Stories for January 2013


Thursday, January 31

Mo. congressmen ask Obama not to act on his own

Third District Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, has joined two other Missouri congressmen who signed a letter to President Obama asking him to reconsider his gun control legislative package and not to act on his own without seeking approval of Congress.

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William Woods group hosts fundraiser to fight sex trafficking

According to president Kristen Winthrow, one of the goals of the International Justice Mission (IJM) at William Woods University is to increase awareness about human trafficking.

SERVE seeks recipes for fundraiser

SERVE is asking Callawegians to share their favorite foods as a way to help some of their neighbors put food on the table.

CARDV in need of hygiene products

When a victim of domestic violence gets the courage to leave, the last thing they think of as they prepare to make their escape is what they will use to brush their teeth the next morning.

Central Bank named one of America’s Best Banks

Forbes magazine has honored Central Bancompany, which operates in Fulton as Central Bank, as one of America’s Best Banks.

Ladybirds stumble in consolation semis

ASHLAND — Obviously affected by some disheartening news, the North Callaway Ladybirds made a shocking, early exit from the Southern Boone Classic.

Wednesday, January 30

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Well Read shows off local artist

Since its opening, Well Read Books in downtown Fulton has had a special section highlighting local books and authors. The store now is shining the spotlight on Callaway artists as well.

Westminster president named to NCAA post

Group sets rules for college athletics

Dr. George B. (Barney) Forsythe, Westminster College president, has been appointed as a member of the Presidents Council of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

VFW plans annual chili, pie cook-off Saturday

The Fulton VFW’s upcoming fundraiser is as American as apple pie — or a spicy bowl of chili.

Fulton woman arrested after string of car thefts

An investigation following a burglary and vehicle theft in Mokane lead to the arrest of a Fulton woman Monday in which three stolen vehicles were recovered.

Nixon backs new Fulton State Hospital

A bipartisan legislative effort to issue building bonds to construct a new Fulton State Hospital complex drew support Monday in Gov. Jay Nixon’s State of the State address to the Missouri General Assembly.

No. 6 Bulldogs handle Hornets harshly

It took the Fulton Hornets 6 minutes, 47 seconds to register their first field goal against the rival Mexico Bulldogs. The basket — a 3-pointer from sophomore forward Devin Gibson — cut the Hornets’ deficit to 21 points. To put it bluntly, it was one of those nights for Fulton.

Thunderbirds topple Linn in first round

North Callaway senior forward Zac Eads put up a game-high 20 points and the fourth-seeded Thunderbirds forced 17 turnovers in their 54-42 first-round win over No. 5 Linn on Tuesday night at the Southern Boone Classic.

Tuesday, January 29

Residents hear plan for new Holts Summit YMCA facility

About 75 Holts Summit residents gathered Monday night at the Civic Center to hear plans for a new $475,000 YMCA facility in Holts Summit.

Salvation Army collected $15,900 by bell-ringing kettle volunteers

Callaway County Salvation Army volunteer bell ringers collected $15,900 from Callaway County shoppers during last month’s Christmas season.

Callaway library to ban smoking on property

Starting Friday, smoking will be prohibited on all Callaway County Library property — including the parking lot and grass areas.

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South Callaway Schools staff meets new superintendent

The South Callaway School Board has named a successor for Superintendent Mary Lynn Battles, who is set to retire at the end of June. District staff got a chance to meet their incumbent leader Monday afternoon when Kevin Hillman made the first of what he said will be many visits over the next few months.

Two Tuscumbia men arrested after 40-mile, 100 mph chase

Two Tuscumbia men were arrested Saturday after leading Callaway County deputies on a 40-mile chase through four towns at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.

Hughes, Lady Hornets down Mexico in NCMC play

After the Moberly Lady Spartans drubbed her team 50-29 last Friday night, Fulton Lady Hornets head coach T.J. Quick had, what she termed, as a heart-to-heart with her players. She wanted to see more resolve and fight in her team. The talk seemed to work.

Sunday, January 27

Public forums planned on highway proposal

To develop highway spending priorities and to generate voter approval of a temporary one-cent sales tax increase to fund highway construction, the Missouri Transportation Department will host a series of 16 public “On The Move” forums around the state.

Congressmen demand answers from Obama Administration

Why did nuclear grant bypass Callaway project?

Third District Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer and five members of the Missouri delegation in Congress have signed a joint letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu demanding to know why the U.S. Department of Energy failed to fund an application from Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse to design and build small nuclear reactors at the Callaway Energy Center southeast of Fulton.

Kritzer disappointed by U.S. agency decision

Callaway County Western District Commissioner Doc Kritzer said Saturday he is disappointed in the action of the U.S. Department of Energy in its apparent decision to deny a grant to develop small modular nuclear reactors at the Callaway Energy Center southeast of Fulton.

Two Tuscumbia men jailed after 40-mile 100 m.p.h. chase

Two Tuscumbia men are in Callaway County Jail after leading Callaway County deputies on a 40-mile chase through four towns at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour.

Local vet hosts free Native American artifact, antique gun show

For Larry Underwood, archeology is a hobby he wants to share.

MoDOT proposal would rebuild I-70

Callaway Connector could be added to plan

The Missouri Department of Transportation has unveiled a 10-year plan to construct $7.9 billion in new highways financed by a temporary 1-cent increase in the state sales tax.

Lady Owls slump in second half, fall to Columbia College

No. 20 William Woods couldn’t muster much of a defense against the No. 24 Columbia College Lady Cougars in the second half.

Thunderbirds hold on, get win over Tipton

The Thunderbirds survived a shaky final minute to stop their three-game losing streak with Friday night’s slim 54-53 win over the Cardinals.

Saturday, January 26

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Fulton youngsters compete in Pinewood Derby

First to fourth grade students had their eyes glued on their car as it flashed down the track Saturday during the Bartley Elementary School Cub Scout Pack 52 Pinewood Derby competition in Fulton.

Friday, January 25

UW sponsors free tax prep, reduced prescription costs for Callaway families

The United Way is looking to make tax season and staying healthy a little less expensive for working Callaway families.

Highway Commission leader offers plan to generate $7.9 billion for roads

Missouri Highway Commission Chairman Rudy Farber Thursday proposed a plan to generate $7.9 billion in highway improvements during the next decade.

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Four FHS students make All-State Band

Prestigious group to perform Saturday at Tan-Tar-A

Four members of the Fulton High School band will perform this Saturday among 104 other top players across the state as part of Missouri’s top honor band.

No. 20 Lady Owls throttle Missouri Baptist in second half

The No. 20 William Woods University Lady Owls held Missouri Baptist University without a basket for almost 11 minutes in the second half Thursday night, ultimately coasting to a 69-43 AMC victory at Anderson Arena.

Thursday, January 24

AG’s office warns of phone scams

Reports say a phone scam regarding the Mega Millions Jackpot is going around Callaway County.

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New Bloomfield man wins $20,000 in Lottery game

When Melvin Aungerpr of New Bloomfield stopped at Merten’s Mini-Mart at 6603 State Road NN in Fulton a few days ago, he thought it would be fun to buy a scratchers lottery ticket.

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SERVE named CMCA’s Community Partner of the Year

In a surprise ceremony 1 p.m. Monday, SERVE, Inc. in Fulton received Central Missouri Community Action’s annual Community Partner of the Year Award, given to just one agency or group in CMCA’s eight-county region.

FADC suspends EEZ proposal

The Fulton Area Development Corporation (FADC) has decided to suspend its application for an Enhanced Enterprise Zone (EEZ) in Callaway County.

State hospital, nuclear plant road boosted by new state bond issues

Prospects for construction of a new Fulton State Hospital and a new road from Fulton to the Callaway nuclear plant increased Wednesday with the announcement of a proposed huge state building bond issue and a highway bond plan.

Gray, Sorell spur Ladybirds past Southern Boone

ASHLAND — Junior guard Jaida Gray and junior forward Maddie Sorell combined for 43 points Wednesday night to spark the North Callaway Ladybirds to a 62-45 victory over Southern Boone.

Wednesday, January 23

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Thank you, Callaway!

Members of the Callaway County United Way's board of directors and representatives of the United Way's agencies give a display of thanks next to the completed goal chart Tuesday in front of the courthouse.

Fulton council talks parking, vehicle replacement

Tuesday night’s Fulton City Council meeting centered around business-as-usual, including a report from the Traffic Commission regarding parking on narrow streets and discussion of replacing two pieces of equipment.

No one injured in nursing home fire

No one was injured and Fulton firemen quickly extinguished a water heater fire reported at Fulton Nursing & Rehab, 1510 N. Bluff St., shortly before 10 p.m. Monday.

Team RSVP, Westminster team up to help rebuild Joplin

Nearly two years after a massive tornado devastated the southwest Missouri town of Joplin, there’s still plenty of work to be done.

Deadline looms for corn scholarships

Applications required to be entered by Feb. 8

Agriculture students in Callaway and other Missouri counties have about two weeks to complete their application for the 2013 Missouri Corn Scholarship Program.

AARP volunteers to provide tax help

Callaway County seniors and low-income individuals in need of help filing their 2012 taxes once again can find that assistance at the Callaway Senior Center.

Auxvasse residents could see increase in sewer, water rates

It was a house divided when the city council here discussed the future of water and sewer rates to the city’s utility customers at Tuesday’s meeting.

Lady Hornets march past Hannibal

Fulton Lady Hornets head coach TJ Quick had many things to say to her team during halftime of Tuesday night’s North Central Missouri Conference game against the Hannibal Lady Pirates at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

Hornets falter early in Hannibal loss

The Fulton Hornets were staggered by a slow start. Dalton Powell put up a game-high 22 points and Hannibal led by as many as 25 in the first half before settling for a 59-44 North Central Missouri Conference victory over Fulton on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, January 22

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Divine Shoes opens today

Owner: ‘I want to meet the community’s need’

Starting today, Fulton shoppers once more will have a local shoe store. The grand opening of Divine Shoes and Accessories, located at 527 Court St., kicks off with a ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m. with donuts and coffee from Jamolee’s Donuts. There also will door prizes and coupons handed out throughout the day.

Dollar General Center to honor employee for volunteer service

Michael Henry, inventory supervisor at the Fulton Dollar General Distribution Center, is this year’s winner of the firm’s Serving Others Award.

United Way meets fundraising goal in record-setting year

The temperature is supposed to be in the mid-20s this afternoon, but one thermometer in Fulton is going to burst.

Callaway Red Cross celebrates 95th year

Chapter was formed during World War I

For almost a century, the Red Cross has been serving Callaway County residents.

No. 22 Missouri familiar with South Carolina's Martin

Not even switching conferences could get Missouri away from Frank Martin.

Lady Bulldogs fall to New Franklin

Junior guard Taylor Howard did the bulk of the scoring for the No. 6 seeded South Callaway Lady Bulldogs, logging a game-high 24 points in a losing effort to the No. 3 New Franklin Lady Bulldogs at the 29th Annual Sturgeon Invitational Tournament on Monday night.

Monday, January 21

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Obama says ’America’s possibilities are limitless’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Asserting “America’s possibilities are limitless,” President Barack Obama declared on Monday that a decade of war is ending and the nation’s economy is recovering as he launched into a second term before a flag-waving crowd of hundreds of thousands on the National Mall.

Sunday, January 20

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Hackmann explains EEZ, fields questions from opposition at FairTax meeting

When Callaway Citizens for FairTax Co-Director Tom Suttles asked Fulton Area Development Corporation President Bruce Hackmann to give a presentation on the proposed Enhanced Enterprise Zone at the FairTax meeting Thursday, Hackmann knew he and those in attendance might have to “agree to disagree.”

March 1 direct deposit deadline looms to convert federal payments to electronic

Time is running out for Callaway County residents who are still receiving Social Security or other other federal benefits by paper checks.

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Speaker: Get involved with your kids

“What we do speaks so loudly to our children that when we try to talk to them they can’t hear us.” —Gandhi That was one of several quotes used by Dr. Scott Poland as he hammered home his message to Fulton parents Friday night to stay present as a guiding force in their children’s lives.

Churchill Museum receives state grant to preserve records

The National Churchill Museum in Fulton has received a $2,483 state grant to preserve its library collections.

Hornets’ late rally runs out of steam in loss to Helias

The Fulton Hornets made it interesting and tense late in Friday night’s game against the Helias Crusaders. But the Hornets’ late surge wasn’t enough in a 48-41 loss to the Crusaders.

Friday, January 18

New Bloomfield schools save $495,325 by refinancing bond

The Board of Education at the New Bloomfield R-III School District voted Thursday night to refinance a $1.9 million general obligation bond at a lower interest rate, saving the district $495,325 in interest payments during the next 14 years.

Microloan program targets new farmers

A new federal farm microloan program for beginning and needy farmers has been launched with loans up to $35,000.

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Westminster College plans MLK Day of Service Monday

For the second year in a row, volunteers at the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri’s Buddy Pack program will get a much-deserved break in their workload.

SERVE new Callaway distribution center for Salvation Army energy assistance

There will be the same familiar faces ringing bells at Christmastime and heading up board meetings, but those seeking assistance with their utility bills in Callaway will have one less stop to make.

Callaway Energy Center properly managing aging systems, preliminary NRC report finds

In an open house presentation Thursday at Fulton City Hall, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff said that Ameren Missouri has given “reasonable assurance” that the effects of aging on non-safety-related structures, systems and components (SSCs) will be properly managed in the years leading to and during a 20-year renewal of the Callaway Energy Center.

Heavyweights rally Hornets to win

The heavyweights exerted their influence for the state-ranked Fulton Hornets wrestling team in its North Central Missouri Conference battle against rival Mexico.

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Snow falls in Southeast; 1 death linked to storm

A winter storm made its way across the Southeast on Thursday, dumping snow in states recovering from days of rain, playing a role in at least one fatality, and leaving thousands without power.

Thursday, January 17

Former Red Cross director tapped to head Fulton Housing Authority

The board of commissioners of the Fulton Housing Authority have announced Anne Johnson as the agency’s new executive director.

Ambulance board to give AED to City Hall

The City of Fulton will have an AED (automated external defibrillator) at City Hall now, thanks to the Callaway County Ambulance District.

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A special Hallmark presentation: Churchill

Westminster College seniors Tilla Batisaresare and Gaurav Khanal take in the first of a series of paintings by John Spencer Churchill of his uncle Winston Churchill’s funeral procession. The paintings were donated to the museum by the Hall Foundation and are part of a new Hallmark Exhibit at the museum.

Front doors locked at South Callaway schools

Security incident lasted two hours

As a security precaution, school front doors were locked for two hours on Wednesday morning at the South Callaway R-2 School District in Mokane.

Asel voted 13th Circuit Presiding Judge

After a meeting of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court en Banc Tuesday, Judge Jodie Capshaw Asel has been elected to serve as Presiding Judge for the circuit, with her term beginning Jan. 31.

Four seek seats on New Bloomfield school board

No opposition faced by aldermen at New Bloomfield, Holts Summit

A four-way race has developed for two seats on the Board of Education at the New Bloomfield R-3 School District.

Owls continue best AMC start

The William Woods University Owls sustained their best conference start in the program’s history with a prolific effort.

Wednesday, January 16

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Obama unveils $500 million gun violence package

Braced for a fight, President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled the most sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence in two decades, pressing a reluctant Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

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Fair official says new state road would end county fair

MoDOT official thinks road can be redesigned

MoDOT’s planned Callaway County Connector road would require relocation of the Callaway County Fair, a member of the Callaway County Fair Board said Tuesday.

Ambulance board approves contract with GeoComm

The Callaway County Ambulance Board approved a motion Tuesday night to continue its contract with GeoComm for its automated vehicle location system (AVL).

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‘Play me something quick and devilish’

Fulton musician authors book on history of fiddling in Missouri

A longtime musician and proponent of the art of old-time fiddling, Fulton resident Howard Marshall has written a book on the history of his favorite pastime.

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Fulton fireman honored by union

Michael Bainbridge, a Fulton fireman, has received the Fulton Professional Firefighters Firefighter of the Year Award.

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Firemen extinguish Fulton nursing home fire

Fulton firemen Tuesday afternoon extinguished a fire in the kitchen of a Fulton nursing home.

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Historic Preservation Commission to explore options for rock barn

After the city council approved an ordinance to go forward with purchasing the historic rock barn at last week’s council meeting, the Fulton Historic Preservation Commission agreed to begin looking into ideas for the barn’s use.

Hornets show offensive spark in win over Osage

When a play designed to end in an alley-oop layup manages to bank off the backboard for a 3-pointer, one usually takes that as a good sign for the rest of the game. Fulton Hornets head coach Ryan Shaw wasn’t convinced just yet, though. “I knew that (the shot) went in,” Shaw said with a chuckle. “I don’t know if it indicated if it would be a good game, but it was pretty entertaining.”

Fatima brings end to Lady Wildcats’ three-game winning streak

NEW BLOOMFIELD — Morgan Brandt scored a game-high 19 points and Fatima toppled New Bloomfield’s three-game winning streak with a 57-27 Show-Me Conference romp over the Lady Wildcats on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, January 15

Lake Mykee approaches Holts Summit on sewer issues

Holts Summit plans to build new sewage treatment plant

To help solve its sewer compliance issues with the state, some Lake Mykee residents want to receive sewage services from Holts Summit or merge the city of Lake Mykee with Holts Summit, the Holts Summit Board of Aldermen was told Monday night.

Public hearing set today on Callaway Connector

Callaway County residents will have an opportunity today to provide comments during a public hearing and open house on a planned new $32.8 million state road from U.S. 54 at Fulton to the Callaway nuclear power plant.

FPD arrest man on drunk driving, drug charges

A Fulton man was arrested Friday night on driving, drug and assault on law enforcement charges following an incident in the Fastlane parking lot off of Route F.

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Fulton to work with Post Office on noise compliance

Following a Monday meeting of Fulton’s noise committee made up of city and police officials, the city agreed to keep and enforce its noise ordinance as is and work with the Post Office Bar and Grill to establish compliant sound levels for their amplified music.

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New Bloomfield bank robbery suspect arrested in San Antonio

A man wanted in connection to an October bank robbery in New Bloomfield was arrested in San Antonio Saturday, the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office said.

Fulton man arrested after brandishing gun in bar fight

Dusten C. Scott, Fulton, was arrested early Saturday morning after allegedly pointing a gun at another individual following a fight in front of the Post Office Bar and Grill.

T-Birds beat Community R6 in OT

North Callaway senior guard Justin Murphy scored a game-high 18 points, including six in the extra frame to help the Thunderbirds secure a 55-49 overtime Eastern Missouri Conference win over the Community R-6 Trojans on Monday night.

Monday, January 14

3 Mo. bail bondsmen charged with assault

Three central Missouri bail bondsmen are accused of assaulting a fugitive they were trying to apprehend for failing to appear in court on several warrants.

Callaway Co. bank robbery suspect caught

A Jefferson City man believed to have robbed Bank Star One in New Bloomfield in October has been caught in San Antonio.

Sunday, January 13

St. Peter to hold second Casino Night, raffle and auction Feb. 9

Fulton residents who are feeling lucky will be able to bet the house to benefit the Catholic schoolhouse at St. Peter upcoming Casino Night fundraiser.

Bank Star One hires new operations manager

James L. Smith has joined Bank Star One as the bank’s new assistant vice president and operations manager in Fulton.

Holts Summit forum set Jan. 28 on YMCA plan

A public forum has been scheduled this month in Holts Summit to discuss a plan by the YMCA of Callaway County to build a new YMCA facility in Holts Summit next to the Civic Center.

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Chamber banquet celebrates those who make “world of difference”

A business owner, two volunteer organizers and one high school thespian troupe were honored at the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet Friday for “making a world of difference within our community.”

Lady Hornets edge past Boonville

Freshman guard Sloane Totta’s 14 points led the Lady Hornets as they outlasted the Boonville Lady Pirates 43-40 in the third-place game of the California Tournament on Saturday afternoon.

Friday, January 11

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Volunteer experience changes life of Holts Summit man

Volunteering to help build a school in an impoverished area of the Dominican Republic changed the life of David Bartz of Holts Summit.

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Churchill museum to host Hallmark exhibition

The National Churchill Museum has dug into its archives to put together a new exhibit culled from donations from Hallmark Cards founder Joyce Hall and The Hall Foundation.

Successful bond issue leaves Fulton schools looking at options

Fulton Public Schools have successfully completed all the projects included in the district’s $7.3 million 2010 Bond Issue — and a few more besides.

Flu outbreak continues in Callaway County

Like much of the nation, Callaway County this week experienced an increase outbreak of the flu, a local health official said Thursday.

No. 4 Ladybirds slip up in semifinals

The North Callaway Ladybirds won’t get another shot at a state-ranked showdown against Hermann, which this time would have been with a tournament championship on the line.

Thursday, January 10

IRS delays accepting income tax returns

Jan. 30 is earliest date

Because Congress failed to act on fiscal cliff tax law revisions until early this month, the Internal Revenue Service has announced it won’t accept any federal income tax returns until Jan. 30 and an unspecified later time for more detailed tax returns.

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Fulton school board focuses on tutoring, safety

Like many children his age, Fulton fifth grader Tristan Clay has big dreams.

South Callaway looks into automatic door locks

In an effort to make the school buildings more efficient and secure, the South Callaway School Board is looking into replacing exterior doors and locks with a keyless automated locking system.

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Local organizations sponsor wine tasting for Rwandan school

The first major goal of the Rwanda Community Partnership was to provide Fulton and Callaway County’s sister community of Kibungo with better access to medical care.

Humane Society unveils ‘Beat the Heat’ cat neuter and spay program

With the help of four local vets, careful budgeting and a successful Guardian Angel program, the Callaway County Humane Society will be kicking off its ‘Beat the Heat’ neuter and spay program for the county’s pet, stray and feral cat population.

Riddle to head powerful Rules Committee

During the current session of the Missouri General Assembly that opened Wednesday, Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, will continue to be a legislative leader and will be appointed as chairman of an important committee that considers all legislation introduced.

New Haven cools off T-Birds

MOKANE — Kyle Ruediger and the New Haven Shamrocks were responsible for slowing the North Callaway Thunderbirds’ surge.

Wednesday, January 9

New beer to debut in Central Missouri

A new beer created by Billy Busch, a member of the family that founded the Anheuser Busch brewery in St. Louis, will debut next month in Central Missouri.

Mo. lawmakers open 2013 with plans for tax cuts

The Missouri Legislature convened its 2013 session Wednesday with the largest contingent of Republican lawmakers since the Civil War era pledging to cut taxes for residents and revamp the state’s business incentives to boost the economy.

No action yet on Callaway County EEZ plan

No public hearings have been scheduled on a proposal to create an Enhanced Enterprise Zone (EEZ) that would include much of Fulton and about 20 percent of Callaway County, Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann said Tuesday.

Two injured in separate vehicle crashes

A Fulton woman and a Kingdom City man were injured in recent vehicle accidents.

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Ahead of possible EPA changes, Council tables sewer bond issue

Cost of project could increase ‘majorly’

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Fulton City Council tabled plans to advance its bond issue on the EPA-mandated sewer plant improvements following a meeting last week with officials that revealed the project’s price tag may be more than anticipated.

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CCSO ends AVL deal with GeoComm

Citing nearly two years of unsuccessful attempts at getting the county’s emergency response Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) system fully functioning, Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane said his office was done with its deal with GeoComm at a meeting with GeoComm and county officials in the Callaway County Ambulance District Tuesday.

No. 4 Ladybirds march to victory in first round

The state-ranked North Callaway Ladybirds didn’t need long to remove any possibility of suspense.

Tuesday, January 8

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Boyd and Boyd “Think While You Drink” Relay fundraiser returns Friday

Callaway County will be able to enjoy a night of trivia, food, games and dance while benefiting cancer research Friday.

Westminster internship connecting students, state kicks off

Six Westminster College students will spend the upcoming semester studying in a different kind of institution.

Tebbetts woman publishes thriller novel

Ever since she was a little girl, Jennifer Benton loved writing stories and dreamt of growing up to be an author.

NRC hearing set in Fulton on nuclear permit renewal

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will have an open house on Jan. 17 in Fulton to discuss preliminary results of the agency’s review of a Ameren Missouri’s request to renew its nuclear reactor permit at the Callaway Energy Center.

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Fulton man pleads guilty to more bank robberies

Four years ago, law enforcement officers throughout Missouri were seeking an overweight man driving a white minivan who had robbed numerous banks throughout Missouri.

T-Birds best Hermann 62-61 in overtime

North Callaway senior guard Zac Eads scored a career-high 22 points, including the game-winning bucket as the fourth-seeded Thunderbirds bested the No. 5 Hermann Bearcats 62-61 in overtime.

No. 12 Missouri ready for SEC opener

Missouri coach Frank Haith knows a thing or two about playing in different conferences. When the Tigers open up their first season in the Southeastern Conference against Alabama at Mizzou Arena tonight, Haith will be coaching in his third league in three years.

Sunday, January 6

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Post Office replaces shuttle van with limo

Fulton’s downtown patrons can now get a sober ride home in style.

Deputies arrest four after armed home invasion

An armed home invasion in Holts Summit Friday led to the arrest Saturday of four Jefferson City residents for robbery, burglary and armed criminal action.

Traffic to be disrupted during state road work

Traffic will be disrupted the next two weeks on four state roads in Callaway County during culvert replacement work by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

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Mexico man arrested in Fulton for sixth DWI

Fulton Police arrested a Mexico, Mo., man for driving while intoxicated who was traveling in the wrong direction on U.S. 54 in Fulton early Saturday.

No. 18 Lady Owls move win streak to seven

Junior guard Priscila Santos delivered a game-high 23 points Saturday afternoon to help fuel the No. 18 William Woods University Lady Owls to a 68-57 AMC victory over Harris-Stowe State University. William Woods — which took a 28-20 advantage into halftime at Anderson Arena — pushed its winning streak to seven games. The Lady Owls are now 11-1 overall and 2-0 in the American Midwest Conference.

T-Birds upend Bulldogs behind third-quarter run

KINGDOM CITY — South Callaway head coach Tony Brandt decided to tweak the defensive approach for the Bulldogs as they opened the second half against the rival North Callaway Thunderbirds on Friday night.

Saturday, January 5

New year marks end of Ninth District

Since the Civil War, Callaway County has been a part of Missouri’s Ninth Congressional District. But that district no longer exists and now slips into Missouri’s history.

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Rep. Luetkemeyer now serves new district

The start of the 2013 session of Congress last Thursday marked the official end of the Ninth Congressional District and it created 400,000 new constituents for Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth.

Friday, January 4

Ambulance, sheriff ‘not quite there yet’ with Geo-Comm

Seven months after issuing an ultimatum to Geo-Comm regarding the functionality of its automated vehicle location system (AVL) in Callaway County, local officials say they are not quite ready to give up on the company despite having blown through several deadlines.

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Chamber banquet to celebrate international community, new director

The Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet meeting will begin 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 with a cocktail reception in Tucker Dining Hall at William Woods University. Dinner will be served at 6:30.

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Fulton man named winner of animal shelter raffle

Chooses to have parents’ home painted

A local man who won a raffle fundraiser for the New Fulton Animal Shelter Initiative is choosing to make a gift of his prize.

No. 5 Ladybirds topple No. 2 Hermann

KINGDOM CITY — The North Callaway Ladybirds had a full two weeks of vacation to think about their lost opportunity.

Dawson, Hornets ditch losing streak

BOWLING GREEN — Ricky Dawson served up a stirring finish to stamp out the Fulton Hornets’ six-game slide.

Thursday, January 3

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YMCA to host annual fitness challenge

Goals to lose weight, eat better and live healthier are common themes for New Year’s resolutions, and the YMCA of Callaway County once again is offering a little incentive to help area residents make those resolutions stick.

Four men injured in pickup accidents

Four men were injured seriously in two recent one-vehicle pickup truck accidents in Callaway County.

New Callaway Connector hearing set

New road would connect U.S. 54 with nuclear plant

The Missouri Department of Transportation will have a public hearing on Jan. 15 in Fulton on a proposed new $32.8 million state road between the Ameren Missouri nuclear plant facility and U.S. 54.

First community seed exchange planned in Fulton

Gardeners looking to add some variety to their gardens, make new green-thumbed friends and learn about indoor growing or seed saving techniques will soon have a chance to do so.

Wednesday, January 2

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Callaway Bank names new officer

The Callaway Bank of Fulton has named Jeff Jones as senior vice president and chief communications officer.

Fulton schools to host bullying, school safety expert

Bullying has always been an issue in schools, but with the onset of social media, the problem has escalated in recent years.

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Holts Summit veterinarian honored

Known for work in training dogs

Dr. Mar Doering, a Holts Summit veterinarian who also is regarded as an expert in training dogs with behavior problems, has been inducted into the Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation’s Veterinary Honor Roll.

Lady Owls take two at Cougars vs. Cancer Classic

No. 18 William Woods ran its winning-streak to five games with a 66-57 victory over the AIB College of Business at the Cougars vs. Cancer Classic on Sunday at Columbia College.