Stories for January 2014


Friday, January 31

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Autopsy delayed on body found in Holts Summit

Authorities seek help from Kansas City media to uncover circumstances of woman's death

An autopsy on the woman found dead in Holts Summit on Thursday has been delayed.

Two inmates die of natural causes in Fulton

Two inmates at the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center died within three days of each other — both of natural causes, the Missouri Department of Corrections has reported.

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Callaway Relay For Life hopes for more heroes

Lung cancer and breast cancer survivor Debbie Wiggins says Relay For Life saved hers.

Thursday, January 30

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Police identify woman's body found in Holts Summit

Holts Summit Police Department still seeking clues, suspect in homicide investigation

Jessica Murafetis, 44, of Chilhowee, Mo., (rural Johnson County) has been identified as the woman found deceased in Holts Summit earlier today.

Callaway Roundup

Bulldogs to play for Sturgeon title

The sizzling South Callaway Bulldogs put themselves in position to play for a title. Fourth-seeded South Callaway advanced to the championship of the 30th-annual Sturgeon Invitational Tournament by toppling host and top-seeded Sturgeon in an 82-74 semifinal victory Thursday night. The game was tied 20-20 after one quarter and South Callaway — which has won seven straight and 11 of its last 12 — owned slight leads of 42-41 at halftime and 60-59 going into the fourth quarter. South Callaway opened up a 74-64 advantage with 2 minutes, 47 seconds to play.

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Authorities searching for clues after woman's body found in Holts Summit

Authorities are searching the area around where a woman's body was found in Holts Summit this morning.

Light up Rwanda

Callaway groups host fundraiser for Bright Light campaign

A cooperative of several Callaway County groups and businesses is asking for help from area residents to help enhance education for children in Callaway’s sister community of Kibungo, Rwanda.

Cat in the Hat to visit Callaway

Auxvasse Elementary to host literacy awareness night

Fans of foxes in socks, places they will go, red fish and green eggs and ham will have an opportunity to hang out with their favorite rhyming feline when Auxvasse Elementary’s 3-5 Professional Learning Community hosts the Cat in the Hat “Cat Tracks” tour 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

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Fulton mulls updates to parking ordinance

Though drivers might see a few more “no parking” signs across town, the city of Fulton would do relatively little to its parking policy if it adopted proposed changes.

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New Fulton hospital will save millions

State faces unexpected costs if facility isn’t built

If the state doesn’t rebuild Fulton State Hospital over the next 10 years, the sate will incur substantial additional costs, state Budget Director Linda Luebbering testified Wednesday at a House budget committee hearing.

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Numerous structure, grass fires prompt warnings from local fire personnel

January is a historically a busy month for firefighters in the area, said Fulton Fire Department Chief Dean Buffington.

Wednesday, January 29

Callaway Preps

Lady Wildcats stumble in second half, tumble in semis

STURGEON — After battling state-ranked and top-seeded New Franklin to a standoff in the first half, the New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats didn’t react with the required resources to pull off the upset.

Local veterinarian, Robert Barnett, receives sentence for DWI charge

Robert Barnett, 67, of Fulton was sentenced to five years in jail yesterday after pleading guilty to DWI charges from October and July, according to Missouri

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St. Peter Catholic School celebrates Catholic Schools Week with special activities

The theme for this year's week is ‘community of faith, knowledge and service’

According to faculty, parents and students, the theme of this year’s Catholic Schools Week, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service” is a perfect description of St. Peter Catholic School in Fulton.

Fulton fights cell tower laws

The city of Fulton voiced it’s discontent with state bills that limit local control over cable and phone companies Tuesday.

Tuesday, January 28

Callaway Preps

Hornets' rally runs out of time in Hannibal loss

Junior guard Ricky Dawson’s 22-footer at the buzzer fell short as the Fulton Hornets were edged out by the Hannibal Pirates 46-45 in a North Central Missouri Conference matchup Tuesday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. Dawson accounted for a game-high 29 points as Fulton (5-12, 0-4 NCMC) erased an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter. The Hornets led 19-16 at halftime before Hanniball went in front behind an 11-1 run to start the third quarter.

Holts Summit Board of Aldermen contemplate zoning issues

After a brief discussion over the Board of Aldermen’s ongoing coversation about the comprehensive rezoning of Holts Summit, resident and subdivision developer Michael Beasley reminded all who attended Monday night’s regular board meeting exactly how important it is that the city rezone properly, and that residents are made part of the process.

Callaway students’ photography showcased in Capitol Building today

tudents who took part in a discussion on social, health, community and teen issues through their photography will have their work displayed on its biggest stage yet.

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Justus outlines goals for 2014 to Westminster students, staff

State Sen. Jolie Justus spent Monday afternoon at Westminster College, where she outlined a number of her legislative priorities for the upcoming year ranging from restructuring legal code to ensuring fair treatment in Missouri's workforce.

Monday, January 27

Callaway Preps

Totta’s 29 helps Lady Hornets top Hannibal 62-57

Sophomore guard Sloane Totta scored 15 of her game-high 29 points in the third quarter as Fulton outlasted the Hannibal Lady Pirates 62-57 in North Central Missouri Conference play on Monday night. The Lady Hornets (5-11, 2-2) led 16-10 after the first quarter, but Hannibal outpaced them 19-9 in the second frame to Fulton into halftime down 29-25. “The effort, you could tell we were fighting,” Fulton head coach TJ Quick said. “…Earlier in the season, we would have gotten down and shut down, but we fought through it.”

Callaway Colleges

Lee, Blue Jays pull away from Eureka in overtime

Junior guard Verdis Lee Jr. supplied a game-high 25 points and Westminster outscored the Eureka Red Devils 16-5 in overtime to pull out an 82-71 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference road win on Saturday. The Blue Jays (10-8, 7-4) trailed by as many as nine points in the first half, but pulled the game to 30-29 at halftime. Their deficit was as high as eight points in the second before a Lee jumper with 4 minutes, 8 seconds left pulled the game to a 57-all tie. Westminster trailed by three with 2:23 to go when senior guard Joe James hit a layup and drew a foul from Red Devil forward Nick Finney. James completed the three-point play to knot the game back up at 62-62. Lee’s attempted 3-pointer on the next possession was off the mark and Eureka’s attempt to pull ahead on the other end resulted in a missed three and a missed layup off an offensive rebound. Joe James converted a layup out of a Blue Jay timeout with :30 left to give Westminster its first lead of the game at 64-62.

Sunday, January 26

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Bakers, cooks showcase skills in a test of sweet and spicy

View the results of the Fulton VFW's annual chili and pie cook off here.

Fulton Middle School makes plans to spend $40,000 Dollar General donation

Since Oct. 30, Fulton Middle School Principal Chris Crane has faced what he described as a “nice problem.”

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'Dream big': Miss Missouri inspires Callaway Hills students

Callaway Hills Elementary students had a chance to pull aside the green curtain Friday morning and take a peek into the life of Shelby Ringdahl, Miss Missouri 2013.

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Seed exchange helps gardener enthusiasts grow their green thumbs

Garden enthusiasts were given the opportunity to grow their plant knowledge Saturday during the second annual seed exchange held at the Callaway County Extension Center.

Saturday, January 25

Callaway Colleges

No. 2 Freed-Hardeman hammers Lady Owls

The William Woods University Lady Owls had no answer for the second-ranked Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University Lady Lions in a 94-57 American Midwest Conference loss at Anderson Arena on Saturday. William Woods (13-6, 6-5 AMC) led 4-3 with 17 minutes, 19 seconds left, before Freed-Hardeman erupted for a 15-0 run over the next 5:47. The Lady Lions stretched that deficit even further, eventually taking a 51-20 lead into halftime. The Lady Owls shot just 32 percent (18-of-57) from the field (18-of-57) and were led by senior guard Katie Scherder’s 13 points off the bench. Sophomore guard Julia Wells scored 11 points and junior guard Destani Stensrud added 10 as William Woods saw its four-game winning streak come to an end.

Hornet wrestlers roll to title in own Jim Wallace Classic

Fulton captures seven individual championships

The state-ranked Fulton Hornets wrestling team’s fortunes fell on seven. Directed by unbeaten sophomore Josh McClure at 113 pounds, Fulton collected seven individual titles on Saturday as the Hornets charged to the championship of their own Jim Wallace Classic at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

Callaway Preps

Bulldogs outlast Linn for fourth straight victory

The South Callaway Bulldogs made up for an off-night at the offensive end by displaying some defensive resolve. South Callaway took a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter and eventually edged Linn in a 56-53 SMC victory Thursday night despite being outscored by the Wildcats 19-15 over the final 8 minutes.

Class 4-ranked Helias' 'next level' flattens Hornets

Behind by four points midway through the second quarter and carrying the momentum of a three-point play, the prospects were hopeful for the Fulton Hornets in their quest to upend the state-ranked Helias Crusaders. But from there, the Crusaders would kick it into another gear.

Friday, January 24

Eldon man sentenced to 20 years in federal prison in meth case

And for trying to escape from jail

An Eldon man has been sentenced in federal court for his role in a large-scale conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in the Cole and Callaway County area, as well as his attempted jail escape.

Sen. Justus to make appearances in Callaway

Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, will be making two visits to Callaway County over the next couple of weeks to talk politics with area residents.

Thursday, January 23

Callaway Roundup

Lady Wildcats knock off state-ranked Tuscumbia

New Bloomfield head coach Brett Craighead hopes his Lady Wildcats can maximize the benefits of this signature win. Junior guard Sydni Bedsworth and junior forward Taylor Howard provided 14 points apiece Thursday night as New Bloomfield handed Tuscumbia — ranked No. 2 in Class 1 — its first loss of the season, 60-51 in a Show-Me Conference encounter.

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Moore’s Mill findings featured in Westminster College

More than 175 Civil War artifacts to be donated to Historical Society

An official report is still pending, but a Westminster College history professor and students presented the dozens of bullets, canister balls and other items that have helped reshape their understanding of Callaway County’s largest Civil War battle Wednesday.

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Gov. Jay Nixon stresses importance of new state mental hospital with visit to Fulton

Nixon proposes $198 million in bonds to go toward construction

"We have never been this close," said Marty Martin-Forman, FSH's chief operating officer.

Auxvasse man wanted after allegedly attempting to hit officer with vehicle

Callaway County law enforcement officers are looking for an Auxvasse man after he allegedly fled after trying to hit an officer there with his car.

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Gov. Jay Nixon in Fulton today to discuss Fulton State Hospital plans

More legislators respond to Nixon's financial plan for new hospital

After asking lawmakers Tuesday night to approve a $198 million bond sale to pay for a new Fulton State Hospital, Gov. Jay Nixon will visit Fulton’s City Hall this morning to discuss his proposal.

New Bloomfield-based company, Gastineau Log Homes, increases international presence

Gastineau Log Homes, located on Old Highway 54 in New Bloomfield, will send 25 of its home kits to Mongolia’s capitol, Ulaanbaatar, and will double that number by next year, said Lynn Gastineau, the company’s president.

Wednesday, January 22

Hentges sparks Bulldogs to SMC win over Fatima

WESTPHALIA — South Callaway junior guard Troy Hentges connected for a game-high 18 points and the Bulldogs rode a dominant first half to a 72-58 Show-Me Conference victory over Fatima on Tuesday night.

Missouri School for the Deaf has 2 interim leaders

The Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton has two interim leaders while a search continues for a permanent superintendent.

MoDOT to close Route O in Callaway for four hours Friday

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will replace a cross pipe on Route O in Callaway County on Friday, Jan. 24.

Callaway Ambulance Board reviews spike in calls

The Callaway County Ambulance District Board of Directorsmeeting Tuesday night included discussion regarding the district’s increasing call volume — and the number of those calls that end up being non-transportation situations.

DESE names interim superintendents at Missouri School for the Deaf

Administrators want to keep things 'running smoothly' for next leader

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has named two interim superintendents for the Missouri School for the Deaf.

Winds, dry grass creates conditions for wildfire in Callaway County

Blustery winds and dry grass have made for a dangerous combination in Central Missouri.

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Jim Gill stresses the importance of play through music, visit to Fulton

Children's artist embraced the simplicity of children learning with music at the Callaway County Library.

Tuesday, January 21

State of the State: Gov. Nixon proposes increased education funding

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon proposed a nearly half-billion-dollar spending surge for public education Tuesday as he urged lawmakers to harness the revenues generated by an improving economy to make up for years of funding shortfalls for schools.

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Representative Jeanie Riddle cautiously optimistic about funding for Fulton State Hospital

Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, said she’s glad Gov. Jay Nixon addressed the funding needs of Fulton State Hospital in his State of the State address Tuesday, but she’s still concerned that the funding won’t be there.

Callaway Roundup

Hornets can't recover from flat first half in 63-60 loss to Battle

The Fulton Hornets didn’t lose to the Battle Spartans in the final minutes or last few plays, according to head coach Ryan Shaw. Fulton undermined itself with an uninspired first half and a second-half rally came up short as the Hornets fell to Battle 63-60 on Tuesday night. Fulton (5-10) trailed 35-23 at the start of the third quarter and would fall behind by 15 points early in the period. Shaw put the Hornets in a zone defense to start the second half and decided to run junior guard Ricky Dawson along the baseline to open up opportunities for the rest of the offense.

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Callaway County United Way meets goal for second consecutive record-setting year

$265k raised will help local agencies partner to combat poverty

A small crowd of board members and supporters gathered on the Callaway County Courthouse lawn Monday to celebrate another milestone year for the Callaway County United Way.

Monday, January 20

Callaway Roundup

North Callaway officially named longtime assistant coach Kevin O’Neal as the Thunderbirds’ next head football coach on Monday. O’Neal will take over for former head coach Mike Emmons, who retired in November with a 157-94 record over 24 seasons. “I’m honored that I have the opportunity to take over for Coach Emmons,” O’Neal said Monday. “He’s always been an idol of mine. “He’s a big reason why I got into teaching and coaching.”

Shooting woes doom Ladybirds in loss to Hermann

North Callaway head coach Matt Miller had hoped this would go differently. Nine days after Hermann sunk North Callaway 56-53 on a desperation 3-pointer from halfcourt at the buzzer, the Ladybirds got another crack at the Ladybirds in the championship of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament. And it was a different result — just not the one North Callaway wanted. In the second showdown between the two Class 3-ranked teams, the second-seeded Ladybirds’ disastrous shooting night washed away any notion of an upset as they fell to top-ranked and top-seeded Hermann 47-20 on Saturday night.

North Callaway tabs O’Neal as new head football coach

North Callaway officially named longtime assistant coach Kevin O’Neal as the Thunderbirds’ next head football coach on Monday. O’Neal will take over for former head coach Mike Emmons, who retired in November with a 157-94 record over 24 seasons.

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Tarantulas bring learning to life for Bush students

It all started with a poem, “Our Class Pets.” Then there was a lesson on democracy, a few student speeches, a vote and before he knew it, Bush Elementary second-grade teacher Michael Stradford had a tarantula in his classroom. And then five.

Auxvasse man arrested following burglary, assault in Columbia

An Auxvasse man was one of two arrested Sunday following an alleged burglary and assault that took place in Columbia Saturday night.

Sunday, January 19

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Callaway County sees a rise in poverty level

Anne Erbschloe, Connie Cashion respond to the numbers

A report released earlier this week from the coalition Missourians to End Poverty shows Callaway County’s poverty level has risen to 15.1 percent.

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Down and derby

Fulton-based Cub, Boy Scouts compete in pinewood derby

Members of Cub Scout Pack 50 intently watched as their cars whiz down the track at the pack’s pinewood derby race yesterday.

Saturday, January 18

Ladybirds fall to Hermann 47-20 in South Callaway title game

Junior guard Elaine Brinker led the No. 2 seed Ladybirds with nine points in a 47-20 loss to the No. 1 Hermann Lady Bearcats in the girls' championship game of the South Callaway Tournament on Saturday night. North Callaway — ranked No. 10 in the latest MBCA/ Class 3 poll — trailed 25-12 at halftime and got outscored 17-4 in the third quarter in falling to Hermann for the second time in three weeks. The Ladybirds fell on the road to the Lady Bearcats 56-53 on Jan. 9.

Callaway Colleges

Volkart, Lady Owls hammer Stephens in AMC blowout

COLUMBIA — Points were in surplus again for the William Woods University Lady Owls, and came from just about everyone.

Callaway Preps

Hornet wrestlers deal Blair Oaks first loss in state-ranked face-off

Fulton head coach Eric Hudson made sure his state-ranked Hornets wrestling team kept a handle on its excitement. Fulton — ranked No. 6 in Class 2 by — erased a 15-point deficit by scoring the final 27 points as the Hornets handed Blair Oaks its first dual loss of the season 42-30 on Thursday night. The Falcons are ranked No. 1 in Class 1.

Bulldogs walleop Wildcats 67-33, grab fifth place

South Callaway head coach Tony Brandt sees potential in his Bulldogs. It’s not on display every game, but there are glimpses nonetheless. For example, it didn’t show up in a 51-41 loss to fifth-seeded North Callaway in the first round of the South Callaway Tournament last Monday night. It did, however, shine through in a 73-35 win over No. 8 seed Russellville in the consolation semifinals last Wednesday night. As for Friday night’s fifth-place game against New Bloomfield? “Tonight was an example — a kind of indication — of what we could do,” Brandt said.

Friday, January 17

North Callaway school board election sees four candidates for three seats

The deadline to file for election is Jan. 21, and there are currently four candidates vying for three, three-year terms with the North Callaway Board of Education.

North Callaway School Board looks at plans for facility upgrades

The North Callaway Board of Education has spent months surveying staff and patrons and evaluating district needs, working to develop a facilities improvement plan.

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Keys to success

Retired teachers volunteer to help unemployed prepare for jobs

Since 2012, seven Callaway County women have been working to give local job hunters the keys to employment.

Early child education remains a concern, priority for New Bloomfield

School officials concerned about funding to support programs.

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Stacey Lannert, abuse awareness advocate, tells her story at the Fulton State Hospital

Stacey Lannert shared a message of hope on the fifth anniversary of her release from prison.

Thursday, January 16

Callaway Roundup

Ladybirds get Hermann rematch for South Callaway title

The North Callaway Ladybirds will be looking to add another tournament title to their collection, while setting up a much-anticipated rematch with the Hermann Lady Bearcats. North Callaway senior guard Jaida Gray posted a game-high 15 points and the No. 2 seed Ladybirds eased past No. 6 Russellville 53-40 on Thursday night in the semifinals of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament.

Callaway 2 Water District issues boil advisory

Due to a main leak, the Callaway 2 Water District has issued a boil advisory for the following areas:

Fulton School Board members recognized

Board to consider $60K upgrade to band uniforms

Wednesday night's Fulton School Board meeting started with Callaway Circuit Judge Bob Sterner thanking board members for doing a job he said is often taken for granted.

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Jeanie Riddle's campaign committee breaks $200K mark

State office candidates in the Callaway County area file finance reports

Campaign finance quarterly reports were due yesterday for the three local candidates looking to earn state spots this year.

Holts Summit finalizes plans for sewage treatment, annexation

The Holts Summit Board of Alderman took final action on two priority issues at its meeting Monday night.

Fulton sewer camera inspection halted by gravel obstruction

City now seeks solution for inches of gravel partially obstructing pipes

The city of Fulton’s efforts to find sources of excess water entering the sanitary sewer system have been obstructed.

Mid-Missouri man gets 5 years for drug trafficking

Jason Holloway, 34, of Callaway County, has been sentenced to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana and five kilograms or more of cocaine from 2007 to September of 2010.

Wednesday, January 15

Callaway Roundup

Wildcats' pivotal runs sink T-Birds in South Callaway semifinals

MOKANE — The lapse wasn’t lengthy, but it was too much for the North Callaway Thunderbirds to survive.

Auxvasse aldermen discuss RVs, easements

The Auxvasse Board of Aldermen considered some additions to its ordinance regarding mobile homes during Tuesday night's meeting.

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Fulton saves on landfill violations, moves with new master plan for airport

The Fulton airport and city coffers both have something to look forward to in the city’s future.

Tuesday, January 14

Callaway Colleges

Lady Owls hammer Benedictine 88-55

The William Woods University Lady Owls took out their recent frustrations on the Benedictine University-Springfield (Ill.) Lady Bulldogs. Freshman center Kennedy Volkart produced 16 points and William Woods stopped a two-game losing streak with an 88-55 dismantling of Benedictine in an American Midwest Conference matchup Tuesday night at Anderson Arena.

Callaway Preps

Brinkers steers Ladybirds into semifinals at South Callaway

North Callaway junior guard Elaine Brinker put up 16 of her game-high 20 points in the first half Tuesday night, fueling the second-seeded Ladybirds to a 47-29 win over No. 7 South Callaway in the first round of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament.

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Fulton councilmen discuss campaign for re-election

One incumbent files, three announce plans to ahead of Jan. 21 deadline

With just one week to turn in petitions to run for Fulton City Council, one councilman has officially filed for re-election with three others announcing intent.

Monday, January 13

Callaway Colleges

Burgess, Owls hold Missouri Baptist 77-66

Senior guard Blake Burgess’ team-high 18 points sparked William Woods to a 77-66 American Midwest Conference conquering of the Missouri Baptist Spartans on Saturday at Anderson Arena. Burgess converted 5-of-10 field goals to pace an Owl offense that featured two other double-digit scorers and shot 52.1 percent (25-for-48) from the field. Senior guard Jonathon Nutt scored 11 points, including a 6-for-8 clip from the free throw line while senior forward Seth Thomas also added 11 points and hit 3-of-4 from 3-point range and collected eight rebounds.

Callaway Preps

T-Birds get by Bulldogs at South Callaway tourney

North Callaway senior forward Brett Metcalf led all players with 16 points in leading the No. T-Birds to a 51-41 win over the No. 4 South Callaway Bulldogs in the first round of the South Callaway Tournament on Monday night. North Callaway (5-5) will now play the top seed and state-ranked Montgomery County Wildcats on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the semifinals. The Wildcats —ranked No. 5 in the MBCA/ Class 3 state poll — throttled the No. 8 Russellville Indians 95-39 in its first round game on Monday.

Steedman man arrested for domestic assault

A Steedman man was arrested by Callaway County Sheriff's deputies Saturday for charges stemming from an alleged domestic dispute.

Gurley turns self in

Callaway man was wanted after allegedly attempting to hit officer in car

A man who police say attempted to run over an officer during a traffic stop has turned himself in.

Sunday, January 12

Former Fulton Public Schools staffer who filed suit against district to be on board of education ballot

Fulton voters are likely to recognize the name of one of the candidates on the ballot for the Fulton School Board this April.

Fulton school board candidates prep for election

With the election filing deadline looming Jan. 21, the Fulton Sun takes a look at the candidates who already have tossed their names into the ring for open city council and school board seats around Callaway County. We asked each of the candidates why they chose to run, and what their top three goals are, should they be elected.

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Loved ones of both Paul and Sandra Plunkett react to guilty verdict

Family and friends of Sandra Plunkett were emotional in court Friday after the guilty verdict was read. Some cried and shared tissues, knowing her sentence for the murder of her husband, Paul Plunkett, was life in prison without parole.

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Sandra Plunkett sentencing in murder case of husband, former Jefferson City police officer

Sandra Plunkett, 40, of Holts Summit will appear in front of Judge Gary Oxenhandler — presiding judge in the murder case against her — again on March 3 for sentencing.

Saturday, January 11

Callaway Colleges

No. 25 Lady Owls tumble to second straight loss

The William Woods University Lady Owls officially find themselves stuck in a rare slump. Missouri Baptist University outscored No. 25 William Woods 8-5 over the final 2:26 on Saturday afternoon as the Lady Spartans turned back the Lady Owls 87-84 in an American Midwest Conference matchup at Anderson Arena. William Woods — which trailed 42-39 at halftime but led by as many as seven points early in the second half — suffered its second loss in a row and third in the last four games in slipping to 9-5 overall and 2-4 in the AMC. Missouri Baptist, with its reserves outscoring the Lady Owls’ backups 52-23, improved to 5-8 on the season and 3-2 in conference play.

Boonville overpowers Lady Hornets

Fulton head coach TJ Quick preaches her desire to see her team play “Hornet basketball” each and every time out. The Lady Hornets’ North Central Missouri Conference clash with the Boonville Lady Pirates, unfortunately, was not what she had in mind. Fulton was blitzed early on by Boonville’s size and defensive pressure, and never quite got in sync as the Lady Hornets were roughed up by the Lady Pirates 71-41 on Saturday afternoon at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

Callaway Preps

Vandelicht, Hentges carry Bulldogs to 49-43 win over Thunderbirds

Cody Vandelicht and Troy Hentges mirrored each other with complementary halves of strong offense to keep the South Callaway Bulldogs’ surge on track. Vandelicht, a senior forward, connected for 13 of his game-high 17 points in the second half to help carry South Callaway to a 49-43 win over the North Callaway Thunderbirds on Friday night.

Dawson, Hornets blast Bowling Green

Junior guard stays hot with game-high 24 in 69-48 rout of Bobcats

With a clear path to the basket and Fulton in front by 24 points in the third quarter, Hornets junior guard Ricky Dawson saw his chance to add a crowd-pleasing dunk to an already impressive outing against the Bowling Green Bobcats. The plan didn’t quite work out for Dawson on the way up, though. The shot started as an attempted slam, but ended up as Dawson executing a very exciting, one-handed layup to push Fulton’s comfortable advantage to 47-21. “Very close,” Dawson said of the try. “It just slipped out of my hand.” “He always says the ball slips out of his hands,” Fulton head coach Ryan Shaw said with a chuckle. “I’ll simply say this about Ricky’s dunk: he’s lucky (the ball) went in. “That’s all I have to say about that.”

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Officers post photo to show support for slain colleague

Current lawmen and former colleagues of a Jefferson City police officer who was killed on New Year’s Day 2011 took to Facebook to remember him as the murder trial of his wife got underway this week.

Friday, January 10

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Jury returns verdict in Holts Summit murder trial

Sandra Plunkett found guilty of murder in the death of her husband, former Jefferson City police officer Paul Plunkett

After three hours of deliberation, the jury found Sandra Plunkett guilty of murder in the first degree Friday afternoon. They also delivered a guilty verdict on charges of armed criminal action.

Callaway school officials discuss district plans to make up snow days

With winter weather and hazardous road conditions causing cancellations for the third day this week, Callaway County school administrators shared their districts’ plans for making up the missed class time.

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Fulton police shoot at suspect as he escapes

Callaway man allegedly tries to run over police officer during arrest at traffic stop

A man Fulton police tried to arrest and shot at as he fled is still at large.

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Chamber banquet celebrates new board, commemorates community leaders

At the 2014 Chamber of Commerce banquet Thursday, incoming President Matt Gowin promised he wouldn’t come up with any solutions to solve any problems that night.

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Jury hears testimony of Sandra Plunkett, closing statements begin today

In day three of the trial, Plunkett made accusations that her husband was abusive.

The jury will hear closing statements today and will most likely deliberate as well in the murder case against Plunkett.

Thursday, January 9

Top-ranked Hermann stuns No. 9 Ladybirds at buzzer

“A tough pill to swallow.” That’s how North Callaway Ladybirds head coach Matt Miller described losing on a last-second shot from midcourt and it’s hard to argue with the sentiment. Hermann senior guard Karinne Lane sunk a desperation heave from 30 feet away as time expired, shocking the state-ranked Ladybirds as the top-ranked Lady Bearcats escaped with a 59-56 victory Thursday night.

Hornet wrestlers edge past Hannibal to stay unbeaten

Bristol's forfeit win at 285 gives Fulton 36-34 NCMC win over Class 3-ranked Pirates

For the Fulton Hornets wrestling team, mass mattered most in rallying to retain its unbeaten status. Sophomores Zach Benner and Kobe Kaminski sparked Fulton’s comeback with pinfall wins at 182 and 195 pounds, respectively, and the Hornets overcame a 22-0 deficit to clip Class 3-ranked Hannibal 36-34 in an NCMC dual on Thursday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

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Defense rests in Sandra Plunkett trial, closing arguments begin tomorrow

Callaway County Court resumes Friday in murder case against Holts Summit woman

Defense called Sandra Plunkett, the 40-year-old Holts Summit woman accused of killing her husband, today in court. She told her side of the story from the day of her husband's death and what led up to it.

New exhibit at Churchill Museum takes a look at Reagan, Thatcher

The National Churchill Museum will be shining the spotlight on Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher over the next few months.

Fulton Area Development Corporation forms committee to aid Callaway County entrepreneurs

A new Fulton Area Development Corporation committee wants to help business-minded residents of Fulton and Callaway County get their foot in the door.

Callaway County closures for Thursday, Jan. 9

The following school districts in Callaway County have canceled classes for Thursday, Jan. 9, due to snowy road conditions:

South Callaway looks at facilities planning

The South Callaway School Board had an eye on the future Wednesday night as Superintendent Kevin Hillman advised members of the need to start planning for facility improvements.

Wednesday, January 8

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Sandra Plunkett trial continues for third day

Holts Summit woman accused of murdering husband, former Jefferson City police officer

The state plans to call its last witness today, the third day of the murder trial against Sandra Plunkett — a Holts Summit woman accused of murdering her husband in 2011.

Callaway Roundup

Lady Hornets stop seven-game slide, topple Marshall

The Fulton Lady Hornets were more than happy to flip the calendar, eager for a fresh start.

Seed exhange provides plant enthusiasts opportunity to socialize, learn

Callaway County residents with green thumbs — or who want to grow one — are set to gather for a community seed exchange Jan. 25 at the Callaway County Extension, 5803 County Road 302 in Fulton.

Water project top priority for Auxvasse in 2014

Mayor Kevin Phares didn’t hesitate when asked what his goals are for the city of Auxvasse in 2014, immediately noting the upcoming water improvement project as the No. 1 priority.

Tuesday, January 7

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Plunkett interview tapes focus of 1st day of trial

Holts Summit woman accused of murdering husband, claims self defense

The ongoing trial of Sandra Plunkett, the 40-year-old Holts Summit woman being charged with first-degree for the murder of her husband, continues today after jurors heard opening statements, testimonies and interview tapes Tuesday.

Quinnine, No. 25 Lady Owls down Williams Baptist

Senior guard Andraquay Quinnine guided all players with 21 points to go along with 11 rebounds in lifting the No. 25 Williams Woods University Lady Owls to a 56-42 defeat of Williams Baptist College in American Midwest Conference play Tuesday night.

Holts Summit woman arrested after allegedly shooting at boyfriend

A Holts Summit woman was arrested Saturday after authorities say she fired a gun at her boyfriend during a dispute.

Plunkett murder trial begins in Callaway: jurors hear testimony from witnesses

Holts Summit woman accused of murdering her husband, a former Jefferson City police officer

The trial of Sandra Plunkett started this morning with opening statements from Callaway County Prosectuing Attorney Chris Wilson and Justin Carver, Plunkett’s public defender.

Callaway County jail, road crews at forefront of County Commission’s 2014 plans

As Callaway County enters the new year, the county jail and road crews can expect advancement on two pending projects.

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Frozen favors

Amanda Atterberry and Brad Luether battle high winds, below-zero temperatures and drifting snow as they shovel out sidewalks at Fulton Senior Apartments off Saint Eunice Road Monday.

Monday, January 6

Owls heat up from long range, down Park in AMC play

Four Owls finished in double figures and William Woods connected on 50 percent of its free throws in securing an 81-73 American Midwest Conference win over the Park University Pirates on Saturday at Breckon Sports Center.

Callaway County closings for Tuesday, Jan. 7

Fulton Public Schools has canceled classes for Tuesday, Jan. 7.

Sunday, January 5

Monday commute for those around Callaway County could be snow covered

Most highways in Mid-Missouri, including I-70, U.S. Highways 63 and 54 will likely be snow covered for Monday morning's commute.

Fulton opens fire station as warming station amid frigid temperatures

With temperatures plummeting Sunday, the city of Fulton has opened its south fire station as an emergency warming center for residents.

Hanger, Bulldogs slam St. Elizabeth

South Callaway rolls to third straight win

Junior guard Cory Hanger delivered a game-high 19 points and South Callaway rode a sizzling first half to an impressive 77-50 Show-Me Conference victory over St. Elizabeth on Friday night.

Fulton police arrest 2 for burglary of local clothing resale shop

Fulton Police have arrested two men, charging them with stealing from Incentive Resale, 1201 S. Business Highway 54 in Fulton.

Callaway County cancellations

Snow-packed roads and anticipated dangerously cold temperatures anticipated Monday morning have prompted school cancellations and other closings.

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‘Super Sam,’ mother travel to Florida for specialized cancer therapy

Santhuff family shares experience with ‘kicking cancer’s butt’

Matt and Cassie Santhuff thank God for seed ticks. The tiny bugs helped lead them to their son’s cancer.

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Callaway schools brace for frigid weather

Though snow — potentially up to six inches — is expected to no longer be falling in Callaway County by Sunday night, local school districts will still be watching the weather as classes are slated to resume Monday.

Friday, January 3

Blunt staff member to hear from public

A member of U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s staff will be inside the Callaway County Courthouse Tuesday to hear questions and concerns from those in the area.

Boyd & Boyd Relay team hosts annual trivia night

Despite it’s name, event organizers say the annual “Think While You Drink” trivia night isn’t too hard.

Jury selection begins today for Plunkett trial

Sandra Plunkett, the 40-year-old Holts Summit woman being charged with her husband’s murder, was in court Thursday for parties to take care of what Callaway County prosecuting attorney Chris Wilson called, “housekeeping issues.”

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2013: A Year in Photos

The Fulton Sun selected its top photos that illustrated a year in Callaway County.

Thursday, January 2

Two men arrested on charges of stealing metal for scrap

Two Callaway County men are facing charges of stealing after police alledge they took scrap metal for money.

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A year in the life of Callaway County

Callaway County's year in review

Missouri Ninth Congressional District — which included Callaway County and stretched as far northeast as Clark County and as south as Crawford County — ceased to exist at the beginning of 2013, due to redistricting caused by the 2012 census.

Ladybirds stymie Southern Boone with second-quarter surge

Junior guard Elaine Brinker responded with a game-high 15 points and North Callaway took control behind a strong second quarter as the Ladybirds overpowered Southern Boone 53-34 on Monday night. North Callaway was only up 11-9 after one quarter, but gained some separation by outscoring Southern Boone 18-2 in the second quarter to extend its lead to 29-11 at halftime. The Ladybirds also outscored the Lady Eagles 14-13 in the third quarter and carried a 43-24 advantage into the final 8 minutes.