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Mandi Steele

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Local students jump rope for American Heart Association

As a class of fourth-graders jumped rope in P.E. class Thursday, they were exercising a muscle that is being highlighted this month — the heart.

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Agencies hold disaster preparedness workshop for faith-based groups

Representatives from various churches and denominations gathered Thursday in an effort to study up on disaster preparedness.

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Sport-loving fourth-grader stays active, involved

Zack Fortman not only loves watching sports on TV, but also playing them — many of them.

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Area unions, agencies collaborate for ‘The Way We Worked’

About a dozen union members worked together Monday morning setting up The Way We Worked exhibit at the National Churchill Museum.

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Museum offers taste of exhibit to students

As part of an effort to educate youngsters about occupations and whet their appetite for a new exhibit, the National Churchill Museum is offering a free presentation to area schools.

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Eighth-grader uses imagination to pen, publish two books

One of Aiyana Thompson’s favorite hobbies is to fill composition notebooks with stories. Aiyana, 13, of Fulton, will spend hours working on her fiction books, and she always has more than one going at a time. So far, two of her novels have been published. Her latest, “Miranda Fishhook Goes to Middle School,” was published in December by AuthorHouse. It’s a sequel to “Miranda Fishhook Makes a New Friend,” which was published in June 2010.

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Meals liined up, games ready for annual Auxvasse Loafer's Week

AUXVASSE — For more than 50 years now, those with ties to Auxvasse have congregated for the annual Loafer’s Week event.

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Local youth reach goal to build well in Africa

One year ago, a local youth group decided it wanted to make a significant impact on the lives of some in need.

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Need increases for food backpack programs across county

Every weekend during the school year, an average of 332 food-stuffed backpacks go home with Callaway students in need.

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MSD celebrates Asian culture through festival

Celebrating the Year of the Dragon, the Missouri School for the Deaf held a Chinese New Year Festival Thursday.

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New photography studio opens in Fulton

Chances are if anyone spots Lydia Schuster around the community, she has a camera in hand.

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Fulton senior helps out in McIntire classroom

At 17 years old, Seth Steeves gets a first-hand taste of what it would be like to teach elementary students.

Aldermen address concerns over neglected homes

AUXVASSE — Two citizens here raised concerns regarding dilapidated houses to the Auxvasse Board of Aldermen Tuesday night.

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Volunteers organize Kingdom at Work exhibit

Surrounded by artifacts and black and white photographs collected from around the county, Carmen McEwen and Sheila Guthrie are hard at work.

City officials explain why they sign up to serve

City service across Callaway County includes commitments of time, planning and community involvement.

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Visitors flock to first-ever senior expo

Many Callaway seniors came out Thursday to investigate the first-ever Senior “Living the Dream” Expo.

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Three area synchronized skaters put it all on the ice

Sliding on ice may not usually be considered a good thing, but for three Fulton students, it’s their favorite hobby.

Fulton native competes in televised Dream Girl contest

When Kaylee Farris first walked into Hooters for a job more than four years ago, she had no restaurant experience besides working part-time at the Domino’s Pizza in Fulton during high school.

New YMCA classes to focus on nutrition

Nutrition experts to teach about healthy eating

With busy work schedules and money being tight, it can be difficult to focus on health. That’s why organizers with the YMCA of Callaway County have decided to offer a new series of classes focused on nutrition that will start in February.

Fulton man arrested for breaking into vehicles

FPD: Lock cars to deter criminals

Fulton Police Department officers nabbed a Fulton man early Monday morning after he broke into about a dozen vehicles in the Cote Sans Dessein residential area.

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Civil rights activist recounts segregation, protests of 1960s

At 58 years old and having lived through violent times during the Civil Rights Movement, Joanne Bland doesn’t hold back when she has something to say.

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Series of events lined up for MLK Day

The celebrated dreamer who has a national holiday in his honor for his dedication to civil rights — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — will be the focus of a series of events at William Woods University this week.

Closed for MLK Day

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2 Auxvasse seats up for election

AUXVASSE — No challengers have filed so far to run against the two aldermen here who currently hold the seats up for election.

NoCal school board may see contest for two open spots

KINGDOM CITY — Two new candidates to the North Callaway Board of Education have filed for April’s election, hoping to win a seat on the board.

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Storm causes few mishaps in Callaway

A number of drivers skidded off of roadways and there were several accidents, but overall Callaway County officials said the area got off pretty lightly when the second winter storm of the season dropped 1-3 inches of snow over a thin glaze of ice.

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Fulton senior sets goal for career in ‘helping people’

No matter how bad her day is going, Cassie Scoggins says when she’s met by her smiling kindergarten students, her troubles just melt away.

Farm management class for women comes to Callaway

Women who want to learn farm management can do so in a class called Annie’s Project. For the first time since 2006, the farm management class will be held in Fulton at the Callaway Extension Center. This is the second time Annie’s Project will be offered in Callaway, a class that originated in Illinois.

MLK Day event to raise awareness of childhood hunger

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Westminster College is holding a special service project.

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Trivia Night on tap for Relay For Life

Trivia fans can help out a good cause while playing games with their teammates at an upcoming benefit.

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Williamsburg student uses 4-H for horse sense

When Darla Cassidy first heard her daughter wanted to join horse bowl, she couldn’t believe it.

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Republican-voting residents sound off on GOP candidates

The Republican presidential race is heating up as results from Tuesday’s Iowa caucus rolled in Wednesday causing Rep. Michele Bachmann to drop out and the other GOP candidates to press on.

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Auxvasse to ask voters for $5 million bond authorization

The Board of Aldermen here voted Tuesday night to put a $5 million bond issue on April’s ballot.

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Auxvasse Aldermen to examine details of bond issue tonight

Multi-phase upgrade project expected to cost $3-$5 million

To finance a long-range water and sewer system overhaul, the Auxvasse Board of Aldermen have decided to go to the voters.

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Presbyterian manor to host Art is Ageless, heart health seminar

Two community events are on the docket for the Presbyterian Manor of Fulton. The annual Art is Ageless competition and exhibition is calling all creative seniors 65 and older to enter their artwork before Jan. 31. Any senior in the county can enter. The nine categories for entries are: Christmas, drawing, fiber arts, mixed media/crafts, needlework, painting, photography, quilting and sculpture/3-D. Artwork must have been completed in the last five years.

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Callaway County residents express resolutions, hopes for 2012

As 2012 rolls in, along with it comes hopes and aspirations for the new year.

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CCSO arrests attempted-murder suspect

A fugitive with a warrant out for attempted murder was arrested near Kingdom City Tuesday.

Celia the slave event spurs discussion of hanging’s location

The location of Celia’s execution has once again come under scrutiny.

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Local illustrator creates abstract art for children’s book

Old paper that some people might recycle or throw out, Jennifer Sain uses to create art.

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Fulton student wins trip to Disney World

Like many kids, T.J. Branch had always dreamed of going to Disney World.

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Area businesses give mixed reports for Christmas sales

For many retail businesses in Fulton, the holiday season brings a needed boost in sales.

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New chamber president: Businesses should reach out

A person whose name is already well-known in the community will step up next month as the new chamber board president.

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Couple opens home to international students on Christmas

For Catherine Pesce’s family, inviting students from around the world into their home on Christmas Day has become a tradition.

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Foreign students share Christmas experiences

Spending Christmas with family, friends and loved ones is a tradition. For some, however, going home over the holidays is not an option.

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Chamber banquet theme set to echo Smithsonian work exhibit

Keeping with the county’s push to welcome a special Smithsonian Institution work exhibit to the community in February, the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce’s banquet will be honoring long-standing, area businesses.

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Local agencies prepare to welcome Smithsonian exhibit to Fulton

Work is underway in preparation for a special work exhibit that will come to the county in February.

Arrest made after Auxvasse stand-off

A man intruding into a house that had a standing restraining order against him resulted in a three-hour stand-off with police Tuesday night.

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NB show rider competes across continents

Showing horses had always taken Morgan Brison places. The 17-year-old from New Bloomfield has traveled all over the central U.S. with her American Saddlebreds, competing in about 10 shows a year.

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Class puts old computers to good use

Computer technology students at North Callaway High School have come up with a way to find old computers a home.

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Learning continues after school with new North Callaway program

Building with Legos, playing the guitar or cooking a four-course meal may not be possible during the average school day. But all of these activities are now offered through North Callaway’s Partners in Learning Afterschool Program.