Stories for February 2014


Friday, February 28

County agrees to upgrade to MOSWIN radio frequency

At the prompting of the Holts Summit Police Department, the Callaway County Commission voted this week to purchase the necessary equipment for the Emergency Operations Center to communicate with the public safety organizations across the state.

Nixon releases capital improvements money

Released money includes Capitol repairs

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C.S. Lewis lecture focuses on connectivity as common theme between religion, science

According to Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, USA, science and religion have more in common than most people would think.

Callaway EOC promotes Severe Weather Awareness Week beginning Monday

Callaway County emergency personnel are working double time to promote emergency awareness next week.

Thursday, February 27

Callaway Roundup

Lady Hornets fall in regular-season finale

Sophomore guard Sloane Totta paced Fulton with a game-high 16 points as the Lady Hornets fell to rival Mexico 48-34 in Thursday night’s regular-season finale at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

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Aging facility means multiple maintenance projects at county jail

A facility that is more than two decades old stocked with aging equipment has led to a series of small but expensive projects at the Callaway County Jail recently.

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Fulton brothers bring grocers downtown

The storefront at 505 Nichols St. is unassuming, but anyone who’s crossed its threshold since Monday has walked into Fulton’s first downtown market in more than 10 years.

CMCA forum generates talking points on poverty in Callaway County

About 17 people spent Wednesday afternoon helping Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) better address poverty in Callaway County.

Wednesday, February 26

Callaway Preps

Ladybirds get another chance at Hermann, will battle for District 6 title

HERMANN — The North Callaway Ladybirds will get their third shot to break through against the Hermann Lady Bearcats, this time in the most important game of the season.

Fulton considers leasing fleet of golf carts at Tanglewood Golf Course

Selling most of current carts would save money long-term in maintenance

Fulton golfers might be getting around in new rides this spring.

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William Woods University play "All My Sons" brings students, community together

When Kathy Potter moved to Fulton, she said she was realistic about the lack of opportunities to pursue her passion — theater.

Auxvasse closer to RV ordinance

With some input from new member Tom Henage, the Auxvasse Board of Aldermen now has a clear plan of where it wants to go with its ordinance regarding RVs inside city limits.

Tuesday, February 25

Callaway Preps

T-Birds’ season ends with a 57-39 district loss to Winfield

The fourth-seeded Thunderbirds logged just three second-quarter points in their season-ending 57-39 loss to No. 5 Winfield in the first round of the Class 3, District 6 touranment on Tuesday night.

Auxvasse man pleads not guilty to murder, assault charges

An Auxvasse man pleaded not guilty to murder and assault charges this week.

Holts Summit man identified as body found in Jeff City

A Holts Summit man has been identified as the person whose remains were found more than a month ago in Jefferson City.

Fulton Human Rights Commission reschedules banquet, revisits poster contest

After three months, the Celia Commemoration and Jane Bierdeman-Fike Humanitarian Award ceremony has been rescheduled.

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Brousters earn cash for SERVE

Two Kingdom City farmers have earned a $2,500 grant for SERVE, Inc.

Fulton Utility Board considers adding landlord liability to late bills

Those who sign up would receive shut-off notices for delinquent accounts

A preliminary ordinance that would make landlords and renters alike responsible for late utility bills was considered at the Fulton Utility Board’s monthly meeting Monday.

Monday, February 24

Callaway Roundup

Ladybirds top Wildcats 53-24 in District 6 opener

Junior guard Elaine Brinker led second-seeded North Callaway with 13 points in the Ladybirds’ 53-24 victory over No. 7 Wright City in the first round of the Class 3, District 6 tournament on Monday evening. North Callaway (20-6) will play either No. 3 Christian or No. 6 Montgomery County in semifinal play at 7:30 Wednesday.

McClure eyes more state titles

Fulton sophomore has desire to be a ‘three-timer’ after winning first championship at 113 pounds

Josh McClure is bound and determined not to be a one-and-done. Fulton’s 113-pound sophomore was already setting his sights on loftier objectives after acquiring his first state wrestling title with a 6-0 decision over Nevada sophomore Dayton Miller at 113 pounds in Class 2 late Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

North Callaway, Westminster communities garner support for injured student

Friends and neighbors are rallying around a North Callaway youth who was seriously injured in an accident Feb. 14.

Sunday, February 23

New Fulton State Hospital funding plan to be unveiled

Legislative plan expected to have shorter timeline, lower interest costs

House Budget Chairman Rick Stream plans to unveil Monday an alternative funding proposal to rebuild Fulton State Hospital (FSH), which he says will protect taxpayers and finish the project on a similar timeline as Gov. Jay Nixon’s bonding proposal.

Saturday, February 22

Callaway Colleges

Lady Owls drop first two games at Alabama Artic Blast

The Lady Owls fell to No. 9 Bellhaven 3-1 in their second game at Alabama Artic Blast on Friday. William Woods scored its lone run against Montgomery in the bottom of the seventh inning and already trailing 3-0. Junior catcher Grace Fritz singled in sophomore shortstop Shelby LeCuru, but it would be all the Lady Owls could do.

Callaway Preps

Ladybirds thump Van-Far 56-20 for share of EMO title

Senior guard Jaida Gray led all players with 19 points as North Callaway locked up a share of the Eastern Missouri Conference title with a 56-20 bashing of Van-Far to close out its regular season on Friday night. They’re conference co-champions along with the Clopton Lady Hawks. “It feels really good,” Ladybirds head coach Matt Miller said. “I’m proud of the team, it was one of our goals we set forth at the beginning of the year. “I’m proud of the team and proud of the seniors.”

Bulldogs fall into late funm state-ranked Eugene grabs SMC title

For three quarters, the South Callaway Bulldogs traded body blows with the state-ranked Eugene Eagles as a Show-Me Conference championship hung in the balance. But as the fourth quarter unfolded, the Bulldogs ran out of punches and the Eagles came in and landed a couple of knockout swings to capture the league crown. South Callaway was outscored 27-12 in the final eight minutes in bowing to the Eagles 59-42 in Friday night’s regular-season finale.

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McClure's perfect run ends with first state title

Fulton sophomore blanks Nevada’s Miller 6-0 at 113 pounds, Benner wrestled for state crown at 182 pounds later Saturday night

Josh McClure exhaled as he made the pronouncement, having just punctuated his perfect season in perfect style. Fulton’s 113-pound sophomore topped off a rare undefeated season at 34-0 by capturing his first state title at 113 pounds with a 6-0 decision over Nevada sophomore Dayton Miller late Saturday afternoon in the Class 2 championships at Mizzou Arena.

Police respond to bridge jumper

A female was transported to a Jefferson City hospital early today after she jumped off the Missouri River Bridge, landing on the ground below.

Friday, February 21

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Weather, cancellations lead to Loafer’s Week delay

Loafer’s Week, for 53 years held the week of President’s Day, this year will take place the last week of March.

North Callaway School Board approves calendar changes

North Callaway will be going from 174 school days and a total of 1,058 instruction hours in 2013-14 to 1,064 instruction hours and 168 student attendance days for 2014-15.

New Bloomfield School Board talks money

Board members, administrators discuss a new grant, 2014 fiscal year budget, greenhouse

Much of the discussion at the New Bloomfield Board of Education meeting Thursday was financially motivated.

Thursday, February 20

Callaway Roundup

Brinker scores 32, Ladybirds bounce Lady Bulldogs 51-42

North Callaway junior guard Elaine Brinker was “phenomenal” in the words of her coach Matt Miller, totaling a game-high 32 points and distributing five assists in the Ladybirds’ 51-42 victory over rival South Callaway on Thursday night.

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Hornets advance five wrestler's into today's quarterfinals

Fulton in ninth place in Class 2 stadnings

Fulton head wrestling coach Eric Hudson made no attempt to mask his dismay. Mind you, five Hornets had just advanced to today’s quarterfinals and three others dodged elimination with victories in first-round wrestlebacks in Thursday’s opening round of the Class 2 state championships at Mizzou Arena.

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William Woods hosts ‘Kids Hoo Care’ day camp

Event to benefit university’s efforts with Lakota children

William Woods University’s Project 123 students are asking Callaway County “Kids Hoo Care” to attend a special day camp this weekend to benefit some of the poorest children in the country.

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Westminster twenty-somethings hold memorial for 94-year-old musician

They may be children of the ’90s, but their connection with the late American folk musician Pete Seeger sparked a memorial in his honor.

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Disaster role-play exercise helps William Woods University improve preparedness, safety plan

"I feel like I'm playing a giant game of Dungeons & Dragons," said William Woods University Behavioral and Social Science Chair Shawn Hull as he jotted down statistics on a pad of paper.

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Nixon, Barnes add voices to mental health rally

Less than a day after a House budget committee voted to strip funding for Fulton State Hospital from the supplemental budget, Gov. Jay Nixon, lawmakers and Missourians rallied Wednesday at the Capitol for the expansion of mental health services in the state.

Wednesday, February 19

Callaway Preps

Ladybirds falter in fourth quarter, suffer first EMO setback

BOWLING GREEN — The North Callaway Ladybirds’ seemingly safe lead disappeared in a disastrous fourth quarter.

84th MSHSAA Wrestling Championships

Hornets set to get down to Class 2 title pursuit

Josh McClure doesn’t mince words when assessing potential.

Holts Summit man arrested for child porn

A 45 year old Holts Summit man was arrested Wednesday on child pornography charges.

Nixon criticizes House for ignoring hospital plan

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is criticizing House budget writers for not going along with his plan for constructing a new mental health facility at Fulton State Hospital.

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FFA cultivates students into leaders

A small group of Fulton High School students spent its Tuesday afternoon picking up trash, washing windows and sorting donations at SERVE, Inc.’s Clothes Cupboard.

Callaway County Sheriff's Office arrests four for Holts Summit thefts, burglaries

The Callaway County Sheriff's Office has arrested four people in connection with a string of thefts and burglaries in the Holts Summit area.

Ambulance board hears potential plans for station renovations

Directors vote to donate ambulances to South Callaway Fire

The Callaway County Ambulance District Board of Directors spent much of its meeting Tuesday night looking at options for the future of the district’s main station.

Fulton, Mokane Boy Scouts hope to collect 10,000 pounds of food for SERVE

Julie Roark, SERVE's Community Action Network directory, said 10,000 pounds of food could help SERVE get through its "lull."

Tuesday, February 18

Callaway Preps

Hornets tumble to Kirksville 63-56 in NCMC loss

Junior guard Ricky Dawson guided the Hornets with a game-high 22 points, but Fulton’s flat third quarter was their downfall in a 63-56 North Central Missouri Conference loss to the Kirksville Tigers on Tuesday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

Parents hope $100 Dinner can give Fulton High School seniors one last hurrah

A $100 ticket buys a dinner for two and a crack at some prizes this March, but for Fulton High School's graduating class of 2014, it could also mean one last time to hang out as a group.

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Fulton NAACP observes black history with ‘spirit of togetherness’

Fulton NAACP reflects on the acts of Martin Luther King Jr. and black history through its annual program.

Kemper Lecture to return to Westminster with new format, Churchill’s great-grandchildren

Fans of Sir Winston Churchill will be able to pick an expert’s brain and rub shoulders with the statesman’s legacy in a more engaging way than ever before.

Monday, February 17

Callaway Colleges

Lady Owls remain unbeaten after pair of Top 25 victories

William Woods toppled No. 15 Oklahoma Baptist and No. 24 Friends University on Saturday to cap off its undefeated run at the Oklahoma Baptist Tournament. The Lady Owls bested Oklahoma Baptist 4-1 to close out the tournament and got past Friends 6-1 in the day’s first contest.

Callaway Preps

Missouri School for the Deaf are tournament champions once again. Senior guard Nick Jones scored a game-high 25 points on 11-of-23 shooting from the field in the Eagles’ 53-46 dispatching of the Minnesota Academy of the Deaf Trojans in the championship game of the 24th annual Great Plains School for the Deaf Tournament on Saturday on the MSD campus.

Hornets sending nine wrestlers to seek Class 2 honors

State championships start Thursday in Columbia

The Fulton Hornets have the pieces in place to be a legitimate part of the conversation again of prospective contenders for a Class 2 state wrestling team title. With senior Paul Books and sophomores Josh McClure and Zach Benner locking up individual titles at the District 2 championships late Saturday afternoon in Mexico, Fulton qualified nine wrestlers for the state championships later this week in Columbia.

Callaway cancellations for Monday, Feb. 17

Overnight/early morning rain has caused some roads to be icy Monday, Feb. 17, in Callaway County and prompted the following cancellations:

Sunday, February 16

Auxvasse man indicted on charges from deadly 2013 assault

An Auxvasse man was formally indicted Thursday on murder and assault charges stemming from a 2013 attack that left a father in critical condition and a son dead.

Eight-year state representative campaigns for Senate District 10 along with Rep. Jeanie Riddle

A democratic representative has his eye on Senate District 10 along with Rep. Jeanie Riddle of Mokane.

CMCA to host Community Conversation in Fulton

Group hopes to identify, address areas of need in Callaway County

Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) wants to have a heart-to-heart with Callaway County.

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Westminster to host first female Episcopal presiding bishop for C.S. Lewis lecture

Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori to fuse topics of religion and science in lecture at Westminster College.

Central Missouri Community Action to host Community Conversation in Fulton

Group hopes to identify, address areas of need in Callaway County

Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) wants to have a heart-to-heart talk with Callaway County.

Fulton teacher pay on par with conference districts

Superintendent Jacque Cowherd compares Fulton Public Schools to those in the area.

Saturday, February 15

Hornets qualify nine wrestlers for state championships

MEXICO — The Fulton Hornets qualified nine wrestlers for this week's state meet on Saturday at the Class 2, District 2 championships.

Callaway Preps

Ladybirds use fast start to sink Silex 49-34

North Callaway took control by going up 22-6 after one quarter and the Ladybirds remained unbeaten in the Eastern Missouri Conference with a 49-34 victory over Silex on Thursday night. North Callaway (16-5, 6-0 EMO) owned a 29-15 advantage at halftime and outscored Silex 10-4 in the third quarter to stretch its advantage to 39-19.

Callaway Colleges

Sizzling second half launches Lady Owls past Missouri Baptist

The William Woods University Lady Owls shot a blistering 57 percent in the second half to key their 74-61 American Midwest Conference win over Missouri Baptist University on Saturday. The game was a 27-all stalemate at halftime, but Missouri Baptist led by as many four points in the early minutes of the second half. Senior guard Andraquay Quinnine’s layup with 14 minutes, 43 seconds left in the game put William Woods (17-8, 10-7 AMC) in front to stay at 43-41. The Lady Spartans closed within 48-46 with 11:35 to go, but the Lady Owls answered with a 9-1 run over the next 4:09 to stretch their advantage out to 10 points. William Woods extended its lead to as many as 19 points on freshman forward Kennedy Volkart’s jumper with 3:24 remaining as the Lady Owls made 17-of-30 shots in the second half and were a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line during that span.

Callaway 2 Water District takes third in national taste test

Callaway 2 Manager Tony Cox reacts to the recognition.

Friday, February 14

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All you need is love

Callaway County couples fill out "Newlywed Game" style questionnaire

For Valentine's Day, the Fulton Sun sought out some well-known couple in Callaway County to test how well they know each other. They were not allowed to compare answers until they completed the questionnaire.

Thursday, February 13

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Fire damages historic Fulton home

Known as the Willing House, building is on National Register of Historic Places

A historic Fulton home suffered serious damage in a fire Thursday morning. Fulton Fire Chief Dean Buffington said when his crews arrived on scene at 211 Jefferson St., “flames were shooting out the windows clear out into the yard.”

Callaway Roundup

Totta, Lady Hornets halt two-game skid

Fulton sophomore guard Sloane Totta knocked down a game-high 27 points and the Lady Hornets stopped a two-game losing streak with a 61-40 non-conference romp over Montgomery County on Thursday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. Fulton broke out to a 21-9 advantage after one quarter, carried a 38-16 lead into the break and was in front 53-28 entering the fourth quarter. “We wanted to start off the game on fire, and that’s what we did,” Lady Hornets head coach TJ Quick said. “In the last three or four games we’ve been sluggish in the first quarter. “From the (opening) tip, we took it to them …” Totta also grabbed eight rebounds, handed out six assists and came up with five steals as Fulton raised its season record to 7-13. Sophomore forward NaShayla Brandt posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

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Fire damages Fulton home

A Fulton home suffered serious damage in a fire Thursday morning. Fulton Fire Chief Dean Buffington said when his crews arrived on scene at 211 Jefferson St., "flames were shooting out the windows clear out into the yard."

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Fulton to get “flashy” new band uniforms

School board approves new threads for marching band

When the Fulton High School band marches down Court Street for homecoming in the fall, it will be donning new “sparkly” uniforms with flare.

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South Callaway School Board hears improvement pitch

The South Callaway Board of Education heard from Craig Miller, president of Columbia-based Professional Contractors and Engineers, Inc., at Wednesday night’s board meeting about a variety of ways to work with contractors for potential facility upgrades.

Wednesday, February 12

Callaway Roundup

Kelley paces New Bloomfield with game-high 13

NEW BLOOMFIELD — Junior forward Ashley Kelley logged a game-high 13 points and the New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats controlled the fourth quarter in rallying for a 44-37 non-conference victory over Bunceton on Wednesday night.

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Culinary curriculum prepares high schoolers for home, restaurant kitchens

When South Callaway High School student Haley Pate imagines her future restaurant, she says it’s big, five-star and elegant. Nothing’s deep fried.

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Fulton Council hears interior design suggestions for new animal shelter

An interior design student hopes to make Fulton's soon-to-be-built new animal shelter a healthier, happier place.

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Fulton 7-year-old showing promise on local speedskating oval

She has only 2½ years of skating under her belt and she’s only 7, but Fulton’s Mylee Hawkins already has her eyes set on the Olympics.

Tuesday, February 11

Callaway Preps

T-Birds take down Wildcats with late run

North Callaway senior forward Brett Metcalf broke out for a career-high 35 points and the Thunderbirds used a critical 12-0 run down the stretch to topple Montgomery County in a 75-65 EMO win Tuesday night. North Callaway trailed by two points with about 6 minutes, 30 seconds left in the game when it produced the pivotal run over the next 3 minutes to go up by 10. The game was tied at 39-all at halftime and Montgomery County took a 53-51 edge into the fourth quarter, before the Thunderbirds outscored the Wildcats 24-12 to claim the victory. North Callaway committed only 12 turnovers, after piling up 25 in an 83-68 loss to Montgomery County on Jan. 16 in the semifinals of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament.

Callaway County Sheriff’s Patrol raffles shotgun to buy vests

Sheriff’s reserve program needs funds to protect new members

To protect its new members from bullets, the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office reserve unit is raffling off a gun.

Callaway Humane Society cat spaying program returns

Though inches of snow still blankets Fulton, the Callaway County Humane Society (CCHS) is preparing to beat the heat.

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Fire destroys Calwood home

A couple here lost their home, possessions and pets to a fire Monday morning.

Monday, February 10

Callaway Colleges

Blue Jays topple Fontbonne for SLIAC victory

Freshman forward Tanner Gentges’ free throw with 43 seconds left completed the Blue Jays’ comeback in their 78-75 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win over the Fontbonne Griffins on Saturday. Westminster (13-8, 10-4) won for a fifth-straight game despite trailing 39-34 at halftime and seeing that deficit climb to double digits in the second half. Fontbonne’s Blake Welch knocked down a 3-pointer with 11:24 to go in the second half to push his team’s lead out to 59-49. Two free throws from senior guard Joe James got the Blue Jays to within 71-70 with 2:27 left, but the Griffin’s lead went back up to three on Richard Dorhauer’s free throws with 1:37 remaining. Westminster tied the game at 73-all on junior Brandon Moore’s 3 with 1:22 to go then took the lead its next time down the floor on Gentges’ free throws.

Callaway Preps

Bulldogs top state-ranked Salisbury for Sturgeon title

South Callaway’s ninth-straight win came with a tournament title. Junior guards Corey Hanger and Troy Hentges both tallied a team-high 17 points in the fourth-seeded Bulldogs’ 62-57 win over the No. 2 Salisbury Panthers in the championship game of the 30th-annual Sturgeon Invitational Tournament on Saturday. The tournament title game was postponed by one week due to inclimate weather and is the South Callaway’s first tournament-title victory since winning the 2002 South Callaway Tournament. The Bulldogs (16-3) knocked off the Panthers — last year’s Class 2 state champion — for their 13th win in their last 14 contests.

Sunday, February 9

South Callaway, New Bloomfield cancel school Monday, Feb. 10

Because of secondary road conditions, South Callaway R-II School District announced Sunday evening that classes for Monday, Feb. 10, would be canceled.

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Local businesses partner to help soup kitchen

When Maupin Funeral Home Manager Derek Ebersole walked into his office Friday morning, he found that morning’s edition of the Fulton Sun on his desk that included an article about the Fulton Soup Kitchen — and its urgent need for help paying for repairs to its freezer — marked with a highlighter.

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Boots on the ground

Fulton resident deploys to help Peoria recover months after deadly tornado

For disaster relief, the Red Cross sees most of its support pour in during the immediate aftermath.

Saturday, February 8

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William Woods University 'warms' up with pep rally

Students select winter courtwarming king and queen

William Woods University students attended a winter pep rally and courtwarming Friday night.

Callaway Colleges

Scherder logs double-double, pushes Lady Owls past Park

Senior guard Katie Scherder scored 22 points and grabbed a school-record 25 rebounds in the William Woods University Lady Owls’ 71-64 American Midwest Conference triumph over Park University on Saturday at Anderson Arena. William Woods (16-7, 9-6 AMC) — winners of three in a row — broke a 26-all halftime tie by outscoring Park 45-38 in the second half. The Lady Owls shot just 36 percent as a team (16-of-44) and prevailed despite committing 26 turnovers. Senior guard Andraquay Quinnine added 17 points on 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point range and junior guard Blake French totaled 16 points.

Callaway Preps

Brinker, Ladybirds scramble past Hallsville in OT

North Callaway junior guard Elaine Brinker delivered a remarkable effort and the Ladybirds responded with a riveting comeback. Brinker’s game-high 28 points were two shy of a tournament record as No. 2 seed North Callaway rallied to force overtime, then outlasted No. 6 Hallsville for a 58-55 win Thursday night in the semifinals of the Southern Boone Classic. The Ladybirds were down 46-42 with 13 seconds to play in regulation when senior guard Tara Oberlag hit a basket to cut the deficit to two points. North Callaway then forced a turnover, Brinker was fouled with :11 remaining and she sank both ends of a 1-and-1 opportunity to tie the game. Hallsville committed another turnover with :01.1 to go, but the Ladybirds were unable to get off a potential game-winning shot. North Callaway put the game away in overtime at the foul line, hitting 8-of-12 attempts while outscoring the Lady Indians 12-9.

Friday, February 7

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Performance painter uses best of both worlds

Lessons of artistic discipline and freedom came into play for Vesna Delevska, a St. Louis-based artist, yesterday as she live painted at William Woods University to the sounds of the mandolin.

Fulton Soup Kitchen needs help to replace freezer

The Fulton Soup Kitchen provides meals for those in need four nights a week at the John C. Harris Community Center.

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Wiley House provides extended service during winter storm

Shelter in need of donations of food, time

This week’s winter storm has deprived Callaway County’s homeless population of many of its usual resources, such as daytime shelter from the cold at the library and the community center and hot meals from the Fulton Soup Kitchen.

Thursday, February 6

Callaway Colleges

Lutz becomes Lady Blue Jays' all-time scoring leader in win

Senior guard Leigh Ann Lutz tallied a game-high 25 points and became Westminster College’s all-time leading scorer in the Lady Blue Jays’ 81-71 SLIAC home win over Greenville (Ill.) College on Wednesday night.

Fulton schools to run snow routes Friday

Fulton Public Schools will be in session Friday, with buses running on pre-designated snow routes.

Ice melt in slim supply at Fulton stores

Suppliers sold out or rationing stock during snowy, icy winter

So much ice melt is usually left over for Fulton hardware and home improvement stores come springtime that it’s hard to find a place to store it.

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Converting white into green

Snow-filled pathways turn Fulton teenagers into young entrepeneurs

The snow shoveling business proved profitable for best friends Aaron Popchoke and Dakota Adams, 13.

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Brick District makes plans for bigger, better 2014

With the opening of the new Art House and infrastructure improvements on the way, the Brick District Board has plans to make 2014 a big year for downtown Fulton.

Mokane Lions to host first chili challenge

The temperatures outside may be cold, but event organizers are hoping the competition will be hot for the first Mokane Lions Club Chili Cookoff on Feb. 22.

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More than 7 inches of snow costs city for its removal

The city of Fulton spent $68,000 on the Tuesday-Wednesday snow storm.

Wednesday, February 5

Callaway cancellations, closures and delays for Thursday, Feb. 6

The following schools in Callaway County will be closed Thursday, Feb. 6, because of weather:

Callaway gardening column: Preparing petunias

Although it may be hard to think about planting flowers when it is snowing, the time for starting several varieties is fast approaching. Geraniums, impatiens, lobelia and petunias all need to be started in February to be ready to plant in the spring after the danger of frost has passed.

Callaway Livestock Report

The report of Monday’s feeder cattle auction at Callaway Livestock Center in Kingdom City:

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Fulton Fit: Body-weight squat

Sara McDaniel, interim executive director at the YMCA of Callaway County, demonstrates this simple yet extremely effective move. Perform the body-weight squat anytime you are waiting in line or pumping fuel into your vehicle. Who cares if you look funny to others? You are becoming fit and healthy. And that, my friends, never goes out of style!

Snow cleanup in Fulton an overnight chore through storm

For the fourth time this winter, crews have hit the bricks and plenty of other streets in Fulton.

Weather doesn’t keep Callaway emergency service providers home

Many Callaway County residents enjoyed an extra day off Tuesday, courtesy of Mother Nature and hazardous road conditions, but while they were home making snowmen and hot chocolate Callaway County’s emergency responders had a day that was “business as usual.”

Callaway cancellations, closures and delays for Wednesday, Feb. 5

The following services, events and meetings in Callaway County have been canceled or postponed Wedesday, Feb. 5, because of weather:

Tuesday, February 4

Cousins for a Cure to create sweet treats as a fundraiser for cancer research

The Callaway County Cousins for a Cure Relay for Life team is gearing up for a sweet fundraiser in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

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Fulton Fire Department extinguishes fire at Backer's Potato Chips

A clogged heat exchanger — which filters oil — ignited the fire today.

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Autopsy completed on Kansas City woman found in Holts Summit

An autopsy on the body of a Kansas City woman found in a field near a gas station in Holts Summit has yet to yield conclusive results, a press release from the Holts Summit Police Department states.

Smoke showing at Backer's Potato Chip Co. in Fulton

Fire crews are on scene after a report of a fire at Backer's Potato Chip Co., 1 W. Industrial Road, Fulton.

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Callaway Historical Society to host President’s Day trivia Feb. 22

Fulton trivia buffs had better brush up on their energy policy and their peanuts.

Enrollment open to pay Callaway real estate taxes quarterly

Callaway County residents who want to avoid a lump-sum payments on their real estate taxes have until Feb. 15 to do so.

Monday, February 3

Callaway Colleges

French's career day powers Lady Owls past AMC win

Junior guard Blake French tallied a career-high 21 points helping the Lady Owls to a 69-51 American Midwest Conference victory over the Williams Baptist Lady Eagles on Saturday at Anderson Arena. French finished 8-of-13 from field went 5-for-8 from 3-point range and pulled down seven rebounds as William Woods snapped a two-game losing skid and rose to fifth place in the conference standings.

Callaway Preps

Ladybirds edge past Father Tolton 39-36 at Southern Boone Classic

Junior guard Elaine Brinker logged seven of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter as the second-seeded Ladybirds edged out the No. 7 Father Tolton Lady Trailblazers 39-36 in the first round of the 2014 Southern Boone Classic on Monday night. North Callaway (13-4) shot just 22 percent in the first half and rebounded from a 10-5 deficit after one quarter to trail just 19-16 at the end of the first half. The Ladybirds outscored the Lady Trailblazers 8-4 in the third quarter to grab a 24-23 lead after the third quarter and outpaced them 15-13 in the final 8 minutes. A Brinker 3-pointer with 36 seconds left gave North Callaway the lead for good at 37-35.

Callaway cancellations, closures and delays for Tuesday, Feb. 4

The following schools in Callaway County will be closed Tuesday, Feb. 4, because of weather:

Sunday, February 2

Callaway cancellations, closures and delays for Monday, Feb. 3

Cancellations for Monday, Feb. 3

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Fulton High School robotics team off to strong start

As the final bell rang at Fulton High School on Friday afternoon, most students hurried out the doors — eager to get home and get ready for the winter homecoming festivities that night.

Rep. Jay Houghton, Missouri General Assembly demand federal investigation on propane price increases

Legislators filed House Concurrent Resolution 18 requesting an investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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South Callaway fourth graders give lessons on Native American history

Nine and 10-year-olds show off their knowledge of Navajos, Cherokees, Shoshones and many more Indian tribes during presentations Friday.

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Deputy Director Bruce Carpenter retires after 14 years leading Fulton Housing Authority

Fifteen years to the day after retiring from the military, Carpenter retired from his second career as the deputy director of the Fulton Housing Authority, and those gathered Friday said it will be a big loss.

Saturday, February 1

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Police seeking clues in homicide investigation

Authorities hope to complete autopsy this weekend on body found in Holts Summit; Facebook posts from 2012 show woman had an interest in truck driving

Hornets snap skid, log first NCMC victory

Fulton holds off Moberly 55-52

It seemed as though the Fulton Hornets were on their way to another uninspired third quarter. After leading the Moberly Spartans 23-21 at halftime on Friday night, the Hornets found themselves trailing by three points and on the short end of a 7-2 run by the Spartans with 6 minutes, 7 seconds left in the third quarter. Then, in a matter of seconds, Fulton junior guard Ricky Dawson intercepted a pass at midcourt, motored toward the rim and finished the drive with a one-handed slam while drawing a foul — and a bloody nose — from Moberly senior guard Acie Seifert. “That energized us,” Hornets junior forward Austin Wilson said. “You know, for the whole game.”

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Lady Hornets take charge in second half, down Moberly in NCMC win

All it took for the Fulton Lady Hornets was to become fully engaged. Fulton overcame a six-point halftime deficit by outscoring Moberly 17-5 in the third quarter, fueling the Lady Hornets to a 51-40 North Central Missouri Conference win over the Lady Spartans on Friday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. The victory was the second straight for Fulton (6-11, 3-2 NCMC), which outscored Moberly 29-12 in the second half. The Lady Hornets were down 28-22 at the break, but found their rhythm on offense in the third quarter by showing more assertiveness and carried a 39-33 advantage into the final 8 minutes.

Well Read Books event cancelled for today

Judge Patrick Horner will not be in Fulton today to read from his memoir.

Callaway delays, cancellations and closures for Saturday, Feb. 1

The following local events have been canceled or rescheduled because of icy road conditions:

19,600 pounds of venison donated in Share the Harvest

The Sportsmen Against Hunger/Share the Harvest Program, sponsored by the Central Missouri Chapter of Safari Club International, received more than 19,600 pounds of venison from area deer hunters during the 2013-14 season for charities in Central Missouri.