Stories by Michelle
‘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.
The Embry household on Versailles Avenue in California, Mo., might have several “adopted” children on spaghetti or taco nights.
Debut album features variety for music ministry
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.
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The proposed ordinance revision considered last month by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission has been withdrawn for further review by the sponsoring group Historic City of Jefferson.
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.
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.
Fifth-graders at Eugene Elementary School have twice as many computers in their classroom for taking Accelerated Reading tests this year.
Forty years ago, Carey Bogg discovered his enthusiasm for Civil War-era artifacts.
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.
St. Martins teacher uses innovative ways to teach science
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.
“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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Providing a dedicated, interested listener and encourager is the latest program addition at the Pregnancy Help Center of Jefferson City.
Grounded in Cambodia
Local pastor Pete Livingston and his wife, Debbie, have been working full-time for Agape International Missions since mid-September.
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.
More than 30 people turned out for a discussion of a proposal to change city ordinances governing the Jefferson City Historic Preservation Commission.
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.
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.
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.
Renae Woodberry is grateful for the Parents As Teachers program at Eugene Elementary School.
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.
Retired people have a lot to offer youth.
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.
The toy aisles of Walmart Supercenter in eastern Jefferson City were filled with blue and gray uniforms, shopping carts and excited children Saturday morning.
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.
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.
A week from now, more than 60 Mid-Missourians will be in the heart of the Roman Catholic Church.
Faces from the city’s past and familiar facades were featured in more than 60 displays created by students in the local gifted program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mid-Missouri students can be appointed to the U.S. military academies.
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.
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.
Concerned citizens have saved the city months of staff time, developing a replacement ordinance to address demolition applications.
Breakfast was served at two St. Mary’s Hospitals Sunday morning.
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.
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.
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.
Russellville schools honored 27 local veterans from all four branches and the National Guard at a schoolwide assembly Tuesday.
In my youth, a soldier was like a comic book hero to me, a war veteran like an award winner.