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A recap of the news gathered by the Fulton Sun the week of Jan. 21-26, 2024

Photo courtesy the Callaway Chamber of Commerce
Representatives of Walsworth Fulton pose for a photo at the 2024 Annual Banquet.
Photo courtesy the Callaway Chamber of Commerce Representatives of Walsworth Fulton pose for a photo at the 2024 Annual Banquet.


Teddy Bear Toss to benefit kids, spread awareness

Super Sam Foundation and William Woods University's Rotaract Club are teaming up to host a Teddy Bear Toss to benefit kids going through treatment.

The event will happen in-between WWU basketball games on Feb. 13. The first game will begin at 5:30 p.m.

All the teddy bears collected will be donated.

Crash injures Fulton man

A single-vehicle accident injured a Callaway County man early Saturday morning.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, Devin T. Jennings, 19, of Fulton, at about 12:15 a.m. was eastbound on County Road 410 near Route NN in a Mercury Melan when he lost control of the vehicle. The car, which was traveling too fast for conditions, skidded off the lest side of the road and hit several trees.


South Callaway grad Horstman posts double-double

The William Woods Owls took an early seven-point lead and defended well for the most part Saturday at Anderson Arena.

Still, the Columbia College Cougars, led by South Callaway alumna DeLaney Horstman, dominated the second quarter of each half, winning 73-55 in a matchup between American Midwest Conference rivals.

Returning to her home county, Horstman put on a show as she notched her 10th double-double this season -- recorded eight double-doubles in her first two seasons with CC -- with 24 points (11-20 from the field) and 15 rebounds.

William Woods men's basketball loses heartbreaker to AMC rival Columbia

The William Woods Owls took four double-digit leads, 12 points being the largest, but one foul beyond the arc put them on the losing end Saturday at Anderson Arena.

"Guy just slipped, he was underneath, and he landed on him," William Woods men's basketball coach Jordan Ashton said. "Obviously, you can't do a whole lot about that one. He missed a 3, so it would have been a stop for us, but it doesn't just come down to that last play. They're 24-26 from the free-throw line -- we're 6-9. They get 19 O boards. We have 15 turnovers. They're just the tougher team, and they deserve to win."

Heading into the contest, William Woods had won three straight home games against American Midwest Conference rival, the Columbia College Cougars. That streak was snapped as the Owls lost an 80-76 heartbreaker.


Callaway Chamber of Commerce hosts 2024 Annual Banquet

The Callaway Chamber of Commerce recently hosted the 2024 Annual Banquet, when community members and leaders looked back on 2023 and honored Callawegians.

The theme of this year's banquet was "Inspire the Fire."

Tamara Tateosian, CEO of the Callaway Chamber of Commerce, kicked the banquet off by discussing Chamber accomplishments in 2023.

MSHP responds to 3 single-vehicle crashes

Local law enforcement has seen an uptick in calls due to weather conditions over the past few days.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) responded to multiple single-vehicle crashes.

According to a MSHP crash report, Devin T. Jennings, 19 of Fulton, was driving eastbound at 12:15 a.m. on Friday on County Road 410, east of Route NN.


Inspection finds 4 "very low significance" violations at Callaway Plant

The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) found four "very low significance" findings at the Callaway Plant during a recent inspection.

The NRC inspection began Oct. 1 and was completed Dec. 31. Inspectors shared the results with Callaway Plant staff Jan. 9.

The four findings of very low significance are being treated as non-cited violations by the NRC.

Pedestrian dies in vehicle crash

A Florida man died after being struck by a vehicle early Monday morning in Callaway County.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, Jonas J. Baptiste, 40 of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, exited his vehicle around 1:51 a.m. Monday on Interstate Highway 70 at the 145.4 mile marker.

Marcus A. Boards, 42 of Escondido, California was driving westbound in a 2023 Freightliner when his vehicle struck Baptiste. Boards' vehicle traveled to the right side of the road and stopped.


Multi-county pursuit puts North Callaway High School on lockdown

North Callaway High School was briefly on lockdown Wednesday because of a vehicle pursuit spanning multiple counties.

Deputies with the Callaway County Sheriff's Office assisted the Audrain County Sheriff's Office with a vehicle pursuit that began north of Mexico, a release states.

Spike strips were deployed near County Road 147.

City of Fulton staff provide city updates to Rotary

City of Fulton staff spoke to the Fulton Rotary Club at their Wednesday meeting to provide city updates.

Director of Administration Courtney Doyle said the budgeting process changed this year, incorporating department heads and other city employees in the process.

"They know what our budget looks like, they have a little bit more fiscal accountability in it, and they can help formulate what our priorities are," Doyle said.


Auxvasse police chief resigns

Auxvasse Police Chief Kevin Suedmeyer is resigning at the end of the month.

Suedmeyer announced his resignation at the Auxvasse City Council meeting on Jan. 16, according to an email from City Clerk Missy Hooks.

Suedmeyer's resignation will be effective Wednesday. Assistant Police Chief Robert Harrison will assume the role of police chief on Feb. 1.

Freedom colonies exhibit coming to William Woods

A photo documentary exhibit about freedom colonies will soon come to William Woods University.

According to a WWU release, freedom colonies "were self-sustaining communities built by newly emancipated African-Americans throughout the South in the decades after the Civil War."

"The Upshaws of County Line: An American Family" will highlight one of the most famous freedom colonies in the country -- County Line, Texas.