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Library more user-friendly

Charlie Barker, 4, loves playing computer games at the Moniteau County Library @ Wood Place. One of his favorites is “Dora the Explorer.” But he wasn’t able to enjoy them the way the computers were previously arranged in the children’s section.

Library targets membership-free access for rural county residents

Moniteau County rural residents in the western library subdistrict may soon have the opportunity to access the Moniteau County Library @ Wood Place without a membership.

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Blue Hearts Club performs as fundraiser for the Finke

The Finke Theater is hosting a new young group of talented musicians at 2 p.m. on May 1. The Blue Hearts Club volunteered to perform as a fund raiser for the Finke.

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Quality of life is new Care Center administrator’s goal

Whether on the phone, talking with staff or helping residents, Brandy Arment, the new administrator at California Care Center, loves her job.

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School board reorganizes after new member sworn in

The California R-I School Board met a week early to see to the swearing in of new school board member Derek VanLoo for his first term and incumbent Rhonda Meyer for her second three-year term. The meeting was in the high school library media room April 13.

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California R-1 honors employees at award reception

Moniteau County R-1 recently held its Employee Appreciation Luncheon at the California High School Commons. A luncheon was served to honor faculty, staff and board members.

Committee discusses veterans memorial location

The Veterans Memorial Committee discussed possible sites for the proposed memorial for veterans in California at its April 12 meeting.

MRED Board approves marketing firm

Chairman Mike Kelley of the Moniteau County Regional Economic Development Council (MRED) Board of Directors informed the board that the USDA required bidding for the contract for leading the marketing plan under the grant received.

Mid-Mo Ambulance Board swears in members

Newly re-elected members of the Mid-Mo Ambulance Board of Directors were sworn in March 13, at the regular monthly meeting. Sworn in for additional three-year terms were Kirby Baumert, District 3, and Brenda Lapp, District 6, who were unopposed for the April election.

Chamber reports events at its April 14 meeting

The California Area Chamber of Commerce Board met at 8 a.m. on April 14 in the California City Hall Meeting Room. Amanda Trimble, president of the Chamber, called the meeting to order.

New editor starting at Democrat

I’m the new editor at the Democrat. I wanted to introduce myself and let you know I’m looking forward to being your editor.

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What’s a kidney between siblings?

Carrie Couch is back running 5Ks and Chris Gerlach is hunting mushrooms this spring.

Co-Mo Electric preps for 77th annual meeting

Co-Mo Electric will welcome the organization’s member-owners to this year’s annual meeting on May 26. Doors for the event officially open at 4:30 p.m. at the co-op’s Operations Center at 448 Richard Blvd. in Tipton.

Friends of the Library plan Family Feud fundraiser

The Friends committee met to continue planning their first fundraiser of the year — a Family Feud Game Night on April 30 at the United Church of Christ Friendship Hall.

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Carl Vogel dies after cancer fight

Services pending for Jefferson City businessman and former lawmaker. Jefferson City businessman Carl Vogel lost his battle with pancreatic cancer Thursday night, 5½ weeks after his 61st birthday.