Stories for April 2011

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Friday, April 29

Two Pintos advance to Class 2 District 4 Golf Sectionals

The California Pinto varsity golf team traveled to Ashland Thursday for the Class 2 District 4 Golf Tournament at Eagle Knoll Golf Course, where juniors Eric Birdsong and Grant Burger finished in the top 25 individually to advance to Class 2 Sectionals Wednesday, May 4, at Tanglewood Golf Course, Fulton.

California JV suffers 11-1 loss at home

The California Pinto JV baseball team hosted Calvary Lutheran Thursday, April 28, where the Pintos suffered a tough 11-1 loss.

Thursday, April 28

California defeats Southern Boone 3-2

The California Pinto varsity baseball team traveled to Ashland Tuesday, April 26, where California pocketed a 3-2 win againt Southern Boone.

Lady Pintos, Pintos finish second and third at California Invitational

The California High School track team hosted the California Invitational Tuesday, April 26, where the Lady Pintos captured a second place finish, while the Pintos finished third.

Wednesday, April 27

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Prairie Home Easter Egg Hunt held

Despite damp, chilly weather and a few sprinkles, the annual Prairie Home Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Prairie Home United Methodist Church, was held Saturday at the Fellowship Hall for youth ages 10 and under.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri April 27 – May 6

The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for April 27 – May 6, 2011.

California Democrat Community Calender April 27

• Diabetes Support Group, 6 p.m. Thursday, April 29, at the California United Church of Christ, sponosred by the California UCC Health Ministry Team. Dr. Sara Bohn will be the speaker. For more information call Darles at 796-6369.

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Annual Sausage and Pancake Supper Held at California Masonic Lodge 183

Photos from the Annual Sausage and Pancake Supper held Saturday, April 23, at the California Masonic Lodge 183.

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Jarrett Gorman Granted Washington D.C. Trip By Missouri Dream Factory

It all started when Jarrett Gorman was checking his glucose at a Missouri Dream Factory event for a friend.

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Law Enforcement Dinner Held in Fortuna

The Fortuna Senior Citizens Center held their Annual Law Enforcement Dinner Thursday, April 21.

Resurfacing Begins on U.S. 50 in Pettis, Morgan and Moniteau Counties

APAC-Missouri, Inc.,Columbia, is scheduled to begin resurfacing nearly 24 miles of U.S. 50 from east of Sedalia to Tipton Monday, April 25, weather permitting.

Russellville golfers compete at Helias Invitational

The Russellville High School varsity golfers competed at the Helias Invitational April 18 at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club, where "Overall, it was a pretty good day for us," Russellville Coach David Volkart said.

Cole County R-I School District Third Quarter Honor Roll

Cole County R-I School District Third Quarter Honor Roll

Registration for Red Cross Swimming Lessons will be held May 11

The California Recreation Association will host registration for Red Cross swimming lessons 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at City Hall, California, for children who will be in grades K-8 in the upcoming 2011-12 school year.

Tipton R-VI School Board reorganizes

The Tipton R-VI School Board certified the results of the April 6 election. Incumbent Jerry Garber and new members Chris Allee and Nancy Bookout were sworn in.

Tuesday, April 26

Bracket for the Blair Oaks JV Baseball Tournament

Bracket for the Blair Oaks JV Baseball Tournament to be held Saturday, April 30.

Obituaries Published in April 27 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in April 27 California Democrat

Special Events Happening at First Baptist Church, California

Some very special events are happening this week at First Baptist Church (FBC), Califonria.

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High Point Baptist Church Celebrates Easter With Sunrise Service

Many church members of High Point Baptist Church came out for their Easter Sunrise Service held Sunday, April 24.

California High School Student Council to host volleyball tourney Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30

The California High School Student Council will host a recreational volleyball tournament Friday-Saturday at the CHS gym.

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April is Autism Awareness Month

Although many are reminded of the problems associated with autistic people in April during Autism Awareness Month, some are very much aware of it every day.

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Jamestown Assembly of God Hosts Easter Egg Hunt

Photos from the Easter Egg Hunt held at Jamestown Assembly of God Church held Saturday, April 23.

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Photos from the April Jamestown Page

Photos from the April Jamestown School Page.

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Good Friday Cantata draws audience to St. Paul's Lutheran

To the many present, the choir of California St. Paul's Lutheran Church performed the music of "The Living Last Words" Cantata on Good Friday accompanied by the portrayal in speech and costumes of various Biblical personalities important in the events surrounding the Crucifixion of Christ.

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A little history in action at California Elementary School

A little history in action was brought to California fourth graders with a Pioneer Day on Friday, April 15.

Census shows state, county and city growth

According to the 2010 Census data released, Missouri increased by 393,716 (7.0 percent) in the last 10 years to 5,595,211.

Farmer wins funds for Tipton Nutrition Center

Howard Claas, Tipton, has been selected as a winner in the America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

'Wine, Dine and Win' plans top CPI meet agenda

Special guest Charlie Roll spoke briefly to the California Progress, Inc. (CPI) Board of Directors at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, April 19, at the Wood Place Public Library, second floor.

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Photos from the April Prairie Home School Page

Photos from the April Prairie Home School Page.

Thursday, April 21

Moniteau County arrests four for counterfeiting

Investigation into incidents of passing counterfeit bills in California and Tipton resulted in charges ranging from forgery and drug charges to unlawful possession of a firearm.

California's Lizzy Kirby breaks record at Osage Invitational

The California High School track team competed at the Osage Invitational Wednesday, April 20, where sophomore Lizzy Kirby broke the CHS school record for the 3200 Meter.

Pintos end conference tourney with loss to Eldon Mustangs

The California Pintos faced off with the Eldon Mustangs in the contest for third place Wednesday, April 20, at the Tri-County Conference Baseball Tournament at the California Sports Complex, where they suffered a tough 7-3 loss to finish the tourney in fourth place.

California Pinto golfers place third at Tri-County Conference Tourney

The California Pinto golf teams participated in the Tri-County Conference Golf Tournament Wednesday, April 20, at Dogwood Hills Golf Course, Osage, where the varsity Pintos finished in third place, while the JV Pintos captured first place.

Wednesday, April 20

Pintos lose close contest to Falcons, 3-2

California faced Blair Oaks in the semifinal round of the Tri-County Conference Baseball Tournament Tuesday, April 19, at the California Sports Complex, where the Pintos lost a close battle to the Falcons, 3-2.

Russellville golfers participate in Southern Boone Golf Classic

The Russellville High School varsity golf team participated in the Southern Boone Classic Golf Tournament at Eagle Knoll Golf Course, Ashland, Wednesday, April 13, where a total of 16 teams competed.

California Democrat Community Calender April 20

California Democrat Community Calender April 20.

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Easter Egg Hunt held at Proctor Park

The California Area Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg Hunt was held Saturday, April 16, at Proctor Park.

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Farris Fighters Relay for Life Team Hold Barbecue Fundraiser

Over 160 barbecued pork steaks and 40 barbecued half chickens were sold in just three hours at the Farris Fighters Relay for Life Barbecue held Saturday, April 16, at Shirk's Country Store, Centertown.

Cole County R-1 School Board Meets

The Cole County R-1 School Board held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 12.

California students to hold Latham benefit concert

California vocal students will hold a concert at 7 p.m. May 12 to benefit the Latham School music department.

High Point School Honor Roll Third Quarter

High Point School Honor Roll Third Quarter

Moniteau Co. Cattleman's Association Tuesday, April 26, at Centennial Hall

The Moniteau County Cattleman's Association will host a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at Centennial Hall at the Moniteau County Fairgrounds, California.

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Skinny Improv appears at Finke Theatre

The Skinny Improv Tour Company appeared at the Finke Theatre on Saturday, April 16.

Tuesday, April 19

Pintos capture first place at Boonville Track Meet

The California High School varsity track team participated in a meet at Boonville Monday, April 18, where the Pintos finished in first place, while the Lady Pintos came in second place.

Obituaries Published in April 20 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in April 20 California Democrat

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri April 20 – April 29

The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for April 20 – 29.

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Russellville Middle School Science Fair Winners

Photos of Russellville students who earned ribbons in Science Fair competitions.

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Sandidge Concrete Built on Family Foundation

Pam Sandidge, who owns Sandidge Concrete with husband Clay, said the business was started when Clay began doing pre-cast items such as picnic tables and park benches.

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Free Mulch Offered by City of California

For two weekends, the City of California Yard Waste Recycling Center is offering free mulch to all who can come out to the center located in north California on Route O.

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Grace United Methodist, Jamestown, Holds Palm Sunday Service

Several of the front pews of Grace United Methodist Church, Jamestown, were adorned with palms for the Palm Sunday Service held April 17.

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Photos from the April Russellville Page

Photos of students from the April Russellville School Page.

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'Deadly Ernest' presented at California High School Performing Arts Center

California High School students presented the play "Deadly Ernest" by Donald Payton April 15-16 at the California Performing Arts Center, after three months of rehearsal.

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Photos from the April High Point Page

Photos of students from the April High Point Page.

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for April 15

Photos of California Elementary School Students of the Week for April 15.

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New Board member for Mid Mo Ambulance District

One new member of the Board of Directors was sworn in at the Mid Mo Ambulance District regular monthly meeting, held Wednesday, April 13, at the Tipton district office.

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California Area Chamber of Commerce Discusses Summer Plans

Shelly Hampton, Chamber Board president, called to order the California Area Chamber of Commerce Board meeting held Thursday, April 14, at City Hall and welcomed everyone in attendance.

Enhanced Enterprise Zone discussed by Moniteau County Regional Economic Develpment Council

The possibility of an Enhanced Enterprize Zone (EEZ) was discussed at the regular monthly meeting of the Moniteau County Regional Economic Development Council (MRED) Board of Directors on Wednesday, April 13.

Farmer wins funds for Tipton nutrition center

Howard Claas, Tipton, has been selected as a winner in the America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

Moniteau County Emergency 911 Board meets, administrator resigns

Immediately upon convening for its regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 11, the Moniteau County 911 Emergency Dispatch Board of Directors went into closed session to discuss employee issues.

Friday, April 15

California Pintos defeat Osage Indians 11-3

The California High School varsity baseball team traveled to Osage Thursday, where the Pintos defeated the Indians 11-3.

Thursday, April 14

California Area Chamber of Commerce Meets

California Area Chamber of Commerce met Thursday, April 14 at City Hall.

California Pintos compete at Southern Boone Classic

The California High School varsity boys' golf team participated in the Southern Boone Classic at Eagle Knoll Golf Course, Ashland, Wednesday, April 13, where the Pintos finished ninth out of 16 teams.

Moniteau County 911 administrator resigns

Emergency 911 Dispatch Administrator Karen Garrison resigned her position at the regular monthly meeting of the Moniteau County 911 Emergency Dispatch Board of Directors on Monday, April 11.

Wednesday, April 13

California wins first meet held at new track

The California High School tracksters hosted their first meet at the new California track Tuesday, April 12, where other participating teams included Jamestown, Tipton, Helias and Bunceton.

Kindergarten registration approaching for California

This year, California R-1 School District will be having kindergarten registration on April 26, from 3-7 p.m. in the Elementary School cafeteria.

Students savor 'A Night in Paris' at the California High School Prom

Whether it was picture-time beforehand at Proctor Park Saturday afternoon, or dancing and letting loose at Braykley's Hall, Centertown, Saturday, April 9, the mood surrounding the California High School Prom was as it should be on any teenager's prom night....light-hearted, fun and even a little silly at times.

California High School Celebrates National Honor Society Week

California High School recognized the week of April 4-8 as “NHS Week.”

Run-off election for Latham School Board

The election may be over for most communities, but as a result of a tie for the third position on the School Board, Latham faces a run-off election on Tuesday, May 10.

California Democrat Community Calender April 13

California Democrat Community Calender April 13

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri April 13 – April 22

The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for the week of April 13 – April 22.

California United Methodist Church Hosting Shoe Drive

California United Methodist Church is hosting a drive to collect new and used shoes for the Shoeman Water Project which was founded in 2008 by George P. Hutchins of Ballwin, Mo.

Metro Business College announce Honor Roll

The Metro Business College is pleased to announce the 4.0 Honor Roll for the Winter 2010-11 quarter.

Moniteau County Related Services meeting set

The Moniteau County Related Services meeting will be held Thursday, April 14, from 12-1 p.m.

FFA Members Will Attend State Convention

It is time for the 83rd annual Missouri FFA State Convention.

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California elected officials sworn at special meeting

The officials of the City of California elected as a result of the April 5 municipal election were sworn in at a special meeting of the California City Council on Monday, April 11.

Tuesday, April 12

Obituaries Published in April 13 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in April 13 California Democrat

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for April 8

Photos of the California Elementary School Students of the Week for April 8.

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Concord Baptist Association holds Spring Semi-Annual Meeting at Corticelli Baptist Church

Pastors and church leaders from the various churches in the Concord Baptist Association (CBA) came together at Corticelli Baptist Church, Sunday, April 10, for the Spring Semi-Annual Meeting.

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St. Paul's Evangelical Church Jamestown School Team Up To Collect Shoes to Save Lives

St. Paul's Evangelical Church, Jamestown, and students at Jamestown C-I School collected over 1,000 pairs of shoes for the Shoeman Project.

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Autism book project by California fifth graders

Just in time for Autism Awareness Month, California fifth graders Elizabeth Lutz, Halle Oliver and Allee Koestner have written a book for young people whose main character has autism.

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Coach Jeff Taggart says farewell to California Pintos

Seven years ago Jeff Taggart joined the staff at California High School as the new assistant principal and coach of the freshman boys basketball team.

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High Point Graduate Jill Blankenship Named FFA Area 8 Representative

Being an FFA state representative has been a goal since she was a freshman in high school according to Jill Blankenship, FFA Area 8 Representative.

Cattlemen hear update on Beef Checkoff

At the regular monthly meeting of the Moniteau County Cattlemen's Association on Tuesday, March 22, members were updated on the use of the Beef Checkoff funds.

Gerhart wins re-election, one new face for School Board

With election results now certified, incumbent California Mayor Gerhart has won re-election and one new face will be on the California School Board.

Monday, April 11

Charge filed in Higgins death

A charge of murder in the second degree, a Class A Felony has been filed against Jon Travis Shikles, 26, as a result of the investigation into the death of Travis Dean Higgins, 31, California.

California loses to Dixon at Osage Wood Bat Tourney

The California Pintos played Dixon Friday in first-round action at the Osage Wood Bat Tournament, where they suffered a 2-0 loss.

California JV golfers win match at Eldon

The California Pinto golf teams traveled to Eldon Friday for a match at the Eldon Country Club, where the JV Pintos captured another first place finish, while the varsity Pintos finished in second place.

Friday, April 8

JV Pintos win golf match at Osage; varsity places second

The California Pinto golf teams traveled to Osage Friday for a make-up match at Dogwood Hills Golf Club, where California's varsity came away with a second place finish, while the JV finished in first place.

CHS track team captures third place finish at Versailles

The California High School varsity track team competed in a meet at Versailles Thursday, April 7, where both the Pintos and Lady Pintos finished in third place.

Thursday, April 7

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Man's body found in alley

The Highway Patrol was investigating the death of an unidentified man whose body was found early Thursday near an alley less than three blocks from the downtown square.

Wednesday, April 6

California Pintos win golf match against Fatima

The California High School Pinto golf teams hosted Fatima Tuesday, April 5, at the California Country Club, where both the varsity and JV won their match.

California Pintos defeat Hallsville Indians

The California Pinto baseball teams hosted Hallsville Tuesday, April 5, at the California Sports Complex, where both the varsity and JV Pintos came away with a win.

California JV, freshman tracksters compete at Osage Meet

The California High School JV and freshman tracksters competed in a meet at Osage Tuesday, April 5, where a number of Pintos and Lady Pintos medaled in their event.

Tipton Election Results

Results from the Tipton Municipal Election held Tuesday, April 5. Election results have not yet been certified.

Jamestown Election Results

Results from the Jamestown Municipal Election held Tuesday, April 5. Election results have not yet been certified.

Latham Election Results

Results from the Latham Municipal Election held Tuesday, April 5. Election results have not yet been certified.

High Point Election Results

Results from the High Point Municipal Election held Tuesday, April 5. Election results have not yet been certified.

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California Election Results

Results from the California Municipal Election held Tuesday, April 5. Election results have not yet been certified.

Students from Moniteau County named to Columbia College's dean's list

The following students from this area were named to the Columbia College Dean's list for the January to March 2011 award period.

California City Wide Clean-up scheduled

The City of California residential clean-up week will be held April 11-15. City crews along with Allied Waste will begin picking up trash at curbside at 6 a.m.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri April 6 – April 15

The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for the week of April 6 – April 15, 2011.

Staff Sgt. Brant M. Kunze awarded commendation medal

Staff Sgt. Brant M. Kunze, has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal with "V" device. The award was made on Nov. 21, 2010, for actions in Afghanistan on Aug. 31, 2010.

California Democrat Community Calender April 6

• Kiwanis Club of California meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, April 11, at the Lutheran Church basement.

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Photos of April Fool's Prank Played on California Elementary School Assistant

Photos of April Fool's Prank Played on California Elementary School Assistant Principal Daniel Williams whose office was filled with balloons.

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for April 1

Photos of the California Elementary School Students of the Week for the week of April 1.

Bridge Replacement begins for Dry Fork Bridge on Route E in Moniteau County

A project to replace the Dry Fork Bridge on Route E in Moniteau began Monday, April 4.

California High School Students Support Eight-Period Day

Due to the recent announcement of the switch to an eight-period schedule next year, many students around the high school have been talking and voicing their opinions about the subject.

Calfiornia High School Juniors to Host “A Night in Paris”

California High School’s Prom is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Braykley’s Hall, Centertown.

Tuesday, April 5

Moniteau County on FEMA blizzard assistance list

Moniteau County is not only on the FEMA blizzard assistance list, it is one of the seven counties approved for the 72 hour emergency for the Feb. 1 blizzard.

Obituaries Published in April 6 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in April 6 California Democrat

Russellville Indians win opener against Crocker

The Russellville Indians hosted Crocker for their baseball season opener March 24, where they won a close contest, 7-6.

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Russellville Middle School Lady Indians wrap up volleyball season

The Russellville Middle School seventh and eighth grade volleyball teams wrapped up the season with wins at Eugene March 28.

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California Pintos end basketball season with banquet

California High School Pinto basketball players, coaches, family and friends wrapped up the 2010-11 season with a banquet March 30 at the high school commons.

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'Stuff the Bus' at California Elementary School this week

Durham School Services has teamed up with the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri to host 'Stuff the Bus' this week (April 4-8) at California Elementary School, 101 South Owen.

Historical Society to meet Monday, April 11

The Moniteau County Historical Society will meet at the Cultural Heritage Center meeting room at 7:30 p.m. on April 11.

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African Library Project assembly held at California Elementary School

An assembly of California elementary and middle school students was held for Chris Bradshaw, founder of the African Library Project.

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Longfellow's Garden Center Holds Open House

Photos from the Open House held at Longfellow's Garden Center April 1-3.

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Annunciation Catholic Church Holds Fish Fry

Annunciation Catholic Church was packed with members of the community for the Fish Fry held at the church Friday, April 1.

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Weaver's Country Market Serves Excelsior Area for Close to 40 Years

Located approximately 35 miles north of the Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri, Weaver's Country Market, Inc., is located at 13920 Market Road, Versailles, which is actually in the village of Excelsior, nine miles northeast of Versailles.

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Jamestown Junior High Academic Teams Earn Top Spots in Competition

Two Jamestown Junior High academic teams, the Junior High Math Team and Scholar Bowl Team, both took first place in recent tournaments.

Cattlemen hear update on Beef Checkoff

At the regular monthly meeting of the Moniteau County Cattlemen's Association on Tuesday, March 22, members were updated on the use of the Beef Checkoff funds.

Monday, April 4

California and Tipton golfers team up to win County Cup

The California High School Pinto golfers teamed up with the Tipton Cardinal golfers to win the County Cup Golf Tournament Friday at Redfield Golf Course, Eugene.

California Pintos suffer loss to St. Elizabeth Hornets

The California Pinto baseball teams traveled to St. Elizabeth Friday, April 1, where both the varsity and JV lost to the Hornets.

Friday, April 1

California High School track team competes at Linn Meet

The California High School varsity track team competed in a meet at Linn Thursday, March 31, where the girls finished in sixth place, while the boys finished seventh.

Pintos defeat Tigers

The California Pinto baseball team defeated the Versailles Tigers 9-2 March 29 at Versailles.