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Allen Fennewald (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0243
Allen Fennewald reports on rural community news and features and designs pages for the Jefferson City News Tribune, California Democrat and Fulton Sun. He hails from a small Century Farm outside Martinsburg, Missouri. After graduating from the University of Missouri with a bachelor's degree in English in 2013, he worked as a substitute teacher before becoming the full-time reporter for the Mexico Ledger. Fennewald returned to MU in 2014 and worked for the Columbia Missourian and Vox Magazine before moving to Washington, D.C., where he completed his graduate project as a correspondent for Youth Today and the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. He graduated with a master's in journalism in December 2016. Fennewald also enjoys reading and writing literature and making music.

Candidates for 4 local school boards run unopposed

Published Jan. 22 2018

Four Mid-Missouri school districts already know who will represent them on their boards of education following the April election.

Russellville school board hears call for new band instruments

Published Jan. 20 2018

Members of the Russellville Band Boosters called upon the Cole R-1 Board of Education to purchase new instruments for the...

Eight-part harmony

Published Jan. 20 2018

More than 100 instruments filled the Russellville High School gymnasium with a cacophony of random notes as students warmed up...

Owners look ahead after Eldon Philly Diner fire

Published Jan. 19 2018

The Eldon Philly Diner is a scorched shell of its former self, but the owners of Randles Court said they...

California's volunteer brotherhood

Published Jan. 18 2018

Members of the California City Fire Department and California Rural Fire Protection District are still mentally and emotionally recovering after...

Dedication breeds success: the Jordan Poire story

Published Jan. 15 2018

Of all the enviable qualities attributed to Columbia College Presidential Award winner Jordan Poire, from her intelligence to her athleticism,...

Lifelong teammates reunite

Published Jan. 14 2018

Cross country takes athleticism, perseverance and commitment to teammates. One team's commitment and camaraderie is still evident 30 years after...

Weather freezes out fundraiser

Published Jan. 14 2018

It was 14 degrees at 10:15 a.m. Saturday when Phil Farris climbed onto the Polar Dunk Booth platform, water frozen...

The Homestead Pickers head to California

Published Jan. 11 2018

The Homestead Pickers will be leaving the comfort of their McHaffie Homestead cabin’s front porch in Silver Dollar City to...

Russellville Middle School leaps for joy with food drive

Published Jan. 10 2018

Russellville Middle School students were jumping for joy after they collected more than 200 cans of food and got to...

Bishop braves winter storms to keep residents safe, mobile

Published Jan. 7 2018

Road Superintendent Larry Bishop of the Cole County Public Works Department is among the men who put their personal lives...

'Just play it by ear'

Published Dec. 30 2017

Lohman's Albin Linsenbardt has witnessed a century of progress and expansion. So what advice does the centenarian farmer, retired electrician...

Jefferson City businesses: Local Christmas shopping increases

Published Dec. 27 2017

Sometimes a warm atmosphere, familiar staff and local charm can outweigh the convenience of online holiday shopping.

Opposition to Rock Island Trail 'up against Goliath'

Published Dec. 24 2017

Overwhelming public support for the proposed Rock Island Trail has left opposing landowners feeling like little David facing the giants...

Russellville school board talks construction, behavior issues

Published Dec. 23 2017

As the district settled into winter break, the Cole R-1 Board of Education was still at work Thursday evening.

Community invited to visit St. George Catholic Church

Published Dec. 22 2017

St. George Catholic Church in Linn is nearing its funding campaign goal for major church and school renovation projects.

Ornaments help bring love, hope

Published Dec. 22 2017

Timmy Porter, Christina Whittaker, Patsy Clark — Marianne Asher-Chapman knows them all — every missing person represented by an ornament...

Big Brothers, Big Sisters acts as guiding hand for youth

Published Dec. 19 2017

Energetic 11-year-old Askari Steward knows he has to behave in class because his big brother could show up at school...

New Runge manager connecting people with nature

Published Dec. 17 2017

Kevin Lohraff has dedicated his life to connecting humanity with nature, and he finds himself in a great position to...

Rock Island DAR laying wreaths on veterans' graves in Eldon

Published Dec. 14 2017

Civil War soldier Adolphus Jones, Indian War veteran Woodford Pullen and Spanish-American War serviceman Samuel Cooper were buried long ago,...