Stories by Michelle
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With a foot in each culture, Rihab Sawah is uniquely equipped to share her Syrian culture with Americans.
'A place of repose'
Charlie and Claudia Goodin love the water. It’s where they met.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like many pioneers of the 1850s, Louis Bruce brought his wife and eight children with him from Virginia to start a farmstead.
New Superintendent Perry Gorrell already was familiar with Russellville, visiting his fiancée and attending events there.
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.
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.
One block off the Moniteau County Courthouse square is intact streetscape preserving both architectural and local history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brenda Rugen has a unique view through her camera’s lens.
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.
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.
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.
Today, 308 W. Dunklin St., is more than a story above the main thoroughfare in Old Munichburg and houses Kas A Designs.
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.