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A recap of the news gathered by the Fulton Sun the week of Aug. 18, 2023

by Anakin Bush | August 19, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.
Anakin Bush/Fulton Sun Amanda Shurtz, chief executive officer of ZivaMedical, speaks to Fulton Rotarians about plans to reopen Callaway Community Hospital as ZivaMedical Fulton. ZivaMedical will also reopen Audrain Community Hospital as ZivaMedical Audrain.


Health department to host Family Fun Day

The Callaway County Health Department is getting ready to host the 2023 Family Fun Day, offering fun activities and supplies for local families to close out the summer.

Family Fun Day will be Saturday, Aug. 19 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Memorial Park in Fulton. Admission to the event is free.

Andrea Bedrosian, administrator for the Callaway County Health Department, said this is the first time the department has hosted the event.


Taylor Swift's music helped local woman relearn speech

Laura Gregory attributes Taylor Swift to returning her voice after losing it following brain surgery.

Gregory has suffered from epilepsy since she was five years old. When she was a junior in high school in 2008, she suffered from over 100 seizures in one hour.

This led to Gregory having to have three brain surgeries in less than two weeks.

After the surgeries, doctors told her a side effect is she may never walk or talk again.

Local schools to start next week

Schools across Callaway County are beginning soon, bringing with them an increased amount of traffic along roads throughout the county.

New Bloomfield School District and Missouri School for the Deaf will begin on Aug. 21.

North Callaway School District will begin on Aug. 22.

Fulton Public Schools District and South Callaway School District will begin on Aug. 23.

Colleges will also begin in Aug. William Woods University will begin on Aug. 21, with Westminster College beginning on Aug. 23.


Award nominations needed, lifesaving class coming

The Callaway County EMS will host a lifesaving class for patrons, and the Fulton Rotary Club is accepting nominations for a law enforcement award.

The Callaway County EMS will host a free "How to Save a Life" class for children and adults at 4 p.m. on Sept. 23. The event will be located at Callaway County Ambulance Department's Station 1 in Fulton (2614 Fairway Dr.).

Participants will learn vital skills like hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), how to stop bleeding, signs of stroke and more, according to the event's Facebook page.

Back-to-school vaccines fast approaching

As the start of school approaches, so does the deadline for immunizations.

Many vaccines are required to attend school in Missouri. Fulton Public Schools adheres to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services requirements for vaccines.

The Fulton Public Schools require the DTaP/DTP/DT1, Tdap, MCV, IPV, MMR, Hepatitis B and Varicella vaccines, throughout a student's school years.

The Fulton Public Schools start on Aug. 23, but the schools have a 4-day grace period for immunizations, according to the school's website.


ZivaMedical CEO discusses Fulton hospital reopening, answers questions

At Wednesday's Fulton Rotary Club meeting, Rotarians learned more about ZivaMedical coming to Fulton -- and had the opportunity to have some questions answered.

Amanda Shurtz, chief executive officer of ZivaMedical, was present at the meeting.

ZivaMedical is the new owner of what was previously known as Callaway Community Hospital in Fulton. The company also took ownership of Audrain Community Hospital.

Both hospitals closed in 2022 after they were bought from Noble Health by Platinum Health Systems.

MDC offers free land management workshop

Some Missouri landowners wish to give back to their properties. They'll learn some techniques early next month.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will host a free land management workshop on Sept. 9 in Portland.

Workshop participants will learn land management skills such as managing wildlife, utilizing fire to maintain land and harvesting sustainably, for different land types (focusing on woodlands).


Twin brothers perform at Kiwanis meeting

Bryce and Beau Edwards -- two of the three members of local band Double Vision -- performed at Thursday's Fulton Kiwanis meeting.

Twins Bryce and Beau are both students at Fulton High School. The third member of the band is Brandon Smith, who met Bryce and Beau while giving them music lessons when they were younger.

Bryce plays bass guitar, Beau plays plays electric and acoustic guitar and sings, and Smith plays drums for the band.

Westminster to host new student convocation

Westminster College will host its new student convocation at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Westminster alumnus Da'Shaun L. Scott will deliver the convocation address to the incoming class of students.

Scott graduated from Westminster in 2016 with a degree in business communication and human resources management, according to a Westminster release. He also attended Indiana University in Bloomington where he earned a master's degree in higher education and student affairs and a graduate certificate in education law.

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