Stories by Michelle
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.
Soldiers’ officer took command of project that grew into Lincoln University
A man of devout faith and an ardent morality, teacher Richard Baxter Foster rode with martyr John Brown in Kansas, volunteered to lead newly recruited black soldiers, opened Lincoln Institute and still had 30 years left to give to the ministry.
By March 1866, when the 62nd U.S. Colored Infantry was mustered out of service, almost every soldier from its ranks had learned the alphabet, if not the ability to read and write.
They faced jeers of civilians and threat of murder from the enemy, who would give no quarter to black men carrying guns or white men serving as their officers.
With a little encouragement and a cheerful personality, a shy freshman from High Point bloomed into the student body president at Russellville High School.
Chris Fritsche brought with him military background, park interpretation experience, an interest in Native American contributions and a gung-ho attitude when he returned to Missouri seven years ago.
The Bieri family received a lot of goodies and gadgets for their newborn Will, after he was named the first 2015 Moniteau County Baby.
“Pets in Paradise” is the latest book written by the Rev. Peter Kurowski, who has been pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in California, Mo., for nearly 22 years.
When John Butterfield stepped off the Pacific Railroad at the end of the line west in Tipton on Sept. 16, 1858, he then embarked on the historic, first overland mail route.
A bugling from the east near Bogg’s Hill in the late afternoon informed Jefferson City residents in the late 1830s that the stagecoach with mail and travelers was on its way.
Naturally exuding authority and humor, Donna Hilgert welcomed more than two dozen women to a Saturday morning meeting to assess interest in organizing a local Well Armed Woman chapter.
‘Changing the course of human history one family at a time’
Masses of people were fleeing their homeland after resistance failed and they feared for their safety 40 years ago. That’s when the Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri first partnered with the U.S. Immigration Services, to help the Vietnamese “boat people.”
Hunting event provides cost-free activity for wounded emergency personnel
When Kari and Matt Hilliard flew in to Mid-Missouri from their Florida home for a Hunting For Heroes weekend, they were both excited and nervous.
Wealth of artifacts include items from Civil War Union encampment
When the metal detector indicated a large, but indefinable mass under the sod, veteran searchers assumed it would be remnants of Civil War soldiers making bullets. So they moved on.
One of Jefferson City’s main arteries running east and west is thanks to a little-known former mayor and was even, at one time, named after him.
Quick attachment turns Grays from foster parents to adoptive parents
The 11 stick figures on the back of their full-sized passenger van catch a lot of attention.
Mulholland accentuates positives in classroom, community, on soccer pitch
With unending energy and a vision for educating children, Principal Eddie Mulholland brings encouragement and motivation to the educators and disciples at St. Martin Catholic School.
A feathery affair
The best part of this second-time-around interest in homing pigeons for Larry Burlingame is Caleb and Campbell Nichols are responsible for the daily care and maintenance of the feathered pets.
The 48th annual Cantorum “Christmas Memories” choral concert at 7 p.m. today at Jefferson City's Miller Performing Arts Center will be the first with new conductor Suzanne Barner Kitchen.
Band has the beat of a different drummer — the school principal
Each afternoon in the beginning band classroom, Elaine Buschjost is not the Russellville Middle School principal. She is a fellow student.
Jerry Presley took to the dance floor with one of the special needs children invited to the annual Jeff Presley Christmas Party at American Legion Post 5.
A “squared away” guy, according to his colonel, Capt. Scott McCollum has been advancing up the ranks of the Missouri National Guard since his senior year at Keytesville High School.
A sampling of careers
Microscopes, uniforms, gadgets and protective gear were among the various props Mid-Missouri businesses brought to the California High School career fair Friday.
At Russellville Elementary and Middle schools this fall, two Lincoln University students have been developing their lesson planning and delivery skills in the fourth grade and middle school math classes.
Throwing the football around on the field of the Division I University of South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium was pretty special.
Carrying bundled five-month-old Leo, Shannon Troesser and her sister Paige Brockmeyer were enjoying the conversation as much as the novelties during their shopping outing with their mother, Kristin VanDeVelde in Jefferson City Saturday afternoon.
Growing up in Osage City, Bill Wibberg traveled the river on a fishing boat, visited with the sage old-timers of the community and played in the woods.
A mostly-intact representation of early, rural church architecture and the resting place of the “Apostle of Mid-Missouri,” the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and Rectory have been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.
A historic bridge at Sinking Creek in Shannon County is the latest in the effort to save the architectural features no longer able to serve their original purpose.
Before California Middle School seventh-graders Lauren Spillars and Megan VanLoo grabbed electrified wires during a hands-on science lab, they used the classroom’s 1:1 Chromebooks to create a virtual electric circuit.
‘God grabbed us, took us from there’
When the Cargill Cares Food Pantry asked Max Wachter to take over as the volunteer ordering and distribution manager, his wife had already been praying for a way to serve their neighbors with food.
Historic Kelly-Bolton Home designated as Jefferson City landmark in 2002
Possibly the oldest brick home in Cole County, the Kelly-Bolton Home at 1916 Green Berry Road has ties to early pioneers, Civil War soldiers and turn-of-the-century society.
With a meal they didn’t have to make in the fire station kitchen and music the patrolmen did not have to sing themselves, local law enforcement and firefighters were appreciated at an event Thursday hosted by the Missouri State Capitol Prayer Warriors.
The ACT is getting extra attention at Eugene High School this school year.
Better than having his face on a trading card, local sheet metal worker Gene Patterson’s picture now hangs in the International Monster Truck Museum Hall of Fame.
Mercy is a strong tenant of the Muslim faith, said Rihab Sawah on Saturday at the Jefferson City Muslim Community’s open house.
An unlabeled, nearly 200-year-old map, safely stored in the Missouri State Archives, became the starting point to discovering the earliest roads in southeast Missouri, specifically ones the Cherokee may have followed on the Trail of Tears.
Nearly a year after its first presentation, proposed changes to Jefferson City's demolition ordinance were accepted for further consideration by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission.
When walking into Oak Grove Taxidermy and Hydrodripping, the first things to be noticed are shiny, colorful small animal skulls.
Highlighting Islam vs. Islamic State
The Jefferson City Muslim Community will host an open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at its Islamic center, 5124 Moreau Ridge Road.