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Michelle Brooks is editor and reporter for the California Democrat.

Moniteau County part of German Heritage Corridor

Published Nov. 19 2017

Moniteau County is part of a 16-county initiative to promote German Missouri's German heritage.

Former Russellville school board president appointed to state board of education

Published Nov. 19 2017

A past president of the Cole R-1 School Board has been appointed to the Missouri State Board of Education.

Agency will focus on self-sufficiency for young families

Published Nov. 19 2017

The Central Missouri Community Action is coordinating the community Angel Tree program this year. Tags are available at the downtown...

California students help open 10th African library

Published Nov. 15 2017

A school in Kenya has only 20 books in its library to serve 410 students. It is waiting for 950...

California Care rated among the best in state

Published Nov. 12 2017

The longevity of staff and the relationships built with residents are key factors in the quality of care at California...

10-year-old discovers joy of searching for buried treasure thanks to gifts

Published Nov. 12 2017

With a metal detector in one hand, a pinpointer in the other and shovel laying nearby, Sophie McKinney, 10, can...

Hero of San Juan Hill, Filipino Insurrection led 1st American balloon corps in France

Published Nov. 12 2017

A German immigrant, California's adopted-son Col. John Paegelow was wounded at San Juan Hill and brought peace to the Filippino...

Hundreds of kittens fixed, homes found

Published Nov. 5 2017

More than 200 kittens have come through the care of Teresa Porter since January. But they don't stay.

Exhibit remembers sacrifices of Moniteau County's WWI soldiers

Published Nov. 4 2017

The world was at war 100 years ago and 652 men from Moniteau County stepped up to serve in World...

Foster parents provide the gift of a home

Published Nov. 1 2017

After 20 years moving around with the military, Cathy and Bill Figgins wondered why they hadn't had more children than...

School district to pay for testing for juniors

Published Oct. 25 2017

Juniors at California High School may take either the ACT or a work-readiness test without cost to them this school...

Career Day becomes annual event

Published Oct. 25 2017

About 50 members of the business and services community gave a morning of their time to discuss their careers at...

Toys for Tots seeking volunteers for first run

Published Oct. 25 2017

Volunteers will be needed to make the first-year run of Toys for Tots in Moniteau County a success.

New dog groomer opens

Published Oct. 22 2017

Regular grooming is important to a dog's health. Ivy and Wes Trowbridge opened TLC Grooming at 800 W. Buchanan St....

Toys for Tots comes to Moniteau County

Published Oct. 18 2017

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program will serve families in Moniteau County this Christmas season.

Russellville High School drumline growing, successful

Published Oct. 15 2017

The Russellville High School drumline made school history Oct. 7.

Hundreds remember quirky teen's compassion

Published Oct. 13 2017

The infield at High Point was encircled by nearly 500 mourners Thursday night, there to remember a friend and...

Lawmen honored for drug, alcohol enforcement

Published Oct. 11 2017

Three local law enforcement officers were recognized for their efforts in preventing drunk driving and drug enforcement.

Hundreds of Mid-Missouri students pray together

Published Oct. 4 2017

Young heads bowed across Mid-Missouri Sept. 27 to lift up heartfelt prayers and straightforward petitions, while encircling the flagpole on...

More law for Russellville

Published Oct. 4 2017

The Cole County Commission has approved efforts to increase the Cole County Sheriff's Department's presence in Russellville.