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Brittany Ruess

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Callaway youth, volunteers prepare for third annual expo

Children, teenagers and adults were at work Thursday on the Auxvasse Lion’s Club grounds preparing for the upcoming Callaway County Youth Expo. For event organizer Tommy Lee, one of the expo’s biggest lessons begins with cleaning, maintenance and general set up before the event’s July 7 start date. That lesson, he said, is responsibility.

Giving the gift of life

First Presbyterian Church in Fulton hosts Red Cross blood drive

Local residents gave blood on Wednesday during four hour blood drive.

Callaway County prepared to issue same-sex marriage licenses

The Callaway County Recorder of Deeds office is now ready to issue same-sex marriage licenses following the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in favor of same-sex marriage.

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National Guard equipment damages Route F overpass bridge

The right lane on eastbound U.S. Highway 54 was closed for about four hours Thursday after a piece of National Guard equipment struck the bottom of the Route F overpass bridge.

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Tebbetts Picnic tradition continues this weekend, fiddling contest back again

An annual community tradition will continue for another year in Tebbetts this weekend.

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Despite storms, city warehouse on schedule for completion

Fulton’s new public works warehouse facility that will replace the current dilapidated structure on Westminster Avenue is on schedule for completion in December, said Interim City Engineer Kyle Bruemmer, despite recent heavy rainfall.

New do-good organization to fundraise for fire victims

A Fulton home is a total loss after a weekend fire. The four adults and three children, two girls ages three and seven and a five-year-old boy, living on Branch Road were not home when their mobile home caught fire Saturday night.

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Callaway County Public Library programs for babies, toddlers develop early literacy skills

There's a lot of clapping, singing and imagining happening every Monday at the Callaway County Public Library for children 36 months and younger. While children are having fun, they are also learning.

Judge’s order puts Kingdom City hog farm decision on pause

An attorney for Friends of Responsible Agriculture — a local group opposing a 10,000-hog operation in Kingdom City — is hoping a court order filed last week will reveal information he believes was unlawfully held from him and his clients.

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Fulton middle and high schools to go one-to-one with Chromebooks

Chromebooks will be in the hands of each Fulton middle and high school student — at school and home — during the upcoming school year.

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Fulton City Council approves financial backing for Brick District Playhouse

With renderings and blueprints drawn, the Brick District Playhouse Board has a vision of what will become of the old Fulton Theatre. To make dreams for the Court Street building a reality, the playhouse board will seek a $200,000 loan through the Fulton Area Development Corporation’s re-lending program, which was made possible with the United States Department of Agriculture.

Holts Summit Board of Aldermen hears from first of three retail firms

The Holts Summit Board of Aldermen heard from the first of three retail development firms during its meeting Monday night.

City of Fulton, county commission talk money for simulcast equipment

City of Fulton and Callaway County officials met Monday morning to discuss the details of two agreements between the entities about the installation of a new simulcast system.

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Missouri Association of Student Councils summer workshop attracts more than 700 students to William Woods

High school leaders to host free carnival Tuesday, Special Olympics fundraiser Wednesday

The decibel levels at the McNutt Campus Center on the William Woods University campus registered at higher levels than normal on Monday as high school students from across the state joined together for a pep rally, kicking off the Missouri Association of Student Councils' annual summer workshop.

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Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce members vote in favor of economic merger

Members of the Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce voted Tuesday night for the organization to move forward with an economic merger, which could potentially bring together the chamber, the Fulton Area Development Corporation and the Show-Me Innovation Center.

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Six-month process moves city, fire union closer to contract agreement

Fulton fire union members have called an outdated pay scale the catalyst to six months of contract negotiations between the city of Fulton and the Fulton Professional Firefighters Union.

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Multi-million dollar company, Henderson Products, establishes sixth location in Fulton

Location, workforce, building were factors in attracting the snow and ice removal business

An international company that is a leader in manufacturing and distributing truck-mounted snow and ice removal equipment will bring its sixth facility to Fulton’s industrial park, anticipating to be operational by the end of July.

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Gov. Nixon, mental health officials break ground on new Fulton State Hospital

Chief Operating Officer expects design to be completed at the end of June, new hospital set for completion in December 2017

Officials gathered in front of the Fulton State Hospital’s administration building Wednesday to break ground on a new mental health facility that Gov. Jay Nixon described as a life-changing investment for the state’s mentally ill.

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Fulton City Council sets timeline for new Fulton Professional Firefighters Union contract

Council gives readings to resolutions, approves gasoline price at Elton Hensley Memorial Airport

After the Fulton City Council meeting Tuesday night, the Fulton Professional Firefighters Union and the city of Fulton have a time frame to finalize the union’s contract.

3 Callaway County economic organizations move closer to merger

City of Fulton and Callaway County officials approach FACC, FADC and SMIC about consolidation

3 of Callaway County’s economic-driving entities are nearing to combining as one force. The Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce (FACC), Fulton Area Development Corporation (FADC) and Show Me Innovation Center (SMIC) discuss potential merger in effort to have a more holistic approach to business growth.

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Authorities unable to capture bear loose in Fulton

Conservation agent says bear was looking for mate

After hours of searching, authorities were unable to capture a young male black bear discovered in downtown Fulton Sunday night. Bob Lyons, a conservation agent with the Missouri Department of Conservation, was on scene Sunday night and said the bear likely came from southern Missouri and was looking for a female mate.

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Tee-ball time in Holts Summit

Youngsters were swinging away Tuesday night at Howard Field during little league baseball games. The Holts Summit Optimist Club sponsors the league.

Callaway County Ambulance District to receive new cardiac monitors

The Callaway County Ambulance Board voted on Tuesday to approve the purchase of eight new cardiac monitors — totaling more than $125,000.

Donation cuts price in half for Westminster STEM Academy

A donation to the Westminster STEM Academy will allow a number of high school students to attend the summer program at a discounted rate.

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City of Fulton unveils new Grabb Animal Shelter to public

For months, construction noises sounded from the site at 60 West Industrial Drive as workers from the city of Fulton and volunteers built what was once a dream — a new animal shelter. On Friday, the dream was realized as Mayor LeRoy Benton and donors to the animal shelter, Fulton residents Sam Grabb and Sue Lippincott, cut a gold ribbon to officially open the shelter.

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South Callaway High School graduates 63 Bulldogs

There were 63 seniors who graduated, 33 of which earned scholarships for their higher education endeavors. Of the graduates, 23 were National Honor Society members and the top six students received a gold medal to signify their academic achievements. Tyler Adams, valedictorian, and Madelyn Gordon, salutatorian, spoke during the ceremony. One student, Zachary Barton, has joined the U.S. Marines.

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Kingdom Christian Academy graduates kindergarteners

Little graduates look forward to first grade

Wearing blue caps and gowns, Kingdom Christian Academy kindergarten students danced, sang and prayed their way into first grade on Thursday during their graduation ceremony.

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Holts Summit girl continues recovery from lawn mower accident

A 4-year-old Holts Summit girl was in better spirits Thursday, her father said, while recovering from injuries suffered in a lawn mower accident. Faith Rowell was at a family member’s home Tuesday when she ran outside and was accidentally run over by a riding lawn mower.

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Kingdom Christian Academy students give back during last week of school

Christian-based school holds second annual Servant Week

Kingdom Christian Academy students will end their school year today with the satisfaction that comes from service.

New Fulton Middle School principal gives insight to improvements

Upcoming Fulton Middle School Principal Beth Houf, currently the principal at McIntire Elementary School, presented her thoughts on how to make improvements at the middle school during the Fulton Public Schools Board of Education meeting on Wednesday.

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City of Fulton releases name of new animal shelter

Animal shelter opening celebrations scheduled for Friday, Saturday

The completion of Fulton's new animal shelter also brings a new name for the facility that will house up to 40 dogs and 30 cats. A Fulton man was a substantial donor to the project and has named the new shelter after his animal-loving parents, Fulton Mayor LeRoy Benton said at the city council meeting on Tuesday.

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William Woods, Westminster graduates soar into future

More than 500 students graduated from William Woods University and Westminster College on Saturday.

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Fulton Fire training comes closer to reality

Firefighters train inside home to simulate life-like emergencies

In a training exercise earlier this week, four Fulton firefighters fought their way into a smoke-filled house and crawled on the floor, searching for a fellow firefighter who simulated he had fallen in the line of duty. A hose line guided their way to safety in the “firefighter mayday” situation.

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Chamber of Commerce event kicks off Fulton Street Fair button sales

The commission and SERVE, a local non-profit organization serving low-income families, collaborated for the event, which also kicked off Fulton Street Fair button sales.

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Callaway emergency personnel, officials collaborate on nuclear plant training

Callaway County face different scenarios each year in the annual training. This year’s scenario involved intruders invading Ameren Missouri’s Callaway Energy Center.

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Robyn Frame channels passion for teaching

Fulton Public Schools Teacher of the Year discusses love for education, children

Hidden behind pink, sparkly costume glasses, Robyn Frame’s eyes illuminated as she read a book to her kindergarten students. Her animated face was matched by the enthusiasm in her voice. Changes in character dialogue signaled adjustments in her vocal tone — ranging from high-pitched squeals to baritone rumbles.

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Splashing around

Fulton Water Works opens in Memorial Park

Fulton's Water Works, also known as the Splash Pad, opened on Friday, and children and families were visible enjoying the attraction during opening weekend.

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Fulton Public Schools mechanic receives district first ever honor

Fulton Public Schools’ Director of Transportation Bryan Abbott describes the district’s mechanic, Dale Yancey, as a “hidden hero.”

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Callawegians get colorful in YMCA 5K

Callaway County runners, joggers and walkers joined together Saturday morning for the YMCA of Callaway County Color Burst 5K.

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Brick District Playhouse progresses into second planning phase

The Brick District Playhouse project is in phase II of its three-phase plan, seeking government funding to help restore the old Fulton Theatre.

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Fulton Soup Kitchen extends service to Fridays, seeks more volunteers

Virjean Martin sat at a round table inside the John C. Harris Community Center on Thursday surrounded by friends as they waited for volunteers to serve dinner. Steam from banquet chafers heated the dining hall and smells of cheesy chicken and rice, pasta, peas and green beans permeated the room.

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Fulton kindergarteners play during field day

Kindergarteners from Bartley, Bush and McIntire elementary schools enjoyed fun in the sun at Fulton High School on Wednesday during an annual field day event.

Fulton City Council hears proposed sidewalk repair list

Fulton's engineering department presents recommended focus areas for sidewalk project

The Fulton City Council is keeping sidewalks high on its priority list for 2015.

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Hundreds run to support 'all the kids,' Super Sam Foundation

The Super Sam Foundation, a local organization that donated to childhood cancer research, held its first 5K and kids' mile on Saturday at McIntire Elementary School.

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Open for business

Fulton Farmers' Market kicks off 2015 season

The Fulton Farmers' Market started its 2015 season on Saturday on Fifth Street, outside the Callaway County Courthouse.

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McIntire Elementary librarian earns grant, advances STEM initiative

Brenda Johnson knows first hand what it takes to make an engineer — her son is one.

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Morel, microbrew enthusiasts turn out for annual festival

The Brick District hosted its third annual Morels and Microbrews Festival Saturday on Court Street in downtown Fulton.

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Organizations come together in honor of crime victims

Kelly woke up in her home several years ago to find lights on in her den, guest bedroom and guest bathroom. In that moment, Kelly said she thought how odd the sight was because she always turns off those lights at night.

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Bartley kindergarten educator named Fulton Public Schools Teacher of the Year

Tears flowed almost instantly down Robyn Frame’s face after Fulton Public Schools Superintendent Jacque Cowherd announced Frame as the Teacher of the Year on Wednesday during the district’s annual End of the Year Gathering.

Callaway County Ambulance District Board funds wellness program for its employees

By a majority vote of 4-1 Tuesday night, the Callaway County Ambulance Board approved funding for a wellness program in the hopes of improving health of Callaway County Ambulance District employees.