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Brittany Ruess

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I-70 accident ejects two from vehicle, injuries six total

A one-vehicle traffic accident on westbound I-70 today involved six people, two of which were ejected from their vehicles.

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Fulton rolls out online electrical usage tracking system

The City of Fulton launched its new website today, which will allow utility customers to track their electricity usage and costs.

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Administrative Hearing Commissioner recommends Clean Water Commission sustain operating permit for Callaway County hog farm

A Missouri Administrative Hearing Commissioner decided Friday that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was correct in issuing an operational permit to Callaway Farrowing, LLC — the company that will bring a 10,000-hog farm to the Kingdom City area. The case, presided over by Commissioner Karen A. Winn, closed Monday, according to online case information.

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American Red Cross of Central and Northern Missouri honors 'Super' Sam, Fulton couple

The American Red Cross of Central and Northern Missouri will honor “Super” Sam Santhuff and a Fulton couple as good samaritans during its Annual Heroes Breakfast today at the Capital West Event Center. David Griffith, executive director, said the selection committee voted unanimously for both.

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STEM students face off at Missouri Science Olympiad

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) brought more than 500 middle school and high school students to Westminster College on Saturday for the Missouri Science Olympiad.

Callaway County Commission approves voting machine purchase

County Clerk’s election services fund pays for portion of cost

The Callaway County Commission voted Friday to approve the purchase of 28 new voting machines from Elkins-Swyers, a Springfield-based company, contingent on the warranty.

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Fulton School Board, parents look for ways to move forward following 'Claim It' controversy

It's been nearly a month since Fulton Middle School students participated in what Superintendent Jacque Cowherd has called an "inappropriate survey," in which students self-identified with sensitive topics regarding sexual orientation, religion, abuse and more. Following Wednesday's Fulton Public Schools Board of Education meeting in which parents expressed their concerns, entities continue to search for ways to prevent another "Claim It" situation and improve various aspects of the district.

Fulton Public Schools revamps physical education, health curriculum

Fulton Public Schools teachers are finishing up revisions to the K-12 physical education and health curriculum this year and will present their ideas to a committee, Assistant Superintendent Suzanne Hull told the school board during its Wednesday meeting.

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Fulton Fire sharpens vehicle extrication skills

As a part of its annual training, Fulton firefighters have been practicing their vehicle extrication skills and learning tips and tricks to pull a passenger from a vehicle involved in an accident.

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MODOT engineers say Mokane Road safe

Since May 2014, Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) crews have been keeping a closer eye on a patch of Mokane Road.

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Fulton Public Schools parents voice concerns over ‘Claim It,’ district climate

Signs shot in the air as the Fulton Public Schools Board of Education meeting started Tuesday night inside the high school library. The signs, held by parents of Fulton Middle School students and some middle school students themselves, included statements found in the “Claim It” activity conducted during a physical education class in March.

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Fulton maintenance crews update Market Street Parking Lot

The Market Street Parking Lot will have a new look within a couple months time.

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Fulton City Council endorses roundabout beautification

Mayor, city prosecuting attorney, councilmen take oath following re-election

Local organizations have teamed up to bring natural beauty to Fulton's roundabout. Members from the Fulton Garden Club and Fulton Rotary have created partnerships — financial and volunteer — to grow Missouri native flowers at the location. They requested support from the city during the council's meeting Tuesday. Also during the meeting, elected officials were sworn in to reclaim their civic roles.

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Hundreds of volunteers ‘clean sweep’ Fulton

Local volunteers — 455 to be exact — spent their Saturday mornings clearing Fulton streets of trash, recyclables and debris during the city's 15th annual Clean Sweep.

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Callaway County Commission mulls purchase of voting machines

The Callaway County Commission has received one bid for new voting machines, which Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann said should be available for the 2016 elections.

Fulton School Board revises public comment policy

The Fulton Public Schools Board of Education voted Wednesday, during a special session, to modify its public comment policy.

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General municipal election attracts average voter turnout in Callaway County

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.

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Fulton High School students create robot, future opportunities

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.

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Callaway County use tax measure fails for a second time by close margin

Disappointed. That’s the word Callaway County Western District Commissioner Doc Kritzer used to describe his feelings of the use tax measure failure.

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School board, council incumbents retain seats

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.

Easter egg-stravaganza

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.

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Ms. Connie fulfills dream of free store

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 Commission pushes for use tax on Tuesday ballot

Callaway County voters will see a familiar ballot measure when they hit the polls Tuesday.

Fulton Board of Education Policy Committee reviews public comment policy

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.

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Putting out the fire

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.

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Fulton Public Schools self reports federal law violations over ‘Claim It’

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.

Fulton Public Schools to self-report federal law violations regarding 'Claim It' activity

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.

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Fulton Public Schools lists state learning standards for 'Claim It' activity

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.

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Kingdom Supper guest of honor highlights love for Callaway, family

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.

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Kingdom of Callaway Supper celebrates community, tradition

The 2015 Kingdom of Callaway Supper brought together the Callaway County community Tuesday, March 24 on the William Woods University campus.

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Kingdom City businessman named 2016 Kingdom Supper president

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.

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Fulton Public Schools investigates class activity that made middle school students uncomfortable

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.

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Longtime Callaway volunteer to receive Settler’s Award at Kingdom of Callaway Supper

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.

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For sale by the pound

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.

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Former CARDV director receives second annual Jane Bierdeman-Fike Humanitarian Award

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.

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Civil War reenactors share history knowledge

Confederate and Union reenactors and historians gave library patrons a blast from the past on Saturday.

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Relaxed riding

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.

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Callaway County Clerk requests new voting machines

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 suspends fraternity indefinitely

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.

Fulton City Council gives first reading to city warehouse loan agreement

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.

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Westminster College fraternity has its activities suspended

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.

FSH hosts annual Community Conversation, increases LGBTQ awareness

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.

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Callaway hospital to bring back orthopedic surgeries, new CEO says

If all goes according to plan, Callaway Community Hospital will re-implement orthopedic surgery this April, according to new Chief Executive Officer Mike Powell.

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Missouri School for the Deaf hosts Latin American cultural fair

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."

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Owls fly high at William Woods University

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 Parks and Recreation seeks citizen input for 10-year master plan

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.

Moore’s Mill Battlefield closer to being listed as historic

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.

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Fulton residents feast at first fish fry 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.

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Holts Summit Police discovers five young individuals involved in explosive-related crime

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.

Fulton seeks grant to decrease number of vacant homes

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.