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Michelle Brooks (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0243
E-mail: mbrooks@newstribune.com
Bio:
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.

$2 million school bond weighed in Russellville

Published Jan. 16 2017

Choosing to homeschool or send her children to private schools in the past, this is the first year Renee Davis...

Debbie Malzner works for county and serves Russellville schools

Published Jan. 16 2017

For the last 27 years, Debbie Malzner has spent her days working in Cole County government. For the last five...

Area couple collects glass soda bottles

Published Jan. 15 2017

Cradling a fragile, ornate glass bottle, Randee Kaiser beams with pride as he weaves the bottle's tale of origin and...

Russellville family hosts exchange students

Published Jan. 13 2017

One tall and quiet and the other a social butterfly, the Ford family of Russellville has had the unique experience...

HPC closer to demolition ordinance

Published Jan. 11 2017

Jefferson City's Historic Preservation Commission will present a final copy of its proposal for a revised demolition ordinance at its...

Day of inaugural begins with prayer

Published Jan. 10 2017

A day of joy and celebration to reflect on the responsibility of government "is a day best begun in prayer,"...

Group unites descendants of Union soldiers

Published Jan. 8 2017

Growing up hearing stories from his grandmother about her grandfather's Civil War service, Pete Oetting has had a lifelong interest...

Ringing out the Christmas season

Published Jan. 6 2017

A long-standing, post-holiday tradition continues Sunday in Jefferson City with the "Bells of Christmastide" hand bell concert.

Prayer breakfast speaker: Strive for sacred in roles of influence

Published Jan. 6 2017

Conviction and respect are essential, despite a growing cultural trend that points its finger at strongly held beliefs as problem-causers.

Minister's approach grounded in spending time with teens

Published Jan. 3 2017

When only a teenager himself, the Rev. Casey Malley was leading a Bible study and coordinating after-school programs at his...

MoDOT wants to learn local significance of older bridges

Published Jan. 2 2017

Bridges are local landmarks, though they may not hold the same personal attachments as historic homes.

Commanding a team of experts

Published Jan. 1 2017

On her first training exercise with the 7th WMD-Civil Support Team, Maj. Lindsey Decker got a crash course in the...

Community Christian welcomes Bethany Albrecht to 'pulpit'

Published Dec. 31 2016

The Rev. Bethany Albrecht is not one to seek the spotlight, yet accepting her first senior pastor position at Community...

Russellville school district seeks no-tax increase bond issue amid shrinking student body

Published Dec. 28 2016

The Cole County R-1 Schools needs another 40 students to move into its district.

Barber Mike Tanner takes his tools, skills to homebound customers

Published Dec. 27 2016

Five steps — that's what stood between John Bollinger and getting his haircut at the same place he'd been going...

Sea Cadets program shapes character, leadership skills for youth

Published Dec. 26 2016

Uniforms are not uncommon at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City. However, once a month, the uniforms belong...

Foster mother's brood tops 20 with aid of local agency

Published Dec. 23 2016

Erin Kremer became a mother eight years ago when she opened her home to the first of more than 20...

School bullying policy revised

Published Dec. 21 2016

After administrators met with staff and students regarding proposed changes to the school's bullying policy, the California Board of Education...

Toys for Tots expands to Moniteau, Howard counties

Published Dec. 21 2016

Moniteau County children will benefit this year from the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

National Guard unit gets new leadership

Published Dec. 20 2016

The Missouri National Guard's 7th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team is not the typical citizen-soldier unit.