Stories for March 2013

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Friday, March 29

Pintos place fourth at Linn Invitational

The California High School varsity track team competed at the Linn Invitational Thursday, where the Pintos finished in fourth place.

Wednesday, March 27

Budget estimate presented to California R-I school board

California R-I school board holds monthly meeting

Hodges new Moniteau County Conservation Agent

New Conservation Agent for Moniteau County

USDA joined millions of Americans in celebrating National Agriculture Day

USDA joined millions of Americans in celebrating National Agriculture Day

Moniteau County SWCD to Host 37th Annual Appreciation and Awards Banquet

Moniteau County SWCD to Host 37th Annual Appreciation and Awards Banquet

Three lucky ladies win "Extreme Makeover" Contest at Something Sassy

See this weeks Democrat to see the makeovers done at Something Sassy Beauty Salon.

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Kiwanis pancake breakfast was Saturday

Pancake breakfast sponsored by Kiwanis

Leadership Change for Missouri Department of Transportation

Nichols assumes post

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C&R has grand opening

New store open in California

Tuesday, March 26

Scam targeting Co-Mo Electric members

Co-Mo Electric Cooperative is pursuing legal action against an individual who is calling former members regarding unclaimed capital credits.

Monday, March 25

Nixon chief of staff has stroke

Full recovery expected

John Watson, 53 — Gov. Jay Nixon’s chief of staff — was hospitalized over the weekend after a mild stroke.

School closings, announcements for Monday, March 25, 2013

Tracking school closings and other weather-related cancellations and announcements for Monday, March 25, 2013, on our website.

Sunday, March 24

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Winter storm moving out of Missouri

The winter storm which pounded the region Sunday is moving slowly eastward.

Friday, March 22

Laughrey issues preliminary injunction in Linn State drug testing case

Preliminary order in effect until July trial

With a few exceptions, Linn State Technical College students won’t have to take a drug test, at least while a judge's preliminary injunction is in effect.

Wednesday, March 20

California Pintos win season opener

The California High School varsity baseball team opened the 2013 season at home Tuesday, March 19, where the Pintos defeated Cole Camp 3-0.

California Pintos win season opener

The California High School varsity baseball team opened the 2013 season at home Tuesday, March 19, where the Pintos defeated Cole Camp 3-0.

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Easter Egg Hunt held at Proctor Park

See this week's Democrat for pictures

California resident wins free fuel From Cenex

Tanks of Thanks program rewards resident for making difference in community

Felony drug charges for marijuana

According to court documents, Balsley has been charged with Class B Felony Distribution, Delivery, Manufacture, Produce or Attempt to or Possess with Intent to Distribute, Deliver, Manufacture, Produce a Controlled Substance.

Charged with felony tampering

Pizza theft leads to charges

Use Tax discussed at monthly Chamber meeting

Use Tax to assist California to get their piece of the pie

Mid-Mo board evaluates Critical Care Transport

Costs are being covered including a small profit. No changes in fees will be made until a full year of information is available.

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Community churches youth assist homeowner

Youth assist as they prepare for mission trip

Felony drug charges filed against couple

Felony charges have been filed in Moniteau County Court against Charles E. Rehagen, 33, and Leslie A. Rehagen, 30, in connection with the alleged attempted production of marijuana. According to court documents, each of the Rehagens have been charged with Class B Felony Distribution, Delivery, Manufacture, Produce or Attempt to or Possess with Intent to Distribute, Deliver, Manufacture, Produce a Controlled Substance. The charges resulted from a search of a premises on South Thomas Street, California, and alleged discovery of clear bags of marijuana, a cigarette package containing marijuana and parphernalia including bong, digital scales, pipe and a marijuana grinder. If convicted on this charge, each defendant could face from five to 15 years in prison. Bond has been set at $50,000.

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California Elementary have 15 additions to the Life Saver Club

Students raise funds form American Heart Association

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New county jail in operation

New jail in operation for Moniteau County

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Pintos wrap up basketball season with awards banquet

Pintos honored at banquet

Play While You Can!

The Friends of the Finke Theatre fundraising committee met at Ramona Hader’s home Feb. 25 to talk about their annual fundraisers that are yet to come. They reviewed the Dinner with Your Darling event to see how they could make it even better next year. The committee has finalized the last details of their next fundraiser. They are hosting their annual Trivia Night on April 6 at the United Church of Christ. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the games will begin at 7 p.m. They are still looking for teams. Entry forms may be picked up at the Beauty Bar in the Village Green Shopping Center. For questions, call Ramona at 796-2575.

Area Happenings

• Prairie Home School Kindergarten Registration/Screening, Wednesday, March 20, at PHS library. Children must be 5-years-old before Aug. 1, 2013 to be eligible. Call PHS office at 660-841-5296 to make an appointment in advance to register your child. • Moniteau County Republican Club meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the California City Hall meeting room. For more information, call 573-819-2212. • 3-on-3 basketball tournament hosted byJoshua's Angels Relay For Life team, Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, at California High School. A $1 donation fee will be charged for spectators. For more information, call Amanda at 573-796-2797. • Fish Fry at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Russellville, 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, March 22. • Kiwanis Club of California meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, March 25, at the Lutheran Church basement. • Moniteau County Cattleman's Association dinner meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Centennial Hall, Moniteau County Fairgrounds, California. The guest speaker will be Justin Miller, with Merial Corp., sponsor of the event. The cost is $9 at the door, or $8 for those who RSVP at the California Veterinary Clinic, 573-796-3168. For more information, call 573-659-5779. • Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service hosted by Russellville-Lohman Ministeral Alliance, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Russellville. • Kiwanis Club of California meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, April 1, at the Lutheran Church basement. • Realy For Life of Moniteau County Team meeting, 6 p.m., Committee meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, at the Annunciation Catholic Church. • ACT Workshop at California High School, 5:45-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in Amy Kuebler's room at CHS. This is for the Science/Math portion of the ACT Test. • Madison Ratcliff European Heritage Trip Rummage and Bake Sale, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday, April, 4, and Friday, April 5, at 403 S. Oak St., California. • Friends of the Finke Theatre Trivia Night, 6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 6 at the United Church of Christ. Call Vickie Schroeder for more details 913-669-2979. Entry forms are also available at the Beauty Bar. • John Cecilia and His Country Ordaras, 7 p.m., Saturday, April 6 at California Nutrition Center. Open to the public. $5 admission. • Kiwanis Club of California meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, April 8, at the Lutheran Church basement. • All Moniteau County Fair Stockholders and Interested Individuals informational meeting concerning the building of a Community Building, 7 p.m. Monday, April 8, at Centennial Hall, Moniteau County Fairgrounds. • The Driskills, 7-10 p.m., Saturday, April 13 at California Nutrition Center. Open to the public. $7 admission. • Fish Fry, 4:30-7 p.m., Saturday, April 10 at California Nutrition Center. $9 in advance, $10 at the door.

Moniteau County 911 operates despite power outage

Moniteau County 911 Emergency Dispatch holds monthly meeting

Shikles pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter

Shikles pleads guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter

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Miss Amanda joins High Point R-III

Amanda Barbour joins High Point R-III as new cook

Tuesday, March 19

Russellville April Community Calendar

Russellville community calendar for April

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Russellville Senior Beta Club trip

Russellville Senior Beta Club goes to state convention

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Russellville installs new emergency siren

Russellville receives new emergency siren

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Russellville 175th includes quilt show

“It’s a Quilt Show” will be open to the public for viewing 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 8, and noon-3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at the Cole County R-I Middle School gymnasium. People’s Choice awards will be given in full-size and crib-size categories. The show is part of the Russellville 175th anniversary celebration in conjunction with the Russellville Engine Show Frog Leg Festival. Those with quilts to display may contact Sharon Distler at 782-3136.

CHS tracksters open season with meet at UCM

The California High School varsity track team opened the season with an indoor meet Monday, March 18, at the University of Central Missouri (UCM), Warrensburg, where a number of Pintos and Lady Pintos were top finishers.

Area Easter Egg Hunts to be held soon

• California Care Center Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the care center, California. Children 12 and under are welcome. A drawing will be held for an Easter Basket. • Prairie Home United Methodist Church Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, Prairie Home. • Mt. Olive Baptist Church Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, Russellville. All children are welcome. • New Beginnings Church Eastaer Egg Hunt, 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, California High School gym. Children sixth grade and under are welcome. • Corticelli Baptist Church Easter Egg Hunt, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, Route C, Russellville. Children through fifth grade are welcome. Lunch will be provided. There will also be carnival games, prizes and egg coloring. • Lebanon Baptist Church Easter Egg Hunt, 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, McGirk. All children are welcome. • St. Michael's Catholic Church Easter Egg Hunt following the 9 a.m. Mass, Sunday, March 31, Russellville. • St. Paul's Lutheran Church Easter Egg Hunt following the Easter celebration at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 31, Lohman.

Saturday, March 16

California Pintos win matches against Boonville

The California Pinto golf teams hosted Boonville Tuesday, March 20, at the California Country Club, where both the varsity and JV won their match against the Pirates.

Friday, March 15

California man sentenced to prison in fatal beating case

A California man accused of fatally beating a man April 7, 2011 has pled guilty to an amended charge and was sentenced to ten years in prison

Wednesday, March 13

Smith preliminary hearing set for April 16

Smith preliminary hearing set for April 16

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9th Annual Mid-Mo Women In Agriculture Conference Upcoming

9th Annual Mid-Mo Women In Agriculture Conference Upcoming

Moniteau Co. Cattleman's Association dinner meeting March 26

Moniteau Co. Cattleman's Association dinner meeting March 26

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House move is rewarding for Wes Bolinger

Wes Bolinger bought an acre of land on Flag Springs Road, California, with plans to someday build his first home on the lot. Sometimes, however, our best laid plans are derailed by circumstance, chance, fortune, or even faith. For Bolinger, 27, a little of each played a part in the path to his first home. It turns out, Bolinger was actually given a house by his good friends James and Lisa Milligan, California. The only catch was - he would have to move the house. See the March 13 issue of the Democrat for more on this cool move!

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Staton takes job at California R-1 Schools to heart

Staton takes job at California R-1 Schools to heart

Snow make-up days scheduled for California

Snow make-up days scheduled for California

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Local homebuyer chooses modular for new dwelling

Buying a house requires a lot of decisions. At one time, it was a matter of building a new house or buying a pre-owned one. Now there is also the possibility of buying a modular, a house which can be hauled in and set up on-site. The usual decisions are still important, such as location, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, square footage, color of siding and roof, full basement, foundation or slab and many others. Other decisions may be different. When Dee Irey decided she wanted a house, she decided on a modular. Checking out possible vendors, she found one which would take care of everything, even obtaining the lot to put it on. Read more about Irey's new home in this week's issue of the California Democrat.

Relay for Life 3-on-3 Basketball Tourney set for March 22-23

Relay for Life 3-on-3 Basketball Tourney set for March 22-23

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Young Farmers Attend Farm Bureau YF&R Leadership Conference

Young Farmers Attend Farm Bureau YF&R Leadership Conference

Residents visit Rep. Hartzler's listening post

Residents visit Rep. Hartzler's listening post

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Protecting carpets from cinder and salt damage

Carpets in homes are often unrecognized casualties of snow and ice storms. The moisture from snow and ice on the shoes and boots is not good for a carpet, but it does not do nearly the damage which can be done by cinders and salt. According to Darrel Dutcher, K.A. Dutcher Paint and Carpet, even "inconsistant temperatures" are tough on the newer type carpets. Read more of this story and others like it in this week's California Democrat

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CHS National Honor Society inducts members

CHS inducts new members of National Honor Society

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C&R prepares for move

C&R Market nearing completion

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Home improvements enhance Miller home

Jim and Jeanne Miller's goal has always been to have a comfortable home that looks nice, so they have often updated and remodeled over the years. Though the most recent improvements to the home they've lived in for nearly 10 years resulted in long hours of hard work, both agree the end result was worth it. "Remodeling is quite the chore," Jim, 59, said. "But I would do it again because it's worth it when you consider what you end up with." Jeanne, 59, added, "Jim and I did the bathroom ourselves and we put in a lot of hours. It would've been easier if it had been him and another man instead of me. But we did it. It's nice to improve the look of our home. It enhances it." The couple started on their bathroom in July 2012, which they basically gutted. "It needed to be updated," Jeanne said. See the March 13th issue of the California Democrat to see all the updates the Millers have done to their home.

Salute to Senior Service

Missouri residents encouraged to nominate outstanding senior volunteers

California Nutrition Menu

California Nutrition Menu

Farm Bureau members briefed on Legislative and Market Issues

Farm Bureau members briefed on Legislative and Market Issues

Co-Mo turning snowstorm into Buddy Pack fundraiser

Co-Mo turning snowstorm into Buddy Pack fundraiser

ACT Workshop set for today at CHS

ACT Workshop set for today at CHS

Boonville will receive a Federal Grant for Historic Preservation Project

Boonville will receive a Federal Grant for Historic Preservation Project

Get spring savings on Amtrak

Get spring savings on Amtrak

Accident Reports

Accident Reports

Moniteau County Sheriff's report

Moniteau County Sheriff's report

Hay and Pasture Coverage Available Until March 15

Hay and Pasture Coverage Available Until March 15

Easter Egg Hunt round up

Easter Egg Hunt Round up

Churches to Fast For Food

Churches to Fast For Food

Russellville schools improving security

Russellville schools improving security

Lake orchestra elects officers

Lake orchestra elects officers

5K on new track to support student council projects

5K on new track to support student council projects

FFA Chapter prepares to improve

Local FFA Chapter prepares to improve

Use caution in renovations

Use caution in renovations

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Nature brings home to life

Nature brings Russellville home to life

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FFA officer elected from Russellville

FFA officer elected from Russellville

Tuesday, March 12

Area Easter Egg Hunts

• Prairie Home United Methodist Church Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, Prairie Home. • Mt. Olive Baptist Church Easter Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, Russellville. All children are welcome. • California Area Chamber of Commerce/Commerce Bank Easter Egg Hunt, 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Proctor Park, California. • Corticelli Baptist Church Easter Egg Hunt, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, Route C, Russellville. Children through fifth grade are welcome. Lunch will be provided. There will also be carnival games, prizes and egg coloring. • Lebanon Baptist Church Easter Egg Hunt, 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, McGirk. All children are welcome. • California Care Center Easter Egg Hunt, 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the care center, California. Children 12 and under are welcome. A drawing will be held for an Easter Basket. • St. Michael's Catholic Church Easter Egg Hunt following the 9 a.m. Mass, Sunday, March 31, Russellville. • St. Paul's Lutheran Church Easter Egg Hunt following the Easter celebration at 9 a.m. Sunday, March 31, Lohman.

Monday, March 11

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Positive fun for Russellville Girl Scouts

Positive fun for Russellville Girl Scouts

Wednesday, March 6

CPI readies for "Wine, Dine and Win"

Fundraiser event for California Progress, Inc. (CPI) is April 27

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Open house held at new Moniteau County jail

The completed facility is capable of housing up to 42 inmates, including 12 to 16 females

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What to do on snow days...

What did you do during the snow days from school?

Daylight saving time begins

Change your clocks!

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Russellville 4th graders visit Capitol

Russellville 4th graders visit Capitol

Russellville community supports school, athletes

Russellville community supports school, athletes

Wood Place Library Books added to collection

Wood Place Library new Additions

Main Street Baptist to host L.I.G.H.T.

Main Street Baptist church will host Southern Gospel group L.I.G.H.T. (Living in Grace, Hope and Truth) music ministry team, Saturday, March 23, at 6 p.m. Main Street Baptist is located at 303 W. Main Street in California. Everyone is invited to attend.

Guilty pleas entered in circuit court

Circuit court held

Felony charges filed

Charges filed against Drake

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Armed intruder training

"We’re protectors,” White said. “We step between predators and our loved ones — who can be the citizens we’re sworn to defend. “It’s an awesome responsibility.”

City Recreation supervisor position applications received

13 applications for the open position of Recreation Supervisor

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Russellville High hosts training

Training held in Russellville school district

Democrat meets

Moniteau County Democrats hold meeting

Co-Mo reflects on crippling storm

Successful restoration effort

ACT Workshops set for today at CHS

California High School is hosting ACT Workshops through April to help current juniors and seniors prepare for the ACT Test. The next workshop will be held 5:45-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, today, in Peggy Huhmann's classroom at CHS, for the Science/Math portion of the ACT Test. The next workshop is scheduled for 5:45-7:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, in the Library Media Room, for the English/Reading portion of the ACT Test. Students in grades 10-12 who are interested in attending the workshops must purchase a workbook for $21. (If planning to attend both the English and Science workshops, two workbooks will be required at a total cost of $42.) Students must have possession of the workbook in order to attend. Those who have attended previous workshops may use their previously purchased workbook. (Those planning to do so need to see CHS teachers Dana Barr, Peggy Huhmann or Kuebler to verify they plan to attend.) The scheduled workshops are as follows. •English/Reading - 5:45-7:45 p.m. in the Library Media Room March 13 •Science/Math - 5:45-7:45 p.m. March 6 - Peggy Huhmann's room April 3 - Amy Kuebler's room

Tuesday, March 5

California Happenings

Community of California area events

Monday, March 4

TV station KRCG to be sold

KRCG-TV 13 will be sold to Sinclair Broadcast Group as part of a $370 million package deal, pending regulatory approval.

Saturday, March 2

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Co-Mo Electric: Power restoration completed

A massive restoration effort involving more than 150 linemen from around the state was set for completion Saturday evening in Co-Mo Electric Cooperative’s service territory.

Co-Mo Electric hoping to wrap up restoration efforts

Members still without power should call office

Linemen from around Missouri are making what is being called a “final push” to bring the remaining Co-Mo Electric Cooperative members without power back online today.

Friday, March 1

New county jail open house is Saturday

Open house at new jail