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Paula Earls

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High Point R-III hosts Spelling Bee

Students at High Point R-III competed in a school wide spelling bee Thursday, Feb. 19. Third and fourth grade teacher Galen Maples organized the event for the school.

California Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner nets over $5,000 for scholarships

Jenny Brown, treasurer, presented the treasurer’s report, as well, as the annual dinner and scholarship budgets. Auction items and cash donations received netted the scholarship fund $5,071.25.

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CHS Academic Team excels

The California High School Academic Team for the 2014-15 school year is represented by four team members. Juniors, Mason Albertson, Morgan Carpenter and Jarod McKee and freshman Jack Johnston.

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Highway fatality occurs in county on Friday on Hwy 54 near California Missouri

A Holts Summit man was killed in a vehicle collision in Moniteau County Friday morning.

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St. Paul’s hosts Red Cross Blood Drive in California

Fortunately the weather was nice and the sun was shining so St. Paul’s Lutheran Church was able to open their doors to host a blood drive Thursday, Jan. 22.

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Lewis and Clark exhibit displayed in High Point gym

The third and fourth graders at High Point R-III became as statues in a museum on Friday, Jan. 23.

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Explosion at Taylor's Tire brings Staff for Life to California

Staff for life lands in California Tuesday afternoon.

Chamber to host annual dinner at Centennial Hall Jan. 24

The California Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at Centennial Hall-Upper Level.

2015 First Baby Contest continues

The 2015 First Baby of Moniteau County Contest continues.

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‘Christmas Carol Request Live’ presented at High Point R-III

High Point R-III students presented “Christmas Carol Request Live” Thursday, Dec. 18, at 6:30 p.m. for friends and family gathered in the gym.

Plans are in place for the California Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Jan. 24

The California Area Chamber of Commerce met for its monthly board meeting, Thursday, Dec. 11, in the California City Hall meeting room.

LEGO at Moniteau County Library

The Moniteau County Library at Wood Place was one of 15 libraries in Missouri to be selected by the Missouri State Library to receive a LEGO toolkit, a great honor considering there are 165 libraries to choose from.

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California community donates 640 pounds of food for buddy packs

California area residents took the challenge very seriously this year according to Nancy Schatzer organizer of Pack the Bus for Buddy Packs. Residents turned out with giving hearts Dec. 9-11 and made very generous donations to help fight hunger in California schools.

Christmas Open House

Inspired Designs was a buzz Saturday, Dec. 6, during Christmas California Style.

Winding Road Gifts hosts Open House

Jo Winkler and daughter Julie Bolinger hosted a Christmas open house in conjunction with Christmas California Style Saturday, Dec. 6, in California.

United Methodist Church Christmas Cookie Sale

The ladies of the United Methodist Church, California, had a very successful cookie sale Saturday, Dec. 6, at the church fellowship hall.

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Healea to be arraigned Dec. 2

Healea charged with four counts of felony second degree assault.

Tolle appointed as special prosecutor for Healea case

Attorney General Chris Koster has assigned Assistant Attorney General Julie Tolle as the special prosecutor in the criminal case against Moniteau County Prosecutor Shayne Healea, who was arrested Oct. 25 on suspicion of felonies after an incident that left four people injured at a Columbia restaurant.

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California Elementary students raise over $6,000 for American Heart Association

“Jump Rope for the Heart teaches students to take care of their hearts while they experiences the joy of giving back to their community,” according to physical education teacher Jill Hampton.

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Lady Pintos finish 2nd, Pintos, 4th at Fatima Invitational Meet

The California High School varsity and JV cross country teams competed with 18 other schools at the Fatima Invitational Saturday in Westphalia.

Jamestown Lady Eagles fall to Canton

The Jamestown Lady Eagles softball team lost to Canton Saturday in the Class 1 Quarterfinals at Hickman High School, Columbia.

Lady Pintos participate in Class 1 State Golf Championship

The Class 1 State Golf Championship were held Oct. 13-14 at Rivergate Golf Course in Springfield where the California’s Lady Pintos finished in eighth place overall with 417-404 for 821.

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California Elementary School Hosts Donuts with Dads

California Elementary School hosted Donuts with Dads, which is a special breakfast for a student and male role model, Friday, Oct. 10.

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McTeacher Night brings large turnout

Families went to McDonalds in California Tuesday night with children all a buzz with excitement.

Chamber of Commerce hears presentation on “Pintos Drive Safe”

Janet Henley, California High School Librarian, and three students gave a presentation on how businesses can assist them win up to $100,000.

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California Elementary School Hosts Muffins for Moms

California Elementary School hosted Muffins for Mom, a special breakfast for an elementary student and their mother, aunt, grandmother or any female role model, Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 7 - 8 a.m.

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CHS Homecoming to be held Friday

Friday Night is Homecoming in California

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Pintos dominate Eagles of Southern Boone

Jaden Barr and Drew Norton were on Friday night as the California Pintos put a damper on Homecoming for the Southern Boone Eagles.

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Ozark Ham and Turkey Barbecue a success

The annual barbecue pork steak cook off with amateurs and professionals, began at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, downtown in the Commerce Bank parking lot.

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Bingo popular on the Court House Lawn

Ozark Ham and Turkey Bingo

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The 16th Annual Diaper Derby was held at Village Green

Fisher and Combs win Diaper Derby

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Kids’ Korner held on the Post Office Lawn

Special activities for children ages 10 and under

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Children enjoyed the Petting Zoo

Barnyard Fun

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California second graders learn about city government first hand

The California Elementary second grade classes of Nancy Abernathy, Jennifer Cain, Jennifer Dampf, Sarah Hays and Rhiannon Kendrick walked to California’s City Hall at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 19. The weather cooperated as it was a gorgeous day for the outing. California City Police also assisted the students as they made their way by blocking streets as they passed.

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High Point R-III host Grandparents Day

Friday, Sept. 12, the High Point R-III School opened its doors to the grandparents of its students. A very large number was in attendance.

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California prepares for annual festival

Brad Baer, Ozark Ham and Turkey Festival chairman, stated the committee met Tuesday, Sept. 2. Festival t-shirts are available for $15 each.

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High Point school begins new school year

Excitement filled the air at High Point R-III school as classes began Thursday, Aug. 14, with Stan Elliott at the helm as administrator.

California Area Chamber of Commerce hears MoDot presentation

Natalie Roark, District Design Engineer and Trent Brooks, Traffic Engineer for MoDOT spoke about Constitutional Amendment 7 to be voted on Aug. 5.

California Area Chamber of Commerce Spotlights - Mr. G’s

Mr. G’s has been owned and operated by Norris and Lesley Gerhart since Sept. 15, 1979. They are located at 306 W. Buchanan, California.

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California Fire Department responds to 302 South Hodges Friday

Smoke engulfs home at 302 S. Hodges

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Micro burst takes Prairie Home R-V roof

Prairie Home R-V suffers extensive damage from storm

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Summer reading program kicks off at Moniteau County Library @ Wood Place

Wednesday, May 28, children gathered at the Moniteau County Library @ Wood Place to begin the summer reading progr

Mrs. K, mother to many plus four sons

When I asked Cathy Kliethermes how many children she had she replied, “approximately 600!!!”

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Bond pharmacy celebrates 25 years of business

Bond Pharmacy celebrates 25 years

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Family Fun Night held at High Point

Family fun night at High Point R-III

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High Point R-III hosts Sock Hop for elementary students

High Point students enjoy old fashion fun

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Animal care can be dangerous

Oliver recovering from ankle surgery

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Dutch Bakery celebrates 27th anniversary in new building

Dutch Bakery celebrates 27th anniversary in new building

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California Area Chamber of Commerce Spotlights - Cal's Thriftway

Calvin Gerlach started out working for Thriftway in 1952 as a "carry-out boy" he later became manager for three years before purchasing the store in 1972 from Tom James.