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Thursday, May 31

South Callaway wins state baseball title

South Callaway captured the championship in Class 2 of the Missouri High School State Baseball Tournament this afternoon.

Research: Abusive Credit Card Lenders Lose Money

It may help a bank's bottom line to be nice to their credit card customers

Credit card lenders that use unfair or deceptive practices aren't just hurting consumers. They're also hurting themselves.

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McCaskill tours state, campaigns for troops

Sen. Claire McCaskill is taking to the roads in her 2012 campaign, rallying Missouri’s veterans as she goes.

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Callaway airman reaches Colonel

While visiting home with his family between deployments, local airman Gerald McCray now sports a new title — Colonel.

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Run for Home

Fulton couple hosts benefit race for adoption

Brian and Shannon Schmidt of Fulton will be expanding their family of four to five when they bring daughter Lian Tongyao home from China this fall.

Bulldogs clip No. 1 Clever, to play for Class 2 title

SPRINGFIELD — In a season of firsts for the South Callaway Bulldogs baseball team, it has a chance to play for one more: first place in the state.

Not All Distractions Are in the Front Seat

British insurance company finds back-seat drivers contribute to accidents

Public safety officials have, in recent months, stepped up their campaign against “distracted” driving, which usually focuses on using a cell phone behind the wheel, fiddling with a car's music system, eating or putting on makeup. But Confused.com, a British website offering comparisons of insurance policies, has found some of the biggest distractions for drivers are sitting in the back seat.

Big Drop in Used Car Prices Expected

Falling gas prices reduce demand for compacts

If you have been thinking about buying a used car but have put it off, the delay may work to your advantage. It turns out the recent relief at the gas pump is yielding dividends on the car lot as well.

Samsung Competes With iTunes For Download Dominance

Music Hub houses 19 million songs in a cloud catalog

Companies dueling it out to win the dollars of consumers are similar to little kids on a playground vying for a vacant swing, or a place on the monkey bars. Usually there is one playground king, or sometimes bully, that gets first dibs on all of the cool playground attractions.

Consumers Send Mixed Signals About Their Mood

Weeks of optimism seem to disappear overnight

For a while, it seemed like consumers had gotten their mojo back. Since the Great Recession they've paid down debt and started spending more. Last week's University of Michigan Index of Consumer Confidence showed a healthy gain over April.

Wednesday, May 30

Auto Warranty Firm Settles Charges With Missouri

As soon as you buy a used car, your mailbox quickly fills with urgent messages from companies that want to sell you an extended service contract, often called extended warranties.

County ponders new lodging ordinance

A county ordinance establishing a fee for inspecting lodging is under consideration by the Callaway County Commission, Western District Commissioner Doc Kritzer said Tuesday.

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Local gospel artist garnering international attention in Nashville

When Hazel Kinder built Callaway’s Lighthouse Theater and penned her album “Divine Weaver — a Tapestry of Songs,” she likely didn’t realize they would lead to her playing a huge crowd at the Hard Rock Café in Nashville.

Legislation limits hours worked at FSH

Fulton State Hospital employees and others working at state intermediate and maximum security mental health care facilities in Missouri no longer could be forced to work more than 12 hours in any 24-hour period under legislation now under consideration by Gov. Jay Nixon.

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Marvelous Mutts featured June 16 at Fulton Street Fair

During the Fulton Street Fair on Saturday, June 16, kids and adults alike will be treated to a performance of The Marvelous Mutts, a collection of adopted shelter dogs trained to perform a wide variety of tricks.

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Officials hope 5K, Kid’s Mile continue successful run

For this years’ Fulton Street Fair 5K Run/Walk and Kid’s Mile races, everything is running smoothly so far.

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No man is an island

Most non-deaf professionals do not believe that there is a deaf world that is distinct from the hearing world.

Wood steers Bulldogs on historic ride

Just past noon on Tuesday, South Callaway baseball coach Jared Wood gathers his team in the home dugout of the baseball field at the Fulton High School athletic complex. Wood scheduled practice at Fulton to simulate the field conditions for tonight’s Class 2 state semifinal against the Clever Blue Jays (26-3) at Meador Park in Springfield.

Bulldogs look to maintain sizzling surge vs. No. 1 Blue Jays

In South Callaway head coach Jared Wood’s opinion, this type of production is simply essential. The Bulldogs baseball team is averaging a whopping 10.6 runs during a seven-game winning streak that has brought it to this destination — a first-ever appearance in the final four. South Callaway (19-5) clashes with top-ranked Clever (26-3) in the Class 2 semifinals at 7 tonight at Meador Park in Springfield.

Tuesday, May 29

Accident Caused by Driver, Not Texter, Judge Rules

Just about everyone knows texting while driving is dangerous but what responsibility does the person on the other end of the text have?

You're Watching Hulu. Who's Watching You?

Many years ago, motel guests used to react with horror, feigned or otherwise, when it was suggested that the desk clerk might know which pay-per-view movies they had watched in the supposed privacy of their room.

Renters Also Feeling the Financial Squeeze

Since the start of the Great Recession, homeowners have been hit hard by rising foreclosures, but they aren't the only ones feeling a financial squeeze.

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Local middle schooler volunteers, leads

Ivey Lopez, 11, isn’t too thrilled about leaving McIntire Elementary for Fulton Middle School next year, but she’s got something bigger to look forward to in the meantime.

Medical science makes strides in regrowing optic nerve, restoring some sight

Damage to the optic nerve robs people of their eyesight and it's long been considered an irreversible loss. But maybe it isn't.

Student loan default rates lower in Fulton

Student loan default rates are rising around the nation but the default rates at both colleges in Fulton are far below the national average of 8.8 percent for 2009, the last available rate from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Seven county students win awards at WWU art show

Seven Callaway County high school students won awards and their creations are on display at the Mildred M. Cox Gallery at William Woods University through June 3.

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Author to visit Hatton as part of national barn quilt book tour

Callawegians have noticed bright quilt patterns painted alongside barns since 2009. National author Suzi Parron has noticed them, too.

Duct tape prom dress fad continues

For about the last decade, innovative youngsters from around the nation have been creating prom dresses made of duct tape.

Bulldogs bring their game to Busch Stadium

Some 15 minutes after the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies finish their game Saturday night, the grounds crew at Busch Stadium is tending to the field. Not for the next day’s contest, but the next one to be played on this particularly balmy night.

Monday, May 28

Two injured seriously in county during Memorial Day weekend

Two people were injured seriously in separate Callaway County accidents during the Memorial Day weekend.

Are Tablets Getting Cheaper?

When Apple introduced the iPad tablet computer in April 2010, it was an immediate hit, offering consumers a portable device with which to access a wide variety of multi-media content.

Feds Warn of Mortgage Rescue Scams Aimed at Service Members

Members of the armed forces are not only in harm's way when serving in combat situations.

Poll: Treat Marijuana Like Alcohol

Nearly six out of ten American voters believe that the personal use of marijuana should no longer be a criminal offense...

NJ Bill Aims to Prevent Drug Overdose Deaths

The New Jersey Assembly has passed a bill that provides legal protection for people who summon medical help when they witness a drug overdose.

Court: Car Dealers Must Follow Credit Rules in Three-Way Transactions

A federal judge has ruled that car dealers must abide by the terms of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, even when they provide the initial financing for a transaction.

Sunday, May 27

Street Fair attracts Missouri’s crafters

BBQ buffs, expectant mothers, jewelry enthusiasts and even would-be fairy princesses will all have something to look forward to at this year’s Fulton Street Fair.

Chamber director spreads art to community

For many people in Fulton, hardly a birthday goes by without being reminded of Nancy Lewis’ artistic talent.

Free admission offered to military at Fulton’s National Churchill Museum

Starting Monday on Memorial Day, the National Churchill Museum in Fulton is offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families.

World’s Worst Farmer to appear today at Richland Baptist Church

For the last quarter century, Lewis Baumgartner of Millersburg has been entertaining audiences around the nation when he appears as “The World’s Worst Farmer.”

All Callaway public schools to receive less state aid

Fulton’s state aid cut by $179,398

All Callaway County school district administrators have learned they may receive less state foundation aid during the 2013 school year.

McCarty medals in both 1,600, 3,200

JEFFERSON CITY — Fulton junior Jenny McCarty twice ran faster, but unfortunately it didn’t translate into state titles.

Steinbeck, Hurt succumb in consolation quarterfinals

SPRINGFIELD — Having been immersed in the state tennis experience, Josh Hurt and Trevor Steinbeck now have a blueprint on what will be required to return.

Owls golf team takes ninth place in NAIA

SALEM, Ore. — William Woods University, led by freshman Julian Taylor’s eighth-place tie individually, finished ninth overall after Friday’s final round of the 61st-annual NAIA men’s golf national championships.

Saturday, May 26

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More than 1,500 flags placed on graves of Callaway County veterans

To prepare for Memorial Day, more than 1,500 American flags were placed on the graves of veterans in cemeteries throughout Callaway County by American Legion Post 210 of Fulton.

Whole Grains Will Make Your Diet Healthier

Whole grains provide more nutrients and promote weight control

Physicians, nutritionists and physical fitness trainers tend to agree – a diet rich in whole grain foods not only promotes fitness but overall good health. But to bulk up on whole grains requires a little bit of knowledge and attention to detail while shopping.

Survey: Americans Confused About What's Healthy Food

Consumers say they would like more information about what they should eat

Is it possible that obesity is the problem it is because American just don't know how to eat properly any longer?

Friday, May 25

Man who shot himself hospitalized in serious condition

Patrol: Man shoots self after fleeing from traffic stop

A Callaway County man was listed in serious condition Friday evening at University Hospital in Columbia, after shooting himself while parked in a driveway near Millersburg.

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Holts Summit Guardsman and family treated to ballgame

Fox Sports recently treated a Holts Summit man serving America’s military to the nation’s pastime.

Kibungo visitor: A center to help the needy ‘is my prayer, my dream’

Claire Nyirabagenzi has a dream for her community. The Kibungo, Rwanda native longs for the day when she can help develop a resource center where those in need of support — whether that be financial, nutritional or emotional — can come for help.

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Club gives 5 area women scholarships

Group recognizes Jahnae Barnett with achievement award

Laurel Kramer and Jahnae Barnett were given the Zonta Women of Achievement awards at the Zonta Yellow Rose Luncheon on Tuesday.

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Ken Lyle receives new William Woods University award

Ken Lyle lives in Columbia, but he’s certainly a fixture in the Fulton community.

‘The Tiger’s Wife’ picked for One Read

Mid-Missouri readers now know what book will unite them this summer.

McCarty, Hamilton maintain friendly rivalry

Fulton junior Jenny McCarty sums up the competitive streak of her teammate, senior Corri Hamilton, rather simply. “I like to win, but I like to be happy,” McCarty said. “She’ll kill someone to win and I’m less likely to kill someone.” Ask the same question of Hamilton and she describes her teammate and frequent opponent in the 1,600 meters in a similarly succinct and humorous manner. “I know Jenny doesn’t like to lose, but at the same time, she’s one of those girls who will talk to you while you’re racing,” Hamilton said. “… No trash talking, no wanting to know your time, she’s just like, ‘I’m here, I’m happy to run, I’m going to talk to you about my puppy at home.’”

Hurt, Steinbeck’s styles ‘jive pretty good’ in doubles

Fulton boys’ head tennis coach Louis Schnoebelen does not have a complicated process when it comes to picking partners for the Hornets’ doubles teams.

Report Shows Consumers Getting a Better Handle On Debt

Bad-debt write-offs down 52% over three years

Homeowners may still struggle to make mortgage payments, but when it comes to other types of debt, consumers appear to have their financial lives under better control.

16 Million Homeowners Still 'Under Water' In First Quarter

But behind the numbers, story might not be that bleak

Nearly 16 million U.S. homeowners were "under water" in the first quarter of 2012, owing more on their mortgage than their home is worth. Zillow.com's quarterly negative equity report shows collectively, underwater homeowners owed $1.2 trillion more than their homes were worth.

Study: Rock Concerts Taking Toll On Teen Hearing

Study shows just one concert can result in hearing loss

Baby boomers are increasingly in need of hearing aids and their children and grandchildren may not be far behind, especially if they attend a lot of concerts, just as boomers did in their youth.

Study: Calcium Pills Double Heart Attack Risk

Researchers suggest consumers meet their calcium needs through diet alone

Some people, especially women, take daily calcium supplement tablets to guard against bone loss. But new research suggests doing so doubles the chances of suffering a heart attack.

Thursday, May 24

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Callaway Bank to offer loans to spur downtown revitalization

Executives at The Callaway Bank announced Wednesday that they want to help jump-start Fulton’s downtown revitalization efforts.

County officials give Geo-Comm deadline for AVL system

If Geo-Comm can’t make its latest solution to make the AVL (automated vehicle location) system work in Callaway County by July 18, the three local emergency agencies that utilize the service say they are ready to part ways with the software company.

Legislature approves AMVET designation of State Road 94

Legislation designating a portion of State Road 94 as AMVETS Memorial Highway was approved by the just completed session of the Missouri General Assembly.

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At-risk students get free books from literacy group

Forty-five at-risk students with the Fulton Education Center now have plenty of educational activities for the summer, thanks to a literacy program based out of Chillicothe.

Bulldogs rip Rams, headed to first final four

LA PLATA — The South Callaway Bulldogs baseball team ensured its first trip to the final four in school history in a familiar setting for head coach Jared Wood.

Wednesday, May 23

Council gives nod to parking changes

Local shoppers are going to see big changes in downtown parking this summer. The Fulton City Council Tuesday night approved a series of recommendations from the Traffic Commission and the Brick District Committee regarding parking in the Brick District Overlay Area.

Conservation agency creates team to probe mountain lion sightings

The Missouri Department of Conservation has established a special Mountain Lion Response Team to deal with the sudden and frequent appearance of the animals in Missouri.

One town, one heart

Joplin Unity Walk offers healing, hope

JOPLIN – There is a scar. A long, dark scar, somewhat healed over, but still red with pain, still smooth with newness. The tornado left that scar, miles long and nearly a mile in width at some points.

Landscaped ramps dedicated in Holts Summit

In a joint ceremony, the Holts Summit Community Betterment Association and the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce Tuesday dedicated six U.S. 54 landscaped entrance and exit ramps in the city.

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School's out!

Amy Caswell hi-fives the line of bus riders goodbye as they leave Bush Elementary on the last day for Fulton Public Schools Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 22

Facebook's Wall Street Disaster Just Gets Worse

Investors who passed on Facebook's initial public offering (IPO) Friday can thank their lucky stars.

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Organizers pleased with rally turnout near Holts Summit

Organizers said Monday they were pleased with the turnout of about 700 conservatives, many of them Tea Party members, from around the nation who rallied Saturday in a pasture just north of Jefferson City.

William Woods reaches out to community, kids through art

William Woods University hopes to build bridges to the Fulton’s community and children through some new programming.

Hunger Games come to Callaway

About 23 “tributes” entered the woods near Routes JJ and Z in Kingdom City Saturday with weapons in hand.

Williams, Bulldogs easily overpower Eagles

The South Callaway Bulldogs left the potential first run at third base after the top half of the first inning. In fact, they stranded two other possible runs out there as well. South Callaway’s first and best chance to break open Monday’s Class 2 sectional game against the Brentwood Eagles, it seemed, hadn’t gone the way it hoped.

McCarty, Hamilton both qualify for state in two events

ST. LOUIS — Fulton junior Jenny McCarty qualified for the Class 3 girls’ state track and field championships after winning both the 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the Sectional 2 championships Saturday at Mary Institute/Country Day. Senior Corri Hamilton also advanced to the state championships by taking first in the 800 and coming in second behind McCarty in the 1,600.

Sunday, May 20

New jail rules costly to counties

Callaway and other counties throughout the state won’t be able to afford expensive new requirements mandated by the federal government designed to eliminate inmate rapes, Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane predicts.

High school graduation brings great expectations

“...And now I introduce to you the Fulton High School Class of 2012.”

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Flagpole dedicated at Hensley Memorial Airport

Pole was donated for W.W. II pilots

About 100 Fulton area residents gathered Saturday at Elton Hensley Memorial Airport in Fulton for the dedication of a flagpole donated by the late Tom A. Herndon of Fulton, a World War II B-29 bomber pilot for the U.S. Army Air Corps.

County officials to withhold payment until vehicle location system fixed

Callaway County and the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office still owe Geo-Comm $37,426 for their portions of a contract to install an AVL (automated vehicle location) system purchased in 2011, but officials say they aren’t paying until the company fixes problems that have plagued the program since its installation almost a year ago.

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Auxvasse Elementary relays for life

Students at Auxvasse Elementary got a break from classes Friday to have fun while contributing to the battle against cancer.

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Construction begins for wounded soldier’s home

Operation Tyler, the local campaign to build a home for a severely wounded Mid-Missouri veteran and his family, has now officially gone from the fundraising and planning stage to the construction phase.

Hornets tennis team falls in Class 1 quarterfinals

The Fulton Hornets tennis team has accomplished a lot this season. But a Class 1 state team title will be one objective that eludes the Hornets.

Lady Bulldogs medal in three Class 2 events

Now that the South Callaway Bulldogs are making their first appearance in the state baseball playoffs in 18 years, head coach Jared Wood intends to be there for the duration. Translation: Wood fully expects the Bulldogs to be playing for the Class 2 state championship 11 days from now in Springfield. South Callaway reached the postseason in stirring fashion, securing the District 6 title with a breathtaking 5-4 victory in nine innings over Linn on Thursday night in Harrisburg. It was the Bulldogs’ first district championship since 1994.

Bulldogs plan for long playoff stay

South Callaway to host Brentwood in Class 2 sectional on Monday night

Now that the South Callaway Bulldogs are making their first appearance in the state baseball playoffs in 18 years, head coach Jared Wood intends to be there for the duration. Translation: Wood fully expects the Bulldogs to be playing for the Class 2 state championship 11 days from now in Springfield.

Lady Owls golf team end up fourth in NAIA

The William Woods University Lady Owls ended up with a program-best showing at the 20th-annual NAIA women’s golf national championships.

Friday, May 18

Weekend ceremonies to honor firefighters

The Fire Fighters’ Historic Preservation Foundation hosts its annual tribute to Missouri’s fallen firefighters this weekend.

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Scout carries on family tradition

In a ceremony Tuesday evening, Fulton High School senior Sam Mayne became recognized as the fifth Eagle in his family.

EOC to test new law enforcement dispatch software

The Callaway County Emergency Operations Center is preparing to test a software dispatch system designed to make response to emergency calls for law enforcement more consistent.

North Callaway pursues healthy community grant

The North Callaway R-I School District has applied for a grant for a program officials hope will result in a more fit student body.

NoCal senior wins Charter scholarship

One of nine awards she has earned so far

Ariana Alton, a North Callaway High School senior, learned Thursday she is the winner of a $1,000 scholarship from Charter Communications and will be featured in television public service announcements along with numerous other scholarships she has received.

New Bloomfield’s school budget on track

No big cutbacks planned

This year’s R-3 School District budget is on track to meet expectations and should avoid any additional cutbacks for next year, Superintendent David Tramel said Thursday night.

Lady Owls, Palermo still in contention in NAIA

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — William Woods University and sophomore Jamie Palermo are still lurking near the top at the 20th-annual NAIA women’s golf national championships.

Thursday, May 17

Study: Water With Meals Promotes Better Food Choices

Most weight-loss programs focus on what we eat.

2 services to honor fallen Missouri firefighters

Two weekend services will honor Missouri firefighters who died in the line of duty

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Library to show documentary about Joplin tornado

One year after an F-5 tornado ripped through Joplin, the Callaway County Public Library is offering area residents a peek into what the hours, days and months afterward have been like for the southwest Missouri town.

Ambulance board discusses technical issues, questions vehicle location system

The main topics of discussion during Tuesday night’s Callaway County Ambulance Board meeting revolved around technological difficulties — particularly ongoing difficulties with the district’s automated vehicle location system and establishing a server backup system.

Ambulance district to offer special EMT class for high school students

In an effort to generate more interest in the field, the Callaway County Ambulance District is offering a special opportunity to area teens. This fall, the ambulance district will give a standard Emergency Medical Technician course for high school seniors only — at a discounted rate of $250 rather than the usual $800.

Family welcomes third generation of Eagle Scouts

For Dalton and Austin McBee, scouting is in their blood. The brothers will formally receive their Eagle Scout badges together Saturday, becoming the fourth and fifth McBee’s in three generations to earn the honor.

Leeper, Bulldogs bolt into District 6 title game

HARRISBURG — The South Callaway Bulldogs baseball team continues to make a strong push to reach the state playoffs.

Wednesday, May 16

Baby Bottles, Pacifiers Can Injure Young Children

You might not think baby bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups would be dangerous.

Virgin Atlantic to Allow Some In-Flight Cell Phone Use

This is either good news or bad news, depending on how you look at it.

AAA Predicts Increase In Memorial Day Traffic

For the second year in a row, gasoline prices in most areas are falling, not rising, as the Memorial Day weekend approaches.

Callaway’s labor force, jobs shrinking

Although Callaway County’s unemployment rate held steady at 7 percent in February and March, the county’s labor force dropped by 98 people who gave up seeking a job, moved away or have exhausted unemployment benefits because of long-term joblessness.

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Seven local vets take Honor Flight

Among the multitude of attractions in Washington, D.C. are the memorials built to honor veterans who served and sacrificed for America. A nonprofit organization hopes to help living veterans in mid-Missouri and around the nation see them for free.

Conservative rally set Saturday near Holts Summit

‘Woodstock for Patriots’ attracts national leaders

This weekend conservative Americans from around the nation will gather on a farm in Callaway County near Holts Summit for a Rally for Common Sense featuring numerous nationally known speakers, including two former Republican presidential candidates Herman Cain and Alan Keyes.

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Deaf and non-deaf professionals: whose culture is it?

What happens when there are a much larger number of professionals from the majority cultural/language group than from the minority group serving minority group members?

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Street fair parade to honor local generations

Taking inspiration from an upcoming exhibit at the National Winston Churchill Museum, Fulton Street Fair organizers have selected America’s Greatest Generation as the theme for its grand parade on June 16.

Lady Owls golf team sits in fourth in NAIA

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — The William Woods University Lady Owls were in striking distance of the top after the first day of the 20th-annual NAIA women’s golf national championships.

Tuesday, May 15

Retailers Make Pitch to New Grads – As Employees

It's a tough job market out there, as many newly-minted college graduates are about to discover.

Consumers Have Done a 180 When it Comes to Food Shopping

Many consumers are still recovering from being in the throes of some very challenging economic times.

Surgery Patients May Need Longer Hospital Stays

Remember when most minor surgeries resulted in a two- or three-day stay in the hospital?

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Attic fan causes fire in Fulton home

It could have been a lot worse had it not been for an observant neighbor. Doyle Swiney was walking his dog along Kingswood Drive in Fulton Monday afternoon when he realized there was smoke coming off of the roof of Darrell Davis’ home.

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New location offers local Farmers Market more exposure

Visitors to Memorial Park the last few weeks have noticed something missing, and it wasn’t just material cleaned out by renovation crews. The Fulton Farmers Market has made the move to the parking lot in front of Sutherland’s on Business 54.

Only few use new delivery service offered by USPS

Only a few Fulton businesses are using the new Every Door Direct Mail service offered by the U.S. Postal Service but Fulton Postmaster Roger Bounds says he expects the service to grow as more people become aware of the service.

Teens Say Texting While Driving Is Common

U.S. teenagers say they know texting while they drive is dangerous, but they do it anyway.

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Callaway Humane Society to host adoption event Saturday

Fulton residents hoping to become one of the city’s many pet owners will have a chance to do so Saturday. The Callaway County Humane Society will host an adoption event from 10 a.m. to noon at the Fulton Dog Park.

T-Birds downed by Falcons 4-3 in district semifinals

Errors plagued the North Callaway Thunderbirds all season long. And they ended up being their undoing in the end.

Sunday, May 13

Shots fired in Wal-Mart parking lot

A Fulton man faces felony charges after allegedly shooting a gun at a local business early Saturday morning. At 12:30 a.m., the Fulton Police Department received a report of shots fired in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

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NCHS Principal to retire after 33 years

When North Callaway High School principal Carol Green came down to the school’s media center Friday afternoon to deal with what she was told was an accident involving a ceiling tile and a computer, she was instead greeted with a much more pleasant surprise. Dozens of her friends, staff and colleagues filled the room to shower her in gifts and bid her farewell.

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Rwanda partnership leaders work to solidify relationship between communities

The First Presbyterian Church of Fulton and the Presbyterian Church of Kibungo have formally entered into a church-to-church partnership — the first of the Rwanda Community Partnership Project.

Fulton Red Cross office finds new home

Callaway County residents in search of Red Cross services will no longer find them at the community center in Fulton. The local office now can be found in the Palace Hotel downtown.

Blue Jays’ season comes to end with SLIAC tournament loss

HIGHLAND, Ill. — The Westminster College Blue Jays baseball team was one out away from prolonging its season for at least one more game.

Bulldogs roll into semifinals

HARRISBURG — Now that they’ve dismissed the defending Class 2 state champion, the South Callaway Bulldogs baseball team is training its focus on taking out the top seed.

Vann anxious to prove he’s back while recovering from knee injury

Justin Vann has evidence to present when it comes to his golf game, and it’s long overdue.

Comets quiet Hornets in quarterfinals

Jake Nickelson was positive it would roll foul. The Fulton Hornets senior catcher watched the bunt come off the bat of Fatima junior shortstop Brady Weber and travel down the third-base line, certain it would roll out of play.

Saturday, May 12

T-Birds defeat Wildcats 8-2 in Class 3, District 8 quarterfinal

North Callaway senior pitcher Collin Brinker pitched six innings, struck out 10 and allowed one run on two hits in the third-seeded Thunderbirds’ 8-2 win over the Montgomery County Wildcats in the Class 3, District 8 quarterfinals on Saturday at the Fulton High School athletic complex.

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Machine gun, Red Stag head stolen in eastern Callaway

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary in the eastern part of the county Saturday afternoon that included the theft of two distinctive items: A machine gun reconfigured to be semi-automatic and a mounted Red Stag head.

Friday, May 11

99 Cents Is Not Always a Good Deal

When you hear that something costs 99 cents, it sounds like a bargain. Sometimes it is, but often it isn't.

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County post offices dodge closures

Many rural Callawegians gave a collective sigh of relief following a recent announcement from the U.S. Postal Service declaring that almost 4,000 low-revenue, rural post offices would not be shut down as previously planned.

Smith earns Teacher of the Year honors

North Callaway High School golf coach and social studies teacher Jason Smith has been named High School Teacher of the Year by the Northeast Region of the Missouri State Teachers Association.

Callaway native wins poster competition

With his graduation just around the corner, a Callaway County native recently won a research poster competition at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Sheriff’s office, police prepare to make switch to narrowband

By Monday, the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office will be entirely in compliance with a Federal Communications Commission mandate that all public safety radio systems must make the switch to narrowband channels by Jan. 1, 2013.

Thunderbirds outlast Wildcats in 9-8 victory

A win streak heading into district play is nothing to dismiss. And North Callaway Thunderbirds head coach Kevin O’Neal will take his team’s sixth straight victory even if it wasn’t as clean or decisive as he might have hoped. “... I think we’re on the right track right now,” O’Neal said. “Hopefully we can continue to do that.”

Marshall trips Lady Hornets in double OT

Marshall produced the game’s only goal 1 minute into the second overtime Thursday night, spoiling the Fulton Lady Hornets soccer team’s regular-season finale in a 1-0 NCMC loss at the high school athletic complex.

Thursday, May 10

Report: Almost Half of Recalls are For Kids Products

When a new baby is on the way one of the first things expecting parents do is go out and purchase all of the necessary baby products.

Television Viewing Linked to Bad Food Choices

It may surprise no one to learn that researchers have concluded the more children watch television, the more likely they are to consume unhealthy foods and beverages.

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Last call for Tif’s after all

Tif’s Ugly Mug, the 5th Street bar that has served as a haunt for Fulton’s college crowd for the past seven years, has closed its doors and moved to The Landing, the popular nightlife spot in St. Louis.

FPS to adopt new teacher evaluation system

Administrators with Fulton Public Schools will be using a new program to evaluate their teachers’ performances during the 2012-13 school year.

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Harris, Edwards recognized for service to Fulton schools

Each year, Fulton Public Schools honors individuals or organizations for their efforts on behalf of the district with the David W. White Outstanding Service in Education Award.

WWU men’s golf team wins AMC title, qualifies for national play

EBANON, Ohio — The William Woods University men’s golf team easily wrapped up the American Midwest Conference title and earned the automatic bid for the NAIA national championship at the Unaffiliated Grouping I Qualifying tournament Tuesday.

Hornets tennis team conquers Hannibal, claims District 7 title

HANNIBAL — The Fulton Hornets tennis team cashed in by delivering with its doubles play.

Wednesday, May 9

Forget $5 Gas, $3 May Be More Like It This Summer

Go ahead, plan that summer vacation trip. If earlier forecasts of gasoline prices between $4 and $5 a gallon made you opt for a “staycation...

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Firefighters train to save their own

Firefighters in Callaway County are now more prepared to help fellow firefighters trapped in burning structures, thanks to a certification class hosted at Central Callaway Fire Protection District.

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Fulton students learn about careers and their rides

Fulton School District elementary students who have always wanted to be cops or firefighters when they grew up got a taste of their dreams Tuesday at Veteran’s Park. Bartley, Bush and McIntire Elementary students took time from their studies to see about 10 vehicle-based occupations for their first Careers on Wheels event.

Fulton council seeks donations to help beautify downtown

The Fulton City Council is looking for local business owners and residents to help make the city’s downtown area a little prettier.

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Callaway Hills school principal to retire

Ramona Dobson held job 16 years

After serving the last 16 years as principal of the Callaway Hills Elementary School at Holts Summit, Dr. Ramona Dobson has decided to retire.

Hornets tennis team reaches District 7 championship

The Fulton Hornets tennis team — sparked by the play of juniors Scott Strough and Philip Barkho — put itself in position to capture the Class 1, District 7 title.

Bulldogs to play game at Busch

MOKANE — Jared Wood is a hardcore St. Louis Cardinals fan, so he didn’t hesitate with his answer.

Tuesday, May 8

Blue Jays drop regular-season finale to Fontbonne

The Blue Jays baseball team closed out the regular season on Sunday, losing to Fontbonne 13-12 in extra innings on Saturday.

Hornets hold off Bulldogs 6-4

Fulton senior pitcher Burke Echelmeier threw six innings, struck out six and allowed two earned runs as the Hornets downed the South Callaway Bulldogs 6-4 on Monday night.

Monday, May 7

Youth group to host free summer camp

Parents looking for ways to entertain their children over the summer break will have a new option, thanks to Youth On Up.

Sheriff, Patrol complete Simpson report

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri Highway Patrol Troop F have completed their joint investigation into the events surrounding the death of Timothy Simpson, the 34-year-old Williamsburg man shot in a standoff with police at Green Meadows Trailer Park in April.

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FSH to mark cemetery’s 160 years

Fulton State Hospital’s Cemetery Remembrance Service will begin 3 p.m. May 16.

Abbott Labs to Pay $100 Million to Settle Off-Label Charges

Pharmaceutical company Abbott Labs has agreed to a $100 million settlement with 45 states and the District of Columbia for the illegal off-label marketing of its drug Depakote.

Consumer Groups Attack 'Bank Card' Payday Loans

Community Choice Financial, Inc., (CCFI) owns CheckSmart, a payday lender. The company recently faced setbacks in Arizona and Ohio when those states, in effect, outlawed payday lending.

To Reduce Stress, Take a Vacation From Email

With the approach of vacation season, here's something to consider: taking a vacation from your email – especially work email – can help you feel more like you're on vacation.

Pet Food Recalls Spread

Add Canidae, Wellpet, Natural Balance and Apex to the list of pet food manufacturers recalling dry pet food because of Salmonella contamination.

Conference Committee recommends House pay raise plan

A final committee vote still must be taken.

Sunday, May 6

Fulton man arrested after drug raid on home

Dog attacking officers shot, killed

Fulton Police and members of he MUSTANG Task Force Thursday morning raided a residence at 117 S. Ravine St. and arrested Clifton J. Ivory, 30, for possession of marijuana.

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Today marks 20th anniversary of Gorbachev’s speech

Twenty years ago today an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people jammed an area around Westminster College to listen to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev deliver an address that many now interpret as the end of the Cold War.

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Westminster speaker hopes students keep politics in place

“Today is more than just Cinco de Mayo.”

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Middle school science teacher named Fulton’s best

Friday afternoon at Fulton Middle School, a group of eighth-grade science students started planning NASA’s next mission to Mars.

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Kilmer urges graduates to listen to themselves

Though Hollywood actor Val Kilmer delivered the commencement speech, William Woods University president Jahnae Barnett made sure everyone knew that the real special guests at the school’s 142nd ceremony Saturday morning were the approximately 235 students who earned their degrees that day.

Owls’ Carr chosen co-AMC player of year

William Woods University senior outfielder-pitcher Brian Carr has been named the 2012 American Midwest Conference co-player of the year, sharing the award with Park University third baseman Kyle Clifton.

T-Birds hold off Hornets 2-1 for title

For all the runs that North Callaway and Fulton put up in the first two rounds of the 18th-annual Fulton Tournament, Saturday’s championship game between the two teams became a battle between the two starters.

Hefre Lie, Lady Hornets take down Hannibal 3-1

Senior forward Camilla Hefre Lie accounted for two goals and Fulton’s defense delivered a strong showing in the Lady Hornets soccer team’s 3-1 NCMC victory over Hannibal on Friday night at the high school athletic complex.

Friday, May 4

What Parents Should Know About Synthetic Drugs

Parents who think they have succeeded in keeping their children away from marijuana and other drugs they were familiar with in their youth had better get up to speed on synthetic drugs.

Clothes Swapping is the New Rage Among the Younger Generation

The younger generation is usually considered to be the least concerned about saving money, and the most concerned about spending it.

LU wins $10,000 in Home Depot contest

Jefferson City school placed sixth out of 61 HBCUs

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Space is perk of new police station

Part-way through a more than $240,000 renovation job, the old brick building at 503 Truman Rd. is hardly recognizable as home to the Callaway Electric Cooperative. What is instead slowly but surely forming is the new home to Fulton’s finest.

County seeks federal health clinic for needy

Callaway County needs a federally subsidized community health center in the Fulton area to serve low income families, Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann said Thursday.

City not responsible for Fulton Commons debt

The City of Fulton was not responsible for the debt incurred in the tax increment financing district that includes the Fulton Commons Shopping Center, Fulton City Administrator Bill Johnson said Thursday.

SERVE needs volunteers to assist with letter carriers’ drive

f Letter Carriers is holding its 20th Annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive on May 12, and locally, SERVE, Inc. is looking for volunteers to help with that effort.

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Callaway farmer wins big check for Kingdom Christian Academy

Money may be used for music program

There are many worthy causes, but when Fulton farmer Dennis Shramek had the opportunity to name a nonprofit organization to potentially win a hefty check from the Monsanto seed company, he knew exactly where he wanted the money to go.

T-Birds, Hornets set up rematch for Fulton title

When the number was reached, Zach Lavy had nothing but confidence with North Callaway’s man on the mound, senior Collin Brinker. “Once we got four (runs), I knew it was over,” said Lavy, the Thunderbirds’ senior shortstop. “He’s just been so dominant.”

Hornets tennis team topples Marshall, hits 20-win plateau

MARSHALL — The Fulton Hornets tennis team achieved a milestone while gaining some redemption.

Victim of truck-train collision identified

One man is dead after the pickup truck he was driving collided with a railroad car Thursday night at a Jefferson City crossing.

Thursday, May 3

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David Ganey named JC Schools’ 2012 Teacher of the Year

Jennifer Penserum is other “Railton Award” winner

Jefferson City High School science teacher Ganey's selection from among six finalists was announced during the annual Teacher Appreciation Banquet at Lewis and Clark Middle School.

In Wake of Recession, Seniors Are Postponing Retirement

Many seniors planning for their retirement have found their parental responsibilities haven't quite ended. Others' financial plans simply haven't recovered from the shock of the Great Recession.

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Saults Drugs takes on new co-owner

Customers of Saults Drug Store on Court Street might notice a new face behind the pharmacy counter, though he’s no stranger to the business. Mark Jennings, formerly a staff worker at Red Cross Pharmacy, (and its predecessor, Dunavants,) has come on board at Saults, the beginnings of a process to gradually take the reigns from current owner and operator Al Real.

Crackdown planned on underage drinking

Zero Tolerance Law targets teen drivers

During the current prom and graduation season, state, county and city law enforcement officers are making a special push to crack down on underage drinking.

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Churchill Museum to host exhibit on ‘Greatest Generation’

The National Churchill Museum soon will be paying tribute to what Tom Brokaw dubbed the “Greatest Generation.” June 16 through Aug. 11, the museum will host Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation, a traveling exhibit put together by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Hornets magnificent on mound in reaching tourney title game

Even in the early weeks of the season, Fulton Hornets head baseball coach Darren Masek had faith in his pitching.

Vann makes state golf tournament

CARL JUNCTION — Fulton junior Justin Vann was forced to make a mad scramble.

Park’s comeback in sixth ousts Lady Owls in AMC semifinals

The William Woods University Lady Owls softball team seemed to be sailing toward a trip to the American Midwest Conference postseason tournament championship.

Wednesday, May 2

Illinois 'Amazon Tax' Illegal, Court Rules

A Cook County judge has struck down an Illinois law informally known as the Amazon tax, saying it unconstitutionally discriminates against online advertisers.

Google Wi-Spy Scandal Heats Up

In its relatively short lifespan, Google has turned into a real-life Zardoz, the all-knowing stone head that dominates a post-apocalyptic Earth in the 1974 science fiction film of the same name.

Suit Charges Apple Double-Bills for Online Purchases

A federal class action lawsuit claims that Apple double-bills customers who buy products at its e-stores and routinely refuses to issue refunds to consumers who discover the double-billing.

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Rely on litigation and not the kindness of strangers

Did you read about the university “Women’s Studies” Department that does not use any textbooks written by women and that has no women involved in running the program or teaching the courses?

Jinx Books to host Humane Society fundraiser

An adopted cat himself, J.J. the bookstore cat — undeniably the one in charge at Jinx Books in downtown Fulton — is hosting a fundraiser for the Callaway County Humane Society this weekend.

South Callaway educator earns recognition from FBLA, peers

Polly Burre has been a long-standing fixture in business classes and the Future Business Leaders of America at the South Callaway school district, so it’s only fitting that she be recognized for it at the end of her three-decade career.

Final Gray Ghosts Trail panel to be dedicated in September

The Kingdom of Callaway Civil War Heritage will dedicate the final interpretive panel this September to guide travelers along the Gray Ghosts Trail in Callaway County.

Westminster commencement to feature Danforth as speaker

Former U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth will be the featured speaker Saturday to the graduating class of 2012 at Westminster College in Fulton.

Lady Owls, Park to play deciding third game

The William Woods University and Park University softball teams both busted out for big innings, and the by-product will be a decisive third game.

Tuesday, May 1

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Street Fair buttons now available

The 2012 Fulton Street Fair is a month away, and committee members are working to drum up interest in the annual festival with button sales. The street fair runs June 15-16 in downtown Fulton.

Fulton tennis team bests Moberly in NCMC play

Fulton tennis coach Louis Schnoebelen says his team still has some stuff to work on. But they’re continuing their winning ways, dispatching the Moberly Spartans 9-3 in North Central Missouri Conference play on Monday at the high school athletic complex.

Lady Blue Jays keep postseason hopes alive with split

Westminster kept its hopes for a berth in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament alive with a 1-0 win over Spalding in Sunday’s regular-season finale.