Stories for May 2013


Friday, May 31

Callaway Relay for Life relocates Saturday's activities

The Callaway County Relay for Life events scheduled for Saturday, June 1, have been moved to the YMCA of Callaway County, 1715 Wood St. in Fulton.

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UPDATED ROAD CLOSURE LIST: Water shuts down Fulton, Callaway County roads

City workers and police have closed roads in Fulton today, May 31, because of too much water on the road.

Thursday, May 30

Tornado watch in effect for Callaway County until 8 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Callaway County. The watch also includes the Central Missouri counties of Cole, Boone, Gasconade, Moniteau, Montgomery, Audrain, and Osage.

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MU agronomist Jim Jarman retires

Extension specialist served Callaway County

Callaway County’s diverse farmland was fertile territory for the talents of Jim Jarman, who retired Wednesday as the agronomy specialist with the University of Missouri Callaway County Extension Service.

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Biggs Forensic Center to be replaced

Legislature approves $13 million for plans

Before the Missouri General Assembly adjourned this month, legislators approved $13 million in planning money for the first phase of a new building complex at Fulton State Hospital.

Wednesday, May 29

Fulton council grants preliminary approval for industrial revenue bonds for Danuser

$3 million project would add up to 10 new jobs

The Fulton City Council approved a resolution “expressing the official intent of the city to issue its Industrial Development Revenue Bonds to finance an Industrial Development Project for Danuser Machine Company” during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

New editor hopes to hone community focus for Fulton Sun

With nearly a decade working in journalism doing everything from radio news to reporting and editing, new Fulton Sun editor Kevin M. Smith says he is looking forward to establishing himself and the paper as a solid voice for the community.

Auxvasse approves blueprints to send to DNR

The Auxvasse City Council approved a near final draft of the city’s water system improvements design and contract documents at Tuesday’s meeting.

Police recover stolen vehicle, arrest two on meth charges

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office and the Fulton Police Department arrested two Fulton men Tuesday after a deputy observed a stolen vehicle at a residence west of town.

Lady Owls’ Hassan chosen as All-American

William Woods University’s Myriam Hassan was one of four freshmen named as a first-team choice on the 2013 NAIA women’s golf All-American team announced Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 28

Tornado watch in effect for Callaway County until 10 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Callaway County and several other central and northern Missouri counties until 10 p.m.

Luetkemeyer demands new IRS probe

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, who represents Callaway County and Central Missouri in Congress, has demanded U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder investigate the handling of Luetkemeyer’s three-year-old request that the Internal Revenue Service check into potential law violations of the Humane Society of the United States.

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Callaway Relay organizers hope big changes draw big crowd

Start time moved from Friday to Saturday for annual cancer research fundraiser

After low participation last year, organizers of the 2013 Callaway County Relay for Life are banking on a slew of changes and additions to the annual American Cancer Society fundraiser to draw greater support from the community.

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Fulton man wades into flash flood to save fawn

Monday’s storm only brought a few inches of flash flooding in most areas — not enough to pose any serious danger to the average human.

Monday, May 27

Authorities advise Callaway County travelers to be cautious near flooded roads

Memorial Day travelers are advised to be cautious along low-water bridges and several areas along U.S. 54 after a storm dumped heavy rains on Callaway County Monday afternoon.

Sunday, May 26

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Street crews prepare for overlay, save bricks

Fulton Street Department crews have prepared the intersection of Ravine and East Fifth streets for asphalt overlay project this summer.

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Callaway Courthouse updates Vietnam Memorial

Names of fallen added to list of local names on plaque in courthouse

Through a joint effort by the Fulton Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Callaway County Commission, the Vietnam War Memorial has been updated with more names of Callaway County residents who fought in the war.

Fulton man arrested Friday after chase late Wednesday

A Fulton man who led police on a high-speed chase Wednesday night before escaping on foot was arrested Friday afternoon, police said.

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Central District volunteers battle home blaze

Central Fire Protection District crews battled a residential fire Thursday night that destroyed a home occupied by a woman and her 3-year-old daughter in the 3500 block of County Road 318 in Callaway County. No one was injured.

Callaway ambulance board buys new trucks

The Callaway County Ambulance District Board of Directors approved a bid from Osage Ambulances during its regular meeting Thursday night for the purchase of three new ambulances at a total cost of $353,925.

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A day to remember

The American Legion placed more than 1,400 American flags at the graves of veterans buried in Fulton Wednesday, with about 630 going up in Callaway Memorial Gardens alone. The group also furnishes flags for those with loved ones buried out in the county by contacting David Beaver at (573) 642-5479 or Allan Nelson at (573) 642-8360.

McCarty ends career with seventh-place medal finish in 3,200

Coleman medals in 110, 300 hurdles

Fulton senior Jenny McCarty had just set a personal record in the girls’ 3,200 meters at the Missouri State High School Activities’ Class 3 state track and field championships. McCarty had gone 15 seconds faster and shattered her time in last year’s 3,200 final.

Hurt hauls in fourth-place medal in Class 1 singles

Barkho, Strough post pair of doubles wins

Josh Hurt, Phillip Barkho and Scott Strough have definitely driven the standard to an exciting height for the Fulton Hornets tennis program. The senior trio were responsible for Fulton’s best-ever state showing as Class 1 singles and doubles play at the 85th Missouri State High School Activities Association boys’ tennis championships came to a close Saturday at Cooper Tennis Complex.

Lady Owls golf team takes sixth at NAIA championships

LINCOLN, Neb. — The William Woods University Lady Owls ended up with a sixth-place finish at the NAIA women’s golf national championships after Friday’s fourth and final round at Wilderness Ridge Country Club.

Friday, May 24

Hurt remains undefeated, reaches Class 1 semifinals

SPRINGFIELD — Josh Hurt is still perfect, and is now in a position that no Fulton tennis player has ever been in before.

Sheriff investigates death

Callaway County deputies are investigating the death of a woman found Wednesday evening in a parked car near Williamsburg.

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Speaker urges caregivers, community to be respectful with mental illness

Joel Slack knows first-hand that something as simple as a reassuring, helping hand can go a long way in the journey to mental health and recovery.

Stockton’s throw brings William Woods first national championship

The William Woods University track and field program can now boast a national champion. Senior Anthony Stockton became the school’s first national champion in the hammer throw at the NAIA outdoor track and field championships on Thursday.

Strough, Barkho make ‘mind-boggling’ trek

Journey brings them to Class 1 doubles tourney

Scott Strough still tries to fathom how he and Philip Barkho reached this ultimate destination.

Hurt puts perfect record on the line in Class 1 singles

Josh Hurt has kept it mellow while mounting a flawless run. The Fulton senior will carry a perfect 25-0 record into the Class 1 state singles tournament at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield. Hurt will square off against Westminster Christian Academy’s Joel Andrew Montgomery in the first round at 9 this morning.

Thursday, May 23

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Preparing to make a splash

Fulton's swimming pool opens Saturday

With school ending next week and summer just around the corner, Fulton’s Oestriech Swimming Pool opens for the season at noon on Saturday.

Library patrons select local author for One Read

'The Ruins of Us' offers glimpse into another world

Daniel Boone Regional Library’s 2013 One Read selection combines universal themes such as relationships and family with a glimpse into a foreign culture in a way that library officials say makes the novel a perfect choice for the annual community reading program.

Fulton development council seeks EEZ again

Plans for tax incentive zone in Callaway County delayed by state not updating newest census data

The Missouri Department of Economic Development’s failure to update its computers with 2010 U.S. Census data has delayed efforts to develop an Enhanced Enterprise Zone in Callaway County — an effort local officials believe would to boost employment.

Lady Bulldogs’ 400 relay makes smooth transition in becoming state champion

MOKANE — About 48 hours before its state title would make school history, the South Callaway girls’ 400-meter relay took a short but necessary trip.

Father’s memory drives MSD’s Jones to state titles

A little more than a year ago, Nick Jones was watching the track season from the sidelines and mourning the passing of his father, Hardy.

State long jump title a slam dunk for Rudroff

MOKANE — Garner Rudroff had his mind on hoops. Specifically, what can be one of the most dazzling plays in the sport.

Wednesday, May 22

A royal baby shower

The Friends of the National Churchill Museum’s annual meeting to celebrate royal baby

Though the world’s soon-to-be most famous baby isn’t expected until July, Fulton is getting ready to give the child a warm welcome.

Area Red Cross Chapter deploys Mid-Missouri nurse to Oklahoma

The Heart of Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross, which includes Callaway County, has deployed a volunteer nurse from Barnett to Moore, Okla., to assist in providing health services to victims of a deadly tornado that struck the city on Monday afternoon.

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Cleanup from OK twister begins

State, local tornado volunteers to be coordinated by state impact

Missouri has received no aid requests from Oklahoma in the aftermath of a deadly tornado that hit Moore, Okla., Monday afternoon.

Lady Owls golf team tied for seventh at NAIA championships

LINCOLN, Neb. — The William Woods University Lady Owls, sparked by freshman Alejandra Ferrer, were tied for seventh place after Tuesday’s opening round of the NAIA women’s golf national championships at Wilderness Ridge Country Club.

Tuesday, May 21

Mid-Missouri spared bad weather

Compared to other parts of Missouri and the Midwest, Mid-Missouri seemed to have been spared much of the brunt of Monday’s storms.

High winds cause produce trucks to crash

High winds caused a semi-trailer truck to crash at 6 a.m. Monday on I-70 west of Kingdom City, scattering potatoes and onions onto the median. The driver was not injured.

Lions Club to host antique tractor pull

On June 1, the New Bloomfield Lions Club will be hosting an antique tractor pull at the Lions Club Field in New Bloomfield.

Free summer meals return at FPS, YMCA

Youth 18 and under eligible for free breakfast, lunch

Students in need of a free bite to eat this summer can yet again rely on Fulton Public Schools and the Callaway County YMCA.

PhotoVoice Project to debut today

Photos taken by students participating in the PhotoVoice Project from Callaway County will be on display today (May 21) at the YMCA in Fulton.

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Children read to therapy dog at library

Callaway County youngsters on their way to Monday morning story time at the Callaway County Public Library had a surprise when they were greeted by Desi, a standard poodle therapy dog brought to the library by Judy Harris of River Poodles in New Bloomfield.

T-Birds roar to win over Martinsville at Busch Stadium

As North Callaway junior shortstop Chance Kee rounded third base and headed to the home plate of Busch Stadium, Thunderbirds head coach Kevin O’Neal had no intent of doing stopping him. “...I don’t think there was going to be any way of me stopping him at third,” O’Neal said on Monday.

Rudroff, girls’ 400-meter relay nab state titles for South Callaway

South Callaway’s Garner Rudroff had not competed in the long jump prior to this year. But he said he’s always been good at jumping, so why not try something new? Now, he’s a state champion.

Coleman, McCarty each qualify for two state events

North Callaway’s Steven Coleman and Fulton’s Jenny McCarty will both have two cracks at taking home state championships next weekend.

Six Lady Hornets earn all-district soccer honors

A trio of Fulton players garnered first team recognition in Class 1, District 8 competition. Senior forward Adrienne Ebersole, senior midfielder Anna Fink and senior goalkeeper Billie Klutts all earned slots on the first team while sophomore Alexandria Fague and seniors Allie Pierce and Kate Sterner were second-team honorees as backs. Fink was also the sole Lady Hornet named all-North Central Missouri Conference as she was a first-team honoree.

Monday, May 20

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Severe storms crossing Mid-Missouri

Thunderstorms could continue across Mid-Missouri until after midnight. A tornado watch is in effect until 1 a.m. Tuesday.

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Huge tornado hits Oklahoma City suburb, kills 51

Death toll expected to rise

A mile-wide tornado churned through the Oklahoma City suburbs, destroying homes for the second day in a row Monday, as part of a severe weather outbreak that was expected to spread in other parts of the Plains and Midwest.

Sunday, May 19

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Bush school utilizes whole brain teaching to reach students

A stroll through the hallways of Bush Elementary in Fulton on any given school day may not be as quiet as one would expect for an educational institution.

12-hour shifts to start at Fulton State Hospital

Starting July 1, about half of Fulton State Hospital’s employees will be required to work 12-hour shifts instead of current 8-hour shifts.

Saturday, May 18

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The graduating class of 2013

The Fulton High School Class of 2013 sends up cheers as their last classmate walks across the stage to receive his diploma Friday.

Friday, May 17

Lawmakers send school, public buildings security plans law to governor

With just 2 1/2 hours to spare before the Legislature's 6 p.m. deadline, the state Senate cast the final votes needed to send Gov. Jay Nixon a bill re-imposing closed-records status to security and emergency response plans for schools and other public buildings.

Threat of further filibuster kills transportation sales tax for session

State Sen. Mike Kehoe reluctantly admitted defeat this morning on his proposal for a 10-year, one-cent sales tax to pay for transportation improvements.

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Sword wielder nabbed by deputies

David L. Salmons, 51, Fulton, is in Callaway County Jail after he was accused of using a sword to poke holes into a relative’s residence and then threatening three people while brandishing the sword.

New Bloomfield school board sidelines booster football proposal

After discussing a proposal by the New Bloomfield Football Boosters Club to start a school football program, the New Bloomfield Board of Education on Thursday night took no action on the measure. Mike Frese, president of the New Bloomfield Football Boosters Club, offered a plan to start a football program at the school financed entirely the first five years by donations from the club.

Mental health consultant returns for lecture at Fulton State Hospital

A man Fulton State Hospital officials credit with helping shape the institution into the mental health facility it is today will soon return and greet the public.

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Fulton flight scholarship to be presented at pancake breakfast

This Saturday, during the Kingdom Pilot’s Association 23rd Annual Fly-In Pancake Breakfast at 9 a.m., two teens will be presented with the Sam Robertson Memorial Scholarship.

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Churchill Award to Westminster alumnus, former US Ambassador

The National Churchill Museum in Fulton has awarded its Winston Churchill Medal of Leadership to Stephen F. Brauer, former U.S. Ambassador to Belgium.

Callaway switches emergency notification system, re-enrollment necessary for alerts

Callaway County residents who want to be notified of severe weather, natural disasters and other emergencies will need to re-enroll for that service.

South Callaway aims to ‘follow mantra’ at state meet

Tim Rulo rattled off the pecking order of priorities. Rulo was referencing the objectives that he and South Callaway co-head coach Bill Frazee have outlined for their qualifiers at the Class 2 state track and field championships, which begin late this morning at Lincoln University’s Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.

MSD’s Jones seeks state titles

Missouri School for the Deaf junior Nick Jones could be lining himself up for a big weekend. Jones will be one of the favorites for state titles in the 100 and 200 meters, as well as the long jump, when the Class 1 state track and field championships start late this morning at Lincoln University’s Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.

Thursday, May 16

Callaway Co. bank robbery suspect found guilty

A Jefferson City man charged with robbing Bank Star One in New Bloomfield in October 2012 was found guilty following a court trial, Thursday.

Library hosts summer reading program

Starts May 31

This year’s theme for the Daniel Boone Public Library system’s summer reading program is “Dig Into Reading."

Letter Carrier food drive adds to SERVE’s bounty as summer begins

Summer is often the slowest time of year for donations to SERVE’s food bank, but thanks to two recent campaigns, this year the pantry enters its “dry season” with a bit of a cushion.

Police chase ends in two arrests

Two Jefferson City men are facing multiple charges in Callaway County after fleeing from police.

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Fulton firefighters to be honored at memorial

More than 100 American flags have been erected for memorial services this weekend at the Missouri Firefighters Memorial at Kingdom City.

Boonville clips Lady Hornets 1-0 for District 8 title

BOONVILLE — The Fulton Lady Hornets soccer team endured another near-miss against the Boonville Lady Pirates, this one coming with a trip to the state playoffs on the line.

Wednesday, May 15

Eight arrested on underage intoxication charges

Eight people were arrested by Callaway County Sheriff deputies over the weekend on underage intoxication charges as minors visibly intoxicated.

Blank steps down as CARDV director

Less than a year after taking on the position, Lori Blank has stepped down as executive director of the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence.

Fulton to seek bids for asphalt overlay

The City of Fulton will be seeking bids on a number of asphalt overlay projects for 2013.

Public disc golf course suggested at Holts Summit’s Greenway Park

Creation of a public disc golf course at Greenway Park in Holts Summit was proposed Monday night during a meeting of the Holts Summit Board of Aldermen.

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Housing tour

Fulton councilmembers Mary Rehklau, Mike West and Wayne Chailland examine new countertops Tuesday in a Fulton Housing Authority senior and disabled unit that had just been renovated.

Lady Owls’ season done after NAIA tournament loss

The William Woods offense had bit more success on Tuesday than it did on Monday.

Tuesday, May 14

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13 students participate in MSD Work-Study plan

Thirteen students at the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton are participating in the school’s Work-Study Program this year.

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Luckett named Fulton Employee of the Year

It might not be something to which everyday citizens pay much mind, but it takes a lot of work to keep the City of Fulton’s buildings in order and its lawns maintained.

Holts Summit votes to pay domestic violence investigator

After hearing a presentation from a Callaway County delegation headed by Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane and Prosecuting Attorney Chris Wilson, the Holts Summit Board of Aldermen approved a resolution declaring its intention to pay $1,500 as its share of the cost of a full-time domestic violence investigator for the next two years.

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MSD work-study program sees jump in participation

Thirteen students at the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton are participating in the school’s Work-Study Program this year.

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First Taste of Local Missouri a success

The first stop of the inaugural season the Taste of Local Missouri Food festivals was held in Fulton at Veteran’s Park on Saturday.

Leadership Callaway to draw young leaders

Westminster College and the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a leadership program entitled “ Youth Leadership Callaway” from July 15-19 for students entering seventh, eighth or ninth grade. The program will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the entire week.

New Bloomfield student, soldier killed in accident

Spc. Charles P. McClure, who attended elementary and middle school in New Bloomfield, was killed May 2 in a vehicular accident while serving in the Army in Kuwait. He was 21.

Lady Owls shutout in NAIA opener

In a matchup where offense was scarce, the Belhaven University Blazers had just a tad more than the William Woods University Lady Owls. No. 2 seed Belhaven used three of its four hits to manufacture both of the game’s runs in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Blazers blanked No. 3 William Woods 2-0 in a pitchers’ duel Monday afternoon in the Belhaven Bracket of the NAIA national softball tournament.

Hornets' season ends in District 8 semifinal loss

Darren Masek told his team before the game what it was going to take. For the No. 5 seed Fulton Hornets to move past the top-seeded Kirksville Tigers and into the Class 4, District 8 title game, they’d have to pitch well, hit well and field the ball cleanly. “We outplayed Kirksville in two-of-three phases,” Masek said. “We out-hit them and we outpitched them; we simply just made too many mistakes tonight to beat a good team. “We had lots of opportunities and we lost a tough one.”

Fatima finishes off Bulldogs in semis

A second state championship in a row will not take place for the South Callaway Bulldogs. South Callaway — seeded fourth in Class 3, District 13 — was done in by six unearned runs at the hands of the top-seeded Fatima Comets in a 6-0 semifinal loss Monday night.

Lady Hornets soccer team reaches District 8 title game

The Fulton Lady Hornets soccer team forgot about what was behind it and focused on what was in front. With a dismal regular season in the rear view, Fulton received two goals from senior midfielder Adrienne Ebersole and the Lady Hornets’ defense bottled up Southern Boone in a 3-0 win over the Lady Indians on Monday night in the Class 1, District 8 semifinals.

Hurt heads to state in singles; Strough, Barkho go in doubles

Fulton will be represented in both the Class 1 singles and doubles state tennis tournaments.

South Callaway qualifies for state meet in 17 events

Lady Bulldogs claim sectional title, Bulldogs finish third

The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs track and field teams will be sending a record number of athletes to the state championships after a prolific display at the Class 2, Sectional 2 meet.

Callaway golfers complete first round of state play

North Callaway senior Kyle Latham and Fulton junior Kory Masek gave themselves a reasonable chance. Latham shot an 83 to end up in a six-way tie for 30th place after Monday’s first round of the Class 2 state golf championships at Fremont Hills Country Club in Nixa. Meanwhile, Masek carded an 81 to finish in a five-way tie for 43rd in the opening round of the Class 3 state tournament at Sedalia Country Club.

Sunday, May 12

T-Birds down Montgomery County in Class 3, District 8 opener

North Callaway senior shortstop Justin Murphy hit a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to propel No. 3 seed North Callaway over No. 6 Montgomery County 10-9 in the first round of the Class 3, District 8 tournament on Saturday. Junior Chance Kee got the win on the mound, throwing an inning of relief striking out one and walking one. With the victory, the T-Birds will play No. 2 Wright City in the district semifinals at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. Results of the game were received after press time Saturday afternoon.

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WWU graduates urged to be authentic

William Woods University graduates were urged Saturday to be authentic and build relationships in order to live a satisfying life.

Fulton High School hopes to increase graduation rate

Two years ago, administrators at Fulton High School realized things needed to change.

Fulton State Hospital Memorial Observance to honor staff, clients

Every Memorial Day for the past 14 years, Fulton State Hospital takes a day to commemorate the loss of clients and staff members and to appreciate the military service of the staff and their immediate family.

Westminster program seeks family volunteers to match with, mentor international students

Adjusting to college life can be hard, but for international students who are also adjusting to a new culture while thousands of miles away from their loved ones, the task might be outright daunting.

Blue Jays make exit at SLIAC tourney after Spalding loss

Branneky chosen conference newcomer of year, Hughes picked as top coach

The Westminster College Blue Jays were taken out again by the Spalding (Ky.) University Golden Eagles, this time for good. No. 2 seed Westminster was unable to survive four errors, leading to four unearned runs, and the Blue Jays were eliminated by No. 3 Spalding 7-2 on Friday night in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason baseball tournament at Glik Park.

Hurt, doubles duo of Strough, Barkho move on

The Fulton Hornets clinched a district tennis triple crown.

Bulldogs whip Warsaw in District 13 first-round win

WARDSVILLE — The South Callaway Bulldogs didn’t have any difficulty getting their bearings for an early wake-up call.

Wildcats ease past New Haven in district victory

NEW BLOOMFIELD — Once the New Bloomfield Wildcats got themselves settled at the plate, the New Haven Shamrocks were sunk.

Lady Owls hit stride entering play in NAIA national tournament

William Woods softball coach Tracy Gastineau compiled a tough schedule to test her team. Add in some dismal weather this spring, and the Lady Owls certainly began this season with a challenge. “I think they always knew that they could do it and they could compete with anybody,” Gastineau said. “But saying that and seeing on paper that they’re not can be a little bit discouraging.”

Hornets outlast Moberly in District 8 opener

Two weeks ago, the Moberly Spartans shocked the Fulton Hornets with a two-out, go-ahead grand slam in the first round of the Fulton Tournament. That setback stayed with Hornet players and coaches. “It was in our head, but you obviously can’t think about it too much,” junior Dalton Horstmeier said. “We remember that we kind of had it locked up and they came back and got us.”

Saturday, May 11

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Westminster graduates advised Saturday to take responsibility, avoid blaming others

Take responsibility and don’t blame others, graduating seniors at Westminster College in Fulton were urged Saturday by the president of the nation’s largest home building firm.

Friday, May 10

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New Bloomfield soldier killed in accident in Kuwait

A soldier from Callaway County who died in an accident in Kuwait will receive a military funeral this weekend. Spc. Charles P. McClure, of New Bloomfield, died May 2 in Camp Buehring in Kuwait.

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Alma Schmid turns 100

Alma Schmid of Portland, Mo. just passed a major milestone: she turned 100 years old on April 18.

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North Callaway Assistant Superintendent Haskins to retire

After a quarter century as a North Callaway educator, one of the district’s longest standing Thunderbird is ready to leave her roost.

Bulldogs blast Wildcats in 10-1 Show-Me romp

The South Callaway Bulldogs pounded out a season-high 15 hits in dispatching the New Bloomfield Wildcats in a 10-1 romp in Show-Me Conference play Wednesday night.

Hornets pick up second straight District 7 title

Rely on doubles play to rally past Kirksville

Louis Schnoebelen was still giddy, turning somewhat philosophical in comparing the glow to the gloom.

Thursday, May 9

Mo. House passes $1.2B bonding initiative

The Missouri House has passed a $1.2 billion bonding initiative that would finance construction and repairs at public buildings across the state.

Tomnitz to speak Saturday at Westminster graduation

The featured speaker to the 2013 graduating class at Westminster College in Fulton Saturday will be Don Tomnitz, president and CEO of D.R. Horton, Inc., of Dallas, America’s largest home construction firm.

Tax Wise volunteers help seniors claim $700K in refunds

During the recent income tax filing season, 11 Callaway County retired volunteer tax preparers collected more than $700,000 in refunds for 463 Callaway County senior citizens.

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Inaugural youth expo to be held at Auxvasse Lions Club Park

Before it’s even started, the Callaway County Youth Expo has a new home.

Fulton Board of Education previews online registration

Preparations to implement an online registration system are nearly complete for the Fulton Public School District.

Boonville shuts out Lady Hornets soccer team 1-0

Boonville’s Cali McAreavy tallied the game’s only goal with 6 minutes to go in the first half, lifting the Lady Pirates to a 1-0 North Central Missouri Conference triumph over the Fulton Lady Hornets soccer team Wednesday night at the high school athletic complex.

Wednesday, May 8

Nixon promises layoffs if budget not changed

Gov. Jay Nixon this morning promised to "reduce staff and services accordingly — including making the necessary layoffs — effective July 1" if lawmakers pass the state's budget in its current form.

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Street Fair button sales kick off with preliminary drawing

The 10th annual Fulton Street Fair kicked off Tuesday night during Business After Hours at Serenity Valley Winery, and those in attendance who bought their street fair buttons got more bang for their two bucks this year.

Two WWU alumni to speak at commencement

The two speakers at William Woods University’s undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies May 11 know the school from first-hand experience.

Nighttime highway striping to begin in Fulton

Crews work 24 hours until Memorial Day

To meet a goal of painting new lane lines and no-passing zones on highways by Memorial Day, the Missouri Department of Transportation will stripe Central Missouri roads 24 hours a day until the end of the month.

Callaway records high turkey harvest

Callaway County hunters harvested 710 turkeys during the spring turkey season, the third highest county number in Missouri.

No. 1 seed Hornets reach District 7 tennis championship

Overcome Steinbeck injury in 6-3 semifinal victory over MMA

The Fulton Hornets tennis team had no choice but to show some flexibility after losing a key component.

Tuesday, May 7

Fulton schools plans to add five teachers for 2014 budget

If all goes according to plan he Fulton Public School District plans to add five kindergarten, middle school and special education teachers in next year’s budget.

SERVE collects more than five tons of food for Full-Ton Challenge

For the past two months SERVE, The Callaway Bank and C&R Market have joined forces to collect one ton of food or the monetary equivalent as part of the Full-Ton Challenge.

Power plant road not included in state’s draft 5-year road plan

A Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) plan to build a $32.8 million road between Fulton and the Callaway Energy Center’s nuclear power plant is not included in the department’s proposed five-year $32.3 million transportation improvement program for Callaway County.

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Group supports homeless in Callaway County walk

Strung out along Route Z in Callaway County, about 20 men from St. Louis, California and Oregon participated in the “Walk to Make a Difference for the Homeless” early Monday morning.

Monday, May 6

Fulton couple arrested for putting child in trunk

A Fulton couple were arrested this weekend in Jefferson City for putting their grandchild in the trunk of their car.

Holts Summit man placed on probation in baby death case

A Holts Summit man was placed on five years probation after pleading guilty to charges related to the June 2012 death of a 9-month-old boy at a Holts Summit mobile home.

Sunday, May 5

Horse show to benefit Relay For Life

The Relay for Life Fun Show, the second annual horse show created by Relay for Life participants Team Mission Possible, has been rescheduled to May 19 due to weather concerns.

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Gaining closure 45 years later

Vietnam veteran visits grave of Fulton soldier

Almost half a century after her husband’s nephew was killed during the Vietnam War, Dot Foster of Fulton finally learned more about what happened to him.

Belden, Blue Jays tennis team add all-SLIAC honors

Westminster College junior Alec Belden on Friday was named to the 2013 all-St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s tennis first team at No. 4 singles.

Friday, May 3

Free National Churchill Museum tours offered

Tours provided to tourism groups

Free tours at the National Churchill Museum in Fulton will be offered to Central Missouri hospitality and tourism industry representatives starting Saturday through May 12.

Ten Callaway County veterans to take Honor Flight to Washington on Tuesday

Ten Callaway County veterans will be on next week’s Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

Harris, Siegel to serve one last Street Fair as chairs

After a decade of organizing the Fulton Street Fair and watching it grow into the modern institution that it is, Tom Harris and Melissa Siegel are ready to find new feet to fill their shoes.

Callaway Singers to benefit Honor Flight

The Callaway Singers will be holding their concert “An American Tribute” on Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. in Dulany Auditorium on the William Woods University campus. An additional concert will be held on Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the same location.

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Speaker, panel discuss gay issues in Callaway, America

Imagine being asked to leave parties, being barred from participating in leadership positions at your church, legally losing your business and family or even being told it was your fault your mother died of cancer, all because of an unchangeable part of your identity.

Lady Hornets fall in final minute

Moberly’s Brittany Kroner produced the game’s only goal in the final minute of play, sending the Lady Hornets to a 1-0 North Central Missouri Conference triumph over the Fulton Lady Hornets soccer team Thursday night at the high school athletic complex.

Blue Jays continue hot stretch with sweep of Ecclesia

The Westminster College Blue Jays’ brother act sparked an eventual doubleheader sweep.

T-Birds’ crazy rally in title game runs out of time

Fatima hangs on for 12-10 win

Turns out, the state-ranked Fatima Comets needed those final three runs. Fatima fended off a frenzied rally by the North Callaway Thunderbirds, who erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning late Wednesday night in the championship of the 19th-annual Fulton Tournament.

Thursday, May 2

Nixon and Mo. House propose money for Mo. capital improvements

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing using $86 million in next year’s budget for work at the state mental hospital in Fulton, state Capitol and state parks

Patrol crackdown nets 2 DWI arrests

During a special Missouri State Highway Patrol impaired driver enforcement effort Saturday in Callaway County, two people were arrested for driving while intoxicated and 16 others were warned, ticketed or arrested for other offenses.

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Small fire extinguished at Fulton prison Wednesday

Fulton firemen extinguished a small fire early Wednesday at the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center, 1393 Highway O near Fulton.

Storytelling concert to commemorate anniversary of St. Mary in Fulton

Though it technically wasn’t built in Fulton, the Church of St. Mary might be the most historic church in Callaway County.

Vehicles damaged while moving under overpass near New Bloomfield

Two vehicles traveling along U.S. 54 were damaged after midnight this week while driving under the State Road AE-TT overpass at New Bloomfield.

Owls come up short in AMC title-game loss to Benedictine 9-7

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — In the end, the William Woods University Owls couldn’t stop Benedictine University-Springfield’s surprising run.

Ladybirds come in second at EMO championships

BOWLING GREEN — North Callaway junior Jaida Gray and freshman Skyler Schmauck provided ample evidence to support being named the Eastern Missouri Conference girls’ sprinter and distance runner of the year, respectively.

Wednesday, May 1

Asphalt driveway paving scam returns

Deputies spot crew operating in Fulton

During the first warm days of spring each year, the asphalt driveway paving scam returns to Callaway County.

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CASA kicks off in Callaway as three volunteers are sworn in

Callaway County foster children now have three new friends they can count on.

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Auxvasse native first from MO named to All-American Team

Auxvasse native and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) sophomore Megan Montgomery has made history by being named a member of the Junior College All-American (livestock judging) Team by the Junior College Coach Association.

Trail ride for local man with pancreatic cancer to be held Saturday

Off-road enthusiasts of central Missouri are invited to a trail ride held all day May 4 beginning at 8615 State Rd. CC in Steedman that will benefit a pancreatic cancer patient and his family.

$300,000 cut from Head Start in Mid-Missouri

Callaway County eludes most funding reductions

Although 105 fewer youngsters will be able to participate in Head Start training this year in Central Missouri, only one of the cuts will affect the Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Callaway County

Hornets take tumble in tournament games

Lose opener to Moberly on late grand slam, drop second game to Eldon in nine innings

Darren Masek liked the way his team fought. Masek liked their resolve and, in spite of their record, believes that his Fulton Hornets are getting better. Unfortunately, none of that translated to wins Tuesday in the 19th-annual Fulton Tournament. The Hornets dropped both of their tourney games, falling to the Eldon Mustangs 10-7 in nine innings Tuesday night at William Woods University after bowing to North Central Missouri Conference foe Moberly 7-6 earlier at the high school athletic complex.

Thunderbirds stay perfect in EMO, overpower Wellsville 13-3

Three North Callaway players combined to go 9-for-9 with four runs batted in Tuesday night as the Thunderbirds stayed unbeaten in the Eastern Missouri Conference by punishing Wellsville 13-3 in five innings. Sophomore first baseman Paul Zerr finished 3-for-3 with a double, drove in two runs and scored once as part of North Callaway’s 12-hit attack. Junior third baseman Chance Kee and junior second baseman Tanner Murphy were also 3-for-3, both with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.