Stories for June 2013


Sunday, June 30

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Fulton friends, family, coworkers recall legacy John Harris leaves in wake of his death

“When you rely on a community to keep your doors open, you owe them. You must give back.” —John C. Harris. According to Debbie LaRue, vice president and director of marketing/public relations for The Callaway Bank, that was a lesson Harris lived by and tried to instill in others, the proof being the repetition of that quote — almost verbatim — by almost everyone else the Fulton Sun spoke with about the unassuming pillar of the Fulton community, who died Thursday at the age of 96. “Like a lot of other people have, (John) believed if you’re going to make a living from a community, you’ve got to give back to it,” his brother, O.T. Harris said.

Fulton co. steps up to provide trash for fair

The Fulton City Council no longer has to debate whether the city should provide trash service to the Kingdom of Callaway County Fair this year.

Local housing resources balance demand, sequester

The agencies providing rent assistance vouchers to low-income families in Callaway County haven’t had to cut services due to the federal budget sequester — yet. But both agencies here that provide Section 8 vouchers continue to serve a major need for assistance in keeping a roof over local families’ heads.

Friday, June 28

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Nixon withholds nearly $401 million from state budget

State employees may not see their $500 pay raise next January, and another 1,000 jobs could be cut from the state's payroll if lawmakers override the governor's veto of a tax-cut bill.

New center brings pre-k to one place

North Callaway consolidates early childhood programs

North Callaway R-I Assistant Superintendent Sandy Haskins has long dreamed of having a day care option to help attract more educators to the district.

Capturing Callaway: Historical Society launches Oral History project

The Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society and Museum is turning to the people of Callaway County to help it preserve the county’s oral history for posterity.

Holts Summit man charged with stealing from businesses

A Holts Summit man is charged with stealing from several Jefferson City businesses by opening a checking account and writing more than $3,600 of checks with no money in the account.

Thursday, June 27

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Fulton banker, civic leader John Harris dies

The Fulton community lost a longtime supporter Thursday. Community banker, activist and philanthropist John C. Harris died Thursday morning at the age of 96.

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Fulton residents weed Carver Park sign, plant flowers

The weeds had overgrown the sign that bid visitors welcome to Carver Park, and three Fulton residents had enough.

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SERVE seeks vendors for back-to-school fair

More than 650 Callaway County children started the 2012-13 school year fully armed with supplies thanks to SERVE’s first Back to School Fair.

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College For Kids cools off on hot day in Fulton

The 25th annual College for Kids is in full swing at William Woods University. This week, about 100 high-IQ fifth and sixth graders in the top 5 percent of their classes are flooding the campus for a series of fun and educational programs designed to help them learn, develop creativity and reach their full potential. Of course, not everything is strictly educational: College for Kids returned to the Westminster Avenue Fulton Fire Station for its annual ice cream fight and subsequent hose down. Fulton resident Sue Craghead, Director of College for Kids, said she thanked the fire department for their help in providing another fun activity for the students.

Post 210 comes up short in 9-5 loss to Jefferson City

Fulton Post 210 had its chances, but couldn’t capitalize. Then again, the American Legion team didn’t help itself out by helping out its opponent, Jefferson City Post 5.

Wednesday, June 26

Man pleads guilty in mid-MO double fatal car crash

A St. Louis man whose vehicle hit and killed two men along Interstate 70 near Columbia has pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Friends of CCHS holds logo creation contest

Newly formed group raises funds for humane society

The Friends of the Callaway County Humane Society want you to design its logo.

Fulton council debates providing trash service for county fair

Issue to be decided at July 9 meeting

The Callaway County Fair Board has requested the city of Fulton to help provide trash service during the week of the fair July 29-Aug. 3.

Auxvasse aldermen review city audit

The city of Auxvasse’s audit report took up the majority of a brief council meeting Tuesday.

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Independence Day parade to feature WWII vets

Committee seeking veterans to participate

Showing appreciation for freedom and the sacrifices it takes to achieve it will be the focus of this year’s Independence Day Parade in Fulton.

Tuesday, June 25

Storm causes fire in Summit Villa Lifecare

None hurt in assisted living home blaze, flames contained to attic

Another round of severe weather swept through Callaway County Sunday afternoon, this time causing a small fire in a Holts Summit assisted living home.

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Street Fair looks at record attendance, co-chairs look back at last term on Fair Board

The dust has settled, the bricks are cleaned off, the carnival has packed up and traffic on Court Street has returned to normal; for most of Fulton, the week after the Street Fair means it’s back to the grind.

Westminster basketball player shot to death

Westminster College men’s basketball coach Matt Mitchell used the words “upbeat” and “passionate” to describe Tony Woods. Woods — a redshirt sophomore point guard with the Blue Jays — was shot to death early Saturday morning in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn.

Monday, June 24

Miller County prosecutor files murder, other charges

Miller County Prosecutor Matt Howard filed a murder charge Sunday against an Iberia man whose home address is the same as the home where Macala Shelton, 13, last was seen Friday night.

Sunday, June 23

New Bloomfield man arrested for unlawful possession of weapon, driving while revoked

A New Bloomfield man is in custody after Callaway County Sheriff’s Deputies observed him driving on a revoked license and found him to be illegally in possession of a weapon Friday.

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Downtown heats up for the Fulton Street Fair

Downtown was buzzing with activity Saturday with the 10th annual Fulton Street Fair featuring a fun run, Kiddie Corral, vendors, live music, Miss Callaway Pageant, a washers tournament and much more. Pick up the Sunday edition to see more photos and event results.

SERVE in search of sparkles

SERVE, Inc.’s Team RSVP is on the hunt for treasure.

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Annual festival committee looks to new volunteers for future of event

It takes a small army of people to pull off the Fulton Street Fair and make it a success each year.

Friday, June 21

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Fulton Street Fair kicks off today

It’s time, once again, for Callaway County residents to “Hit the Bricks.”

North Callaway approves balanced budget for 2014

The North Callaway School Board approved its Fiscal Year 2014 budget with an $18,351 surplus during its regular meeting Thursday night.

New Bloomfield schools adjusts non-certified salary schedule

Adjustments make annual raises fair among all staff

Some New Bloomfield educators and staff have good news to look forward to on their paychecks in the coming school year.

Thursday, June 20

New headliner booked for Street Fair

Patrons to hear the Pheasant Pluckers, Kansas City-based bluegrass act

The show will go on Saturday night at the Fulton Street Fair.

Luck of the drop

Mule "Bingo" draws attention

The latest addition to the string of mule-related events at the Fulton Street Fair does not debut until Friday, but it already can be deemed a success.

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Ambulance calls reaching peak

The Callaway County Ambulance District is on track to have another record year for call volume.

Amateur Radio Field Day returns to Callaway Community Hospital

Event allows public to learn about ham radio, operators to simulate disaster operations

Amateur radio practitioners, enthusiasts and aficionados will have a chance to meet yet again at this year’s Ham Radio Field Day.

Wednesday, June 19

Ambulance board approves server replacement

Leaves options for further upgrades open

With an eye toward making further technological upgrades in the future — possibly sooner rather than later — the Callaway County Ambulance District Board of Directors voted Tuesday to purchase a new server for storing patient records at a cost of $15,151.

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Preparing to race

Glenn Harris, commercial lender, and Nicole Elliott, marketing assistant of The Callaway Bank, build a special storage crate for the bank's mule in preparation for Friday's Callaway Cup Derby at the Fulton Street Fair.

Callaway County Health Dept to host series of free pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine clinics

Thanks to a program through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Center for Disease Control, Callaway County parents will be better able to prevent their infants and children from contracting whooping cough (pertussis).

Fulton Street Fair makes band change

Headliner Ben Miller Band pulls from Street Fair to tour with ZZ Top

The Ben Miller Band, originally scheduled to headline Saturday night’s The Callaway Bank stage at Fifth Street, has pulled from the Street Fair after being asked to continue touring with famous Southern rock band ZZ Top.

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400 tickets still up for grabs on Indy 500 pace car

Raffle proceeds to benefit downtown theater restoration

With just 200 tickets sold weeks before the raffle is slated to be drawn, Fulton residents interested in owning a new muscle car and helping restore the downtown theater still have a chance to be “1 in 600.”

Tuesday, June 18

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Well Read hosts local art raffle to benefit Humane Society

Well Read Books and six local artists are hoping to give the Callaway County Humane Society a boost this year.

Auxvasse farm to host speed dating event with organic twist

“Weed Dating” hopes to unite singles with earthy interests June 30

An organic farm near Auxvasse will soon play host to what might be Callaway County’s most unique group date.

Sunday, June 16

Farmers market debuts in Holts Summit on Saturday

The first farmers market in Holts Summit will debut at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hibernia Park, next to the Holts Summit City Hall on South Summit Drive.

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EIA breakout in Nebraska prompts concern of Missouri horse owners

A breakout of 12 cases of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Nebraska has caused concern of Missouri owners of horses, mules and donkeys.

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Every time — including the 3rd — a charm for Fulton lottery player

Local woman claims $40,000 for Powerball win, sums more than $93K in 10 years

Caroline Lamons-Trowbridge of Fulton this month won $40,000 by picking numbers in the June 5 Missouri Lottery Powerball game.

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Owner: New vehicles arrive soon at Miller Chrysler

Although the lot in front of his business has no new vehicles now, the situation will change soon, says Dave Miller, owner of Miller Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Fulton.

Callaway to host emergency responder softball tourney

Proceeds to benefit county United Way

On June 29, some of Callaway County’s first responders aim to take a break for an evening and put on a show.

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Paradise Pets to close after eight years

Fulton’s only pet store served as educational resource on reptiles

For nearly a decade, Tom and Racheal McDowell have provided Fulton with pets and information on reptiles.

Legion team creates alternative for players

Post 210 squad both competitive, convenient

Competitive summer baseball is an expensive venture. Tim Echelmeier, an assistant coach for the Fulton Hornets high school team and a father of two ballplayers, can attest. “The problem is that in high school, if (players) want to play good competition, they feel like they have to play for a club team or a prospect team and those can be pretty expensive,” Echelmeier said last week.

Horstmeier, Murphy named all state by Missouri coaches

Fulton junior Dalton Horstmeier and recent North Callaway graduate Justin Murphy were both first-team choices on their respective all-state teams selected by the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association.

Friday, June 14

City to replace motor in oxidation ditch by Wednesday

The culprit in the case of a foul odor many residents in Fulton have noticed Friday has been identified.

Street improvements move ahead in New Bloomfield

Aldermen also approve park improvements, rate hikes for pavilion use and residential trash service

The New Bloomfield Board of Aldermen received a progress report Thursday night on street improvements throughout the city financed by a $365,000 general obligation bond issue approved last year.

Auxvasse residents to see base water rate increase $3

Increases not as severe as initially considered

Auxvasse utility customers will see an increase to their water rates — but not as much as was initially projected.

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Accident closes F overpass

The Route F overpass crossing U.S. Highway 54 was closed temporarily around 6 p.m. Thursday after the east-bound lane was blocked by a two-vehicle accident between an older Ford pickup and a 2000s GMC 1500.

American Pickers to visit Callaway

Reality show sends crews to find, buy hidden treasures from collectors

“American Pickers,” the popular History Channel show that sends Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz across the Midwest in search of collectibles and antiques, and are looking for sources in Callaway County.

Workforce Investment Act programming to transfer from CMCA to northeast Missouri-based Gamm, Incorporated

Program helps build skills, find employment for workers in Callaway, surrounding counties

A federal program designed to partner adults, displaced workers and youth with employers in Callaway County and mid-Missouri will change hands from the local Central Missouri Community Action to northeast Missouri-based Gamm, Incorporated in July.

Thursday, June 13

South Callaway schools to issue iPads to students this fall semester

Parents must pay for lost, damaged iPads or buy insurance

The R-2 South Callaway School District Board of Education was briefed Wednesday night on the role of parents in replacing lost or damaged iPads. With the start of the 2013-14 school year in August, all students in the district will be issued iPads.

MoDOT tests high- friction road surface

The Missouri Department of Transportation plans to test a new pavement treatment in Central Missouri designed to make state highways safer.

Callaway deputies arrest man several days after chase

A Tebbetts man is behind bars on drug and traffic charges.

Engineer from Fulton considers teaching career

Professionals bring knowledge to classroom, opportunity in online certification

About 12 years ago Kristen Fortman of Fulton was working as a mechanical engineer with Heizer Aerospace Inc., a Missouri-based aerospace firm located in Jefferson County near St. Louis.

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From farm to table in Callaway

Wet weather slows produce, vendors expect to flourish soon in Fulton Farmers Markets

When it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables in Callaway County this year, it seems to be feast or famine.

Fulton man faces charges threatening to burn family

Charges were filed Tuesday against a Fulton man accused of threatening to kill his ex-wife at a Fulton residence in March.

Fulton Schools to drop MO Option

Switch to credit recovery program prompted by changes to high school equivalency test

With the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s announcement that it is replacing the GED with a new high school equivalency test starting in 2014, Fulton High School Principal Jason Whitt and teacher Jessica Geldner announced some changes coming to the district’s student improvement strategies during Wednesday night’s school board meeting.

‘Chalkboards to Smartboards’ Tuesday

Forum for New Bloomfield school patrons targets non-parents June 18

A New Bloomfield School District Board of Education forum targeting residents of the district who don’t have children attending the district is planned next week.

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Sparse grass frustrates Fulton

Grass, outflow keep Fulton landfill from DNR endorsement of closure

The Fulton Landfill stopped accepting trash in May 2011, but as far as the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is concerned, it still is not officially closed.

Post 210 piles up 21 hits, breezes past St. Charles

The Fulton Post 210 American Legion baseball team hit early, often and effectively. Post 210 scored at least two runs apiece in five innings, including seven in the fifth, on its way to a 15-1, seven-inning win over St. Charles Post 312 on Wednesday night at the Fulton High School athletic complex.

Wednesday, June 12

Fulton police parade support could cost

Council considers charge for services to offset overtime pay, currently footed out of city coffers

Organizers of parades, road races and other events in Fulton that require support from law enforcement may soon have to add a new line item to their budgets.

Fulton schools offer online registration

New parents need to enroll in person

With an eye toward streamlining data and making the school enrollment process easier for parents, Fulton Public Schools is now implementing a new online registration program.

Fulton PD arrests DWI offender

Fulton Police Monday night arrested Gregory Alan Billstein, 48, Columbia, as a chronic offender of driving while intoxicated for the second time in three days.

Tuesday, June 11

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Arson suspected in county house fire

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office says a fire that destroyed an unoccupied residence and outbuilding in the 4500 block of County Road 217 is a case of “apparent arson fire.”

MoDOT to test high friction road surface

Innovation designed to make roads safer

The Missouri Department of Transportation will test a new pavement treatment designed to make state highways safer.

Three injured in weekend accidents

Three people were injured in weekend accidents in Callaway County.

Fulton man pleads guilty to federal drug charges

Jason Randall Holloway, 33, Fulton, pleaded guilty Monday in federal district court in Jefferson City to federal drug trafficking charges in Callaway, Boone and Cooper counties.

CASA added as United Way agency for 2014

Agency helps provide mentors, advocates for children in foster system

The Callaway County United Way has announced it will be partnering with a new agency for the 2014 funding year.

Monday, June 10

Auditor slams DESE, Social Services for early childhood funds

State Auditor Tom Schweich rated as “poor” the work Missouri’s departments of Social Services and Elementary and Secondary Education have been doing in supervising early childhood development and education programs.

Sunday, June 9

New bridge planned on County Road 435

In about two months the Callaway County Commission plans to ask for bids on a new bridge along County Road 435 at Middle River.

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Civil Air Patrol seeks volunteers for Cadet Program, other roles

The Central Missouri Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol had an open house Saturday at Elton Hensley Memorial Airport for its Cadet Program, an Air Force auxiliary program designed to impart leadership and a love of aviation in youth.

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Roping in new members

Callaway-based Spirit Riders host Fulton event, promotes good character

When Sue Crane was riding her horse as a teenager she made a promise to God she would pass the sense of peace and empowerment it brought her onto other children who otherwise might never have the chance.

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Fishing in memory

The Fulton Parks and Recreation department stocked Veterans Park Lake with plenty of bluegill hybrids and catfish Friday night, and by Saturday morning they were biting in full force for the eighth annual Capt. Alan Leake Memorial Kids Fishing Tournament.

Friday, June 7

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Fulton Soup Kitchen sees need more than triple in two years

On track for same number of meals for 2013, private and group donations keep pantry stocked

Their dining room is open only one hour a day, four days a week, but the Fulton Soup Kitchen might be the most popular eatery in Callaway County.

Thursday, June 6

Kingdom City emergency siren disabled

Officials uncertain when will be fixed

Residents of the Kingdom City area once again will be without advance warning of severe weather for the foreseeable future.

Callaway Humane Society develops new separate fundraising organization

For a group dedicating to helping Callaway County’s homeless, abused and neglected animals; the Callaway County Humane Society spent an awful lot of time worrying about funding.

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Callaway County employees volunteer to plant flowers

South side of courthouse spruced up by volunteers

County employees volunteered to clean up and plant flowers on the south side of the Callaway County Courthouse on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday, June 5

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Rain damage closes Callaway roads

Crews expect road near Williamsburg to be closed a week for repairs, another road also needs work

Callaway County Road and Bridge crews were busy Tuesday replacing culverts on two Callaway County roads that were washed out by recent heavy rainfall.

Portland to gather Saturday

A Portland community tradition continues Saturday with the 29th annual Portland Day celebration.

Westminster names Lowry programs director

Dianne Lowry, former development and foundation manager for St. Mary’s Health Center in Jefferson City, is the new director of annual programs at Westminster College in Fulton.

Rain damage closes Callaway roads

Crews expect road near Williamsburg to be closed a week for repairs, another road also needs work

Callaway County Road and Bridge crews were busy Tuesday replacing culverts on two Callaway County roads that were washed out by recent heavy rainfall.

Tuesday, June 4

Fulton continues waiting game on sewer improvements with revised plan

City to seek voter support for bond to fund upgrades

City of Fulton officials once again are waiting on approval from the Environmental Potection Agency as to whether they can start taking steps toward making government-mandated improvements at the city’s wastewater treatment plant; this time with a new plan.

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Forsythes to serve as honorary chairs of United Way campaign

Westminster College President Barney Forsythe and his wife Jane have volunteered to serve as honorary campaign chairs for the 2013-2014 Callaway County United Way fundraising campaign.

Online teacher certification plan to be discussed today at Fulton City Hall

College graduates who might want to obtain Missouri certification as a school teacher will have an opportunity today to learn how that certification can be obtained through online courses.

Sunday, June 2

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Flash floods hit Fulton on Friday

Roundabout, several streets closed for two-hour period

Flash flooding forced closure of numerous streets in Fulton on Friday morning, including the roundabout along Business 54 and 2nd Street.

Flooding predicted on Missouri River

After almost four inches of rain hit the Fulton area Friday, the National Weather Service on Saturday increased its forecast from moderate to severe flooding along the Missouri River, which serves as Callaway County’s southern boundary.

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Relay for Life exceeds $35,000 goal

Heavy rains Friday forced the transfer of the annual Callaway County Relay for Life to benefit cancer research from the rain-soaked Missouri School for the Deaf track to the YMCA of Callaway County.