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Dean Asher

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Jaycees bring spooky fun in Graveyard Smash Derby

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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.

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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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Fulton, state hospital install monument at Seaman Field

Ballfield continues to serve residents, hospital

At a sunny, breezy 83 degrees in Fulton, Friday afternoon was the perfect day for America’s pastime, but dozens of Fulton State Hospital employees and city officials weren’t at Seaman Field to play ball.

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White Cane Day to return to Fulton Oct. 4

Annual Lions Club event helps local people who have vision impairments

Twice a year, shoppers at the Fulton C&R Market, Moser’s Discount Foods and Walmart see people with signs and cups asking for donations at the entrance.

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Fulton’s Wiley House sees increase in bednights

Average visits up three people per night for July, August

Callaway County’s emergency homeless shelter saw record numbers of visitors this past summer.

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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.