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Brittany Ruess

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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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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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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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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 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.

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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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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.

I-70 accident ejects two from vehicle, injuries six total

A one-vehicle traffic accident on westbound I-70 today involved six people, two of which were ejected from their vehicles.

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Fulton rolls out online electrical usage tracking system

The City of Fulton launched its new website today, which will allow utility customers to track their electricity usage and costs.

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American Red Cross of Central and Northern Missouri honors 'Super' Sam, Fulton couple

The American Red Cross of Central and Northern Missouri will honor “Super” Sam Santhuff and a Fulton couple as good samaritans during its Annual Heroes Breakfast today at the Capital West Event Center. David Griffith, executive director, said the selection committee voted unanimously for both.

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Administrative Hearing Commissioner recommends Clean Water Commission sustain operating permit for Callaway County hog farm

A Missouri Administrative Hearing Commissioner decided Friday that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was correct in issuing an operational permit to Callaway Farrowing, LLC — the company that will bring a 10,000-hog farm to the Kingdom City area. The case, presided over by Commissioner Karen A. Winn, closed Monday, according to online case information.

Callaway County Commission approves voting machine purchase

County Clerk’s election services fund pays for portion of cost

The Callaway County Commission voted Friday to approve the purchase of 28 new voting machines from Elkins-Swyers, a Springfield-based company, contingent on the warranty.

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Fulton School Board, parents look for ways to move forward following 'Claim It' controversy

It's been nearly a month since Fulton Middle School students participated in what Superintendent Jacque Cowherd has called an "inappropriate survey," in which students self-identified with sensitive topics regarding sexual orientation, religion, abuse and more. Following Wednesday's Fulton Public Schools Board of Education meeting in which parents expressed their concerns, entities continue to search for ways to prevent another "Claim It" situation and improve various aspects of the district.

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STEM students face off at Missouri Science Olympiad

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) brought more than 500 middle school and high school students to Westminster College on Saturday for the Missouri Science Olympiad.

Fulton Public Schools revamps physical education, health curriculum

Fulton Public Schools teachers are finishing up revisions to the K-12 physical education and health curriculum this year and will present their ideas to a committee, Assistant Superintendent Suzanne Hull told the school board during its Wednesday meeting.

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Fulton Fire sharpens vehicle extrication skills

As a part of its annual training, Fulton firefighters have been practicing their vehicle extrication skills and learning tips and tricks to pull a passenger from a vehicle involved in an accident.

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MODOT engineers say Mokane Road safe

Since May 2014, Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) crews have been keeping a closer eye on a patch of Mokane Road.

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Fulton Public Schools parents voice concerns over ‘Claim It,’ district climate

Signs shot in the air as the Fulton Public Schools Board of Education meeting started Tuesday night inside the high school library. The signs, held by parents of Fulton Middle School students and some middle school students themselves, included statements found in the “Claim It” activity conducted during a physical education class in March.

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Fulton maintenance crews update Market Street Parking Lot

The Market Street Parking Lot will have a new look within a couple months time.

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Fulton City Council endorses roundabout beautification

Mayor, city prosecuting attorney, councilmen take oath following re-election

Local organizations have teamed up to bring natural beauty to Fulton's roundabout. Members from the Fulton Garden Club and Fulton Rotary have created partnerships — financial and volunteer — to grow Missouri native flowers at the location. They requested support from the city during the council's meeting Tuesday. Also during the meeting, elected officials were sworn in to reclaim their civic roles.

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Callaway County Commission mulls purchase of voting machines

The Callaway County Commission has received one bid for new voting machines, which Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann said should be available for the 2016 elections.

Fulton School Board revises public comment policy

The Fulton Public Schools Board of Education voted Wednesday, during a special session, to modify its public comment policy.

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Hundreds of volunteers ‘clean sweep’ Fulton

Local volunteers — 455 to be exact — spent their Saturday mornings clearing Fulton streets of trash, recyclables and debris during the city's 15th annual Clean Sweep.

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Fulton High School students create robot, future opportunities

Last year, Hayden Long, who was a Fulton High School freshman, got a glimpse of the robot designed and built by the school’s after school robotics program. The program was in its first year, and Long said it was something he knew he eventually wanted to be a part of. The robot looked complicated, he said, but that was OK with him. Long was determined to learn how it worked.

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General municipal election attracts average voter turnout in Callaway County

Voter turnout for Tuesday’s general municipal election was nearly what Callaway County Clerk Denise Hubbard had expected. Leading up to election day, Hubbard said she thought Callaway County would see turnout between 9-10 percent, but the figure was short at 8.75 percent.

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Callaway County use tax measure fails for a second time by close margin

Disappointed. That’s the word Callaway County Western District Commissioner Doc Kritzer used to describe his feelings of the use tax measure failure.

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School board, council incumbents retain seats

Fulton Public Schools Board of Education incumbents Kristi Donohue and Dennis Depping retained their seats and will serve three more years on the board. With no challengers, Fulton Mayor LeRoy Benton and councilmen keep positions.

Callaway County Commission pushes for use tax on Tuesday ballot

Callaway County voters will see a familiar ballot measure when they hit the polls Tuesday.