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Tomnitz to speak Saturday at Westminster graduation

The featured speaker to the 2013 graduating class at Westminster College in Fulton Saturday will be Don Tomnitz, president and CEO of D.R. Horton, Inc., of Dallas, America’s largest home construction firm.

Tax Wise volunteers help seniors claim $700K in refunds

During the recent income tax filing season, 11 Callaway County retired volunteer tax preparers collected more than $700,000 in refunds for 463 Callaway County senior citizens.

Nighttime highway striping to begin in Fulton

Crews work 24 hours until Memorial Day

To meet a goal of painting new lane lines and no-passing zones on highways by Memorial Day, the Missouri Department of Transportation will stripe Central Missouri roads 24 hours a day until the end of the month.

Callaway records high turkey harvest

Callaway County hunters harvested 710 turkeys during the spring turkey season, the third highest county number in Missouri.

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Group supports homeless in Callaway County walk

Strung out along Route Z in Callaway County, about 20 men from St. Louis, California and Oregon participated in the “Walk to Make a Difference for the Homeless” early Monday morning.

Power plant road not included in state’s draft 5-year road plan

A Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) plan to build a $32.8 million road between Fulton and the Callaway Energy Center’s nuclear power plant is not included in the department’s proposed five-year $32.3 million transportation improvement program for Callaway County.

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Gaining closure 45 years later

Vietnam veteran visits grave of Fulton soldier

Almost half a century after her husband’s nephew was killed during the Vietnam War, Dot Foster of Fulton finally learned more about what happened to him.

Free National Churchill Museum tours offered

Tours provided to tourism groups

Free tours at the National Churchill Museum in Fulton will be offered to Central Missouri hospitality and tourism industry representatives starting Saturday through May 12.

Harris, Siegel to serve one last Street Fair as chairs

After a decade of organizing the Fulton Street Fair and watching it grow into the modern institution that it is, Tom Harris and Melissa Siegel are ready to find new feet to fill their shoes.

Ten Callaway County veterans to take Honor Flight to Washington on Tuesday

Ten Callaway County veterans will be on next week’s Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

Patrol crackdown nets 2 DWI arrests

During a special Missouri State Highway Patrol impaired driver enforcement effort Saturday in Callaway County, two people were arrested for driving while intoxicated and 16 others were warned, ticketed or arrested for other offenses.

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Small fire extinguished at Fulton prison Wednesday

Fulton firemen extinguished a small fire early Wednesday at the Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center, 1393 Highway O near Fulton.

Vehicles damaged while moving under overpass near New Bloomfield

Two vehicles traveling along U.S. 54 were damaged after midnight this week while driving under the State Road AE-TT overpass at New Bloomfield.

Asphalt driveway paving scam returns

Deputies spot crew operating in Fulton

During the first warm days of spring each year, the asphalt driveway paving scam returns to Callaway County.

$300,000 cut from Head Start in Mid-Missouri

Callaway County eludes most funding reductions

Although 105 fewer youngsters will be able to participate in Head Start training this year in Central Missouri, only one of the cuts will affect the Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Callaway County

Auxvasse man held on weapons charges

Michael W. Smith, 22, Auxvasse, is in Callaway County Jail after an armed intruder report and subsequent manhunt Saturday near Fulton.

Record number of unwanted drugs collected Saturday in Callaway county

A record amount of unwanted drugs were collected Saturday during the National Drug Take Back effort Saturday in Fulton and Auxvasse.

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Fair housing laws reviewed in forum at Fulton City Hall

A Fair Housing Forum sponsored by the Fulton Human Rights Commission attracted about 30 Fulton area housing and rental providers Tuesday at Fulton City Hall.

Riddle bill would ban webcam abortions

House votes 115-39 to send bill to Senate

The Missouri House has passed and sent on to the Senate legislation sponsored by Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, to protect the health of women who choose to use abortion-inducing drugs by outlawing so-called webcam abortions.

Activist disputes consultant’s views on utility regulatory reform

Chris Roepe, executive director of the Fair Energy Rate Action Fund, has challenged the Missouri utility analysis offered by Jim Moody, a state government consultant who was the featured speaker on April 11 at the annual Salute banquet meeting of the Fulton Area Development Corporation (FADC).

New Bloomfield student wins Missouri Citizenship Award

Hayley Munford, a New Bloomfield high school senior, has won a statewide Missouri Outstanding Citizenship Award.

New principal hired at New Bloomfield

Jeremy Davidson has been hired for the next school year as the new middle and high school principal at the New Bloomfield R-3 School District.

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Clean Sweep Saturday starts Clean ‘n Green Week

Fulton kicked off Clean ‘n Green Week when more than 500 volunteers participated Saturday in a citywide trash pickup dubbed this year as Clean Sweep Saturday.

Nominations sought for Lifesaver Awards

May 1 is the deadline for submitting nominations for a Lifesaver Award from the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter, which includes Callaway and 20 other Central Missouri counties.

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Ambassador hits Obama’s foreign policy

President Barack Obama has a weak foreign policy and has not responded to the murder of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, former United Nations Ambassador John R. Bolton charged Wednesday in Fulton.

Fundraiser set Monday for Honor Flight

A fundraising documentary film, “Honor Flight: One Last Mission,” will be shown Monday to help finance the next Central Missouri Honor Flight for veterans to Washington D.C. on May 7.

Callaway County 911 center director resigns

Michelle Kidwell is now serving as the interim director of the Callaway County Joint Communications Center in addition to her duties as director of Callaway County Emergency Management.

Fulton street renamed to honor Jack Marshall

Park Avenue becomes Jack Marshall Avenue

A public dedication ceremony Saturday in Fulton will officially rename Park Avenue in Fulton as Jack Marshall Avenue to honor the late Westminster College official.

Three arrested, two sought in two drug raids Wednesday

A Mid-Missouri drug task force and local law enforcement officers Monday conducted two separate drug raids in Fulton and Williamsburg.

Fulton Brick District plans events each Saturday this summer

To attract more people to downtown Fulton, events are planned each Saturday in the downtown Brick District, says Danielle Warren, chairman of the association’s Saturday events committee.

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New Bloomfield hires new police chief

Christopher Hammann of Fulton, a New Bloomfield police corporal, has been promoted to chief of police for the city of New Bloomfield.

Nominations sought for Red Cross Lifesaver Awards

May 1 is the deadline for submitting nominations for a Lifesaver Award from the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter, which includes Callaway and 20 other Central Missouri counties.

Fulton woman hurt in U.S. 54 collision

An 85-year-old Fulton woman, Frances Dungan, was hospitalized Saturday morning after the car she was driving was hit in the side when she was attempting to cross U.S. 54 in Fulton.

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SMR output in Callaway County could add $25 billion to economy

Production of small modular nuclear reactors at the Callaway Energy Center for sale around the world would add $25 billion to the state’s economy and create the biggest economic impact of any single project ever developed in Missouri, a government analyst said Thursday night in Fulton.

Tax scam targets Missouri taxpayers

With the April 15 tax deadline on Monday, a new tax scam has emerged in Missouri, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service warns.

Medical clinic planned in September

A new medical clinic providing family physician and pediatric care will open in Fulton this September.

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New Fulton dental clinic to open in May

The Community Health Center of Central Missouri plans to begin providing full dental services in early May at a new dental clinic in Fulton.

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Nuclear refueling adds 800 temporary jobs to economy

Refueling of the nuclear reactor that starts this week at the Callaway Energy Center has added more than 800 supplemental workers to the economy in Callaway County and Central Missouri.

New phone scam hits Fulton area

A telephone scam seeking personal information from someone posing as a Microsoft Windows computer technician has hit the Fulton area, the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office reports.

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Churchill Museum wins humanities award

County historical society also honored by group

The National Churchill Museum in Fulton and the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society will receive the 2013 Missouri Humanities Award for Exemplary Community Achievement in the Humanities in Missouri.

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Fulton woman wins $50,000 lottery prize

When Jana Peyla of Fulton told her husband Tony she had won $50,000 playing a Missouri Lottery scratchers game, he didn’t believe her.

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Churchill Museum wins humanities award

Callaway County exhibit praised by state group

The National Churchill Museum in Fulton will receive the 2013 Missouri Humanities Award for Exemplary Community Achievement in the Humanities in Missouri.

Nuclear plant to shut down next week

Output to resume after refueling

The Callaway Energy Center owned by Ameren Missouri will shut down the nuclear reactor at the facility next week to start the plant’s normal refueling process.

Water District No. 2 is finalist in statewide water taste contest

Callaway County Public Water Supply District No. 2 is a finalist in a statewide water taste competition known as the Great American Water Taste Test.

Consultant to discuss impact of SMRs in Callaway County

Jim Moody, a former state budget director and now government consultant, will be the featured speaker April 11 at the annual Fulton Area Development Corporation (FADC) Salute Banquet.

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Ameren Missouri provides few details about accident at Callaway nuclear plant

Ameren Missouri officials clamped down on information Wednesday about an accident Tuesday evening at the Callaway nuclear plant located about 10 miles southeast of Fulton but other sources have revealed a few more details about the incident.

Cockrum, Hinrichs elected to New Bloomfield school board

Shawn Cockrum and Susie Hinrichs were elected Tuesday to three-year terms as members of the Board of Education at the New Bloomfield R-III School District.

Lake Mykee approves $1.5 million in sewer bonds

By a vote of 101 to 14, Lake Mykee voters Tuesday approved issuing up to $1.5 million in revenue bonds to upgrade the town’s sewer system.

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Flag sale to benefit Fire Fighters’ Museum

Firefighters and their supporters from around the state will have an opportunity to purchase a flag to be flown on Memorial Day at the Fire Fighters’ Memorial in Kingdom City.

Three injured Tuesday at Callaway nuclear plant

Three employees at the Callaway Energy Center were injured Tuesday evening while working in the switch yard area of the plant.