Stories for December 2012
Monday, December 31
A storm system is bringing Missouri a round of wintry weather to usher in the new year.
Friday, December 28
2013 National AMBER Alert Day & Missing Children’s Poster Contest
First Baby Contest
Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday announced the appointment of James H. Vaughn, of Versailles, as the new Presiding Commissioner for Morgan County, filling the term of Jay Fisher, who died in November.
Thursday, December 27
This year’s Good Citizen Awards were presented at the recent meeting of the Niangua Chapter
Administrators at Cole County R-1 Schools will discuss the school safety plans after the Christmas break.
Charges were filed against Dean Jason Smith, 29, Latham, for Class A Felony Child Molestation, two counts.
School safety was among the topics discussed by the California R-I School Board and administrators at the regular board meeting Wednesday, Dec. 19
Isaac Alexander Wininger, winner of the 2012 First Baby of Moniteau County Contest and son of Daniel and Rachel Wininger, California, will celebrate his first birthday Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013.
Recommended raises for employees for 2013 were approved by the Mid-Mo Ambulance District Board of Directors at the regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 12.
It was a holiday gathering of the Twin City Garden Club for members and guests...
While the first snow swirled outside causing lights to flicker and shutters to bang, students and faculty at Russellville High School held a Celebration of Success.
The California Area Chamber of Commerce met for its monthly meeting Thursday, Dec. 13, at the City Hall meeting room.
Students in the Cole County R-1 elementary school’s thirdgrade classes of Laurie Koestner and Amber Morrow
Wednesday, December 26
The possibility of a putting a Use Tax on the local ballots was discussed at the MRED
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported two accidents on Highway 87 due to slideoffs.
A California woman was in Federal Court in Jefferson City for sentencing the week of Dec. 10. She was sentenced to four and a half years in federal prison without parole.
Thursday, December 20
Area weather-related announcements for Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 include early dismissals: Fulton Public at 1:15 pm, Eugene Schools at 12:15 pm, North Callaway at 12:30 pm, South Callaway at 12:45 pm.
Major winter storm impacting Midwest
A major storm system is bringing snow and very strong winds to parts of Mid-Missouri today. The Weather Service reports the combination of wind and up to 3 inches of snow will make travel hazardous across portions of the state.
Wednesday, December 19
Mike Farmer, a local businessman and developer, has bought the Capital Mall, according to papers filed Wednesday with Cole County.
The California R-I Elementary School first graders Christmas program, “Santa and the Star Search,” was held Thursday, Dec. 13...
After defeating Osage 46-26 in the first round of pool play at the Versailles Tournament Dec. 10, California’s varsity girls lost 52-41 to Fatima Dec. 11 in pool play, then went on to defeat the Versailles Lady Tigers 64-48 Friday to capture a third place finish
Filing for two Russellville City Council seats is open until 5 p.m. Jan. 15, 2013.
Shooting Crappie fishing isn’t the first outdoor activity that comes to mind for most sportsmen...
The MRED (Moniteau County Regional Economic Development Committee) plans business and industry tours for 2013.
The California Pintos hosted Osage Tuesday, Dec. 11, where the varsity and both of the JV teams...
Feeding corn silage to beef cattle is obviously not a new idea. For a variety of reasons though...
Friday, December 14
A shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday left 28 people dead.
News Tribune editorial
What’s the attraction? The number of people touring the vacated Missouri State Penitentiary site increased again this year.
Wednesday, December 12
Rate hike is fifth in last six years
Pintos edge Cole Camp
Prairie Home Christmas
Area Basketball Results
Mark your calendars
Speech Team finishes first
Looking for records
Continue to win
The case in Moniteau County Court against Travis R. Smith has been continued until Jan. 15. According to Court documents, Smith appeared with Attorney Jeff Green on Tuesday, Dec. 4, for a case review. The California man was arraigned on felony sex charges filed on Sept. 28, according to information in Court documents. The two charges filed include a total of six counts which include a range of felonies from forcible rape to sexual abuse. The charges are for incidents alleged to have occurred in 1998, 1999 and 2005. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Smith was picked up in Morgan County on Monday, Oct. 1, on warrants issued in Moniteau County. The accused pastors a church in Stover. He is free on $50,000 bond on one charge and $20,000 bond on the second charge.
Tuesday, December 11
Lady Pintos defeat Lady Wildcats 62-28
Patrol responds to accident Monday
Friday, December 7
A Stover man already in custody for other crimes, was charged Friday with the murders of a Morgan County couple.
Wednesday, December 5
Three arresed in Clarksburg Church burglary
Another Bond Issue
The California High School Project Graduation Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Moniteau County Fairgrounds, California.
Lady Pintos take 2nd place in Eugene Tourney
Pintos participate in Eugene Tournament
Area work in progress
A brief discussion was held by the California City Council concerning utility improvements needed for the C&R Supermarket move into the old Pamida facility. See this week's Democrat for more information on the story.
Residents of California are encouraged to "deck their yard" and display their Christmas spirit this holiday season through lighting and/or other means of lawn decorations. Judging this year will take place Dec. 13-15, 5-10 p.m. Judging will be based solely on curb appeal. All residents, both within and outside the city limits, are asked to notify Diane at the chamber office (573-796-3040) to ensure a visit from the judges. Winners will receive award certificates and Chamber Buck gift certificates in the amounts of $50, $25 and $15 respectively for first, second and third places. Signs will be placed in the yards to designate the winners and will remain throughout the holiday season. House Decoration Committee members are: Robin Ratcliff representing The Flower Shop for All Occasions, Shelly Hampton representing Peoples Bank of Moniteau County and Tammy Bleich representing USDA.
Local Basketball action
Work by the City of California to replace a pipe along Route 87 in Moniteau County will close the road on Thursday, Dec. 6 and Thursday, Dec. 7. The repairs will require closing Route 87 south of Business Route 50 and detouring traffic through the area. MoDOT and the City of California appreciate the patience of travelers during the work.
Speech Team Competes
Christmas parade held Saturday in California
Tuesday, December 4
A Morgan County couple were found dead Tuesday morning in their home on Oak Hill Drive, in Ivy Bend, south of Stover. The fatal victims were identified as Wayne Wells, 80, and Mae Wells, 72.
Seventh grade Pintos pocket wins against Falcons and Wildcats
Seventh grade Lady Pintos
Monday, December 3
Jefferson City native will succeed William Ray Price Jr., who retired Aug. 1
Paul Wilson, former Cole County circuit judge and a former assistant attorney general, will be the next judge on Missouri's Supreme Court. Gov. Jay Nixon announced the appointment this afternoon.
Lincoln University and Linn State Technical College said this morning they will purchase the Jefferson City High School complex and the Simonsen Ninth Grade Center.