Stories for May 2012
Thursday, May 31
It may help a bank's bottom line to be nice to their credit card customers
Credit card lenders that use unfair or deceptive practices aren't just hurting consumers. They're also hurting themselves.
British insurance company finds back-seat drivers contribute to accidents
Public safety officials have, in recent months, stepped up their campaign against “distracted” driving, which usually focuses on using a cell phone behind the wheel, fiddling with a car's music system, eating or putting on makeup. But Confused.com, a British website offering comparisons of insurance policies, has found some of the biggest distractions for drivers are sitting in the back seat.
Falling gas prices reduce demand for compacts
If you have been thinking about buying a used car but have put it off, the delay may work to your advantage. It turns out the recent relief at the gas pump is yielding dividends on the car lot as well.
Music Hub houses 19 million songs in a cloud catalog
Companies dueling it out to win the dollars of consumers are similar to little kids on a playground vying for a vacant swing, or a place on the monkey bars. Usually there is one playground king, or sometimes bully, that gets first dibs on all of the cool playground attractions.
Weeks of optimism seem to disappear overnight
For a while, it seemed like consumers had gotten their mojo back. Since the Great Recession they've paid down debt and started spending more. Last week's University of Michigan Index of Consumer Confidence showed a healthy gain over April.
Wednesday, May 30
As soon as you buy a used car, your mailbox quickly fills with urgent messages from companies that want to sell you an extended service contract, often called extended warranties.
Ground was broken Saturday morning, May 26, for the new expansion of the Moniteau County Historical Society.
Obituaries Published in May 30 California Democrat.
The 18th Honor Flight for veterans, which left on Tuesday, May 8, with 62 veterans aboard included two with local ties — David Lehman Jr., California, and Harry Harris, Ashland.
The grave of the Rev. Billy Potter was selected to represent those honored on Memorial Day for the 2012 Memorial Day Service.
California Parks and Recreation is offering tennis lessons for youth ages 4-10 in two sessions this summer, June 18-21 (Session 1) and June 25-28 (Session 2), at the Proctor Park tennis courts.
The deadline for area youth who will be in grades K-8 during the 2012-13 school year to register to participate in City of California Parks and Recreation Swim Lessons is 5 p.m. Friday, June 1.
Moniteau County residents now have an accessible drop-off facility.
California Democrat Community Calender for May 30.
Approximately 75 boys in grades 5-12 attended the annual California Pinto Basketball Camp last week (May 22-25) at California High School, where they had the opportunity to brush up on their skills on the court.
Tuesday, May 29
Just about everyone knows texting while driving is dangerous but what responsibility does the person on the other end of the text have?
This is your chance to try fishing without having to buy a permit! The MDC (Missouri Department of Conservation) annual Free Fishing Days are the Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June, which would be June 9 and 10 this year.
Highway 50 was blocked for several hours in the aftermath of a fatal collision on Memorial Day.
Many years ago, motel guests used to react with horror, feigned or otherwise, when it was suggested that the desk clerk might know which pay-per-view movies they had watched in the supposed privacy of their room.
The annual California High School Track and Field Awards Banquet was held May 22 at the high school commons, where members of the track team, coaches, family and friends gathered to reflect on and celebrate the 2012 season.
Since the start of the Great Recession, homeowners have been hit hard by rising foreclosures, but they aren't the only ones feeling a financial squeeze.
After kicking off with a "Pals with Paws" Program held Wednesday, May 23, at Tipton Correctional Center, the prison officially became the 18th prison to have implemented the "Puppies for Parole" program.
While following his father's career path and working on an engineering degree in Georgia, Seth Thompson felt the call again to serve God.
When Buttercup Tool, a small local tool store, decided to close it's doors, Tool Barn owner Vernon Zimmerman, saw the need for keeping a tool store in the area.
The annual California High School Pinto Golf Banquet was held May 17 at the home of Phillip and Susan Burger, California, where Pinto golfers, coaches, family and friends gathered to reflect on the 2012 season.
Damage to the optic nerve robs people of their eyesight and it's long been considered an irreversible loss. But maybe it isn't.
Monday, May 28
When Apple introduced the iPad tablet computer in April 2010, it was an immediate hit, offering consumers a portable device with which to access a wide variety of multi-media content.
A federal judge has ruled that car dealers must abide by the terms of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, even when they provide the initial financing for a transaction.
Saturday, May 26
Whole grains provide more nutrients and promote weight control
Physicians, nutritionists and physical fitness trainers tend to agree – a diet rich in whole grain foods not only promotes fitness but overall good health. But to bulk up on whole grains requires a little bit of knowledge and attention to detail while shopping.
Consumers say they would like more information about what they should eat
Is it possible that obesity is the problem it is because American just don't know how to eat properly any longer?
Friday, May 25
Bad-debt write-offs down 52% over three years
Homeowners may still struggle to make mortgage payments, but when it comes to other types of debt, consumers appear to have their financial lives under better control.
But behind the numbers, story might not be that bleak
Nearly 16 million U.S. homeowners were "under water" in the first quarter of 2012, owing more on their mortgage than their home is worth. Zillow.com's quarterly negative equity report shows collectively, underwater homeowners owed $1.2 trillion more than their homes were worth.
Study shows just one concert can result in hearing loss
Baby boomers are increasingly in need of hearing aids and their children and grandchildren may not be far behind, especially if they attend a lot of concerts, just as boomers did in their youth.
Researchers suggest consumers meet their calcium needs through diet alone
Some people, especially women, take daily calcium supplement tablets to guard against bone loss. But new research suggests doing so doubles the chances of suffering a heart attack.
Wednesday, May 23
Obituaries Published in the May 23 California Democrat.
City of California Parks and Recreation Summer Ball Schedule.
The offices of Moniteau County, the City of California and the California Democrat will be closed Monday, May 28, for the observance of Memorial Day.
California's 126th High School class graduated on Sunday, May 20, with 108 seniors taking the walk across the stage to receive the diplomas marking them as the Class of 2012.
Schedule for the California Pinto Summer League basketball games which begin June 4.
Tuesday, May 22
Investors who passed on Facebook's initial public offering (IPO) Friday can thank their lucky stars.
While working 12-hour night shifts for Chesebrough Ponds in Jefferson City, Originals Owner Kim Rimel began delivering flowers.
California Pinto varsity and JV baseball players, coaches, family and friends gathered at the California High School Commons Thursday night to reflect on the 2012 season via the California Baseball Reception.
California High School senior Adam Burger participated in the 2012 Class 2 State Golf Championships May 14-15 at Twin Oaks Country Club, Springfield, where he shot a 97 on day one and a 93 on day two to finish 82nd with 190.
The 2012 State Track and Field Championships were held Friday and Saturday at Dwight T. Reed Stadium, Jefferson City, where area athletes from California, Russellville and Jamestown finished in the top eight of their event (in a field of 16 competitors) to earn All-State honors.
The California Pintos faced Boonville May 15 in the semifinal round of the Class 3 District 9 Baseball Tournament at Osage, where they suffered a 7-4 loss to the #2 seeded Pirates to end the season 7-12.
Russellville’s Jordan Russell and Chandler Wolf participated in the Class 2 State Golf Championships May 14-15 at Fremont Hill Country Club, Nixa, where each finished 35th, in a four-way tie with 177.
Plans for summer maintenance projects were reported to the California R-I School Board Wednesday, May 16, at the regular monthly meeting.
Gail Hughes was honored Saturday, May 19, by being named to the Moniteau County Democrat Hall of Fame.
Many clean and polished motorcycles were on display at Proctor Park, California, Saturday, May 19, as part of the Grace Living Center Bike Show Fundraiser.
Aurora Montessori held their Graduation Ceremony Friday, May 18, at Friendship Baptist Church, California.
Photos from the Russellville High School Graduation Ceremony held Saturday, May 19, in the gym.
A total of 13 seniors were presented diplomas at the 2012 Prairie Home School Graduation ceremony Sunday afternoon in the school gymnasium.
Photos from the May Prairie Home School Page.
Photos from the Jamestown Graduation Ceremony held Friday, May 18, in the school gym.
First Baptist Church Family Life Center was filled to overflowing with family and friends of the 2012 California High School graduating class at the Baccalaureate Service sponsored by the California Ministerial Alliance on Wednesday, May 16.
Many in Moniteau County have seen gangs of gnomes in front yards. For some, unexpectedly, they have been gnomed themselves.
A new granite bench was placed near the entrance to California High School auditorium on the south side of the school facility on Wednesday, May 16.
Thursday, May 17
Most weight-loss programs focus on what we eat.
Wednesday, May 16
You might not think baby bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups would be dangerous.
This is either good news or bad news, depending on how you look at it.
For the second year in a row, gasoline prices in most areas are falling, not rising, as the Memorial Day weekend approaches.
The first races of the 2012 racing season at the Double-X Speedway got underway Sunday night and proved exciting for race fans as local racers Ray Smith and Seth Jacobs, Centertown, took home trophies for their feature wins in the Street Stock and Hobby Stock divisions.
Obituaries Published in the May 16 California Democrat.
The California Pintos faced Southern Boone County Monday in the first round of the Class 3 District 9 Baseball Tournament at Osage to finish a game that was started Saturday, but stopped mid-game due to rain.
The California Pintos faced Boonville Tuesday night in the semifinal round of the Class 3 District 9 Baseball Tournament at Osage, where they suffered a 7-4 loss to the Pirates to end the season.
CHS students awarded at Music Banquet.
The Hope Warriors Relay for Life team held their First Annual "Paws for a Cure" fundraiser at Proctor Park, California, Saturday, May 12.
The California Eagles Club held a fundraiser for Alzheimer's on Friday, May 20, serving up barbecued steak, baked potato and dessert.
Art Camp to be held at elementary.
Physicals to be given Friday.
On April 12, there were 14 students at the local California FFA Chapter officer interviews.
Working through its Community Involvement Committee, Cargill Meat Solutions donated hamburger to food pantries in local communities in which the company has a significant presence.
The California Middle School's Pinto Express and Music Connection presented a spring concert directed by Marcia Burgher on Thursday, May 10, at the high school auditorium.
A Spring Concert performance of the California High School vocal groups, directed by Michele Bilyeu, was held at the CHS auditorium on Thursday, May 3.
Aurora Montessori, California, hosted a Mother's Day Tea Friday, May 11, where students were joined by their mothers and grandmothers for "tea time" and entertained their honored quests with poems and songs.
Tuesday, May 15
It's a tough job market out there, as many newly-minted college graduates are about to discover.
Many consumers are still recovering from being in the throes of some very challenging economic times.
The California City Council spent quite a bit of time discussing the new fire truck bid and the need for a kiddie pool at the regular monthly meeting.
Mid-Mo Ambulance Administrator Lee Kempf informed the board of directors of efforts to find a suitable location for a new ambulance base in California.
California Democrat Community Calender May 16.
The Prairie Home Panthers faced New Franklin Monday night in the semifinal round of the Class 1 District 11 Baseball Tournament at New Franklin, where they lost 4-0 to the top-seeded Bulldogs to end the season.
California High School tracksters competed at Class 2 Sectionals Saturday at Centralia, where a number of Pintos and Lady Pintos finished in the top four of their event to advance to the State Track Championships May 18-19 (Friday-Saturday) at Dwight T. Reed Stadium, Jefferson City.
Contest prizes were awarded by the California H & R Block business on Tuesday, May 8.
The Elementary School group California Kids presented "That's Entertainment" at the high school auditorium Tuesday, May 8.
The Russellvile Indians faced Harrisburg Saturday in the first round of the Class 2 District 6 Baseball Tournament at Harrisburg, where they suffered a 4-3 loss to the Bulldogs to end the season.
Remember when most minor surgeries resulted in a two- or three-day stay in the hospital?
Photos from the California Hawthorn Bank Coin Day held Saturday, May 12.
Photos from the Originals Open House/Customer Appreciation Day.
The Russellville High School 2012 graduating class Baccalaureate services were held in the school gym, Sunday, May 13, with the assistance of the Russellville Ministerial Alliance.
Photos from the Jamestown Awards Banquet.
Photos from the May Russellville School Page.
California Elementary School Students of the Week for May 11.
Photos from the Russellville End of Year Concert.
The Jamestown Graduating Class of 2012 held its Baccalaureate Service at St. Paul's Evangelical Church, Jamestown.
Photos from the Russellville FFA Banquet.
James R. Honeywell, D.O., received recognition for 40 years of medical practice last weekend at the 114th Missouri Osteopathic Annual Convention at the Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark.
Photos from the May High Point Page.
The annual Lions Club Track and Field Meet was held Friday, May 4, at California High School.
The county sales tax rate for funding the Emergency 911 Dispatch system was discussed briefly Thursday, May 10, at the regular monthly 911 board meeting.
The City of California City Board of Aldermen elected a Mayor Pro-Tem as part of the after-election reorganization Monday, May 7, at its regular monthly meeting.
Norris Gerhart, Chamber Board president, called to order the California Area Chamber of Commerce Board meeting held Thursday, May 10.
The OATS transportation program needs riders.
U.S. teenagers say they know texting while they drive is dangerous, but they do it anyway.
Thursday, May 10
When a new baby is on the way one of the first things expecting parents do is go out and purchase all of the necessary baby products.
Wednesday, May 9
Go ahead, plan that summer vacation trip. If earlier forecasts of gasoline prices between $4 and $5 a gallon made you opt for a “staycation...
Four California Pinto golfers competed at Class 2 Sectionals Thursday at Eagle Knoll Golf Course, Ashland, where Adam Burger finished among the top 12 individuals (not on a qualifying team) with 87, to earn All-District honors and advance to the State Golf Championships May 14-15 at Twin Oaks Country Club, Springfield.
The annual bowling awards banquet was held May 3 at California Lanes for the Wednesday night Merry Mixers League and the Thursday night Gutter Gals League.
Obituary Published in May 9 California Democrat.
Brackets for Upcoming Area Baseball Tournaments involving California, Jamestown, Prairie Home and Russellville.
The California High School varsity track team competed at the Tri-County Conference track meet Tuesday, May 1, hosted by Blair Oaks, Wardsville, where the Pintos and Lady Pintos finished in third place.
Pinto Basketball Camp at CHS May 21-25.
The California High School Prom was held Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, St. Martins, where seniors Wyatt Martensen and Kaitlyn Allison were crowned the 2012 CHS Prom King and Queen.
The California High School baseball teams hosted Eldon May 1 for Senior Night at the California Sports Complex, where the varsity captured a win from the Mustangs, 8-1.
California Democrat Community Calender for May 9.
Members of the community including pastors from several of the churches in the California Ministerial Alliance came together for the observance of the Annual National Day of Prayer held Thursday, May 3, at the Moniteau County Courthouse.
Tuesday, May 8
Photos from the Jamestown FFA Banquet held Wednesday, May 2, at the school gym.
The annual California FFA Banquet was held Tuesday, April 24, in the California High School Commons, with students and adults recognized for achievements and assistance.
Jefferson City’s Department of Public Works, in conjunction with their contractor, Concrete Engineering, are installing new curb/gutter and sidewalks in the 500/600 blocks of Broadway Street.
U.S. Fourth District Rep. Vicky Hartzler stopped by California on Friday, May 4, to hear from the public at a meeting held in the California City Council Chamber.
Photos from the Jamestown Spring Concert held Tuesday, May 1.
Michael Miller, owner of Classic Touch Body and Paint, said 22 years ago when he was 16 his father warned him not to put on Unilug Cragar Wheels on his 1976 Pontiac Grand Prix.
Over 450 Participate in Fourth Annual LCpl. Leon B. Deraps Memorial Scholarship Fund Five-Mile Walk/Run/Ride
For the fourth consecutive year many in the Jamestown area along with those around the world showed their support in honoring LCpl. Leon B. Deraps by participating in the Memorial Scholarship Fund Five-Mile Walk/Run/Ride.
In 2004 Chris Roberts, High Point resident, was diagnosed with an enlarged heart (cardiomyopathy) due to the flu virus.
California Elementary School Students of the Week for May 4.
Many fifth and sixth grade students and teachers from California R-I, Clarksburg C-2, High Point, Latham R-V, Jamestown C-I and St. Andrew's at Tipton, attended Student Conservation Day on Tuesday, May 1, at the Moniteau County Fairgrounds in California.
Monday, May 7
Community Choice Financial, Inc., (CCFI) owns CheckSmart, a payday lender. The company recently faced setbacks in Arizona and Ohio when those states, in effect, outlawed payday lending.
A final committee vote still must be taken.
Friday, May 4
Jefferson City school placed sixth out of 61 HBCUs
Thursday, May 3
The California Pinto baseball teams hosted Eldon for Senior Night Tuesday, May 1, at the California Sports Complex, where both the varsity and JV suffered a loss to the Mustangs.
The California High School varsity track team competed at the Tri-County Conference meet Tuesday, May 1, hosted by Blair Oaks, Wardsville, where the Pintos and Lady Pintos finished in third place.
Wednesday, May 2
Obituaries Published in May 2 California Democrat.
California Democrat Community Calender May 2.
Letters Carriers getting ready to collect food on May 12.
Ken Latham said the idea of creating a collection of award winning books for Wood Place Public Library, California, came from his cousin Caroline Latham, an author and former resident of California, who also did extensive ghostwriting for other authors.
The cheerleading coach Ms. Thomas was pleased by the number of girls who had showed up to the practices before the final tryouts.
Tuesday, May 1
The Pamida Pharmacy will close Friday, May 18, according to Tara Zeller, speaking for Shopko from Green Bay, Wisc.
Photos of Boy Scouts Troop 120 Court of Honor Ceremony.
The California High School boys’ golf team participated in the Class 2 District 4 Golf Tournament April 25 at Redfield Golf Course, Eugene, where four of the five Pintos qualified to advance to Class 2 Sectionals Thursday at Eagle Knoll Golf Course, Ashland.
The Russellville High School baseball teams were on fire last week as the Indians pocketed a slew of wins, losing to just one opponent, in a total of nine games.
The California High School track team hosted a meet Tuesday, April 24, where both the Pintos and Lady Pintos finished the seven-team event in second place.
The Russellville High School varsity golf team participated in the Class 1 District 2 Golf Tournament Wednesday, April 25, at Oak Meadow Country Club, Rolla.
Prairie Home’s varsity baseball team played a double-header Friday at Higbee.
The California High School baseball teams traveled to Warsaw April 23, where the varsity lost a close contest to the Wildcats, 6-5.
The Cole County R-1 School Board held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 10.
A lot has changed since Norris Gerhart opened Mr. G's Liquor Store Sept. 15, 1979.
Photos of the Pinto Express Vocal Group who performed at the Cargill 20 Year Employee and Volunteer (Ambassador) Appreciation Dinner held Saturday, April 28, at Centennial Hall, Moniteau County Fairgrounds, California.
California Elementary School Students of the Week for April 27.
The Spring Band Concert of the California R-I School District was held Sunday, April 29, at the high school auditorium.
Scot Thomson, pastor at Friendship Baptist Church, California, was saved and gave his life to Christ when he was 19 years old.
Photos from the High Point Spring Program "Back to the 80's" held Tuesday, Aug. 24.