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Brittany Ruess

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Fulton winery hosts fundraiser for cell phone chargers at hospitals

Serenity Valley Winery and Cherie’s Cake Boutique are teaming up for the second time to host a fundraiser for hospital phone chargers.

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Special training prepares Callaway schools for active shooters

Inside Room 206 on the second floor of Missouri School for the Deaf’s Wheeler Hall, Sgt. Shannon Jeffries gave teachers, cooks, residential advisers, administrators and other MSD employees instruction on how to fight an active shooter.

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Fulton School Board adds itself to list supporting Nixon tax-cut vetoes

Superintendent Jacque Cowherd expresses concern over Prop C funding

The Fulton Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved during its Wednesday meeting to send a letter to State Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, expressing concern over legislation the board and Superintendent Jacque Cowherd believe would harm Proposition C funding.

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Fulton summer projects progress, officials foresee completion

An end is in sight for some of Fulton’s summer projects, as reported by city officials to the Fulton City Council during its Tuesday meeting.

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Danuser forges ahead

Danuser Machine Company Inc. showed how it has held true to its roots and is looking into the future while celebrating recent accomplishments Friday during an open house. "It's a new day at Danuser," Glenn Danuser, vice president, said Friday after demonstrating a product he believes has revitalized the 104-year-old company.

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Danuser Machine Company premieres new facility, equipment

Fulton-based Danuser Machine Company invited the public into its latest addition today. More space gives the company space for its new line of attachments.

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Spreading their wings

New non-profit gives Fulton-area children incentives to imagine, create

Creative Kids Outreach invites Callaway County children to fly like fairies, roar like dinosaurs and paint like Picasso.

Callaway County voter turnout higher than expected

Figures show Callaway is second closest margin between Right to Farm opposers, supporters

The numbers show Callawegians were torn, like the state, on the so-called Right to Farm measure. Callaway County Clerk Denise Hubbard said she believes amendments like Right to Farm and the local issues drew county residents to the polls on Tuesday.

Kingdom City hog farm submits application to the Department of Natural Resources

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has received an operating permit application from the controversial proposed hog confinement coming to Kingdom City.

Callaway County Commission to form health ordinance committee

Commissioners respond to petition opposing hog farm

The Callaway County Commission voted during its Friday meeting to create a committee dedicated to determining if the county needs a health ordinance after concerns rose about a potential 10,000 hog facility coming to Kingdom City.

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Local officials share concerns over legislative actions during Nixon’s Fulton visit

Fulton officials, school administrators and the Callaway County Commission came together inside Fulton High School Friday with Gov. Jay Nixon and two members of his staff to go over how legislative actions could damage local budgets. Interpretations of the bills differ between Nixon and Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, however. In a statement to the Fulton Sun, she writes that the financial effects "do not exist" and called Nixon's visit a "media stunt." Locally, leaders maintain their wish for Nixon's veto to be sustained.

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Hog farm opposition group hosts Right to Farm forum in Callaway County

The statewide issue of Missouri’s so-called Right to Farm initiative came to Callaway County Thursday night during a forum. At the forum, fourth-generation farmer Jeff Jones related Amendment 1 to his concerns of the potential hog farm operation that could bring about 10,000 hogs to Kingdom City on Horstmeier Farms.

Callaway County Clerk is only contested race on Aug. 5 ballot

The outcome of the Republican race for county clerk between incumbent Denise Hubbard and longtime Callawegian Kathy Potter will determine who wins the spot as no Democrats have sought the office. Voters will also decide on a use tax measure put forward by the Fulton City Council and Callaway County Commission. Read more about the candidates and ballot measures.

Gov. Nixon meets with Fulton government officials, public school administrators

Gov. Jay Nixon is in Fulton on Friday, Aug. 1 to meet with local government officials and public school administrators. Nixon will discuss the “impact of special breaks and exemptions” included in sales-tax related bills he vetoed in June. The discussion will take place at 10 a.m. at Fulton High School.

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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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