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War Tribe Cafe opened at Russellville High

Students were pleased when the bars came off the cafeteria windows. And administrators were surprised to find fresh blue and white stripes on the walls.

Moniteau County SWCD to hold 39th banquet and awards dinner

Moniteau County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its 39th Annual Appreciation and Awards Banquet on March 26.

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Ozark Ham and Turkey Festival to celebrate 25th anniversary

The California Area Chamber of Commerce held its monthly board meeting Thursday, March 12.

Story CD-dw-salutetopolice InfoStoryElementsFilesVersions edit Headline 1 for files... Local Salute to Police on March 25

Three local organizations are joining to present a Salute to Police on Wednesday.

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MRED strategic planning meeting was held March 11

More than 20 area business people, local leaders and concerned citizens participated in the Moniteau County Regional Economic Development Council (MRED) strategic planning session Wednesday, March 11, in the Community Room at California City Hall.

Avian influenza caught early in Moniteau County

The outbreak of Avian Influenza in Moniteau County was caught early due to symptoms in the infected flock.

Mid-Mo Ambulance has new medical director

Administrator Lee Kempf informed the Mid-Mo Ambulance Board of Directors, at its Wednesday, March 11, meeting of the selection of a new medical director. The new director, Dr. Alan Wilson, is also medical director for Lake Regional Hospital and Camden County S.W.A.T. He has been a paramedic and Kempf said he seems to be excited to work with the district.

Saturday is Kiwanis and Boy Scouts pancake breakfast

The California Kiwanis Club is teaming up with the Boy Scouts for a blueberry and banana pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 21, from 7:30 to 10 a.m.

Moniteau County 911 board meets

The Moniteau County Emergency Dispatch 911 Board approved a new maintenance plan for the 911 phone system. The new rate is $888.83 per month, up slightly from the current rate of $861.48. Approved was the hiring of two part-time employees to install road signs, Annual retainer for Attorney John Kay of $2,500, and approval for the administrator to purchase appreciation gifts for Telecommunications Week, April 12-18. The board approved the Feb. 19 minutes and the treasurer’s report.

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California Middle Schoolers present musical ‘Oklahoma!’

Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, were the evenings of the California Middle School Vocal Music Department performance “Oklahoma!” The production was an adaptation for pre-high schoolers of the Rodgers and Hammerstein production of the same name. The original production was performed March 31, 1943.

Bateman pleads guilty to first degree murder

A man accused of shooting and killing his son-in-law at a residence in California on Sept. 3, 2014, was sentenced to life in prison without parole after entering a plea of guilty to first degree murder Friday, March 13, in Moniteau County Circuit Court. Donald L. Bateman, 68, was remanded into custody to begin serving his term.

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Pack 120 Cub Scouts enjoy Pinewood Derby

Exciting racing action was the name of the game at the annual Pinewood Derby for California Cub Scout Pack 120 on Saturday, March 7.

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‘I knew I was going’

Vietnam service earns local veteran Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts

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Volkart earns honors at WWU

William Woods University women’s basketball player Kennedy Volkart has collected her first American Midwest Conference (AMC) Player of the Week award this year, the AMC office recently announced.

California Historic District plans first Mini-Museum Crawl

A Mini-Museum Crawl is planned for May 30 and will encompass many of the businesses in California.

St. Martins man receives heart transplant

Mid-Missouri’s generosity has blessed the Chad Nierman family. Fundraisers have been organized in the past. And two are upcoming to help off-set the cost of the multiple doctors’ visits, hospital stays, traveling back and forth to St. Louis, hotel costs and the heart transplant. A trivia night FUNdraiser benefit will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Martin Catholic Church undercroft. Silent auction items include a Remington Express Super Magnum 12-gauge Mossy Oak Camo Shotgun, a women’s Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .380 with laser site conceal-and-carry handgun, St. Louis Cardinals baseball tickets and a handmade bed. Tables of eight are $120 or $15 per person. An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be open 7:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday, March 15, at St. Martin’s Church cafeteria. Chad’s transplant required 21 pints of blood. But this event, promoted by his son Zane through the St. Martins School, hopes to collect 50 pints in Chad’s honor. E-mail to or call 573-690-6927 for pre-registration or more information.

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CHS National Honor Society doubles membership

The California High School National Honor Society will host its annual blood drive Wednesday, March 25. Appointments or walk-ins from the public may be made 3:30-7 p.m.

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First Christian Church hosts California World Day of Prayer

The World Day of Prayer event in California, Friday, March 6, was hosted by the First Christian Church. The focus was on The Bahamas. The Bahamian World Day of Prayer Committee (WDPC) identified a number of justice issues important to their community through their worship services and wrote the program used by the groups gathered for the occasion. The Bahamas are a chain of islands covering about 100,000 square miles of water in the Atlantic Ocean with a population of less than 354,000. Nearly 250,000 live on the island of New Providence. Only six other islands have more than 3,000 people. The language is English with a special Bahamian dialect known as “Smokey Joe.”

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McTeachers’s Night at California McDonalds

The California McDonald’s drive-in, on Business 50 West, hosted a McTeacher’s Night Monday, March 2, with the California R-I Elementary teaching staff joining in to serve, clean and direct customers.

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Primitive weapon demo held in Columbia

The Missouri Department of Conservation sponsored a primitive weapon introduction session Saturday, March 7. The all-day session was held at Central Regional Office in Columbia, beginning with classroom sessions about the history, making and use of the bow, the longbow and a really primitive weapon, the atlatl.

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