Stories by Michelle
Dania’s dream of med school
After a spur-of-the-moment fall road trip to Harvard University for a campus visit, Dania Isidro realized her dream of medical school at the prestigious post-secondary institution was possible.
Prayer breakfast highlights 11 area events
The 2016 National Day of Prayer theme is “Wake Up America,” based on Isaiah 58:1 — “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.”
A bag of child-friendly food goes home each week with about 200 students in Moniteau County public schools.
Around 1,000 volunteer in service-filled weekend
The offer to pay for someone’s laundry, then help them fold it and carry it to their car in a new laundry basket, replacing the plastic trash bag they brought in with them — that’s one of more than 60 mission projects carried out Sunday morning.
Serving Jeff City
A beautiful day drew more than 350 volunteers to plant trees, provide TLC to local service agencies and otherwise beautify the Jefferson City community.
Jamestown woman gives her brother a kidney
Carrie Couch is back running 5Ks and Chris Gerlach is hunting mushrooms this spring.
Carrie Couch is back running 5Ks and Chris Gerlach is hunting mushrooms this spring.
The distinguished Governor's Mansion sits on the same bluff where Missouri’s first legislative session was held in the Capital City in 1826. The riverview bluff has been home to three executive mansions.
Do students at Lincoln University feel safe and secure on campus?
Caitlin Bartley’s time at LU provides degree of certainty for disabled students in future
Lincoln University is more accessible for people with disabilities, thanks to December 2015 graduate Caitlin Bartley.
The Missouri State Parks system is the envy of most other states.
Parks and picnics were some of Dawn Fredrickson’s favorite places, yielding some of her fondest childhood memories.
Community cyber-support put California High School over the top in last year’s online-voting Celebrate My Drive campaign.
Evenings and Saturdays at the Moniteau County Library@Wood Place are important times for many local adults to apply for jobs, advance their knowledge and training, or take care of other Internet-required responsibilities.
Help came from the state’s Office of Administration after the Jefferson City Cemetery Resources Board requested a partnership to maintain the state burial lot inside the Old City/Woodland Cemetery.
‘Banquet hall of the dead’ a resting place for Missouri officials
Only a few years after Missouri became a state and Jefferson City became the permanent seat of government, it was necessary to designate a small cemetery plot for state officials at Woodland Cemetery.
Breaking down barriers of church
In a non-traditional location with a non-religious appearance, the new Woodcrest Chapel purposefully designed its facilities with the doubters, skeptics and spiritual seekers in mind.
Chairman of performing arts at Temple College joins JC Community Symphonic Band at upcoming concert
The lead alto saxophone player with the Temple Jazz Orchestra will be the guest musician at The Jefferson City Community Symphonic Band concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Lutheran High School.
Travels, career paths converge in Russellville for art teacher Amy Potts
Artistry and athleticism are equal traits for Amy Potts, who can be found teaching art at Russellville Elementary School during the day and riding her bicycle through downtown in the evening.
Billy Jack Purnell’s rural Missouri life has taken some ups, downs and sideways turns — sometimes literally.
Museum offers change to learn history, care
The Museum of Missouri Military History will host its first Militaria Identification Day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Missouri National Guard’s Ike Skelton Training Site.
For the next two weeks, Eugene Elementary students likely may be found with a book in their hand whenever they have free time.
Students get firsthand lesson for civil rights project
As students at Russellville High School passed around medals and photos, James Shipley discussed his nearly three-year service as a mechanic with the Tuskegee Airmen.
Who owns the 60-by-32-foot lot inside Woodland Cemetery where only governors and other state officials are buried?
Excited docents from the Friends of the Missouri Governor’s Mansion will help Jefferson City’s Cemetery Resource Board host an informative walk through of the City/Woodland cemeteries 11 a.m.-4 p.m. June 4.
Storied history of Civil War vet’s home figures in Register nomination
A cozy, red brick Queen Anne-style home on Capitol Avenue in Jefferson City bears the names of its first owner and another who restored it nearly a century later.
The site of Cole County’s first courthouse is part of a historic farm being considered for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Inspirational mugs and coasters or colorful clocks and bulletin boards, the sixth-graders at Eugene Elementary School have put in more than a dozen hours after school creating artwork to be silent auctioned Thursday.
Beautiful was the word at Capital West Christian Church Friday as young men in suits and ladies in shiny gowns embarked on their Night to Shine.
The first printing of Jeremy Ämick’s latest book, “The Lucky Ones,” sold out in less than two weeks.
Working hard and teamwork are the foundation of Kenny and Christiane Goans’ 23-year marriage.
Ceremony revives wreath-laying at founder’s grave
Lincoln University celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.
Dressed in full uniform from his days with the Union’s 65th U.S. Colored Infantry and rifle in hand, an aged Pvt. W. Logan Bennett dutifully attended each Founder’s Day ceremony at Lincoln University.
Russellville Middle School class celebrates “Thank a Farmer Week”
Handwritten letters were mailed out to about two dozen Cole County farmers living in Russellville or Lohman this week from students in Gayla Spencer’s sixth-grade class.
The Lenten season, beginning today with Ash Wednesday services, is the perfect time for various Christian denominations to join in worship, said the Rev. Rob Erickson, pastor at First Presbyterian Church.
Effort to field football team gets assist from other boosters
Football at Russellville schools is a step closer with a recent school board commitment.
Archivist Mark Schleer keeps stories of LU’s past alive
Printed pictures taped to Mark Schleer’s bookcases have curled edges for the repeated times he has pulled down the images to tell their stories.
LU team waits to learn if weekend victory will take them to national Campus All-Star Challenge
Lincoln University has yet another success to add to its belt since its academic team won its round-robin regional tournament at Hampton University, Virginia, this weekend.
When he was in college, Mark Wolfe didn’t think sales would be for him, so he went into the agriculture business.
As Catholic schools across Mid-Missouri celebrate Catholic Schools Week, the growing parish school in St. Martins has seen great benefits from its business and community partners.
Overcoming public concern with education, the Missouri National Guard received preliminary approval to relocate the Spanish-American War statue from its Jefferson City location on Missouri Boulevard to the Ike Skelton Training Site.
Knights of Columbus share in pro-life cause
Leading a procession more than three blocks long through Jefferson City’s downtown sidewalks Saturday morning were the uniformed Knights of Columbus.
A shy man, dressed in thick overalls and coat, poked his head into the Missouri River Regional Library’s meeting room Saturday, where he was welcomed by more than a dozen volunteers ready to help him find clothes, hygiene items or snack food.
Outnumbered nearly 2-1, 240 of the first black soldiers to wear the Union blue uniform defended their Fort Africa in Missouri's Bates County on Oct. 29, 1862, against about 400 pro-Confederate guerrillas.
A mission of mercy
In this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy for the Catholic Church, St. Joseph Cathedral has focused attention on its existing works in the community while also hoping to uplift people inside and outside the church.
Local church to host prom for people with special needs
Pink, blue and black were the popular colors as ladies with special needs browsed formal dresses covered in sequins and flowers at Capital West Christian Church recently.
Bad bet for the faithful?
Although millions swarmed to the counters to buy Powerball tickets last week, local faith leaders say gambling either can be — or is — contrary to their church teachings.
With about $2,000 left in this year’s budget, the city Cemetery Resources Board will prioritize which headstones at Old City and Woodland cemeteries need repair.
A designated Jefferson City landmark
A cornerstone of Jefferson City's eastside neighborhood, born of the streetcar and expanded Capitol grounds, the Louis Ott House at 1201 Moreau Drive is a symbol of the early 20th century affluence.
Lincoln University will post 366 fun facts to its Facebook and Twitter accounts, one per day, throughout its sesquicentennial year.