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A recap of the news gathered by the Fulton Sun the week of May 5

Anakin Bush/Fulton Sun William Woods University undergraduate students move their tassels over at the end of the ceremony. 113 students took part in the undergraduate ceremony, and 108 took part in the graduate ceremony.


Winning its first NCMC title in 22 years, Fulton baseball beats rival Mexico

The Fulton Hornets won the North Central Missouri Conference title outright for the first time (third overall, first in 22 years), and it came in coach Jacob Lorentzen's first season at the helm.

"This is history; that's what I told them," Lorentzen said. "These guys are in the record books now forever, so. And that's a peace of mind to have for sure."

Getting it done at its rival's field, Fulton beat the Mexico Bulldogs 4-2 Friday.

NB beats Pembroke Hill in Russellville Baseball Tournament for biggest win of season

The New Bloomfield Wildcats earned their biggest victory against the largest school they've faced this season.

In its first pool play game of the Russellville Baseball Tournament, New Bloomfield won 11-10 against Class 5 Kansas City (the city, not a suburb) school Pembroke Hill Raiders in eight innings Friday at Russellville High School.


Over 200 students graduate from William Woods

Undergraduate and graduate students at William Woods University took part in commencement on Saturday, marking the end of WWU's academic year.

The first ceremony of the day was for undergraduate students, with the graduate student ceremony following in the afternoon.

113 students took part in the undergraduate ceremony. 108 took part in the graduate ceremony.

NB finishes fourth in Russellville Baseball Tournament, falls to two state champions

Taking on a pair of reigning state champions, the New Bloomfield Wildcats lost 19-4 in four innings to the Class 2 No. 1 Russellville Indians in their final pool play game before falling 22-0 in 2½ innings to the Tolton Trailblazers in the third-place game of the Russellville Baseball Tournament Saturday at Russellville High School.

In both games, the Wildcats allowed their opponent to score six runs in the first inning.


Fulton students participate in State Music Festival, receive gold

Fulton Public Schools students participated in the State Music Festival on Saturday, with several students receiving the highest ranks possible.

The festival was from April 27-29 at the University of Missouri.

Five students received gold medals in the instrumental competition.

New Bloomfield receives $100,000 from state grant program

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced Monday the recipients of the newly created School Safety Grant Program, with the New Bloomfield R-III school district among the recipients.

This grant program is for school safety improvements. This can include physical security upgrades, technology (door locks, monitoring systems), bleeding control kits, and automatic external defibrillators, a release states.

The total value of the grant is $20 million.


MSD students donate to local animal shelter

The Missouri School for the Deaf National Honor Society (NHS) recently voted to do a community service project to benefit Fulton's Sam and Daisy Grabb Animal Shelter.

The NHS chapter made microwaveable heating pads in the shape of frogs. All the heating pads were made by hand. They were filled with feed corn, which allows them to be heated repeatedly.

Students in the chapter sold over 80 frogs, raising almost $700. This amount includes the money raised from a craft fair in the fall.

South Callaway teacher recognized as 2023 Middle School Teacher of the Year

South Callaway Middle School social studies and instructional coach Danielle Hecktor was recently selected as the 2023 Middle School Educator of the Year by the Northeast Region of Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA).

She was presented with the award at the MSTA Recognition Banquet in Macon on Monday.

Prior to receiving the award at the banquet, MSTA Member Service Coordinator Sarah Papineau visited Hecktor to surprise her with the announcement and a bouquet of flowers.


Upcoming VFW commander speaks to Rotary Club

Charles Williams, soon-to-be commander of the Missouri Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), spoke to Fulton Rotarians on Wednesday about Memorial Day and the impact it has.

Williams has over 20 years of Naval experience. He is an English instructor for Afghan interpreters, VFW chairman for the Fulton Catholic Diocese charities refugee committee and a senior pastor at Clarksville Christian Church.

He will begin as commander on June 1.

Callaway County Health Department offering bivalent COVID-19 vaccine

The Callaway County Health Department is now offering second bivalent COVID-19 vaccine doses to adults 65 and older, as well as those who are immunocompromised.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released new recommendations. One of the recommendations is for those 65 and older to receive a second bivalent dose if four months have passed since their first dose.


William Woods announces first Ph.D. program

William Woods University announced Thursday the establishment of its first Ph.D. degree program in the history of the university.

The Ph.D. program is for a doctor of philosophy in leadership. It will be offered online, with a summer residential requirement.

It will begin being offered in the upcoming fall semester this August. The program will be offered primarily online.

Hornet Jazz Band concert to recognize National Military Appreciation Month

The Hornet Jazz Band's upcoming Big Band Concert and Dance will be in recognition of National Military Appreciation Month, with the theme of the concert being "Stars, Stripes, and Swing."

The event will be on May 13 at the Fulton High School. Tickets are $5 at the door for ages five and older. Former and current military members get in for free.