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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.

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.

Antique organ concert returns to Schubert church

Published Jul. 27 2017

The nostalgic sounds of the antique reed organ will fill the sanctuary at St. John's Lutheran Church in Schubert at...

Early city Landmark started out as grocery store

Published Jul. 23 2017

From groceries to men's fine clothing to attorney's offices, the Burch-Berendzen Grocery at 304 E. High St. has had its...

Capitol Avenue renovations restore building's former look

Published Jul. 22 2017

Windows looking across Madison Street to the Governor's Mansion lawn were revealed during recent exterior renovations at 205 E. Capitol...

Highway Patrol analyst makes sure missing aren't forgotten

Published Jul. 16 2017

Clara Land takes her compassion, drive, understanding and outside-the-box thinking to work every day.

Historic Preservation Commission considers district definitions

Published Jul. 13 2017

Jefferson City's Historic Preservation Commission may consider amending its code definition through historic districts.

Marker honors town's sacrifices, role in Civil War

Published Jul. 12 2017

At the end of the Union supply line using the Pacific Railway, the community of Pacific City, incorporated in 1868...

Host families provide sense of home off the field for Renegade players

Published Jul. 9 2017

Branden Beeler fulfilled a long-held life goal playing in the MINK (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas) League with the Jefferson City...

Mid-Missouri church to mark 150 years

Published Jul. 9 2017

Two special services will mark the 150th anniversary of St. John's Lutheran Church, Stringtown, on July 16.

Historical society highlights former Osage Bend school

Published Jul. 9 2017

With lunch served in the cook's home basement and daily Mass to open the school day, Osage Bend's public school...

Funeral home turned retreat

Published Jun. 18 2017

Jefferson City's first public funeral home opened about 1929 at 712 E. High St.

Bittersweet Garden Club tour slated for June 25

Published Jun. 18 2017

The 18th annual Bittersweet Garden Club Garden Tour will be held, rain or shine, 12:30-5 p.m. June 25.

Shedding light on eclipses in our past

Published Jun. 13 2017

On this day in 1257, it is likely people of the Mississippian culture saw a total solar eclipse from what...

With retirement at hand, the Rev. Peter Kurowski turns attention to writing

Published Jun. 11 2017

Choosing a life of service to people and time for Bible study over prestige and administration, the Rev. Peter Kurowski...

Father-son duo brings life to Marshall St. home

Published Jun. 11 2017

Fresh attention to a Marshall Street home's exterior has improved the neighborhood and provided an investment for a young man's...

USDA provides summer meals in Moniteau County

Published Jun. 7 2017

Despite a rocky start Monday, a community effort is underway to provide four lunches a week for children 18 and...

Missouri Missing plans 10th anniversary

Published Jun. 7 2017

For 10 years, families of missing Missourians have gathered in Jefferson City in mid-June to raise awareness of their silent...

Family legacy spins to life in antique

Published Jun. 4 2017

When Anna Apollonia Grunbaum crossed the Atlantic Ocean with her new husband, Friedrick Ziegler, as immigrants from Bavaria aboard the...

From yearbook to state director of publications

Published Jun. 4 2017

Twenty-five years after joining the composing operations at the Secretary of State's Office, Julie Stegeman remains as enthusiastic about completing...

Students discovering science, history at summer school

Published Jun. 4 2017

Standards and serious learning are still in play during summer school at California Elementary School.