Stories by Michelle
Sparkling caps symbolic of individuality
The graduating class of 2013 from Russellville High School shone brightly Saturday — at least caps worn by most senior ladies did. “The fact that we’re all in robes shows we’re all one group; our class is a family,” Sue Engelage said. “At the same time, we all have unique abilities.”
A flu virus has been going around the Cole County R-1 Elementary School, said Superintendent Jerry Hobbs. The middle and high school students have not experienced a similar spread of the illness.
Play is unique addition to anniversary
The “Apostle of Central Missouri” celebrated Mass in what would become Taos with 20 families May 28, 1838.
No matter who owns the land at the Missouri State Penitentiary, the Jefferson City Historic Preservation Commission is more concerned about the condition of the three most historic buildings.
A specific, comprehensive plan for old prison site
More than a decade ago, a 142-acre boon of prime, downtown Jefferson City land became available in theory when the Department of Corrections received the go-ahead to move out of the Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP).
When Heath Waters was hired for his first school administrative job, he and his wife, Tabitha, decided to move up their wedding plans so the family could move together to Russellville. Tabitha already was the mother of three, then two more little ones have been added in the past two years.
In what's become a growing tradition
An hour before shoppers were invited into the Central Missouri Master Gardeners’ annual plant sale — which opened ten minutes earlier than advertised — Courtney Koenigsfeld and Teri Nugent nabbed first place in line.
A year ago, the O’Day family was invited to watch the first CO2 car race held by Hickory Hill Baptist Church. On Saturday, all four of them — John and Tina, 18-year-old Taylor and 13-year-old Jeffery — raced and showed cars.
With heads bowed under shared umbrellas, caps and hoods, nearly 100 Missourians prayed and sang on the south side of the Capitol during the National Day of Prayer.
Proceeds to help several area charities
As a Central Missouri Master Gardener, Mary Williams' contribution to the group’s sole fundraiser — the 15th Annual Plant Sale 7 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Jefferson City Jaycees Fairgrounds — will be preplanted herb pots.
Dave Griffith has invested his personal faith into community service and leadership.
Generous hearts and nimble fingers have been busy this spring quilting a queen-sized beauty for Russellville’s 175th anniversary.
Doing what is best for her children’s future delightfully has worked out to be better for the environment, too.
A few hours in a poverty simulation motivated people of faith to do something. This week, they have made public a 60-plus page community resource guide.
A former business educator with years of experience in large-scale event planning, Leslie Kerns found a “good fit” when she was hired as executive director of the Pregnancy Help Center of Central Missouri. Kerns started the day before the center’s annual fundraising banquet in the fall.
George Tergin loved the Capital City and its downtown, so much so that he built his home within two blocks of the statehouse. A century later, his grandchildren continue to operate a downtown Jefferson City business.
At annual Russellville festival
When pioneers settled in what would become Russellville over 175 years ago, they probably cleared the land with cross-cut saws. Visitors to the Frog Leg Festival and Engine Show June 8 can try their hand at the tool.
The annual Russellville Engine Show and Frog Leg Festival June 7-9 will include a Cruise-In, Pedal Pull Competition, chainsaw competition, steam engine show and an array of tractors.
The Jefferson City Sierra Leone Association held its annual fundraiser dinner for nearly 200 guests at the Masonic Lodge. The association helps educate the young in Sierra Leone with scholarships.
Structure and fun, expectations and room for creativity — the Immanuel Lutheran Learning Center at Honey Creek offers pre-kindergarten preparation in a faith-based environment.
Packing for deployment to Afghanistan, Maj. Bruce Townley didn’t have room for his full clown costume and props. But the Chamois native did take along a few items for juggling and magic tricks.
EUGENE, Mo. - Between aiming the five-pound firearm and its recoil 100 times in an afternoon, shooters from Cole County R-5 Schools FFA Chapter agreed it is an athletically demanding competition.
Educators: Cadet teaching benefits teachers, students
The A+ scholarship program is managed by the Missouri Department of Higher Education. Two-year public community colleges, technical colleges and some private two-year colleges are eligible.
EUGENE — Serving on the school board is a civic duty for Curt Brumley, who will serve a third term at Cole County R-5 Schools.
Tractor pulls and horse shows require a special place.
Elected officials are people too.
The close race for the Cole County R-1 School Board re-elected Mike Bungart and voted in Shawn Ehrhardt.
Home helps pregnant women during, after pregnancy
The St. Raymond Society organized around 2010 to support mothers who have chosen life for their child and to continue support after the baby is born.
Mid-Missouri church leaders elaborate on position
The sanctity of marriage may be in jeopardy, Mid-Missouri church leaders say. Those who advocate for marriage to be a permanent and exclusive union between one man and one woman hold fast to that viewpoint.
Domestic partner benefits more common among Mid-Missouri employers
When Carl Garland felt chest pains, his partner of 11 years, Shane Turnbeaugh took him to the ER. Had Garland been unconscious, Turnbeaugh would've had to retrieve their domestic partner agreement.
When students bring in voluntary artwork they made at home or when they’re eagerly asking when favorite art projects will come up in the school year, that’s how Amy Potts knows her students love art.
The year Mark Blythe began his employment with the Cole County R-V Schools, his son, Brett, started kindergarten.
For making sure the Summer Food Service Program went on according to schedule, two of her colleagues from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services nominated Teresa Skaggs for State Employee of the Month.
History in your hands
Architectural and historical landmarks and monuments are now at the public’s fingertips. A deck of playing cards created by the Historic City of Jefferson honors its 30th anniversary.
With a love of embroidery and an admiration for quilting, Sharon Distler didn’t hesitate to coordinate a quilt show as part of the Russellville 175th anniversary June 7-9.
Before her nine-year courtship with her husband Steve, Regina Garr couldn’t have distinguished a bluebird from a chickadee.
‘Diversity is part of our DNA’
Social development in Jefferson City has been influenced by the presence of the Episcopalian church. As early as the 1840s, the local congregation offered a ministry to convicts at the State Penitentiary.
On Friday, the Russellville PTO hosted Very Important Person Day, allowing students in kindergarten through fifth grade to invite an adult visitor to their classrooms and a musical assembly in the gymnasium.
Distinguishing the animal source and the type of cut from a sample of raw meat or being able to identify dozens of cheese varieties by taste are among the skills FFA members across Mid-Missouri have been studying.
To raise funds for Buddy Pack program
The Fast for Food Challenge, hosted by the Vipassana Buddhist Church/Center for Buddhist Development, will ask participants to fast later this month, then donate to Central Mo. Food Bank's Buddy Pack program.
‘We cannot have our citizens exposed to a killer, while deputies are outside waiting for backup.’
After 3-hours of classroom training and cognitive preparation, the Cole County Sheriff’s Department conducted a hands-on, First Officer Engage training at the high school in Russellville.
Welcome to the General Store
Capturing the ruggedness of pre-Civil War Missouri and combining it with modern museum trends, the Missouri State Museum has refashioned the Lohman's Landing visitors center as an 1850s general store.
A gleeful “Grandpa!” came from within Kristi Leeds’ second-grade classroom Friday morning. It was VIP Day at Cole County R-V Elementary School at Eugene.
To celebrate Russellville’s 175th anniversary, music and food, pageants and competitions are being organized, along with the annual Frog Leg Festival and Engine Show.
Colored Volunteer Infantry subject of new portrait series
No records were kept of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry, local artist Essex Garner was told. But he has photos and stories from those soldiers’ descendants for “Art: Portraits of America, The Buffalo Soldier.”
Home built in 1925 offers period light fixtures, floors, crown molding and even fire extinguisher
The unique, arched entry to The Villa with double wooden doors, ornate hinges and stained glass windows put 1025 Adams St. in local artist Mary Ann Hall’s “Grand Entrances” work a few years ago.
The Webelos II Den from Cub Scout Pack 96 in Russellville recently went on an 11-mile hike with Boy Scout Troop 96.
Six years ago, the Eagle’s Nest opened its doors, based on the model used by New Bloomfield schools.
Pope’s retirement sends troubled church scrambling
Whether in his own writings or when he speaks to groups, Father Dan Merz frequently refers to the writings of Pope Benedict XVI, who announced his retirement Monday. “He has inspired me personally,” Merz said.
In 20 years of marriage, Jason and Michelle Ford have never had a bad year. They met at a Bible study on the Central Missouri State University campus in March and by July they were engaged.