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.
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.
Disappointed. That’s the word Callaway County Western District Commissioner Doc Kritzer used to describe his feelings of the use tax measure failure.
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.
Central Bank hosts Easter egg hunt
An Easter egg hunt in the grassy area near Moser's Grocery in Fulton only last several minutes after event organizers yelled, "Go!" and signaled for dozens of children to fill their baskets.
For six years, Connie Cashion has driven countless miles around Callaway County, delivering anything and everything to those in need. She climbed through packed storage units and hauled furniture out of her truck in the hundred-degree summer heat and freezing temperatures in the winter. Rain or shine, nothing has stopped Cashion bringing people the items they need: blankets to stay warm at night, kitchen supplies for cooking and furniture to fill out a home.
Callaway County voters will see a familiar ballot measure when they hit the polls Tuesday.
The Fulton Board of Education Policy Committee, which consists of three school board members, met Tuesday evening to go over 18 points of discussion, which included public participation at board meetings.
Fulton, Callaway County firefighters participate in free, hands-on hose training
Engine House Training, a firefighting training company, emphasized the importance of proper hose techniques to Fulton firefighters and those from across Callaway County and the state during a day-long training session on Tuesday.
Fulton Public Schools has self-reported federal law violations administrators believed were committed with an activity titled, “Claim It” that recently took place during a Fulton Middle School physical education class.
Letter to parents states actions district is taking to address controversy, including providing additional counseling
In a letter to parents of Fulton Middle School students, Fulton Public Schools (FPS) Superintendent Jacque Cowherd states eight actions which the district is taking to address concerns over a recent classroom activity that upset students and their parents.
Fulton Public Schools Superintendent Jacque Cowherd has identified the 11 Missouri Learning Standards physical education teachers were attempting to align to through a classroom activity called “Claim It,” which has outraged parents and upset students.
When Jane McClellan, the 2015 Kingdom of Callaway Supper guest of honor, returned home to Fulton earlier this week, she was given the opportunity to reconnect with her roots and the people who watched her grow up. She said the homecoming is the closest experience she’s had to life flashing before her eyes.
The 2015 Kingdom of Callaway Supper brought together the Callaway County community Tuesday, March 24 on the William Woods University campus.
As the owner and operator of Gasper’s Truck Plaza in Kingdom City, Ron Atkinson has met truck drivers from across the country. Despite learning of places far and wide from those who pass through his business, Atkinson kept his feet planted in Callaway County to run the family business and raise a family with his wife, Cindy, a 1980 Fulton High School graduate.
Fulton Public Schools (FPS) is launching a comprehensive investigation during its spring break after physical education teachers conducted a class activity that has parents and participating students upset.
Joyce Epperson has led her life with open arms and open ears. As a mother, crisis response team member and medical first responder, the Fulton woman has cared for a countless number of people by listening to their woes and offering them hugs. She’s done this in various situations — at home with neighborhood children, car accidents and death scenes. Her hugs know no race, color, gender or economic status.
KPI holds quarterly pound sale to benefit its employees, mission
Kingdom Projects, Inc., a non-profit sheltered workshop that provides employment to disabled residents of Callaway County, hosted a pound sale on Saturday to benefit its employees and mission.
Jerrie Bell’s commitment to service spans more than two decades, and in that time she’s advocated for a group of people she said can be overlooked — victims.
Confederate and Union reenactors and historians gave library patrons a blast from the past on Saturday.
William Woods University hosts dressage show in stress-free environment
William Woods University hosted its annual Completely Relaxed Spring Schooling Dressage Show on Saturday. The event draws participation from William Woods students, graduates and dressage enthusiasts from outside Callaway County lines.
The Callaway County Commission and County Clerk Denise Hubbard met with sales associates from Springfield-based Elkins-Swyers Company to learn about options for new voting machines.
Westminster College President Barney Forsythe announced Wednesday the joint decision between the college and the Sigma Chi International Headquarters (SCIH) to indefinitely suspend the Delta Tau chapter of Sigma Chi after new evidence surfaced of offensive comments posted on a private Sigma Chi Facebook page.
Mayor LeRoy Benton proposes sidewalk improvement funding, council approves suggestion
The Fulton City Council read for the first time an ordinance which would authorize the $4 million lease-purchase agreement between the city and three area banks — The Callaway Bank, Central Bank and Bank Star One — to fund the city’s new warehouse facility.
Sigma Chi International finds violations, including hazing, on Fulton college campus
The Sigma Chi International Fraternity has suspended activities at its Delta Tau chapter at Westminster College for the rest of the spring semester.
The speakers at the Fulton State Hospital’s Cultural Competence Committee third annual Community Conversation will be back again Tuesday and Wednesday for the fourth annual event, addressing issues and topics within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community.
If all goes according to plan, Callaway Community Hospital will re-implement orthopedic surgery this April, according to new Chief Executive Officer Mike Powell.
Students from the Missouri School for the Deaf and six other schools from across Missouri took an educational trip to Central and South America on Tuesday during MSD's "Festival de Latinos."
The World Bird Sanctuary and its owls made a visit to William Woods University on Wednesday during the biology club's "All About Owls" event.
Fulton City Council gives first reading to five ordinances
The city of Fulton Parks and Recreation Department needs the public’s help in forming its 10-year master plan.
The Moore’s Mill Battlefield in Calwood is one step closer to being listed on the National Register of Historic Places after the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation unanimously voted for nomination Friday.
Knights of Columbus to serve hot meals throughout Lent
Knights of Columbus hosted its first fish fry of the 2015 Lenten season. Click for photos and for information on the group's next fish fry.
Two male adults, ages 17 and 18, and three juveniles could face consequences after placing a homemade explosive inside a mailbox on the 200 block of Venus Street in Holts Summit, according to Sgt. Marc Haycook with the Holts Summit Police Department.
The city of Fulton is in preparation stages of applying for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the Missouri Department of Economic Development that would demolish vacant homes within city limits.
The religious event kicks off the Lenten season, a six week period in preparation for Easter Sunday on April 5. Click to see photos from Ash Wednesday mass at St. Peter Catholic Church in Fulton.
Work is underway this week at the Callaway County Jail to update the facility’s sprinkler system.
Hearing raises concerns over if application requirements were met for proposed Callaway County hog farm
JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri state commissioner will decide if the Missouri Department of Natural Resources properly issued an operating permit for a proposed 10,000-hog facility in Kingdom City. The topic was debated Monday during a hearing presided over by Commissioner Karen A. Winn, who must return a decision in March.
Middle school students present self-developed political parties
Gun control. Abortion. Taxes. Same-sex marriage. Health care. Seventh grade students in the South Callaway R-II School District tackled those national topics and more for the past month as they developed their own political parties for a project-based learning presentation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.