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Katherine Cummins

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Ambulance board turns smoking discussion toward potential incentive program

Callaway County Ambulance Board decided to look into providing incentives for employees to stop smoking Tuesday night rather than an across-the-board ban as proposed member Chuck Baker proposed during last month’s regular meeting.

Tebbetts picnic pays tribute to Burre with return of fiddler’s contest

For the first time in 15 years, the Tebbetts Community Picnic is going to feature a musical showdown: the fiddle is making a comeback.

4 of 5 Callaway districts fare well in bus inspections

New Bloomfield school buses score 66.7 percent

The Missouri State Highway Patrol recently released the results of its 2014 school bus inspection, with mixed results for Callaway County schools.

Fulton School Board hears report on Professional Learning Communities

Three years into implementing Professional Learning Communities, district leaders gave the Fulton Board of Education an update Wednesday night on how the school improvement model has been working.

Kingdom City to replace well pump

Municipal Manager Curt Warfield said he wanted to give a positive report for the water department during Tuesday night’s meeting of the Trustees of the Village of Kingdom City.

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SERVE, Inc. seeks volunteers to work on community garden, bolster food supply

Garden means more options — and healthier options — for Fulton-based food bank

SERVE is on the hunt for green thumbs and strong backs. The service organization is in need of volunteers to help with landscaping, planting and maintaining its community garden, which Callaway Action Network program assistant Katie Davis said is a vital part of the food pantry every summer.

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Registration ends June 1 for Street Fair’s 2014 Miss Callaway County pageant

Who is the fairest in Callaway? The Miss Callaway County pageant once again will seek to answer that question during the Fulton Street Fair June 20-21.

Auxvasse OKs firetruck purchase $3,000 over budget

A miscalculation for the fire department has led to the shuffling of city funds. Alderman Terry Walker told the rest of the board during Tuesday night’s meeting that Fire Chief Nick Kaufman had made a mistake when calculating the costs associated with the purchase and equipping of the department’s new truck, with an end result of the project coming in $3,000 over budget.

William Woods art camp give area youth a creative summer outlet

Area parents looking to give their children a creative outlet over the school break need look no further than William Woods University.

Ambulance board discusses account collection

The Callaway County Ambulance District received a clean audit for 2013, but board member Chuck Baker raised a concern regarding patient billing during accountant Dale Siebeneck’s report at Tuesday night’s meeting.

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North Callaway recognizes service of retiring educators

North Callaway R-I paid tribute Tuesday to a trio of longtime educators who will be leaving the district at the end of the school year.

Book about pursuit of Olympic gold wins 2014 One Read

Daniel Boone Regional Library has announced “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown as its 2014 One Read pick.

Auxvasse students shine in movie

A group of Auxvasse Elementary students got their first taste of stardom Wednesday night at the premier of their first movie.

‘Drive to Survive’

Car, bike show to benefit local chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Lazy J Saloon is hosting the “Drive to Survive” Car and Bike Show Saturday to benefit AFSP of Central Missouri.

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KCA students spend last day of school helping others

They may not have been centered on reading, writing and arithmetic, but according to their teachers, Kingdom Christian Academy students were still learning valuable lessons on their last day of school Thursday.

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Dancing to his own beat

Fulton man known for advertising pizza gives credit to higher power

Denzel Weaver spends his afternoons praising the Lord and sharing a smile with Fulton commuters. Weaver’s smile — and his dance moves — are a familiar sight for anyone who drives past Little Caesar’s where he holds a sign Monday through Friday trying to entice passersby to stop for pizza.

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Fulton School Board approves 2015 salary schedule

Fulton Public Schools teachers will receive a $200 base salary increase as part of a salary schedule approved by the Fulton Board of Education Wednesday night.

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William Woods students select distinguished professor

Winner of Louis D. Beaumont Dad’s Association Award for Excellence described as ‘wonderful,’ ‘enthusiastic’

Every year, William Woods University students have the opportunity to nominate their favorite instructor for the Louis D. Beaumont Dad’s Association Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Auxvasse to submit water system improvement plans for DNR approval

The city is one step closer to getting started with its water system improvement project. Discussion and plans for the improvements have been in the works for almost two years but have faced a series of delays — mostly related to gaining easements from property owners whose property would be affected by construction.

Westminster College creates new ‘Young Trustee’ position for board

Westminster College is giving recent alumni and students a new voice in steering the institution’s future with the creation of a new position on the Board of Trustees.

Westminster College offers new museum studies minor

Staff members say a new minor program at Westminster College offers students a glimpse at a career they may not have considered before.

Auxvasse derby to benefit local Lions’ efforts

Auxvasse Lions Club is holding its annual spring Demolition Derby at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 17. Donal Knipp with the Lions Club described the long-running fundraiser as an “exciting night” that always generates strong support from the community.

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‘Disappointing’ turnout for use tax meeting Wednesday

Callaway, Fulton leaders say they plan to put question on ballot

With a dozen people in attendance, all three Callaway County commissioners expressed disappointment at the turnout for the use tax informational meeting they hosted at Fulton High School Wednesday night.

Auction to benefit youth expo

Billy Joe’s Auction Service in Fulton is hosting a consignment auction fundraiser May 17 for the Callaway Youth Expo.

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Fulton early childhood program aims to prepare students for learning

With the expectations for kindergarten higher than ever, the educators at the Fulton Education Center’s (FEC) preschool program work to prepare their students to meet those standards.

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All the 'Buzz'

Fulton Middle School students broadcast on Internet radio

Fulton parents wondering what is going on at the middle school, want to hear their child’s voice or who are simply on the hunt for music they can feel comfortable about their kids listening to can find all those things on one place: The Buzz.

Our House to host wine tasting fundraiser

Serenity Valley Winery is hosting the third annual Our House: Caring for Callaway’s Homeless Wine Tasting 5-7 p.m. Monday, May 5.

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William Woods theater seniors invite local children to take a peek at ‘Wonderland’

Two William Woods University theater majors are giving area children a glimpse through the looking glass with a production of “Alice in Wonderland” Saturday for their senior project.

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William Woods theater seniors invite area children to a peek at ‘Wonderland’

Two William Woods University theater majors are giving area children a glimpse through the looking glass with a production of “Alice in Wonderland” Saturday for their senior project.

Fulton's Our House to host wine tasting fundraiser

Serenity Valley Winery is hosting the third annual Our House: Caring for Callaway’s Homeless Wine Tasting 5-7 p.m. Monday, May 5.

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Callaway Mizzou alumni present awards

Bob Hansen honored as Outstanding Alumnus for his community service work

The Callaway County chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association handed out its annual awards Tuesday night, with Bob Hansen taking home the honor for Outstanding Alumnus.

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Fulton Farmers Market to open Saturday

Callaway County residents no longer have to rely on the grocery store for their fruits and vegetables. After a winter hiatus, the Fulton Farmers Market will kick off the 2014 season Saturday in the Brick District.

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Still crazy about teaching after all these years

Jan Bailey reflects on career of teaching in Fulton Public Schools after being named district's teacher of the year

Fulton Middle School technology teacher Jan Bailey still gets butterflies in her stomach at the start of the school year, “just like all the other kids.”

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Fulton schools foundation help teachers provide more opportunities for students

The Fulton Public Schools Foundation named the recipients of its annual grant program Wednesday night — nine projects ranging from increasing technology in the classroom to starting a coffee shop at the middle school.

Library offers new digital video, music service

Patrons can access movies, television, audiobooks and more online

The library isn’t all about books anymore. The Daniel Boone Regional Library system, including the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton, launched a new service Wednesday that will allow patrons to check out digital videos, music and books through the website.

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Fulton Public Schools honor retirees, service to district

Jan Bailey of Fulton Middle School named Teacher of the Year

Fulton Public Schools held its End of the Year Gathering on Wednesday night, paying tribute to departing staff members and honoring the service of several others.

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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.”