Stories for November 2010


Tuesday, November 30

California High School All-District Choir singers invited to perform at New York's Lincoln Center

Distinguished Concerts International in New York City (DCINY) recently announced California High School Choral Director Michele Bilyeu and five members of the CHS Choir have been invited to perform April 18 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.

Tyler M. Woods Colonial Monument Co. Keeping Monuments Personal, Affordable

In 2008, Tyler Woods took over the Jefferson City monument business Weide Monument Co. and renamed it Tyler M. Woods Colonial Monument Co. His aim from the start has been to keep costs affordable and monuments personal for his customers.

California Ministerial Alliance Holds Thanksgiving Meal at Nutrition Center

Loretta Hutchison has helped out with the annual Thanksgiving meal at the California Nutrition Center since 1987. She had heard about the event and was looking for something to fill up the vacant space left after losing her husband the same year. Volunteering at the center and helping out with the meal held by the California Ministerial Alliance has been great for Hutchison and something which has been a blessing for her.

New Building Bought for California Prosecutor's Office

The Moniteau County Commission plans the final signing today (Wednesday) which will add the building at the southeast corner of Main Street and East Street on the Moniteau County Courthouse Square in California to the roll of county-owned properties.

New Hope Baptist Church Hosts Jamestown Thanksgiving Service

The Jamestown Ministerial Alliance held its annual Community Thanksgiving Service Wednesday, Nov. 24, at New Hope Baptist Church.

California High School to Hold Financial Aid Night

CHS will be hosting its annual Financial Aid Night Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.

California Middle School Eighth Grade Pintos Win First Game of Season

The California Middle School eighth grade boys basketball team started off the 2010-11 season with a contest at Eldon Nov. 23, where the Pintos captured a 56-37 victory from the Mustangs.

California Middle School Seventh Grade Pintos Lose Close Contest to Eldon Mustangs

The California Middle School seventh grade boys basketball team opened the 2010-11 season with a game at Eldon Nov. 23, where the Pintos unfortunately pocketed a 41-30 loss to the Mustangs.

California High School Freshman Lady Pintos Lose to West Jr.

The California High School freshman girls basketball team started off the season Monday night with participation in the Jefferson City Tournament, where the Lady Pintos suffered a 38-15 loss to West Jr.

California Post Office Makes Changes for Security

Several changes have been made at the California Post Office in recent days. The actual changes appear minor, and for the most part will go unnoticed, but should improve security.

California Awarded Enhancement Funding

The City of California is among those receiving funds from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) from the District 5 Enhancement Funding program.

Pintos Win Season Openers at Eugene Tournament

The California High School varsity and JV boys basketball teams kicked off the 2010-11 season with participation in the Eugene Invitational Monday night, where both the varsity and JV Pintos captured wins against Russellville.

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Christmas Events Including Parade and Home Tours Begin This Weekend in California

Christmas related activities in California begin this week. Judging of the home decorations will take place Dec. 1-3, with prizes to be awarded.

Monday, November 29

Power Restored at Capitol

Missouri’s Capitol lost power at 11:08 a.m. Monday

Friday, November 26

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Pintos conclude 2010 season with CHS Football Banquet

California High School football players and coaches, family and friends gathered at the CHS commons Thursday evening for the CHS Football Banquet.

Pinto football players earn All-Conference honors

A total of eight California High School varsity football players were recently named to the Tri-County Conference football teams.

Wednesday, November 24

Kelsey's Krew Sponsoring Toy Drive at Jamestown School

Kelsey's Krew is holding a toy drive to help children at the University of Missouri Children's Hospital.

California Ministerial Alliance Thanksgiving Sponsored Meal

The California Ministerial Alliance will sponsor and conduct its annual Thanksgiving Day meal at the Nutrition Center on Nov. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Story Time Held at Wood Place Public Library

Story Time Held at Wood Place Public Library.

California Elementary School Students of the Week for Nov. 19

California Elementary Students of the Week for Nov. 19

High Point Class Videoconference with Missouri Soldiers Stationed in Iraq

Seventh and eighth grade students at High Point R-III had the unique opportunity to videoconference via Skype with soldiers currently stationed in Balad, Iraq.

Little Pintos Daycare Celebrates Thanksgiving Meal

Little Pintos Daycare Celebrates Thanksgiving Meal

MFA Oil hosts Annual Meeting

Approximately 200 people attended the 2010 annual meeting of the California MFA Oil Company

Highway 50 / Route U collision fatal

A Friday collision in Cole County at the intersection of Highway 50 and Route U resulted in fatal injuries to a California woman and seriously injured a Stover man.

California Democrat Community Calender Nov. 24

California Community Calender for Nov. 24

Cargill partners in More To Share® turkey donation program with retailers and charities to fight hunger across America

Cargill, through its More To Share® program, is collaborating with grocery retailers and community charities for the 15th consecutive year to help fight hunger and ease the burden of rising poverty.

Jamestown Crime Watch Meeting Planned

The Moniteau County Crime Watch set the next quarterly meeting in Jamestown. The decision was made by the Board of directors at its regular monthly meeting on Nov. 9 at the 911 Dispatch Center.

California Historic Home Tours to be held

The Historic Home Tours will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, and Sunday, Dec. 5, from 1-4 p.m.

Tuesday, November 23

The Jefferson City 9th Grade Girls Tournament Bracket to be held Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

The Jefferson City 9th Grade Girls Tournament Bracket to be held Nov. 29-Dec. 2.

The Eugene Invitational Girls Tournament Bracket to be held Nov. 29-Dec. 4.

The Eugene Invitational Girls Tournament Bracket to be held Nov. 29-Dec. 4.

The Eugene Invitational Boys Tournament Bracket to be held Nov. 29-Dec. 4.

The Eugene Invitational Boys Tournament Bracket to be held Nov. 29-Dec. 4.

California Pintos Wrap-up 2010 season with CHS Football Banquet

California High School football players and coaches, family and friends gathered at the CHS commons Thursday, Nov. 18 for the CHS Football Banquet, where all enjoyed a meal followed by an awards ceremony.

Work Begins on New Funeral Home in California

Work began on a new funeral home and monument agency Thursday, Nov. 18, at Windmill Ridge in California along Business 50 East.

Circuit Clerk Geiser Wins Microfilm Grant

As a result of a successful grant application by Angel Geiser,

California Ministerial Alliance Holds Annual Thanksgiving Worship Service

California United Methodist Church hosted the annual Thanksgiving Worship Service Sunday, Nov. 21.

Tipton School to Form Committees to Prioritize

The Tipton R-VI School District is preparing to consider school operations with an eye towards prioritization, following the intent of Superintendent Scott Jarvis.

New Technology Demonstrated for California R-I School Board

Newly acquired technology was demonstrated for the California R-I School Board at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the elementary school.

Community Bank of Russellville Continues Tradition of Serving Area

Community Bank of Russellville has a long history in the area.

Monday, November 22

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Fire Destroys Clennin Meats Saturday, Nov. 20, Owner plans to be back in business next year

A fire, first reported at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, destroyed the facility and contents of Clennin Meats, leaving many deer hunters without their usual processer.

Thursday, November 18

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Lady Pintos wrap up volleyball season with banquet

The California High School Volleyball Banquet was held at the high school commons Monday night.

CHS Annual Pinto Basketball Scrimmage and Chili Dinner set

The California High School Pinto basketball teams will start off the 2010-11 basketball season with the annual Pinto Basketball Scrimmage and Chili Dinner Sunday, Nov. 21, at CHS.

Lady Pintos earn All-District honors

Three California High School varsity volleyball players were named to the Class 2 District 13 All-District volleyball teams.

PHS to host Red and Black Scrimmage

The Annual Red and Black Scrimmage will be held at Prairie Home School from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, beginning with the dinner.

Lady Pintos named All-Conference; Allison is Conference MVP

Four members of the California High School varsity volleyball team were recently named to the 2010 Tri-County All-Conference volleyball team.

CHS Football Banquet Thursday

The California Pinto football teams will wrap up the 2010 football season with the California High School Football Banquet.

Wednesday, November 17

Obituaries published Nov. 17, 2010

The following obituaries appear in the Nov. 17, 2010, issue of the California Democrat newspaper.

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California Middle School Holds Veteran's Day Assembly

A special Veterans Day Assembly Nov. 11 at California Middle School

'Once Upon a Mattress' presented by California High School Choral Department

The California High School Choral Department presented the musical "Once Upon a Mattress" on Saturday, Nov. 13

California High School Hosts Veteran's Day Assembly

California High School hosted a Veteran's Day Assembly

California High School FFA Citizenship Committee Organizes Food Drive Competition

According to The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri's website, “The vast majority [of the working poor] don't receive food stamps or government cash assistance, and earn less than $950 per month.”

Virginia Bruce Donates Rugs to Marine Packing Day

Virginia Bruce said she saw the story which was previously run in the paper about Sandy Deraps' work with Marine Packing Day

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Keeping the Target in Sight: CHS Trapshooting Team Ranked First in District

The California FFA Trapshooting team sent sixteen members to Warrensburg

California Area Chamber of Commerce Finalizes Christmas Plans at Board Meeting

Bonnie George, Chamber president, called to order the California Area Chamber of Commerce Board meeting

Hartzler Discusses Goals for Future in Congress

While waiting in the wings to become the newly elected member of the United States House of Representatives from Missouri's Fourth District, Vicky Hartzler

Pool To Close For Winter

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20-21, will be the last weekend for swimming at California's municipal swimming pool.

New Moniteau County Maps Delayed

The availability of the new county maps will be delayed

New Businesses in County According to MRED

The regular monthly lunch meeting of the Moniteau County Regional Economic Development Council (MRED) was held Wednesday

Mid Mo Ambulance renews insurance at lower rate

The Mid Mo Ambulance Board of directors approved the District's property, liability and casualty insurance for 2011

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Ribbon Cutting Held for Balloon Invitational

Ribbon Cutting Held for Balloon Invitational.

Tuesday, November 16

Missouri State Fair “Youth in Agriculture” Scholarship Application Now Available

Applications for a Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Scholarship are now available online at for Missouri high school seniors graduating in 2011.

WIC Services offered by Moniteau County Health Center

The Moniteau County Health Center has announced that a contract to continue to provide WIC (Women’s Infant Children) services for federal fiscal year 2011 has been signed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

Twin City Garden Club Learns About Winter Gardens

The Twin City Garden Club met on Nov. 9, at the United Methodist Church.

Extensionettes Meet at Burgher Haus

There were seven members in attendance at the Nov.10 meeting of the Extenstionettes at the Burgher Haus restaurant.

California Family Prepares for Mission Trip

Mike and Robin Staton, California, along with three of their children: Stephanie, 17, Scott, 9, and Ryan, 7, are busy preparing for a mission trip to the Appalachian Mountains

Show Me Showboaters Perform at The Finke Theatre

The audience attending the performance at the Finke theatre Saturday night experienced a real treat.

Clarksburg Steel Worker Wins Lottery

Brett Hodler's week started with a surprise after purchasing a Missouri Lottery ticket on his way to work.

Images from the Pastors Appreciation Dinner in Fortuna

Images from the Pastors Appreciation Dinner in Fortuna

California Pamida, Pamida Foundation give award to California Middle School

California Pamida Manager Jim Smashey presented the California Middle School Principal Matt Abernathy a check of $465.52 awarded

Hill Valley Ag Repair Offers Quality Service

Russ Hill, co-owner of Hill Valley Ag Repair along with brother Derrick and father John, said the ag repair business was started as a hobby and grew with demand.

Wednesday, November 10

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Doug and Jamie Morrow Connected to Three Communities Through Funeral Homes

After purchasing the three Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Homes from founders Jim and Honey Scrivner, Doug and Jamie Morrow have become a vital part of the communities of Versailles, Stover and Russellville.

Literacy Bridge Project At Wood Place Public Library Funded by LSTA Grant

The Wood Place Public Library is reaching out to the community's growing Hispanic population and citizens of the California community who speak English as a second language (ESL).

Veteran's Day Service at California City Cemetery

A special Veteran's Day service will be conducted at the California City cemetery

Three youth attended Disciple Now sponsored by First Baptist Church this past weekend.†

Friendship Baptist started Sunday, Nov. 7, with a prayer meeting.

Building burns at Jones farm

The volunteer fire fighters of California Rural Fire Protection District responded

Moniteau County Sheriff's Report

Criminal Complaints - Oct. 24-Nov. 7

Chamber to host outdoor lighting/decorating contest

In conjunction with this yearπs Christmas celebration "Christmas California Style" the California Area Chamber of Commerce will host an outdoor lighting/decorating contest for citizens living within the City of California and surrounding areas.

Felony bad check charge filed

According to Court documents, Clinton J. Wood, 27, Eldon, has been charged

Tuesday, November 9

Birdhaven Road closed

The Moniteau County Commission has announced the closure of Birdhaven Road

Monday, November 8

Historic Homes Tour 2010 set

Dolores Burger, chairperson for Historic Home Tour 2010, announces that tickets are on sale during the month of November at the Democrat Office, Beauty Bar, The Flower Shop, Patricia Kay Interiors, all California banks, and the chamber office.

Friday, November 5

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday; set clocks

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 a.m. Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour and catch that extra hour of sleep.

Thursday, November 4

Contract awarded for U.S. 50 work from Tipton to Sedalia

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has awarded a contract to resurface a large portion of U.S. 50 in Mid-Missouri.

Wednesday, November 3

Felony bad check charge filed

Charged with Class C Felony Passing Bad Checks is Clayton J. Wood, 85, Eldon.

Stealing charges filed

Stealing charges have been filed against two people alleged to have been working together in the theft of property.

‘Wreaths for Heroes’ donations accepted

The "Wreaths for Heroes" campaign is still under way with donations appreciated towards placing a wreath on each grave in the Jefferson City National Cemetery at 1024 East McCarty Street, Jefferson City, for Christmas.

2010 Moniteau County tax statements have been mailed

The 2010 Moniteau County taxes will be mailed out Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. The real estate tax to be collected for 2010 amounts to $5,838,422.94 and the personal tax will be $2,122,972.88. Railroad and Utility tax is $1,311,865.90.

City of California utilities superintendent announces resignation

At the regular monthly meeting of the City of California Board of Aldermen, Utilities Superintendent Gary Wells announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31, 2010.

Girl Scout Troop 231 bridges from Juniors to Cadettes in awards ceremony

Girl Scout leaders, Alicia Whitson, Sue Abbott, Haley McMillian and Taylor Bleich hosted a dinner reception/ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 26, to honor the Scouts and their families on their achievements.

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Sappington Community Chapel torn down

The old church building at the Sappington Community Chapel cemetery on Route F east of Highway 87 has been torn down.

California Cross Country runners advance to state championships

The California High School varsity cross country team competed at the Class 2 District 7 Meet at Holden Saturday, where two Pintos and two Lady Pintos qualified to advance to the Class 2 State Championships Saturday at Oak Hills Golf Center, Jefferson City.

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Pintos capture district victory against Mustangs on Senior Night

The California Pintos hosted the Eldon Mustangs for Class 3 District 8 football action at Riley Field Friday night, which was Senior Night for California, where the Pintos came away with a sweet 34-0 victory to advance to Class 3 Regionals at Owensville today (Wednesday).

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Lady Pinto golfers wrap up season with CHS Golf Banquet

Members of the California High School girls golf teams, CHS Golf Coach Lance Conner, family and friends gathered at the California Country Club last Thursday to wrap up the 2010 season with the annual golf banquet.

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Lady Pintos claim district title; end season with loss at sectionals

After defeating Cole Camp and Stover last week at the Class 2 District 13 Volleyball Tournament to capture the district championship, the California Lady Pintos advanced to Class 2 Sectionals Saturday at California High School, where they lost to St. Joseph’s Bishop LeBlond 25-20, 21-25 and 15-25 to end the season 19-11-1.

Obituaries published Nov. 2, 2010

The following obituaries appear in the Nov. 2, 2010, issue of the California Democrat newspaper.

Lady Indian cross country runners win district championship

The Russellville High School cross country team competed at the Class 1 District 3 meet at Linn Saturday, where the Lady Indians won the district championship with 31, while the Indians finished sixth with 127. Linn won the boys’ division with 35.