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Michelle Brooks

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Impact of road damage spreads

Cole County commissioners meet school districts' new leaders

The water damage on Lower Bottom Road will impact bus routes next month for the Blair Oaks School District.

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Rooted in her community

When Becky Bocklage started college, she thought she wanted to teach children. Instead, life took her to the opposite spectrum where she teaches business to adults.

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Charm restored to historic former downtown bar

Former Mortimer Kegley High Street building receives Golden Hammer recognition

Another piece of the Capital City’s downtown charm has been restored at 115 E. High St. The Historic City of Jefferson has recognized the facade improvements by owner Jewell Patek with the July Golden Hammer award.

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Russellville family enjoys home away from home

The Nichols family feels just as at home underneath a shade tree, sitting in their camp chairs around a warm fire at a state park, as they do in their rural Russellville home.

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Maclay Home dates to Civil War

A time capsule of pioneers, merchants and soldiers, the Maclay Home in Tipton is history itself.

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This VBS offers 'special' message

St. John’s Lutheran spreads message to special needs children

For most parents, taking their children to a new activity causes a bit of alarm or wariness. Those emotions are heightened when their child has a special need.

Prairie Home Fair gears up for 100th showing

Not only special events, but extra days, have been added to the Prairie Home Fair’s 100th showing, which will be held July 8-12.

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Courthouse among Moniteau's registered places

The Moniteau County Courthouse Square is uniquely intact, reflecting its pioneer town commercial center.

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Library fundraiser marks return to stage for duo

Sisters singing again

Fans of the old Lee Mace’s Ozark Opry may have seen or heard the Moniteau County Library director and her sister decades ago.

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Run Cupcake Run raises money, awareness for Belair student

Craig and Sara Clime have made sure their son T.J. experiences as much out of life as he can before the effects of his Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy prevent him from doing so.

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Local military historian publishes sixth book

The personal stories of Cole County soldiers are pieced together with historic context in the latest book by local military historian Jeremy Amick.

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Building on community spirit

The motto “Let us lead by serving others” belongs to more than just Beta Club.

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Local couple continues Cambodian mission to eliminate sex trafficking

When Pete and Debbie Livingston sold all they owned to relocate to Svay Pak, Cambodia, they knew they were called to help remove and heal children in the sex trade.

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A focal point of education, community

Built in 1904, the former Broadway School has been named a city Landmark

Half a century of learning and childhood memories are captured in the Broadway School building, now owned by Carpenters District Council of Greater St. Louis and Vicinity, at the corner of Broadway and Dunklin Street in Jefferson City.

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Community displays patriotism year round

Each patriotic holiday, more than 100 California, Mo., business or church locations are donned with an American flag for the day.

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West end pizza restaurant receives Golden Hammer recognition

About 60 years ago, two storefronts went up in the west end area.

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Technology camp gives students insight into computer programming

Cracking the code

Students at St. Martins Catholic School have the chance this summer to not only view the behind-the-scenes coding that goes into their technological world, but they’ve also been able to write a little.

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Summer school program acclimates new students, reinforces learning

Getting the hang of things

The first two weeks of California Elementary’s Summer School have been a camping theme in teacher Kendra Hall’s classroom. One of four kindergarten classrooms with about 20 students each, the goal is to acclimate the little ones to the routines and expectations of the school atmosphere.

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Jamaican duo getting close look at new farm techniques

More than 100 local farmers or those interested in agriculture are expected to attend the third annual Alternative/Organic Agriculture Field Day today at the Alan T. Busby Farm.

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Archaeological pieces of African-American neighborhood unearthed

Artifacts, oral histories about 'The Foot' collected

For those who remember The Foot, there’s no doubt of its historical significance. But the once-integral commercial district of the black neighborhood during segregation has been out of sight for more than 50 years.

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Ukrainian pastor shares story of war-torn country

A continued faith despite war and persecution

Christian persecution is real. Warfare in the Ukraine is real. Just ask Ukrainian Pastor Elisey Pronin, who visited Mid-Missouri this week as a respite from his war-torn country.

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Blair Oaks students win national scholarships

Two Blair Oaks High School students were honored by the National Consumers League for involvement in a community service and leadership initiative through LifeSmarts, a consumer literacy program.

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More than a fair exchange

Cultural differences benefit exchange students as much as their studies

She may technically be a junior, but Anja Krupchenko is an elite student.

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A+ gives elementary students extra attention

A mutually-beneficial program, A+ at California High School provides graduates with college costs and gives elementary students extra one-on-one attention.

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Archery teams on target for nationals

St. Thomas the Apostle School took a “Grace of God Day” recently when well more than half of its student body would be gone to the National Archery in Schools Program national tournament.

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Sweet sound of progress

Ground broken for new Helias addition

The Helias Catholic High School chorus sang the Doxology to close a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday for a long-anticipated school expansion. Where the vocalists stood, on what has been a practice field, will soon house a dedicated choir room.

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Century home restored to last another 100 years

Marshall Street home receives first Golden Hammer recognition of 2015

A century home has been restored to last at least another century.

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Historic family’s name lives on

From a residential space to government offices, Dix Apartment building remains a landmark

Neighbors of the Dix Apartments at 623 Capitol Ave. are the Walls at the Missouri State Penitentiary, the Col. Darwin Marmaduke House at 700 E. Capitol Ave. and the Lester Shepard Parker House at 624 E. Capitol Ave.

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A garden with personality

Colorful flower beds, antique accessories earn Callahan garden May Yard of the Month

A wooded wonderland awaits visitors who trek out to 362 Cannondale to see the May Yard of the Month.

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MSP nomination shelved — for now

State asks for more time to discuss historic designation

The Missouri State Penitentiary’s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places was on the agenda to be heard Friday by the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. But it was not heard.

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Taos man spreads light in Africa

Mission work inspires Mark Verslues to build on his faith

A Taos man has found his civil engineer degree and construction experience were preparation for his work in the mission field.

Historic Preservation Commission eyes grant, but needs outside help

Jefferson City staff hopes a not-for-profit organization will step forward to apply for a $100,000 grant through the National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Projects.

Charges sought for removal of pioneer-era cemetery

The Cole County Sheriff’s Department is seeking charges for the removal of a pioneer-era cemetery in Apache Flats.

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Audience gets a lesson on end of Civil War

More than 50 listeners gathered under tents in the Cole County Historical Society’s courtyard Saturday to hear the Ford’s Theater original “Lee and Grant at Appomattox.”

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Russellville mom relishes her roles while awaiting third baby

‘Being a mother is the coolest experience in the world’

Game day at the Hackett house in Russellville is family day, and Mom Shannon is right in the mix, wearing orange and blue, eating snacks and cheering on the Denver Broncos.

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NRC starts review of 4-county drill at nuclear plant

The results of an emergency preparedness exercise Tuesday at the Callaway Nuclear Plant and in Reform will be posted by mid-August to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)’s website.

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JCHS students kick off National Day of Prayer

It looked like a typical group of high schoolers hanging around before school. As more arrived, wearing backpacks and carrying breakfast, they greeted each other and then returned to their phones or conversations.

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Digging into our buried past

Nancy Thompson wander old cemeteries and earns genealogists' undying gratitude

Buried and hidden history have a defender in Nancy Thompson.

Healing House to open for women coming out of recovering program, prison

The Healing House in Jefferson City, which will welcome its first residents this month, will host an open house for the community from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at 1418 West Main St.

Tractor enthusiasts roll into Apple Creek Farms

Antique tractor enthusiasts were treated to a free day of music, conversation, shopping and, most of all, showing off their tractors.

Vigil planned for National Day of Prayer

A 12-hour prayer vigil will be open to the community Thursday for the National Day of Prayer.

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Students gain dual credit at Blair Oaks

Extra benefit from State Tech teachers’ visits

Three professors from State Technical College of Missouri have been teaching dual-enrollment courses this school year on the Wardsville campus.

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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.