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Michelle Brooks is editor and reporter for the California Democrat.

Bicycle parade, car show relocation among changes to annual festival

Published Sep. 12 2018

The 28th Annual Ozark Ham and Turkey Festival will look a little different this year.The car show will criss-cross the...

Artifacts on display during festival

Published Sep. 12 2018

The story of an early pioneer family's hidden homestead is rising from the earth. Carter Morgan Don Carlos traveled from...

Uptown businesses team up for Oak Street Fall Market

Published Aug. 29 2018

Fall is coming early to Oak Street.The tastes of apples spice, the pumpkin decor and the feel of flannel will...

Library budget benefits from unexpected income

Published Aug. 22 2018

The Moniteau County Library benefited from $788 collected in delinquent taxes and there could be more to come, Director Connie...

California School Board reveals enrollment numbers

Published Aug. 22 2018

The California School Board met Aug. 15, the night before classes resumed for nearly 1,400 students.

Visitors view new sheriff's venue

Published Aug. 22 2018

Productivity and morale already are up at the Moniteau County Sheriff's Office since it moved into its new location.

New library support group already reaching goals

Published Aug. 22 2018

The Used Book Sale has been revived and the Trivia Night continues, thanks to the reorganization of the Friends of...

Artist, musician returns, shares talent with hometown

Published Aug. 15 2018

Coming from a family of musicians, Keli Schaefer didn't delve into her calling as an artist until adulthood.

Chamber hears Missouri Boys State account

Published Aug. 15 2018

Missouri Boys State participant Austin Bolin reported on his experience at the California Area Chamber of Commerce meeting Aug. 9.

CHS ranked among top schools in Mid-Missouri

Published Aug. 8 2018

California High School has been given the grade of A-minus by, ranking it 63rd among Missouri's high schools.

Grand marshal says tradition key to fair's success

Published Aug. 8 2018

Anyone who has volunteered on the Wednesday work night before the Moniteau County Fair begins, likely has at least one...

Back-to-school fair serves 400+ students

Published Aug. 8 2018

More than 400 Moniteau County children received school supplies and health screenings July 31 at the ninth annual Moniteau County...

Jamestown church celebrates 175 years

Published Aug. 8 2018

A circuit-riding preacher helped a group of 15 worshippers in Jamestown to form a German Methodist congregation 175 years ago.

Extension office returns to Moniteau County

Published Aug. 1 2018

Moniteau County will be seeing more of Elaine Anderson from the University Extension office. Also, the extension has re-opened a...

Burger Foundation donates for sidewalks

Published Jul. 26 2018

The E. M. Burger Foundation has donated funds towards construction of additional sidewalks in Proctor Park. The sidewalk, about 96...

Firefighter organizes tribute

Published Jul. 26 2018

Finding a tribute to the fallen firefighters of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, absent from the community's calendar,...

Moniteau County among first to add Text to 911

Published Jul. 26 2018

If an emergency happens and one cannot speak or hear, residents in Moniteau County now are able to use Text...

SRO position coming together

Published Jul. 26 2018

The Moniteau County R-1 school board and the California Board of Aldermen have created separate committees to create a full-time...

Triplex returns to single-family residence

Published Jul. 25 2018

Two century-old stone pillars hold up a new second-story deck on the front of a triplex, returned to a single-family...

Summer reading program numbers grow at Moniteau County Library

Published Jul. 25 2018

More than 780 children have participated in the Moniteau County Library "Library's Rock" summer reading program, Director Connie Gerling reported...