Stories for July 2013


Wednesday, July 31

Nixon visits Fulton, lobbies to retain veto

Governor threatens to cut funds to rebuild Biggs Forensic Center

Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday toured the Biggs Forensic Center in Fulton and declared he was freezing $11 million in planning money to rebuild the center.

Wanted: Top dog

Humane Society’s canine mayor fundraiser returns

The Callaway County Humane Society is on the hunt for a new top dog.

Cub Scout Pack 50 branches out with spaghetti fundraiser

Proceeds from dinner will provide more opportunities for young scouts

One of Callaway County’s longest-running Cub Scout packs wants to feed the community something a little more substantial than popcorn.

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That’s mule like it

Callaway fair’s mule show continues tradition

The board of the Kingdom of Callaway County Fair has made a concertive effort over the past several years to bring a more old-fashioned, family feel to the fair. Part of those efforts included the return several years ago of the mule show, which event organizer Hershel Linnenbringer said keeps an important piece of Callaway County culture going.

Tuesday, July 30

Nixon cites Fulton hospital in defending tax cut veto

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says there would be no money for a new state mental health facility if lawmakers override his veto of tax cuts.

Electric arc cause of nuclear plant fire

Blaze not near reactor

The brief Friday night fire at the Callaway Energy Center was caused by an electrical arc along the main power conduit from the power-generating turbine leading to electrical distribution power lines, a plant engineer said Monday.

After lifetime of playing, Fulton church to honor longtime organist

Fulton Church of Christ to host reception for Audrey Lammers Sunday

For more than two-thirds of a century, Audrey Lammers of Fulton has been playing the organ for church services at Fulton United Church of Christ.

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Callaway home damaged in fire

Owner receives minor burns

A home in the 100 block of Maple Street was damaged by a fire Sunday afternoon, causing serious damage to the building and minor burns to its occupant.

Sunday, July 28

‘Fab’ulous classroom

Fulton school wins grant to build first fabrication lab in state

Thanks to a $250,000 grant from Internet services provider MOREnet, Fulton High School will be the first school in the state to have its own fabrication lab.

Fulton man arrested for burglary, possession

A Fulton man faces several charges after being apprehended during an attempted burglary early Saturday morning.

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Calling it quits

Callaway County’s top criminal investigator set to retire

After 30 years of chasing criminals, Lt. Tim Osburn, chief of detectives at the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office, has decided to retire on July 31.

Saturday, July 27

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Fire shuts down Callaway nuclear plant, no danger to public after Friday night incident

The Callaway Energy Center is temporarily out of service as part of safety protocols and procedures following a small fire Friday night, according to a press release from Ameren Misosuri electric company.

Friday, July 26

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Fire in Kingdom City results in one death

A 48-year-old man is dead following a fire in a former Kingdom City towing company last night.

Keeping students in the classroom

Fulton school district seeks to be more proactive with attendance, could affect funding under new state law

With a new state law requiring every child to attend school 90 percent of the time, Fulton Public Schools administrators are taking a look at how they implement their attendance policies.

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County employees volunteer for emergency AED training

A dozen Callaway County Courthouse employees volunteered to receive training Thursday on how to use a new automated external defibrillator (AED) device during medical emergencies to help revive people whose heart has stopped beating.

County completes tax assessment appeals

Board hears complaints from 15 county residents

The Callaway County Board of Equalization this week wrapped up its hearings of people appealing county tax assessments on their property.

FSH invites public to be Trauma Informed

State Hospital hosts seminar on trauma, care for those who live with it

It’s been seven years since Fulton State Hospital partnered with the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care to improve the way it helps clients living with traumatic experience.

Thursday, July 25

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Fulton educator a finalist for presidential award

Science teacher Robertson noted for ability to engage students in active learning

Fulton High School science teacher Carol Robertson has been named one of four state finalists in her subject area for the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Fulton police arrest man for burglary, synthetic drug possession

Brandon S. Vanstory, 28, Fulton, is in Callaway County Jail after he was arrested Tuesday by Fulton Police for burglarizing a local business.

Fulton Rotary seeks nominations for law enforcement award

Nominations for the annual Fulton Rotary Club’s law enforcement officer award are now being accepted.

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Fulton park crews remove unsafe playground equipment

Workmen began dismantling playground equipment in Fulton’s Veterans Park after much of the play area was deemed unsafe. The Fulton City Council voted Tuesday to immediately close the Kiddy Corral, or “orange park.”

Wednesday, July 24

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Fulton Council shuts down unsafe playground equipment

Effective immediately, Veterans Park playground closes with multiple safety violations

In a 4-3 split, the Fulton City Council voted to immediately close a section of playground equipment with multiple safety violations.

Fulton woman re-appointed to state social workers agency

Terri R. Marty of Fulton was re-appointed Tuesday by Gov. Jay Nixon to the State Committee for Social Workers.

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Sign erected at Public Defender’s Office in Fulton

The Callaway County Commission has teamed up with the State Public Defender’s Office to buy a new four by eight-foot sign erected in front of the County Office Building at 2800 Cardinal Drive in Fulton.

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Annual tractor drive to commemorate Flood of ‘93

Route to pass through Cedar City, Tebbetts, flood plains

This year, one of the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society’s biggest fundraisers will also be commemorating a historic event.

Fulton man charged with statutory rape

Jerry Lee Bailey, 22, Fulton, has been arrested and charged with second-degree statutory rape. commenting system changes enable easier sharing

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Tuesday, July 23

Callaway County man arrested for brandishing sword at relatives

Another Callaway County resident has been arrested for threatening family members while brandishing a sword.

Holts Summit water tower painting to be completed at end of next month

Work on sandblasting and painting of the Callaway County Water District No. 1 tower in Holts Summit is expected to be completed by Aug. 31.

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2013 County Fair returns to its roots

Board lowers gate prices, offers events and bands for an “old fashioned” fair

After years of higher gate prices, new events, flashy musical guests and dwindling attendance, the 2013 Kingdom of Callaway County Fair hopes to make a return to old form and simpler times.

Holts Summit man pleads guilty to triple homicides

Avoids death penalty, receives four life-terms

Joshua W. Maylee, 26, Holts Summit, will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty Monday to three counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree assault for an attempted murder.

Utility Board to recommend council consider utility abatements

Credits would provide temporary rebates on bills for new businesses, resident employees

The Utility Board voted unanimously to request the Fulton City Council approve a utility credit incentive what would provide temporary savings on utility bills for new or existing businesses adding full-time jobs to the local economy, as well as their high-paid employees on residential bills.

Monday, July 22

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Maylee pleads guilty, sentenced to life in prison

Judge Kevin Crane ordered Maylee to serve four life sentences after a court appearance this morning.

Sunday, July 21

Fourth man arrested on ATV theft charges

A fourth man has been arrested and a juvenile is in custody as part of a string of all-terrain vehicle thefts reported recently to the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

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Despite weather, Frogs and Hogs proves draw

Hundreds come out for bike show, to support vets at annual festival

Heat and high water couldn’t keep motorcycle and classic car enthusiasts, frog leg connoisseurs and supporters of U.S. troops from turning out in droves for the eighth annual Frogs and Hogs Festival.

Volunteers wanted for Churchill Museum outreach program

The National Churchill Museum hopes to expand its programming to include area schools and organizations, but it needs help.

Lavy realizes ‘dream’, signs with Missouri

Former North Callaway baseball standout will transfer, has three years of eligibility

Zach Lavy had signed a letter of intent. He’d talked to his coaches. He’d even turned away interest from mid-major college baseball programs like Southeast Missouri State and Bradley University. In his mind, Lavy would be returning to the Jefferson College Vikings for his sophomore season.

Friday, July 19

Governor’s withholding to cost $50,000 in lost school aid to New Bloomfield school

The New Bloomfield R-3 School District’s share of the $400 million in appropriated state spending withheld by Gov. Jay Nixon is about $50,000, the district’s Board of Education was told Thursday night.

3 Callaway Co. men arrested for ATV thefts

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office arrested three adult teens this week, accusing them of stealing all-terrain vehicles.

Health department to continue offering free vaccine

After lower-than-expected turnouts at a series of recent clinics, the Callaway County Health Department will continue to offer the free pertussis vaccine over the next month, with hopes of carrying on past the start of the school year at the end of August.

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Farmers told to be alert for ergot in pastures

No cattle fatalities in Callaway from fungus

Although there have been no ergot-related cattle deaths reported in Callaway County, experts with University of Missouri Extension are warning area farmers to keep an eye out for the fungus.

Miller resigns as Callaway Y director

Longtime executive director moves up to CEO of statewide YMCA advocacy group, leave local organization in good shape

After seven years as the YMCA of Callaway County’s executive director, Patricia Miller has resigned after accepting a position as CEO of the Missouri State Alliance.

Thursday, July 18

Callaway County eyes road project northeast of Millersburg

In addition to building a new bridge over Middle River, Callaway County also is considering improvements along County Road 230 using all county funds.

Fulton has places to chill as temps climb

Temperatures continue to soar in mid-Missouri, and some area residents need places to go to beat the heat.

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Callaway seeks Middle River bridge replacement, awaits MoDOT OK

New Bloomfield firm bids lowest on new bridge in southern part of county

A New Bloomfield firm was the low bidder on a new bridge to be built over Middle River about 12 miles south of Fulton along County Road 435.

Woodmen to host free family fun day

Local chapter seeks to increase profile

“Play games. Eat some food. Have fun. Make new friends.”

Wednesday, July 17

Rubber ducky, there will be one

Callaway County Humane Society to host ‘Great American Rubber Ducky Race’

Animal lovers are encouraged to flock to Stinson Creek on Saturday, Aug. 10 ,to catch the Callaway County Humane Society’s inaugural “Great American Rubber Ducky Race.”

Ambulance Board considers cyber insurance

With frequent reports of hackers gaining access to confidential data — including regional grocery chain Schnucks in recent months — the Callaway County Ambulance District is considering options to protect itself in case its systems were to be hacked.

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In the Kingdom

Students dance for joy Tuesday in Central Christian Church’s sanctuary, which had been transformed into a royal courtyard for its vacation Bible school, “Kingdom Rock.” The biblical fun continues today and Thursday at the church, located just outside of Fulton.

Callaway hears appeals of tax assessments

Members of the Callaway County Board of Equalization will meet this week and possibly next week to hear tax assessment appeals from Callaway County property owners.

Tuesday, July 16

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Masters give novices a taste of gardening

Extension group sponsors planting activity at youth expo

The Callaway County Master Gardeners had a prime opportunity to capture the interest of a new generation of horticulturists Friday afternoon.

Two injured in weekend accidents

Woman hurt in cycle wreck

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

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Masters give novices a taste of gardening

Extension group sponsor planting activity at youth expo

The Callaway County Master Gardeners had a prime opportunity to capture the interest of a new generation of horticulturists Friday afternoon.

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Fulton council to discuss budget at next meeting

Council members heard from department heads on various needs at retreat

With multiple departments making requests from a limited general fund, the Fulton City Council will be weighing several needs when considering next year’s budget at its July 23 meeting.

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Hopefest attracts big crowd

More than 1,000 people gathered Saturday at the Victory Fellowship Church near Fulton for Hopefest, an event to raise money to finance large donations of food and other aid to the impoverished Central American nation of Haiti.

Chronic DWI offender arrested

Larry D. Threlkeld, 40, Auxvasse, is in Callaway County Jail after he was arrested Sunday by Fulton Police as a chronic offender of driving while intoxicated.

Sunday, July 14

Callaway Youth Expo termed ‘big success’

Moving the 4-H and FFA competition away from the Callaway County Fair and holding the first Callaway Youth Expo at the Auxvasse Lions Club Park was a big success, organizers said Saturday on the last day of the event.

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Six-year-old wins top honors in Beef Show at Youth Expo

Six-year-old Gage Baker, son of Rhad and Leah Baker of Fulton, won top honors Saturday in the 4-H and FFA Breeding Beef Show at the Callaway Youth Expo in Auxvasse.

Planning continues for public works facility in Fulton

City Engineer keeps council informed at retreat

During its annual informational retreat Friday at the Fulton Police Department, the city council received an update on plans to construct a public works facility — which would include a new city warehouse — near Westminster Avenue and 13th Street.

Saturday, July 13

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Zimmerman cleared in shooting of Trayvon Martin (VIDEO)

Neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

Friday, July 12

Woman pleads guilty to embezzling in Fulton

A Columbia woman admits that she conducted a mortgage fraud and embezzlement scheme that cost a Fulton business more than a half million dollars.

New Bloomfield aldermen briefed on street, stormwater improvements

Changes in street resurfacing and stormwater construction projects were approved Thursday night by the Board of Aldermen.

Without Nixon signature, Mo. abortion law passes

Without his signature, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has allowed legislation that will require doctors to be in the room for the initial dose of a drug used in medication abortions.

Fulton Housing Authority earns 90 from HUD maintenance inspections

Marks the authority’s highest score

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development completed their recurring property management inspections of the Fulton Housing Authority on Wednesday, which resulted in the organization’s all-time highest score.

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Callaway Youth Expo off to strong start with agricultural events

Activities continue today, tomorrow at Auxvasse Lions Club Park/Arena

The first Callaway Youth Expo was off to a strong start Thursday, with youth participating in events ranging from livestock shows to playing disaster victims.

Holts Summit man named as area Red Cross board member

Hank Stratman, Holts Summit, a retired U.S. Army major general, has been appointed as a member of the board of directors of the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter, which includes Callaway County and 20 other Central Missouri counties.

Thursday, July 11

Auxvasse fugitive back in prison

An Auxvasse fugitive for about one year is back in state prison after he was arrested by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department.

Liberty Taxi to extend into Fulton

Columbia-based cabs provide services after Ralph’s Taxi does not reapply for license

By the time Westminster College and William Woods University students return in the fall, they’ll be catching rides in a different cab.

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St. Louisians jailed after Mid-Missouri chase

Kyle Hopson of St. Louis celebrated his 20th birthday Wednesday by leading law enforcement officers on a wild chase through Callaway and Boone counties.

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Civil War fundraiser planned Sunday by New Bloomfield Historical Society

The New Bloomfield Area Historical Society will feature Civil War history at its annual fundraiser Sunday evening.

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4-H crowns new royalty to kick off Youth Expo

New twists mark old tradition

Though most of the big events won’t start until today, Callaway County’s inaugural Youth Expo kicked off Wednesday morning with a coronation.

Wednesday, July 10

DNR fines Fulton for landfill violation

City continues searching for source of problem; council approves new taxi service, plans retreat

After a short field trip to the sewer treatment plant and to the old rock barn the city recently purchased from the state, the Fulton City Council returned to chambers Tuesday night to find out the city once again is facing a fine for non-compliance at the city landfill, which currently is under closure.

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Williamsburg couple opens Gray Ghosts Inn

Visitors to Callaway County — particularly those with an interest in Civil War history — have a new place to stay.

Auxvasse resident request prompts discussion on new sidewalk ordinance

A resident concerned with the state of the sidewalk in front of her East Harrison Street home led the city council to discuss creating a new ordinance that would regulate sidewalk repairs made there.

State Historical Society brings book talk to Fulton

A German-born central Missouri settler who went on to serve the state’s legislature during the Civil War, Gert Goebel had a unique perspective on The Show-Me State. Now, that perspective is widely available to English-speaking audiences for the first time.

Tuesday, July 9

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Theft of 'nuclear-grade pipe' reported

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a large amount of nuclear-grade pipe from a Kingdom City business.

Charges dropped in alleged Mo. shooting plot

A 17-year-old boy accused of plotting a school shooting in northeast Missouri is no longer facing charges.

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Friends, colleagues remember local pastor, historian I.C. Holland

95-year-old was living tie to Civil War

Perhaps the last remaining man with living memory of a Civil War veteran, Isham C. Holland passed away in his home July 3.

Holts Summit prepares for sewer expansion work

To start construction on a new sewage treatment plant and expand its sewerage system connections, the city of Holts Summit plans to seek a low-interest loan through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources State Revolving Fund.

Sunday, July 7

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Hot off the grill

Ron Baldwin of the Fulton Breakfast Optimist Club turns meat during the club's fundraiser Saturday on the Auto Zone parking lot in Fulton.

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Holts Summit city employees move to new City Hall building next door

Holts Summit city officials are spending this week settling into spaces provided in a new City Hall building at 213 S. Summit Drive, just north of the previous City Hall at 245 S. Summit Drive.

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Lucky winner

Brice Koelling, right, is the lucky winner of a Chevrolet Camero pace car used in 2010 for the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500.

Saturday, July 6

Accident sends Fulton child to hospital

A Fulton child was taken to the hospital after a car accident Saturday.

Patrol plans increased boating enforcement

Missouri River added to checkpoint efforts

Boaters beware. The Missouri State Highway Patrol this holiday weekend is cracking down in Central Missouri on people operating boats at the Lake of the Ozarks and along the Osage and Missouri rivers while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Eight departments fight Holts Summit fire

Firefighters from eight departments fought a blaze Friday evening at Doolittle Trailer Manufacturing in Holts Summit.

Holts Summit toddler dies after being struck by vehicle

A two-year-old Holts Summit boy, Brennan P. Reynolds, died Friday evening after he was struck by a vehicle.

Friday, July 5

N. Callaway School, MoDOT plan access road

New $1.6 million, 1.3-mile street to improve safety, slated for completion fall 2014

Missouri Department of Transportation officials have unveiled a tentative plan to build a new 1.3-mile access road to the North Callaway High School near Kingdom City.

Callaway Youth Expo kicks off Wednesday

Inaugural event spotlights youth in rural, other activities

Organizers of Callaway County’s first Youth Expo hope to start with a bang next week at the Auxvasse Lions Club Park and Arena.

Thursday, July 4

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Independence Day parade returns bigger and better

Parade committee enthusiastic about parade’s present and future

When Fulton’s second-annual Independence Day Parade kicked off at 11 a.m. Thursday from the Fulton Country Club, Parade Committee co-chairs David Beaver and Tom Maupin already knew it was a big success.

Wednesday, July 3

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Hope-Fest returns to Victory Fellowship July 13

Annual motorcycle parade and event sends food, aid to Haiti

For the second year in a row, Victory Fellowship Church in Fulton hopes to team with Global Compassion Ministries to send hope — and more than 20,000 meals — to Haiti.

Holts Summit to move to new City Hall

City Hall to be closed from July 4 to July 8

The Holts Summit City Hall will close at 5 p.m. today and not reopen until Monday morning at 8 a.m. at a new location nearby at 213 S. Summit Drive.

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American bald eagle visits Fulton

With American Independence Day just around the corner, an American bald eagle decided to visit Fulton Monday evening in the backyard of Eric and Karen Truman.

Tuesday, July 2

Capital murder trial delayed another year

Father, daughter slain in Auxvasse-area robbery in 2011

The capital murder trial of a Sept. 1, 2011, double homicide of two rural Auxvasse residents is not likely to start for another year, Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wilson said Monday.

Mokane council discusses mosquitos, water system

The city of Mokane has seen an influx of mosquitos following river flooding, and might have to hold out until the Mokane AmVets’ annual Frogs and Hogs Festival for some relief.

Westminster professor elected to academic national council

David Jones, professor of psychology and associate dean of faculty at Westminster College, has been elected to the National Council of the Alpha Chi academic honorary society.

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Ties strengthen between Fulton, Rwanda

Team returns from annual Community Partnership project as second health clinic nears completion

For a group of nine volunteers representing Fulton, Callaway County and Humanity for Children, a trip to Fulton’s sister city took them halfway around the world.

Monday, July 1

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Tee time for Kingdom Chamber

The Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce hosted a golf tournament fundraiser at Tanglewood Golf Course in Fulton on Friday. Photos and results appeared in the Sunday, June 30, edition of the Fulton Sun.