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Michelle Brooks is editor and reporter for the California Democrat.

California 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 goodbye to...

4 vying for Moniteau R-1 school board seats

Published Mar. 29 2018

Four candidates — Jeremiah Ranow, Brandon Dunham, Allison Kruger and Brad McCord — are running for two open seats on...

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...

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.

Railroad history first to be featured in California mural

Published Feb. 7 2018

The California area's rich heritage connected with the railroad arriving in 1858 will be featured in the first of a...

Making memories on the dance floor

Published Feb. 7 2018

Daughters in sequins and dads in ties, sons in button-downs and moms in Sunday-best — the California Elementary School gym...

Unexpected reunion becomes perfect musical blend

Published Feb. 1 2018

Jamming out in a Holts Summit home as teenagers, Clarksburg-native Billy Jack Purnell and friends Casey Seymour and Charles Wall...

Women in business group seeking Moniteau County rep

Published Jan. 31 2018

A resource to help people from a low-income or struggling background to succeed as entrepreneurs is available to Moniteau County...

New library services should benefit rural patrons

Published Jan. 28 2018

The outlying communities of Moniteau County should see immediate services from approving the Moniteau County Library in the November election.

California High School ag program to develop learning lab for livestock

Published Jan. 25 2018

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

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...

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...

'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...

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.

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...

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.