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Michelle Brooks

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California High School student hoping for support to go with her hard work

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.

Thursday marks 65th National Day of Prayer

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.”

Buddy Pack program benefits area students

A bag of child-friendly food goes home each week with about 200 students in Moniteau County public schools.

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Taking the church outside its sanctuary

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.

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Annual event draws 350 volunteers in fifth year

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.

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Siblings take sharing to new level

Jamestown woman gives her brother a kidney

Carrie Couch is back running 5Ks and Chris Gerlach is hunting mushrooms this spring.

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What’s a kidney between siblings?

Carrie Couch is back running 5Ks and Chris Gerlach is hunting mushrooms this spring.

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Governor’s Mansion has been shaped by history, personal touches of governors

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.

Lincoln University group discusses campus safety

Do students at Lincoln University feel safe and secure on campus?

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For those who follow her

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.

Missouri State Parks system kicks off celebration for 2017 centennial

The Missouri State Parks system is the envy of most other states.

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Dawn Fredrickson’s love of outdoors makes her a natural for job

Parks and picnics were some of Dawn Fredrickson’s favorite places, yielding some of her fondest childhood memories.

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High school needs community support for $15,000 online contest

Community cyber-support put California High School over the top in last year’s online-voting Celebrate My Drive campaign.

Moniteau County library levy increase on ballot

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.

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State joins efforts to restore graves

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.

History packed in a small plot

‘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.

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Woodcrest Chapel holds open house at new home in old theater

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.

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Colin Mason to perform with community band

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.

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New perspective on life, art

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.

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Clarksburg-native musician makes Nashville music draft

Billy Jack Purnell’s rural Missouri life has taken some ups, downs and sideways turns — sometimes literally.

Military mementoes at home?

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.

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Reading program provides incentives for Eugene students

For the next two weeks, Eugene Elementary students likely may be found with a book in their hand whenever they have free time.

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Tuskegee veteran lands in Russellville

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.

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Cemetery board looking into who owns Woodland-Old City Cemetery

Who owns the 60-by-32-foot lot inside Woodland Cemetery where only governors and other state officials are buried?

Cemetery walk-through planned to share history

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.

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Towles-Buckner House undergoes revival

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.

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Marion farm up for national historic place recognition

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.

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Art sale plants the seed for grocery store displays

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.

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Tebow Foundation gives people with special needs a night to shine

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.

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Local historian signing WWII book Monday

The first printing of Jeremy Ämick’s latest book, “The Lucky Ones,” sold out in less than two weeks.

Teamwork is the foundation for Goans’ marriage

Working hard and teamwork are the foundation of Kenny and Christiane Goans’ 23-year marriage.

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Lincoln University marks 150 years since founding

Ceremony revives wreath-laying at founder’s grave

Lincoln University celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.

LU founder lived most of life in Mid-Missouri

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.

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Students say thanks to farmers

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.

Common faith marks Lent

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.

Russellville game plan improves

Effort to field football team gets assist from other boosters

Football at Russellville schools is a step closer with a recent school board commitment.

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Guardian of a treasured past

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.

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Academic winners

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.

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State Fair Director Mark Wolfe stays busy year-round

When he was in college, Mark Wolfe didn’t think sales would be for him, so he went into the agriculture business.

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Partners bolster growth at St. Martins school

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.

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Guard gets nod to move statue

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.

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Midwest March for Life draws hundreds

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.

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Expanded second-time event serves local homeless population

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.

Island Mound recognized for historical significance

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.

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St. Joseph Cathedral to help others, restore faith during jubilee year

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.

Donated dresses offer special ‘Night to Shine’

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.

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Religious voices differ on subject of gambling but all point to greed, damage

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.

Cemetery board faces shortfall for historic repairs

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.

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Louis Ott House set stage for the lifestyle on prominent drive

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.

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LU outlines events celebrating its 150th anniversary

Lincoln University will post 366 fun facts to its Facebook and Twitter accounts, one per day, throughout its sesquicentennial year.