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Monday, January 31

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Blizzard warning for Mid-Missouri

Heavy snow expected Tuesday, into Wednesday

The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts a dangerous blizzard, with freezing drizzle overnight turning into heavy snow on Tuesday, will hit much of Missouri.

Wednesday, January 26

Finke Theater News

The music of "Jesse Rohrbach, Family and Friends" played to a sold-out Finke theatre Saturday Night. Many had to be turned away due to lack of seating. The audience was impressed with the variety of music performed from Elvis to John Denver to favorite hymns. Those attending left the theatre feeling that they had been royally entertained. The music was interspersed with personal stories or quips about family or farm life. This event was sponsored by The People's Bank.

Missouri State Young Farmers Convention to be held in Columbia in February

The Missouri State Young Farmers Convention will be in Columbia at the Courtyard Marriott Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19 and 20. To receive the reduced rate, the early registration deadline is Feb. 11. Some of the featured seminars include: Soil compaction and methods of dealing with it; Beef mineral supplement programs; Climate change and EPA and the air quality issues in ag. Saturday night will end with a banquet and Master Farmer recognition program. Sunday's activities will include the Master Farmer Roundtable discussions.

Dinner With Your Darling Finke Theatre Fundraiser

The Friends of the Finke Theatre will host a valentine fundraising dinner at the home of Dr. Mike and Shelly Lutz, Sunday, Feb. 13. The social hour will begin at 5 p.m. followed by dinner. For reservations send checks to Pam Green, P.O. Box 90, California. The event is $75 per couple. This years event will be able to accomodate 12 more couples than last year. Members of the Finke Fundraisers are Dolores Burger, Morris Burger, Kim Drummond, Pam Green, Beth Jungmeyer, Pat McCarty, Mary Oesterly, Vickie Schroeder and Sally Vogel.

2011-2012 California Kindergarten Registration in April

This year, California R-1 School District will be having kindergarten registration on April 26, 2011, from 3-7 p.m. in the Elementary School cafeteria. This is for district children who are five years of age before Aug. 1, 2011. By state law there is no early entry. No screenings will be held this year. Parents are asked to come on April 26 to fill out the enrollment packet in order to enroll their child for kindergarten for the 2011-2012 school year. More information will be available closer to date of registration.

Please Assist the Postal Carriers by Clearing Walkways

Snow and ice make sidewalks and roads slippery and are safety hazards for people working outdoors. Postal customers are reminded to keep walkways, steps and all access areas to mailboxes clear of ice and snow for the safe delivery of mail. Rural delivery customers are reminded that ice and snow may make it difficult for mail delivery vehicles to stop at the mailbox. Spreading sand and salt where the vehicle stops will assist the carrier with the safe delivery of the mail. “The safety of our carriers is always a concern,” said postal spokesperson Valerie Hughes. “Ice and snow add an element of risk to mail delivery. Customers can help by clearing their walkways and drives.” “Letter carriers do their best to provide customers with quality service. Keeping sidewalks, steps, and access areas to mailboxes clear of snow and ice makes their job a little easier and much safer.”

California Adult Ag Education Program Plans Full Schedule

The California R-I Adult Ag education program is underway with meetings each Thursday evening at the high school horticulture building. Most of the topic meetings have been scheduled. Hopefully everyone will find something of interest among the wide variety of subjects available. Check out the calendar on the California School website - www.californiak12.org.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri from Wednesday, Jan. 26- Feb. 4

The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for the week of Jan. 26 – Feb. 4. 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 www.modot.org/central. You can also follow MoDOT’s Central District on Twitter, at https://twitter.com/MoDOT_Central.

Jamestown C-I School Second Quarter Honor Roll

Principal's Honor Roll (GPA 3.780 and above) 2nd Quarter 7th Grade Morgan Angle Alexis Muri Alli Muri Jordan Oerly Regan Russell Mackenzie Strother Mickayla Strother

California Democrat Community Calender January 26

• ACT Workshop for English/Reading portion of the ACT Test at California High School, 5:45-7:45 p.m. in the media room of the CHS Library, instructed by CHS teacher Dana Barr. • Moniteau County Republican Club meeting, 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Co-Mo Electric conference room, Tipton.

California School Board Election Filings

There are three seats on the California R-I School Board open for the April 5 election. Filing closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, with a total of nine candidateswho have filed for those three positions are Scott Sapp, Mike Lutz, Craig Ash, Nathan Dalbey, Darryl Elliott, Steven Burger and Keith Jones, Tammy Roberts and Jeremy Burger. The positions up for election are currently held by Lutz, Ash and Burger.

Stringtown-Corinth 4-H Club News

The Stringtown-Corinth 4-H Club met Thursday, Jan. 6 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church hall at Stringtown. The meeting was called to order by president Clayton Thompson and the pledges were given. A project meeting report was given by the foods group. Club leader Pam Thompson announced the club had 73 members this year.

Seventh Grade California Pintos defeat Versailles Wildcats at Versailles Tourney

Following a 49-39 loss to Eldon in the opening round of the Versailles Seventh Grade Basketball Tournament Jan. 17, California's seventh grade boys faced Warsaw Jan. 18, where the Pintos pocketed a 42-9 win. Landon Mouse led California with nine points. "Every player scored," California Coach Scott Loring said. The Pintos will face Versailles at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, for their final contest in the Versailles Tourney. In regular play, the CMS Pintos will play at Versailles Thursday, beginning with the seventh grade game at 5:30 p.m.

California Lady Pintos suffer loss at home

The California High School freshman girls basektball team hosted Helias Saturday, where the Lady Pintos suffered a tough 55-17 loss. Libby Martin led California scoring with six points. The Lady Pintos will play their last game of the season at 5 p.m. Feb. 7 at Versailles.

Knights of Columbus to host Free Throw Championship Saturday at California Middle School

The Knights of Columbus will host the annual local free throw contest at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at the California Middle School gymnasium. Area youth ages 10-14, boys and girls, are invited to participate. For more information, call David Strickfaden at 573-645-3630.

CCAA Basketball Tourney Update

Following are results from the CCAA Basketball Tournament in progress (Jan. 24-29) at Jamestown.

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California School Board Discusses Snow Make Up Days

Snow was a travel factor for those attending the regular monthly California R-I School Board meeting Wednesday, Jan. 19. Although all Board members were present, at least one administrator did not risk the trip, but was represented by another whose class in another city was cancelled due to the weather.

Jamestown Rural Fire Protection District Receives Grant for Vacuum Tanker

When the Jamestown Rural Fire Protection District applied for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant in February 2009, we knew it would be a long shot. The need for an updated and reliable tanker to provide water for fires in the district was a must. Not only do we provide water supply to our district, but we are also obligated to mutual aid agreements with surrounding departments. They supply water to us in the form of a tanker shuttle and in turn we supply water to them in their time of need. With the cost of purchasing a new vehicle of this type being such a large dollar amount, a grant application was our first choice of action in obtaining the funds needed.

April 5 California Municipal Election Candidates

Filing for the Tuesday, April 5, municipal election closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18. The election includes school boards, city offices, fire districts, ambulance districts and water districts as well as local and county issues. For the City of California, candidates for Mayor are Norris Gerhart, Charles Roll and Kathi Swearingen. Only one candidate filed for City of California Board of Aldermen from each ward. Those who have filed are Ward I—Tony Wineland, Ward II—Cameron Freiner and Ward III—Carol B. Rackers.

Lohman Soldier Promoted to Private First Class in Missouri Guard

Seth Hampson is more than a high school senior - he is a Missouri National Guard Soldier.

Caitlin E. Deeken Makes Bradley University Dean's List

Caitlin E. Deeken has received recognition on the Dean's List for the Fall semester at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. To be eligible for the Dean's List a student must achieve a minimum 3.5 gradepoint average for the semester on a 4.0 scale.

Area Students Make Missouri University Honor Roll

The University of Missouri, Columbia, Fall Semester 2010 deans' list has been announced. From California • Tyler Andrew Ash, Senior, Engineering • Josh David Barry, Sophomore, Arts and Science • Matt Edward Barry, Sophomore, Arts and Science • Philip Aaron Burger, Freshman, Arts and Science

Former FBI Agent to Speak at Jamestown School About Cyber-Bullying

While children have been bullying each other since time began, students now have some very powerful tools in their arsenal: cell phones, email, interactive multiplayer games and the internet with sites such as Facebook, MySpace and YouTube. Bullying may have become less physically threatening, going from beating each other up on the playground to sending a revealing photo over email, but the response to bullying and the emotional impact it brings has become increasingly violent. School shootings and suicides across the country have been linked directly to bullying.

California High School Drama Club Plans Variety of Activities

One of the busiest organizations at CHS is the Drama Club, which has participated in a wide variety of activities. Whether traveling to the Renaissance Festival in Kansas City or playing improvisational games in the lunch line, they are always doing something. One of the many activities the Drama Club has been involved in this year is Trick or Treat on Pinto Street.

EAGER EAGLES 4-H NEWS

Eager Eagles 4-H Club President Holly Eschenbrenner called to order the Jan. 3 meeting at the Jamestown Community Building. Pledges were led by Andrew Couch and the flag bearer was Ben Deraps.

Moniteau County Economic Development Group Celebrates Successful Year, Sets 2011 Priorities

The Moniteau County Regional Economic Development Council celebrated its 2010 accomplishments and outlined plans for the future at its annual meeting Wednesday, Jan. 20. With a snowstorm plowing through the county outside, the council’s members huddled in the Co-Mo Electric Cooperative meeting room and focused on the progress made in the past 12 months

Tuesday, January 25

Boys Bracket for the 2011 Southern Boone Classic to be held Jan. 31 through Feb. 5

Boys Bracket for the 2011 Southern Boone Classic to be held Jan. 31 through Feb. 5

Jamestown Lady Eagles take win against Calvary Lutheran

The Jamestown varsity girls basketball team hosted Calvary Lutheran Friday night, where the Lady Eagles captured a 69-38 win. Jamestown controlled the first half of the contest, outscoring Calvary 20-6 in the first quarter and 16-6 in the second to lead 36-12 at the half. Afer an even 16-16 third quarter, the Lady Eagles added 17 points in the fourth while holding Calvary to 10 to secure the win.

California Middle School Pintos win Eldon Tourney

The California Middle School eighth grade boys basketball team ultimately defeated three opponents to capture the championship of the 34th Eldon Basketball Tournament last week. The Pintos defeated Waynessville's 'B' team 51-17 Jan 17, where a total of 11 California players contributed. The Pintos then defeated Warsaw 57-36 Friday.

Jamestown Eagles pocket win at home

The Jamestown varsity boys basketball team hosted Calvary Lutheran Friday night, where the Eagles came away with a 67-51 victory. "Calvary Lutheran played a great, uptempo game and pushed us the entire game," Jamestown Coach Ben Marshall said. "Coach Ladamore has done a great job with those kids and really is developing a competitive ball team."

Prairie Home Panthers, Lady Panthers capture wins at home

Prairie Home hosted Higbee Tuesday, Jan. 18, where both the Panthers and Lady Panthers secured a win. The Panthers defeated Higbee 40-38. "We didn't shoot the ball very well, but we rebounded better and did enough to get the win,"

California Middle School Lady Pintos finish Eldon Tourney in second place

The California Middle School eighth grade girls basketball team participated in the Eldon Tournament Jan. 17-22, where the Lady Pintos captured a second place finish. California played Osage in the first round of the tourney Jan. 17, where the Lady Pintos defeated the Lady Indians 33-24.

California High School Freshman Boys Pocket Win Against Helias

The California High School freshman boys basketball team hosted Helias Saturday, where the Pintos came away with the win, 44-36. California led 19-6 after one quarter and 24-12 at the half. The Pintos held the lead in the second half as well to secure the win.

Obituaries Published in January 26 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in January 26 California Democrat

Latham Students Use Wood Place Public Library

Latham students grades fifth through eighth will be using the Wood Place Public Library, California, to check out books for classes and personal reading the rest of the school year as they rebuild from the fire Dec. 15.

Oerlys Build Igloo

To do some things, it takes snow or ice. Since building an igloo is one of those things, it's not surprising that the igloo built by the Oerly family is one of the few built in this area for many years.

Photos from the January Prairie Home School Page

Photos from the January Prairie Home School Page.

Photos from the January Jamestown School Page

Photos from the January Jamestown School Page

Ed Forsythe Manages Fischer Glass in California

After being in the glass business for several years, Fischer Body Shop approached Fischer Glass Manager Ed Forsythe to run their glass business. On Dec. 6, 2009, Fischer Glass in California was opened behind Putnam Chevrolet.

Cub Scout Pack 120 Holds 13th Annual Chili Fundraiser

Plenty of chili, appetizers and desserts were served at the California Nutrition Center during the Thirteenth Annual Chili Fundraiser Saturday, Jan. 22. Cub Scout Pack 120 Cubmaster Chris Pickering said the chili dinner was started by Philip Burger as a way to raise money for awards, belt loops, pins and the activities the pack does throughout the year. He added the cost of enrollment is currently set at $20 and if they did not have the fundraiser they would not be about to keep it so affordable.

Louie Moyers Pastor at Jamestown Baptist Church

Louie Moyers, pastor at Jamestown Baptist Church, felt being a pastor was his first calling when he was 19 years old. "I felt it was a calling from the Lord on my heart," Moyers said. "It was not something I would have chosen to do, but I am awfully glad I have had the opportunity. The more I read scripture and pray the more I felt God was calling me to serve. I have had a good ministry and been blessed. I have had good churches to pastor at with great people. I have had a solid Bible education. I think being a pastor is a joy to do."

California Pintos hook Boonville Pirates 69-62

The California High School boys' basketball teams hosted Boonville Tuesday, Jan. 18, where both the varsity and JV Pintos captured a win. The varsity Pintos defeated the Pirates 69-62.

First Finke Theatre performance of 2011 Jesse Rohrbach and His Music

The first 2011 performance at California's historic Finke Theatre was Saturday, Jan. 22, by Jesse Rohrbach and His Music. The performance was sponsored by People's Bank of Moniteau County. The group includes Jesse Rohrbach, piano and guitar musician, Boonville, performs with guitarist Chris Schafer, Ozark, and percussionist Peter Situ, Springfield.

Meth Labs at Cooper County House and Senior Housing Apartment

The seizure of methamphetamine labs in a Boonville residence and a Pilot Grove senior housing apartment were part of a six-month long investigation which led to a Jan. 13 indictment of six people by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City.

CPI Board Approves Marquee Construction at Finke Theatre

The Board of Directors of California Progress, Inc. (CPI) approved going ahead with construction of the Finke Theatre marquee on Monday, Jan. 24, at the regular monthly meeting. The decision to build the marquee came after it was determined that most of the funding was already available.

Council Addresses Items of Importance at Special Meeting held at California City Hall

With mid-month decisions necessary, the City of California Board of Aldermen held a special meeting Monday, Jan. 24, at the City Hall. One item needing the attention of the Council was the work of Walden Technologies in lining some of the sewers in the city. Due to the weather, the company has run a little behind in the work.

Finke Theatre to Hold Auditions for Future Play "The Nerd"

The Nerd has been selected as the play to be performed at the Finke Theatre on March 18. The play will be directed by Audie Cline, Jefferson City. Auditions for the performance will be held...

ACT Workshop Scheduled For January 26 at California High School

Workshops for the ACT Test will be held at California High School Jan. through April, to help students prepare for the test. Each workshop will be held 5:45 - 7:45 p.m. Below are the scheduled dates. • English/Reading to be held in the media room of the CHS Library with Barr Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and March 30. • Math/Science to be held in Kuebler's room at CHS Feb. 9, March 9 and April 13.

Saturday, January 22

Winter weather advisory canceled

UPDATE: The Winter Weather Advisory for Central Missouri has been canceled.

Thursday, January 20

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Snow expected to taper off this afternoon

Snow continues to accumulate around much of Missouri, with an additional one to three inches expected before tapering off to flurries from northwest to southeast Missouri this afternoon.

School Closings and Cancellations for Thursday, Jan. 20

School closings and other cancellations for Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 are posted here.

Wednesday, January 19

ACT Workshops scheduled at California High School

Workshops for the ACT Test will be held at California High School Jan. through April, to help students prepare for the test. Each workshop will be held 5:45 - 7:45 p.m. Below are the scheduled dates. • English/Reading to be held in the media room of the CHS Library with Barr Jan. 26, Feb. 23 and March 30. • Math/Science to be held in Kuebler's room at CHS Feb. 9, March 9 and April 13.

Moniteau County April Election Filings as of Press Time

Filing for Tuesday, April 5, municipal election closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18. The election includes school boards, city offices, fire districts, ambulance districts and water districts as well as local and county issues.

California Elementary School Second Quarter Honor Roll

A HONOR ROLL Grace Henley, Trinity Higgins, Gabe Bailey, Megan Bailey, Adalayna Hufendiek, Colden Imhoff, Hayden Hoellering, Quinn Albertson, Gracie George, Breanna Roberts, Scott Staton, Ashlee Thomas, Payton Arriola, Jordon Geiser, Nathan Pickering, Parker Ramsdell, MacKenzie Swillum, Kaitlyn Turner and Hayden Green.

Moniteau County Basketball Results

The Prairie Home varsity girls hosted Calvary Lutheran Thursday, where the Lady Panthers captured a 63-23 win. Prairie Home led 12-6 after one quarter and 36-16 at the half. The Lady Panthers outscored Calvary Lutheran 19-5 in the third quarter and 8-2 in the fourth to secure the win.

School Board Recognition Week Jan. 23-29

Governor Jay Nixon has proclaimed the week of Jan. 23 - 29 as School Board Recognition Week. This week is set aside to recognize the efforts of local school board members.

California Tournament Pushed Back Due to Weather

The Annual California Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament was set to start off on Monday, Jan. 10, but then the winter weather set in.

Central Missouri Community Action Receives Grant to Support Affordable Housing Development in Central Missouri

Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA), a local nonprofit housing organization based in Columbia, has received a $44,817 grant from the Housing Assistance Council’s (HAC’s) Thrive Fund Capacity Building Grant Initiative. CMCA has served Central Missouri since 1964 as a Community Action Agency. HAC is a national nonprofit intermediary housing organization.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri from Wednesday, Jan. 19-28

The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 through Friday, Jan. 28, 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.

New Performing Arts Center Brings Conference Choir Back to California High School

Jan. 8, California High School hosted Tri-County Conference Choir for the first time in many years.

Moniteau County Relay for Life Committee to Meet Thursday, January 20

The Moniteau County Relay for Life committee will host the first meeting of 2011 at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20 at the Annunciation Catholic Church basement. The main objective of the meeting will be the planning of the 2011 kick-off schedule for February. New committee members with fresh ideas are needed and encouraged to attend. Those interested in participating in the 2011 Relay for Life are also encouraged to attend. Games and refreshments will be provided.

CCAA Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament Schedule

CCAA Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament Schedule (Jan. 24-29 at Jamestown School)

Arrests made by Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force

According to information received from the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force, arrests were made during a recent incident in Pettis County. The incident occurred on the morning of Jan. 12, when officers of the Pettis County Sheriff’s Office and the Mid-Missouri Drug Task Force executed a search warrant in Sedalia. The Task Force reported the seizure of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were seized at the residence. The arrest of six individuals was made at the scene. The four males and two females were transported to the Pettis County Jail. The investigation continues and charges are expected to be filed.

California Rec. Association Third-Fourth Grade Basketball Team Rosters

Third-Fourth Grade Boys Team 1 - Coach Terry Imhoff Marcus Imhoff, Trey Porter, Trevor Porter, Charles Turner, Dalton Oerly, Gabe Bailey, Wyatt Herrera and Austin Oswald.

California Recreation Association Third-Fourth Grade Basketball Game Schedule

*Games will be played at California Middle School (CMS) and California Elementary School (CES)

Bird Haven Road Open

The bridge on Bird Haven Road is complete and the road is once again open for traffic, only this time drivers don't have to drive their vehicles across the creek. According to District One Commissioner Tony Barry, the bridge was completed and the road has been in use for about a week. The final inspection and official opening have not yet been done. From Route N north of California, Bird Haven Road takes off southeast and crosses into Cole County. The bridge replaces a ford which required a vehicle to drive a short distance in a creek bed. Construction of the bridge also required rerouting the road for a short distance.

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Birkley Simon is Winner of 2011 Moniteau County First Baby Contest

Birkley George Simon, son of first-time parents Scott and Manda Simon, Tipton, was born Jan. 4 at 5:18 p.m. at Capital Region Medical Center, Jefferson City, and was officially declared the winner of the 2011 Moniteau County First Baby Contest Friday. Born just four days before his due date, Birkley weighed 6 lbs. and 12 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Photos of Snow in California in Jan. 19 Issue of California Democrat.

Photos of Snow in California in Jan. 19 Issue of California Democrat.

Photos of the Snowfall in California

Photos from the snowfall which happened Monday, Jan. 10 through Wednesday, Jan. 13 which created closed schools and pretty scenery.

California Democrat Community Calender January 19

• California R-I School Board regular monthly meeting, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the California Elementary School. • MRED annual meeting/banquet, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Co-Mo Electric meeting room. The cost is $12 per person, $20 per couple. • Mid-Missouri Food Bank to distribute food, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Eagles in downtown California.

Tuesday, January 18

Obituaries Published in January 19 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in January 19 California Democrat

Pintos Finish in Fourth Place at California Tourney

The California varsity boys basketball team participated in the 77th Annual California Boys Basketball Tournament last week, Jan. 12-15, where the Pintos ultimately finished in fourth place after a tough 66-61 loss to Fulton in the contest for third place Saturday.

Lady Pintos Capture Third Place Finish at California Tourney

California's varsity girls basketball team participated in the 17th Annual California Basketball Tournament last week, Jan. 12-15, where the Lady Pintos ultimately captured a third place finish after defeating Eldon 66-50 Saturday.

California's Freshman Girls Lose to Fatima

The California High School freshman girls basketball team hosted Fatima Saturday, Jan. 15 for a two-quarter game, where the Lady Comets came away with a 26-16 win.

California Freshman Boys Score Two Wins

California's freshman boys basketball team hosted Fatima Saturday, where the Pintos captured a 57-38 victory. California led 13-3 after one quarter and 30-14 at the half. The Pintos held the lead in the second half to secure the win.

Photos from the January Russellville School Page

Photos from the Jan. 19 Russellville School Page.

Historic Survey Maps at Moniteau County Courthouse

Three framed historic survey maps on display in the Moniteau County Courthouse may be a one-of-a-kind set. The maps are property of the county. They now hang in the Recorder's Office after many years on display in the Office of the County Treasurer. Each of the survey maps is titled "Map of Accreted Lands in Moniteau Co. Along the Missouri River."

California Fifth Graders Present Money to Kiwanis

The fifth graders of the California Elementary School were presented with special snacks on Friday, Jan. 14, in the school multipurpose room. The cheese, crackers and summer sausage snack material was provided by the California Kiwanis Club.

MFA Oil Foundation Awards Grant to Lions Club of Russellville

The MFA Oil Foundation has awarded a grant to the Lions Club of Russellville to help pay for new lights at the local ball field. The MFA Oil Foundation which was established in 1998 provides support to nonprofit organizations that are working to improve communities where MFA Oil has a significant concentration of members and employees.

MFA Oil Foundation Donates to Latham School

A grant of $4,000 for purchase of library books was awarded to Latham R-V School by the MFA Oil Foundation. The donation was given to help replace the books destroyed in the fire at the school on Dec. 15, 2010.

Photos from the January High Point Page

Photos from the High Point Page in the January 19 issue of the California Democrat.

St. Paul's Evangelical Church Hosts "Singspiration"

St. Paul's Evangelical Church, Jamestown, hosted "Singspiration," where various groups performed. A freewill donation lasagna dinner was held afterward which raised money for an upcoming youth mission trip the church will have in the summer.

Bob Patel Makes California Motel Nice and Clean

Bob Patel, owner of California Motel, bought the motel when he saw an ad for it being sold while working for a hotel franchise in St. Louis. Since buying the motel in September 2004, Patel said he has done a lot of work on the rooms inside and have made them nice and clean which he added has led to more traffic.

911 Emergency Dispatch Board Meets

The Moniteau County 911 Emergency Dispatch Board of Directors met Thursday, Jan. 13, at the 911 office. According to the treasurer's report, Sales Tax received was $34,008.33 (a total decrease of 18.1 percent compared to January 2010), the MMDA account balance as of Jan. 13, was $182,093.50. The total payroll on Dec. 21 was $10,011.88 and on Jan. 4, the payroll was $10,939.50. Overall payroll taxes were $5,841.27. Total accounts payable approved at the meeting amounted to $18,336.24.

Mid Mo Ambulance Reports No Bids on Garage

The Mid Mo Ambulance District Board of Directors was informed at the regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Jan. 13, that no bids had been received on the property for sale. The property in question is a garage on Moniteau Street in Tipton. Administrator Lee Kempf said he had heard from an interested party, but that person had not had time to be shown the building.

Variety of Performances at Finke Theatre

The remainder of the 2010-11 season schedule for the historic Finke Theatre includes a feature performance each month until June. This year the theater celebrates its second season after restoration and its 125th year since it was originally built as an opera house in 1885.

Tipton School Board Meets

The regular monthly meeting of the Tipton R-VI School Board was Monday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. Superintendent Scott Jarvis went over the financial reports and highlighted the differences in revenue and expenses from the 2009-10 school year to the 2010-11 school year. The two school years are not easy to compare, at least partially because of stimulis money injected into the finances.

California Area Chamber of Commerce Finalizes Annual Dinner Plans

Shelly Hampton, acting Chamber president, called to order the California Area Chamber of Commerce Board meeting held Thursday, Jan. 13, at City Hall and welcomed everyone in attendance. Minutes from the Dec. 9 meeting were not available in print, but will be available for the February meeting.

Monday, January 17

Obituaries Published in January 12 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in January 12 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in January 5 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in January 5 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in December 29 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in December 29 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in December 22 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in December 22 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in December 15 California Democrat

Obituaries published in December 15 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in December 8 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in December 8 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in December 1 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in December 1 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in November 24 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in November 24 California Democrat

Thursday, January 13

School and other weather-related announcements for Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011

School and other weather-related announcements for Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, include the following.

Wednesday, January 12

California Elementary School Students of the Week for January 7

Photos of the California Elementary School Students of the Week for January 7.

Moniteau County Assessor Reminds County Taxpayers to Return Personal Property Assessment Forms

Moniteau County Assessor Darrel L. King would like to remind personal property owners of the county to return the form for listing personal property for the 2011 assessment year. "You should have received the form in the mail from this office by now. They were mailed Dec. 31. Many have already been returned by mail or in person to the office to date. It is important that you return them as soon as possible," King said.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri from Wednesday, Jan. 10-14

Here is the listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the Mid-Missouri area for the week of Jan. 10-14.

Russellville Engine Show and Frog Leg Festival Committee Making Plans

The Russellville Engine Show and Frog Leg Festival committee will begin making plans for this year's festival at a meeting Jan. 21, at the Russellville Fire Station, at 7 p.m. Volunteers are always needed. Specifically needed is someone to do the children's area and the opening ceremony. Bring your ideas and help in the planning of this event. Without volunteers this even cannot continue to grow and be successful. Recipes may still be submitted for the cook book by leaving them at City Hall, email them to froglegfestival@embarqmail.com or mail them to Eve Campbell at 4315 Route U, Russellville, Missouri 65074.

Cold Snap Following Snowstorm Brings Peak Alert

Co-Mo Electric Cooperative is calling for a peak alert from 6 to 9 a.m. Wednesday (today) and Thursday as cold temperatures put a higher demand on the system.

2011 Moniteau County First Baby Contest Extended

The 2011 Moniteau County First Baby Contest has been extended through 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14. If there is no winner by then, the contest will be extended through each Friday until there is a winner.

Snowfall Hits California January 10

Photos from the snowfall which hit California on Monday, Jan. 10.

California High School Hosts Tri-County Conference Choir

Now that CHS has the facility to do so, Choir Director Michele Bilyeu volunteered to host this year's Tri-County Conference Choir held on Saturday, Jan. 8. Choirs from all conference schools attended.

California High School Greenhands Attend Motivational Conference

Area 8 FFA Greenhand members attended a Motivational Conference at Lincoln University in Jefferson City on Tuesday, Jan. 4. This event is sponsored by MFA Incorporated and is organized and presented by the State FFA Officers.

Co-Mo Members, Staff Respond to Food Drive for Area Kids

Co-Mo Electric Cooperative capped a successful three-month food drive Jan. 5, delivering hundreds of pounds of food into the hands of volunteers from the Food Bank for Central Missouri.

Cole County R-1 School Board Meets December 16

The Cole County R-1 School Board held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Dec. 16. 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 $202,000. The Board voted to approve the Vo-Ag/FFA program report as presented by Curtis Bowling and Lance Martin. The audit report for the 2009-2010 school year was presented and Cole County R-1 School District complied in all material respects following the state and federal guidelines. The Board approved the audit report and approved paying the MUSIC property insurance assessment for the 2011 calendar year. The Board concluded the meeting by going into closed session to discuss personnel, but no action was taken.

Beef Breeding Topic of Adult Agriculture Education Session at California High School

Beef breeding is the topic at the Adult Agriculture Education session set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13. The event will be held in the California High School ag greenhouse classroom. Mark Oerly, DVM, will speak on the topic of "Bull Selection Guidelines and the Increasing Threat of the Invisible Disease of Trichomoniasis." The disease, known as "trich" in cattle breeding herds, is caused by the protozoan parasite Tritrichomonas foetus. It has become a factor in Missouri beef herds in the last five years. Oerly will also talk about the use of EPD's when comparing bulls and take beef health questions during the evening.

Lifeskills Brunch for Eager Eagles 4-H Club

The Eager Eagles 4-H Club held its first-ever Lifeskills Brunch and Program at the Jamestown Community Building Saturday morning. Volunteers leading the activities after an 8:30 a.m. breakfast of biscuits and gravy made by Russell Gerlach were Jackie Koetting, Karla Imhoff, Kathy Gerlach, Heidi Eschenbrenner and Shelly Hampton.

Prairie Home/Jamestown Basketball Results

Prairie Home Lady Panthers The Prairie Home varsity girls hosted Calvary Lutheran Thursday, where the Lady Panthers captured a 63-23 win.

Games Rescheduled at California Basketball Tournaments

Games scheduled for Monday, Jan. 10, and Tuesday, Jan. 11, at the 17th Annual California Girls Basketball Tournament and the 77th Annual California Boys Basketball Tournament have been rescheduled for today (Wednesday) as follows:

California Democrat Community Calender January 12

The January 12 California Democrat Community Calender.

California Youth Accept the Challenge at National 4-H Congress

John Anderson, California, was among the nearly 900 youth delegates from 43 states and Puerto Rico attending the 2010 National 4-H Congress, Nov. 25 - Dec. 1, in Atlanta, Ga. These youth, ages 14-18, Accepted the Challenge to be the best person they could be. The National 4-H Congress experience provides a great opportunity for 4-H members from the across the country to come together and learn about community involvement, cultural diversity, and service to others while meeting new friends and experiencing Atlanta, Ga.

CMCA and Healthcare: Local, State and National Impacts

The Missouri Foundation for Health recently announced its newly elected board members for 2011. These board members will manage nearly $1 billion in assets by distributing grants and contracts for projects that enhance access to health care for underserved populations.

School Closings and Cancellations for Wednesday, Jan. 12

School closings and other cancellations for Wed., Jan. 12, 2011, are posted here.

Tuesday, January 11

Russellville Lady Indians Win Otterville Tourney Championship

After defeating Tuscumbia in the first round of the Otterville Basketball Holiday Classic Dec. 30, the top-seeded Russellville Lady Indians defeated Northwest, the fourth seed, 64-21 in the semifinal round Jan. 5, to advance to the championship game Friday night, where the Lady Indians defeated Smithton 67-39 to clench the tourney title.

California Pintos Take North Callaway Thunderbirds out 67-47

The California boys basketball teams hosted the North Callaway Thunderbirds Jan. 4, where the varsity Pintos captured a 67-47 win.

California Lady Pintos Take Back-to-Back Wins on Road

It was a good week for California's varsity girls basketball team as the Lady Pintos pocketed back-to-back wins on the road, including a nailbiter at Helias Jan. 4, followed by a close contest against Southern Boone Friday night at Ashland.

California Middle School Eighth Grade Girls Defeat Versailles

The California Middle School eighth grade girls basketball team traveled to Versailles Thursday, where the Lady Pintos captured a 31-15 win from the Lady Tigers. Morgan Henley led California with 11 points, followed by Kelsey Roush with 10 points and four rebounds. Haley Goans and Abby Strickfaden each contributed four points.

Freshman California Lady Pintos Lose to Eldon Lady Mustangs

The California High School freshman girls basketball team hosted Eldon Saturday, Jan. 8, where the Lady Pintos lost to the Lady Mustangs 35-27.

California Middle School Lady Pintos Defeat Versailles Lady Tigers

The California Middle School seventh grade girls basketball team traveled to Versailles Thursday, where the Lady Pintos captured a 39-6 victory from the Lady Tigers.

Eighth Grade California Pintos Lose Close Contest in Overtime

The California Middle School eighth grade boys basketball team hosted Boonville Jan. 4, where the Pintos suffered a tough 59-57 loss in overtime.

California Middle School Pintos Take Win from Versailles Tigers

The California Middle School seventh grade boys basketball team hosted the Versailles Tigers Thursday, where the Pintos captured a big 50-14 win.

Freshman California Pintos Pocket Back-to-Back Wins

After defeating New Bloomfield at home Thursday, the California freshman boys basektball team hosted the Eldon Mustangs Saturday, where the Pintos captured another win, 51-26.

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Snow and Cold Bring Slick Conditions to Moniteau County

Overnight flurries left a touch of snow on the ground Monday as a hint of what was to come later in the day. Driving and walking conditions were good early Monday morning but as the flurries became more of a snow storm about 11 a.m. conditions quickly grew more treacherous for pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Schools closed early Monday.

New California R-I School Superintendent Selected

The new California R-I School superintendent has been selected. Dwight Sanders, who will take the position of California school superintendent on July 1, is already known to many in the district, since he came on board as the new high school principal on July 1, 2010.

Groups Cure Hams at Burgers Smokehouse

Photos from the Ham Curing Day at Burgers' Smokehouse which drew groups from several counties.

Mariah and Olivia Mills Donate Hair to Wigs for Kids

Nicole Mills' daughters Mariah and Olivia donated their hair to "Wigs for Kids" at GB Salon Saturday, Jan. 8. Nicole said the idea started when acquaintances noticed how thick, long and pretty Mariah's hair was and would say how they wished they had her hair.

California City Trash Truck Breaks Down, City Crews Still Get the Job Done

The breakdown of a California city sanitation truck does not mean the work of collecting trash stops. Instead, it means extra work, not only for sanitation department personnel, but also for city employees in other departments.

Governor Applauds Russellville School District A+ Program Designation

Gov. Jay Nixon visited the Russellville High School campus Thursday, Jan. 6, and congratulated the school for its A+ designation. The A+ program provides two years of tuition and fees at public community colleges and technical schools for students who go through the program at an A+ designated school.

Madelyn Dahler Celebrates 90th Birthday with Fellow Bowlers

Madelyn Dahler, California, celebrated her 90th birthday Wednesday, Jan. 5, surrounded by her friends and fellow bowlers at California Lanes.

Land Donated for Moniteau Christian Ministries

About four acres of land have been donated by Bill and Penny Campbell to be a building site for Moniteau Christian Ministries Center, Inc. (MCMC).

Moniteau County Commission Holds Preliminary Budget Hearing

The Moniteau County Commission held a preliminary budget hearing for the 2011 budget Thursday, Jan. 6. As a part of the hearing, County Clerk Anita Groepper reported the 2010 revenues and expenditures for all county funds. Groepper reported no significant increase in revenues.

Latham Receives Donation from MFA Foundation

Latham R-V Administrator Tanya Brown was presented with a check for $3,000 from MFA Incorporated Charitable Foundation Wednesday, Jan. 5. The donation is to assist with the efforts of rebuilding the school after a Dec. 15 fire destroyed the main building and its contents.

Cleanup Process Underway at Latham School

The process of cleaning up after the destructive fire at Latham R-V School is well underway. Although demolition of the brick walls of the 80-year-old building, removal of the concrete, rubble and debris has not yet begun, the process of cleaning the gym, built in 1951-52, and annexes is nearly complete.

Tammy's Restaurant New Eatery for Centertown Area

Tammy Kauffman, owner of Tammy's Restaurant, heard about a restaurant building for sale in the Centertown area and jumped at the chance. In August 2010, Tammy's Restaurant opened for business to delight of those in the Centertown area looking for a place to eat.

Mike Nichols Ministers to Youth at Mt. Olive Baptist Church

Mike Nichols, youth minister at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Russellville, said it was his wife Heidi's Christian walk which led him to ultimately being a minister. Nichols recognized he needed God, but needed some guidance. "My heart is in student ministry," Nichols said, "because I was a teenager when I recognized my need for God, but no one took the time to help me understand what that meant and I continued to live like I always had. Then I meet Heidi, who had grown up in the Russellville community, where Christians invested and mentored her in her relationship with Jesus. They taught her how to serve others and live with integrity. After we meet, I realized how different our walk with Jesus was, and I wanted what she had."

School Closings and Cancellations for Tuesday, Jan. 11

School closings and other cancellations for Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 are posted here.

Thursday, January 6

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Governor endorses A+ Program expansion while applauding Russellville School District designation

Gov. Jay Nixon visited the Russellville High School campus Thursday, Jan. 6 and congratulated the school for its A+ designation. The A+ program provides two years of tuition and fees at public community colleges and technical schools for students who go through the program at an A+ designated school.

Wednesday, January 5

Related Services to Meet January 13

The Moniteau County Related Services meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 13, from 12-1 p.m. Speaker for the meeting will be Kami Dalameter, American Cancer Society Staff Partner, and RaeAnn Shackleford from the Moniteau County Relay for Life. All area agencies as well as the public are invited to attend. Please use the west entrance to the Moniteau County Health Center. The health center is located at 401 S. Francis St., California. For more information or interest in giving a presentation to the group, please call 573-796-3412.

California Recreation Association to Host Basketball Clinic

The California Recreation Association will host a basketball clinic for area youth in grades 3-4 Saturday at the California Elementary School gymnasium. The girls' clinic will be held 9:30-10:30 a.m. and the boys' clinic will be held 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Sheriffs to be Honored at 2011 California Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner/Meeting

Public Invited to Attend

The annual dinner meeting of the California Area Chamber of Commerce will be held on Jan. 29 at the California Nutrition Center, 107 Versailles Avenue. The evening’s events will begin at 5 p.m. with a social hour, music by Phil Lewis and a silent auction. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

Moniteau County Collector's Office Swamped

Moniteau County Collector's Office Swamped

Moniteau County Historical Society to Meet January 10

The Moniteau County Historical Society will meet at the Cultural Heritage Center, for the Jan.10 meeting at 7:30 p.m. This will be the "Show and Tell" program in which the members bring a treasured, historical artifact and tell about its history. Membership dues for 2011 are due. The annual dues are $10 and a lifetime membership is $75. Also please include correct, complete address, telephone and e-mail address when mailing to membership chairperson, Carole Schroeder. Call 796-2250 or 796-3764 for more information.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri from Wednesday, Jan. 5-14

The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for Jan. 5, through 14, 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.

Twin City Garden Club to Meet January 11

The Twin City Garden Club will meet on Tuesday Jan. 11, at 10 a.m., at the United Methodist Church. The program will be "Low-impact Gardening". This includes low-impact on the environment by use of eco-friendly gardening solutions and low-impact on the gardener by plantings that need less water.

California Democrat Community Calender January 5

The California Democrat Community Calender for January 5.

Tuesday, January 4

California Diner 50 About Great Food, Great Service

Mike Emini, owner of Diner 50 which is located at 407 West Buchanan, California, grew up around a family restaurant his father ran. Seeing how his father ran the restaurant, Emini learned the value of having good food and a good family environment. He has made those qualities his focus in starting Diner 50.

Bolinger Family Play Presented at Flag Spring Baptist Church

Children from Flag Spring Baptist Church presented "The Friendly Beasts," the Annual Bolinger Family Play Jan. 2. Wanda Daugherity wrote and directed the play with assistance from Connie Bolinger, who worked on the set, and Vickie Miller, who worked on the set and music.

Benefit Dinner/Auction Held for David Miller at Bolinger Farm

Many came out on a frigid New Year's Day to the Benefit Steak Dinner/Live Auction held for David Wayne Miller, Latham, at Bolinger Farm. The dinner included juicy steaks, hamburgers or hot dogs, large baked potatoes and plenty of homemade desserts. Afterward a live auction was held which included donated items as well as a beef and hay.

California City Council Reviews Work of Grant Writer

California Board of Aldermen reviewed, at its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 3, the work of Beth Jungmeyer who has served as grant writer for the City of California. Jungmeyer went over the achievements of the last year and requested the Council to take on an additional 20 hours of work per month. For about a year, her grant writing work has been shared by the city and California Progress, Inc. (CPI). Due to a shortage of funds, CPI can no longer pay Jungmeyer for the task.

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Moniteau County Officials Sworn in at Courthouse

Pictures from the Moniteau County officials being sworn in Dec. 30 at the Moniteau County Courthouse.

New Year's Eve Gathering at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, California

A New Year's Eve service, which began at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at California's St. Paul's Lutheran Church, was followed by a time of fellowship with snacks and games.

Moniteau County Prosecutor's Office Moves

The November election caused many changes in Moniteau County. One of those changes was the need to find a location for the office of the Prosecuting Attorney. Long-time Prosecutor John Kay worked from his own offices. The files, both current and the historical files required to be kept, were stored in his facility.

An Old Lantern Lights a Bit of History for Derry Brownfield

A little lantern light was thrown on a bit of history recently as the result of an item in the Past in Review. According to Derry Brownfield, widely known for his radio broadcast “The Common Sense Coalition,” an item from the 100 years ago section of the Dec. 22, 2010, California Democrat caught his eye since it mentioned his grandfather George P. Stegner being appointed fire chief of the newly formed City of California Fire Department in 1910.

Latham Students Teturned to Class January 3

Following a fire which destroyed the main part of the Latham R-V School facility, the 63 k-8 Latham students returned to classes Monday, Jan. 3, although not to their regular classrooms. The students are attending class at the Pilot Grove Baptist Church, two miles from Latham, until the mobile classrooms are installed and readied for the school use. The administrative offices are in the Latham Christian Church.

Russellvillle Indians defeat Bunceton Dragons at Otterville Tourney

The Russellville High School varsity boys basketball team played Bunceton in first-round action at the 16th Otterville Holiday Classic Dec. 30, where the Indians, seeded second, defeated the seventh-seeded Dragons 57-25.

Russellville Girls Win Opener at Otterville Classic

The Russellville High School varsity girls basketball team faced off with Tuscumbia in the opening round of the 16th Otterville Holiday Classic Dec. 30, where the top-seeded Lady Indians captured a 61-17 win over the the Tuscumbia Lady, who are seeded eighth.

Don Figgins leads California Runners, Earns All-State Honors

Four California High School cross country runners competed at the 2010 State Cross Country Championship Meet Saturday at Oak Hills Golf Center, Jefferson City, where California senior Don Figgins finished in 13th place with 17:13 to earn All-State honors.