In case you missed it

A recap of the news gathered by the Fulton Sun the week of October 22-27, 2023

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New Bloomfield Elementary principal Jennifer Fletcher spins cotton candy at the New Bloomfield school carnival.
Emily O'Leary/Fulton Sun New Bloomfield Elementary principal Jennifer Fletcher spins cotton candy at the New Bloomfield school carnival.


New Bloomfield Education Foundation hosts school carnival

New Bloomfield Educational Foundation hosted a school carnival Friday evening.

The event was held in the New Bloomfield High School gymnasium and included a variety of games and activities for students to enjoy. Available booths and activities included a ring toss, obstacle course, face painting, temporary tattoos, school spirit friendship bracelets, frisbee toss, chuck-a-duck, cupcake walk and cotton candy lounge.

New Bloomfield superintendent Sarah Wisdom sits on the board of the New Bloomfield Education Foundation. She said New Bloomfield Parents as Teachers used to host a school carnival every other year, but "COVID kind of killed it."

South Callaway football says farewell to EMO, forcing eight turnovers vs. MoCo

The South Callaway Bulldogs said goodbye to the Eastern Missouri Conference by forcing eight turnovers en route to a resounding victory Friday at South Callaway's football field.

"Coach (Bill) Frazee's our DB coach, and he did an amazing job preparing kids this week," South Callaway football coach Stephen Wisch said. "We talked all week that they were going to be challenged in the secondary. Montgomery County's a good frickin football team. ...Our kids responded. They played their hearts out and really excited about all of them."


Seven New Bloomfield softball players named all-district

After finishing as runner-up in Class 2 District 3, seven New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats were named all-district, the most out of the three Callaway County schools in the district.

"First of all, congrats to all of our players and every other player that made all-district," New Bloomfield softball coach Zach Moore said. "Very competitive district, and we were fortunate enough to have seven players, very good players make all-district. I think that speaks to the culture of New Bloomfield softball. Getting those kids out involved in sports at a young age, and that's kind of a testament to the parents and the community. But, we're very excited for them and very happy for them."

Fulton football wins first game, securing comeback victory at Winfield

The Fulton Hornets won their first game this season against the same team and the same week as a season ago, beating the Winfield Warriors 22-13 on Friday in Week 9 at Winfield High School.

Malik Douglas led the Hornets' offense again, notching his fifth 100-plus-yard rushing game this season. He had 16 carries for 106 yards -- including a 56-yard run -- and a touchdown while catching one pass for 31 yards.


Westminster's military appreciation game honors veterans, active duty military

At Saturday's Westminster College football game, veterans and active members of the military were honored with medals and on-field recognition.

Westminster partnered with the United States Exercise Tiger Foundation (USTF), a Columbia based non-profit organization that honors veterans and those in active duty.

In a ceremony prior to kickoff, Westminster and USTF recognized active duty military members from Westminster's football team and their opponent's team, University of Minnesota-Morris.

Auxvasse man arrested after lengthy search

The Callaway County Sheriff's Office arrested an Auxvasse man Saturday after a search with a drone and K9.

At approximately 5:38 p.m. on Oct. 21, CCSO deputies investigated a report of a truck stolen from a residence on Oak Street in Auxvasse, a sheriff's office release states.

The deputies were then notified the truck was heading west on State Road E outside Auxvasse. Another resident informed deputies the vehicle was parked in the 700 block of County Road 271.


Man sentenced in 1981 cold case

An O'Fallon man pleaded guilty Friday to the 1981 killing of Ricky Ridings that was deemed a cold case.

According to a Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney's Office news release, Conrad Schmitt III, 70, pleaded guilty to manslaughter for recklessly shooting and killing Ridings.

He was sentenced to 10 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, the maximum sentence.

Sheriff's Office reports recent arrests

The Callaway County Sheriff 's Office announced recent felony arrests Sunday.

Keith Buschman, 44, of Holts Summit, was arrested on two counts of domestic assault (fourth degree), felony domestic assault (third degree) and two counts of kidnapping in the 1200 block of South Summit Drive on Sept. 15. Buschman posted a $25,000 bond


Fulton City Council discusses Christmas Parade, Westminster stadium dedication

At Tuesday's Fulton City Council meeting, the council discussed upcoming events including the annual Christmas Parade and Westminster College's stadium dedication.

Christmas Parade organizers Jody Paschal and Keli Tate spoke to the council to request approval for the parade. It will be Saturday, Dec. 2. The parade will begin at 1 p.m.

The parade route remains the same as previous years. Street closures and police assistance will be required.

Fulton Rotary Club learns about FDR, polio experience

The Fulton Rotary Club reflected on Franklin Delano Roosevelt's struggle with polio during their meeting Wednesday.

Historian Whit McCoskrie spoke about the 32nd president and his experience with polio as described in the biography "Master of His Fate: Roosevelt's Rise from Polio to the Presidency" by James Tobin.

McCoskrie said Roosevelt was diagnosed with polio in August 1921, when he was 39 years old. Some of the symptoms Roosevelt experienced included exhaustion and excruciating leg pain, McCroskrie said.


Holts Summit considers pay classifications for employees

The Holts Summit city administrator proposed a new pay classification system for city employees during a Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday.

While discussing the 2024 budget, City Administrator Brandon Ruediger proposed a classification system to include pay increases based on years of experience.

Ruediger said the only raise currently stated in the city personnel manual is a "5 percent longevity increase after five years of service."

Historical society window display highlights book release, pie auction

The Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society (KCHS) recently updated one of their window displays ahead of a pie supper and pie auction.

An Old-Fashioned Pie Supper and Pie Auction will, along with other activities, will be held on Sunday, Nov. 5 from 2-4 p.m. at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church (3686 State Highway E, Auxvasse).

The event will celebrate the release of the book "Callaway Chalkboards: Remembering Callaway County's Rural Schoolhouses."

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