Stories for December 2010


Wednesday, December 29

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri from Wednesday, Dec. 29 - Jan. 7 2010

The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010 through Friday, Jan. 7, 2011.

California High School Spring Play Season Begins

Play auditions for the spring play Deadly Earnest were held on Wednesday, Dec. 15 in the Performing Arts Center.

New Club Forms at California High School

California High School students have formed another new student group this year.

New Products Now Available at California Post Office

With several new shipping services products being introduced on Jan. 2, Customers eager to get their hands on the packaging can preorder the new boxes and envelopes.

California Democrat Community Calender December 29

The Community Calender for the December 29 issue of the California Democrat.

Moniteau County SB40 Board Begins Search for Executive Director

The Moniteau County SB40 Board began looking for a new executive director following the regular SB40 Board meeting on Nov. 22, 2010. In closed session, the resignation of Executive Director Staci Harrison was submitted, since she found a position closer to her family.

Tuesday, December 28

2010 Moniteau First Baby Contest Winner Nears First Birthday; Celebration Bittersweet for Family

Ashleigh Marie Perez, daughter of Greg and Deanna Perez, Jamestown, and winner of the 2010 First Baby of Moniteau County Contest, will celebrate her first birthday Jan. 5. While the milestone is certainly a special one, the celebration will be bittersweet for the Perez family. When Ashleigh was not quite two months old, her sister Kelsey, 6, was diagnosed with a rare cancer that ultimately took her life less than three months later (May 18).

Brackets from the 16th Annual Otterville Holiday Classic

The boy's and girl's brackets for the 16th Annual Otterville Holiday Classic to be held Dec. 30 to Jan. 8 2011.

California Middle School Lady Pintos Take Blair Oaks Lady Falcons Down

The California Middle School seventh grade girls basketball team traveled to Wardsville Dec. 10, where the Lady Pintos defeated the Blair Oaks Lady Falcons 40-5.

Young California Pintos defeat Blair Oaks Falcons

The California Middle School seventh and eighth grade boys basketball teams hosted Blair Oaks Dec. 17, where the seventh grade Pintos captured a 36-27 win from the Falcons. "The was our biggest game of the year," CMS Coach Scott Loring said. "The crowd was awesome, so we're thankful for the fans and the atmosphere."

California Area Basketball Results

Jamestown girls The Jamestown varsity girls basketball team traveled to Higbee Dec. 17, where the Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Tigers 44-40. "We really struggled to find a rhythm, especially offensively," Jamestown Coach E.H. Hirschvogel said. "But the girls kept scrapping and clawing and eventually got something put together late in the fourth quarter. Any win on the road is a good win, and as tough as Higbee was tonight, we'll take it."

Prairie Home Students Excel at MAP Test

Photos of students who excelled at the MAP Test taken last spring by students at Prairie Home School.

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White Christmas in Abundance in Moniteau County

Many people did not have to dream of a white Christmas this year and many of those who did not get one may well have a white New Year. In central Missouri there is sometimes a white Christmas and sometimes not. This year the white stuff came down with several inches on the ground for Christmas Day.

Jamestown School Holds Christmas Concert

Photos from the Christmas Concert held at Jamestown C-I School Tuesday, Dec. 20.

Russellville School Holds Holiday Concert

Photos taken from the 2010 Russellville Holiday Music Concert held Tuesday, Dec. 21.

Pilot Grove Baptist Church Holds Christmas Program

Pilot Grove Baptist Church, California, held their Christmas Program Wednesday, Dec. 22 with children participating from their Wednesday night youth program they hold in conjunction with Flag Springs Baptist Church, California. Wanda Cassil and Vickie Miller co-wrote and directed the program which they said only had one rehearsal before the show due to bad weather.

MFA Agriservices, Bob Rugen Serving California

Bob Rugen, manager of MFA Agriservices in California, has worked for MFA for over 35 years and has served at the California location for over 21 years. Rugen graduated from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Agribusiness and worked for MFA right out of college.

Salem Baptist Church Celebrates Christmas With Program, Christmas Eve Service

To celebrate Christmas, Salem Baptist Church, California, held several events to mark the occasion including a Cantata held the morning of Dec. 19, a Christmas program held the evening of the same day and a candlelight service held Christmas Eve. Roy Barnard, pastor at Salem Baptist Church, said the events this year focused around worship, fellowship and missions.

Wreaths Placed on Graves at Jefferson City National Cemetery

Nearly 1,600 wreaths were placed at the Jefferson City National Cemetery at 1024 East McCarty Street, Jefferson City, as the "Wreaths for Heroes" campaign achieved its goal of placing a Christmas wreath on each gravesite.

Wednesday, December 22

California Kids Carol at Moniteau, California Care Center

Photos of the California Kids performing at the Moniteau and California Care Center.

Photos from the Russellville Cross Country State Championship Banner Unveiling

Photos from the Russellville Cross Country State Championship Banner Unveiling.

Extensionettes Meet December 8

Members of the California Extensionettes met at the beautifully decorated home of May Kirchoff on Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. The meeting was called to order by President Elizabeth Washburn and a brief business meeting was held. A contribution was made from the members to the Ministerial Alliance to assist with the work in the community helping those in need this holiday season. In a festive mood the members exchanged white elephant gifts. A delicious contributed lunch was served which included hot chicken salad, chicken casserole, slaw, salad, rolls, lemon pie and coffee. The next meeting will be held at Burgher Haus at 10 a.m., on Jan. 12, with Jane Spieler as hostess.

California Elementary School Students of the Week December 17

Photos of the December 17 California Elementary School Students of the Week.

Photos of Prairie Home School Basketball Teams Competing at Jamestown Tourney December 6 through 11

The Prairie Home varsity boys and girls basketball teams participated in the Jamestown Tournament Dec. 6-11. The Lady Panthers ultimately won the consolation.

Memorial Bench for Opal Schwab Placed in Proctor Park

A new bench has been placed along the walking trail at Proctor Park. It was purchased from memorial funds for Opal Schwab. A simlar bench will soon be placed which was purchased from memorial funds for Dr. McCann.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri from Wednesday, Dec. 22-31

The following is a listing of general hiighway maintenance and construction work in the Mid-Missouri area for Wednesday, Dec. 22 through Friday, Dec. 31. Scheduled construction and maintenance operations affecting traffic will cease for the Christmas holiday on Friday, Dec. 24 and resume ooon Monday, Dec. 27 and for the New Year holiday on Friday, Dec. 31. Work will resume on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. Weather conditions may cause postponents in the work schedule. Other connnstruction or maintenance work may occur on other roadways throughout the area. Many projects will include lane closures and delays can be expected. MoDot reminds the public to buckle up, slow down, follow posted signing and drive safely through work areas. For more information about a project, please contact MoDOT at 1-88-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or log onto You can also follow MoDOT's Central District on Twitter, at

Twin City Garden Club Meets December 14

The Twin City Garden Club met at the home of Jenice Taggert, co-president, on Dec. 14. At the business meeting the club finalized the program book. Some of the programs for 2011 will be Bonzai Bonanza, Repotting plants at Longfellows, Low-Impact Gardening, Lasagna Gardening, Art in the Garden, a visit to Missouri Wildflower Nursery and a trip to Runge. The club celebrated the holidays with a luncheon. Members brought side dishes and Taggert provided quiche. Everyone brought food to donate to the food pantry.

California Democrat Community Calender December 22

The Community Calender for the December 22 issue of the California Democrat.

Nine California High School Students to Graduate in December

Each year a few CHS students take the path of early graduation. This year at CHS, nine students are planning on graduating at semester.

California FFA Chapter Performs Holiday Community Service

During this holiday season, the California FFA Chapter has given back to their community. The California FFA Chapter sponsored a school-wide food drive from Nov. 1- 19 to benefit the local food bank.

ACT Workshops scheduled at California High School

Workshops for the ACT Test will be held at California High School Jan. through April, to help students prepare for the test.

2010 Ends with OATS Laying the Foundation for a More Stable Tomorrow

The 39th Annual Board of Directors meeting of OATS, Inc. took place on Tuesday, Nov. 30, in Columbia.

California High School Speech Team Places Second

Saturday, Dec. 10, eighteen members of the CHS Speech Team placed second of twelve schools participating in the Sacred Heart Speech Tournament.

Tuesday, December 21

California Lady Pintos use Fourth-Quarter Comeback to Defeat Russellville Lady Indians

The California High School varsity and JV girls' basketball teams hosted Russellville Monday night, where the varsity Lady Pintos captured a 75-64 win.

California Pintos Stamp Out Panthers

The California High School varsity and JV boys basketball teams traveled to Knob Noster Friday night, where both teams captured a win. California's varsity boys defeated Knob Noster 53-33. The Pintos led 12-11 after one quarter and 31-21 at the half. California outscored Knob Noster 13-2 in the third frame to lead 44-23 going into the final quarter. The Panthers managed 10 points to California's nine in the final frame, however, the Pintos still came away with a big win, 53-33.

Freshman California Lady Pintos Pocket Loss to Osage

The California High School freshman girls basketball team hosted Osage Dec. 13, where the Lady Pintos lost 43-11 to the Lady Indians.

Freshman California Pintos defeat Osage Indians 55-25

The California High School freshman boys basketball team hosted Osage Dec. 13, where the Pintos came away with a 55-25 victory. California led 18-1 after one quarter and 34-4 at the half. The Pintos held the lead through the second half of the contest to take the win.

California Superintendent Resigns During School Board Meeting, Will Become Football Coach

The resignation, effective June 30, of California R-I School Superintendent Marty Albertson was accepted by the California R-I School Board Wednesday, Dec. 15 at its regular monthly meeting. Albertson has accepted the position of California High School Head Football Coach for next year and commented he wants "to concentrate my efforts in that direction." The School Board has scheduled a closed meeting for today (Wednesday) to make plans for hiring a new superintendent.

Latham Students Will Return to School in January

The 63 Latham R-V School students will return to their studies on Jan. 3, 2011, although not to their classrooms, following a devastating fire. According to Administrator Tanya Brown, the students will be split between the Latham Christian Church and the Pilot Grove Baptist Church until the mobile classrooms are installed and readied for the school use.

John Trachsel Adds Bobcat Service to Fencing Business

John Trachsel has added a Bobcat service to his business now called Trachsel Fencing and Bobcat Service. Trachsel started working on fences for Roy Goldammer's business in Russellville. Trachsel grew up in Russellville and after working for Goldammer for 12 years, he took over for Goldammer.

Gary Wells to Retire as California Utilities Superintendent

Gary Wells, long-time California Utilities Superintendent, will retire on Dec. 31. On Dec. 30, from 2 - 4 p.m, there will be a punch and cake reception in the City Hall Public Meeting Room. Full and part time, Wells has worked for the city 43 years. He began as a part time employee during the summers of 1967 and 1968.

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California Resident Kelly Messerli Embodies Spirit of Christmas

When thinking of Christmas, a picture of a jolly man in a white beard bringing smiles to faces young and old comes to mind. No one embodied that spirit more than Kelly Messerli who went to local nursing homes distributing presents to residents around Moniteau County Friday, Dec. 17.

Photos from the Russellville Elementary School Christmas Program

Photos from the Russellville Elementary School Christmas Program held Dec. 14.

Photos from the December Prairie Home School Page

Photos from the December Prairie Home School Page.

Children's Christmas service at St. Paul's Lutheran, California

The annual Christmas program of the youth of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, California, was Sunday, Dec. 19.

Photos from the Christmas Program at Main Street Baptist Church, California

Photos from the Christmas Program at Main Street Baptist Church, California.

Prairie Home School FCCLA Hosts Gift Drive for Senior Citizens

The Prairie Home School FCCLA (Family Career & Community Leaders of America) recently hosted a Christmas gift drive for residents of the Lakeview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Boonville.

Photos from the December Jamestown Page

Photos from the December Jamestown School Page.

California First graders Perform "Jingle All the Way"

Following a postponement because of the travel hazards of freezing mist on Thursday, California Elementary School first graders presented "Jingle All the Way" on Friday. The event was directed by Stacy Friedrich in the high school auditorium.

California Progress Inc. Christmas Dinner Begins in the Dark

The California Progress, Inc., (CPI) annual Christmas dinner and meeting went off as planned on Monday, Dec. 13, although the area of the power outage included the dinner location of the United Methodist Church.

Prairie Home School Hosts Christmas Concert and Twelve Days of Christmas

Prairie Home R-V School hosted the annnual Christmas Program directed by Nancy Lacy Kixmiller Dec. 14, which included a Christmas Concert by the elementary, junior high and high school bands, and high school choir, and a presentation of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" by the elementary students.

Tipton School Board Meets

With the mid-winter break near, the Tipton R-VI School Board met for less than an hour before returning for closed session. During the open session, Joe Stemberger was recognized for his winning Christmas card design by art teacher Ginny Bowers. He is a student in Junior Art 1. He was presented with several printed cards and a check for $50.

Crime Watch plans January 1 Jamestown Meeting

At its regular monthly meeting on Dec. 14, at the 911 building, Moniteau County Crime Watch conducted additional planning for the Jan. 11, 2011 meeting in Jamestown.

Wednesday, December 15

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Area Firefighters Converge on Latham to Help with Fire at School

An early morning fire left the Latham R-V School devastated and the community in shock. According to firefighters on the scene a neighbor woke up just before 3 a.m., saw the school was in flames and began making phone calls.

Area High School Basketball Results for December 15

Russellville girls Russellville's varsity girls basketball team hosted South Callaway Dec. 6, where the Lady Indians came away with a 63-34 win. Amber Duncan and Hannah Campbell led Russellville with 18 points each. Duncan also grabbed five rebounds and had eight assists. Kennedy Volkart contributed 10 points and five rebounds. Cassandra Carter added four points.

California Democrat Community Calender December 15

The California Democrat Community Calender for Dec. 15.

Please Clear Snow and Ice from Sidewalks, Stairs and Mailboxes for Letter Carriers

Letter carriers in the Central and Northeastern Missouri and Southern Illinois will make their appointed rounds to deliver mail in the aftermath of the overnight snow and ice. As they prepare to face the elements, the U.S. Postal Service requests your help in clearing snow and ice from the approach to your mail box.

A Holiday Gift to Business Mailers Courtesy of the Postal Service

Business mailers across the nation will receive a special holiday gift from the U.S. Postal Service this season with the issuance of two, new, First-Class Mail Forever stamps on coils.

Before and After Russellville Parade

Photos from before and after the Russellville Christmas Parade held Saturday, Dec. 15.

2010 High Point Science Fair Results

Results from the 2010 High Point Science Fair held Nov. 17, are: Fifth Grade First Place: Kendra Besche, Brittney Sauer, Olivia Percival, Molly Dampf and Haley Richardson.

Tuesday, December 14

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First Snowfall in California

Pictures from the first snow of the year which fell Saturday and Sunday Dec. 11 and 12.

Photos from the December Russellville School Page

Photos from the Dec. 15 Russellville School Page in the California Democrat.

Photos from the December High Point Page

Photos from the Dec. 15 High Point Page in the California Democrat.

Jamestown Boys Finish Tourney in Second Place

The Jamestown varsity boys basketball team finished action at the Jamestown Invitational Tournament Dec. 11 in second place after losing 56-46 to Tuscumbia. The boys' round robin play ended in a 3-way tie, with defensive points ultimately deciding the final outcome. Douglass finished in first place, followed by Jamestown and Tuscumbia.

California Lady Pintos Claim Back-to-Back Wins

The California High School varsity and JV girls basketball teams claimed four wins last week with varsity and JV victories at Tipton, followed by varsity and JV wins at home against Eugene. The Lady Pintos traveled to Tipton Tuesday, Dec. 7, where California's varsity girls defeated the Lady Cardinals 53-21.

California Brownie Troop Decorates Pump House

On Saturday, Dec. 11, members of California Brownie Troop 30439 decorated the old pump house at Proctor Park for Christmas.

Russellville Christmas Parade Held Decemeber 11

For more photos from the Russellville Christmas Parade check out the Dec. 15 issue of the California Democrat.

Corticelli Baptist Church Children's Choir Holds Christmas Program

Members of the Corticelli Baptist Church Children's Choir were dressed as sheep, angels, camels and other barnyard animals along with Mary and Joseph for the production of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," the Christmas program which was held Sunday, Dec. 12.

Fifth graders Present Money to California Kiwanis

The 10 fifth graders who sold the most tickets were selected to present $2,118 to the California Kiwanis Club on behalf of the 98 fifth graders of California Elementary School.

Santa and Mrs. Claus visit with Local Children in California

Pictures of Santa visiting with local children are in the Dec. 15 issue of the California Democrat.

Believers Bible Church New to Moniteau County

Pastor Luke L. Cummings is bringing the Believers Bible Church to Moniteau County. According to Cummings, Believers Bible Church takes a position of reformed doctrine, believing in the engrafting of Scripture for a lifestyle of practical holiness.

Volunteers Decorate Proctor Park in California

Proctor Park is decorated for the Christmas season again this year. According to Ilene Matheny, the effort to decorate the park for the season began last year when she obtained the permission of the California Board of Aldermen to decorate the park.

Prairie Home Christmas Parade Held

The Prairie Home Parade was held Saturday, Dec. 11.

Christmas Festival Held at Prairie Home December 11

The 2010 Prairie Home Christmas Festival, Christmas at the North Pole, was held Saturday with the majority of events based at the school. The festival featured a craft show, a Christmas dinner hosted by the Prairie Home School PTO, the annual Christmas Parade featuring the Blind Boone Highsteppers and Santa Claus, and numerous contests for area youth to participate in, such as a cookie and cake contest, poster contest and the Prince and Princess Contest for children ages 3-5.

California Middle School Band Holds Christmas Concert

A Christmas Concert was presented Sunday afternoon, Dec. 12, by the California Middle School Band. The concert at the High School Auditorium featured separate performances by the Sixth, and Eighth Grade bands under the direction of Matt Rayl.

Nanna Brage Exchange Student at Russellville High School

Nanna Brage (pronounced Brau) had always wanted to be a cheerleader. Living in Karise, Denmark, Brage said they did not have an opportunity to cheer like so many of the girls she had seen in American movies.

Mid-Mo Ambulance Board Votes Employee Raises

The Mid-Mo Ambulance Board approved wage increases for employees at it regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 8.

Short Power Outage Disrupts California

Life in the City of California was interrupted by a power outage lasting just over an hour on Monday. The electricity was off over a large part of the city, although the northwest corner was not affected.

Employee raises Approved by Moniteau County 911 Board

The Moniteau County 911 Emergency Dispatch Board of Directors approved 25 cents an hour pay increase for each employee, effective Jan. 1, 2011. In addition, the Board approved a 25 cent per hour for employees on the anniversary date of each, subject to evaluation.

Wednesday, December 8

Tips for a Simpler Shipping Season

“The Postal Service is making it simpler to ship packages to family and friends this season with Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes, Click-N-Ship and free package pickup,” says Steve Forte, senior vice president, Operations. “And proper addressing and packaging will help us give every gift the service it deserves.”

California Pintos Pedro Corona and Mitchell Cox make All-Area Football Team

California High School senior football players Pedro Corona, at left, and Mitchell Cox were recently named to the first ever All-Area Football Team.

Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting to be held Dec. 12

The annual Worldwide Candle lighting occurs every year on the second Sunday in December.

Jamestown Children Meet Santa After Parade

After the Jamestown Parade Saturday, Dec. 4, children were able to see Santa. Firemen from the Jamestown Rural Fire Protection District also passed out bags filled with treats and the Jamestown Junior Class held a chili lunch fundraiser.

Winners of the California House Lighting Contest Chosen

In conjunction with this year's Christmas celebration, the California Area Chamber of Commerce hosted an outdoor lighting/decorating contest for California residents and surrounding areas.

California Elementary School Students of the Week for Dec. 3.

Photos of the California Elementary Students of the Week for Dec. 3.

Christmas Parades Continue in Moniteau County Area

Christmas parades in the area continue this week on Saturday, Dec. 11, include the Russellville Christmas Parade starting at 10 a.m., and the Prairie Home Christmas Parade at 1 p.m. with the theme of "Christmas at the North Pole."

California Democrat Community Calender Dec. 8

California Democrat Community Calender for Dec. 8

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri from Wednesday, Dec. 8-17

Benton County Daylight Hours Route 65 from south of Route 52 to just north of the Osage River in Warsaw – Widening highway to four lanes continues.

Cole County R-1 School Board Meets

The Cole County R-1 School Board held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 18. Under new business, the Board voted to approve the consent agenda as presented and a payroll fund transfer of $195,000.

Tuesday, December 7

Russellville Lady Indians Finish Fourth at Eugene Tourney

The Russellville Lady Indians participated in the Eugene Invitational last week, where they ultimately lost 70-41 to California Friday night to finish the tourney in fourth place.

Russellville Indians Lose Close Contest to St. Elizabeth

After losing to California 54-22 in the first round of the Eugene Invitational Nov. 29, Russellville's varsity boys faced St. Elizabeth in semifinals of the losers' bracket Wednesday, Dec. 1, where the Indians lost a hard-fought close contest to the Hornets, 60-59.

Middle School California Boys Basketball Teams defeat Warsaw Wildcats

The California Middle School boys basketball teams traveled to Warsaw Thursday, where the eighth grade Pintos captured a 63-24 win over the Wildcats to improve to 2-0 on the season.

California JV Pintos Pocket Two Wins at Eugene Tourney

California's JV boys participated in the Eugene Invitational last week, where the Pintos defeated Eugene #1 48-15 Nov. 29, followed by a 61-49 victory against Eugene #2 Wednesday, Dec. 1.

California Pintos Capture Second Place Finish at Eugene Invitational

After defeating Russellville 54-22 in the opening round of the Eugene Invitational Nov. 29, the California Pintos faced Eugene in semifinals Wedesday, Dec. 1, where the Pintos (#2 seed) came away with a 57-40 win to advance to the championship game against top-seeded Blair Oaks Saturday, Dec. 4.

California Lady Pintos Finish Eugene Tourney in Third Place

The California Lady Pintos participated in the Eugene Invitational last week, where they ultimately faced Russellville in the contest for third place Friday night, and came away with the win, 70-41.

Young California Pintos Trample Warsaw Wildcats

The California Middle School seventh grade boys basketball team traveled to Warsaw Thursday, where the Pintos captured a 35-10 win from the Wildcats.

Freshman California High School Lady Pintos Open Season with Tourney

After losing to West Jr. 38-15 in the opening round of the Jefferson City Ninth Grade Girls Basketball Tournament Nov. 29, the freshman Lady Pintos faced Oakland in the semifinals of the losers' bracket Nov. 30, where the Lady Pintos lost 50-22.

Jamestown Tournament Update in Dec. 8 California Democrat

Results from games played Monday night at the Jamestown Basketball Tournament (Dec. 6-11) are in Dec. 8 edition of the California Democrat.

California Historic Home Tours Held Dec. 4

The Historic Home Tours were held in California Dec. 4 and 5, as part of California Area Chamber of Commerce's Christmas California Style.

California Christmas Parade held Dec. 4

Photos from the California Christmas Parade held Saturday, Dec. 4.

California VFW Ladies Auxiliary Holds Chili Supper

The California VFW Ladies Auxiliary hosted a chili supper Saturday, Dec. 4 at the VFW Post 4345. Mary Lou Scheidt is the secretary for the Ladies Auxiliary and said the group has been doing the supper for approximately 10 years.

California FCC Holds Fundraiser for Rickman Center

Approximately 200-300 Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) churches throughout the state use Rickman Center, located south of Jefferson City off of Highway 54 at 3519 Bennett Lane, as a place for spiritual retreats and summer camps.

Jim Smashey New Manager at California Pamida

In July, Jim Smashey took over as the new manager of the California Pamida Store.

Jamestown Parade Held Dec. 4

Many still came out for the Jamestown Christmas Parade held Saturday, Dec. 4, even braving the cold, overcast day.

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California Christmas Style Celebration Held Dec. 4

Christmas was in the brisk air Saturday in California with the "Christmas California Style" Parade winding through the downtown streets, followed by the tree lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Karen Garrison Selected as New Administrator of the Moniteau County Emergency Dispatch Selected

The 911 Emergency Dispatch Board of Directors has chosen Karen Garrison to be the new administrator of Moniteau County Emergency Dispatch.

Waylon Martensen Honored with Maryville Bell Ringing

About 100 students, teachers and friends joined 11 family members of Waylon Martensen on Oct. 25 for a bell ringing service at Northwest Missouri State University (NMSU), Maryville.

California City Sewer Project Almost Complete

The city sewer project is nearly complete the City of California Board of Aldermen was told at the regular monthly meeting Monday, Dec. 6.

Thursday, December 2

Jefferson City Man Dead Following Shooting in Miller County

Highway Patrol Investigating

Wednesday, December 1

December 1 California Democrat Community Calender

• Jamestown Christmas Parade, 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 4. For more information contact Brooke at 660-849-2252.

Youth at California Kids' Depot get into the Christmas Spirit

Area youth who attend Kids' Depot Child Development Center, California, were busy making Christmas cards Tuesday, Nov. 30 with help from Kids' Depot co-owner Jennifer Schoenthal. The youth also were singing "Jingle Bells" to prepare for their trip to California Care Center Dec. 17, where they will entertain residents with Christmas Carols and present each with a homemade Christmas card.

Co-Mo Returning $2.8 million to Members

Co-Mo Electric Cooperative is returning more than $2 million to its active members in the form of credits on their electric bill in late November and early December. In addition, the cooperative authorized the return of more than $800,000 to former members who last earned credits in 1999.

California High School Varsity Lady Pintos to Play First Game of Season Dec. 2

The California High School varsity girls basketball team will start off the 2010-11 season with participation in the Eugene Invitational Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. The top-seeded Lady Pintos will play the winner of tonight's contest between Blair Oaks (#4 seed) and Versailles (#5 seed). The third place game is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, while the championship game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Following the Eugene Invitational, the varsity and JV Lady Pintos will play at Tipton Tuesday, Dec. 7, beginning with the JV game at 6 p.m.

California Area Christmas Parades for 2010

Area Christmas parades on Saturday, Dec. 4, begin in Jamestown at 10:30 a.m. Following the parade, Santa will hand out goodie bags in the Jamestown School lobby.

Cargill to Award 350 Scholarships for Class of 2011

Cargill will award $350,000 in scholarships to high-school seniors who live in communities where Cargill has operations and plan to enroll in post-secondary education next fall.

Jamestown Basketball Tournament Schedule Dec. 6-11

Schedule for the Jamestown Basketball Tournament to be held Dec. 6-11.

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Four California Pinto football Players are All-District

Four California High School varsity football players were recently named to the Class 3 All-District football teams by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. From left are senior Pedro Corona, who was named to the first team as an offensive lineman, and named to the first team as a defensive lineman; junior Adam Burger, second team, receiver, and second team, defensive back (secondary); senior Brad Fairchild, second team, linebacker; and sophomore Logan Rowles, second team, punter.

2010 Prairie Home School Christmas Festival Dec. 11

The theme for the 2010 Praririe Home School Christmas Festival, which will be held Saturday, is "Christmas at the North Pole." The fun-filled festival agenda will include a craft show, lunch, a parade and a visit from Santa.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri from Wednesday, Dec. 1-10

The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for Wednesday, Dec. 1 through Friday, Dec. 10, 2010. Weather conditions may cause postponements in the work schedule. Other construction or maintenance work may occur on other roadways throughout the area. Many projects will include lane closures and delays can be expected.

Prairie Home School First Quarter Honor Roll

Prairie Home School First Quarter Honor Roll

Postal Service Available Online

It’s the time of the season when we all begin to think about mailing our holiday cards and gifts. As the Postmaster of the California Post Office, I know my customers lead busy lives, and that is why I am so pleased to let them know they never need to wait in line at the post office again, this holiday season.