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California Middle Schoolers present musical ‘Oklahoma!’

Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, were the evenings of the California Middle School Vocal Music Department performance “Oklahoma!” The production was an adaptation for pre-high schoolers of the Rodgers and Hammerstein production of the same name. The original production was performed March 31, 1943.

Bird flu strikes locally

A strain of avian influenza, or bird flu, responsible for several outbreaks of the disease around the country has now been confirmed in Moniteau County. The identification on Tuesday, March 10, of the H5N2 strain in a Fortuna poultry facility on Newkirk Road which houses a flock of more than 21,000 birds marked the second instance of the disease in Missouri. The first instance of such an outbreak was confirmed in a flock of more than 30,000 birds at Asbury, near Carthage, in Jasper County on Sunday, March 8.

More details on California trash pickup schedule changes

There are more details available about the upcoming changes in the pickup schedule of the City of California Sanitation Department.

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California gym 'X-Fit Womens' opens Jan. 1

New California gym caters exclusively to women's health and fitness

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Construction begins on new baseball field at California High School

Construction has begun on the baseball/softball field approved by the California R-I School Board. The new facility will be one multi-use facility with a temporary fence for the softball field. It will be located midway between the agriculture building and the weight room on the high school campus with the outfield extending south.

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A Cold War threat

Local vet discusses Cold War experience in the Air Force

Change of Venue sought by Healea

Healea is facing five felony charges related to an incident in Columbia

A Change of Venue is being sought by Moniteau County Prosecuting Attorney Shayne Healea, who is facing five felony charges related to an incident in Columbia at Addison’s restaurant. On Saturday, Oct. 25, he is alleged to have backed a Ford F-150 crew cab pickup truck, with tailgate lowered, into a glass wall of Addison’s Grill about 7:30 p.m., driving a short distance away, parking in front of the Tiger Hotel, then leaving the vehicle.

State Farm presents check to CHS

The $25,000 Celebrate My Drive ® grant check was presented to California R-I High School before the start of a varsity Pinto boys basketball game against Dixon High School Tuesday, Dec. 9. The check was presented by Paul Bloch, Brian Schmidt and Tammy Korte of the California State Farm Insurance Agency to a group of students and teachers representing the large number involved in the effort to win the national competition, including organizer Librarian Janet Henley. Rep. David Wood was also on hand for the presentation. CHS placed in the top 50 among high schools across North America in the online contest. California won by securing safe-driving commitments (votes) through the Celebrate My Drive ® program created by State Farm. There were 100 schools eligible to receive a grant ranging from $25,000 to $100,000. Nearly 3,300 schools participated in the U.S. and Canada. Including California, 1,659 competed in the small schools category.

High Street Grill offers family friendly dining

High Street Grill is open for business, offering ample seating, breakfast menu all day, as well as lunch and dinner, according to Carla Clennin, CFO, and John Harper, owner. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday Through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday for family friendly dining. The California Event Center is also open for business. Event Coordinator Darla Jo Vader can be reached at 573-796-6345 or on Facebook at California Event Center/High Street Grill.

Hayes inducted into the Drury Sports Hall of Fame

Julie Wells Hayes was inducted into the Drury Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies recently held at Findlay Student Center on the campus of Drury University in Springfield.