Stories for November 2011

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Wednesday, November 30

Helias priest put on leave

A priest who works at Helias High School has been put on leave while authorities investigate information that was found on his school computer.

California Pintos win opener at Eugene Tourney

The California Pintos opened the 2011-12 basketball season with a 55-42 win against St. Elizabeth Tuesday, Nov. 29, in first-round action at the Eugene Invitational.

Jamestown 2011 Basketball Tournament Schedule

Jamestown 2011 Basketball Tournament Schedule

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Community Thanksgiving Dinner sponsored by California Ministerial Alliance

A spirit of fellowship and thanksgiving was present at the California Nutrition Center Thursday, Nov. 24, during the Thanksgiving meal sponsored by the California Ministerial Alliance.

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California Lady Pintos get set for 2011 season

Members of the California High School girls basketball teams practiced last week in preparation for their first games of the 2011-12 season.

California is Awarded Five Star Leadership/Sportsmanship

Over the summer California school district was awarded the “Five Star Leadership/Sportsmanship Award,”

Plenty of Activities at 2011 Christmas California Style

A schedule of all the exciting activities taking place during the Christmas California Style event being held Friday Dec. 2 - Sunday Dec. 4.

Tuesday, November 29

Obituaries Published in November 30 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in November 30 California Democrat

California Democrat Community Calender for November 30

California Democrat Community Calender for November 30

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Christmas decorations expand every year

Christmas decorations around the City of California have been steadily growing each year.

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City of California Decorates for Holidays

City of California Decorates for Holidays

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California Pamida Hosts Angel Tree Program

This year when walking into the California Pamida, located at 1021 West Buchanan, in the Village Green Shopping Center, a Christmas tree with pink, blue and white paper angels can be spotted.

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Community Thanksgiving Service Held at Jamestown Baptist Church

Jamestown Baptist Church was the site for the Annual Community Thanksgiving Service held Wednesday, Nov. 23.

California Middle School Lady Pintos pocket back-to-back wins

The California Middle School seventh and eighth grade girls basketball teams opened the season with back-to-back wins against Versailles and Eldon last week.

Russellville Lady Indians defeat Iberia

Russellville's varsity and JV girls basketball teams hosted Iberia for their first games of the season Nov. 21, where both captured wins from the Lady Rangers.

Russellville boys lose opener to Iberia

The Russellville varsity boys basketball team opened the 2011-12 season at home Nov. 22, where the Indians lost 67-56 to the Rangers.

Good news and bad news on California swimming pool

Meeting first at the municipal swimming pool, then reassembling at the City Hall, the City of California Board of Aldermen heard the good news and the bad news concerning the condition of the pool.

Lady Pintos win opener against Boonville

California's varsity girls faced Boonville in the opening round of the Eugene Basketball Tournament Nov. 28, where the Lady Pintos defeated the Lady Pirates 64-46.

Thursday, November 24

JC mother: Son to be released

The mother of one of three American students arrested in Cairo says news of their pending release is the best Thanksgiving gift.

Wednesday, November 23

FBLA collects canned food and dimes at California High School

This year is Future Business Leaders of America’s (FBLA) sixth Pinto Can Stampede, which takes place every year before Thanksgiving.

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Trim Grant Trees Planted at California Municipal Pool

California High School students in the greenhouse classes assisted the City of California Parks Department in planting 85 trees obtained through the TRIM Grant Program.

California Democrat Community Calender for November 23

California Democrat Community Calender for November 23

Lady Pinto Hog Roast held Sunday

To start off another season of Lady Pinto Basketball, the team hosted the twelfth annual Hog Roast to make some money and say thanks to their supporters.

Tuesday, November 22

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California Pintos start off season with annnual scrimmage, chili dinner

California Pintos start off season with annnual scrimmage, chili dinner

Brackets for Eugene Basketball Invitational

Brackets for Eugene Basketball Invitational

Four day weekend for city and county offices

Four day weekend for city and county offices

Hispanic population rises at California High School

California High School has a 10 percent increase Hispanic population from the past years.

California High School wins FOX 22 Project Glee

Recently California High School drama club created a video to enter the FOX 22 Project Glee contest.

Obituaries Published in November 23 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in November 23 California Democrat.

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Jamestown School Page for November

Jamestown School Page for November

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Prairie Home School Page for November

Prairie Home School Page for November.

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for November 18

California Elementary School Students of the Week for November 18

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California High School Cross Country Banquet held Thursday

California High School cross country runners and head coach Josh Grotzinger gathered with family and friends at the First Baptist Church, California, Thursday night to celebrate yet another successful season, the second for the CHS Cross Country program.

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Famous Missourians seen at California elementary

Many historical Missouri characters were seen in the fourth grade hallway on Friday, Nov. 18.

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Nathalie Sluyter Exchange Student from Germany

Dan and Gwenna Rowlison are hosting Nathalie Sluyter, an exchange student from Berlin, Germany.

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Wood Place Public Library Completes New Flooring Project

Using funds raised at the Second Annual "Gala at the Eitzen Mansion," Wood Place Public Library, California, has been able to install new Perma-Stone flooring.

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Charisma Pippin General Manager of California Pizza Hut

Charisma Pippin has worked with Pizza Hut for the last five years. Wanting a new challenge, Pippin is now the general manager of the California Pizza Hut.

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Annunciation Catholic Church Hosts Community Thanksgiving Service

Annunciation Catholic Church, California, was the site for the Annual Community Thanksgiving Service sponsored by the California Ministerial Alliance Sunday, Nov. 20.

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California school's adult education serves community

The wide range of topics and instruction offered by the California High School adult education programs are designed to provide information and training for the local community.

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Volleyball Banquet held at California High School

The annual California High School Volleyball Banquet was held Thursday at the high school commons.

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Latham teacher volunteers for 'special duty'

Hannah Haas, teacher at Latham R-V School, volunteered for some rather unpleasant duty involving student achievement.

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California school board told of needed roof repairs

The California R-I School Board heard a report on needed repairs to the roof of the high school at the regular monthly meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 16.

California High School students place for awards

The recent accomplishments of several California High School students received recognition at the regular monthly school board meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Mid-Mo Ambulance plans additional ambulance base

The Mid-Mo Ambulance District Board of Directors approved the purchase of property on Route W in Morgan County near Barnett for use as an additional ambulance base.

Moniteau County 911 Emergency Dispatch Board of Directors meets

The Moniteau County 911 Emergency Dispatch Board of Directors met Thursday, Nov. 17, at the 911 office.

CPI Board approves replacing damaged theater curtain

The Board of Directors of California Progress, Inc. (CPI) discussed available funds and anticipated expenses for the next year at the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15, before voting to approve the purchase of new curtains for the Finke Theatre.

Tipton School Board meets

At the regular monthly Tipton R-VI School Board meeting on Monday, Nov. 14, students Makayla Morris and Mason Garber reported to the board about a trip taken to Kansas City to visit the Harry S Truman Library and Museum and the World War I Museum.

California Pintos wrap up season with football banquet

The California High School football teams wrapped up the 2011 season with the annual CHS Football Banquet Monday, Nov. 14, at the high school commons.

Saturday, November 19

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Dashboard video details Pinkel's DWI arrest

Deputy: Coach 'drunker than Cooter Brown'

University of Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel pleaded guilty Friday morning to a driving while intoxicated charge in Boone County Circuit Court.

Wednesday, November 16

Career English Studies Teamwork Skills

In Ms. Martin Webb’s Career English class, the students worked on a three part teamwork project.

No Mail Delivery or Retail Services at Post Offices on Thanksgiving

No Mail Delivery or Retail Services at Post Offices on Thanksgiving

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Veterans' Day Assembly Held at California Middle School

Several veterans were in attendance at the Veterans' Day Assembly held at California Middle School Nov. 11.

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National Education Week

To help celebrate the 90th National Education Week, which is held Nov. 13-19, the CTA (California Teachers Association) will be providing pencils for all students in the district.

California Schools provide district wide CPR and AED training

On Monday, Oct. 10, while students enjoyed the time to sleep in, school district teachers, administrators, coaches, and staff were learning the skills to help save a life.

Tuesday, November 15

Obituaries Published in November 16 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in November 16 California Democrat

Friday is deadline for CRA Basketball League, Grades 3-4, registration

Friday is deadline for CRA Basketball League, Grades 3-4, registration

California Democrat Community Calender November 16

California Democrat Community Calender November 16

CHS Sports Banquets set for Thursday

CHS Sports Banquets set for Thursday

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California High School Softball Banquet held Thursday

The California High School varsity and JV softball teams concluded the 2011 season with the annual softball banquet Thursday at the high school commons, where the softball players and coaches gathered for a meal with family, friends and Lady Pinto softball fans to reflect on the season.

Ground broken for new county jail

Ground was officially broken for the new Moniteau County Jail on Thursday, Nov. 10, with city and county officials, chamber members and representatives of the contractors and architects present.

Military service runs in family

According to Maj. Kelly Messerli, many of his family members have served in the military.

Co-Mo Electric reports Broadband status at MRED meeting

At the Moniteau County Regional Economic Development Council (MRED) Board of Directors meeting Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Burgher Haus, Ken Johnson, Co-Mo Electric, reported the pilot Broadband Program is going fast.

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Grace United Methodist, Jamestown, Holds Chili Supper/Bazaar

Grace United Methodist, Jamestown, Holds Chili Supper/Bazaar

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Open House held at Patricia Kay Interiors

Open House held at Patricia Kay Interiors

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The Tipton Latham Bank, N.A. Serves Customers by Remaining Independent

Being an independent, locally owned and operated bank holds many advantages according to The Tipton Latham Bank, N.A., President John Allee and Board of Directors Chairman Jack Allee.

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Photos from the 2011 Jamestown FFA Barnwarming

Photos from the 2011 Jamestown FFA Barnwarming.

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Cattleman's Association annual dinner and auction held Nov. 8

The annual Moniteau County Cattleman's Association steak dinner and live auction were held Nov. 8 at Centennial Hall, California.

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for November 11

California Elementary School Students of the Week for November 11.

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Pastors Appreciation Dinner Held in Fortuna

Pastors and their families were treated to a turkey dinner at the Pastors Appreciation Dinner held Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Fortuna Senior Center.

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Photos from the November Russellville School Page

Photos from the November Russellville School Page

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Photos from the November High Point School Page

Photos from the November High Point School Page

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Veterans Day assembly at California High School

On Friday, Nov. 11, the California High School Veterans Day Assembly began with the national anthem performed by the Sounds of Joy directed by Michele Bilyeu.

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Prairie Home Schoo Veteran's Day Assembly held Friday

Prairie Home School observed Veteran's Day Friday, Nov. 11, via a "Veteran's Day Celebration" that included an assembly for students in grades 5-12.

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Rep. Caleb Jones speaks at Latham Veterans Day Assembly

Missouri 117th District Rep. Caleb Jones served as guest speaker at the Latham School Veterans Day Assembly Friday, Nov. 11.

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PTO Holds Fourth Annual Shopping Extravaganza at California Elementary School

Vendors filled the California Elementary School Gym and Cafeteria as part of the Fourth Annual Shopping Extravaganza held by the California PTO.

California Area Chamber of Commerce Discusses Christmas California Style at November Meeting

Shelly Hampton, Chamber Board president, called to order the California Area Chamber of Commerce Board meeting held Thursday, Nov. 10.

Calls continue to increase for Mid-Mo Ambulance

Calls to Mid-Mo Ambulance have increased over the years. Although the rise isn't large — going from 3,216 for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2007, to 3,388 for the fiscal year just ended — it has been steady.

County Hazard Mitigation Plan presented

The updated Moniteau County Hazard Mitigation Plan was presented by Susan Galeota, Mid-MO Regional Planning Commission, for public comment Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the California City Hall.

Mid-Mo Ambulance plans additional ambulance base

The Mid-Mo Ambulance District Board of Directors approved the purchase of property on Route W in Morgan County near Barnett for use as an additional ambulance base.

Friday, November 11

Cole County R-1 School Board Meets

The Cole County R-1 School Board held its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Wednesday, November 9

Latham school board approves contract

A contract has been approved by the Latham R-V School Board for construction of a new school building and gym.

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California Community Ensemble Celebrates Eighth Year With Concert at Finke Theatre

Finke Theatre hosted California Community Ensemble's Fall Concert held Sunday, Nov. 6.

Moniteau County Related Services to meet

Moniteau County Related Services to meet.

California High School students attend FFA National Convention

The California FFA traveled to Indianapolis, Ind. Oct. 19-21 to attend the National FFA Convention, where the students heard a motivational speaker who was severely burned in war.

Senior volleyball players end final season

Playing volleyball together since middle school, the seniors of the Lady Pintos volleyball team ended their last season at CHS in the district championship game against Stover.

Moniteau County Republican Club to Meet

The Moniteau County Republican Club will hold its quarterly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in Tipton at the Co-Mo Electric Conference Room.

CHS Speech Team competes in Stover Invitational

Friday, Nov. 4, the CHS speech team competed in the Stover Invitational Speech Tournament.

California High School holds annual Trick-or-Treat on Pinto Street

California High School held the 10th annual Trick-or-Treat on Pinto Street on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the high school commons.

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California Lady Pintos host annual Hog Roast

California Lady Pintos host annual Hog Roast

California Chamber House lighting/decorating contest

In conjunction with this year's "Christmas California Style" the California Area Chamber of Commerce will host an outdoor lighting/decorating contest for citizens living within the City of California and surrounding areas.

Chamber announces annual Christmas parade

The annual Christmas parade will begin at 5 p.m. Dec. 3.

Grant Burger Makes All-State Choir

High school senior Grant Burger was recently named to the All-State Choir, the highest individual vocal music honor in the state.

Tuesday, November 8

California Democrat Community Calender November 9 issue

California Democrat Community Calender November 9 issue

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Lady Indians clinch Class 1 State Cross Country title again

The Russellville varsity girls cross country team has much to celebrate after winning the Class 1 State Cross Country Championships Saturday at Oak Hills Golf Center, Jefferson City.

Obituaries Published in November 9 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in November 9 California Democrat

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California High School Golf Banquet held Sunday

The California High School girls' golf teams wrapped up the 2011 season with the annual golf banquet Sunday at the California Country Club, where the Lady Pintos and Coach Lance Conner were joined by family and friends to reflect on the season.

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Lizzy Kirby leads California at state meet

The California High School varsity girls cross country team and Pintos Zach Merrill and Dakota Harris competed at the 2011 MSHSAA Class 2 State Cross Country Championships Saturday at Oak Hills Golf Center (5K), Jefferson City, where the Lady Pintos were led by junior Lizzy Kirby who finished 20th individually with 21:33, to earn All-State honors.

California City Hall closed Friday, no trash pickup

Because of the Veterans Day holiday on Friday, Nov. 11, California City Hall will be closed and there will be no trash pickup.

Russellville Fall Sports Banquet Thursday

Russellville Fall Sports Banquet Thursday

Annual California Pinto Scrimmage, Chili Dinner set for Nov. 20

Annual California Pinto Scrimmage, Chili Dinner set for Nov. 20

Russellville Indians Gatorade Scrimmage and Fall Booster Club Bash Nov. 18

Russellville Indians Gatorade Scrimmage and Fall Booster Club Bash Nov. 18

Jamestown to host annual Blue and White Scrimmage

Jamestown to host annual Blue and White Scrimmage

California High School Cross Country Banquet Nov. 18

California High School Cross Country Banquet Nov. 18

Postal patrons discuss proposed closings

A presentation concerning the closing of small area post offices drew about 20 postal patrons to Nic Nac Cafe on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

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FFA Barnwarmin' was held Friday

The California R-I High School FFA Barnwarmin' was held Friday night, Nov. 4, at the shop facility, with seniors Rachel Oerly and Wyatt Martensen crowned Queen and King.

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for November 4

California Elementary School Students of the Week for November 4.

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Fortuna United Methodist Women Holds Annual Fall Bazaar

Chili, soup, sandwiches along with desserts were served at the Annual Fall Bazaar held at Fortuna United Methodist Church Saturday, Nov. 5.

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Ducks Unlimited meets in Tipton

The Moniteau County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) held its annual dinner meeting and fundraiser at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Tipton on Thursday, Nov. 3.

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Scott Hagerman Enjoys Managing Cal's 2 Conoco

Since Cal's 2 Conoco opened in 1999, Scott Hagerman has helped manage the gas station/convenience store/fried chicken and pizza restaurant.

Wednesday, November 2

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Edge Signs and Graphics Holds Ribbon Cutting

Edge Signs and Graphics Holds Ribbon Cutting.

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 a.m. Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday and catch that extra hour of sleep.

County Hazard Mitigation Plan to be presented to public

A public presentation on the update of the Moniteau County Hazard Mitigation Plan will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. at California City Hall.

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Massive swimming pool leak may portend real problems

Pool closed until further notice

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri

Amnesty for Overdue Books from Wood Place Public Library

Amnesty for Overdue Books from Wood Place Public Library

Annual Moniteau Co. Cattleman's Association steak dinner Tuesday

Annual Moniteau Co. Cattleman's Association steak dinner Tuesday

California Democrat Community Calender Nov. 2

California Democrat Community Calender Nov. 2

Tuesday, November 1

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Blood Drive Held at Jamestown School

Blood Drive Held at Jamestown School

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Fall Festival Held at New Beginnings Family Worship Center, California

Fall Festival Held at New Beginnings Family Worship Center, California

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Ribbon Cutting Held for Windmill Ridge Funeral Services

Ribbon Cutting Held for Windmill Ridge Funeral Services

Obituaries Published in November 2 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in November 2 California Democrat.

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Fall Festival Held at Living Faith Assembly of God, Russellville

Fall Festival Held at Living Faith Assembly of God, Russellville.

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Halloween Party Held at California Eagles

Halloween Party Held at California Eagles

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Trunk or Treat Held at California First Baptist Church

Trunk or Treat Held at California First Baptist Church

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Trick or Treat on Pinto Street Held at California High School

Trick or Treat on Pinto Street Held at California High School

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Trunk or Treat Held at Jamestown C-I School

Trunk or Treat Held at Jamestown C-I School

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CCI Trading Company a Place to Buy and Sell Goods

Over the last 15 years Chris Herst has been involved in buying, selling and trading primarily silver and gold. Recently Herst opened CCI Trading Company in California.

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Red Ribbon Week Held at Russellville Elementary/Middle School

October 24-28 was Red Ribbon Week at schools across the country.

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Pastor From El Salvador Visits High Point

David Ayala, pastor at First Baptist Church, San Vicente, El Salvador, visited High Point Tuesday, Oct. 25, along with interpreter Roxy Antonio, who is originally from El Salvador but is a resident in Jefferson City.

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for October 28

California Elementary School Students of the Week for October 28