Stories for February 2012

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Wednesday, February 29

California takes Dixon out via fourth-quarter-comeback

After trailing Dixon for three and a half quarters Wednesday night at the Class 3 District 10 Girls Basketball Tournament at Cole Camp, California's Lady Pintos came back in the final three minutes of the semifinal game to snag a 48-46 win and advance to the championship game.

California takes Warsaw out in district play

The California Pintos played Warsaw Tuesday night in first-round action at the Class 3 District 10 Boys Basketball Tournament at Versailles High School, where they defeated the Wildcats 58-38 to advance to the semifinal round.

High Point, Morgan County R-2 classes to dismiss due to flu

Due to recent outbreaks of flu and strep throat, the Morgan County R-2 School District will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. today and will be out of school Thursday and Friday. High Point R-3 School will have school today, but will be closed Thursday and Friday to fumigate and disinfect the school from the flu virus.

California Democrat Community Calender for Feb. 29

California Democrat Community Calender for Feb. 29.

JV Pintos Defense Leads to Victory

The JV Pintos played the Eldon Mustangs Friday, Feb. 10. Coming into the later part of the season, they still remain undefeated.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri Feb. 29 - March 9

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri Feb. 29 - March 9.

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Benefit Auction Held for Doris "Tiny" Walters

When Nic Nac Cafe Owner Jackie Heather heard Doris "Tiny" Walters' cancer had returned and she would be having to go through more radiation treatments in Texas, she wanted to do something for her former boss and longtime friend.

Tuesday, February 28

Obituaries Published in Feb. 29 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in Feb. 29 California Democrat.

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Lady Pintos win district game against Cole Camp

California faced Cole Camp Monday night in first-round action at the Class 3 District 10 Girls Basketball Tournament at Versailles, where the Lady Pintos defeated the Lady Bluebirds 45-36.

Rowles Celebrates 12th birthday, born in 1964

This year, Dale Rowles is doing something unusual — celebrating his birthday on the actual date of his birth.

CPI continues planning for Wine, Dine and Win fundraiser

The upcoming "Wine, Dine and Win" fundraiser topped the agenda at the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of California Progress, Inc. (CPI).

Lady Indians lose district opener to Eugene

Russellville played Eugene in first-round action Monday night at the Class 3 District 10 Girls Basketball Tournament at Versailles, where the Lady Indians lost a close contest to the Lady Eagles, 51-47.

Lady Panthers end season for Lady Eagles

Prairie Home faced Jamestown Monday night in first-round action at the Class 1 District 9 Girls Basketball Tournament at St. Elizabeth, where the Lady Panthers dominated three of four quarters to capture a 40-23 win and end the season for Jamestown.

World Day of Prayer to be held

Moniteau Evangelical Advent Church will be hosting the 2012 World Day of Prayer Friday, March 2.

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JV Pintos pocket big win against Falcons, end season 16-0

California's JV boys wrapped up the 2012 basketball season with a big win at home Feb. 21, as they defeated Blair Oaks 46-41 with a fourth-quarter comeback after trailing the Falcons until three minutes remaining in the game.

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for Feb. 24

California Elementary School Students of the Week for Feb. 24.

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Pintos capture Senior Night win against Falcons

The California Pintos hosted Blair Oaks for Senior Night Tuesday, Feb. 21, where they defeated the Falcons 65-51.

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Breakfast Put On By Russellville FFA

Many came out the free breakfast held Thursday, Feb. 23 put on by the Russellville FFA.

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Class of '66 donates handicapped ramp

A handicapped accessible ramp has been put in at the California High School auditorium facility, courtesy of the Class of 1966.

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Corry Field Returns to California as Central Bank Loan Officer

In 1998, Corry Field began his career in banking after being offered a job with a mortgage company in Jefferson City.

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California FFA serves breakfast for supporters

The annual California FFA breakfast was served on Thursday, Feb. 23.

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Russellville falls to Skyline in district opener

Russellville's varsity boys faced Skyline Saturday in first-round action at the Class 3 District 10 Basketball Tournament at Versailles, where the Indians ended their season with a 66-58 loss.

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Tipton Knights of Columbus Hold Annual Fish Fry

Tipton Knights of Columbus Council 1360 held its Annual Fish Fry Friday, Feb. 24, at the St. Andrew's School cafeteria.

Area Basketball Results

Prairie Home Girls Prairie Home hosted Higbee Feb. 21, where the Lady Panthers suffered a 46-37 loss to the Lady Tigers.

Local schools approve required policies on student / teacher safety

Local school boards have approved a policy on student/staff relations customized to the district's needs and conditions.

Monday, February 27

Candidate filing begins Tuesday morning

Lawmakers on Monday fail to pass bill delaying start date.

Wednesday, February 22

Koster to appeal MOSIRA ruling

Attorney General Chris Koster said this morning he will appeal Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green's Monday ruling that the Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, known as "MOSIRA," is unconstitutional.

Assessor reminds county taxpayers to return personal property assessment forms

The Moniteau County Assessor would like to remind personal property owners to return the form for listing personal property for the 2012 assessment year.

CHS students take home "Real-Care Babies"

CHS students take home "Real-Care Babies."

Channeling teamwork and dedication, CHS Speech Team takes Second

The California Speech Team competed in Crest Ridge on Saturday, Feb. 11.

CHS students take home high honors at District Five DECA Contest

In the eyes of many, competition is the driving force that makes the world turn.

Courtwarming comes to CHS

Courtwarming week is a week for everyone to participate and express themselves in different ways.

ACT Workshop at CHS today

ACT Workshop at CHS today.

Scouting for Food

Boy Scout groups throughout the Great Rivers Council Five Rivers District will be participating in Scouting for Food.

Moniteau Co. Cattleman's Association dinner meeting to be held Tuesday

Moniteau Co. Cattleman's Association dinner meeting to be held Tuesday.

CHS Tracksters prepare for March 28

CHS Tracksters prepare for March 28.

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Whiteman Air Force personnel join California Rural Fire at annual dinner

Several members of the "Grim Reapers," otherwise known as the 13th Bomb Squadron, joined the California Rural Fire Protection District (CRFPD) Saturday, Feb. 18, at its annual meeting.

Pre-Season Baseball starts Feb. 27

Pre-Season Baseball starts Feb. 27.

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri Feb. 22 - March 2

Upcoming Road Work for Mid-Missouri Feb. 22 - March 2.

Tuesday, February 21

California Pintos take Blair Oaks Falcons down 65-51

The California Pintos hosted Blair Oaks for Senior Night Tuesday, Feb. 21, where they captured a 65-51 win from the Falcons.

Obituaries Published in Feb. 22 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in Feb. 22 California Democrat.

Lady Pintos win fourth consecutive conference title

The Lady Pintos hosted Blair Oaks Monday for California's Senior Night, where the varsity girls captured their fourth consecutive conference title as they defeated the Lady Falcons 51-38 to finish the Tri-County Conference 4-1, in a tie with Eldon.

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Local Girls District Basketball Tournament Brackets

Local Girls District Basketball Tournament Brackets.

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Local Boys District Basketball Tournament Brackets

Local Boys District Basketball Tournament Brackets.

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Photos from California High School's Senior Night

Photos from California High School's Senior Night.

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Lady Pintos win fourth consecutive conference title

The Lady Pintos hosted Blair Oaks Monday night for California's Senior Night and the last games of the regular season, where the varsity girls captured their fourth consecutive conference title as they defeated the Lady Falcons 51-38 to finish the Tri-County Conference 4-1, in a tie with Eldon.

California boys and Ashland girls win CRA Tourney

The California Recreation Association Fifth Grade Invitational was held last week (Feb. 16-18), where the California boys and Ashland girls ultimately won the championship games Saturday.

California City Council votes to fix indoor pool

At a special meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15, the City of California Board of Aldermen voted 6-0 to have the indoor swimming pool repaired.

California school board reviews Practical Arts

A wide variety of topics were covered at the regular monthly meeting of the California R-I School Board on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

California Democrat Community Calender Feb. 22

California Democrat Community Calender Feb. 22.

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AWANA Getting Children Excited About Studying Bible at Friendship Baptist Church

For over 10 years Friendship Baptist Church, California, has held AWANA for children on Wednesday.

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for Feb. 17

California Elementary School Students of the Week for Feb. 17.

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Photos from the California Courtwarming Ceremony

Photos from the California Courtwarming Ceremony.

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Adult ag group visits local manufacturer

About two dozen people took part in a tour arranged by Dale Hodges, California Adult Ag Education Coordinator on Thursday, Feb. 9.

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Many Services Offered By Agency for Aging in Moniteau County

Michele Porter is the new care coordinator for the Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging (CMAAA) for Moniteau and Morgan Counties.

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Blood Drive Held at Jamestown Community Building

Blood Drive Held at Jamestown Community Building.

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Photos from the February Prairie Home School Page

Photos from the February Prairie Home School Page.

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Photos from the February Jamestown Page

Photos from the February Jamestown Page.

Tipton school board meets

The Tipton R-VI School Board met Monday, Feb. 13, at the Board of Education Office.

Area Basketball Results

The Indians were on the road Feb. 14 for games against New Bloomfield, where Russellville's varsity boys defeated the Wildcats 74-54.

Sunday, February 19

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Pintos take Cardinals out

The California Pintos hosted Tipton for Courtwarming Friday, Feb. 17, where they defeated the Cardinals 58-47.

Friday, February 17

Couple charged in three-year old's death

A Morgan County couple has been charged in the death of a three-year old boy.A Morgan County couple was charged Friday in the death of a Stover child after they allegedly tried to conceal a fatal beating by staging a fake hit and run accident.

California loses close contest to Hickman

The California Lady Pintos traveled to Columbia Thursday, where they came close to a win, but ultimately lost 51-49 to Hickman.

California defeats Osage 68-52

The California Pintos traveled to Osage Thursday night, where the varsity boys defeated the Indians, 68-52.

Thursday, February 16

Stover man charged in toddler's death

A Stover man has been charged in the death of a Morgan County toddler after the man allegedly staged a hit and run accident Thursday morning to cover up an earlier assault on the child, authorities said.

Wednesday, February 15

Senate OKs candidate filing delay

The state Senate must take a final vote Thursday morning to send the measure to the House.

California Lady Pintos defeat Osage Lady Indians

The California Lady Pintos traveled to Osage Tuesday, Feb. 14, where the varsity girls defeated the Lady Indians 46-41.

Moniteau County Primary Candidate filing

The Moniteau County Clerk's Office will be accepting declarations of candidacy for the Aug. 7 Primary Election, beginning Feb. 28, at 8 a.m. through March 27 at 5 p.m.

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Local Closings for President's Day

Several local businesses and offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 20 for President's Day.

Freshman Pintos win final game of season

California's freshman boys basketball team played their final game of the season Friday night at Eldon, where the young Pintos came back in the final minutes of the fourth quarter to capture a 40-39 win from the Mustangs.

CRA Fifth Grade Invitational to be held Feb. 16-18 at California Middle School

The California Recreation Association (CRA) Fifth Grade Basketball Invitational will be held Thursday-Saturday at California Middle School.

Road Work - Feb. 15-21

Road Work - Feb. 15-21

ACT Workshops at CHS today and Feb. 22

ACT Workshops at CHS today and Feb. 22

California Democrat Community Calender Feb. 15

California Democrat Community Calender Feb. 15.

Tuesday, February 14

Guilty plea in Moniteau Co. child porn case

A California, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to producing child pornography.

Obituaries Published in Feb. 15 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in Feb. 15 California Democrat

Sewer Phase II done, Phase III to begin

The City of California Board of Aldermen approved the final payment of $45,489.54 to Lehman Construction for completion of Phase II of the sewer construction work.

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Pintos scratch Wildcats 69-56

The California Pintos traveled to Warsaw Tuesday, Feb. 7, where both the varsity and JV basketball teams defeated the Wildcats.

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Lady Pintos defeat Lady Wildcats 64-23

The Lady Pintos traveled to Warsaw Thursday night, where California's varsity girls defeated the Lady Wildcats 64-23.

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Kennedy to attend West Point

It was while cutting wood with family that an uncle talked to Russellville Senior John Kennedy about applying to the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

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Osage boys and Eldon girls win CRA Invitational

The California Recreation Association Sixth Grade Basketball Invitational was held last week (Feb. 6-11) at California Middle School, where the Eldon girls and Osage boys ultimately won the tourney championships.

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Photos from the February Russellville Page

Photos from the February Russellville Page.

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Ceremony for 2012 Russellville Homecoming Held

Ceremony for 2012 Russellville Homecoming Held.

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Indians lose to Comets at Courtwarming

The Russellville Indians hosted Fatima Friday night for Courtwarming, where the varsity boys suffered a tough 68-53 loss to the Comets.

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Jeremy Barnard New Pastor at Lebanon Baptist Church

After serving as the pastor of Pisgah Baptist Church, Long Lane, for the past six years, Jeremy Barnard has returned to the area he grew up in to become the pastor at Lebanon Baptist Church, McGirk.

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Photos from the February High Point Page

Photos from the February High Point Page.

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for Feb. 10

California Elementary School Students of the Week for Feb. 10.

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Prairie Home Co-Op Serves Agriculture Needs in Area

In 1982, a group of farmers got together and formed Prairie Home Co-Op after purchasing the site from MFA, to serve the needs of local producers in the area.

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California Music Program Barbecue Fundraiser held

California Music Program Barbecue Fundraiser held.

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Original players after 15 years

Three of the original players in the Old Time Jam Session, which was started Feb. 13, 1997, by Freddie and Ruth Hohman, are still entertaining and enjoying playing Bluegrass.

Emergency 911 Board meets

The Moniteau County 911 Emergency Dispatch Board of Directors met Thursday, Feb. 9, at the 911 office.

California Area Chamber of Commerce Sets Date for Easter Egg Hunt at Monthly Meeting

Norris Gerhart, Chamber Board president, called to order the California Area Chamber of Commerce Board meeting held Thursday, Feb. 9.

Governor nominates former Rep. Kenny Jones

Local resident and former Missouri State Representative Kenny Jones is one of 26 people nominated to 18 boards and commissions by Gov. Jay Nixon.

Area Basketball Results

Prairie Home Boys The Panthers traveled to Malta Bend Feb. 6, where Prairie Home captured a 60-34 win.

Financial issues dominate Mid-Mo Ambulance Board meeting

The sales tax repayment agreement between Mid-Mo Ambulance and Morgan County was only one of the issues of financial importance which dominated the regular monthly Mid-Mo Ambulance meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 8.

School closings, announcements for Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012

Here are school closings and other weather-related announcements for Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012.

Monday, February 13

School closings, early dismissals for Monday, Feb. 13, 2012

Here are school closings, early dismissals and other weather-related announcements for Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.

Pintos lose to Mustangs

The California Pintos traveled to Eldon Friday night, where they lost a close contest to the Mustangs, 60-55.

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Snow forecast through Monday night

A winter storm system will impact Central Missouri today (Monday), potentially bringing from one to four inches of snow into the region by tonight.

Friday, February 10

Lady Pintos defeat Lady Wildcats

The Lady Pintos traveled to Warsaw Thursday night, where California's varsity girls captured a 64-23 win. The JV Lady Pintos lost their two-quarter game to Warsaw 17-16.

Wednesday, February 8

Pintos scratch Wildcats 69-56

The California Pintos traveled to Warsaw Tuesday night, where the varsity boys defeated the Wildcats 69-56.

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Alyssa Bustamante sentenced to life in prison for killing 9-year-old Elizabeth Olten

"If I could give my life to bring her back, I would," those are the words from Alyssa Bustamante to the family of her victim, Elizabeth Olten, prior to Bustamante receiving a life sentence in prison for the killing that took place in October 2009.

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Three announce for sheriff's race at Lincoln Day Dinner

It appears there will be a strong slate of candidates running in the Republican primary for Moniteau County Sheriff.

Related services to meet

The Moniteau County Related Services meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 12-1 p.m.

California Democrat Community Calender Feb. 8

California Democrat Community Calender Feb. 8.

ACT Workshop at CHS Feb. 15

ACT Workshop at CHS Feb. 15.

California Shines at Knob Knoster Speech Tournament

Saturday, Jan. 28, the California Speech Team competed at the Knob Knoster Speech Invitational in 11 categories.

Tuesday, February 7

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Bustamante sentencing expected Wednesday morning

A Boston psychiatrist told Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce this morning that no scientific study has shown a connection between the anti-depressant drug Prozac and an increased incidents of suicides or violence, including murder.

Bracket for the California Sixth Grade Basketball Invitational Tourney

Bracket for the California Sixth Grade Basketball Invitational Tourney.

Enhanced Enterprize Zone approved

The Enhanced Enterprize Zone (EEZ) for Moniteau County has been approved, according to information received Friday by Ken Parrett, executive director of Moniteau County Regional Economic Development Council (MRED).

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California Pintos take second place at Southern Boone Classic

California's varsity boys basketball team participated in the Southern Boone Classic last week at Ashland.

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Miller Fires Off 30 points to lead California to victory

California senior Elle Miller fired off 10 3-pointers Monday night at California High School to lead the Lady Pintos to a 70-43 win against Versailles.

Obituaries Published in Feb. 8 California Democrat

Obituaries Published in Feb. 8 California Democrat.

Area Basketball Results

Russellville Boys The Russellville Indians played Crocker Jan. 31, where they captured a 65-47 win.

Randy Robertson is new RHS Boys Head Basketball Coach

Randy Robertson joined the coaching staff at Russellville High School Dec. 27 as the boys head basketball coach following the termination of Chris Leuckel.

California freshmen lose consolation to Moberly

California's freshman boys basketball team participated in the Jefferson Junior 64th Invitational last week at Columbia, where the Pintos, seeded eighth, ultimately lost the consolation game to #6 seeded Moberly 54-47 Thursday night.

Filing for positions in the upcoming April 3 election

Filing for positions in the upcoming April 3 election.

Historical Society to meet Monday

Historical Society to meet Monday.

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California City Attorney Ann Perry 2011 California Citizen of the Year

Attorney Ann Perry was awarded the 2011 California Citizen of the Year Award.

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California Elementary School Students of the Week for Feb. 3

California Elementary School Students of the Week for Feb. 3.

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Mo-Wood Products Inc. Keeps Producing Quality Wood Products

Since 1977, Mo-Wood Products Inc., has produced quality wood products and shipped them to areas such as Indiana, Kansas, Illinois and other parts of the Midwest.

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Historical society plans to build

The Moniteau County Historical Society will proceed with the building addition to the genealogy and research library.

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Jeremy Higbie New Pastor at Russellville Assembly of God

Russellville Assembly of God needed hope.

Monday, February 6

Prescription drug part of Bustamante defense

Alyssa Bustamante’s prescription for Prozac may have helped lead her to killing Elizabeth Olten, 9, a consulting psychiatrist testified Monday afternoon.

Sunday, February 5

Lady Pintos defeat Mexico Lady Tigers

California's varsity girls traveled to Mexico Friday night, where the Lady Pintos staged a fourth-quarter comeback to capture a 46-37 win.

Pintos fall to Eagles

California faced Southern Boone in the championship game of the Southern Boone Classic Saturday at Ashland, where the Pintos, seeded third, suffered a 52-40 loss to the top-seeded Eagles.

Saturday, February 4

Lady Pintos defeat Mexico Lady Tigers

California's varsity girls traveled to Mexico Friday night, where the Lady Pintos staged a fourth-quarter comeback to capture a 46-37 win.

Friday, February 3

Judge upholds Missouri congressional districts

The lawmaker-drawn congressional districts are constitutional, Cole County Circuit Court Judge Dan Green ruled this afternoon.

Wednesday, February 1

Ameren files plan to resolve shoreline issue

Ameren Missouri has filed a shoreline management plan that the utility says will ensure that most of the 1,600 homes along the Lake of the Ozarks shoreline are not threatened with removal.

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California Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner/Meeting Held

The California Area Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Dinner meeting Jan. 28, at the California Nutrition Center.

California Democrat Community Calender Feb. 1

California Democrat Community Calender Feb. 1.

Moniteau County Residents Invited to kick off the American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Moniteau County residents are invited to kick off the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of California at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at First Baptist Church, California.