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Brittany Ruess

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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.

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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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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Callaway Sheriff’s chief deputy receives G.W. Law Award

The Fulton Rotary Club honored Callaway County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Darryl Maylee on Wednesday with the G.W. Law Award, an honor given to a law enforcement official annually who exemplifies Rotary’s motto “service above self.”

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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.

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Chamber of Commerce celebrates city, rural business with annual Town and Country Dinner

Clifford Borgelt was humble as he took to the podium to accept the Agriculture Community Service Award at the 2014 Town and Country Dinner on Tuesday night.

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Archie's opens with tribute to local, national athletes

Mark "Archie" Archambault decided to leave the Arris' franchise months ago, and with the help of his crew, has made the restaurant completely his own from the name change to "Archie's," to the items on the menu, to what is sported on the walls.

Fulton has dogged effort to finish shelter

The city of Fulton is taking on the task of constructing the new Garrett Animal Shelter interior, acting as the general contractor for the project.

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Show Me progress

Show Me Innovation Center opens its doors as remodeling continues

The Show Me Innovation Center hosted an open house Tuesday at its place of business located on Market Street.

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Splash pad could open this weekend

The pieces are in and the water is flowing at the splash pad site in Memorial Park. After delays throughout the summer, the local attraction will soon open.

Timeline announced for new Fulton State Hospital

Local leaders were given a peek into what's coming for the new Fulton State Hospital at a meeting Thursday.

Fulton winery hosts fundraiser for cell phone chargers at hospitals

Serenity Valley Winery and Cherie’s Cake Boutique are teaming up for the second time to host a fundraiser for hospital phone chargers.

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Special training prepares Callaway schools for active shooters

Inside Room 206 on the second floor of Missouri School for the Deaf’s Wheeler Hall, Sgt. Shannon Jeffries gave teachers, cooks, residential advisers, administrators and other MSD employees instruction on how to fight an active shooter.

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Fulton School Board adds itself to list supporting Nixon tax-cut vetoes

Superintendent Jacque Cowherd expresses concern over Prop C funding

The Fulton Public Schools Board of Education unanimously approved during its Wednesday meeting to send a letter to State Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, expressing concern over legislation the board and Superintendent Jacque Cowherd believe would harm Proposition C funding.

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Fulton summer projects progress, officials foresee completion

An end is in sight for some of Fulton’s summer projects, as reported by city officials to the Fulton City Council during its Tuesday meeting.

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Danuser forges ahead

Danuser Machine Company Inc. showed how it has held true to its roots and is looking into the future while celebrating recent accomplishments Friday during an open house. "It's a new day at Danuser," Glenn Danuser, vice president, said Friday after demonstrating a product he believes has revitalized the 104-year-old company.

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Danuser Machine Company premieres new facility, equipment

Fulton-based Danuser Machine Company invited the public into its latest addition today. More space gives the company space for its new line of attachments.

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Spreading their wings

New non-profit gives Fulton-area children incentives to imagine, create

Creative Kids Outreach invites Callaway County children to fly like fairies, roar like dinosaurs and paint like Picasso.

Callaway County voter turnout higher than expected

Figures show Callaway is second closest margin between Right to Farm opposers, supporters

The numbers show Callawegians were torn, like the state, on the so-called Right to Farm measure. Callaway County Clerk Denise Hubbard said she believes amendments like Right to Farm and the local issues drew county residents to the polls on Tuesday.

Kingdom City hog farm submits application to the Department of Natural Resources

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has received an operating permit application from the controversial proposed hog confinement coming to Kingdom City.

Callaway County Commission to form health ordinance committee

Commissioners respond to petition opposing hog farm

The Callaway County Commission voted during its Friday meeting to create a committee dedicated to determining if the county needs a health ordinance after concerns rose about a potential 10,000 hog facility coming to Kingdom City.

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Local officials share concerns over legislative actions during Nixon’s Fulton visit

Fulton officials, school administrators and the Callaway County Commission came together inside Fulton High School Friday with Gov. Jay Nixon and two members of his staff to go over how legislative actions could damage local budgets. Interpretations of the bills differ between Nixon and Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, however. In a statement to the Fulton Sun, she writes that the financial effects "do not exist" and called Nixon's visit a "media stunt." Locally, leaders maintain their wish for Nixon's veto to be sustained.

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Hog farm opposition group hosts Right to Farm forum in Callaway County

The statewide issue of Missouri’s so-called Right to Farm initiative came to Callaway County Thursday night during a forum. At the forum, fourth-generation farmer Jeff Jones related Amendment 1 to his concerns of the potential hog farm operation that could bring about 10,000 hogs to Kingdom City on Horstmeier Farms.

Callaway County Clerk is only contested race on Aug. 5 ballot

The outcome of the Republican race for county clerk between incumbent Denise Hubbard and longtime Callawegian Kathy Potter will determine who wins the spot as no Democrats have sought the office. Voters will also decide on a use tax measure put forward by the Fulton City Council and Callaway County Commission. Read more about the candidates and ballot measures.

Gov. Nixon meets with Fulton government officials, public school administrators

Gov. Jay Nixon is in Fulton on Friday, Aug. 1 to meet with local government officials and public school administrators. Nixon will discuss the “impact of special breaks and exemptions” included in sales-tax related bills he vetoed in June. The discussion will take place at 10 a.m. at Fulton High School.

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Off on the right foot

SERVE Inc.’s third annual Back-to-School Fair fills backpacks, prepares children for school

Hundreds of children and their families filled Callaway Christian Church on Saturday at SERVE, Inc.'s third annual Back-to-School Fair, collecting paper, pencils, notebooks, markers and other school supplies in preparation for the first day of school.

Smooth roads ahead for Fulton

City preps for bigger-than-usual overlay project; sewer lining work also to begin soon to alleviate inflow to wastewater plant

The City of Fulton’s annual asphalt overlay project will be a bigger job in 2014 than years past. City Engineer Greg Hayes said the street department sets aside $250,000 each year for the project, but this year $100,000 from the sewer and water departments each will be added to that figure.

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Interest in flowers, plants still budding decades later for Fulton green thumbs

Betty Hardin’s face illuminated as she walked by the hydrangeas, hibiscuses and other flowers in the horticulture exhibit of the Fulton Garden Club’s “Back to Gardening: Show Me” flower show, which marked its 28th year.

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Westminster professor sheds light on veterans benefits with new book

Westminster College history professor Mark Boulton teaches history so that — as the saying goes — the major political downfalls won’t repeat themselves. While working on his dissertation in the early 2000s, Boulton realized that politicians throughout America’s history have not taken that phrase as close to heart.

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Certain summer projects still in delay while others progress on schedule

Large-scale equipment, hard hats and orange signs have signaled this summer that the City of Fulton is under construction.

Fulton City Council holds off on resolution supporting Nixon's vetoes

The Fulton City Council tabled a resolution Tuesday night showing support of Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes of sales tax-related bills that could potentially cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars based on two different estimates.

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‘Frogs and Hogs’ gives back to area veterans

The ninth annual Frogs and Hogs festival kicked off Friday as motorcycle enthusiasts poured into Mokane and cooks tested their skills in the “Wing Ding” cookoff.

South Callaway School Board mulls tobacco, alcohol and drug policy

The South Callaway School Board discussed options for a new drug, alcohol and tobacco policy at its meeting Wednesday night. Students participating in athletics and other extra curricular activities are currently withheld from games or activities based on calendar days, but the board is assessing how to move forward with a penalization based on percentage.

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Megan Haas wins New Bloomfield School Board runoff election

With about 52 percent of the vote, Megan Haas will take her spot on the board for the first time after Tuesday’s runoff election.

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Youth experience success in rabbit, poultry shows

Reflecting on the 2014 Callaway County Youth Expo rabbit show, Judge Ray Hall said the youth’s showmanship was the best he’s ever seen from top to bottom.

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100 years and counting

Lifelong Fultonian, World War II vet becomes centurion this month

World War II veteran Eugene White’s 100th birthday wish is more for time — time he would use doing something he credits for his long life.

Callaway officials prepare for the worst

Callaway County officials and emergency personnel met Thursday morning to practice what they would do if the Callaway Energy Center ever experienced a nuclear disaster.

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Callaway youth share love for 4H in pageant

The 2014 Callaway County Youth Expo kicked off Wednesday morning featuring some of the best and brightest young Callawegians the annual pageant.

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Fulton City Council approves Rock Barn bid

Fulton men plan to preserve barn, grow grapes for local wineries

Two local men plan to transform the historic rock barn previously on the Fulton State Hospital campus into a vineyard within the next couple years.

Callaway voters to decide if prosecuting attorney job is full or part time

As Callaway County transitions from a Class 1 to a Class 2 county, there’s one stipulation voters will need to agree on come August.

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Hog confinement battle continues with agreement revival, petition

Anti-hog farm petition gains 500 signatures in first day, Callaway County residents share concerns

Shirley Kidwell signed a document in 1999 with nine other Callaway County residents and Gary Horstmeier, owner and operator of Horstmeier Farms in Kingdom City, which she said prevents a potential hog confinement site coming to Callaway County.