KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Coverage From Callaway Coverage From Callaway en-us Copyright 2020, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 17 Feb 2020 HH:02:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Fulton Soup Kitchen to resume serving lunch after wave of volunteer support https://www.komu.com/news/fulton-soup-kitchen-to-resume-serving-lunch-after-wave-of-volunteer-support/ https://www.komu.com/news/fulton-soup-kitchen-to-resume-serving-lunch-after-wave-of-volunteer-support/ Coverage From Callaway Wed, 6 Nov 2019 7:22:08 PM Connor McCann, KOMU 8 Reporter Fulton Soup Kitchen to resume serving lunch after wave of volunteer support

FULTON - The Fulton Soup Kitchen will continue serving lunches three days a week. Last week, the kitchen announced it would no longer be serving lunches due to a volunteer shortage. Since then, numerous volunteers have stepped forward to serve the lunches.

The kitchen's president Katherine Bader said all it took was a Facebook post.

"This particular time the community was very supportive," Bader said. "Everybody came together and jumped in."

This isn't the first time the kitchen has run into some trouble. The kitchen was shut down for months before it found a new home on 214 West Fourth Street in Fulton this past April.

"Right now we're only open Monday through Thursday," Bader said. "Our goal is to be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. when the shelter opens up.

A patron who wished to remain anonymous said the kitchen staying open for lunch is a blessing.

"God got this kitchen," she said.

Bader said the kitchen means everything to her.

"It's a passion of mine," Bader said. "It allows me to allow others to have hot meals and a place to stay especially now that it's getting colder."

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Callaway County election could lead to another sales tax https://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-election-could-lead-to-another-sales-tax/ https://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-election-could-lead-to-another-sales-tax/ Coverage From Callaway Mon, 4 Nov 2019 4:56:32 PM Destinee Patterson, KOMU 8 Reporter Callaway County election could lead to another sales tax

CALLAWAY COUNTY - Two propositions on the election ballot Tuesday could increase sales taxes in Callaway County.

If passed, the county would impose a countywide sales tax at .5% for each proposition for the benefit of local law enforcement. 

"Callaway County is one of the bigger counties in the area, I believe. They're very short-staffed to cover that much area given the number of calls they have to answer," Fulton Police Chief Steve Myers said.

According to the sample ballot, Proposition 1 would use the additional money to provide law enforcement services for the county, including:

  • increasing the number of deputy sheriffs on patrol, investigators, corrections officers and others
  • enhancing compensation packages to improve competitive hiring and retention 
  • supplementing the cost of construction, renovation and operation of law enforcement facilities. 

Proposition 1 must pass in order for approval of Proposition 2.

Proposition 2, according to the sample ballot, would raise the sales tax by .5% for 21 years in order to update law enforcement facilities:

  • construction of a new Justice Center
  • expansion of the Callaway County Law Enforcement Center 
  • transition of the existing courthouse into a County Government Center

An employee at a local gas station said Callaway County already charges the most in sales taxes.

Myers responded to that sentiment.

"We all think we're paying too many taxes, but this is an issue of safety, public safety," he said. 

Myers said the tax is necessary, because facilities are overcrowded and in poor condition. 

"The present courthouse is basically unsafe, given the violence we see with prisoners," he said. 

Myers also said the sales tax is not solely the county residents' responsibility. 

"This is going to be a sales tax. So, county citizens would pay some of that, but also, we have I-70 running through here, so we have a lot of people traveling through here," he said.

Callaway County is one of many counties across the state holding elections.

Voters can cast their vote from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

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Kingdom City's Firefighter Memorial has a twin https://www.komu.com/news/kingdom-city-s-firefighter-memorial-has-a-twin/ https://www.komu.com/news/kingdom-city-s-firefighter-memorial-has-a-twin/ Coverage From Callaway Wed, 11 Sep 2019 6:28:20 PM Connor McCann, KOMU 8 Reporter Kingdom City's Firefighter Memorial has a twin

KINGDOM CITY - On the 18th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the statue at the Firefighter Memorial in Kingdom City has flags flowing in front of it. It's not the only statue being paid tribute today. It has a twin.

The statue is actually the second one of its kind to be made. The original is in New York City.

The statue that was meant for Kingdom City was being manufactured overseas. The day after the attacks, the President of the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri Kenneth Hoover, got a call. 

"We got a call saying it was at a port in New York," Hoover said. "We got together and decided that there was a reason it went there, because I don't think it was supposed to be there."

The statue stayed in New York City. The Fire Fighters Memorial Foundation of Missouri bought another statue from the same company afterwards, and then destroyed the mold.

"We wanted to give them something for their loss of 343 brothers and sisters," Hoover said.

Fulton firefighter Dennis Bacon said today is a day he won't forget.

"Everyone who went in there and died knew their job came with a possible sacrifice," Bacon said. "You can sacrifice your life for saving another."

"Most firefighters that you see are volunteer," Hoover said. "That's the job that we've decided to do."

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Local group holds rally against the opioid crisis https://www.komu.com/news/local-group-holds-rally-against-the-opioid-crisis/ https://www.komu.com/news/local-group-holds-rally-against-the-opioid-crisis/ Coverage From Callaway Sat, 31 Aug 2019 4:50:09 PM Daniel Perreault, KOMU 8 Reporter Local group holds rally against the opioid crisis

FULTON - A local chapter of FED UP, a nationwide coalition to end the opioid epidemic, held a rally in Fulton Saturday afternoon.

Several of the people who were at the event have been personally affected by the epidemic.

After Christa Daro's ex-husband Jared died of an overdose of a mix of heroin and fentanyl in January 2018, she found a new path for her life.

"I feel like it is my mission now to spread the word on how to find help and let people know they are not alone in the fight," she said. "They don't have to have the stigma of trying to hide the addiction or hide your loved ones' addiction."

Daro and other members of the community shared personal stories about how opioids have affected their lives.

"It gives me hope and a community that we can support each other in the fight against this epidemic," Dora said.

She said the opioid epidemic has affected the entire community. Callaway County Sheriff's Office Lt. Matthew Palmer said opioids are a huge problem. He said of the 17,000 calls deputies have responded to thus far in 2019, drugs have been connected to the vast majority of them.

Moving forward, Daro said she thinks there are steps doctors and surgeons should take when prescribing opioids.

"I'm hoping that more family doctors and general practitioners can get educated," she said. "I feel like the legislators and things like that need to become educated themselves. We need to start treating pain management without drugs. There are other ways to manage pain."

For starters, Daro said prescriptions could be for five days instead of 30. She said she hopes Saturday's event helps educate members of the community on how they can help.

"This doesn't discriminate it comes from all walks of life," Daro said. "Jared was a bright upstanding member of the community. I want people to know they don't have to be ashamed and hide this addiction problem. They can tell someone and get help."

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Humane Society asks Callaway County for funding https://www.komu.com/news/humane-society-asks-callaway-county-for-funding/ https://www.komu.com/news/humane-society-asks-callaway-county-for-funding/ Coverage From Callaway Wed, 21 Aug 2019 3:42:06 PM Destinee Patterson, KOMU 8 Reporter Humane Society asks Callaway County for funding

FULTON -- The Callaway County Humane Society is hoping to see additional funds from the county in its 2020 budget.

The Callaway County Humane Society is a volunteer-based organization that fosters stray cats and dogs within Callaway County.

Humane Society Board member Mary Simpson said the humane society is critical because the local animal shelter, Grabb Animal Shelter, only takes in animals within the city of Fulton.

Humane Investigator Sandy Corbet said she wants to be able to fund more spaying and neutering procedures for foster parents next year. She said the humane society does not have its own location and often holds events at local businesses to encourage adoption.

Callaway County has given $1,200 to the humane society for the past two years. Corbet said she hopes the county will offer them $2,500 next year because most funding comes from fundraising.

Four veterinary clinics in Callaway County honor its "Spay a Day" program, including Midwest Veterinary Clinic, Link Veterinary Clinic, Callaway Veterinary Clinic and Millersburg Veterinary Clinic. The program allows foster parents a discounted price for spaying and neutering services.

"Each veterinary clinic has their own price," Simpson said. "You can take your voucher and get $25 off that cost."

Pets need to be neutered because some owners will not care for the litter of kittens or puppies that may follow, Simpson said.

Randall Kleindienst, Callaway County Commissioner, said he thinks the program benefits the community and keeps everyone safe because the county cannot afford to pay for animal control.

The humane society met with Kleindienst on Tuesday in an effort to receive more county support for its efforts to spay and neuter more cats and dogs.

Kleindienst said the county is seriously considering the increase in funding. 

"I think it's good they can help some, I just wish people would take the responsibility themselves," Kleindienst said.

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PHOTOS: Flood waters cover airport runways, fields, levee https://www.komu.com/news/photos-flood-waters-cover-airport-runways-fields-levee/ https://www.komu.com/news/photos-flood-waters-cover-airport-runways-fields-levee/ Coverage From Callaway Fri, 24 May 2019 8:09:23 PM Emily Wolf, KOMU 8 Digital Producer PHOTOS: Flood waters cover airport runways, fields, levee

COLUMBIA - According to the Callaway County Sheriff's Office, water was over the runways at Jefferson City Airport in Callaway County Thursday.

The office published the above aerial photos on its Facebook page. They include images from a levee breach at Niemans Creek and flooded fields reaching to the edge of State Highway 94. 

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Meth trafficking investigation leads to five arrests in Callaway County https://www.komu.com/news/meth-trafficking-investigation-leads-to-five-arrests-in-callaway-county/ https://www.komu.com/news/meth-trafficking-investigation-leads-to-five-arrests-in-callaway-county/ Coverage From Callaway Wed, 23 Jan 2019 8:51:20 PM Stephanie Hamann, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Meth trafficking investigation leads to five arrests in Callaway County

CALLAWAY COUNTY - Deputies with the Callaway County Sheriff's Office arrested five Columbia residents Wednesday after a drug investigation.

The deputies found meth, firearms and more than $6,000 in cash as well as other drugs.

Andrea Martin, 43, was arrested for felony trafficking drugs, unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tracey Martin, 19, was arrested for four counts of felony possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Robert Gibson, 43, was arrested for felony trafficking drugs, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sean Blumer, 23, was arrested for four counts of felony possession of a controlled substance as well as unlawful use of a weapon.

Jack Smith, 62, was arrested for felony delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the news release, the Cole County Sheriff's Office and the Fulton Police Department helped in the investigation.

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Whereabouts unknown for two Callaway County murder suspects https://www.komu.com/news/whereabouts-unknown-for-two-callaway-county-murder-suspects/ https://www.komu.com/news/whereabouts-unknown-for-two-callaway-county-murder-suspects/ Coverage From Callaway Fri, 11 Jan 2019 7:25:26 PM Cory Johnson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Whereabouts unknown for two Callaway County murder suspects

CALLAWAY COUNTY - The Callaway County Sheriff's Office is searching for two suspects in a January 6 homicide.

Ruben Corales Cabrera, 33, and Emily Ricketts, 22, both of Indianapolis, IN, were charged with Murder in the First Degree by the county prosecutor's office on Friday. The charges stem from the murder of Lauro Garza-Perez in the 1500 block of Old Highway 40 near the Boone County line last Sunday.

Both suspects have ties to the Columbia area and are considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Cabrera or Ricketts should contact law enforcement immediately and not approach either subject. Information can be provided anonymously by contacting Callaway County Crimestoppers at 573-592-2474 or callawaysheriff.org/crime-stoppers.

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office continues its investigation into the murder and has been assisted by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, the Columbia Police Department, the Indianapolis, IN Police Department, and the United States Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

[Editor's note: This is a developing story. KOMU 8 News will continue to update it as more information becomes available.]


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Victim identified in Sunday's Callaway County homicide https://www.komu.com/news/victim-identified-in-sunday-s-callaway-county-homicide/ https://www.komu.com/news/victim-identified-in-sunday-s-callaway-county-homicide/ Coverage From Callaway Sun, 6 Jan 2019 11:14:15 PM Cory Johnson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Victim identified in Sunday's Callaway County homicide

CALLAWAY COUNTY - The Callaway County Sheriff's Department have identified Lauro Garza-Perez, 34, of Columbia, MO as the victim of a homicide Sunday evening.

Deputies arrived to a commercial area in the 1500 block of Old Highway 40 in response to a report of shots fired around 7:50 p.m. Sunday night. There they found a victim lying in a parking lot of a local business. Officials said everyone else involved in the incident had already left by the time they arrived.

Business owners in the area said they hadn't heard anything during the time of the incident.

When a KOMU 8 Reporter arrived on the scene late Sunday, authorities had blocked off part of Old Highway 40 for the investigation.

An autopsy took place at the medical examiner's office in Columbia, but has not yet been released.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Callaway County Crimestoppers at 573-592-2474 or electronically at callawaysheriff.org/crime-stoppers. Information may be provided anonymously. 

[Editor's note: This is a developing story. KOMU 8 News will continue to update it as more information becomes available.]

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UPDATE: Two arrested in Fulton on suspicion of dealing cocaine, meth https://www.komu.com/news/update-two-arrested-in-fulton-on-suspicion-of-dealing-cocaine-meth/ https://www.komu.com/news/update-two-arrested-in-fulton-on-suspicion-of-dealing-cocaine-meth/ Coverage From Callaway Sun, 16 Dec 2018 7:08:48 AM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer UPDATE: Two arrested in Fulton on suspicion of dealing cocaine, meth

FULTON - Two people were arrested on various drug charges Sunday morning.

According to a release, Police stopped a vehicle on William Woods Ave near Dunham Drive for a traffic violation at around 1:00 a.m. During the stop, officers found a passenger allegedly with illegal drugs including cocaine, methamphetamine and various pills. Multiple items related to drug dealing were found as well.

Yashim Smith was arrested and taken to the Callaway County Jail on suspicion of delivery and distribution of a controlled substance as well as four counts of possession of a controlled substance. Smith was taken to the Callaway County Jail on $24,500 bond.

The driver, Elmer Jackson was found to have multiple warrants for his arrest from a failure to appear in court. He was taken to the Callaway County Jail with a bond of $10,525. 

UPDATE 8:03 a.m.:

Per a second release, Smith originally told officers that his name was Ameir, after a relative, and allegedly signed jail documents with a relative's name. Law enforcement learned he had a warrant for failure to appear on controlled substances for $25,000 cash out of Cole County and a no bond parole absconder warrant.

He was additionally charged with forgery.

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Kansas City woman charged for trying to smuggle cocaine into jail https://www.komu.com/news/kansas-city-woman-charged-for-trying-to-smuggle-cocaine-into-jail/ https://www.komu.com/news/kansas-city-woman-charged-for-trying-to-smuggle-cocaine-into-jail/ Coverage From Callaway Sun, 9 Dec 2018 7:30:53 AM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Kansas City woman charged for trying to smuggle cocaine into jail

CALLAWAY COUNTY - A Kansas City woman was arrested Saturday and charged with multiple felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Angela Poulsen, 42, was transported to the Callaway County Jail after being arrested by an outside agency.

A search by jail staff at the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office found cocaine and a second controlled substance hidden in a body cavity.

The court set a $9,000 bond after the prosecuting attorney charged Poulsen with the drug offenses. She posted bond and was released pending a court appearance.

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Fulton man charged with 6 counts of child sex crimes https://www.komu.com/news/fulton-man-charged-with-6-counts-of-child-sex-crimes/ https://www.komu.com/news/fulton-man-charged-with-6-counts-of-child-sex-crimes/ Coverage From Callaway Thu, 28 Jun 2018 9:19:44 PM Rachel Brunts, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Fulton man charged with 6 counts of child sex crimes

FULTON - Patrick Metcalf, 53, was charged Wednesday with six counts of felony offenses relating to child sex crimes.

According to Callaway County Sheriff’s Office, Metcalf is charged with two counts of statutory rape in the first degree, statutory sodomy in the first degree, and tampering with a victim in a felony prosecution.

Metcalf is currently being held in the Callaway County Jail, without bond.

The investigation is ongoing and and the sheriff's department said further charges could be filed at a later date.

Callaway County Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens to report suspected child abuse by contacting the State of Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect hotline at 800-392-3738.   

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Man arrested for chasing woman with croquet mallet https://www.komu.com/news/man-arrested-for-chasing-woman-with-croquet-mallet/ https://www.komu.com/news/man-arrested-for-chasing-woman-with-croquet-mallet/ Coverage From Callaway Sat, 5 May 2018 12:06:17 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Man arrested for chasing woman with croquet mallet

FULTON - A man was arrested Friday night after allegedly chasing after a woman with a croquet mallet.

Fulton Police were called near 7th Street just before 9:00 p.m. for a report of a domestic disturbance.

The caller reported that Courtney Braggs was chasing a female subject down 7th Street with a croquet mallet threatening her after he had broken windows of a home nearby.

Braggs, 35, was later found and arrested for fourth-degree domestic assault, unlawful use of a weapon, property damage and violation of a protection order. He was taken to the Callaway County Jail with a bond of $4,000.

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Three suspects in custody for pizza delivery robberies https://www.komu.com/news/three-suspects-in-custody-for-pizza-delivery-robberies/ https://www.komu.com/news/three-suspects-in-custody-for-pizza-delivery-robberies/ Coverage From Callaway Sat, 24 Mar 2018 7:03:42 PM Melody Cox, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Three suspects in custody for pizza delivery robberies

CALLAWAY COUNTY- Callaway County deputies have arrested three individuals in connection to two separate robberies of pizza delivery drivers outside of Holts Summit.

The Callaway County prosecutor charged 18-year-old Tarique Shelton of Jefferson City with robbery in the second degree and armed criminal action. Shelton is in the court's custody with a $75,000 bond.

Two juveniles were also taken into custody.

On Feb. 22, a delivery driver reported two men approached him with a gun and stole money, a pizza and other property. The driver was not injured.

Then on March 15, another delivery driver reported two men came up to him and tried to steal money and pizza. He got back to his car, and no property was taken.

Both of the robberies happened in Winterwood Estates.

The investigation is ongoing, and further charges could be coming.

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Man arrested for document forgery and drug charges https://www.komu.com/news/man-arrested-for-document-forgery-and-drug-charges/ https://www.komu.com/news/man-arrested-for-document-forgery-and-drug-charges/ Coverage From Callaway Sat, 24 Mar 2018 8:12:56 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Man arrested for document forgery and drug charges

FULTON - Police arrested a man Saturday after allegedly using fraudulent documents to avoid paying tow fees.

Poor Boys Garage tow company picked up an impounded vehicle Saturday around 10 a.m. in response to the Fulton Police Department.

Police learned Samuel Weyland presented a document showing the tow bill was paid for.

It was found to be fraudulent.

Authorities arrested Weyland at a local motel and seized the vehicle following an investigation.

Weyland was arrested for forgery, narcotics possession and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Callaway County Jail.

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Callaway County files for rapid audit of collector's office https://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-files-for-rapid-audit-of-collector-s-office/ https://www.komu.com/news/callaway-county-files-for-rapid-audit-of-collector-s-office/ Coverage From Callaway Mon, 19 Mar 2018 3:32:53 PM Max Cotton, KOMU 8 Reporter Callaway County files for rapid audit of collector's office

FULTON – The Callaway County Commission formally requested an rapid audit of its collector's office from the Missouri State Auditor's Office Monday.

"We're asking the Missouri State Auditor's Office to get to this audit as quickly as possible. Not to go through it quickly, but to get to it as quickly as possible," Callaway County Presiding Commissioner Gary Jungermann.

The audit, which is required by state law, comes after Callaway County Collector Pam Oestreich resigned on March 15. 

Oestreich resigned following a meeting between officials from Central Bank and the Callaway County Prosecutor Christopher Wilson about a suspicious account maintained by Oestreich. Wilson and Callaway County Sheriff Clay Chism then referred the case to the FBI.

"Due to the circumstances of the vacancy, I recommend that the county commission expedite this audit," Galloway said in a letter to Jungermann.

The rapid audit would not cost the county extra.

"We're looking to find out what did or didn't happen," Jungermann said.

The FBI is also investigating Oestreich's conduct as county collector.

Since Oestreich resigned, the collector's office has been closed. The office sat empty at the start of the work week with a sign on its door that read, "This office is closed. Sorry for any inconvenience."

Jungermann said people who need to pay county taxes should go to Cole or Audrain County Collector's Offices. While the county collector's office is closed, the Callaway County Clerk's Office will take charge of tax records from the collector's office.

Jungermann said the office will reopen when Gov. Eric Greitens selects a new county collector. He said the audit does not need to be finished before the office reopens. 

"Our daily business through that office can't happen right now," Jungermann said.

He said he met with members of the governor's staff on Friday. They did not give him a timetable for when Greitens will announce a new county collector.

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FNF Week 9: North Callaway team takes advantage of four-day school week https://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-9-north-callaway-team-takes-advantage-of-four-day-school-week/ https://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-9-north-callaway-team-takes-advantage-of-four-day-school-week/ Coverage From Callaway Fri, 13 Oct 2017 3:43:29 PM Anthony Romano, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter FNF Week 9: North Callaway team takes advantage of four-day school week

KINGDOM CITY - Time formerly spent in the classroom is now being spent in the film room.

No, players on the North Callaway football team aren't playing hooky. They're just taking advantage of having Mondays off from school - every week.

"I think they enjoy that time on Monday," said North Callaway's head football coach Kevin O'Neal. "We get to spend a little more time in film, we're not rushed or anything and I think it has paid off this year having a successful year. I think the kids have adapted to it well."

The North Callaway School District adopted a four-day school week earlier this year, and this is the first season the Thunderbirds have not had class on Mondays.

"I think the kids enjoy having the three days off. The days are a little bit longer that we are here, but I think classroom time and the kids' response in the classroom has been great," O'Neal said.

The added work time on Mondays allow both the players and coaches to have more free time over the weekend.

"In the old days when I coached football, the staff would have to spend Sundays at my house and we worked all day," North Callaway Activities Director Michael Emmons said. "Now our coaches get Sunday off."

For O'Neal, the extra day gives him more time to spend with his two sons.

"During football season they don't get to see me a whole lot, so I try to make it a point to give Saturday and Sunday to those guys," he said.

North Callaway has dropped only one game this season, an opening night loss to Southern Boone. Since then it has won seven in a row.

O'Neal credits the team's success to the hard work of its seniors.

"That class has worked hard. They worked hard in the offseason. It's no mistake why we're having the success we're having, it's because of the work they put in and hopefully they remember that hard work does pay off and it's paying off for them this year," he said.

The Thunderbirds play Montgomery County on Friday to close out the regular season.

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FNF Week 7: Fulton sophomore to sing anthem at St. Louis Blues game https://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-7-fulton-sophomore-to-sing-anthem-at-st-louis-blues-game/ https://www.komu.com/news/fnf-week-7-fulton-sophomore-to-sing-anthem-at-st-louis-blues-game/ Coverage From Callaway Fri, 29 Sep 2017 4:57:21 PM Anthony Romano, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter FNF Week 7: Fulton sophomore to sing anthem at St. Louis Blues game

FULTON - Alex Armstrong rarely gets stage fright.

He's sang for legislators in Jefferson City, for basketball games at Mizzou Arena and, on November 24, he'll sing the national anthem before the St. Louis Blues game against the Nashville Predators.

"In my mind, I could do it right now and I'd feel completely fine," Armstrong said, "because it is that much fun. The feeling is good, it's not a nervous feeling."

Armstrong is a sophomore at Fulton High School, where he is involved in theatre and also runs cross country for the team, which placed third in the Class 3 state championships last year.

"For me, my breath support when I'm singing helps me with my running. My breath support and how I breathe during a song is the same as what I do in cross country," he said.

Armstrong was one of more than 600 people to send in audition tapes to the Blues for a shot at singing the anthem before a game in the upcoming season. He was one of 30 to receive an in-person audition and eventually earned a spot in the top nine.

His mother, Donna Armstrong, said she remembers when she first heard from a Blues representative.

"He said, 'Just to let you know, nine were selected but Alex was the top winner,' and I was like, 'That's awesome,'" she said.

Alex Armstrong said, after seeing his competition at the auditions, he wasn't sure if he would get chosen.

"Honestly, I was thinking that I wasn't going to win," he said, "because of all the people that we saw. I'm glad that some of those people did get it."

He said the biggest obstacle he's faced has been his voice changing.

"I didn't take it as hard because I knew it was going to happen and I was preparing myself for it because it was happening to other people," Armstrong said. "It was still really hard to deal with in my mental being because you're used to singing a certain way and it's like, 'Oh no, you can't sing like you used to.'"

Armstrong has adjusted to that inevitability and now has his sights set on Scottrade Center, where he'll sing the anthem in front of around 19,000 Blues fans.

His mother said, "I used to get nervous, but I don't get nervous for him anymore just because of his talent. This is what he's meant to do."

While he's still only in 10th grade, Armstrong said he hopes to one day reach the bright lights of Broadway.

"When you sing during Broadway shows, it's emoting something, it's not just singing a song. It's putting a message across," Armstrong said. "That's what I hope to be doing and that's what I'm working towards."

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Missouri flags to be flown at half-staff for fallen marine https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-flags-to-be-flown-at-half-staff-for-fallen-marine/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-flags-to-be-flown-at-half-staff-for-fallen-marine/ Coverage From Callaway Mon, 14 Aug 2017 3:07:26 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Missouri flags to be flown at half-staff for fallen marine

JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Eric Greitens made a proclamation Tuesday that U.S. and Missouri flags at state buildings in every Missouri county and the City of St. Louis fly at half-staff Aug. 15 to honor Sgt. Talon Leach.

Leach, 27, and 15 others died when the KC-130 transport plane crashed in Mississippi. All but one were U.S. Marines; the 16th victim was a Navy corpsman.

A Fulton-area native, Leach went to North Callaway High School.

In addition, Gov. Greitens ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags at all state buildings in Callaway County fly at half-staff Aug. 16-22.

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Two women arrested following multi-county chase https://www.komu.com/news/two-women-arrested-following-multi-county-chase/ https://www.komu.com/news/two-women-arrested-following-multi-county-chase/ Coverage From Callaway Thu, 10 Aug 2017 7:13:49 AM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Two women arrested following multi-county chase

BOONE COUNTY - Two women are in custody after a vehicle pursuit led deputies through Boone, Callaway, Montgomery, and into Warren county. 

Boone county deputies were originally alerted to a possible stolen 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse traveling eastbound on Interstate 70 near Stadium Boulevard in Columbia.

Information obtained indicated the vehicle was stolen in Arnold, MO.

Deputies attempted a traffic stop but the driver refused, instead traveling eastbound on I-70 at high speeds.  The pursuit continued into Callaway County where assistance was given from Callaway County deputies and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers.

Tire deflation devices were used and it continued into Montgomery county, eventually becoming disabled on I-70 in Warren County.

Samantha Rachels, 23, of St Louis and Diane Williams, 44, of O’Fallon were taken into custody without further incident. 

Rachels was charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, felony resisting arrest, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle as well as careless and impudent driving involving an accident. No bond has been set.

Williams was charged with second-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. No bond has been set. She also had previous arrest warrants out for two counts of first-degree tampering and obstructing police.


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