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Katherine Cummins

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Westminster students work to plant seeds of hope in Western Sahara

Project seeks support for plan to start organic gardens in refugee camp

Mulay Smara was born and raised in the largest refugee camp in the Western Sahara, where his family has lived for more than 34 years after being displaced by a Moroccan takeover of their homeland.

After delayed start, Auxvasse aldermen discuss nuisance dogs, sewer connections

The Board of Aldermen meeting here, scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m., got off to a late start due to a lack of quorum until 6:54 p.m. Tuesday.

Williamsburg woman receives lifetime achievement award from Conservation Federation

Pat Jones has loved spending time outdoors since childhood summers spent on a family farm in Eureka.

Callaway County to host use tax meeting, mulls placing it on the August ballot

As the Callaway County Commission contemplates placing a use tax on the August ballot — and encourages municipalities in the county to do the same — it is hosting a public information meeting to help educate local voters.

Fulton School Board hears about technology, budget

Over the past several years, technology has taken on increasingly larger role in the classroom.

Ambulance board takes closer look at call statistics

Changes in call volume and statistics has been a frequent topic of discussion for the Callaway County Ambulance District Board of Directors over the past year.

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Fulton Soup Kitchen to celebrate Easter April 16

Westminster’s dining services, Fresh Ideas, to provide holiday meal

The Fulton Soup Kitchen will be celebrating Easter a little early with an egg hunt and buffet dinner on April 16.

Westminster College to host community for family fun, games Sunday

Westminster College students are inviting area children and their families onto campus for a little bit of Spring fun at their annual Community Carnival this Sunday.

Respite Night

Callaway Special Services partners with Easter Seals to give parents of children with autism a break

Callaway County Special Services and Easter Seals Midwest of Central Missouri want to give local parents of children with autism a night off.

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Early spring storms bring flood of water to Callaway

Callaway County was pummeled with rain Thursday, resulting in lots of water but only two major road closures as city and county crews worked to keep roads passable.

North Callaway ag advisor resigns

The North Callaway R-I Board of Education has accepted the resignation of high school agriculture teacher and FFA advisor Curtis Bowling, effective at the end of this school year.

Exception leaves room for candidate with record in Auxvasse

A subsection in the state law governing elections has left the door open for Jerry Wilkerson to run as a write-in candidate for the open North Ward position on the Auxvasse Board of Aldermen, despite his felony record.

CARDV gears up to promote sexual assault awareness month

Organization plans to focus on ending victim blaming

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence has a number of events planned to promote the idea that "Consent is Sexy" but victim blaming is not.

Williamsburg Elementary counselor honored as best in region

According to her administrators, Jessica Schumacher is “the poster child for a counselor,” an educator who “does what’s best for the kids, no matter what.”

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Fulton Bowling Center to host tournaments, draw consumers to community

Fulton Bowling Center is hosting two big tournaments this spring that they hope will draw an accompanying flood of visitors to Fulton and Callaway County.

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Fulton’s first CrossFit gym opens on Bluff Street

Seventeen people stand in a circle, some of them bouncing back and forth, some dancing in place, some just bracing for what is to come, all of them panting and sweating.

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Julie Boyd Uhls named 2015 Kingdom Supper president

Kingdom of Callaway Supper Committee member Jerry Austin said the president selection committee was looking for someone who is well-known throughout the county for their work and community service as the leader of next year’s supper.

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A thousand words

Kingdom Supper guest tells his Callaway story through photos

When award-winning photojournalist and native son Joe Link shared his story with attendees of the 109th Kingdom of Callaway Supper Tuesday night, he let his pictures do much of the talking for him.

North Callaway School Board receives cost estimates for potential improvements

KINGDOM CITY —The North Callaway Board of Education moved one step closer toward a potential November 2014 bond issue during Thursday night’s regular meeting.

Callaway County candidates prepare for primary election

With only a few days left to file for the Aug. 5 primary election — the deadline is 5 p.m. on Tuesday — only two Callaway County offices have two candidates, and only one of those is a contested race for the primary.

North Callaway FFA students speak out to support advisor

It was an emotional meeting of the North Callaway School Board Thursday night as FFA students, parents and alumni turned out to speak in support of agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor Curtis Bowling, whose position with the district is in quesiton.

Lizzy’s Lifesavers to host fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis

Lizzy’s Lifesavers and Fulton VFW Post 2657 are teaming up to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research.

Kingdom Supper continues tradition of celebrating neighbors

The Kingdom of Callaway Supper returns March 25, giving Callaway County residents the opportunity to celebrate their neighbors — both near and far.

Better late than never

Auxvasse to celebrate delayed Loafer’s Week March 24-29

It’s a month later than usual, but Auxvasse will be observing its 54th annual Loafer’s Week from March 24-29.

Low claims equal low rates for ambulance district

Another year of low claims has resulted in another workers compensation insurance rate decrease for the Callaway County Ambulance District.

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Fulton School Board candidates answer to teachers

Topics ranged from opinions on Common Core to how to deal with conflict

Fulton School Board candidates were asked about a range of topics including early childhood learning, professional development and teacher salaries during a forum hosted by the Fulton Community Teachers Association Monday afternoon.

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Hatton farmer the ‘go-to guy’ for northern Callaway

Hadley Linnenbringer to receive Settler’s Award at Kingdom Supper March 25

Hadley Linnenbringer is so well-known for having been involved in the Callaway County community for so long, that most people forget he’s not a native.

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Brick District considers taking on downtown theater

The historic downtown Fulton theater has been the subject of plotting, planning and fundraising for the better part of a decade now as various players and versions of the Callaway Arts Council have worked to renovate the building.

Fulton schools develop K-5 keyboarding program

With an increasing emphasis on technology in the classroom and state assesments going digital, computer skills have become an important part of a student’s skill set.

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Fulton Middle School student council seeks to ‘end the word’

Assembly, spirit week intended to spread awareness about hurtful use of ‘retard’

The word “retard” means to hinder, delay or slow, but more often is used in a negative way to describe something as stupid — in a way defined in Webster’s New World College Dictionary as, “[slang] a) a retarded person (an offensive term of contempt).”

Council approves purchase of replacement fire truck, sale of damaged vehicle

The Auxvasse Fire Department will soon have a new truck in its fleet to replace one recently damaged while out for maintenance.

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A passion for Callaway, local Civil War history

Kingdom Supper to honor Martin Northway’s with Distinguished Service Award for efforts on Gray Ghost Trail

For his efforts to remind and educate area residents about Callaway County’s role during the Civil War, local historian Martin Northway is being recognized with the Distinguished Service Award during the Kingdom of Callaway Supper on March 25.

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Coming home to Callaway County

Former Fulton Daily Sun editor Joe Link to serve as Kingdom Supper guest of honor this month

Fulton native Joe Link has spent his career telling other peoples’ stories.

County agrees to upgrade to MOSWIN radio frequency

At the prompting of the Holts Summit Police Department, the Callaway County Commission voted this week to purchase the necessary equipment for the Emergency Operations Center to communicate with the public safety organizations across the state.

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C.S. Lewis lecture focuses on connectivity as common theme between religion, science

According to Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, USA, science and religion have more in common than most people would think.

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Aging facility means multiple maintenance projects at county jail

A facility that is more than two decades old stocked with aging equipment has led to a series of small but expensive projects at the Callaway County Jail recently.

Auxvasse closer to RV ordinance

With some input from new member Tom Henage, the Auxvasse Board of Aldermen now has a clear plan of where it wants to go with its ordinance regarding RVs inside city limits.

North Callaway, Westminster communities garner support for injured student

Friends and neighbors are rallying around a North Callaway youth who was seriously injured in an accident Feb. 14.

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Weather, cancellations lead to Loafer’s Week delay

Loafer’s Week, for 53 years held the week of President’s Day, this year will take place the last week of March.

North Callaway School Board approves calendar changes

North Callaway will be going from 174 school days and a total of 1,058 instruction hours in 2013-14 to 1,064 instruction hours and 168 student attendance days for 2014-15.

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William Woods hosts ‘Kids Hoo Care’ day camp

Event to benefit university’s efforts with Lakota children

William Woods University’s Project 123 students are asking Callaway County “Kids Hoo Care” to attend a special day camp this weekend to benefit some of the poorest children in the country.

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FFA cultivates students into leaders

A small group of Fulton High School students spent its Tuesday afternoon picking up trash, washing windows and sorting donations at SERVE, Inc.’s Clothes Cupboard.

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Westminster to host first female Episcopal presiding bishop for C.S. Lewis lecture

Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori to fuse topics of religion and science in lecture at Westminster College.

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Fire damages historic Fulton home

Known as the Willing House, building is on National Register of Historic Places

A historic Fulton home suffered serious damage in a fire Thursday morning. Fulton Fire Chief Dean Buffington said when his crews arrived on scene at 211 Jefferson St., “flames were shooting out the windows clear out into the yard.”

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Local businesses partner to help soup kitchen

When Maupin Funeral Home Manager Derek Ebersole walked into his office Friday morning, he found that morning’s edition of the Fulton Sun on his desk that included an article about the Fulton Soup Kitchen — and its urgent need for help paying for repairs to its freezer — marked with a highlighter.

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Wiley House provides extended service during winter storm

Shelter in need of donations of food, time

This week’s winter storm has deprived Callaway County’s homeless population of many of its usual resources, such as daytime shelter from the cold at the library and the community center and hot meals from the Fulton Soup Kitchen.

Mokane Lions to host first chili challenge

The temperatures outside may be cold, but event organizers are hoping the competition will be hot for the first Mokane Lions Club Chili Cookoff on Feb. 22.

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Brick District makes plans for bigger, better 2014

With the opening of the new Art House and infrastructure improvements on the way, the Brick District Board has plans to make 2014 a big year for downtown Fulton.

Weather doesn’t keep Callaway emergency service providers home

Many Callaway County residents enjoyed an extra day off Tuesday, courtesy of Mother Nature and hazardous road conditions, but while they were home making snowmen and hot chocolate Callaway County’s emergency responders had a day that was “business as usual.”

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Fulton High School robotics team off to strong start

As the final bell rang at Fulton High School on Friday afternoon, most students hurried out the doors — eager to get home and get ready for the winter homecoming festivities that night.

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