Stories by Michelle
Snow, ice and bitter winds may be outside, but miniature waterfalls, woods and fantasy homes bring warmth to the entrance at Longfellows Garden Center in Centertown.
For young families, with little ones’ activities and building careers, taking an active part in the political process can be a challenge.
Jumping through hoops
Hospitality was the name of the behind-the-scenes game at Russellville High School this week, where the girls and boys Class 2 District 8 basketball tournament has been held.
In his 50th year of fishing at Bennett Springs State Park, Milt Barr will do the honor at his favorite fishing hole Saturday.
City crackdown could spur new interest
As Jefferson City presses abandoned building owners to get their properties up to code and to pay fees, the Old Town Revitalization Company has reached out with an alternative.
Mid-Missouri lab is at the forefront of the biochar industry
In a third-floor Lincoln University lab, advances in the understanding and potential of biochar to make soil more fertile are leading the international industry.
The Osage County Republican Committee rolled out a new voter program, expected to be replicated across the state, at its annual Lincoln Day Banquet on Thursday at the Westphalia Lions Club Hall.
The Historic City of Jefferson recently committed to host a Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of The Battle That Never Was.
Elementary students at Cole County R-1 Schools were recently introduced to the animals and tools that bring food to their table.
To make sure Russellville students were able to have field trips this school year, a group of parents raised enough funds to cover bus driver wages and mileage for every class.
A rural brick church styled in Gothic revival with a traditional center steeple has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Driving 45 minutes one-way for baseball practices for their three boys is worth it to the Mealy family from Mokane.
In the midst of celebrating at Eugene Elementary School, soldiers and those in need were remembered, too.
“I Cross My Heart” by George Strait was the song Mark and Pam Thompson danced to at their wedding 18 years ago. Mark is a Cole R-1 School Board member and Pam is the Stringtown-Corinth 4-H Club leader.
Groundbreaking on $37 million expansion slated Feb. 27
Atypical for the construction industry, more than 100 contractors, builders and tradesmen were invited to a sit-down presentation about the upcoming Capital Region Medical Center.
American Legion program offers service members support
Where government services end, the American Legion’s Operation Comfort Warriors program begins, ensuring patients at U.S. military hospitals and warrior transition units are given needed items.
Combining spiritual and educational, young and old, Christian and non-Christian, First Presbyterian Church and Westminster College led a dozen Americans through Israel this winter.
Out of growing concern for the safety and future of the community’s youth, Second Baptist Church will host a bullying prevention seminar.
Hands-on classes have been added to the popular Central Missouri Master Gardener’s Spring Seminar.
More than 30 churches, groups join individuals for Faith Voices for Jefferson City
A 26-year-old mother of a two-year-old, Joeni Miller doesn’t want to live in poverty. She was invited to share her personal experience with citizens who attended Thursday’s “Claim the Dream” founding convention of Faith Voices for Jefferson City.
Reading is an adventure that has been taken to the swamp level in Tina Kauffman’s library. The fourth-year librarian coordinates with Cole R-1 classroom teachers each year to create a reading theme.
The opulence of the Missouri Pacific Railroad station greeted guests and newcomers to Jefferson City at the turn of the 20th century.
‘It’s past time for us to get beyond the walls of our churches’
Celebrating that one’s faith has a legitimate claim in public decision-making, Faith Voices For Jefferson City intends to educate and equip the average resident to speak up.
Jefferson City's Historic Preservation Commission is seeking nominations for 2014 Landmark awards. Applications are available at the city’s Web site.
When Kara Wehmeyer helped found the Calvary Lutheran High School’s SADD chapter and organize the Key Club’s blood drive, it was more than altruism.
Student leaders from Missouri’s colleges learned about leadership in an unlikely place this week while attending the Governor’s Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values.
It may be legal, but residents and a Jefferson City commission don’t see it as neighborly that large, sometimes speedy, commercial vehicles are using St. Mary’s Boulevard instead of Missouri Boulevard.
Madisen Boyer has grown up in the Russellville Young Farmers/Young Farm Wives. As a Cole County R-1 School junior, she now is involved with the Russellville FFA Chapter, too.
The 14-year-old display cases at the Museum of Missouri Military History have been moved to the new museum space, adjacent to the Patriot Center at the entrance to the Skelton Training Center.
It took a school-wide commitment four years ago to implement the Professional Learning Communities model at every level. A year ahead of schedule, they have exceeded their original goals.
The fourth-grade artists at Cole County R-1 Schools have been recruited to add some color to the produce aisles at Fairway Grocery in Eugene.
Nearly a miracle by education standards, the Russellville school district moved from the bottom 100 of 523 schools to the top 50 in four short years.
Elvis song hits home for some; service aims to help
Not everyone is feeling joyful during the Christmas season. A Blue Christmas Service will be extended at 7 p.m. Monday in Jefferson City at Table of Grace, which meets at 3328 Bennett Lane.
Filling up shopping lists
Cole R-5 Schools PTO member Melissa Johnson walked with third-grader Jay Bungart, helping him calculate his spending budget and select the best gifts for each person at the annual Secret Santa workshop.
‘This is a blessing’
Operation T.O.Y.S. (Take Our Youth Shopping) has been putting a smile on the faces of Jefferson City youth for more than 30 years.
The second-floor cupola of the “Democrat building” at 300 E. High St. in downtown Jefferson City is a notable architectural feature today.
The threat of wintry precipitation caused many events to be cancelled this weekend, including the Christmas parades in Holts Summit, Russellville and Linn, and the first night of Capital City Christian Church’s Journey to Bethlehem in Jefferson City.
Residents enjoy food, decorations, presents
The fourth Christmas at The Towers party was Saturday, feeding about 150 residents with a holiday meal, complete with homemade rolls and cheesecake.
With rosy cheeks from walking nearly a mile from Cole County R-5 Schools to the Eugene Christian Church, Ashton Bax and Lena Birdno were eager to share their day’s experiences with volunteers.
Generosity is being collected in the form of canned goods and first-aid products at Cole County R-5 Schools.
What had been a dingy room with a few pieces of out-dated machines is now a bright and clean room with modern equipment.
A mainstay of Downtown Living Windows has been local church participation.
Student council has been part of Jacob Robertson’s life since sixth grade.
The first brick building constructed after the Capital City location was decided nearly 200 years ago likely was the Rising Sun Hotel. With traffic along the river, “the highway of the day,” many guests would have brought news and ideas to the city by staying at this original anchor.
He’s likely the youngest member of the Mid-Mo Old Car Club. And he’s certainly the first to receive the club’s $1,000 scholarship.
Bishop John Gaydos will celebrate Mass at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Then guests are invited to a receiving line with the sisters and a reception in their honor in the undercroft.
DNR staff donates 6,000 pounds of food to pantry
With nearly 2,000 people served this month at the Samaritan Center, a 6,000-pound donation has restored the center’s pantry to a good operating level.
Cindy Schnieders has organized Immaculate Conception Church to offer a Thanksgiving meal to families in need. Last year, the effort delivered about 450 meals to homes and served another 50 at the church. To inquire about delivery, call 573-635-6143 before noon Tuesday.
Despite injuries and personal setbacks, the seniors on Cole County R-1 High School’s boys and girls cross country teams persevered.
Literacy Nights open up a world of reading
Teachers at Cole County R-1 Schools include fun and technology in their attempts to share a love of reading with elementary students.