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Katherine Cummins

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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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Deputy Director Bruce Carpenter retires after 14 years leading Fulton Housing Authority

Fifteen years to the day after retiring from the military, Carpenter retired from his second career as the deputy director of the Fulton Housing Authority, and those gathered Friday said it will be a big loss.

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Callaway Relay For Life hopes for more heroes

Lung cancer and breast cancer survivor Debbie Wiggins says Relay For Life saved hers.

Light up Rwanda

Callaway groups host fundraiser for Bright Light campaign

A cooperative of several Callaway County groups and businesses is asking for help from area residents to help enhance education for children in Callaway’s sister community of Kibungo, Rwanda.

Cat in the Hat to visit Callaway

Auxvasse Elementary to host literacy awareness night

Fans of foxes in socks, places they will go, red fish and green eggs and ham will have an opportunity to hang out with their favorite rhyming feline when Auxvasse Elementary’s 3-5 Professional Learning Community hosts the Cat in the Hat “Cat Tracks” tour 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

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St. Peter Catholic School celebrates Catholic Schools Week with special activities

The theme for this year's week is ‘community of faith, knowledge and service’

According to faculty, parents and students, the theme of this year’s Catholic Schools Week, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service” is a perfect description of St. Peter Catholic School in Fulton.

Fulton Middle School makes plans to spend $40,000 Dollar General donation

Since Oct. 30, Fulton Middle School Principal Chris Crane has faced what he described as a “nice problem.”

Sen. Justus to make appearances in Callaway

Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, will be making two visits to Callaway County over the next couple of weeks to talk politics with area residents.

Callaway Ambulance Board reviews spike in calls

The Callaway County Ambulance District Board of Directorsmeeting Tuesday night included discussion regarding the district’s increasing call volume — and the number of those calls that end up being non-transportation situations.

DESE names interim superintendents at Missouri School for the Deaf

Administrators want to keep things 'running smoothly' for next leader

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has named two interim superintendents for the Missouri School for the Deaf.

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Tarantulas bring learning to life for Bush students

It all started with a poem, “Our Class Pets.” Then there was a lesson on democracy, a few student speeches, a vote and before he knew it, Bush Elementary second-grade teacher Michael Stradford had a tarantula in his classroom. And then five.

North Callaway school board election sees four candidates for three seats

The deadline to file for election is Jan. 21, and there are currently four candidates vying for three, three-year terms with the North Callaway Board of Education.

North Callaway School Board looks at plans for facility upgrades

The North Callaway Board of Education has spent months surveying staff and patrons and evaluating district needs, working to develop a facilities improvement plan.

Fulton School Board members recognized

Board to consider $60K upgrade to band uniforms

Wednesday night's Fulton School Board meeting started with Callaway Circuit Judge Bob Sterner thanking board members for doing a job he said is often taken for granted.

Auxvasse aldermen discuss RVs, easements

The Auxvasse Board of Aldermen considered some additions to its ordinance regarding mobile homes during Tuesday night's meeting.

Fulton school board candidates prep for election

With the election filing deadline looming Jan. 21, the Fulton Sun takes a look at the candidates who already have tossed their names into the ring for open city council and school board seats around Callaway County. We asked each of the candidates why they chose to run, and what their top three goals are, should they be elected.

Callaway school officials discuss district plans to make up snow days

With winter weather and hazardous road conditions causing cancellations for the third day this week, Callaway County school administrators shared their districts’ plans for making up the missed class time.

New exhibit at Churchill Museum takes a look at Reagan, Thatcher

The National Churchill Museum will be shining the spotlight on Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher over the next few months.

South Callaway looks at facilities planning

The South Callaway School Board had an eye on the future Wednesday night as Superintendent Kevin Hillman advised members of the need to start planning for facility improvements.

Seed exhange provides plant enthusiasts opportunity to socialize, learn

Callaway County residents with green thumbs — or who want to grow one — are set to gather for a community seed exchange Jan. 25 at the Callaway County Extension, 5803 County Road 302 in Fulton.

Water project top priority for Auxvasse in 2014

Mayor Kevin Phares didn’t hesitate when asked what his goals are for the city of Auxvasse in 2014, immediately noting the upcoming water improvement project as the No. 1 priority.

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A fond farewell

Barbara Garrison leaves Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton after a dozen years as superintendent

According to friends and colleagues gathered for a retirement reception Thursday afternoon, Missouri School for the Deaf is losing a pillar and its guiding light as Superintendent Barbara Garrison leaves after 12 years at the helm.

Callaway United Way on track for another record fundraising year

Thanks to the support of area residents, the Callaway County United Way has less than 10 percent to go to reach its fall campaign goal of $265,000.

McCue named first recipient of Fulton humanitarian award

A Fulton woman who has focused her time and energy on supporting the rights of others — both at home and abroad — will be honored for her efforts Saturday night.

North Callaway schools look to advance library, media services

A series of reports at Thursday night’s North Callaway School Board meeting included an update from new district librarian/media specialist Justin Hamm regarding his plans to improve services to students, particularly when it comes to technology.

Auxvasse alderman steps down to take job with city

After finishing a business agenda that included approval and adoption of the 2014 budget, South Ward Alderman Mike Bertschinger resigned his position with the Board of Aldermen Wednesday night before the remaining members voted to hire him as the new City Supervisor.

Ambulance district to employ vehicle monitoring system

With the help of new technology, the Callaway County Ambulance District hopes to make patient transportation safer.

Westminster exceeds United Way goal

Westminster College is giving the United Way of Callaway County a slightly bigger boost than expected this year.