Stories for October 2013


Thursday, October 31

Missouri high school football for Oct. 31, 2013

Scores for district games played Thursday

Here are high school football scores from around Missouri for Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013.

Holts Summit council cites two major budget concerns

Two portions of the Holts Summit annual operating budget raised concern during the Board of Aldermans’ work session meeting on Oct. 28.

T-Birds not concerned with redemption this time against Wildcats

KINGDOM CITY — For the North Callaway Thunderbirds, this rematch is not about revenge and has everything to do with self-preservation.

Fulton loose, ready to battle Chillicothe

The loose attitude at the Fulton Hornets’ practice Tuesday afternoon would indicate this is a group that isn’t feeling a whole heap of pressure.

No. 6 ’Dogs prepare to ‘step higher’ vs. Cougars

MOKANE — With the playoff pursuit officially underway, the state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs are trying to stay one move ahead in order to advance.

Wednesday, October 30

UPDATE: Police ID suspect in Fulton schools lockdown

The Fulton Police Department has identified Ryan Scott Bazer, 38, as a suspect who made a bomb threat against the bus barn for Fulton Public Schools today, Oct. 30.

State auditor gives Callaway courts ‘poor’ rating

Based on missing funds, lack of oversight

Citing missing funds, questionable transactions, failure to comply with legal provisions and problems with accounting controls and procedures, the state auditor’s office has cited the overall performance in these areas of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Callaway County as poor — the lowest of four possible ratings.

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Dollar General surprises Fulton Middle School with $40,000 check

Award given to Dollar General communities to bolster literacy, readership

Fulton Middle School Principal Chris Crane didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he met school district and Dollar General executives in his library today.

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Pumpkins in the Park rolls out at sundown

Fulton hosts third annual contest today

For the third time, the covered bridge at Memorial Park will be aglow with festive, spooky faces and designs tonight.

Holts Summit PD to buy second taser through grant

The Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (MIRMA) has helped another Callaway County police department lower its liability and keep its residents safe.

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‘Paws on News’

South Callaway Middle School students start newspaper, circle of friends

With a recently-discovered mutual love of writing, an enthusiastic group of South Callaway Middle School students have combined forces with the aim of starting a school newspaper.

Lady Hornets’ season ends in semifinal loss

The fifth-seeded Fulton Lady Hornets volleyball team’s season ended with a straight-set loss to No. 1 Boonville in the semifinals of the Class 3, District 9 Tournament on Tuesday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. Fulton was eliminated by the Lady Pirates in a 25-16, 25-12 loss. The Lady Hornets finished the season with a 10-15-3 record. “Boonville is a tough team …” Fulton head coach Megan Youse said. “They’re strong offensively and we weren’t able to hit on the block. “They’re strong; they’re the strongest team here — in my opinion — and we had a hard time keeping up with them.” Senior middle hitter Hayley Tobias supplied two aces for the Lady Hornets, while junior outside hitter Madison Droeste had a team-leading four digs and senior libero Victoria Langley contributed three. Senior middle hitter Ashley Wallace came away with one block. Tuesday night’s setback ended Fulton’s quest for a fifth straight district championship. “I think playing under the big lights kind of got to them,” Youse said. “They weren’t mentally focused … and they made a lot of mental mistakes — being out of position, not knowing who our subs were, stuff we learned a long time ago.”

Lady Owls draw No. 19 ranking in NAIA

The William Woods University women’s basketball team — coming off its fifth straight national tournament appearance — was ranked No. 19 in the NAIA Division I preseason Top 25 poll released Monday.

Tuesday, October 29

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Chinese business leaders visit Fulton

FADC guides tours to highlight expansion, investment opportunities in Callaway County

At the invitation of the Fulton Area Development Corporation and a local business owner, 16 business executives from China will tour the city of Fulton and its surrounding businesses today, continuing a visit that began Monday morning.

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VFW seeks new members

Larry Underwood wants you to join the Fulton VFW.

Westminster drops game to Northwestern 36-21

The Blue Jays lost for a fifth-straight game, dropping their Upper Midwest Athletic Conference game to Northwestern (Minn.) 36-21 on Saturday.

Lady Hornets beat Mexico to open District 9 play

District competition has brought out the best in the Fulton Lady Hornets thus far. The No. 4 seed Lady Hornets turned away the No. 5 Mexico Lady Bulldogs in straight sets by scores of 25-12 and 25-19 in the first round of the Class 3, District 9 tournament on Monday at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. Fulton (10-15-3) will play top-seeded Boonville in semifinal action at 5:30 today. The Lady Hornets are seeking the program’s fourth-straight district championship.

Sunday, October 27

One hurt in Highway Patrol helicopter crash

One person had minor injuries after a Missouri Highway Patrol helicopter crashed Saturday afternoon in Callaway County.

Resource center will help homeless job hunt

Callaway’s CMCA, Our House partner to provide help center

Jerry Damron of Fulton knows firsthand how instrumental Our House can be in getting a life back on track.

Callaway Electric Cooperative receives funds for upgrades

Thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Callaway Electric Cooperative will have the opportunity to make several project updates and improve its system. In total, the co-op was granted a $9.3 million loan guarantee, with $1.9 million reserved for smart grid projects.

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Halloween approaches

Catie, Ben and Anna Markway get candy while trick-or-treating their way through the vendors on Court Street during the Brick District Association’s Harvest Festival Saturday morning.

Local churches, colleges provide safe alternatives to trick-or-treating

Local families will have no shortage of options when it comes to entertaining their children this Halloween.

Fulton Ford partners with annual SERVE Toy Run

Fulton Ford will soon have more than 100 motorcycles on its lot, though they won’t be for sale.

Struggling Hornets tamed by Tigers to close regular season

The Fulton Hornets are still alive. Head coach Pat Kelley takes solace in that fact. Even after losing his starting quarterback, even after dropping a fourth straight game to close out the regular season, Fulton has reached the point of the season where none of that seemingly matters. The Hornets — winners of four of their first five — dropped their fourth game in the last five tries in a 34-24 North Central Missouri Conference loss to the Kirksville Tigers on Friday night at Robert E. Fisher Jr. Stadium.

T-Birds get trumped late by Comets

A combination of unlucky ball spots and tricky play-calling from the Marionville Comets did in the North Callaway Thunderbirds in their regular season finale. North Callaway came up short on fourth-and-inches three times and was outscored 22-6 in the second half of their 22-19 loss to Marionville on Friday night.

Whitmar bows out of Class 1 championships

Fulton senior Suzie Whitmar closed out her high school tennis career with a pair of losses at the Class 1 state singles championships Friday. Whitmar bowed to Villa Duchesne’s Brittany Green 6-1, 6-0 in the first round at the Cooper Tennis Complex. She was then eliminated in the consolation bracket, falling to Kennett’s Hadley Hilburn 6-4, 4-6 and 7-4.

No. 6 ‘Dogs, badgering defense hand Wildcats first loss

State-ranked South Callaway’s defense was masterful again, this time muting Montgomery County’s high-powered offense and splintering the Wildcats’ unbeaten status. Junior safety Cory Hanger returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown with 27.9 seconds remaining Friday night and state-ranked South Callaway posted its fifth shutout of the season while handing Montgomery County its first loss 20-0.

Saturday, October 26

South Callaway falls short in rally for Class 2 softball championship

Bad inning short-circuits Lady Bulldogs’ rally

The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs showed some grit in scrambling back, but couldn’t survive a nightmarish inning in the Class 2 state softball championship game.

Friday, October 25

Missouri high school football for Oct. 25, 2013

Here is high school football scores from around Missouri for Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.

South Callaway to play for first state softball title

Will face Bishop LeBlond in Class 2 championship Saturday morning

SPRINGFIELD — The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs will get the chance to play for their first state softball title in school history after blanking Kelly 2-0 in the Class 2 semifinals Friday morning at the Killian Softball Complex.

Callaway County airman to speak as banquet guest

Annual Vet’s Day dinner slated 6 p.m. Nov. 11

The American Legion Post 210 and VFW Post 2657 will be celebrating U.S. service men and women with the help of a local airman.

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‘Service before self’

Fulton Rotary helps establish chapter in Kibungo

One of Fulton’s service organizations is working to expand that service into the city’s sister community in Kibungo.

Thunderbirds trying to extend momentum before start of district

These surges to end the season are becoming somewhat of the norm for head coach Mike Emmons and his North Callaway Thunderbirds football team. Early struggles giving way to the late triumphs aren’t too hard to explain, either. “There’s no doubt that we played really good competition early in the year, but there’s also the aspect that we’ve gotten better,” Emmons said Tuesday afternoon

No. 6 Bulldogs gear up for ‘great game’ vs. unbeaten ’Cats

South Callaway head coach Tim Rulo strongly emphasizes that his state-ranked Bulldogs haven’t concerned themselves with their positioning in the Class 2, District 6 standings.

Lady Bulldogs go hunting for first state title

Face Kelly in Class 2 semifinals this morning

South Callaway head softball coach David Odneal offers a couple of dream scenarios he is confident any of his players would eagerly embrace with a prime payoff at stake. South Callaway will be shooting for its first state softball title in school history when it makes its initial appearance in the Class 2 semifinals this morning in Springfield. The Lady Bulldogs (23-4) square off against the Kelly Lady Hawks (19-7) at 10 a.m. at the Killian Softball Complex.

Hornets look to turn around vs. Tigers

Winning four of their first five and losing three of their last four has solidified the fact that the Fulton Hornets have yet to play their best game, according to head coach Pat Kelley. “We haven’t put back-to-back halves or games together where we’ve played good offense or defense at the same time,” Kelley said. “And if there’s a game to do it, this is the game to do it.”

Thursday, October 24

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Fulton awarded three grants for police, city equipment

Awarded by city insurance group to lower liability exposure

Thanks to a grant from its liability insurance program, the city of Fulton will have plenty of new equipment intended to keep employees and residents safe.

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Filling the barrel

Bartley students hold drive for food bank

The barrel in the library hallway at Bartley Elementary is already full, but leaders of the school’s student council are hoping to make it overflow.

Luau-themed trivia night to benefit Kingdom Projects, Inc.

As it has for the past 16 years, Kingdom Projects, Inc. will be hosting its annual fundraising Trivia Night on Saturday, Nov. 9.

Lady Owls soccer team blanks Park

PARKVILLE — Sophomore midfielder Jordan McNamara and junior forward Jamie Palermo both supplied goals Wednesday night to guide the William Woods University Lady Owls soccer team to a 2-0 AMC victory over Park University.

Wednesday, October 23

Mid-Missouri Fox affiliate back on DirecTV for World Series game

As of 6:30 Wednesday, the signal for the Columbia Fox station, KQFX, on DirecTV was turned on for the World Series game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox.

Sun seeks fall, Halloween activity info

The Fulton Sun will be publishing a roundup of upcoming Halloween-related activities and fall festivals in the Sunday, Oct. 27, edition.

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Fulton mulls splash pad in proposed budget

City Council agrees to 5 percent pay increase for city employees, waives parade fee for Jaycees’ Christmas route

Further motions on the city of Fulton’s 2014 budget have been tabled until the next meeting, but opposition to the proposed splash pad at Memorial Park arose at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Auxvasse to vote on new burn rules

City Council discusses sewer project, park vandalism

Residents will soon have new guidelines to abide by when planning to burn waste within city limits.

‘Full Ton of Fun’ in Fulton

Callaway County Head Start event to raise awareness for services

The Callaway County Head Start wants its Fulton families to have a ton of fun.

Lady Wildcats’ Kelley finishes 42nd at Class 1 golf championships

New Bloomfield junior Brooke Kelley shot a 96 in Tuesday’s final round to finish in 42nd place at the Class 1 girls’ golf state championship at Sedalia Country Club.

Tuesday, October 22

Thefts hit Fulton storage facility

Tents, shirts stolen from Callaway Humane Society

A theft from a Fulton storage unit has resulted in about $1,500 in damages to a local nonprofit organization.

Inaugural Harvest Festival is for the dogs

On Oct. 26, Fulton’s first Harvest Festival will close out the year’s series of farmers’ markets in the Brick District and raise money and goods for the Callaway County Humane Society.

Ambulance Board continues architect negotiations on building renovations

The Callaway County Ambulance District Board is still in deliberation with an architect firm, but hopes to have a deal to get started on a facility renovation project soon.

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Perfect form

Teen taekwondo champ tackles training

Not many people can claim to be a world champion. Even fewer can claim to have achieved it before age 12.

Callaway County Sheriff’s deputies arrest man after pursuit

A Columbia man is jailed for driving and drug charges after a pursuit through Callaway County Sunday morning.

Kelley in 43rd place halfway through Class 1 meet

New Bloomfield junior Brooke Kelley shot a 28-over-par-99 to finish in a five-way tie for 43rd in the first round of the Class 1 state golf championships at Sedalia Country Club on Monday. Jessica Dreesbeimdieke of Westminster Christian Academy leads with a 1-over-par 72 and John Burroughs leads the team standings with a cumulative score of 342. Kelley begins her final round from the first tee today at 9:15 a.m.

Monday, October 21

Missouri mental health hospital crumbling

Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle agree that Missouri’s state hospital for the most severely ill and dangerous mental health patients is in dire need of repair, but it remains unclear just how to come up with the more than $200 million needed to replace the crumbling Fulton State Hospital.

Sunday, October 20

Callaway cowboy church hosts western-themed event

Even though the Old West has faded into the past, the Crossroads Cowboy Church is giving people a taste of what it might have been like on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Fulton pastor suspected for Kaldi’s robbery arrested in St. Louis

After allegedly robbing Kaldi’s Coffee in Columbia at gunpoint earlier this month, a Fulton pastor is held in the St. Louis Jail following charges stemming from a separate robbery there that occurred Oct. 10.

Callaway nuclear site officials say ‘violations’ are learning experiences

Report shows 225 ‘lower-level’ and 7 ‘higher-level’ violations for local reactor, engineer says public safety never compromised

Officials from the Callaway Energy Center assured the public has never been in danger after a report revealed 225 “lower-level violations” and seven “higher-level” violations occurred at the local nuclear power plant from 2000 to 2012.

Lady Wildcats fall to Bishop LeBlond 14-4 to end season

New Bloomfield’s dream run through the Class 2 postseason came to an end on Saturday. The Lady Wildcats fell to the Bishop LeBlond Eagles 14-4 in the Class 2 quarterfinals on Saturday.

Lady Bulldogs top Highland, secure Class 2 semifinal berth

After falling one game short of the Class 2 state semifinals in 2012, the South Callaway Lady Bulldogs made sure that 2013 would be their year. Senior pitcher Abby Bartley pitched a complete game and belted a two-run home run in the top of the first inning in the Lady Bulldogs’ 15-8 win over the Highland Lady Cougars in the Class 2 state softball quarterfinals on Saturday. South Callaway (23-4) is in the state semifinals for the first time in school history and will play the winner of Kelly-Willow Springs quarterfinal at 10 a.m. next Friday in Springfield.

No. 6 Bulldogs blister TrailBlazers

The state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs made sure they didn’t get caught peeking ahead. Junior tailback Mason Shoemaker ran for two touchdowns and South Callaway’s defense allowed just 101 total yards and forced three turnovers Friday night as the Bulldogs blasted Father Tolton 48-0.

T-Birds batter IndianHawks with run game

The North Callaway Thunderbirds’ running game was more than equal to the elements, and definitely too much for the Clopton/Elsberry IndianHawks to suppress. Four different players ran for touchdowns and North Callaway mashed out 253 yards on the ground in chilly, wet conditions Friday night as the surging Thunderbirds clipped Clopton-Elsberry in a 35-14 Eastern Missouri Conference triumph.

Bulldogs put brakes on Hornets’ offense

Fulton's struggles continue in third straight loss

Defensively, Fulton played about as well as it had in the last five weeks. However, it was the Hornets’ high-powered offense — averaging more than 37 points per game — that shot blanks against the Mexico Bulldogs. Actually, Fulton head coach Pat Kelley felt as if his team was lacking something in all facets of the game rather than just one. “It was just that kind of night,” Kelley said. “It seems like we were a beat off everywhere.”

Saturday, October 19

Holts Summit man sentenced on exploitation charges

A Holts Summit man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to multiple counts in a 2012 case involving sex with a minor in Moniteau County.

Friday, October 18

Missouri high school football for Oct. 18, 2013

Here are high school football scores from around Missouri for Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.

Kaldi's suspect arrested

On 10/10/13, Columbia Police Department Investigators were contacted by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department about the arrest of Anthony Paine, 47 on our outstanding warrants for Robbery in the First Degree and Armed Criminal Action with a bond of $300,000.00.

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Bush Elementary students winners in national contest

Every month, the Fulton Garden Club meets with Bush Elementary elementary students as part of the BAC-PAC after-school care program.

N.B. Board of Education to pursue new greenhouse, efficient lighting loan

Whether they’re inside or outdoors, New Bloomfield Board of Education members hope to shed some extra light on the district’s students.

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Registration begins today for Jaycees Christmas parade

“All that Glitters” theme honors anniversary

The Fulton Jaycees have been helping youth in the Callaway County for 65 years, and this year’s Christmas parade will be something precious to commemorate it.

Hornets try to seize ‘opportunity’ vs. rival

Fulton looking to stop two-game skid

Is tonight’s annual Highway 54 Bowl between Fulton and its rival, the Mexico Bulldogs, the right game at the right time for the Hornets? Fulton head coach Pat Kelley won’t say yes or no, but it’s definitely an opportunity for the Hornets — after losing two straight and three of their last four — to right themselves. “We need to get back on the winning track,” Kelley said. “I don’t feel like our confidence is shaken any; we’re still very spirited at practice, but it’s a great opportunity to beat your rival and any time you have that chance, you want to take advantage of it.”

Lady Hornets volleyball team falls to Hannibal

The Fulton Lady Hornets volleyball team fell to the Hannibal Lady Pirates in a 25-10, 25-20 North Central Missouri Conference loss Thursday night. Senior libero Victoria Langley recorded three digs for Fulton (7-14-3, 3-5 NCMC), though head coach Megan Youse complimented Langley on her solid defensive effort.

T-Birds ‘making progress,’ hope to extend win streak

With their recent schedule lacking in quality opponents, the North Callaway Thunderbirds have concentrated their focus on testing themselves. North Callaway’s last three foes — including tonight’s opponent, Clopton/Elsberry (2-5) — are a combined 6-15. The Thunderbirds (3-4) will try to climb back to the .500 mark when they carry a two-game winning streak into tonight’s Eastern Missouri Conference home matchup against the Hawks. Kickoff is at 7.

No. 6 ’Dogs searching for ‘their ceiling’

South Callaway head coach Tim Rulo is requesting his state-ranked Bulldogs to dig deep during these dog days of the high school football season. With the start of district play two weeks away, Rulo wants to see an upward shift in his squad’s level of play when South Callaway (6-1) travels to Columbia tonight to face Father Tolton (2-5). Kickoff has been moved up an hour to 6 because of lighting issues at Tolton.

Thursday, October 17

South Callaway, New Bloomfield Class 2 quarterfinal softball times set

The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs (22-4) will play the Highland Lady Cougars (20-7) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Ewing in a Class 2 softball quarterfinal. The Lady Bulldogs outlasted Jefferson (Festus) High School at home 2-1 on Wednesday in a Class 2 sectional. The New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats (14-12) play at Bishop LeBlond at 3 p.m. Saturday in another Class 2 quarterfinal clash in St. Joseph. The Lady Wildcats beat the Lafayette County Lady Huskers 7-6 in nine innings on Wednesday in New Bloomfield in its Class 2 sectional game.

Fulton Fire, Dollar General to promote fire safety

Firefighters with the Fulton Fire Department and volunteers from Dollar General will be going door to door on Meadowlark Lane, Plaza Drive, Douglas Boulevard and Dawson with care packages — provided by Energizer — containing a smoke detector and battery and a flashlight as well as fire safety informational materials for children.

Holts Summit signs abatement order on sewer upgrade

The city of Holts Summit has gone ahead with the next formal step in its sewer system update.

Fulton schools to formalize snow routes

Fulton Public Schools soon will have an official alternative for transporting students to school when there are excessive amounts of snow on the roadways.

Lady Wildcats rally for wild nine-inning victory

It was a new feeling for New Bloomfield freshman pitcher Madison Love and her teammates, and she wasn’t quite sure how to express it. “We’ve never really done this before,” Love said. “We’re kind of the underdogs, so it’s really exciting.”

Bartley leans on defense, Lady Bulldogs edge Lady Blue Jays

Even though Abby Bartley’s strikeout totals weren’t nearly as lofty as Sarah Handrahan’s, Bartley emerged with the edge.

Wednesday, October 16

White House: Workers should plan to work Thursday

The federal government is back open for business.

House Roll Call: Vote to end govt shutdown

Here are details of the 285-144 roll call Wednesday night by which the House passed and sent to President Barack Obama legislation to avoid a threatened federal default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown.

Jaycees bring spooky fun in Graveyard Smash Derby

The Fulton Jaycees are giving a chance for area automotive Frankensteins to show off their monsters.

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Think and drive

Missouri activists speak out on seat belt importance at WWU

Three car accident survivors took a packed William Woods University library auditorium on an emotionally wild ride Tuesday in the hopes that others would drive more defensively behind the wheel.

Lady Hornets volleyball team upends Eldon

Fulton senior opposite hitter Kendall Love tallied eight kills and four aces Tuesday night, helping direct the Lady Hornets volleyball team to a 26-24, 25-19 non-conference win over Eldon at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

Tuesday, October 15

FHS senior dies Sunday morning

An 18-year-old Fulton High School senior died after he was found unresponsive Sunday morning.

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Sparks fall on Callaway fairgrounds

Austin, left, and Devin Flowers jump around in a bounce house at Heartland Church’s annual Sparks in the Fall festival Saturday at the Callaway County Fairgrounds.

WWU to host car crash survivors

Making good decisions has never been more important to Penny Lorenz and Keller Colley.

Serve undergoes board change

Every year, the Board of Directors for Serve, Inc. meets in Sept. to select new officers — and this year there was a slight shake-up.

Whitmar earns sectional crown, qualifies for state

Fulton senior Suzie Whitmar had lost her last two matches to Moberly’s Emily McCarter headed into Monday’s Class 1, Sectional 4 individual competition on Monday at the high school athletic complex. But you wouldn’t have known it from how their showdown ended.

Blue Jays fall to Minnesota-Morris in double OT

Westminster senior running back Ronnie Seals Jr. rushed for 230 yards and three touchdowns, but the Blue Jays were outscored 20-3 in the fourth quarter and overtime in a 45-38 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference loss to the Minnesota-Morris Cougars on Saturday at Priest Field.

Monday, October 14

Two arrested after chase through Callaway County

A car chase from Fulton to Hams Prairie ended with a Holts Summit woman and Portland man in custody Monday afternoon.

Sunday, October 13

Pirates wreck Hornets’ homecoming

Boonville throws winning TD pass with no time left

The fourth quarter between the Fulton Hornets and the Boonville Pirates made one thing perfectly clear: whoever scored last would win.

No. 6 ’Dogs bounce back with blowout

MOKANE — The state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs returned to their winning routine in emphatic fashion.

Thunderbirds pull away fast, easily handle Indians

VANDALIA — North Callaway head football coach Mike Emmons wanted to see an initial knockout gap on the scoreboard, and his Thunderbirds complied.

Lady Bulldogs, Lady Wildcats claim district softball titles

South Callaway, New Bloomfield to host Class 2 sectional games Wednesday

CUBA — South Callaway senior starter Abby Bartley helped make sure the Lady Bulldogs softball team would be returning to the state playoffs.

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McIntire Bears become Hornets at Friday pep assembly

Part of district-wide shift to sharing mascot, colors

McIntire Elementary students came to school as Bears on Friday morning, but left that afternoon as Hornets.

Church accepting donations for “The Big Give”

Twice a year, the First Assembly of God in Fulton helps people to give back and take back from the community through its “Big Give” community aid event — and it still needs donations. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, the church will be accepting donations for the event on Saturday.

Fulton receives 25K Monsanto Fund grant

Money to go toward increasing technology in the classroom

The action on the field at Fulton High School on Friday night was not all about football.

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Two Fulton councilmen become firefighters for a day

When Richard Vaughn and Mike West are taking care of city business, they are usually passing ordinances or discussing municipal issues on the Fulton City Council.

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Conservatives rally to bring back common sense

Many conservatives gathered in Holts Summit on Saturday to encourage more common sense in government. The 2nd annual Rally for Common Sense featured a variety of conservative speakers and musicians, all urging those in attendance to take their country back.

Saturday, October 12

Mokane woman dies in rollover crash

A Mokane woman is dead after her vehicle went off the road and she was ejected from Friday night.

Fulton police seek suspect in overnight shooting

Fulton police are looking for the person who shot Tyshawn Logan, 34, of Fulton early Saturday morning.

Friday, October 11

Missouri high school football for Oct. 11, 2013

Here are high school football scores from around Missouri for Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

Hagler replaced as Mo. agriculture director

Harry Bozoian to serve as acting director

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Nixon halts execution

Cites propofol concerns

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday halted what was to have been the first U.S. execution to use the popular anesthetic propofol, following threats from the European Union to limit the drug’s export if it were used for that purpose.

St. Mary's parent cutting 586 jobs; cuts to affect 10 in Mid-Missouri

St. Mary’s Health Center (SMHC) expects to cut 10 positions in the round of layoffs its parent company, SSM Health Care, announced earlier this week.

Westminster students ‘Live in the Light’

Instead of spouting the typical statistics, Rachael Holloway wanted to foster a positive effect during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

New Bloomfield ups paid officer hours to compensate for staff loss

To make up for a loss in manpower, the New Bloomfield Board of Aldermen agreed to increase hours for Police Chief Chris Hammann and one other paid officer at its Thursday meeting.

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Longtime Fulton officer to ‘hang up’ handcuffs

After more than 15 years serving and protecting local citizens, Lt. Andre Cook will say goodbye to the Fulton Police Department today. He starts a new job with the state Oct. 22.

No. 6 Bulldogs look to benefit from loss

No matter the evidence shown that the state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs are capable of playing on a par with a much larger opponent, the impact of a setback is still to be determined. South Callaway will aim to get back on track after suffering its first loss of the season when it hosts Cuba tonight. Kickoff is at 7. The Bulldogs (5-1) slipped two spots to No. 6 in the Class 2 state rankings after falling last week in a 38-33 thriller at Class 4 Battle, Columbia’s newest high school.

Lady Hornets’ season ends in semifinal loss

Top-seeded Ladybirds stunned in other semi

No. 3 seed Fulton scraped out just five hits and produced its lone run in the third inning, ending its season in a 5-1 loss to No. 2 Warrenton in the Class 3, District 7 semifinals on Thursday night at the high school athletic complex. Junior pitcher Brooke Baysinger allowed five earned runs on six hits and four walks in six innings while striking out three. Baysinger allowed the game’s first runs in a three-run second inning.

Lady Hornets volleyball team downs Kirksville

Fulton junior setter Catherine Berrey had a team-high 20 kills in the Lady Hornets’ 25-20, 25-15 North Central Missouri Conference victory over Kirksville on Thursday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

T-Birds’ task: ‘Keep pushing to get better’

Now that the North Callaway Thunderbirds have caught their breath, head coach Mike Emmons knows they can’t afford to relax. North Callaway stopped a three-game losing streak and picked up its first Eastern Missouri Conference win in the process with a 21-14 homecoming victory over Wright City last week. The Thunderbirds (2-4, 1-2 EMO) will try to create some further momentum tonight when they travel to Van-Far for a conference matchup. Kickoff is at 7.

Hornets’ O-line continues to carve own identity

Lack of accolades. It’s an unfortunate side-effect of any offensive line that just so happens to protect the quarterback or consistently opens up holes for running backs — its two primary jobs. It’s a problem any team wouldn’t mind having and one the Fulton Hornets, luckily, are experiencing. “It’s one of those things where if you don’t hear about them, it’s a good thing and they understand that it’s the nature of the beast and they don’t get a lot of recognition,” Fulton head coach Pat Kelley said.

Thursday, October 10

Theft ring active in Mid-Missouri counties

Authorities say burglars are targeting rural homes, businesses in Callaway

Authorities believe suspects in several thefts from rural areas in four central Missouri counties live in the area.

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Sharing is caring in Fulton on Saturday

Callaway Christian Church hosts semi-annual giveaway this weekend

For more than a decade, Callaway Christian Church has called upon area residents to serve as Good Samaritans — donating old clothing and household items to be given to their neighbors in need.

South Callaway teachers school fellow educators

South Callaway R-II teachers may not have been in the classroom Oct. 4, but they were still imparting knowledge on others.

Lady Hornets storm into District 7 semifinals

Fulton tallies seven in first, buries Wright City

The Fulton Lady Hornets softball team relieved any anxiety with an early outburst.

Lady Hornets tennis team settles for second place in District 7

CHESTERFIELD — The No. 2 seed Fulton Lady Hornets tennis team finished as the Class 1, District 7 runner-up after bowing to top-seeded Barat Academy 5-1 in the championship match Wednesday afternoon at the Chesterfield Athletic Club.

Wednesday, October 9

DirecTV drops signals for local ABC station

DirecTV dropped the signals for KMIZ ABC-17 and two sister stations at noon Wednesday over contract disputes.

St. Mary's parent company cutting jobs

SSM Health Care, the parent company of St. Mary’s Health Center (SMHC), is cutting jobs throughout its health system, but the company will not say where the layoffs will happen and how many jobs will be affected.

Mo. WIC funding available — for now

Callaway serves 600+ in program that becomes dubious as government shutdown continues

More than 600 Callaway County women and children do not have to worry about federal assistance in purchasing healthy food during the government shutdown. At least not for now.

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MoDOT pitches railroad bridge plan to Fulton

Bridge demolition would open road to semi traffic, cut Fulton off from railroad

The future of Fulton’s railroad might come down to a single bridge.

Auxvasse council discusses options to address vandalism, neglected property

The city council discussed different strategies to address several different public nuisances during Tuesday night’s regular meeting, including vandalism at the city park and the possibility of a burn ordinance.

Lady Hornets down Palmyra, move on to Class 1, District 7 tennis finals

Fulton’s combo of junior Laurel Royer and senior Grace Hegemann prevailed 7-5, 6-3 over Palmyra’s Lydia Wilson and Brooke Meyer to clinch the No. 2 seeded Lady Hornets’ 5-2 win over No. 3 Palmyra in the Class 1, District 7 team semifinals on Tuesday at the high school athletic complex.

Tuesday, October 8

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Man makes Fulton Kiwanis home for more than 50 years

Though he spent his career as a college professor, Gale Fuller has had a hand in helping Callaway County’s children for a long time.

Home on State Road J burns in fire

A home on State Road J between Guthrie and Millersburg was lost to fire Monday afternoon.

Second Sight Friends’ host 8th annual fundraiser

For eight years, the Second Sight Friends have been providing local retirement homes and community agencies with equipment to help senior citizens see and read better.

Shop with a Cop fundraiser to feature Halloween festivities

Providing Christmas presents for needy children never looked so spooky.

Early morning accident leaves woman lost in woods Sunday

FPD, fire department rescue Camdenton motorist

The Fulton Police and Fire departments came to the aid of a Camdenton woman who found herself lost in the woods off of U.S. 54 at the north end of Fulton following a car accident Sunday morning.

Ladybirds top Mexico for unbeaten regular season

The Ladybirds scored three of their four sixth-inning runs with two outs in downing the Mexico Lady Bulldogs 4-0 in the regular season-finale on Monday. The win also secured North Callaway’s first undefeated regular season in school history.

Sunday, October 6

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‘A Soldier’s Story’

Fulton library program to share artist’s portraits of black Civil War soldiers

Essex Garner tells stories through art.

Sheriff’s office arrests two on drug, other charges following domestic disturbance call in H.S.

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Holts Summit residents on drug charges, domestic assault and other charges Friday.

T-Bird defense helps lead the way to win over Wright City

The North Callaway defense came up big in helping the Thunderbirds ditch a three-game losing streak. North Callaway put the clamps on the Wright City Wildcats, limiting them to just 147 yards of total offense in a 21-14 Eastern Missouri Conference win on homecoming Friday night.

Bad stretch keys Hornets’ fall to No. 10 Hannibal

Brutal. Ask Fulton Hornets head football coach Pat Kelley how it felt seeing his team go from being tied to trailing by 14 points in the final minute of a half and that’s what he’ll say. And it didn’t get much better for the Hornets in the second half against the Hannibal Pirates, ranked No. 10 in Class 4. Fulton was pummeled by the Pirates’ run game to the tune of 432 yards in the Hornets’ 61-32 North Central Missouri Conference defeat Friday night.

Blue Jays downed by Eureka in UMAC tilt

Westminster senior running back Ronnie Seals Jr. ran for 100 yards and a touchdown — his fifth-straight game in which he’s hit the century mark — in the Blue Jays’ 42-28 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference loss to the Eureka Red Devils on Saturday.

No. 4 Bulldogs suffer first loss in shootout with Spartans

It may have ended with their first loss of the season, but the state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs put on a wildly entertaining show with the Battle Spartans. Down to the very finish.

Friday, October 4

Missouri high school football for Oct. 4, 2013

Here are high school football scores from around Missouri for Friday, Oct. 4, 2013.

5-year-old crosses U.S. 54 in Fulton while parents sleep

Father arrested for violation of protection order, more charges pending

The Fulton Police Department responded early Friday morning to a call that a 5-year-old boy had allegedly wandered into Fastlane at 551 Amerihost Drive from a motel room across the highway.

Elected officials split on taking pay during shutdown

Amidst a government shutdown, which has sent some federal employees on leave without pay, Congress continues to debate the budget — on the clock.

Local Honor Flight cleared for take off

Despite gov’t shutdown, local veterans plan to see monuments in 1-day D.C. trip

Federal shutdown or not, the Central Missouri Honor Flight goes on.

Fall Roundup Day to feature Spirit Riders

For a non-profit organization like CrossWind Ranch, dedicated to helping children grow through horsemanship, the Fall Roundup is a particularly touching and exciting event.

Callaway County awaits results in biennial nuclear drill

Callaway County will know by the end of the year how it fared in a biennial exercise to test response to emergency situations dealing with the Callaway Energy Center’s nuclear power plant southeast of Fulton.

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Life parrots art

Kate Bayer and her 23-year-old Moluccan cockatoo, Kalki, see their portrait for the first time on display at Well Read for the Brick District’s First Thursday event.

Hornets hope to handle No. 10 Pirates’ option attack

The Fulton Hornets have gone through about four base defensive schemes in 17 years, figures head coach Pat Kelley. Every one of those years, his Hornets have game-planned for the same tried-and-true offensive strategy in regard to the Hannibal Pirates: the veer option. “If you can point to one team that hasn’t changed much offensively or defensively, it’s Hannibal,” Kelley said. “They do it well and they continue to (do it well).”

Craw’s four RBI drive Lady Bulldogs past Tuscumbia

Senior left fielder Brooke Craw combined to drive in four runs in the first and second innings Thursday night as the South Callaway Lady Bulldogs shut out Show-Me Conference opponent Tuscumbia 10-0 in six innings.

Emmons keeping the faith

North Callaway head football coach Mike Emmons trusts in the possibility of a turnaround. Emmons has good reason to be hopeful, citing a fresh example from the Thunderbirds’ recent history to support his optimism. North Callaway will seek to discard a three-game losing streak when it squares off against Eastern Missouri Conference opponent Wright City (2-3, 2-1) in tonight’s homecoming game. Kickoff is at 7.

No. 4 ’Dogs ‘fine’ being underdogs vs. Spartans

Staring at a suddenly empty slot in its 2013 schedule, the South Callaway Bulldogs football team filled it with a bigger, brand-new opponent. Unbeaten and Class 2-ranked South Callaway will confront its toughest test to date this season when it travels tonight to play Class 4 Battle, Columbia’s newest high school. Kickoff is at 7.

Thursday, October 3

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Police shoot, kill driver after Capitol Hill chase (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A law enforcement official says a shooting at the United States Capitol is related to a vehicle that tried to ram a security barricade at the White House.

Audit says Kinder ‘Waste’ web site not authorized

Report also questions pay raises to lieutenant governor's staff

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder doesn’t have the legal authority to investigate public concerns about government waste, nor to create his planned “Missouri Waste Report” website, a state audit report said Thursday. Additionally, the report said, Kinder’s plans duplicate work already created by state law in other state agencies.

Fulton to inspect sewer line for leaks, cracks, other intrusions

Starting likely this month, the city of Fulton will begin using cameras to inspect the main sewer line in Stinson Creek for structural flaws and other problems that officials think are increasing flow to the wastewater treatment plant.

SERVE accepting applications for Adopt-a-Family

It is billed as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but some Callaway County families need a little help ensuring Christmas is a happy one for their children.

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Water main breaks McIntire routine

A water main break in front of McIntire Elementary disrupted the school’s routine a bit, but did not result in a lost day of instruction Wednesday. School is expected to continue as normal today.

Wednesday, October 2

Coloring the town purple

CARDV, artist partner to promote awareness

Fulton residents will be seeing flashes of purple and teal around town throughout October as CARDV collaborates with a Fulton native and artist to promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Some local agencies feel gov’t shutdown, others dodge affects

“Thank you for calling the Callaway County USDA Service Center. Due to lapse in funding, the (center) is closed effective Oct. 1, 2013, until further notice.”

Cattle disease found in Callaway County

Callaway County is experiencing an unusually high incidence of anaplasmosis, a blood disease caused by a parasite, in cattle this fall, Dr. Bob Barnett, a Callaway County veterinarian, said Friday.

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Reading faces

Jane Mudd to exhibit Well Read portraits

For 16 Saturdays this summer, local artist Jane Mudd has sat down with paint and canvas and made new friends in front of Well Read Books in downtown Fulton.

Ladybirds demolish Clopton, clinch EMO softball title

The unbeaten North Callaway Ladybirds softball team needed just five innings to wrap up the Eastern Missouri Conference title outright as it downed Clopton 10-0 on Tuesday night. It was the second straight EMO championship for North Callaway, which shared the title with Silex last season. “Their focus from the beginning of the season was to be sole conference champions,” Ladybirds co-head coach Sarah Baumgartner said. North Callaway (16-0, 9-0 EMO) racked up its 10 runs on 13 hits in support of junior starter Danielle Cassidy’s ninth shutout of the season. Cassidy (12-0) allowed two hits and no walks while striking out 11.

Tuesday, October 1

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Callaway County EOC upgrades to aid emergency communications

To improve communications, new computers and large-screen monitors have been added at the Callaway County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Fulton.

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United Way raises almost $170K at kickoff

Hits 65 percent of campaign goal in second consecutive record event

After another record-setting year, the Callaway County United Way is 65 percent closer to their $265,000 fall campaign goal.

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Waxing nostalgic

NostalgiaVille owners to close doors, focus on online store

After spending nearly 18 years in the 1950s, Ron and Judi Dunwoody have earned the right to be nostalgic.

YMCA hosts first Fall Fitness Challenge

The first-ever Fall Fitness Challenge through the YMCA of Callaway County is currently underway — but registration is still open.

CARDV offers volunteer training

The Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence is always looking for volunteers. Oct. 1-2 is an opportunity for members of the community to become one of those volunteers.

Ladybirds defeat Lady Wildcats 5-1

The Lady Wildcats managed just one hit, a single by senior first baseman Abby Haas, in their 5-1 loss to the North Callaway Ladybirds on Monday. Ladybirds junior pitcher Danielle Cassidy struck out 12 and walked one in seven innings of work with the one unearned run. North Callaway totaled seven hits with senior right fielder Kaysey Huddleston and junior center fielder Elaine Brinker each responsible for two hits and an RBI in remaining unbeaten.

Blue Jays fall 41-13 to St. Scholastica UMAC play

Blue Jays junior quarterback Joe Plassmeyer was intercepted three times with two of those being returned for touchdowns in Westminster’s 41-13 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference loss to the St. Scholastica Saints on Saturday.