Missouri employers have seemingly turned to younger workers to fill employment gaps.
And the state is finding more child labor law violations.
More than 3,100 Missouri teenagers ages 14 and 15 joined the workforce in 2022. It's a 45 percent increase from 2021, according to data from the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. The number of youth work permits jumped from 6,997 to 10,152.
The Westminster College Blue Jays men's wrestling team signed three mid-Missouri wrestlers Friday -- Austen Wetzel (Battle), Cole Harrell (Hickman) and Aidyn Merchant (Macks Creek).
Wetzel was born and raised in Columbia and is a three-time state qualifier and one-time state placer (third place in 2023). He took fifth at Brian Keck Preseason Nationals in October 2022.
At Tuesday's Fulton City Council meeting, the council will hear a request from Fulton Rotary Club and discuss a few new items.
Stephanie Vollmer will speak to the council on behalf of Fulton Rotary. The group is requesting the partial closure of Court Street on April 15 from noon-3 p.m. for a car, Jeep and bike show event. This area will also be the end location of Rotary's Poker Run event.
Fulton native Era'Niq Knighten finished first in the 8U 100-pound bracket in the 2023 Girls Missouri USA State Championships Saturday at Hy-Vee Arena.
This weekend, some of Missouri's best wrestled for glory at the state championships. Some of the best in its history.
The 13th Judicial Circuit was recently recognized by the Supreme Court of Missouri for its timely processing of cases.
At a semi-annual meeting of Missouri's presiding judges, the 13th Judicial Circuit was presented with the Daniel J. O'Toole Award for "managing and processing its cases during fiscal 2022," a release states.
The 13th Judicial Circuit includes both Callaway County and Boone County.
The William Woods University softball team swept Lyon College Saturday evening to remain perfect in American Midwest Conference play. The Owls shut out the Scots in both games, 5-0 in Game 1 and 6-0 in Game 2.
The Owls move to 10-17 on the season with a 4-0 conference mark.
The Fulton Police Department are searching for an unidentified suspect involved in a robbery at a local Break Time.
FPD responded to a call about a robbery at Break Time (1405 North Bluff St.) on March 25 at 10:12 p.m.
According to a release from FPD, an unidentified white male wearing dark clothes and a blue ski mask brandished a weapon and demanded money from the employee.
After officially signing to play baseball at McKendree earlier in the day, South Callaway starting pitcher Jacob Martin earned his second win in as many starting appearances this season.
There was quality pitching from both sides; the South Callaway Bulldogs' proved superior as they beat the Belle Tigers 5-1 Monday at South Callaway's baseball field.
At Wednesday's Fulton Rotary Club meeting, Rotarians heard from Fulton's director of administration Renee Tyler about her first year in the city.
She began as the director of administration on April 18, 2022. Very soon after starting, Tyler began tackling issues affecting Fulton.
At Tuesday's Fulton City Council meeting, the council presented a proclamation recognizing Women's History Month and heard a request from Our House about an upcoming egg hunt.
Mayor Lowe Cannell presented the proclamation.
Re-Made for a Purpose celebrated the completion of its remodel and expansion with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday.
Re-Made for a Purpose -- located at 17 West 5th St. -- recently remodeled and expanded the storefront with a grant received from State Farm.
Re-Made for a Purpose is a resale boutique that employs adults with disabilities.
In 69 minutes, the North Callaway Thunderbirds run-ruled the Van-Far Indians, scoring 12 runs in the first inning and four in the second.
The Thunderbirds' offensive onslaught led to a 16-1 Eastern Missouri Conference Opener victory after 2 1/2 innings against Van-Far Wednesday at North Callaway's baseball field.