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Brittany Ruess

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Schulz on stage

Fulton High School's Rising Stars Thespian Troupe presents Snoopy! The Musical

The Peanuts comic strips come to life on the Fulton High School stage as its thespian troupe, Rising Stars, showcases its production of Snoopy! The Musical.

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Fulton City Council discusses sidewalk upgrades, hears project updates

During a scheduled work session Tuesday evening, the Fulton City Council discussed the city's need to improve sidewalks. It's been a high priority for Councilwoman Mary Rehklau who has been championing sidewalk upgrades for years, and she said she's glad the council is making it a priority as well.

Callaway County Commission works to keep victim advocate

Commission to re-apply for state grant

The Callaway County Commission is re-applying for a state grant in order to maintain a victim advocate for the 13th Circuit Court’s juvenile system.

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Public safety, government officials meet with community to cultivate relationships

Thomas Cooper sat in the front row at Guiding Light Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, listening to a panel of law enforcement officers and public officials speak about their responsibilities in the community. Fulton city and Callaway County leaders gathered for a community forum — the brainchild of Rev. Charles Jackson with Guiding Light — in the hopes of connecting more with the public they serve and addressing any issues.

Volunteers move animal shelter project along

Volunteer efforts continue to advance Fulton’s new animal shelter, as reported by Planning and Protective Services Director Les Hudson to the city council during its Tuesday night meeting.

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Admirers reflect on Churchill’s life during 50th anniversary of his death

British ambassador, Churchill descendants travel to Fulton for ceremony

Sounds from a trumpet resonated inside the Church of St. Mary the Virgin Aldermanbury Saturday as international and state leaders and community members silently reflected on the life of Sir Winston Churchill.

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Life in medicine result of military experience for World War II veteran

As Gale Fuller’s 18th birthday approached in 1945, World War II raged on after Allied and Axis forces clashed in the historic Battle of the Bulge. He enlisted for the Navy with his father by his side. The war wouldn’t last much longer after Fuller’s birthday, but his military involvement provided him with abundant opportunities.

New Fulton animal shelter pushes forward

City officials update council on sewer projects, warehouse facility

The new Fulton animal shelter has made recent progress, Protective Planning and Services Director Les Hudson reported to the Fulton City Council Tuesday night at its regularly scheduled meeting.

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Land of make believe

Fulton School District holds Disney Day during spirit week

This week is spirit week for the Fulton district, pumping up students, staff and faculty for the winter homecoming basketball games against Mexico on Friday night. Wednesday was Disney Day. Click to see photos.

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Focus on fitness

YMCA free classes aid common New Year's resolution

Feel the burn. That was the theme for patrons of free fitness classes Saturday morning. The YMCA of Callaway County offered classes in BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT, cycling and step to those who wanted to kick start their new year in good health.

The Callaway Bank offering youth entrepeneurship program

Area youth now have the opportunity to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities thanks to a new program The Callaway Bank recently launched. The bank’s Youth Entrepreneur Program (YEP) was established for high-school age students interested in pursuing a project or business venture, but need help with funding. The YEP offers low-interest loans up to $1,000, according to a The Callaway Bank press release.

Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center to mark history, contributions to community

Annual banquet to celebrate 90 years, includes creation of time capsule

The annual Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center banquet will have a unique twist this year. Jenny Bondurant, Westminster College, said the chamber’s 90-year history played an important role in the banquet brainstorming process, which concluded in the decision to create a time capsule.

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Rosemary Gannaway retires as auditor after 28 years

The long-time public servant reflects on career in office

New Year’s Eve marked not only the end of 2014, but also the 28-year career of Rosemary Gannaway as the Callaway County auditor.

Commission grants sheriff’s office, prosecuting attorney more staff to combat crime

With the Callaway County Commission’s approval of its 2015 budget, the sheriff’s office and prosecuting attorney’s office will increase their staffing.

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Hog farm opposition files appeal of Department of Natural Resources permit

Friends of Responsible Agriculture states three main areas of concern

Friends of Responsible Agriculture (FORAG), a local confined animal feeding operation (CAFO) opposition group, recently filed an appeal against the operating permit for Callaway Farrowing, LLC, to bring a more than 10,000 hog-facility to Kingdom City.

Callaway County may add deputies, assistant prosecuting attorney

Commission to vote on 2015 budget at public meeting 10:30 a.m. Monday

Crime rates cause commission to budget for additional deputies and another assistant prosecuting attorney.

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New Churchill Museum director shares vision

When asked his vision for the National Churchill Museum, newly-appointed Director James Williams couldn’t give a short answer. His long list of ideas all possessed a common theme — extending the words and lessons of Winston Churchill to as many people as possible.

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.

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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.

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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'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.

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.

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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.

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.