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Michelle Brooks

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Cemetery board faces shortfall for historic repairs

With about $2,000 left in this year’s budget, the city Cemetery Resources Board will prioritize which headstones at Old City and Woodland cemeteries need repair.

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Louis Ott House set stage for the lifestyle on prominent drive

A designated Jefferson City landmark

A cornerstone of Jefferson City's eastside neighborhood, born of the streetcar and expanded Capitol grounds, the Louis Ott House at 1201 Moreau Drive is a symbol of the early 20th century affluence.

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LU outlines events celebrating its 150th anniversary

Lincoln University will post 366 fun facts to its Facebook and Twitter accounts, one per day, throughout its sesquicentennial year.

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Fostering start of Lincoln Institute

Soldiers’ officer took command of project that grew into Lincoln University

A man of devout faith and an ardent morality, teacher Richard Baxter Foster rode with martyr John Brown in Kansas, volunteered to lead newly recruited black soldiers, opened Lincoln Institute and still had 30 years left to give to the ministry.

From war to fight for literacy

By March 1866, when the 62nd U.S. Colored Infantry was mustered out of service, almost every soldier from its ranks had learned the alphabet, if not the ability to read and write.

First steps in march for Lincoln

They faced jeers of civilians and threat of murder from the enemy, who would give no quarter to black men carrying guns or white men serving as their officers.

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Halie Dampf leads growth in leadership at Russellville High

With a little encouragement and a cheerful personality, a shy freshman from High Point bloomed into the student body president at Russellville High School.

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Chris Fritsche — Getting the community involved in state history

Chris Fritsche brought with him military background, park interpretation experience, an interest in Native American contributions and a gung-ho attitude when he returned to Missouri seven years ago.

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Moniteau County 2015 first baby to celebrate first birthday

The Bieri family received a lot of goodies and gadgets for their newborn Will, after he was named the first 2015 Moniteau County Baby.

Mid-Missouri pastor’s latest book offers hopeful message

“Pets in Paradise” is the latest book written by the Rev. Peter Kurowski, who has been pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in California, Mo., for nearly 22 years.

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Trail proposal would follow Butterfield stagecoach route

When John Butterfield stepped off the Pacific Railroad at the end of the line west in Tipton on Sept. 16, 1858, he then embarked on the historic, first overland mail route.

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Stagecoach line carried Price, McCarty names into local history

A bugling from the east near Bogg’s Hill in the late afternoon informed Jefferson City residents in the late 1830s that the stagecoach with mail and travelers was on its way.

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Women’s group forms to gain firearm training

Naturally exuding authority and humor, Donna Hilgert welcomed more than two dozen women to a Saturday morning meeting to assess interest in organizing a local Well Armed Woman chapter.

Catholic Charities to assist 210 refugees next year

‘Changing the course of human history one family at a time’

Masses of people were fleeing their homeland after resistance failed and they feared for their safety 40 years ago. That’s when the Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri first partnered with the U.S. Immigration Services, to help the Vietnamese “boat people.”

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Hunting heroes form camaraderie

Hunting event provides cost-free activity for wounded emergency personnel

When Kari and Matt Hilliard flew in to Mid-Missouri from their Florida home for a Hunting For Heroes weekend, they were both excited and nervous.

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Digging into history at Heisinger Bluffs

Wealth of artifacts include items from Civil War Union encampment

When the metal detector indicated a large, but indefinable mass under the sod, veteran searchers assumed it would be remnants of Civil War soldiers making bullets. So they moved on.

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High Street viaduct has history all its own

One of Jefferson City’s main arteries running east and west is thanks to a little-known former mayor and was even, at one time, named after him.

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Fostering family values

Quick attachment turns Grays from foster parents to adoptive parents

The 11 stick figures on the back of their full-sized passenger van catch a lot of attention.

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St. Martin principal drives for values and vision

Mulholland accentuates positives in classroom, community, on soccer pitch

With unending energy and a vision for educating children, Principal Eddie Mulholland brings encouragement and motivation to the educators and disciples at St. Martin Catholic School.

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Russellville grandfather, grandsons share homing pigeon hobby

A feathery affair

The best part of this second-time-around interest in homing pigeons for Larry Burlingame is Caleb and Campbell Nichols are responsible for the daily care and maintenance of the feathered pets.

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With new conductor, Cantorum looks to invoke Christmas memories

The 48th annual Cantorum “Christmas Memories” choral concert at 7 p.m. today at Jefferson City's Miller Performing Arts Center will be the first with new conductor Suzanne Barner Kitchen.

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Principal percussionist at Russellville Middle School

Band has the beat of a different drummer — the school principal

Each afternoon in the beginning band classroom, Elaine Buschjost is not the Russellville Middle School principal. She is a fellow student.

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Special party for special kids

Jerry Presley took to the dance floor with one of the special needs children invited to the annual Jeff Presley Christmas Party at American Legion Post 5.

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Capt. Scott McCollum — Growing through the ranks

A “squared away” guy, according to his colonel, Capt. Scott McCollum has been advancing up the ranks of the Missouri National Guard since his senior year at Keytesville High School.

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Mid-Missouri businesses brief students on career fields

A sampling of careers

Microscopes, uniforms, gadgets and protective gear were among the various props Mid-Missouri businesses brought to the California High School career fair Friday.

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Student teaching a winning situation at Russellville

At Russellville Elementary and Middle schools this fall, two Lincoln University students have been developing their lesson planning and delivery skills in the fourth grade and middle school math classes.

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Tebow meets ‘little Tebow’

Throwing the football around on the field of the Division I University of South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium was pretty special.

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Small Business Saturday participation grows from 2014

Carrying bundled five-month-old Leo, Shannon Troesser and her sister Paige Brockmeyer were enjoying the conversation as much as the novelties during their shopping outing with their mother, Kristin VanDeVelde in Jefferson City Saturday afternoon.

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Osage City resident researches history of his once-thriving home

Growing up in Osage City, Bill Wibberg traveled the river on a fishing boat, visited with the sage old-timers of the community and played in the woods.

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Taos church nominated as historic place

A mostly-intact representation of early, rural church architecture and the resting place of the “Apostle of Mid-Missouri,” the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and Rectory have been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.

Looking to bridge the gap

A historic bridge at Sinking Creek in Shannon County is the latest in the effort to save the architectural features no longer able to serve their original purpose.

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Chromebooks help California teachers engage students

1:1 classrooms

Before California Middle School seventh-graders Lauren Spillars and Megan VanLoo grabbed electrified wires during a hands-on science lab, they used the classroom’s 1:1 Chromebooks to create a virtual electric circuit.

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Family logs hundreds of hours at California food pantry

‘God grabbed us, took us from there’

When the Cargill Cares Food Pantry asked Max Wachter to take over as the volunteer ordering and distribution manager, his wife had already been praying for a way to serve their neighbors with food.

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Making history brick by brick

Historic Kelly-Bolton Home designated as Jefferson City landmark in 2002

Possibly the oldest brick home in Cole County, the Kelly-Bolton Home at 1916 Green Berry Road has ties to early pioneers, Civil War soldiers and turn-of-the-century society.

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Prayer Warriors thank firefighters, lawmen

With a meal they didn’t have to make in the fire station kitchen and music the patrolmen did not have to sing themselves, local law enforcement and firefighters were appreciated at an event Thursday hosted by the Missouri State Capitol Prayer Warriors.

Eugene High School targets improving ACT scores

The ACT is getting extra attention at Eugene High School this school year.

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Area man inducted into Monster Truck Hall of Fame

Better than having his face on a trading card, local sheet metal worker Gene Patterson’s picture now hangs in the International Monster Truck Museum Hall of Fame.

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Muslim Community’s open house details difference between Islam, Islamic State

Mercy is a strong tenant of the Muslim faith, said Rihab Sawah on Saturday at the Jefferson City Muslim Community’s open house.

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MoDOT project helps identify Trail of Tears

An unlabeled, nearly 200-year-old map, safely stored in the Missouri State Archives, became the starting point to discovering the earliest roads in southeast Missouri, specifically ones the Cherokee may have followed on the Trail of Tears.

Preservationists seek to add ‘teeth’ to demolition ordinance

Nearly a year after its first presentation, proposed changes to Jefferson City's demolition ordinance were accepted for further consideration by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission.

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Mid-Missouri taxidermist adds flesh-eating beetles to business

When walking into Oak Grove Taxidermy and Hydrodripping, the first things to be noticed are shiny, colorful small animal skulls.

Open house Saturday at Jefferson City Muslim center

Highlighting Islam vs. Islamic State

The Jefferson City Muslim Community will host an open house 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at its Islamic center, 5124 Moreau Ridge Road.

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Russellville students lead tribute to community's veterans

Two students take oath to serve in Army, Navy

“Heroes aren’t just men in red capes, saving damsels in distress. Heroes are mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, sisters and brothers.”

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Researching, preserving flags honoring our grandfathers

Missouri State Museum works to save flags commemorating counties’ veterans of World War I

The heavy, cotton flag’s corners fall over the edges of the Missouri State Museum’s work table. For about the last six months, staff members and interns have been tediously caring for the 15-foot-long flag, created in Montgomery County following World War I.

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‘Unique to Mid-Missouri’ class teaches music basics

Russellville keyboarding class progresses students’ music abilities

How many parents wish their children would practice 50 minutes each day to reinforce the piano lessons that cost up to $200 a month? Eighteen Russellville Middle School students are doing just that, but without the cost.

Firefighters honor fallen brother

Saturday fundraiser to aid fire auxiliary

Wearing ceremonial white gloves and standing at attention, many members of the Russellville-Lohman Fire Protection District took turns standing guard at the casket of a young firefighter in the Russellville High School gym.

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Police wives share in service-minded attitude

Dawn Benboom saw the frustration in her husband, Hunter, when he watched his friend become a police officer.

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Amy's Story reaches new Russellville class

Preschoolers at Russellville Elementary School went home last week with a bag labeled “Amy’s Story” filled with books, including an audio book with device.

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Silver Star storyteller

Jeremy Ämick passionate about working with veterans

Shaking the hand of professional WWE wrestler Xavier Woods, rock group Motley Crue or actor/musician Gary Sinise might be a once-in-a-lifetime moment for some people.

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Rusty Weisman: Telling the story of rocks, history

Working in the Missouri Department of Transportation’s design division, Rusty Weisman often is out on right-of-way land or existing roadway shoulders looking for bits and pieces.