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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 board tours sports facilities

Published Mar. 22 2017

The California High School baseball/softball field complex has been a significant cooperative project between the district and the athletic boosters...

Russellville faces rate hike for new sewer plant

Published Mar. 20 2017

Sewer rates will increase for those in Russellville beginning April 1.

Appraisal results expected Tuesday on renewal properties

Published Mar. 19 2017

The Jefferson City Housing Authority Board of Commissioners expects to review appraisal results for East Capitol Avenue Urban Renewal properties...

Historic properties steeped in stories

Published Mar. 19 2017

The first seven properties in the East Capitol Avenue Urban Renewal area already have been appraised.

State archaeological society forming local chapter

Published Mar. 19 2017

Those interested in preserving and learning about the prehistory of Mid-Missouri and beyond now have a local chapter of the...

Jefferson City home is steeped in entrepreneurship

Published Mar. 12 2017

An architect, an attorney and a steelworker give 1107 Moreau Drive a rich history.

Mid-Missouri woman looking into life in Missouri River bottom before floods

Published Mar. 12 2017

Susan Sundermeyer grew up in the Missouri River bottom, where her great-grandfather settled the family in 1879.

LU students helping to map graves at Old City Cemetery

Published Mar. 7 2017

New technology is pairing with local history, and at the same time, city staff are cooperating with Lincoln University.

Aiding the technical side of libraries

Published Mar. 5 2017

When libraries in Missouri need technical support or resource sharing, they turn to Jennifer Thompson.

Public meeting at Russellville to address 2 ballot issues

Published Mar. 5 2017

Russellville school district voters will find two separate issues on the April 4 ballot. One is not tied to the...

Downtown Lent services begin Tuesday

Published Mar. 2 2017

Jefferson City's downtown churches again will host weekly Community Lenten Worship Services.

California High's all-female math faculty teams up

Published Mar. 1 2017

While one math class was measuring the circumference of an Oreo, another was applying the California High School student Chromebooks...

Support group seeks to help parents after loss of child

Published Feb. 26 2017

Ruth Padilla has seen many joyful days as an apprentice midwife. However, the Russellville mother of six also has seen...

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...