the gold medal during the 2012 London Olympic Sport and Art Contest.

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4th annual Fulton triathlon draws big numbers despite heat

Despite the temperature approaching the triple digits early in the day, 41 racers turned out to participate in this year’s Fulton Sprint Triathlon.

Suspect in local car dealership theft apprehended in Boone County

A Fulton man suspected of stealing a vehicle from a local car dealer has been apprehended in Boone County, according to the Fulton Police Department.

Six Callaway baseball players make media all-state team

Led by three selections from Class 2 state champion South Callaway, six Callaway County baseball players have been chosen to their respective 2012 all-state teams by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

Friday, July 6

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Governor approves limit on Fulton State Hospital working hours

Legislation offered by Rep. Jeanie Riddle

Legislation offered by Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, that protects workers at the Fulton State Hospital from being required to work long hours without a break was signed Thursday by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Fulton Police arrest two men in separate drug investigations

Two Fulton men have been arrested in two separate drug investigations.

Three rescued horses find temporary home

The three horses rescued in Steedman Monday by the Callaway County Humane Society have found a temporary home on a farm south of Fulton.

Humane Society rallies Commissioners for aid

Donations down, rescues up

The Callaway County Humane Society has been trying to do more with less.

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Humane Society rescues 3 horses at Steedman

Hungry animals ate bark, leaves from trees

Their ribs showing from a lack of nourishment, three horses rescued Monday near Steedman by the Callaway County Humane Society are now available for adoption.

Man impersonating officer arrested with meth, paraphernalia

A report to the Fulton Police Department regarding a man identifying himself as a police officer looking for a lost wallet at Walgreens has led to his arrest for possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and false impersonation of a police officer.

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Voluntary water conservation requested by Water District No. 1 at Holts Summit

Residents of Water District No. 1 in Callaway County, which includes all of Holts Summit, have been asked to conserve water because of current weather conditions.

Thursday, July 5

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Fulton’s first Independence Day Parade hits brick district

Well before the traditional fireworks show at the Fulton Country Club Wednesday night, veterans, civic groups, businesses, politicians and patriotic citizens were gathering across the street for the city’s first public celebration of Independence Day in recent memory.

Missouri sets record year in unclaimed property returns

According to state treasurer Clint Zweifel’s office, Missouri has returned a record amount of lost property to Missourians this year.

Fulton Police pull puppy from hot car

With the temperature at 101 degrees, Fulton Police removed a pit bull puppy left in a parked vehicle on Wednesday afternoon.

Tuesday, July 3

Mo. Supreme Court upholds 2010 earnings tax law changes

An initiative petition that won overwhelming voters’ approval two years ago was constitutional, Missouri’s Supreme Court ruled today.

Polling precincts in Guthrie, Carrington combined

Much to the chagrin of some Carrington voters, the voting precinct there has been combined with Guthrie’s for future elections, starting with the upcoming primaries Aug. 7.

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Mokane man nominated for Bronze Star

Soldier honored for combat heroism

Master Sgt. Kevin L. Craig of Mokane has been recommended for the Bronze Star with Valor Medal from the U.S. Army after his unit was attacked in Afghanistan.

Summer Fun to follow 11 a.m. July 4 parade

3 p.m. event set at St. Peter Church

Callaway County residents celebrating the nation’s birthday on Wednesday will have another patriotic event to attend after the Independence Day parade through downtown Fulton.

Sunday, July 1

Amtrak schedule to change in Mid-Missouri this summer

To allow improvements to railroad tracks, the Amtrak passenger train schedule for Central Missouri will change this summer.

No end in sight for heat

Holts Summit cancels fireworks show, EOC issues no-burn advisory

After a week of record-setting temperatures in mid-Missouri, many governments and safety organizations aren’t taking any chances.

Westminster football players receive preseason acclaim

The start of the football season is a little more than two months away, but a pair of Westminster College players are already attracting some national attention.