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Cattle disease found in Callaway County

Callaway County is experiencing an unusually high incidence of anaplasmosis, a blood disease caused by a parasite, in cattle this fall, Dr. Bob Barnett, a Callaway County veterinarian, said Friday.

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Callaway County EOC upgrades to aid emergency communications

To improve communications, new computers and large-screen monitors have been added at the Callaway County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Fulton.

Fulton man injured seriously when vehicle runs off highway

Charles R. Garriott, 61, Fulton, was injured seriously Wednesday when his vehicle went out of control on U.S. 54 in Fulton and plunged down an embankment.

Farmers advised to check land status

Restrictions placed on erodible farmland, Callaway agency director says

Callaway County and other Central Missouri farmers were warned Tuesday their federal farm program benefits could be lost if they grade or work land on their farm that the federal government believes “is highly erodible or is considered a wetland.”

McCaskill threatens to oppose phone subsidy

Pushes effort to end abuses of program

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has resumed her campaign against abuse of the telephone tax that funds free or reduced price cell phones and cell-phone service to low-income people.

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Callaway County farmer credits influence of 4-H Clubs

As a resident of Callaway County, Rodney Garnett of Holts Summit has learned a thing or two about people who live in the county.

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School gym named after Joe Crane

After 55 years, the gymnasium at the Hatton-McCredie Elementary School finally has a name: Crane’s Gym.

Oct. 12 fashion show, other events to aid Churchill Museum

The Mid-Missouri Friends of the National Churchill Museum will host a luncheon and fashion show at 11 a.m. Oct. 12 at the Fulton Country Club.

New Bloomfield R-3 School District to pay for first ACT test if student attends prep class

The New Bloomfield Board of Education on Thursday night approved a plan to pay for the first American College Test (ACT) examination taken by a New Bloomfield High School student if the student attends two free weekend test preparatory sessions two weeks before taking the test.

Fulton man wins state top logger competition

He hit center target in tree felling event

Josh Stevens, who operates a forestry management business in Fulton, has earned bragging rights as the state’s top professional logger.

YMCA to offer free fitness classes this weekend

To improve health through physical activity, the YMCA of Callaway County is offering free group exercise classes on Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Fulton man arrested after one-car accident

Timothy L. Lynn, 36, Fulton, was arrested after he was involved in a one-car accident during the weekend.

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Veterans honored at Celebrate America Sunday in New Bloomfield

About 30 U.S. military veterans were honored Sunday during the Celebrate America event in New Bloomfield.

‘Magical’ event occurred on Honor Flight No. 24

South Korean youth expresses his feelings

The Adorable Legs Contest on Sunday at the New Bloomfield Celebrate America event will benefit the Honor Flight program that provides free trips by Central Missouri World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C. to tour war memorial sites.

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Thousands gather in Callaway County for St. Louis Tough Mudder challenges

The only winner Saturday in the St. Louis Tough Mudder event near Shamrock in Callaway County was the Wounded Warrior Project.

New Bloomfield completes street projects, work financed by 2012 bonds

A contractor payment authorized Thursday night by the New Bloomfield Board of Aldermen completed action on a $365,000 street improvement project this summer in the city.

Celebrate America set Sunday in New Bloomfield

With the Gallery of 100 Flags flying nearby, New Bloomfield area residents will gather Sunday for their sixth annual Celebrate America event.

South Callaway schools to toughen tobacco use rules

Admin. to review drop in avg. ACT scores

The South Callaway Board of Education agreed Wednesday night to toughen smoking regulations next year on school property.

Fulton man hit, killed by vehicle

Driver arrested for DWI at Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

A fundraiser is being held to benefit the family of a Fulton man who died after a co-worker allegedly hit him with a truck.

Library to Go coming soon to Holts Summit

A Library to Go will be established soon for Callaway County residents at the new Holts Summit City Hall.

Tax credits available for OATS donations

Tax credits are available to taxpayers who donate $500 or more to OATS, Inc., a transportation service provided to rural Missouri residents in need.

Farm program signup deadlines loom

Darrell Campbell, Callaway County executive director of the Farm Service Agency, said Monday Callaway County farmers should be aware of two agriculture program signup deadlines this month.

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Callaway legislators undecided about tax cut veto override

Veto session to start noon Wednesday

Both Callaway County state representatives don’t want to predict the outcome of the veto session of the Missouri General Assembly convening at noon on Wednesday and they have not reached decisions on the tax cut bill.

Fulton man arrested after high-speed chases in Jefferson City, Cole County

Speeds reached 130 mph in pursuit of motorcycle

Shane W. Vandelicht, 22, Fulton, is facing multiple charges after a high-speed chase by Cole County authorities Tuesday night.

Taste of Callaway set Sunday at Westminster

The Taste of Callaway will return Sunday afternoon for Westminster College students.

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Danuser celebrates Fulton expansion

Three generations of manufacturing company family members participate in groundbreaking ceremony

A groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday celebrated a $3.73 million expansion of Danuser Machine Company, Inc. in Fulton.

Fulton man held on series of felony charges

Dustin James Maupin, 32, of 6615 County Road 401, Fulton, is in Boone County Jail facing a series of felony criminal charges after a Labor Day weekend spree.

Suspect admits assaulting Auxvasse murder victim, father

Jake Ollie Gastler, 22, of Auxvasse has admitted to Callaway County law enforcement officers he assaulted two of his neighbors during a Saturday night incident at their home, court documents reveal.

Library to Go coming to Holts Summit

A Library to Go will be established soon for Callaway County residents at the new Holts Summit City Hall.

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Groundbreaking, open house Saturday for fire station addition at Reform

The South Callaway Fire Protection District has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for 5 p.m. and an open house 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday for a $360,000 expansion of Fire Station No. 5 at Reform.

County to build new road maintenance facility

The Callaway County Commission is scheduled to open bids Wednesday on a new 5,280 square-foot maintenance building for county’s Road and Bridge Department.

Police nab 19 in warrant roundup

Last week was not a good one for 19 Fulton area residents who failed to appear in court to answer traffic or criminal charges.

Two Callaway County men sentenced after pleading guilty to drug charges

Two Callaway County men were sentenced to prison terms this week in a federal court in Jefferson City after pleading guilty to participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy.

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Fulton man grows giant sunflower

Jack Powell, 88, has been growing vegetables and flowers in his backyard garden in Fulton for the past 30 years.

Two arrested after Fulton narcotics raid

Officers seize drugs, cash

A Fulton woman and a Mexico, Mo., man were arrested Sunday morning during a narcotics raid on a Fulton residence by the MUSTANG Drug Task Force.

Body in river identified as man from Russellville

The body found floating in the Missouri River Saturday morning at Jefferson City has been identified as a Cole County man.

Skulls found in Callaway County identified as Native Americans

Two skulls found along a stream near Callaway County Road 4038 east of Jefferson City on Aug. 18 have been identified tentatively as those of Native American Indians.

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Williamsburg man jailed on weapons charge

William H. Council, 55, Williamsburg, was arrested Friday by Callaway County Sheriff’s deputies on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest.

State begins new way of rating schools

This year Missouri school districts are evaluated under different standards adopted by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Tractors tour areas inundated by 1993 flood

A total of 63 old tractors rumbled through the back roads of Callaway County along the Missouri River Saturday during the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society’s eighth annual Vintage Tractor Drive.

South Callaway School Board leaves tax rate unchanged for 2013

No changes were made Wednesday night when the South Callaway R-II Board of Education set the district’s property tax rate at $2.75 per $100 assessed valuation — the same rate as last year.

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Callaway County officer honored for law enforcement

Sgt. Shannon Jeffries of the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office, who coordinates the Central Missouri MUSTANG narcotics task force, got a surprise when he and Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane attended an annual statewide law enforcement meeting last Thursday in Springfield.

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New Bloomfield schools conduct intruder exercise

Police, deputy play shooter role

Shots echoed through the hallways of New Bloomfield High School on Tuesday during a simulated attack on the school by two heavily armed intruders.

Commission leaves county tax rate unchanged

No changes were made when the Callaway County Commission met Monday to set the county’s tax rate for next year.

Callaway nuclear plant returns to service

Outage caused by dislodged vent louver

The Callaway Energy Center resumed generating electricity Monday after a 23-day outage caused by an electrical fault in the plant’s main power line.

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Fiddlers Contest attracts big crowds at Mokane Fall Fest

Event also known as ‘Mokane World’s Fair’

Members of the Mokane Lions Club and others are gearing up for the 64th annual Mokane Fall Festival on Labor Day weekend that some call “Mokane World’s Fair.”

New Bloomfield schools to receive $37,000 more in property tax revenue

The New Bloomfield R-3 School District will receive an estimated $37,000 more in property tax revenue generated by this year’s $1.2 million increase in assessed valuation in the district and tax rate, Superintendent David Tramel said Thursday.

Fire chief lauds plan to decrease speed limit inside Millersburg

Larry Curtis, chief of the Millersburg Fire Protection District, said Wednesday he is pleased the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) plans to lower the speed limit along state highways inside the city limits of Millersburg.

Traffic stop results in arrest for vehicle theft, burglaries

Forgetting to turn on the lights of a truck while driving it in Fulton shortly after midnight resulted in the arrest Tuesday of Brandon Lee Mallicoat, 17, Fulton.

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Speaker pushes for override of Nixon’s tax cut veto

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, came to Fulton Tuesday to urge Central Missourians to ask legislators to support an override of Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a state tax cut designed to create jobs and spur the state’s economy.