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Friday, March 30

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Callaway Democrats elect eight delegates to District Convention

Sixteen Callaway County Democrats gathered Thursday night in Fulton and elected eight people to represent the county at the April 26 Ninth Congressional District Democratic Party Convention in Mexico.

Contests set for all six County offices

Contests have developed for all six Callaway County offices up for election this year, some during this summer’s county primary election and others in this fall’s general election.

North Callaway School Board candidates want to keep district steady

In a time when drops in state funding are resulting in budget cuts in school districts across the state, North Callaway R-I Schools are moving forward at an even keel.

CARDV to mark start of sexual assault awareness month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Fulton’s Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence is holding an event designed to bring awareness to what is an uncomfortable topic.

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It's not the last call for Tif's

Becoming the general manager of Tif's Ugly Mug following his graduation from William Woods in 2008, Brandon Tiefenauer is looking for new opportunities for the only bar on East 5th street. “I enjoy Fulton, business is good here …” Tiefenauer said. Serving food once again, Tiefenauer added “we have a full-menu kitchen open till 1 a.m. … we are trying to give people a place to relax.”

Fulton High School student arrested

A Fulton High School student was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after assaulting a classmate.

Lavy's three-run HR in seventh lifts T-Birds

If Zach Lavy was stuck in a slump, he emerged from it in a huge way. North Callaway’s senior shortstop-pitcher ripped a two-out, three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning Thursday night, breaking a tie and lifting the Thunderbirds to a 5-2 victory over Montgomery County.

Thursday, March 29

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Public defender, juvenile offices begin relocation

Employees of the Callaway County Public Defender’s Office Wednesday were helping movers position desks, filing cabinets and other office equipment at the office’s new location at 2800 Cardinal Drive in Fulton.

Two seek alderman seat in NB election

Two New Bloomfield residents are seeking the office of Ward 1 alderman for a two-year term.

FPS board candidates answer to teachers

Fulton’s four school board candidates appeared at the high school Wednesday afternoon to answer a series of questions posed by the Fulton Certified Teachers’ Association in an open public forum.

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Fulton utility bills get new look

The City of Fulton’s utility bills are getting a facelift. Kathy Holschlag, the city’s chief financial officer, said the new bills not only will be easier to read — and provide more information to customers — but “the cost savings (to the city) is significant” as well.

Oxford HealthCare assumes services provided by Suncrest

Home health care services provided to the Fulton area by Suncrest Home Health at 850 Hospital Drive in Fulton won’t be lost after all. The services will be provided by another business.

Holts Summit woman charged in stabbing

A Holts Summit woman was charged Wednesday with second-degree assault in connection with a Tuesday afternoon stabbing.

Callaway County United Way adds new board members

Mather, Frazee and Mobley Join UW Board

Three new members have joined the Callaway County United Way Board of Directors; Sharon Mather, Michelle Frazee and Julie Mobley.

Schulte’s perfection, Bowden’s no-hitter power Lady Owls

William Woods University pitchers Kelsey Schulte and MacKenzie Bowden were masterful in befuddling Benedictine University-Springfield.

Wednesday, March 28

Jefferson City schools music teacher resigns

Knehans still faces criminal trial

Christopher Knehans resigned Wednesday from the Jefferson City Public Schools, effective Saturday.

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Linda Davis -Letter of Appreciation

I use my camera all of the time.

Three contend for two seats on SoCal board

Three candidates have filed for two available positions for the Board of Education at the South Callaway R-2 School District at Mokane.

Fulton man arrested on assault, drug charges

A report of a sexual assault led to arrest of two Fulton men on assorted charges Tuesday afternoon.

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Local man forms ‘Bucket Brigade’ for firefighter museum

“A penny saved is a penny earned.” — Benjamin Franklin For the past 20 years, Fulton resident Ron Baker has been saving his pennies in a special jar, ultimately earning $200 to help build a Missouri Fire Fighters’ Museum next to the memorial in Kingdom City.

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Foodraiser

Hams Prairie Christian Church held a concert foodraiser for SERVE. A concert was given by the Christian parody band PRAIRIE TIDE to offer the opportunity to bring in food donations to the local ministry SERVE. They collected more than 800 pounds of food. SERVE currently has an opportunity to gain additional funding in the Fienstein Foundation Challenge. A donation will be given to SERVE equal to all of the monetary and food donations they receive during March and April. Hams Prairie is offering a challenge to other churches and organizations to give to SERVE from the heart.

Westminster English dept. assesses its effectiveness through graduating seniors

While classes were canceled at Westminster College on Tuesday, it was an assessment day that had juniors and seniors of various majors electronically assess their learning experiences at Westminster College. This also included group discussions with faculty members of their respective majors. As both junior and senior English Majors piled into room 126 of the Coulter Science Center to converse with the Professors of the English department, the conversation began with the students sharing their plans after they graduate from college.

Horstmeier, Hornets put squeeze on Eldon for first victory

Fulton sophomore starter Dalton Horstmeier stumped the Eldon Mustangs’ lineup, helping the Hornets break into the win column.

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Ebersole breaks out, Lady Hornets blank Fatima 5-0

Junior midfielder delivers hat trick in first half

Adrienne Ebersole was down. Face down on the pitch, the Fulton Lady Hornets’ junior midfielder had just felt the brunt of a slide tackle from Fatima Comets junior defender Lexie Borland and a twinge of pain in her left knee.

Tuesday, March 27

Supreme Court upholds state House redistricting

Court issues two-sentence order.

Lady Hornets open league play with win

A pair of quick Fulton goals helped the Lady Hornets prevail in their North Central Missouri Conference opener 2-1 over Marshall on the road on Monday. Senior midfielder Lola Weiss started the offense for Fulton, scoring on an unassisted strike in the 25th minute of the first half.

Owls bests Baker in extra innings

William Woods rebounded from a loss to open Sunday’s doubleheader with a 2-1 extra-inning win over Baker University in American Midwest Conference home competition. The two squads went nine innings without scoring a run, but Owls mistakes helped Baker get the game’s first run. An errant throw from freshman catcher Macy Wierschem into left field scored Baker second baseman Katie Duroe to put William Woods in a 1-0 hole.

Monday, March 26

Fulton YMCA explores expansion of services to Holts Summit area

Soccer program to start this summer

The YMCA of Callaway County in Fulton met with Holts Summit citizens Monday night to gage support for an expansion of YMCA services to Holts Summit.

Y to host Healthy Callaway Day

There will be running, there will be hopping, there will be feats of strength and, most importantly — to the younger attendees, at least — there will be a bounce house.

2 seek office of mayor of NB

New Bloomfield Mayor Terry Shaw faces opposition from Michael Lowe Sr. in the April 3 city election.

Sunday, March 25

Actor Val Kilmer to speak at William Woods graduation

“I’m your huckelberry.”

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Fulton man arrested on drug charges

Tyrell T. Anderson, 26, Fulton, was arrested by Fulton Police on three drug charges after police responded to a report of a fight with weapons Friday night in the 800 block of Walnut Street in Fulton.

Court hearing reset for Holts Summit man

A first-degree murder hearing scheduled in Callaway County Associate Court for Ryan Wayne Koebel Friday morning was continued until April 27.

Fulton bank participates in state reduced loan rate plan

Central Bank is one of 24 Missouri banks listed as a Preferred Partner in the state treasurer’s office Linked Deposit Program.

New Bloomfield to vote on $315,000 street bonds

Residents of the city of New Bloomfield will vote on April 3 whether to authorize the city to issue $315,000 in general obligation bonds to improve the city’s streets and roads.

Lady Bulldogs prevail at Hermann Quad

Sophomore Taylor Howard and freshmen Hannah Oberdiek and Sarah Jennings each won two events Thursday, powering the South Callaway Lady Bulldogs track and field team to a season-opening win at the Hermann Quad.

Saturday, March 24

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Coari waives hearing in Auxvasse murders

Ryan Christopher Coari of Mexico, Mo., accused of murdering an Auxvasse man and his daughter last September, waived his preliminary hearing Friday afternoon in Callaway County Associate Circuit Court.

Friday, March 23

Upcoming forums to look at local health needs

The Callaway County Health Department is trying to identify gaps in medical, dental and mental health care services in the county and it is looking for help from the community.

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FPS candidates eager to ‘make a difference’

Competition looks to be stiff for two open seats on the Fulton School Board on April 3. Veteran Dennis Depping is joined on the ballot by Kathy Brandon, David “Rob” Hunter and Kristi Donohue. Area residents will get the chance to hear from the candidates during the Fulton Certified Teachers Association’s forum at 4 p.m. on Wednesday in the high school commons area.

Historian, newsman selected as prayer breakfast speaker

Local residents are invited for a morning of faith, fellowship and food on April 12 as LeRoy Benton hosts the annual Fulton Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at the Callaway Senior Center.

Hornets tennis team records shutout for first win of season

The Fulton Hornets tennis team had a relatively easy time in picking up its first win of the season.

Lucas, shorthanded Wilcats clip Hornets

The New Bloomfield Wildcats roster was scratched up. Two players were sick; two had injured hands; two were ineligible.

Blue Jays tennis team turns back SLIAC foe Webster University

COLUMBIA — The Westminster College Blue Jays tennis team won four of six singles matches to take control in Thursday’s 6-3 victory over St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponent Webster University at Bethel Park.

Thursday, March 22

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Burglars caught in act at Millersburg store

Thieves steal only cigarettes

Two young burglars who broke into the Short Stop 3 convenience store Monday night in Millersburg are starring in a two-minute video circulated by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Fourth ward only contest for Fulton council

The only contested race for the Fulton City Council this year should be a good one as longtime Ward 4 Alderman Steve Moore faces off against challenger Kathy Segerson, while newcomer Lindsey Pace is the only candidate for the open Ward 3 seat. Incumbents Mike West and Mary Rehklau also are unopposed in Wards 1 and 2 respectively.

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Fulton woman overcomes illness to achieve excellence

In the spring of her junior year of high school, while her classmates were worrying about typical teen concerns such as who they were going to prom with and what they were going to wear, Laura Gregory was more concerned with whether or not she would ever be able to dance again.

Callaway to host commissioners from 19 counties

The Callaway County Commission is hosting an association meeting today of county commissioners from 19 other Missouri counties.

Lady Owls’ Andrews chosen honorable-mention All-American

William Woods University senior guard Sharron Andrews has been named an honorable-mention selection on the 2012 NAIA Division I All-American women’s basketball team announced Wednesday.

Hamilton heads up all-district selections

Fulton senior forward Corri Hamilton — a dynamic double-double performer this past season for the Lady Hornets — was a Class 4 girls’ first-team selection on the area media’s 2011-12 boys’ and girls’ all-district basketball teams.

Wednesday, March 21

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YMCA dedicates new fitness trail

On the first day of spring, the YMCA of Callaway County celebrated the season change by dedicating a new .6 mile fitness trail surrounding the facility at 1715 Wood St. in Fulton.

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Area officials discuss pending utility changes

Leaders of several area municipalities gathered in Fulton Tuesday night to hear a presentation from the Missouri Public Utility Alliance on the costs of operating utilities and the impact pending EPA/DNR regulations will have on those costs.

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Downed power line blocks street

Garbage truck hits power pole

Electrical power lines were downed and arcing along North Bluff Street in Fulton Tuesday morning, causing traffic to be blocked.

5K Walk/Run set Saturday in Fulton

A 5K Walk/Run to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be Saturday morning in Fulton.

Hornets cripple selves in opening loss to Boonville

Though a driving rain made it seem so, Fulton Hornets baseball coach Darren Masek wasn’t convinced the sky was falling down on his team. If anything, Masek feels that with more games under their belt, his Hornets will be OK.

Brinker, Lavy pair up on no-hitter as T-Birds roll in opener

VANDALIA — North Callaway senior starter Collin Brinker and senior reliever Zach Lavy toyed with Van-Far’s lineup.

Tuesday, March 20

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By whose opportunity

Dictionaries define the term “opportunity” as “a chance, especially one that offers some kind of advantage and/or a combination of favorable circumstances or situations.” I said the same thing in my previous article about, “authority.”

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Fulton police search for robber

The Fulton Police Department is seeking help from the public to identify a man who attempted to rob the Midwest Petroleum convenience store on Business 54 South late Saturday night.

Auxvasse residents to vote on $5 million bond issue

Auxvasse voters go to the polls on April 3 to decide whether to authorize the city to issue up to $5 million in bonds “for the purpose of constructing, furnishing and equipping improvements to the city’s combined waterworks and sewerage system.”

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Local woman, authorities caution against scam checks

When Fulton resident Bonnie Williams received a $1,950 check through FedEx at the end of last week, she knew it was too good to be true, as was the $2,800 check she received Monday in the same way.

NB to offer summer school

The R-3 Board of Education Monday night approved a plan to operate summer school from May 29 to June 22 for junior and senior high students.

Lady Hornets shut out Lady Eagles in opener

Fulton limits Southern Boone to just two shots in season-opening win

Senior forward Erin Russell had the lone score for the Fulton Lady Hornets, who opened their season with a 1-0 win over the Southern Boone Lady Eagles on the road on Monday night. Russell’s strike came 30 minutes into the first half off a crossing assist from senior center midfielder Lola Weiss.

William Woods bests Hannibal-LaGrange in league play

The Owls swept a doubleheader against the Hannibal-LaGrange Pirates on Monday, en route to taking 3-of-4 from their American Midwest Conference opponent on Monday. William Woods held on for a 5-4 win in the first game and then marched right through the Pirates for a 7-0 win in the second game.

Sunday, March 18

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Record turnout for Republican caucus

With 119 registered voters in attendance, the Callaway County Republican Central Committee had a far greater turnout than ever before for the Republican Caucus Saturday morning.

Mild winter means savings for county

This year’s unusually mild winter is good news for Callaway County’s budget. Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann said Friday the mild winter will translate into major savings for the county.

William Woods takes two from Millsaps College

The Owls got back above .500 with a two-game sweep of Millsaps College on Friday. William Woods won the first game 3-2 in nine innings and then took the second contest by a score of 4-2. The Owls took the lead in the first game on an RBI double from freshman Macy Wierschem to plate senior pitcher Kelsey Schulte in the top of the fourth inning. Freshman designated hitter Caroline Sicht crossed the plate next on a sacrifice fly from freshman first baseman Kacey Schamhorst to make it a 2-0 William Woods lead.

Thursday, March 15

Route PP bridge to close March 26

Weather permitting, work will begin March 26 to replace a state highway bridge over the Middle River along Route PP in southern Callaway County.

Renamed BBQ joint opening in Kingdom City

There will be a lot to like about the menu at “Panhead’s BBQ Smokehouse Tavern” when the eatery opens its doors at the end of this month.

Hiring increases in Fulton area

Some Fulton area businesses have noticed an increase in business recently and are now hiring more people, a sharp contrast to the deep recession that has gripped area businesses since 2008.

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Construction underway on Memorial Park

Three months after the Fulton City Council approved plans for renovations at Memorial Field, construction has begun on the new park planned for the space.

Ameren Missouri seeks 20-year reactor extension

During a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) public hearing Wednesday in Fulton, two people spoke in favor of a nuclear reactor license renewal and two were opposed.

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McDaniel named next Kingdom Supper president

Ten years after her late father, Bill Backer, had the honor, Vicki Backer McDaniel has been named as the president of the 2013 Kingdom of Callaway Supper.

Volunteers to package 10,000 meals for Haiti

Volunteers from the Victory Fellowship Church, 6850 State Road NN in Fulton, will gather at 9 a.m. Saturday to package 10,000 meals to be shipped to 2010 earthquake victims in Haiti.

Auxvasse bond issue needed to avoid more rate increases

Auxvasse residents will face major hikes in water and sewer service rates if they reject a $5 million bond issue in the April 5 city election, Auxvasse Mayor Kevin Phares said Wednesday.

Two people injured in two-vehicle crash

Two New Bloomfield residents were injured Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 54 north of New Bloomfield.

Wednesday, March 14

Activists urge longer look at Callaway Nuclear Plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is holding public meetings in Fulton on Ameren Missouri’s request to renew its license for the state’s only nuclear power plant for 20 years.

Doyle to remain suspended from 'public ministry'

on his computer

Diocesan review board decides to continue suspension for priest who had "inappropriate images."

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2 GOP Presidential hopefuls planning Mid-Missouri stops

Two of the men running for Republican votes in the presidential primaries and caucuses have Mid-Missouri visits planned in the next couple of days.

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A night to honor Callaway’s best

Kingdom Supper guest of honor pays tribute to his roots

As attendees of the 107th Kingdom of Callaway Supper gathered in the Amy Shelton McNutt Campus Center to pay tribute to those who have made the Kingdom great, Rev. Terry Lippstreu of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church gave an invocation in which he thanked God for “allowing us, as Callaway residents to gather and remember the great things you have done through us.”

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Fulton social work pioneer dies at 89

Jane Bierdeman-Fike worked 38 years at Fulton State Hospital

Jane Bierdeman-Fike, 89, of Fulton, an award-winning national social services leader, died Tuesday at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia after a lingering illness. A memorial service for Bierdeman-Fike will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Alermanbury on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton. A reception will follow the service.

Western star Hampton to sing at local church

Western music is easy listening and easy to connect with for Crossroads Cowboy Church Pastor Joey Owen. “It’s very peaceful and tells the story of somebody’s life or events in someone’s life and how they dealt with them and moved on,” Owen said. “A lot of those stories are things I’ve experienced in my life.”

Rose-Hulman spoils Blue Jays’ rally

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology came up with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and then held on for an 11-9 victory over the Westminster College Blue Jays on Monday.

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No. 25 William Woods, No. 8 Shawnee St. kick off tourney this morning

William Woods University Lady Owls basketball coach Dan Chapla leans back in his chair after practice last Saturday morning in Anderson Arena. There’s a method to Chapla’s madness of starting practice this early on a weekend morning.

Tuesday, March 13

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Kingdom Christian to add high school program

After 16 years of providing a Christian-based education to primary-school aged children in Callaway County, Kingdom Christian Academy is adding a high school program.

Fulton officials make city government more accessible

Fulton residents can watch live online tonight as the Fulton City Council receives an update on some recent technological advances for the city — including a new website where citizens can watch streaming video of Fulton Area Community Television.

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Workforce professionals tour ‘The Way We Worked’ exhibit

Central Missouri workforce development professionals visited the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition “The Way We Worked,” at the National Churchill Museum in Fulton.

Pair of McCawley homers help Owls split doubleheader

William Woods sophomore catcher Derek McCawley smacked 3-run homers in back-to-back games, helping the Owls split a pair of games road games against the McKendree University Bearcats on Saturday. They dropped the first game 15-11 but prevailed 11-6 in the final contest to take the series.

Monday, March 12

Holts Summit aldermen hires lobbyist to seek federal grants

The Board of Aldermen voted 3-1 Monday night to spend $20,000 to hire a lobbyist to seek federal grants for sewerage and road construction projects in the city.

Sunday, March 11

Youth On Up to host night of basketball

In its never-ending quest to find fun activities for local young people, Youth On Up and Westminster College will be hosting Midnight Basketball on Friday.

Automated calls to be activated if tornado sighted near county

If a tornado is sighted this year in or near Callaway County and an official warning is issued, more than 14,000 Callaway County residents are scheduled to receive an automated call informing them of the danger.

Missouri utility alliance to host meeting in Fulton

With new EPA standards set to drive up utility costs in the near future, the Missouri Public Utility Alliance has been hosting a series of community discussions on “Finding Answers to Your Utility Financing Needs and Environmental Issues.”

Republican, Democratic caucuses begin on county level this month

The delegate selection process to this year’s national conventions of Republican and Democratic parties begins this month in Callaway County and throughout the state.

Saturday, March 10

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Tours conducted at two union training facilities

Free tours of two Fulton union training facilities were offered Saturday as part of “The Way We Worked” Smithsonian exhibition at the National Churchill Museum in Fulton.

Friday, March 9

Post Office hosting another ‘Passport Fair’ Saturday

Jefferson City’s Main Post Office, 131 W. High St., is hosting a special passport event Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Callaway sees pinch of medicine shortage

Local pharmacies and medical services are feeling the effects of a growing national shortage of certain generic medications.

House committee recommends ESP passage

The House Utilities Committee on Thursday morning recommended the full House debate, and pass, a bill encouraging Missouri’s electric utilities to seek a Nuclear Regulatory Commission early site permit for another reactor at the AmerenMissouri site near Reform in Callaway County.

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New Fulton church combines holiness and hospitality

Larry Salings spent 18 years as an associate pastor. His wife Lynda, when not taking part in services, spent four years running her own bed and breakfast.

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Fulton Pride Day set for April 14

Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition that for the past 11 years in Fulton has meant picking up the streets as well as the rooms of local homes.

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Statewide tornado drill set Tuesday

Warning sirens in Central Missouri will sound at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday as part of a statewide tornado drill during Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week, which is March 12-16.

Fletcher, Owls manhandle Trinity 13-3

Sophomore catcher Derek Fletcher had three hits and drove in three runs to trigger the William Woods University Owls’ 13-3 trampling of Trinity International on Wednesday night at Backer Complex.

Thursday, March 8

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Fulton School Board appoints Bonderer to open seat

The Fulton School Board spent an hour and a half visiting with and questioning candidates before ultimately appointing Andy Bonderer to the open board seat Wednesday night.

Coari sentenced for not paying child support; in state custody

The man accused of killing Auxvasse resident Michael Wieberg and his daughter Amanda before burning down Wieberg’s home on Sept. 2 was sentenced Monday to four years in prison on a previous conviction on felony charges of nonsupport where the amount owed was in excess of $5,000.

Free public tours offered Saturday at both local union training schools

Fulton area residents will have an opportunity to learn more about two Fulton union training facilities when free public tours will be offered Saturday afternoon.

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New Bloomfield students attend national leadership conference

Ten New Bloomfield Junior High School students have returned from a national leadership conference in Chicago to learn leadership skills.

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Barbecue grill starts fire at Fulton duplex

Fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to a residential structure and its contents early this morning in Fulton, but no one was hurt.

Lady Owls get Shawnee in NAIA opener

The William Woods University Lady Owls will be having basketball for breakfast.

Wednesday, March 7

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Garbage truck burns while making rounds

Driver escapes with singed hair

A Fulton garbage truck was destroyed after it caught fire Tuesday morning while making regular rounds on East 8th Street in Fulton.

Hazardous waste collection center opens for season

The City of Fulton’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center will open again this weekend.

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Fulton woman uses painful past to help others

Eighteen years ago, Melody Seiger lost her mother to suicide. As she continues to deal with that loss almost two decades later, Seiger is hoping to use her experience to help others. With some co-workers at Fulton State Hospital, Seiger is organizing an Out of the Darkness Walk in Fulton on Oct. 14 to raise funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Seiger will host a kickoff party from 6:30-8 p.m. on March 22 at the Fulton State Hospital Main Canteen to give area residents more information and drum up enthusiasm for the event.

Callaway County to stay in 13th judicial circuit

Plan would add one judge in Cole County Circuit Court

Legislation that would shift Callaway County to another judicial circuit with three new counties has been dropped. The new proposal also would add one more judge to the 19th Judicial Circuit in Cole County.

House panel hears comments on Callaway early site permit bill

The plan to have consumers help pay for the planning work on a proposed second nuclear reactor in Callaway County got its first hearing of the year Tuesday afternoon.

Jones supplies power in Lady Blue Jays’ sweep

COLUMBIA — Westminster College sophomore center fielder Lori Jones put on another power display for the Lady Blue Jays softball team.

Tuesday, March 6

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By whose authority

Dictionaries define the term, authority, as: power, right, influence, clout and importantly, who should “say-so” and have the “last word”?

Kingdom Supper to showcase efforts of local resident, United Way

While the main focus of the Kingdom of Callaway Supper traditionally is to fete an honored son or daughter who has gone on to achieve success outside the community, time also is taken to recognize the efforts of those who choose to make their homes in Callaway.

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Callaway chiefs issue burn warning

With the National Weather Service issuing a red flag warning that “dry conditions and very strong surface winds will result in critical fire weather conditions for most of the day Tuesday,” in a number of central and southern Missouri counties, Callaway County fire officials also are urging area residents to be cautious.

Plunkett case to be set for trial

Sandra Plunkett, the Holts Summit woman charged with the Jan. 1, 2011, shooting death of her husband should soon have a trial date.

Farmers report theft of metal farm gates

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Department is investigating recent thefts of about a dozen metal farm gates in southern Callaway County.

Lady Owls best Lady Cougars for AMC tourney title

William Woods punches ticket to NAIA National Tournament with a 72-67 victory over Columbia College

There was no getting around the Columbia Lady Cougars inbound line defense by the William Woods Lady Owls. So, ahead of the Lady Cougars 70-67 with under 10 seconds left, William Woods opted to go over.

Harrison, Thompson hit well for Owls in weekend tourney

The William Woods baseball team took three of four games at the Lake Shawnee Complex Tournament in Topeka over the weekend. The Owls (10-5) dropped the final game of the weekend 6-4 on Sunday. In Sunday’s first game, William Woods bested Northwestern College 10-1. Junior center fielder Jacob Harrison was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI and junior left fielder Robert Butvin was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double. Junior second baseman Jordan Thompson had a pair of hits and an RBI as well.

Monday, March 5

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Fulton man held on murder charge

Larrell Montez Banks, 18, Fulton, is in Boone County Jail facing charges of second degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with a Sunday afternoon shooting death of a man in Columbia.

Sunday, March 4

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First Christian Church to celebrate centennial anniversary

On Sunday, March 11, members of the First Christian Church in Fulton will gather to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the church.

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Like the ‘Kingdom,’ historic supper endures

Callaway County has been known as the Kingdom of Callaway ever since the Civil War, when local volunteers went eyeball-to-eyeball with Union militia and exacted a non-invasion “treaty.” The nickname has endured, perhaps because of an unreconstructed spirit of independence and community that continues to characterize our largely rural Callaway today.

Local man arrested on assault charges

A Fulton man was arrested on sexual assault charges Friday after a report was filed earlier in the week.

County proclaims March as spay/neuter month

The Callaway County Humane Society has brought together county officials, veterinarians and businesses to help spread awareness about the importance of spaying and neutering.

Fulton State Hospital bill sent to Senate

A Fulton State Hospital employee told state Rep. Jeanie Riddle last August that he sometimes had to work double shifts several days in a row.

No. 4 DePauw trips Lady Blue Jays

The Westminster College Lady Blue Jays were tasked with containing the nation’s most efficient 3-point shooting team in the first round of the NCAA Division III women’s tournament. And Westminster did an admirable job, holding No. 4 DePauw College — shooting 38.5 percent from long-range going into Friday night’s game — to a woeful 7-percent showing (1-for-13). But that didn’t prevent the Lady Tigers from muscling up on the Lady Blue Jays down low and winning the game inside the paint. Westminster — making its first-ever Division III tournament appearance — was outscored 27-8 by DePauw in the game’s final 12 minutes, ending the Lady Blue Jays’ season with a 66-46 loss to the host Lady Tigers at Neal Fieldhouse.

Taylor, Lady Owls coast in semifinals

Play at Columbia College for AMC title Monday night

Ashlee Taylor was almost perfect in helping send the William Woods University Lady Owls to the championship of the AMC women’s postseason tournament. The junior guard delivered a career-high 25 points Friday night and No. 2 seed William Woods demolished No. 7 Williams Baptist (Ark.) College 80-55 in an American Midwest Conference semifinal game at Anderson Arena. The Lady Owls (22-9) — winners of four straight — will now look toward a showdown against No. 24 Columbia College (24-8) for the AMC title at 7 p.m. Monday at Southwell Complex in Columbia. The top-seeded Lady Cougars, owners of an eight-game winning streak, reached the finals with an 83-67 semifinal victory over No. 4 Park University on Friday night in Columbia.

Snuggerud, No. 1 Hope sink Blue Jays

Westminster College freshman guard Verdis Lee was succinct in his acknowledgement. “That’s a helluva game,” Lee said as he examined Nate Snuggerud’s stat line in the box score at the postgame press conference. The Blue Jays badgered No. 1-ranked Hope College for the opening 15 minutes of their first-round game in the NCAA Division III men’s national tournament, making the Flying Dutchmen fidget before their home fans at DeVos Fieldhouse. That served as the stimulus to set Snuggerud off. Hope’s 6-foot-5, 225-pound junior forward connected for a career-high 37 points — 25 coming in the second half — and the Flying Dutchmen eventually established control in their 79-65 victory over Westminster on Friday night.

Friday, March 2

Ex-CEO of MTV International is Westminster trustee

The former chairman and CEO of MTV International will become a member of the Westminster College Board of Trustees

Holts Summit civic auction set March 10

A wide variety of items will be auctioned on Saturday, March 10, during the 6th annual auction to benefit the Holts Summit Community Betterment Association.

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Event gives peek into future workplace

Fulton business and government leaders learned Thursday night Callaway County ranks high in Central Missouri in many economic development categories.

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British historian, writer to offer lecture on Churchill in Fulton

Central Missourians interested in the history of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill will have an opportunity Sunday to hear a free lecture on Churchill and his role as an artist by Sir David Cannadine, a British historian and writer.

Area Red Cross chapter changes name

Embraces ‘Heart of Missouri’

The American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter is the new name for the chapter serving Callaway County and 20 other counties in Missouri.

Blue Jays believe ‘anything can happen’ vs. No. 1 Hope

Joe James can envision any number of daring scenarios that transcend a dream. The Westminster College sophomore guard earned the privilege to believe, given the fact he splashed home the dramatic 3-point bomb that catapulted the Blue Jays into the NCAA Division III men’s national tournament.

Thunderbirds fall to Winfield in District 8 semifinals

North Callaway senior forward Zach Lavy led all players with 18 points and eight rebounds but the Thunderbirds couldn’t complete a comeback, falling to No. 2 seed Winfield 65-61 in the Class 3, District 8 semifinals Thursday night.

For Lady Blue Jays, getting here isn’t enough

Try to take down No. 4 DePauw in first round

Four days after her team’s historic win in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament title game, the significance of what the Westminster Lady Blue Jays accomplished finally hit head coach Tracey Braden.

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Lady Owls surge into AMC semifinals with strong win Remain at home to face Williams Baptist on Friday night

The William Woods University Lady Owls put Missouri Baptist University in a defensive vice, squeezing the Lady Spartans out of the American Midwest Conference women’s postseason tournament.

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Two county officials don’t seek re-election

Two current Democratic Callaway County office holders did not file for re-election Tuesday on the first day of filing for county and state offices.