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Katherine Cummins

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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.

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All in the herd

Showing beef shared by generations of Callawegians

Teagan Engle’s grandmother showed cows as a youth. So did her grandfather, her aunt, and now Teagan herself at the Callaway Youth Expo on Friday night.

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Dirt doesn’t hurt

Local master gardeners cultivate youth into growers at Callaway Expo

Children and adults alike had a good time playing in the dirt at the Callaway Youth Expo on Friday afternoon.

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Goat, sheep shows draw participants from near and far

Sixty-five goats and sheep put their best hooves forward Thursday in the goat and sheep shows at the Callaway Youth Expo.

Kingdom City trustees approve budget with surplus

The Trustees of the Village of Kingdom City approved a budget Tuesday night that Municipal Manager Curt Warfield said “looks better than ever.”

Mothers’ support group coming to Callaway

Callaway County mothers of small children will have a new support system this fall. Starting Sept. 24, Central Christian Church in Fulton will host a local chapter of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), with meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of every month.

Auxvasse Fire Department to host music festival fundraiser

The Auxvasse Fire Department is hoping to make the town an entertainment hot spot yet again.

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Callaway Youth Expo returns July 9

Area young people once again will have the opportunity to show off their skills and interests at the second annual Callaway Youth Expo July 9-12 at Auxvasse Lions Club Park.

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Family finally found

Fulton woman united with relatives after 50 years

Audrey (Steward) Ray never knew her father, but thanks to an Internet search and social media, on June 19 she got to meet brothers, cousins, nieces and a whole host of family members she had previously only heard about.

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Hatton trio turns passion for printing into successful business

In 2009, two childhood friends joined forces to form a small letterpress company — a way to turn their passion for illustration and graphic design into a business.

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AmeriCorps team serves on Callaway conservation projects

A team of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members once again is in Callaway County working to support the Missouri Department of Conservation with various projects.

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'Show Me' the money

Biz incubator launches Give 10 Get 10 funding campaign

Leaders of Callaway’s new Show Me Innovation Center are asking area residents to “Give 10 Get 10” to help launch a new business incubator and “help the community grow.”

Auxvasse to go to bid on water project

After several years of preparation and preliminary work, Stephen Lin with Allstate Consultants had the news the Auxvasse Board of Aldermen has been waiting for during its meeting Tuesday night: The city is ready to move forward with its water improvement project.

Kingdom City pair in custody after narcotics search

A search warrant resulted in the arrest of two local residents Monday. Randall Haymart, 41, and Joni Wolfe, 31, were arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and unlawful use of a weapon after drugs and drug paraphernalia.

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Astral gypsies to bring 'giant' touch of fantasy to the street fair

The Fulton Street Fair starts today, and one of the new additions to this year's entertainment lineup is giant puppet troupe Astral Gypsies.

Police make arrest in shots fired investigation

The Fulton Police Department has made an arrest in connection to a shots fired incident Tuesday night.

Ambulance district to replace disabled ambulanace

Board discusses pros, cons of outsourcing billing

The Callaway County Ambulance Board unanimously voted to replace, rather than repair, a broken ambulance during Tuesday night's meeting.

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Soup Kitchen puts out call for volunteers

Organizers of Fulton’s Soup Kitchen are looking for help serving meals. Noting that the soup kitchen has always been a collaborative community effort, president Anne Erbschloe said there is a need for help preparing, serving and cleaning up after meals.