Stories by Michelle
‘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.
Two students take oath to serve in Army, Navy
“Heroes aren’t just men in red capes, saving damsels in distress. Heroes are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, sisters and brothers.”
Missouri State Museum works to save flags commemorating counties’ veterans of World War I
The heavy, cotton flag’s corners fall over the edges of the Missouri State Museum’s work table. For about the last six months, staff members and interns have been tediously caring for the 15-foot-long flag, created in Montgomery County following World War I.
Russellville keyboarding class progresses students’ music abilities
How many parents wish their children would practice 50 minutes each day to reinforce the piano lessons that cost up to $200 a month? Eighteen Russellville Middle School students are doing just that, but without the cost.
Saturday fundraiser to aid fire auxiliary
Wearing ceremonial white gloves and standing at attention, many members of the Russellville-Lohman Fire Protection District took turns standing guard at the casket of a young firefighter in the Russellville High School gym.
Dawn Benboom saw the frustration in her husband, Hunter, when he watched his friend become a police officer.
Preschoolers at Russellville Elementary School went home last week with a bag labeled “Amy’s Story” filled with books, including an audio book with device.
Jeremy Ämick passionate about working with veterans
Shaking the hand of professional WWE wrestler Xavier Woods, rock group Motley Crue or actor/musician Gary Sinise might be a once-in-a-lifetime moment for some people.
Working in the Missouri Department of Transportation’s design division, Rusty Weisman often is out on right-of-way land or existing roadway shoulders looking for bits and pieces.
Is cursive writing a dead art or a relevant tool?
Owning her own business the last five years has improved many aspects of Dr. Angel Allen’s practice.
A friendly smile greets anyone who enters her store. Regina Garr loves people as much as the birds and wildlife that make up her business.
Owners of Bolton-Kelly House receive Golden Hammer award
They thought they were going to an auction to find an antique piece. By the end of the day, Bo and Marlene Bohanan owned the historic Bolton-Kelly House on Green Berry Road.
The quaint neighborhood on Tanner Bridge Road has changed a lot in the nearly 50 years Sam and Mary Brizendine have lived on the tight curb.
The taxpayers of Moniteau County are getting a pretty good return on their investment in the SB 40 Board.
Maelyne Cartee's recovery gets boost from other children
With brunette curls, a twinkle in her eye and a cheerful attitude, 8-year-old Maelyne Cartee has returned to Russellville Elementary School.
90 years of shoes in Jefferson City
The Tweedie Footwear Corporation once filled the north end of Jefferson Street with factories after moving out of its original Jefferson City location inside the Missouri State Penitentiary.
Seven of 19 students in Sarah Hays’ second-grade class at California Elementary School take turns reinforcing lessons on computers during language and math time each day. And before Christmas, thanks to about $9,000 from the recent cookie dough sales, her classroom will have 10 stations.
Food nights, weekly Bingo, a site for current service members to hold events and a gathering place for veterans — the VFW building in St. Martins will become the center for increasing activities as the VFW building in downtown Jefferson City closes.
The Russellville High School band’s Hungry Hungry Hippo was a successful addition Friday to the annual carnival.
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.