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A recap of the news gathered by the Fulton Sun the week of May 12, 2023

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Community members, mothers and Faith Maternity Care members stand in front of the FMC house at Saturday's Baby Bottle Drive Fundraiser kick-off event. This is the second year FMC has offered this fundraising event.
Anakin Bush/Fulton Sun Community members, mothers and Faith Maternity Care members stand in front of the FMC house at Saturday's Baby Bottle Drive Fundraiser kick-off event. This is the second year FMC has offered this fundraising event.


Church bells ring in Fulton to honor coronation

On Saturday, the bells of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, in Fulton rang to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III.

The bells rang for two minutes to celebrate the coronation, which took place at Westminster Abbey in London, England.

The bells rang to honor "the historic connection between America's National Churchill Museum at Westminster College and the United Kingdom," a Westminster College release states.

Kiwanis to host Bingo Bash

Fulton Kiwanis is set to host a Bingo Bash fundraiser.

The event will be May 19 at the Fulton Event Center (1915 North Bluff St.).

Doors will open at 5 p.m., with bingo kicking off at 6.


Faith Maternity Care begins Baby Bottle Drive

Faith Maternity Care hosted a kick-off event on Saturday to celebrate the start of the annual Baby Bottle Drive Fundraiser.

FMC is a non-profit organization that serves, assists and equips "expecting mothers who are considering parenting their babies or making an adoption plan for them," FMC's website states.

The group also connects mothers with resources and provides education to promote options and success for independent living.

Hagens tosses no-no, as Fulton wins Fulton Tournament in Southern Boone

The Fulton Hornets' Dusty Hagens tossed a no-hitter (threw 75 pitches, 43 strikes) while striking out eight and walking two in six innings en route to winning the Fulton Tournament for the fourth "confirmed" time.

"That's my second one in my career; I think I threw one my sophomore year," Hagens said. "Just our team coming out and me not having to throw the whole tournament championship game really helped. Not flying through all our pitchers, so I gotta pitch this game. That's just awesome for our pitching staff, and I thought I threw well. But our bats were alive, considering the score."


Local P.E.O. chapter celebrates 100 years of service

Chapter DY of the P.E.O. sisterhood recently held events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the organization in Fulton.

On April 20, an afternoon celebration was held at the First Christian Church for members, former members and Chapter KE. This event showcased the history of the charter members of the group, as well as a visual presentation of some of the chapter highlights from the past 100 years.

Missouri lawmakers pursuing semi-closed presidential primary

Missouri lawmakers are moving to restore the state's presidential preference primary but require voters to register affiliation with a political party before casting a ballot.

After a standalone bill collapsed in the House late last month, a provision to reinstate Missouri's presidential primary was added to a bill considered by a conference committee Monday. As it contains language neither the House nor Senate approved, the bill will go back to both chambers for final passage before the Legislature adjourns Friday.


Spring hunters bag most turkeys in Missouri since 2016

Callaway County was one of the best areas in the state for spring turkey hunting.

Hunters bagged approximately 850 birds in Callaway County. The county was surpassed by only Osage and Franklin counties, where approximately 863 1,043 turkeys were taken, respectively. Hunters harvested a total of 44,543 turkeys throughout the state, according to preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Callaway Chamber hosts May community update

The Callaway Chamber of Commerce hosted the May Callaway County community update, allowing local leaders to give updates on upcoming projects.

Sarah Wisdom, New Bloomfield superintendent, said the district is focusing on finishing the current school year while also preparing to hire teachers for next year.

She said the last day in session is May 26, with graduation taking place the same evening.


Callaway Bank president and CEO discusses FDIC, national bank failures

At Wednesday's Fulton Rotary Club meeting, Rotarians heard from the Callaway Bank president and CEO Kim Barnes about the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the impacts recent national events could have in the local community.

She said understanding FDIC can be complicated, but it doesn't have to be.

Chamber workforce development coordinator named Rookie of the Year

Megan Kempker, workforce development and training coordinator at the Callaway Chamber of Commerce, was recently selected as the 2023 Rookie of the Year by the Missouri Association of Workforce Development.

She has been at the chamber for one year.

As the workforce development and training coordinator, Kempker writes jobs descriptions, posts jobs online, and connects local businesses with job seekers, a chamber release states.


Renee Tyler to deliver Westminster's commencement address

Westminster College is set to host the 2023 commencement ceremony on Saturday, with Renee Tyler delivering the commencement address.

Tyler is the director of administration for Fulton. She began this role in April of 2022.

Prior to serving in Fulton, she served in different public service capacities for the cities of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Dubuque, Iowa; and Little Rock, Arkansas, a release states.

Local Lemon set to begin in June, registration open

The Local Lemon, a youth entrepreneurship program offered by the Callaway Chamber of Commerce, is set to return this June.

The program aims to teach youth 10-16 years old how to start, own and operate their own business. For this program, the participants will run their very own lemonade stand.

The Local Lemon will be from June 5-8, with the participants launching their lemonade stands on June 10.