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Don Norfleet

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Callaway County farmer credits influence of 4-H Clubs

As a resident of Callaway County, Rodney Garnett of Holts Summit has learned a thing or two about people who live in the county.

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Fulton man wins state top logger competition

Jefferson City man takes first place in land-owner division

Josh Stevens, who operates a forestry management business in Fulton, has earned bragging rights as the state’s top professional logger. It was an honor he wasn’t expecting. He was competing with professional loggers, mostly from the Ozarks.

New Bloomfield offers to cover ACT test

Funds provided first time for students who take prep class

The New Bloomfield Board of Education on Thursday night approved a plan to pay for the first American College Test (ACT) examination taken by a New Bloomfield high school student if he or she attends two free weekend test preparatory sessions two weeks before taking the test.

New Bloomfield aldermen purchase state building

City pays $93,000 for 4.99-acres site

The city of New Bloomfield has purchased the former highway maintenance facilities site in New Bloomfield used previously by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

New Bloomfield completes street projects

A contractor payment authorized Thursday night by the New Bloomfield Board of Aldermen completed action on a $365,000 street improvement project this summer in the city.

Celebrate America set Sunday in New Bloomfield

With the Gallery of 100 Flags flying nearby, New Bloomfield area residents will gather Sunday for their sixth annual Celebrate America event.

South Callaway schools tackle tobacco

Tougher rules on tobacco use start July 1, 2014

The South Callaway Board of Education agreed Wednesday night to toughen smoking regulations next year on school property. The school has had penalties against students violating the tobacco-free policy but no penalties against staff or visitors at the school.

Fulton man hit, killed by vehicle

Driver arrested for DWI at Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

A fundraiser is being held to benefit the family of a Fulton man who died after a co-worker allegedly hit him with a truck in Pennsylvania. Shane Stewart, 25, Fulton, died of injuries Monday.

Library to Go coming to Holts Summit

A Library to Go will be established soon for Callaway County residents at the new Holts Summit City Hall.

Tax credits available for OATS donations

Tax credits are available to taxpayers who donate $500 or more to OATS Inc., a transportation service provided to needy rural Missouri residents.

Suspect admits assaulting Auxvasse murder victim, father

Jake Ollie Gastler, 22, of Auxvasse has admitted to Callaway County law enforcement officers he assaulted two of his neighbors during a Saturday night incident at their home, court documents reveal.

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Open house planned for South Callaway fire station addition

The South Callaway Fire Protection District has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for 5 p.m. and an open house 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday for a $360,000 expansion of Fire Station No. 5 at Reform.

Fall Festival still on tap at Mokane this weekend

The Mokane Fall Festival this weekend probably won’t have carnival rides, according to Terry Howard, president of the Mokane Lions Club.

Body in river identified as man from Russellville

The body found floating in the Missouri River Saturday morning at Jefferson City has been identified as a Cole County man.

Tractors tour areas inundated by 1993 flood

A total of 63 old tractors rumbled through the back roads of Callaway County along the Missouri River during the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society’s eighth annual Vintage Tractor Drive.

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Callaway County officer honored for law enforcement

Sgt. Shannon Jeffries of the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office, who coordinates the Central Missouri MUSTANG narcotics task force, got a surprise when he and Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane attended an annual statewide law enforcement meeting last Thursday in Springfield.

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New Bloomfield schools conduct intruder exercise

Shots echoed through the hallways of New Bloomfield High School on Tuesday during a simulated attack on the school by two heavily armed intruders. It marked the second year of such training at the school in the wake of shooting tragedies in schools around the nation.

Callaway nuclear plant returns to service

Outage caused by dislodged vent louver

Fiddlers Contest draws big crowds at Mokane Fall Fest

Event also known as Mokane World’s Fair

Members of the Mokane Lions Club and others are gearing up for the 64th annual Mokane Fall Festival on Labor Day weekend that some call “Mokane World’s Fair.” Attractions include barbecue dinners along with bingo, carnival rides, and a softball competition.

New Bloomfield schools to get extra $37,000

The New Bloomfield School District will receive an estimated $37,000 more in property tax revenue generated by this year’s increase in assessed valuation in the district.

Holts Summit approves street overlay work

Seven streets in Holts Summit are scheduled to have asphalt overlays later this month. The Board of Aldermen approved authorization of the solicitation of bids on the projects at an estimated cost of from $40,000 to $50,000.

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Traffic stop results in arrest of teen

Forgetting to turn on the lights of a truck while driving it in Fulton resulted in the arrest of Brandon Lee Mallicoat, 17, Fulton. He faces two felony counts of second-degree burglary, misdemeanor stealing property, felony tampering with a motor vehicle, and second-degree property damage.

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South Callaway FFA finalist for national award

Local chapter ranked in nation’s top 10

The South Callaway High School FFA chapter is one of 10 in the nation chosen as a finalist for the 2013 National Chapter Model of Excellence Award.

Mayor’s cup benefits Holts Summit parks

Participants in the city of Holts Summit Mayor’s Cup golf tournament at Railwood Golf Course on Aug. 16 will have an opportunity to win a new Ford Fusion. The third annual Mayor’s Cup tournament benefits the Holts Summit City Parks Program.

Residents seek bonds for subdivision road upgrade

The Callaway County Commission is working with a group of about 50 Hunters Creek Subdivision residents northwest of Holts Summit who want to create a Neighborhood Improvement District in order to bring the subdivision’s road up to county standards.

New Bloomfield set to go Hog Wild

Central Missourians are invited to go “Hog Wild at the Square” Saturday night in New Bloomfield.

Nuclear plant fire caused by electrical arc

The Callaway nuclear plant is expected to remain shut down for several days while Ameren Missouri workers perform tests and repair damage from a small fire Friday night.

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Callaway County’s top criminal investigator to retire

After 30 years of chasing criminals, Lt. Tim Osburn, chief of detectives at the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office, has decided to retire on Wednesday. Osburn has learned to develop a sense of humor about the job as the county’s top detective.

Callaway County completes tax assessment appeals

The Callaway County Board of Equalization this week wrapped up its hearings of people appealing county tax assessments on their property.

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Fulton park crews remove unsafe playground equipment

Workmen began dismantling playground equipment in Fulton’s Veterans Park after much of the play area was deemed unsafe. The Fulton City Council voted Tuesday to immediately close the Kiddy Corral, or “orange park.”

Missouri chancellor search gets outside help

The University of Missouri will pay a southern California search firm $100,000 to guide the hiring process for the next chancellor of its Columbia campus. Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates of suburban Los Angeles will screen prospective candidates to succeed Chancellor Brady Deaton, who is retiring in November.

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Maylee pleads guilty to triple murder

Holts Summit man avoids death penalty, receives four life-terms

Joshua W. Maylee, 26, Holts Summit, will spend the rest of his life in prison after pleading guilty Monday to killing three Callaway County residents and trying to kill a fourth.

Second man arrested for brandishing sword at relatives

Another Callaway County resident has been arrested for threatening family members while brandishing a sword.

Holts Summit water tower painting to be completed at end of next month

Work on sandblasting and painting of the Callaway County Water District No. 1 tower in Holts Summit is expected to be completed by Aug. 31.

Fourth man arrested on ATV theft charges

A fourth man has been arrested and a juvenile is in custody as part of a string of all-terrain vehicle thefts reported recently to the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies reported Caleb Matthew Debrodie, 19, Fulton, was arrested Friday on felony charges.

New Bloomfield schools lose $50,000 in aid

The New Bloomfield School District will lose about $50,000 as its share of the $400 million that Gov. Jay Nixon cut from education funding. Superintendent David Tramel notes that Nixon has frozen state aid to schools under the state’s school aid foundation program.

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New Bloomfield firm awarded bid for Middle River bridge

A New Bloomfield firm was the low bidder on a new bridge to be built over Middle River about 12 miles south of Fulton along County Road 435.

3 Callaway men arrested for ATV thefts

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office arrested three adult teens this week, accusing them of stealing all-terrain vehicles.

New Bloomfield aldermen briefed on street, stormwater improvements

Changes in street resurfacing and stormwater construction projects were approved Thursday night by the New Bloomfield Board of Aldermen.

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Civil War fundraiser planned Sunday

The New Bloomfield Area Historical Society will feature Civil War history at its annual fundraiser Sunday evening. The event will be from 4-7 p.m. at the New Bloomfield Community Center, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Chase through Mid-Missouri ends in two arrests

Kyle Hopson of St. Louis marked his 20th birthday Wednesday by leading law enforcement officers on a wild chase through Cole, Callaway and Boone counties.

Holts Summit prepares for sewer expansion

To start construction on a new sewage treatment plant and expand its sewerage system connections, the city of Holts Summit plans to seek a low-interest loan through the Department of Natural Resources State Revolving Fund.

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Getting settled in new home

Holts Summit city officials are spending this week settling into spaces provided in a new City Hall building at 213 S. Summit Drive, just north of the previous City Hall at 245 S. Summit Drive.

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‘This is the AIDS of the horse world. There is no known cure.’

A breakout of 12 cases of equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Nebraska has caused concern of Missouri owners of horses, mules and donkeys.

Farmers market to debut Saturday in Holts Summit

The first farmers market in Holts Summit will debut at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hibernia Park, next to the Holts Summit City Hall on South Summit Drive.

Fulton engineer considers teaching career

About 12 years ago, Kristen Fortman of Fulton was working as a mechanical engineer at an aerospace firm near St. Louis. After layoffs and a substitute teacher gig, she wanted to become a full-time math and science teacher but that wasn’t possible because she did not have an education degree in Missouri.

Street work advances in New Bloomfield

Despite delays by recent heavy rain, New Bloomfield’s street improvement project is advancing.

South Callaway board eyes iPad insurance

Students to receive tablets this August

The South Callaway school board was briefed Wednesday night on the role of parents in replacing lost or damaged iPads. With the start of the coming school year in August, all students in the district will be issued iPads.

NB school forum targets non-parents

A New Bloomfield School District Board of Education forum targeting residents of the district who don’t have children attending the district is planned next week.

Holts Summit aldermen approve adding roof to park amphitheater

Construction of a $13,000 roof over an existing amphitheater concrete pad at Greenway Park was approved Monday night by the Holts Summit Board of Aldermen.