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Michelle Brooks

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Help for Russian villages burned back to 17th century

Mid-Missourians alerted by Siberian relative

“We are burning.” That was what Mid-Missourians Erik and Lucy Minkin heard over the phone from her cousin, Lyudmila Tutkova, who called the Mid-Missouri couple on April 12 from her village Sabinka in Siberia.

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Renowned butterfly species draws new attention on Earth Day

Nature’s monarchy

Renowned butterfly species draws new attention on Earth Day

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Jamaica ag trip reaps new ties for Lincoln

Lincoln University’s agriculture and extension programs provide a unique opportunity for the Mid-Missouri school to develop cooperative relationships in foreign countries.

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JC Landmark was nation’s oldest prison west of Mississippi River for 170 years

Once a destination for criminals to be punished or, in some cases, put to death, the old Missouri State Penitentiary now attracts thousands of tourists every year looking to get a glimpse inside the walls.

Golden Hammer award returns to Jefferson City

Adding curb appeal

Six local historic treasures will be recognized this year as their owners have put a new shine to their curb appeal

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Grave task ahead at Old City, Woodland cemeteries

Jefferson City’s Cemetery Resources Board took a walk-through of the Old City and Woodland cemeteries Tuesday to prepare and prioritize repair and restoration projects.

MSP nominated for national historic register

Finally — the Missouri State Penitentiary has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Project SEARCH: JCHS students working on transition to life after school

When a student has struggled in regular education classes but is high functioning, it might be difficult to create a plan for his next step in life.

Cinotto named fire chief for Russellville, Lohman

Two additions have been made to the Russellville-Lohman Fire Protection District.

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Librarian Susan Bell has passport ready as retirement nears at Russellville High

Don’t be fooled by Susan Bell’s calm demeanor; there’s an adventurer inside.

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200 years ago, frontier battle changed face of Mid-Missouri

Untouched prairies and dense forests covered Mid-Missouri when French-Canadian fur traders established Cote sans Dessein more than 200 years ago.

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Russellville garden features Stations of the Cross

A haven for reflection

Russellville garden features Stations of the Cross

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Field trip goes virtual for sixth-graders

Russellville youngsters get ‘tour’ of ancient artifacts

About 30 sixth-graders at Russellville Elementary School were fixated on a television screen, where two terra cotta figures were being discussed by Ben Hauser of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Jamestown school levy on ballot

Voters in the Jamestown School District will be asked Tuesday to approve a levy to improve the school facilities.

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Russellville school board hears proposal for football program

Proponents point to success and growth of Blair Oaks

Could 2018 see Indian football on Russellville High School’s newly completed track and field complex?

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Runge sale encourages return of native plants

As the large snowflakes fell Saturday morning, eager native plant shoppers filled the parking lot at Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City.

St. Martins Student Council gives back to the community

When more than 200 students, faculty and staff from St. Martins Elementary School leave their classrooms to line the roadway in silent prayer, it tends to make a significant impact on the grieving families leaving funeral services.

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LU hosts FFA students looking to hone skills

Judging and being judged

Hunched over lab tables with clipboards in hand, students were keenly studying the contents of seed samples Tuesday at Lincoln University.

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No limits for St. Martins man with new heart

Chad Nierman received a none-too-soon heart transplant in September. His pre-teen son Zane was quick to point out that his dad’s original heart was operating at 8 percent at the time of the surgery.

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El Salvador grows on LU extension specialists

4 travelers schedule program on exchange experience

Local gardener Hugh Flowers and his cohorts from the Lincoln University Cooperative Extension recently took their valuable experience and tested programs to growers in El Salvador.

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Calvary seniors to direct one-act plays this weekend

Already a tradition at Calvary Lutheran High School, seniors have the option to direct at the spring One-Act Festival.

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Russellville school adds care before, after classes

Russellville Elementary School added a before- and after-school care program this semester to provide a safe place for students to release energy or do homework between parent schedules and school hours.

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Vitae offered vital answer

A military career behind him, Pat Castle is on a dual marathon of running and running Vitae Foundation

Two years ago, when Carl Landwehr extended the invitation to take over the Vitae Foundation, Pat Castle had never considered Mid-Missouri as an option after retirement from the U.S. Air Force.

Ping pong offers fast serving of fun in Jefferson City

From junior high to senior citizens, paddles always ready

Ethan Johnson and Elliott Lammers approach the green table, paddles in hand. They ease quickly from palling around to sorting out who wins the first serve.

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New facility allows FFA program to better meet enrollment needs

A safer, larger and more efficient space will allow the California High School FFA program to better meet the needs of its continuously-increasing enrollment.

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High Street building traces history from taylor shop to travel agency

For nearly a century, 207 E. High St. was a staple of men’s fine clothing in Jefferson City. The ownership changed hands and the styles certainly took their turns, but the location was dependable.

Youth band to perform at Calvary Lutheran variety show Saturday

Combining music and faith

Youth band to perform at Calvary Lutheran variety show Saturday

Calvary to show scripture-based variety show

The third part in Calvary Lutheran High School’s Colossians 3:17 series will be performed at 2 p.m. Saturday in the school’s auditorium.

Human resources department recognized with award

The city’s human resources department was recognized Tuesday by CHC Wellness with a Culture of Health Award at the city council meeting.

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Farris translates Latin text of Fr. Helias

For 18 months, local Latin professor James Farris scrutinized a 150-year-old, old-world script and analyzed the impeccable grammar of Fr. Ferdinand Helias.

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Pre-K success in California

While Jodeen Maness read a book aloud, 16 busy bodies did their best to sit still on the California pre-kindergarten classroom floor.

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Area students gear up for robotics competition

‘The hardest fun you’ll ever have’

Working with computer programming, electronic circuits, Plexiglass and a kit of interchangeable frame parts, Simonsen 9th Grade Center students built their first robot, which they dubbed “Baxter,” moments before their competition this winter.

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California couple assists with marriage conference

The Embry household on Versailles Avenue in California, Mo., might have several “adopted” children on spaghetti or taco nights.

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Calvary Road Trio warm up for local concerts

Debut album features variety for music ministry

Special Learning Center celebrates with Moments of Magic

In celebration of the lives touched by the Special Learning Center in its 30-year history, the annual Moments of Magic fundraiser will feature the performances of current and former students.

Group withdraws historic preservation ordinance proposal

St. Mary’s cleared to demolish properties

The proposed ordinance revision considered last month by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission has been withdrawn for further review by the sponsoring group Historic City of Jefferson.

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Welcome mat rolled out at Simonsen

Transitioning from middle school to high school can be daunting and exciting — for students and parents. For approximately 30 students who spent the last eight or more years in parochial schools, they will step into Simonsen Ninth Grade Center this fall with those emotions and then some.

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200-year-old cemetery of early settlers no longer found

Braving the wilds of an untamed frontier, two brothers with their families and their 70-year-old mother trekked from North Carolina to Mid-Missouri during the state’s infancy.

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Chromebooks a hit with Eugene fifth-graders

Fifth-graders at Eugene Elementary School have twice as many computers in their classroom for taking Accelerated Reading tests this year.

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Carey Bogg’s fondness for antiques has deep family roots

Forty years ago, Carey Bogg discovered his enthusiasm for Civil War-era artifacts.

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Eugene encouraging students to drive safe

With narrow roads, no shoulders and many teenagers from Eugene High School traveling more than 20 miles to after-school jobs, the “It Only Takes One” campaign easily drew in support.

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Hands-on learning goes beyond the textbook

St. Martins teacher uses innovative ways to teach science

Russellville-Lohman reigniting fire district auxiliary

After responding to double tragedies Sept. 11 — a totally-involved fire and a fatal car accident — Russellville-Lohman Fire Protection District firefighters were physically exhausted, emotionally spent and parched.

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Holts Summit givers grateful to receive

“Your foreclosure is canceled” is the best sentence Sandy Sneller has ever heard. She and her husband, Bob, read it in a recent letter from her mortgage company after dozens of friends, family, veterans organizations, businesses, civic groups and helpful strangers contributed a significant amount of money to fulfill their past-due obligations.

Local author releases WWI-era book

Readers will see the World War I era through the eyes of a newlywed couple separated by military service in Jeremy Amick’s latest book, “Soldierly Devotion.”

Dozens of vendors to help raise funds for trampled girl

More than 50 vendors are expected to fill Jefferson City's Capitol Plaza Hotel 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday to support Miracles for Maelyne.

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Mid-Missouri contingent for D.C. march jumps in size, fervor

Pilgrimage of life

What started as chaotic socializing and collecting luggage and sleeping bags into a large pile, quickly turned into a reflective and spiritual time for more than 250 Mid-Missouri students, parents and others who are headed to the March for Life in Washington D.C.

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Once a travelers’ haven, Warwick Village has been revived

When the automobile was new, traveling opened up to a wider public. Roadside motels, fuel stations and restaurants cropped up to serve them on their treks. Such was the case with the Warwick Village Motel.

Pregnancy Help Center adds peer coaching program

Providing a dedicated, interested listener and encourager is the latest program addition at the Pregnancy Help Center of Jefferson City.

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Mid-Missouri couple reach new home, mission in Southeast Asia

Grounded in Cambodia

Local pastor Pete Livingston and his wife, Debbie, have been working full-time for Agape International Missions since mid-September.

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