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“We Done Good!”

On Monday, Jan. 4, Kiwanis of California gathered for a home cooked meal at St. Paul’s Lutheran to celebrate a most productive 2015 year. Under the leadership of President Bobby Roll, Kiwanis achieved 15 milestone moments.

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Ova McCoy chalks up year 109

Ova McCoy, in honor of her 109th birthday Sunday, Jan. 10, was honored with a pizza party, courtesy of Pizza Hut, plus some special cupcakes and balloons, for the birthday girl and her guests.

City of California Fire Department recruits to add more firefighters

The California Fire Department had another busy year in 2015. The Department responded to a total of 491 incidents for the year. This was down slightly from the 503 incident count in 2014.

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Youth of 4-H Clubs and FFA chapters brave snow and ice for hams to cure

Young people and parents descended on Burgers' Smokehouse Saturday, Jan. 9, braving the snow and ice which grew which made driving and walking conditions more treacherous as the day went along.

California Police Department focuses on Community

Community policing initiatives took the forefront for the City of California Police Department in 2015. Chief Mike Ward believes in the positive work his officers are performing. “The goal of the California Police Department is to serve its citizens,” Ward said. “Our focus is building relationships and supporting programs to assist the residents of our community.”

Fennewald discusses necessity of security planning

The Moniteau County Neighborhood Crime Watch organization met to discuss various crime and safety topics. Paul Fennewald, retired Missouri Homeland Security Director, gave a presentation about how security planning has grown to be a necessity.

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Wind chills remain hazardous after snow ends across Mid-Missouri

An accumulation of snow covered much of southwest, central and northeast Missouri on Saturday but has come to an end.

Council receives updates on several city projects

Updates were given on the status of several projects currently underway at the regular monthly meeting of the California Board of Aldermen, Monday, Jan. 4, at the City Hall.

City’s role in recent District 2 pump failure and subsequent boil order

The City of California Board of Aldermen was informed of the failure of the Moniteau County Water District 2 well over New Years. The information was given to the council at the regular monthly meeting on Jan. 4, at the City Hall.

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President Obama signs emergency declaration for Missouri

Camden, Callaway, Cole, Moniteau, Miller, Morgan and Osage counties among those able to receive federal emergency aid for flooding damages

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Missouri to supplement response efforts due to the emergency conditions areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding beginning on Dec. 22 and continuing.

Kurowski’s latest book ‘Pets in Paradise’

“Donkeys, Dinosaurs and DoDo birds will all be there; even the lion, snake and the cute little hare. No disease, no war, no death, no decay and no meth; no war, no hatred, no aging, no fighting, no death!”

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Clayton-Helming graduates with Criminal Justice degree

Cassie Clayton-Helming a 2011 graduate of California High School graduated Dec. 14, 2015, from Columbus State University in Columbus, Ga.

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Woods graduates summa cum laude

Kelly Ann Woods graduated Dec. 18, summa cum laude

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The dogs of war WWII veteran helped train war dogs as part of Army’s K-9 Corps

The Allied nations prevailed during World War II by working in concert to defeat the tyranny entangling several European and Pacific locations.

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2015 First Baby winner enjoys his first year

The Bieri family received a lot of goodies and gadgets for their newborn Will, after he was named the first 2015 Moniteau County Baby.