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Katherine Cummins

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Two of seven candidates appear at Fulton school board forum

Incumbents Dennis Depping and Kristi Donohue were the only Fulton School Board candidates — out of a field of seven — to participate in the Fulton Community Teachers Association’s (FCTA) candidate forum Thursday night.

Ambulance board discusses wellness policy

After months of meetings and research, the Wellness Committee made a presentation at Tuesday night’s Callaway County Ambulance Board meeting.

Fulton teachers to host school board candidate forum Thursday

Only three candidates confirmed to attend

The Fulton Community Teachers Association is hosting its annual School Board Candidate Forum at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Fulton High School commons area.

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Fulton schools celebrate scholars

Fulton High School continued a 30-year tradition as it celebrated Academic Week this week. Academic Week was started in March 1986 by former principal Joe Aull, former superintendent Dennis Lea and the school board as a way to recognize and reward students who achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher for three semesters or longer.

Fulton Middle School to switch up science curriculum

Parents express concerns over communication, district involvement

Since the start of the school year, Fulton School Board meetings have featured ongoing progress reports from the Fulton Middle School Improvement Team.

Westminster College to host bone marrow donor drive

Effort becomes personal this year for one professor

Four Westminster College student groups, in conjunction with Delete Blood Cancer, will be hosting a bone marrow donor drive March 3-5.

A family tradition brings Callaway daughter home

Jane McClellan named Guest of Honor for 2015 Kingdom Supper

Although she has never attended herself, for 2015 Kingdom of Callaway Supper Guest of Honor Jane McClellan, the annual Callaway County gathering carries a bit of a family legacy.

Ambulance district elects not to pursue patient demographic discovery contract

After extended discussion at its January meeting, the Callaway County Ambulance Board decided Tuesday night not to pursue a contract for patient demographic discovery services as a way to help increase the district’s collection rate on old patient debt.

Patron requests public comment time at Fulton school board meetings

Wednesday night’s Fulton School Board meeting included a request from a local patron that the board allow time for public comments as a regular part of its meeting agendas.

Fulton School Board hears reports on district programs, finances

The Fulton School Board heard a number of reports during Wednesday night’s regular meeting on topics ranging from attendance to the Fiscal Year 2016 budget.

CMCA seeks volunteer grandparents

The Foster Grandparent Program, operating under the umbrella of Central Missouri Community Action, is in need of seniors age 55 and older to serve as mentors and tutors for at-risk children and youth.

William Woods to host speaker about South Africa

Thomas Kochtanek, associate professor of information science at the University of Missouri, will speak at William Woods University on Feb. 9 about South Africa and the access to information about the country’s struggle from apartheid to democracy.

William Woods to host strength, conditioning workshop

William Woods University has been chosen by the National Strength and Conditioning Association to host a workshop to prepare participants for its Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist test.

Westminster College to host C.S. Lewis expert

Michael Ward, director of the C.S. Lewis Centre at Oxford University, will deliver the third annual C.S. Lewis Legacy Lecture at Westminster College on Feb. 26.

'Exemplary' schools

Bartley, Bush receive Missouri Exemplary Professional Learning Community Schools Award

Two Fulton elementary schools have been recognized by the state for their efforts in school improvement.

Fulton police respond to bomb threat at high school

School and law-enforcement officials evacuated the vocational agriculture department at Fulton High School on Thursday afternoon after a reported bomb threat.

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Building 21st century learners

McIntire Elementary School uses technology, new teaching strategies to enhance lessons

Technically, it’s an English lesson, but as students in Casey Echelmeier’s fourth grade class worked to master verbs Tuesday morning, they could be found battling lava monsters, stretched out on the floor drawing pictures and composing music.

Auxvasse ponders ordinance for wood furnaces

A good deal of the discussion during Tuesday night’s regular Auxvasse Board of Aldermen meeting concerned a potential ordinance regulating outdoor wood furnaces.

Three vie for Auxvasse mayor

Aldermen seats are uncontested

Incumbent Mayor Kevin Phares will face off against two challengers — Keith Clow and Charles Blue — on the April 7 ballot.

Ambulance board considers solution to pursuing bad debt

The Callaway County Ambulance District, like many similar medical service providers, sometimes has issues collecting payment for those services.

North Callaway prepares to send bond projects out to bid

North Callaway R-I Schools are taking the first official steps to move forward with projects from the $6 million bond issue passed by district patrons in November.

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Civil War group gets new home in Auxvasse

Commander Noel Crowson recently purchased the building at 107 Main Street in Auxvasse and is leasing the first floor to the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Read more about their plans for the space.

United Way seeks year-end donations to help meet goal

As the holiday giving season continues, leaders with the Callaway County United Way are hoping area residents will include the community on their list of recipients.

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‘That was quite a time’

Jack McBride talks about experience as a black sailor during WWII

Fulton native Jack McBride’s most vivid memory from his time serving with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II involves boxing and a surprise visit from some Japanese planes.

Callaway County United Way seeks year-end donations to help meet goal

As the holiday giving season continues, leaders with the Callaway County United Way are hoping area residents will include the community on their list of recipients.

Fulton schools’ tax levy adjusted down to make up 2013 excess

Fulton Public Schools patrons saw a bit of a break on their property taxes this year.

North Callaway School Board hears track options

Most of Thursday night’s North Callaway School Board meeting was devoted to one topic: options for building the new all-weather track included in the district’s recently-passed $6 million bond issue.

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Rwanda partnership offers alternative gift options

“‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” —Acts 20:35. The Rwanda Community Partnership is once again offering Callaway County residents the opportunity to give both blessings to their friends and loved ones this year, with an array of alternative gift options to benefit projects in Callaway’s sister community of Kibungo, Rwanda.

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‘Jumping is the most thrilling experience of your life’

Fulton veteran recalls getting into paratroopers, Japan occupation

Growing up, Jay Karr’s neighbor — University of Iowa football star Nile Kinnick — was his hero. So when the Heisman Trophy winner and All-American enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1941 to become a fighter pilot, Karr wanted nothing more than to follow in his footsteps. “I wanted to do everything he did,” Karr said. As soon as he turned 18 in 1944, Karr attempted to follow in Kinnick’s footsteps.

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Fulton Soup Kitchen sees change in leadership

After more than 15 years as a volunteer and leader, Anne Erbschloe has stepped down as president of the Fulton Soup Kitchen.

Writing, science priorities for Bartley School

It was Bartley Elementary School’s turn to share its building goals for the year during Wednesday night’s Fulton School Board meeting. Principal Connie Epperson shared five SMART goals and the strategies Bartley staff have been using to help achieve them.

Auxvasse approves lease contract for new police vehicle

Police Chief Kevin Suedmeyer took a vacation day from his other job Tuesday night so he could attend the Auxvasse Board of Aldermen meeting.

SERVE Adopt-a-Family still in need of help

With Christmas only three weeks away, SERVE’s annual Adopt-A-Family program is in need of some last-minute holiday help.

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‘I can still close my eyes and see it’

World War II veteran, Fulton man details life as a soldier

Today they are referred to respectfully as the “Greatest Generation,” but according to Fulton World War II veteran Richard White, he and his peers did not consider the sacrifices they made during that conflict to be particularly special. “Everyone felt like it was our duty to serve,” White said. “None of us made a big deal about it, it was just something you did for our country.”

North Callaway School Board approves bond election results, discusses next steps

An “excited” North Callaway R-I Schools Superintendent Bryan Thomsen presented school board members with the certified results from the Nov. 4 election — which included the district’s $6 million bond issue — for approval during Thursday night’s regular meeting.

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Hillers Creek Bridge up for grabs

Scheduled for replacement, interested parties have until Jan. 15 to submit plan for relocation, repurpose

There’s a bridge just northeast of New Bloomfield available to the highest bidder — or at least to the one with the best proposal for its relocation and re-use.

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Soup Kitchen to host Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 29

You’re invited, to Thanksgiving dinner. Organizers of the Fulton Soup Kitchen are once again hosting their annual free community holiday meal from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29 at the John C. Harris Community Center in Fulton.

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Fulton debuts robots during school board meeting

Humanoid machines to be used to help autistic students

Attendees of Wednesday night’s Fulton School Board meeting got to meet the two newest members of the district: Buzz and Buddy, two humanoid robots which eventually be used to work with autistic students at McIntire Elementary.

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Churchill's granddaughter reflects on fall of Berlin Wall, making of monument

Edwina Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill, said the news on Nov. 9, 1989 that the Berlin Wall was coming down was welcome surprise.

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Churchill's granddaughter reflects on fall of Berlin Wall, creation of 'Breakthrough'

Edwina Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill, said the news on Nov. 9, 1989 that the Berlin Wall was coming down was a welcome surprise.

Central Missouri Energy ordered to stop biodiesel scam

Owner Boyd Ware allegedly deceived investors with false claims of building facility in Fulton

A Centralia man who had previously sought help from the city to build a biodiesel plant in Fulton has been ordered to stop all business proceedings.

Fulton native to speak at annual veterans banquet

Jeff Klosterman is an active member of the U.S. Army National Guard

Maj. Jeff Klosterman may be the special guest speaker at the 95th annual Veterans Banquet hosted by American Legion Post 210 on Tuesday night, but he doesn’t plan to talk much about himself.

North Callaway R-I patrons approve $6M bond issue

North Callaway R-I voters said “yes” to the $6 million Proposition K.I.D.S. bond issue Tuesday, according to preliminary results from the Callaway County Clerk’s Office.

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North Callaway pushes $6M school improvement bond issue

Superintendent addresses biggest questions connected to proposal

North Callaway R-I Schools’ leaders are hoping district patrons will say “yes” to Proposition K.I.D.S. — its $6 million bond initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Ambulance board appoints new member

The Callaway County Ambulance Board had a busy meeting Tuesday night, including the addition of a new member.

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Fulton Education Center adds new preschool

Parents of Fulton area children have a new option for preparing them for school thanks to a grant received by the Fulton Education Center.

Fulton Middle School makes plans to improve

Staff at Fulton Middle School have set goals to make big improvements in student performance for 2014-15.

Fulton High School to aim intervention for at-risk students

Principal Jason Whitt said Fulton High School staff have been working hard to analyze performance data to come up with a plan for helping students succeed in the classroom, on state assessments and beyond.

Business as usual

Fulton School Board heas updates on district programs, coming improvements

The Fulton School Board had a busy meeting Wednesday night — packed with everything from staff recognition and program reports to Shakespeare.

Autumn on the Bricks to give a taste of local talent

Downtown Fulton will be home to live music, art, and local producers of artisinal food on Oct. 11 for Autumn on the Bricks.