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Holts Summit approves street overlays

Seven streets in Holts Summit are scheduled to have asphalt overlays later this month.

Older adult fitness class to be offered in Fulton

A 12-week physical fitness exercise program designed for older adults will be offered in Fulton during September and November.

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South Callaway FFA is national award finalist

Chapter ranked in nation’s Top 10

The South Callaway High School FFA Chapter is one of 10 chapters in the nation chosen as a finalist for the 2013 National Chapter Model of Excellence Award.

Auxvasse area double homicide trial moved from Callaway to Boone County

The capital murder trial of Ryan Coari, accused of a Sept. 1, 2011, double homicide of two rural Auxvasse residents, has been moved from Callaway County to Boone County.

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New pest poses danger to Missouri’s fruit crops

SWD fly is new threat to berries, other fruit

A tiny fruit fly about a tenth of an inch long, known as the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), poses an immediate and serious threat to this year’s fruit crops in Missouri and to homeowners who grow strawberries, grapes and other fruits.

Mayor’s cup to benefit Holts Summit parks

Entries have chance to win new car in benefit golf tournament

Participants in the Holts Summit Mayor’s Cup golf tournament at Railwood Golf Course on Aug. 16 will have an opportunity to win a new Ford Fusion.

Walmart donates $50,000 to OATS

Grant supplements reduced federal aid for local transportation service

With support for OATS bus services in Callaway and other Mid-Missouri counties decreasing because of federal budget cuts, the bus service applied for and has received a $50,000 contribution from the Walmart Foundation to aid help low income and disabled people ride to work.

Grandmother, grandchildren found after spending night lost in local woods

A Millersburg area grandmother and her two grandchildren who spent the night lost in a wooded area near her home were found Tuesday after a large-scale nighttime search for them that included about 35 Central Missouri public safety officers.

Residents petition county to issue bonds for subdivision road upgrade

The Callaway County Commission is working with a group of about 50 Hunters Creek Subdivision residents northwest of Holts Summit who want to create a Neighborhood Improvement District in order to bring the subdivision’s road up to county standards.

Hog Wild event set in New Bloomfield

Family event includes dinner, games, auction

Central Missourians are invited to go “Hog Wild at the Square” Saturday night in New Bloomfield.

Firemen douse small fire Sunday at Walmart

A small fire at the Walmart Supercenter in Fulton Sunday afternoon was extinguished quickly by Fulton firemen.

Hearing set on N. Callaway road project

New access route planned to U.S. 54

A public hearing by the Missouri Department of Transportation is set on Tuesday, Aug. 20, on a plan to improve highway safety by constructing a new 1.3 mile access road to North Callaway High School.

Blood drive set at Fulton State Hospital

Free Cardinals T-shirts to donors

As an incentive to donate blood, free St. Louis Cardinals T-shirts will be given away during a Red Cross blood drive Tuesday at Fulton State Hospital.

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Callaway fairgoers enjoy return to old-style fair

Youngsters provided several free attractions

Although crowds were sparse during morning hours, many fairgoers said they liked the old-fashioned fair format that the Callaway County Fair Board tried this year.

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Fairgoers enjoy good weather

Pleasant temperatures under an overcast sky greeted visitors to the Kingdom of Callaway County Fair Wednesday evening.

Portland woman hurt in head-on crash

A head-on collision on Route O northwest of the Callaway Energy Center Tuesday afternoon caused serious injuries to Ashtyn P. Golet, 18, Portland.

Nixon visits Fulton, lobbies to retain veto

Governor threatens to cut funds to rebuild Biggs Forensic Center

Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday toured the Biggs Forensic Center in Fulton and declared he was freezing $11 million in planning money to rebuild the center.

After lifetime of playing, Fulton church to honor longtime organist

Fulton Church of Christ to host reception for Audrey Lammers Sunday

For more than two-thirds of a century, Audrey Lammers of Fulton has been playing the organ for church services at Fulton United Church of Christ.

Electric arc cause of nuclear plant fire

Blaze not near reactor

The brief Friday night fire at the Callaway Energy Center was caused by an electrical arc along the main power conduit from the power-generating turbine leading to electrical distribution power lines, a plant engineer said Monday.

County completes tax assessment appeals

Board hears complaints from 15 county residents

The Callaway County Board of Equalization this week wrapped up its hearings of people appealing county tax assessments on their property.

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County employees volunteer for emergency AED training

A dozen Callaway County Courthouse employees volunteered to receive training Thursday on how to use a new automated external defibrillator (AED) device during medical emergencies to help revive people whose heart has stopped beating.

Fulton Rotary seeks nominations for law enforcement award

Nominations for the annual Fulton Rotary Club’s law enforcement officer award are now being accepted.

Fulton police arrest man for burglary, synthetic drug possession

Brandon S. Vanstory, 28, Fulton, is in Callaway County Jail after he was arrested Tuesday by Fulton Police for burglarizing a local business.

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Fulton park crews remove unsafe playground equipment

Workmen began dismantling playground equipment in Fulton’s Veterans Park after much of the play area was deemed unsafe. The Fulton City Council voted Tuesday to immediately close the Kiddy Corral, or “orange park.”

Fulton woman re-appointed to state social workers agency

Terri R. Marty of Fulton was re-appointed Tuesday by Gov. Jay Nixon to the State Committee for Social Workers.

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Sign erected at Public Defender’s Office in Fulton

The Callaway County Commission has teamed up with the State Public Defender’s Office to buy a new four by eight-foot sign erected in front of the County Office Building at 2800 Cardinal Drive in Fulton.

Fulton man charged with statutory rape

Jerry Lee Bailey, 22, Fulton, has been arrested and charged with second-degree statutory rape.

Holts Summit man pleads guilty to triple homicides

Avoids death penalty, receives four life-terms

Joshua W. Maylee, 26, Holts Summit, will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty Monday to three counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree assault for an attempted murder.

Callaway County man arrested for brandishing sword at relatives

Another Callaway County resident has been arrested for threatening family members while brandishing a sword.

Holts Summit water tower painting to be completed at end of next month

Work on sandblasting and painting of the Callaway County Water District No. 1 tower in Holts Summit is expected to be completed by Aug. 31.

Fourth man arrested on ATV theft charges

A fourth man has been arrested and a juvenile is in custody as part of a string of all-terrain vehicle thefts reported recently to the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office.

3 Callaway Co. men arrested for ATV thefts

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office arrested three adult teens this week, accusing them of stealing all-terrain vehicles.

Governor’s withholding to cost $50,000 in lost school aid to New Bloomfield school

The New Bloomfield R-3 School District’s share of the $400 million in appropriated state spending withheld by Gov. Jay Nixon is about $50,000, the district’s Board of Education was told Thursday night.

Callaway County eyes road project northeast of Millersburg

In addition to building a new bridge over Middle River, Callaway County also is considering improvements along County Road 230 using all county funds.

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Callaway seeks Middle River bridge replacement, awaits MoDOT OK

New Bloomfield firm bids lowest on new bridge in southern part of county

A New Bloomfield firm was the low bidder on a new bridge to be built over Middle River about 12 miles south of Fulton along County Road 435.

Callaway hears appeals of tax assessments

Members of the Callaway County Board of Equalization will meet this week and possibly next week to hear tax assessment appeals from Callaway County property owners.

Chronic DWI offender arrested

Larry D. Threlkeld, 40, Auxvasse, is in Callaway County Jail after he was arrested Sunday by Fulton Police as a chronic offender of driving while intoxicated.

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Hopefest attracts big crowd

More than 1,000 people gathered Saturday at the Victory Fellowship Church near Fulton for Hopefest, an event to raise money to finance large donations of food and other aid to the impoverished Central American nation of Haiti.

Two injured in weekend accidents

Woman hurt in cycle wreck

Two people were injured in separate accidents in Callaway County during the weekend.

Callaway Youth Expo termed ‘big success’

Moving the 4-H and FFA competition away from the Callaway County Fair and holding the first Callaway Youth Expo at the Auxvasse Lions Club Park was a big success, organizers said Saturday on the last day of the event.

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Six-year-old wins top honors in Beef Show at Youth Expo

Six-year-old Gage Baker, son of Rhad and Leah Baker of Fulton, won top honors Saturday in the 4-H and FFA Breeding Beef Show at the Callaway Youth Expo in Auxvasse.

New Bloomfield aldermen briefed on street, stormwater improvements

Changes in street resurfacing and stormwater construction projects were approved Thursday night by the Board of Aldermen.

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Civil War fundraiser planned Sunday by New Bloomfield Historical Society

The New Bloomfield Area Historical Society will feature Civil War history at its annual fundraiser Sunday evening.

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St. Louisians jailed after Mid-Missouri chase

Kyle Hopson of St. Louis celebrated his 20th birthday Wednesday by leading law enforcement officers on a wild chase through Callaway and Boone counties.

Holts Summit prepares for sewer expansion work

To start construction on a new sewage treatment plant and expand its sewerage system connections, the city of Holts Summit plans to seek a low-interest loan through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources State Revolving Fund.

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Holts Summit city employees move to new City Hall building next door

Holts Summit city officials are spending this week settling into spaces provided in a new City Hall building at 213 S. Summit Drive, just north of the previous City Hall at 245 S. Summit Drive.

Patrol plans increased boating enforcement

Missouri River added to checkpoint efforts

Boaters beware. The Missouri State Highway Patrol this holiday weekend is cracking down in Central Missouri on people operating boats at the Lake of the Ozarks and along the Osage and Missouri rivers while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

N. Callaway School, MoDOT plan access road

New $1.6 million, 1.3-mile street to improve safety, slated for completion fall 2014

Missouri Department of Transportation officials have unveiled a tentative plan to build a new 1.3-mile access road to the North Callaway High School near Kingdom City.

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American bald eagle visits Fulton

With American Independence Day just around the corner, an American bald eagle decided to visit Fulton Monday evening in the backyard of Eric and Karen Truman.

Holts Summit to move to new City Hall

City Hall to be closed from July 4 to July 8

The Holts Summit City Hall will close at 5 p.m. today and not reopen until Monday morning at 8 a.m. at a new location nearby at 213 S. Summit Drive.