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Don Norfleet

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New bridge planned on Callaway County Road 435

In about two months, the Callaway County Commission plans to ask for bids on a new bridge along County Road 435 at Middle River.

Fulton man accused of sodomy against children

A Fulton man is in the Callaway County Jail facing six felony charges involving two victims under age 15, including two statutory sodomy charges.

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Forsythes to serve as honorary chairs of United Way campaign

Westminster College President Barney Forsythe and his wife, Jane, have volunteered to serve as honorary campaign chairs for the 2013-14 Callaway County United Way fundraising campaign.

Fulton man hit by gift-card scam

Roy Simpson said Monday he was the victim of a scam during the weekend by a young man who did some yard work for him.

Nuclear plant resumes operations

The Callaway Energy Center has resumed generating electricity with its nuclear reactor after completing a routine refueling process lasting nearly two months.

Biggs Forensic Center could be replaced

Legislature approves $13 million for plans

Before the Missouri General Assembly adjourned this month, legislators approved $13 million in planning funds for the first phase of a new building complex at Fulton State Hospital.

Callaway deputies arrest fugitive

A Texas man wanted on felony forgery charges is in Callaway County Jail after he was arrested by local sheriff’s deputies in a joint effort with Holts Summit Police.

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Vietnam War Memorial updated at Callaway courthouse

Fulton VFW members accepting donations today

Through a joint effort by the Fulton Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Callaway County Commission, the Vietnam War Memorial has been updated with more names of Callaway County residents who fought in the war.

Enterprise zone in Callaway County stalled again

The Missouri Department of Economic Development’s failure to update its computers with 2010 U.S. Census data has delayed efforts to develop an Enhanced Enterprise Zone in Callaway County — an effort local officials believe would boost employment.

Two produce trucks overturn in high winds

High winds caused a semi-trailer truck to crash at 6 a.m. Monday on Interstate 70 west of Kingdom City, scattering potatoes and onions onto the median.

State hospital staff to begin 12-hour shifts

Move will affect about half of workforce

About half, which is from 600 to 700, of the employees at the Fulton State Hospital will be required to work 12-hour shifts, instead of their current eight-hour shifts, starting July 1.

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Services set today at firefighters memorial

More than 100 American flags have been erected for memorial services this weekend at the Missouri Firefighters Memorial at Kingdom City.

New Bloomfield football proposal sidelined

A proposal by the New Bloomfield Football Boosters Club to start a school football program stalled Thursday with the Board of Education taking no action on the idea.

Fulton firm to expand DOC hatchery

A Fulton company recently was awarded its first project with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Public disc golf course suggested for greenway in Holts Summit

Creation of a public disc golf course at Greenway Park in Holts Summit was proposed Monday night during a meeting of the Holts Summit Board of Aldermen.

$300,000 cut from Head Start in Mid-Missouri

Federal budget cuts will result in 30 fewer training slots for the next Head Start and Early Head Start training programs this year in Cole County.

Callaway veterans to take Honor Flight

Eight Callaway County veterans will be on next week’s Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. The veterans will tour various veterans memorials and then make the return flight home on the same day.

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Auxvasse man held on weapons charges

Michael W. Smith, 22, Auxvasse, is in the Callaway County Jail after a manhunt Saturday near Fulton stemming from a report of an armed intruder.

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Local student wins Missouri Citizenship Award

Hayley Munford, a New Bloomfield high school senior, has won a statewide Missouri Outstanding Citizenship Award.

Riddle bill would ban webcam abortions, moves to Senate

The Missouri House has passed and sent to the Senate legislation sponsored by Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, to protect the health of women who choose to use abortion-inducing drugs by outlawing so-called webcam abortions.

Callaway County 911 center director resigns

Michelle Kidwell is now serving as the interim director of the Callaway County Joint Communications Center in addition to her duties as director of Callaway County Emergency Management.

Holts Summit to increase sewer rates

The monthly sewer service connection fee will increase in Holts Summit from $17.53 to $20.91, while the sewer user fee will increase to $4.12 for each 1,000 gallons of water used.

Refueling at Callaway plant adds 800 temporary jobs

Refueling of the nuclear reactor that starts this week at the Callaway Energy Center has added more than 800 supplemental workers to the economy in Callaway County and Central Missouri.

Callaway Nuclear Plant to shut down next week

Output to resume after refueling

The Callaway Energy Center owned by Ameren Missouri will shut down the nuclear reactor at the facility next week to start the plant’s normal refueling process.

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Electrical flash injured workers at nuclear plant

Ameren Missouri officials clamped down on information Wednesday about an accident Tuesday evening at the Callaway nuclear plant, located about 10 miles southeast of Fulton.

Three injured Tuesday at Callaway nuclear plant

Three employees at the Callaway Energy Center were injured Tuesday evening while working in the switch yard area of the plant.

Lake Mykee to decide $1.5M sewer bond issue

Voters in Lake Mykee will decide Tuesday whether to issue $1.5 million in revenue bonds to pay for sewage system improvements.

Late start Tuesdays to end this year at New Bloomfield R-3

Late Start Tuesdays will end at the close of the current school year at the New Bloomfield R-3 School District.

Original EEZ map scrapped; new proposal delayed by state

The original map plan to establish an Enhanced Enterprise Zone (EEZ) in Callaway County has been scrapped, and a new map will be redrawn as soon as possible, an organizer of the effort said Wednesday.

Property rights group formed in opposition to EEZ

In Callaway County

A Callaway County Property Rights Coalition has been organized to oppose any proposed Enhanced Enterprise Zone (EEZ) in Callaway County.

Four-way April election contest set for school board at New Bloomfield

A four-way race has developed in the April 2 election for two seats on the Board of Education at the New Bloomfield R-3 School District.

Applications due today for New Bloomfield police chief

The deadline to apply for the position of police chief of New Bloomfield is 5 p.m. today, Mayor Mike Lowe said Thursday.

Feds offer new nuclear grant proposal

Project in Callaway County may have a chance

The U.S. Department of Energy this week announced a new federal grant to develop small modular nuclear reactors, which could potentially benefit a proposed project in Callaway County.

Veterans Memorial proposed at Holts Summit

Alderman: Site would be visible from U.S. 54

Holts Summit Alderman Landon Oxley has proposed a Veterans Memorial to be built in an area of Hibernia Station Park next to U.S. 54 and near City Hall.

Holts Summit advances ordinance to issue sewer bonds

Holts Summit officials have given 1st round approval to the issuance of $1 million in revenue bonds to design improvements in its sewer system, the first phase of a voter-approved project.

Interim police chief named at New Bloomfield

Sgt. Justin Davison of the New Bloomfield Police Department has been appointed as the town’s interim police chief. But he doesn't want the job permanently.

School evacuated after sewer line break

About 600 students were released at 12:30 p.m. Thursday after a sewer line separated, causing sewage to back up at Fulton High School. The normal school schedule will resume Friday.

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Heavy snow collapses roof at vault company

Heavy wet snow caused some of the roof of Central Missouri Vault Co., a 10,000-square-foot vault manufacturing plant near New Bloomfield, to collapse early Tuesday.

Sheriff probes 4 burglaries in Tebbetts, Holts Summit

Burglars hit three businesses in Tebbetts and a residence near Holts Summit during the weekend.

Holts Summit agrees to extend sidewalk project

The Holts Summit Board of Aldermen gave final approval Monday to an ordinance accepting a $290,000 federal grant to build a sidewalk and a crosswalk with electric signals along West Simon Boulevard in Holts Summit.

State eases tax deadline for Missouri farmers

The state income tax deadline for many Missouri farmers has been extended from March 1 to April 15. A week ago, the federal government also extended its income tax deadline for farmers.

Husband, wife arrested for area bank robbery

Terry Alice Coleman, 40, Holts Summit, last week became the second person arrested for robbing Bank Star One in New Bloomfield on Oct. 6, 2012.

MoDOT forum on Tuesday

A Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) forum to gather the views of Callaway County and other Mid-Missouri residents will be Tuesday evening in Columbia.

IRS filing delays also will postpone tax refunds

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service won’t accept some tax forms this year until the end of February and some as late as March. This change also will delay income tax refunds for many people.

Westminster president named to NCAA council

The president of Westminster College has been appointed as a member of the Presidents Council of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Holts Summit residents hear plan for new YMCA facility

About 75 Holts Summit residents gathered Monday night at the Civic Center to hear plans for a new $475,000 YMCA facility in their town.

Why did federal grant bypass Callaway project?

Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer and five others in Congress have signed a joint letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu demanding to know why the feds failed to fund an application from Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse to design and build small nuclear reactors at the Callaway Energy Center.

$750,000 will keep town on the move

The New Bloomfield Board of Aldermen last week gave final approval to its 2013 annual budget that anticipates spending $750,000 on city services.

Two Tuscumbia men jailed after 40-mile high-speed chase

Two Tuscumbia men are in jail after leading Callaway County deputies on a 40-mile chase through four towns at speeds over 100 mph. Arrested and jailed are Kasey Wayne Nelson, 22, and Cody Ray Glore, 20.

Holts Summit forum set Jan. 28 on YMCA plan

A public forum has been scheduled this month in Holts Summit to discuss a plan by the YMCA of Callaway County to build a new YMCA facility in Holts Summit next to the Civic Center.