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Michelle Brooks is editor and reporter for the California Democrat.

Brown appreciates involvement of the chamber

Published Jan. 21 2018

California Area Chamber of Commerce President Cale Brown conducted his final meeting in that role Jan. 11.

Cal's Hometown Pharmacy offers old-time service

Published Jan. 21 2018

Longtime Mid-Missouri pharmacist Dan Crider took over as pharmacy manager at Cal's Hometown Pharmacy this fall after joining the California...

Clarksburg family's history comes to light

Published Jan. 14 2018

The success and stories of a Clarksburg pioneer family will be preserved, thanks to a recent donation by family friend,...

Historical society members share treasures

Published Jan. 14 2018

Family heirlooms, novel artifacts and a new collection donated to the museum were the highlights of the "show and tell"...

Iconic hospital site sold

Published Dec. 31 2017

A California historical icon has been purchased.Landon Worthey and Kenny Branham recently bought the Latham Hospital, 107 E.

Finkes, Lathams, community have strong ties to East South Street property

Published Dec. 31 2017

The family home of one of California's earliest successful immigrant-entrepreneurs, and later part of the county's first and only hospital,...

Board declines to change Riley Field's name

Published Dec. 27 2017

The name of Riley Field will remain.

Riley remembered as administrator, coach, leader, donor

Published Dec. 27 2017

California High School football teams have played on Riley Field, whether at the new high school facility or the former...

Bicycles, toys, clothes and food fill Angel Tree deliveries

Published Dec. 24 2017

The generosity of three churches, several local offices, a Girl Scout troop and individuals will make Christmas more robust for...

God's open door created new business opportunities

Published Dec. 24 2017

Whether preparing for a single occasion or maintaining the right look, customers will find the expanded Something Sassy salon can...

Meticulous light display on Meadow Lane

Published Dec. 17 2017

Those who drive down Meadow Lane to look at Christmas lights may stop at Ron and Gloria Albin's home, where...

Sharing faith, family with people of Merida, Mexico

Published Dec. 14 2017

A High Point couple and their family will be the first full-time missionaries for Sports Crusaders when they leave this...

Sharing their faith and family with people of Merida, Mexico

Published Dec. 13 2017

By Michelle Brookseditor@californiademocrat.comA High Point couple and their family will be the first full-time missionaries for Sports Crusaders, when they...

K9 Officer Apollo is on-the-job

Published Dec. 10 2017

Fresh from graduation and his first day on the job, K9 Officer Apollo and his handler Lt. Kevin Morse visited...

Toys for Tots volunteers shop-with-a-rep

Published Dec. 3 2017

A band of Moniteau County volunteers traveled to Toys-R-Us in Columbia one early morning to select $2,000-worth of toys from...

Eagles repair bicycles for Angel Tree

Published Nov. 30 2017

By Michelle Brookseditor@californiademocrat.comThe gift of a bicycle is the gift of freedom and exercise.

'Christmas Carol' hits Finke Theatre stage

Published Nov. 30 2017

For one night only, audience members at the Finke Theatre in California will be whisked back to the bygone days...

Thankful to give at California Nutrition Center

Published Nov. 29 2017

Cheerful givers served a traditional meal to more than 100 people Thanksgiving Day at the California Nutrition Center.

Christmas California Style has a strong line up

Published Nov. 29 2017

Christmas California Style has become an annual tradition the second weekend after Thanksgiving Day for the California Area Chamber of...

Lake area orchestra begins winter concert series

Published Nov. 22 2017

Celebrating its 30th year, the Lake Area Community Orchestra traditionally performs a winter concert series and a summer concert series.