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Michelle Brooks is editor and reporter for the California Democrat.

Moniteau County Historical Society mural gets colorful

Published Oct. 24 2018

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

Swing-folk jazz duo opens Finke’s ninth season

Published Sep. 20 2018

The 2018-19 season at Finke Theatre in California will open at 7 p.m. Saturday with Victor and Penny and the...

Artist, musician returns to share talent with hometown

Published Aug. 16 2018

Coming from a family of musicians, Keli Schaefer didn't delve into her calling as an artist until adulthood.

Jamestown church celebrates 175 years

Published Aug. 8 2018

A circuit-riding preacher helped a group of 15 worshippers in Jamestown to form a German Methodist congregation 175 years ago.

Grand marshal: Tradition key to Moniteau County Fair's success

Published Aug. 8 2018

Anyone who has volunteered on the Wednesday work night before the Moniteau County Fair begins likely has at least one...

Moniteau County among first to add Text to 911

Published Jul. 26 2018

If an emergency happens and one cannot speak or hear, residents in Moniteau County now are able to use Text...

California SRO position coming together

Published Jul. 25 2018

The Moniteau County R-1 School board and the California Board of Aldermen have created separate committees to create a full-time...

Summer reading program numbers grow at Moniteau County Library

Published Jul. 25 2018

More than 780 children have participated in the Moniteau County Library "Library's Rock" summer reading program, Director Connie Gerling reported...

Bilingual Head Start program thriving in California

Published Jul. 21 2018

As she reads a book to her students, preschool teacher Erica Armenta asks them questions — "Fuerte? Strong?" "Dentista? Dentist?"...

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...

CPI looks to historic society wall to feature fair

Published Jul. 11 2018

The mural project to tell California's history through a series of paintings on area buildings has moved its focus to...

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.