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Make plans to attend the annual Art on the Bricks festival next weekend in Fulton, Missouri. Plenty of music, food and art are the reasons why BETH SNYDER says it will be two days of fun for the whole family! September 12, 2018


In the wake of the Trump administration’s limitations on refugees, immigrants and green-card holders from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the United States, yesterday a lecturer at Westminster College in Fulton spoke about how politics and faith have always been at odds.

Charles Kimball, a religious studies professor at the University of Oklahoma and an expert on Jewish, Christian and Muslim relations, delivered Westminster’s fifth annual C.S. Lewis lecture to a full house at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury.

Courtesy of Beth Synder

Beth Snyder turned her hobby of printmaking into a career when she started 1canoe2, a print and illustration studio. Her passion for creating prints began when her husband, then-fiancé, bought her a press for about $700 on eBay, for Christmas in 2007. She had wanted to print her wedding invitations using a traditional method.


Westminster College
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The National Churchill Museum is set to open a new exhibit called “'Sinews of Peace': Power of Prose” on Thursday showcasing Winston Churchill’s complete draft of his “Iron Curtain” speech. The speech was given 70 years ago in the Historic Gym of Westminster College in Fulton.

Timothy Riley, Director and Chief Curator of the museum, said this exhibit is one of many things planned for the 70th anniversary of the speech.

“We’re using the entire year to really lift up and celebrate the occasion,” said Riley.

Mental Health Department Investigates State Hospital Suicide

Aug 1, 2016
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  The Missouri Department of Mental Health is investigating a patient suicide at a state psychiatric facility.

Callaway County Sheriff's Office Lt. Clay Chism said the 52-year-old patient hanged himself July 18 at Fulton State Hospital. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that no foul play is suspected. But Chism  said the investigation is ongoing pending a medical examiner's report.

Mental health department spokeswoman Debra Walker said the agency is looking into whether staff members were negligent.

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A proposed half-cent sales tax in Fulton could create funding for improvements to city stormwater management and the parks and recreation department, supporters say.

The tax comes in the wake of a Department of Natural Resources audit last June that determined Fulton was not compliant with its stormwater management permit. The DNR focused on pollution and flood control in the city as problem areas for the city.

City of Fulton Looking To Raise Electricity Rates

Oct 15, 2015
Downtown Fulton

Fulton is looking to raise electrical rates for the first time since 2008.

New Westminster College President Takes Office

Jul 3, 2015
Westminster College

  Westminster College in Fulton is under the direction of a new President. Dr. Benjamin Akande officially took over as the twenty-first President in Westminster history on July 1.

Gov. Nixon Breaks Ground on New Mental Hospital

May 27, 2015
Paxton DiBlasi

  Local and state officials picked up shovels to do their part digging a new psychiatric hospital. Governor Jay Nixon spoke today at the ceremonial ground breaking of the new Fulton State Psychiatric Hospital campus.

Bear Sightings in Fulton Over Memorial Day Weekend

May 26, 2015
The Missouri Department of Conservation

Fulton residents are keeping watch for a bear first seen in town over Memorial Day Weekend.

The Missouri Department of Conservation says the two most recent sightings occurred between eight a.m. and noon on May 26, 2015.

The bear was in a residential neighborhood only blocks away from the original sighting.

Agent Bob Lyons of the Missouri Department of Conservation said residents should be alert, but not overly concerned.

Webster University

  Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande will serve as the next president of Westminster College.

With a Ph.D. in economics, Akande is the former dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology at Webster University.


A Westminster College chapter of a national fraternity has been suspended indefinitely due to hazing and offensive comments on a social media site. 

Downtown Fulton

Fulton’s vacant homes could soon be demolished. The Fulton Department of Planning & Protective Services will apply for a Community Development Block Grant, which aims to help small Missouri communities improve local facilities, and alleviate health and safety issues.

The grant is part of a program run through the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Funding for the grant comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Plan in Place to Improve Fulton Parks

Mar 2, 2015
Downtown Fulton

The city of Fulton is asking its residents what kind of changes they would like to see in their local parks. City officials recently launched a ten-year master plan to improve its facilities, and they want people’s opinions on what those improvements should entail. Mayor LeRoy Benton says that the city is focused on expansion.

Collection of the Kansas City Art Institute

This week on KBIA's arts/culture segment KCUR's C.J. Janovy explores folk artist, Jesse Howard. 

Downtown Fulton

 The Old Fulton Theatre is making an encore performance. Last month, The Brick District organization voted unanimously to take on the renovation of the historic building. The theater has been abandoned for over five years now, and hasn’t been functional since 2005. District president Thomas Riley said the theater has a lot of potential, but needs work.

“We’ve been working on downtown development for a number of years," he said. "The theater represents probably the biggest potential asset we could have for downtown development… but right now, it might be the biggest detriment.”

By all accounts, self-taught artist Jesse Howard was cantankerous. In middle of the last century, it wasn't unusual to see hand-painted signs on country roads advertising a traveling fair or a farm sale. But Howard's signs offered Bible verses. They proclaimed his anger at his neighbors and the government, and his disappointments with the world around him. "Every word I'm saying's the truth," the artist said of his work. "Every word."

PM Newscast for December 3, 2014

Dec 3, 2014

Regional coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Potential changes in Common Core
  • Downtown Columbia to see parking meter changes
  • Fulton opens new preschool
  • CPS is planning a late start schedule 

Fulton proposes 2015 budget

Oct 30, 2014
Adams Building in Fulton

The 2015 budget for Fulton, Missouri was proposed where it had its first reading at Tuesday night's city council meeting.  The budget will have to be read two more times before it can be passed. 

The budget includes the city's plan to go into debt in 2015. 

Bill Johnson, the Director of Administration said while there are multiple improvement projects, two projects in particular will be primarily responsible for leading the city into debt.

Fulton passes sewer upgrade bond

Apr 9, 2014

Fulton residents may see cleaner water soon. Residents yesterday voted in favor of a $13 million bond to upgrade its sewer system. The wastewater treatment facility was built in 1987 and is in need of mandatory improvements according to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. According to the city’s website, the improvements comprise of new headworks, a new aeration system and an ultraviolet light for disinfection. The city has already begun the process of improving the facility.

Voters to decide bond issues in Centralia, Fulton

Apr 8, 2014
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Across Missouri voting has been underway since 6 this morning. Some ballots include school bonds, others have city council races or mayoral races, including Columbia, Centralia, Holts Summit and Fulton.

Patt Olsen is the director of the Centralia Public Library and says the library has exhausted its reserves and is asking for a 25 cent tax levy in addition to the existing 30 cent tax levy. This means that on a $100,000 assessed home, the taxpayers would pay just under $50 every year to keep the library operating at its current capacity.

Kellie Moore, ColumbiaFAVS.com

The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, visited Fulton on Thursday (Feb. 27) to deliver a guest lecture and preside over a service at Westminster College. The lecture was held in the historic Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury. 

Fulton High School opens fabrication lab

Feb 24, 2014
Downtown Fulton

Last week, Fulton High School cut a ribbon for the only high school Fabrication Lab in Missouri. 

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

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.

Fourth of July in Fulton honors military

Jul 4, 2013
Mary Kate Burgess / KBIA

Hot dogs, American flags, and the cheers of children were among the sights and sounds in the air today at Fulton’s 2nd annual Fourth of July parade.

This year’s parade in Fulton honors the city’s WWII veterans, and members of the military. 

Fulton resident Ellie Fritz said she loves Independence Day, and thinks the parade was especially meaningful this year: “It’s a tribute, especially for the WWII veterans, but all veterans,” Fritz said.  “ But a special emphasis on WWII this year.”

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.

In 1996, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher visited Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, the same place where almost 50 years earlier, Winston Churchill delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” speech.  During her visit, Thatcher gave a speech that still has relevance today, especially in light of the continuing threat of nuclear weapons by North Korea.

A Westminster College graduate fighting for election reform in the Maldives returns to the Fulton campus this week to discuss her political activism.

Shauna Aminath is a 2008 Westminster graduate and a native of the Maldives. She was arrested in the Indian Ocean republic after the 2012 ouster of President Mohamed Nasheed.

Aminath was a deputy undersecretary in Nasheed's administration. She now works to restore the democratic elections that have been replaced by parliamentary votes.