Sunday, March 31
The Human Rights Commission of Fulton is organizing a poster contest to reach out to Fulton’s youth for Fair Housing Month in April.
Dan Diedriech has returned to Fulton to serve as the new vice president of advancement at William Woods University.
In Tuesday’s election, Callaway County Clerk Hubbard said there will be no election at some Callaway County polling places because no issues are to be decided in those areas.
Town can build plant or join Holts Summit
In Tuesday’s election, voters in Lake Mykee will decide whether to issue $1.5 million in revenue bonds to pay for sewerage system improvements.
Many candidates running unopposed
A voter turnout of slightly less than 10 percent of the registered voters is anticipated in Tuesday’s municipal and school district election in Callaway county.
Split twinbill with Benedictine on Friday
Junior left fielder Zach Nichols had four hits and drove in three runs, helping the William Woods University Owls halt a five-game losing streak with an 8-2 AMC win over visiting Benedictine University-Springfield (Ill.) on Friday.
Saturday, March 30
Clara Underwood, daughter of Malissa Underwood of New Bloomfield, decorates Easter cookies Saturday at Cafe Creme, 510 S. Business 54 in Fulton.
Man accused of stealing TVs from Walmart
A male suspect who's accused of stealing electronic merchandise from a Jefferson City store led police on a chase through Callaway County early Saturday.
The Missouri Department of Transportation has closed one northbound lane of U.S. 63 north of the Boone/Callaway County line due to a rock slide at that location.
Friday, March 29
Sardar Sherzad has held a lot of titles over the years.
With several of the trucks in its fleet causing — and costing — more trouble than they were worth, the Callaway County Ambulance District’s Board of Directors has taken the first steps toward purchasing three new ambulances in the next year.
Three players from South Callaway and two from New Bloomfield have been named to their respective 2012-13 all-Show-Me Conference boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. New Bloomfield senior Justice Richards and South Callaway sophomore Troy Hentges were selected to the boys’ second team, while South Callaway junior Garner Rudroff was an honorable-mention pick. South Callaway junior Taylor Howard and New Bloomfield junior Bethany Craighead were both chosen to the girls’ second team.
Thursday, March 28
Girl last seen in St. Louis
A Fulton teenager has been reported as missing to the Fulton Police Department 4:30 p.m. Monday. Amjina Michelle Davis, 14, was last seen entering a black sedan of unknown make, year and model on Wyoming Street in St. Louis.
A five-member Callaway County family is homeless after a Tuesday evening fire destroyed their home on Deer Haven Lane off Route O near Readsville.
Lionel Shaunta Gurley, 35, Kingdom City, was arrested Tuesday by Fulton Police on drug and traffic charges.
Mid-Missouri’s pirates, fairies and mad scientists of all ages are welcome to come mingle at third annual Fantasy Fair, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 27 and 28 at Boster Castle in Kingdom City.
When Anna Threatt first picked up a recurve bow for the Callaway County 4-H Shooting Sports program just last fall, she probably didn’t know she’d be using that tool to break a state record a few short months later.
JEFFERSON CITY — Sparked by the senior quartet at the front end of its singles lineup, the Fulton Hornets tennis team obtained its first win of the season by downing Helias 6-3 on Wednesday.
Wednesday, March 27
As a sex trafficking victim and survivor, Sula Skiles explains that not every victim of sex trafficking escapes, and not every survivor can bear to share their story.
City still plans to close deal with state April 4
Plans for the City of Fulton to purchase the historic rock barn at Fulton State Hospital were jeopardized when an agreement to split costs with the Fulton Heritage Trust fell out, Mayor LeRoy Benton told the council at Tuesday night’s meeting.
A brief stop at a Kingdom City convenience store on the way home from lunch resulted in an Auxvasse couple winning $5,000.
In the race for Fulton’s city council in the April 2 municipal elections, Ward IV is the only contested seat as incumbent Rick Shiverdecker hopes to defend his seat against newcomer Kathy Segerson.
One of first counties to use new Poll Pads
In the April 2 election, many Callaway County poll workers will be using new electronic poll books for the first time to check identification, addresses and precincts instead of paper poll books.
ST. LOUIS — Sophomore Hannah Oberdiek won the long jump and came in second in the 200 meters to spur the South Callaway Lady Bulldogs to an eighth-place team finish at the Gateway Invitational last Saturday.
Tuesday, March 26
City Administrator Bill Johnson told Fulton’s Utility Board that efforts to bring ground cover at the Fulton landfill up to state Department of Natural Resources standards have already led to runoff improvements.
An early spring snowstorm hit Callaway County Sunday, dumping up to 8 inches of snow in some areas.
Last year was a successful — and busy — one for Ronnie Huff.
To clear city streets, Fulton Street Division crews battled snow on Sunday and ice on Monday.
Westminster ran its winning streak to three by taking two games from the Eureka Red Devils in St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play on Saturday at Saucier Field. They prevailed by scores of 6-1 and 9-3, respectively.
Monday, March 25
Full recovery expected
John Watson, 53 — Gov. Jay Nixon’s chief of staff — was hospitalized over the weekend after a mild stroke.
Tracking school closings and other weather-related cancellations and announcements for Monday, March 25, 2013, on our website.
Sunday, March 24
The winter storm which pounded the region Sunday is moving slowly eastward.
An Auxvasse man wanted on failure to appear charges for a recent rash of burglaries in Auxvasse found himself back in jail facing the same charges Friday.
The Callaway County Commission has awarded bids totaling $253,000 on replacement equipment for the county’s Road and Bridge Department and $85,000 for replacement vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office.
Weekend dig in Calwood uncovers troop placement during Moore’s Mill
As Mike Kisling and Westminster student Chris Leonard dig for treasure through the soft ground here with a spade and a small metal detector early Friday afternoon, they’re not searching for gold: They hope to strike lead.
A Portland man reportedly made several threats to a Callaway County Sheriff’s Office deputy after being arrested following a high-speed chase Friday.
William Woods junior forward Priscila Santos capped off her inaugural season with the Lady Owls by being named a second-team NAIA Division I All-American.
Friday, March 22
Preliminary order in effect until July trial
With a few exceptions, Linn State Technical College students won’t have to take a drug test, at least while a judge's preliminary injunction is in effect.
A mix of fresh blood and familiar faces are in the running for one of Callaway County’s most contested races April 2 as six candidates gun for two seats on the South Callaway R-II School District Board of Education.
Starting April 1, highway painting crews will be working for the next two months 10 hours a day and seven days a week to strip roadways in Central Missouri.
All three girls place in national contest
For the Langworthy family, pageants are a sister affair, with all four of the daughters competing in various contests over the years.
Thursday, March 21
The 2013 Fulton Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will follow a slightly different format than past events.
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., was successful Wednesday when the U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan amendment he offered with Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., to exempt federal food inspectors from federal job cuts caused by federal sequestration.
The original map plan to establish an Enhanced Enterprise Zone EEZ in Callaway County has been scrapped and an new map will be redrawn as soon as possible, an organizer of the effort said Wednesday.
A Callaway County Property Rights Coalition has been organized to oppose any proposed Enhanced Enterprise Zone (EEZ) in Callaway County.
Stacey N. Wilfley, 38, Fulton, was injured Sunday when her car collided with a pickup truck.
Southern Boone produced the game-winning goal 5 minutes into overtime to spoil the Fulton Lady Hornets soccer team’s season opener in a 2-1 loss Wednesday night at the high school athletic complex.
Wednesday, March 20
Second stint at agency ends without answers
Gracia Yancey Backer is out as head of the state’s Employment Security Division. A reporter calling her office Tuesday was told she no longer worked for the agency.
Team RSVP, 55&GO is putting on the second annual Senior Expo April 11 at the YMCA of Callaway County.
Thanks in part to a series of years with few or no claims and equipment upgrades resulting in fewer employee injuries, the Callaway County Ambulance District will see a distinct drop in the cost of its workers’ compensation insurance policy.
A joint three-month investigation by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas law enforcement officers ended early Tuesday with the arrest of Craig Long, 42, Williamsburg.
Students will be able to secure a joint bachelor of science degree and a doctor of chiropractic degree one year sooner under a new agreement between Westminster College of Fulton and Logan College of Chiropractic in Chesterfield.
Nathan Real and Chance Foster have cultivated their business like a well-kept garden.
Birds can be seen daily on FalconCam
Siouxzee, the female of a pair of nesting peregrine falcons, laid her first egg of the year on Tuesday, one day before the first day of spring.
Freshman Grant Nichols’ single to right field drove in the game-winning run in New Bloomfield’s 5-4 win over the Tipton Cardinals on Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday, March 19
One of Russia’s most dramatic and famous symphony movements was turned into colorful pieces of art by three South Callaway Elementary and Middle School students.
A four-way race has developed in the April 2 election for two seats on the Board of Education at the New Bloomfield R-3 School District.
The smallest scientists in Missouri might be under Meg Kocher’s care.
North Callaway will host the Eastern Missouri Conference’s fourth-annual Basketball Senior Showcase on Friday night at the high school.
Sunday, March 17
Police, retailers and former users weigh in on synthetic cannabinoids
Hollywood grit and glamour depict drug deals as covert operations, occurring in some secluded alley or wealthy cartel’s manor.
The Missouri Ethics Commission has filed a consent order against Callaway County Eastern District Commissioner Randy Kleindienst and the Committee to Elect Randall Kleindienst for violations against the state’s Campaign Finance Disclosure Law.
Even if he had not built the house himself, nearly every room of Hugh Staats’ home bears testament to his skill with wood.
An estimated 18,700 Missourians who did not file an income tax return in 2009 are missing out on about $14.7 million in available tax refunds, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service reports.
There’s not much to do when your opponent shoots 50 percent from the field and from beyond the 3-point line. William Woods found that out the hard way in its season-ending loss. The No. 6 seed Lady Owls got 25 points from junior forward Priscila Santos, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to the No. 2 Vanguard Lady Lions 85-60 in the second round of the NAIA National Tournament at the Frankfurt Civic Center on Friday afternoon.
Fulton baseball coach Darren Masek and New Bloomfield head man Brandon Talbot figured it would be rough when their team’s opened up the season. They weren’t wrong.
Friday, March 15
A two-year undercover investigation by state and federal authorities of illegal trafficking of paddlefish eggs in Central Missouri has resulted in the arrest of eight men on federal charges of illegal sales of paddlefish eggs as caviar.
While Fulton State Hospital fights to pass a bond issue to construct new buildings for the aging mental health facility, Craig Chapman is working to preserve it.
At one time paddlefish were abundant in Missouri but their numbers have been reduced dramatically by damming and other impoundments.
Only Missouri school to be recognized
Westminster College has long been known for building leaders, with an equally strong tradition of producing individuals devoted to community service.
When severe weather hits, it is just as often trained weather spotters on the ground as forecasters looking at radar who send out the warning when those storms turn into something even more dangerous.
For the third year in a row, Fulton’s human kids aren’t the only little family members who will be out hunting for eggs this Easter.
While Fulton State Hospital fights to pass a bond issue to construct new buildings for the aging mental health facility, Craig Chapman is working to preserve it.
Today at 5 p.m. is the deadline to apply for the position of police chief of New Bloomfield, Mayor Mike Lowe said Thursday.
The William Woods University Lady Owls split a doubleheader with Vanguard University on Wednesday. The Lady Owls prevailed in the first game 4-1, before bowing in the nightcap 5-4.
Priscila Santos humbly deferred all credit, while William Woods University head coach Dan Chapla noted that her dazzling performance transcended description.
Thursday, March 14
Group aims to help troubled youth
To Sherry Abbott, one death by suicide is one too many. With a number of area young people having taken their lives over the past several years, Abbott and several other concerned Callaway County residents have banded together to create a space where struggling teens can turn for help.
While Fulton’s middle schoolers were out on spring break, a group of about 12 Fulton police officers were hard at work Wednesday studying to keep students safe in the event of a tragedy.
July 1 deadline set for SMR application
The U.S. Department of Energy this week announced a new federal grant to develop small modular nuclear reactors.
Site would be visible to traffic on U.S. 54
Holts Summit Alderman Landon Oxley has proposed a Veterans Memorial to be built in an area of Hibernia Station Park next to U.S. 54 and near the Holts Summit City Hall complex.
No election to be held
The Fulton School Board will retain some veteran experience while at the same time gaining a new perspective with its slate of incoming members, although with three candidates for three open spots there will be no election in April.
Wednesday, March 13
Hundreds of Callaway County residents gathered Tuesday evening at William Woods University for the 108th annual Kingdom of Callaway Supper at the Tucker Dining Hall followed by speeches and entertainment in the Amy Shelton McNutt Campus Center.
A year after approving changes to downtown parking regulations that included increased parking times and the creation of parking zones, the Fulton City Council devoted its Tuesday night work session to reviewing those changes.
When 1-year-old Cleo walks across the stage to accept her diploma during commencement ceremonies, she’ll be trotting on all fours with her tail held high.
Making fifth straight tournament appearance, William Woods plays MidAmerica Nazarene tonight
Dan Chapla wasn’t sweating his team’s postseason prospects after the William Woods University Lady Owls fell at Columbia College 91-83 in the American Midwest Conference postseason tournament championship on March 4. Neither was his team, for that matter.
Tuesday, March 12
EPA objection stymies efforts
Plans for required upgrades to the City of Fulton’s wastewater treatment plant continue to be on hold as local and national officials and the Department of Natural Resources work to come to a resolution with the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Holts Summit Board of Aldermen Monday night gave first round approval to an ordinance issuing $1 million in revenue bonds to design improvements in the city’s sewerage system.
Theme is ‘Where I’m From’
Callaway County youngsters have been invited to enter the Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest.
Attendees recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the 2013 Callaway Lincoln Day celebration in Kingdom City Monday night.
Callaway County deputies knew where to look for Stephanie Turner, 26, of Fulton during their recent investigation of stolen checks.
Westminster opened up play in 2013 at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic with a win and a loss, respectively against Elms College Blazers on Monday afternoon. The Blue Jays started the day by upending the Blazers 5-1 in the opening game.
Sunday, March 10
April 1 deadline set to apply for service
Callaway County residents wanting graveled county roads near their homes treated to control dust this summer will pay dust control firms for the service instead of the county.
Famous musicians, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, Captain Jack Sparrow and members of the nobility.
Sgt. Justin Davison of the New Bloomfield Police Department has been appointed as New Bloomfield’s interim police chief.
Delts chapter honored for academic achievement
The Westminster College chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity has been honored as one of the Top Ten Chapters in the international fraternity.
The North Callaway Ladybirds and Thunderbirds recently had five players named to their respective Class 3, all-District 6 girls’ and boys’ basketball teams. Selected to the District 6 girls’ team from the Ladybirds were junior forward Madison Sorell, junior guard Jaida Gray and sophomore guard Elaine Brinker. Chosen to the District 6 boys’ squad from the Thunderbirds were senior guard Justin Murphy and senior forward Jacob Haubner.
Saturday, March 9
It's time to set the clocks forward an hour for daylight saving time. At 2 a.m. local time Sunday, daylight saving time arrives in the U.S. with the promise of many months ahead with an extra hour of evening light.
Paula Peeper of Williamsburg donates blood Saturday at the Callaway Electric Cooperative in Fulton during a Red Cross blood drive.
Friday, March 8
In his early days with the Missouri National Guard, when he still served as a noncommissioned officer, Capt. Cody Waters of Fulton often looked to his superior officers and thought, “I could do that.”
County roads still in good condition
During two recent heavy snowstorms, the Callaway County Road and Bridge Department had some volunteer helpers who assisted them in their task of salting and clearing roads — all three members of the Callaway County Commission.
Incumbent members file unopposed
With incumbent board members Dan McMurtry and Jenny Bondurant running unopposed, there will be no April election for the North Callaway School Board.
Two decades after first being dedicated, Grace Lutheran Church in Holts Summit continues to grow.
Sewage backed up at Fulton High School
About 600 high school students were released at 12:30 p.m. Thursday after a sewer line separated, causing sewage to back up at Fulton High School.
Thursday, March 7
Starting with the Class of 2016, Fulton High School will no longer have a valedictorian or salutatorian.
Seventeen Missouri School for the Deaf middle school students proved you don’t have to use your mouth to use your voice Wednesday.
A high-speed drive through Fulton resulted in the arrest of a Kingdom City man for driving while intoxicated and several traffic-related charges Wednesday.
The William Woods University Lady Owls basketball team is going back to the NAIA Division I women’s national tournament for the fifth straight year.
Wednesday, March 6
With no contested races there will be no election for the two open seats on the Callaway County Ambulance Board this year, but there will be a new member taking one of those seats at the board’s April meeting.
After he used his snow plow to clear the way for an ambulance bearing a patient having a heart attack during the Feb. 21 snow storm in Columbia, many are calling Fulton resident Brandon Irwin a hero.
The Heart of Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross Tuesday announced it is making available a free Red Cross Tornado App that notifies uses of tornado warnings.
The cost of providing quality early childhood care and education to Missouri’s pre-schoolers is estimated to cost $1.9 billion, according to a report released this week by the non-profit organization America’s Edge.
Though attendance for Westminster College’s second annual Women’s Conference is targeted at students and staff, coordinator Cinnamon Brown hopes the event sends a positive message to the Callaway community.
Tuesday, March 5
Deciding to buy Fulton’s Curves gym after more than 13 years working full-time at Crane’s Country Store was about more than Carolyn Bernicky’s checkbook health; it was about her physical well-being, too.
According to his mother and his teachers, Aaron Wyman was a fun-loving, energetic 7-year-old who loved music and playing games.
A Westminster College student found himself behind bars when Fulton Police officers investigating damage to his vehicle found a “substantial” amount of marijuana Sunday.
The Brick District Association and Beks are hoping area residents will pass on corned beef and cabbage on March 17 and opt, instead, for burgers and bratwurst as they host a fundraiser to support the new organization.
Classes at Mesa to start this fall
A plan by Westminster College of Fulton to open a second campus in Mesa, Ariz., has received accreditation approval from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
William Woods is no longer winless, sweeping a doubleheader against Midland (Neb.) University on Sunday.
The William Woods Lady Owls had the game, and an automatic bid to the NAIA Tournament in the palm of their hands.
Monday, March 4
KRCG-TV 13 will be sold to Sinclair Broadcast Group as part of a $370 million package deal, pending regulatory approval.
A Holts Summit man was caught breaking into a home early Sunday by the home owner.
Sunday, March 3
The Callaway County Republican Central Committee’s annual Lincoln Day celebration brings a founding member of the Nationwide Tea Party with Callaway connections back to the Kingdom to talk about values and unity.
When Kingdom Christian Academy supporters gather March 16 at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield for their 4th annual Fundraising Banquet, they will do more than enjoy an array of buffet-style food to support one of Fulton’s private Christian schools.
BATESVILLE, Ark. — Fueled by junior guards Priscila Santos and Katie Scherder, the William Woods University Lady Owls fashioned some sweet redemption behind a remarkable rally.
INDIANOLA, Iowa — The Westminster College Lady Blue Jays simply couldn’t weather this particular Storm.
Saturday, March 2
The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Calwood man after he failed to appear at his sentencing hearing Friday. Sean A. Price, 43, was found guilty on two counts of first degree statutory sodomy in Boone County Court on Jan. 16 and was scheduled to appear before Judge Christine Carpenter for sentencing Friday morning. When he failed to appear, Carpenter issued a warrant for his arrest. Bond has been set at $500,000, cash only.
The 911 emergency radio dispatching service that Callaway County provides to local police, fire and ambulance services located in the county has a new name: Callaway County Joint Communications Center.
Friday, March 1
The Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society is soon to be honored for its years of dedication to preserving the heritage of Callaway County.
Students serve as ambassadors
Cameron Peterson, a Fulton Middle School student, is among seven Central Missouri students who plan to visit seven nations this summer on a guided European trip supervised by the People to People organization.
First Callaway Youth Expo to be in July
The desire for an increased focus on youth has led to a dramatic change in the schedule for the 2013 Kingdom of Callaway County Fair. Rather than exhibiting home arts and livestock at the county fair, this year 4-H and FFA students will be taking part in the first-ever Callaway Youth Expo July 10-13 at the fairgrounds.
For their 13th year at the National Churchill Museum, the Missouri Watercolor Society’s nationally-renowned art show is going international.
Missouri students have been invited to participate in a statewide Science Fair competition sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. — LaCharleston Tumblin’s basket with 3 seconds to play Thursday night lifted No. 4 seed Williams Baptist College to a dramatic 70-68 win over No. 5 William Woods University in the quarterfinals of the American Midwest Conference men’s postseason tournament.
Tracey Braden believed in the process. It’s what Westminster College men’s basketball coach Matt Mitchell constantly preaches to Braden, who impressed that on her own Westminster Lady Blue Jays this season.