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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.

California school counseling program improves

Published Feb. 22 2017

The California School District's counseling program completed its own manual and, at the same time, dramatically improved its assessment rating.

Russellville April bond issue would cover HVAC

Published Feb. 22 2017

The Cole County R-1 School District needs to replace several of its climate control units.

Newly discovered painting an interesting Black History Month find

Published Feb. 19 2017

An original oil painting of paleozoic Missouri was uncovered inside the Missouri State Museum's cabinets last summer by Curator of...

Early school now Schoolhouse Apartments

Published Feb. 19 2017

Its origin was one of Jefferson City's earliest grammar school expansion projects. But its history comes more than 50 years...

Cemetery embraces technology to impart history

Published Feb. 17 2017

Visitors to the Woodland/Old City Cemetery will soon be able to use their mobile devices to learn a little history...

Swimming safety gets elementary

Published Feb. 16 2017

As a kindergartner five years ago, Alberto Osio could not touch the bottom of the city pool, and he was...

McGirk couple rebounds from life-threatening experience

Published Feb. 13 2017

Hanging out with friends at the Lake of the Ozarks strip 43 years ago, Curt and Marian Bridges met on...

George Washington comes to Jefferson City

Published Feb. 12 2017

A distinguished historic figure will tower over visitors to the Cole County Historical Society's museum in an elaborate recreated uniform.

Workshops provide lessons in rehabbing old homes

Published Feb. 12 2017

The pioneer era of historic preservation in Jefferson City is ending.

Breaking racial, religious divides

Published Feb. 11 2017

Even pastors have dreams come true.

'It Runs in the Family' on tap at The Little Theatre

Published Feb. 11 2017

The Little Theatre will perform "It Runs in the Family" by Ray Cooney from Feb. 16-18 at the Miller Performing...

Special meeting set on proposed demolition ordinance

Published Feb. 9 2017

Faced with concerns from the city counselor's office, the Historic Preservation Commission will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m....

Black Missourians' military contributions featured in new museum exhibit

Published Feb. 8 2017

Jefferson City baseball enthusiast Toney Jenkins was 21 when he was inducted to the U.S. Army in October 1917 to...

Henry Gensky: Private eye on history

Published Feb. 6 2017

A part-time interpreter at the Missouri State Museum, Henry Gensky has had the opportunity to deliver several of his self-researched...

Board working to connect death certificates to burials at forgotten cemetery

Published Feb. 5 2017

Face down in the sod, the grave marker of a mother and her infant was unearthed recently on a tour...

Former slave among unmarked graves

Published Feb. 5 2017

One of Lincoln University's earliest advocates and the first black man to run on a statewide ballot in Missouri has...

MoDOT's Harlan keeps drivers aware of road conditions

Published Feb. 5 2017

When a weather event makes Missouri roads hazardous, millions of residents turn to Stuart Harlan's mapping program.

Data room promotes collaborative teaching

Published Feb. 1 2017

Data is helping teachers at California Elementary School know their students better.

Investing in fresh faces: Schools providing better support for new teachers

Published Jan. 30 2017

James Janes recalls the "small element of fear" when he began his first year of teaching. Now that he's a...

Houses in initial urban renewal plan steeped in history

Published Jan. 29 2017

Four of the five Jefferson City properties being considered for initial attention in the East Capitol Avenue Urban Renewal Plan...