Stories by Don
Volunteering to help build a school in an impoverished area of the Dominican Republic changed the life of David Bartz of Holts Summit.
An armed home invasion in Holts Summit Friday led to the arrest Saturday of four Jefferson City residents for robbery, burglary and armed criminal action.
The start of the 2013 session of Congress last Thursday marked the official end of Missouri's 9th Congressional District, and it created 400,000 new constituents for Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth.
Known for work in training dogs
Dr. Mar Doering, a Holts Summit veterinarian who also is regarded as an expert in training dogs with behavior problems, has been inducted into the Missouri Veterinary Medical Foundation’s Veterinary Honor Roll.
The first-degree murder trial of Sandra Plunkett, a Holts Summit woman charged with the shooting death of her husband, has been delayed. It had been set to start Jan. 7 in Callaway County using jurors from Buchanan County.
Marsha Chism was honored Friday during a retirement reception at the Callaway County Courthouse for her 34 years of service to the Callaway County Treasurer’s Office.
Pay raises ranging from $300 to $700 per employee are likely to be granted to Callaway County employees next year, Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann said Wednesday.
President Barack Obama has signed legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, removing a requirement that automatic teller machines (ATMs) display duplicative signs disclosing fees.
The New Bloomfield R-3 Board of Education has decided to update the school’s crisis-management plan and provide intruder training for teachers. Superintendent David Tramel said the Dec. 14 shooting in Connecticut prompted him to organize an effort to update the plan.
Other driver arrested for manslaughter, DWI
Officer Michael J. Tufts of the New Bloomfield Police Department is in critical condition at University Hospital in Columbia after a vehicle accident in Columbia. The vehicle Tufts was driving Thursday night was hit by a vehicle driven by a Columbia man who was arrested for involuntary manslaughter and DWI.
The Holts Summit Board of Aldermen is pondering a proposal from the YMCA of Callaway County to take over the city's community center and lease all city parks.
Benjamin T. Harris, Auxvasse, was shot and killed early Thursday after an argument started during a pool game at an Auxvasse bar.
Callaway County hunters recorded the third highest kill of antlerless deer during the recent 12-day antlerless firearms season.
For 23 years, Coe’s Tree Farm south of Fulton was a holiday tradition to many Callaway County families. But age and drought have combined to put an abrupt end to Jamie Coe’s six-acre Christmas tree farm on County Road 102 just south of Fulton.
The Holts Summit Board of Aldermen began work Monday on an ordinance to purchase a building next door to the city hall for $310,000.
The New Bloomfield School District plans to refinance some more bonds next month, the district’s board of education was told Thursday night.
A priest on trial in Boonville on charges of molesting children may have worked as a counselor in Fulton during the 1980s, said Judy Jones of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). She's asking anyone in Callaway County who might have known of any sexual abuse by Gerald James Howard, the accused priest and counselor, to notify the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office or Fulton Police.
Aircraft had landed late at night in Fulton
A Fulton Police investigation led to two major drug arrests Friday when $450,000 worth of marijuana was seized from an airplane that had landed shortly after midnight at Hensley Memorial Airport in Fulton.
Callaway County businesses interested in providing services in construction of small modular nuclear reactors at the Callaway Energy Center have been invited to attend a supplier summit meeting today in St. Louis.
Holts Summit voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to renew a half-cent sales tax earmarked for capital improvements. The money could be used only to provide new construction, street or sewer improvements, or for vehicle or property purchases.
State officials and local veterans will gather at 10 a.m. Thursday to designate a portion of Missouri 94 in Callaway County as AMVETS Memorial Highway. The public is invited to the event, which will be on a grassy area next to Lauf Equipment Co. and across from the ABB transformer manufacturing plant on Missouri 94.
David Tramel, New Bloomfield R-3 School District superintendent, has asked individual school board members to meet with him to help find additional sources of income for the district.
Callaway County is in the process of hiring a consultant to evaluate the county’s 911 emergency radio dispatching center.
A Lake Mykee resident plans to lead a petition effort asking for Holts Summit to involuntarily annex Lake Mykee.
Twelve New Bloomfield teachers have received grants totaling $10,731.90 from the New Bloomfield Education Foundation. All of the money from the grants will be used to buy equipment used in classrooms to benefit New Bloomfield students.
After the city of New Bloomfield’s 6-year-old water tower was drained, cleaned and inspected, the city’s Board of Aldermen on Thursday night heard a maintenance firm representative tell them the tower is starting to deteriorate.
Defense asks court to exclude defendant statements
Callaway County Public Defender Jason Carver filed a series of motions Monday asking the Callaway County Circuit Court to throw out statements made to investigators and several subpoenas issued by the Callaway County prosecuting attorney in the first-degree murder case against Sandra Plunkett of Holts Summit.
A fundraising dinner to benefit the effort to mark Missouri 94 as AMVETS Memorial Highway will be held Sunday in Mokane.
A conservative fundraising group backed embattled Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin with a much as $290,000 for his campaign Thursday.
Thomas M. Hoenig, director of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), will discuss his plan to restructure America’s banking system during an IBM lecture Monday at Westminster College in Fulton.
Establishing a second campus of Westminster College in Mesa, Ariz., won’t drain funds away from the Fulton campus of the college.
With state and national elections just around the corner, one of the questions frequently asked is: Are you better off now than you were four years ago?
Enrollment in the New Bloomfield schools is 686 students, an increase of about 10 students from last year, Superintendent David Tramel told the school board Thursday night.
Westminster College in Fulton has moved up 11 spots in the 2013 rankings of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.
The Callaway County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan was adopted Thursday by the New Bloomfield Board of Aldermen as the city’s official plan.
William Woods University is gaining in the rankings of universities in the Midwest, moving up to 88th in this year’s 29th edition of college rankings by U.S. News & World Report.
FULTON — Congressman Todd Akin brought his Republican campaign for the U.S. Senate to Westminster College on Tuesday and told students why he wants to defeat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Holts Summit Administrator Brian Crane said Monday the city has applied for a $450,000 Community Development Block Grant from the Missouri Department of Economic Development to build a new city street to serve Pro Foods Systems Inc., a Holts Summit food distribution firm.
Callaway County Clerk Denise Hubbard will not reverse her earlier decision merging the Round Prairie and Guthrie voting precincts at Guthrie.
Callaway County Democrats have a rally scheduled Sept. 16 at the Meadow Lake Acres Country Club with U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill as the featured speaker.
A widespread drought throughout the Midwest has caused a shortage of forages needed by cow-calf cattle farms in central Missouri.
Except for a chance encounter earlier Thursday, a Kingdom City woman might have lost $4,000 in a classic grandmother scam.
During July the number of unemployed Callaway Countians increased by 145 as workers without jobs continues to increase in the county and throughout the state.
With student achievement increasing despite tight budgets, community support for the New Bloomfield School District continues to build.
Callaway County entities levying property taxes probably will have to set their tax rates again because county vehicle assessments were not completed by the deadline for setting tax rates for this year.
The New Bloomfield Board of Education has approved a fractional cut in the tax rate for the 2012-13 school year.
Company serves 15,000 patients
A Fulton firm that has been manufacturing artificial limbs for 17 years recently opened a practice to fit patients with prosthetic devices.
Kathy Becker, executive director of Missouri Girls Town at Kingdom City, got some good news recently when she learned the state of Missouri has approved a 70 percent tax credit for donations to finance a Girls Town building renovation project in Callaway County at Kingdom City.
The Holts Summit Board of Aldermen was asked Monday night to allow a public vote on whether to permit bars to offer liquor by the drink.
Time trials for the 2012 Missouri State Bicycle Championships were held Saturday in Callaway County along State Road 94 next to the Missouri River, and a closed-course criterium race is scheduled this afternoon through downtown Jefferson City.