Stories for December 2013


Tuesday, December 31

Snow in forecast for New Year's Day

With a snow storm coming through mid Missouri, Fulton residents could wake up to a possible four inches of snow on Thursday morning.

Fulton Police say mother shot at son during dispute last night

Fulton Police are still investigating the cause of the argument, Detective Dal Hedges said.

Tease photo

Property tax deadline looms

Pam Oestreich (right), Callaway County collector, looks through receipts for Vicki Staudenmeyer, of Williamsburg, Monday after Staudenmeyer paid her taxes at the collector’s office located inside the county courthouse. Oestreich, who has been the county collector since 1999, said many people typically pay their taxes the day before New Year’s Eve.

Red Cross aids Steedman family after fires

American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter volunteers are assisting a Steedman family after fire damaged their home Sunday evening.

Tease photo

A year in the life of Fulton

A look back at the events that shaped the city in 2013

•The Fulton Fire Department responded to a small fire 10 p.m. Jan. 21 in Fulton Nursing & Rehab, 1510 N. Bluff St., after staff reported smoke in the building and began to evacuate residents. Firefighters determined the cause of smoke was a water heater that had caught fire in a utility closet. Because the fire was extinguished quickly, fire officials reported it was not necessary to remove residents from the building due to the cold weather. No one was injured.

Monday, December 30

Holts Summit officer saves man from jumping off overpass

A Holts Summit police officer is still on light duty after suffering minor injuries to keep man from jumping off a U.S. 54 overpass earlier this month.

Sunday, December 29

Tease photo

Chili and hot dog supper to raise money, support for local cancer patient ‘Super Sam’

A week from today a local boy and his mother will leave Fulton for Florida in hopes that a specialized radiation treatment will attack what’s remaining of the boy’s cancer. The medical bills and travel expenses are adding up and two churches in Fulton are pitching in to help the Santhuff family out.

New Bloomfield's mayor, Mike Lowe, sets sights on reelection, city initiatives for 2014

Mayor of New Bloomfield Mike Lowe said attracting business is key for the new year.

Callaway County Health Department continues to seek funding, grants for faith-based suicide prevention group

The Callaway County Health Department was not selected for a grant to establish a new faith-based suicide prevention group for the area, but Pam Phelps, director of the Callaway County Medical Reserve Corps, isn't giving up.

Tease photo

Millersburg family starts to rebuild life, home after loss of father and boyfriend, Robert Walker, in fire

The Walker Family hopes to be moved into a new home by New Year’s Eve. With community support, the family enjoyed Christmas, but is still seeking help with funeral costs.

Tease photo

Mayor LeRoy Benton looks ahead to capital improvements, bond election next year

In discussing his plans for the city of Fulton in 2014, Mayor LeRoy Benton said there are plenty of projects the city has planned that have him excited.

Dawson nets 30, Hornets beat Benton at Rolla tourney

A tough few days at the US Bank/Rolla Holiday Tournament ended on a bright note for the Fulton. Junior guard Ricky Dawson erupted for a game-high 30 points to power the Hornets to a 67-58 victory over the St. Joseph Benton Cardinals in the seventh-place game on Saturday afternoon. Dawson converted 11-of-13 free throw attempts and the Hornets shot 26-for-36 from the line as a team in ending their three-game losing streak.

Friday, December 27

Mobile home addition burns in Millersburg fire Thursday

An addition to a mobile home caught fire here Thursday night, leaving three adult residents temporarily without a place to stay.

Fulton, Mo Dept. of Conservation offer solutions for old Christmas trees

Fulton residents have a few eco-friendly options for disposing of their live Christmas trees after the holidays.

Tease photo

Temperature spike begins thaw in Fulton

Last week's winter storm covered the area with ice that covered the area. That ice started melting yesterday with temperatures in the 40s. More on this week's weather here.

Lady Hornets lose late to St. Clair at Rolla Tournament

Fulton gives up lead in fourth quarter, loses fifth in a row

Sloane Totta and NaShayla Brandt registered double-digit scoring performances for Fulton but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Hornets fell to St. Clair 60-56 on Thursday afternoon in the first round of the US Bank/Rolla Invitational tournament at Rolla High School.

Thursday, December 26

Tease photo

Christmas — and holidays — around the world

Westminster College international students gather for holiday brunch while domestic students are away for winter break

Westminster College students from Costa Rica, Namibia, Lebanon, Thailand among other counties gathered on Christmas Day for brunch and a chance to be together.

Tuesday, December 24

Fulton faces little chance of white Christmas

NOAA gives central Missouri just 11 to 25 percent chance of snow on ground Dec. 25

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas here in Fulton, you’ll probably have to dream on this year.

Sunday, December 22

Callaway County churches to have Christmas Eve in a barn

Local churches host variety of holiday services

Richland Baptist Church invites patrons and guests to spend Christmas Eve away in a manger.

Callaway United Way on track for another record fundraising year

Thanks to the support of area residents, the Callaway County United Way has less than 10 percent to go to reach its fall campaign goal of $265,000.

Tease photo

A fond farewell

Barbara Garrison leaves Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton after a dozen years as superintendent

According to friends and colleagues gathered for a retirement reception Thursday afternoon, Missouri School for the Deaf is losing a pillar and its guiding light as Superintendent Barbara Garrison leaves after 12 years at the helm.

Prefiled bill could clarify statute of limitations for mental health professionals

Of the long list of prefiled bills for the Missouri 2013 legislative session, one has potential to effect mental health professionals in the area.

Tease photo

Fulton woman releases Christmas-themed children’s book

Growing up, Bonnie Cruickshank loved to write. She wrote short stories and novels frequently. Now, she is the author of the children's book, "A Soddy Christmas: A Story of the Prairie."

Tease photo

PHOTOS: Fulton Middle School students showcase creativity with Christmas movie-themed wagons

The movies "Elf," "A Christmas Story," "A Charlie Brown Christmas," and many other holiday favorites were on display as Fulton Middle School students represented the films in its annual Christmas wagon parade.

Lady Wildcats knock off Jamestown with late run

JEFFERSON CITY — New Bloomfield closed the game with an 11-4 run to send the Lady Wildcats to a 54-48 triumph over Jamestown on Saturday in the Missouri National Guard Shootout at Jefferson City High School.

Saturday, December 21

Tease photo

Wintry weather continues to impact Missouri

Little snow accumulation expected in Jefferson City, Columbia and Lake areas

A strong December storm system is bringing a wide variety of hazardous weather to Mid-Missouri through early Sunday. A dangerous mix of snow, sleet and ice continues to be possible in northern and central Missouri.

Fulton humanitarian award banquet postponed

The Celia Commemoration and presentation of the Jane Bierdeman-Fike Humanitarian Award, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed until January. Details will be provided when further, more-specific, plans have been made.

Friday, December 20

North Callaway schools look to advance library, media services

A series of reports at Thursday night’s North Callaway School Board meeting included an update from new district librarian/media specialist Justin Hamm regarding his plans to improve services to students, particularly when it comes to technology.

New Bloomfield school board hears concern on future of preschool funding

David Tramel, superintendent, said at the New Bloomfield Board of Education meeting on Thursday that state funding is not what it used to be, and financial support for the preschool program to make up for the lack thereof from the state may need to be internal.

Tease photo

Cool to be cold blooded

Bush Elementary students learn about scaly creatures native to Missouri

Bush Elementary students learn about scaly creatures native to Missouri

McCue named first recipient of Fulton humanitarian award

A Fulton woman who has focused her time and energy on supporting the rights of others — both at home and abroad — will be honored for her efforts Saturday night.

Lady Hornets fall short in final seconds

Brandt tallies game-high 19, but Fulton drops NCMC opener to Kirksville 47-45

Fulton sophomore forward NaShayla Brandt had the shot she wanted with the Lady Hornets down two and time expiring. The rim had other plans, though. “It just wasn’t meant to be,” Lady Hornet head coach TJ Quick said. “She barely missed it.” Brandt scored a game-high 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds, but Fulton came up a basket short in a 47-45 loss to the Kirksville Lady Tigers in Thursday night’s North Central Missouri Conference opener at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

Gray, Ladybirds thrash Wellsville

North Callaway senior guard Jaida Gray connected for a game-high 18 points, including two 3-pointers, as the Ladybirds humbled Wellsville 62-30 in Eastern Missouri Conference play Thursday night. Senior forward Maddie Sorell also chipped in with 12 points and a team-high six rebounds for North Callaway, which moved to 7-1 on the season and 2-0 in the EMO. Junior guard Elaine Brinker provided nine points and led the Ladybirds with seven assists.

Fulton Our House holiday dinner raises $5,000 in second year

Callaway’s homeless and emergency overnight shelter saw a strong outpouring of support at a recent fundraiser.

Thursday, December 19

Fulton man to be tried in federal court

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Fulton man on Monday following a U.S. Grand Jury indictment.

Tease photo

Fulton to rebuild Seventh Street bridge in 2014

New span to be constructed while Westminster College out for summer

When Westminster College students return for studies next August, they’ll still take the same route to get to classes and Priest Field, but they’ll have an all-new way to walk there.

Auxvasse alderman steps down to take job with city

After finishing a business agenda that included approval and adoption of the 2014 budget, South Ward Alderman Mike Bertschinger resigned his position with the Board of Aldermen Wednesday night before the remaining members voted to hire him as the new City Supervisor.

Tease photo

Here we come a-caroling

Two Fulton churches gathered parishioners to carol at assisted living facilities to spread Christmas cheer.

United Way: Emergency food, shelter program funds available

The United Way of Central Missouri announced Wednesday that Congress has appropriated funds for the extension of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) for what’s called “Phase 31.”

Hulsey, Jones trigger Eldon's 75-62 victory over Hornets

ELDON — Eldon’s Chris Hulsey and Josh Jones combined for 51 points and the Mustangs made 35-of-46 free throws in toppling the Fulton Hornets 75-62 on Tuesday night.

Fund created to assist accident victim's family

As Katherine O’Neal continues to recover from the burns and other injuries she suffered in a traffic accident last week, a fund has been created at Jefferson Bank of Missouri to help the family.

Wednesday, December 18

Callaway business organizations support FSH funding

A day after the Fulton City Council approved a resolution in support of funding for a new psychiatric facility at Fulton State Hospital, the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors did the same, according to a press release from the Chamber of Commerce.

Main break puts two Fulton streets on boil advisory

A water main break Tuesday night has put about a dozen homes in Fulton on a precautionary boil order until 2 a.m. Friday.

Fulton adopts resolution supporting State Hospital renovation

The Fulton City Council unanimously voiced support for Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposal to appropriate funding in the 2015 budget for the Fulton State Hospital Tuesday.

Ambulance district to employ vehicle monitoring system

With the help of new technology, the Callaway County Ambulance District hopes to make patient transportation safer.

Westminster exceeds United Way goal

Westminster College is giving the United Way of Callaway County a slightly bigger boost than expected this year.

Fulton Council approves new gravedigger, 10-year contract on natural gas

The Fulton Council approved a contract with a new city gravedigger Tuesday — barely.

Eldon powers past Lady Hornets 58-28

The Fulton Lady Hornets never quite got out of the gates. The Eldon Lady Mustangs didn’t have such an issue. Fulton fell behind 20-4 after one quarter and never recovered in being roughed up by Eldon 58-28 on Tuesday night. The Lady Hornets — who have now lost three straight after opening the season 2-0 — went into halftime down 37-13 and trailed 55-21 at the start of the fourth quarter. “Once again, it was a slow start,” Fulton head coach TJ Quick said. “We came out flat and they had 10 points off the bat, and we let outside things bother us. “We have to learn to play our game and not let other things distract us.” Sophomore guard Sloane Totta guided the Lady Hornets with nine points. Sara Rhine led Eldon with a game-high 27 points. Fulton opens North Central Missouri Conference play at home against Kirksville at 6 p.m. Thursday at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. There will not be a junior varsity game. “We just want to come out and play well,” Quick said. “… I don’t care if we win or lose, we just want to get back to playing Hornet basketball and we have between now and Thursday to figure it out.”

Tuesday, December 17

Tease photo

Cigarette causes garage fire in Fulton

Fulton emergency workers quickly put out a garage fire after the a cigarette ignited gasoline, Fulton Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Coffelt said.

NRC awards Callaway Plant extension on safety upgrades

More time allows Energy Center to build safer, more cost-effective alternative

In an effort to build a better, more cost-effective solution on an element of safety mandates from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Callaway Energy Center has secured a partial extension on their upgrade schedule.

Ladybirds bump Boonville to win Centralia tourney

Top-seeded North Callaway ramped up the defensive effort on its way to repeating as Centralia Tournament champions. Senior guard Jaida Gray supplied a game-high 27 points and the Ladybirds limited the No. 2 seeded Boonville Lady Pirates to 13 second-half points as North Callaway cruised to a 57-39 win in the Centralia Tournament championship game on Saturday evening.

Sunday, December 15

Tease photo

Digging the snow

About two inches of snow blanketed the Fulton area Friday night and Saturday morning

Check out photos from the winter storm here.

Callaway County man dies from home fire near Millersburg

A Callaway County man is dead after a home fire late Thursday night. Robert Walker, 37, died from smoke inhiliation while trying to escape his residence at 2952 Ben Oaks Drive near Millersburg, according to Lt. Clay Chism, investigator with the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

Tease photo

A giving heart

Holts Summit resident holds annual Christmas giveaway

Connie Cashion of Holts Summit and her volunteers packed the John C. Harris Community Center in Fulton on Saturday with winter clothes, kitchen supplies, toys and much more — all for the taking.

Eagles post pair of wins at Sunflower Classic

Eagles guard Nick Jones provided a game-high 19 points to power Missouri School for the Deaf to a 55-36 win over Oklahoma School for the Deaf at the Sunflower Basketball Classic on Saturday morning. Jones handed out five assists and came away with three of the Eagles’ nine team steals on the day.

Saturday, December 14

Holts Summit cancels Christmas parade, snow halts other Callaway events

The Holt Summit Christmas parade, scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, has been canceled due to the weather.

Holts Summit man dies in traffic accident

A Holts Summit man died on a slick highway Friday.

Friday, December 13

Callaway County man dies from home fire near Millersburg

A Callaway County man is dead after a home fire late Thursday night.

Callaway County cancelations, closures, early releases and postponements for Friday

North Callaway, Fulton basketball games for Friday night postponed

With a wintry mix precipitation in the forecast, including several inches of snow expected by the National Weather Service, South Callaway School District has canceled all sports teams practices for Friday, Dec. 13.

Attendance remains high priority for South Callaway

At a school board meeting on Wednesday, South Callaway principals reported their continuing efforts to increase attendance.

Tease photo

Miller Chrysler re-branded under new ownership today

Callaway Chrysler opens for service

Fulton’s Chrysler dealership is reopening under a new name and ownership.

Hornet wrestlers remain unbeaten, ease past Marshall

The Fulton Hornets wrestling team stayed unbeaten at 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the North Central Missouri Conference by manhandling the Marshall Owls 53-24 on Thursday night.

Thursday, December 12

Tease photo

Authorities search river for missing man

Authorities responded around 4:43 p.m. Thursday to a report that a man may have jumped off the Missouri River bridge in Jefferson City. The investigation continues.

Tease photo

Winter storm to spread across Missouri Friday (VIDEO)

A winter storm will move into central Missouri on Friday causing a wintry mix of precipitation to spread east across the area during the day.

Art House sneak preview Dec. 19

The Art House, a new artist cooperative in downtown Fulton, will host its sneak preview event 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.

Local fire officials advise on holiday safety

Flues, lights, dry trees and space heaters leading cause of wintertime fires

As Callaway County residents hang their stockings by the chimney this year, local firefighters want to make sure they do so with care.

Tease photo

South Callaway math teacher up for national award

Shelly Sconce reflects on teaching career, supporting students

Shelly Sconce’s second year of teaching at South Callaway High School is when she experienced a defining moment in her teaching career. She reached a low point in her personal life when a student approached her and gave her a hug during calculus class. “I remember (the student) coming up and putting arms around me and saying, ‘I just want to let you know I love you,’” Sconce said.

Tease photo

‘I survived, so can you’

Fulton Middle School staff share stories to help students, invite community to do the same

Science teacher Lucy Shrout was teased about her looks, counselor Michelle Lackey had to deal with her parents’ divorce, principal Chris Crane attended five different schools between fifth and ninth grades, for math teacher Barb Barkho it was a refuge from home.

Fulton schools receive clean audit

Fulton Public Schools once again received a positive audit review. Jim McGinnis with GK&C Accounting gave a report on the district’s 2012-13 Audit during Wednesday night’s regular school board meeting.

Tease photo

Portland to ring in holiday with Memorial Tree, home tour

Callaway County’s seasonal celebrations continue Sunday with the lighting of Portland’s Memorial Tree and the Christmas House Tour of the former St. Mark’s Episcopal School for Boys.

Tease photo

Missouri carries out 2nd execution in 3 weeks

Allen Nicklasson put to death for killing kindly businessman near Kingdom City

Allen Nicklasson, who was executed Wednesday, once recalled the "euphoria" he felt after fatally shooting a kindly businessman who stopped to help Nicklasson near Kingdom City in 1994.

Ladybirds deny Macon, set up shot to repeat at Centralia

Sorell, Brinker pilot North Callaway to 38-33 semifinal win

CENTRALIA — The North Callaway Ladybirds will get their chance to add a second straight title at the Centralia Tournament.

Wednesday, December 11

Tease photo

Missouri executes man for 1994 good Samaritan death

Missouri executed Allen Nicklasson on Wednesday night for killing a good Samaritan who stopped to help him and his friends after their car stalled on I-70 near Kingdom City in 1994.

Collision ignites jeep, Holts Summit woman rescued from flames

A Holts Summit woman was rescued from her burning Jeep Tuesday evening after it and another Jeep collided in north Jefferson City.

Mo. waits on high court as it preps for execution

Death row inmate killed Good Samaritan near Kingdom City in 1994

The state of Missouri waited for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule Wednesday on whether it could execute death row inmate Allen Nicklasson, condemned for the killing of a Good Samaritan who stopped to help him and two friends who were stranded on the side of the road.

Tease photo

AUDIO: Mid Missouri Christian Choir celebrates the season with song

The Mid Missouri Christian Choir performed Christmas carols at the First Baptist Church in Fulton on Tuesday. Click to listen to the choir sing.

Tease photo

'Art House' to bring fine arts to downtown Fulton

Featuring feature local artists, photography and supplies, sneak peek begins Thursday

What Brick District Association President Tom Riley calls “the biggest thing we’ve been able to accomplish for downtown Fulton” started as a simple suggestion.

Tease photo

SERVE nears end of holiday toy drive

Callaway Action Network director happy with turnout, expects to deliver many toys for Christmas

The Mueller Student Center at Westminster College is filled with rows of toys, warm winter clothes and items to make Christmas in Callaway County a bit better for low-income families.

Hornet wrestlers punish Boonville in NCMC opener

The Fulton Hornets wrestling team continued its impressive start to the season with another crushing win. Fulton secured pinfall victories in seven weight classes Tuesday night as the Hornets opened North Central Missouri Conference competition by blowing past Boonville 53-21 at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. The Hornets — who were coming off a team title at the Fort Zumwalt North Tournament last Saturday — have rolled in their first three duals, winning by an average score of 55-19.

Hornets' 1971 football team to enter Fulton Wall of Fame on Friday

Squad went 11-1, finished as Class 3A runner-up

The Fulton Hornets’ 1971 football team — which finished as the Class 3A state runner-up — will be the lone 2013 inductee into the Fulton High School athletic Wall of Fame on Friday night. The team will be inducted between the Fulton girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball doubleheader against North Central Missouri Conference opponent Marshall, likely around 7:15 p.m. in the high school’s Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. Prior to the induction ceremony, the squad will be honored during a reception from 5:30-7 in the hallway in front of the high school library.

Tuesday, December 10

Mo. attorney general appeals stay of execution

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster's office has appealed the stay of execution for convicted killer Allen Nicklasson, calling the federal appeals court ruling "an abuse of discretion."

Fire destroys mobile home near Millersburg Sunday

Two residents here escaped their home Sunday afternoon as an apparent wood stove fire set the structure ablaze Sunday afternoon.

Tease photo

Nixon announces proposal for new facilities at Fulton State Hospital

In a press conference Monday at Fulton State Hospital’s Administration Building, Gov. Jay Nixon announced his proposal to build a new high-security psychiatric facility at the aging Biggs and Guhleman forensic centers.

Holts Summit board mulls zoning reform, sewer mandate

Though the city tabled the motion, the Holts Summit Board of Aldermen discussed the future of the city’s sewage treatment facility.

Hornets earn team title at Ft. Zumwalt North tourney

Four Fulton wrestlers captured individual championships and the Hornets secured the team championship in the gold division of the Ft. Zumwalt North tournament on Saturday. Fulton finished with 232.02 points. easily distancing itself from second place McCluer South Berkeley, which accumulated with 126.03 points. McCluer took third place with 119.04, followed by Warrenton and University City, which totaled 114.05 and 77 points, respectively.

Monday, December 9

The ‘Magic of Winter’

Callaway Singers to put on free holiday concert at William Woods

The Callaway Singers community choir once again invites area residents to enjoy a night of live music to get them into the holiday spirit and ready for the “Magic of Winter”.

Tease photo

Rwanda partnership offers the gift of giving

As Callaway County residents struggle to find that perfect present for their loved ones, the Rwanda Community Partnership is asking they consider the gift of giving this holiday season.

Mid-Missouri legislator: Nixon’s plan may be unconstitutional

Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposal to issue state bonds to fund a new $211 million psychiatric facility may be unconstitutional because it avoids a public vote, according to an area legislator.

Sunday, December 8

Houghton to run for 3rd term as District 43 representative

Rep. Jay Houghton, R-Martinsburg, plans to run for Missouri House of Representative’s 43rd district for the third time.

Tease photo

Winter Wonderland

The annual Fulton Jaycees Christmas parade rings in the season.

Fulton soup kitchen president reacts to possible cuts to SNAP program

With uncertainty for the fate of the national Farm Bill, a Missouri agency has expressed concerns about the bill’s outcome for the Supplemental Nutritional Assisstance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps.

Tease photo

Holts Summit man campaigns for 49th district, replace Riddle

As Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, looks to represent Missouri’s 10th district in the state senate, Holts Summit resident Travis Fitzwater has started his campaign to replace Riddle in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Six Callaway football players named to coaches’ all-state teams

Four South Callaway players and one each from Fulton and North Callaway were named to their respective Missouri Football Coaches Association all-state teams Friday.

Problematic quarters plague Lady Hornets in championship loss

For 16 minutes, the Fulton Lady Hornets played on a par and — at times — exceeded the state-ranked Hermann Lady Bearcats. It’s just those other 16 minutes that got away from the Lady Hornets.

Saturday, December 7

Tease photo

Auburn downs Missouri, wins SEC football championship (VIDEO)

Tre Mason rushed for 304 yards and four touchdowns, leading No. 3 Auburn to a wild 59-42 victory over No. 5 Missouri in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday.

Friday, December 6

Mo. lawmakers pass $1.7B incentive plan for Boeing

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to incentives for Boeing to assemble to a new passenger airplane in the St. Louis area.

Parking enforced along Fulton Jaycees Christmas Parade route

No parking on parade streets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

To ensure safety along the annual Jaycees Christmas Parade, Fulton Police have designated streets on the parade route as "No Parking" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Tease photo

Fulton Police arrest Columbia man after car, foot chase

Fulton Police arrested a Columbia man on drug and traffic charges Wednesday after he allegedly would not pull over for a traffic stop at about 10:21 p.m.

Tease photo

Exotic animals amaze Bartley Elementary students, teachers

Bartley Elementary welcomed new friends to school on Thursday — Larry, the legless lizard; Julius Squeezer, the carpet python; and Tasha, a baby wolf — just to name a few.

Chamber Banquet tickets now on sale

‘Callawegian Cruise’ to set sale Jan. 9

The 2014 Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce Banquet hopes to highlight the chamber’s services and plans for the next year from the high seas.

Man convicted in Callaway County murder appeals death sentence

Dorsey pleaded guilty to killing his cousin, her husband in 2006

In his second attempt at an appeal, a Jefferson City man hopes to convert a pair of death sentences into life in prison. Brian J. Dorsey pleaded guilty in 2008 to the Dec. 23, 2006, killings of his cousin, Sarah Bonnie, and her husband Ben, in their New Bloomfield home. Dorsey was sentenced to death for both first-degree murder charges.

Cuneio, Wildcats race past Chamois, to play for fifth place at Tipton

Senior forward Alex Cuneio registered 22 points as the third-seeded New Bloomfield Wildcats powered past No. 7 Chamois 61-47 in the consolation semifinals of the 75th-annual Tipton Tournament late Wednesday night.

Thursday, December 5

Callaway schools share multiple ways to notify parents of closure

With the first snowfall of the season set for this afternoon, Callaway County schools shared the different ways they are prepared to notify parents when school is called off due to severe weather and road conditions:

Tease photo

'The Dead Guy' premieres at William Woods University

Eldon Phelps is set to die, and America chooses how. Peacefully in his sleep. Chainsaw accident. Hit by a bus. Poison.

County commission agrees to take on ownership, maintenance of NCHS access road

Problems with annexation of road outside city limits prevents Kingdom City from taking road on MoDOT completion schedule

Following a Wednesday meeting with the Kingdom City Board of Aldermen, the Callaway County Commission has agreed to take ownership of the new North Callaway High School access road from the Missouri Department of Transportation once it’s completed in August.

Tease photo

Missouri company begins install of new, safer playground equipment at Veterans Park

Construction of new playground equipment started yesterday at Veterans Park. The city of Fulton selected Miracle Recreation Equipment Company, based in southwest Missouri, to build the new playground. Matt Nash, one of the playground constructors, said the playground should be completed Monday.

Tease photo

Auxvasse to celebrate holidays with parade, chili, crafts

Christmas is coming here Sunday. Auxvasse area residents are invited to kick off the holiday season with the annual Christmas parade and an afternoon of treats and crafts for children and adults alike downtown.

County commission agrees to take on ownership, maintenance of NCHS access road

Problems with annexation prevents Kingdom City from taking road on MoDOT completion schedule

Following a Wednesday meeting with the Kingdom City Board of Aldermen, the Callaway County Commission has agreed to take ownership of the new North Callaway High School access road from the Missouri Department of Transportation once it’s completed in August.

FMS, McIntire students send hundreds of cards to deployed troops

Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes drive sends cards for soldiers overseas for holidays

Thanks to the efforts of some Fulton students, more than 500 soldiers away from their families for the holidays will get a friendly and thankful reminder of home.

Hanger heads up 16 Callaway players on all-district teams

South Callaway junior Cory Hanger proved to be a constant nuisance for opponents — both on offense and defense — throughout the 2013 football season.

Lady Hornets to play for Montgomery title

Brandt, Totta direct Fulton to upset victory over Bowling Green in semifinals

MONTGOMERY CITY — For the youthful Fulton Lady Hornets, it was an attention-getting win so early in the season.

Wednesday, December 4

Fulton Fire to collect new toys along Christmas Parade for SERVE

Donations to benefit Adopt a Family, 400 children without match

The Fulton Fire Department makes a living saving lives and property, but during the Jaycee’s Christmas Parade Saturday, they hope to save Christmas for about 400 local children.

Tease photo

Snow storm to leave behind below freezing temperatures

Callaway County residents can plan for a one-inch accumulation of “light, dusty” snow between Thursday and Friday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Kelsey Angle.

‘Salute to Local Heroes’

Fulton Sears Hometown to raise money for Central Callaway Fire Protection District

This holiday season, Sears Hometown Store of Fulton will be doing a little bit of giving.

Auxvasse passes open burn ordinance

After discussion at several recent meetings, the Auxvasse City Council voted unanimously at Tuesday night’s meeting to approve a new open burn ordinance.

Lady Wildcats stuff Smithton, advance to semifinals at Tipton

The New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats forced the Smithton Lady Tigers to submit. Second-seeded New Bloomfield outscored No. 7 Smithton 34-12 in the second half of Tuesday night’s 56-29 runaway triumph in the first round of the 75th-annual Tipton Tournament.

Tuesday, December 3

Carter trial to begin Dec. 10

Suspect charged in 2012 beating, robbery of Fulton woman

The jury trial for a Fulton woman arrested for the random beating and robbery of a shopper leaving Walmart will begin a week from today.

Tease photo

Churchill Museum lights up square

After an introduction from National Churchill Museum Executive Director Rob Havers, Fulton Mayor LeRoy Benton addresses the crowd that’s formed outside of the museum before lighting the tree at the inaugural Community Tree Lighting Ceremony Monday.

Fulton thrives on Small Business Saturday

It’s no secret that Fulton is a small town, and as such, is filled with small business. And on Nov. 30, the nationally-recognized Small Business Saturday, Fulton’s small businesses saw an increase in business, just as the day intended.

Lady Hornets upend New Haven in season opener

Fulton used a trio of double-digit scorers and some timely free throw shooting to start its season off with a victory. The No. 6 seeded Lady Hornets were 7-of-9 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and got a team-high 13 points from sophomore guard Sloane Totta in upending No. 3 New Haven 40-36 in the first round of the Montgomery County Tournament on Monday afternoon.

Sunday, December 1

Fultonian finds funding for counseling in Rwanda, seeks additional financial help

When Fulton resident Nancy McCue lived as a missionary in Kibungo, Rwanda, she realized there was a great need for some sort of counseling resource in the area — particularly for women.

Callaway County to see new suicide prevention group

Pam Phelps, director of the Callaway County Medical Reserve Corps, will learn in December whether the county has received a grant from the National Association of County and City Health Officials to help fund a new suicide prevention group. Regardless whether she receives the grant, Phelps said she’s determined the start the group that will ensure a community “safety net” through developed programs and support services.

Tease photo

Fulton soup kitchen sees cornucopia of volunteers

Before leaving for the Fulton Soup Kitchen on Saturday, Susan Nolte of Fulton said she considered staying in and enjoying her Saturday at home. Nolte said she’s glad she didn’t stay home as she volunteered at the soup kitchen’s Thanksgiving, serving meals to people in the community.

Owls downed by hot shooting Bellevue 106-72

William Woods posted three double-digit scoring efforts, but was dominated by Bellevue (Neb.) University 106-72 in the first round of the Hampton Inn Classic on Friday night