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Dean Asher

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Fulton councilmen discuss campaign for re-election

One incumbent files, three announce plans to ahead of Jan. 21 deadline

With just one week to turn in petitions to run for Fulton City Council, one councilman has officially filed for re-election with three others announcing intent.

Fulton Area Development Corporation forms committee to aid Callaway County entrepreneurs

A new Fulton Area Development Corporation committee wants to help business-minded residents of Fulton and Callaway County get their foot in the door.

Callaway County jail, road crews at forefront of County Commission’s 2014 plans

As Callaway County enters the new year, the county jail and road crews can expect advancement on two pending projects.

Boyd & Boyd Relay team hosts annual trivia night

Despite it’s name, event organizers say the annual “Think While You Drink” trivia night isn’t too hard.

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Mayor LeRoy Benton looks ahead to capital improvements, bond election next year

In discussing his plans for the city of Fulton in 2014, Mayor LeRoy Benton said there are plenty of projects the city has planned that have him excited.

Fulton, Mo Dept. of Conservation offer solutions for old Christmas trees

Fulton residents have a few eco-friendly options for disposing of their live Christmas trees after the holidays.

Fulton faces little chance of white Christmas

NOAA gives central Missouri just 11 to 25 percent chance of snow on ground Dec. 25

If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas here in Fulton, you’ll probably have to dream on this year.

Callaway County churches to have Christmas Eve in a barn

Local churches host variety of holiday services

Richland Baptist Church invites patrons and guests to spend Christmas Eve away in a manger.

Fulton Our House holiday dinner raises $5,000 in second year

Callaway’s homeless and emergency overnight shelter saw a strong outpouring of support at a recent fundraiser.

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Fulton to rebuild Seventh Street bridge in 2014

New span to be constructed while Westminster College out for summer

When Westminster College students return for studies next August, they’ll still take the same route to get to classes and Priest Field, but they’ll have an all-new way to walk there.

Fulton adopts resolution supporting State Hospital renovation

The Fulton City Council unanimously voiced support for Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposal to appropriate funding in the 2015 budget for the Fulton State Hospital Tuesday.

Fulton Council approves new gravedigger, 10-year contract on natural gas

The Fulton Council approved a contract with a new city gravedigger Tuesday — barely.

NRC awards Callaway Plant extension on safety upgrades

More time allows Energy Center to build safer, more cost-effective alternative

In an effort to build a better, more cost-effective solution on an element of safety mandates from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Callaway Energy Center has secured a partial extension on their upgrade schedule.

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Miller Chrysler re-branded under new ownership today

Callaway Chrysler opens for service

Fulton’s Chrysler dealership is reopening under a new name and ownership.

Local fire officials advise on holiday safety

Flues, lights, dry trees and space heaters leading cause of wintertime fires

As Callaway County residents hang their stockings by the chimney this year, local firefighters want to make sure they do so with care.

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'Art House' to bring fine arts to downtown Fulton

Featuring feature local artists, photography and supplies, sneak peek begins Thursday

What Brick District Association President Tom Riley calls “the biggest thing we’ve been able to accomplish for downtown Fulton” started as a simple suggestion.

Fire destroys mobile home near Millersburg Sunday

Two residents here escaped their home Sunday afternoon as an apparent wood stove fire set the structure ablaze Sunday afternoon.

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Nixon announces proposal for new facilities at Fulton State Hospital

In a press conference Monday at Fulton State Hospital’s Administration Building, Gov. Jay Nixon announced his proposal to build a new high-security psychiatric facility at the aging Biggs and Guhleman forensic centers.

Holts Summit board mulls zoning reform, sewer mandate

Though the city tabled the motion, the Holts Summit Board of Aldermen discussed the future of the city’s sewage treatment facility.

Chamber Banquet tickets now on sale

‘Callawegian Cruise’ to set sale Jan. 9

The 2014 Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce Banquet hopes to highlight the chamber’s services and plans for the next year from the high seas.

County commission agrees to take on ownership, maintenance of NCHS access road

Problems with annexation prevents Kingdom City from taking road on MoDOT completion schedule

Following a Wednesday meeting with the Kingdom City Board of Aldermen, the Callaway County Commission has agreed to take ownership of the new North Callaway High School access road from the Missouri Department of Transportation once it’s completed in August.

FMS, McIntire students send hundreds of cards to deployed troops

Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes drive sends cards for soldiers overseas for holidays

Thanks to the efforts of some Fulton students, more than 500 soldiers away from their families for the holidays will get a friendly and thankful reminder of home.

County commission agrees to take on ownership, maintenance of NCHS access road

Problems with annexation of road outside city limits prevents Kingdom City from taking road on MoDOT completion schedule

Following a Wednesday meeting with the Kingdom City Board of Aldermen, the Callaway County Commission has agreed to take ownership of the new North Callaway High School access road from the Missouri Department of Transportation once it’s completed in August.

Fulton Fire to collect new toys along Christmas Parade for SERVE

Donations to benefit Adopt a Family, 400 children without match

The Fulton Fire Department makes a living saving lives and property, but during the Jaycee’s Christmas Parade Saturday, they hope to save Christmas for about 400 local children.

Carter trial to begin Dec. 10

Suspect charged in 2012 beating, robbery of Fulton woman

The jury trial for a Fulton woman arrested for the random beating and robbery of a shopper leaving Walmart will begin a week from today.

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Families, friends gather in New Bloomfield for holiday feast

For the eighth year, those who weren’t able to have a Thanksgiving meal on their own could still get together in good company for the holidays.

Substation failure causes city-wide outage in Fulton Tuesday

Power out for up to 1 hour before electricity rerouted

Equipment failure at a city of Fulton substation resulted in an outage for all city utility customers Tuesday evening. Customers lost electricity around 4:40 p.m., but the Electric Department restored power to all within 45 minutes to one hour.

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Victorian Tour returns Dec. 7, proceeds for restoration of downtown theatre

For the 15th year in a row, the Fulton Heritage Trust will spruce up Callaway County’s Christmas spirit with a bit of history.

Fulton animal shelter within $20,000 of goal

Mayor confident ground will break early 2014

If funds keep coming in at their current rate, Fulton’s stray animals will have a new shelter by this time next year.

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California contractor flown to University Hospital after Fulton ditch caves in

A California man was buried up to his waist when a ditch he was contracted to excavate caved in off of County Club Drive in Fulton Monday, sending him to University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Fulton to focus on communication, staying ahead of big snow

Fulton may see flurries Monday as temperatures dip below freezing, and City Engineer Greg Hayes says local street crews are prepared.

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Poverty Week events impart lessons on hunger at Westminster with 'hunger banquet'

Even in a crowd as intimate as the one that filled the Marsh Room in the Mueller Leadership Hall, it was easy to see the disparity between classes at the Westminster College Campus Activities Board’s (CAB) poverty banquet.

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Daddy-Daughter Date Night returns Nov. 23

Annual Relay For Life fundraiser to help fight cancer

It might not be Boyd & Boyd, Inc. and Friends’ most time-honored Relay For Life fundraiser, but the Daddy-Daughter Date Night has quickly become one of its most anticipated.

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Celia Commemoration accepting nods for Bierdeman-Fike Award

Inaugural humanitarian award to honor Fulton, Callaway women

This year’s Celia Commemoration won’t settle for honoring just one woman.

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Pro Food Systems a ‘Champ’ in Holts Summit

Champs Chicken provider holds grand opening of new distribution center to local, state fanfare

A Holts Summit company on Tuesday celebrated a multi-million dollar expansion expected to add more than 40 jobs to the local economy.

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.

Suicide prevention group to host national survivor day Saturday at Callaway Health Dept.

For the second year in a row, survivors of suicide will have a safe place to talk or listen about their experience.

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.