Stories for May 2011

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Tuesday, May 31

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Russellville School Board Breaks Ground on New Track/Parking Lot Project

Russellville School Board Breaks Ground on New Track/Parking Lot Project.

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LeRoy Schneider: A Conversation With a Rocket Scientist

There are not many times when you can say you talked to a real life rocket scientist.

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Golf Banquet held at California High School

The 2011 California High School Golf Banquet was held Wednesday, May 25, at the high school commons where, following a carry-in meal, CHS Golf Coach Doug Miller reflected on the 2011 season, recognized each of the Pinto golfers for their individual achievements throughout the season and thanked all who contributed, including the players and their parents.

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Pintos wrap up season with California High School Baseball Reception

The California High School baseball teams wrapped up the 2011 seasaon at the annual CHS Baseball Reception May 23 at the high school commons.

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California High School Track Banquet held May 24

The annual California High School Track and Field Banquet was held May 24 at the high school commons where coaches, athletes, family and friends gathered to reflect on the 2011 season and acknowledge those who contributed to its success.

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California Middle School students featured in talent show

A talent show by California Middle School students held on Thursday, May 26, featured skits, dances, vocal and instrumental solos and vocal groups.

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Jungmeyer Lumber Multi-Generational Russellville Business

Originally started as Stevens Lumber in 1893 by Ben Stevens, Marvin Jungmeyer, whose wife Carol's grandfather was Stevens, took over the lumber business from Scruggs-Gilman whom he had previously been working for in 1967.

California High School FFA Banquet held

The annual California FFA Banquet was held Thursday, April 28, in the California High School Commons.

Saturday, May 28

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Ribbon Cutting Held for New Doctor at Capital Region

Photos from the Ribbon Cutting held at Capital Region Thursday, May 25.

Wednesday, May 25

Twister hits Sedalia, causes injuries

A tornado touched down a section of Sedalia on Wednesday afternoon, as part of a long line of severe thunderstorms moved through central Missouri.

Strong to severe thunderstorms forecast for Mid-Missouri (May 25, 2011)

A strong storm system is expected to create a chance for severe weather across Mid-Missouri, mainly this afternoon and evening.

Co-Mo 72nd Annual Meeting Thursday at Tipton High School

Co-Mo Electric Cooperative will gather its membership at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Tipton High School for its annual meeting amid great changes in its business.

Sixth annual Russellville Engine Show and Frog Leg Festival on June 9-12.

Friday’s lineup begins at 6 p.m. with the Little Mr. and Miss Russellville Pageant for ages two through five years.

Loesch and Phillips named to Dean's List at William Woods University

Miranda Loesch, Lohman, and Amy Phillips , California, are among the students named to the Dean's List at William Woods University for academic accomplishments during the 2011 spring term.

CMCA Services Promote Lifelong Learning

Throughout May, the spirit of Community Action will come alive in Central Missouri as Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) joins Community Action Agencies across the country to celebrate National Community Action Month.

Route E Bridge over Dry Fork Creek in Moniteau County Now Open

A bridge replacement project on Route E over Dry Fork Creek in Moniteau County is now complete.

Red Cross Swimming Lessons Schedule for Summer 2011

Red Cross Swimming Lessons Schedule for Summer 2011 Session 1 (May 31-June 10):

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Cargill recognizes local student with scholarship

A local student has been selected to receive a college scholarship from Cargill, based on the student’s high academic achievement and leadership in school and community activities.

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Photos from the Wood Place Public Library Summer Reading Program Registration

Photos from the Wood Place Public Library Summer Reading Program Registration.

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California High School graduates 80 on Sunday, May 22

The 125th class to graduate from California High School had 80 graduating seniors walk across the stage to receive the diplomas marking them as the Class of 2011.

Khala Schulte Selected for 2011 Missouri Scholars Academy

Khala Schulte, daughter of Jerry and Janene Schulte, a student at Cole R-I High School, Russellville, has been selected as one of 330 students to attend the 2011 Missouri Scholars Academy, a three-week residential program to be held June 12 - July 2, University of Missouri (MU), Columbia.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri May 25 – June 3

The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for May 25 – June 3.

California Democrat Community Calender May 25

• California Nutrition Center Music and Dance with Sonnie & Partly Cloudy, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at the Nutrition Center, 107 W. Versailles Ave., Admission is $5. Please bring finger foods.

AIA Mid-Missouri to award annual scholarship

AIA Mid-Missouri, the local Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, will again be awarding its annual Roy J. Pallardy Memorial Scholarship.

Lake Area Community Orchestra to hold concert in Russellville

The Lake Area Community Orchestra will be staging one of their free Summer Concerts in Russellville on Tuesday, May 31.

California Progress, Inc. continues to plan fundraiser

The upcoming fundraiser occupied most of the time of the California Progress, Inc. (CPI) Board of Directors at the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, May 17, held at the Wood Place Public Library, second floor.

Tuesday, May 24

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California Pintos lose district opener to Southern Boone

The California Pintos faced Southern Boone in first-round action at the Class 3 District 9 Baseball Tournament May 16 at Ashland, where they lost 5-1 to end the season 8-7.

Obituaries Published in the May 25 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in the May 25 California Democrat.

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Moose Bros. BBQ and Catering Born Out of Competition Cooking

Brothers Jason and Jim Morris began Moose Bros. BBQ and Catering as a barbecue competition cooking team in 2007.

Photos from the May Prairie Home School Page

Photos from the May Prairie Home School Page.

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Photos from the Aurora Montessori Graduation Ceremony

Photos from the Aurora Montessori Graduation Ceremony.

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Photos from the California Music Awards Banquet

Photos from the California Music Awards Banquet

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Ernie and Linda Jennings Helping Others Live It Fervently Everyday at LIFE Church

Ernie and Linda Jennings, pastors at LIFE Church, located at 405 North Owen, California, are looking at reaching out to those in the community.

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Photos of the Russellville Graduation Ceremony

Photos of the Russellville Graduation Ceremony held Saturday, May 21 at the school.

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Jamestown ends season with district loss to Pilot Grove

The Jamestown Eagles defeated Otterville 6-4 in first-round action at the Class 1 District 11 Baseball Tournament May 16 at New Franklin to advance to the semifinal round May 17, where they lost 10-5 to Pilot Grove to end the season 4-7.

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California Freshman Sydney Deeken grabs gold at State Track Championships

California High School freshman Sydney Deeken competed in four events at the MSHSAA Class 2 Track and Field Championships May 20-21 at Dwight T. Reed Stadium, Jefferson City, where she finished in the top eight in three events to earn All-State honors, but more importantly, clenched the state championship in the Girls High Jump.

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Russellville Reading is a Blast Level Photos

Photos of students who earned levels in the Russellville Reading is a Blast program.

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Photos from the May Jamestown School Page

Photos from the May Jamestown School Page.

Terry Kruse Retires after 25 Years in Education

At the conclusion of the 2010-2011 School Year, Russellville High School Principal Terry Kruse will retire after serving in education for 25 years.

Saturday, May 21

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Jamestown C-I School Class of 2011 Graduates

Photo of the Jamestown C-I School Graduating Class of 2011 who received their diplomas at a graduation ceremony held Friday, May 20.

Friday, May 20

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Ribbon Cutting Held for X-Treme Fitness

Photos of the Ribbon Cutting Held for X-Treme Fitness.

First Meeting Held Over Signage on New Highway 50

The first of what will be several meetings discussing getting appropriate signage on the new Highway 50 was held Thursday, May 19, at City Hall.

Thursday, May 19

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California High School Baccalaureate 2011

First Baptist Church Family Life Center was filled with family and friends of the 2011 California High School graduating class at the Baccalaureate Service Wednesday, May 18. The event was sponsored by the California Ministerial Alliance.

Wednesday, May 18

Shikles bound over to Circuit Court

Jon Travis Shikles, 26, was bound over to Moniteau County Circuit Court on Tuesday, May 17, after waiving Preliminary Hearing on a second degree murder charge in Associate Circuit Court.

California Democrat Community Calender May 18

California Democrat Community Calender May 18

Latham holds special election

Latham holds special election

Mid-Mo Ambulance Board meets

The regular meeting of the Mid-Mo Ambulance District Board of Directors was held Wednesday, May 11, at the Tipton district office with members Bob Sheridan, Brenda Lapp, Brad Stuedle and Earl Reuter present.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri May 18-27

The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for May 18 – 2.

2011 California Lions Club Track and Field Meet Results

Overall school placements were first, Russellville-Blue; second, Tipton White; third, California Team 1; fourth, Russellville White; fifth, St. Andrews; and the Sportsmanship award went to Clarksburg.

California High School Hosts Academic Banquet

California High School held its annual Academic Banquet, May 10.

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California Post Office/Rural Carriers Collect Food For Food Pantry

Employees of the California Post Office along with area rural carriers and volunteers collected 3,440 pounds of food for the California Food Pantry.

Tool Time Racing, LLC., Has Ribbon Cutting

Photos from the Ribbon Cutting held for Tool Time Racing, LLC.

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Principals Get "Punked," Shaven for African Library Project

California Elementary School watched Principal Terri Steffes get "punked" at an assembly to promote the African Library Project (ALP).

Photos of the LIFE Church Yard Sale/Hot Dog Giveaway

Photos of the LIFE Church Yard Sale/Hot Dog Giveaway

California High School students who earned top ratings at the State Music Contest

California High School students who earned top ratings at the State Music Contest

California Elementary School Students of the Week for May 13

Photos of the last California Elementary School Students of the Week for the 2010-2011 School Year.

California High School Band Performs at Worlds of Fun

On May 13, the CHS Band took a trip to Worlds of Fun to participate in the annual Festival of Music.

Wood Place Public Library Launches Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages will travel the globe this summer as Wood Place Public Library presents “One World, Many Stories” the 2011 summer reading program.

California High School Students to Attend Missouri Leadership Seminar

Each year, sophomores from each area school are chosen to attend the Missouri Leadership Seminar at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

Central Missouri Community Action Meets Basic Needs

Throughout May, the spirit of Community Action will come alive in Central Missouri as Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) joins Community Action Agencies across the country to celebrate National Community Action Month.

California FFA Holds Annual Awards Banquet

The FFA hosted its annual Awards Banquet in the high school commons on Thursday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 17

Obituaries Published in May 18 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in May 18 California Democrat

California ends season with loss to Southern Boone

The California Pintos faced Southern Boone in first-round action at the Class 3 District 9 Baseball Tournament Monday, May 16, at Ashland, where they lost a hard-fought contest to the Eagles, 5-1.

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John Overbey Celebrates 25 Years as California Shelter Insurance Agent

Thursday, May 12, marked the 25th anniversary of John Overbey moving to California and becoming the local Shelter Insurance agent.

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Jamestown crossing guard Ethel Osborne retires

Ethel Osborne has decided to retire after 23 years of serving the Jamestown School students as crossing guard on Highway 179.

California United Methodist Church Collects Shoes for Shoeman Project

From April 10 through May 15, members of California United Methodist Church collected over 475 pairs of shoes for The Shoeman Project which takes collected shoes and gives them a second life by selling them to exporters for resale in developing countries.

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Photos from the May High Point Page

Photos from the May High Point Page.

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Photos from the May Russellville Page

Photos from the May Russellville Page

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Prairie Home School graduates 12

The Prairie Home School Class of 2011 Graduation ceremony was held Sunday, May 15, in the school gymnasium, where 12 seniors walked across the stage to recieve their diploma, signifying the end of one chapter of their lives, and the beginning of another.

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Photos from the Jamestown Awards Banquet

Photos from the Jamestown Awards Banquet held Friday, May 13.

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California Pintos lose to Blair Oaks Falcons

The California Pintos hosted Blair Oaks for Senior Night May 9 at the California Sports Complex, where both the varsity and JV Pintos lost to the Falcons.

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California school employee appreciation

Five retirees were honored at the California R-I School Employee Appreciation Reception on Friday, May 13, at the high school commons.

California R-I begins windup of school year

The California R-I School Board met and worked on planning for the end of this school year, the upcoming summer school and the beginning of the next school year.

MRED discusses entrepreneurship at May meeting

The regular monthly meeting of the Moniteau County Regional Economic Development Council (MRED) Board of Directors was held Wednesday, May 11, at Mel's Diner in Tipton.

Moniteau County Crime Watch sets Latham community meeting

Moniteau County Crime Watch has set Latham as the site of the next community meeting to be held July 12.

Moniteau County Hazard Mitigation Plan update meeting held

There were 18 present for the second meeting for the five-year update of the Moniteau County Hazard Mitigation Plan held Wednesday, May 11, at Centennial Hall. Represented were the county, Lupus, California, Tipton, the County Health Department and Emergency Management.

Moniteau County 911 Emergency Dispatch Board of Directors meets

The Moniteau County 911 Emergency Dispatch Board of Directors met Thursday, May 12, at the 911 office.

Monday, May 16

California tracksters advance to State Championships

A number of California High School varsity tracksters finished in the top four of their event at the Class 2 District 3 track meet at Linn May 7 to earn All-District honors and advance to the Class 2 Sectional meet at Centralia Saturday, May 14, where four Pintos and one Lady Pinto qualified to advance to the State Track Championships.

Russellville ends season with district loss to Linn

The Russellville Indians faced Linn in first-round action at the Class 2 District 6 Baseball Tournament Saturday at New Bloomfield, where they lost a close contest to the Wildcats 5-4, to end the season 8-13.

Friday, May 13

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Benefit Concert for Latham Music Department Held

Several music groups including the California Kids music group of fourth and fifth graders; California Music Connection of sixth graders; California Pinto Express of seventh and eighth graders; Latham Musical Braves of Latham students; California Sounds of Joy and Sapphire Singers of high school students came together to sing at the Benefit Concert for the Latham Music Department held Thursday, May 12, at the California High School Performing Arts Auditorium.

Thursday, May 12

California Area Chamber of Commerce Meets

California Area Chamber of Commerce met Thursday, May 12, at City Hall.

Wednesday, May 11

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Nursing Home Week is May 8 -14

California Mayor Norris Gerhart signed a proclamation for Nursing Home Week on Monday, May 9, surrounded by residents and staff at California Care Center.

California Democrat Community Calender May 11

• Registration for Red Cross Swimming Lessons, 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, at the California City Hall. The lessons are for children who will be in grades K-8 in the upcoming 2011-12 school year. For more information, call 573-796-3821.

California golfers compete at Class 2 Sectionals

After finishing in the top 25 at the Class 2 District 4 Golf Tournament at Ashland April 28, California's Eric Birdsong and Grant Burger advanced to Class 2 Sectionals at Tanglewood Golf Course, Fulton, May 4, where Birdsong finished in a tie for 21st with 88 individually, while Burger finished in a tie for 30th with 95.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri May 11 – 20

The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for May 11 – May 20.

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Third Annual LCpl. Leon B. Deraps Memorial Scholarship Fund Five-Mile Walk/Run/Ride Held

A total of 484 people registered for the Third Annual LCpl. Leon B. Deraps Memorial Scholarship Fund Five-Mile Walk/Run/Ride held Saturday, May 7.

California Seniors Preparing to Graduate

Graduation is an exciting time for seniors.

Public Meeting To Discuss Signage For California

Public Meeting To Discuss Signage For California

Moniteau County Historical Society to enlarge Genealogy Library

Moniteau County Historical Society to enlarge Genealogy Library

Feeding the Hungry, Postal Employees Help Stamp Out Hunger

Every second Saturday in May letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America deliver much more than mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes.

Related Services to hear human trafficking presentation

A special presentation on Human Trafficking will be given before the regular monthly meeting of Related Services.

Tickets available for Aurora Alumni Dinner

Tickets are currently available for the Aurora Alumni Association Dinner, which will be held Saturday, May 28, at California High School. The meal will be served from 6-6:45 p.m.

Central Missouri Community Action Plans National Community Action Month Event to Mark 46 years of service to Central Missouri

Throughout May, the spirit of Community Action will come alive in Central Missouri as Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) joins Community Action Agencies across the country to celebrate National Community Action Month.

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Kathy Kent Reads to California third graders during Star Reading Program

Retired Teacher Kathy Kent Reads to California third graders during Star Reading Program

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for May 6

California Elementary School Students of the Week for May 6.

Tuesday, May 10

Pintos lose to Falcons

The California Pintos hosted Blair Oaks Monday, May 9, at the California Sports Complex, where both the varsity and JV lost to the Falcons.

California, Jamestown, Russellville District Baseball Tournament Brackets

California, Jamestown, Russellville District Baseball Tournament Brackets.

Obituaries Published in May 11 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in May 11 California Democrat.

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California tracksters advance to Sectionals

The California High School track team competed at the Class 2 District 3 track meet at Linn Saturday, May 7, where both the Pintos and Lady Pintos finished in fourth place, while a number of California athletes finished in the top four of their event individually to earn All-District honors and advance to the Class 2 Sectional meet Saturday, May 14, at Centralia.

Clancy, Jr. wins Street Stock race at Double-X opener

The 2011 race season opened at the Double-X Speedway, California, Sunday, May 8, where California's John Clancy, Jr. came away with the Street Stock feature win.

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Photos of the Mother's Day Tea held at Aurora Montessori School held May 3

Photos of the Mother's Day Tea held at Aurora Montessori School held Tuesday, May 3.

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Photos from the Jamestown Spring Concert held Tuesday, May 3

Photos from the Jamestown Spring Concert held Tuesday, May 3, at the school.

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National Day of Prayer 60th Annual Observance Held Locally at Moniteau County Courthouse

Ministers, residents, county workers, members of the VFW Memorial Post 4345, active duty and reserve military were present at the Moniteau County Courthouse Thursday, May 5, for the 60th Annual Observance of the National Day of Prayer.

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Teachers and staff meet new high school principal at California

The teachers and staff of the California R-I School District were introduced to the new high school principal at a "meet and greet" held Wednesday afternoon, May 4, in the high school commons.

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Photos from the Russellville Spring Concert held Thursday, May 5

Photos from the Russellville Spring Concert held Thursday, May 5 at the school gym.

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Student Conservation Day held at Moniteau County Fairgrounds

Many fifth and sixth grade students and teachers from California R-I, Latham R-V, Jamestown C-I and St. Andrew's, Tipton, attended Student Conservation Day on Tuesday, May 3, at the Moniteau County Fairgrounds in California.

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Jamestown FFA Banquet Held

Photos from the Jamestown FFA Banquet held Friday, May 6, at the school.

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Jamestown Alumni Banquet held Saturday, May 7

The Jamestown Alumni association annual alumni banquest was held Saturday, May 7, in the Jamestown School gym.

FEMA recommends emergency supply kit

The possibility of a natural disaster of some kind striking the area seems much less remote than only a few months ago.

Wednesday, May 4

MoDOT plans to close three offices, cut 1,200 positions

The Missouri Department of Transportation announced today its plan to close three district offices, as well as cut 1,200 positions by December 2012.

Double-X Speedway to open Sunday, May 8

The Double-X Speedway will open for the 2011 race season Sunday, May 8, with plans for an exciting racing schedule and prayers for no rain-outs.

California letter carriers will collect nonperishable food items May 14

Letter carriers across the nation, including carriers from the California Post Office, are ready to help stock community food banks, pantries and shelters for the summer months.

Lions Club Track and Field Meet set for Friday at Riley Field

The annual Lions Club Track and Field Meet will be held Friday at Riley Field, California, for area youth in grades 4-6.

Registration for Red Cross Swimming Lessons set for May 11

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

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri May 4-13

The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for May 4 – May 13.

California Democrat Community Calender May 4

• National Day of Prayer, Noon, Thursday, May 5, at the California Courthouse. For more information contact Frank Hensley at 338-2154.

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Safety awareness train travels through Moniteau County

A Union Pacific heritage train traveled through the area Friday, April 29, as a part of the effort of the company to promote rail safety by reducing rail crossing collisions.

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Jamestown Eager Eagles 4-H Club Hold Breakfast Fundraiser for Central Missouri Honor Flight

The Eager Eagles 4-H Club served beakfast to over 180 people on Saturday, April 30, at the Jamestown Community Building.

Moniteau County Historical Society Will Meet

The Moniteau County Historical Society will meet at the Cultural Heritage Center at 7:30 p.m., Monday, May 9.

Tuesday, May 3

Obituaries Published in May 4 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in May 4 California Democrat

City of California Board of Alderman Meet

The regular meeting of the City of California Board of Aldermen Monday, May 2, stalled on several important items due to a lack of a majority of votes.

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Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Holds Revival

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, Clarksburg, held a revival April 29-May 1.

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Ashley Hasty Talks About Purple Dress Project at California Elementary Character Assembly

At the weekly character assembly held at California Elementary Ashley Hasty was the guest speaker.

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MFA Oil/Propane Lives Where California Lives

MFA Oil/Propane's focus is on the fact they are a company which lives where their customers do.

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Photos from the High Point Spring Concert

Photos from the High Point Spring Concert held Tuesday, April 26.

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Great Central U.S. Shakeout Held in California

The youngsters at Kid's World Child Development Center, California, was only one small part of the three million people in 11 states expected to participate in a series of emergency earthquake drills.

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Kevin Kohler Retires As Jamestown C-I School Principal

At the end of the 2010-2011 Jamestown C-I School Year, Dr. Kevin Kohler, principal, will retire from a 29-year career as an educator.

Russellville competes at California Invitational

The Russellville High School varsity track team competed at the California Invitational April 26, where a number of the Lady Indians medaled in their event.