Stories for August 2011

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Wednesday, August 31

California participates in match at Jefferson City

The California High School varsity girls golf team participated in a match Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Oak Hills Golf Course, Jefferson City, where the Lady Pintos finished with 215, behind Jefferson City with 157.

Labor Day weekend festivities

Labor Day weekend generally signals the beginning of the end of summer. In Moniteau County, Jamestown and High Point celebrate the three day weekend with special activities. Jamestown will be hosting its annual Labor Day celebration this weekend at the Jamestown Lions Club Park.

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California Pintos open football season with game at Moberly

The California High School varsity football team opened the 2011 season with a game at Moberly Friday night, where the Pintos fell to the Spartans 21-6.

Moniteau County Related Services meeting to be held

Moniteau County Related Services meeting to be held.

California Democrat Community Calender Aug. 31

California Democrat Community Calender Aug. 31.

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Volleyball Gatorade Scrimmage held at California High School

Volleyball Gatorade Scrimmage held at California High School.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri August 31-September 9

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri August 31-September 9

Co-Mo begins food drive to help local hungry children

Co-Mo Electric members and staff can help combat hunger among children throughout the cooperative’s service territory.

Ozark Ham and Turkey Festival "Glances Into Past" in 2011

Plans have come together and a schedule of events is now ready for the 2011 Ozark Ham and Turkey Festival to be held Saturday, Sept. 17, in California.

Retail lobbies at Post Offices will be closed Labor Day

Select offices will close early on Sept. 3

Tuesday, August 30

Obituaries Published in August 31 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in August 31 California Democrat

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St. Louis Rams jersey presented to Jordon Geiser

Jordon Geiser, son of Kenny and Angel Geiser, California, got a big surprise Sunday, Aug. 28.

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Retired teachers active in community service

The Missouri Retired teachers' Association (MRTA) encourages its 17,500 members of local units statewide to be involved in community service projects which make a difference for local children, families and residents.

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Salem United Church of Christ has Annual Ice Cream Social

Salem United Church of Christ, McGirk, held its Annual Ice Cream Social Saturday, Aug. 27.

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Jamestown FFA Named as Top Chapter in FFA Chapter Challenge

The Jamestown C-I School FFA Chapter has been voted as a Top Chapter in the state by area farmers in the FFA Chapter Challenge pilot program, sponsored by Monsanto Company.

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Diane Weicken New St. Paul's Child Care Director

A new director is in charge of St. Paul's Child Care Center. On Aug. 1, Diane Weicken took the director's position. She is a retired kindergarten teacher.

JV, freshman Pintos win openers at Versailles

The California High School freshman and JV football teams played their first games of the 2011 season Monday, Aug. 29, at Versailles, where both came away with a win.

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Originals By Sharon and Kim Donates to Relay for Life

Originals By Sharon and Kim Donates to Relay for Life

Lady Pintos lose 8-4 to Eugene

The California High School softball teams played at Eugene Monday, Aug. 29, where both the varsity and JV Lady Pintos suffered losses to the Lady Eagles.

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California gets new eighth grade math teacher

The new California Middle School teacher for eighth grade math is a Jamestown native.

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Jack Lake is new Middle school teacher in California

Jack Lake joins the California Middle School teaching staff for the 2011-12 school year as Behavior Specialist at the middle school level.

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California seventh grade English teacher is former rugby player

New to the California Elementary School this year is seventh grade English teacher Mona Berry.

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New vocal music teacher at California Middle School

Marcia Burgher is new to the California Middle School, but as a five-year resident of California and an experienced music teacher, she is not new to California or to teaching music.

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Dinzel Webb Pastor at Russellville Baptist Church

Dinzel Webb, pastor at Russellville Baptist Church, said he was fortunate to grow up in a Christian home. His father was the youngest of 10 siblings and was saved while going through pre-wedding counseling.

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A & E Roofing Keeps Serving California Area After 10 Years

Approximately 10 years ago Brent Harlin and his father Larry Greer started A & E Roofing.

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California Lady Pintos defeat Russellville Lady Indians in extra innings

The California High School varsity and JV softball teams played at Russellville Thursday, Aug. 28, where the varsity Lady Pintos captured a 13-11 win in extra innings. Elle Miller pitched the win for California.

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Latham School goes on in spite setbacks

Since a fire destroyed the main building of the Latham R-V School in the early morning hours of Dec. 15, 2010, just before Christmas break, the School Board, administrator, staff, teachers parents and others in the area have worked hard to keep the school going.

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California Lady Pintos lose close match to Sacred Heart

The California High School Lady Pinto golf teams opened the 2011 season Aug. 22 with matches at the Sedalia Country Club, where Sacred Heart won the varsity match by one stroke with 213.

California area softball results

Prairie Home Lady Panthers The Prairie Home varsity softball team traveled to Harrisburg Thursday, Aug. 25, where the Lady Panthers suffered a tough 11-0 loss.

Jamestown native helped develop Abrams tank

Robert J. Baer, who helped develop the Abrams M-1 Battle Tank, served 36 years in the United States Army and retired as a general with three stars on his shoulder.

Wednesday, August 24

GED Classes to Begin at Wood Place Public Library

GED classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 29, on the second floor of the Wood Place Library in California.

California Democrat Community Calender Aug. 24

California Democrat Community Calender Aug. 24

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California R-I School Board checks out buildings, raises tax levy rate

The regular monthly meeting of the California R-I School Board on Wednesday, Aug. 17, was preceded by a walk-through of the three buildings and public hearing for the tax levy rate.

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California Pinto Quarterback Club Barbecue held Sunday, August 19

The California High School Pinto Quarterback Club hosted the annual barbecue fundraiser Sunday, Aug. 19, at the high school commons, where Pinto football fans and supporters feasted on port steak dinner and mingled with the Pinto football players and coaches.

California D.R.E.A.M. Initiative to Start Local Phone Survey

A telephone survey will be starting Aug. 25, as part of the ongoing information gathering process for the downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri (D.R.E.A.M.) Initiative.

Kiwanis of California sponsoring Circus

Kiwanis of California is sponsoring the circus coming to town on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Tuesday, August 23

Obituaries Published in August 24 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in August 24 California Democrat

ACT Workshops will be held at California High School this fall

ACT Workshops will be held at California High School this fall

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Photos from California School District's First Day of Classes

Photos from California School District's first day of classes

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Photos from Clarksburg School's First Day of Classes

Photos from Clarksburg School's first day of classes Monday, Aug. 22.

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John Bolinger, Dvm., Serves Area Cattle Veterinarian Needs

John Bolinger, DVM., said his interest in veterinary medicine started with working at a sale barn in Versailles. Working and spending time with veterinarian John Groves, DVM, and the people associated with the sale barn was something Bolinger liked and wanted to do.

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Photos of New Faculty at Prairie Home School

Photos of some of the new faculty at Prairie Home School

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California Pintos start off season with jamboree

The California High School Pintos got the 2011 football season off to a start with the jamboree Frida, Aug. 19, at Sedalia, where they scrimmaged Smith-Cotton and Lexington.

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Open House/Grand Opening Held at XXTreme Glass

Open House/Grand Opening Held at XXTreme Glass Saturday, Aug. 20.

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California High School Track and Cross Country Fundraiser big success

The California High School cross country and track teams hosted the first Annual Waylon Martensen 'Endure The Race' 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 20, at the high school track, where a total of 138 paricipants competed in the event, with 124 ultimately crossing the finish line. Area youth also had the opportunity to participate in the Kids Mile, held prior to the 5K Run/Walk.

Bustamante trial delayed again

The trial for a teenager accused of killing a 9 year-old neighbor in October 2009 has been delayed again, and won’t be held until next year.

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California Residents displaced by house fire

A house fire on Tuesday, Aug. 16, forced the residents to seek alternate housing.

No change in total tax levy rate for Tipton R-VI School

A tax levy rate public hearing was held before the regular monthly meeting of the Tipton R-VI School Board of Directors.

Sara Wetzig Enjoys Summer as Concord Baptist Association Missionary

Sara Wetzig, a senior at Missouri Valley College, Marshall, majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Human Services, spent this summer working as the summer missionary for Concord Baptist Association working with Southern Baptist churches in Cole and Moniteau counties.

Fundraiser to be held for Nikki Dodd

As Nikki Dodd turned 13, she had no idea a couple of weeks later she would be fighting for her life.

California Progress, Inc. (CPI) to seek bids for curtain replacement

California Progress, Inc. (CPI) discussed the Finke Theatre's rain-damaged curtain at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Wood Place Public Library.

Thursday, August 18

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First Day of Classes Start at High Point R-III

Photos from High Point R-III School's first day of school Thursday, Aug. 18.

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Students Arrive for First Day of Classes at Russellville

Photos from Russellville Elementary/Middle School's first day of classes Thursday, Aug. 18.

Wednesday, August 17

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Jamestown First Day of School

Photos from Jamestown C-I School's first day of school Wednesday, Aug. 17.

California Democrat Community Calender August 17

California Democrat Community Calender August 17

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Drilling being done to test ground water in California

Drilling being done to test ground water in California

Moniteau County 4-H Project Exhibits

Moniteau County 4-H Project Exhibits

2011 Moniteau County Fair Youth Art Show winners

2011 Moniteau County Fair Youth Art Show winners

California High School Track and Cross County teams to host 5k Run/Walk Aug. 20

The California High School track and cross country teams will host the 'Endure the Race 5k Run/Walk' fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 20, at the CHS track to raise money for the track and cross country programs.

Sports physicals offered at Moniteau County Health Center August 22

Sports physicals offered at Moniteau County Health Center August 22

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Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler visits California

The California City Hall Public Meeting Room was filled for a town hall meeting by U.S. Fourth District Rep. Vicky Hartzler Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Upcoming California High School Sports Events

Upcoming California High School Sports Events

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California Lady Pintos get set for 2011 volleyball season

California Lady Pintos get set for 2011 volleyball season

Crime watch reviews Latham meeting

Crime watch reviews Latham meeting

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Active Learning children visit XXtreme Glass

Active Learning children visit XXtreme Glass

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New California Care Center Staff Welcomed

Photos from the cake and punch reception held for the new staff at California Care Center, Tuesday, Aug. 9.

Moniteau County Fair Kiddie Tractor Pull results

Moniteau County Fair Kiddie Tractor Pull results

Tuesday, August 16

Obituaries Published in August 17 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in August 17 California Democrat

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California Lady Pinto Hoops Association hosts eighth annual golf tourne

The California High School Lady Pinto Hoops Association hosted its annual golf tournament fundraiser Friday, Aug. 12, at the California Country Club, where a total of 19 teams of three participated.

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Central Bank Holds Reception for JCMG Dr. Crystal Cook

Photos of Central Bank sponsoring a reception Tuesday, Aug. 9, in honor of Dr. Crystal Cook, who joined the California JCMG Office.

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Photos of California Students Registering at High School

Photos of students registering for the 2011-12 school year Thursday, Aug. 11, at California High School.

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Main Street Baptist Church Goes to "Son Surf Beach Bash" during VBS

Main Street Baptist Church, California, held their Vacation Bible School Aug. 7-11.

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Stockton Towing Offers Many Services for California Area

Mark Stockton had been towing for 12 years before deciding to own his own towing business six years ago.

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Wood Place Public Library Ends Summer Reading Program with Globetrotter Fair

United Church of Christ, California, was transformed into a fair and marketplace with scenes from around the world as 164 people attended the Globetrotter Fair Thursday, Aug. 11.

Melissa Wolford Completes Project Raising Money for Latham School

Melissa Wolford was selected to participate in the Women’s Leadership Academy at Lincoln University this past spring semester.

Jamestown Youth Serve on Mission Trip in West Virginia

Youth and volunteers from St. Paul's Evangelical Church, Moniteau Evangelical Advent Church, Jamestown Baptist Church, Grace Methodist Church, Jamestown Assembly of God and New Hope Baptist Church participated with groups from many states in a missions project in Hurricane, W.V.

Mid-Mo Ambulance Board reviews jump in health insurance cost

After having "an enormous amount of claims" on health insurance in the last year, the Mid-Mo Ambulance Board of Directors reviewed and discussed the bids for coverage this year.

Friday, August 12

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XXTreme Glass Has Ribbon Cutting

Photos from the ribbon cutting held at XXTreme Glass, located at 206 West Buchanan Street, California, Aug. 12.

Thursday, August 11

California Area Chamber of Commerce Meets

The California Area Chamber of Commerce Board met Thursday, Aug. 11, at City Hall.

Wednesday, August 10

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MoDOT, D.R.E.A.M. Initiative Present at California Signage Meeting

The recent signage meeting held Tuesday, Aug. 9, at City Hall, featured representatives from both MoDOT and the D.R.E.A.M. Initiative.

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MATPA Tractor Pull Held at Moniteau County Fair

On Aug. 6, the Moniteau County Fairgrounds hosted the Mid America Tractor Pullers Association Tractor Pull. For the MATPA Tractor Pull there were 33 classes, top three results from each class are as follows:

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Congresswoman Hartzler visits California

The California City Hall Public Meeting Room was filled for a town hall meeting by U.S. Fourth District Rep. Vicky Hartzler Wednesday, Aug. 10.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri August 10-19

The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for Wednesday through Friday.

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Sounds of Joy Camp held at California High School

The California High School Sounds of Joy choral camp was held Aug. 3-5.

Cole County R-1 School Board Sets Tax Rate Hearing Date at July Meeting

The Cole County R-1 School Board held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, July 21. The Board adopted the agenda and the administrators presented their reports.

University of Central Missouri Summer 2011 Dean's list

The following local students have earned a spot on the University of Central Missouri Dean's List.

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Wood Place Public Library Summer Reading Program Travels to Africa

Margaret Fennewald read "Papa, Do You Love Me," a story about the Masai Tribe which resides in Kenya and Tanzania, during the Summer Reading Program held Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Wood Place Public Library.

Moniteau County RELATED SERVICES MEETING To be held

The Moniteau County Related Services meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 12-1 p.m.

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It's almost time for California Pinto football

California High School Pinto football players and coaches are busy preparing for the 2011 season.

California Democrat Community Calender Aug. 10

California Democrat Community Calender Aug. 10.

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Moniteau County's 145th fair is now past

Participation appeared to be lower in some of the events of the 145th Moniteau County Fair, which ended Saturday night, probably due to the heat and humidity.

Tuesday, August 9

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2011 Moniteau County Fair Tuff Truck/Compact Figure 8 Results

Results from the Tuff Truck Challenge/ Figure 8 Competitions held Aug. 5.

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Bailey Glenn crowned 2011 Miss Moniteau County Queen

The 2011 Miss Moniteau County Queen contest was held Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the main arena of the Moniteau County Fairgrounds, where 2010 Miss Moniteau County Queen Tabatha Hoback passed her title and crown on to Bailey Glenn, daughter of Steve and Kristie Glenn, California.

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Photos from Barbecue Contest held at Moniteau County Fair

Photos from Barbecue Contest held at Moniteau County Fair

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Antique tractor show held in Main Arena at Moniteau County Fair

More than two dozen entries were judged in the Antique tractor Show at the Moniteau County Fair Saturday, Aug. 6.

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2011 Moniteau County Fair Poultry Show and Livestock Auction Results

2011 Moniteau County Fair Poultry Show and Livestock Auction Results

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MMTTPA Truck and Tractor Pull Held at 2011 Moniteau County Fair

The sounds of revved up trucks and tractors was heard throughout California as the Moniteau County Fairgrounds hosted the Mid Missouri Truck and Tractor Pulling Association (MMTTPA) Truck and Tractor Pull Monday, Aug. 1.

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Moniteau County Fair Baby Show draws about 70 entrants

One of the most popular events at the Moniteau County Fair is the annual baby show, which drew about 70 competitiors Saturday, Aug. 6, at the main arena of the fairgrounds, despite temperatures that climbed as high as 100 degrees.

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Walker Cary and Kierstyn Lawson crowned 2011 Little Mr. and Miss Moniteau County

A total of 55 area youth ages 3-5, including 37 girls and 18 boys, participated in the 2011 Little Mister and Miss Moniteau County contest Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the main arena of the Moniteau County Fairgrounds.

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Moniteau County Fair Draft Horse Competition Results

Moniteau County Fair Draft Horse Competition Results

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Rodeo Day Results from the Moniteau County Fair

Rodeo Day Results from the Moniteau County Fair

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Demolition Derbies/Mid-Size Figure 8 Results

Demolition Derbies/Mid-Size Figure 8 Results

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Photos from Ribbon Cutting Held at Move It To Lose It

Photos from Ribbon Cutting held at Move It To Lose It Monday, Aug. 8.

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Ken Chapman Finds Great Church to Serve in Flag Spring Baptist Church

Eighteen months ago while serving as the chaplain at Algoa Correctional Facility, Jefferson City, Ken Chapman was approached by Deputy Warden Louisa Bolinger about preaching at a church in California called Flag Spring Baptist Church during Palm Sunday.

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Mark R. Elliott Jr. Honors Bowlin-Cantriel History While Building Own Legacy

Mark R. Elliott Jr. began his career in the funeral home business after observing local Eldon funeral director Don Phillips and his relationship with the community.

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Tabatha Hoback, Miss Moniteau County 2010, heads to State Fair Pageant

Tabatha Hoback, 2010 Miss Moniteau County Queen, is preparing to compete at the State Fair Pageant Aug. 11-12 at Sedalia, where she will represent the county one last time. Tabatha crowned the 2011 Miss Moniteau County Queen, Bailey Glenn, at the Miss Moniteau County contest Aug. 2 at the Moniteau County Fair.

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Jamestown Ministerial Alliance Gives Away School Supplies

Students from the Jamestown area flocked to the Jamestown Shelter House as the Ministerial Alliance provided free school supplies Saturday, Aug. 6.

Monday, August 8

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Photos and Results of Mid America Tractor Pull to be in August 17 California Democrat

The photos and results of the Mid America Tractor Pull held Saturday, Aug. 6, to be in the August 17 California Democrat.

Friday, August 5

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More Photos from 2011 Moniteau County Fair

More Photos from events held at the 2011 Moniteau County Fair.

Wednesday, August 3

Classifieds error correction for August 3, 2011

The California Democrat staff apologizes for the mistake in our classified section this week.

Practice for California High School fall sports gets underway

Practice for California High School fall sports will get underway next week in preparation for the 2011-12 school year.

Jamestown softball, baseball practice start August 8

Practice for the Jamestown School softball and baseball teams will begin next week in preparation for the 2011 season.

Hunter’s Education Class will be held Aug. 8-9 at California City Hall

A Hunter’s Education class will be held 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 8-9, in the public meeting room at the California City Hall.

Moniteau County Historical Society to meet August 8

Moniteau County Historical Society to meet August 8.

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Dancers Perform Mexican Dance at Library

Elizabeth Cardoso and Alfonso Garcia performed the dance called "El Gallito" which originated in Nayarit, Mexico, at the Summer Reading Program event held Thursday, July 28, at Wood Place Public Library.

Pinto Football Media Night set for Aug. 12

The California High School football teams (varsity, JV and freshman) will meet at Riley Field at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, for team and individual pictures.

Practice for Prairie Home High School fall sports begins August 8

Practice for the Prairie Home School baseball and softball teams will get underway Monday, Aug. 8.

Annual California Pinto Quarterback Club Barbecue set for Aug. 21

The California High School Pinto Quarterback Club will host the annual Pinto football barbecue fundraiser 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at the California High School commons.

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Parade Helps Start Activities at 145th Annual Moniteau County Fair

One of the Moniteau County Fair kickoff events was the annual parade held Saturday, July 30.

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Moniteau Saddle Club Horse Show Held at Fair July 30

Moniteau Saddle Club Horse Show Held at Fair July 30.

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Kiwanis ham Breakfast Held at Centennial Hall

Photos from the Kiwanis Ham Breakfast Held at Centennial Hall Saturday, July 30.

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Jamestown Baptist hosts Beach Blast VBS

Jamestown Baptist Church hosted Vacation Bible School last week (July 25-29), where approximately 30 youth ages 3 to sixth grade attended the week-long 'Beach Blast' themed event.

Tuesday, August 2

California City council sets new tax levy

Prior to the regular monthly meeting of the City of California Board of Aldermen on Monday, Aug. 1, a public hearing was held concerning the setting of tax levy rates for 2011.

Tax rate levy hearing set for California R-I School District

The California R-I School District tax levy rate hearing has been set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, just prior to the regular monthly meeting of the School Board.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri August 1-5

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri August 1-5

California Democrat Community Calender Aug. 3

California Democrat Community Calender Aug. 3.

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Fundraisers Being Held for Jordon Geiser

Jordon Geiser, a well-loved 10-year old was recently diagnosed with lymphoma after a tumor was found in his chest. When his Russellville Outlaws 12U baseball coach found out Geiser had cancer his first thought was finding a way for the team to come together and help out their teammate.

Obituaries Published in August 3 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in August 3 California Democrat

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Cattleman's Steak Dinner Held at Centennial Hall

Photos from the Cattleman's Steak Dinner Held at Centennial Hall Saturday, July 30.

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Children in Concord Baptist Association go to "Rockin J Ranch" at Russellville Baptist Church

Concord Baptist Association which encompasses Cole and Moniteau County Southern Baptist churches held their summer camp at Russellville Baptist Church July 25-28.

Sports physicals offered at Moniteau County Health Center August 3

Sports physicals for area student athletes who will be participating in school sports during the 2011-2012 school year will be offered 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the Moniteau County Health Center located at 401 S. Francis St., California.

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Local fire districts receive matching grants

Two local fire districts are among the 185 fire fighting organizations to share in the matching grants provided by the United States Forest Service and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

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Dan Rowlison New Pastor at California First Christian Church (Disciples of

New First Christian Church, FCC, (Disciples of Christ) Pastor Dan Rowlison comes to California after serving for 33 years in Nebraska and Iowa.

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Hot weather fails to discourage fair Vespers atttendance

In spite of temperature nearing 100 degrees a couple of hundred residents turned out for the Moniteau County Fair Vespers Service Sunday evening, July 31, at the fairgrounds Main Arena bleachers.

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Moniteau County Back to School Fair held at California High School

The second Annual Moniteau County Back to School Fair was held Thursday at California High School.

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Calfiornia High School Dance Camp held at the United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall

Members of the California High School Dance Squad attended Dance Camp July 25-28 at the United Church of Christ fellowship hall.

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Closing of McGirk's State Street rail crossing discussed

A score of local residents attended the open-house public meeting by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) on Tuesday, July 26.

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Bixler Home Appliances Family Owned for 80 Years

Since moving to Tipton in 1931, the Bixler family has owned retail operations in Tipton and the surrounding communities.

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MMTTPA Tractor Pull Held at Moniteau County Fair

Photos from the MMTTPA Tractor Pull Held at the Moniteau County Fair Monday, Aug. 1.

California Lady Pinto volleyball players attend camp

California High School varsity volleyball players attended Licking Volleyball Camp at Lake of the Ozarks Thursday and Friday (July 28-29), where a total of 61 teams participated.

Monday, August 1

Peak Alert issued for Co-Mo Electric customers

The ongoing heat wave blanketing Missouri has led Co-Mo Electric Cooperative to call a Peak Alert.