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Michelle Brooks (Reporter, Photographer)

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Michelle Brooks is editor and reporter for the California Democrat.

Russellville pool re-opens thanks to volunteers, donations

Published Jul. 18 2018

The Russellville Pool reopened July 12 and held a Swimming Under the Stars event July 14.Between its Facebook donation campaign...

State-of-the-art storage unique to Mid-Missouri

Published Jul. 18 2018

A high-tech storage facility, only the 12th in the nation built to that caliber, fills the former Dollar General building...

Chamber reports golf tournament fundraiser a success

Published Jul. 18 2018

The California Area Chamber of Commerce July 12 heard an update to plans for a first-time Sept. 11, 2001, tribute,...

CPI looks to historic society wall to feature fair

Published Jul. 11 2018

The mural project to tell California's history through a series of paintings on area buildings has moved its focus to...

Dow new agent at State Farm

Published Jul. 11 2018

A new face will welcome State Farm Insurance customers at the California office, but products and services will remain the...

Gifts supporting Eagles in fire aftermath

Published Jul. 11 2018

Donations have come in to support the local Eagles Club Aerie No. 4027, following the loss of its meeting place...

Mobile ultrasound unit to visit Moniteau County

Published Jun. 27 2018

The new mobile unit of the Pregnancy Help Center of Central Missouri will stop at the Moniteau County Health Center...

Artists fill local shops

Published Jun. 27 2018

A first-time art crawl sponsored by the California Progress Inc. June 23 brought Dianne Kilgore Baum back to her hometown...

Fire claims Eagles Club

Published Jun. 27 2018

The historic building known as The Eagles Club Aerie #4027 for nearly 40 years is no more.After serving as home...

Chamber to provide support for 9/11 tribute to firefighters

Published Jun. 20 2018

The California Area Chamber of Commerce will help provide a 9/11 commemoration this year.David Wyatt, manager at the local Sonic,...

CPI brings artists to Old Town

Published Jun. 20 2018

Historic buildings will be filled with art and artists June 23 as the California Progress Inc. holds its third annual...

Railings added, weddings celebrated at historic society

Published Jun. 13 2018

The windows of the Moniteau County Historical Society have been filled with antique wedding items, including a silver serving tray,...

California highlighted in documentary

Published Jun. 13 2018

California was highlighted as a roadtrip stop in the "The WPA Guide to 1930s Missouri," a federal writers' project of...

Dream becomes a coffee shop

Published May. 30 2018

Each seat, counter and light fixture at The Grind was made by Chelsea McGill's family to help her reach her...

'Moving' memorial held for veterans

Published May. 30 2018

A somber memorial continued May 28 at the cemeteries east of California as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and...

Uptown bakery opens Monday

Published May. 16 2018

One of Rosie Statt's earliest baking memories is waking up way before dawn to help her grandmother fry doughnuts in...

Adventures in metal detecting

Published May. 16 2018

Pioneer homesteads of Moniteau County are being rediscovered through the detailed metal detecting searches of area enthusiasts.

20-year business changes hands

Published May. 2 2018

A love of animals drew both Rita Percival and Charli Smith into the business of dog grooming. And on-the-job mentoring...

Nonagenarians pleased with success of their large families

Published May. 2 2018

It was 1945. World War II had ended and young couples like Veatrice and the late Eugene Kilgore and Rose...

Cemetery keepers provide headstone decoration

Published Apr. 25 2018

A loved one's grave in Moniteau County may receive a touch of remembrance, even if family members cannot make it...