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Josh Mosley

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Holts Summit fireworks, Fulton parade celebrate Fourth of July

Fireworks in Holts Summit and the third-annual Fulton Independence Day Parade will highlight local Fourth of July celebrations.

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Tebbetts Fiddling contest a success after 15-year absence

After a 15-year hiatus, Jim Buffington said he was “thrilled to death” with the the turnout at the Tebbetts Fiddle Contest on Saturday.

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‘Purpose’ a big part of College for Kids’ initiative

When it comes to the College for Kids program, there’s a reason behind everything, says director Sue Craghead.

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'Barks and Bubbles' returns Saturday

Cleaning, clippings and micro-chippings are just some of the things on the docket at the second-annual “Barks and Bubbles” pet wash.

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Traveling quilt stops in Fulton, symbolizes role of local government

The Missouri Municipal League is using a symbol of warmth and comfort to remind citizens of the importance of local government.

Callaway County jail inmate dies after being taken off life support

A Callaway County jail inmate died on Friday after being taken off of life support at University Hospital in Columbia.

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North Callaway librarian publishes poetry collection

Hamm’s “Lessons in Ruin” a chronicle of life in the Midwest

Life as a fan of baseball’s supposed “lovable losers” informs Justin Hamm’s baseball-themed poetry.

Fulton High soccer teams to host World Cup viewing parties

The boys’ and girls’ soccer teams at Fulton High School will host a fan zone to watch the three scheduled games being played by the United States men’s soccer team at the World Cup in Brazil. The games will be shown on a large screen in the high school commons and fans of all ages are invited. The U.S. national team begins Group G play against Ghana at 5 p.m. on Monday. They’ll return to the pitch against Portugal at 5 p.m. on June 22 and will wrap up group competition against Germany at 11 a.m. on June 26.

Fins rack up blue ribbons at California swim meet

Five Fulton Fins swimmers collected a blue ribbon in every event they competed at their season-opening swim meet on June 4 in California. The feat was accomplished by Tia Bastian, Hillary Fry, Kaleigh Moore, Mackenzie McDaniel and Dominick Tharp.

Lady Owls’ Bowden named a second-team NAIA All-American in softball

William Woods senior pitcher MacKenzie Bowden picked up another honor for her strong final season as she was named to her first NAIA All-America team. Bowden — a second-team selection — finished the season 20-9 overall with a 1.23 ERA and 275 strikeouts in 182 innings of work. The ERA, win and strikeout totals were new career highs for Bowden, who picked up American Midwest Conference Pitcher of the Year honors for the second time in her career.

Fulton to host free football camps

Fulton High School head football coach Pat Kelley has scheduled a pair of free camps over the next two weeks for prospective players. Kelley and his coaching staff will conduct the camps — open to interested players entering grades 7-12 this fall — through Thursday and continue from June 9-12. Daily sessions will be from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the high school.

T-Birds’ Coleman, Ladybirds’ Schmauch named to all-Eastern Missouri Conference track team

Junior Steven Coleman and sophomore Skyler Schmauch were North Callaway’s lone representatives on the All-Eastern Missouri Conference track and field team.

Six Wildcats tabbed for all-district baseball team

Senior Cameron Edwards and junior Sam Niedergerke guided four other New Bloomfield players who garnered Class 2, All-District 8 recognition. Edwards and Niedergerke were both slotted on the first team. Sophomores Clay Jensen and Grant Nichols were second-team picks while senior Ethan Massman and junior Tucker Lane were honorable mentions.

Four Bulldogs get All-District 13 baseball honors

South Callaway senior Gordon Arthaud and junior Cory Hanger picked up Class 3, All-District 13 honors. Bulldogs senior Smith Kemper was a second-team pick while junior Dax Helsel grabbed a spot on the honorable mention team.

Hornets place three on All-District 8 baseball squad

Three Fulton baseball players — led by senior pitcher Dalton Horstmeier — garnered Class 4, All-District 8 recognition. Horstmeier — a four-time All-District honoree and first-time pitching selection — was joined on the all-district team by senior outfielder Kory Masek and freshman catcher Isaiah Pani.

Fulton to host pair of free football camps

Fulton High School head football coach Pat Kelley has scheduled a pair of free camps over the next two weeks for prospective players. Kelley and his coaching staff will conduct the camps — open to interested players entering grades 7-12 this fall — from June 2-5 and June 9-12. Daily sessions will be from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the high school. For more information about the camps, Kelley can be contacted at 590-8100 or by email at

Coleman finishes fifth in 300-meter hurdles at Class 3 state meet

North Callaway junior Steven Coleman’s return to the state meet produced improved results. Coleman placed fifth in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles and seventh in the 110 hurdles at the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 3 state track and field championships on Saturday at Dwight T. Reed Stadium.

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Fulton resident Charlie James has fond memories of ’64 Cardinals, Series title

Members of championship squad celebrated 50th anniversary in St. Louis on Memorial Day

Charlie James has a particular World Series recollection of Bob Uecker shagging fly balls with a musical instrument during batting practice.

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Successful Defenses!

MSD's Jones, South Callaway's Rudroff repeat as state champs; Lady Bulldogs' Oberdiek wins long jump

Missouri School for the Deaf's Nick Jones and South Callaway High School's Garner Rudroff repeat as champions in the Missouri High School Athletic Association state track and field championships Saturday. Lady bulldog Hannah Oberdiek wins gold in long jump, beating the second place jumper by more than eight inches.

Westminster's Hughes named second-team ABCA Baseball All-American

Blue Jays sophomore Deion Hughes was recently recognized as a second-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

Owls' 1,600-meter relay sets season-best mark, advances to NAIA finals

William Woods’ men’s 1,600-meter relay team of seniors Tanner Edwards and Terrell Shannon, junior Nick Zink and sophomore Rhett Cook ran the the event’s third-fastest preliminary time at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday. The Owls’ foursome ran a season-best time of 3 minutes, 12.49 seconds, earning NAIA All-American honors for a second straight season and qualifying for Saturday night’s championship race.

No. 6 Lady Owls place fourth at NAIA National Championships

The sixth-ranked William Woods women’s golf team closed out its season with a top-five national finish. The Lady Owls posted a team score of 82-over-par-1204 (307-317-311-299) to claim fourth place at the 2014 NAIA National Championships on Friday at the Wilderness Ridge Golf Club. Oklahoma City University and SCAD Savannah each totaled a 57-over-par-1209 to finish in a tie after 72 holes. OCU (304-304-306-295) bested SCAD (304-304-306-296) on the first playoff hole to claim its second consecutive national title. Bellevue University shot a 72-over-par-1224 (314-414-299-297) to finish in third, while the University of the Cumberlands scored an 85-over-par-1237 (310-308—306-313), finishing three shots behind William Woods for fifth place.

Bulldog bats quiet in District 13 semifinal loss to Blair Oaks

Junior third baseman Troy Hentges supplied the fourth-seeded Bulldogs’ only hit in their 2-1 Class 3, District 13 semifinal loss to the top-seeded Falcons on Monday. South Callaway ends its season at 17-6.

Wildcats’ Withers, Grace finish play at Class 1 state championships

New Bloomfield freshman Gannon Withers earned 42nd place, while senior Tyler Grace tied for 44th at the Class 1 boys’ golf championships on Tuesday at Rivercut Golf Course. Withers collected a 43-over-par-185 (97-88). Grace finished a shot behind him, totaling a 44-over-par-186 (89-97) across two rounds to match Michael Hohne of Sacred Heart.

T-Birds’ Menard places 21st at Class 2 golf championships

North Callaway senior Justin Menard finished in a four-way tie for 21st place at the Class 2 boys’ golf championships at Silo Ridge Golf and Country Club on Tuesday. Menard shot a 20-over-par-164 (85-79) to match the two-day totals of Barstow’s Thomas Dunn and Whitfield’s Chase Kinder and Colin Strege.

Hornets fall to Mexico in district semis

The Fulton Hornets collected more than enough hits in their Class 4, District 8 semifinal against the rival Mexico Bulldogs. Unfortunately, none of those were the productive type Fulton would ultimately need. The third-seeded Hornets out-hit the No. 2 Bulldogs 13-3, but stranded seven baserunners in a season-ending 7-3 loss at Harley Park on Monday afternoon. Fulton — which throttled No. 6 seed Missouri Military Academy 21-3 in first-round play Saturday — ended its season with a 13-11 record.

Tipton jolts Wildcats on walk-off home run in district semifinals

New Bloomfield senior reliever Ethan Massman gave up a walk-off, two-run home run to Tipton’s Dylan Tate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning in the No. 3 seed Wildcats’ 7-5 loss to the No. 2 Cardinals in the Class 2, District 8 semifinals Monday night. New Bloomfield — which made the semifinals after edging No. 6 seed New Haven 6-5 in eight innings on Saturday — finished its season at 9-13. Tipton (19-6) will play either top-seeded Linn or No. 4 Russellville for the District 8 title at 6 tonight.

Extra-inning loss triggers Owls’ exit

Freshman reliever Ryan Schmidt gave up the winning run with two outs in the top of the 12th inning Tuesday as third-seeded William Woods’ season ended in a 6-5 loss to No. 4 Westmont (Calif.) in the Lawrenceville (Ga.) bracket of the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round. The Owls — who forced extra innings when they tied the game at 5-all with a pair of runs in the eighth — finished their season with a 39-12 record.

Eight Fulton athletes earn all-NCMC track recognition

Senior Madison Washington topped the field in the girls’ shot put, the lone victory for Fulton at the North Central Missouri Conference championships last Friday. The Lady Hornets came in fifth overall with 52 points, while the Hornets were sixth in the boys’ division with 76. Kirksville and Hannibal secured the girls’ and boys’ team titles, respectively. Washington had a winning toss of 36 feet, 2 1/2 inches in the shot. Senior Hayley Tobias claimed all-NCMC recognition by taking second in the 110-meter hurdles (16.80 seconds) and third in the 300 hurdles (:49.8). Junior Sam Christensen took second in the boys’ 110 hurdles (:16.26) and third in the high jump with a leap of 5-10. Sophomore Conner Foote came in second in the 400 in :53.1, while senior Tanner Eliuk was second in the discus with a heave of 138-6. Eliuk joined Foote and freshmen Brandon Dews and Jared Eliuk to claim third in the 1,600 relay in 3:36.7. The Hornets and Lady Hornets return to Mexico for the Class 3, District 4 championships at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Hammerstone ties for 34th at sectional meet

Fulton sophomore Jacob Hammerstone shot an 87 to finish in a tie for 34th place at the Class 3, Sectional 2 championships Monday at Heritage Hills Golf Course. Hammerstone — the Hornets’ only sectional qualifier — didn’t log the top-15 finish needed to qualify for next week’s Class 3 state championships. However, Fulton head coach Pat Kelley was pleased with what he saw from Hammerstone in his first season on the team.

Owls stymied by Southeastern (Fla.) in NAIA Opener

William Woods’ offense came alive just a little too late. The No. 3 seeded Owls collected 13 hits, but found themselves in a 10-run hole early on in falling to the No. 2 Southeastern (Fla.) University Fire 11-5 to begin play in the Lawrenceville (Ga.) Bracket of the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round on Monday at Grizzly Baseball Complex. William Woods (39-11) will play the fourth-seeded Westmont (Calif.) Warriors in an elimination game at 11 a.m. today. The Warriors (38-19) dropped their opener to the No. 5 University St. Francis (Ill.) Fighting Saints 2-1 on Monday. The winner between the Owls and Westmont continues its stay in the tournament against the Fighting Saints or top-seeded Georgia Gwinnett at 2:30 today.

No. 19 Lady Owls downed by Davenport in NAIA play

The 19th-ranked William Woods softball team found itself struggling to manufacture runs against No. 22 Davenport on Monday. Now it finds itself in a “win or go home” scenario. The Lady Owls — the No. 2 seed in the Davenport (Mich.) Bracket — left six runners on and scattered four hits in a 4-2 loss to the third-seeded Lady Panthers in NAIA Opening Round competition at Farmers Athletic Complex. William Woods (39-16) will play No. 4 Huntington (Ind.) Lady Foresters an elimination game at 3 p.m. today. The Lady Forresters (31-22) fell to top-seeded Olivet Nazarene 15-10 in their Opening Round game on Monday.

North Callaway’s Menard qualifies for Class 2 boys' state golf tournament

Thunderbirds senior Justin Menard missed the Class 2 state tournament by one stroke in 2013. He’ll have no such problem this year. Menard shot an 11-over-par-83 to finish in ninth place at the Class 2, Sectional 2 tournament on Monday at Eagle Knoll Golf Course. With his performance, Menard earned a spot in the Class 2 boys’ golf championships, scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday at Silo Ridge Golf Club in Bolivar.

‘Special’ senior class guides Owls into NAIA play

Third seed William Woods plays No. 2 Southeastern (Fla.) on Monday in Georgia

William Woods University baseball coach Darren Munns’ assessment of his senior class might sound like hyperbole, but he stands by it. “I might do this for 50 years and not have a senior class as special as this one,” Munns said Friday afternoon during practice at Owls Field. “I really mean that.” William Woods’ five four-year players began their college careers with an American Midwest Conference tournament title and a bid to the opening round of the NAIA Tournament as freshmen in 2011. They’ve equalled that accomplishment in 2014, and will try to improve upon it Monday. Third-seeded William Woods (39-10) starts postseason play in the Lawrenceville (Ga.) bracket against No. 2 Southeastern (Fla.) University (44-14) at 1:30 p.m in the double-elimination format of the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round

No. 19 Lady Owls ‘locked in,’ ready for NAIA opener

William Woods faces No. 22 Davenport on Monday in Grand Rapids, Michigan

There was no hard surface around for William Woods University softball coach Tracy Gastineau to strike in a superstitious manner. With her Lady Owls stretching just behind her before Wednesday’s practice at Backer Sports Complex, Gastineau repeatedly “knocked on wood” when speaking of her team’s health, its recent stretch of dominant play and the focus with which it’s been playing. No. 19 William Woods is the second seed in the Davenport bracket and will clash with host Davenport University — which is the third seed and ranked 22nd — in the NAIA Opening Round at noon Monday in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Mexico jolts Hornets on bizarre play, wins Fulton title

It was a “blink and you’ll miss it” type of play, according to Fulton Hornets head coach Darren Masek. Mexico junior shortstop Tyler Bracht made a heads-up scamper from third to home and beat the throw from second in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Bulldogs tripped Fulton 3-2 in the championship of the 20th-annual Fulton Tournament at the high school athletic complex on Friday night. “I looked down, I looked up and the guy was almost at home plate,” Masek said.

Hornets’ 1,600 medley team wins at Jefferson City meet

The junior varsity boys’ 1,600-meter medley team earned Fulton’s only first-place finish at the Jefferson City 9th- and 10th-grade All-Relays on Tuesday. The quartet of sophomores Andy Baysinger and Luke Lohmeyer and freshmen Brandon Dews and Jared Eliuk triumphed with a time of 3 minutes, 54 seconds.

Fulton boys' tennis falls in NCMC clash with Mexico

The Hornets bowed to the rival Bulldogs 9-3 in a North Central Missouri Conference clash Tuesday night.

William Woods claims 11th straight AMC women's golf championship

The sixth-ranked Lady Owls prevailed by a stunning 66 strokes to easily capture their 11th American Midwest Conference title in a row Tuesday.

Owls blank Missouri Baptist to win AMC tournament title

Already armed with an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament, the William Woods Owls added an American Midwest Conference baseball tournament title to their load. Senior first baseman Matt Thomas had four hits and four RBIs and the third-seeded Owls limited the No. 1 Missouri Baptist Spartans to five hits in capturing the conference crown with a 10-0 seven-inning win on Monday at Lanipher Park.

Fulton’s Hammerstone finishes 16th, moves on to sectional golf play

Hornets sophomore Jacob Hammerstone shot a 13-over-par-83 at the Class 3, District 4 tournament at Elk Creek Golf Course on Monday

New Bloomfield baseball team halted by Harrisburg

The Wildcats had just five hits in falling to the Bulldogs 5-2 on the road on Saturday. Junior Brady Wiler took the loss with a five-inning outing. He allowed five earned runs on seven hits, walked one and hit a batter while striking out three.

South Callaway baseball wallops Wright City

The Bulldogs’ offense erupted for 10 runs in the bottom of the third inning as they waltzed to a 13-2 six-inning non-conference win over the Wildcats on Monday.

Hornets clip T-Birds in semifinals of Fulton Tournament

Fulton edges out Moberly in first round; North Callaway throttles Fatima 13-4 in its opener

The Hornets scored seven unanswered runs in outlasting the Thunderbirds 11-6 in the semifinals of the 20th-annual Fulton Invitational Tournament on Monday at the high school athletic complex. Fulton opened tournament play with a 4-2 North Central Missouri Conference win over the Moberly Spartans while North Callaway thumped the Fatima Comets 13-4 in its opener at Saucier Field on the campus of Westminster.

North Callaway’s Schmauch, Gilman win events at Centralia Invitational

Sophomore Skylar Schmauch was victorious in the girls’ 1,600 meters and freshman Levi Gilman triumphed in the boys’ 110 hurdles at the Centralia 9th- and 10th-grade Invitational on Thursday.

Fulton boys' tennis team shut out at home by Helias

The Hornets dipped to 4-15 on the season after Friday night’s 9-0 loss to the Crusaders at the high school athletic complex.

Fulton golf team comes in third in quad meet at home

Sophomore Jake Hammerstone shot a team-low 45 and the Hornets finished third in Friday’s quad match with Hannibal, Centralia and Wentzville-Liberty at Tanglewood Golf Course.

New Bloomfield baseball team mauls MMA

Junior center fielder Tucker Lane finished 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs Thursday night as the Wildcats crushed the Colonels 12-2 in six innings.

Horstmeier throws complete game in Fulton baseball team's NCMC win at Mexico

The Hornets collected nine hits and senior starter Dalton Horstmeier threw a complete game in Friday night’s 6-1 North Central Missouri Conference victory over the rival Bulldogs.

Early tops off T-Birds’ rally past Sturgeon

Michael Early was better late than never, displaying his composure in a tight spot for the North Callaway Thunderbirds. The junior designated hitter came through with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday night to send North Callaway to a dramatic 4-3, non-conference victory over state-ranked Sturgeon.