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Mandi Steele

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Fire consumes home east of Fulton

Firefighters worked for more than five hours putting out flames at a residence east of Fulton on Saturday evening. The Central Callaway Fire Protection District was called to the blaze at 5:15 p.m. Saturday when a neighbor spotted smoke coming from the home of Ernest and Kimberly Bell on County Road 133. The Bells were not at home when their residence caught fire.

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Former volunteer to Afghanistan celebrates 50 years of Peace Corps

Though Afghanistan has suffered a considerable amount over the years and is still in turmoil today, Edie Maxey looks back on her time there with fondness.

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Local man plants pumpkin patch for fundraiser

Landry Jones has spent the last couple of weeks pumpkin picking.

Area hunters encouraged to ‘Share the Harvest’

Hunters can help out the hungry again this year.

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Fulton graduate wins design contest in Russia

Rebecca (Moffatt) Wichmann tries to do her part when it comes to the environment.

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Rededication ceremony to include highlights of Callaway history

In celebration of a key historical figure in the county, there will be a ceremony held Sunday in Kingdom City.

Sheriffs make headway in theft cases

Three more arrests were made recently in connection with a multiple-county theft ring Callaway and Audrain county officials have been working to crack.

CCSO investigates suspicious death

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the suspicious death of Adam E. Keith, 20, of Auxvasse.

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Experts: Dispose of pills at take-back sites to keep water clean

Don’t flush, pour down the drain or throw away unwanted pills — that’s the message officials are trying to get out about prescription medications.

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Young riders meet goal to compete nationally

Three local girls had to jump over a lot of hurdles to get where they are today.

City deliberates on snow-removal policy

Parking during heavy snow was one of the council’s main considerations when discussing creating a snow policy for the city.

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Gala, fashion show to draw funds for church

Those who want to take a peek at the clothing their ancestors wore will soon have the opportunity.

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Crime surge amounts to increasing costs for Callaway

When it comes time to extradite the Mexico couple accused of murdering a father and daughter near Auxvasse, Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane expects his office will be making the trip.

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NoCal elementary schools give new behavioral approach A+

Actions may speak louder than words, but North Callaway schools are teaching how using the correct words can lead to better actions.

Warrants granted in connection with double homicide

Two arrest warrants were granted Friday morning in connection with a Sept. 2 double homicide near Auxvasse.

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Outdoor wedding show to put area vendors on display

Looking for wedding ideas? A new event promises to help brides and grooms with the hubbub of wedding planning by bringing vendors together in one location for them to peruse.

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Fulton firefighters burn mock dorm to illustrate fire safety

It’s usually not a good thing to watch a dorm go up in flames.

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Hatton festival to bring ‘country atmosphere’ full of crafts, food

HATTON — It’s almost time once again for this small, rural community to transform into a booming crafts festival.

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CCUW sets goal, plans campaign kick-off

From sun up to sun down, a live radio broadcast will be on the air, drawing attention to this year’s United Way kick-off event.

NoCal amends graduation policy

HATTON — More options will now be available to North Callaway students who would like to graduate early.

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Army private surprises wife with early homecoming

Pfc. Chris Crespin didn’t even make it out to his wife’s table. She spotted him from across the room, jumped out of her chair and ran into his arms.

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Rotary recognizes Deputy Karhoff with award

Several law enforcement officers joined Rotary Club members Wednesday in honoring the 2011 recipient of the George W. Law Award.

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Locals learn feed business at Town & Country

CALWOOD — Those attending this year’s Town and Country Dinner got a real whiff of the feed business — literally.

YOU plans picnic for area teens

Preventing teen substance abuse is why Youth On Up was started.

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Callaway County commemorates events of 9/11

Though it has been 10 years since the events on 9/11 shook the country, several events took place around Callaway that showed the community’s patriotic spirit remains.

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City tests new smart grid system

Fulton is currently working on installing a “smarter” meter system for its residents.

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Longtime Fulton radio celebrity passes away

“It could be that the good Lord likes a little pickin’ too.”

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Corn maze theme surprises ‘Grandma Shryock’

It’s not every day a person has their portrait done using corn stalks.

Auxvasse schedules two upcoming weekend events

AUXVASSE — The city will be buzzing two weekends in a row with special events for the community.

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Bluebird project makes learning science take flight

Sixth-grade science students at South Callaway Middle School are learning what real “tweeting” is about.

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Local girl survives ATV accident

Community pulls together to aid Sydney’s family

Sydney Nelson, like many 10-year-old girls, is crazy about horses, likes spending time with her dogs and says that recess is her favorite subject in school.

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South Callaway schools practice radiation drill

Along with occasional tornado, fire and earthquake drills, South Callaway School District also performs a nuclear radiation drill.

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Twillman Feed to host Town, Country dinner

Town and Country Dinner participants will visit Calwood this year to take a peek into a piece of the agricultural world.

Recorder warns of deed scheme

The Callaway County recorder of deeds is warning citizens to be wary of any letters offering copies of property deeds at an excessive price.

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Art group requests photos for children’s festival

Those who love to snap photos will have a chance to put their skills to good use.

New afterschool program set to begin at North Callaway

North Callaway students interested in taking some classes that are a little different than their regular courses will now have the chance.

NoCal school board bumps tax rate

The North Callaway Board of Education approved almost a 3.5 cent tax rate increase recently.

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Millersburg Christian gears up to celebrate 175 years

Roots for the Millersburg Christian Church go as far back as 1836.

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Incoming freshmen relish time of new beginnings

Kareem Alhusaini, 19, had to pass through three border crossings to reach the airport in Amman, Jordan, and then fly more than 6,000 miles to arrive at his destination — Westminster College in Fulton.

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Swiss film crew shoots scenes in Fulton

It’s not often that filmmakers choose to feature Fulton in their movies.

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Window washer reflects on 20-year career

With a squeegee in his right hand and an applicator in his left, Ben Appleton can clean a window in a matter of seconds.

NoCal goes ahead with new bond projects

KINGDOM CITY — Board members got the ball rolling on some new projects for the district at the North Callaway Board of Education meeting Thursday evening.

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Local country singer pursues passion

Singing is Carissa Biele’s passion.

Commission opts for markers at Stinson Trail

The Fulton Historic Preservation Commission is looking into dotting the Stinson Trail with historic markers.

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New archery range use right on target

Archery enthusiasts now have a place within city limits to work on their aim.

Chef Challenge returns to raise funds for CARDV

Once again, two Fulton chefs will use their culinary skills to compete in CARDV’s Chef Challenge.

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Local professors publish children’s books

The children’s literature arena can be a tough field to crack with many other aspiring authors to compete with.

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Fulton couple reaches 200 blood donations

“I hope I can give today,” Edith Craighead says as she awaits her turn into the area where American Red Cross personnel question potential donors.

Auxvasse Fire Dept. receives tanker truck

A new property maintenance ordinance was unanimously passed by the Auxvasse Board of Aldermen at its Tuesday meeting.

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Fair board: Attendance steady

Though the heat was severe for the first half of the Kingdom of Callaway County Fair, temperatures dipped some by the second half, giving a reprieve to fairgoers and exhibitors.