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Dean Asher

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Callaway Sheriff’s Office arrests two on theft-related charges

Two central Missouri men were arrested recently after allegedly breaking into a farm near Millersburg, Callaway County Sheriff’s Office officials said.

Mo. food bank to raise food, cash for SERVE

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri will be collecting food and money for a local food pantry in Callaway County.

City eyes purchasing natural gas further in advance

Would potentially keep costs lower, level for rate payers

The city of Fulton is seeking to buy 40 percent of its natural gas up to a decade in advance to keep rate prices level.

Fulton Council votes on employee coverage under health care law

The Fulton City Council agreed to shoulder fees for the city’s employees if they make good on their annual checkups, but passed on any increases in dependent coverage at the Tuesday council meeting.

Tourism Board discusses concrete repair around Kingdom City center

A group formed to promote tourism to Fulton and Callaway County might soon need to turn its focus to building repair.

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McCray thankful for past, looks to future at Veterans Day Banquet

South Callaway native guest speaker at VFW, American Legion event

City, county and state officials were among the crowd of more than 140 packed into the Fulton VFW Monday evening, but the real guest of honor was an Air Force colonel.

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Local NAACP dinner focuses on past, present

Year after year, the Fulton NAACP and Youth Life Improvement Association have celebrated Callaway County’s African American seniors. For the 26th consecutive year, they did just that with their Senior Citizens’ annual Holiday Luncheon on Friday at Sir Winston’s in Fulton.

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Holts Summit veteran takes war to courtroom

Shawn Lee is used to fighting for what he believes in. The Holts Summit native spent eight years in the Army, rising to the rank of staff sergeant while serving tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Fulton schools bomb threat suspect in custody

Bazer turns self in on attorney Friday morning

The suspect in the Fulton Public Schools bus barn bomb threat Oct. 30 that left three schools on lockdown has turned himself in, Fulton police told the Fulton Sun this morning.

‘Significant’ source of excess flow to Fulton sewer plant found

City identifies manhole, cracked pipes as factors in inflow, infiltration

The company contracted by the city of Fulton hasn’t finished its closed-circuit video inspection of the city’s sewer lines, but city officials have already identified two sources of excess water overworking the sewer plant.

Our House to host second holiday dinner at Westminster College

On Dec. 15, Callaway County residents will be able to enjoy a warm meal that will help give the county’s homeless population a warm bed.

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Holiday events at Churchill Museum kick off with Victorian Christmas Nov. 14

New traditions to continue with tree lighting Dec. 2

For three decades, the National Churchill Museum has been a key part of Fulton’s Christmas celebration.

Callaway property taxes to be sent out today

Payments due by end of year

The Callaway County Collector’s office will be mailing out county real estate and personal property tax statements today.

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A Spirit in Two Worlds

Missourian Jay Hickman discusses the techniques and tools he uses to carve his handmade Native American flutes in a presentation at the Callaway County Public Library Monday.

Homes for hound dogs

Humane Society drive to collect unused dog houses for ‘homeless’ pups kicks off

Though many dogs in Callaway County have owners, not all have a house to call their own.

Arts Council begins theater donation drive Monday

With an increase in matches from two organizations, the Callaway Arts Council hopes to raise upwards of $45,000 to get its downtown theatre restoration project off the ground.

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Kingdom Projects begins community outreach

Seeks more exposure for recycling, workshop services through rebranding

People who drive by the seemingly unassuming storefront at 2611 North Bluff St. might not realize there is a resale shop — much less an 18,645 square-foot recycling facility — tucked away behind a row of trees and telephone poles.

Callaway clerk supervisor turns self in

State audit alleges involvement in embezzlement, fraud

A former clerk supervisor in the Callaway County Court has turned herself in to the county sheriff following a warrant for her arrest on three felony charges of forgery Friday.

State auditor gives Callaway courts ‘poor’ rating

Based on missing funds, lack of oversight

Citing missing funds, questionable transactions, failure to comply with legal provisions and problems with accounting controls and procedures, the state auditor’s office has cited the overall performance in these areas of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in Callaway County as poor — the lowest of four possible ratings.

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Dollar General surprises Fulton Middle School with $40,000 check

Award given to Dollar General communities to bolster literacy, readership

Fulton Middle School Principal Chris Crane didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he met school district and Dollar General executives in his library today.

Holts Summit PD to buy second taser through grant

The Missouri Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (MIRMA) has helped another Callaway County police department lower its liability and keep its residents safe.

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VFW seeks new members

Larry Underwood wants you to join the Fulton VFW.

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Chinese business leaders visit Fulton

FADC guides tours to highlight expansion, investment opportunities in Callaway County

At the invitation of the Fulton Area Development Corporation and a local business owner, 16 business executives from China will tour the city of Fulton and its surrounding businesses today, continuing a visit that began Monday morning.

Resource center will help homeless job hunt

Callaway’s CMCA, Our House partner to provide help center

Jerry Damron of Fulton knows firsthand how instrumental Our House can be in getting a life back on track.

Fulton Ford partners with annual SERVE Toy Run

Fulton Ford will soon have more than 100 motorcycles on its lot, though they won’t be for sale.

Callaway County airman to speak as banquet guest

Annual Vet’s Day dinner slated 6 p.m. Nov. 11

The American Legion Post 210 and VFW Post 2657 will be celebrating U.S. service men and women with the help of a local airman.

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Fulton awarded three grants for police, city equipment

Awarded by city insurance group to lower liability exposure

Thanks to a grant from its liability insurance program, the city of Fulton will have plenty of new equipment intended to keep employees and residents safe.

‘Full Ton of Fun’ in Fulton

Callaway County Head Start event to raise awareness for services

The Callaway County Head Start wants its Fulton families to have a ton of fun.

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Fulton mulls splash pad in proposed budget

City Council agrees to 5 percent pay increase for city employees, waives parade fee for Jaycees’ Christmas route

Further motions on the city of Fulton’s 2014 budget have been tabled until the next meeting, but opposition to the proposed splash pad at Memorial Park arose at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Thefts hit Fulton storage facility

Tents, shirts stolen from Callaway Humane Society

A theft from a Fulton storage unit has resulted in about $1,500 in damages to a local nonprofit organization.

Ambulance Board continues architect negotiations on building renovations

The Callaway County Ambulance District Board is still in deliberation with an architect firm, but hopes to have a deal to get started on a facility renovation project soon.

Fulton pastor suspected for Kaldi’s robbery arrested in St. Louis

After allegedly robbing Kaldi’s Coffee in Columbia at gunpoint earlier this month, a Fulton pastor is held in the St. Louis Jail following charges stemming from a separate robbery there that occurred Oct. 10.

N.B. Board of Education to pursue new greenhouse, efficient lighting loan

Whether they’re inside or outdoors, New Bloomfield Board of Education members hope to shed some extra light on the district’s students.

Holts Summit signs abatement order on sewer upgrade

The city of Holts Summit has gone ahead with the next formal step in its sewer system update.

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Think and drive

Missouri activists speak out on seat belt importance at WWU

Three car accident survivors took a packed William Woods University library auditorium on an emotionally wild ride Tuesday in the hopes that others would drive more defensively behind the wheel.

Jaycees bring spooky fun in Graveyard Smash Derby

The Fulton Jaycees are giving a chance for area automotive Frankensteins to show off their monsters.

FHS senior dies Sunday morning

An 18-year-old Fulton High School senior died after he was found unresponsive Sunday morning.

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Sparks fall on Callaway fairgrounds

Austin, left, and Devin Flowers jump around in a bounce house at Heartland Church’s annual Sparks in the Fall festival Saturday at the Callaway County Fairgrounds.

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Two Fulton councilmen become firefighters for a day

When Richard Vaughn and Mike West are taking care of city business, they are usually passing ordinances or discussing municipal issues on the Fulton City Council.

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McIntire Bears become Hornets at Friday pep assembly

Part of district-wide shift to sharing mascot, colors

McIntire Elementary students came to school as Bears on Friday morning, but left that afternoon as Hornets.

New Bloomfield ups paid officer hours to compensate for staff loss

To make up for a loss in manpower, the New Bloomfield Board of Aldermen agreed to increase hours for Police Chief Chris Hammann and one other paid officer at its Thursday meeting.

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MoDOT pitches railroad bridge plan to Fulton

Bridge demolition would open road to semi traffic, cut Fulton off from railroad

The future of Fulton’s railroad might come down to a single bridge.

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Man makes Fulton Kiwanis home for more than 50 years

Though he spent his career as a college professor, Gale Fuller has had a hand in helping Callaway County’s children for a long time.

5-year-old crosses U.S. 54 in Fulton while parents sleep

Father arrested for violation of protection order, more charges pending

The Fulton Police Department responded early Friday morning to a call that a 5-year-old boy had allegedly wandered into Fastlane at 551 Amerihost Drive from a motel room across the highway.

Local Honor Flight cleared for take off

Despite gov’t shutdown, local veterans plan to see monuments in 1-day D.C. trip

Federal shutdown or not, the Central Missouri Honor Flight goes on.

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Life parrots art

Kate Bayer and her 23-year-old Moluccan cockatoo, Kalki, see their portrait for the first time on display at Well Read for the Brick District’s First Thursday event.

Fulton to inspect sewer line for leaks, cracks, other intrusions

Starting likely this month, the city of Fulton will begin using cameras to inspect the main sewer line in Stinson Creek for structural flaws and other problems that officials think are increasing flow to the wastewater treatment plant.

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Some local agencies feel gov’t shutdown, others dodge affects

“Thank you for calling the Callaway County USDA Service Center. Due to lapse in funding, the (center) is closed effective Oct. 1, 2013, until further notice.”

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Waxing nostalgic

NostalgiaVille owners to close doors, focus on online store

After spending nearly 18 years in the 1950s, Ron and Judi Dunwoody have earned the right to be nostalgic.

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United Way raises almost $170K at kickoff

Hits 65 percent of campaign goal in second consecutive record event

After another record-setting year, the Callaway County United Way is 65 percent closer to their $265,000 fall campaign goal.