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Veterans Day - a day to respect and honor those who served

Veterans Day observances can be pointed to as bright spots for those who have served in the military, since the veterans are sought out for one kind of honor or another.

Day-after-Thanksgiving declared state holiday

Gov. Jay Nixon issued an executive order to close state offices.

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MoDOT tabs New Hampshire man for director's job

Patrick McKenna will start Dec. 7.

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Galliher youngest competitor in state finals

Billi Galliher, 10, competed in the MRCA finals at Lake St. Louis Oct. 22-24.

First Baptist church opens collection site for the world’s largest Christmas project

Local volunteers join Samaritan’s Purse to collect 800 shoebox gifts for children in poverty overseas

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Russellville Elementary School students receive donation from ‘Amy’s Story’

RUSSELLVILLE — Preschoolers at Russellville Elementary School went home last week with a bag labeled “Amy’s Story” filled with books, including an audio book with device.

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Sheriff’s Department enforces 515 square miles

The Moniteau County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for patrol and law enforcement in about 515 square miles. The responsibility includes the entire county, except for the City of California and the City of Tipton, each of which has its own police force. The department implements needed upgrades when possible.

Electricity contract negotiations underway

Bob Harbour, representing Harbour Consulting, presented information on the progress of the negotiations toward new electricity contracts to the City of California Board of Aldermen. The information was presented at the regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 2, in the City Hall Council Chamber. Although the cost of a kilowatt hour of electric power will rise, Harbour seeks to get the best price through negotiations with the producers.

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Ally Meisenheimer surprised by contest win

California High School Senior Ally Meisenheimer received a big surprise at lunch time Thursday, Oct. 29. Amy Knollmeyer announced in the high school commons area that the very popular girl was the winner of the Amy Knollmeyer Photography Top Model Contest.

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California Fire Department will begin training new firefighters

The City of California Fire Department has seen major changes in just about everything from its beginning on Jan. 5, 1911. It is not easy to determine which has changed the most - the firefighter training or the equipment available, for the individual firefighter, both personal and departmental. What hasn’t changed is the dedication of the volunteer firefighters in the pursuit of serving the community.

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Mid-MO Ambulance seeks to serve the emergency needs of people of two counties

The Mid-Mo Ambulance District seeks to provide as much service as possible to those in Moniteau and Morgan County with the resources available. To serve the public in its more than 900 square miles, the district operates four bases full-time and one on a seasonal basis.

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Local man honored as friend to many

Donnie Flippin Jan. 22, 1940 - Oct. 27, 2015

FIrefighters honor fallen comrade

Wearing ceremonial white gloves and standing at attention, many members of the Russellville-Lohman Fire Protection District took turns standing guard at the casket of a young firefighter in the Rusellville High School gym.

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Police families proud to be on the team

Police wives proud of husbands

Moniteau County Veterans served proudly

Moniteau County is proud of its veterans – and all the citizens who also sacrificed, endured and prayed during the times when everyone were called to the service of our beloved country. In 1775 George Washington said, “When we assumed the soldier, we did not lay aside the citizen.” Here are stories of eight Moniteau County veterans.