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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.

Conflict, change of life inspires local artist

Published Oct. 20 2016

The conflict and change of life was inspiration for local artist Amy Potts' collection "Ebb and Flow," which will be...

Neighborhoods get new mini-libraries

Published Oct. 20 2016

When Jacob Witherspoon opened the door to his neighborhood's new little library, he pulled out a copy of "Treasure Island."

Time capsule opened early to find soggy Moniteau County history

Published Oct. 19 2016

Buried 50 years ago near the entrance of the Moniteau County Fairgrounds, a time capsule was left for the 2066...

Stone home on Green Berry Road a city Landmark

Published Oct. 16 2016

On one of Cole County's highest hills, entrepreneur and future phone company mogul Houck McHenry built a family home that...

McHenry family leaves landmark home, legacy in Capital City

Published Oct. 16 2016

In addition to building a home that became a city-designated Landmark at 1427 Green Berry Road, Houck McHenry also built...

Lincoln University to host seminar on religious freedom

Published Oct. 14 2016

Freedom of religious conscience has been a recurring topic in current events.

Character Counts to recognize more students

Published Oct. 13 2016

The long-running character encouragement program at Russellville Elementary and Middle schools has been converted to the Character Counts this year.

'Country boy' preacher keeps it simple

Published Oct. 10 2016

As much as the Wildcats fan loves the Kentucky farm where he grew up, Jefferson City has become home for...

A touch of Brazil in Mid-Missouri

Published Oct. 7 2016

Missions are Evandro Kopper's passion, whether it be in Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Memphis, Tennessee or Central Missouri.

Couple celebrates in theatric style

Published Oct. 6 2016

The Thompsons never considered a traditional celebration to mark three milestones — her 50th birthday, his retirement from the military...

Temple Beth El feeling blessed by presence of young rabbi-in-training for High Holidays

Published Oct. 5 2016

A piece of bread was tossed into the Missouri River, and with it went the hope of turning from sin.

Former teacher brings historical education to the archives

Published Oct. 2 2016

Ten years ago, Emily Luker brought with her to the Missouri Secretary of State's office 32 years of teaching experience,...

190 years as the Capital City

Published Oct. 1 2016

It took 85 years for the permanent seat of government title to be incontrovertible for Jefferson City.

Church supports offenders, who help community

Published Sep. 28 2016

Last week, 10 offenders from the Tipton Correctional Center gave up their normal work release program to spend a week...

California schools see growth in test scores, enrollment

Published Sep. 27 2016

California schools have more than 40 students more than this time a year ago.

She found her option

Published Sep. 27 2016

Autumn Fields was presented with a diploma from California High School at the regular school board meeting Wednesday.

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.