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Katherine Cummins

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Lessons in Thanksgiving

New Bloomfield kindergarteners share what they learned about the pilgrims, what they are grateful for this holiday

Kindergartners at New Bloomfield Elementary got an early start on the Thanksgiving holiday Tuesday afternoon.

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Hatton elementary receives $2,000 grant

Money to be used for safety program

Students leaving Hatton-McCredie Elementary School will now be a little safer thanks to a $2,000 grant from TransCanada.

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Free holiday meals to be offered in New Bloomfield, Fulton

During a holiday that is all about being grateful, two different events will help spread that giving spirit by providing free Thanksgiving meals to all comers.

North Callaway works on safety plan

North Callaway R-I Schools are taking steps to ensure the safety of their students. Safety and Security Director Doug Kee and district building principals have been reviewing North Callaway’s safety policies over the past several months, and were present to share some of what they have been working on during Thursday night’s school board meeting at Williamsburg Elementary.

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Fulton High readies to unveil its ‘fab’ lab

Board gets tour of new lab, district to host open house

In a recently remodeled classroom at Fulton High School Wednesday night, a group of fascinated adults gathered around a work bench, oohing and aahing over a small machine as it slowly, but surely worked at printing a 3-D model.

Holiday Open House to kick off the season

Holiday Open House to kick off the season

Downtown Fulton is going to look a lot like Christmas Friday night for the annual Holiday Open House.

A ‘novel’ idea

Aspiring local authors gather for National Write a Novel Month

Members of the Fulton Writers Group are not the only ones who have been bitten by the writing bug.

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William Woods students help SERVE secure grant

The SERVE food pantry received $33,000 from the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, thanks in part to the efforts of two William Woods University students.

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Fulton Sun to gather hats, gloves for warming tree

Once again teams up with Fulton Rotary on coat drive

As Callaway County residents start tallying the things they’re grateful for in anticipation of Thanksgiving, the Fulton Sun and Fulton Rotary are asking them to share those blessings with their neighbors.

Leading on a prayer

Supreme Court case could affect how local city councils, school boards start their meetings

A case concerning legislative prayer being heard before the Supreme Court today centers around a town council in New York, but the results could just as easily apply to any one of several governing bodies in Callaway that start their meetings off with an appeal to a higher power.

South Callaway teachers see benefit of iPads in classrooms

South Callaway R-II teachers spent Friday at iPadapalooza, but it was not all the fun and games the name implies.

One year later, commission rescinds EEZ order

One year after issuing a pair of court orders to enable the development of an Enhanced Enterprise Zone in the county, the Callaway County Commission has voted to rescind those mandates.

Cowherd: Threat response went well, could be improved

Law enforcement awaits formal charges for suspect

Fulton Public Schools Superintendent Jacque Cowherd said Thursday that district staff’s response to a bomb threat Wednesday was good, but added there still is room for improvement.

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‘Paws on News’

South Callaway Middle School students start newspaper, circle of friends

With a recently-discovered mutual love of writing, an enthusiastic group of South Callaway Middle School students have combined forces with the aim of starting a school newspaper.

Local churches, colleges provide safe alternatives to trick-or-treating

Local families will have no shortage of options when it comes to entertaining their children this Halloween.

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‘Service before self’

Fulton Rotary helps establish chapter in Kibungo

One of Fulton’s service organizations is working to expand that service into the city’s sister community in Kibungo.

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Filling the barrel

Bartley students hold drive for food bank

The barrel in the library hallway at Bartley Elementary is already full, but leaders of the school’s student council are hoping to make it overflow.

Auxvasse to vote on new burn rules

City Council discusses sewer project, park vandalism

Residents will soon have new guidelines to abide by when planning to burn waste within city limits.

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Perfect form

Teen taekwondo champ tackles training

Not many people can claim to be a world champion. Even fewer can claim to have achieved it before age 12.

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Bush Elementary students winners in national contest

Every month, the Fulton Garden Club meets with Bush Elementary elementary students as part of the BAC-PAC after-school care program.

Fulton Fire, Dollar General to promote fire safety

Firefighters with the Fulton Fire Department and volunteers from Dollar General will be going door to door on Meadowlark Lane, Plaza Drive, Douglas Boulevard and Dawson with care packages — provided by Energizer — containing a smoke detector and battery and a flashlight as well as fire safety informational materials for children.

Fulton schools to formalize snow routes

Fulton Public Schools soon will have an official alternative for transporting students to school when there are excessive amounts of snow on the roadways.

Fulton receives 25K Monsanto Fund grant

Money to go toward increasing technology in the classroom

The action on the field at Fulton High School on Friday night was not all about football.

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Longtime Fulton officer to ‘hang up’ handcuffs

After more than 15 years serving and protecting local citizens, Lt. Andre Cook will say goodbye to the Fulton Police Department today. He starts a new job with the state Oct. 22.

South Callaway teachers school fellow educators

South Callaway R-II teachers may not have been in the classroom Oct. 4, but they were still imparting knowledge on others.

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Sharing is caring in Fulton on Saturday

Callaway Christian Church hosts semi-annual giveaway this weekend

For more than a decade, Callaway Christian Church has called upon area residents to serve as Good Samaritans — donating old clothing and household items to be given to their neighbors in need.

Mo. WIC funding available — for now

Callaway serves 600+ in program that becomes dubious as government shutdown continues

More than 600 Callaway County women and children do not have to worry about federal assistance in purchasing healthy food during the government shutdown. At least not for now.

Auxvasse council discusses options to address vandalism, neglected property

The city council discussed different strategies to address several different public nuisances during Tuesday night’s regular meeting, including vandalism at the city park and the possibility of a burn ordinance.

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‘A Soldier’s Story’

Fulton library program to share artist’s portraits of black Civil War soldiers

Essex Garner tells stories through art.

SERVE accepting applications for Adopt-a-Family

It is billed as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but some Callaway County families need a little help ensuring Christmas is a happy one for their children.

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Reading faces

Jane Mudd to exhibit Well Read portraits

For 16 Saturdays this summer, local artist Jane Mudd has sat down with paint and canvas and made new friends in front of Well Read Books in downtown Fulton.

Coloring the town purple

CARDV, artist partner to promote awareness

Fulton residents will be seeing flashes of purple and teal around town throughout October as CARDV collaborates with a Fulton native and artist to promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Woman gives Callaway seniors a voice in Jeff City

Judy Baumgartner enjoys giving her fellow seniors a voice. As Callaway County’s representative to the Silver Haired Legislature, Baumgartner — a Holts Summit resident — is in a position to do just that.

Dementia support group to show video for caretakers

Richard White said he “learned the hard way” how stressful it can be to be a caretaker.

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Creative kids converge

Auxvasse program to host annual children’s art festival Saturday

Area children are invited to Domann Park in Auxvasse Saturday for the seventh annual Ashley Garrett Memorial Children’s Art Festival. The theme for this year’s event is “Fantasy Land.”

Fulton middle, high schools work to improve

At first glance with the new MSIP 5 accreditation standards, Fulton Middle School and Fulton High School have a lot of work to do.

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Town and Country dinner pays tribute to farmers market, Kingdom Feed

A small crowd of Callaway County farmers and business owners gathered at the county fairgrounds Tuesday night for the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce’s annual Town and Country Dinner.

Fulton schools use performance data to create goals for 2013-14

Assistant Superintendent Suzanne Hull spent a good portion of the Sept. 11 Fulton School Board meeting presenting and explaining student performance data for each of the district’s schools.

North Callaway fares well with new formula

After first celebrating students who performed well and improved on the 2013 MAP test, the North Callaway R-I School Board heard a favorable annual performance report from Assistant Superintendent Nicky Kemp during its regular meeting Thursday night at Hatton-McCredie Elementary School.

Local, state officials to participate in nuclear incident exercise

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will conduct a test of local and state radiological emergency preparedness and response plans in support of the Callaway Energy Center on Sept. 24 that includes officials from Callaway, Gasconade, Osage and Montgomery counties.

Brick District to host Harvest Festival

Event to replace Halloween activity, serve as fundraiser for Callaway County Humane Society

The Brick District Association and the Callaway County Humane Society are hosting a Harvest Festival in downtown Fulton Oct. 26.

Brick District board mulls improvements

Leaders of the Brick District Association are contemplating some infrastructure changes they hope will make the downtown shopping area more appealing to visitors.

Fulton board focuses on student achievement

The Fulton School Board heard a lot about student achievement Wednesday night. Most of that discussion stemmed from Assistant Superintendent Suzanne Hull’s 2012-13 Student Performance Report.

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Cox brothers use sweet treat to help community

The brothers behind Larry’s Country Kettle Korn are known for their hot, sweet-but-salty offerings — their booth is a staple at many area fairs and festivals, including the Mokane Fair, the Fulton Street Fair and the Hatton Craft Festival.

Auxvasse council hears from citizens

Tuesday night’s city council meeting was spent primarily on hearing complaints from local residents regarding issues with bills and neighbors.

Body found near Millersburg

Sheriff: Injuries appear to be self-inflicted

A woman’s body was found at the Little Dixie Wildlife Conservation Area near Millersburg late Monday afternoon.

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Car show to benefit Auxvasse parks

Trophies to be awarded to top three in each class

The third annual Auxvasse Car Show is set for Sept. 21 and will feature a few changes — including the addition of several new classes.

Chamber event to put focus on area agribusinesses

The Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce is keeping things “Country Casual” for this year’s Town & Country Dinner.

N. Callaway superintendent guilty of DWI

Bryan Thomsen: ‘I want to apologize’ for drunken driving arrest last year

North Callaway R-I Superintendent Bryan Thomsen pleaded guilty in Linn County court earlier this summer to charges of driving while intoxicated in 2012.

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Hot time in Mokane tonight

Fall festival draws crowd despite temperature, ‘Worlds Fair’ wraps up with fiddle contest today

The sun was blazing and the heat index soared over 100, but that didn’t stop area residents from heading out to the 64th annual Mokane Fair sponsored by the Mokane Lions Club this weekend.