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Michelle Brooks

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Area students gear up for robotics competition

‘The hardest fun you’ll ever have’

Working with computer programming, electronic circuits, Plexiglass and a kit of interchangeable frame parts, Simonsen 9th Grade Center students built their first robot, which they dubbed “Baxter,” moments before their competition this winter.

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California couple assists with marriage conference

The Embry household on Versailles Avenue in California, Mo., might have several “adopted” children on spaghetti or taco nights.

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Calvary Road Trio warm up for local concerts

Debut album features variety for music ministry

Special Learning Center celebrates with Moments of Magic

In celebration of the lives touched by the Special Learning Center in its 30-year history, the annual Moments of Magic fundraiser will feature the performances of current and former students.

Group withdraws historic preservation ordinance proposal

St. Mary’s cleared to demolish properties

The proposed ordinance revision considered last month by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission has been withdrawn for further review by the sponsoring group Historic City of Jefferson.

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Welcome mat rolled out at Simonsen

Transitioning from middle school to high school can be daunting and exciting — for students and parents. For approximately 30 students who spent the last eight or more years in parochial schools, they will step into Simonsen Ninth Grade Center this fall with those emotions and then some.

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200-year-old cemetery of early settlers no longer found

Braving the wilds of an untamed frontier, two brothers with their families and their 70-year-old mother trekked from North Carolina to Mid-Missouri during the state’s infancy.

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Chromebooks a hit with Eugene fifth-graders

Fifth-graders at Eugene Elementary School have twice as many computers in their classroom for taking Accelerated Reading tests this year.

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Carey Bogg’s fondness for antiques has deep family roots

Forty years ago, Carey Bogg discovered his enthusiasm for Civil War-era artifacts.

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Eugene encouraging students to drive safe

With narrow roads, no shoulders and many teenagers from Eugene High School traveling more than 20 miles to after-school jobs, the “It Only Takes One” campaign easily drew in support.

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Hands-on learning goes beyond the textbook

St. Martins teacher uses innovative ways to teach science

Russellville-Lohman reigniting fire district auxiliary

After responding to double tragedies Sept. 11 — a totally-involved fire and a fatal car accident — Russellville-Lohman Fire Protection District firefighters were physically exhausted, emotionally spent and parched.

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Holts Summit givers grateful to receive

“Your foreclosure is canceled” is the best sentence Sandy Sneller has ever heard. She and her husband, Bob, read it in a recent letter from her mortgage company after dozens of friends, family, veterans organizations, businesses, civic groups and helpful strangers contributed a significant amount of money to fulfill their past-due obligations.

Local author releases WWI-era book

Readers will see the World War I era through the eyes of a newlywed couple separated by military service in Jeremy Amick’s latest book, “Soldierly Devotion.”

Dozens of vendors to help raise funds for trampled girl

More than 50 vendors are expected to fill Jefferson City's Capitol Plaza Hotel 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday to support Miracles for Maelyne.

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Mid-Missouri contingent for D.C. march jumps in size, fervor

Pilgrimage of life

What started as chaotic socializing and collecting luggage and sleeping bags into a large pile, quickly turned into a reflective and spiritual time for more than 250 Mid-Missouri students, parents and others who are headed to the March for Life in Washington D.C.

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Once a travelers’ haven, Warwick Village has been revived

When the automobile was new, traveling opened up to a wider public. Roadside motels, fuel stations and restaurants cropped up to serve them on their treks. Such was the case with the Warwick Village Motel.

Pregnancy Help Center adds peer coaching program

Providing a dedicated, interested listener and encourager is the latest program addition at the Pregnancy Help Center of Jefferson City.

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Mid-Missouri couple reach new home, mission in Southeast Asia

Grounded in Cambodia

Local pastor Pete Livingston and his wife, Debbie, have been working full-time for Agape International Missions since mid-September.

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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.