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High Point R-III to honor McDonald

Anita McDonald, kindergarten teacher at High Point R-III, will be honored for 41 years in education including 33 years at High Point Thursday, May 14.

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Moniteau County Democrat Club honors Ramona Hader

Ramona Hader was honored Friday, May 1, by being named to the Moniteau County Democratic Club Hall of Fame. The award was presented by Gail Hughes at the Truman Days Dinner held at Centennial Hall at the fairgrounds.

Healea apparent target of drive-by shooting

City of California Police Department officers responded about 10 p.m. Friday, May 1, to reports of shots fired in the 1000 block of Dave Drive. The investigation is ongoing at this time in connection with the incident, with several agencies involved, including the Moniteau County Sheriff’s Department and Missouri Highway Patrol.

Council moves forward with sign

The City of California Board of Alderman was called to order by Mayor Norris Gerhart on Monday, May 4, for its regular monthly meeting.

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Cinco de Mayo festival was Saturday

It was a warm, but not uncomfortable day for the second annual California Cinco de Mayo festivities, held Saturday, May 2.

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CHS Spring Vocal Concert was Sunday

The Spring Concert was presented by the California High School Choral Department in the auditorium Sunday, May 3. The event included performances by the different vocal groups, combined choirs and recognition of seniors. The event was conducted by Vocal Music Director Michele Bilyeu. Lisa Bleich served as accompanist.

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Mother’s Day low-key for busy mom

Mother’s Day is a very low-key day for Kimberly Scheidt. She gets together with her family and they have a big meal. And that is really a change for Scheidt, who otherwise leads a very busy life.

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Mother-daughter roles reverse with age

Rita Jeanne Miller, a retired nurse who turned 91 a few weeks ago, lives in her own home in California and maintains a busy life. She is an avid card player, not only with family members, but also at the California Nutrition Center three days a week. Her daughter Jane McGill looks after her.

Be a responsible pet owner

There are many reports of dogs “running at large” in different parts of the City of California. Recent complaints have been about dogs running by themselves, with other dogs and sometimes with a person presumed to be the owner, but without a leash.

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Democrat welcomes English to staff

A new face has been greeting California Democrat customers since April 28.

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Finke Theatre hosts second annual ‘Finke Has Talent’

The Second Annual “Finke Theatre Has Talent” competition was held at the Finke Theatre on Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2.

Annual Aurora Alumni Banquet to be held May 23

The Aurora alumni banquet will be held Saturday, May 23.

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‘Masquerade’ was theme of California Prom

The “Masquerade” themed California Junior-Senior Prom was held Saturday, April 25, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, St. Martins.

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New aldermen sworn in

The City of California Board of Alderman was called to order by Mayor Norris Gerhart Tuesday, April 21, for a special meeting. With a quorum present, the certified election results were read and accepted by the council.

Fifty years for Blankenship Insurance

It was a big event at Blankenship Insurance Thursday, April 23, when a plaque was presented to the agency by Auto Owners Insurance Company in recognition of “50 years of outstanding service.”