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Pies, homestyle menu remain in ownership change at Nic Nac

Published Jan. 2 2019

The homestyle menu at Nic Nac Cafe will remain, though all of the seats are now smoke-free with the change...

County library to improve tech in 2019

Published Dec. 26 2018

By Michelle Brookseditor@californiademocrat.comThe Moniteau County Library will see improvements to its technology and web presence in the coming year.

Eagles continue bicycle donation despite loss

Published Dec. 19 2018

As a way to keep children active while offering a sense of independence, for many people having one's own bicycle...

Retirement for Kent, service remains

Published Nov. 14 2018

After growing up with a family turkey operation in Texas and graduating from Southwest Texas State, San Marcos, Texas, with...

Church transforms Swiss pioneer roots into modern-day family support

Published Nov. 14 2018

An unexpected architectural treasure, the Moniteau Evangelical Advent Church features a castle-like turret children adore and more than a dozen...

Col. Paegelow to be featured in Scott AFB historic airship era exhibit

Published Nov. 7 2018

An adopted-son of California and a nationally-recognized veteran will receive due recognition for his impacts on early experimental aviation.

Collector's office adds online payment

Published Oct. 31 2018

An online option for paying property and personal taxes in Moniteau County has been added this year.

Color takes shape on CPI mural

Published Oct. 24 2018

After nearly two years of hoping and planning, the California Progress Inc. finally is seeing its mural project in color.

Technology classes prove popular at library

Published Oct. 24 2018

The technology classes are popular at the Moniteau County Library.A senior and veterans class on laptops finished up this week.

Junk Jam invites visitors for vendors, live music

Published Oct. 17 2018

All things wood and wonderful — that's what captures Rhonda Bestgen's interest.That includes an old barn west of town, which...

Calling local business dreamers

Published Oct. 17 2018

StartUp Moniteau's most visible success story from its inaugural session last winter is Chelsea McGill's Grind.

Chamber asked to boost volunteers' connections

Published Oct. 17 2018

Many Moniteau County residents are interested in volunteer opportunities, but may lack the connections or awareness of where their efforts...

Apprenticeship first of its kind in the state

Published Sep. 19 2018

Moniteau County is the first in Missouri to have a countywide apprenticeship program, led by an economic development board.

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...