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Katherine Cummins

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

Auxvasse police make arrest in Wellsville bank robbery

North Callaway High School, Auxvasse Elementary put on temporary lockout

The suspect in an armed bank robbery in Wellsville was taken into custody in Callaway County on Thursday morning. Auxvasse Elementary School and North Callaway High School were both put on temporary lockout due to their proximity to the incident.

Fulton Middle School sets sights on improvement

With a total score of 55 percent on the 2014 Annual Performance Report, and a less-than-stellar MAP scores, Fulton Middle School Principal Chris Crane says his school has work to do, but he’s confident the middle school can improve its performance.

Fulton High School looks to continue improvement

Even with improvements in English and a big jump in social studies scores on the Missouri Assessment Program’s End of Course exams, Fulton High School Principal Jason Whitt said his building “has some work to do.”

North Callaway schools to host bond issue meetings

The Keep Improving District Schools (K.I.D.S.) Committee and the North Callaway School Board will host a series of informational meetings about the district’s proposed $6 million bond initiative to appear before voters on the Nov. 4 ballot.

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Walmart gives back to Bartley teachers for giving in the classroom

In recognition of the fact that teachers give so much to their students, Fulton Walmart associates selected the staff of Bartley Elementary School as recipients of this year’s Teacher Rewards program.

United Way to kick off fundraising with radiothon Friday

The Callaway County United Way will host its 15th annual Radiothon and Campaign Kickoff Friday.

William Woods University trustee resigns after theft charges

A member of the William Woods University Board of Trustees facing felony theft charges has resigned from the board.

Auxvasse passes bill to authorize water project bonds

The city is one step closer to getting started with its water improvement project after the board of alderman passed an ordinance authorizing issuance of bonds to pay for the planned upgrades during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

McIntire sees ‘bright spots’ in MAP data despite overall drop in scores

Despite a drop in performance, McIntire Elementary School Principal Beth Houf said there were a number of bright spots to be gleaned from the school’s annual performance data.

Callaway commission, county fire districts reach agreement on communications

The Callaway County Commission and the county fire protection districts have reached a tentative agreement over the purchase and funding of a new simulcast communication system.

Bush works on instructional strategies to improve student performance

Bush Elementary School Principal Lynne Engle said her staff has already started working on ways to better implement new instructional strategies as they work to improve student performance in 2014-15.

North Callaway board reviews district performance

The focus was on student performance at Thursday night’s meeting of the North Callaway School Board at Hatton-McCredie Elementary School.

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Something old made new

Millersburg woman uses century-old barns, homes to craft furniture

Carolyn Linton makes her living breathing new life into old barns.

Ambulance board meeting rescheduled for Thursday

Due to lack of quorum, Tuesday night’s regular Callaway County Ambulance Board meeting has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

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Bartley to use data, common strategies to improve in 2014-15

School sees big jumps in language arts, math, drop in science on 2014 MAP

Bartley Elementary made the best showing for Fulton’s third- fourth- and fifth-grade students in 2014.

North Callaway teacher organizes trip to China

North Callaway art teacher Jeremy Divers is inviting area residents to join him on a journey halfway around the world this spring.

William Woods, Westminster recognized in college rankings

Both William Woods University and Westminster College were included in recent college rankings by U.S. News and World Report.

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Kiwanis honor first responders on 9/11

The Fulton Kiwanis Club used the 13th anniversary of 9/11 as an opportunity to say “thank you” to Callaway County emergency officials during the organization’s regular meeting Thursday afternoon.

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Local renaissance festival to feature more interaction, vendors

Visitors to the Central Missouri Renaissance Festival near Kingdom City will have many opportunities to learn a variety of skills: How to toss a caber, how to act like a pirate, the ins and outs of medieval armour, how to make lace.