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Katherine Cummins

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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.

Fulton schools review performance

School district looks at MSIP, MAP results; FMS principal on need to improve: ‘We can do this’

Student achievement was a primary focus of Wednesday night’s Fulton School Board meeting.

Auxvasse police to test, seek grant for cameras

The Auxvasse Police Department will soon be adding another tool to its arsenal — one to help with accountability.

Jumps in attendance, graduation rate help Fulton improve APR performance

Fulton saw a marked improvement in its Annual Performance Report, jumping 11 points to earn 121 of 140 possible points — 86.4 percent — for MSIP 5 standards.

Former Fulton employee files complaint with human rights commission

A former city of Fulton employee whose position was eliminated after Mayor LeRoy Benton announced plans to scale back enforcement of downtown parking said she has filed a discrimination complaint with the state Commission on Human Rights.

Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce to mark 90 years at Town and Country dinner

vent organizers say annual affair to include several surprises

The Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center’s 24th-annual Town and Country Dinner will focus on the chamber’s 90 years of service to the community.

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Rowin’ on the river

Fulton man finishes Missouri 340 endurance race

Gabe Craighead likes to challenge himself. So it was no surprise that when Craighead heard about the Missouri River 340 endurance race eight years ago, he made a mental note that he’d like to try that someday.

Lineup for Westminster symposium to include executives with ‘Woodstock’ and ‘The Laramie Project’

Discussion panel on recent events in Ferguson added as follow-up event

Featured speakers for Westminster College’s ninth Hancock Symposium Sept. 16 and 17 will include the producer of “Woodstock: The Movie” and the creator of “The Laramie Project,” the school has announced.

Westminster student raises money for relief in Iraq

Abdullah Al-Hadeethi hasn’t been home to Iraq since the summer after his freshman year at Westminster College.

Auxvasse water project could receive funding boost from DNR

Just three weeks after bids on the city’s water system improvement project came in much higher than expected, the board of aldermen received much better news during Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

Callaway County Fair under new leadership

After vote of ‘no confidence,’ Fulton Jaycees elect not to renew lease with fair board; club to takeover organizing event

The Fulton Jaycees has announced it will be taking over planning of the county fair next year.

North Callaway sets ballot language for $6M bond issue

The North Callaway School Board unanimously approved ballot language during its regular meeting Thursday night for the $6 million bond issue the district is putting before voters on Nov. 4. The bond issue needs a four-sevenths (57.14 percent) majority to pass.

Outer road near NCHS in Kingdom City nears completion

Construction of a new outer road along U.S. Highway 54 between Kingdom City and North Callaway High School continues to run behind schedule.

Debate continues regarding funding of new communication system for county fire departments

Fire departments request county commission to kick in more of $240,000 price tag for simulcast communication system

Everyone gathered in the conference room at the Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday night agreed on one thing: the Callaway County fire departments’ radio communication system is in need of an upgrade.

Callaway ambulance board reverses tax reduction

Another taxing jurisdiction joins list encouraging legislature to uphold governor's tax-cut vetoes; board president does not agree

The Callaway County Ambulance District’s board unanimously reversed a prior voluntary reduction of the district’s property tax rate in order to increase the available property tax. The board then to set the tax levy at .0089 for 2014.

Artists announced for Music on Main in Auxvasse

Organizers of Music on Main have announced the lineup for the concert.

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Callaway man named to Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame

Rodney Garnett has been connected to agriculture-based organization since childhood

After a nearly-lifelong connection to the youth organization, Rodney Garnett of Holts Summit was inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 9.

William Woods alumnus helps design ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ for new movie

Jared Krichevsky recently had the opportunity to achieve a childhood dream. The 2005 graduate of the William Woods University theater department worked on the team that designed the digital title characters for the new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie.

Auxvasse church to host ‘old time radio’ event for Buddy Pack program

A local church is hoping a night of entertainment will help feed area school children this year.

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Farm to Fork aims to feed philanthropists, hungry residents

“Everyone deserves to eat good food.” That is the idea behind Farm to Fork, Food as Art, a fundraiser hosted by the Fulton Farmers Market to benefit the Fulton Soup Kitchen.

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Civil War art exhibit at William Woods to include local touch

Dan Woodward has spent the past three years visiting Civil War sites around the state, learning about the events and people that occurred there, and creating art based on those impressions.

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Mokane man enjoys sharing his tractor hobby

“Lookers welcome.” Those were Mokane resident Harold Lehman’s parting words after giving a tour of the collection of antique tractors that line his driveway.

Fulton man, federal law enforcement officer, to appear in court for assault case involving minor

A Fulton man who works as a federal law enforcement officer is scheduled to appear in court July 29 on an assault charge in an incident involving a minor.

Third annual event to help students start school year ‘the right way’

Callaway County businesses and civic organizations plan to send area students to school with everything they need during SERVE Inc.’s third annual Back-to-School Fair on Saturday.

Fulton’s First Presbyterian named in lawsuit

A local church has been named one of the defendants in a lawsuit that also includes Jack Wayne Rogers, accusing Rogers of sexually assaulting the plaintiff when he was a child in 2000.

Auxvasse aldermen question feasibility of no kill shelter

Two local residents concerned about the number of animals running through the city have approached the board of aldermen about the possibility of starting up a volunteer-run, no-kill shelter.

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Fulton native learns behind the scenes at Santa Fe Opera

Summer break has meant a lot of hard work for one Fulton native this year. Mark Jacobsen, a 2010 graduate of Fulton High School, has spent the past several months working as a technical apprentice with the Santa Fe Opera.

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Young entrepreneur puts skills to work for students

Hanna Taylor’s competitive streak wouldn’t let her give up when a judge dismissed her aspiring business as a “nice hobby.”

North Callaway School Board to put bond issue before voters in November

Patrons asked to approve up to $6 million for district improvements

The North Callaway School Board unanimously approved to put a bond issue on the November ballot during Thursday night's regular meeting.

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‘Service before self’

Friends say Mike Beahon ‘epitomized’ the Rotary motto

“He lived the (Rotary) motto of ‘Service above self.’” Some version of that description of Mike Beahon has been uttered multiple times since the local community leader — and longtime Rotarian — passed away Sunday.

Silver legislators disappointed in last session, look to future for seniors’ agenda

After being disappointed by legislative efforts at bolstering state meals programs statewide, the Silver Haired Legislature once more has identified the issue as a priority for the year during a recent meeting.

Ambulance discusses possibility of resolution regarding sales tax break bills

For the second consecutive meeting, Callaway County Ambulance District Director Charles Anderson spoke to the board of directors regarding several bills passed during the 2014 Missouri legislative session that would give sales tax breaks to certain special interests.