Stories for February 2011


Friday, February 25

School closings, announcements for Friday, Feb. 25, 2011

Here is a list of school closings for our area by county.

Wednesday, February 23

Prairie Home Senior Panthers, Lady Panthers Recognized

Photos of Prairie Home seniors recognized at Prairie Home's Senior Night Ceremony held during halftime of the girls' game Friday, Feb. 18 at homecoming.

Cole County R-1 School Board Meets

The Cole County R-1 School Board held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 17. The Board adopted the agenda. The administrators presented their reports and moved on to the consent agenda.

Commencement Ceremonies Conducted at University of Central Missouri

Area residents were among the more than 1,000 individuals who were eligible to participate in the University of Central Missouri’s 2010 fall commencement exercises Dec. 10-11 in the university’s Multipurpose Building. Students who completed their degree requirements by the end of the fall 2010 semester were honored at the event. Fall 2010 Graduates' list from the area were Jessica L. Bockelman, California; Thomas P. Raymond and Reid Curtis Allison,Tipton; Buffy C. Brown, Russellville; and Mallory G. Simmens Jamestown.

WYSE Students Move on to Sectionals

Thursday, Feb.10, 13 CHS students attended the WYSE competition at Lincoln University, Jefferson City. WYSE stands for Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering. The CHS team placed second in the competition and will be able to continue on to sectionals in St. Louis next month.

Hallmark and the U.S. Postal Service Launch Postage-Paid Greeting Cards: Barcoded envelopes and scanning technology innovate the card-sending process

Hallmark and the U.S. Postal Service introduce Postage-Paid Greetings a line of “everyday” and seasonal cards that already include postage. Just sign, seal and send.

Prairie Home School 2011 Second Quarter Honor Roll

Principal’s Honor Roll of Distinction (3.84-4.00) 12th Grade Ashwini, Akanksha 11th Grade Imhoff, Dennis Stevens, Josey Wendt, Damon 10th Grade Bryan, Melanie Holliday, Kole Stinson, Kendra

Prairie Home Panthers, Lady Panthers recognized during Senior Night Ceremony

Photos from the Prairie Home Senior Night held during halftime of the varsity girls' game Friday, Feb. 18.

Prairie Home School 2011 First Semester Honor Roll

Principal’s Honor Roll of Distinction (3.84-4.00) 12th Grade Ashwini, Akanksha 11th Grade Chenault, Brittany Imhoff, Dennis Stevens Josey Vonder Haar, Tara Wendt, Damon

Lake Area Community Orchestra Elects Officers

The Lake Area Community Orchestra has elected officers for the year, including Leonard Vader, Jefferson City, president; Mary Roderick, Roach, vice president; Carroll Rinker, Sunrise Beach, secretary; Nancy Jobe-Frampton, Osage Beach, treasurer; and Eugene Moll, Russellville, publicity. The Lake Area Community Orchestra continues to rehearse each Tuesday at 7 p.m., at Heritage Hall in the school building in Lake Ozark. They are preparing for the Summer Concert Series which begins on Tuesday, May 31, at Russellville. The full schedule will be announced. Rose Adams continues to serve as the director for the orchestra. If you are interested in joining the orchestra, please contact her at 573-375-5403.

Jamestown Hires Principals for 2011-2012 School Year

Jamestown C-I School has hired two principals to take over next year after current principal Kevin Kohler retires. Matt McDannold (previously of Boonville) will be the part-time high school principal and technology coordinator. Ellen Ash (previously of California) will be the part-time elementary school principal and music teacher.

California Democrat Community Calender February 23

• ACT Worksop for English/Reading portion of ACT Test, 5:45-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the media room at California High School, instructed by Dana Barr. • California Fire Department BBQ fundraiser for Sareena Roll, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at the California Fire Station. Call 573-796-1987 for more information, or call Robert Pace at 573-680-6425, or Marty Ramsdell at 573-619-2695.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri from Wednesday, Feb. 23 - March 4

The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for the week of Feb. 23 – March 4, 2011. 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. 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 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or log onto You can also follow MoDOT’s Central District on Twitter, at

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'Grim Reapers' join California Rural Fire at annual dinner

Several members of the "Grim Reapers," otherwise known as the 13th Bomb Squadron, Whiteman Air Force Base, joined the California Rural Fire Protection District (CRFPD) Saturday, Feb. 19, at its annual meeting. The B2 Bomber squadron commander, Lt. Col. Mark "Zulu" Pye, presented a plaque in the shape of a B2 Bomber noting the efforts of CRFPD and the bomber squadron in working together for the community. In his comments, the squadron commander mentioned the common goal of protection of the community by both the fire fighters and Air Force personnel, although the "fires" they fight are different in nature as well as scope. A major goal both entities have is prevention.

California High School FAFSA Frenzy Provides Valuable Assistance

Completing the FAFSA, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is an important task for high school seniors nationwide. To help local students with that task, CHS hosted a FAFSA Frenzy on Sunday, Feb. 13. Many seniors and their parents attended, making it a great success for CHS.

Moniteau County Assessor reminds county taxpayers to return personal property assessment forms

The Moniteau County Assessor would like to remind personal property owners to return the form for listing personal property for the 2010 assessment year. By March 1, 2011, every owner or holder of personal property was to report, on the form provided by the assessor, all taxable personal property. This includes cars, trucks, trailers, farm equipment and livestock, etc. which was owned or held by the person or business on Jan. 1, 2011. "Every year a few property owners forget to return, or lose their list," King said. "So, we make every attempt to remind people to return the form on time." Not returning a completed list to the assessor by the deadline makes a property owner subject to a penalty. To avoid this penalty, bring in the form that was sent to property owners in January as soon as possible. "We are given just a few days window before we are required to start adding the penalty, and the penalities can range from $10 to $100 depending on the value of the property and the statutes provide the assessor with almost no discretion to waive the penalties," King said. Missouri Revised Statutes states it is the responsibility of property owners to report even if they did not receive a form in the mail. If you moved into the county before Jan. 1, 2011, or for some reason did not receive a form, you are not excused from filing. The assessor's office may be contacted for a blank form by calling 573-796-4637, or one may be picked up at the assessor's office in the Moniteau County Courthouse from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 200 East Main, California, Missouri 65018.

Co-Mo Electric Cooperative pursuing broadband pilot project

Some members of the Co-Mo Electric Cooperative service territory might soon be linked to the Internet at the fastest speeds ever seen in this part of Central Missouri. The cooperative — through its wholly owned subsidiary, Co-Mo Comm — has launched a pilot project in two targeted areas to test whether building a fiber-to-the-home broadband network is financially feasible for all of it service territory.

California Young Farmers Chapter

The California Young Farmers have held a variety of educational topic meetings this year. Some of the past topics presented were “Bull Selection and Trichomoniasis in Missouri”, Sydenstricker Implement on “Machinery Maintenance Issues”, and “Agriculture Outlook” with University of Missouri Ag Economist Dr. Ron Plain. Some of the upcoming topics are “Soil Testing and Farm Chemicals”, “Private Pesticide Applicator Training”, and “Greenhouse Activities”. Each year a tour of local farms and agribusinesses is held. This year’s tour took place at Wieland Farms in Lone Elm. The group got to see a new, modern farm shop large enough to accommodate the largest equipment of the cropping operation. The California Adult Agriculture Education and Young Farmers Programs are open to anyone with an interest in the topics meetings and other activities offered. Information about upcoming meetings and events can be obtained by calling the California High School Agriculture Department at (573)796-8624 or by emailing Dale Hodges at

Moniteau County Historical Society Meets

The meeting of the Moniteau County Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President David Jungmeyer Feb.14. Jungmeyer welcomed the members and guests back for the first meeting of the year.

Moniteau County Historical Society to host chili supper

Following a planning meeting of the Moniteau County Historical Society Ways and Means committee Friday the date of Saturday, March 12, was selected as the date for the annual fundraiser Chili Supper. The menu will consist of chili, hot dogs, veggies, dessert of cake or pie and beverage at a price of $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 years of age or younger. Serving will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the California Nutrition Center. This fundraiser assists in providing the support for the many ongoing projects of the Society as well as maintaining and preserving the vital history of Moniteau County.

Twin City Garden Club holds first meeting of new year

The members of the Twin City Garden Club had fun dabbling in the dirt during the Feb. 15 meeting at Longfellow's Garden Center, Centertown. President Jenice Taggart welcomed the nine members and guest Jane McGill who were present for the first meeting of the year due to the January cancellation and last week's meeting postponement all due to weather conditions. The business meeting began with the announcement that treasurer Lenda Lebeck had resigned her position. The club awarded her a Life Time membership for her many years of service which included not only the local club but, also, for many years as an officer in the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri and Central District. Gloria Longan was installed as the new treasurer.

Five accomplished clarinetists perform at Finke

Those attending the Finke Theatre Saturday night enjoyed an outstanding evening of music from five accomplished clarinetists. An audience favorite was a tribute to Artie Shaw which included Star Dust, Frenesi and Begin the Beguine. They completed the performance with a rousing When the Saints Go Marching In. On exhibit in the concession gallery was the nature and wildlife paintings by Phil Schroeder. The next performance at the Finke will be the play The Nerd. It is being directed by Audie Klien who is holding rehearsals with the cast three times per week at this time. The cast is drawn from local talent and the parts are played by the following: Willum Cubbert by Jason Gatlin, Tansey McGinnis by Becca Barnard, Axle Hammond by Dennis Donley, Warnock Waldgrave by Roy Barnard, Clelia Waldgrave by Ramona Harder, Thor Waldgrave by Luke Freeman, and Rick Steadman (The Nerd) by Nathaniel Donley. There will be two performances, Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m. Anyone interested in tickets should call 796-2895 or 690-9363.

California High School Speech Team Finishes Season at Moberly Spartan Invitational

The CHS Speech Team and Coach Tiffany Brown competed in their final meet of the season at the Moberly Spartan Invitational Speech Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 19. Nineteen CHS students participated in nine events, with 26 total entries "It was a great experience, and I would definitely do it again," said Haylee Holmes, junior. The following students received medals in their categories: Ashlee Davis-5th of 57 in Prose, Lesa Langlotz-5th of 41 in Radio, Rebecca Suen-5th of 49 in Prose, Drake Farris and Margret Mace-5th of 42 in Improvisational Duet Acting, Mitchell Cox and Sarah Couchman-6th of 42 in Improvisational Duet Acting.

Tuesday, February 22

Obituary Published in February 23 California Democrat

Obituary Published in February 23 California Democrat

Bracket for the MSHSAA Class 1 District 9 Girls Basketball Tournament to be held Feb. 28-March 5 in Jamestown

Bracket for the MSHSAA Class 1 District 9 Girls Basketball Tournament to be held Feb. 28-March 5 in Jamestown.

Bracket for the MSHSAA Class 1 District 9 Boys Basketball Tournament to be held March 1-5 in Jamestown

Bracket for the MSHSAA Class 1 District 9 Boys Basketball Tournament to be held March 1-5 in Jamestown.

Bracket for the MSHSAA Class 3 District 10 Girls Basketball Tournament to be held Feb. 26 through March 3 in Cole Camp

Bracket for the MSHSAA Class 3 District 10 Girls Basketball Tournament to be held Feb. 26 through March 3 in Cole Camp

Bracket for the MSHSAA Class 3 District 10 Boys Basketball Tournament to be held Feb. 26 through March 5 in Cole Camp

Bracket for the MSHSAA Class 3 District 10 Boys Basketball Tournament to be held Feb. 26 through March 5 in Cole Camp

Russellville Lady Indians defeat St. Elizabeth 67-39

Russellville's varsity girls hosted St. Elizabeth Monday night, where the Lady Indians captured a 67-39 win led by Kennedy Volkart with 14 points and Hannah Wilson with 13. The Lady Indians outscored the Lady Hornets 20-8 in the first quarter and 14-10 in the second for a 34-18 halftime edge. Russellville dominated the second half as well, outscoring St. Elizabeth 10-7 in the third quarter and 23-14 in the fourth to secure the win, 67-39.

Kaleb Borghardt signs with Central Methodist University

California High School senior Kaleb Borghardt signed a letter of intent Tuesday, Feb. 15, to play football at Central Methodist University (CMU) at Fayette.

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Prairie Home Lady Panthers capture Homecoming win against Jamestown Lady Eagles

After trailing Jamestown for three quarters, Prairie Home's varsity girls basketball team staged a fourth-quarter comeback to defeat the Lady Eagles 50-45 for a big Homecoming win Friday at Prairie Home. "Kendra Stinson had her best game of the year," Prairie Home Coach Linda Scott said. "Kristynn Watson also played a tremendous game. We had six players score, two in double figures, and it was a total team effort. We scored 27 points in nthe last quarter. Everybody stepped up their game."

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California Lady Pintos clinch Tri-County Conference title

California's Lady Pintos had plenty at stake when they traveled to Wardsville Monday night to battle Blair Oaks for the Tri-County Conference championship, and it was obvious they were not going to give up easy. With Blair Oaks leading by one point after the first quarter, the Lady Pintos turned up the heat in the second to outscore the Lady Falcons 22-13 for a 37-29 advantage at the half. California would need that edge as Blair Oaks outscored the Lady Pintos 7-6 in the third quarter and 13-12 in the fourth, to hold onto the lead and ultimately the win, 55-49.

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California Pintos claim Senior Night win

California's varsity and JV boys basketball teams hosted Osage for Senior Night Thursday, where the varsity Pintos captured a 56-41 win. "This was a great conference win," California Coach Jeff Taggart said. "We were able to stay poised and turned up the defensive intensity in the second half. We are 4-0 in the conference right now and this sets the stage for the conference championship with Blair Oaks. Should be a great game."

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Concord Baptist Association Presents Share-A-Song for Local Care Centers

Children from churches in the Concord Baptist Association (CBA) met at First Baptist Church (FBC), California, Saturday, Feb. 19, to practice and learn songs they later shared with residents of California and Moniteau Care centers that day. Share-A-Song Children's Choir Clinic was organized by the Discipleship Team of the CBA. Tim Burgher, minister of music for FBC, said an area the Discipleship Team focuses on is with music leaders and in this case leaders of children's music.

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Title I Family Fun Night Held at Clarksburg School

The Title I Family Fun Night was held Thursday, Feb. 17 at Clarksburg School. For more photos check out the Feb. 23 issue of the California Democrat.

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Photos from the February Jamestown Page

Photos from the February Jamestown Page For more photos check out the Feb. 23 issue of the California Democrat.

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Several Organizations Donate Supplies to Latham School

The Jefferson City School District and Friends of the Boonville Public Library donated boxes of books and supplies for the Latham School Friday, Feb. 18. Sarah Rosslan, librarian and media specialist for Cedar Hill Elementary School, which is part of the Jefferson City Public School (JCPS) District said the JCPS Library Department (k-12) held book donation drives at the various schools for gently used paperback and hardback books and delivered approximately 100 boxes of books along with $300 raised by an elementary school in the JCPS district as part of its CharacterPlus service project. The Friends of the Boonville Public Library also donated 30 boxes of books as well.

California R-I School discuss snow days and bus funding

Snow days and bus funding came under discussion at the regular monthly meeting of the California R-I School Board Wednesday, Feb. 16. According to California R-I Superintendent Marty Albertson, the school calendar is 176 days long. Since the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) only requires 174 days of school, that means two snow days are built into the school calendar. If they are not used, school will dismiss two days earlier than scheduled.

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Photos from the Farm Bureau Breakfast held Feb. 19

The Farm Bureau Breakfast was held Saturday, Feb. 19 at Annunciation Catholic Church, California. The breakfast was held for the California, Jamestown and Tipton FFA's. More photos of the breakfast are in the Feb. 23 issue of the California Democrat.

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Photos from the February High Point Page

Photos from the February Prairie Home Page. For more photos of Prairie Home students check out the Feb. 23 issue of the California Democrat.

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Photos from the 2011 Prairie Home High School Homecoming

Photos from the 2011 Prairie Home Homecoming Ceremony held Friday, Feb. 18. For more photos check out the Feb. 23 issue of the California Democrat.

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Valentine Party Held at New Hope Baptist Church

Photos of the Valentine Party held at New Hope Baptist Church Sunday, Feb. 20. For more photos check out the Feb. 23 issue of the California Democrat.

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St. Paul's Lutheran, California, hosts "Singing Saints"

The "Singing Saints Concert Choir" of St. Paul Lutheran High School, Concordia, performed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church Sunday services on Feb. 20. The performance was the fifth of the seven appearances of the 2010-11 concert season and was carried live on KRLL radio. Dr. Peter Kurowski, St. Paul's pastor, worked with a series of sermonettes to utilize the choir's anthems in his message of Jesus as the foundation of all things.

High Point Repair Service Offers Auto/Radiator Repair

Marcus Brubaker, who co-owns High Point Repair Service LLP with brother Josh, said he got interested in repair working on the farm growing up around High Point. About 20 years ago he said he started working on vehicles and 12 years ago he first opened his own shop where his brother Josh joined him. The first shop was seven miles west of High Point. When the current shop, located just west of the intersection of Highways 87 and C at 60480 Highway C, was available four years ago, Marcus and Josh partnered together to purchase and open the shop.

Snow days on Agenda for Tipton School Board Meeting

As with many school districts in the area, calendar changes due to snow days was on the agenda of the Tipton R-VI School Board on Monday, Feb. 14. Superintendent Scott Jarvis updated the Board on snow make up days and said the graduation date will remain as planned. Later in the session, the Board approved Feb. 18 and 21 as snow make up days.

February blizzard may help hay and winter wheat crops

In spite of the problems caused by the blizzard which hit on Feb. 1, and ended up dropping about a foot and half of snow, many area farmers may find the results to be a positive. Granted, travel was mostly non-existant for a day or so, with many of the gravel roads impassible unless by tractor, four-wheeler or four wheel drive, but from a farmer's perspective it wasn't all bad.

California School Board Selects New High School Principal

Mike Hight was approved as the new California R-I High School principal by the School Board in closed session following the regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 16. The position for the 2011-12 school year opened as a result of the selection of current principal Dwight Sanders for the position of superintendent for the next school year. Superintendent Marty Albertson will retire at the end of the school year on June 30.

Almanac February weather predictions close, but what about March?

Two publications widely used to predict long-term weather trends were close to the mark on predictions for snow in February. While not in total agreement on the days the storm was to arrive, The Old Farmer's Almanac and The Farmer's Almanac were still accurate enough for most people.

Wednesday, February 16

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri from Wednesday, Feb. 16

Cole County • U.S. 54 eastbound/U.S. 63 northbound at the Missouri River Bridge – Construction of a pedestrian/bicycle bridge attachment continues. * Concrete work is taking place on the south end of the pedestrian attachment substructure.

California Democrat Community Calender February 16

• Moniteau R-I School Board regular monthly meeting, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the elementary school. • Prescribed Burn and Woodland Workshop for Landowners, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at City Hall. • Kiwanis Club of California meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, at the Lutheran Church basement. • California Progrees, Inc. (CPI) regular monthly board meeting, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the City Hall community building.

Boxtop collection for Latham School

Boxtops are being collected to assistant in rebuilding the Latham School. The school is rebuilding due to a devastating fire in December. Boxtops and Best Choice lables qualify for a donation from the companies and are being collected for the Latham Fire Fund. The collected items may be sent to: Latham Fire Fund, P.O. Box 367, Latham, MO 65050 or Bonecutters Sporting Goods, 1100 W. Buchanan Street, California, MO 65018.

Girl Scout Cookie Program continues with direct sales

If you’ve already ordered your favorite Girl Scout Cookies, they’re here and delivery has begun! If you missed the first round or would like more, don’t worry. From now until March 13, girls will continue to sell Girl Scout cookies through direct sales, including door-to-door and at booths outside local merchants. The Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches lifelong leadership skills, such as goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

State seeking organizations to serve meals to children during summer months, federally funded program helps fight childhood hunger

The state health department is looking for organizations throughout Missouri to help feed thousands of children who would otherwise go without meals during the summer months, when school is not in session. The Summer Food Service Program reimburses organizations for meals they serve to children who are at risk of not having enough to eat. The program is one way Missouri is working to fight childhood hunger. Twenty-three percent of children in Missouri experience food insecurity, meaning they have limited access to enough nutritious food to meet basic needs, according to Feeding America, the country's largest domestic hunger-relief charity. A report released last summer, Child Food Insecurity in the United States: 2006-2008, ranks Missouri fifth in the nation for childhood hunger.

'Dinner With Your Darling' held Sunday, Feb.13 at Lutz home

The Friends of the Finke Theatre hosted 'Dinner With Your Darling' at Dr. Mike and Shelly Lutz' home Sunday, where a total of 43 couples donated $75 to attend the Valentine's celebration fundraiser that included a social hour followed by a lasagna dinner. Guests dined by candlelight in a very romantic setting and were entertained by five California High School students, Bailey Glenn, Grant Burger, Kassi Meisenheimer, Pax Baker and Jessica McKenzie, who have been invited to sing with Distinguished Concerts International April 15 at Lincoln Center in New York. (A total of $300 was collected at the fundraiser to help the students cover the expenses of the trip.) Guests also played 'Name The Love Song,' with Phil Lewis, California, directing the contest on the keyboard. Members of the Friends of the Finke Theatre Fundraising Committee are Dolores Burger, Morris Burger, Kim Drummond, Pam Green, Beth Jungmeyer, Pat McCarty, Mary Oesterly, Sally Vogel, Ramona Hader and co-chairperson Vickie Schroeder.

University of Central Missouri Dean's List

The following local student have earned a spot on the University of Central Missouri Dean's List. Each semester, the Dean's List is divided into two parts. The first list includes the names of students who have achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average, and the second list includes the names of students who attained a grade point average of 3.50 to 3.99. 4.0 Dean's list at UCM Mallory G. Simmens, Jamestown; Amanda C. Brauner, Lohman; Buffy C. Brown, Russellville; Kelsey Roxanne Houston and Rosemary Louise Raymond, Tipton. 3.5 to 3.99 Dean's list at UCM Bethany M. Belt, Centertown; Brian G. Shields, Russellville; Robert Levi Aaron, Robert Eugene Sanders, Brittney N. Koechner and Abby Michele Higgins, Tipton; Kevin A. Rustemeyer, Centertown and Clinton R. Couchman, California.

Co-Mo crews bring power to Latham’s temporary classrooms

Less than two months after a fire destroyed the main part of Latham R-V School, Co-Mo Electric Cooperative linemen brought power to its new mobile classrooms. The crews worked through bitter winds Thursday, Feb. 10, to hook up the classrooms, which will soon allow the 60 students to return to familiar ground to resume learning. Since the Dec. 15, 2010 fire, the students have been meeting in the local Pilot Grove Baptist Church.

Fundraising in Works for Sareena Roll

Fundraising is continuing on behalf of Sareena Roll, 6, daughter of Bill Roll and Brandi Williams. According to information provided, the youngster contracted Influenza A and a Group A Strep infection about the first of February. She was initially taken to a Jefferson City emergency room and then transferred to Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia.

California High School Speech Team says Aloha at Cole Camp

A group of 23 CHS students traveled to Cole Camp High School Saturday, Jan. 29, to compete in a Hawaiian themed Invitational-Speech Tournament. CHS received fourth place overall of the 20 schools participating. “This was the largest and most competitive tournament we have faced so far,” said Speech Team Coach Tiffany Brown. “Some students who placed second in their rooms in Rounds 1 and 2 still didn’t make it to finals.”

Community Briefing Scheduled to Discuss Bridge Replacement Project in Moniteau County

The Missouri Department of Transportation will hold an open-house community briefing on Tuesday, March 1, from 4:30 - 6:15 p.m. to discuss plans to replace the Dry Fork Bridge on Route E in Moniteau County. The bridge is located just over one mile south of U.S. 50.

Moniteau County Cattleman's Association meeting set for Tuesday, Feb. 22

The Moniteau County Cattleman's Association will host a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Centennial Hall, at the Moniteau County Fairgrounds, California. Those who plan to attend need to RSVP at 573-796-3168 (California Veterinary Clinic). The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the fairgrounds. Missouri Cattleman's Association State President Jimmy Long and Missouri Beef Industry Executive Director John Kleiboeker will be in attendance. Those who plan to attend need to RSVP as instructed above.

California High School Celebrates Courtwarming

California High School celebrated Courtwarming the week of Feb. 7-11. Although interrupted with a snow day on Wednesday, the various activities continued as scheduled. Each day, students, faculty and staff observed a different Spirit Day such as “Hat Day” or “Ugly Sweater Day.” Thursday was class color day when each of the separate classes wore a different color. Friday was traditionally “Spirit Day,” where the students dress in their Pinto red and blue. Also, each class worked throughout the week on a banner that would hang in the gym during the game. The banner contest theme was “superheroes.” The junior class won third with a Batman & Joker design, the freshmen captured second with Spiderman and the seniors placed first with a Superman theme.

Hannibal-LaGrange University Dean's List

Hannibal-LaGrange University has released the names of students who qualified for the Academic Dean’s List for the fall 2010 semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, the student must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while carrying a minimum class load of 12 hours. Founded in 1858, Hannibal-LaGrange University is a four-year, Christian liberal arts university located in Hannibal. Local students include Heidi Porter, California, and Andrew R. Earls, Russellville.

California High School Math Team to host contest on Saturday

The California High School Math Team recently attended the last two math contests of their season. On Saturday, Jan. 15, they competed at the Camdenton Math Relays. California dominated the 11th grade Trigonometry test with Addison Jobe placing first, Nathan Thibon earning third, Walter Juarez in fourth and Blake Bestgen placing fifth. The freshman members, Alex Davis, Abby Lueckenotte and John Wolken, each placed in the ninth grade Geometry test and the ninth grade Computations test. Other members earning individual medals included Alex Davis, Don Figgins, and Echo High. In addition, the team earned fifteen individual event ribbons. Alex Davis earned honors as the third place Top Freshman. In class test competition, the freshman placed third, sophomores placed sixth, juniors placed third, seniors placed sixth and the Hodge Podge team placed third. Overall, California placed fourth in Division II at the most challenging competition this year. The CHS Math Team placed third at the Smith-Cotton Math Contest on Saturday, Jan. 29. Five members earned individual medals, including Jacob Ash, Don Figgins, Addison Jobe, Nathan Thibon and John Wolken. The team also took home eight individual event ribbons. Addison Jobe earned fifth place junior, and Don Figgins was honored as first place top senior. In class competition, the freshman placed fourth, sophomores placed first, juniors placed first and seniors placed fifth. Twenty-one schools attended the contest with California contending among eight teams in Division II. The California math team will be hosting their own math contest on February 19th.

Parent group planning Safe after Prom Party

Recently, several junior class parents met to discuss organizing an after prom party that would offer students an alternative to teen parties that may include alcohol.

Moniteau County residents invited to kick-off 2011 ACS Relay For Life

Moniteau County residents are invited to kick-off the 2011 American Cancer Society Moniteau County Relay For Life at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the Frist Baptist Church fellowshiphall, California. The community celebration is open to anyone who wants to learn more about Relay For Life, including how to get involved.

Tuesday, February 15

Obituaries Published in February 16 California Democrat

STURGIS Agnes Marie Sturgis, 82, passed unto God’s graces Monday, February 7, 2011 in Springfield, Mo. She was born November 25, 1928 in California Mo., to Wyona (Crawford) and Peter Baker. On April 12, 1947 Agnes was united in marriage to Hugh B. Sturgis and they shared 44 years of life and love together.

Freshman California Pintos win final game of season, 46-34

California's freshman boys basketball team was on the road Feb. 7 for the final game of the season, where the Pintos scratched the Versailles Tigers 46-34. California led 11-4 after one quarter and 17-11 at the half. The Pintos outscored Versailles 15-9 in the third quarter to lead 32-20 going into the final frame. An even 14-14 fourth quarter left the win with California.

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Jamestown pockets two wins at Homecoming

Jamestown hosted Malta Bend for the Eagles' 2011 Homecoming Friday, where both the varsity girls' and boys' basketball teams pocketed a win. The Lady Eagles defeated Malta Bend 57-32.

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California Pintos battle at Courtwarming to lasso Eldon Mustangs 49-46

The Pintos hosted Eldon for California's 2011 Courtwarming Friday night, where the varsity boys won a hard-fought battle, 49-46. California led 11-8 after the first quarter, however, Eldon turned up the heat in the second quarter to outscore the Pintos 17-8 to lead 25-19 at the half. California came out stronger in the second half, outscoring the Mustangs 12-10 in the third quarter and 18-11 in the fourth to secure the win.

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California Lady Pintos scratch Warsaw Lady Wildcats 70-58

The California Lady Pinto basketball teams hosted Warsaw Thursday, Feb. 10, where the varsity Lady Pintos defeated the Lady Wildcats 70-58. California led 14-9 after one quarter and 30-23 at the half. The Lady Pintos outscored the Lady Wildcats 24-9 in the third quarter to lead 54-32 going into the final frame. Warsaw managed 26 points to California's 16 in the fourth quarter, however, the Lady Pintos still came away with the win, 70-58.

Annual Women As Landowners meet Feb. 22

The seventh annual Women As Landowners and Their Partners Conference will be Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the California United Church of Christ, which is handicap accessible. Registration at the conference, which is open to everyone, will be at 10 a.m. To register, send $5, which includes a lunch buffet, to Moniteau County SWCD, Attn: Nancy Kirby, 410 West Buchanan Street, California, MO 65018 or call 573-796-4691 ext. 112. Registration deadline is Feb. 18.

Musical performance by California Middle School

A performance of a junior version of "High School Musical" will be put on by California Middle School students, directed by Julie Moon. The event will be held at the California High School in the new auditorium. There will be two performances — the first at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, and the second at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

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Cash and drugs seized in California drug bust

A combined operation between law enforcement officers of the City of California Police Department and the Mid Missouri Drug Task Force resulted in arrests as well as seizure of cash and controlled substances. According to Court documents, a search warrant was served at a residence on High Street in California by the officers on Friday, Feb. 11.

Old city nightwatchman's time clock

For many years, law enforcement in California was provided by a City Marshal who also served as City Collector. At night, protection was provided by two nightwatchmen hired by the businesses in town. The nightwatchman would make the rounds of the businesses carrying a time clock around his neck and shoulder on a strap. At each of the businesses, or at last at enough to make certain he was making his rounds, he would insert a key at the business in the time clock, and turn it. That recorded the visit and the time.

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Russellville Students Explain What They Did During Recent Snow Days

Russellville students explain what they did during the recent snow days. For more photos of students check out the Feb. 16 issue of the California Democrat.

Excavating a Family Business for Gene Haile

Gene Haile grew up in the excavating business. His father owned an excavating business in Versailles. After moving to California and living in the town for two years, in 1982, Haile started Haile Excavating Inc. "It has been really good to me and my family," Haile said. "It has slowed a little recently but the Lord has always been good to us and provided for us."

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Main Street Baptist Church Men of Integrity Host Valentine's Breakfast

Women were invited to attend the Valentine's Breakfast hosted by the Men of Integrity group at Main Street Baptist Church, California, Feb. 12. Normally, the men meet the second Saturday of each month for a men's breakfast. Cheddar scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, orange juice, milk and coffee are served. Darvin Rogers is a coordinator for the breakfasts each month and said they have a meal, a message and during the nicer weather will do some work for those who cannot get out and around.

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for February 11

California Elementary School Students of the Week for February 11

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Photos from the February Russellville Page.

Photos from the February Russellville Page. For more photos of High Point students check out the Feb. 16 issue of the California Democrat.

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Photos from the February High Point Page

Photos from the February High Point Page. For more photos of High Point students check out the Feb. 16 issue of the California Democrat.

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Photos from the 2011 Russellville High School Homecoming

Photos from the 2011 Russellville High School Homecoming held Feb. 12. For more photos check out the Feb. 16 issue of the California Democrat.

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Photos from the 2011 Jamestown High School Homecoming

Photos from the 2011 Jamestown High School Homecoming held Feb. 11. For more photos check out the Feb. 16 issue of the California Democrat.

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Photos from the California Courtwarming Ceremony

Photos from the 2011 California High School Courtwarming held Feb. 11. For more photos check out the Feb. 16 issue of the California Democrat.

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Valentine Royalty at California Care Center

Valentine royalty for California Care Center was chosen at the party on Feb. 11. Although competition was tight among the many contestants, the field was narrowed to three couples. The final selections were judged on answers to several questions, such as the best Valentine gift ever received, the favorite childhood memory and first kiss.

Christina's BFFs Host Events to Raise Money for Moniteau County Relay for Life

Moniteau County Relay for Life team Christina's BFFs held a "Girl's Night Out" and bake sale to raise money. The "Girl's Night Out" was held Friday, Feb. 11, and included the opportunity to buy Mary Kay, Scentsy and Miche Bags products along with free facials. Saturday, Feb. 12, the group held a bake sale at the California Pamida and sold brownies, cookies, pies, rolls and chocolate covered treats among other confections. Team member Courtney Dunham said the "Girl's Night Out" went very well with a lot of people coming out and having a good time. The bake sale was a success as well.

Moniteau County 911 Emergency Dispatch Board meets

The Moniteau County 911 Emergency Dispatch Board of Directors met Thursday, Feb. 7, at the 911 office. According to the treasurer's report, Sales Tax received was $35,435.98 (a total increase of 13.7 percent compared to February 2010), the MMDA account balance as of Jan. 7, was $198,595.86. The total payroll on Jan. 18 was $7,905.62 and on Jan. 31, the payroll was $8,197.21. Overall payroll taxes were $3,878.53. Total accounts payable approved at the meeting amounted to $19,136.38.

Extra Mid-Mo Ambulance costs due to Blizzard

The blizzard of Feb. 1 cost Mid-Mo Ambulance District additional funds for snow removal, employee overtime and additional fuel. According to information given the Board of Directors by Administrator Lee Kempf at the regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Feb. 9, the additional expense could be $4,000 to $5,000.

Jamestown Crime Watch Meeting to be Rescheduled

The Moniteau County Crime watch meeting planned for Jamestown in January, which was not held due to weather conditions, will be rescheduled hopefully for March or April. The speaker is to be Jason Clark of the Rural Crimes Task Force.

MRED Reviews 2010 Activities

At its first regular monthly meeting of 2011, the Moniteau County Regional Economic Development Council (MRED) Board of Directors reviewed the activities of the last year, elected officers and considered priorities for the next year. According to MRED Board Chairman Mike Kelley, one of the more important decisions made in 2010 was the hiring of Executive Director Ken Parrett to operate the daily activities of the organization. Membership in the organization increased from 17 to 24, with the loss of only one member. In addition, the organization introduced a "tiered" system for memberships and increased communication and contact with the membership as well as other business entities in the county.

Snow days Stretch School Year

An occasional snow day provides a short break from school for both students and teachers. But those are not really free days. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires a minimum number of school days and hours. In general, a snow day off school is not a free day, it is just a day of class delayed. At last that is the case in a normal year with, at most a day or two of snow days.

California Area Chamber of Commerce Schedules Upcoming Year

Shelly Hampton, Chamber Board president, called to order the California Area Chamber of Commerce Board meeting held Thursday, Feb. 10, at City Hall and welcomed everyone in attendance. Norris Gerhart made a motion to accept the minutes from the December meeting. Robin Ratcliff seconded and the motion carried. Charlie Roll made a motion to accept the minutes from the January meeting. Gerhart seconded and the motion carried. Annual Dinner minutes were passed out as well and will be approved at the 2012 Annual Meeting.

Thursday, February 10

School closings, announcements for Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011

Here are school closings and other weather-related announcements for Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011.

Wednesday, February 9

California will host Eldon for 2011 Courtwarming Friday, Feb. 11

The California High School varsity and JV boys' basketball teams will host the Eldon Mustangs for the 2011 CHS Courtwarming Friday, beginning with the JV game at 6 p.m., followed by the Courtwarming ceremony and the varsity game, respectively. Spirit Days remaining for Spirit Week at CHS are as follows: Wednesday (today) is Super Hero Day; Thursday is Class Color Day; and Friday is Pinto Spirit Day.

Farm Service Agency offers the Livestock Indemnity Program

Moniteau County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Daryl Raithel encourages producers that have lost livestock due to the recent blizzard, excessive snow and freezing temperatures to contact the Farm Service Agency. The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides assistance to farmers and ranchers who have experienced losses caused by natural disasters that are over normal mortality. For more information on the LIP program eligibility requirements, contact the Moniteau County FSA office at 573-796-4691.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri from Wednesday, Feb. 9-18

The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for the week of Feb. 9 – 18, 2011. 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.

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Blizzard to Remember Sweeps Across Country

Moniteau County was not untouched by the record-breaking "blizzard to remember" which swept across the nation. According to constant reports before, during and after the event, the blizzard covered 2,100 miles.

California Veterinary Clinic Advice for Old Man Winter

Every year at this time it is a good idea to check over the following tips and reminders from the California Veterinary Clinic and Animal Health Center so your pets will enjoy the winter season. 1. Antifreeze: antifreeze can be lethal. It contains ethylene glycol, which is sweet tasting to your pet. Always clean up any spills in the garage or driveway. If your pet licks some or you suspect they have, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Winterizing Your Pet Advice from the California Veterinary Clinic

Cold weather is tough on pets. The following tips from the California Veterinary Clinic and Animal Health Center will provide your pet with a better "quality of life" through the winter months: * Update all vaccinations. Increased stress of cold weather lowers the resistance to disease. Your pet needs more than just a Rabies vaccination. Dogs should be vaccinated against DHLP, Parvovirus, Coronavirus and Bordetella each year. Cats should receive FERCP, Rabies, Feline Leukemia and FIP.

California Democrat Community Calender February 9

The California Democrat Community Calender for Feb. 2.

Truman State University Announces Fall 2010 President’s List

Truman State University has released the Fall 2010 President’s List. To qualify for this list, an undergraduate student must attain a semester 4.0 grade point average and must complete 12 semester hours of credit. Located in Kirksville, Truman is Missouri’s only highly selective, public liberal arts institution. U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 edition of “Best Colleges” ranked Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest region for the 14th consecutive year. Washington Monthly listed Truman in the top 10 for its “2010 College Rankings,” rating the University as the No. 6 master’s university nationwide. Truman was the only Missouri school ranked in the top 50 and was the No. 1 public school on the list. Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine lists Truman on its 100 Best Values in Public Colleges while Forbes lists Truman on its national “Best Buy” list. Truman is also included on The Princeton Review's 2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region. Area students include Austen Barr and Rebekah Weicken, California.

California Care Center activities corner

Well February has come and the snow followed it in! We are continuing to stay busy here at California Care Center with many activities. On Sunday we enjoyed worship with St. Paul’s Evangelical Church. Monday followed with a game of bingo and we decorated our board for the month. Tuesday we stayed warm with popcorn and a movie and played bingo on Wednesday. Thursday morning we met in the tea room for our exercise group and read the newspaper in the afternoon. Friday we enjoyed bingo and and playing Uno with some friends. Saturday we had Bible study and another movie with popcorn. We are busily getting ready for our Sweetheart Dance Friday, Feb. 11. Our tallies are adding up, and Feb. 10 will be the last day to vote. We hope you all are staying safe and warm with all the snow.

Cole County R-1 School Board Meets

The Cole County R-1 School Board held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 20. The Board adopted the agenda. The administrators presented their reports and moved on to the consent agenda. Under new business, the Board voted to approve the consent agenda as presented and a payroll fund transfer of $191,000. The Board voted to approve the Title and PTO Program Evaluation Reports as presented by Karen Ponder. The Board also voted to set the out of district tuition rate at $6,250 for the 2011-2012 school year. The Board concluded the meeting by going into closed session to discuss personnel and voted to accept letters of resignation from Larry Theroff and Roy Williford.

Baker Graduates Basic Training

Army Pvt. Ashley L. Baker has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises. She is the daughter of Tracy Baker, California. Baker graduated in 2009 from Prairie Home High School.

Moniteau County Historical Society Will Meet

The Moniteau County Historical Society will meet at the Cultural Heritage Center Monday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. This will be a business meeting of the society and members should plan to attend this important meeting when the discussion of the genealogy library expansion proposal will take place. Call 796-3764 for more information or call 796-2250 to become a member of this valuable community organization.

School board candidates for April

Moniteau County Clerk Anita Groepper released the final list of candidates for contested races for the various school boards for the public school districts all or partly serving residents of Moniteau County. Each district eill elect three board members for three-year terms. The districts and candidates follow. Moniteau County R-I at California — Scott Sapp, Makie A. Lutz, Craig Ash, Nathan Dalbey, Darryl Elliott, Steven Burger, Keith Jones, Tammy Roberts and Jeremy Burger. High Point R-III — Tim Harris, Perry Cook, Robin Eidson and Doug Porter. Moniteau County R-V at Latham — Michael Bolinger, Paul Meloy, Lance Fulks and Dee Irey. Tipton R-VI — Chris Allee, Derek Shisler, Barry Combs, Nancy Bookout and Jerry Garber. Jamestown C-I — Kelli Oerly, John A. Jones, Mitch Strother, David R. Shaul, Walt Imhoff and Jennifer Long. Eldon R-I — Jill Kliethermes, Chris Hart, Dennis Schad and John Hall. Prairie Home R-V — Cassandra Porter, Marsha Stewart, Chris Holliday, Tammy Carmichael, Heather D. (Graff) Sullard and Tammy Brandes. Cole R-I at Russellville — Mark Thompson, Walter G. Johannpeter, Kris Kirchner, Kurt E. Brewer, Charlie D. Platter and James Campbell.

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Auditions Held at Finke Theatre for Play

Auditions began on Sunday, Feb. 6, for parts in the play to be held at the Finke Theatre on Saturday, March 19. This will be the first non-musical performance at the old theater in a great many years. Local community players will be featured in the performance under the direction of Audie Cline, a former California High School teacher. The play is called "The Nerd" and is the first full act play by Larry Shue. Written in 1979, it involves a man —insensitive and without tact — who saved the life of another in wartime. He visits the man whose life he saved and decides to move in. The story is of the nice guy as he tries to get rid of the Nerd.

General Municipal Election is April 5

The General Municipal Election is Tuesday, April 5. Candidates for the City of California are: Mayor (two year term) — Norris G. Gerhart, Charles E. Roll and Kathi Swearingen; Ward I — Tony Wineland; Ward II — Cameron Freiner; and Ward III — Carol B. Rackers. The vote for City Collector will be write-in.

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California Area Pummelled with Snow

The blizzard that dumped close to two feet of snow in the area last week (Jan. 31-Feb. 2) left much of California and surrounding areas immobilized as schools closed and many businesses were left unable to open their doors. With some vehicles literally snow-covered up to the hood, Californians pulled together and could be seen helping one another dig vehicles out and shovel walks and driveways.

School closings, announcements for Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011

Here are school closings and other weather-related announcements for Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011.

Tuesday, February 8

Aid for Latham School Library

Kelly Petree, an educational consultant with Usborne Books and More, has obtained a matching "Literacy For Lifetime" grant for the Latham R-V School District. The grant was obtained because the 7,000 volume library at Latham School was destroyed in the fire which destroyed the school in December.

Non-Municipal Elections

Non-municipal elections for April include Mid-Mo Ambulance District and Good Shepherd Nursing Home District. One member of the Mid-Mo Ambulance District Board of Directors from District I is up for election. No one filed, therefore the election will be decided by write-in vote. This is a three-year term. One member of the Good Shepherd Nursing Home District Board of Directors, Sub-District No. 3, will be selected. Two candidates have filed. They are: Robin S. Vogt and Amanda Huffman. This is a three-year term.

California Lady Pintos, Pintos defeat Versailles Tigers

California's varsity girls and boys' basketball teams traveled to Versailles Monday, Feb. 7, where both captured a win from the Tigers. The Lady Pintos led 18-10 after one quarter and 30-17 at the half. California held onto the lead in the second half to defeat the Lady Tigers 60-27.

Snow Leaves California City Unable to Read Electric and Water Meters

In addition to many other problems caused by last week's blizzard, California utility employees were unable to make their way through the deep snow to read the electric meters and even find many of the water meters. At its regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 7, the City of California Board of Aldermen was informed the March utility bills will be based on the same water and electric usage as the February bills.

Snow Storm Contributes to Fire Hydrant Damage

There were three "unexpected occurrences" reported by the California Water Department in a very short time, according to Kyle Wirts, supervisor of the water and wastewater departments. According to information provided at the Monday, Feb. 7, California City Council meeting, the first occurrence was when an eight-inch water main on Crystal Lane split.

Obituaries Published in February 9 California Democrat

Obituaries published in the Feb. 9 issue of the California Democrat.

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Road Crews Struggle to Open Roads

Travel in the area became hazardous on Monday, Jan. 31, as freezing rain coated the streets, bringing the street and road crews out. On Tuesday, the city street crews began working 12-hour shifts 24 hours a day. Although it was not possible to keep up with the heavy snow as it fell and drifted, the crews made passes on the city streets in an attempt to keep them passable. Little actual headway was possible until the snow stopped and on Wednesday, most of the city streets were impassable.

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Dr. Calvin Brown Serves Several Churches in Moniteau, Cole Counties

Dr. Calvin Brown is the director of missions for Concord Baptist Association which covers Southern Baptist churches spread throughout Cole and Moniteau Counties. Brown prefers to think of himself as an association missionary. In fact, Brown has a wealth of experience serving as a missionary having served for seven years in Tanzania, East Africa as a missionary helping plant and grow churches there.

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Custom Auto Upholstery Combines Experience, Talent

Custom Auto Upholstery Owner Jim Holder has 50 years of upholstery experience. After going to a shop in Huntsville, Ala. to get seat covers and finding the price to be too high ($29.95 installed front and rear), Holder was offered a job at the shop where he could make $30 a week. After taking the job, Holder later made his own seat covers and has been working on upholstery since. "The first car I put a top on was a 1937 Ford. I have restored a lot of old cars. You have to love to do it. A lot of people just do not mess with this kind of stuff."

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George Shelley, Citizen of the Year

At the 2011 California Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting/Dinner Jan. 29, George Shelley was presented with the Citizen of the Year Award. Shelley was honored for over 30 years of service to California through his roles with the VFW, Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star and the California School District as an English teacher and volunteer. Chamber President Bonnie George and Sally Vogel, who both shared personal stories of Shelley's service to them and their families, presented him with the award.

Jamestown Students Tell What They Would Want For Valentine's Day

Jamestown students say what they would want for Valentine's Day.

Russellville Students Tell What They Would Want For Valentine's Day

Russellville students say what they would want for Valentine's Day.

California Students Tell What They Would Want For Valentine's Day

California students tell what they would want for Valentine's Day.

High Point Students Tell What They Would Want For Valentine's Day

High Point students say what they would want for Valentine's Day.

'Fishin' in the Dark' leads to engagement for California couple

Lucas Scheidt and Tammy Reynolds, California, knew they would marry each other some day. After all, they were once high school sweethearts, had survived a break-up, and were eventually reunited and able to maintain a long-distance relationship. It had to be destiny or fate, right? "We first got to know each other at a watergun fight at the park when we were in middle school," Lucas, 27, fondly recalled. "I thought it was interesting to see a girl who wasn't afraid to get dirty."

Moniteau County Jail Committee Meets

The Moniteau County Jail Committee met Thursday, Jan. 27, for an update from Architects Alliance and Septagon's Nick Smith, who serves as Construction Manager. Experts on jail security suggested security changes for the new jail, as well as providing updates on the amount of site work to be completed prior to actual construction of the facility.

California Middlle School Pintos capture second place at Versailles Tourney

The California Middle School seventh grade boys basketball team participted in the Versailles Tournament Jan. 17-29, where the Pintos came away with a second place finish. California lost to Eldon 49-30 in first-round action of the round robin tourney. The Pintos then went on to defeat Warsaw 42-9, followed by a 41-29 win against Versailles, to finish the event in second place.

A Tough Year in 2010 for Moniteau County Budget

It was a tough year for the county in 2010. According to Presiding County Commissioner Kenny Kunze, it does not look as if 2011 is going to be much better. "The General Revenue Fund could not meet the expenditures in 2010 without receiving additional money from the Capital Improvement Fund," according to County Clerk Anita Groepper. The Road and Bridge Fund was in little better shape, since it saw no increase in revenues for 2010. But expenditures were up nearly $200,000 due to the weather in the spring months of 2009-10. As Moniteau County begins the 2011 budget year, total funds available are $2,664,557.30. Estimated revenues of $3,420,122.45 added to that beginning amount makes a total of $6,084,679.75 available for appropriation. Deducting the total estimated appropriations in the amount of $5,647,641.07 which have been approved by the County Commission, the County will have an estimated ending balance of $437,038.68 on Dec. 31, 2011.

Weather-related announcements for Tuesday, Feb. 8

Here are weather-related announcements for Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011.

Monday, February 7

Weather-related announcements for Monday, Feb. 7

Here are weather-related announcements for Monday, Feb. 7, 2011.

Friday, February 4

Children found unharmed

Father arrested after five Eldon children reported missing

ELDON — Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott canceled an Amber Alert on Friday night after five children reportedly taken from their rural Eldon home early Friday morning were found unharmed.

Obituaries Published in February 2 California Democrat

CROWLEY Bill Crowley, 83, of Jamestown, passed away Saturday, January 29, 2011, at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran's Hospital, in Columbia. He was born February 11, 1927, in Glasgow, Mo., the son of Benton and Maggie Crowley. He enjoyed his dogs, Danny Boy and BJ, raising livestock and fishing at the lake. He was the father of seven children; two step-children and several grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita and his parents. His body was cremated and per his wishes, there will be no services. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Kubli Cemetery C/O Becky Crowley, 23182 Chapel Rd., Jamestown, MO 65046 or the charity of the donor's choice.

Thursday, February 3

Area Closings for Friday, Feb. 4, 2011

Area Closings for Friday, Feb. 4, 2011

Weather-related announcements, closings for Thursday, Feb. 3

Area Closings for Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011

Wednesday, February 2

Ribbon Cutting Held for Balloon Rocky's Bar and Grill

Ribbon Cutting Held for Balloon Rocky's Bar and Grill

California Elementary School Students of the Week for January 28

Photos of the California Elementary School Students of the Week for January 28.

California Democrat Community Calender February 2

The California Democrat Community Calender for Feb. 2.

2011 ACS Relay For Life of Moniteau County kick-off rally set for Feb. 22

The kick-off rally for the 2011 American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Moniteau County will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the First Baptish Church Fellowship Hall, California. This year's Relay for Life will be held June 17. Committee and team captain meetings will be held at the Annunciation Catholic Church baesment, California, as follows: • March 1 - Committee meeting at 6 p.m.; team captain meeting at 7 p.m. • April 5 - Committee meeting at 6 p.m.; team captain meeting at 7 p.m. • May 3 - Committee meeting at 6 p.m.; team captain meeting at 7 p.m.

California Pintos Game Against Fulton Postponed

The California High School varsity boys basketball team was scheduled to play Fulton in first-round action at the 2011 Southern Boone Classic Tuesday, Feb. 1, however, the Tuesday night games were postponed due to weather. The tournament will resume Thursday, with California, seeded fourth, to play fifth-seeded Fulton at 9 p.m.

Northwest Missouri State University Announces Fall 2010 Trimester Honor Rolls

The Office of the Registrar at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville announces the names of students who were named to the Academic or President’s Honor Roll at the end of the 2010 fall trimester. To be included on the Academic Honor Roll a student must carry a minimum of 12 credit hours and attain a grade point average of 3.50 or above on a 4.00 scale. Students named to the President’s Honor Roll have attained a perfect 4.00 GPA for the trimester. Academic Honor Roll students from the area areEmily S. Anderson, Megan S. Davis and Kati L. Pugh, California.

Co-Mo Backing Nuclear Energy Initiative

The board of directors representing Co-Mo Electric Cooperative passed a resolution Friday, Jan. 28, supporting the passage of Senate Bill 50 and House Bill 124, Missouri legislation that preserves nuclear power as an option for future power supply. The bills enable the state’s electric industry to obtain funding for a potential nuclear unit in Missouri.

Moniteau County Health Center Board Holds January Meeting

The Moniteau County Health Center Board of Trustees meeting was held on Monday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m., in the health center meeting room. Board members present for the meeting were Don Wyss, Eileen Crawford, Norma Blankenship and Pam Monroe, Administrator Andrea Kincaid and Office Manager Brandy Arnold.

New Extension Council Members Elected

Five Moniteau county residents were recently elected to the County University of Missouri Extension Council: District 1- Holly Bieri, California; Marcy Oerly, California District 2- Tanya Brown, Latham; Colby Bestgen-Lehman, Tipton; Marna Williams, Tipton

Post Office In Your Palm: USPS Mobile APP Adds Postage Calculator

The USPS Mobile application (app) for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch mobile digital devices recently added an upgrade that’s sure to increase its popularity. The app, which already is the No. 1 free business app at the Apple Computers App Store, now includes a postage price calculator.

California Boy Scout Troop 120 Goes on Hiking Trip

Scouts of Troop 120 hiked a section of the Buckhorn Hiking Trail on the Prairie Home Conservation Area to maintain the trail that was built by the troop years ago. Debris and obstacles were removed and the trail marked.

California High School Junior Class Holds Chili Supper Fundraiser

The junior class recently held a chili supper to help raise money for Prom. The supper was held on Monday, Jan. 24 at CHS in conjunction with the Varsity Boys basketball game against Richland. Over 150 people attended.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Discourages Travel During

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is discouraging travel during this week's hazardous weather conditions. Freezing rain followed by sleet, heavy snow, wind, and bitterly cold temperatures will make driving treacherous and dangerous should you break down or slide off the road and become stranded.

United Way of Central Missouri to Hold Annual Meeting

The United Way of Central Missouri will officially begin the new year on Friday, Feb. 11 with the annual meeting. The meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Capitol Plaza Hotel. Elections for the United Way’s Governing Body and Board of Directors will be held during the meeting. Several awards will also be presented during the meeting, including William W. Quigg Awards, Volunteer of the Year Award and the Ruth C. Meloy Award, which is presented to a paid staff member of one of the 24 member agencies whose work and dedication exemplifies the mission of the United Way of Central Missouri. The event which is sponsored by KOMU, is open to the public. Tickets are $15 and will not be available at the door. The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, Feb. 4. Tickets can be purchased at the United Way office located at 1025 Southwest Boulevard, during regular business hours. For more information, please call 573-636-4100.

Free Tax Service Available through CMCA’s VITA Program

Beginning Jan. 31, Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) will again offer the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) to low and moderate income individuals and families. The VITA program is designed to provide free income tax preparation assistance to families that earn low to moderate incomes and encourages use of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit and the Missouri Property Tax Credit.

Clarksburg C-II to Screen for Kindergarten

Kindergarten registration and screening for the 2011-12 school year in the Clarksburg C-II School District will be held Friday, March 4. Screenings will begin at 8:30 a.m.; appointments will be made in 20 minute increments. Children who will be five years old before Aug. 1 should enroll at this time. Parents need to call the Clarksburg Elementary School at 573-787-3511 to make an appointment. Parents should take with them shot records, the child’s birth certificate, and the child’s Social Security card. Copies can be made at the school office. While parents are filling out the necessary enrollment forms their child will be going through the screening process. The screening process will include testing of vision, hearing, numbers, letter sound and recognition, auditory and visual skills, and paper and pencil tasks. The tests are designed to give the parents and the teacher an indication of a child’s readiness for kindergarten. Missouri State law requires that all children must have his/her current immunizations up to date and a vision screening done by an optometrist before the start of the school year. If you have any questions please contact the school at 573-787-3511 or e-mail at

St. Andrew's Kindergarten Schedule

Any child who will be five by July 31, is welcome to begin their kindergarten experience at St. Andrew School this coming fall. For parents who would like to enroll their child in kindergarten at St. Andrew’s for next year, we have two events planned that will be of special interest. The first is a kindergarten Open House. This will be held on Feb. 23 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Parents and their future kindergarten student are invited to attend. We will offer an explanation of our kindergarten program, a tour of the school and kindergarten classroom, including the opportunity of visiting with our kindergarten teacher at that time. Curriculum materials will be available for parents who would like to see them. Parents will also have an opportunity to sign up for the screening time that works best for them at this Open House. The other event will be the actual kindergarten screening, which will be held on Tuesday, March 15. Individuals who cannot make the night of Open House work into their schedules may call the school office (660-433-2232) to schedule a time for screening. We are looking forward to an exciting and rewarding academic experience for the new kindergarten students who will join us in the fall.

Twin City Garden Club to Meet at Longfellow's Garden Center

The Twin City Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, at Longfellow's Garden Center in Centertown. Members wishing to share a ride will meet at the Smith Burke park gazebo at 9:30 a.m. This will be an opportunity to repot those straggly, overgrown indoor house plants. Alice Longfellow will also discuss their culture, soil mixes, fertilization and propagation of plants. The garden club welcomes new members and guests. Call 796-2895 or 584-3301 for information. The garden club offers a variety of programs and tours throughout the year and is a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. the Central Region and the Federated Garden Clubs of Missouri.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri from Wednesday, Feb. 2-11

The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for the week of Feb. 2 – 11, 2011. 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. 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 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or log onto You can also follow MoDOT’s Central District on Twitter, at

Seniors Bowl in League at California Lanes

For 13 years Norma Jean Martin has bowled and now helps organize a Senior League which meets at California Lanes each Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. She said the only requirement to be in the league is to be over 55 years old. Martin said she started bowling in the league after retiring from her job with state and has loved it.

Area Residents Make Super Predictions About the Big Game

Area Residents Make Super Predictions About the Big Game

Area High Schoolers Talk About What a Romantic Date Is

Area High Schoolers Talk About What a Romantic Date Is

Romance at the Nutrition Center

The California Nutrition Center is not usually considered a place for romance to begin, but it does happen. Patricia Hunt ONeal had been widowed for 15 years when she met Fred Lampman at a dance at the Nutrition Center. Lampman had been widowed for not quite two years. ONeal went to a hospital to have some back pain checked out. While at the hospital, on April 1, of last year, she broke her ankle in three places. During the week she was in the hospital for her ankle, lampman visited every day.

Hogges Meet Through Navy, Together for 65 Years

Robert and Eleanor Hogge met at Central Methodist University, Fayette, while she was going to college and he was sent to the college to be a participant in the U.S. Navy's V-12 Commissioned Officers Training Program. Robert would later finish training in Chicago before being stationed in Miami where the couple would be married and spend their honeymoon. After staying in Miami for three months Robert then went to San Diego where he shipped out and spent a year at sea while Eleanor came back to California and stayed with family while working at a bank.

Fulks Rely on Faith for 50 Years of Marriage

Dorothy and Lelan Fulks celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary Jan. 15. Originally meeting at a friends house in the country between Fortuna and Latham where Lelan was seeing a friend and Dorothy's parents took her along as they were seeing friends, Dorothy said Lelan was just a good looking man. That meeting has led to 50 years of marriage and almost as long a period of church attendance.

Friends of Cedron Hold Chili Fundraiser

Friends of Cedron (preservation of Assumption Catholic Church at Cedron) held a chili fundraiser at the Jamestown Community Building Sunday, Jan. 30. Debbie Swanson, who helped organize the event, said the fundraiser was for a project they did on the church in fall where they poured a new foundation for the church.

Jamestown Couple Prepare for 55th Anniversary

When the Reimler family moved from the Lupus area to the Jamestown area, they were neighbors of the Marshall family. At that time, various church functions and neighborhood activities brought members of nearly all of the local families into frequent contact. Card parties for the playing of Rook, Pitch and Pinochle were played were a common activity.

Blind Date Leads to 42 Year Marriage

It all started with a complaint. Phil Lewis, a college sophomore music major at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO), Cape Girardeau, was in the lounge in the music building complaining he could not find anyone interesting to date. Another music major, this one female, knew "just the girl," and arranged a blind date at Martha Washington's, an ice cream shop at the edge of the campus.

California Lady Pintos Lose to Jefferson City Lady Jays

The California High School varsity and JV girls basketball teams hosted Jefferson City Tuesday, Jan. 25, where both Lady Pinto teams suffered a loss. The varsity Lady Pintos, currently state-ranked No. 8 in Class 3, lost 60-44.

Jamestown Eagles Capture Second Place at CCAA Tourney

The Jamestown varsity boys basketball team participated in the CCAA Tournament last week at Jamestown, where the Eagles finished in second place after losing the championship game 65-57 to Otterville Saturday, Jan. 30.

Jamestown Lady Eagles Lose CCAA Championship to Otterville

The Jamestown varsity girls participated in the CCAA Basketball Tournament last week at Jamestown, where the Lady Eagles ultimately finished in second place after losing the championship game 49-20 to Otterville Saturday, Jan. 30. "We struggled against Otterville's press and maybe panicked some early in the game," Jamestown Coach E.H. Hirschvogel said. "I thought our girls played hard though, even though we came up short."

Prairie Home Cafe New Restaurant

Alicia Vanderpool, owner of Prairie Home Cafe, has worked in restaurants for over 10 years. When an opportunity to purchase a restaurant in Prairie Home came up she bought the business located at 424 Highway 87 and opened on Oct. 1, 2010.

Prairie Home Panthers End CCAA Tourney with Loss to Higbee

The Prairie Home varsity boys basketball team participated in the CCAA Tournament last week at Jamestown, where the Panthers ultimately lost the contest for third place to Higbee Friday, 62-59, to finish in fourth place.

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California Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner/Meeting Held

The California Area Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Dinner meeting Jan. 29, at the California Nutrition Center. From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. guests were invited to try appetizers, look and bid on silent auction items and hear the musical entertainment of Phil Lewis. At 6 p.m. outgoing Chamber President Bonnie George welcomed the attendants and introduced Dr. Peter M. Kurowski, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, who led the invocation before the meal. The VFW Color Guard including George Shelley, Bernie Bestgen and Edward Ziegs presented the colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance. For dinner, the California Eagles Auxiliary #4027 catered a meal including ham, roast beef, potatoes, green beans, corn, rolls, salad and a plethora of desserts.

Prairie Home Lady Panthers Finish Fourth at CCAA Tourney

The Prairie Home varsity girls basketball team participated in the CCAA Tournament last week at Jamestown, where the Lady Panthers ultimately finished in fourth place after losing 43-31 to Bunceton Saturday, Jan. 30.

California Middle School Lady Pintos End Season With Win

The California Middle School eighth grade girls basketball team hosted Thomas Jefferson Friday for the last game of the season and "Eighth Grade Night", where the Lady Pintos captured a 52-33 win.

Freshman California Pintos Trample Blair Oaks Falcons

The California High School freshman boys basketball team hosted Blair Oaks Thursday night, where the Pintos captured a 59-48 victory. California led 13-12 after one quarter and 27-20 at the half. The Pintos held onto the lead in the second half by outscoring the Falcons 14-13 in the third quarter and 18-15 in the fourth to secure the win.

Moniteau County Local Emergency Planning Committee Meet

The Moniteau County Local Emergency Planning Committee discussed training at its quarterly meeting held Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Moniteau County Health Department. The next meeting is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the health department facility.

No Shadow for Groundhog This Year

It is certain to be a great relief for most of the population that today (Wednesday) on Groundhog Day the groundhog is not very likely to see his shadow. In theory, if the groundhog sees his shadow, he will go back in the burrow to sleep for another six weeks. If he does not see his shadow, he will come out because winter is almost over.

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Wind chill poses overnight hazard for Mid-Missouri

Bitter cold and wind will produce dangerously low wind chill values across Mid-Missouri through Thursday morning.

Weather-related announcements, closings for Wednesday, Feb. 2

Here are area weather-related announcements and closings for Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011.

Tuesday, February 1

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Dangerous winter blizzard gripping Mid-Missouri

A dangerous winter storm produced huge amounts of snow across most of Central Missouri today, with snowfall expected to continue until sometime Wednesday morning. Even after the snow stops falling, heavy winds will continue to cause hazards from blowing and drifting snow.