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Democrat to introduce ‘Photo of the Week’ starting Jan. 7

To help get 2015 started on a positive note, the Democrat will introduce a new, weekly feature that allows community members to become directly involved with the paper’s sports coverage.

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Lady Pintos top Centralia 53-38 at MRMC Shootout in Moberly

The California girls basketball team continued its upward trend Monday night, putting together another solid performance with a 53-38 victory over Centralia at the MRMC Shootout at Moberly Area Community College.

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Birthday nears for First Baby of 2014 Contest winner

His older sister’s shadow, Lee Bieri was welcomed by Moniteau County, as well as his family, after his birth Jan. 6, 2014.

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It’s the busiest time of the year for prison chaplains

As Mid-Missourians gather around their tinsel-covered trees with loved ones to unwrap gifts, thousands of families will be apart this season due to incarceration.

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A Cold War threat

Local vet discusses Cold War experience in the Air Force

Tipton school ballot measure discussed

The Tipton R-VI School Board discussed a bond issue to be placed on the April ballot at its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Appeals court asks judge to respond to order

An appeals court has blocked the early release of an area man who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for two deaths and two injuries in a 2007 alcohol-related crash.

MDC and Missouri 4-H partnering on MDC shooting range user survey

Public input is key to developing and maintaining MDC shooting ranges.

Co-Mo adds on-the-go viewing to TV features

Co-Mo Connect is giving an early Christmas present to its subscribers — the ability to watch TV shows anywhere they can receive an Internet signal.

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‘Christmas Carol Request Live’ presented at High Point R-III

High Point R-III students presented “Christmas Carol Request Live” Thursday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m. for friends and family gathered in the gym.

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Pre-K through eighth grade Christmas concert at St. Martins

Liz Schlup, Amanda and Addison Reichel attended the afternoon performance of the St Martin Christmas concert on Tuesday, Attending the evening performance were Jeff, Julie and Cole Schlup, Gary, Amanda and Addison Reichel, Linda Reichel and the Jerry Lage family. Chase Schlup performed with the third grade class; Bailey Lage with the fifth grade class; and Camryn Recichel with the sixth grade class; Pre K through eighth grade performed.

Steckel to speak at Prayer Breakfast

The annual Missouri Governor’s Prayer Breakfast is Jan. 7 at Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. Featured speaker is Les Steckel, president and CEO of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a veteran NFL coach.

Three students graduate early from Russellville High

While most high school seniors are immersed in their final year of activities and classes, a few students each year at Russellville High School choose to graduate in December.

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Deeken shines for Missouri volleyball program, dreams of becoming an All-American

Superb athlete. Dedicated student. Loving daughter and sibling. Humble personality. Caring friend. Heart of gold. Meet Sydney Deeken.

Pintos to get new baseball field

Approval was given for construction of a baseball / softball field at the high school campus by the California R-I School Board. The decision was made after discussion at the regular board meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 17.