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Dean Asher

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Families brush up on “Everyday Math” at Bush

In an effort to help parents better understand the Everyday Math program, Bush Elementary held Family Math Night Wednesday.

Fulton council considers 2014 budget

Will continue discussion at work session, tentative retreat

The Fulton City Council discussed the proposed city budget for 2014 during its regular meeting Tuesday.

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New daycare center opens in north Fulton

Tina Rich had been a longtime fixture in other daycares in Fulton, but after 11 years she decided it was time to branch out on her own.

MSD to host renowned chef for Deaf Awareness Week

The Missouri School for the Deaf is cooking up something special for the community for international Deaf Awareness Week.

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Fulton Heritage Trust to match half of donations to restore downtown theater

After years of lackluster financial support, the historic downtown Fulton theater has a vow of support rallying toward restoration.

Auxvasse poker run to benefit local women injured in car accident

Earlier this year, two area women went for a drive that changed their lives.

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Starr leads book talk on “The Ruins of Us”

Adds personal experience living in Middle East

In a One Read book discussion held at Well Read Tuesday evening, many present expressed surprise or confusion at some of the Saudi Arabian customs depicted in Keija Parssinen’s “The Ruins of Us.”

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One Read kicks off with author discussion at William Woods

Parssinen discusses culture in Saudi Arabia with students

Columbia-based author Keija Parssinen knows what it’s like to not quite fit in.

Sons of Confederate Veterans hold 10th Fall Muster Oct. 12

To host speaker on controversial Order No. 11

For 10 years, the Elijah Gates Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans have been mustering up history buffs in Callaway County.

Callaway prepares for Tough Mudder race

Muddy obstacle race to bring thousands to northeast Callaway

The Tough Mudder race, an endurance obstacle course that holds events throughout the world, will be in Shamrock in Callaway County on Saturday and Sunday.

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Auxvasse chief receives GW Law Award

Annual award given to exemplary law enforcement by Fulton Rotary

Auxvasse Police Chief Kevin Suedmeyer is the recipient of the Fulton Rotary Club’s 2013 G.W. Law Award.

DREAM Project completes Strategic Plan

Fulton’s five-year-long DREAM has reached its conclusion.

Westminster moves up in liberal arts rankings

Westminster College is ranked by U.S. News & World Report magazine as one of the two Best Liberal Arts Colleges in Missouri and one of the top 150 liberal arts colleges in the nation.

CMCA seeks senior volunteers for Foster Grandparent Program

“Foster grandparents” would tutor at-risk students

Central Missouri Community Action volunteer coordinator Katie Wolfe is calling all grandparents.

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Group forms to save Oakley Chapel

Historic black church served Tebbetts area for 135 years

More than a century of community history is crumbling, and a group of about 25 concerned community members met Saturday in the Tebbetts Community Hall to help repair it.

Sons of Confederate Veterans select marker for Moore's Mill burial

At its monthly meeting Wednesday, the Elijah Gates Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans chose a design for the grave marker 24 Civil War veterans would have for the first time in more than a century.

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Hit the bricks

Flanked by Chamber Ambassadors, Court Street business owners and Fulton city officials, Smockingbirds owner Virginia McCoskrie snips the ribbon at a Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce event Thursday heralding the official kickoff of the Brick District.

United Way premiers community grant programs

To disburse small grants throughout year to groups, individuals making positive impact on Callaway County

When allocating money for partner agencies last year, the Callaway County United Way encountered a problem any nonprofit would envy: it had excess funds.

VFW auxiliaries to sponsor two essay programs

Written, spoken essay contests could earn Callaway students scholarships, savings bond

Optimistic young patriots in Callaway County stand to secure their academic future with two annual essay contests sponsored by the VFW.

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Suicide prevention walk returns to Fulton Sept. 15

After a successful inaugural event last year, Fulton Out of the Darkness walk coordinator Melody Seiger is looking forward to a bigger and better things in 2013.

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The heat is on

Callaway officials advise to stay cool during heat wave

With a heat index creeping over 100 degrees today, Callaway County residents are encouraged to stay cool and hydrated.

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Dozens recover stolen items from FPD

Most property still unclaimed

The sally port at the Fulton Police Department looked more like a rummage sale Wednesday as it was filled nearly wall to wall with stolen property officers recovered last Friday.

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Callaway Historical Society cemetery tour returns

Second event to be held at Old Auxvasse Cemetery

Local history buffs will get a chance to meet with Callawegians long gone at the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society and Museum’s second annual Cemetery Tour on Sept. 18.

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A real ham

Fulton man reaches out to world through radio

He served Fulton and Callaway County as an optometrist for 40 years, but the two broadcast towers he’s erected in his backyard mean Dick White’s neighbors probably know him best as a radio man.

State releases MAP test results

Callaway superintendents weigh in on results, expect more analysis next week

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has publicly released MAP test results for the 2013 school year.

Preservation Commission considers adding new, more stringent historic property designators

To continue looking at city preservation ordinance at next meeting

According to Historic Preservation Commission member David McDaniel, Fulton’s current preservation ordinance lacks teeth.

Bluegrass and Barbecue returns to Fulton State Hospital

For the seventh year in a row, the air at the Fulton State Hospital lawn will soon be filled with the smell of tangy barbecue and the sound of twangy music.

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Calwood boy earns first in state fair pedal pull

Goes on to nationals in September

Jaiden Galbreath is now the newest and youngest in a long line of pullers.

Jaycees to bring circus to fairgrounds

The 2013 Kingdom of Callaway County Fair is in the books, but the Fulton Jaycees didn’t have too much time to rest after the oftentimes hectic event before organizing a different kind of circus.

VFW brunch to benefit Fulton animal shelter

The Fulton VFW has expanded its menu — and service.

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‘By the chimney with care’

Quilting group asks community to help sew stockings for local charities

The Jefferson City-based Missouri River Quilt Guild is used to giving back to the community. Many of the group’s 120 members contribute to the guild’s various ongoing service projects, such as making quilts for Habitat For Humanity or lap blankets for elderly veterans going on the Honor Flight or receiving care in the VA Hospital.

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Fulton Fire Department extinguishes car fire

The Fulton Fire Department responded at about 2 p.m. Thursday to a car fire at the corner of East 9th and Vine streets.

COAD hosts classes on suicide prevention

Though the Callaway Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) for their work in natural disaster preparedness, but those aren’t the only problems they want you to be ready for.

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Williamsburg girl stuffs Fulton Police Department with stuffed animals

Donates toys for children in lieu of birthday presents

Jennifer Books knows most girls her daughter’s age want lots of presents for their 10th birthdays.

City, EPA compromise on wastewater treatment facility

Should bond issue pass in April, city would have more time to upgrade

On the wings of good news involving a compromise on the Environmental Protection Agency’s mandated improvements to the wastewater treatment facility, the Fulton City Council gave the go-ahead to get started on the process at Tuesday’s meeting.

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Trying school on for size

From left: Christian Moore, Abby Schmidt and Megan Schmidt play with toys during the T-Bird Preschool open house Monday.

Fulton council meets tonight with public hearing on annexation

The Fulton City Council will meet tonight, beginning with a work session at at 6:30 p.m., followed by a public hearing and its regular meeting at 7:30.

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Back to School Fair draws big crowd, community support

More than 700 students will be going back to school this week with a backpack full of supplies.

Leadership Callaway returns

Registration deadline Aug. 28 for course

The Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce is looking for 12 emerging business leaders in Callaway County.

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‘Some glad morning’

Millersburg Christian Church to host bluegrass worship service

As the other seven musicians tune their instruments or debate which song should start off practice, Juanita Heider has made up her mind.

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Holts Summit Fire upgrades new pagers through state grant

The Holts Summit Fire Protection District is staying tuned in to dispatch, thanks to a state grant.

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SERVE garden adds four new beds

Tomatoes, peppers bolster food pantry stores

SERVE, Inc.’s food pantry is ripe for the picking, thanks to the donation of four new raised beds to the charity’s garden.

Second Mayor’s Cup returns to Tanglewood Sept. 6

Animal-lovers in Fulton will soon be teeing off to help raise money for the city’s animal shelter yet again.

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Oh, baby

Annual baby contest brings droves to bandstand at Callaway Fair

Thursday may not have been one of the busiest days at the Kingdom of Callaway County Fair, but it is definitely in the running for the cutest.

Community Health Center to hold free dental screenings, physicals

Back-to-school events held as part of national clinic week

Uninsured and underinsured children in Callaway County will have a chance to go back to school this year with a better bill of health.

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Stepping up

Six graduate from CMCA leadership class with new resources, higher hopes

As an intimate group of friends and family enjoyed dinner while waiting for graduation ceremonies to start Wednesday at the Callaway Electric Co-op, decorative table pieces were adorned with plaques that read “What is your passion?”

Cub Scout Pack 50 branches out with spaghetti fundraiser

Proceeds from dinner will provide more opportunities for young scouts

One of Callaway County’s longest-running Cub Scout packs wants to feed the community something a little more substantial than popcorn.

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Callaway home damaged in fire

Owner receives minor burns

A home in the 100 block of Maple Street was damaged by a fire Sunday afternoon, causing serious damage to the building and minor burns to its occupant.

FSH invites public to be Trauma Informed

State Hospital hosts seminar on trauma, care for those who live with it

It’s been seven years since Fulton State Hospital partnered with the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care to improve the way it helps clients living with traumatic experience.

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Fulton Council shuts down unsafe playground equipment

Effective immediately, Veterans Park playground closes with multiple safety violations

In a 4-3 split, the Fulton City Council voted to immediately close a section of playground equipment with multiple safety violations.