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Wednesday, April 30

No. 3 William Woods men claim title at AMC golf championships

CAPE GIRARDEAU — Junior Julian Taylor won the individual event for the second straight year in directing the Owls to a comfortable 39-stroke victory at the American Midwest Conference championships Tuesday.

North Callaway's Coleman, Gray set records at California

CALIFORNIA — Junior Steven Coleman established meet records in the boys’ 110- and 300-meter hurdles, and senior Jaida Gray followed suit in the girls’ 400 at the California Invitational on Tuesday.

Hornets golf team takes sixth place at NCMC championships

HANNIBAL — The Fulton Hornets golf team compiled a 365 total to finish sixth at the North Central Missouri Conference championships Wednesday at Norwoods Golf Club.

Fulton State Hospital client arrested for destroying Callaway Community Hospital property

The Fulton Police Department arrested a Fulton State Hospital client after he allegedly destroyed Callaway Community Hospital equipment and assaulted officers.

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Still crazy about teaching after all these years

Jan Bailey reflects on career of teaching in Fulton Public Schools after being named district's teacher of the year

Fulton Middle School technology teacher Jan Bailey still gets butterflies in her stomach at the start of the school year, “just like all the other kids.”

Fulton Police name Carver Park shooting victim

The Fulton Police Department has released the name of the Columbia man who was shot this Saturday at Carver Park.

Fulton man still in serious condition after motorcycle crash

Boone County road worker received Red Cross hero award in 2013 snowstorm

A Fulton man is still in serious condition at University Hospital after he was hit on his motorcycle returning home from work Saturday.

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FPD making progress ‘little by little’ in Carver Park shooting

Fulton Police still have not released the victim’s name or a suspect description in a shooting that occurred at Carver Park Saturday night that sent a Columbia man to a hospital there, but officials say they are making progress.

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Former Miss Montana shares story about life with autism

A former Miss Montana and her twin sister spoke at William Woods University yesterday as a part of a class project to promote autism awareness.

Tuesday, April 29

MSD’s Jones sets 400-meter record at GPSD championships

Senior Nick Jones established a meet record in the 400 meters, one of four gold medals he collected at the Great Plains School for the Deaf championships last Saturday. The Missouri School for the Deaf boys (89 points) and girls (96) both finished third in their respective divisions. Minnesota swept the boys’ and girls’ team titles.

South Callaway girls claim championships at Owensville Relays

Senior Taylor Howard won two events and took second in two others as the Lady Bulldogs secured the team championship at the Owensville Relays last Friday. In the boys’ division, senior Garner Rudroff triumphed in the long jump and was second in the triple jump as South Callaway finished eighth overall.

House endorses funding plan for mental hospital

Missouri House members have endorsed a proposal for funding a new facility on the Fulton State Hospital campus.

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House endorses funding plan for mental hospital

Missouri House members have endorsed a proposal for funding a new facility on the Fulton State Hospital campus.

Callaway County Humane Society to restructure levels of membership for upcoming drive

The Callaway County Humane Society (CCHS) has recently restructured its membership levels. In order to create and provide more benefits for members the Callaway County Humane Society (CCHS) has recently restructured its membership levels and changed its rewards for donating money.

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Fulton Utility Board sees revised plans for new city warehouse

After a number of revisions to the original plan, the Fulton Utility Board at its Monday meeting saw what should be nearing a final draft of the building plans for the new city public works campus.

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Students experience delight of flight at Fulton’s airport

Kaitlin Nichols remembered lying on the concrete of the Elton-Hensley Memorial Airport in Fulton, watching the airplanes fly above her and experiencing the wonder of aviation as a little girl.

Monday, April 28

Callaway Preps

T-Birds top Bulldogs 14-11

North Callaway senior catcher Chance Kee hit the go-ahead double with one out in the top of the seventh inning of the Thunderbirds’ 14-11 win over South Callaway on Monday night. The win snaps a four-game skid for the Thunderbirds (9-6) while ending the Bulldogs’ winning streak at eight.

Callaway Colleges

Blue Jays earn SLIAC sweep over Iowa Wesleyan

Sophomore left fielder Deion Hughes drove in three runs and recorded two hits as the Westminster baseball team completed a series sweep over the Iowa Wesleyan Tigers with a 7-3 win on Sunday at Saucier Field. The Blue Jays (20-11, 14-9 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) topped Iowa Wesleyan by scores of 13-1 and 15-14 in a twinbill on Saturday.

Sunday, April 27

Westminster cites enrollment, financial struggles in closure of Mesa campus

After a year of operation, Westminster College’s Mesa campus in Mesa, Ariz., will close its doors.

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A reason to dance

What happens on the last Friday of the month in the John C. Harris Community Center has been a 16-year dream for mother Janice Craighead.

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Westminster College honors alumni

Westminster College recognized its distinguised alums Saturday inside the Church of St. Mary Aldermanbury for its 2014 Alumni Awards Convocation. Eight alums were honored individually and the Westminster class of 1964 was inducted into The Order of the Golden Legion — a society of alums who’ve been graduated for 50 years or more.

Saturday, April 26

Fulton PD investigates shooting at Carver Park, Columbia man airlifted to hospital

A Columbia man was airlifted from a Fulton park Saturday night after being shot, police said.

Callaway Preps

Peneston's grand slam fuels Bulldogs

Grayson Peneston didn’t leave any doubt that the Southern Boone Eagles would ultimately regret the decision. After Gordon Arthaud was intentionally walked in the preceding at-bat to load the bases in the bottom of the fifth ining Friday night, Peneston — South Callaway’s freshman first baseman — jumped on a first-pitch curveball and planted it over the fence in left for a grand slam. Peneston’s blast powered the Bulldogs’ five-run outburst in the inning, breaking a 1-1 tie, and triggered South Callaway’s 6-1 triumph over Southern Boone. The victory was the eighth in a row for the Bulldogs, raising their season record to 11-3.

Hornets’ bats wilt in NCMC loss to Hannibal

Fulton stops slide with earlier win over Blair Oaks

Fulton Hornets head coach Darren Masek described his team’s hitting approach against the Hannibal Pirates as “backwards.” Looking at Fulton’s offensive output — a scant run on just three hits — and it’s hard to argue with him. The Hornets plated their only run in the second inning while Hannibal did all of its damage in the first two frames in dispatching Fulton 6-1 in North Central Missouri Conference play Friday night at the high school athletic complex. It was the second game of the day for the Hornets (9-8, 4-6 NCMC), who topped the state-ranked Blair Oaks Falcons 4-1 in the first contest to snap their six-game losing streak.

Callaway Colleges

Bowden, Schemmer masterful, No. 21 Lady Owls easily advance

The Hannibal-LaGrange Lady Trojans must have had a crushing sense of deja vu against William Woods University senior starters MacKenzie Bowden and Becca Schemmer. Bowden and Schemmer fashioned a pair of one-hit shutouts Friday as the No. 21 William Woods Lady Owls easily swept Hannibal-LaGrange 9-0 and 5-0 in their American Midwest Conference Tournament quarterfinal series at Backer Sports Complex.

MUSTANG arrests Fulton man on drug dealing charges

A Fulton man was arrested Friday after the regional drug task force executed a search warrant at his home on Westminster Avenue on Friday.

Friday, April 25

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Fulton schools foundation help teachers provide more opportunities for students

The Fulton Public Schools Foundation named the recipients of its annual grant program Wednesday night — nine projects ranging from increasing technology in the classroom to starting a coffee shop at the middle school.

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Year in Review: A Look Back on Westminster College and William Woods University

Read about the highlights from the 2013-2014 school year for Westminster College and William Woods University.

William Woods University alumni weekend to feature groundbreaking ceremony

William Woods University will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its Sorority Circle on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. on the Sorority Circle site, which is in between the McNutt Campus Center and Aldrige Recreation Center.

Thursday, April 24

Callaway Roundup

Bulldogs golf team takes third place at Palmyra

Sophomore Logan Taylor shot a 77 to lead the South Callaway Bulldogs golf team to a third-place finish in the Palmyra Tournament on Wednesday. Freshman Blake Parker was next with a 79 for South Callaway, which compiled a 346 team score. Palmyra secured the team championship with a 302 and Louisiana — sparked by medalist Justin Lenz’s 3-over par 73 — was a distant second with a 322.

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Storm blows down tree in Fulton

Wind tore a large spruce tree out of the ground at 10th Street and West Avenue in Fulton, blocking 10th and causing Fulton fire and police officials to divert traffic while crews removed the debris.

Lawmakers rewrite Missouri's criminal code

Governor will have 15 days to sign or veto the bill after he gets it early next week.

Fulton's Danuser to be featured in show on The Science Channel

Local manufacturing company Danuser will be featured on The Science Channel’s "How It’s Made" television program at 8 p.m. today, April 24.

Library offers new digital video, music service

Patrons can access movies, television, audiobooks and more online

The library isn’t all about books anymore. The Daniel Boone Regional Library system, including the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton, launched a new service Wednesday that will allow patrons to check out digital videos, music and books through the website.

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Fulton Public Schools honor retirees, service to district

Jan Bailey of Fulton Middle School named Teacher of the Year

Fulton Public Schools held its End of the Year Gathering on Wednesday night, paying tribute to departing staff members and honoring the service of several others.

Wednesday, April 23

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Police arrest Fulton man on cocaine charges

Fulton Police and a regional drug task force arrested a Fulton man on an outstanding warrant for drug-related charges and executed a search warrant that netted more than 10 grams of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia, a press release stated.

Callaway Roundup

No. 21 Lady Owls to host HLG in AMC quarterfinals Friday

Fresh off winning its first American Midwest Conference regular-season title since 2009, the No. 21 William Woods University softball team has drawn the top seed for the conference’s postseason tournament.

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Westminster students work to plant seeds of hope in Western Sahara

Project seeks support for plan to start organic gardens in refugee camp

Mulay Smara was born and raised in the largest refugee camp in the Western Sahara, where his family has lived for more than 34 years after being displaced by a Moroccan takeover of their homeland.

After delayed start, Auxvasse aldermen discuss nuisance dogs, sewer connections

The Board of Aldermen meeting here, scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., got off to a late start due to a lack of quorum until 6:54 p.m. Tuesday.

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Fulton approves final splash pad design, Seventh Street Bridge bid

After logistics forced the city of Fulton to change its plans in implementing a splash pad at Memorial Park, the city council approved a final plan for its design.

Tuesday, April 22

Callaway Preps

Bulldogs hammer Hermann, push winning streak to seven

The South Callaway Bulldogs baseball team continues to punish the ball, as well as its opponents. Senior starter Smith Kemper, senior right fielder Gordon Arthaud and junior left fielder Mason Shoemaker combined for eight hits and nine runs batted in as South Callaway stretched its winning streak to seven games with a 15-0 blitz of non-conference foe Hermann on Tuesday night.

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Riddle, House Majority Floor Leader try to dispel rumors surrounding Fulton State Hospital funding

Funding still a go for new building

Representative Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, and House Majority Floor Leader John Diehl, R-Town and Country, addressed what Diehl called “rhetoric that’s been going around the capitol the past couple days” regarding funding for a new Fulton State Hospital and a possible broad-based tax cut with House Bill 509.

Missouri House panel endorses bonding plan

A Missouri House panel has endorsed a bonding proposal that calls for spending at least $200 million on a new state mental health facility in Fulton.

Westminster College to close Mesa campus

Westminster College announces it will close its Mesa, Ariz. campus, effective at the end of the spring 2014 semester, responding to less than expected enrollment and market demand at that location.

Callaway County residents see state, local taxes waived during Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday

For the first year since the Show-Me Green Sales Tax Holiday was established in 2009, all local entities in Callaway County are providing tax exemptions for shoppers on Energy Star appliances.

Mayor’s prayer breakfast to feature Food Bank director Kirkpatrick

While Fulton residents share breakfast and fellowship during the 2014 Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, Mayor LeRoy Benton hopes they’ll take a moment to think about those without.

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Callaway County Head Start’s 100 Man Luncheon returns Thursday

Callaway County Head Start in Fulton is inviting area men to help make a difference in a child’s life for the 14th year in a row this Thursday.

Monday, April 21

Callaway Colleges

No. 21 Lady Owls sweep Lyon, clinch AMC regular season crown

William Woods has guaranteed itself a spot in the NAIA National Tournament. The 21st-ranked Lady Owls swept the Lyon (Ark.) Lady Scots by scores of 8-2 and 2-0, respectively on Saturday to secure the program’s first American Midwest Conference regular season championship since 2009.

Callaway Preps

Hornets flattened by Fatima, drop fourth in a row

Fulton gave up 11 runs in the fourth inning — including seven with two outs — in falling to the Fatima Comets 14-3 in five innings on Monday.

Fulton man turns self in after chase Saturday night

A Fulton man turned himself in after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase Saturday night.

Sunday, April 20

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Morels and Microbrews returns to Fulton on Saturday

Though last year’s rainy, cool spring made for slim pickings among morel hunters, the Brick District’s inaugural Morels and Microbrews festival drew large crowds downtown and was considered a hit.

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Portland tree farmers receive statewide recognition for conservation efforts

Bill and Margie Haag honored as Tree Farmers of the Year from Missouri Department of Conservation

When Bill and Margie Haag purchased 185 acres in Portland, they wanted an open space to hunt and enjoy the outdoors. But one question let the Haags to a dedication to conservation.

Williamsburg woman receives lifetime achievement award from Conservation Federation

Pat Jones has loved spending time outdoors since childhood summers spent on a family farm in Eureka.

Saturday, April 19

Callaway Colleges

Owls sweep Mid-Continent, extend win streak to five

The Owls scored all their runs in the first three innings as the downed the Cougars 7-2 to secure a doubleheader and series sweep on Saturday. William Woods (32-9, 17-7 American Midwest Conference) prevailed 17-3 in the the day’s first game 17-3 while triumphing in the series opener 7-2 on Friday as its now won five game in a row.

Friday, April 18

Fulton, Callaway Humane Society group combine forces for canine events in May

Today is the last day to guarantee a T-shirt by registering for the city of Fulton’s annual Tails on the Trail dog run/walk, and this year’s event features a special treat for pets and owners alike.

Callaway County United Way announces Fall 2014 campaign goal

Group hopes to raise $280,000 to benefit local aid organizations

Coming off of two record-setting years, the Callaway County United Way has set its sights even higher for its Fall 2014 campaign goal.

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New hunter/jumper professor saddles up for William Woods University

Susie Ouderkirk’s path to William Woods University started on her Aunt Janet’s Kansas farm. Ouderkirk, William Woods’ new hunter/jumper professor, spent summers as a “little horse-crazy girl” at the age of five with her Aunt Janet whose farm came with an older male horse. Aunt Janet would hop Ouderkirk on the horse and told her to “go for it.”

Lawmaker accuses Ameren of hurting schools with assessment complaints

A state lawmaker thinks Ameren Missouri’s complaint about assessed property values will hurt schools and county governments.

Thursday, April 17

Callaway Preps

Jensen hurls five-hit shutout, strikes out nine as Wildcats rip Belle

Sophomore starter Clay Jensen threw a five-hit shutout and struck out nine Thursday night, powering the New Bloomfield Wildcats to a 12-0, five-inning blitz of non-conference foe Belle. New Bloomfield (5-5) took control in the early going, erupting for seven runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Wildcats added a run in the third and tallied four more in the fourth as the game was called on the mercy rule. Jensen issued just one walk and needed only 62 pitches to complete the impressive victory.

Slow start shackles Hornets in NCMC loss to Moberly

If there’s one thing Fulton Hornets head coach Darren Masek is still trying to figure out with his team, it’s what causes its slow starts. With Fulton now three games into a losing skid — a streak that was preceded by six consecutive wins — Masek would like to figure out what the problem is now more than ever. “We just have to play baseball from the first inning to the last inning,” Masek said. “We’ve struggled this year getting off to real good starts; I don’t know why.”

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Repeat DWI offender drives wrong way in Callaway

An alleged repeat DWI offender was pulled over for driving the wrong way on U.S. Highway 54 between Auxvasse and Kingdom City early Thursday morning and arrested to driving while intoxicated, according to a press release from the Callaway County Sheriff's Office.

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JCPD cancels advisory after girl found safe

8-year-old Eboni K. Coney-King has been located safe in the St. Louis area. An earlier Endangered Person Advisory for her has been canceled.

Callaway County to host use tax meeting, mulls placing it on the August ballot

As the Callaway County Commission contemplates placing a use tax on the August ballot — and encourages municipalities in the county to do the same — it is hosting a public information meeting to help educate local voters.

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Fulton considers drawing from MoDOT grant in advance to fund Seventh Street Bridge

The Fulton City Council learned Tuesday that the Seventh Street bridge project would have a $100,000 higher price tag than originally intended, due to time restraints on both the project and area bridge workers.

Fulton School Board hears about technology, budget

Over the past several years, technology has taken on increasingly larger role in the classroom.

Wednesday, April 16

Murphy stays unbeaten, T-Birds perfect in EMO

MONTGOMERY CITY — Senior starter Tanner Murphy remained unbeaten with his third win of the season and the North Calllaway Thunderbirds stayed perfect in the Eastern Missouri Conference with a 6-3 win over Montgomery County on Wednesday night.

S. Callaway boys, girls sweep SMC track titles

MOKANE — The South Callaway Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs encountered little resistance in rolling to a sweep of the Show-Me Conference track and field championships.

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New members sworn in to ambulance board

With only two candidates for two open seats, the Callaway County Ambulance District Board of Directors did not hold an election April 8. Nonetheless, new board members Brian Schmidt and Clay Chism — who were sworn in answered some of the same questions posed to other local candidates.

Ambulance board takes closer look at call statistics

Changes in call volume and statistics has been a frequent topic of discussion for the Callaway County Ambulance District Board of Directors over the past year.

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South Callaway grad, MMA fighter signs UFC contract

Alex White takes on Estevan Payan in short-notice televised bout April 19

Pretty much everyone who remembers Alex White from the time he attended South Callaway High School before graduating in 2007 described him the same way: a quiet kid who kept to himself.

Utility bill 'dead on arrival' after landlord complaints

Council opts to pursue business practice changes before making landlords liable for renter bills

After three landlords spoke out against a proposed, tentative ordinance that would make them liable for their tenants' utility bills during the comment period of Tuesday's City Council meeting, Fulton Mayor LeRoy Benton told the council it likely wouldn't even have to turn the measure down.

Tuesday, April 15

Callaway Colleges

Blue Jays fluster Fontbonne in SLIAC win

Sophomore designated hitter Ryan Loethen singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the top of the sixth inning and the Westminster College Blue Jays went on to a 7-2 SLIAC victory over the Fontbonne University Griffins on Tuesday afternoon. The win was the fourth straight for Westminster, which is now 15-8 on the season and 9-6 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Callaway Preps

Hornets suffer 5-4 NCMC loss after Boonville scores late run

Boonville center fielder Jacob Francis singled home what proved to be the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, lifting the Pirates to a 5-4 NCMC win over the Hornets on Tuesday night. The Hornets (8-4, 4-3 North Central Missouri Conference) — who fell to Boonville 7-4 in Fulton on March 26 — suffered their second straight loss after winning six in a row.

Fulton woman begins petition for audit of city utilities, grant usage

Fulton financial department holds several rewards for bookkeeping transparency

Citing dissatisfaction with her utility bills and the process of questioning them, a Fulton woman has filed to begin a petition audit with the Missouri State Auditor’s Office of the city of Fulton’s utilities finances and state and federal grant usage.

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FFA plant sale pushes up despite snow

FFA Advisor James Rinck, left, helps Teresa and Tim Kucera pick out new additions to their garden during the Fulton FFA’s plant sale Monday.

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Designer picked for new Fulton State Hospital

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Monday that the state has selected design firm Parsons Brinckerhoff to plan and design a new Fulton State Hospital.

Monday, April 14

Callaway Colleges

Owls split AMC doubleheader with No. 3 Missouri Baptist

William Woods committed five errors and allowed five unearned runs in dropping the nightcap of an American Midwest Conference doubleheader against the No. 3 Spartans on Saturday at Backer Sports Complex. The Owls (27-9, 14-7) dropped the second game 10-3, but rallied to topple Missouri Baptist 8-6 in the day’s first game.

Callaway Preps

Bulldogs bump off T-Birds for Montgomery County title

South Callaway junior center fielder Cory Hanger led off the game with a home run and the Bulldogs set the tone with a four-run top of the first inning in cruising to a 12-2, six-inning win over North Callaway in the Montgomery County Tournament championship game on Saturday evening. “When you score early, it’s a lot easier to play loose,” Bulldogs head coach Heath Lepper. “We’re finally starting to play well together. … The players are starting to figure out what their roles are individually and they’re having fun.”

Sunday, April 13

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William Woods University students help hungry children in Callaway County

William Woods University Greek Life students made pact to feed the hungry through joint philanthropic efforts of sororities and fraternities.

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Fundraising efforts continue for “Super Sam,” local boy with cancer

Upcoming barbecue at William Woods University will help pay off medical bills for the five-year-old.

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On target for fun

Event takes local foster, adopted children to the great outdoors

Adopted and foster children made long-lasting memories as they experienced the great outdoors Saturday.

Saturday, April 12

Callaway Colleges

Owls benefit from balk to clip No. 3 Mo. Baptist

Junior right fielder Nick Spagnola scored what proved to be the game-winning run on a balk with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning as the William Woods University Owls tripped third-ranked Missouri Baptist University in a 4-3 AMC victory Friday night. The two teams finished up their series with a doubleheader Saturday at Backer Sports Complex. Results were not available at press time. William Woods (26-8, 14-6 American Midwest Conference) fashioned its win Friday night after Missouri Baptist tied the game with three runs in the top of the seventh. Senior left fielder Zach Nicols started the Owls’ half of the inning with a single and was replaced by senior pinch-runner Damon Adrian.

Callaway Preps

Defensive hiccups halt Hornets' winning streak at six

Fulton committed four of its season-high five errors during a five-run second inning as the Hornets’ six-game winning streak came to a halt in a 6-3 NCMC loss to the Hannibal Pirates on Friday night. Fulton slipped to 8-3 on the season and 4-2 in the North Central Missouri Conference despite out-hitting Hannibal 7-2.

Coleman wins 110, 300 hurdles, T-Birds finish third at MSD Invite

Gray triumphs in 400 as Ladybirds take fifth place

The North Callaway Thunderbirds — sparked by junior Steven Coleman’s victories in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles — took third place at the 27th-annual Missouri School for the Deaf Invitational on Thursday. With senior Nick Jones bolting to wins in the 100, 200, 400 and long jump, the host MSD Eagles finished seventh.

FPD arrest man for allegedly stealing from Break Time

A Fulton man was arrested early this morning after allegedly stealing from Break Time on West Fourth Street.

Friday, April 11

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Fulton Middle School, Garden Club celebrate Arbor Day with tree planting

Fulton Garden Club passed its gift of green thumbs onto Fulton Middle School students Thursday by planting a willow tree.

New Bloomfield Superintendent David Tramel’s proposed budget could give teachers pay increase

New Bloomfield educators could see an increase on their paychecks if Superintendent David Tramel’s proposed budget is finalized and approved by the district’s board of education.

Thursday, April 10

Callaway Roundup

Thunderbirds crush Community in EMO rout

Senior shortstop Chance Kee and freshman third baseman J.T. Higgins both drove in two runs Thursday night as the North Callaway Thunderbirds handed Community R-6 its first loss of the season in an 11-0 Eastern Missouri Conference romp. North Callaway (6-1, 3-0 EMO) plated two runs apiece in the first and second innings, then erupted for seven runs in the fourth as the game was stopped on the mercy rule after Community failed to score in the top of the fifth. The Trojans fell to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

Hornets blank Bulldogs for sixth straight win

Horstmeier throws third consecutive shutout

Fulton Hornets head coach Darren Masek had a feeling his team might be in for a low-scoring game against the rival Mexico Bulldogs. Not only was Masek proven correct, his Hornets came up with just enough offense to make the difference.

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Fulton Soup Kitchen to celebrate Easter April 16

Westminster’s dining services, Fresh Ideas, to provide holiday meal

The Fulton Soup Kitchen will be celebrating Easter a little early with an egg hunt and buffet dinner on April 16.

Fulton receives honor for customer utility service

The city of Fulton has been recognized as one of the most reliable sources of electricity in the nation.

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South Callaway searches for bids, projects totaling to $5.5 million

The South Callaway Board of Education gave clearance to Superintendent Kevin Hillman to search for bids for facility upgrades totaling an estimated $5.5 million.

Wednesday, April 9

T-Birds make title game at Montgomery County

Will meet South Callaway for championship

AUXVASSE —The North Callaway Thunderbirds reached the championship of the Montgomery County Tournament after a pair of narrow home wins Wednesday.

NAIA moving women's national championship to Independence

William Woods will be host school, receive automatic berth in 2015 and '16

William Woods University women’s head basketball coach Dan Chapla has guided the Lady Owls to the national tournament in each of his six seasons at the school.

Siren in Fulton Wednesday night a false alarm

Fulton residents may have heard an emergency siren Wednesday night, but there was no cause for alarm — just the Fulton State Hospital experiencing technical difficulties.

Westminster College to host community for family fun, games Sunday

Westminster College students are inviting area children and their families onto campus for a little bit of Spring fun at their annual Community Carnival this Sunday.

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CARDV supporters commemorate 20 years in Callaway County

Supporters of the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence gathered Tuesday night to celebrate 20 years of the organization’s existence.

Tuesday, April 8

Callaway Roundup

Gaines wins 3,200, Hornets take second at Bowling Green meet

Junior Grant Gaines provided Fulton with its only victory by prevailing in the 3,200 meters, but it was enough to help spur the Hornets to a second-place team finish at the Bowling Green Mini Medal meet Tuesday. In the girls’ division, seniors Hayley Tobias and Madison Washington, and sophomore Madi Tobias each won events as Fulton came in third overall. Gaines triumphed in the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 57 seconds. He was part of Fulton’s 3,200 relay — along with freshman Tanner Steffen, sophomore Luke Lohmeyer and junior Ian Shoemaker — that took third in 9:51.

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LIVE ELECTION RESULTS: Callaway school boards, fire district and city question

Polls closed at 7 p.m. to elect school board members in Fulton, North Callaway, South Callaway and New Bloomfield school districts. Additionally, Fulton residents were asked about a bond issue and South Callaway Fire District wanted to increase its board. Lake Mykee Board of Trustees also held a contested race. Here are the results, being updated throughout the evening as they are available. See Wednesday's edition for the full story.

Wilkerson denied candidacy in Auxvasse race

Judge rules write-in alderman hopeful owes city utility payments, ineligible for office

Jerry Wilkerson, the Auxvasse man who hoped to land on the Board of Aldermen there by write-in vote, was found ineligible for office by 13th Circuit Judge Gary Oxenhandler due to unpaid utility fees in a special hearing 10 a.m. today at the Callaway County Courthouse.

Judge deliberating on Wilkerson case

After about an hour and a half of deliberation, Judge Gary Oxenhandler has retired to his chambers to render a decision on Jerry Wilkerson's eligibility as a write-in candidate for the Auxvasse Board of Aldermen.

Eureka State Rep. argues against Right-To-Work at Westminster College

Michael Frame offers counterpoints to Peter Kinder, who visited Fulton school last week

Days after Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder’s Right-to-Work presentation at Westminster College, State Rep. Michael Frame visited the school to provide perspective from the other end of the political spectrum.

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Found in Fulton

German-born brothers reunited after 60-year separation

After six decades of separation, two brothers’ journeys for their biological families ended Monday.

South Callaway Fire Board asks voters for two more members

Voters in southern Callaway County will be asked to help bolster the South Callaway Fire Protection District board today.

Callaway Sheriff’s deputies arrest Jefferson City man on drug, stealing charges

A Jefferson City man was arrested in the Mark Twain National Forest west of Fulton on a number of drug and stealing charges Saturday.

Monday, April 7

Callaway Preps

Echelmeier, Hornets top Marshall 6-3

Fulton senior pitcher Tyler Echelmeier kept his team in the game with his arm, then used his bat to assure his team its fifth-straight victory. Echelmeier drove in the game-winning run in the fifth inning as the Hornets topped the Marshall Owls 6-3 in North Central Missouri Conference play on Monday night at the high school athletic complex.

Callaway Colleges

Blue Jays' offense erupts in SLIAC wins over Eureka

EUREKA, Ill. — The Westminster offense kicked it into high gear and closed out its St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference series against the Red Devils in style. The Blue Jays pounded out 15 hits as they blasted Eureka 15-2 in seven innings to close out the conference set on Sunday. Westminster (11-6, 5-4) split a doubleheader with the Red Devils on Saturday, prevailing in the nightcap 16-5 while dropping the opening game 4-3.

JC child found safe in Atlanta

Jefferson City police issued an endangered person advisory Sunday night for a two-year-old child.

Sunday, April 6

Endangered Person Advisory issued for missing JC child

Jefferson City police issued an endangered person advisory Sunday night for a two-year old child.

Auxvasse Board of Aldermen hopeful Jerry Wilkerson’s candidacy in question

Board of Aldermen hopeful Jerry Wilkerson has been disqualified, but he has not given up hope.

Auxvasse Board of Alderman candidates consider plans for future

Candidates — despite pending eligibility — respond to questions prepared by the Fulton Sun in light of Tuesday's election.

OUR OPINION: Don’t let ‘cry wolf’ syndrome bite you later

We live in tornado alley, but sometimes it can feel like we’re on the side street next to the alley. The sirens sound, the TV meteorologists tell us to take cover, then nothing happens.

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Senate to consider project list, includes Fulton State Hospital

Missouri senators Thursday morning approved the idea of selling bonds to pay for building renovation and maintenance projects around the state, including Fulton State Hospital plan.

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Millersburg preschool community unites, celebrates milestone

As kind words and praise continued for Sherri Griffin, founder of Millersburg Preschool, on Saturday during the preschool’s 30th anniversary celebration, she couldn’t hold back the tears.

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Peter Kinder touts support of Right-to-Work during Westminster College visit

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder put forth a bleak picture of Missouri's economy if Right-to-Work legislation doesn't pass during a recent visit to Westminster College. A Democratic representative will present opposition on the subject at the college Monday.

Health Department to celebrate National Public Health Week with events

The Callaway County Health Department is sponsoring events to celebrate National Public Health Week, which starts Monday. All events throughout the week are free and open to the public.

Local suicide survivors support group to begin in May

Three local women will begin a support group in May for those who’ve lost loved ones to suicide.

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New Bloomfield students become baristas with coffeehouse business

There’s a new business brewing at New Bloomfield High School.

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Holts Summit Mayor unopposed, shares insights if re-elected

With Holts Summit resident Aaron Hazelton dropping out of the mayoral race, Lucas Fitzpatrick, current Holts Summit mayor, will be unopposed for the seat. Fitzpatrick shared why he decided to run again and what he hopes to accomplish if re-elected.

Saturday, April 5

Callaway Colleges

Lady Owls move win streak to eight games

The dominance of the William Woods University Lady Owls pitching staff continued, even if its scoreless stretch was stopped. Senior MacKenzie Bowden threw a perfect game in sparking William Woods to a 12-0, five-inning blitz of Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University in the opener of Saturday’s American Midwest Conference doubleheader at Backer Sports Complex. Bowden (14-7) struck out 12 on 71 pitches in her outing as she remained a perfect 5-0 in AMC starts with a 0.00 earned-run average

Callaway Preps

Dews directs Hornets to fifth-place finish at Fayette Relays

Fulton freshman Brandon Dews took second place in both the boys’ 800 and 1,600 meters Friday night, helping steer the Hornets to a fifth-place team finish at the Fayette Relays.

Friday, April 4

Respite Night

Callaway Special Services partners with Easter Seals to give parents of children with autism a break

Callaway County Special Services and Easter Seals Midwest of Central Missouri want to give local parents of children with autism a night off.

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First Baptist Easter Pageant returns after three-year hiatus

For the first time in three years, First Baptist Church will bring Easter alive on stage.

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Early spring storms bring flood of water to Callaway

Callaway County was pummeled with rain Thursday, resulting in lots of water but only two major road closures as city and county crews worked to keep roads passable.

Thursday, April 3

Jefferson City man suspected in Holts Summit robbery

A Jefferson City man is in Callaway County Jail after allegedly robbing a Holts Summit smoke shop.

Weather could cause delay in school dismissal

Two county roads closed due to flooding

After a notification was sent out by North Callaway R-I Schools informing parents that school buses will be held this afternoon if there is severe weather during regular dismissal time, The Fulton Sun contacted other area districts to learn their plans.

Missouri Senate passes $600M bonding plan

A potential $600 million bonding plan for state buildings has passed the Missouri Senate.

Fulton resolution would accept credit, debit card payment for utility bills

If a resolution is approved at the next City Council meeting April 15, Fulton ratepayers will soon have another way to settle their utility bills.

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Evolution of Dance creator, inspirational speaker shares three life lessons

Dancing is more than what inspirational comedian Judson Laipply is known for, it represents a metaphor he tries to live by and encourages others to live by.

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College students learn lessons in law

The Western District Court of Appeals was in Fulton for the second time this school year to hear cases and offer a learning opportunity to local college students.

Wednesday, April 2

South Callaway track teams roll at Russellville

RUSSELLVILLE — Senior Garner Rudroff and juniors Mason Shoemaker and Terry Miles each won two events Monday to steer the South Callaway Bulldogs to the boys’ team title at the Russellville Open.

Callaway Colleges

Owls, Lady Owls golf teams march to WWU Spring Invite titles

The William Woods University men’s and women’s golf teams logged their third and fourth straight wins, respectively, when they swept the championships at their own Spring Invitational on Tuesday at Tanglewood Golf Course.

North Callaway ag advisor resigns

The North Callaway R-I Board of Education has accepted the resignation of high school agriculture teacher and FFA advisor Curtis Bowling, effective at the end of this school year.

Fulton adjusts splash pad plan with new features, circulating water

Original design would have overburdened waterworks, stressed creek

After realizing the original plan would be bad for Stinson Creek waterworks’ budget, the city of Fulton opted to change the upcoming splash pad at Memorial Park to run on circulated, filtered water rather than directly from the lines.

Lockwood, Houghton face off again in 2014 District 43 race

Ed Lockwood, Democratic candidate for Missouri’s 43rd district, and Houghton both sought out Missouri’s 43rd District, which covers all of Audrain County and northern and eastern portions of Callaway County, in 2012.

Exception leaves room for candidate with record in Auxvasse

A subsection in the state law governing elections has left the door open for Jerry Wilkerson to run as a write-in candidate for the open North Ward position on the Auxvasse Board of Aldermen, despite his felony record.

Tuesday, April 1

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New Bloomfield School Board candidates state objectives in forum

The four candidates for New Bloomfield Board of Education were given an opportunity to answer five questions during a forum Tuesday sponsored by the New Bloomfield Parent-Teacher Association.

Callaway Preps

T-Birds whip Wellsville 12-2 in EMO opener

Freshman right fielder Wyatt Branson was a perfect 2-for-2 with five driven in as North Callaway pulled away from Wellsville Tigers 12-2 in five innings to take its Eastern Missouri Conference opener on Tuesday. Thunderbirds senior starter Tanner Murphy allowed two runs on three of the Tigers’ four total hits in the top of the first inning. North Callaway (2-1, 0-1) saw its first two batters retired in the bottom of the inning before senior shorstop Chance Kee and junior center fielder Brandon Hagedorn strung together back-to-back singles. Branson drove both them in with a two-run single to tie the game at 2-all. Branson scored when junior catcher Michael Early reached base on an error at third base and junior first baseman Paul Zerr tallied the final North Callaway run of the frame on a single by junior third baseman Trevor Crisp.

Callaway Colleges

Owls offense keys league win over Park

The Owls pounded out 15 hits as a team in easily dispatching the Pirates 12-4 in American Midwest Conference play at home on Tuesday afternoon. Park logged one run in the top of the first off of William Woods senior starter Bubba Bradshaw, but the Owls erased that deficit three at-bats into their half of the first. Senior shortstop Sam Moon was hit by a pitch to lead off the game then moved to second when junior center fielder Cody Stewart reached base via a bunt single. Moon and Stewart scored on a triple to center field by senior first baseman Matt Thomas to go on top by a run. Thomas would score on redshirt junior designated hitter Dustin Kremer’s two-out single to right to make it a 3-1 Owls’ advantage.

Landlords pack Fulton City Hall to oppose proposed liability ordinance

A proposed Fulton ordinance that would make landlords jointly liable for their renters’ utility bills drew ire from about 30 rental owners and property managers, who packed the Utility Board’s Monday meeting so full it flooded into the more spacious council chambers.

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Callaway group reflects on social progress during Celia Commemoration

Since the hanging of Celia — a southern Callaway County slave — in 1855, community members pondered how much social advancement has taken place in 159 years during the annual Celia Commemoration on Saturday.

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CMCA awards MSD with Community Partner of the Year award

In recognition of their work together on a student photography project designed to shed light on social issues, Central Missouri Community Action has awarded the Missouri School for the Deaf with its annual Community Partner of the Year award.