Stories for November 2013


Friday, November 29

Nixon calls special session Monday

Next-generation commercial aerospace production in Missouri subject of session

Gov. Jay Nixon today called a special session of the General Assembly to pass legislation to help the state win production of Boeing’s next-generation commercial aircraft.

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Families, friends gather in New Bloomfield for holiday feast

For the eighth year, those who weren’t able to have a Thanksgiving meal on their own could still get together in good company for the holidays.

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Lessons in Thanksgiving

New Bloomfield kindergarteners share what they learned about the pilgrims, what they are grateful for this holiday

Kindergartners at New Bloomfield Elementary got an early start on the Thanksgiving holiday Tuesday afternoon.

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Holts Summit unveils new city hall

The city of Holts Summit unveiled its new 5,000-square-foot city hall to the public on Tuesday with a ribbon cutting and open reception. With the new space for city employees, the Holts Summit Police Department remains in the former city hall.

Wednesday, November 27

Substation failure causes city-wide outage in Fulton Tuesday

Power out for up to 1 hour before electricity rerouted

Equipment failure at a city of Fulton substation resulted in an outage for all city utility customers Tuesday evening. Customers lost electricity around 4:40 p.m., but the Electric Department restored power to all within 45 minutes to one hour.

Columbia man living in Fulton arrested on outstanding child porn warrant

A Columbia man living in Fulton has been arrested on an outstanding warrant for child pornography charges Tuesday.

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Victorian Tour returns Dec. 7, proceeds for restoration of downtown theatre

For the 15th year in a row, the Fulton Heritage Trust will spruce up Callaway County’s Christmas spirit with a bit of history.

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Holts Summit gets library to go

Lockers to give local patrons greater access to materials

No more waiting for books. Holts Summit City Hall, 213 S. Summit Drive, is now home to the newest branch of the Daniel Boone Regional Library’s Library-To-Go program.

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Hatton elementary receives $2,000 grant

Money to be used for safety program

Students leaving Hatton-McCredie Elementary School will now be a little safer thanks to a $2,000 grant from TransCanada.

Callaway County veterinarian, Dr. Robert Barnett, denied motions for bond reduction

Dr. Robert Barnett was in Callaway County court yesterday for two DWI arrests — one in July and the other in October — for a preliminary hearing and arraignment, respectively.

Ladybirds open with 2OT victory over Tolton

North Callaway junior guard Elaine Brinker splashed home the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2 minutes, 45 seconds to lift the Ladybirds to a 41-38 double overtime win over Father Tolton in its season opener on Monday night.

Tuesday, November 26

Fulton animal shelter within $20,000 of goal

Mayor confident ground will break early 2014

If funds keep coming in at their current rate, Fulton’s stray animals will have a new shelter by this time next year.

Blue Jays drop both games in Wisconsin road trip

Junior guard Verdis Lee Jr.’s 17 points tied a game high as the Blue Jays bowed to Edgewood on Sunday afternoon. Lee — a Fulton High graduate — connected on 7-of-13 shots and 2-of-5 3-pointers to go along with five rebounds and three blocked shots. Senior guard Joe James and junior guard Brandon Moore joined Lee in double digits scoring 14 and 12 points, respectively as Westminster dropped its third in a row. James matched Lee’s five rebounds while Moore grabbed eight to lead the Blue Jays.

Westminster men end soccer run in Sweet 16

The Blue Jays’ run through the NCAA Division III men’s soccer tournament came to an end by way of a 2-0 loss to the No. 6 Loras (Iowa) College Duhawks in the Sweet 16 on Saturday evening. “I’m so proud of everything we did on the field, but it is always sad to lose,” Westminster senior midfielder Michael McDonough said. “It was disappointing, but we all worked hard. We gave it our best shot.” Loras tallied the decisive goal in the 36th minute when Alex Bradley put a shot past Blue Jay freshman goalkeeper Raul Romero off an assist from Kevin Cavers. Westminster (13-9-1) went into halftime down 1-0 and had just one shot on goal in the second half. coming off the foot of McDonough. Tom Fluegel added the final Duhawk tally in the 86th minute thanks to an assist from Johnny Rummelhart as Loras outshot Westminster 11-3 on the day.

Monday, November 25

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California contractor flown to University Hospital after Fulton ditch caves in

A California man was buried up to his waist when a ditch he was contracted to excavate caved in off of County Club Drive in Fulton Monday, sending him to University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Sunday, November 24

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South Callaway High School drama performs comedic murder mystery 'The Butler Did It'

South Callaway High School’s drama department opened the school year with its fall production of “The Butler Did It” on Friday and Saturday. First-time director and new teacher at SCHS, Heather Sheperd, selected the play for the students because of its combination of comedy and murder mystery.

Fulton to focus on communication, staying ahead of big snow

Fulton may see flurries Monday as temperatures dip below freezing, and City Engineer Greg Hayes says local street crews are prepared.

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Jefferson City man pursues artistic passion through Fulton VFW ceiling tiles

The ceiling tiles in the Fulton VFW are more than that — they are pieces of art work. The tiles illustrate the personality of the veteran who has died or had a tile dedicated to.

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Survivors of suicide share stories, work for closure

Eight people gathered at the Callaway County Health Department to honor loved ones affected by suicide and to gain greater knowledge of the subject on Saturday for the International Survivors of Suicide Day. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) sponsored the event, which allowed those who have lost someone from suicide, also referred to as suicide survivors, to network, share experiences and seek advice.

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Free holiday meals to be offered in New Bloomfield, Fulton

During a holiday that is all about being grateful, two different events will help spread that giving spirit by providing free Thanksgiving meals to all comers.

Eight Blue Jays receive all-UMAC football status

The Westminster College Blue Jays had eight players, including three first-team selections, named this past week to the 2013 all-Upper Midwest Athletic Conference football team. Chosen to the first team from Westminster were senior linebacker Josh Bromberg, senior defensive back Jeremy Hampton and freshman kicker Jeff Dickerson. Second-team picks for the Blue Jays included senior running back Ronnie Seals Jr., senior defensive lineman Louvis Johnson, junior defensive lineman Kyle Bryant and freshman wide receiver Mike Washington.

Friday, November 22

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Fulton Men’s Auxiliary to host brunch fundraiser for Kingdom Projects lunch program

The Fulton Men’s Auxiliary will be cooking an all-you-can-eat brunch as a fundraiser for the Kingdom Projects lunch program. Men’s Auxiliary and VFW members, as well as friends of the clubs, will cook eggs, sausage, pancakes, fried potatoes, biscuits and gravy, fruit, fried chicken, ham, green beans and dessert 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1.

North Callaway works on safety plan

North Callaway R-I Schools are taking steps to ensure the safety of their students. Safety and Security Director Doug Kee and district building principals have been reviewing North Callaway’s safety policies over the past several months, and were present to share some of what they have been working on during Thursday night’s school board meeting at Williamsburg Elementary.

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Poverty Week events impart lessons on hunger at Westminster with 'hunger banquet'

Even in a crowd as intimate as the one that filled the Marsh Room in the Mueller Leadership Hall, it was easy to see the disparity between classes at the Westminster College Campus Activities Board’s (CAB) poverty banquet.

New Bloomfield School board, administrators discuss new greenhouse, ceiling tiles

The New Bloomfield School District’s Board of Education listened to testimony for two concerns and heard reports of advancement in the schools at its Thursday meeting. One area of interest was the greenhouse the FFA club and agriculture classes use. Darren Humphrey, the New Bloomfield High School FFA adviser and vocational agriculture teacher, said the current greenhouse is “not functional at all” and presented a possible company the school could work with to build a new greenhouse.

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Sweet 16 strikers

Westminster College students set off party favors and confetti flies in the air during the school’s pep rally to celebrate the men’s soccer team heading to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16. About 200 students attended the pep rally to cheer on the team on Thursday. Westminster’s president Barney Forsythe, men’s soccer head coach Andrew Bordelon and players spoke during the rally. The team will face Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa for sectionals of the NCAA Division III tournament on Saturday.

Bordelon directs confident Blue Jays into Sweet 16

Reaching the Sweet 16 at two different schools, at two different levels, in two different positions hasn’t been all that different for Andrew Bordelon. As a player, Bordelon was part of a Drury University team that got there in the 2009 NCAA Division II tournament. Now, as a first-year head coach, Bordelon is at the helm of a Westminster men’s soccer team that is there for the first time in school history. Both achievements come down to confidence. “Personally — as a player — I went in extremely confident in my own abilities, but as a coach, I’m very confident in my players’ abilities and they’ve shown over these last 15 or 16 games what they can accomplish, what they can do and who they can play with,” Bordelon said Tuesday.

Thursday, November 21

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McIntire Elementary School collects blue jeans for Illinois tornado victims

Blue jeans of any wash, size and shape are welcome at McIntire Elementary School. The jeans will go to victims of the F-4 tornado that hit Washington, Ill. on Sunday after being used for the school’s aerial photo.

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Blinded by science

Addison Milius, 4, holds a human heart as she guesses the heart takes an hour to pump blood throughout the entire body during McIntire Elementary's Math and Science Night Wednesday. Nicole Williams, a medical student at the University of Missouri, prompted the question and said the heart can flow blood throughout the body in one minute.

New Missouri legislation changes school rules on reporting child abuse, neglect

State legislation from the 2013 session has changed how schools report child abuse and neglect, and requires any school personnel to make reports to the Children’s Division of Missouri Social Services through its hotline service.

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Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns Nov. 23

Annual Relay For Life fundraiser to help fight cancer

It might not be Boyd & Boyd, Inc. and Friends’ most time-honored Relay For Life fundraiser, but the Daddy-Daughter Date Night has quickly become one of its most anticipated.

Wednesday, November 20

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Missouri executes serial killer Franklin (with VIDEO interview)

White supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin has been put to death in Missouri. It was the state's first execution in nearly three years.

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Sweet success

Fulton mother-daughter duo teach cake decorating tips at Sweet Temptations

Gayle Moore, 71, is a busy baker. She’s the grandmother of 10 and the great grandmother of 11, and she enjoys creating baked goods for each one of their birthdays. Every cake fits the birthday girl or boy’s personality, she said. She went as far as decorating a safari cake for one birthday, and Moore’s oven is often heated during the Christmas season.

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Celia Commemoration accepting nods for Bierdeman-Fike Award

Inaugural humanitarian award to honor Fulton, Callaway women

This year’s Celia Commemoration won’t settle for honoring just one woman.

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Pro Food Systems a ‘Champ’ in Holts Summit

Champs Chicken provider holds grand opening of new distribution center to local, state fanfare

A Holts Summit company on Tuesday celebrated a multi-million dollar expansion expected to add more than 40 jobs to the local economy.

Blue Jays, Loras to play in Sweet 16 on Saturday

The Westminster College Blue Jays will play the sixth-ranked Loras (Iowa) College Duhawks in the sectional round of the NCAA Division III men’s soccer tournament at 5 p.m. Saturday in Dubuque, Iowa.

Tuesday, November 19

Callaway Sheriff’s Office arrests two on theft-related charges

Two central Missouri men were arrested recently after allegedly breaking into a farm near Millersburg, Callaway County Sheriff’s Office officials said.

Suicide prevention group to host national survivor day Saturday at Callaway Health Dept.

For the second year in a row, survivors of suicide will have a safe place to talk or listen about their experience.

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United Way to revive “Breakfast with Santa”

Santa’s coming early this year — and he’ll be in close company with the Grinch. On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Callaway County United Way will be sponsoring “Breakfast with Santa and the Grinch,” which will be at the Callaway Senior Center 9-11 a.m.

Blue Jays blank Gustavus Adolphus to reach Sweet 16

The run this season for the Westminster men’s soccer team is taking a historic turn. Led by a goal in the 25th minute from junior midfielder Mitch Stewart, the Blue Jays dispatched the Gustavus Aldophus Golden Gusties 1-0 in the second round of the NCAA Division III men’s soccer tournament on Sunday at the Gustie Soccer Field. With the win, Westminster (13-8-1) advances to the Sectional round for the first time in school history and will play the No. 6 ranked Loras (Iowa) College Duhawks this weekend at a time and day to be determined. Loras (17-1-3) tied Luther 1-1 through two overtimes on Sunday before winning the game in penalty kicks.

Sunday, November 17

Local business celebrates two years accident free

The Fulton Aramark location, a uniform services company, celebrated two years of being accident free with a dinner on Wednesday. Trent Thorn, Aramark regional vice president of the mid-central region, attended the dinner. The streak is the longest among the 85 plants nationally.

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No horsing around

William Woods University hosts semi-annual dressage competition

Horses will be trotting in the Rowland Applied Riding Arena at William Woods University as an open dressage competition continues from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today. The event is open to the public. The William Woods Completely Relaxed Dressage Schooling Show started Saturday with WWU students along with other riders showcased their dressage skills.

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Westminster fraternity house reopens its doors

Finally. After a build-up that was 10 years in the making, Westminster’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house opened its doors after summer and fall of renovations.

Saturday, November 16

Missouri high school football playoffs for Nov. 16, 2013

Here are scores from Missouri high school football playoff games on Nov. 16, 2013.

Friday, November 15

Fulton Police arrest three for vandalism

Fulton Police arrested three people accused of vandalism early Friday morning, according to a press release from the police department.

Car catches fire after Fulton driver swerves to miss deer

Two Fulton residents had minor and moderate injuries after the car they were in overturned and burst into flames when the driver swerved to miss a deer, according to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

New Bloomfield noted for hiring veterans

The city of New Bloomfield was recognized at its city council meeting Thursday with the Flag of Freedom award for its participation in the Show-Me Heroes program.

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Westminster hosts appeals court, local case

Westminster College played host to the Missouri Western Court of Appeals on Thursday as it heard three cases. Riley & Dunlap, a Fulton-based law firm, represented the MacVitties of Callaway County in one of those cases.

Mo. food bank to raise food, cash for SERVE

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri will be collecting food and money for a local food pantry in Callaway County.

Veterinarian gets DWI in own parking lot

Robert Barnett, veterinarian at self-owned Callaway County Veterinary Clinic for large animals, will be in court on Nov. 26 facing his fourth DWI charge along with the charge of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident.

Riddle ready for senate bid

Callaway’s state representative says she’s campaining for state senate seat

State Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, officially announced Thursday her intentions to run for Missouri State Senate District 10.

Emmons draws curtain on career with T-Birds

Retires with 157-94 record in 24 years at North Callaway

Mike Emmons made a pledge of stability and fulfilled it. When Emmons arrived at North Callaway as a 25-year-old assistant in 1988 under new head football coach Craig Fasel, the pair were promptly made aware that the Thunderbirds were starting their fourth straight season under a different coach. “Craig and I vowed that we weren’t going to be that type,” Emmons said Thursday afternoon in his office. “We were going to be here and make a commitment to the team, and I honored it.”

Thursday, November 14

Emmons retires as North Callaway football coach

KINGDOM CITY — Mike Emmons announced in an email late this morning that he is retiring as head football coach at North Callaway. Emmons said in the email he will continue to teach at North Callaway and will add a few more administrative responsibilities, but that he decided to give up his coaching duties to spend more time with his family.

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Fulton High readies to unveil its ‘fab’ lab

Board gets tour of new lab, district to host open house

In a recently remodeled classroom at Fulton High School Wednesday night, a group of fascinated adults gathered around a work bench, oohing and aahing over a small machine as it slowly, but surely worked at printing a 3-D model.

City eyes purchasing natural gas further in advance

Would potentially keep costs lower, level for rate payers

The city of Fulton is seeking to buy 40 percent of its natural gas up to a decade in advance to keep rate prices level.

South Callaway seeks better attendance

The South Callaway School Board heard testimony from the district’s principals (early education through high school) on ways to improve attendance overall in the district at its Wednesday meeting. The district did not meet MSIP5 attendance standards last year.

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Fulton Middle School "pumps up the purple" on cystic fibrosis awareness

The Fulton Middle School student council sponsored an event Wednesday called “Pump Up the Purple” to raise awareness about cystic fibrosis (CF), a condition in which thick mucus clogs lungs. The inspiration for the event was 1-year-old Lizzy Metz, the niece of the student council’s sponsor and special education teacher Janet Trowbridge.

No. 19 Lady Owls rip Haskell 70-39

William Woods University senior guard Andraquay Quinnine put up a game-high 16 points as the No. 19 Lady Owls demolished Haskell Indian Nations (Kan.) University 70-39 on Wednesday night at Anderson Arena.

Wednesday, November 13

Fulton Council votes on employee coverage under health care law

The Fulton City Council agreed to shoulder fees for the city’s employees if they make good on their annual checkups, but passed on any increases in dependent coverage at the Tuesday council meeting.

Holts Summit to assess sewage treatment options

The Holt Summit Board of Aldermen is assessing how it would like to move forward with sewage treatment. The city has two options: connect its sewer treatment with Jefferson City’s or build a new treatment facility in Holts Summit.

Holiday Open House to kick off the season

Holiday Open House to kick off the season

Downtown Fulton is going to look a lot like Christmas Friday night for the annual Holiday Open House.

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Fighting with fire

Merit McLeod, Fulton firefighter, looks on at a simulated fire at Westminster College on Tuesday.

Lady Wildcat trio earns all-region softball recognition

New Bloomfield senior shortstop Bethany Craighead was named second-team all-region while first baseman Abby Haas and freshman pitcher Madison Love both were honorable mentions.

Tuesday, November 12

Tourism Board discusses concrete repair around Kingdom City center

A group formed to promote tourism to Fulton and Callaway County might soon need to turn its focus to building repair.

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McCray thankful for past, looks to future at Veterans Day Banquet

South Callaway native guest speaker at VFW, American Legion event

City, county and state officials were among the crowd of more than 140 packed into the Fulton VFW Monday evening, but the real guest of honor was an Air Force colonel.

No. 8 Falcons halt No. 6 Bulldogs' season again

The Blair Oaks Falcons, aided by a wicked wind, extinguished the South Callaway Bulldogs' hopes again of making it to the Class 2 quarterfinals for the first time. Blair Oaks benefitted from South Callaway's punting hardships while kicking into the wind in the third quarter, and the Falcons scored 10 points during that span to knock off the Bulldogs 17-7 in the District 6 championship Monday night.

Blue Jays to play NCAA opener against Carleton

The Westminster Blue Jays will face the Carleton College Knights in the first round of the NCAA Division III men’s soccer tournament as was announced on Monday. The Blue Jays — one of 61 teams in the field — will play on Nov. 15 at the Gustavus Soccer and Track Complex in Saint Peter, Minn

Monday, November 11

Missouri high school football playoffs for Nov. 11, 2013

Here are scores from Missouri high school football playoff games on Nov. 11, 2013.

A ‘novel’ idea

Aspiring local authors gather for National Write a Novel Month

Members of the Fulton Writers Group are not the only ones who have been bitten by the writing bug.

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The ‘write’ stuff

Local writing group provides place to share

Nov. 6 was the first Thursday of the month, and at Well Read Books that means a cozy circle of chairs drawn together after hours for a meeting of the Fulton Writers Group.

Sunday, November 10

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Harlem Swish member sends drug-free message through comedy basketball

“Magic” Valentino Willis, a Harlem Swish Comedy Basketball member, taught elementary and middle school students in the South Callaway districts about the dangers of drugs and alcohol through comedy basketball on Friday, Nov. 8.

Blue Jays hold off Webster 2-1, claim SLIAC men's soccer title

Sophomore Samuel Lopez connected on a penalty kick 44 seconds into the game and No. 1 seed Westminster College went on to clip No. 2 Webster University 2-1 to secure the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s soccer title Friday night. The Blue Jays (11-8-1) secured the SLIAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament and their opponent will be announced Monday.

Crawford takes 33rd at Class 2 cross country championships

North Callaway senior Adam Crawford capped off his only trip to the Class 2 state cross country championships with a 33rd-place finish of 17 minutes, 49.60 seconds Saturday at the Oak Hills Golf Center. Lamar junior Kaden Overstreet won the Class 2 individual state title in 16:35.22 and Fatima came away with the team championship with an average time of 17:29.04. South Callaway senior Andrea Rodriguez, a first-time qualifier, crossed the finish line in 21:44.18 to place 38th in the Class 2 girls’ championship. Fellow senior Taylor Howard — a four-time qualifier — finished 64th in 22:24.52. Sophomore Courtney Rodgers of Lutheran (St. Peters) captured the Class 2 individual title, running a time of 19:24.98. Fatima also secured the girls’ team championship, averaging 20:43.06 per runner. Fulton junior Grant Gaines — a first-time qualifier — took 67th in the Class 3 boys’ race in 17:53.00. Festus junior Tyler Gillam clocked a time of 15:57.48 to win the individual title, while Potosi’s average of 16:43.79 earned it the team championship.

No. 6 ’Dogs, No. 8 Falcons to tussle again for title

Slogging through the mire hasn’t been a sticking point for the South Callaway Bulldogs through the first two games of Class 2, District 6 play.

Saturday, November 9

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Local NAACP dinner focuses on past, present

Year after year, the Fulton NAACP and Youth Life Improvement Association have celebrated Callaway County’s African American seniors. For the 26th consecutive year, they did just that with their Senior Citizens’ annual Holiday Luncheon on Friday at Sir Winston’s in Fulton.

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Holts Summit veteran takes war to courtroom

Shawn Lee is used to fighting for what he believes in. The Holts Summit native spent eight years in the Army, rising to the rank of staff sergeant while serving tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Friday, November 8

Fulton schools bomb threat suspect in custody

Bazer turns self in on attorney Friday morning

The suspect in the Fulton Public Schools bus barn bomb threat Oct. 30 that left three schools on lockdown has turned himself in, Fulton police told the Fulton Sun this morning.

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South Callaway Elementary celebrates veterans

South Callaway Elementary student Avery Gerlt hands a thank-you slip and lapel pin to his great grandfather who served in World War II at the South Callaway Elementary veterans assembly on Nov. 8.

Missouri Western Court of Appeals to hear three cases at Westminster

The public will have an opportunity to observe three Missouri Western Court of Appeals cases on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Westminster College.

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William Woods students help SERVE secure grant

The SERVE food pantry received $33,000 from the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, thanks in part to the efforts of two William Woods University students.

‘Significant’ source of excess flow to Fulton sewer plant found

City identifies manhole, cracked pipes as factors in inflow, infiltration

The company contracted by the city of Fulton hasn’t finished its closed-circuit video inspection of the city’s sewer lines, but city officials have already identified two sources of excess water overworking the sewer plant.

Blue Jays soccer team to host SLIAC title game tonight

The top-seeded Westminster College Blue Jays gave up a score in the game’s first 2 minutes before pounding No. 4 Greenville (Ill.) College with four unanswered goals in a 4-1 victory in the semifinals of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason men’s soccer tournament Wednesday night at Battle High School.

Tilson seven Hornets on all NCMC football team

Fulton senior wide receiver Chris Tilson was named a first-team selection on the 2013 all-North Central Missouri Conference football team announced Tuesday.

Thursday, November 7

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Barnes named FPD chief of detectives

Fulton Police Chief Steve Myers selected Jason Barnes as the department's new chief of detectives on Monday, Oct. 28. With Barnes' promotion, Officer Dal Hedges replaced Barnes as a detective, a position Barnes now oversees.

Westminster to host state appeals court next week

The Missouri Court of Appeals' Western District will hear arguments in three cases Nov. 14 at Westminster College in Fulton.

Our House to host second holiday dinner at Westminster College

On Dec. 15, Callaway County residents will be able to enjoy a warm meal that will help give the county’s homeless population a warm bed.

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Holiday events at Churchill Museum kick off with Victorian Christmas Nov. 14

New traditions to continue with tree lighting Dec. 2

For three decades, the National Churchill Museum has been a key part of Fulton’s Christmas celebration.

Hanger, No. 6 Bulldogs rule rematch with Wildcats

Cory Hanger allowed the Montgomery County Wildcats an entire 13 seconds to bask in their only lead of the night.

No. 5 Pintos pull plug on Hornets' season

Fulton Hornets head coach Pat Kelley made special note of the effectiveness of the state-ranked California Pintos’ misdirection running game entering Wednesday night’s Class 3, District 6 semifinal. No. 1 seed California didn’t stray from that scouting report, scoring on all seven of its possessions in handing fifth-seeded Fulton a season-ending 49-0 defeat.

Wednesday, November 6

Missouri high school football playoffs for Nov. 6, 2013

Here are high school football playoff scores from around Missouri for Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.

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Fulton Sun to gather hats, gloves for warming tree

Once again teams up with Fulton Rotary on coat drive

As Callaway County residents start tallying the things they’re grateful for in anticipation of Thanksgiving, the Fulton Sun and Fulton Rotary are asking them to share those blessings with their neighbors.

Callaway sheriff arrests man for stealing farm equipment

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Fulton man Nov. 3 for felony stealing of farm equipment near Calwood totaling to about $11,000, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Callaway property taxes to be sent out today

Payments due by end of year

The Callaway County Collector’s office will be mailing out county real estate and personal property tax statements today.

Leading on a prayer

Supreme Court case could affect how local city councils, school boards start their meetings

A case concerning legislative prayer being heard before the Supreme Court today centers around a town council in New York, but the results could just as easily apply to any one of several governing bodies in Callaway that start their meetings off with an appeal to a higher power.

Tested Hornets try to extend season vs. No. 5 Pintos

Through nine regular-season games and one in district play, there’s not a lot that the Fulton Hornets football team hasn’t seen.

No. 6 Bulldogs ready for ‘good challenge’ in rematch with Wildcats

MOKANE — The state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs manhandled Montgomery County 12 days ago, serving the Wildcats with their only loss of the season.

Tuesday, November 5

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A Spirit in Two Worlds

Missourian Jay Hickman discusses the techniques and tools he uses to carve his handmade Native American flutes in a presentation at the Callaway County Public Library Monday.

Salvation Army seeks volunteers

Salvation Army volunteers ringing bells outside Walmart is an image synonymous with Christmas — but without more than 100 volunteers, it won’t happen.

Homes for hound dogs

Humane Society drive to collect unused dog houses for ‘homeless’ pups kicks off

Though many dogs in Callaway County have owners, not all have a house to call their own.

Fulton’s Gaines qualifies for Class 3 state meet

Junior Grant Gaines ran a time of 18 minutes, 17.40 seconds, good for 13th place at the Class 3, District 5 cross country meet at Howard Hills Sports Complex last Saturday. Gaines’ result qualifies him for this week’s Class 3 state championships at the Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City.

No. 19 Lady Owls open the season with a victory

Three William Wood players finished in double figures, led by senior guard Katie Scherder’s game-high 19 points in the No. 19 Lady Owls’ 74-59 season-opening win over Missouri Valley College on Monday night.

Sunday, November 3

Arts Council begins theater donation drive Monday

With an increase in matches from two organizations, the Callaway Arts Council hopes to raise upwards of $45,000 to get its downtown theatre restoration project off the ground.

Auxvasse man arrested after accident reveals pot, gun

An Auxvasse man was arrested in Fulton following a rollover vehicle accident Saturday morning.

South Callaway teachers see benefit of iPads in classrooms

South Callaway R-II teachers spent Friday at iPadapalooza, but it was not all the fun and games the name implies.

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Kingdom Projects begins community outreach

Seeks more exposure for recycling, workshop services through rebranding

People who drive by the seemingly unassuming storefront at 2611 North Bluff St. might not realize there is a resale shop — much less an 18,645 square-foot recycling facility — tucked away behind a row of trees and telephone poles.

Friday, November 1

Callaway clerk supervisor turns self in

State audit alleges involvement in embezzlement, fraud

A former clerk supervisor in the Callaway County Court has turned herself in to the county sheriff following a warrant for her arrest on three felony charges of forgery Friday.

State employees to get ‘Black Friday’ off

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said today state employees will get Nov. 29 — the day after Thanksgiving — as an extra holiday.

Cowherd: Threat response went well, could be improved

Law enforcement awaits formal charges for suspect

Fulton Public Schools Superintendent Jacque Cowherd said Thursday that district staff’s response to a bomb threat Wednesday was good, but added there still is room for improvement.

One year later, commission rescinds EEZ order

One year after issuing a pair of court orders to enable the development of an Enhanced Enterprise Zone in the county, the Callaway County Commission has voted to rescind those mandates.

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No tricks, just treats

Kingdom Christian Academy teacher Michele Auer and freshman Zeke Barnett deliver donations to Our House in Fulton Thursday afternoon. KCA students gathered paper products, snack foods, canned goods and other supplies for the homeless shelter and for Faith Maternity as part of a community service project.

Fulton trips Chillicothe on late rally, gets winning TD with :32 to play

Hornets will travel to face top-seeded, state-ranked California in semifinals

With one drive to extend its season, the Fulton Hornets beat back whatever bad breaks that fell upon them in the season’s second half to extend their campaign. Junior quarterback Sam Christensen found junior fullback Noah Braun for a 4-yard touchdown with 32 seconds left in the fourth quarter, helping the No. 5 seed Hornets to a 34-30 comeback win over No. 4 Chillicothe in the first round of the Class 3, District 6 tournament on Thursday. The No. 5 seed Hornets (5-5) will play at the top-seeded California Pintos in the semifinals next Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Pintos (9-1) beat No. 8 Missouri Military Academy 69-0 in their district opener on Thursday.

T-Birds season ends in loss to Wildcats

A couple of big, early plays provided all the cushion No. 3 seed Montgomery County Wildcats needed to end the No. 6 North Callaway Thunderbirds’ season. The T-Birds fell on the road to the Wildcats 24-14 in Class 2, District 6 first-round play on Thursday. North Callaway’s season ends at 4-6 while Montgomery County (9-1) will play at No. 2 South Callaway next Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Hentges, 'No. 6 Dogs manhandle Cougars

South Callaway will host Montgomery County in Class 2, District 6 semifinals

MOKANE — The state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs stormed past the Lutheran (St. Peters) Cougars and are now ready for the sequel.