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Michelle Brooks (Reporter, Photographer)

Phone: 573-796-2135
Michelle Brooks is editor and reporter for the California Democrat.

California Care rated among the best in state

Published Nov. 12 2017

The longevity of staff and the relationships built with residents are key factors in the quality of care at California...

Hero of San Juan Hill, Filipino Insurrection led 1st American balloon corps in France

Published Nov. 12 2017

A German immigrant, California's adopted-son Col. John Paegelow was wounded at San Juan Hill and brought peace to the Filippino...

Hundreds of kittens fixed, homes found

Published Nov. 5 2017

More than 200 kittens have come through the care of Teresa Porter since January. But they don't stay.

Foster parents providing the gift of a home

Published Nov. 2 2017

After 20 years of moving around with the military, Cathy and Bill Figgins wondered why they hadn't had more children...

School district to pay for testing for juniors

Published Oct. 25 2017

Juniors at California High School may take either the ACT or a work-readiness test without cost to them this school...

Toys for Tots comes to Moniteau County

Published Oct. 19 2017

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program will serve families in Moniteau County this Christmas season.

Russellville High School drumline growing, successful

Published Oct. 15 2017

The Russellville High School drumline made school history Oct. 7.

Hundreds remember quirky teen's compassion

Published Oct. 13 2017

The infield at High Point was encircled by nearly 500 mourners Thursday night, there to remember a friend and...

Hundreds of Mid-Missouri students pray together

Published Oct. 4 2017

Young heads bowed across Mid-Missouri Sept. 27 to lift up heartfelt prayers and straightforward petitions, while encircling the flagpole on...

More law for Russellville

Published Oct. 4 2017

The Cole County Commission has approved efforts to increase the Cole County Sheriff's Department's presence in Russellville.

Apples teach science, math, history

Published Oct. 4 2017

With a cook-pot for a hat and a seed spreader over his shoulder, Johnny Appleseed visited the pre-K and kindergarten...

California raises more than $5,500 for Eldon teen

Published Oct. 4 2017

Jeans, hats and barbecue helped raise more than $5,500 to support the family of Hunter Bushnell, the injured football player...

Local sister heals brother's loss with prevention

Published Oct. 3 2017

In the last decade, Robbie Pace-Courtright has made significant contributions to the work of preventing drunk driving.

Local sister heals brother's loss with prevention

Published Oct. 2 2017

In the last decade, Robbie Pace-Courtright has made significant contributions to the work of preventing drunk driving.

Maier believes support is key to success

Published Oct. 1 2017

Marilyn Maier's third-grade teacher in Fulton not only made the year enjoyable, but gave her a note saying she would...

Walsh to examine issues

Published Sep. 27 2017

Despite cutting short her potential time in office, 50th District Rep. Sara Walsh chose to be sworn in to office...

Moniteau County collector heeds state auditor recommendations

Published Sep. 26 2017

As Moniteau County Collector Ellen Ash navigates her first year in the office, a recently released state auditor's report will...

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

Music 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.