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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.

Third Cole County Courthouse a survivor

Published Sep. 25 2016

Just as the Missouri's Capitol is the third building of that name, the Cole County Courthouse is in its third...

Team chaplain offers counsel, encouragement to Lincoln athletes

Published Sep. 25 2016

The Lincoln University football team has been through some emotional times off the field in recent years. Team Chaplain David...

Garden of the Month features rocks, plantings complete with stories

Published Sep. 25 2016

The rocks in front of 3573 Gettysburg Place have stories.

10 years of ministry

Published Sep. 24 2016

For 10 years, the Landmark Church has been ministering to those not in church or those struggling with addiction.

LU professor helps mark founding of historic black regiment

Published Sep. 22 2016

As Lincoln University marked its official 150th anniversary Saturday for the opening of a school to teach newly freed slaves,...

Lincoln University celebrates 150 years of teaching

Published Sep. 18 2016

Lincoln University has been teaching students for 150 years — beginning with just two students, Henry Brown and Cornelius Chappelle.

Festival-filled weekend in California

Published Sep. 18 2016

The 26th annual California Ozark Ham and Turkey Festival took place Saturday.

Supporters given chance to claim one-of-a-kind artwork

Published Sep. 15 2016

Art supporters will have a chance to claim a one-of-a-kind work created by local celebrities at the first-time Celebarty live...

Banking on their champion

Published Sep. 12 2016

The bus named "Jimbo" is a small token of the Boys & Girls Club of the Capital City's appreciation for...

Keeping a historic neighborhood alive

Published Sep. 11 2016

Arched pocket doors and original fireplaces made the rehabilitation of 615 Capitol Ave. more authentic for John and Shelly Pervinich,...

Church builds upon relationship with East Elementary

Published Sep. 10 2016

Reaching East Elementary School through mentoring, school supplies and other incentives, First Christian Church has been developing a relationship with...

21st-century church celebrates fifth year

Published Sep. 10 2016

The Jefferson City corner of Dunklin Street and Clark Avenue is developing a new identity.

100 Mo Miles program drives community to the outdoors

Published Sep. 4 2016

By age 17, Ebonee Woods already was involved in campaign work; she saw that as her life's work.

Mid-Missouri family connects with faith through mission trips

Published Sep. 3 2016

The smile on a child's face when he's given his first bicycle is small in comparison to the joy on...

Friendship quilt mystery solved

Published Sep. 3 2016

Lisa Edmondson remembers looking at the embroidered signatures on feedsack-cloth blocks with her grandmother Louise Adams.

Decades-old blocks of embroidered feedsack cloth sew up new circle of friends

Published Sep. 1 2016

A friendship quilt has made strangers friends.

Primitive passion

Published Aug. 29 2016

The 7-foot-long shaft is made of Missouri-native river cane he cut and straightened; the bannerstone weight he handcarved himself. Throwing...

The warden's house, a Jefferson City landmark

Published Aug. 28 2016

After taking the fateful phone call that a riot was erupting across from his Jefferson City home at 722 E....

Whimsy meets water

Published Aug. 28 2016

The sharp decline of Tom and Millie Jones' Summers Way wooded backyard naturally lent itself to a man-made waterfall.

Blunt touts 'more jobs, less government'

Published Aug. 27 2016

America has faced troubles in recent years due to Obamacare, loss of foreign respect, overreaching regulations and weakening of the...