Stories for May 2013

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Friday, May 31

Benefit tractor pull rescheduled

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

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Summer reading program kicks off at Wood Place

Summer reading program kicks off at Wood Place

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Memorial Day services held at grave of the Curtis Baker

The grave of Curtis Baker in Annunciation Catholic Cemetery was selected to represent those honored on Memorial Day for the 2013 Memorial Day Service.

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H & R Block prizes awarded

Dettenwanger and Elley win prizes from H&R Block

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Biggest Loser Contest held in California

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.

Annual Track Banquet held at CHS

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.

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Pinto Baseball Reception held at CHS

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.

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Annual Grace Living Center Benefit Bike Show held at fairgrounds

The Second Annual Grace Living Center Benefit Bike Show was held Saturday, May 18, at the Moniteau County Fairgrounds, California.

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Deeken grabs the gold at state track championships

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.

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Indians end season with 8-7 loss to Canton

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 Library books at Wood Place Library

New books available at Wood Place

University of Central Missouri announces Spring 2013 Dean's list

University of Central Missouri announces Spring 2013 Dean's list

California Historic District reports to CPI

California Historic District reports to CPI

Sock, Hop and Roll event with live music is June 7

Sock, Hop and Roll event with live music is June 7

Missouri Retired Teachers holds May meeting

Missouri Retired Teachers holds May meeting

Boy Scouts to collect torn or tattered flags

Boy Scouts to collect torn or tattered flags

Prairie Home R-V 2013 Scholarships

• Melanie Bryan Dean's Scholarship $7000 (renewable) Prairie Home Lions Club Scholarship $500 Mark Kirschman Service Award $1000

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Tribute to Jesse held at XX Speedway

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

Russellville Indians fall short to Canton

The Russellville Indians fell just short of the Final Four.

Wednesday, May 22

Russellville Baseball Indians Advance

It wasn’t your prototypical three-hitter, but Chandler Wolf was still dominant.

Annunciation Catholic Church Picnic June 2

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.

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Prairie Home R-V Graduation held Sunday

A total of 15 seniors received their diplomas at the 2013 Prairie Home R-V Graduation ceremony Sunday afternoon in the school gymnasium.

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CHS graduation Sunday, May 19

Eighty-five seniors graduate from California

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Annual CHS Pinto Golf Banquet held

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.

A Taste of Local Missouri Festival planned for California

June 22 - Festival in California

Alumni Open House at Finke

Alumni tours available at Finke this weekend

Brant Honored

Local American Family Insurance Agent Brant earns American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification

Missouri State Library's LSTA Grants Greatly Benefit Library

Missouri State Library's LSTA Grants Greatly Benefit Library

California Calender

Area Happenings

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California athletes advance to state track championships

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 receives degree from Southwestern Seminary

Kiesling a graduate of Southwestern Seminary

Concert scheduled in Russellville

Concert in Russellville May 28    

Wolf competes at state golf championships

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 track project moves to Phase 5

RUSSELLVILLE — The fifth and final phase of the Cole County R-I Schools track complex should be open for bids soon.

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Moniteau Care ends National Nursing Home Week with visit from Elvis

Elvis pays visit to Moniteau Care Center

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Aurora Montessori holds graduation

Aurora Montessori School holds graduation

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Jamestown C-I Graduation held Friday

A total of six seniors were presented diplomas at the Jamestown C-I 2013 Graduation ceremony Friday night in the school gymnasium.

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CHS students' woodworking projects showcased

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.

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AA Propane holds Customer Appreciation Day

Customer Appreciation Day

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Henson captures first win of season at XX-Speedway

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.

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Russellville athletes earn All-State honors

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.

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Indians advance to Class 2 Sectionals

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.

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Homeland Realty holds Customer Appreciation Day

Customer Appreciation held

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 May 13, are as follows.

Sports physicals offered at CHS

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

Mid-Missouri spared bad weather

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 available for Aurora Alumni Dinner

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 set for the California Democrat

Early Deadlines for Califonria Democrat

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Chalk art at Cole R-I

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.

Flu in Russellville

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.

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PTO supports Russellville school security improvements

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.

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Russellville park gets trees

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

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Severe storms crossing Mid-Missouri

Thunderstorms could continue across Mid-Missouri until after midnight. A tornado watch is in effect until 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Friday, May 17

Lawmakers send school, public buildings security plans law to governor

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.

Threat of further filibuster kills transportation sales tax for session

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.

Flu in Russellville

More than 130 students affected

Thursday, May 16

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California Class of 2013 attends Baccalaureate Service

The California High School Class of 2013 holds Baccalaureate Service Wednesday

Wednesday, May 15

Benefit for Bob Propst Saturday

Eagles Hosting benefit for Bob Propst

CMS track team wraps up season with conference meet

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.

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Westbrooks-Taylor leaves High Point

Westbrooks-Taylor leaves High Point after 10 year tenure

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Moniteau Care celebratesNational Nursing Home Week

National Nursing Home Week celebrated at Moniteau Care Cener

Summer Reading Club at Moniteau County Library @ Wood Place

Summer reading kicks-off at Moniteau County Library @ Wood Place

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California kids host talent show

The California Kids Talent Show was held Tuesday, May 7, at the high school auditorium.

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California High School FFA Banquet held

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.

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'Simply Magic' theme of school concert

High Point R-III hosts spring concert

Candidates set for Co-Mo annual meeting

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.

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Baccalaureate held at Russellville High School

Baccalaureate held at RHS Sunday

Construction starting on Co-Mo Connect Phase 1 project

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.

PAWS FOR A CURE Saturday at Proctor Park

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's Huth advances to state track championships

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.

Aurora Alumni Banquet to be held May 25

Alumni banquet scheduled

Pinto Basketball Clinic set for May 20-24 at CHS

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).

California Area Chamber of Commerce plans Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament on tap for June 12

Back to School Fair registration deadline coming

The Moniteau County Alliance For Kids is preparing for the next school year as the current one comes to an end.

Mid-Mo Ambulance board meets

Mid-Mo Ambulance holds monthly meeting

Russellville athletes advance to state track championships

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.

Lady Indians named to All-State Academic Team

A number of the Russellville High School varsity softball team members were recently named to the Class 2 All-State Academic Team.

Pitch, Hit and Run Competition held

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.

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Library hosts mystery dinner fundraiser

Murder Mystery Dinner raises funds for new awning at the Moniteau County Library

Felony firearm possession charge filed

Firearm Felony

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European settlers arrived in this area in 1815

European settlers arrived in this area in 1815

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Missouri's National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week Observed

Mental Health Awareness Week

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'Homework Eats Dog and Other Woeful Tales' presented at High Point

High Point R-III eighth graders perform play at banquet

Sunday Night Thunder returns to XX Speedway

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.

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Jamestown defeats Calvary Lutheran

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.

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Panthers lose to Dragons

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.

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California ends season with loss to Centralia

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.

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California tracksters advance to Class 3 Sectionals

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

"Egad, The Woman in White" coming to Finke Theatre

Community calendar of Events

Area happenings in California

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CHS Music Awards Banquet held May 9

The California R-I Music Awards Banquet was held Thursday, May 9, at the High School Commons.

Thursday, May 9

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Area athletes advance to Class 1 Sectional Track Meet

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.

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CHS tracksters garner All-Conference honors

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

Nixon promises layoffs if budget not changed

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.

Indians defeat Eagles 12-2

The Russellville High School varsity baseball team traveled to Eugene Thursday, where the Indians defeated the Eagles 12-2.

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Elliott, Lehman compete at Class 2 Sectionals

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.

Lady Eagles place second at conference meet; Strother is MVP

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.

Lady Indians place third at district track meet

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.

Pinto Basketball Clinic set for May 20-24

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).

Double-X Speedway to open on Mother's Day

The Double-X Speedway, California, will open the 2013 racing season on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12.

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Five leaf clover found

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.

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Kander honored at Moniteau County Truman Day

Truman Day held in Moniteau County

Sartain pleads guilty

Amanda Sartain given probation

Taste of Moniteau County planned

Organizational meeting planned for Taste of Local Missouri

The Families of Moniteau County

The history of a county is written in its people

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Hume Honored

Larry Hume, Class of '61, honored at home in Texas

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Eager Eagles meet in Jamestown

Moniteau County Achievement Day being held Sunday June 23.

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Student Conservation Day held

Student Conservation Day held for California Students

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Court of Honor held for Troop 120

Court of Honor

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Potters Wheel to perform at Finke

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.

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Morris and Dolores Burger honored with Tribute Bench

Tribute Bench

Belt sentenced

Nathan Belt sentenced after guilty pleas

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City Employees Honored

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.

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National Day of Prayer held in Moniteau County

Annual National Day of Prayer Observed at Moniteau County Courthouse

Tuesday, May 7

Garden Club reschedules plant and bake sale for Friday

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.

Farmers market planned for California

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.

California School special schedule

Field Trips planned for all ages

Wednesday, May 1

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For Kathy Blakely, it's the students who make her day at CHS

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.

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"Wine, Dine and Win" CPI fundraiser

Full house for CPI Fundraiser

Democratic Club plans Truman Day celebration

Truman Day planned for May 4

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The Twin City Garden Club teames up with Brownie Troop

Earth Day celebrated at Proctor Park

Moniteau County created in 1845 

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 at UCC

Murder Mystery to benefit Wood Place Library

New at Wood Place Library

New items available at County Libarary

Red Cross holding water safety instructor course

Red Cross holding water safety instructor course at locations in Columbia

Area Road Work

Area Road work for April 27-May 4

Trophies available for free

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.

Pintos place third at Tri-County Conference Golf Tourney

Tri-County Conference Tournament

Boating Safety Course offered in June

Boating Safety Course offered in June

California wins double-header at Versailles

Pintos take two

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Prom theme "You Only Live Once"

Prairie Home School holds prom

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A mother's lessons passed down

Many life roles of Trudy Taylor