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Chamber continues community traditions

Published Apr. 18 2018

The California Area Chamber of Commerce has 124 members registered for the new year. Renewals were due April 15.

School board reorganizes, set to tackle budget

Published Apr. 18 2018

The Moniteau County R-1 School District's Board of Education restructured April 11, adding two newly elected members, saying "good-bye" to...

Work-ready program to boost business prospects

Published Apr. 18 2018

Moniteau County has received the ACT Workkeys National Career Readiness Certificate.After years of working toward the goal, Executive Director Mike...

Scooped, drizzled and sprinkled

Published Apr. 11 2018

Squeals of delight waved through the California Elementary School multi-purpose room April 9 each time a new "topping" was added...

CPR mandatory for graduation

Published Apr. 11 2018

Training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation has been part of high school health curriculum for years.As the one-semester health course and its...

Playing the game for others

Published Mar. 28 2018

Ten years from now, people may not remember how many assists a player had or who shot the 3-pointer to...

Valley Park to add six beds

Published Mar. 28 2018

The air was chilly and the ground soggy, but about three dozen residents, their kin, employees and chamber members were...

Family business expands services, sons take on ownership

Published Mar. 21 2018

As a teenager, John Trachsel learned the fencing trade from Russellville's Roy Goldammer. His three sons have had the same...

MU students volunteer in California

Published Mar. 14 2018

Five student volunteers from the University of Missouri spent the weekend painting, dusting and otherwise improving locations in California.

Art crawl coming this summer

Published Mar. 14 2018

The third annual crawl event, sponsored by the California Progress Inc. (CPI), will feature local artists and craftsmen.

Civics students meet county government

Published Mar. 7 2018

Nearly 100 government students from California, Jamestown and Tipton high schools learned about county government first-hand Feb.

Dream becomes a coffee shop

Published Mar. 7 2018

A dream 10 years in the making, The Grind will open this spring on Oak Street providing not only a...

Help local science teacher by voting online daily

Published Mar. 7 2018

California High School science teacher Jamie Johnston hopes to improve hands-on learning for multiple levels and classrooms by adding new...

California school officials satisfied with safety procedures

Published Feb. 28 2018

Between facility improvements, teacher training and updated bullying prevention, California schools are secure, officials said.

Program to develop livestock learning lab

Published Feb. 21 2018

Hands-on learning in animal science classes in the California High School agriculture department will be more manageable in the future...

Caterer puts modern twist on traditional food, buildings

Published Feb. 14 2018

The eastside of the Moniteau County Courthouse square is being renewed by catering entrepreneur Patrick Miller.

Block has seen its share of history

Published Feb. 14 2018

The 500 block of North East Street is a site of sentiment and history for California. The two-story brick building...

Patient spellers take spelling bee 12 rounds

Published Feb. 14 2018

The 21st annual California Middle School Spelling Bee on Feb. 9 went 12 rounds before sixth-grader Hillary Roney won with...

World-record holder encourages kindness

Published Feb. 11 2018

HIGH POINT — Bending a steel rod between his teeth, lifting elementary children above his head with ease and ripping...

Burgers featured in Missouri-made program

Published Feb. 11 2018

When consumers make their selections, they may compare prices or nutritional facts. A new initiative, Buy Missouri!, will help consumers...