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Mandi Steele

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Putting ‘good behavior’ to work: Students Christmas shop at school

With a line usually stretching out the library and into the hallway, students have remarked their shopping at the Ticket Store reminds them of Black Friday.

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KPI director encourages residents to reduce trash, recycle Christmas scraps

Once the holiday hubbub is over and empty Christmas morning gift boxes and wrapping paper are strewn around the house, it may be time to look into clean-up options.

NoCal district to purchase new bus

KINGDOM CITY — North Callaway voted to purchase a new school bus Thursday evening to replace a bus that was totaled in a collision last month.

SoCal school board talks maintenance

MOKANE — School maintenance was one of the main topics at the South Callaway Board of Education meeting Wednesday night.

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Fulton ‘b-boy’ aspires to break into dancing competitions

Nicholas Davis still remembers the day and circumstance that turned him on to break dancing.

Auxvasse increases rates to help fund water, sewer project

Residents here may see an increase on their water and sewer bill as soon as February.

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Steedman hunter uses ingenuity to bag his deer

Covered in camouflage, sitting quietly in the thick of the woods for an unsuspecting deer to walk past, Brian Cheney waits.

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Volunteer: Christmas meal makes workers feel like family

Workers at Kingdom Projects, Inc., received a taste of Christmas a little early.

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Xpress Mart comes to Bluff Street

Despite cold temperatures Wednesday, construction crews were pouring concrete footings for a new convenience store that will be located at the corner of North Bluff and 13th streets.

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Roller-skating Auxvasse teen takes fourth place at world championship

Last month Emma Trent attained a life-long goal — to skate on the World Team USA.

Fulton man’s signs violate city code

Wanting to bring attention to his cause, Jason Houston set two large, painted signs out in front of his house. What he did not expect was the City of Fulton to send him a notice telling him to remove the signs, because they violated sections of the city’s sign ordinance.

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Christmas parades decide on grand marshals

Parade watchers may spot some well-known figures leading the Callaway Christmas parades this year.

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Local teen spends free time re-enacting for period hotel

Katerina Roesner likes to step back in time.

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‘Glee’ contest awards NoCal band with grant

Out of all the clanging cymbals judges listened to before selecting winners, only a few Mid-Missouri high school bands came out sounding sweet.

Daughters to choose dads as dance partners at local charity event

KINGDOM CITY — Dads will have a reason to spruce up and take out their special little ladies next weekend.

Annual service ushers in Christmas season

Modeled after a British tradition of the same name, the Festival of Lessons and Carols returns to Westminster College.

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Volunteers offer Thanksgiving meal to community

The door was open to all free of charge this holiday.

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Holiday fails to mean time off for many area workers

Some spend Thanksgiving on the clock rather than at the table

Though banks, schools and most government offices and businesses close for Thanksgiving, there are many workers who don’t get the luxury of taking off for Turkey Day.

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Four Callaway cities line up to parade for Christmas

Marching bands, floats and spectators — it’s time for Christmas parades. Those who love to take in a traditional Christmas parade will have four options within the county — Fulton, New Bloomfield, Holts Summit and Auxvasse. See one or all, because each is scheduled for a different day in early December.

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FHS theater group wins first in state for charity event

The results are in. Out of 26 schools in Missouri that participated in the International Thespian Society’s Trick-or-Treat So Kids Can Eat event, Fulton High School came out on top.

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Kingdom City pours $300,000 into water tower overhaul

KINGDOM CITY — In a fresh coat of paint, two bright, green Thunderbirds now appear on the water tower here.

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Holiday decorations spring up around town

Linemen from the city’s Electric Department were busy Thursday putting wreaths up on high and stretching garlands across light poles.

NoCal school district’s audit checks out

The North Callaway School District received a clean bill of health on its audit Thursday evening.

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Church provides students a home for the Thanksgiving holiday

Sharing the bounty for the second year, St. James United Methodist Church is opening its doors to area students who can’t make it home for Thanksgiving.

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Grandmother speaks out about Shaken Baby Syndrome

Since the loss of her 11-month-old granddaughter on Nov. 7, 1999, Maryann Williamson has been fighting for the same thing for 12 years — justice.

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Salvation Army branch to open in Fulton

Salvation Army bell-ringers are coming to Callaway.

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Oral historian brings past to life for Auxvasse students

Dressed in character, Jim Two Crows Wallen tells his audience of elementary school students, “Today, we’re going on an expedition.”

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Christmas talent show to benefit SERVE

Pageant features final performance of local ‘Elvis’

Keeping with the tradition of Christmas pageants this time of year, a new pageant takes shape that will benefit SERVE, Inc.

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Actor’s production promotes suicide prevention

It was appreciative audience members who convinced Josh Rivedal that he should make suicide prevention a part of his message.

Alderman resigns in wake of drug arrest

George (Trey) Baumgartner resigned from his position as south ward alderman Tuesday.

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Warming tree

Josh Mosley, sports reporter, adds winter hats to The Fulton Sun warming tree Tuesday afternoon after area residents brought in donations. The Fulton Sun will accept donations of hats, gloves, scarves, mittens and socks for the tree until Dec. 16 when all the clothing will be donated to SERVE, Inc.

NB firefighter ticketed while responding to fire call

A New Bloomfield volunteer firefighter plans to consult attorneys after receiving a traffic ticket Saturday evening while responding to a fire call.

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Prosecutor: Auxvasse alderman arrest is ‘civil issue’

City officials here remain quiet after the arrest of an Auxvasse alderman on Friday.

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Fulton man crashes into post office sign

The brick sign in front of the Fulton Post Office looks like a pile of rubble after a car crashed into in Thursday evening.

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Fulton genetics class sees science in action during trip to capital

JEFFERSON CITY — Donning lab coats and medical gloves, seven Fulton High School students took turns testing newborn “blood” for sickle-cell disease.

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Two Fulton classes tie for first in penny drive competition

Second-grader Keara Cottam scrounged around her home looking for change to donate to this year’s Callaway County United Way Penny Drive.

College aims to connect community, campus with children’s club

Looking for a way to connect to the community, Westminster College athletes will soon offer a new club especially for area children.

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SoCal student wins Christmas card contest

Little did fifth-grader Nicholas Staats know when he sat down for his school’s assembly Friday morning that he was in for a surprise.

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Bartley shares experiences in honor of Disability Awareness Month

“Stilettos are not a disability,” Caitlin Bartley told high-schoolers Friday. In Bartley’s own way — using informative material mixed in with a touch of humor — the 21-year-old college student gave South Callaway High School students a presentation on disabilities. A former bulldog herself, Bartley was asked to come back to the high school to share her experiences with students for Disability Awareness Month.

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Etiquette program to come to Callaway

Youth who have been told to “mind your manners” may soon have a club to join where they can learn those manners.

Downtown Trick-or-Treat on tap for Monday

Fulton Sun photos move to courthouse

The majority of downtown will go to the kids Monday afternoon. Certain streets will be closed to allow more than 1,000 young trick-or-treaters to descend on the area in pursuit of candy.

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Halloween event raises money for Shop with a Cop

It’s not every Halloween that youngsters get to grab candy from a police car or fire truck. This year, children can get a jump on Halloween trick-or-treating with a little help from area emergency personnel. At the second annual Trunk or Treat event being held from 6-8 p.m.

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Favorite fables

Staff members at Bartley Elementary School dress up in character Tuesday. Students who met their reading goals celebrated by reading nursery rhymes and fairytales, doing skits and making snacks. Playing the part of the Three Blind Mice, the Farmer’s Wife, Little Red Riding Hood, the Wise Old Owl, Jack and Jill, and the Three Little Pigs are: (Front) Betty O’Neal, cashier; (front row, from left) Cheryl Fisher, building aide; Tina Bezler, custodian; Lillian LaFeir, health clerk; Lisa Eickelman, kitchen manager; Delora Vaughn, media specialist; (back row, from left) Amy Lowe, secretary; Katie Finley, kindergarten teacher; and Robyn Frame, kindergarten teacher.

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Pumpkin pickin'

Sisters (front) Elizabeth, 12, and Emily Barbour, 16, select a pumpkin a piece to bring home and carve. The girls chose pumpkins from the Fulton Walmart selection on Tuesday in preparation for Halloween.

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Prisoners, quilt guild partner to sew holiday stockings for local charities

The Christmas spirit has hit early for some this year.

Auxvasse debates water, sewer rate increases

AUXVASSE — Water and sewer rate increases may soon be in the forecast for residents here.

NoCal updates policies to reflect new state law

AUXVASSE — School districts are getting in step to make sure their policies reflect a new state law that was passed earlier this year designed to protect students from sexual misconduct from teachers.

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Hoo-Var’s returns to downtown with new style

Hoo-Var’s is back in business.

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Craft fest, mud run to bring in fall fun Saturday

Those who want to get out and enjoy the fall weather and see some mud slinging will soon get their chance.

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Rwandans travel to U.S. to study, make impact on their country

Though both young Rwandans dared to dream they might one day study in the U.S., the fact that their dream came true is still hard for them to believe.