Stories for June 2013


Friday, June 28

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Nixon withholds nearly $401 million from state budget

State employees may not see their $500 pay raise next January, and another 1,000 jobs could be cut from the state's payroll if lawmakers override the governor's veto of a tax-cut bill.

Wednesday, June 26

Man pleads guilty in mid-MO double fatal car crash

A St. Louis man whose vehicle hit and killed two men along Interstate 70 near Columbia has pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Independence Day closings

Independence Day closings

CPI approves historic district logo

CPI approves historic district logo

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Terry Chase updates artwork at Burgers' Smokehouse

Artist Terry Chase recently visited Burgers' Smokehouse, California, to check on the work he completed in 1980, which is featured in the Visitor's Center.

Independence Day is next week

Independence Day is next week

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Musicians and vendors are draw for Taste of Local Missouri

Saturday, June 22, the first Taste of Local Missouri event in California drew a constant stream of visitors to the downtown California historic district for the music, food demonstrations and local vendors.

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Bellm, Wineland and Henson claim wins at Double-X

Sunday Night Thunder at the Double-X Speedway, California, resulted in victories for Kyle Bellm, Gage Wineland and Derek Henson.

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CMS Football Camp held for seventh graders

Approximately 27 upcoming seventh graders attended the first ever California Middle School Seventh Grade Football Camp June 17-20 at the CMS practice field, directed by CMS Head Football Coach Ed Ziegs.

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Jaden Barr to attend Sports Business Summer Academy at SLU

Jaden Barr, son of Chip and Dana Barr, California, and junior for the 2013-14 school year at California High School, has been selected to attend the week-long Sports Business Summer Academy at Saint Louis University (SLU) in mid-July.

Tuesday, June 25

Auditor: Patrol didn't show need for new plane

Patrol also needs better monitoring of school bus safety, money-handling.

Monday, June 24

Miller County prosecutor files murder, other charges

Miller County Prosecutor Matt Howard filed a murder charge Sunday against an Iberia man whose home address is the same as the home where Macala Shelton, 13, last was seen Friday night.

Library hosts story hour

Dig Into the Past: Archaeology presented at Wood Place Library

Wednesday, June 19

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Village Green Shoping Center has power outage Wednesday

California Fire Department kept busy on Wednesday

Hog producers should take steps to avoid PEDV

PEDV is a swine-only disease and poses no threat to public health or food safety, but it could be a big problem for Missouri hog producers

Japanese beetles to emerge soon

Japanese beetle can be found just below the soil surface in many parts of Missouri

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Eagle Scout project puts flags on display

Allan Burger with assistance from several others placed two flags each in brackets on 13 of the period light poles in California the evening of June 13.

MCMC receives grant

The United Way of Central Missouri Board of Directors approved $75,000 for MCMC

Mid-Mo Ambulance plans for a new California base

Mid-Mo Ambulance District Board of Directors was informed of a "firm commitment" concerning property for a new California ambulance base. Information is being sought concerning the possibility of a lease-purchase

OATS, Inc. Implements Fares for Mid-Missouri Routes

Fares will range from $5 - $9 each way for rural towns and areas

Runge Conservation Nature Center celebrates 20-years

The open house celebration will include 20 ways for people to get connected to nature

Shingles a problem for many

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox

Ham and Turkey Festival plans underway

The graphic featuring the 1953 California Fire Truck will be used as a theme for the Ozark Ham and Turkery Festival

Moniteau County 911 board meets

The board approved Several purchases: a Logging Recorder from Nelson Systems for $15,645, with the second year maintenance of $3,592.89; three Dell Precision T3600 computers in the amount of $1,001.22 from Dell; and two Network clocks for the dispatch room for $295 each and an updated network switch.

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Hall completes first year as a USAF Thunderbird

Craig Hall completes first year with Thunderbirds

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CHS Cheerleaders attend UCA Camp

The California High School cheerleaders attended UCA (United Cheerleaders Association) Camp June 10-13 at the Country Club Hotel at Lake of the Ozarks, where they earned a number of awards, including the Most Improved Squad and Most Spirited Squad.

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Chamber of Commerce hosts ninth annual golf tourney

The California Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its ninth annual golf tournament Wednesday, June 12, at the California Country Club, where a total of 16 teams of three participated in the 18-hole event.

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Goal reached at ACS 13th Annual Relay For Life of Moniteau County

The American Cancer Society 13th Annual Relay For Life of Moniteau County was held Friday through 2 a.m. Saturday at the Moniteau County Fairgrounds, California, where, in the end, the overall fundraising goal was met.

California Stingrays host first swim meet of season

The California Singrays swim team hosted the Boonville Blue Marlins, Jefferson City Barracudas and the Mexico Marlins June 5 at the California City Pool, which was the first meet of the season for the Stingrays.

City of California Parks and Rec. ball results

Official scores are only kept for the two oldest divisions: Intermediate (grades 4-5) and Junior (grades 6-8) boys and girls.

Registration for California adult fall softball league underway

The City of California Parks and Recreation is currently hosting registration for the 2013 Adult Fall Softball League.

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Rebuilding continues at Flag Spring Baptist

Work continues at Flag Spring Baptist

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Troop 120 holds Flag Retirement ceremony

If you have a flag that needs to be retired, "Give it to a Boy Scout"

Moniteau County Taste of Local Missouri Festival set for Saturday

Taste of Local Missouri - Saturday in California

Library will offer free eReader training to patrons

Training sessions this summer for people needing help with the ebook and digital audiobook service now available at the library

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The annual Phillips Field fly-in draws crowd

Good weather draws a large crowd

Missouri State Fair Dreams Big with this year’s Food Drive

Missouri State Fair Dreams Big with this year’s Food Drive

Garden Club members tour Chance Gardens

Members of the Garden Club visit to the A.B. Chance Gardens and Historical Society Museum

Thursday, June 13

Additional felony charge filed against Smith

Smith charged with two more counts of Class C Felony Statutory Sodomy in Second Degree

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Henson captures another win at Double-X Speedway

The three weekly classes were joined by the Wingless Auto Racing (WAR) Series Sunday night at the Double-X Speedway, which resulted in yet another great racing event for fans who attended Sunday Night Thunder.

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Russellville festival fun for all

Children and adults alike found things to do and see at the Russellville Frog Leg Festival and Engine Show Saturday.

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Railroad Park dedication in Russellville

To celebrate its 175th anniversary at the 9th annual Russellville Frog Leg Festival and Engine Show, the Saturday opening ceremony included the dedication of Railroad Park.

Remembering Dad at the Library

Are you out of ideas for gifting Dad on Father's Day? The gift of reading may be the perfect gift for a father who protests that he does not need anything.

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Farming is a Fathering tradition

Rocking his newborn daughter on the front porch of his Rock House Road home, Greg Holtgrewe watched his boys riding bikes and pedal tractors.

Wednesday, June 12

Northwest announces spring 2013 trimester honor rolls

The Office of the Registrar at Northwest Missouri State University announced the names of students named to the Academic or President's Honor Roll at the end of the 2013 spring trimester. Kelly A. Woods, California, was on the President's Honor Roll. To be included on the Academic Honor Roll a student must carry a minimum of 12 credit hours and attain a grade point average of 3.50 or above on a 4.00 scale. Students named to the President's Honor Roll have attained a perfect 4.00 GPA for the trimester.

Buddy packs continue in Russellville this summer

Healthy foods will be sent home with children following a free family meal at City Park in Russellville 6-7 p.m. Tuesday.

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Russellville festival adds baby show

Wearing a new skirt and a top borrowed from her godmother, Elizabeth “Elli” Nichols, 12, approached confidently when her name was called for the Miss Teen Russellville contest Friday.

Lorang named to Benedictine College Dean's List

Benedictine College has recognized those students who have distinguished themselves academically during the last semester. Angela Lorang, Centertown, was recently named to the Dean's List for the spring semester. To achieve the Dean's List, students must carry a minimum of 12 credit hours and have a 3.5 to 3.9 grade point average. Of the 1,716 undergraduate students on campus for the 2012-2013 academic year, 440 made the Dean's List. Benedictine College, founded in 1858, is a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts and residential college located on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River at Atchison, Kan.

Drury Announces Spring 2013 Dean's List

Earning a spot on Drury University's Dean's List is a significant accomplishment, it means a student earned a grade point average of 3.6 or greater (on a 4-point scale) while carrying a full-time course load of 12 or more semester hours at Drury, a top 10 Midwestern university, according to U.S. News & World Report.  Brooke Hickman, California, was on the list for the spring semester.

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Summer School underway at California R-I

Summer school at California R-I began May 28 and will continue until June 21.

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Fatherhood is important role for Kenny Jones

Kenny Jones has worn a lot of hats over the years, but perhaps the most important to him is that of father.

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Green Grove School Reunion held

Green Grove School students met at Burger Haus in California May 25 for a reunion.

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"Egad, The Woman in White" at the Finke Theatre

The Finke Players, a group of very talented local actors, will be performing "Egad, The Woman in White" June 21-23 at Finke Theatre, California.

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School bus inspection numbers released

The school buses which transport the students to and from public schools in the general readership area of the California Democrat are safe according to the Missouri Highway Patrol inspections.

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Relay For Life of Moniteau County gets underway Friday at fairgrounds

The American Cancer Society 13th Annual Relay For Life of Moniteau County will get underway at 6 p.m. Friday at the Moniteau County Fairgrounds, California.

Indians earn All-State baseball honors

Russellville High School senior Chandler Wolf and junior Clayton Meyer were recently named to the Class 2 MHSBCA (Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association) All-State baseball teams.

Men's Golf League point standings

Current point standings in the Men's Golf League, which alternates play at the Tipton Country Club and the California Country Club, as of June 11, are as follows:

Co-Mo Connect coming to city of California

The Co-Mo Connect fiber-to-the-home communications network is coming to the city of California.

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Volunteers host Russellville festival

After months of planning and coordinating, 175th anniversary committee members began setting up in earnest for the three-day Russellville Frog Leg Festival and Engine Show Thursday.

Monday, June 10

Auditor slams DESE, Social Services for early childhood funds

State Auditor Tom Schweich rated as “poor” the work Missouri’s departments of Social Services and Elementary and Secondary Education have been doing in supervising early childhood development and education programs.

Related Services meeting to be held Thursday

Related services to meet Thursday

Wednesday, June 5

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Annunciation Catholic Picnic held Sunday

Annual picnic held at Annunciation

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Numerous applications for California police chief

The on-going project to install a sidewalk from Business 50 south to Lake Street is proceeding, with considerable progress being made recently. Highway 87 south was closed for necessary work as the council heard the reports

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Fifth grade Drug Education Program

Fifth grade Drug Education Program

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Rebuilding begins at Flag Spring Baptist

Flag Spring Rebuilds

Historical Society to meet June 10

Meeting June 10

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Outstanding CAFNR Senior presented to Marie Inglish

Outstanding CAFNR Senior presented to Marie Inglish

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Devin Koestner earns Eagle Scout Award

Koestner earns Eagle Scout at Court of Honor

76th Latham Alumni meeting held

Latham School holds alumni meeting

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Getting Dirty at Wood Place

Summer programs underway at Wood Place

Hunt continues for CHS boys track records

CHS boys track records needed

Don't be left off the track

Moniteau County is just around the corner, June 14, at the Moniteau County Fairgrounds with Opening Ceremonies at 6 p.m.

Road Work for Mid-Missouri

Road Work for Mid-Missouri

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California Roller Rink closes

California Roller Rink closes

Indians earn All-Conference, All-District honors

Indians earn All-Conference, All-District honors

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Russellville Alumni Banquet held

Russellville alumni holds annual banquet with a packed house

Don't miss the W.A.R. Sunday at the Speedway

W.A.R. Sunday at the Speedway

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Graduates Recognized at St. Paul's Lutheran

St. Paul's Lutheran church celebrates with graduates

47th Annual Wolfe Reunion

Annual Wolfe Reunion held June 2

Young farmer tour is July 28-30

Young farmer tour is July 28-30

Russellville youth get sporting chance

Sports Crusaders camp will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 24-28 at Cole County R-I High School for students entering grade 2-6.

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Ray Rouse inducted by Missouri Broadcasters to Hall of Fame

As Americans listened in to some of the most historical events of the 1980s, Ray Rouse was on the scene capturing the sound.

Saturday opening for Russellville pool

Russellville Community Pool will open at noon Saturday with a free swim, in conjunction with Engine Show and Frog Leg Festival.

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Russellville celebrates 175 years

pageants, parades, vendors, engines and more