Stories for March 2011


Thursday, March 31

Moniteau County SWCD awards presented

At the Moniteau County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) annual awards dinner Tuesday, March 29, at the California United Church of Christ facility, recognition was given to 2011 poster contest winners, area residents, employees and board members.

Wednesday, March 30

Jamestown Eagles capture 5-1 win at New Franklin

Jamestown's varsity baseball team played at New Franklin Thursday, March 24, where the Eagles captured a 5-1 win in extra innings.

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California athletes earn All-District, All-State basketball honors

Photos of California athletes who earned All-District and All-State basketball honors.

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Hartzler speaks at Saturday, March 26, at Moniteau County Lincoln Day

Even though the Moniteau County Republican Club Lincoln Day event was held more than a month after the traditional time in mid-February (Lincoln's birthday), snow was still a factor.

Registration for California Swim Team will be held April 6

The California Stingrays Swim Team will host registration 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the California City Hall public meeting room. Youth up to age 18 who are eligible to participate must be able to swim the following distances without assistance: ages 10 and under - one length of the swimming pool (25 meters); and ages 11 and older - two lengths of the swimming pool (50 meters). Registration forms will be sent home with school children prior to the event and will be available at the registration. For more information, call Shelley Turner at 573--796-5679.

California High School Band and Choir Members Prepare for District Competition

The CHS band and choirs have been practicing and preparing for district competition for several weeks now. District Music Contest will be held at the Miller Performing Arts Center in Jefferson City on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2. Jessica McKenzie, a senior choir member, who has attended Districts commented, “It’s really nerve- racking and scary, but if you do well then it’s really rewarding and you have an accomplished feeling.” At Districts, both band and choir members have the chance to perform ensemble or solo pieces. The band and choir also perform as a group in front of the judges. The highest score is a 1+, and the lowest is a 4-. Caitlan Counterman, a sophomore choir member said, "I’m excited to go, my ensemble is working hard and practicing so we can get a good score.” When asked how the band has been preparing, Jessica Gammon, a sophomore commented, “We play the songs a lot to make sure we know them and can play them correctly. Mr. Rayl usually has the band practice our songs for competition throughout the week, except on Fridays when he has the ensembles and solos practice.” Michelle Broughm, a senior band member noted, “We’ve been practicing non-stop, every day of the week to get the songs down.” Kacie Dohlor, a sophomore band member said, “I’m pretty sure we will do great at Districts, and I can’t wait to go.”

Don't forget general municipal election day Tuesday, April 5

Some races are heavily contested for the general municipal election Tuesday, April 5. The election includes school boards, city offices, fire districts, ambulance districts and water districts as well as local and county issues. With three seats up for election on the California R-I School Board and nine candidates, including the three Board members already holding those seats, it could be a tight race. Candidates 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. For the City of California, candidates for Mayor are Norris Gerhart, Charles Roll and Kathi Swearingen. Only one candidate is on the ballot for City of California Board of Aldermen from each ward. The vote for City Collector will be write-in. 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 for that seat, therefore it will be filled by a 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. The two candidates on the ballot for the three-year term are Robin S. Vogt and Amanda Huffman. Clarksburg has Proposition I on the ballot. Proposition I Shall the boundaries of the California Rural Fire Protection District be extended to include the following described property? The area within the corporate limits of the City of Clarksburg, further described as the Northwest Quarter (NW 1/4); the North Half (N 1/2)of the Southwest Quarter (SW 1/4), the West Half (W 1/2) of the Northeast Quarter (NE 1/4) and the Northwest Quarter (NW 1/4) of the Southeast Quarter (SE 1/4), all of Section 15, Township 45, Range 16, Moniteau County, Missouri.

California High School DECA visits local legislators

California High School DECA officers recently attended the 2011 Missouri Association for Career and Technical Education Legislative Day. Students met with Representative Caleb Jones and Senator Mike Kehoe at the State Capitol Building. California High School students were introduced on the House Floor representing California High School and the California DECA chapter. This mission of DECA is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. Through classroom instruction, rigorous competitive events, and dynamic conferences, DECA prepares thousands of students to be college ready and career ready.

Preparing students to be college and career ready DECA event features top marketing students

More than 1,650 high school marketing students and their teachers gathered for the 63rd annual Missouri DECA State Career Development Conference (March 13-15) at the Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark. The conference is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. California High School was represented with 10 students and Advisor Julia Potter in attendance. Winners William Inglish and Noel Sandoval will advance to the international DECA competition that will be held April 29-May 4 in Orlando, Fla. DECA is an international association of high school students studying marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. Missouri DECA ranks sixth in the nation in membership with more than 9,100 members. There are 178 DECA chapters across the state. “High school students taking courses in marketing, business and entrepreneurship apply what they have learned at the DECA conference,” said Gayla Westergaard, state advisor for DECA. “This competition provides a great opportunity for students to gain realistic, career-oriented experiences that will help them perform and excel in higher education and their future careers.” During the statewide conference DECA members were evaluated by more than 100 business and industry professionals who serve as competitive event judges. Students participating in the competitions solve realistic workplace problems through one-on-one interaction with an executive or community member. Students may participate in individual or team events, business operations research projects, leadership academies and entrepreneurship projects. Event criteria are aligned with national curriculum standards.

Deadly Ernest Hits Stage in April

On Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. California High School drama students will be performing a play, directed by Ms. Tiffany Brown, called Deadly Ernest. This three-act comedy is about a man who has terrible luck and believes everyone he meets is out to get him. Brown notes that despite all the snow in the early stages of preparation, the show is shaping up to be a fun and fabulous comedy. “I was worried that all the snow days might hurt us since rehearsals were cancelled, but the cast has really risen to the occasion," said Brown. The cast for this year's play consists of fourteen characters, eight girls and six boys. Cast members are Alex Davis (freshman), Ashlee Davis (junior), Dylan Ramey (sophomore), Eligio Banda (senior), Haley McMillian (sophomore), Jordan Brizendine (sophomore), Kaitlyn Allison (junior), Maria Banda (freshman), Meleigha Caudel (freshman), Mitchell Cox (senior), Rebecca Suen (senior), Samantha Gerhart (sophomore), Tyler Silvey (sophomore) and TyleRe Goans(senior). Cheyenne Doughty and Courtland Gerhart are stage managers. Brown, the stage managers and the cast started practicing three to five days a week in December. All that practice has helped the actors get in the mindset of their characters. Goans catches herself using the traits of her character, Margie, in her daily life. “Once we are onstage, we all really become our characters, each of us walking, talking, and acting like them,” she says. “My character is always trying to fall asleep, so I think of things that make me feel tired,” explains Banda. Tickets for Deadly Ernest go on sale Mon. Mar. 28 and cost $5 for adults and $2 for students. They can be purchased from cast, crew, Brown or at the door as seating permits.

Drama Club Participates in MP3 Experiment

California High School Drama Club members performed an MP3 Experiment Friday morning at 7:45 that lasted ten minutes. The idea comes from an organization named Improv Everywhere (, founded by Charlie Todd. Ashlee Davis, Drama Club president, convinced the group to try it and prepared the experiment. Improv Everywhere stunts can involve anything from pretending to be lost at a baseball game to welcoming strangers home at the airport. The MP3 experiment is meant to be silent so that the audience will be in even more confusion about what is happening. Participants receive instructions from a downloaded file played on their MP3 player or iPod or receive a CD. Synchronized, they all press play and the instructions begin starting with “Good Morning, welcome to the MP3 experiment.” “Our MP3 experiment is voiced by two high school students going under mysterious identities as Addie and Erika and they instruct participants to a series of things,” explains Davis. “Two of the activities that the participants had to do were react to flying monkeys attacking the school and teaming up with a partner to have a dramatic Rock Paper Scissors battle” added Davis. “The MP3 experiment was exhilarating,” said Drama Club member Sarah Couchman Even though the students who participated were acting strangely, they all had one thing that they agreed on. “It was absolutely worth it acting crazy, but we really wish more people would have participated,” said Couchman. Davis hopes to do the MP3 experiment again next year now that Drama Club members have more experience with the equipment and the design of the experiement.

California Democrat Community Calender March 30

• ACT Workshop for English/Reading portion of ACT Test, 5:45-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the California High School library, instructed by CHS teacher Dana Barr. • California Rec. Association summer ball sign-up, 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the California High School Performing Arts Commons. Leagues are open to children eligible to enter kindergarten through eighth grade in 2011-12 school year. For more information, call Janet Fitzwater at 573-796-8221. • California High School Pinto Basketball Banquet, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the CHS commons.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri from Wednesday, March 30 - Friday, April 8

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri from Wednesday, March 30 - Friday, April 8

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Area athletes earn All-District basketball honors

Photos of area athletes who earned All-District and All-State basketball honors.

Tuesday, March 29

Obituaries Published in March 30 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in March 30 California Democrat

Coach Rick Edwards and track team excited about California's new track

California High School Head Track Coach Rick Edwards and the high school and middle school track athletes are excited about California's new track, which was completed last summer.

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California defeats Cole Camp 12-2

The California Pinto baseball teams hosted Cole Camp March 22, where both the varsity and JV captured a victory.

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JV California Pintos win match against Mexico

The California High School Pinto golf teams hosted Mexico Monday at the California Country Club, where the JV Pintos won their match with 217. Mexico's JV finished with 222.

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California Lady Pintos wrap up basketball season with banquet

California High School Lady Pinto basketball players, coaches, team managers, family and friends gathered at the high school Monday, March 28, to reflect on the 2010-11 season and to recognize all who contributed to make the season such a success.

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California receives top ratings at Tri-County Music Contest

Photos of California students who excelled during the Tri-County Music Contest held at the School of the Osage March 12.

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for March 25

California Elementary School students of the week for March 25.

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St. Michael's Knights of Columbus Host Second of Four Lenten Fish Fries

Residents of Russellville and the surrounding areas packed St. Michael's Catholic Church's fellowship hall to enjoy fish and fellowship Friday, March 25.

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Winter's last hurrah, we hope

If there has been one mark of this winter, it has been snow.

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Bus safety dog visits California Elementary

Pride, the school bus safety dog, paid a visit to California Elementary School Friday, March 25.

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Cargill Meat Solutions donates to food pantries

Working through its Community Involvement Committee, Cargill Meat Solutions donated a metric ton (2,200 pounds) of hamburger to food pantries in local communities in which the company has a significant presence.

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Early Bird Compost Reuses Waste to Produce Growth

During the Clinton Administration poultry farmers were in a bind. The government was putting limits on how farmers could spread manure in areas such as watersheds.

California High School makes major changes for the next school year

A major change in the system used to rank graduates will be effective at California High School for the 2011-12 school year.

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California Area Chamber of Commerce Holds Ribbon Cutting as Moniteau County SB40 Board Has Open House for Renovated Learning and Vocation Center

Many came out as the California Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Moniteau County SB40.

Sunday, March 27

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Centennial Hall Hosts Ham and Turkey Benefit Dinner/Auction for Latham School

A Ham and Turkey Benefit Dinner/Auction was held Saturday, March 26, at Centennial Hall at the Moniteau County Fairgrounds, California.

Saturday, March 26

Winter Weather Advisory lifted for Mid-Missouri

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

Friday, March 25

Cole County R-1 School Board Meets

The Cole County R-1 School Board held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, March 17. Under new business, the Board voted to approve the consent agenda as presented. The Board approved a payroll fund transfer of $192,000.

Thursday, March 24

California High School to make major changes for the next school year

A major change in the system used to rank graduates will be effective at California High School for the 2011-12 school year. In addition, the high school will increase the number of class periods per school day from the current seven to eight.

California Pintos participate in golf match at Booneville

California Pintos participate in golf match at Boonville The California High School Pinto golf teams participated in a match at Hail Ridge Golf Course, Boonville, Tuesday, March 22, where the varsity Pintos finished in third place with 176.

Wednesday, March 23

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Former FBI Agent Jeff Lanza Speaks at Jamestown C-I School About Cyber Safety/Bullying

Retired FBI Agent Jeff Lanza spoke at Jamestown C-I School Wednesday, March 23. His topics included cyber safety, cyber bullying and cell phone safety. Lanza was an FBI agent for over 20 years where he investigated corruption, fraud, money laundering and the mob.

ACT Workshop scheduled for March 30 at California High School

A workshop for the English/Reading portion of the ACT Test will be held 5:45-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, instructed by CHS teacher Dana Barr in the library at California High School, to help students prepare for the ACT Test.

Moniteau County 911 Emergency Dispatch Board meets

The Moniteau County 911 Emergency Dispatch Board of Directors met Monday, March 14, at the 911 office.

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Jamestown School Participates in Elks Drug Awareness Poster and Essay Contest

Annually, the Elks nationwide have a poster and essay contest for their Drug Awareness and Prevention Committees. The theme this year was "Not Now, Not Ever." The poster contest is open to students in the third, fourth and fifth grades.

Prairie Home School Kindergarten Screening will be held March 30

Prairie Home School will host Kindergarten Screening for the 2011-12 school year 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the school library.

Missouri State Fairgrounds to Host Motorcycle Rally and Other Events

The 396-acre Missouri State Fairgrounds, located in Sedalia, is a first-class facility capable of accommodating a vast array of events.

Russellville Lions Club fundraiser to be held March 26

The Russellville Lions Club will be having a barbecue March 26 at the Lions Club Park, starting at 11 a.m.

California Recreation Association to host registration for summer ball March 30

The California Recreation Association will host sign-ups for summer ball 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the California High School Performing Arts Commons. The leagues are open to children who are eligible to enter kindergarten through eighth grade in the upcoming school year (2011-12).

California Democrat Community Calender March 23

California area events.

Public hearing held at California City Hall on grant application

Discussion of a grant application was the purpose of a Public Hearing held beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the California City Hall. The specific project under discussion is proposed upgrades in storm water drainage in the area south of the Courthouse Square.

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Pictures of Prairie Home Track Teams

Pictures of Prairie Home Track Teams.

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Dr. Lindell Harrison new director for Moniteau County SB40 Board

The new Executive Director of the Moniteau County SB40 Board is Dr. Lindell Harrison, who was introduced to the Moniteau County SB40 Board at the Jan. 24 meeting. He began on a half-time basis on Feb. 1. Until Aug. 1, when he begins on a full-time basis, he will work alternate weeks of two days and three days. He will also be available in the evenings.

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Photos from the Russellville PTO Pancakes for Playground Fundraiser

Photos from the Russellville PTO Pancakes for Playground Fundraiser held Sunday, March 20 at the Russellville Elementary School Cafeteria.

The Effect of the 2011 Federal Fiscal Year Continuing Resolution on Central Missouri Community Action

Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA), based in Columbia, serves eight counties that comprise Central Missouri: Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau and Osage counties. CMCA receives federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds through the State of Missouri.

UCM Math Relays held March 5 in Warrensburg.

The UCM Math Relays were held March 5 in Warrensburg. Thirty-five schools were organized into four divisions. Prairie Home was one of eight schools competing in Division 1. Three freshmen, two sophomores, four juniors and one senior represented Prairie Home at this competition. The following students received awards: Akanksha Ashwini - first place in 12th grade Algebra, 12th grade geometry and in 12th grade team; second place in trigonometry and senior math topics.

Jamestown C-I School Third Quarter Honor Roll

Principal's Honor Roll (GPA 3.780 and above) 3rd Quarter 7th Grade Morgan Angle Alexis Muri Alli Muri Jordan Oerly Regan Russell Mackenzie Strother Mickayla Strother

Tuesday, March 22

Obituaries Published in March 23 California Democrat

ALBERTIN Theodore (Ted) Edward Albertin, age 84, of Atlanta, Illinois died December 3, 2010. He was born at California, Missouri on May 21, 1926, the son of Theodore H. and Lydia Albertin. Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife Judy; one son, Scott; and three sisters, Anna Cook and Frieda McKee both of California, Mo., and Lydia Reischauer of St. Louis, Mo. Survivors are his sons, Marc (and wife Jeanne) and Anthony (Tony) of Atlanta, Illinois; two grandchildren, Trenton Albertin and Tara Shane; four great-granddaughters; one sister Emma and husband Cliff Wrenfrow of Thayer, Missouri; and Elwood Cook (husband of Anna Cook). Memorial service will be held Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church followed by burial service at Immanuel Cemetery, California, Mo.

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California Pintos win first golf match of season

The California High School Pinto golf teams opened the season with a match at home Monday night, where California's varsity boys captured their first match win with 183. Versailles followed with 208, while Russellville finished third with 237, and New Bloomfield fourth with 244. "It wasn't good, but we won," California Coach Doug Miller said. "It's nice to win our first match of the season though. Hopefully we'll continue to improve."

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Photos from the March Prairie Home School Page

Photos from the March Prairie Home School Page. For more pictures of Prairie Home students check out the March 23 issue of the California Democrat.

Senior Center prepares for future

In preparation for the future, the California Nutrition Center is offering a new service, according to Center Administrator Tina Barbour. Everyone has heard of the Farmer Almanac's prediction for another major snow storm. The Center is sending over a week's supply of shelf-stable food to each of its homebound clients.

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First non-musical performance at restored Finke

Performances of "The Nerd" were held Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20 at the historic Finke Theatre. The first non-musical performances at the old theater in decades featured local community players under the direction of Audie Cline, a former California High School teacher.

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Jamestown Assembly of God Chicken Dinner Has Good Turnout Despite Weather

Fried chicken, homemade mashed potatoes and country gravy, green beans, corn, bread and desserts were served at the Annual Chicken Dinner held at the Jamestown Assembly of God Saturday, March 19. Justin Nichols, pastor at Jamestown Assembly of God, said parishioners arrived at the church at noon to donate the food and volunteer their time. The team began cooking at 2:30 p.m. before serving at 5 p.m. Despite the rainy weather, many came out and supported the church.

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Photos from March Jamestown School Page

Photos from March Jamestown School Page. For more pictures of Jamestown students check out the March 23 issue of the California Democrat.

New piece of fire control equipment available from SWCD

The Moniteau County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) announced that new a new piece of prescribed fire equipment is available for the use of landowners and communities in Moniteau, Cooper and Cole Counties.

Tipton school funding picture unclear

According to Tipton R-VI School Superintendent Scott Jarvis, the "funding picture is still somewhat unclear at this time." Explaining the financial reports at the regular monthly Tipton School Board meeting, Jarvis highlighted the differences in the fund balances of the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years and noted that the higher balances in 2010 were largely due to the federal stimulis money. He also expressed his concern over rising utility costs.

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri appoints Moniteau County native as to Board of Directors

The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri appointed David Nivens of Midwest Computech to the board of directors on February 24, 2011. “We are thrilled to welcome David to The Food Bank board,” said Executive Director, Peggy Kirkpatrick. “He brings passion, commitment and expertise and will represent Boone and Moniteau counties well.” Nivens has been a long time supporter of The Food Bank, especially the Buddy Pack program, which provides a weekend supply of food to children who don’t have enough to eat at home.

Jeanne McPherson and Penny Campbell walk to support Susan G. Komen Foundation

It is Jeanne McPherson and Penny Campbell's passion for supporting and finding a cure for breast cancer that ultimately inspired them to participate in the Susan G. Komen Foundation's 3-Day Walk for the Cure. The sisters from California participated in the event last summer (July 22-25) in Boston, and plan to walk again this summer. Campbell had previously participated in the event held in Kansas City in 2006.

June California Progress, Inc. fundraiser planning continues

Planning continued for the upcoming fundraiser for the projects led and supported by CPI (California Progress, Inc.) Tuesday, March 15, at the organization's regular monthly meeting at the Wood Place Public Library. The "Wine, Dine and Win" event on Saturday, June 18, will be at Braykley Hall, Centertown, with a prime rib dinner by Burl Lutz. The grand prize will be $1,500 with the winner drawn that night. The winners will not have to be present to win.

Riley Toyota Scion donates to Latham School

Riley Toyota Scion donates to Latham School

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Superintendent Says Proposition 2 Needed to Keep High Point School Open

At first, High Point R-III Superintendent Toni Westbrooks said it was about fixing the roof. The roof had served the school for 30 years but is too damaged to be patched up and needs to be replaced. But then because of the economy, Westbrooks said the State of Missouri pulled a major amount from the funds given to the High Point School which has left a significant funding gap which the school needs to operate. For more of this story check out the March 23 issue of the California Democrat.

Wednesday, March 16

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Photos from the March High Point School Page

Photos from the March High Point School Page. For more pictures of High Point students check out the March 16 issue of the California Democrat.

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Longtime radio broadcaster Derry Brownfield dies

The death of radio broadcaster Derry Brownfield over the weekend leaves a vacuum for a wide-spread radio audience. The Derry Brownfield Show with an hour a day of “The Common Sense Coalition” provided information for many listeners who felt he provided a needed voice and viewpoint which was not available elsewhere.

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Surprising Snowfall Covers California while area residents sleep

Photos of the surprising snowfall which fell the evening of Sunday, March 13 through the morning of Monday, March 14.

Moniteau County Cattleman's Association to meet Tuesday, March 22

The Moniteau County Cattleman's Association will host a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at Centennial Hall at the Moniteau County Fairgrounds, California. Missouri Cattleman's Association State President Jimmy Long and Missouri Beef Industry Executive Director John Kleiboeker will be the guest speakers. Those who plan to attend need to RSVP at 573-796-3168 (California Veterinary Clinic). The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at Centennial Hall. Guest speaker Joe Abbott, with Purina Mills, will address the current and future cattle industry. Those who plan to attend need to RSVP at 573-796-3168 (California Veterinary Clinic).

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Spring sports underway at California High School

Practice for spring sports is underway at California High School, including, from left, track and baseball, and boys golf. The first high school track meet will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at CMSU. The Pintos' first baseball game will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, March 21, at Eugene. California will host the boys' golf opener at 4 p.m. Monday, March 21, at the California Country Club.

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Pintos, Lady Pintos earn All-Conference honors

Three members of the California Pinto varsity basketball team and Four California Lady Pinto basketball players, along with their coach, Bobby Sangster, recently received conference honors from the coaches in the Tri-County Conference

Jamestown athletes named All-Conference

Six Jamestown School athletes were reccently named to the CCAA All-Conference basketball teams by the coaches in the conference.

Seats Donated in Memory of Jerry Stockwell

Photos of seats donated in memory of Jerry Stockwell at the Russellville Elementary/Middle School by students and staff of the Russellville schools.

Moniteau County Soil and Water Conservation District to hold 35th Annual Appreciation and Awards Banquet

The Moniteau County Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting its 35th Annual Appreciation and Awards Banquet on Tuesday, March 29. The event will be held at the United Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 101 N. Oak, California, with doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. All Moniteau County landowners and their families are invited to attend. Awards will be presented to John Clay as Cooperator of the Year, and the teachers of Latham R-V Elementary School as Teachers of the Year. Winners of the Conservation Poster Contest, “Forest for People - More than You Can Imagine!” will be recognized. Fifth and sixth graders in Moniteau County schools participate in this program. Conservation updates and special recognitions will be announced. An election of supervisors to the Moniteau County Soil and Water Conservation District Board will be held with voting between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Soil and Water Conservation District office at 410 W. Buchanan St., California, and 4-7:30 p.m. at the voting table at the church. Nominees for supervisor in Area III (Pilot Grove, Burris Fork and Harrison Townships) are Rodney Fulks and Larry Peck and Area IV (Willow Fork and Moreau Townships) are Carl Allee and Michael Crane. The results of the election will be announced at the end of the program. If you plan to attend, reservations will need to be made by March 24 by contacting Nancy Knipp Kirby at 573-796-2010 x3 or e-mail:

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Russellville Middle School Raises Money for Hoops for Heart, Pennies for Patients

Sixty seven Russellville Middle School students participated in a Hoops for Heart and Pennies for Patients event Thursday, March 3, in the school gymnasium. Students were given a choice to raise money for either cause. Hoops for Heart is a program for the American Heart Association, funds are used to create healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Pennies for Patients is a program for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the service dollars are spent on patient and community services, research, public health and professional education. The middle school students collected over $900 for the American Heart Association and over $500 for Pennies for Patients. During the event held in the gym students were awarded prizes for participation which were donated by Russellville Athletic Boosters and Dollar General.

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Photos from the Moniteau County Historical Society Chili Fundraiser

Photos from the Moniteau County Historical Society Chili Fundraiser held Saturday, March 12 at the California Nutrition Center.

Tuesday, March 15

Obituaries Published in March 16 California Democrat

BROWNFIELD Derry Brownfield, 79, of Centertown, Mo., passed peacefully at home on Saturday morning, March 12, 2011 and went to be with our Savior, Jesus Christ. He was born on January 24, 1932 in Boonville, Mo., the son of George Derry Brownfield and Georgia Stegner Brownfield, both of whom preceded him in death. He was married on June 24, 1956 in California, Mo., to Verni Dine (Gross) Brownfield, who survives of the home.

California Democrat Community Calender March 16

• Mid-Missouri Food Bank will be at the California Aerie Eagles #4027, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday, March 17, to distribute food to people in need. Those interested in volunteering to help set up for the event should be at the Eagles at 9 a.m. • Nutrition Center to host the Krazy Kats Music and Dance, 7:30-11 p.m. Friday, March 18, at the Nutrition Center, 107 West Versailles Ave. Admission is $8. Dance is open to the public. For reservations, contact Bob Taylor at 573-796-3378.

California FFA Holds Local Speech Contest

The California FFA Chapter held a local speech contest on Monday, Mar. 7. This speech contest was held for the chapter to see who would go on and participate in Area FFA Speech Contest in Russellville. “This is a good way to get to know new people from the surrounding area,” says FFA member Tyler Silvey. Students placed as follows: Division I-Libby Martin, first place. Division II-Tyler Silvey, first place; Weston Hetland, second place. Advanced Public Speaking- William Inglish, first place. Extemporaneous Public Speaking-Phillip Longan, first place. FFA Creed- John Wolken, first place. “Giving speeches is a good opportunity for students to gain leadership skills. They can use this opportunity to have good communication skills to help them in the future,” said chapter advisor Lee Longan.

Prairie Home School Kindergarten Screening will be held March 30

Prairie Home School will host Kindergarten Screening for the 2011-12 school year 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the school library. Children who are 5 years old as of Aug. 1 are eligible to attend kindergarten. Parents need to bring their child's birth certificate, social security card, immunization records and proof of residency. To schedule an appointment, call Prairie Home School at 660-841-5296.

Teams need to sign-up for Moniteau County Relay for Life

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society's national signature overnight fundraising activity where teams gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation. The annual event unites friends, family and members of the community, and people from all walks of life. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of supporting a cure for cancer. Teams planning to participate in the 11th ACS Relay for Life of Moniteau County, which will be held June 17 at the Moniteau County Fairgrounds, California, are encouraged to sign-up early. “By organizing early, teams have more time to raise money for the American Cancer Society,” Event Chairperson Rae Ann Shackleford said. “This year we are celebrating 'More Birthdays in Moniteau County,' so the whole community is invited to attend the largest birthday celebration of the year. Team campsites will be decorated to help celebrate with fundraising activities and plenty of good food. I'm hoping this will be one of our best year's and I'm excited to celebrate more birthdays in Moniteau County.” The event is a fun-filled, overnight, life changing experience that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones, thank caregivers and empower others to fight a disease that takes too much. For more information about the Relay For Life, or to register a team, contact ASC Staff Partner Kami Delameter at 800-635-9194 or, or Shackleford at 573- 796-3139, or stop by KRLL, California, to pick up a Team Packet. Also available at KRLL are Survivor/Participant Forms, Sponsorship Forms, luminaria bags and forms, and Sun & Moon donation forms. To learn more about the ACS's research, prevention, advocacy, patient services and early detection programs, call 800-227-2345 or visit

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St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Lohman, Hold Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Lohman, had a good turnout for their annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast. The breakfast has been held for over 20 years and church member Trish Russell coordinated the event for the first time this year and said the funds raised from the event go to their evangelism fund.

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Photos from the March Russellville Page

Photos from the March Russellville School Page. For more pictures of Russellville students check out the March 16 issue of the California Democrat.

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Clean Up Crew Has Record Turnout for Ninth Annual Pitch Tournament

Leisa Hees, Clean Up Crew Relay for Life member and coordinator for the Ninth Annual Clean Up Crew Pitch Tournament, said a record 48 teams made it out to help support the event held Saturday, March 12 at the Jamestown Community Building. "This is our ninth year hosting the tournament and 10th year relaying for life," Hees said. "The pitch tournament has been a good fundraiser for us and has grown each year. Last year was our best year up to that point and we were not ready, this year was even bigger and we were more prepared. It is so exciting to see this many people enthused about helping us out. It makes me cry."

Photos of Russellville Reading is a Blast Level Earners

Photos of Russellville Elementary/Middle School students who have earned various Reading is a Blast levels. For more photos of Reading is a Blast level earners check out the March 16 issue of the California Democrat.

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Meloy Construction Started to Meet Needs of Farmers

Willard Meloy, owner of Meloy Construction, said they started in 1982 after working as a farmer, he wanted a better quality of water tank for farms. He said they pour concrete for livestock water tanks and install them in the ground so they do not freeze. They also do concrete bases for tombstones through Wayne York and make yard ornaments with the concrete left from other jobs.

Guest speaker at Jamestown Crime watch meeting

Sgt. Jason P. Clark of the Rural Crimes Investigative Unit was the guest speaker at the Moniteau County Crime Watch meeting Tuesday, March 8, at the Jamestown Community Building. Clark informed the nearly 20 people in the audience of the problem of rural crimes. He provided anecdotal stories of crime incidents as well as facts and figures. According to Clark, different areas of the state suffer from different types of rural crime. For example, the south central part of the state is plagued with a lot of cattle theft, while cattle fraud is a big problem in north Missouri. A major problem in the southeast region of the state involves metal theft, with the thieves actually stealing trailers to cut up and sell the metal. In the southwest region, the major problem is cattle theft and equipment theft.

California Area Chamber of Commerce Invests Monies in CDs

Shelly Hampton, Chamber Board president, called to order the California Area Chamber of Commerce Board meeting held Thursday, March 10, at City Hall and welcomed everyone in attendance. Dolores Burger made a motion to accept the minutes from the Feb. 10, meeting. Charlie Roll seconded and the motion carried. Norris Gerhart made a motion to accept the treasurer's report as presented. Bonnie George seconded and motion carried. Chamber Treasurer Melissa Bonecutter reported the bid for the CD for $40,000 was given to Peoples Bank of Moniteau County at a rate of one percent for six months. Bonecutter also reported an audit of the treasurer's records for 2010 was conducted and no discrepancies were found.

Ambulance services deal with bridge closure

Mid-Mo Ambulance District will work with Lake West Ambulance District to maintain ambulance services while Soap Creek Bridge south of Gravois Mills is closed. Administrator Lee Kempf reported at the regular monthly Mid-Mo Ambulance District Board of Directors meeting Wednesday, March 9, that Mid-Mo will serve the area "most northern part" of Lake West's area during construction of a new bridge by the Missouri Department of Transportation. The bridge will be replaced this summer and the road is expected to be closed about two months.

Monday, March 14

School closings, announcements for Monday, March 14, 2011

Here is a list of school closings and weather-related announcements for Monday, March 14, 2011.

Sunday, March 13

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Ag broadcaster Derry Brownfield dies at age 79

Missouri-based agricultural broadcaster and radio talk show host Derry Brownfield died Saturday at his residence in Centertown. He was 79.

Wednesday, March 9

Dixon defeats Russellville in district action

After a 41-38 win against Warsaw in first-round action at the Class 3 District 10 Basketball Tournament Feb. 26 at Cole Camp, the Russellville Indians, seeded ninth, lost 76-60 to top-seeded Dixon March 1, to end the season 9-16. "We had more wins this year than last, and our program is getting stronger at all levels," Russellville Coach Chris Leuckel said. "At the varsity level, we have a very solid nucleus return. We won our first district game in nine years. There are seven juniors who have been in our system for the past three years and three are returning starters. We will work extremely hard in the off-season to continue our individual development and we're looking forward to next season."

Don Figgins and Addison Jobe named All-Conference Scholar’s Bowl

Don Figgins and Addison Jobe were named to the eight-member All Conference Scholar’s Bowl team for 2010 – 2011. “Don Figgins has been an exceptional captain the past two years, and Addison Jobe has been a very calm, steady, talented player the past two years. Don graduates this year, but we look forward to Addison returning next year” stated Clarice Nelson, Scholar’s Team coach. Try-outs for the 2011-2012 team will be held in September-October 2011.

California Democrat Community Calender March 9

• ACT Workshop for Math/Science portion of the ACT Test, 5:45-7:45 p. m. Wednesday, March 9, in Amy Kuebler's room at California High School. • MRED regular monthly Board of Directors meeting, 11:30 a.m. today, at Mel's Diner, Tipton. Lunch begins at 11 a.m. • Mid-Mo Ambulance District regular monthly meeting, 7 p.m. today (Wednesday), at the tipton district office. • California Area Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting, 8 a.m. Thursday, March 10, at City Hall. • Clean Up Crew 9th Annual Pitch Tournament, 4:30 p.m. sign up, Saturday, March 12, at the Jamestown Community Building. For more information call Leisa Hees 660-849-2538 or Barb Oerly at 660-849-9302.

Prairie Home Lady Panthers lose district semifinal to Chamois

After defeating Tuscumbia 43-29 in the Class 1 District 9 opener at Jamestown Feb. 28, the Prairie Home girls, seeded fourth, faced top-seeded Chamois in the semifinal round Thursday, where the Lady Panthers ended their season with a 69-37 loss to the Lady Pirates. Taylor Zey and Kendra Stinson led Prairie Home with 14 points each. Miranda Brandt led Chamois with 18 points. Chamois (16-9) advanced to the championship game Saturday, where the Lady Pirates lost 62-60 in overtime to second-seeded St. Elizabeth. Prairie Home ends the season 12-12.

California Scholar’s Bowl Team Places Third in

California’s Scholar’s Bowl season ended with conference play at School of the Osage Saturday, March 5. California won matches against Blair Oaks, Eldon and Warsaw in preliminary rounds, and placed third after losing to School of the Osage in the semifinal game. Team members include Don Figgins, Addison Jobe, Nathan Thibon, Willliam Inglish, John Anderson, Noel Sandoval, Jeremy Jungmeyer, and Dylan Ramey. “This team has played well all season, winning two games and losing several heart-breakers in the final bonus-round quarter. I am very pleased with the way they have represented California High School and our community, and I look forward to a strong team next year” said Clarice Nelson, Scholar’s Team coach.

Pictures of the Knights of Columbus Sausage and Pancake Breakfast

Photos of the Knights of Columbus Sausage and Pancake Breakfast held Sunday, March 6, at Annunciation Catholic Church, California.

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New county collector takes office

Moniteau County Collector Cheryl Duvall was sworn into office Thursday, March 3, by County Clerk Anita Groepper. Duvall takes the office being vacated by retiring Collector Carlene Petree, after being elected to the office in November. Duvall, a Democrat, takes over the top position in the Collector's Office after serving 18 years as Deputy Collector. She and her husband Jim live south of California. "My office doors will always be open to the taxpayers of Moniteau," Duvall said. "You may call upon me at anytime and I will do my best to assist you." The County Collector is responsible for the collection of current and delinquent Personal and Real Property Taxes for the various political subdivisions of the county, such as school, library, cities, roads and fire districts. Also collected are merchants licenses, auctioneer licenses and railroad and utility taxes. The collector is charged with the duties of collecting the taxes due, as shown on the County tax records, and funds collected are distributed monthly to the various taxing entities. The Collector's office also offers duplicate receipts to show the license bureau for those who cannot locate their tax receipt. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Pictures of Ribbon Cutting Held for Tyler M. Woods Colonial Monument Co.

Photos of the Ribbon Cutting held Saturday, March 5 for Tyler M. Woods Colonial Monument Co.

Pictures of Ribbon Cutting Held at Jalisco Mexican Restaurant

Photos of the Ribbon Cutting held Thursday, March 3 at Jalisco Mexican Restaurant.

Moniteau County Historical Society to have Chili Supper

The community will have a special opportunity Saturday to help support the Moniteau County Historical Society at its fundraiser chili supper to be held at the California Nutrition Center. Serving will begin at 5 p.m. and the menu will consist of chili, hot dogs, veggies, beverage and a delightful array of desserts. Tickets which are available at the door are $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 years of age or younger. Chair person Nancy Martin has stated this fundraiser aides the Society as it seeks to preserve and maintain the valuable history of Moniteau County at the same time enjoying the fellowship of friends and neighbors while sharing a meal of homemade satisfying chili.

Moniteau County Health Center Board of Trustees meet

The Moniteau County Health Center Board of Trustees meeting was held on Monday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m., in the health center meeting room. Board members present for the meeting were Don Wyss, Norma Blankenship, Eileen Crawford and Administrator Andrea Kincaid. Blankenship called the meeting to order. Minutes from the January 2011 board meeting were reviewed. Crawford made the motion to accept the minutes from last month and it was seconded by Wyss. The motion was accepted.

Tuesday, March 8

Obituaries Published in March 9 California Democrat

WOOD Charles Edward Wood, 51, of Clarksburg, Mo., passed away with his wife on Monday, February 28, 2011 at their residence. He was born on December 29, 1959 the son of Clyde, who preceded him in death on April 17, 2002, and Mary K. (Hodler) Wood, who survives of California. He was married at Annunciation Catholic Church to Judy West.

California City Council approves new budget

The new City of California budget for the fiscal year beginning April 1 was approved at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Aldermen, held at the City Hall on Monday, March 7. The budget hashed out after many intense meetings projects a total revenue for the year of $9,005,488 and projected expenditures of $8,681,544. Among the expenditures projected are four additional personnel, four replacement vehicles, a backhoe and funds for asphalt work.

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California loses district championship to Skyline

After defeating Iberia 59-33 in the first round of the Class 3 District 10 Basketball Tournament Feb. 28 at Cole Camp, the Lady Pintos, seeded second, went on to defeat Eugene 52-44 in semifinals Wednesday, March 2, to advance to the championship game Saturday, March 5, where California fell to top-seeded Skyline 46-32 to end the season 17-7.

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Jamestown Lady Eagles, Eagles end season with loss to St. Elizabeth

The Jamestown Lady Eagles and Eagles faced St. Elizabeth in the semifinal round of the Class 1 District 9 Basketball Tournament Thursday at Jamestown, where each suffered a loss to end the season. The third-seeded Jamestown Lady Eagles lost 50-34 to the second-seeded Lady Hornets to end the season 11-14.

Route 5 to Be Resurfaced from Tipton to Versailles

A construction bid to resurface more than 14 miles of Route 5 in Moniteau and Morgan Counties was approved by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. APAC-Missouri, Inc. of Columbia, was awarded the project after submitting the lowest bid of $2,934,530.26. The contract includes resurfacing Route 5 from U.S. 50 in Tipton to near Route 52 near Versailles. Guardrail will be upgraded at various locations along the route. Sidewalks through Fortuna between Moniteau Street and Route Z will be replaced. The new sidewalks will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines. Work will begin in spring 2011 and be completed in the fall. For more information about this project, please call toll free 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or log onto

CMCA Head Start Celebrates 7th Annual 100-Man Lunch

On March 10, CMCA Head Start, a comprehensive childcare program offered by Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA), will host its seventh annual 100-Man Lunch event throughout Central Missouri from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event was established in 2004 to celebrate the importance of male role models in the lives of children. Because male involvement is linked to the success of pre-school age children, fathers, grandfathers and uncles are being invited to have lunch with their young family members to celebrate the influence they have had on their children. CMCA is also encouraging the participation of community leaders to provide support to the young children that may not have a positive male role model that can attend. These leaders are also invited to inspire all of our children to reach their full potential.

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for March 4

Photos of the March 4 California Elementary School Students of the Week. For more photos check out the March 9 issue of the California Democrat.

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Centertown Antiques Has Plenty of Unique Items

Terri Kempker said she planned opening Centertown Antiques, opened June 5, 2010, for a number of years after going to an auction for her grandparents antique items. "They both died and had a house full of antique pieces I wanted," Kempker said. "My husband Bill and I went to the auction and purchased quite a bit of stuff. I always used to go to auctions when I was little and always collected items."

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World Day of Prayer Held at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Members of local churches came together Friday, March 4, for the World Day of Prayer held at First Christian Church (FCC California) (Disciples of Christ). The first organized day of prayer held nationally was in Canada on Jan. 9, 1920. In the United States, the first organized day of prayer held nationally was on Feb. 20, 1920. Barbara Walter was the leader for the 2011 World Day of Prayer and helped coordinate the event.

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California School Buses Receive Over 90 Percent on Inspection

Every year inspectors from the Missouri State Highway Patrol inspect buses all over the state. No school bus can haul children if they are not ruled safe during the inspection. During the inspections everything from fuel leaks, exhaust leaks, suspension and brakes among other things are checked. Durham School Services is contracted to supply the buses for the Moniteau County R-I School District. Wednesday, Feb. 2, the Highway Patrol inspected the buses in town as well as some surrounding towns at the California bus barn. The California fleet received a grade of over 90 percent this year. In previous years, this would mean earning a fleet excellent award which the fleet received the past four years.

Sudden storm drenches area

A sudden storm hit Friday afternoon, March 4, drenching the area with heavy rain, accompanied by small hail and heavy wind. Most of the 1.05 inches of precipitation reported fell within a few minutes, quickly flooding several areas of Business 50 in California and overwhelming the drainage systems in the city.

Sunday is the day to change clocks and smoke detector batteries

Don't forget to get up early and set your clocks ahead at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 13, or even better, set them ahead on Saturday night. And while you are at it, change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. For Daylight Saving Time, the clocks are turned forward an hour in the spring and set back an hour in the fall. The effect is to shift the day an hour for more daylight. For 2011, Daylight Saving Time begins the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November.

California Pintos end season with loss to Eugene Eagles

After two hard-fought battles at the Class 3 District 10 Basketball Tournament at Cole Camp last week, including a 70-46 victory against Skyline, the California Pintos, seeded second, ended their season with a 61-52 semifinal loss to Eugene Thursday to end the season 16-8. The Eagles, seeded third, led 15-11 after the first quarter, however, the Pintos had pulled ahead 22-20 at the half. Eugene came out stronger in the second half to outscore California 16-11 and 25-19 to take the win.

Wednesday, March 2

California Democrat Community Calender March 2

• California World Day of Prayer Observation, 2 p.m. Friday, March 4, at First Christian Church. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. before the service at 2 p.m. in the church sanctuary. The theme is "How Many Loaves Have You?" The women of Chile will be doing the World Day of Prayer in thier country. In their opening procession, they will carry a panera, they name Chileans give to their everyday bread basket. Bread is central to Chilean's daily life; sharing it is a universal sign of hospitality. Anyone and all churches are cordially invited to join.

Richard Schroeder Receives 60 Year Pin for Scouting

Richard Schroeder became a Boy Scout in Troop 5, Jefferson City, at the age of 12 in 1943. He received his Eagle Scout with Bronze Palm in 1948. He served four years as a counselor on summer camp staff and was the Lake of the Ozarks Council representative at the National Order of the Arrow Conference. In 1962, he served as an assistant scoutmaster in Boliver and California before becoming Scoutmaster of Troop 120 in 1969. He as awarded the following scouter service awards; Scouter's Key, Scouter's Training Award, Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor, District Award of Merit and in 1974 received the highest award presented on a council level, the Silver Beaver Award. Schroeder was on the camp planning committee for the new Hohn Scout Reservation. In 1973 he organized Explorer Post 120 and became the Advisor. In this role he led the Co-ed Explorer Scouts on two Philmont Expeditions, canoed 50 miles on the Current River and 75 miles on the Buffalo River in Arkansas. He led the Post on a Boundary Waters High Adventure in Canada, backpacked the Selway-Bitteroot Wilderness in Montana-Idaho and backpacked eight days to the summit of Mt. Elbert in Colorado. He presently serves on the Troop 120 Committee and continues to attend and participate at weekly meetings.

Local Students Named To Dean's List At Westminster College

The Dean's List recognizes those students who have shown high academic performance during the past semester at Westminster College, Fulton. To be included on the Dean's List, a student must have a 3.60 semester grade point average with at least 12 hours completed that semester. A total of 302 students were named to the Dean's List for the Fall 2010 semester. Hogan Davis, a sophomore, Fortuna, the son of Dr. and Mrs. James Davis. Leigh Ann Lutz, a freshman,California, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Mike Lutz. Wendy Weber, a junior, Lohman, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Weber. "I congratulate the students for their outstanding academic achievements on behalf of everyone in the Westminster College community," says Westminster President Dr. George B. Forsythe. "These students represent what we do best at Westminster---prepare the kind of strong leaders that will make their mark in our global society through lives of success, significance and service."

California High School Math Team Hosts Second Math Contest

The California High School Math Team hosted their second math contest last Satuday, Feb 19. Ten schools attended the contest, bringing 138 students from around central Missouri. Considering the disruption in schedules due to the snow days this winter, it was a very good turnout. In order to prepare for the contest, CHS math team students wrote the tests for the contest, monitored testing, graded tests, and helped record scores to generate the final results. Several parents and teachers were generous with their time by helping to host the hospitality room, grade tests, and record results. In all, 25 tests were administered, with medals given to the top three scorers and ribbons awarded to the fourth and fifth place finishers in each test in each division. In addition trophies and plaques honored the top scorers in each grade and the overall top school in both divisions. Sacred Heart from Sedalia was the top school in Division I and the overall top school in Division II was Camdenton.

Jamestown NHS Sponsoring Shoe Drive

Jamestown's National Honor Society will be sponsoring a shoe drive. They will be collecting shoes from all grades in the school K-12. Please bring in shoes to Brenda Selby's office. They welcome anything from old flip-flops, work boots or house shoes to brand new shoes. Please support this project and help them put Shoeman Project on its way to its net drilling rig. The NHS has a school-wide goal of 500 shoes. If this goal is met they will bake cookies for everyone. There will be a competition between the grades. Kindergarten through sixth grade will compete to see who can collect the most and grades seven through 12 will compete with each other. The top elementary grade and top high school grade will get 30 minutes out of class to eat cookies and play in the gym (or outside depending on weather). This means when you bring in shoes either bag them and write the grade or ortherwise indicate the grade so they can keep track of how many each class has brought in. They appreciate all the support and hope to exceed their current goal.

California High School FBLA Competes in First Round of Contests

California High School sent seven students to FBLA District Competition at Sturgeon High School on Feb. 18. Those in attendance were Meleigha Caudel, Sierra Happold, Brooke Holliday, Walter Juarez, Noel Sandoval and Lacey Thompson.

New director for Moniteau County SB40 Board

Dr. Lindell Harrison was introduced by Dr. Don Vanderfeltz as the new Executive Director of the Moniteau County SB40 Board at the regular monthly meeting on Jan. 24. Harrison, who served more than 30 years in the public schools, retired as superintendent from Holden schools five years ago. He has worked for Central Missouri University, Warrensburg, for five years. He is currently president of the Johnson County SB40 Board. He began on a half-time basis on Feb. 1 and will begin full-time on Aug. 1. Harrison, an Otterville resident, will work alternate weeks of two days and three days. He will also be available on weekends and evenings. Present for the meeting were Vanderfeltz, Barb Denker, Jean Jensen, Ed Kerley, Gail Hughes, Darrel Hendrickson and Cher Caudel. Dr. James Canter and Mike Staton were absent.

Area district basketball updates

The Prairie Home Lady Panthers defeated Tuscumbia 43-29 in the first round of the Class 1 District 9 Tournament Monday at Jamestown. The Lady Panthers, seeded fourth, advance to semifinals where they will play top-seeded Chamois at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Jamestown Lady Eagles won their district opener against the Missouri School for the Deaf by forfeit Monday at the Class 1 District 9 Tourney at Jamestown. MSD did not have enough players to participate. The Lady Eagles, seeded third, will play second-seeded St. Elizabeth at 4 p.m. Thursday in the semifinal round of the tourney. The championship game of the Class 1 District 9 Tournament is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday. The Prairie Home Panthers faced the Jamestown Eagles in the district opener Tuesday at the Class 1 District 9 Tournament at Jamestown, however, game results were not available at press time. The championship game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Women’s Quail Hunt will be held March 19

With help from the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation, the Moreau Valley Chapter of Quail Forever will host a quail hunt for women ages 15 and older 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. March 19 at the String Creek Game Bird Farm on N. Rock Creek Road, near Centertown. Participants will learn about quail hunting and the basics of shooting a shotgun and will have the opportunity to shoot trap and work on shooting skills. Each participant will then go on a quail hunt. Ammunition will be provided in 12 and 20 gauges. Participants can bring their own gun or one will be provided. Lunch will also be provided. To register for the event, contact Moniteau County Conservation Agent Jason Vaughn at 573-864-9814. Space is limited.

Russellville Indians defeat Warsaw Wildcats at district opener

The Russellville Indians faced Warsaw in first-round action at the Class 3 District 10 Basketball Tournament Saturday at Cole Camp, where they defeated Warsaw 41-38 to advance to semifinals. Russellville led 21-20 at the half and was led by Levi Kehr with 13 points and seven rebounds. The Indians (9-15), seeded ninth, were scheduled to play top-seeded Dixon Tuesday, March 1, however, game results were not available at press time. The district championship game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Cole Camp.

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

The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for the week of March 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

Prairie Home High School FCCLA members compete at Regional Star event; three advance to State

Five Prairie Home School FCCLA (Family Career & Community Leaders of America) members competed at the FCCLA Regional Star (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events Jan. 27 at Pilot Grove, where they completed projects that were presented before a panel of judges. Melanie Bryant and Sarah Gipson competed in the Promote and Publicize category, in which they promoted FCCLA to the community and to recruited FCCLA members, and received a Silver Rating at Regional competetion. Dani Smith and Krista Small competed in the Community Service-Display category, in which they organized and conducted a community service project. Smith and Small received a Gold Rating and will advance to State competition. Josey Stevens completed a Teach and Train project in which he researched the education profession and presented a lesson to a class of students. Stevens received a Gold Rating and qualified for State competition.

March is Music In Our Schools Month

March marks the annual celebration of music in our nation's schools. MENC, the National Association for Music Education whic is a more than 100-year old sponsoring organization, has announced "Music Lasts a Lifetime" as the theme for Music In our Schools Month (MIOSM) 2011. Music was first authorized as a regular subject of instruction in 1838. In 1994, the National Standards for Arts Education were accepted by Secretary of Education Richard Riley, reaffirming the arts as being an essential part of education. In 2002, the arts, including music, were deemed a "core academic subject" along with math, Science and English in federal education policy. The Tri-M Music Honor Society at California High School has made plans to celebrate the month-long event. Both vocal music and band departments are also hard at work preparing for the upcoming Tri-County Music Contest, which will be held Saturday, March 12, at Osage High School.

Russellville and California Masons Help Latham School

On Sept. 23, 1882, members of the Masonic fraternity were granted permission to form a lodge in Russellville. On Dec. 26, 1885, three members of California Lodge #183 transferred their membership to the formation of Russellville Lodge #90. After 128 years of serving the Russellville area, Russellville Lodge consolidated with California Lodge #183, but its former members continue to serve the Cental Missouri area. After the fire at the Latham School, members of the former Russellville Lodge suggested some of the furnishing of their lodge be donated to the school. This idea was greeted with enthusiasm by the members of California Lodge and on Saturday, Feb. 26, members met with representatives of Latham School to offer them what they might be able to use in their efforts to rebuild the school.

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Annual California FFA breakfast served

The annual California FFA breakfast was served on Thursday, Feb. 24, beginning at 6:30 a.m. in the horticulture building. The FFA members cooked, served and did the clean up. According to VoAg instructor Lee Longan, the breakfast is served each year during FFA Week with California teachers and staff and FFA supporters invited. The breakfast of sausage, biscuits and gravy, pancakes and juice or coffee was served continually until school started. Although no count was taken, there was a steady flow of people.

Moniteau County Historical Society seeks whistle story

The steam whistle of the Moniteau Mills has been recently donated to the Moniteau County Historical Society's museum for display. Some information is known about this whistle which was a part of daily lives in California. The society knows that it was activated at the beginning of the work day and also signaled the workers break times and signaled the end of the daily work period. It was also blown to alert the volunteer firemen to respond to a fire. Besides these signal stories there may be additional information that could help tell the history and memories of this integral part of California's history. If anyone has a story about this whistle and its use please contact museum chairman Richard Schroeder at 796-2250 or a society member. The public is always welcome at society meetings on the second Monday of the month at the Cultural Heritage Center. The March 17 meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. and is an interesting Show and Tell program. Memberships are $10 and are available at all meetings.

Moniteau County Related Services to meet March 10

The Moniteau County Related Services meeting will be held on Thursday, March 10, from 12-1 p.m. Speaker for the group meeting will be Katie McMahon with Integrity Home Care. All area agencies as well as the public are invited to attend. Please bring a lunch and use the west entrance to the Moniteau County Health Center located at 401 S. Francis Street, California. For more information or interest in giving a presentation to the group, please call 573-796-3412.

Tuesday, March 1

Obituaries Published in March 2 California Democrat

HALL Kathleen Hall, 66, of Centertown, passed away on Friday, February 25, 2011 at Villa Marie Skilled Nursing Facility in Jefferson City. She was born on April 12, 1944 in Howard County, near Glasgow, the daughter of Sheridan, Sr. and Lula (Parker) Dorsey, both of whom preceded her in death. She was united in marriage on December 22, 1966 in California to Howard Dean Hall, who preceded her in death on July 30, 1995.

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Russellville Lady Indians end season with district loss to Dixon

The Russellville Lady Indians faced Dixon in the first round of the Class 3 District 10 Tournament Monday at Cole Camp, where they lost a close contest to the Lady Bulldogs 63-59 to end the season.

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California Pintos end eight-win-run with loss to Blair Oaks Falcons

The first quarter of California's game at Wardsville Tuesday, Feb. 22, was something to see. Here were two of the biggest rivals with the same goal; to win the Tri-County Conference championship, and when the first frame ended at an even 17-17, it was evident both teams wanted it bad. The Pintos were comming off of eight consecutive wins, while the Falcons had won their last 15 , and each wanted to add another. But in the end, there could be only one victor.

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California defeats Iberia; advances to district semifinals

California's varsity girls faced Iberia in first-round action of the Class 3 District 10 Basketball Tournament Monday night at Cole Camp, where the Lady Pintos captured a 59-33 win to advance to the semifinal round. California led 21-1 after one quarter and 34-13 at the half. The Lady Pintos held onto the lead in the second half as well, with a 43-15 third-quarter edge, to secure the win.

Prairie Home Panthers win last game of regular season

Prairie Home's varsity boys' basketball team hosted Columbia Independent Tuesday, Feb. 22, where the Panthers' won their last game of the regular season, 73-42. "I'm proud of all of our boys," Prairie Home Coach David Kolzow said. "We have gotten to double-digit wins after going 0-46 the previous two years. The Prairie Home boys deserve a lot of credit for sticking with it."

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Two found dead in Clarksburg

On Monday, Feb. 28, officers of the Moniteau County Sheriff's Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol were called to Academy Street in Clarksburg as local residents listened on scanners. Shortly after the initial calls, officers closed off access to Academy Street except for local residents. It was later reported that two people, a man and woman were found dead at a residence in the small town. A press release received from the Sheriff's Department confirmed the deaths of Charles E. Wood, 51, and Judy M. West, 61. The preliminary results of the Medical Examiner indicated both died from gunshot wounds to the head. The death of West was ruled a homicide and Wood was ruled a suicide. According to the press release of March 1, "These deaths remain under investigation, but it appears at this point to be a murder / suicide." According to other sources, the two may have been dead for a week or more.

California Balloon Invitational Planning Well Underway

Plans are being finalized for the California Balloon Invitational, scheduled for Saturday, July 16 in California. The hot-air balloon race will be held at the Windmill Ridge Estates just off Business 50. The event will start at 12 p.m., with entertainment and vendors and the balloons scheduled to take flight in early evening. Community business leaders have been very supportive and helpful in providing sponsorships to bring the hot-air balloon event to California. “As of this date, there are 16 hot-air balloons that will be participating,” Ernie Timbrook, organizer of the event, said. “There are a couple more pilots available, if additional sponsors can be obtained.” Sponsorship for the balloon includes two riders in a hot-air balloon during the competition flight; banners with your business logo on the hot-air balloon basket; free vendor space at the launch site; four tickets to the appreciation dinner/reception featuring Burgers’ Smokehouse and Lutz BBQ, your business logo on the website and all promotional material and opportunity to be on the ground crew for your balloon. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or vendor, providing donations or gifts for the pilot gift bags and appreciation dinner or entertainment, you may contact Ernie Timbrook at 573-230-0884, or email at For additional information about the event, including vendor applications and volunteer opportunities, visit the website at or find them on Facebook.

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Annual Women As Landowners attendance up

There were 136 signed up for the seventh annual Women As Landowners and Their Partners Conference held Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the California United Church of Christ. Last year there were 99. The three breakout sessions included six topics to choose from. "Container Gardening" by Alice Longfellow of Longfellow's Garden Center proved very popular, just as container gardening is becoming more popular. She talked about how to grow healthy container gardens at what time of year, the pot size needed and what plants thrive in that environment.

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for February 25

California Elementary School Students of the Week for Feb. 25. For more photos check out the March 2 issue of the California Democrat.

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Latham School starts a new chapter

The 60 Latham R-V students moved into four temporary mobile classrooms Monday, Feb. 28, "Starting a New Chapter" according to a bulletin board in the fifth and sixth grade classroom of teacher Diann Lawson. The main school building burned in December just before the Christmas break. Operating in the Pilot Grove Baptist Church facility until the mobile classrooms were in place and modified for the needs of the students, school has continued.

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California National Honor Society inducts new members

On Sunday, Feb. 27, new members were inducted into the California High School Chapter of the National Honor Society.

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David Phelps Serving Church, College Ministry

David Phelps, pastor at Centertown Baptist Church and campus pastor for the Baptist Student Union at Lincoln University, started serving God while serving his country overseas in the Army. "I was raised in a Christian home," Phelps said, "with good Christian parents. When I went away to college I bought into the intellectualism and so forth, the idea of the Bible not relating anymore. I lived that way for five years and was not near the Lord. I went to church about twice during my college years. But when I got into the Army as an ROTC student, I went to Germany. The Lord used that situation to get my attention. I was in a job which was very stressful and was having some difficulty. I knew what I had been raised on, that maybe the Lord could help me. I began to seek Him out and He put a couple of Christian officers in my path. We started hanging out together and long story short, one shared a book with me, The Late Great Planet Earth by Hal Lindsey, that convinced me the Bible was true because of fulfilled prophecy. I am thankful he wrote that book, the Lord could have used something else but the book gave me the confidence and faith the Bible was God's word."

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California Fire Department Barbecue for Sareena Roll Tremendous Success

California Fire Department Fire Chief Allen Smith put it perfectly when he said, "this is what firefighters do, we are here to help the community." When the firefighters found out one of their firefighters, Bill Roll's daughter Sareena was gravely ill, they felt a burden to do what they could to help out. "Sareena became very, very sick and is currently at a hospital in Michigan," Smith said. "A lot of expenses will be incurred for the family with everything involved so us guys got together and decided we needed to do some type of fundraiser to help them out. We know the girl very well. She spends a lot of time at the fire station. We decided we do barbecue very well and have always had good turnouts for our barbecues. We had an original idea of how much product to sell but the community has been overwhelming with their response to it."

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California Middle School performs musical

A junior version of "High School Musical" performed by California Middle School students, and directed by Julie Moon, was held at the new CHS auditorium on Friday and Saturday. About 80 seventh and eighth grade students participated in the musical production, either on stage or behind the scenes. It is an adaptation by Disney Theatrical Productions from a widely acclaimed Disney Channel movie from about five years ago.

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Gerlach Continues Serving Area with Family Businesses

Being a part of and serving the community has been something important for Calvin "Cal" Gerlach since he grew up just north of the Moniteau County Courthouse. Gerlach said he started working at the grocery store in high school and has been there ever since. "I purchased the store, now Cal's Supermarket, from Tom James around 1975," Gerlach said. "My son Troy is the manager. Troy and wife Debra have two daughters. My daughter Stacy and husband Scott Hagerman, who have two sons, run Cal's 2 Convenience Store. I also own Cal's Car Wash on Business 50 and am still associated with The Wash House and Diner 50. We have been here over the years trying to make the town better and serve our customers."

Tickets available for CPI event

CPI (California Progress, Inc.) continued planning for the June 18 "Wine, Dine and Win" event at its regular monthly meeting held on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at the California City Hall meeting room. The "night out to support community projects" will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Braykley Hall near Centertown and will feature a prime rib dinner by Burl Lutz, beverages and a chance to win $4,000 in cash prizes.