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Dean Asher

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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.

Fulton resolution would accept credit, debit card payment for utility bills

If a resolution is approved at the next City Council meeting April 15, Fulton ratepayers will soon have another way to settle their utility bills.

Fulton adjusts splash pad plan with new features, circulating water

Original design would have overburdened waterworks, stressed creek

After realizing the original plan would be bad for Stinson Creek waterworks’ budget, the city of Fulton opted to change the upcoming splash pad at Memorial Park to run on circulated, filtered water rather than directly from the lines.

Landlords pack Fulton City Hall to oppose proposed liability ordinance

A proposed Fulton ordinance that would make landlords jointly liable for their renters’ utility bills drew ire from about 30 rental owners and property managers, who packed the Utility Board’s Monday meeting so full it flooded into the more spacious council chambers.

Brick District proposes $26,500 downtown improvement plan to Fulton Council

The Fulton City Council was generally receptive to the Brick District Association’s downtown beautification proposal, but some councilpersons were apprehensive that the project’s proposed $26,583.90 price tag was too much, too soon.

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MSD middle schoolers get passionate in Optimist speech contest

Missouri School for the Deaf middle schoolers spent Monday morning and afternoon talking about how their passions impact the world.

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Fulton groundbreaking ceremony for new animal shelter draws crowd of supporters

Dozens of supporters crowded a Fulton field Monday as city officials and project backers ceremonially broke ground on the new animal shelter.

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Safe Spaces to host national speaker on suicide, bullying April 10

Kirk Smalley who lost son to suicide encourages others to speak out against bullying

Safe Spaces is inviting Fulton students, educators and the general public to Stand for the Silent.

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Missouri environment group, NRC weigh in on Callaway reactor

NRC-hosted forum in Fulton Wednesday spurs discussion on safety, sustainability

As part of the Callaway Energy Center's request for a 20-year extension on its operating license, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) held public meetings Wednesday in Fulton to discuss the first draft of its environmental impact statement on the plant.

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Fulton Historic Preservation Commission approves, finalizes trail signs

Stinson Creek Trail markers for significant sights to be erected after public viewing in May

After more than two years, the Historic Preservation Commission is closing in on erecting its historic markers along the Stinson Creek Trail.

Central Callaway Fire Protection District names Matt Dodd Firefighter of the Year

Longtime board secretary also honored at annual banquet Saturday

A volunteer firefighter and a longtime secretary were honored by their peers at the Central Callaway Fire Protection District’s annual Firefighter Dinner Saturday.

Callaway County foster program receives United Way community grant

$1,000 will help youth learn about nature, fishing

The Callaway County United Way’s second issuance of small grant will help youth land a big catch.

Fulton’s Clean ‘n Green Week kicks off April 12

Clean Sweep signup due by March 27, city debuts e-waste pickup

The city of Fulton’s annual week-long Earth day celebration will kick off April 12 with a city-wide cleanup, a challenge to its residents and a new way to safely get rid of unwanted electronics.

Fulton seeking new airport manager, agrees to golf cart lease

Longtime airport manager to retire at end of April

The city of Fulton is seeking a new airport manager.

Two Callaway County trials postponed this week

New dates to be determined in Pamela Carter, Jacie Coari cases

Two Central Missouri women arrested on unrelated charges will have their days in court at a later date.

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Sewer bond issue dominates Fulton ballot in April election

Voters will decide how they pay for mandatory upgrades to treatment plant

Fulton voters can control how their rates will be affected by a number of mandatory upgrades to the city’s wastewater treatment facility over the coming years.

Freedom Fund Banquet returns

Fulton NAACP, Youth Life Improvement Association bring back traditional event

A longtime tradition that has been on hiatus makes its return March 22.

Fundraiser planned for Calwood couple left homeless after fire

A Calwood couple lost its home to fire in February, but family and friends have not lost hope.

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Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce changes name

Group now Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center

Effective immediately, the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce has a new name.

Sandra Plunkett sentenced to life without parole in shooting death of ex-JCPD husband

And seven years for second-degree charges; public defender files for appeal

Sandra Plunkett has received life in prison without parole for the murder of her husband, former Jefferson City Police Department officer Paul Plunkett.

Callaway Tourism Board wants plaques promoting historic stops

They’ll need some help to make it happen, but the Callaway Tourism Board wants to make it easier for visitors to find their way around town.

Callaway EOC promotes Severe Weather Awareness Week beginning Monday

Callaway County emergency personnel are working double time to promote emergency awareness next week.

CMCA forum generates talking points on poverty in Callaway County

About 17 people spent Wednesday afternoon helping Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) better address poverty in Callaway County.

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Fulton brothers bring grocers downtown

The storefront at 505 Nichols St. is unassuming, but anyone who’s crossed its threshold since Monday has walked into Fulton’s first downtown market in more than 10 years.

Fulton considers leasing fleet of golf carts at Tanglewood Golf Course

Selling most of current carts would save money long-term in maintenance

Fulton golfers might be getting around in new rides this spring.

Fulton Utility Board considers adding landlord liability to late bills

Those who sign up would receive shut-off notices for delinquent accounts

A preliminary ordinance that would make landlords and renters alike responsible for late utility bills was considered at the Fulton Utility Board’s monthly meeting Monday.

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Disaster role-play exercise helps William Woods University improve preparedness, safety plan

"I feel like I'm playing a giant game of Dungeons & Dragons," said William Woods University Behavioral and Social Science Chair Shawn Hull as he jotted down statistics on a pad of paper.

Kemper Lecture to return to Westminster with new format, Churchill’s great-grandchildren

Fans of Sir Winston Churchill will be able to pick an expert’s brain and rub shoulders with the statesman’s legacy in a more engaging way than ever before.

Parents hope $100 Dinner can give Fulton High School seniors one last hurrah

A $100 ticket buys a dinner for two and a crack at some prizes this March, but for Fulton High School's graduating class of 2014, it could also mean one last time to hang out as a group.

CMCA to host Community Conversation in Fulton

Group hopes to identify, address areas of need in Callaway County

Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) wants to have a heart-to-heart with Callaway County.

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Fulton Council hears interior design suggestions for new animal shelter

An interior design student hopes to make Fulton's soon-to-be-built new animal shelter a healthier, happier place.

Callaway County Sheriff’s Patrol raffles shotgun to buy vests

Sheriff’s reserve program needs funds to protect new members

To protect its new members from bullets, the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office reserve unit is raffling off a gun.

Callaway Humane Society cat spaying program returns

Though inches of snow still blankets Fulton, the Callaway County Humane Society (CCHS) is preparing to beat the heat.

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Boots on the ground

Fulton resident deploys to help Peoria recover months after deadly tornado

For disaster relief, the Red Cross sees most of its support pour in during the immediate aftermath.

Ice melt in slim supply at Fulton stores

Suppliers sold out or rationing stock during snowy, icy winter

So much ice melt is usually left over for Fulton hardware and home improvement stores come springtime that it’s hard to find a place to store it.

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More than 7 inches of snow costs city for its removal

The city of Fulton spent $68,000 on the Tuesday-Wednesday snow storm.

Snow cleanup in Fulton an overnight chore through storm

For the fourth time this winter, crews have hit the bricks and plenty of other streets in Fulton.

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Callaway Historical Society to host President’s Day trivia Feb. 22

Fulton trivia buffs had better brush up on their energy policy and their peanuts.