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Michelle Brooks (Reporter)

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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.

Successful K-9 Mizzou soon to get help

Published Sep. 22 2017

Putting her nose on the line, K-9 Mizzou has been protecting Mid-Missouri from illegal drugs for four years.

Helen Russell to perform at Finke Theatre

Published Sep. 22 2017

By Michelle Brookseditor@californiademocrat.comMusic always has been central to Helen Russell's life.

Clarksburg native Billy Jack brings his original music home

Published Sep. 13 2017

It's been four years since Billy Jack Purnell has played for a hometown crowd.

Jamestown man bound for Houston

Published Sep. 6 2017

JAMESTOWN — As Thomas Shands watched the disaster recovery images from Hurricane Harvey, the American Red Cross volunteer said, "I...

Missouri military history featured in new book

Published Sep. 6 2017

The Show-Me State's enduring military heritage is reflected in "Missouri at War," the latest book by Russellville author Jeremy Amick.

Russellville honors Purple Heart recipients

Published Aug. 23 2017

Those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect American freedom, including U.S. Marine Corp. John Campbell, will not be forgotten...

Solar eclipse: Perfect view with protective lenses

Published Aug. 20 2017

The most important thing residents need to know about The Great American Eclipse Aug. 21 is to wear approved protective...

Revitalized Moniteau County Fair derby triples numbers

Published Aug. 16 2017

The Moniteau County Fair arena was packed Saturday night for a revived demolition derby event, organized by the local Timbrook...

Moniteau kids fair hands out school supplies

Published Aug. 9 2017

More than 500 students from Moniteau County schools, including homeschoolers, took home school supplies from the recent Moniteau County Alliance...

Historical Society program set on Russellville church

Published Aug. 9 2017

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russellville will be featured in the next Cole County Historical Society Getting to Know Our...

Sapphires will sparkle at Cardinals game Thursday

Published Aug. 9 2017

Growing up in Jamestown, Cara Scheperle couldn't wait to become a Sapphire.

Glenn promotes LU ROTC in coordinator role

Published Aug. 6 2017

The Lincoln University ROTC department was a second home for Kristin Glenn, as she grew up with her mom working...

Russellville English teacher advances in recognition program

Published Aug. 6 2017

Sarah Kempker expected to become a registered nurse after she reared her family.

Pint-sized and proud: Youth parade small animals at fair's Pee Wee Show

Published Aug. 4 2017

The bounce in her pink-boot steps made Maggie Thessen's curled pigtails sway as she proudly led a lamb around the...

Haircuts offer fresh start, free food

Published Aug. 2 2017

Salon chairs were set up under shade trees on the perfect summer morning Saturday in Clarksburg, where Robin Arnold and...

Church expanding ministry with grant

Published Jul. 31 2017

Author and retreat leader Emilie Griffin will discuss prayer Sunday at First Christian Church.

'Perfect balance' for First Christian pastor as he takes position for denomination

Published Jul. 30 2017

A diverse and motivated congregation in the Capital City, the senior minister job at First Christian Church was an unsolicited,...

Milk, bread prices increase; lunch costs unchanged for California school year

Published Jul. 30 2017

Milk and bread costs went up for the 2017-18 school year at California. Only one bid was received for each.

Church garden puts 'diversity in motion'

Published Jul. 30 2017

Meghan Luecke wanted to create a garden as a summer project with her three children. However, their historic home had...

Area group aims to hold government accountable

Published Jul. 30 2017

Local residents put their beliefs into action Saturday as they gathered on the Missouri Boulevard sidewalk in front of Congressman...