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John Inman

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Blank Backhoe Service Family Tradition for Over 51 Years

Larry Blank joined his father's backhoe service in 1964 after returning from serving in the Marine Corps.

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Chili Supper Held at Annunciation Catholic Church for St. Andrew's Bus Fund

Those in California were able to have a delicious lunch or dinner of chili or ham salad sandwiches along with plenty of sides and homemade desserts at Annunciation Catholic Church, California.

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Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Russellville/Lohman Fire Protection District Held at Russellville Elementary/Middle School

Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and desserts were served at the Russellville Elementary/Middle School Sunday, Oct. 9, to raise funds for the Russellville/Lohman Fire Protection District (RLFPD).

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'See You At The Pole' Held at California Schools

Students met Wednesday, Sept. 28, outside at school flagpoles throughout the world to come together and pray during the 'See You At The Pole' (SYATP) Rally.

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Second Annual Kelsey Perez Memorial Hayride Held at Eschenbrenner Farm

Eschenbrenner Farm was filled with local residents who participated in the Second Annual Kelsey Perez Hayride.

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H & R Block Franchise Owner Committed to Service

Paul Gostomski worked for H & R Block from 1991 until 2003 when he retired from serving as a district manager in St. Louis.

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California High School Library Awarded Books Through Sonic's "Limeades for Learning"

Through the Sonic "Limeades for Learning" program, the California High School Library was able to purchase $500 worth of Britannica reference books.

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C & R Super Market Creating Family Atmosphere to Serve Area

For over 10 years California C & R Super Market Store Manager David Ratliff has worked for the grocery chain.

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Mission Festival Held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Jamestown

The Rev. James Mueller, full-time Chaplain at Heisinger Bluffs and St. Joseph's Bluffs (residential care facilities run by Lutheran Senior Services), Jefferson City, was the guest for the Mission Festival held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Jamestown, Sunday, Sept. 25.

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St. Michael's Catholic Church Holds Fall Festival

Many who came to the Annual Fall Festival held Sunday, Sept. 18, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Russellville, noticed some marked changes this year.

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Curt Drinkard Finds Artistic Outlet in Chainsaw Art

Whether he liked it or not, after Curt Drinkard was laid off a year ago, he had plenty of time on his hands.

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2011 Ozark Ham and Turkey Festival Holds "Anything Goes" Parade

One of the highlights of the 2011 Ozark Ham and Turkey Festival held in California was the "Anything Goes" Parade which was led by Grand Marshal 2010 Citizen of the Year George Shelley.

Mid-MO Vinyl Express Designing Service

Sara Asmus said her husband Andy's business was always in need of some type of lettering.

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Moniteau Christian Ministries Center Holds Groundbreaking, Receives $100,000 Check from Cargill

Ten years ago when the world gained a new perspective due to the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, a group from California United Methodist Church was spurred by the events to give back to their community.

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XXTreme Glass Open to Serve California Glass Needs

Ed Forsythe has been in the glass business for over 26 years and has lived in California for over 17 years.

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Grandparents' Day Held at California Elementary School

Grandparents of California Elementary School (CES) third graders came to the school for the annual Grandparents' Day breakfast and visit Friday, Sept. 9.

California Area Chamber of Commerce Meets Before Ham and Turkey Festival

The California Area Chamber of Commerce Board met Thursday, Sept. 8, at City Hall.

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High Point Ballfield Dedicated to Albert Jobe

During the High Point Homecoming held Saturday, Sept. 3, a special dedication took place renaming the High Point Ballfield the Albert Jobe Ballfield after the longtime coach and bus driver.

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Mary Kay Sommer Lutz, Attorney at Law, Serves Area

Mary Kay Sommer Lutz, attorney at law, owner of Lutz Law Firm, L.L.C., said she was always interested in law.

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Henderson is California third grade teacher

Shanna Henderson joins the staff of the California Elementary School for her first year as a third grade teacher.

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High Point Community Worship Service Held

As part of the High Point Homecoming festivities a Community Worship Service was held Sunday, Sept. 4, at High Point School.

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Alvin "Sam" R. Bonecutter Surviving Veteran of World War II

For those who did not live during World War II, it is an important thing to hear the stories and experiences of those known as "The Greatest Generation."

Ozark Ham and Turkey Festival "Glances Into Past" in 2011

Plans have come together and a schedule of events is now ready for the 2011 Ozark Ham and Turkey Festival to be held Saturday, Sept. 17, in California.

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Salem United Church of Christ has Annual Ice Cream Social

Salem United Church of Christ, McGirk, held its Annual Ice Cream Social Saturday, Aug. 27.

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Originals By Sharon and Kim Donates to Relay for Life

Originals By Sharon and Kim Donates to Relay for Life

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Dinzel Webb Pastor at Russellville Baptist Church

Dinzel Webb, pastor at Russellville Baptist Church, said he was fortunate to grow up in a Christian home. His father was the youngest of 10 siblings and was saved while going through pre-wedding counseling.

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A & E Roofing Keeps Serving California Area After 10 Years

Approximately 10 years ago Brent Harlin and his father Larry Greer started A & E Roofing.

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John Bolinger, Dvm., Serves Area Cattle Veterinarian Needs

John Bolinger, DVM., said his interest in veterinary medicine started with working at a sale barn in Versailles. Working and spending time with veterinarian John Groves, DVM, and the people associated with the sale barn was something Bolinger liked and wanted to do.

Sara Wetzig Enjoys Summer as Concord Baptist Association Missionary

Sara Wetzig, a senior at Missouri Valley College, Marshall, majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Human Services, spent this summer working as the summer missionary for Concord Baptist Association working with Southern Baptist churches in Cole and Moniteau counties.

Fundraiser to be held for Nikki Dodd

As Nikki Dodd turned 13, she had no idea a couple of weeks later she would be fighting for her life.

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Main Street Baptist Church Goes to "Son Surf Beach Bash" during VBS

Main Street Baptist Church, California, held their Vacation Bible School Aug. 7-11.

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Stockton Towing Offers Many Services for California Area

Mark Stockton had been towing for 12 years before deciding to own his own towing business six years ago.

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Wood Place Public Library Ends Summer Reading Program with Globetrotter Fair

United Church of Christ, California, was transformed into a fair and marketplace with scenes from around the world as 164 people attended the Globetrotter Fair Thursday, Aug. 11.

Melissa Wolford Completes Project Raising Money for Latham School

Melissa Wolford was selected to participate in the Women’s Leadership Academy at Lincoln University this past spring semester.

Jamestown Youth Serve on Mission Trip in West Virginia

Youth and volunteers from St. Paul's Evangelical Church, Moniteau Evangelical Advent Church, Jamestown Baptist Church, Grace Methodist Church, Jamestown Assembly of God and New Hope Baptist Church participated with groups from many states in a missions project in Hurricane, W.V.

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XXTreme Glass Has Ribbon Cutting

Photos from the ribbon cutting held at XXTreme Glass, located at 206 West Buchanan Street, California, Aug. 12.

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MoDOT, D.R.E.A.M. Initiative Present at California Signage Meeting

The recent signage meeting held Tuesday, Aug. 9, at City Hall, featured representatives from both MoDOT and the D.R.E.A.M. Initiative.

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MATPA Tractor Pull Held at Moniteau County Fair

On Aug. 6, the Moniteau County Fairgrounds hosted the Mid America Tractor Pullers Association Tractor Pull. For the MATPA Tractor Pull there were 33 classes, top three results from each class are as follows:

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Wood Place Public Library Summer Reading Program Travels to Africa

Margaret Fennewald read "Papa, Do You Love Me," a story about the Masai Tribe which resides in Kenya and Tanzania, during the Summer Reading Program held Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Wood Place Public Library.

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2011 Moniteau County Fair Tuff Truck/Compact Figure 8 Results

Results from the Tuff Truck Challenge/ Figure 8 Competitions held Aug. 5.

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MMTTPA Truck and Tractor Pull Held at 2011 Moniteau County Fair

The sounds of revved up trucks and tractors was heard throughout California as the Moniteau County Fairgrounds hosted the Mid Missouri Truck and Tractor Pulling Association (MMTTPA) Truck and Tractor Pull Monday, Aug. 1.

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Ken Chapman Finds Great Church to Serve in Flag Spring Baptist Church

Eighteen months ago while serving as the chaplain at Algoa Correctional Facility, Jefferson City, Ken Chapman was approached by Deputy Warden Louisa Bolinger about preaching at a church in California called Flag Spring Baptist Church during Palm Sunday.

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Mark R. Elliott Jr. Honors Bowlin-Cantriel History While Building Own Legacy

Mark R. Elliott Jr. began his career in the funeral home business after observing local Eldon funeral director Don Phillips and his relationship with the community.

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Jamestown Ministerial Alliance Gives Away School Supplies

Students from the Jamestown area flocked to the Jamestown Shelter House as the Ministerial Alliance provided free school supplies Saturday, Aug. 6.

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Parade Helps Start Activities at 145th Annual Moniteau County Fair

One of the Moniteau County Fair kickoff events was the annual parade held Saturday, July 30.

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Fundraisers Being Held for Jordon Geiser

Jordon Geiser, a well-loved 10-year old was recently diagnosed with lymphoma after a tumor was found in his chest. When his Russellville Outlaws 12U baseball coach found out Geiser had cancer his first thought was finding a way for the team to come together and help out their teammate.

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Dan Rowlison New Pastor at California First Christian Church (Disciples of

New First Christian Church, FCC, (Disciples of Christ) Pastor Dan Rowlison comes to California after serving for 33 years in Nebraska and Iowa.

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Bixler Home Appliances Family Owned for 80 Years

Since moving to Tipton in 1931, the Bixler family has owned retail operations in Tipton and the surrounding communities.

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The Law Offices of Bryan W. Wolford Serving Hometown of California

Bryan W. Wolford, Attorney at Law, is a general practice solo attorney serving his hometown of California.

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Annunciation Ladies of Sodality Hold Fundraiser for Moniteau Christian Ministries Center

A hamburger and brat dinner sponsored by the Annunciation Catholic Church Ladies of Sodality was held at California United Church of Christ Saturday, July 23.