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Brittany Ruess

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Fulton council approves spending for sewer upgrades

Fire union, city come to pay agreement

Anticipated improvements to the city of Fulton’s sewer system moved forward at Tuesday night’s city council meeting with the approval of two resolutions granting funding for the manhole and sewer lining projects. The Fulton City Council accepted the bid of $542,930 from low-bidder Utility Solutions, Inc. — a Kansas City, Kansas based company— for the 2014 Sewer Manhole Rehabilitation Project.

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Young businesswoman opens Fulton resale shop

Alicia Wood caught the bargain bug early on in life. As a young girl, the enterpeneur and her mother — Randolyn Miller of Danville, Ill. — would shop at thrift stores and flea markets searching for deals. The rush stuck throughout her life and has now carried into a business venture.

Fulton Professional Firefighters Union, City of Fulton talk fire pay

Negociations continue Tuesday on new union-city agreement

The Fulton Professional Firefighters Union started negotiations with City of Fulton administration on Friday in an effort to increase pay for fire department employees as well as update the current agreement between the union and the city with changed policies and procedures.

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Children share Christmas wishes

Santa Claus hears wish lists from area youth at Callaway County United Way breakfast fundraiser

What do you want for Christmas? That question was answered by child after child on Saturday during the Callaway County United Way annual Breakfast with Santa and the Grinch. Click here to view photos from event.

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2014 Fulton Jaycees Christmas Parade salutes heroes, honors 'Super' Sam

The annual Fulton Jaycees Christmas Parade — which had a hero theme — kicked off with a troupe of "Super" Sam supporters paying tribute to the young boy who battled cancer for 13 months and became a hero to many. Former Fulton Police officers Jason Stewart and Andre Cook served as grand marshals. Click here to view photos.

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'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever' to premiere at William Woods University

The William Woods University Theatre Department has teamed up with the community for the Christmas-themed comedy "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever." Grace Bradley must take over directing the church's annual Christmas pageant, and when she does, she's met with an unusual challenge — the delinquent Herdman brothers and sisters. The Herdmans take over the leading roles after bullying the other children not to volunteer for the parts and small town chaos ensues.

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Portland couple open up historic home for Christmas tours

Donations to go to Portland Community Center

Judi and Bob Plummer have a knack for transformation. For the Portland couple — married 59 years — it started while they were dating in the 1950s and would go “junking,” finding what others may have considered trash and making it something of their own. Their eye for seeing the potential in what others couldn’t is evident in their home, which they will soon open to the public for Christmas tours.

Fulton City Council approves 2015 budget

Highlights include capital improvement projects, city employee salary increase

The Fulton City Council accepted the city’s 2015 budget during its meeting on Tuesday. Jerry Sorte, assistant director of administration, said the budget was updated with minor changes — accounting for all vacant positions and updating 2013 audited numbers — since the council read the budget for the first time at its Oct. 28 meeting.

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Braving the shave

Westminster College students go bald for cancer awareness, research funding

After years of wanting to shave her head for cancer awareness, Westminster College student Brier Skogsberg finally went bald Wednesday night inside the Coulter Science Center surrounded by her collegiate classmates.

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Missouri board authorizes bonds for Fulton State Hospital project

The Missouri Development Finance Board approved the issuance of an initial $92 million in bonds on Wednesday to move the Fulton State Hospital project forward, according to a press release from the Office of Administration.

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Mizzou students give back, help with new Kingdom Projects project

Twelve students from the University of Missouri spent their weekend at Kingdom Projects Inc., organizing clothing in the resale shop, painting its walls and giving the organization a kickstart to its new wooden pallet project.

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Veteran’s Day Banquet honoree pays tribute to those before him

World War II veteran Dale Vaughn shook the hand of Maj. Jeff Klosterman Tuesday night at the conclusion of the 95th annual Veteran’s Day Banquet. Vaughn thanked Klosterman — who was the guest speaker for the event — for his words and, as Vaughn said, “spreading the light and refreshing the memories” of those in attendance. Vaughn was one of many at the banquet who’ve made sacrifices protecting U.S. freedoms and connected with Klosterman for the shared experience.

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Super Sam Foundation to bring comfort to hundreds of children

Family, supporters of ‘Super’ Sam Santhuff carry out young boy’s wish

'Super' Sam Santhuff, a 6-year-old Fulton boy who passed away from cancer in September, prayed many times for other children facing life-altering illnesses during his 13-month battle against cancer. He dreamed about bringing comfort packs to other children like him, his mother Cassie Santhuff said. To fulfill his initiative, his family and supporters gathered inside the St. Peter Catholic Church gymnasium to organize 550 comfort packs.

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Department of Natural Resources has until end of month to decide on proposed CAFO

Agency holds public meeting, listening to concerned residents

Opponents of a proposed 10,000-hog confinement in Kingdom City expressed their worries over water quality to Missouri Department of Natural Resources members on Thursday. Friends of Responsible Agriculture, an organized opposition group, started their battle in May, and the department has until Nov. 21 to make a decision on the hog farm. If DNR accepts the application, which it is legally bound to do if it meets requirements, then FORAG will appeal the decision.

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Callaway County not issuing same-sex marriage licenses

Callaway County Recorder of Deeds Christine Kleindiest said that the county has no authority to issue same-sex marriage licenses despite a ruling from a St. Louis City circuit judge deeming same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional in Missouri.

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Chiefs Hall of Famer shares life lessons with William Woods University students

Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame kicker Nick Lowery told William Woods University students that he hopes their school becomes the “mistake university of the world.” “Sounds crazy, right?” he said Wednesday night during an inspirational lecture inside Cutlip Auditorium.

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Republicans continue reign in Callaway County

With no close races, Callawegians favored Republicans in local, state and federal governments at the polls on Tuesday.

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Fitzwater, Backer discuss issues as election day approaches

As the time to Nov. 4 decreases, two familiar faces vying for the 49th House District have popped up on T.V. screens among the slew of political ads. Travis Fitzwater, Republican candidate from Holts Summit, and Gracia Backer, Democratic candidate from New Bloomfield, both have their eyes on the seat that represents western and southern portions of Callaway County and a small portion of Cole County.

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Fulton man publishes novel with time-traveling focus

Leland Nichols has dedicated most of his life to science, but over the past four years the Fulton man has transformed into a writer, penning his first novel titled, “The Ruby.”

Fulton City Council advances proposed 2015 budget to second reading

The Fulton City Council held no discussion of the 2015 proposed budget before giving it a first reading at the council’s Tuesday night meeting. It will need a second and third reading for final passage.

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Fulton makes final payment of Dollar General-related bonds

Before they took their seats in Fulton City Hall Tuesday, the council, city administration, department supervisors and more gathered around a burning fire. They were not toasting marshmallows, but to a business development milestone for Fulton.

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Mother, Missouri Missing founder honors daughter on 11th anniversary of disappearance

Marianne Chapman tied a green ribbon around the big tree in her front yard Saturday — the 11th anniversary of her daughter Angie’s disappearance.

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Fall festival gives children taste of Halloween

Halloween came a little early for patrons of the Growing Years Child Development Center's fall festival on Friday.

Callaway County Commission continues to investigate hog farm-related ordinance

The Callaway County Commission may have little power over a potential 10,000-hog farm coming to the county, Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann said.

City council to review 2015 proposed budget

The Fulton City Council will review the 2015 proposed budget for the city at its meeting Tuesday. A public hearing will be held 6:30 p.m. at City Hall for those wishing to provide input on the proposed budget. In the proposed budget is a 5 percent pay increase for city employees. If the council approves the pay increase, it may also discuss how those raises are distributed.

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Raise the big top

Westminster College celebrates homecoming with circus-themed parade, pep rally

Westminster College students — representing various classes, athletic teams and Greek Life — walked down Court Street on Wednesday in the school's annual homecoming parade.

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Hunters Creek project reaches stalemate

Collaboration between the Hunters Creek Homeowners Association in Holts Summit and the Callaway County Commission is at a standstill after two years of trying to improve the subdivision’s roads, totaling around one-and-a-half miles.

Report of suspicious activity near bus stop puts Tebbetts on alert

The neighborhood watch group in Tebbetts has been alerted about strange activity that took place near a school bus stop on Monday.

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Second graders’ birthday wish — a cure for CF

Young girls request donations instead of gifts at birthday party

The recent birthday party of sisters Natalie and Layla Underwood, 8, and their friend Madison Bright, 7, had typical features seen at a birthday party — a bounce house, trampoline and family and friends gathered in celebration.

Callaway County Jail shops for food service provider

Changes to the Fulton State Hospital will result in a major change for the Callaway County Jail. Click to read more.

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The art of growing up: WWU's Jesters Organization explores life lessons in play

William Woods University students will perform in “All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” Read more about the show and see photos from their rehearsal.

Fulton City Council gives first reading to slew of ordinances

The Fulton City Council heard multiple ordinances for the first time at Tuesday night's meeting, which included the topics of sewer rates and a state investment programs.

Riddle, Schieffer discuss state issues at candidate forum

Missouri’s Senate District 10 race has pitted two veteran House legislators — Jeanie Riddle and Ed Schieffer — against one another.

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Autumn on the Bricks showcases local crafts, food and drink

This year’s "Autumn on the Bricks" was the first of its kind, and featured area wineries and artisan food.

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Fulton celebrates homecoming

Fulton Public Schools and people in the community gathered this weekend to celebrate homecoming with a parade, football game and coronation.

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Fulton High School Marching Band prepares for homecoming, competition

Fulton High School's marching band began rehearsal at 7 a.m. Thursday to get ready for Friday night's homecoming game and a weekend competition.

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Fulton State Hospital draft designs unveiled

Design team draws inspiration from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, will meet with employees

Project managers of the new $2.11 million Fulton State Hospital updated the Missouri Mental Health Commission on Thursday during its regular meeting with details of the new mental health facility.

DNR to meet with concerned citizens about proposed hog farm

In the on-going effort to prevent a hog confinement from coming to Kingdom City, 36 letters of concern and a petition with more than 1,458 signatures has prompted the Department of Natural Resources to meet with the public.

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Fire safety first

Fulton firefighters teach youth fire prevention techniques to youth

Fulton firefighters taught elementary students how to stop, drop and roll among other fire safety tactics on Tuesday as a part of National Fire Prevention Week.

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CARDV promotes Domestic Violence Awareness month

Organization puts on 5K, ‘yarn bombs,’ collaborates with local athletes

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and CARDV is trying to make that known.

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Fire victim: ‘I lost just about everything I own’

Blaze heavily damages Holts Summit apartments

Children playing with matches or a lighter Friday afternoon apparently set a bed on fire that spread and heavily damaged a three-story apartment building in Holts Summit.

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Westminster College student commits to shaving head for cancer awareness

The 20-year-old launches fundraiser with a $1,000 goal for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Five years ago, at the age of 15, Brier Skogsberg first told her mother, Angela Welte, that she wanted to shave her head and fundraise for a cancer organization. Although she didn’t go through with the thought, it remained with her.

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Up-and-coming country artist to bring small town style to Music on Main

Country music artist Adam Sanders will be in a familiar setting Saturday at Auxvasse’s Music on Main celebration. The artist kicked off his career as a toddler, performing at local festivals and talent shows throughout his youth near Lake City, Fla. — his small hometown with a population of about 12,000.

Commission awaits legal opinion before forming committee in relation to hog farm

A committee that could create an ordinance in relation to a proposed Kingdom City hog farm is still in the works, according to Callaway County Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann.

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Helen Stephens’ biographer shares insight to the Olympian’s life

Sharon Kinney Hanson, author of “The Life of Helen Stephens: The Fulton Flash,” walked into the William Woods University’s library auditorium Thursday night hoping to inspire the students and community members with the story of the two-time Olympic gold winner.

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Annual asphalt overlay project underway

The city of Fulton’s asphalt overlay project is currently underway and will wrap up at the end of October, according to City Administrator Bill Johnson.

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Loved ones, admirers tribute ‘Super’ Sam Santhuff

Childhood cancer battles continues through Super Sam Foundation

The balloon release at “Super” Sam Santhuff’s funeral on Wednesday at Memorial Gardens was a tribute to Sam and awareness event for childhood cancer as hundreds of yellow balloons floated into the clouds. September is childhood cancer awareness month.

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City council approves bid, alternates for new warehouse

Fulton's warehouse garage — with missing ceiling tiles, brown spots from water damage and crumbling brick walls — show the building's decrepit state. But, a new warehouse is on the way as the Fulton City Council approved a base bid and four alternates for the more than $7 million project at its meeting Tuesday night.

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Remembering ‘Super’ Sam Santhuff

“Super” Sam Santhuff wore a red cape sporting the Superman symbol as he went to St. Louis Children’s Hospital on Oct. 1, 2013 for his first chemotherapy treatment. Sam, 6, emulated the superheroes he looked up to as he battled cancer, a fight which ended. Sam died early in the morning on Friday, Sept. 19.

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Cemetery board teams up with Missouri S&T to identify unmarked graves

Twenty-four years have passed since the Liberty Cemetery of South Callaway was officially incorporated, but a number of unknown bodies have been resting in its plots for even longer.