Stories for April 2012

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Friday, April 27

Green Consumers Deluge Kellogg's Kashi With Pesticide Concerns

You might call it a tempest in a cereal bowl. Green consumers are feeling betrayed following reports of genetically-modified grains (GMO) and pesticide residues in Kashi cereal products.

Seniors Often Confused About Life Insurance Policies

When people reach a certain age, they begin to ponder the end of life and what they will pass on to their children.

Hospital Charges Vary Widely

If you are a savvy consumer, you probably shop around before you buy. But what if you are stricken with a sudden ailment, such as appendicitis?

Wednesday, April 25

Illinois Makes Arrests in ATM ID Theft Scheme

Authorities in Illinois are urging consumers to use extra care at ATMs after three men were indicted for allegedly compromising cash machines in the Chicago area and across the Midwest.

Long Distance Auto Purchase Requires Extra Care

With the Internet, it's easy to live in one state and purchase an automobile in another. But it also requires the buyer to use even more care in making the deal.

Under Pressure From Connecticut, Groupon Alters Disclosure

Online couponer Groupon has changed the consumer disclosure information on discount vouchers sold nationwide and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen says his state deserves a lot of the credit.

SEC: Teen-Aged Brits Ran Pump-and-Dump Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged twin brothers from the U.K. with defrauding about 75,000 investors through an Internet-based pump-and-dump scheme in which they touted a fake “stock picking robot” that purportedly identified penny stocks set to double in price.

CHS Art Club paints for summer reading program

The CHS art club will be meeting after school this week to work on cardboard cutout paintings for the Woodplace Library's Summer Reading Program.

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Council members sworn in at special meeting

Three members, including one newly elected, of the City of California Board of Aldermen were sworn in Monday, April 16, at a special council meeting.

California Democrat Community Calender April 25

California Democrat Community Calender April 25.

California DECA Students to Attend the 66th Annual Conference

CHS students Courtland Gerhart and Noel Sandoval, along with their DECA advisor, Julia Potter, will attend the 66th Annual DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) held April 27-May 2 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Tuesday, April 24

Senate keeps pay raise plan on first test-vote

Nine senators want to cancel pay raises; got 15 votes

Obituaries Published in April 25 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in April 25 California Democrat.

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CMS track team hosts quad meet

The California Middle School track team hosted the California Quad Meet April 17 at California High School, where California finished the seventh grade boys’ division in first place, and placed second in the eighth grade boys’ division, and the seventh and eighth grade girls’ division.

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California places second at Tri-County Conference Golf Tourney

The California Pinto golf teams participated in the five-team Tri-County Conference Golf Tournament Wednesday, April 18, at the Eldon Country Club, where the varsity finished in second place with 355, behind Blair Oaks with 338.

Schedule for Russellville Baseball Tournament

Schedule for Russellville Baseball Tournament.

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Meisenheimer places at state speech tournament

California High School senior Kassi Meisenheimer competed in the 61st MSHAA State Speech, Debate and Drama Championship at University of Missouri, Saturday, April 21, in three categories - poetry, humorous interpretation and dramatic interpretation.

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Finke Theatre audience hears story of Sacagawea

The historic Finke Theatre was the venue for a "journey into the past" presented by Dianne Moran and Pat Frank.

Pintos place second at Boonville Track Meet

The California High School varsity track team competed in a meet at Boonville April 13, where the Pintos finished in second place overall, out of eight teams.

Prairie Home defeats Jamestown 10-2

The Prairie Home varsity baseball team traveled to Jamestown April 17, where the Panthers clenched a 10-2 victory.

Indians defeat Comets in extra innings

The Russellville High School baseball teams traveled to Westphalia Tuesday, April 17, where both the varsity and JV defeated the Comets.

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Tiffany's Hair, Nails and Tanning Has Ribbon Cutting

Tiffany's Hair, Nails and Tanning Has Ribbon Cutting.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri April 25 – May 4

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri April 25 – May 4.

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Dummermuths Celebrate 84th Birthdays, 65th Anniversary in Same Week

On April 11, Stanley Dummermuth celebrated his 84th birthday.

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for April 20

California Elementary School Students of the Week for April 20.

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The Melody Boys Quartet "Exit 63" Tour Comes to Salem Baptist Church

The Melody Boys Quartet, a southern gospel group based out of Little Rock, Ark., performed at Salem Baptist Church, California, Saturday, April 21, as part of their "Exit 63" Tour.

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Photos from the April Jamestown School Page

Photos from the April Jamestown School Page.

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Photos from the April Prairie Home School Page

Photos from the April Prairie Home School Page.

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Robert Schlup Serving Area With Sloopy's Tractor Shop

Robert Schlup said his interest with tractors began with his grandparents who owned a farm where he would hang around farm equipment.

New member for California school board

One new member joined the California R-I School Board Monday, April 17, at the regular monthly meeting.

Tipton school board members sworn in

Those elected to serve on the Tipton R-VI School Board were sworn in at its regular monthly meeting Monday, April 16, at the Board of Education office.

Mahoney to retire

Curators to launch new search

Friday, April 20

Sprint Faces $300 Million Tax Fraud Suit

The state of New York has slapped Sprint-Nextel with a $300 million suit, accusing the wireless carrier of deliberately under-collecting and underpaying millions of dollars in New York state and local sales taxes on flat-rate access charges for wireless calling plans.

NRDC: Drivers Could Save $68 Billion Under Obama Gas Plan

Drivers will save $68 billion in fuel costs when the Obama administration’s 54.5 miles-per-gallon standard is fully implemented in 2030, according to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

Study: Low-Fat Dairy Foods Reduce Stroke Risk

There's no question that full-fat yogurt, milk and cheese taste better than the low-fat varieties but a new study confirms that eating low-fat dairy foods reduces the risk of stroke.

California Considers Law Limiting Prospective Employers' Social Media Access

The recent revelation that prospective employers increasingly ask applicants for their Facebook passwords has raised eyebrows and sparked sharp reaction. California appears to be the first state to try to limit that activity.

Thursday, April 19

White House Targets 'Manipulation' In Oil Markets

With consumers growing more surly over rising prices at the gas pump, President Obama has proposed new rules for investors who trade oil futures, to ensure there is no market manipulation.

Wednesday, April 18

Obituaries Published in April 18 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in April 18 California Democrat.

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Students seek funding for DECA conference

California High School DECA marketing students Courtland Gerhart and Noel Sandoval are seeking funds through donations to pay for their trip to the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Jamestown competes at California Invitational

The Jamestown varsity track team competed at the California Invitational Meet April 10, where the Eagles finished in fourth place, while the Lady Eagles finished in fifth place.

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CPI "Wine, Dine and Win" event

The second California Progress, Inc. (CPI) "Wine, Dine and Win" fundraising event took place on Saturday, April 14, at Braykley Hall near Centertown.

FFA Plant Sales Begin

The California High School greenhouse students have worked all school year learning about plants and what is required for them to grow properly.

Trivia Night to be held at Library

The Friends of the Finke Trivia Game is set for team competition on April 28.

California Democrat Community Calender for April 18

California Democrat Community Calender for April 18.

Tuesday, April 17

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Fortuna Senior Citizens Host Law Enforcement Dinner

Active and retired law enforcement officers from the Moniteau and Morgan County sheriff's departments, Missouri State Troopers and the Tipton Police Department were in attendance at the Fortuna Senior Citizens Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner held Thursday, April 12, at the Senior Citizens Center.

Mid-Mo discusses changes at ambulance bases

Possible changes at the ambulance bases were discussed by the Mid-Mo Ambulance Board of Directors at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, April 12.

California Area Chamber of Commerce Reports California Balloon Invitational Postoned Until 2013

Norris Gerhart, Chamber Board president, called to order the California Area Chamber of Commerce Board meeting held Thursday, April 12.

Russellville slams Crocker 27-7

The Russellville High School baseball teams were on the road Thursday, where the varsity Indians captured a 27-7 win at Crocker.

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Pintos wrap up basketball season with banquet

The annual California Pintos Basketball Awards Banquet was held Monday at the high school commons, where athletes, coaches, family and friends gathered to celebrate the season and reflect on season highlights.

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Pintos take Indians out

The California Pinto baseball teams hosted Osage Thursday at the California Sports Complex, where both the varsity and JV defeated the Indians.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri.

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Annual Spaghetti Fundraiser Held for 3MT

Many came out to the Annual Spaghetti Dinner held Saturday, April 14, at the Fortuna Senior Citizens Center to raise funds for the 2012 Mid-Missouri Missions Project to be held July 21-28.

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Home security is crime watch topic

Home security was the topic at the Moniteau County Crime Watch public meeting on Tuesday, April 10.

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Red Cross outreach meeting at county health offices

In a meeting held at the Moniteau County Health Department, Carl Nappier presented information on what the American Red Cross does to help the community.

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Prairie Home tracksters compete at California Meet

The Prairie Home varsity track team competed at the California Invitational April 10, where the Panthers finished in fifth place with 38 points, while the Lady Panthers finished sixth with 31.

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California hosts first home meet of 2012 season

The California High School tracksters participated in their first home meet of the season April 10, the California Invitational, where many Pintos and Lady Pintos were top finishers in their event.

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Bonecutter's Sporting Goods expands and remodels

James and Crystal Bonecutter have expanded and remodeled again after moving their sporting goods business further out on West Buchanan Street.

California and Russellville golfers compete at Southern Boone Classic

California and Russellville's varsity golf teams participated in the Southern Boone Classic Wednesday, April 11, at Eagle Knoll Golf Club, Hartsford, where the Pintos finished in ninth place out of 17 teams, while Russellville finished 10th.

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Photos from the April High Point School Page

Photos from the April High Point School Page.

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for April 13

California Elementary School Students of the Week for April 13.

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Stonner Furniture Serving Tipton Area for 40 Years

In 1971, Cary Stonner, owner of Stonner Furniture, got a call from his father Nelson Stonner saying he bought them a furniture store.

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Photos from the April Russellville School Page

Photos from the April Russellville School Page.

Emergency 911 Board discusses funding options

At the regular monthly meeting of the Moniteau County 911 Emergency Dispatch Board of Directors on Thursday, April 12, the matter of money needs for the center was discussed.

Panthers lose to Calvary Lutheran

Prairie Home's varsity baseball team hosted Calvary Lutheran April 2, where the Panthers suffered a 10-4 loss.

Russellville's JV places second at Eldon golf match

The Russellville High School golf teams participated in a match at Eldon April 4, where the varsity finished in third place, while the JV captured a second place finish.

Monday, April 16

Missouri Guard agriculture team reports no fatalities after attack

The Missouri National Guard Agribusiness Development Team VI is reporting no fatalities or life-threatening injuries after an attack on the forward operating base where they are stationed in Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province.

Thursday, April 12

New study: Consumers highly engaged with newspaper media content across platforms

Arlington, Va.–A new study shows that in an average week, 74% of all Internet users rely on local newspaper media – digital as well as print – as key sources of news and information, and are engaging with their local newspaper across multiple platforms.

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Wilson pleads guilty to federal charge

2 other men named in charge involving Columbia insurance company

Barely 24 hours after being indicted, former Missouri Gov. Roger Wilson this afternoon pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge of misappropriating $5,000 from the Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Co.

Wednesday, April 11

Fabric Flying at CHS

Monique Schepers' FACS and Fashion classes have just started on their sewing projects.

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Clarksburg Resident goes from leaving contrail on dirt roads to leaving them from SR-71's

Ret. Lt. Col. Gary "Gil" Luloff said he grew up on a farm in Independence, Iowa, driving on dirt roads from an early age.

CPI plans for fundraiser

The "Wine, Dine and Win" fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, April 14, was the primary agenda item at a special meeting on Tuesday, April 3 of California Progress, Inc. (CPI).

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri April 11 – 20

The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for Wednesday, April 11 through Friday, April 20, 2012.

California Democrat Community Calender for April 11

California Democrat Community Calender for April 11.

Tuesday, April 10

Obituaries Published in April 11 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in April 11 California Democrat.

Indians come from behind to defeat Hornets

The Russellville High School baseball teams hosted St. Elizabeth April 3, where the varsity Indians came from behind to defeat the Hornets 8-4.

Panthers lose to Calvary Lutheran

Prairie Home's varsity baseball team hosted Calvary Lutheran April 2, where the Panthers suffered a 10-4 loss.

Russellville's JV places second at Eldon golf match

The Russellville High School golf teams participated in a match at Eldon Wednesday, April 4, where the varsity finished in third place, while the JV captured a second place finish.

Tempers flare at city council meeting

A contentious note was introduced early on into the regular April 2 meeting of the City of California Board of Aldermen and it really didn't improve a great deal through the evening.

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Area athletes shine at Russellville War Tribe Relays

The Russellville Junior High War Tribe Relays were held April 2, where California and Russellville athletes were top finishers, as well as Jamestown.

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Work on pool goes forward

Repair work is ongoing at the California municipal swimming pool. The gutter, the drains, the filters and part of the decking is being removed from the indoor pool.

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New Beginnings Family Worship Center of the Assemblies of God Easter Egg Hunt Held

New Beginnings Family Worship Center of the Assemblies of God Easter Egg Hunt Held.

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California Care Center Holds Easter Egg Hunt

California Care Center Activities Director Angela Dumsday has worked at the care facility for over 10 years.

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Moniteau County SWCD awards presented at annual dinner

At the Moniteau County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) annual awards dinner Tuesday, April 3, at the California United Church of Christ facility, recognition was given to 2012 poster contest winners, area residents, employees and board members.

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Jamestown Community Easter Service Held at School

As the sun was rising members of the Jamestown community came to the school Sunday, April 7, for the Jamestown Community Service sponsored by the Jamestown Ministerial Alliance.

Local resident files for gubernatorial primary

It has been a long time, if ever, that Moniteau County residents had an opportunity to see one of their own on a ballot for the primary election for governor.

Few races close in Tuesday election

The results of the local races up for election in Moniteau County on Tuesday, April 3, were for the most part clear cut.

CHS Tracksters compete at Osage Meet

The California High School freshman and sophomore tracksters competed in a meet at Osage April 3, where a number of Pintos and Lady Pintos were top finishers in their event.

Pintos lose close game to Indians

The California High School baseball teams traveled to Hallsville April 3, where the varsity Pintos lost a close contest to the Indians, 3-2.

Thursday, April 5

Few races close in Tuesday election

The results of the local races up for election in Moniteau County on Tuesday, April 3, were for the most part clear cut. The only exception was the contest for Moniteau R-V School Board (Latham).

Senate gives first-round approval to 10-year teacher tenure

Senators, on a voice vote, defeated an amendment to keep 5-year tenure for current teachers.

Wednesday, April 4

Ten FFA students from CHS advance to State

Ten students from the California FFA Chapter will advance to state to be recognized for success in their SAE (Supervised Agriculture Experience) project.

Pintos stomp the Tigers

On Tuesday, March 27, the California Pinto baseball team challenged the Versailles Tigers.

Cole County R-1 School Board Meets

The Cole County R-1 School Board held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, March 15.

Register for youth baseball and softball by April 12

Registration forms for area youth interested in playing summer baseball and softball with the City of California Parks and Recreation are currently available at City Hall, California.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri April 4 - 13

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri April 4 - 13.

The Water Games to be held Saturday

Saturday, April 7, at the high school parking lot a walk for Africa will take place at 4 p.m.

California Swim Team meeting/registration set for April 11

The California Stingray Swim Team will host an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at the California City Hall Public Meeting Room.

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Chamber Easter Egg Hunt Held at Proctor Park

The California Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Easter Egg Hunt was held Saturday, March 31, at Proctor Park, where area youth ages 10 and under had the opportunity to hunt for eggs, win prizes and meet the Easter Bunny.

School district refinances bonds

The California R-I School District has completed the task of refinancing a portion of the schools bonds.

California Democrat Community Calender for April 4

California Democrat Community Calender for April 4.

Indians scalp the Pintos

On Monday, March 26, the California Pintos baseball team competed against the Russellville Indians.

Tuesday, April 3

Moniteau County election results

Here are unofficial final results from Moniteau County.

Obituaries Published in April 4 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in April 4 California Democrat.

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Pintos snag wins from Tigers

The California Pinto baseball teams hosted Versailles March 27 at the California Sports Complex, where both the varsity and JV captured a win from the Tigers.

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California wins match at Osage

The California Pinto golf teams participated in matches at Dogwood Hills Golf Course March 27, where the varsity won with 169, followed by Osage with 186 and Warsaw with 223.

Prairie Home suffers loss to Tuscumbia

The Prairie Home Panthers traveled to Tuscumbia March 26, where they lost 7-3 to the Lions.

Indians defeat Rangers

The Russellville Indian baseball teams hosted Iberia Thursday, where both the varsity and JV won their games against the Rangers.

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Larry Marriott Pastor at Campfire Fellowship Cowboy Church

It was while on a mission trip in Texas building a cowboy church that Larry Marriott, pastor at Campfire Fellowship Cowboy Church (CFCC), Tipton, saw the potential and worship cowboy churches have.

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Custom Auto & Power Sports Looks to Serve California Area

Jim and Cindy Fults opened Custom Auto & Power Sports at 507 East Buchanan Street, California, in March.

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Wood Place Public Library Discusses Having Long-Range Planning Committee

To address future needs and growth of the Wood Place Public Library, California, a meeting was held Thursday, March 29, to discuss setting up a long-range planning committee.

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for March 30

California Elementary School Students of the Week for March 30.

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California Lions Club Helps Less Fortunate "See" Improvement

The primary mission of the California Lions Club is to help those in need with eyecare such as eye exams, glasses, contacts and by sponsoring eye care research.

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Busy Saturday in California

It was a busy Saturday, March 31, for California residents with events going on all over the city.

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Drama Club presents 'Harvey'

The California High School Drama Club presented the well-known play "Harvey" on Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, in the high school auditorium.

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CHS Choirs earn top ratings at District Music Contest; 23 advance to State Music Contest

California High School students competed at the District Music Contest Saturday, March 31, at the Miller Performing Arts Center, Jefferson City.