Stories for May 2013
Friday, May 31
The truck and tractor pull to benefit Jefferson City Day Care Center has been rescheduled for Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. at the Russellville Lions Club.
Wednesday, May 29
Summer reading program kicks off at Wood Place
The grave of Curtis Baker in Annunciation Catholic Cemetery was selected to represent those honored on Memorial Day for the 2013 Memorial Day Service.
Dettenwanger and Elley win prizes from H&R Block
The Biggest Loser Spring 2013 Contest was held in California April 3-May 22, where area participants paired up in teams of two (a total of 13 teams) to compete to lose the most weight and ultimately win the grand prize.
The annual California High School Track Banquet was held May 22 at the CHS Commons, where athletes were recognized for their individual achievements throughout the 2013 season.
The annual Pinto Baseball Reception was held May 21 at California High School, where members of the CHS varsity and JV baseball teams were recognized for their individual contributions and achievements throughout the 2013 season.
The Second Annual Grace Living Center Benefit Bike Show was held Saturday, May 18, at the Moniteau County Fairgrounds, California.
Four members of the California High School varsity track team competed at the Class 3 State Track and Field Championships Friday-Saturday, May 24-25, at Dwight T. Reed Stadium, Jefferson City, where junior Sydney Deeken claimed wins in the Triple Jump and the Long Jump events to grab the gold, and All-State honors.
After defeating #3 seeded Linn 10-4 to snag the Class 2 District 8 title May 15 at New Bloomfield, the top-seeded Russellville Indians were riding high. And they continued to ride that wave as Russellville defeated Harrisburg 5-2 at Class 2 Sectionals May 21.
New books available at Wood Place
University of Central Missouri announces Spring 2013 Dean's list
California Historic District reports to CPI
Sock, Hop and Roll event with live music is June 7
Missouri Retired Teachers holds May meeting
Boy Scouts to collect torn or tattered flags
• Melanie Bryan Dean's Scholarship $7000 (renewable) Prairie Home Lions Club Scholarship $500 Mark Kirschman Service Award $1000
Double-X Speedway, drivers and fans celebrated the Memorial Day weekend by offering a tribute to favorite racer Jesse "The Rocket" Hockett with the annual "Tribute to Jesse" Race Sunday night.
Thursday, May 23
The Russellville Indians fell just short of the Final Four.
Wednesday, May 22
It wasn’t your prototypical three-hitter, but Chandler Wolf was still dominant.
The Annual Annunciation Catholic Church Picnic will be held Sunday, June 2, at 310 S. Mill Street, California. The family-style chicken and roast beef dinner will include mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans, slaw, applesauce, bread and homemade pie, which will be served from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Carry-out dinners will also be available. The cost to attend is $9 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. The agenda will also include bingo from 12 noon to 6 p.m. with prizes, a talent show beginning at 1 p.m., kids' games from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a raffle including a grand prize of $500 cash (tickets for $1 each or six for $5, with drawing to be held at 6 p.m.). The country store in the lower level of the parish annex will also be open, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A total of 15 seniors received their diplomas at the 2013 Prairie Home R-V Graduation ceremony Sunday afternoon in the school gymnasium.
Eighty-five seniors graduate from California
The annual California High School Pinto Golf Banquet was held Thursday at Pizza Hut, California, where members of the varsity and JV boys’ golf teams, Coach Doug Miller, and family and friends gathered to reflect on the 2013 season.
June 22 - Festival in California
Alumni tours available at Finke this weekend
Local American Family Insurance Agent Brant earns American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification
Missouri State Library's LSTA Grants Greatly Benefit Library
After finishing in the top four of their event at the Class 3 District 5 Track Meet May 11 at Adkins Stadium, Jefferson City, a number of California High School athletes earned All-District honors and qualified to advance to Class 3 Sectionals Saturday at Ozark High School, where four CHS tracksters finished in the top four of their event to advance to the Class 3 State Track Championships Friday-Saturday (May 24-25) at Dwight T. Reed Stadium, Jefferson City.
Kiesling a graduate of Southwestern Seminary
Concert in Russellville May 28
Russellville senior Chandler Wolf competed at the Class 1 State Golf Championships May 13-14 at Silo Ridge Golf Club, Bolivar, where he finished in a tie for 26th place individually with 172.
RUSSELLVILLE — The fifth and final phase of the Cole County R-I Schools track complex should be open for bids soon.
Elvis pays visit to Moniteau Care Center
Aurora Montessori School holds graduation
A total of six seniors were presented diplomas at the Jamestown C-I 2013 Graduation ceremony Friday night in the school gymnasium.
The annual California High School Woodworking Open House was held Thursday, May 16, at the CHS Industrial Arts/Agriculture Building, where projects students worked on throughout the school year were showcased.
Customer Appreciation Day
Night number two of the 2013 racing season was fast-paced and full of excitement Sunday at the Double-X Speedway. With lightning in the western sky, Sunday Night Thunder saw close racing and exciting finishes.
Russellville High School track team members competed at the Class 2 State Track and Field Championships Friday-Saturday at Dwight T. Reed Stadium, Jefferson City, where many finished in the top eight of their event in a field of 16 competitors to earn All-State honors.
The Russellville High School varsity baseball team faced #3 seeded Linn in the championship game of the Class 2 District 8 Tournament May 15 at New Bloomfield, where the top-seeded Indians defeated the Wildcats 10-4 to capture the district title.
Customer Appreciation held
Current point standings in the Men's Golf League, which alternates play at the Tipton Country Club and the California Country Club, as of May 13, are as follows.
Sports physicals for student athletes will be offered at California High School 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, by Dr. Tim Galbraith.
Tuesday, May 21
Compared to other parts of Missouri and the Midwest, Mid-Missouri seemed to have been spared much of the brunt of Monday’s storms.
Tickets are currently available for the Aurora Alumni Association Dinner, which will be held Saturday, May 25, at California High School. The meal will be served from 6-6:45 p.m. The menu, which will be catered by Burl Lutz, Lutz BBQ, will consist of brisket, fried chicken, Lutz's famous chips, salad and dessert. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the following businesses in California: Beauty Bar, Carol's Beauty Salon, Bond Pharmacy, Mr. G's Liquor Store, Central Bank (uptown and downtown), Hawthorn Bank and Commerce Bank. For more information call Sally Vogel at 573-796-4851 or 573-796-3269.
Early Deadlines for Califonria Democrat
Tuesday, May 14, at Cole R-I, Russellville, Miss Potts’ 6th grader art class the enlarged a Charles Schultz Peanuts cartoon of Peppermint Patti on the grid in the courtyard.
RUSSELLVILLE — A flu virus has been going around the Cole County R-I Elementary School, said Superintendent Jerry Hobbs said. Tuesday 20 students were sick, then 69 on Wednesday and 34 on Thursday. Friday 14 more were sick.
More than $4,000 collected by the Russellville PTO was donated to the Cole County R-I School to support the upgrade of building security.
Trees for the Railroad Park in downtown Russellville will be planted by the Cole County R-I School FFA Chapter thanks to a $250 Shaping Rural Missouri Grant from FCS Financial.
Monday, May 20
Thunderstorms could continue across Mid-Missouri until after midnight. A tornado watch is in effect until 1 a.m. Tuesday.
Friday, May 17
With just 2 1/2 hours to spare before the Legislature's 6 p.m. deadline, the state Senate cast the final votes needed to send Gov. Jay Nixon a bill re-imposing closed-records status to security and emergency response plans for schools and other public buildings.
State Sen. Mike Kehoe reluctantly admitted defeat this morning on his proposal for a 10-year, one-cent sales tax to pay for transportation improvements.
More than 130 students affected
Thursday, May 16
The California High School Class of 2013 holds Baccalaureate Service Wednesday
Wednesday, May 15
Eagles Hosting benefit for Bob Propst
The California Middle School track team competed at the conference track meet May 7 at Osage, the final meet of the 2013 season, where the eighth grade Pintos finished in fourth place, while the seventh grade boys placed fifth, and both the seventh and eighth grade Lady Pintos placed sixth.
Westbrooks-Taylor leaves High Point after 10 year tenure
National Nursing Home Week celebrated at Moniteau Care Cener
Summer reading kicks-off at Moniteau County Library @ Wood Place
The California Kids Talent Show was held Tuesday, May 7, at the high school auditorium.
The annual California FFA Banquet was held Thursday, April 25, in the California High School Commons, with students and adults recognized for achievements and assistance.
High Point R-III hosts spring concert
For the first time in more than a quarter century, a Co-Mo Electric Board of Director’s name is not going to be on the ballot when his term expires.
Baccalaureate held at RHS Sunday
Co-Mo Electric Cooperative next week officially begins construction of Phase 1 of a project that eventually will make fiber-to-the-home Internet, television and telephone available to all its members.
Due to weather, the Second Annual Relay For Life PAWS FOR A CURE, originally scheduled for May 4, was rescheduled for Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Proctor Park.
Prairie Home senior Trevor Huth and Jamestown freshman Mickayla Strother competed at the Class 1 Sectional Track Meet Saturday, May 11, at Boonville, where Huth finished in the top four of his event to earn All-District honors and advance to the Class 1 State Track and Field Championships May 17-18 at Dwight T. Reed Stadium, Jefferson City.
Alumni banquet scheduled
The California High School Pinto Basketball Clinic will be held May 20-24 for boys who will be in grades 5-12 in the upcoming school year (2013-14).
Golf Tournament on tap for June 12
The Moniteau County Alliance For Kids is preparing for the next school year as the current one comes to an end.
Mid-Mo Ambulance holds monthly meeting
A number of Russellville High School athletes competed at the Class 2 Sectional Track and Field Meet Saturday at Boonville, where the top four finishers of each event qualified to advance to the Class 2 State Track and Field Championships May 17-18 at Dwight T. Reed Stadium, Jefferson City.
A number of the Russellville High School varsity softball team members were recently named to the Class 2 All-State Academic Team.
The local Pitch, Hit and Run Competition was held May 8 at the California Sports Complex, where young athletes had the opportunity to showcase their skills.
Murder Mystery Dinner raises funds for new awning at the Moniteau County Library
European settlers arrived in this area in 1815
Mental Health Awareness Week
High Point R-III eighth graders perform play at banquet
Sunday Night Thunder has returned to the XX Speedway for 2013. A large crowd of spectators and drivers opened the curtain on the 2013 racing season Sunday night in California.
The Jamestown varsity baseball team faced the #3 seeded Calvary Lutheran Lions Saturday in the first round of the Class 1 District 10 Tournament at New Franklin, where the #6 seeded Eagles captured a 4-3 win.
The Prairie Home varsity baseball team faced the #4 seeded Bunceton Dragons Saturday in first-round action at the Class 1 District 10 Tournament at New Franklin, where the #5 seeded Panthers suffered a loss, 11-6.
The California High School varsity baseball team faced the #4 seeded Centralia Panthers Saturday in the opening round of the Class 3 District 8 Baseball Tournament at North Callaway, where the #5 seeded Pintos suffered a 12-10 loss to end the season.
The California High School varsity track team competed at the Class 3 District 5 Track and Field Championships Saturday, May 11, at Adkins Stadium, Jefferson City, where the top four finishers in each event earned All-District honors and qualified to advance to Class 3 Sectionals Saturday, May 18, at Ozark High School.
Tuesday, May 14
"Egad, The Woman in White" coming to Finke Theatre
Area happenings in California
The California R-I Music Awards Banquet was held Thursday, May 9, at the High School Commons.
Thursday, May 9
Two Jamestown athletes and one Prairie Home athlete were among the top four finishers in their event at the Class 1 District 5 Track Meet Monday at Marshall, to earn All-District honors and advance to Class 1 Sectionals Saturday, May 11, at Boonville.
The California High School varsity track team competed at the Tri-County Conference Meet April 30 at Eldon, where a total of 14 California athletes were among the top three finishers in their event to earn All-Conference honors.
Wednesday, May 8
Gov. Jay Nixon this morning promised to "reduce staff and services accordingly — including making the necessary layoffs — effective July 1" if lawmakers pass the state's budget in its current form.
The Russellville High School varsity baseball team traveled to Eugene Thursday, where the Indians defeated the Eagles 12-2.
The California High School varsity boys golf team competed at the Class 2 District 4 Golf Tournament April 30 at Redfield Golf Course, Eugene, where though the Pintos finished in seventh place with 398, California's Tyler Elliott and Curtis Lehman finished in the top 15 individually to qualify to advance to Class 2 Sectionals Monday at Norwood Golf Course, Hannibal.
The Jamestown C-1 varsity track team competed at the CCAA Conference Track Meet April 23 at Boonville, where freshman Mickayla Strother was named conference MVP, and the Lady Eagles finished in second place.
The Russellville High School varsity track team competed at the Class 2 District 3 Track Meet Saturday at Cuba, where the Lady Indians finished in third place with 113 points.
The California High School Pinto Basketball Clinic will be held May 20-24 for boys who will be in grades 5-12 in the upcoming school year (2013-14).
The Double-X Speedway, California, will open the 2013 racing season on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12.
According to Clovers Online a five leaf clover is a mutation like the four leaf clover that does appear occasionally, but less common than the four leaf clover. The superstition for the five leaf clover is extra good luck and attracting money.
Truman Day held in Moniteau County
Amanda Sartain given probation
Organizational meeting planned for Taste of Local Missouri
The history of a county is written in its people
Larry Hume, Class of '61, honored at home in Texas
Moniteau County Achievement Day being held Sunday June 23.
Student Conservation Day held for California Students
Court of Honor
The Potters Wheel will be at the Finke Theatre on Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by Bond Pharmacy and Buddy and Nancy Bolinger. Tickets are available by calling 573-796-2895 or 573-690-9363.
Nathan Belt sentenced after guilty pleas
Two California City Hall employees were surprised Monday, May 6, with cake and breakfast for the occasion of their anniversaries of employment with the city. Shirley Hayes, left, accounts payable clerk, has been with the city 15 years. Kathy Porter, utility billing and new accounts clerk, marks 20 years.
Annual National Day of Prayer Observed at Moniteau County Courthouse
Tuesday, May 7
The Twin City Garden Club will meet Tuesday, May 14, at the United Methodist church before beginning its Bloomin' Iris tour of five members gardens. Members are to bring a sack lunch. Call 573-796-2895 for more information. Since the plant and bake sale last week was canceled due to weather conditions it has been rescheduled for Friday, May 10, at 9 a.m., at Smith Burke Park across from the Nutrition Center. A variety of perennials, iris, daylilies and of course delicious homemade cakes, pies and cookies will be offered for sale.
The planning for a farmer's market is well underway. This is a serious and organized effort of the California Historic District. An informal survey indicated the majority of the participants are in agreement a farmer's market is a high priority need for the California area. The committee has discovered such an endeavor is much more than simply publicizing the selling of homegrown produce. There are state laws that have to be addressed by an organized group with authority to manage and supervise. The planning committee is gathering information and searching for a location. After more studies and complete information are addressed, a public meeting will be held to gather suggestions and concerns from anyone with an interest in participating as a vendor. Local arts and crafts and services will be included in this market.
Field Trips planned for all ages
Wednesday, May 1
When it comes to her job as the California High School Principal's Secretary, Kathy Blakely said it is the students who make the difference for her each day.
Full house for CPI Fundraiser
Truman Day planned for May 4
Earth Day celebrated at Proctor Park
The museum is open on the second and fourth Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. If you visit the Genealogy Library, open on the afternoons of Thursday, Friday and Saturday, you may also be able visit the Hall of History.
Murder Mystery to benefit Wood Place Library
New items available at County Libarary
Red Cross holding water safety instructor course at locations in Columbia
Area Road work for April 27-May 4
The 2000-2013 various California Recreation League Basketball trophies are available to anyone on a first come first serve basis. Please go by the California Elementary School and pick them up if you are interested.
Tri-County Conference Tournament
Boating Safety Course offered in June
Pintos take two
Prairie Home School holds prom
Many life roles of Trudy Taylor