Stories by April
Friends Jesse Dick, California, and Colton Wise, Tipton, are preparing to compete at the Youth Bull Riders World Finals (YBRWF) July 31 - Aug. 4 in Abilene, Texas.
A number of electronic items, as well as some money, was discovered to be missing following discovery of a break-in at the California High School facility on West Buchanan Street.
The California Stingrays swim team competed at the championship meet Saturday at Boonville, where many were top finishers in their event.
Tammy Miller-McLaughlin, owner and operator of Tammy's Grooming, moved from Blythe, Calif. to California in June 2012, and is anxious to expand her pet grooming business.
The Mid-Missouri Mission Team, also known as the 3MT Lifechangers, will provide volunteer work for houses in California and surrounding areas July 21-28.
The California High School cheerleaders attended Cheer Camp last week, June 25-29, at the California Elementary School gymnasium, instructed by the Sports Crusaders Cheer Team, Holts Summit.
Clarksburg Baptist Church hosted its annual Vacation Bible School last week, June 18-22, where approximately 50 area youth ranging from preschool to sixth grade participated. A nursery was also provided.
The California Stingrays traveled to Fulton on June 6 to compete in their first swim meet of the 2012 season, where many were top finishers in their event.
Participants of the American Cancer Society 12th Annual Relay for Life of Moniteau County were relieved to make it through the night without rain Friday at the Moniteau County Fairgrounds, California, considering last year's relay had to be cut short due to rain for the third consecutive year of the event.
The California Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its ninth annual golf tournament Wednesday, June 13, at the California Country Club, where a total of 15 teams of three participated in the 18-hole event.
Lebanon Baptist Church, McGirk, hosted Vacation Bible School June 10-15, where approximately 45-50 youth participated in a week of "Amazing Wonders Aviation," learning about the different wonders of the world, such as the Grand Canyon and the Great Barrier Reef.
Approximately 35-40 youth ages 3 through sixth grade attended the High Point Baptist Church Vacation Bible School last week, June 10-15.
The annual California Middle School Football Camp was held last week, June 4-8, at the middle school practice field, directed by CMS Football Coach Ed Ziegs.
Approximately 65-70 boys in grades 9-12 attended the annual California Pinto Football Camp last week (June 4-7) at the California Middle School practice field.
Prairie Home School teacher Nancy Kixmiller is retiring after six years of dedicated service as the Music Director.
Business teacher Stephanie Muri is retiring after 37 years of service at Prairie Home School.
The Russellville Special Olympics bowlers have been polishing their skills since August at California Lanes, bowling most Sundays throughout the season, which was concluded May 27 with a special show of appreciation to California Lanes owner Rob Rimel.
Approximately 52 area youth in grades 1-6 attended the annual Junior Pinto Football Camp May 29-31 at the California Middle School practice field, where they learned basic fundamentals of football, such as passing, receiving and blocking.
Approximately 75 boys in grades 5-12 attended the annual California Pinto Basketball Camp last week (May 22-25) at California High School, where they had the opportunity to brush up on their skills on the court.
The annual California High School Track and Field Awards Banquet was held May 22 at the high school commons, where members of the track team, coaches, family and friends gathered to reflect on and celebrate the 2012 season.
The annual California High School Pinto Golf Banquet was held May 17 at the home of Phillip and Susan Burger, California, where Pinto golfers, coaches, family and friends gathered to reflect on the 2012 season.
California Pinto varsity and JV baseball players, coaches, family and friends gathered at the California High School Commons Thursday night to reflect on the 2012 season via the California Baseball Reception.
California High School senior Adam Burger participated in the 2012 Class 2 State Golf Championships May 14-15 at Twin Oaks Country Club, Springfield, where he shot a 97 on day one and a 93 on day two to finish 82nd with 190.
The 2012 State Track and Field Championships were held Friday and Saturday at Dwight T. Reed Stadium, Jefferson City, where area athletes from California, Russellville and Jamestown finished in the top eight of their event (in a field of 16 competitors) to earn All-State honors.
The California Pintos faced Boonville May 15 in the semifinal round of the Class 3 District 9 Baseball Tournament at Osage, where they suffered a 7-4 loss to the #2 seeded Pirates to end the season 7-12.
Russellville’s Jordan Russell and Chandler Wolf participated in the Class 2 State Golf Championships May 14-15 at Fremont Hill Country Club, Nixa, where each finished 35th, in a four-way tie with 177.
A total of 13 seniors were presented diplomas at the 2012 Prairie Home School Graduation ceremony Sunday afternoon in the school gymnasium.
The first races of the 2012 racing season at the Double-X Speedway got underway Sunday night and proved exciting for race fans as local racers Ray Smith and Seth Jacobs, Centertown, took home trophies for their feature wins in the Street Stock and Hobby Stock divisions.
The California Pintos faced Southern Boone County Monday in the first round of the Class 3 District 9 Baseball Tournament at Osage to finish a game that was started Saturday, but stopped mid-game due to rain.
The California Pintos faced Boonville Tuesday night in the semifinal round of the Class 3 District 9 Baseball Tournament at Osage, where they suffered a 7-4 loss to the Pirates to end the season.
Aurora Montessori, California, hosted a Mother's Day Tea Friday, May 11, where students were joined by their mothers and grandmothers for "tea time" and entertained their honored quests with poems and songs.
The Prairie Home Panthers faced New Franklin Monday night in the semifinal round of the Class 1 District 11 Baseball Tournament at New Franklin, where they lost 4-0 to the top-seeded Bulldogs to end the season.
California High School tracksters competed at Class 2 Sectionals Saturday at Centralia, where a number of Pintos and Lady Pintos finished in the top four of their event to advance to the State Track Championships May 18-19 (Friday-Saturday) at Dwight T. Reed Stadium, Jefferson City.
The Russellvile Indians faced Harrisburg Saturday in the first round of the Class 2 District 6 Baseball Tournament at Harrisburg, where they suffered a 4-3 loss to the Bulldogs to end the season.
The annual Lions Club Track and Field Meet was held Friday, May 4, at California High School.
Four California Pinto golfers competed at Class 2 Sectionals Thursday at Eagle Knoll Golf Course, Ashland, where Adam Burger finished among the top 12 individuals (not on a qualifying team) with 87, to earn All-District honors and advance to the State Golf Championships May 14-15 at Twin Oaks Country Club, Springfield.
The annual bowling awards banquet was held May 3 at California Lanes for the Wednesday night Merry Mixers League and the Thursday night Gutter Gals League.
The California High School varsity track team competed at the Tri-County Conference track meet Tuesday, May 1, hosted by Blair Oaks, Wardsville, where the Pintos and Lady Pintos finished in third place.
The California High School Prom was held Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, St. Martins, where seniors Wyatt Martensen and Kaitlyn Allison were crowned the 2012 CHS Prom King and Queen.
The California High School baseball teams hosted Eldon May 1 for Senior Night at the California Sports Complex, where the varsity captured a win from the Mustangs, 8-1.
The California Pinto baseball teams hosted Eldon for Senior Night Tuesday, May 1, at the California Sports Complex, where both the varsity and JV suffered a loss to the Mustangs.
The California High School varsity track team competed at the Tri-County Conference meet Tuesday, May 1, hosted by Blair Oaks, Wardsville, where the Pintos and Lady Pintos finished in third place.
The California High School boys’ golf team participated in the Class 2 District 4 Golf Tournament April 25 at Redfield Golf Course, Eugene, where four of the five Pintos qualified to advance to Class 2 Sectionals Thursday at Eagle Knoll Golf Course, Ashland.
The Russellville High School baseball teams were on fire last week as the Indians pocketed a slew of wins, losing to just one opponent, in a total of nine games.
The California High School track team hosted a meet Tuesday, April 24, where both the Pintos and Lady Pintos finished the seven-team event in second place.
The Russellville High School varsity golf team participated in the Class 1 District 2 Golf Tournament Wednesday, April 25, at Oak Meadow Country Club, Rolla.
Prairie Home’s varsity baseball team played a double-header Friday at Higbee.
The California High School baseball teams traveled to Warsaw April 23, where the varsity lost a close contest to the Wildcats, 6-5.
The California Middle School track team hosted the California Quad Meet April 17 at California High School, where California finished the seventh grade boys’ division in first place, and placed second in the eighth grade boys’ division, and the seventh and eighth grade girls’ division.
The California Pinto golf teams participated in the five-team Tri-County Conference Golf Tournament Wednesday, April 18, at the Eldon Country Club, where the varsity finished in second place with 355, behind Blair Oaks with 338.