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Brittany Ruess

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Off on the right foot

SERVE Inc.’s third annual Back-to-School Fair fills backpacks, prepares children for school

Hundreds of children and their families filled Callaway Christian Church on Saturday at SERVE, Inc.'s third annual Back-to-School Fair, collecting paper, pencils, notebooks, markers and other school supplies in preparation for the first day of school.

Smooth roads ahead for Fulton

City preps for bigger-than-usual overlay project; sewer lining work also to begin soon to alleviate inflow to wastewater plant

The City of Fulton’s annual asphalt overlay project will be a bigger job in 2014 than years past. City Engineer Greg Hayes said the street department sets aside $250,000 each year for the project, but this year $100,000 from the sewer and water departments each will be added to that figure.

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Interest in flowers, plants still budding decades later for Fulton green thumbs

Betty Hardin’s face illuminated as she walked by the hydrangeas, hibiscuses and other flowers in the horticulture exhibit of the Fulton Garden Club’s “Back to Gardening: Show Me” flower show, which marked its 28th year.

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Westminster professor sheds light on veterans benefits with new book

Westminster College history professor Mark Boulton teaches history so that — as the saying goes — the major political downfalls won’t repeat themselves. While working on his dissertation in the early 2000s, Boulton realized that politicians throughout America’s history have not taken that phrase as close to heart.

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Certain summer projects still in delay while others progress on schedule

Large-scale equipment, hard hats and orange signs have signaled this summer that the City of Fulton is under construction.

Fulton City Council holds off on resolution supporting Nixon's vetoes

The Fulton City Council tabled a resolution Tuesday night showing support of Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes of sales tax-related bills that could potentially cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars based on two different estimates.

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‘Frogs and Hogs’ gives back to area veterans

The ninth annual Frogs and Hogs festival kicked off Friday as motorcycle enthusiasts poured into Mokane and cooks tested their skills in the “Wing Ding” cookoff.

South Callaway School Board mulls tobacco, alcohol and drug policy

The South Callaway School Board discussed options for a new drug, alcohol and tobacco policy at its meeting Wednesday night. Students participating in athletics and other extra curricular activities are currently withheld from games or activities based on calendar days, but the board is assessing how to move forward with a penalization based on percentage.

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Megan Haas wins New Bloomfield School Board runoff election

With about 52 percent of the vote, Megan Haas will take her spot on the board for the first time after Tuesday’s runoff election.

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Youth experience success in rabbit, poultry shows

Reflecting on the 2014 Callaway County Youth Expo rabbit show, Judge Ray Hall said the youth’s showmanship was the best he’s ever seen from top to bottom.

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100 years and counting

Lifelong Fultonian, World War II vet becomes centurion this month

World War II veteran Eugene White’s 100th birthday wish is more for time — time he would use doing something he credits for his long life.

Callaway officials prepare for the worst

Callaway County officials and emergency personnel met Thursday morning to practice what they would do if the Callaway Energy Center ever experienced a nuclear disaster.

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Callaway youth share love for 4H in pageant

The 2014 Callaway County Youth Expo kicked off Wednesday morning featuring some of the best and brightest young Callawegians the annual pageant.

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Fulton City Council approves Rock Barn bid

Fulton men plan to preserve barn, grow grapes for local wineries

Two local men plan to transform the historic rock barn previously on the Fulton State Hospital campus into a vineyard within the next couple years.

Callaway voters to decide if prosecuting attorney job is full or part time

As Callaway County transitions from a Class 1 to a Class 2 county, there’s one stipulation voters will need to agree on come August.

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National cerebral palsy education tour coming to Fulton

A Georgia family will soon be in Fulton as a stop for its national tour to educate the public about cerebral palsy.

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Hog confinement battle continues with agreement revival, petition

Anti-hog farm petition gains 500 signatures in first day, Callaway County residents share concerns

Shirley Kidwell signed a document in 1999 with nine other Callaway County residents and Gary Horstmeier, owner and operator of Horstmeier Farms in Kingdom City, which she said prevents a potential hog confinement site coming to Callaway County.

North Callaway considers facility improvements

District looks at agro/science building, maintenance facility, phone system upgrades for potential bond issue

In preparation for a November bond issue, the North Callaway Board of Education heard developments on facilities planning from The Architects Alliance, a Central Missouri architectural firm aiding the district.

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Hog confinement opposition to circulate petition

KINGDOM CITY — A group of residents living near a potential hog confinement site in Callaway County have organized under an official name are taking action against what they believe could be a harm to the community.

Fulton city officials report project updates

Construction of various city summer projects are at different stages as reported by city officials at the Fulton City Council’s Tuesday meeting.

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"Sailor's Mail" depicts World War II love story

A large, black trunk tucked away in Marsha Norris Knudsen’s parent’s home held family treasures left undiscovered for years.

New Bloomfield teachers, staff to see salary spike

After a four-year pay freeze, New Bloomfield teachers and certified and non-certified staff will receive raises after the school board approved the measure during its regular meeting Thursday.

Man seeks national recognition in singing contest for truck drivers

Bill Evans, 68, of Bonne Terre sings whenever and wherever he can. His love for song is evident at truck stops, where he sings well-known tunes and encourages other drivers to join in with him.

Neighbors seek legal advice in hog confinement dispute

A group of Kingdom City residents opposing a potential hog confinement site has decided to seek legal advice, according to a statement sent to the Fulton Sun from Jeff Jones, the group’s spokesperson.

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Callaway County residents mull hog farm info

While some mysteries were dispelled about a potential Kingdom City-area hog confinement during a forum Tuesday night, residents are still trying to forsee how the operation will work based on responses to the group’s 36 questions, said Jeff Jones, a spokesman for the nearly 35 residents.

Local leaders react to Gov.’s tax break vetoes

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed four senate bills Thursday that concerned local officials after the Department of Revenue released numbers showing amounts Callaway County, the ambulance district and cities would lose if the bills became law.

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New Bloomfield to hold runoff for school seat

Recount shows Gracia Backer, Megan Haas each polled 267 votes

The New Bloomfield School District will hold a special election for a board seat after recount request from a New Bloomfield School Board candidate has resulted in a tie.

South Callaway OKs baseball-softball upgrades

South Callaway R-II Schools will move forward with more updates to its athletic facilities after approval for its school board Wednesday night. The South Callaway Board of Education voted 6-1 for more than $330,000 to be spent on baseball and softball field improvements.

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Sides chime in on hog confinement dispute

HATTON — Many different voices sounded Tuesday night during an open forum to discuss a potential hog farm site in Kingdom City that could house up to 7,600 sows and 2,720 swine.

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Annual fishing tournament reels in participants despite rain

The annual Alan Leake Fishing Tournament drew about 35 participants to Veterans Park on Saturday. Children and teenagers competed to see who would catch the most and the biggest fish. In total, fishers caught 269 fish.

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Lifelong Callawegian turns 100 today

One hundred years ago today, Martha McCray, resident at Presbyterian Manor in Fulton, was born to Oliver and Mary Sebastian in Stephens — a town located in the northwest region of Callaway County.

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Lost dog to be reunited with Chicago owner tomorrow in Mokane

Leeloo, an Australian cattle dog, will head back home to Chicago Saturday after being missed in Callaway County by her owner, Art Wilk of Chicago, for more than a week.

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Kingdom City residents to hold Q&A on hog confinement

Concerned citizens near a potential hog confinement site will have an opportunity to ask questions 7 p.m. June 10 in an open forum.

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Library, children go mad for science

The Callaway County Library hosted a Mad Scientists Lab Wednesday inside the Friends Room where children could explore the world of science. Experiment stations were set up that allowed children to play with the reaction between liquids and solids in addition to sound.

Callaway, Fulton officials urge veto on 4 bills

Four Missouri tax bills could cost Callaway, local entities up to $1.25 million says Department of Revenue

Callaway’s county, city and ambulance district officials have voiced their concerns for a series of last-minute Missouri state bills that would cost them a combined estimated $1.25 million in annual tax revenues.

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Kansas City woman found dead in Holts Summit was a prostitute

HOLTS SUMMIT — The Kanas City woman found dead in Holts Summit was a prostitute who solicited sex at truck stops, according to Holts Summit Police Department Chief Kyle McIntyre. Jessica Murafetis, 44, was found Jan. 30 in a grassy field near an ExxonMobil station’s parking lot off of U.S. Highway 54, where tractor-trailers commonly park.

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Art House's plein air event to showcase Callaway County scenery

They’ll travel from the states of Ohio and Illinois, and Missouri cities like Washington, Rocheport, Ethel, Hannibal and more to paint the landscapes of Callaway County this weekend for the Art House’s first plein air event.

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National Churchill Museum prepares for D-Day exhibit, presentation from Churchill expert

The artwork of three former U.S. Navy artists who documented D-Day through watercolors and drawings will be on display at the Churchill Museum starting May 30. The director of the Churchill Archives Centre will give a presentation during the exhibit's opening.

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New Bloomfield Fire Protection District deems home 'total loss' after early morning fire

A New Bloomfield couple suffered no injuries after a fire ignited their home this morning, but have lost all of their belongings and are missing two pets.

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Westminster College student, professor team up to research 32 million-year-old tortoise shell

Meredith Bolen, Westminster College student, said she is the kind of person who enjoys learning, research and a challenge. So when environmental sciences professor David Schmidt offered project opportunities to his students, Bolen inquired about her options.

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Westminster President Forsythe announces retirement

Westminster College President Barney Forsythe recently announced he will retire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

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A man and his goat to pass through Callaway County as they walk across America to support cause

Steve Wescott, 34, continues his journey today through Mid-Missouri, walking with his goat to make it to New York City. Wescott and his goat, LeeRoy Brown, started their trek at the Space Needle in Seattle on May 2, 2012 and set out for the 3,800-mile trek to Times Square to raise money for an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya.

South Callaway approves major projects, includes turf field

The South Callaway Board of Education awarded bids for several facility upgrades totaling more than $2 million during its meeting Wednesday night.

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There is such a thing as a free lunch

Portland couple donates to clear South Callaway students' lunch debts

Phillip Baumgarth, 72, stood inside the South Callaway High School cafeteria, waiting for to be served his meal at the Kingdom Telephone Cooperative annual shareholders meeting in March. As he waited, Phillip Baumgarth noticed a sign posted in the cafeteria that troubled him.

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Westminster College graduates become engaged at the columns

Kayla Foust of Fulton walked through the Westminster columns with a degree and engagement ring on Saturday.

William Woods professor, student release survey results on sexual consent

Elizabeth Wilson, professor of social work at William Woods University, recently released the results of a survey she and sophomore Katherine Johnson created on sexual consent. Wilson and Johnson collaborated for the school’s mentor-mentee program in which a professor and student team up for research.

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New tanning salon opens in Fulton, offers various services

While running her mobile spray tanning business, Fulton native Veronica Baker, a then-Columbia resident, would travel back to her hometown for appointments.

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Family fun run benefits 'Super Sam'

Ava Santhuff (right), 5, of Fulton whispers in her mother’s ear as they along with Ava’s grandmother, Martha Wayne, judge the costume contest Sunday at the Super Sam Family Fun Run.

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William Woods freshman wants to bring Quidditch to Fulton

When the first Harry Potter movie came out in theaters in 2001, the book and movie series became a part of Alex Burns’ life. She started attending midnight release parties of the books and midnight premieres of the movies dressed in her Harry Potter gear. At her Christian elementary school, she would find herself in trouble for even talking about Harry, Hogwarts, Hagrid or anything magical.

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MSD event, Fulton poet impart the power of poetry

Missouri School for the Deaf student Cody Avila took the floor Thursday inside the school’s library to read his original poem, “Prove Them Wrong,” which told the story of his grandfather and an important lesson he taught Avila.