Stories by Michelle
In 20 years of marriage, Jason and Michelle Ford have never had a bad year. They met at a Bible study on the Central Missouri State University campus in March and by July they were engaged.
Henry Bockrath and his wife, Elizabeth, offer a unique glimpse into the lives of German immigrants who brought their culture, values, faith, language and architecture to Missouri, then adopted more modern and American ways through the decades.
Technology has become as much a necessity in a classroom as a stapler. At Cole County R-5 schools in Eugene, “we’re beginning the process to go beyond the norm,” teacher Patty Smith said.
“If you could save a baby’s life, why wouldn’t you?” That was the question asked by Kathy Forck, organizer of the local 40 Days for Life prayer vigil, in a Catholic Missourian article several years ago.
Tied to American history
After inheriting family Bibles and pictures dating back to the 1820s from several ancestral lines, Marti Crawford found a love and passion for American history. Further research of Crawford’s genealogy allowed her to gain membership into the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for her mother before she passed away.
The alto saxophone section of the Russellville High School Band received some handy tips to improve their sound after two members returned from the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville 26th Annual Bi-State Band.
Swarmed by excited children in Constanza, Dominican Republic, David Bartz looked down to see a smiling little girl clutching his hand. He was at the school to take the students’ first portraits ever as part of the Lifetouch Memory Mission.
Amber Monteer and Brittany Whittington won’t be eating as many potato chips after comparing the grease content of several types for their science fair project. The pair's project at Cole County R-1 Middle School earned them a trip to the regional science fair at Lincoln University.
In Jefferson City
When civilian construction workers were slaughtered by Japanese forces while working on a Pacific island during World War II, the U.S. Navy decided it was time to use armed and trained sailors to carry out construction work.
A public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Missouri River Regional Library will introduce the idea of developing Nutrition, Energy, Environment and Economic Development technologies to convert organic materials to good use.
Lt. Col. Raymond Nowotny, pilot and commander in the U.S. Army Air Force, died in a 1944 plane crash at Mount Tezio in Italy. A local couple is helping a group of Italians make contact with Nowotny’s survivors.
At age 37, Randy Dignan already has worldwide evangelism and youth ministries and a 15-year presence as pastor of Bible Baptist Church. This past fall, he added “The Listening Heart,” a TV program produced by CTN.
RUSSELLVILLE, Mo. - At semi-monthly meetings of no more than two dozen Cole County R-1 high school students per “tribe,” student-leaders broached the topic of drugs and alcohol.
Porth House is one of the few Jefferson City homes that date before the Civil War
The intersection of Bolivar and Main streets in Jefferson City has been a bustling commercial district for going on two centuries. William Porth's home was built on the tall hill which greeted travelers crossing the Missouri River bridge in the 1800s.
The Midwest March for Life Benefit Banquet celebrated successes and announced future opportunities Friday with more than 400 supporters.
Volunteers with Silent No More will be joined by up to six post-abortive mothers and fathers to share testimonies of pain and healing after the 10 a.m. Midwest March for Life rally today at the Missouri Capitol.
David Bereit, the National 40 Days for Life director, will be the guest speaker at the annual Pro-Life Banquet at 7 p.m. Friday in Jefferson City at Capitol Plaza Hotel, 415 W. McCarty St.
Above the newly-lit basketball backboards and among athletic achievement banners is a new recognition for the Cole R-1 Schools ACT 30-plus Club.
A spoof on the popular “Hunger Games” story, Missouri FFA state officers performed “Thirsty Games” for more than 400 greenhands at a motivational conference Tuesday at Lincoln University.
Moreau Drive is on the path to the National Register of Historic Places. Lynn Josse, who's preparing the nomination, visited Tuesday with neighborhood residents and the Jefferson City Historic Preservation Commission.
A friendly 5-year-old, Michelle Scott-Huffman didn’t realize the impact her new neighbors would have on her life. They introduced her to a lifelong faith.
Career-based curriculum can get students interested in information
Students at Cole R-1 High School in Russellville are taking their classroom knowledge a step further in the hopes of finding a career path. The career-based curriculum additions were a deliberate move by counselor Brent Mettlen and principal Heath Waters.
The most commonly used Hebrew word is “Shalom,” which means peace, and is used as a greeting and a farewell. “Peace” is a valued concept in most world religions.
Voting opens Wednesday for 14 candidates running for 10 seats from 3 districts for the University of Missouri Extension Council in Cole County, which will host the elections online at www.extension.missouri.edu/cole.
Students at Cole R-1 Schools have enjoyed learning to “lead by serving others” through Beta Club. Although similar to National Honor Society, Beta Club has a 3.0 grade point average standard, a strong community service component, begins in junior high, and holds annual competitions at state and national levels.
A simple approach to conflict resolution that came straight from Jesus has found success in local church and school circles. “This is a grand moment for the church to reclaim a leadership perspective in how to live life well,” said Scott Musselman, pastor of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
“As the true spirit of Christmas is the spirit of giving — our time, talents and our treasures to others — it just makes good sense to give to those in our community who are in need, especially during this time of year,” said Susan Vaughn, president of the Jefferson City-Cole County Democrat Club.
Administrators at Cole County R-1 Schools in Russellville will discuss school safety plans after the Christmas break. They also will update school data for the Emergency Response Information Portal.
While the first snow swirled outside, students and faculty at Russellville High School held a Celebration of Success. The quarterly tradition began last year when Principal Heath Waters introduced the idea that allows teachers to recognize students for anything.
Food Bank helps rural areas with mobile pantry
When the familiar rumble of a large, refrigerator truck packed with fresh and frozen foods nears Trinity Lutheran Church in Russellville, volunteers line up and client conversations cease. The Central Missouri Food Bank sends the truck once a month to the Cole County stop, just as it does to six others.
Senior Faith Lynn likes to be artistic. She hadn’t tried ceramics before, so when Russellville schools offered the class for the first time this semester, she signed up.
She grew up across the street from her grandparents and walked the half block to school or to the park. Eve Campbell has lived her entire life in Russellville, just as several generations before her have done.
Reconstruction and repurposing could sum up the lasting contributions made by Missouri’s 20th governor, Benjamin Gratz Brown. In addition to involvement in construction of the Governor's Mansion, Brown had 3 row houses built across the street, a portion of which now houses the Cole County Historical Society.
Flags and candles, reciting missions and values, uniforms and badges, service projects and camaraderie — the American Heritage Girls has all of the makings of a children’s organization. “This is not just an organization; it’s a ministry,” said Troop 3412 coordinator Julie Glaser.
Lessons for life
After Johnny washed his hands, he gathered eggs and bread from the refrigerator. Rachel got the pans from the cabinets and Jocelyn brought spatulas to the back-to-back ovens in the former home economics room at Russellville High School.
Tyler Strauch and Taylor Zumwalt added a little rev and excitement to the Russellville annual Christmas parade riding their four-wheelers. “There’s a thrill of being in control,” said Zumwalt, who did stunts all the way down Main Street Saturday.
The local Unitarian Universalist Fellowship relies on its coffee counter as a source of Sunday socialization and its morning beverage service. Similarly, fair trade crafts and goods have become a Christmas tradition at First Presbyterian Church as an alternative giving method for its members.
Everyone has a story. Tony Anderson’s is beginning his dream of opening a coffee store. Anderson hopes customers at Three Story Coffee, in the 100 block of East Dunklin Street in Jefferson City, will bring in their stories as well.
Just as new tree roots are taking hold in the recently cleaned soil, the Railroad Park project is coming to life.
Four years ago, when Karen Ponder took the Cole County R-1 elementary school principal’s chair, she was astounded to see 69 grades of "F" in Russellville's middle school at the end of the first semester. Ponder immediately researched Zeros Aren’t Permitted (ZAP). “It guarantees they are accountable for their work,” she said.
He’s got the best seat in the arena, short of being a player, but he’s never even suited up.
On Saturday, hundreds of volunteers likely will fill Jefferson City's National Cemetery to hang an artificial wreath on each of the 1,588 markers. The wreaths will arrive at 9 a.m. at the cemetery on East McCarty Street with a ceremony immediately following. Call 635-5651 for more information.
Few opportunities allow everyday people to sit and visit with World War II veterans. The Central Missouri Honor Flight’s Fourth Annual Honor Ball on Dec. 9 in Columbia does.
A colorful tree planted by the local Bittersweet Garden Club is the latest community donation to the newly built Jefferson City Animal Shelter on Hyde Park Road.
In the spirit of the humorous silent films, juniors Andrew Ford and Kristi Dulany created a short movie parody of students and staff at Russellville High School.
Community-based resource tapped by large, small districts alike
As state funding tightens, rural public schools are finding help from foundations. The Russellville School Foundation organized this summer to support the Cole County R-1 Schools. At the end of its first year, the New Bloomfield Education Foundation has seen the benefits of its financial support already.
A couple’s dream came in a surprising package. But 63 years and four generations later, the Russellville Locker continues to process meat for its community. “They always wanted to be in some sort of business together,” Mike Wyss said of his parents, Howard and Berniece.
The Rev. Jeff and Patti Higbie knew God was urging them elsewhere. “The first time I preached here, I knew instantaneously this was going to be home,” Higbie said of the Jefferson City church, located at 704 Rock Hill Road.
A rural Christian television station was invited by the Israeli government to film a documentary. Their trip was extended by four days due to Hurricane Sandy. But the four-person team returned a week before the latest conflict with the Palestinians.
A Jefferson City Landmark and a fine example of the German architectural style, the Buehrle House at 707 Washington St. has held love and beauty.