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Michelle Brooks

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Students Changing Lives formed in Russellville

Ready to make change

Lights shone on the Russellville High School baseball field as hundreds of mourners remembered a recent graduate who had no enemies and went out of his way help others.

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Greg Medlin — A new avenue to advancing the arts

Whatever is a creative outlet, that’s where Greg Medlin will be found. The technical events manager at the Miller Performing Arts Center started early as a vocalist and instrumentalist, then moved into the visual arts in college.

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150 years ago, Missouri’s railroad revolutionized travel

Full steam ahead

The cross-state route followed by the modern Amtrak passenger and Union Pacific freight trains sent the first commercial passenger, freight and mail trains through from St. Louis to Kansas City 150 years ago this week.

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St. Thomas church stained glass windows being revived

In a manifestation of faith

For the last five weeks, workers from Associated Crafts Studios, the nation’s largest stained glass company headquartered in Arizona, have been reviving the windows and ensuring their security for the next several decades.

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Leaving a mark on our youth

Important lessons of Vietnam War not lost on teachers

The Moving Vietnam Memorial, which left on Monday after a four-day visit to the Capital City, is intended to educate the current generation, as much as it is to honor and remember those named on its smooth, black surface.

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Ever-evolving garden won Nancy Knipp recognition

For Yard of the Month

Inside Nancy Knipp’s Jefferson City home at 819 Eastern Air, each holiday season fills the tables and shelves with decoration.

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Moving Wall opens 5-day stay at noon

99 hours of tribute

The Moving Vietnam Wall will offer a time for healing, remembrance and education while it is set up at the Capitol from noon today through 3 p.m. Monday.

Wardsville man bound for Monster Truck Hall of Fame

A former driver of the monster trucks Big Foot and Snakebite, Wardsville resident Gene Patterson will be one of four inducted into the International Monster Truck Museum Hall of Fame in November, during the museum’s fifth annual reunion.

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Former soldiers carry benefactor at funeral

Christmas trees, snacks, magazines and other goodies arrived for service members overseas who had family or friends connected with the late George Lauer.

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Phil Kalaf enjoys role of VFW post commander and chance to serve again

Whether scheduling a Missouri National Guard event at the VFW post in St. Martins or arranging fuel vouchers for veterans to make appointments at the Truman VA Medical Center, Phil Kalaf has a heart to serve those who have served.

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2-year-old local charity logged 30,000 volunteer hours

Many people in Mid-Missouri have needs and many others have a desire to help their neighbors. Putting the two together is the mission of iServe Global, a locally-based not-for-profit organized by Stacy Laubert and her family.

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Revitalizing a once declining neighborhood

Historic Cherry Street home gets face lift, owners receive Golden Hammer award

When Henry Guhleman built the property at 209 Cherry St. about 1910, it was a prominent neighborhood.

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Rieger House stands test of time

Once one of many, a German cottage at 801 Washington St. in Jefferson City was home to a clergyman’s widow while raising their six children.

Preservation panel delays prison nomination again

The nomination to list the Missouri State Penitentiary on the National Register of Historic Places will be reviewed again by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission.

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CLHS Braille Club planning projects to help community

Feeling their way to future service

Catie Whitworth unpacked the Perkins Brailler and typed a greeting for Jessica Heneisen when she walked in, after school at Calvary Lutheran High School.

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‘A true giver’ dies, but his efforts continue

Service members who received packages from George Lauer asked to be pallbearers at funeral

The number of service members who found a pick-me-up in their overseas mail as the result of George Lauer’s efforts may never be counted.

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Familiar face in a sea of change

School secretary Judy Wilson bolsters sense of tradition for Russellville students, staff

From her window at the entrance to Russellville High School, Judy Wilson has watched six years of teenagers and made good friends with her coworkers.

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Cole Spring Baptist Church celebrates 180th anniversary

When a handful of neighbors organized Cole Spring Baptist Church 180 years ago, it became more than a place for worship. It was the social and entertainment center for the community.

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Brushed with success

Artists Helping Artists share palettes of inspiration talent

Long, teal brush strokes lead to wispy, white foam where dolphins and salmons swim. A rust-colored octopus sits on the sea floor as Moses holds his staff outright parting the waves into two sides.

Homelessness task force makes strides

Volunteers, donations needed for Homeless Connect event

As the number of homless people in Jefferson City grows, so has the number of benevolent individuals hoping to help. A year ago, a homelessness task force began to consider intervention options.

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High Point celebrates community, start of school year in Labor Day event

Route C was covered in candy Saturday morning, as nearly every entry in the High Point Homecoming parade threw out generous helpings of sweets for the children lining the road.

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California High School grad to get wish from Tebow Foundation

Now playing football at Truman State, Barr will meet the Eagles quarterback

Barr, a freshman at Truman State University, Kirksville, shares traits with NFL player Tim Tebow, including a strong work ethic and a valued faith.

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Father Helias' fourth church on register

The fourth of seven parishes founded by the Apostle of Central Missouri, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church remains a reflection of the past as a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Historic High Point store to close

Mary Dillner grew up 5 miles from High Point and remembers bringing horses to town with her father to be shod at the blacksmith’s shop. While they would wait, Dillner remembers visiting the Tising Store.

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After 100-plus years of Masses, Immaculate Conception Church named a Landmark

A close-knit, growing congregation

Inside a small house at the corner of then-U.S. 50 and Clark Avenue in Jefferson City, a new Catholic parish celebrated its first Mass the last Sunday in July 1913.

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Historic High Point district remains central in community

The historic High Point central business block consists of four adjacent primary buildings and three detached privies behind them, which were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.

Interfaith event to discuss the difference between Islam, Islamic State

With a foot in each culture, Rihab Sawah is uniquely equipped to share her Syrian culture with Americans.

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Waterscape garden named Yard of the Month

'A place of repose'

Charlie and Claudia Goodin love the water. It’s where they met.

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California students welcome freshmen

The band has more members, the music is harder and the school building is much larger than Clarksburg School, where Willow Hutton attended middle school.

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Opera house still focal point in California

The Finke Theater today hosts local musicians and performers, as well as out-of-town professionals, just as it was designed to do in 1885.

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Donkeys protect flocks of sheep at LU farm

Ears perked high, Silver Fox kept her dark eyes fixed on the strangers entering the field where she was guarding her flock of mother sheep and their lambs.

History commission reviews block grant properties

Many of the properties involved in the city’s programs supported by the federal Community Development Block Grant are 50 years old or older. That qualifies the potential project to be reviewed by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission.

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Kids hooked on fishing derby at Binder Lake

Elks offer new event as something for parents, kids

While Sawyer Burgess, 9, was having trouble getting his first worm on his hook, 11-year-olds Emma Loesch and Shelby Mell were deciding if they liked the fishing spot near the lily pads Saturday morning at Binder Lake.

Jefferson Citian in spotlight as ceremony commemorates WWII end

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a wreath-laying ceremony will be observed at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Jefferson City National Cemetery.

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Rock Enon Farm tells history of farming

Like many pioneers of the 1850s, Louis Bruce brought his wife and eight children with him from Virginia to start a farmstead.

Gorrell takes helm of Russellville schools

New Superintendent Perry Gorrell already was familiar with Russellville, visiting his fiancée and attending events there.

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Vintage jet fighter lands at military museum

The Museum of Missouri Military History got a surprise Friday. Two flatbed trailers delivered both the fuselage and the wing of the camouflage-painted F-4 Phantom II Rose’s Gang.

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Transporting history one piece at a time

When Grayson Wells went to work with his father Friday morning, his office was the cab of a semi-truck and the 11-year-old was responsible for watching out the rear view mirrors to ensure their cargo — an F-4 Phantom II fighter jet — traveled safely to the Museum of Missouri Military History.

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Buildings retain architectural, historic significance

One block off the Moniteau County Courthouse square is intact streetscape preserving both architectural and local history.

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Jaycees president fills many roles in fair week

An attorney by day, Erin Wiseman has been troubleshooting and keeping logistics on track at the Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair each night this week.

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Russellville band camp upbeat with new director, instruments

The percussion section of Russellville High School’s band has received some extra attention this summer. Besides new band director Nathan Gargus arriving with nearly a decade of competitive drumline experience, community donations added some extra thump to the line’s instruments.

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Building blocks of past, future

Allen Pollock has his business model ready for his retirement

Building neighborhood streets in the 1970s, building miniature-scale figures and tracks in his basement, and building community partnerships over the last 30 years — Allen Pollock’s life has centered around construction.

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Perennial-bed garden named Yard of the Month

After 28 years in the making

A modest yard at the end of an east-side cul-de-sac is so peaceful, angels call it home.

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Young and old team up for aerial adventure with drones

Safety goggles on, the motor hums and then the blue tarps on the Jason Gymnasium floor flap as the four wings of handmade drones force air down for liftoff Thursday morning in Jefferson City.

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Rugen finds enjoyment through the camera lens

Brenda Rugen has a unique view through her camera’s lens.

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Eugene team earns gold at national competition before first anniversary

Less than one year ago, Eugene High School started an FCCLA chapter, and already a two-member team recently returned with a gold award from the national competition.

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'Rebel' with a cause

SCV commander worries respect, tolerance now a ‘one-way street’

Growing up with a changing address as his father moved from U.S. Air Force base to base, Darrell Maples learned to be a “people person” to make new friends from Spain to Texas to Nebraska.

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Doing their Sunday best

Congregation offers a Sunday of labor to help new shelter

Child-sized shovels and muddy shoes showed the younger members of Freshwater Church were just as eager as the adult member to pitch in at the second annual Labor for Your Neighbor Sunday.

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Landmark store led neighborhood revival

Today, 308 W. Dunklin St., is more than a story above the main thoroughfare in Old Munichburg and houses Kas A Designs.

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4-H shooters learn safety, skill, responsibility on way to national championship

Right on target

Responsibility and adhering to protocols are top priorities when 4-H members take up their pistols, shotguns and bows each Wednesday at the United Sportsmen’s Club.