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Michelle Brooks (Reporter, Photographer)

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Michelle Brooks is editor and reporter for the California Democrat.

Russellville pool reopens thanks to volunteers, donations

Published Jul. 18 2018

The Russellville Pool reopened July 12 and held a Swimming Under the Stars event Saturday.Between its Facebook donation campaign and...

100 turn out to meet Moniteau County candidates

Published Jul. 6 2018

More than 100 area residents turned out June 26 at the California Nutrition Center for a candidate forum, organized by...

Artists fill local shops

Published Jun. 29 2018

A first-time art crawl sponsored by the California Progress Inc. June 23 brought Dianne Kilgore Baum back to her hometown...

Mobile ultrasound unit to visit Moniteau County

Published Jun. 27 2018

The new mobile unit of the Pregnancy Help Center of Central Missouri will stop at the Moniteau County Health Center...

CPI brings artists to Old Town

Published Jun. 21 2018

Historic buildings will be filled with art and artists from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday as the California Progress Inc.

Town of California highlighted in documentary

Published Jun. 14 2018

California was highlighted as a road trip stop in the "The WPA Guide to 1930s Missouri," a federal writers' project...

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...