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Michelle Brooks (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0243
Michelle Brooks is a general assignment reporter for the News Tribune and California Democrat. Her emphasis areas include the community of Russellville, rural schools, faith, military and veterans issues, historic preservation, gardening, and human interest stories.

Toebben is good sport for Jefferson City Parks & Rec

Published Dec. 4 2016

Proactive and personable, Angie Toebben is a well-known face among those who have been involved in local youth sports.

Historic Old Munichburg parsonage razed

Published Dec. 2 2016

A 118-year-old German, brick home has come down in Jefferson City's Old Munichburg neighborhood.

Russellville teacher gets grant for science, math projects

Published Nov. 30 2016

Building bridges with only Popsicle sticks and paper clips or programming a robot to create an action, second-grade students in...

Jefferson City church putting on Christmas Around the World event

Published Nov. 27 2016

A beach party might not sound like the traditional American Christmas, but it would be in Australia.

Cemetery building columbarium for urns

Published Nov. 26 2016

Throughout time, man has valued the commemoration of a life's end to give closure to the survivors and to memorialize...

Farm family of the year honored at chamber breakfast

Published Nov. 25 2016

When Bruce and Linda Lackman bought their farm near St. Thomas in 2000, they combined his experience with cattle and...

Men's faith group bakes pies to raise funds

Published Nov. 25 2016

One counter was covered with flour and rolled dough and another with mixing bowls full of puddings and fruit Wednesday...

Federal regulations may impede California school board

Published Nov. 22 2016

Federal regulations may impede the California board of education from making the best decisions for its constituents.

Russellville board eyes big changes

Published Nov. 22 2016

The December meeting of the Russellville school board should yield definite changes coming for the school district.

Sign of her life

Published Nov. 21 2016

At one of the lowest points in Jeanne Brant's life, she turned to prayer, asking God to guide her.

Eye catching for almost 90 years

Published Nov. 20 2016

The most modern building in the city at the time, the Schmidt Apartments were praised in a four-page spread of...

Flag pole to honor vets at Longview Cemetery

Published Nov. 18 2016

To honor about 125 veterans buried at Longview Cemetery, a local man has offered to provide a 30-foot flag pole...

With APR, every school faces challenges

Published Nov. 13 2016

Making consistent improvements in all areas of public school districts is difficult, but it's what the Annual Performance Report demands...

IT manager enjoys technology troubleshooting

Published Nov. 13 2016

The IT (information technology) world has a variety of roles, many of which Amber Addison has filled in her 17...

Veterans honored with Russellville Blue Star Memorial

Published Nov. 12 2016

Generations came together to honor veterans through the development of the Russellville City Park Blue Star Memorial, dedicated Friday at...

Kuensting wins Cole County public administrator race

Published Nov. 9 2016

Joe Kuensting will be charged with caring for the physical, mental and financial needs of about 250 clients on the...

More than 100 unmarked graves found in Callaway County cemetery

Published Nov. 6 2016

What started as a search for early Callaway County pioneer graves has become a pioneering work for cemetery mapping.

Jefferson City garden named in honor of its biggest promoter

Published Nov. 6 2016

A new rock and iron entrance invites visitors to the James D. Schwieterman Memorial Garden in the River City Gardens...

Elizabeth Huber: Mixing fun with 'nerdiness' a goal for wife, co-business owner

Published Oct. 31 2016

"Life's too short, and we're at work for so many hours; we need to have fun with technology because we're...

Stephanie Bell: Lawyer, mom uses leadership to make difference in her hometown

Published Oct. 31 2016

"I feel like service and involvement in the community is important," Stephanie Bell, attorney at Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, said.