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Volunteer experience changes life of Holts Summit man

Volunteering to help build a school in an impoverished area of the Dominican Republic changed the life of David Bartz of Holts Summit.

Deputies arrest four after armed home invasion

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.

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Luetkemeyer now serves new district

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.

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Honors for Holts Summit veterinarian

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.

Plunkett murder trial delayed

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.

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Chism retires after 34 years in Callaway Treasurer’s office

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.

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Pay increases planned in 2013 Callaway County budget

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.

Obama signs Luetkemeyer’s ATM bill

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.

New Bloomfield schools updating crisis plan

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.

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Policeman in critical condition after accident

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.

YMCA offers to operate parks community center in Holts Summit

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.

Auxvasse man killed after bar fight

Benjamin T. Harris, Auxvasse, was shot and killed early Thursday after an argument started during a pool game at an Auxvasse bar.

Callaway hunters kill third most deer in state

Callaway County hunters recorded the third highest kill of antlerless deer during the recent 12-day antlerless firearms season.

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Drought, age force local Christmas tree farm to close

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.

New city hall eyed for Holts Summit

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.

New Bloomfield schools to refinance more bonds

The New Bloomfield School District plans to refinance some more bonds next month, the district’s board of education was told Thursday night.

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Accused priest may have worked in Fulton as counselor in 1980s

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.

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Fulton Police seize $450,000 in drugs from airplane

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.

Supplier summit set today on Callaway nuclear project

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 to vote to extend sales tax

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.

Mo. highway in Callaway Co. renamed to honor AMVETS

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.

N.B. school board ponders more district income

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.

Consultant sought to review Callaway County 911 center

Callaway County is in the process of hiring a consultant to evaluate the county’s 911 emergency radio dispatching center.

Lake Mykee annexation to Holts Summit proposed

A Lake Mykee resident plans to lead a petition effort asking for Holts Summit to involuntarily annex Lake Mykee.

N.B. Foundation awards classroom grants

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.

New Bloomfield water tower needs repairs

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.

Motions filed in Holts Summit murder case

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.

Fundraiser set to benefit Amvets highway markers

A fundraising dinner to benefit the effort to mark Missouri 94 as AMVETS Memorial Highway will be held Sunday in Mokane.

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Conservatives Fund backs Akin in Senate bid

A conservative fundraising group backed embattled Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin with a much as $290,000 for his campaign Thursday.

FDIC director to reveal plan to restructure banks

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.

Second Westminster campus won’t drain resources at Fulton

Establishing a second campus of Westminster College in Mesa, Ariz., won’t drain funds away from the Fulton campus of the college.

1 Missourian in 6 slips into poverty

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 increases at New Bloomfield schools

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 up 11 spots in rankings

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.

New Bloomfield adopts Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Callaway County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan was adopted Thursday by the New Bloomfield Board of Aldermen as the city’s official plan.

WWU moves up in college rankings

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.

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Akin speaks at Westminster College

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 seeks $450,000 street grant

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 Co. Clerk decides to keep expanded precinct at Guthrie

Callaway County Clerk Denise Hubbard will not reverse her earlier decision merging the Round Prairie and Guthrie voting precincts at Guthrie.

Callaway Democrats plan Sept. 16 rally

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.

Hay shortage grips central Missouri farmers

A widespread drought throughout the Midwest has caused a shortage of forages needed by cow-calf cattle farms in central Missouri.

Callaway County woman targeted in grandmother scam

Except for a chance encounter earlier Thursday, a Kingdom City woman might have lost $4,000 in a classic grandmother scam.

Callaway County’s jobless rate increases

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.

New Bloomfield schools attract donations

With student achievement increasing despite tight budgets, community support for the New Bloomfield School District continues to build.

Callaway tax rates may need tweaking

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.

NB school board trims tax rate

The New Bloomfield Board of Education has approved a fractional cut in the tax rate for the 2012-13 school year.

Fulton firm manufactures, now fits artificial limbs

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.

Missouri Girls Town can benefit from state tax credits

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.

Holts Summit eyes request to put liquor-by-drink on election ballot

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.

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Time trials held for state bike championship

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.