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Michelle Brooks

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Papal encounter thrills Immaculate Conception choir

Chilly visit to Rome includes New Year’s performance

On an unseasonably cold day in Italy, a group of 45 Mid-Missourians were huddled close to a railing holding back the crowd from the St. Peter’s Basilica creche.

New historic ordinances proposal mulled

More than 30 people turned out for a discussion of a proposal to change city ordinances governing the Jefferson City Historic Preservation Commission.

Effort underway to protect historic properties from demolition

In an unusual special meeting Tuesday, Jefferson City’s Historic Preservation Commission will review a proposed ordinance that would strengthen efforts to protect historic properties from demolition.

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Cole County history good to Gue

From a small, upstairs room with lots of space and few books, Anne Gue has watched the Cole County Historical Society’s library outgrow its second location in the museum basement.

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1892 grave of then governor’s daughter rediscovered

Her death was a blow to capital

Although the Missouri Governor’s Mansion was bedecked with the ornaments of the Christmas season in 1882, the Crittenden family and many from Jefferson City were mourning the recent loss of 9-year-old Carrie.

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New director helps parents serve as teachers

Renae Woodberry is grateful for the Parents As Teachers program at Eugene Elementary School.

Incarcerated and away from home for the holidays

Angel Tree and Prayers for Prisoners help inmates preserve traditions

As Mid-Missourians gather around their tinsel-covered trees with loved ones to unwrap gifts, thousands of families will be apart this season due to incarceration.

Big Brothers Big Sisters: One hour a week can change a life

Retired people have a lot to offer youth.

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A Christmas Wish part 6: ‘A blessing in our lives’

Big Sister’s role has grown, matured with her Little Sister

A shy second-grader at Thorpe Gordon Elementary School, Corrin Lepper was unsure how things would go when she was matched with retired middle school teacher Bev Price through the Missouri Valley Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

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Christmas wishes fulfilled courtesy of the police

The toy aisles of Walmart Supercenter in eastern Jefferson City were filled with blue and gray uniforms, shopping carts and excited children Saturday morning.

Russellville early grads begin college prep programs

While most high school seniors are immersed in their final year of activities and classes, a few students each year at Russellville High School choose to graduate in December.

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Dallmeyer Home evolves since first house in 1869

The Burkheads operate their accounting business out of what was once the home of a distinguished Jefferson City business man at 600 E. Capitol Ave. known as the Dallmeyer Home.

IC choir will sing at Vatican on New Year’s Day

A week from now, more than 60 Mid-Missourians will be in the heart of the Roman Catholic Church.

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EER students dig into JC history, landmarks

Faces from the city’s past and familiar facades were featured in more than 60 displays created by students in the local gifted program.

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Stuffed animal donation benefits Russellville student, St. Louis hospital

Many children will spend Christmas at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, not only away from home but with health concerns. One of those children is Maelynne Cartee.

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Local author tackles racial struggles in latest work

Local author and historian Gary Kremer has published his 12th book, “Race and Meaning: The African American Experience in Missouri,” and hopes it will help encourage that understanding.

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Trio of local churches aid new congregation in India

Using their own hands and often excavating without powered machines, the members of Golla Church in India are joyful they soon will have a place of worship.

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Real time college credit

Russellville students get a jump on degrees with Central Methodist ITV program

Choosing to challenge themselves, several Russellville High School upperclassmen are studying college-level classes, thanks to Central Methodist University’s ITV program.

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Living Windows lives on, despite rain

Friday night in downtown Jefferson City

Church volunteers prepared gallons of hot apple cider, dancers fixed their hair and costumes, and Santa made his appearance to listen to little one’s requests. Many Living Windows traditions continued in downtown Jefferson City on Friday night, despite the rain that glistened on the pavement.

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Grand opening slated for Missouri military museum

Visitors will pass by a fighter jet and yesteryear tanks to enter the Museum of Missouri Military History after its Dec. 7 grand opening at a new location.

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Dogs in need serving vets in need

Once a SWAT team commander, Mark Brummit returned to civilian life with a VA 100-percent disability, but a dedicated desire to continue serving others.

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Midshipman from Mid-Missouri gets holiday break to explain benefits of service academies

Mid-Missouri students can be appointed to the U.S. military academies.

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Students turn Eugene school into ‘Living Museum’

Marie Curie was surrounded by test tubes and a periodic chart; Dr. Suess donned the familiar striped-stove pipe hat of his character the Cat in the Hat; and Stan Musial brought his baseball bat and St. Louis Cardinals uniform.

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Formula for success

Mary ‘Dr. M’ Miranda helps LPA students get more out of science

Science teachers at Lighthouse Preparatory Academy are thankful this year for a dedicated science laboratory.

Tougher demolition ordinance proposed

Concerned citizens have saved the city months of staff time, developing a replacement ordinance to address demolition applications.

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Planning makes perfect: From food to transportation to getting around a new facility

Breakfast was served at two St. Mary’s Hospitals Sunday morning.

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St. Mary's mission of faith-centered care endures

Immigrant nuns arrived to face a smallpox epidemic with only $5, but carried with them a faith and compassion, which remains the cornerstone of St. Mary's health care mission in Jefferson City.

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Eugene band steps up its competition

For a high school band whose members have an average age of 13, the Eugene Marching Eagles put on a first-place performance their first time at the Missouri Homecoming contest this fall.

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Heritage in faith

Temple Beth El is the oldest temple west of the Mississippi River and 14th oldest in US

A historical treasure sits surrounded by modern-day buildings and parking lots. Inside the small, simple exterior of Temple Beth El, 318 Monroe St., is a place of worship, rich in heritage and faith.

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Russellville students pay tribute to veterans

Russellville schools honored 27 local veterans from all four branches and the National Guard at a schoolwide assembly Tuesday.

Viewpoint: Let every day be Veterans Day

In my youth, a soldier was like a comic book hero to me, a war veteran like an award winner.

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Legion Post 231's work inspired by namesake Toney Jenkins

Many times Saundra Allen and her family have participated in veterans memorial services at the Jefferson City National Cemetery.

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Volunteers mapping out new Veterans Trail

A Veterans Trail will be created to honor those who have served and to promote awareness of military service among the next generation of soldiers, sailors and airmen.

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Latest Silver Star Banner recipients span three wars

Robust, standing ovations showed the appreciation of more than 150 soldiers, civilians and veterans to four other veterans who were recognized by the Silver Star Banner Monday.

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Local newlyweds get blessing from the pope

Not every bride wears three wedding dresses.

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Students willing to go through challenges to achieve goals

Adam Kennedy likes to take his time eating. But the Russellville High School junior has accepted the fact he might not have that luxury, if he reaches his dream of serving as a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger.

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Gold Star mothers offer mutual support

Family members gather at grave of Jamestown area Marine

Three Gold Star mothers met with Sandy Deraps Thursday at the memorial for her son, Leon.

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Breakfast on the go: Eugene High students get extra shot at that critical early meal

Lockers slamming, friends chatting, crowds snaking through the hallways — it’s a typical scene, when the bell rings for the end of first period at Eugene High School.

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Lake at McKay Park restocked with trout for winter

McKay Park was restocked for the winter Friday with 2,400 three-quarter-pound rainbow trout.

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Innovative pantry offers food, recipes

When a reminder about The Pantry being open went out Friday morning across Facebook, for some it was the answer to “How am I going to feed my children this week?”

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Students find behavior, good work are tickets to PTO Store

For the last nine weeks, fourth-grader Josie Stewart has been earning tickets for good attendance, displaying the monthly character trait, improving her math goals and scoring well on Reading Counts quizzes.

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Community rallies for Maelyne fundraiser

Two blocks of downtown Russellville were covered with generosity Saturday as members of the community did their part to support the family of Maelyne Cartee, a second grader recovering from head trauma at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

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Future looks bright in FFA and life for Elizabeth Wyss

Even at age 3, Elizabeth Wyss was ready to talk with customers at her family’s business — Russellville Locker and Feed Store.

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Benefit scheduled for girl trampled by cow

Maelyne Cartee, 7, has shown signs of improvement this past week, as she has been treated for head trauma in the intenstive care unit at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

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Built around 1970, farmhouse takes on new life

Owners of historic Moreau Drive home win October Golden Hammer award

Barbara Prasad always had wanted to live in an older farmhouse. So when her husband Chandra and their daughter Erica drove through Jefferson City's Moreau Drive neighborhood one day, they found the perfect home.

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California students competing in safe-driving contest

Driving too fast on gravel roads or turning one’s head during a conversation are dangerous choices behind the wheel. California High School seniors Matt Oerly and Allan Burger know that all too well.

Eugene students release balloons at FCA cancer event

Just after her father learned he had cancer, Jess Adrian also learned she would be an aunt.

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Taking out the trash has a whole new meaning for Russellville students

The new environmental science class at Russellville High School is a win-win-win-win.

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Healing House offers women a second chance

The Healing House and New Beginnings, a not-for-profit, is on its way to becoming Jefferson City’s first recovery house and program for women who suffer from substance abuse.

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Russellville girl hospitalized after cow trampling

A seven-year-old tomboy who loves to play with animals and always has a quick-witted comeback, Maelyn Cartee is always on the move. Unfortunately, Tuesday evening, Cartee was trampled by a cow at her Russellville farm.