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Stephanie Backus

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Calls not from sheriff’s association

Recent calls from a group claiming to be a part of the sheriff’s department attempting to solicit donations have angered residents.

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‘Mad Hungarian’ shares tales of baseball and life with WWU students

While his arm made Al Hrabosky one of the most effective relievers in Major League Baseball in the ‘70s, his on-diamond antics and Fu Manchu mustache helped make him famous.

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SoCal teaches life skill in bowling

On Wednesday, a group of high school students from South Callaway descended upon Fulton — to bowl. The students were knocking down pins at the Fulton Bowling Center. The unit was part of the school’s physical education and lifetime sports classes.

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Carnahan speaks at women’s exhibit

Jean Carnahan has done many things — first lady of Missouri while husband Mel was Governor, speaker, author, historian and she was Missouri’s first female senator.

Residents can help keep hydrants clear of snow

The ability to find a hydrant in a time of emergency is essential to the duties of a Fulton firefighter. When snow is forecasted, keeping hydrants clear is important for city residents.

SoCal talks late starts, state funding

The South Callaway School Board recently discussed the option of late starts during times of inclement weather.

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SoCal Tournament postponed three days, but still on

Weather has been a major concern in the area for the last several days. Schools have been out of session and athletic events canceled — including the annual South Callaway Basketball Tournament.

Pets need extra care in winter weather

With windchills in the negative digits this week, staying indoors is at the top of many people’s lists to stay warm, but some may forget about key members of the family — pets.

Snow covered roadways cause accidents, few injuries in Callaway

Five people died on Missouri roads from winter weather on Monday, but none were in Callaway County.

UW set to reach goal end of Feb

The Annual Callaway County United Way Fundraising Campaign is wrapping up and United Way officials are pleased with the results so far.

Fulton police arrest two after drug deal

Two Fulton men are behind bars after Fulton Police got a tip that the men were participating in a drug deal on Tuesday night.

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Local businesses use Facebook to gather clients, increase traffic

Lydia Schuster believes in Facebook.

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Attempted burglary at Finally Tammy's foiled by owners

Finally Tammy’s employees and family members were having a quiet New Year’s Eve party Friday night in the banquet room when something went awry.

YMCA offers version of ‘Biggest Loser’ for the new year

With New Year’s approaching, people are ready to make their resolutions for 2011. Three of the most popular resolutions are losing weight, stopping smoking and exercising more.

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Downtown sees increase in holiday shopping

Some downtown businesses saw an increase in Christmas sales this year.

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Fire causes damage to duplex

A fire broke out Monday at a Fulton duplex after oil got too hot on the stove and ignited.

1st major snow causes no major problems

The first major snow of the season roared in on Christmas Eve but did relatively little damage in Callaway County.

No holiday for those who keep us safe

While most people are nestled with care at home during the holidays, local public safety officials are hard at work, making sure area residents and visitors are safe during the holiday.

Mexico man killed on I-70

A Mexico man is dead after an accident on Interstate 70 Wednesday night.

Taxpayers to pay Maylee’s defense

After questioning his financial status, Associate Circuit Judge Carol England decided to appoint a public defender for triple homicide suspect Joshua Maylee.

Callaway ADA’s could soon see pay drop

For the last 10 years, Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney Bob Sterner has worked to supplement the pay for his assistant prosecuting attorneys using a fund with a fee collected for hot checks.

Mexico man killed on I-70

A Mexico man is dead after an accident on Interstate 70 Wednesday night.

Callaway ADA's could soon see pay drop

For the last 10 years, Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney Bob Sterner has worked to supplement the pay for his assistant prosecuting attorneys using a fund with a fee collected for hot checks. Now, that fund is starting to dry up with less check writing and more people using debit cards for transactions.

Taxpayers to pay Maylee's defense

After questioning his financial status, Associate Circuit Judge Carol England decided to appoint a public defender for triple homicide suspect Joshua Maylee.

True spirit of Christmas

John Cummings embodies the spirit of Christmas.

Triple homicide defendant assigned public defender

An Associate Circuit judge appointed a public defender for triple homicide suspect Joshua Maylee during a status hearing today.

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Petition circulates to repeal smoking ordinance

It’s been less than a month since Fulton’s smoking ban took effect, and some residents are looking for ways to repeal the controversial new law.

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Area accidents kill two, injure several others

A Fulton woman and her father are dead after a car accident on Highway 54 Wednesday night.

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Holts Summit man accused in robbery arrested

A Holts Summit man was arrested late Tuesday night, accused of robbing a Holts Summit convenience store on Saturday.

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Daisies meet adopted soldier

Earning patches is a big part of being a Girl Scout. That begins early with Daisy Troops — the youngest scouts, usually aged in preschool or kindergarten — so Fulton troop leader Phyllis Garnett went online to find a patch her Daisies might be interested in doing.

New Bloomfield Elementary gives to Callaway Hills shelter

When the New Bloomfield Elementary Student Council members decided they wanted to help an organization this year by holding a fundraiser, they decided to look locally.

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Police department warns residents against newest cell phone scam

Texts were circulating around mid-Missouri on Tuesday, informing people they needed to contact Central Bank Trust about their account. The texts were scams, according to the Fulton Police Department.

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Sheriff's dept. faces challenges

As the third largest county in the state, Callaway County is an anomaly. It is filled with sporadic farmland, the most concentrated of which is in the northern part of the county, while the southern half is filled with people.

Chamber hosting trip to French Riviera

The Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce is taking a trip to the French Riviera, and they want residents from Callaway County to go with them.

Burglary risk rises near holidays

It’s a crime of opportunity, and one not always predictable. And, according to the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department, it is rare that a burglar knows who they are stealing from.

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Author talks to local kids about writing

Students at Bush Elementary School got a treat on Thursday. They learned about poems and types of poems from Missouri author Judy Young.

Cold temperatures mean home winterization

With cold temperatures arriving in Mid-Missouri, homes can be susceptible to damage from freezing pipes.

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State Treasurer Zweifel proud of work done over two years

The office of State Treasurer is critical during times of economic crisis, so when Clint Zweifel was elected two years ago, he was ready to hit the ground running.

Zweifel begins discussion on mental health in Missouri

Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel thinks Missouri has a serious problem with helping our mentally ill.

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Students fill boxes for soldiers

It was an ad in The Fulton Sun that drew Bartley first grade teacher Kathleen Wilson to a project for her classroom — filling boxes for soldiers. Debo Funeral Home provided the boxes, and will pay for the shipping when the boxes are returned and filled for military personnel overseas.

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Bidding on for Chamber auction

For more than five years, the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce has been holding a silent auction to raise funds its operation.

PD denies Maylee again

Joshua Maylee appeared in Callaway County Court on Friday via video-conference from Boone County for a counsel status hearing.

Meth lab search warrant nets four behind bars

Four people are behind bars after a search warrant at a Kingdom City residence uncovered a possible meth lab.

Callaway schools 'excited' about growth potential

Callaway schools are excited for the possibility of growth that would come with the expansion of the power plant.

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Plant addition could spark local economy

Fulton business leaders have been working through the DREAM project to begin a revitalization of downtown, but the addition of a second reactor at the Ameren UE Callaway Power Plant could help that process along.

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NASA education specialist speaks to SoCal students

Students at South Callaway Middle School learned about science and physics in relation to space exploration on Thursday.

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Callaway United Way receives large donation

Last year, the Koelling Family Chiropractic offices decided to raise money for the Callaway County United Way. They were able to raise $750.

Downtown businesses continue tradition of holiday windows

In 1927, Fulton downtown businesses began hosting a Christmas program. Businesses kept their windows covered until a set time, when all the businesses revealed their lighted windows at once.

Missouri Girls Town earns accreditation

A two-year process for Missouri Girl’s Town is over, with positive results.

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137 receive gold medals at SoCal awards ceremony

Cheers echoed the gym at South Callaway High School Wednesday evening. The cheers were not for the South Callaway basketball team, but for 137 students who received gold medals at the 10th annual Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards.