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Missouri's only nuclear power plant is undergoing a nearly $130 million repair project that includes the first overhaul of its main generator since the plant began operating in 1984.

The Callaway Energy Center shut down earlier this month for a regularly scheduled refueling and is expected to be offline for 60 days while repairs are made.

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A proposed health ordinance aims to widen areas between residential areas in Callaway County and concentrated animal feeding operations, also known as CAFOs.

Farms densely packed with livestock create an environment for bacteria and illnesses to cultivate. Often, antibiotics used to keep the livestock healthy end up creating antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria over time. While this can be spread through traditional contact, waste turned manure also disseminates the bacteria.

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Amber Gann began working as the interim 911 Director on March 1.  Although she is new to the position, Gann has worked at the county sheriff’s department for years. 

She said in her almost 10 years there she has worked in several different positions, including Deputy Director and dispatcher.

She said she is familiar working on the radio as a dispatcher, but now she wants to focus more on the administrative side of things, and building teamwork.    

Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society

Portland, Missouri will be the site for the first-ever “Cruising Callaway” tour hosted by the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society this Sunday. The tour will highlight communities throughout Callaway County.

Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society board member Diane Burre Ludwig hopes that this new tour series will revitalize towns around the county.

“Every smaller community has importance and relevance and has gotten Callaway County to where it is, so we want to take time to reach out and recognize them,” Burre Ludwig said.

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A judge has found that two members of the Missouri Clean Water Commission violated their duty to be impartial while considering a proposed large hog breeding operation in mid-Missouri.

The Columbia Daily Tribune ( ) reports that Chairman Todd Parnell of Springfield and member Ashley McCarty of Novinger won't be able to take part in discussions or votes on the Callaway Farrowing permit under Tuesday's ruling.

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Authorities are investigating a double homicide in central Missouri.

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A man who was shot and wounded by a central Missouri deputy has been charged with first-degree assault.

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An 1862 Civil War battle in Callaway County resulted in the deaths of 70 Confederate and Union soldiers. A recent search of that site resulted in finds that illuminate the guerilla warfare that was often seen in Missouri during the War Between The States.

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Sheriff’s departments in Cole and Callaway counties have refused to remove decals that state “In God We Trust” in response to a request from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. 

Today Paul Pepper visits with JENNIFER BEAN, Central Missouri Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, about some of the "controversial" changes coming to those familiar 'Nutrition Facts' labels, and why! At [4:21] BRIAN MAHIEU tells us who's coming and what's happening at the 2nd Annual Callaway Plein Air event in Fulton! May 18, 2015

Callaway County Rejects Use Tax By 26 Votes

Apr 9, 2015

A use tax which would enable Callaway County to preserve $125,000 in annual tax revenue was defeated by 26 votes on Tuesday.

Hog waste in Callaway County is a violation of permit

Oct 23, 2014

10,000 gallons of hog waste from a Callaway County hog farm flowed Monday into a waterway that is a part of Millers Creek.

The waste came from the hog feeding facility, Pork Master Inc., and flowed into the Mark Twain National Forest.

Pork Master Inc. is under a discharge permit issued by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), why the spill is a violation of the permit, Spokeswoman Gena Terlizzi says.

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Some residents of central Missouri's Callaway County say they're exploring legal strategies to fight a proposed indoor hog farm near Kingdom City.

Eichelberger Farms of Iowa plans to buy 20 acres from a private owner just south of Interstate 70 for a 10,000-hog confined animal feeding operation.

Residents who oppose the project tell the Columbia Missourian they will "explore all legal options available to protect our health, lifestyles and property rights."

A former employee of the Callaway County Circuit Clerk's office has been charged with forgery.

A review of the Callaway County Circuit Court has revealed more than 11,000 dollars could be unaccounted for, with 60 questionable transactions beginning in Jan. 2011.

Callaway County circuit clerk Judy Gorner says the discovery of the questionable transactions occurred in a routine budget review by the Missouri Office of State Court Administrators (OSCA) in Jan. 2011.

United Way of Callaway County

A record set at one Callaway County homeless shelter could reflect a bigger problem.

Wiley House, a shelter for homeless adult men and women, had a record number of individuals stay overnight in July and August. Executive Director Brad Sheppard said the shelter has seen an increase every year since it opened in 2009, but he still didn’t expect such high numbers.

Callaway nuclear plant reopens after 50 day closure

May 31, 2013
Ameren Missouri

The Callaway Energy Center just outside Fulton is back in service this week after a routine shutdown for refueling and maintenance. The plant was out of commission for 50 days while several new modifications were made in addition to normal inspections and tests.

Barry Cox, the senior director of nuclear operations for the plant, says the improvements mean it will take a few days for the plant to get back to full capacity.

An archeological survey is planned for a Civil War battleground site in central Missouri.

A survey is planned next month at the site where the Battle of Moore's Mill occurred in July 1862 in Callaway County, near what is now known as Calwood.

The Fulton Sun reports that the excavation is being funded by a grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service.

On January 1st, Claudia Starr will take over as the new executive director of the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce.

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Christmas for some families in Callaway County won’t be the same this year. After 23 years, Coe’s Tree Farm in Callaway County is closing due to the recent drought and the owner’s age. Owner of Coe’s Tree Farm Jamie Coe said over the past three years many of his trees have died due to the drought. He said the hardest part is letting the customers down this year.

Newscast for November 13, 2012

Nov 13, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Nonprofit group for family abuse children expanding services to Callaway County
  • St. Louis man convicted of 1983 rape and murder expecting prison release
  • Law upheld for St. Louis firefighters to live outside city limits
  • Missouri unemployment rate remains below national average
  • UM Press receives anonymous $10K donation
  • Missourians for Equality pushing for discrimination petition

Callaway County delays in mailing residents' tax bills

Nov 5, 2012
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The Callaway County collector’s office will not be mailing resident’s tax bills on time.

Computer glitches in the new taxpayer software that the collector’s office is using will delay the mailing of Callaway County’s real estate and property tax bills this year. The new PC based software was implemented in February.

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The Wiley House in Fulton will remain open despite being scheduled to close its doors due to lack of funding. 

Newscast for June 12, 2012

Jun 12, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Lincoln University sued over access to records
  • Cole County to install 15 new tornado sirens
  • Columbia 'Downtown District Board' to vote on 'Tiger Town' street closures
  • Report: Callaway County leads state in teen alcohol, drug abuse

A report released by the Missouri Department of Mental Health shows teens in Callaway County report higher alcohol and drug use than teens anywhere else in Missouri.


Westinghouse and St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri will collaborate on developing small modular nuclear reactors, or SMR’s, and will seek to build them at Ameren’s Callaway County plant.