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Russellville School board approves child care program for January

A child care program before and after school will begin in January 2015 for the Russellville Schools. The board of education has discussed the possibility this fall and made the decision at its recent meeting. A survey of parents indicated a need for the program. More information will be be sent home to elementary and middle school parents next month.

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Pintos run in Class 3 state playoff comes to a halt against powerful Panthers in semifinals

To outsiders unfamiliar with the Oak Grove football program, the Panthers’ dominating quarterfinal victory over two-time defending Class 3 state champion Maryville could have been a surprise.

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Pintos bid farewell to beloved seniors, look to rebuild for 2015

As the clock struck zero in California’s 49-14 loss to Oak Grove in a Class 3 state semifinal on Friday night, Pintos head coach Marty Albertson spoke to his seniors on the field one last time.

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Lady Pintos stay positive after season-opening loss to Boonville

California head coach Bobby Sangster expects growing pains from his girls basketball team, but he’ll point out the positive aspects from each and every game.

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Former Tipton football star Marcus Brinkley helps coach Oak Grove to Class 3 state final

After a successful playing career in high school and college, former Tipton football star Marcus Brinkley is off to a good start with his coaching career.

Russellville woman charged with kidnapping and assault

A Russellville woman is charged with kidnapping and second-degree assault for beating a 59-year-old man with a stick and holding him captive for three days last week.

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California R-I School Board presents diploma

A Diploma was presented to Gabriel Meyer at the regular meeting of the California R-I School Board Wednesday, Nov. 19. The diploma was earned through the Missouri Option Program (MO-OP). After being introduced to the board by Lorri Brauner, Meyer made a short video presentation to the board about why the diploma was important to him. He has been learning construction work. He said the work is hard, but the pay is good and he finds it to be fun. He also has a goal of, at some time, traveling to every state. “Everything starts with a diploma,” Meyer said. “That’s why I’m in MO-OP”

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Moniteau County Prosecuting Attorney faces felony charges

Multiple felony charges were filed against Moniteau County Prosecuting Attorney Shayne Healea in Boone County. The charges were filed in connection with an alleged incident in Columbia at Addison’s restaurant on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Christmas parade season begins friday with the Tipton parade

The season of area Christmas parades begins Friday, Nov. 28, with the Tipton parade and continues each Saturday through Dec. 13. Tipton - The first Christmas Parade in Tipton is a night parade with a theme of “Frozen.” Line-up will be at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. parade. The line-up is at St. Andrews School and the Knights of Columbus Hall. The parade starts west on Morgan, north on Moreau (Highway B), east on Moniteau and south on Osage and will drop off Santa Claus at the City Hall, where he will talk to children and hand out bags of goodies. Rain date is Sunday, Nov. 30.

Facade Loans available through Neighborhood Assistance Program

Those interested in application for a Facade Loan through the NAP (Neighborhood Assistance Program) should contact Ann Albertson at CPI, 573-796-3040. The maximum which can be borrowed is $15,000 to be used for facade improvements. Sidewalk improvement or replacement, if needed, falls into the category for which loans could be approved.

Youth Shares his blessings, makes donation

A Prairie Home fourth grader put action into the words of the Moniteau Christian Ministries Center (MCMC) theme “Sharing our Blessings” with a recent donation to the Cargill Cares Food Pantry. Henry Lieberman, 9, Wooldridge, assisted his family in picking up 1,907 pounds of walnuts.

Jury trial set for Smith

Trial has been set to begin Monday, Dec. 1, in Moniteau County Court for Travis R. Smith, California. The jury trial is to be held before Judge Kenneth Michael Hayden.

Christmas classic cinema event Friday

A special event at the Finke Theatre, “California Christmas Classic Cinema,” will be held Friday, Nov. 28.

Congresswoman Hartzler announces listening post

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Missouri 4th District, will hold a Listening Post noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at Moniteau County Library at Wood Place, in California. All citizens are invited to attend.

Green blocks state Common Core payments

Temporary restraining order effective only 15 days from Nov. 25