Friday, November 30
After nearly nine decades as a family-owned and run operation, Ovid Bell Press soon will fall under the umbrella of Walsworth Publishing.
There is no getting around it. With the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Natural Resources mandating changes, the City of Fulton needs to make some major upgrades to its waste water treatment plant.
The Fulton Fire Department responded to a call around 3:36 p.m. Thursday to a ramp at Fulton Skate Park that had caught fire.
After hearing many voices of opposition raised at a public meeting Thursday afternoon, Callaway County Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann vowed no action will be taken until next year on a proposed enhanced enterprise zone (EEZ) that covers about 20 percent of the county.
Fulton shoppers now have more exotic fish, snacks, seasonings and soups available to put on their grocery lists.
In just his second game at the helm and with four minutes of extra basketball in front of his team, Fulton head coach Ryan Shaw hoped percentages would be in the Hornets’ favor. “In overtime I think I saw a statistic in college basketball that the team that scores first wins about 70 percent of the time, because, then, they (opponent) are still fighting to come back,” Shaw said.
The Westminster College Lady Blue Jays shot just 29 percent as a team — with no players reaching double figures — in Thursday night’s 59-41 loss to NCAA Division II Missouri S&T.
Thursday, November 29
Local fans of the breakfast scrambles and Chop House burgers at Huddle House only have two days left to enjoy their favorite meals before the local franchise closes its doors.
There are very few local residents to be found in their homes here on the final Friday of each month.
A Fulton native has been arrested and charged in a child molestation case in Independence.
John Klick, who operates a creek gravel plant about five miles south of Fulton on County Road 403, has a suggestion on how the county can save money: Buy more creek gravel from him.
A Fulton man with a heart condition charges that a doctor at Callaway Community Hospital violated federal law by denying him treatment in the hospital’s emergency room last week.
A Fulton woman was air-lifted to University Hospital in Columbia Wednesday following an accident where a metal object fell off of a truck and crashed through her windshield, the Fulton Police Department said.
Children in Callaway County will have a direct line to Santa Claus once again this year, by way of the Fulton Sun and The Callaway Bank.
Wednesday, November 28
CenturyLink customers in Mid-Missouri and parts of six states were without Internet and voicemail service Wednesday night after a widespread outage. Services were resuming early Thursday morning.
A woman was transported by helicopter Wednesday to the hospital following a serious accident where a foreign object broke through the driver’s side windshield, Fulton Police Department officials say.
Heritage Trust to contribute half of cost
The Fulton City Council approved a motion Tuesday night to consider purchasing the old rock barn and 12 acres at Fulton State Hospital.
Falling state gas tax collections and rising maintenance costs have combined to cause a budget squeeze in the Callaway County Road and Bridge Department.
When the Fulton Jaycee’s and New Bloomfield Christmas parades take to Callaway’s streets this weekend, both will feature a unique twist aimed at getting the community more involved.
The bulk of discussion at Auxvasse’s city council meeting Tuesday centered around a presentation from Schulte Supply, a company from which the City of Auxvasse is considering purchasing wireless upgrades to the meter reading system.
Junior forward Dalton Horstmeier knocked down a trio of 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 15 points in the Fulton Hornets’ 59-51 win over Bowling Green on Tuesday night in the first round of the Montgomery County Tournament.
Tuesday, November 27
In honor of past loved ones, and to support the Portland Community Center, the new center’s Memorial Tree and Christmas House Tour of the former St. Mark’s Episcopal School for Boys both return from last year.
Staff at Garrett Animal Shelter, Fulton’s city-run animal control center, reported two dogs stolen from its outdoor pen Monday.
Small Business Saturday in Fulton was highly successful for some and average or above average for others, local retail merchants report.
Three area Veterans of Foreign Wars posts teamed up to raise money to help buy a handicapped-accessible bus for the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico, Mo.
The Blue Jays continued their undefeated start, notching a 65-57 win over the Edgewood Eagles on Saturday night at Westminster Gymnasium. Westminster featured a trio of double digit scorers to up their record to 4-0 for the season.
Sunday, November 25
The 3,308 deer shot in Callaway County was the highest deer harvest in Central Missouri during the 11-day firearms deer season ending Nov. 20.
For 23 years Coe’s Tree Farm south of Fulton was a holiday tradition to many Callaway County families.
The Fulton Heritage Trust’s annual Victorian Christmas has a slightly more specific focus this year.
In separate Callaway County accidents, a Fulton woman sustained serious injuries after she fell asleep while driving Friday afternoon north of Fulton and a Columbia man was thrown from his motorcycle when it struck a vehicle in the rear during dense fog.
The Westminster College Blue Jays produced the game’s first nine points and rolled from there Friday night, breezing to a 90-54 home victory over Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Saturday, November 24
Anne Erbschloe of the Fulton Soup Kitchen dishes up a big helping of free food for a Thanksgiving dinner for the needy.
Friday, November 23
Mid-Missourians will get a chance next week to meet the three finalists for Lincoln University’s vacant president’s job. The three finalists were identified Friday as: Bernard Franklin, an NCAA officer in Indianapolis; Rosalind Fuse-Hall, a director of Title III programs; and Kevin Rome, a vice chancellor at North Carolina Central University.
Whether they were there for the first time or the sixth year in a row, as a volunteer or simply to partake of the food, those gathered for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner at New Bloomfield United Methodist Church Thursday all agreed that the best part of the annual event was the ability to enjoy good food with good friends.
After losing the major federal energy grant to help build a small modular nuclear reactor at the Callaway Energy Center, Westinghouse and Ameren Missouri plan to compete for another round of federal SMR grants.
Lawsuit alleges teacher dismissed after she called police
A longtime Fulton Public Schools employee sued the district in federal court Tuesday, saying she was fired in September for calling police about a student possibly having a gun at Fulton High School.
With the myriad deals offered by big retailers on everything from electronics to the latest popular toys on Black Friday, some Callaway County business owners are hoping area residents will send some of their hard-earned dollars their way.
Sleigh bells won’t be the only ones jingling on the holiday weekends after today.
FAYETTE — Despite limiting Central Methodist University to 33-percent shooting, the No. 23 William Woods University Lady Owls suffered their first loss of the season in being edged by the Lady Eagles 61-60 on Tuesday night.
Wednesday, November 21
Educators and students both past and present are invited to Williamsburg Elementary School on Nov. 29 as the school marks 50 years of educating area children.
The Holts Summit Board of Aldermen on Monday night took the first official step to purchase a former bank building to be used as the new City Hall.
Tuesday, November 20
Police to use all of current City Hall
The Holts Summit Board of Aldermen Monday night introduced an ordinance to purchase a building next door to the City Hall for $310,000.
Beks Restaurant in downtown Fulton will host a special fundraiser holiday dinner and silent auction Dec. 9 to benefit Our House: Caring for Callaway’s Homeless.
The Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society has saved what might be Callaway’s oldest horse from being put out to pasture.
Junior forward Maddie Sorell led the Ladybirds with a team-high 18 points for North Callaway in a season-opening 48-18 victory over Father Tolton Catholic on Monday night.
Sunday, November 18
Opposition has developed to a proposal by the Fulton Area Development Corporation to designate about 20 percent of Callaway County as an Enhanced Enterprise Zone (EEZ).
Longtime visitors to the Court Street United Methodist Church’s 60th annual Christmas Bazaar, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1, will have a lot to reminisce about.
Although he cited a couple of areas of concern, North Callaway R-I Schools’ auditor described the district’s audit as one of the best he gives.
A man from Callaway County has been charged with domestic assault and child abuse following the death of an 18-month-old Randolph County child last week.
Hundreds of Callaway County parents and children got their first taste of the holiday season Friday night at the annual Downtown Holiday Open House in Fulton. Hosted by the Brick District Retail Association, the event featured the traditional window decorating contest, wagon rides, the candy cane house, extended shopping hours at downtown businesses and a visit from Santa.
Thanks to video surveillance images, the Fulton Police Department was able to make an arrest Friday in relation to a Nov. 10 robbery at Busy Corner Cafe.
SPRINGFIELD — Senior guard Ashlee Taylor delivered 16 points Friday night and the No. 23 William Woods University Lady Owls remained unbeaten by battling past Evangel University 60-54.
Friday, November 16
Board refunded other bonds earlier
The New Bloomfield R-3 School District plans to refinance some more bonds next month, the district’s board of education was told Thursday night.
Haskins warns steady won’t be enough in future
WILLIAMSBURG — North Callaway R-I Schools Assistant Superintendent Sandy Haskins gave a presentation on the district’s MAP data during Thursday night’s school board meeting that had a dual message: North Callaway’s performance on the annual assessment tests remains level, but as the state changes the criteria by which it judges schools, that consistency may not be a good thing.
A national report of comprehensive statistics states that Westminster College takes first in Missouri and fifth nationwide as the liberal arts college with the most internationally diverse campus by percentage.
A plan by Callaway Bank to encourage more Fulton area residents to shop at local businesses is working, says Debbie LaRue of Callaway Bank.
Three members of the Fulton Hornets soccer team were recently named to the Class 1, all-District 7 squad.
Thursday, November 15
James Pittman of Fulton has opened a new business, JP’s Barber Shop, at 612 Court St. in downtown Fulton.
A priest on trial in Boonville on charges of molesting children may have worked as a counselor in Fulton during the 1980s, said Judy Jones of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). She's asking anyone in Callaway County who might have known of any sexual abuse by Gerald James Howard, the accused priest and counselor, to notify the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office or Fulton Police.
The Fulton School District Board of Education's meeting Wednesday saved the district money and further examined how to deal with the district's lagging graduation rate.
The Fulton State Hospital’s Employee Relations Committee is sponsoring a holiday craft bazaar 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the FSH Main Canteen that will help the committee provide events for staff, as well as New Bloomfield seniors’ Project Graduation.
Junior guard Priscila Santos put up a game-high 14 points Tuesday night as the No. 23 William Woods University Lady Owls raced past No. 20 Avila University 63-49 at Anderson Arena.
Wednesday, November 14
Carols, candy canes and Christmas decorations will be in abundance in downtown Fulton Friday night for the annual Holiday Open House.
The City of Fulton is applying to the Missouri Department of Natural Resource’s State Revolving Fund today for nearly $13 million to put toward improvements at the city’s waste water treatment plant.
The Callaway County Emergency Operations Center hopes to make the holidays a little cheerier for soldiers overseas and a family closer to home.
Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, who represents Callaway County in Congress, is facing some major changes in the areas he will serve starting on Jan. 3.
An addendum approved by the Auxvasse Council at their meeting Tuesday to the contract with the city’s engineers, Allstate Consultants, clarifies a payment schedule with Allstate and should place Auxvasse’s water system improvements project higher on grant lists.
The Fulton High School and Fulton Middle School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will preview the upcoming 2012-13 season with a series of scrimmages Thursday night at the high school’s Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
Tuesday, November 13
The Fulton Sub Shop, 1213 South Business 54, will celebrate its grand opening Wednesday.
Matthew Huffman, 3, will have fun times ahead playing on a donated playset in the backyard of the Grey Creek Valley subdivision home built by this community for his father, wounded Marine Tyler Huffman, formerly of Fulton.
Callaway County Collector Pam J. Oestreich said Monday county real estate and property tax bills have been mailed.
The South Callaway R-II School Board granted approval Monday night for the purchase of iPads for a test run of a plan to eventually provide one for each student in the district.
An employee of a local eatery was injured in an armed robbery late Saturday.
Senior guard Logan Decker poured in a team-high 16 points for a second-straight game, but once again, the total came in defeat. The Owls fell to Mount Mercy University 82-75 in the finale of the Bosch Financial Shootout on Saturday.
Sunday, November 11
If John Cox, 67, isn’t the wealthiest cook in Callaway, he’s certainly the happiest.
On display year round in The Callaway Bank's upper offices, these service flags were brought down into the bank's lobby in observance of Veterans Day to honor those employees who served their country.
An organization dedicated to standing up for children is looking to expand into Callaway and recruit volunteers to its cause.
First-time home buyers in Fulton and rural Callaway struggling to find something in their price range might get a little help from The Callaway Bank thanks to a recent grant.
The North Callaway Ladybirds and the South Callaway Lady Bulldogs each had a player earn all-state and all-region softball honors. In the Missouri Fastpitch Coaches Association Class 3 all-state team, Ladybirds junior shortstop Jaida Gray garnered a second team selection as an infielder. Gray was also a first-team all-region honoree in the infield while sophomore Danielle Cassidy grabbed a second team nod as a pitcher. South Callaway junior third baseman Karli Leeper was the lone Lady Bulldog to earn all-state recognition as she was named a Class 2 second-team selection. Leeper added a first-team all-region honor to her postseason haul and she was joined by her teammate, senior pitcher Michaela Nolting. Junior second baseman Bailey Ward was named second team all-region as an infielder while junior Abby Bartley earned similar recognition as a utility/designated player.
Friday, November 9
Aircraft had landed late at night in Fulton
A Fulton Police investigation led to two major drug arrests Friday when $450,000 worth of marijuana was seized from an airplane that had landed shortly after midnight at Hensley Memorial Airport in Fulton.
When New Bloomfield R-III Schools’ nurse approached the Callaway County Ambulance District for suggestions on finding a grant to help fund the purchase of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), she got something even better: The ambulance district donated one to the district.
As cold weather settles in and thermostats go up, officials with the City of Fulton are hoping local utility customers will find it in themselves to donate a dollar or two so that others can turn their heat up as well.
A Fulton woman is in the Cole County Jail on a $100,000 bond after being charged with stealing mail and checks from residences in Jefferson City.
Democrat Dan Roe was the only incumbent seeking re-election to lose a county level position in the general election when Jody Paschal won about 56 percent of the vote, but what makes Roe’s situation even more unique is that he will continue as Callaway’s assessor for another 10 months.
Police, firemen also questioned
Zim Schwartze, former director of the Columbia/Boone County Office of Emergency Management, has been hired as a consultant to evaluate the Callaway County 911 call center, Callaway County Western District Commissioner Doc Kritzer said Thursday.
For the veterans of Southside Baptist Church’s congregation, the Veterans Day services Sunday will give them an opportunity to become part of the church itself.
It was a definite dozen for the North Callaway Thunderbirds.
Thursday, November 8
After 24 years of service to area businesses through the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce, executive director Nancy Lewis will be leaving at the end of the year.
Approval by Holts Summit voters of a measure extending the city’s one-half cent capital improvements sales tax means the city will be able to maintain its infrastructure, Holts Summit City Administrator Brian Crane said Wednesday.
The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Holts Summit man and search for a Cole County woman following a traffic stop Wednesday.
When Dennis Byler was wounded for the third time 9 1/2 months into his tour of Vietnam — this time from grenade shrapnel during Operation Swift — the Marine Corporal was sent to Japan to serve the remainder of his 13-month service overseas.
Without notice, about 100 unmarked black vehicles assembled shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday morning in a back lot of the Fulton State Hospital just off Route O near Fulton.
Callaway County voters gave solid support to Republican candidates for state and federal office in all contests except for attorney general.
The William Woods University Lady Owls volleyball team — bolstered by a pair of double-double performances — is back in the semifinals of the American Midwest Conference postseason tournament for a second straight year.
Wednesday, November 7
In a strong victory over challenger Pam Murray, Jeanie Riddle will be the first representative for the new 49th District of the Missouri House of Representatives.
Republican Randall L. Kleindienst is the newly elected Eastern District Callaway County Commissioner, defeating Democrat Bryant Liddle, 4,865 to 3,263, a landslide margin of 60 percent to 40 percent.
Callaway County voters Tuesday proved they feel confident in leadership at the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.
Republican Debbie Zerr was elected Tuesday as the new Callaway County treasurer, defeating Democrat Timothy C. Brady, 10,302 to 7,115, a margin of 59 percent to 41 percent.
In a close race, incumbent Karen Digh Allen defeated challenging Republican Kitty Zeugin by a margin of just over 400 votes for the county’s Public Administrator seat.
For 10-year-old Kendall Dillon and many 4th graders like her, the electoral college was one of the more boring topics to discuss in the weeks leading up to the election.
Republican challenger and local businessman Jody Paschal has taken Callaway County’s Assessor seat, according to the unofficial final summary reports released from the Callaway County Clerk’s office Tuesday night.
Fifth highest total in state
Youngsters participating in the special youth deer hunt last weekend resulted in the harvest of 345 deer in Callaway County, the fifth highest county number of deer taken in the two-day youth hunt.
The William Woods University men’s soccer team’s season came to an end after a 3-0 loss to Hannibal-LaGrange University on Tuesday afternoon in the semifinals of the American Midwest Conference postseason tournament.
Tuesday, November 6
Callaway County Clerk Denise Hubbard predicts more than 18,000 Callaway County residents will vote in today’s general election.
With a “long line of nurses” in the family, it was not much of a surprise when Fulton native Tammy Kritzer decided, after graduating from the University of Missouri with a bachelor of arts in sociology, to return to school and pursue her bachelors of science in nursing from St. Louis University.
For seven years, Tom Levin has made sure area residents and visitors have a place to go to find a good meal and a friendly smile on Thanksgiving Day.
This year’s fall firearms turkey season confirmed that wild turkeys are increasing in Missouri.
The South Callaway Bulldogs were edged out by less than a touchdown by the Blair Oaks Falcons for a district championship in 2011. This time around, the Bulldogs wouldn’t get so close.
The fourth-seeded William Woods Lady Owls were torched by Park University forward Dana Hemmingsen’s hat trick in a 5-0 loss in the American Midwest Conference tournament semifinals on Monday. The loss to No. 1 seed Park ends William Woods’ season at 10-8-1.
Sunday, November 4
One of the three Missouri Court of Appeals cases to be heard on Thursday at Westminster College in Fulton involves the office of Cole County Circuit Clerk. The office is appealing a court decision blocking an administrative decision to dismiss an employee.
The location is new, the day is new, even the menu is new, but the caring behind the Soup Kitchen’s annual free Thanksgiving Dinner is still the same.
Much like the theme of their annual Christmas parade coming up Dec. 1, the Fulton Jaycee's hope to make a “Miracle on Court Street.”
Last year, Callaway County residents helped the Fulton Sun gather hundreds of hats, scarves, gloves and mittens to donate to SERVE, Inc.
Interested Callaway County residents and college students have been invited to attend a Thursday morning court session of the Missouri Court of Appeals at Westminster College in Fulton.
Fulton senior Jenny McCarty capped off her high school career with a fourth-place finish at the Class 3 girls’ state cross country championships Saturday at Oak Hills Golf Center.
South Callaway has made headway in its recent football history against Blair Oaks, but Bulldogs head coach Tim Rulo still sees the Falcons as the standard-bearer.
Saturday, November 3
A total of 338 Central Missourians competed Saturday in a Special Olympics bowling tournament at the Fulton Bowling Center.
Friday, November 2
Citing a stronger state budget outlook because of the continued improving Missouri economy, Gov. Jay Nixon today issued an executive order closing state offices on Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving.
Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse still want to build a first-of-its kind mini nuclear reactor next to Ameren’s mid-Missouri plant in Callaway County.
When Cake Creations’ owner, Lanette Kielbasa, decided to take advantage of the downtown revitalization loan incentive program, she saw it as more than an opportunity to move into a new building.
Volunteers from the community are invited to help Victory Fellowship Church package 20,000 meals to send to impoverished communities in Haiti.
Callaway County residents interested in hunter/jumping horsemanship will have an opportunity to observe horses and riders performing this weekend in Fulton.
Paintings offered to raffle winner
The Callaway Betterment Foundation’s building fund for construction of a new animal shelter in Fulton has reached $156,000, or about 63 percent of its $250,000 goal, according to Fulton Mayor LeRoy Benton.
What started as something to keep her in shape for the spring soccer season is now Jenny McCarty’s main focus. For McCarty, a Class 3 state cross country championship is the objective.
Thursday, November 1
Asked what makes them the best man for the job, both candidates for Callaway County Sheriff gave the same answer: Their experience.
After suffering a stroke, Margie Adrian’s life changed about a year ago.
Computer problems will delay mailing of Callaway County real estate and property tax bills this year.
Cameron Love pulls a prize out of a treasure chest after drawing a lucky key. This year, the Downtown Assocation's Halloween Festival moved further up Court Street from years past, and included food, games and support from businesses, churches and organizations county-wide.
A Jefferson City man and a Holts Summit woman are in Callaway County Jail after they were arrested for theft of scrap metal from a Mokane area farm.
The William Woods University Owls — receiving double-double efforts from senior forward Roy McElroy and junior guard Blake Burgess — opened the 2012-13 season by coasting past St. Louis Christian College 72-49 on Tuesday night at Anderson Arena.
MOKANE — The South Callaway Bulldogs would miss on a fourth-and-8 pass from junior quarterback Jason Kimminau to junior tailback Garner Rudroff in the end zone to start the second half.