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Lady Eagles basketball program takes pride in ‘family’ atmosphere

JAMESTOWN - While most athletic coaches strive for a “family atmosphere” within their team, the Jamestown girls basketball program takes it to a whole new level.

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Russellville second graders find joy in giving

RUSSELLVILLE — The month of December ordinarily is a festive time of year, especially for children.

Jenkins promoted to Captain

Alexander Jenkins, formerly of California, was recently promoted to rank of Captain

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California community donates 640 pounds of food for buddy packs

California area residents took the challenge very seriously this year according to Nancy Schatzer organizer of Pack the Bus for Buddy Packs. Residents turned out with giving hearts Dec. 9-11 and made very generous donations to help fight hunger in California schools.

Bohn receives highest honors from Hospice

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine has recognized local Physician Dr. Sara Bohn, D.O. with one of the highest honors they can bestow on a physician as a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

LEGO at Moniteau County Library

The Moniteau County Library at Wood Place was one of 15 libraries in Missouri to be selected by the Missouri State Library to receive a LEGO toolkit, a great honor considering there are 165 libraries to choose from.

Co-Mo brings brighter Christmas to area kids

Co-Mo Electric Cooperative employees and board members are helping brighten the Christmas season for more than 200 local children.

Plans are in place for the California Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Jan. 24

The California Area Chamber of Commerce met for its monthly board meeting, Thursday, Dec. 11, in the California City Hall meeting room.

High Street Grill offers family friendly dining

High Street Grill is open for business, offering ample seating, breakfast menu all day, as well as lunch and dinner, according to Carla Clennin, CFO, and John Harper, owner. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday Through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday for family friendly dining. The California Event Center is also open for business. Event Coordinator Darla Jo Vader can be reached at 573-796-6345 or on Facebook at California Event Center/High Street Grill.

State Farm presents check to CHS

The $25,000 Celebrate My Drive ® grant check was presented to California R-I High School before the start of a varsity Pinto boys basketball game against Dixon High School Tuesday, Dec. 9. The check was presented by Paul Bloch, Brian Schmidt and Tammy Korte of the California State Farm Insurance Agency to a group of students and teachers representing the large number involved in the effort to win the national competition, including organizer Librarian Janet Henley. Rep. David Wood was also on hand for the presentation. CHS placed in the top 50 among high schools across North America in the online contest. California won by securing safe-driving commitments (votes) through the Celebrate My Drive ® program created by State Farm. There were 100 schools eligible to receive a grant ranging from $25,000 to $100,000. Nearly 3,300 schools participated in the U.S. and Canada. Including California, 1,659 competed in the small schools category.

Mid-Mo Ambulance Board of Directors meets

Two major items, insurance and employee raises for 2015, came before the Mid-Mo Ambulance Board of Directors at its regular meeting Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Tipton district office.

CHS FFA Barnwarming held in new Ag shop

The California FFA chapter kicked off the opening of the new facility addition with the annual chapter Barnwarming. It was made possible by the 2014 Bond Issue.

Moniteau County 911 board meets

The Moniteau County 911 Emergency Dispatch Center Board of Directors monthly meeting was Dec. 11. The board approved the Nov. 13 minutes, the treasurer’s report, bills and payroll, and the 2015 budget as presented.

City employees treated to Christmas dinner

About 50 employees and elected officials of the City of California gathered Friday, Dec. 12, at the City Hall Meeting Room for the annual Christmas Dinner, consisting of KC Strip steaks grilled by Robert Pace, taco salad, green beans and broasted potatoes by Allen Smith, plus cobbler and ice cream.

Middle school presents Sights and Sounds of the Season

The California Middle School vocal music classes presented the Sights and Sounds of the Season Concert Monday, Dec. 8, at the CHS auditorium. The event featured a variety of seasonal tunes by the sixth grade Music Connections and the seventh and eighth grade Pinto Express.