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Brittany Ruess

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William Woods University students help hungry children in Callaway County

William Woods University Greek Life students made pact to feed the hungry through joint philanthropic efforts of sororities and fraternities.

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On target for fun

Event takes local foster, adopted children to the great outdoors

Adopted and foster children made long-lasting memories as they experienced the great outdoors Saturday.

New Bloomfield Superintendent David Tramel’s proposed budget could give teachers pay increase

New Bloomfield educators could see an increase on their paychecks if Superintendent David Tramel’s proposed budget is finalized and approved by the district’s board of education.

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Fulton Middle School, Garden Club celebrate Arbor Day with tree planting

Fulton Garden Club passed its gift of green thumbs onto Fulton Middle School students Thursday by planting a willow tree.

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South Callaway searches for bids, projects totaling to $5.5 million

The South Callaway Board of Education gave clearance to Superintendent Kevin Hillman to search for bids for facility upgrades totaling an estimated $5.5 million.

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CARDV supporters commemorate 20 years in Callaway County

Supporters of the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence gathered Tuesday night to celebrate 20 years of the organization’s existence.

Local suicide survivors support group to begin in May

Three local women will begin a support group in May for those who’ve lost loved ones to suicide.

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New Bloomfield students become baristas with coffeehouse business

There’s a new business brewing at New Bloomfield High School.

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Millersburg preschool community unites, celebrates milestone

As kind words and praise continued for Sherri Griffin, founder of Millersburg Preschool, on Saturday during the preschool’s 30th anniversary celebration, she couldn’t hold back the tears.

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College students learn lessons in law

The Western District Court of Appeals was in Fulton for the second time this school year to hear cases and offer a learning opportunity to local college students.

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Evolution of Dance creator, inspirational speaker shares three life lessons

Dancing is more than what inspirational comedian Judson Laipply is known for, it represents a metaphor he tries to live by and encourages others to live by.

Lockwood, Houghton face off again in 2014 District 43 race

Ed Lockwood, Democratic candidate for Missouri’s 43rd district, and Houghton both sought out Missouri’s 43rd District, which covers all of Audrain County and northern and eastern portions of Callaway County, in 2012.

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New Bloomfield School Board candidates state objectives in forum

The four candidates for New Bloomfield Board of Education were given an opportunity to answer five questions during a forum Tuesday sponsored by the New Bloomfield Parent-Teacher Association.

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Callaway group reflects on social progress during Celia Commemoration

Since the hanging of Celia — a southern Callaway County slave — in 1855, community members pondered how much social advancement has taken place in 159 years during the annual Celia Commemoration on Saturday.

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Callaway pushing for more stops on tourism bus tours

The Tourism Board is hoping to expand the variety of bus tours in Callaway County.

Callaway County looking at moving from Class 1 to Class 2 county

Callaway County officials are in the very early stages of understanding a possible change in Callaway County’s classification from class 1 to class 2.

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Missouri School for the Deaf students dive into movie, animation techniques with literacy event

Dressed in a cat costume, Missouri School for the Deaf senior Courtney McCarty guided fellow students through hands-on animation and video activities Thursday during the school’s “Reading is Fundamental” (RIF) event.

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Father who lost son to heroin warns William Woods University students about drug trends

Jim Marshall, Westminster College’s track and field coach and founder of the drug abuse awareness organization Cody’s Gift, called heroin addiction an “invisible epidemic” Wednesday as he spoke to William Woods University students.

South Callaway purchases land for just under $250K, unsure about use

South Callaway R-II Schools Superintendent Kevin Hillman said he’s not yet certain how the district is going to use a 65-acre piece of land purchased in January.

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Cause of Readsville home fire unknown

READSVILLE — Lt. Rebecca Stone with the North Callaway Fire Protection District said Tuesday evening firefighters were still seeking clues as to how a home fire started earlier that day.

New Bloomfield Schools prepare for lighting overhaul

New Bloomfield R-II Schools' light bulbs — 847 of them — will shine brighter when students arrive for the 2014-2015 school year.

New Bloomfield schools take control over preschool program

The New Bloomfield Board of Education voted at its meeting Thursday night to no longer participate in the Missouri Preschool Project, which was established in 2001, giving the district more control over its preschool program.

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Fulton State Hospital seminar promotes awareness of LGBT issues

Fulton State Hospital employees and members of the public gathered Tuesday at the Missouri School for the Deaf to learn more about issues facing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

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'Super' Sam wins battle against rare cancer

Sam Santhuff stepped off the elevator and onto the ninth floor of St. Louis Children’s Hospital wearing his “Super Sam” T-shirt and shiny red cape. He walked the same steps, wearing the same outfit, many times before. But this time was different.

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Local farmers beef up knowledge on calf reproduction

The University of Missouri Extension Center hosted its first ever beef reproduction field day Saturday.

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Callaway County Health Department officials give tips on emergency food storing

Callaway County Health Department officials stressed the importance of food preparedness in case of an emergency yesterday during a demonstration at the Callaway County Public Library. The event was in conjunction with Severe Weather Week.

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Open-minded teaching promotes creativity in South Callaway art students

Jessica Binkley said art has brought creativity to her life even at her young age.

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Fulton expert organizer shares experiencing with repurposing, offers tips

Local women jump started spring cleaning yesterday as they were given a fresh perspective on pesky items collecting dust at their homes.

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Winston Churchill biographer shares insight on writing acclaimed book

As a journalist, Paul Reid was familiar with writing assignments.

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Winston Churchill biographer, great-grandchildren arrive in Fulton for reception, preparation for Kemper Lecture

Churchillians near and far gathered tonight to honor one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century — Winston Churchill.

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William Woods University play "All My Sons" brings students, community together

When Kathy Potter moved to Fulton, she said she was realistic about the lack of opportunities to pursue her passion — theater.

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Westminster twenty-somethings hold memorial for 94-year-old musician

They may be children of the ’90s, but their connection with the late American folk musician Pete Seeger sparked a memorial in his honor.

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Fulton NAACP observes black history with ‘spirit of togetherness’

Fulton NAACP reflects on the acts of Martin Luther King Jr. and black history through its annual program.

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South Callaway School Board hears improvement pitch

The South Callaway Board of Education heard from Craig Miller, president of Columbia-based Professional Contractors and Engineers, Inc., at Wednesday night’s board meeting about a variety of ways to work with contractors for potential facility upgrades.

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Culinary curriculum prepares high schoolers for home, restaurant kitchens

When South Callaway High School student Haley Pate imagines her future restaurant, she says it’s big, five-star and elegant. Nothing’s deep fried.

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Performance painter uses best of both worlds

Lessons of artistic discipline and freedom came into play for Vesna Delevska, a St. Louis-based artist, yesterday as she live painted at William Woods University to the sounds of the mandolin.

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Converting white into green

Snow-filled pathways turn Fulton teenagers into young entrepeneurs

The snow shoveling business proved profitable for best friends Aaron Popchoke and Dakota Adams, 13.

Cousins for a Cure to create sweet treats as a fundraiser for cancer research

The Callaway County Cousins for a Cure Relay for Life team is gearing up for a sweet fundraiser in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

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Fulton Fire Department extinguishes fire at Backer's Potato Chips

A clogged heat exchanger — which filters oil — ignited the fire today.

Rep. Jay Houghton, Missouri General Assembly demand federal investigation on propane price increases

Legislators filed House Concurrent Resolution 18 requesting an investigation from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Police seeking clues in homicide investigation

Authorities hope to complete autopsy this weekend on body found in Holts Summit; Facebook posts from 2012 show woman had an interest in truck driving

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Autopsy delayed on body found in Holts Summit

Authorities seek help from Kansas City media to uncover circumstances of woman's death

An autopsy on the woman found dead in Holts Summit on Thursday has been delayed.

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Authorities searching for clues after woman's body found in Holts Summit

Authorities are searching the area around where a woman's body was found in Holts Summit this morning.

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Numerous structure, grass fires prompt warnings from local fire personnel

January is a historically a busy month for firefighters in the area, said Fulton Fire Department Chief Dean Buffington.

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Seed exchange helps gardener enthusiasts grow their green thumbs

Garden enthusiasts were given the opportunity to grow their plant knowledge Saturday during the second annual seed exchange held at the Callaway County Extension Center.

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Bakers, cooks showcase skills in a test of sweet and spicy

View the results of the Fulton VFW's annual chili and pie cook off here.

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Gov. Jay Nixon stresses importance of new state mental hospital with visit to Fulton

Nixon proposes $198 million in bonds to go toward construction

"We have never been this close," said Marty Martin-Forman, FSH's chief operating officer.

New Bloomfield-based company, Gastineau Log Homes, increases international presence

Gastineau Log Homes, located on Old Highway 54 in New Bloomfield, will send 25 of its home kits to Mongolia’s capitol, Ulaanbaatar, and will double that number by next year, said Lynn Gastineau, the company’s president.

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Jim Gill stresses the importance of play through music, visit to Fulton

Children's artist embraced the simplicity of children learning with music at the Callaway County Library.

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Down and derby

Fulton-based Cub, Boy Scouts compete in pinewood derby

Members of Cub Scout Pack 50 intently watched as their cars whiz down the track at the pack’s pinewood derby race yesterday.