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Katherine Cummins

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Event to ready Callaway students for school

Large turnout expected for SERVE back-to-school fair, supplies still needed to help meet demand

More than 500 children already are pre-registered for SERVE’s Back to School Fair on Saturday, and event organizer Julie Roark said she expects to see hundreds more show up to receive school supplies for the coming year.

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Danuser expansion has begun

Company hopes to have work complete by March

Work has begun on expansion plans for Danuser Machine Company in Fulton.

Fulton teacher uses vacation to give back, donates to Vietnam schools

Fulton kindergarten teacher Whitney Eastwood turned a recent family vacation into an opportunity to continue making an impact on children.

Red Cross golf tourney to help area families during disaster

Fundraiser slated for Aug. 23 in Fulton

The American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter is hosting its Masters of Disaster Golf Classic on Aug. 23 at Tanglewood Golf Course.

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Callaway Buddy Pack program in need of support

With almost half of Callaway County students eligible for the free-and-reduced-priced lunch program, organizers of the Callaway Buddy Pack program — which sends food home with those children — are looking for help from area residents to meet that need.

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William Woods receives grant to spur Imagine Campaign

William Woods University has received a $1 million challenge grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation to help meet the goals of the school’s Imagine Campaign.

Wanted: Top dog

Humane Society’s canine mayor fundraiser returns

The Callaway County Humane Society is on the hunt for a new top dog.

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That’s mule like it

Callaway fair’s mule show continues tradition

The board of the Kingdom of Callaway County Fair has made a concertive effort over the past several years to bring a more old-fashioned, family feel to the fair. Part of those efforts included the return several years ago of the mule show, which event organizer Hershel Linnenbringer said keeps an important piece of Callaway County culture going.

‘Fab’ulous classroom

Fulton school wins grant to build first fabrication lab in state

Thanks to a $250,000 grant from Internet services provider MOREnet, Fulton High School will be the first school in the state to have its own fabrication lab.

Keeping students in the classroom

Fulton school district seeks to be more proactive with attendance, could affect funding under new state law

With a new state law requiring every child to attend school 90 percent of the time, Fulton Public Schools administrators are taking a look at how they implement their attendance policies.

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Fulton educator a finalist for presidential award

Science teacher Robertson noted for ability to engage students in active learning

Fulton High School science teacher Carol Robertson has been named one of four state finalists in her subject area for the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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Farmers told to be alert for ergot in pastures

No cattle fatalities in Callaway from fungus

Although there have been no ergot-related cattle deaths reported in Callaway County, experts with University of Missouri Extension are warning area farmers to keep an eye out for the fungus.

Health department to continue offering free vaccine

After lower-than-expected turnouts at a series of recent clinics, the Callaway County Health Department will continue to offer the free pertussis vaccine over the next month, with hopes of carrying on past the start of the school year at the end of August.

Woodmen to host free family fun day

Local chapter seeks to increase profile

“Play games. Eat some food. Have fun. Make new friends.”

Ambulance Board considers cyber insurance

With frequent reports of hackers gaining access to confidential data — including regional grocery chain Schnucks in recent months — the Callaway County Ambulance District is considering options to protect itself in case its systems were to be hacked.

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Masters give novices a taste of gardening

Extension group sponsors planting activity at youth expo

The Callaway County Master Gardeners had a prime opportunity to capture the interest of a new generation of horticulturists Friday afternoon.

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Masters give novices a taste of gardening

Extension group sponsor planting activity at youth expo

The Callaway County Master Gardeners had a prime opportunity to capture the interest of a new generation of horticulturists Friday afternoon.

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Callaway Youth Expo off to strong start with agricultural events

Activities continue today, tomorrow at Auxvasse Lions Club Park/Arena

The first Callaway Youth Expo was off to a strong start Thursday, with youth participating in events ranging from livestock shows to playing disaster victims.

DNR fines Fulton for landfill violation

City continues searching for source of problem; council approves new taxi service, plans retreat

After a short field trip to the sewer treatment plant and to the old rock barn the city recently purchased from the state, the Fulton City Council returned to chambers Tuesday night to find out the city once again is facing a fine for non-compliance at the city landfill, which currently is under closure.

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Williamsburg couple opens Gray Ghosts Inn

Visitors to Callaway County — particularly those with an interest in Civil War history — have a new place to stay.

Fulton co. steps up to provide trash for fair

The Fulton City Council no longer has to debate whether the city should provide trash service to the Kingdom of Callaway County Fair this year.

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Fulton friends, family, coworkers recall legacy John Harris leaves in wake of his death

“When you rely on a community to keep your doors open, you owe them. You must give back.” —John C. Harris. According to Debbie LaRue, vice president and director of marketing/public relations for The Callaway Bank, that was a lesson Harris lived by and tried to instill in others, the proof being the repetition of that quote — almost verbatim — by almost everyone else the Fulton Sun spoke with about the unassuming pillar of the Fulton community, who died Thursday at the age of 96. “Like a lot of other people have, (John) believed if you’re going to make a living from a community, you’ve got to give back to it,” his brother, O.T. Harris said.

New center brings pre-k to one place

North Callaway consolidates early childhood programs

North Callaway R-I Assistant Superintendent Sandy Haskins has long dreamed of having a day care option to help attract more educators to the district.

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Fulton banker, civic leader John Harris dies

The Fulton community lost a longtime supporter Thursday. Community banker, activist and philanthropist John C. Harris died Thursday morning at the age of 96.

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SERVE seeks vendors for back-to-school fair

More than 650 Callaway County children started the 2012-13 school year fully armed with supplies thanks to SERVE’s first Back to School Fair.

Fulton council debates providing trash service for county fair

Issue to be decided at July 9 meeting

The Callaway County Fair Board has requested the city of Fulton to help provide trash service during the week of the fair July 29-Aug. 3.

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Independence Day parade to feature WWII vets

Committee seeking veterans to participate

Showing appreciation for freedom and the sacrifices it takes to achieve it will be the focus of this year’s Independence Day Parade in Fulton.

SERVE in search of sparkles

SERVE, Inc.’s Team RSVP is on the hunt for treasure.

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Annual festival committee looks to new volunteers for future of event

It takes a small army of people to pull off the Fulton Street Fair and make it a success each year.

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Fulton Street Fair kicks off today

It’s time, once again, for Callaway County residents to “Hit the Bricks.”

North Callaway approves balanced budget for 2014

The North Callaway School Board approved its Fiscal Year 2014 budget with an $18,351 surplus during its regular meeting Thursday night.

Luck of the drop

Mule "Bingo" draws attention

The latest addition to the string of mule-related events at the Fulton Street Fair does not debut until Friday, but it already can be deemed a success.

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Ambulance calls reaching peak

The Callaway County Ambulance District is on track to have another record year for call volume.

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Preparing to race

Glenn Harris, commercial lender, and Nicole Elliott, marketing assistant of The Callaway Bank, build a special storage crate for the bank's mule in preparation for Friday's Callaway Cup Derby at the Fulton Street Fair.

Callaway County Health Dept to host series of free pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine clinics

Thanks to a program through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Center for Disease Control, Callaway County parents will be better able to prevent their infants and children from contracting whooping cough (pertussis).

Ambulance board approves server replacement

Leaves options for further upgrades open

With an eye toward making further technological upgrades in the future — possibly sooner rather than later — the Callaway County Ambulance District Board of Directors voted Tuesday to purchase a new server for storing patient records at a cost of $15,151.

Fulton man faces charges threatening to burn family

Charges were filed Tuesday against a Fulton man accused of threatening to kill his ex-wife at a Fulton residence in March.

Fulton Schools to drop MO Option

Switch to credit recovery program prompted by changes to high school equivalency test

With the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s announcement that it is replacing the GED with a new high school equivalency test starting in 2014, Fulton High School Principal Jason Whitt and teacher Jessica Geldner announced some changes coming to the district’s student improvement strategies during Wednesday night’s school board meeting.

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Sparse grass frustrates Fulton

Grass, outflow keep Fulton landfill from DNR endorsement of closure

The Fulton Landfill stopped accepting trash in May 2011, but as far as the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is concerned, it still is not officially closed.

Fulton police parade support could cost

Council considers charge for services to offset overtime pay, currently footed out of city coffers

Organizers of parades, road races and other events in Fulton that require support from law enforcement may soon have to add a new line item to their budgets.

Fulton schools offer online registration

New parents need to enroll in person

With an eye toward streamlining data and making the school enrollment process easier for parents, Fulton Public Schools is now implementing a new online registration program.

Kingdom City emergency siren disabled

Officials uncertain when will be fixed

Residents of the Kingdom City area once again will be without advance warning of severe weather for the foreseeable future.

Portland to gather Saturday

A Portland community tradition continues Saturday with the 29th annual Portland Day celebration.

Fulton continues waiting game on sewer improvements with revised plan

City to seek voter support for bond to fund upgrades

City of Fulton officials once again are waiting on approval from the Environmental Potection Agency as to whether they can start taking steps toward making government-mandated improvements at the city’s wastewater treatment plant; this time with a new plan.

Fulton council grants preliminary approval for industrial revenue bonds for Danuser

$3 million project would add up to 10 new jobs

The Fulton City Council approved a resolution “expressing the official intent of the city to issue its Industrial Development Revenue Bonds to finance an Industrial Development Project for Danuser Machine Company” during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

New editor hopes to hone community focus for Fulton Sun

With nearly a decade working in journalism doing everything from radio news to reporting and editing, new Fulton Sun editor Kevin M. Smith says he is looking forward to establishing himself and the paper as a solid voice for the community.

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Callaway Relay organizers hope big changes draw big crowd

Start time moved from Friday to Saturday for annual cancer research fundraiser

After low participation last year, organizers of the 2013 Callaway County Relay for Life are banking on a slew of changes and additions to the annual American Cancer Society fundraiser to draw greater support from the community.

Callaway ambulance board buys new trucks

The Callaway County Ambulance District Board of Directors approved a bid from Osage Ambulances during its regular meeting Thursday night for the purchase of three new ambulances at a total cost of $353,925.

Library patrons select local author for One Read

'The Ruins of Us' offers glimpse into another world

Daniel Boone Regional Library’s 2013 One Read selection combines universal themes such as relationships and family with a glimpse into a foreign culture in a way that library officials say makes the novel a perfect choice for the annual community reading program.

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Preparing to make a splash

Fulton's swimming pool opens Saturday

With school ending next week and summer just around the corner, Fulton’s Oestriech Swimming Pool opens for the season at noon on Saturday.