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Michelle Brooks

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Family logs hundreds of hours at California food pantry

‘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.

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Making history brick by brick

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.

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Prayer Warriors thank firefighters, lawmen

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.

Eugene High School targets improving ACT scores

The ACT is getting extra attention at Eugene High School this school year.

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Area man inducted into Monster Truck Hall of Fame

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.

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Muslim Community’s open house details difference between Islam, Islamic State

Mercy is a strong tenant of the Muslim faith, said Rihab Sawah on Saturday at the Jefferson City Muslim Community’s open house.

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MoDOT project helps identify Trail of Tears

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.

Preservationists seek to add ‘teeth’ to demolition ordinance

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.

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Mid-Missouri taxidermist adds flesh-eating beetles to business

When walking into Oak Grove Taxidermy and Hydrodripping, the first things to be noticed are shiny, colorful small animal skulls.

Open house Saturday at Jefferson City Muslim center

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.

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Russellville students lead tribute to community's veterans

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.”

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Researching, preserving flags honoring our grandfathers

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.

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‘Unique to Mid-Missouri’ class teaches music basics

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.

Firefighters honor fallen brother

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.

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Police wives share in service-minded attitude

Dawn Benboom saw the frustration in her husband, Hunter, when he watched his friend become a police officer.

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Amy's Story reaches new Russellville class

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.

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Silver Star storyteller

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.

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Rusty Weisman: Telling the story of rocks, history

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.

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Some area schools keeping cursive relevant

Is cursive writing a dead art or a relevant tool?

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Dr. Angel Allen: Dermatologist focuses her business on stopping melanoma

Owning her own business the last five years has improved many aspects of Dr. Angel Allen’s practice.

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Regina Garr: Birds-I-View owner a longtime presence for those who share her passion

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.

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Historic home a work in progress

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.

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Flower-filled garden awarded Yard of Month for fifth time

Award-winning color

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.

Moniteau County board serves developmentally disabled

The taxpayers of Moniteau County are getting a pretty good return on their investment in the SB 40 Board.

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Trampled girl back at school

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.

Former Tweedie Footwear Corporation storefront building is city Landmark

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.

Monsanto grant provides Chromebooks at CES

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.

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With merger, VFW post closing downtown site

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.

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High school band gives boost to annual carnival

The Russellville High School band’s Hungry Hungry Hippo was a successful addition Friday to the annual carnival.

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Students Changing Lives formed in Russellville

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.

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Greg Medlin — A new avenue to advancing the arts

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.

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150 years ago, Missouri’s railroad revolutionized travel

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.

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St. Thomas church stained glass windows being revived

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.

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Leaving a mark on our youth

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.

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Ever-evolving garden won Nancy Knipp recognition

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.

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Moving Wall opens 5-day stay at noon

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.

Wardsville man bound for Monster Truck Hall of Fame

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.

Last request fulfilled

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.

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Phil Kalaf enjoys role of VFW post commander and chance to serve again

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.

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2-year-old local charity logged 30,000 volunteer hours

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.

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Revitalizing a once declining neighborhood

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.

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Rieger House stands test of time

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.

Preservation panel delays prison nomination again

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.

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CLHS Braille Club planning projects to help community

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.

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‘A true giver’ dies, but his efforts continue

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.

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Familiar face in a sea of change

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.

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Cole Spring Baptist Church celebrates 180th anniversary

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.

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Brushed with success

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.

Homelessness task force makes strides

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.

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High Point celebrates community, start of school year in Labor Day event

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.