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Dean Asher

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Fulton business incubator has high hopes for former FPD station

Since forming last fall to attract and build new businesses in Callaway County, a committee of the Fulton Area Development Corporation now has a plan outlined to achieve its goals. Committee Chair Kim Barnes approached the Fulton City Council at its Tuesday meeting to request use of the former Fulton Police Department station on Market Street as the home of a new business incubator and accelerator program, titled the “Show Me Innovation Center.”

Fulton to line sewer manholes, anticipates state revolving loan funds

The city of Fulton’s sewer system is about to get a lot more water-tight — financially and literally.

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Fulton man named national Head Start parent of the year

Many fathers will unwrap ties, T-shirts and coffee mugs this Father’s Day weekend declaring them the No. 1 Dad, but one Fulton man was recently named the best in the nation.

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Fundraiser truck show, dinner and concert for New Bloomfield baby to be held June 14

A fundraiser for a New Bloomfield baby who doctors say is a case of “interrupted sudden infant death syndrome” will take place June 14 at New Bloomfield High School.

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CMCA awarded United Way grant to establish Callaway adult education program

A community enhancement grant from the Callaway County United Way will be put to use by Central Missouri Community Action helping adults further their basic education.

Callaway to chip seal near Holts Summit, overlay near Fulton airport this month

County commuters near Holts Summit and Fulton’s airport can expect roadwork on some of their routes this month.

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Fulton Assistant Director of Administration to leave in July

Matt Harline leaves Fulton after seven years to serve Centralia as city administrator

If you ask Matt Harline, he’ll say he hasn’t accomplished a whole lot in seven years — not by himself, anyway.

Local shelter Our House completes resource room, helps residents find jobs

Nine months ago, Jerry Damron started working to give back to Callaway County’s homeless shelter, and people who were once in his position.

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Former Westminster College professor recalls Maya Angelou’s visit to Fulton

Though he only met her once, David Collins said Maya Angelou was the type of person who made you feel like fast friends.

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Dept. of Natural Resources rep: Fulton landfill grass cover significantly improved

A Missouri Department of Natural Resources environmental specialist visited Fulton’s landfill site Friday and said vegetative cover has significantly improved.

Callaway, Fulton officials urge veto on 4 bills

Four Missouri tax bills could cost Callaway, local entities up to $1.25 million says Department of Revenue

Callaway’s county, city and ambulance district officials have voiced their concerns for a series of last-minute Missouri state bills that would cost them a combined estimated $1.25 million in annual tax revenues.

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Fulton animal shelter project delayed when bid exceeds estimate

City considers restructuring plan or taking over project to complete in phases

Fulton’s new animal shelter is well underway after a successful fundraising campaign, but Director of Administration Bill Johnson told the City Council Tuesday that Fulton rejected the single bid it received on completing the structure.

Fulton council updated on number of projects

With no ordinances or resolutions to consider, Fulton's city council convened for just less than an an hour Tuesday, primarily to hear updates on the splash pad, animal shelter, warehouse, Seventh Street Bridge and smart-grid projects.

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Gas line leak temporarily closes Market Street

Fulton emergency responders briefly closed the 500 block of Market Street to traffic after receiving a call of a strong odor of gas in the area around 5 p.m. today.

Bowling for Brandon

Fulton Bowling Center hosts fundraiser for Brandon Irwin

When Fulton’s Brandon Irwin was injured after a car struck his motorcycle, Boone County road crews lost a worker they consider a hero — and the Fulton Bowling Center, a regular patron.

Fulton engineer updates airport board on runway expansion project, sign for U.S. 54

Board also interviews four finalists for new airport manager position

City Engineer Greg Hayes told Fulton's Airport Advisory Board he still wasn't sure if the city would get a 95-percent Missouri Department of Transportation grant for widening Runway 06-24 at the city airport, but plans for the project have moved forward.

Auditing complaints against the city of Fulton

Independent auditors, state weigh in on one woman’s petition to review city’s finances; Segerson claims improper billing, spending part of hidden agenda

Kathy Segerson continued to address her concerns with the city at the Fulton City Council meeting May 13, arguing the planned $7 million public works campus was a waste of money that could be better spent elsewhere.

Fulton Housing Authority to reopen June 2

New people will soon be able to apply for the Section 8 voucher program in Fulton for the first time in nearly a year.

Fulton Council agrees to pen grant request for theater renovation, fund Brick District downtown plan

The Brick District Association had plenty of good news following the Fulton City Council meeting Tuesday.

Fulton man sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on marijuana, gun charges

A Fulton man was sentenced in federal court today on two separate cases for marijuana trafficking and for illegally possessing a firearm, a press release from United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri states.

Fulton family sets up donation webpage for son who suffered stroke

10-year-old remains in hospital

A hospital is not where most mothers hope to spend Mother's Day, but Lori Spears has refused to leave her son's side.

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Monday May Tea focuses on mothers

Callaway County Family and Community Education (FCE) Council Vice President Umbra Duffy inspects hemming on her aunt in-law’s dress during the FCE’s annual May Tea Monday at the Callaway County Extension Center.

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Kingdom Pilots Association pancake breakfast returns to Fulton airport

Kingdom Pilots Association (KPA) President Brian Rhoades has been flying for only a few years, but his interest in aviation dates back to his childhood.

Fulton VFW Men's Auxiliary to host brunch to benefit Honor Flight

Whether you're looking for breakfast, lunch or even a chance at a new barbecue grill, the Fulton VFW wants you to help honor America's service people.

Fulton nearly half way through citywide electric meter upgrades

New meters will allow ratepayers to see usage on hourly basis

Within the next work week, the city of Fulton will be halfway through meter upgrades that will make it easier for city ratepayers to monitor their energy consumption.

Fulton State Hospital, Art House partner to overcome stigma

Art show featuring works by hospital clients runs May 7-21

As a Fulton State Hospital employee, Peggy Reed-Lohmeyer has seen firsthand the effect art can have on the hospital’s clients. Though FSH does not have an on-staff art therapist, many of the clients say they benefit from art, finding ways to express themselves when words fail.

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FPD responds to seven violent crimes in Carver Park over past 16 months

Slightly higher than other parks in Fulton but still safe, officers say

Last week's shooting in Carver Park raised questions among the community of whether the park was safe, but Fulton Police Maj. Roger Rice's answer was straightforward.

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Speaker urges prayer, action to get results at Fulton Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast

When he introduced her as the guest of honor at the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning, Central Christian Church pastor Bill Nigus jokingly called Peggy Kirkpatrick, executive director of the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, “Xena the Warrior Princess.”

Millersburg residents, Red Cross host ‘Sheltering Essentials’ program Saturday

Severe weather saw 65 tornadoes kill at least 27 people throughout the Midwest in the past four days, the Associated Press reports, and that death toll is expected to rise. A group in Millersburg hopes to make that area more prepared this weekend should something happen here.

Fulton man still in serious condition after motorcycle crash

Boone County road worker received Red Cross hero award in 2013 snowstorm

A Fulton man is still in serious condition at University Hospital after he was hit on his motorcycle returning home from work Saturday.

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FPD making progress ‘little by little’ in Carver Park shooting

Fulton Police still have not released the victim’s name or a suspect description in a shooting that occurred at Carver Park Saturday night that sent a Columbia man to a hospital there, but officials say they are making progress.

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Fulton Utility Board sees revised plans for new city warehouse

After a number of revisions to the original plan, the Fulton Utility Board at its Monday meeting saw what should be nearing a final draft of the building plans for the new city public works campus.

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Storm blows down tree in Fulton

Wind tore a large spruce tree out of the ground at 10th Street and West Avenue in Fulton, blocking 10th and causing Fulton fire and police officials to divert traffic while crews removed the debris.

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Fulton approves final splash pad design, Seventh Street Bridge bid

After logistics forced the city of Fulton to change its plans in implementing a splash pad at Memorial Park, the city council approved a final plan for its design.

Mayor’s prayer breakfast to feature Food Bank director Kirkpatrick

While Fulton residents share breakfast and fellowship during the 2014 Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, Mayor LeRoy Benton hopes they’ll take a moment to think about those without.

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Callaway County Head Start’s 100 Man Luncheon returns Thursday

Callaway County Head Start in Fulton is inviting area men to help make a difference in a child’s life for the 14th year in a row this Thursday.

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Morels and Microbrews returns to Fulton on Saturday

Though last year’s rainy, cool spring made for slim pickings among morel hunters, the Brick District’s inaugural Morels and Microbrews festival drew large crowds downtown and was considered a hit.

Callaway County United Way announces Fall 2014 campaign goal

Group hopes to raise $280,000 to benefit local aid organizations

Coming off of two record-setting years, the Callaway County United Way has set its sights even higher for its Fall 2014 campaign goal.

Fulton, Callaway Humane Society group combine forces for canine events in May

Today is the last day to guarantee a T-shirt by registering for the city of Fulton’s annual Tails on the Trail dog run/walk, and this year’s event features a special treat for pets and owners alike.

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Fulton considers drawing from MoDOT grant in advance to fund Seventh Street Bridge

The Fulton City Council learned Tuesday that the Seventh Street bridge project would have a $100,000 higher price tag than originally intended, due to time restraints on both the project and area bridge workers.

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South Callaway grad, MMA fighter signs UFC contract

Alex White takes on Estevan Payan in short-notice televised bout April 19

Pretty much everyone who remembers Alex White from the time he attended South Callaway High School before graduating in 2007 described him the same way: a quiet kid who kept to himself.

Utility bill 'dead on arrival' after landlord complaints

Council opts to pursue business practice changes before making landlords liable for renter bills

After three landlords spoke out against a proposed, tentative ordinance that would make them liable for their tenants' utility bills during the comment period of Tuesday's City Council meeting, Fulton Mayor LeRoy Benton told the council it likely wouldn't even have to turn the measure down.

Fulton woman begins petition for audit of city utilities, grant usage

Fulton financial department holds several rewards for bookkeeping transparency

Citing dissatisfaction with her utility bills and the process of questioning them, a Fulton woman has filed to begin a petition audit with the Missouri State Auditor’s Office of the city of Fulton’s utilities finances and state and federal grant usage.

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FFA plant sale pushes up despite snow

FFA Advisor James Rinck, left, helps Teresa and Tim Kucera pick out new additions to their garden during the Fulton FFA’s plant sale Monday.

Fulton receives honor for customer utility service

The city of Fulton has been recognized as one of the most reliable sources of electricity in the nation.

Wilkerson denied candidacy in Auxvasse race

Judge rules write-in alderman hopeful owes city utility payments, ineligible for office

Jerry Wilkerson, the Auxvasse man who hoped to land on the Board of Aldermen there by write-in vote, was found ineligible for office by 13th Circuit Judge Gary Oxenhandler due to unpaid utility fees in a special hearing 10 a.m. today at the Callaway County Courthouse.

Eureka State Rep. argues against Right-To-Work at Westminster College

Michael Frame offers counterpoints to Peter Kinder, who visited Fulton school last week

Days after Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder’s Right-to-Work presentation at Westminster College, State Rep. Michael Frame visited the school to provide perspective from the other end of the political spectrum.

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Found in Fulton

German-born brothers reunited after 60-year separation

After six decades of separation, two brothers’ journeys for their biological families ended Monday.

South Callaway Fire Board asks voters for two more members

Voters in southern Callaway County will be asked to help bolster the South Callaway Fire Protection District board today.

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First Baptist Easter Pageant returns after three-year hiatus

For the first time in three years, First Baptist Church will bring Easter alive on stage.