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Recap of the news gathered by the Fulton Sun the week of Aug. 11, 2023

by Anakin Bush | August 12, 2023 at 3:50 a.m.
Photo by Andrea Merritt/ Fulton Sun Children watching the All-American Circus performing at the Fulton Event Center on Aug. 7, 2023.


Fire department responds to residential fire

The Fulton Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 100 block of West Reed Street on Friday.

FFD was dispatched to the scene of the fire at approximately 5:19 p.m., according to a release. Central Callaway Fire Protection District also responded to the scene.

The first fire crew arrived at approximately 5:22 p.m.

Blue Jay softball players recognized for academic performance

Nine Westminster College Blue Jays athletes are named Easton/NFCA All-America scholar-athletes by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) for the 2022-23 academic year.

The rankings and honors recognize the academic prowess of softball teams across the association's membership.

To be named an Easton/NFCA All-America scholar-athlete, a student-athlete must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.


Council to discuss upcoming events, various resolutions

At Tuesday's Fulton City Council meeting, the council will discuss upcoming local events and several resolutions.

Kristina Bright and Blaine Pestle will be present to request permission for the upcoming Brick Blast event. The event would be on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 1:30-6 p.m.

They are requesting approval to close Court Street between 6th and 7th street for the event. The CVS Pharmacy will remain available for drive-through access.

Gov. Parson activates state emergency operations plan

Gov. Mike Parson signed an executive order Saturday activating the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan in response to severe weather and flooding in the state since July 29.

In a news release, the governor's office noted tornadoes struck Friday, Aug. 4, in Ray, Saline and Knox counties. The Knox County tornado and strong winds destroyed or damaged at least 35 residences, displaced at least 16 people and caused minor injuries to two people in the Baring area. There was also substantial flooding overnight in the Kirksville area. The threat of additional severe weather continues to potentially affect communities across the state this weekend.


Local band finds family in each other

Members of the Double Vision band are more than just colleagues, they are family.

Double Vision, a classic rock band, is made up of three members, Brandon Smith, 32, and twin brothers, Bryce and Beau Ewards, 18.

Smith plays drums, Beau plays electric guitar, acoustic guitar and sings and Bryce plays bass guitar. The band plays covers of songs from bands like Nirvana and Green Day.

County public administrator appointed to national commissions

Karen Digh Allen, public administrator of Callaway County, was recently appointed to several committees in the National Association of Counties (NACo).

According to a release, Allen was appointed to the Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee (Courts and Corrections Subcommittee) as the subcommittee vice chair, Rural Action Caucus (RAC) as a member and the Veterans and Military Services Committee as a member.

Mary Jo McGuire, president of NACo, said she is pleased to select Allen for these roles.


Circus dazzles Fulton with performances

The Fulton Event Center was filled with smells of popcorn and children's happiness during the All-American Circus on Monday.

The circus featured acts of juggling, aerial artistry, clowns, dirt bike drivers in a metal cage and more. It also offered a bounce house, face painting and food for participants.

The All-American Circus has been traveling all across the country for many years, but this was the first time it performed in Fulton.

Sheriff's department reports July calls

The Callaway County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday released the calls for service data for July, 2023.

Throughout the month, deputies traveled more than 66,256 miles for patrols and investigations within the county. This is a slight increase from June, when 66,057 miles were traveled.

A total of 2,264 calls for service were recorded for July. This is a decrease from June, when 2,476 calls were recorded.


Callaway County United Way receives $13,128 donation

Callabyte Technology, a local internet provider, has donated $13,128 to the Callaway County United Way to celebrate Callabyte's Charitable Campaign.

The Callaway County United Way is a local non-profit that partners with 11 local organizations in the community that serve "the most vulnerable" residents in Callaway County, according to its website.

City council discusses upcoming events, grant applications

At Tuesday's Fulton City Council meeting, the council discussed upcoming local events with residents and discussed several grants.

Kristina Bright, executive director of marketing and communications at Westminster College, and Blaine Pestle, representing the Brick District, requested permission from the council to host the 2023 Brick Blast event.

The event would be on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 3-6 p.m. As part of the event, Court Street between Sixth and Seventh Streets would be closed for the duration of the event. The street would be closed from 1:30-6 p.m.


School board discusses upcoming school year, proposed property tax rates

At Wednesday's Fulton School District Board of Education meeting, the board discussed items for the upcoming school year and held a public hearing on proposed property tax rates.

The public hearing was to hear feedback about the proposed property tax rates set by the Fulton School District 58. The board is required to adopt an annual tax levy.

After the hearing, the board discussed the rates.

Dudley named assistant coach for Owls football

In preparation for the fall 2024 football debut at William Woods University, Steven Dudley has joined the Owls' coaching staff as an assistant coach, head coach Julian Mendez announced Wednesday.

Dudley comes to The Woods following a 10-year stint at Fort Hays State University, where he served as the special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach.

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