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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.

Donations to fund burial vault restoration

Published May. 24 2017

A historic burial vault, unique to this part of the country, will be restored.

California Elementary kindergarten enrollment still growing

Published May. 24 2017

The largest ever kindergarten enrollment in California Elementary School is still growing.

High Street properties first Golden Hammer winners of year

Published May. 21 2017

The newly renovated 106-108 E. High St. has been named the first Golden Hammer recipient of 2017.

Dix family's home named a Jefferson City Landmark

Published May. 21 2017

Once part of an 80-acre orchard well outside the western city limits, 1919 W. Main St. remains a standing tribute...

Appreciating local firefighters

Published May. 18 2017

Cozy corners filled the 34-year-old home of Craig and Linda Rodick on Missouri 87 in Moniteau County.

Appreciating local firefighters

Published May. 17 2017

Cozy corners filled the 34-year-old home of Craig and Linda Rodick on Missouri 87. The night of April 3, that...

Wood Place Library reopens soon with part-time hours

Published May. 17 2017

The Wood Place Library will open Monday, May 22, for 20 hours-per-week, funded by the Elia Wood Paegelow Foundation.

Gaw explains library receivership process

Published May. 17 2017

With the agreement of the parties, Special Judge Donald Barnes on March 28 named retired Tipton attorney H. Ralph Gaw...

Capital City's history feted on Heritage Day

Published May. 17 2017

History was celebrated Tuesday with awards and presentations during the annual Heritage Day, hosted by the city's Historic Preservation Commission...

Quilting for valor or veterans

Published May. 14 2017

Veterans in civilian clothing walk among Moniteau County residents every day. Often, their service is unknown.

Moniteau County Library volunteers working to re-open

Published May. 10 2017

Behind the darkened doors of the Moniteau County Library, volunteers have been working diligently to re-open. It's almost like starting...

Rain didn't dampen Sunshine's first 5K fundraiser

Published May. 6 2017

Despite last weekend's torrential downpours, there was a little peek of sunshine at the Edgewood Greenway in Jefferson City last...

State Archive rescues flooded documents

Published May. 5 2017

As emergency responders work in flood-ravaged parts of the state to secure individual safety and property security, the Missouri State...

Wayfinding signs offer welcome to California

Published May. 4 2017

When Eleanor Tiefenrun and her family moved to California, Missouri, they didn't know Proctor Park existed.

Writing from and for the heart

Published Apr. 30 2017

At age 8, Kelly Smith was filling Big Chief tablets with stories. So, when her parents offered her the choice...

Flash flooding inundates Missouri

Published Apr. 30 2017

Gov. Eric Greitens declared a state of emergency in response to flooding Saturday across Missouri, as more rain and the...

Calvary Lutheran students work on sharing faith

Published Apr. 27 2017

Freshman Jaelyn Engelbrecht's nerves turned to confidence Wednesday as she participated in Calvary Lutheran High School's 12th annual Witness Workshop.

Grant provides special equipment for CHS science lab

Published Apr. 26 2017

Chemistry experiments at California High School just got a boost.

Amick features Tipton veteran in latest book

Published Apr. 26 2017

The everyday experiences of a Tipton man serving in World War II with the famed Tuskegee Airmen have been captured...

Digging into a varied career

Published Apr. 17 2017

From digging up 1904 World's Fair artifacts to baking miniature pastries to defending public entities in the courtroom, Annie Willis...