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Man dies in accident en route to fire at his home

A Cole County family lost their home to a fire Thursday, as well as a family member who was killed in an auto accident as he raced to the scene of the fire.

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“Faith and Freedom” topic of talk at CHS auditorium

An audience gathered at the California High School Auditorium Sunday, Sept. 7, listened as John Eidsmoe addressed several related topics in an afternoon and evening of “Faith and Freedom.” He was introduced by Dr. Peter Kurowski, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, California. He also spoke at Calvary Lutheran School, Jefferson City, on the previous day. His speaking tour was sponsored by Thrivent Financial.

Cedar Street utilities discussed by Board of Aldermen

The issue of City of California utilities in the area of Cedar Street came under extensive discussion by the California City Council at its Tuesday, Sept. 2, meeting. Cedar Street begins at Owen Street, north of the elementary school, and runs west to end at Country Club Drive. Other than Cedar Apartments, there are few residences on the street. Although there is a city water line along the street, there are no city electric and sewer lines to serve the area.

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Raithel participates in the 29th Honor Flight

Raithel served with the U.S. Air Force from 1950-1954, first at Strategic Air Command headquarters in Nebraska and later in Puerto Rico with a Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron of B36s.

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Man dies in California shooting

A man accused of shooting and killing his son-in-law at a residence in California is set to appear in court Tuesday. Donald Bateman, 68, was taken into custody and has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Antoine Johnson, 43.

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Midwest Computech installs technology network upgrades for California R-1 School District

Midwest Computech has completed the installation of technology system upgrades to the California R-1 School District’s network infrastructure. Prior to the install, the district had an outdated network that was struggling to meet the requirements of today’s technology.

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Power outage delays middle, elementary school start

A power outage in parts of California caused a delay in the start of the elementary and middle schools on Friday, Sept.5. Power was restored shortly after 8 a.m.

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Blankenship wins big in Kiwanis Cow Drop

The 2014 winner of $2,600 at the Kiwanis Cow Drop Bingo event at the Montieau County Fair was Blakely Clare Blankenship, Lithia, Florida.

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Latham CTO holds meeting to assist school

The Latham CTO met Wednesday evening with 13 present. A new process for donations was discussed. Other business included the idea of a scholarship program. A committee will be formed for this. The CTO will be providing snacks for after school concerts. Goals of the CTO were mentioned and it was determined that the group will begin with one big fundraiser a year, most likely a Spring Fling carnival in March or April. A basketball tournament to raise money for an additional score board was brought up. Meetings will be held the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the school. CTO will be doing the concession stands at the volleyball games and at the volleyball ball tournament Oct. 4. A motion was made and carried for the

California R-I MSIP scores hold steady

Scores on the MSIP5 Annual Performance Report have been released and show little change for Moniteau County R-I Schools. This is the second year for use of this newly created process for identification of school district accreditation.

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California third graders honor grandparents

A large of number of friends and relatives visited the California Elementary School Friday, Sept. 5, for the Third Grade Grandparents Day.

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Cook honored with birthday dinner

Brandon Cook was honored Sunday with a birthday dinner at the home of his parents Gail and Yvonne Cook. Attending were Bill and Judy Buerkey, Nelson and LaVerne Cook, Chad Cook, Joannie and Tucker Cook and Paige Shelton.

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Zimmerman donates hair to Children With Hair Loss Foundation

Betty Zimmerman, McGirk, recently donated 15 inches of hair to the Children With Hair Loss Foundation.

Finke Theatre 2014/15 season opens

A sellout crowd packed the Finke Theatre Saturday night for the opening of the 2014/2015 season.

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High Point Quilt Show

The High Point Quilt Show was held as a part of the High Point Homecoming on Saturday, Aug. 30.