Monday, March 31
Lady Blue Jays drop 2-of-3 in SLIAC series to Greenville
Greenville blitzed Westminster for 10 runs in the second inning to down the Lady Blue Jays 14-2 in five innings of the second game of a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference on Saturday. Westminster fell in the day’s first game 6-1. The Lady Blue Jays (7-7, 4-2) got a scoreless bottom of the first inning from freshman starter Alyson Hahn, but Greenville pitcher Becca Oldham roped a two-run homer to right field. The Lady Panthers (13-5, 6-0) tacked on eight more that frame and totaling six of their 10 hits.
Books, Hornets surge late to top Tolton 7-4
Fulton senior designated hitter Paul Books’ two-run double to right field provided the game-winning tallies as the Hornets rallied for a 7-4 win over the Father Tolton Blazers on Monday. Fulton (4-2) trailed by two runs with one out in the seventh when freshman second baseman Devin Masek reached base on a single. Senior shortstop Dalton Horstmeier was hit by a pitch and a single by senior center fielder Kory Masek scored Devin Masek to cut the Hornets’ deficit to 4-3.
Sunday, March 30
The New Bloomfield Parent-Teacher Association will host a forum for the four candidates seeking election on the New Bloomfield Board of Education.
The Tourism Board is hoping to expand the variety of bus tours in Callaway County.
Saturday, March 29
Owls drop series finale to Lyon; win streak ends at four
The William Woods University Owls baseball team had its winning streak stopped at four games after Lyon (Ark.) College salvaged the finale of the three-game AMC series with an 8-4 win Saturday at Owls Field. William Woods — which swept Friday’s doubleheader — is now 21-7 overall and 9-5 in the American Midwest Conference. The Owls have won eight of their last 10.
Horstmeier, Hornets stifle Marshall
Fulton senior pitcher Dalton Horstmeier struck out 12 in a complete-game, one-hit effort as the Hornets shut out the Marshall Owls 3-0 in North Central Missouri Conference play Friday night. Horstmeier — making his first start of the season — walked three and finished 1-for-4 at the plate as the Hornets (3-2, 1-1 NCMC) ended a two-game skid. “He was very dominant tonight,” Fulton head coach Darren Masek said. “He had good command of his fastball and was able to control his curveball.”
Friday, March 28
Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem will hear arguments next Thursday afternoon on the request that he issue a restraining order in the same-sex tax returns case.
Organization plans to focus on ending victim blaming
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence has a number of events planned to promote the idea that "Consent is Sexy" but victim blaming is not.
According to her administrators, Jessica Schumacher is “the poster child for a counselor,” an educator who “does what’s best for the kids, no matter what.”
Thursday, March 27
Missouri School for the Deaf included in project upgrade list
Construction of a new Fulton State Hospital moved one step closer to reality Thursday when the Missouri Senate gave first-round approval to a $600 million bonding plan that includes about $200 million for the Fulton project.
Scherder chosen as honorable-mention All-American
William Woods University senior guard Katie Scherder was recognized as an honorable-mention NAIA Division I All-American on Tuesday. Scherder is William Woods’ seventh All-American in program history and the fourth in the six-year tenure of head coach Dan Chapla.
Fulton Bowling Center is hosting two big tournaments this spring that they hope will draw an accompanying flood of visitors to Fulton and Callaway County.
Seventeen people stand in a circle, some of them bouncing back and forth, some dancing in place, some just bracing for what is to come, all of them panting and sweating.
Callaway County officials are in the very early stages of understanding a possible change in Callaway County’s classification from class 1 to class 2.
Wednesday, March 26
Eleven Callaway County players — seven girls and four boys — were named to the 2014 all-district basketball teams announced Wednesday by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association’s Central District.
Hornets fall to Boonville in NCMC opener
Fulton committed three errors and gave up 10 stolen bases to Boonville as the Hornets dropped their North Central Missouri Conference opener to the Pirates 7-4 on Wednesday night at the high school athletic complex.
Kingdom Supper guest tells his Callaway story through photos
When award-winning photojournalist and native son Joe Link shared his story with attendees of the 109th Kingdom of Callaway Supper Tuesday night, he let his pictures do much of the talking for him.
Kingdom of Callaway Supper Committee member Jerry Austin said the president selection committee was looking for someone who is well-known throughout the county for their work and community service as the leader of next year’s supper.
The Fulton City Council was generally receptive to the Brick District Association’s downtown beautification proposal, but some councilpersons were apprehensive that the project’s proposed $26,583.90 price tag was too much, too soon.
Tuesday, March 25
Kemper, Hanger spark Bulldogs to win in opener
South Callaway senior pitcher Smith Kemper drove in three runs and junior center fielder Cory Hanger hit a two-run home run as the Bulldogs opened their season under new head coach Heath Lepper by downing Centralia 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Fulton police arrested Jerry R. "J.R." Friend, 31, of Fulton today after he allegedly stole from a homeowner on the 400 block of West 12th Street, according to a press release from the police department.
Missouri School for the Deaf middle schoolers spent Monday morning and afternoon talking about how their passions impact the world.
Monday, March 24
Blue Jays take 2-of-3 in weekend series with Blackburn
The Blue Jays came up short in their attempted series sweep of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Blackburn Beavers as they fell 12-2 on Sunday afternoon at Saucier Field. Westminster (8-3, 2-1) did all its scoring in the bottom of the first inning with RBI singles from sophomore left fielder Deion Hughes and senior shortstop Danton Hughes. The Beavers (1-14, 1-5) tied the game at 2-all by plating a pair of runs off of Blue Jays freshman starter Jake Lund in the top of the third. Blackburn took the lead with a run in the fifth, added one more in the sixth, tacked on three in the sixth and five in the seventh to pad its advantage.
Hornets beat Battle, toppled by T-Birds
Fulton toppled Battle High School Spartans 9-7 on Monday at the high school athletic complex. The Hornets bowed in their second game of the day to the Thunderbirds 3-2 in Kingdom City.
Dozens of supporters crowded a Fulton field Monday as city officials and project backers ceremonially broke ground on the new animal shelter.
Sunday, March 23
Kirk Smalley who lost son to suicide encourages others to speak out against bullying
Safe Spaces is inviting Fulton students, educators and the general public to Stand for the Silent.
With only a few days left to file for the Aug. 5 primary election — the deadline is 5 p.m. on Tuesday — only two Callaway County offices have two candidates, and only one of those is a contested race for the primary.
The Fulton Sun asked candidates for the South Callaway R-II School District's Board of Education race to share insight about why they are running for office and what they hope to accomplish if elected. There are eight candidates, including the three incumbents, on the ballot for three seats available.
KINGDOM CITY —The North Callaway Board of Education moved one step closer toward a potential November 2014 bond issue during Thursday night’s regular meeting.
Nine-month pact allows chapters to evaluate services
The Jefferson City Area YMCA and the YMCA of Callaway County Boards of Directors announced Friday their intent to enter into a nine-month management agreement.
Saturday, March 22
Lady Hornets soccer team drops season opener to Dixon 4-1
DIXON — Senior forward Victoria Langley accounted for Fulton’s lone score as the Lady Hornets soccer team opened its season with a 4-1 loss to Dixon on Friday night.
Horstmeier mashes two home runs, Fulton punishes New Bloomfield 16-6
Dalton Horstmeier’s struggles adjusting to a new batting stance and a tweaked swing led Fulton Hornets head Darren Masek to sit down and have a discussion with his senior shortstop.
Friday, March 21
It was an emotional meeting of the North Callaway School Board Thursday night as FFA students, parents and alumni turned out to speak in support of agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor Curtis Bowling, whose position with the district is in quesiton.
Dressed in a cat costume, Missouri School for the Deaf senior Courtney McCarty guided fellow students through hands-on animation and video activities Thursday during the school’s “Reading is Fundamental” (RIF) event.
Thursday, March 20
Lady Blue Jays take two from Iowa Wesleyan to begin SLIAC play
Senior pitcher Brittany Lee notched two wins from the mound — the second in relief — as Westminster opened its St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule with a doubleheader sweep of the Iowa Wesleyan Lady Tigers on Thursday afternoon at Blue Jay Field. Lee (3-2) threw 3 2/3 innings struck out one and allowed three earned runs on six hits in the Lady Blue Jays’ 10-6 win over the Lady Tigers in the second game.
The William Woods University Lady Owls felt they would need to play as cleanly as possible if they wanted to extend their season and upset the third-ranked Westminster (Utah) College Lady Griffins. It worked well for almost the entirety of the first half, before mistakes and missed shots ultimately doomed William Woods.
Lizzy’s Lifesavers and Fulton VFW Post 2657 are teaming up to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research.
The Kingdom of Callaway Supper returns March 25, giving Callaway County residents the opportunity to celebrate their neighbors — both near and far.
Wednesday, March 19
Jim Marshall, Westminster College’s track and field coach and founder of the drug abuse awareness organization Cody’s Gift, called heroin addiction an “invisible epidemic” Wednesday as he spoke to William Woods University students.
Taylor picks up individual honors, No. 6 Owls win Florida tournament
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Junior Julian Taylor captured individual honors in directing the sixth-ranked William Woods University men’s golf team to the championship of the 25th-annual Eagle Invitational on Tuesday.
Face third-ranked Westminster (Utah) in first round this afternoon
One bad step and William Woods University senior guard Andraquay Quinnine’s excitement about her first trip to the NAIA national tournament could have ended before it even started.
NRC-hosted forum in Fulton Wednesday spurs discussion on safety, sustainability
As part of the Callaway Energy Center's request for a 20-year extension on its operating license, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held public meetings Wednesday in Fulton to discuss the first draft of its environmental impact statement on the plant.
South Callaway R-II Schools Superintendent Kevin Hillman said he’s not yet certain how the district is going to use a 65-acre piece of land purchased in January.
Auxvasse to celebrate delayed Loafer’s Week March 24-29
It’s a month later than usual, but Auxvasse will be observing its 54th annual Loafer’s Week from March 24-29.
Stinson Creek Trail markers for significant sights to be erected after public viewing in May
After more than two years, the Historic Preservation Commission is closing in on erecting its historic markers along the Stinson Creek Trail.
READSVILLE — Lt. Rebecca Stone with the North Callaway Fire Protection District said Tuesday evening firefighters were still seeking clues as to how a home fire started earlier that day.
Another year of low claims has resulted in another workers compensation insurance rate decrease for the Callaway County Ambulance District.
Tuesday, March 18
The William Woods University Owls baseball team combined for four doubles and eight stolen bases in sweeping Tuesday’s American Midwest Conference doubleheader with the Park University Pirates. William Woods (16-5, 5-3 AMC) prevailed in the opener 4-2 and took the second game 9-4. The losses dropped Park to 7-10 on the season and 5-3 in conference play.
Topics ranged from opinions on Common Core to how to deal with conflict
Fulton School Board candidates were asked about a range of topics including early childhood learning, professional development and teacher salaries during a forum hosted by the Fulton Community Teachers Association Monday afternoon.
Longtime board secretary also honored at annual banquet Saturday
A volunteer firefighter and a longtime secretary were honored by their peers at the Central Callaway Fire Protection District’s annual Firefighter Dinner Saturday.
Monday, March 17
Lady Owls slam Stephens to complete AMC sweep
Three Lady Owls were perfect at the plate as William Woods dispatched the Stephens College Stars 8-0 in five innings on Monday to finish off an American Midwest Conference doubleheader sweep. Freshman center fielder Hannah Campbell, sophomore shortstop Lindsey LeCuru and junior catcher Macy Wierschem all went 2-for-2 with an RBI as the Lady Owls had 14 hits as a team.
Sunday, March 16
Call us biased, but we think some things on the chopping block at Westminster College should be reconsidered. Two of those are The Columns — the student-run campus newspaper— and the readership program which provides free editions of newspapers for students to read. The Sun first reported on these potential budget cuts earlier this year (see “Westminster SGA begins process of balancing next year’s budget” on Page 1 of the Jan. 5 edition).
$1,000 will help youth learn about nature, fishing
The Callaway County United Way’s second issuance of small grant will help youth land a big catch.
Fulton School Board candidates complete questionnaire to give public insights into their campaigns.
New Bloomfield R-II Schools' light bulbs — 847 of them — will shine brighter when students arrive for the 2014-2015 school year.
Hadley Linnenbringer to receive Settler’s Award at Kingdom Supper March 25
Hadley Linnenbringer is so well-known for having been involved in the Callaway County community for so long, that most people forget he’s not a native.
Saturday, March 15
Lady Owls blast Benedictine in AMC doubleheader
William Woods opened up its home schedule in a resounding fashion, sweeping the Benedictine-University Sprinfield Lady Bulldogs in an American Midwest Conference doubleheader on Friday afternoon. Senior Becca Schemmer threw her sixth complete game of the year as the Lady Owls blasted the Lady Bulldogs 14-1 in five innings in the day’s second game. Schemmer (4-4) allowed an unearned run on two hits and two walks while striking out two.
Friday, March 14
Few vocal participants shift discussion toward tenant, renter utility responsiblity
The city of Fulton’s Wards III and IV councilmen held a town hall meeting to answer questions about the upcoming sewer bond issue, but the portion of the town in attendance up had something else on their mind.
The New Bloomfield Board of Education voted at its meeting Thursday night to no longer participate in the Missouri Preschool Project, which was established in 2001, giving the district more control over its preschool program.
The historic downtown Fulton theater has been the subject of plotting, planning and fundraising for the better part of a decade now as various players and versions of the Callaway Arts Council have worked to renovate the building.
Thursday, March 13
With an increasing emphasis on technology in the classroom and state assesments going digital, computer skills have become an important part of a student’s skill set.
Assembly, spirit week intended to spread awareness about hurtful use of ‘retard’
The word “retard” means to hinder, delay or slow, but more often is used in a negative way to describe something as stupid — in a way defined in Webster’s New World College Dictionary as, “[slang] a) a retarded person (an offensive term of contempt).”
Clean Sweep signup due by March 27, city debuts e-waste pickup
The city of Fulton’s annual week-long Earth day celebration will kick off April 12 with a city-wide cleanup, a challenge to its residents and a new way to safely get rid of unwanted electronics.
Wednesday, March 12
Four Fulton wrestlers earn all-NCMC honors
Fulton sophomores Zach Benner and Trenton Clines were both first-team selections at 182 and 138 pounds, respectively, on the recently announced 2013-14 all-North Central Missouri Conference wrestling team.
Lady Owls sneak into NAIA tourney, receive 15th and last at-large bid
It involved some suspense, but the William Woods University Lady Owls basketball team is returning to the NAIA national tournament.
The Fulton Community Teachers Association is hosting a forum for candidates for the Fulton School Board from 4-5 p.m. Monday, March 17 in the high school commons area.
The Auxvasse Fire Department will soon have a new truck in its fleet to replace one recently damaged while out for maintenance.
Longtime airport manager to retire at end of April
The city of Fulton is seeking a new airport manager.
Fulton State Hospital employees and members of the public gathered Tuesday at the Missouri School for the Deaf to learn more about issues facing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
Tuesday, March 11
William Woods University used four pitchers and was outhit by visiting Culver-Stockton College 11-6, but the Owls still came away with a narrow 5-4 victory in their home opener Tuesday afternoon.
New dates to be determined in Pamela Carter, Jacie Coari cases
Two Central Missouri women arrested on unrelated charges will have their days in court at a later date.
Monday, March 10
Lady Blue Jays swept by UW-Platteville to open season
Westminster opened up its season with a pair of losses to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville on Monday at Blue Jay Field. The Lady Blue Jays fell 11-1 in the second game while dropping the opener 7-6 in nine innings. Westminster found itself in a 5-0 hole before it was able to get on the board in the second game. Lady Blue Jays freshman starter Alyson Hahn gave up a run in the top of the second inning and two runs each in the third and fourth innings, respectively as Westminster found itself trailing. Senior left fielder Becca Rose singled in the Lady Blue Jays’ lone run in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 5-1 contest. UW-Platteville responded with three runs in the sixth and seventh innings as they limited Westminster to just four hits.
Voters will decide how they pay for mandatory upgrades to treatment plant
Fulton voters can control how their rates will be affected by a number of mandatory upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment facility over the coming years.
Less than half of tax credits money pays for housing construction
Sunday, March 9
Kingdom Supper to honor Martin Northway’s with Distinguished Service Award for efforts on Gray Ghost Trail
For his efforts to remind and educate area residents about Callaway County’s role during the Civil War, local historian Martin Northway is being recognized with the Distinguished Service Award during the Kingdom of Callaway Supper on March 25.
Sam Santhuff stepped off the elevator and onto the ninth floor of St. Louis Children’s Hospital wearing his “Super Sam” T-shirt and shiny red cape. He walked the same steps, wearing the same outfit, many times before. But this time was different.
The University of Missouri Extension Center hosted its first ever beef reproduction field day Saturday.
Saturday, March 8
Freed-Hardeman topples Lady Owls in AMC semis
The William Woods University Lady Owls had one impressive streak come to an end, and another is in serious jeopardy. Cynthia Woodward delivered a career-high 23 points and connected on seven of Freed-Hardeman University’s 12 3-pointers as the top-seeded and No. 2-ranked Lady Lions raced past No. 4 seed William Woods 70-53 on Friday night in the semifinals of the AMC postseason tournament.
Friday, March 7
Fulton NAACP, Youth Life Improvement Association bring back traditional event
A longtime tradition that has been on hiatus makes its return March 22.
Callaway County Health Department officials stressed the importance of food preparedness in case of an emergency yesterday during a demonstration at the Callaway County Public Library. The event was in conjunction with Severe Weather Week.
Thursday, March 6
Lady Hornets fall to Helias, end season in district semifinals
Head coach TJ Quick feels like her Fulton Lady Hornets gave one away. No. 5 seed Fulton got outscored by top-seeded Helias Lady Crusaders 31-19 in the second half, ending their season with a 43-36 loss in the Class 4, District 8 semifinals on Thursday afternoon.
The digitalization of court records has proven cost-effective for Callaway County.
For local Christians the Lenten season is a time of reflection and sacrifice as churches prepare for Easter — the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.
Jessica Binkley said art has brought creativity to her life even at her young age.
Wednesday, March 5
The William Woods University Lady Owls will get a third chance to try and take down Freed-Hardeman. No. 4 seed William Woods outscored No. 5 Park 8-0 over the final 53 seconds Wednesday night as the Lady Owls pulled out a 71-63 victory in a quarterfinal game of the American Midwest Conference postseason tournament at Anderson Arena. With the win, William Woods (22-9) moves on to a semifinal matchup at top-seeded and No. 2-ranked Freed-Hardeman University at 7 p.m. Friday in Henderson, Tenn. The Lady Lions (30-1) advanced with an 86-55 rout of No. 8 seed Missouri Baptist University in quarterfinal play Wednesday night.
New Bloomfield wears down in fourth quarter as state-ranked Lady Bulldogs take control
New Bloomfield head coach Brett Craighead didn’t feel like his team let the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs hang around. In fact, Craighead couldn’t think of much else his Lady Wildcats could have done except to shoot the ball just a bit better. “I think we did all we could,” Craighead said. “I thought we played really well the first half, we didn’t shoot the ball well the whole game, but we played hard — and the third and fourth quarter we went absolutely cold.” New Bloomfield was knotted in a 24-all tie with No. 5 New Franklin, but faded in the final quarter as it fell to the Lady Bulldogs 46-39 in Class 2 sectional play Wednesday night at Jefferson City High School’s Fleming Fieldhouse.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has announced that Ernest Garrett has been selected to head the Missouri School for the Deaf.
A Calwood couple lost its home to fire in February, but family and friends have not lost hope.
Group now Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center
Effective immediately, the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce has a new name.
Local women jump started spring cleaning yesterday as they were given a fresh perspective on pesky items collecting dust at their homes.
Tuesday, March 4
Lady Hornets surge past Marshall, advance to District 8 semifinals
Fulton Lady Hornets head coach TJ Quick said her team would need to be focused from the moment it arrived if it wanted to extend the season. The Lady Hornets did just that. Sophomore guard Sloane Totta scored 18 of her game-high 25 points in the second half as fifth-seeded Fulton topped No. 4 Marshall 47-32 in the first round of the Class 4, District 8 Tournament on Tuesday night.
Lost to state-ranked Lady Bulldogs in Sturgeon semifinals
Low expecations from the outside are breeding low pressure on the inside for the New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats. That’s a welcome sight for head coach Brett Craighead. “I think it’s kind of loosened them up and they’ve been really determined the last week or so,” Brett Craighead said during practice Tuesday afternoon at the high school. New Bloomfield (15-11) — the team nobody thought would be here — now has to take down a team many picked to be at this point in the fifth-ranked New Franklin Lady Bulldogs (26-1) in a Class 2 sectional at 6 tonight at Jefferson City High School. The winner moves on to face either Clopton or Knox County in a state quarterfinal at noon Saturday at Moberly Area Community College.
The registration deadline is March 12 for voters to participate in local elections, according to the Missouri Secretary of State’s website www.sos.mo.gov.
As a journalist, Paul Reid was familiar with writing assignments.
Monday, March 3
Lady Owls can't finish rally in AMC loss to No. 2 Freed-Hardeman
HENDERSON, Tenn. — William Woods University answered second-ranked Freed-Hardeman University with a carbon-copy second half, erasing a 20-point deficit, but the Lady Owls couldn’t complete the remarkable rally.
The Fulton Hornets and Lady Hornets’ first-round games at the Class 4, District 8 basketball tournament in Kirksville were postponed Monday night and moved back a day because of weather conditions.
And seven years for second-degree charges; public defender files for appeal
Sandra Plunkett has received life in prison without parole for the murder of her husband, former Jefferson City Police Department officer Paul Plunkett.
Sunday, March 2
Callaway cancellations and closures for Monday, March 3
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They’ll need some help to make it happen, but the Callaway Tourism Board wants to make it easier for visitors to find their way around town.
Former Fulton Daily Sun editor Joe Link to serve as Kingdom Supper guest of honor this month
Fulton native Joe Link has spent his career telling other peoples’ stories.
Saturday, March 1
The chili cookoff to benefit the National Guard soldiers and their families, scheduled for Sunday, March 2, at the Fulton Armory, has been canceled because of the weather.
Winston Churchill biographer, great-grandchildren arrive in Fulton for reception, preparation for Kemper Lecture
Churchillians near and far gathered tonight to honor one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century — Winston Churchill.
Will play state-ranked New Franklin in Class 2 sectional Wednesday night
RUSSELLVILLE — New Bloomfield head coach Brett Craighead wasn’t too happy as his Lady Wildcats went into halftime.
A Fulton man who, the Highway Patrol reported, was “on the roadway,” was listed in critical condition Saturday at University Hospital, after he was hit by a tractor-trailer rig.
North Callaway's third loss to Lady Bearcats comes in District 6 championship
HERMANN — The North Callaway Ladybirds still couldn’t alter the outcome in their favor against the Hermann Lady Bearcats.
Bulldogs battle Montgomery Co. for District 6 title
For the South Callaway Bulldogs, it was their most meaningful basketball game in almost 20 years.
Lady Blue Jays' comeback falls short in semifinal loss at SLIAC tournament
LOUISVILLE, Ky. —The Westminster College Lady Blue Jays’ furious second-half comeback simply ran short on time.