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Michelle Brooks

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Homelessness task force makes strides

Volunteers, donations needed for Homeless Connect event

As the number of homless people in Jefferson City grows, so has the number of benevolent individuals hoping to help. A year ago, a homelessness task force began to consider intervention options.

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High Point celebrates community, start of school year in Labor Day event

Route C was covered in candy Saturday morning, as nearly every entry in the High Point Homecoming parade threw out generous helpings of sweets for the children lining the road.

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California High School grad to get wish from Tebow Foundation

Now playing football at Truman State, Barr will meet the Eagles quarterback

Barr, a freshman at Truman State University, Kirksville, shares traits with NFL player Tim Tebow, including a strong work ethic and a valued faith.

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Father Helias' fourth church on register

The fourth of seven parishes founded by the Apostle of Central Missouri, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church remains a reflection of the past as a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Historic High Point store to close

Mary Dillner grew up 5 miles from High Point and remembers bringing horses to town with her father to be shod at the blacksmith’s shop. While they would wait, Dillner remembers visiting the Tising Store.

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After 100-plus years of Masses, Immaculate Conception Church named a Landmark

A close-knit, growing congregation

Inside a small house at the corner of then-U.S. 50 and Clark Avenue in Jefferson City, a new Catholic parish celebrated its first Mass the last Sunday in July 1913.

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Historic High Point district remains central in community

The historic High Point central business block consists of four adjacent primary buildings and three detached privies behind them, which were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.

Interfaith event to discuss the difference between Islam, Islamic State

With a foot in each culture, Rihab Sawah is uniquely equipped to share her Syrian culture with Americans.

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Waterscape garden named Yard of the Month

'A place of repose'

Charlie and Claudia Goodin love the water. It’s where they met.

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California students welcome freshmen

The band has more members, the music is harder and the school building is much larger than Clarksburg School, where Willow Hutton attended middle school.

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Opera house still focal point in California

The Finke Theater today hosts local musicians and performers, as well as out-of-town professionals, just as it was designed to do in 1885.

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Donkeys protect flocks of sheep at LU farm

Ears perked high, Silver Fox kept her dark eyes fixed on the strangers entering the field where she was guarding her flock of mother sheep and their lambs.

History commission reviews block grant properties

Many of the properties involved in the city’s programs supported by the federal Community Development Block Grant are 50 years old or older. That qualifies the potential project to be reviewed by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission.

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Kids hooked on fishing derby at Binder Lake

Elks offer new event as something for parents, kids

While Sawyer Burgess, 9, was having trouble getting his first worm on his hook, 11-year-olds Emma Loesch and Shelby Mell were deciding if they liked the fishing spot near the lily pads Saturday morning at Binder Lake.

Jefferson Citian in spotlight as ceremony commemorates WWII end

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a wreath-laying ceremony will be observed at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Jefferson City National Cemetery.

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Rock Enon Farm tells history of farming

Like many pioneers of the 1850s, Louis Bruce brought his wife and eight children with him from Virginia to start a farmstead.

Gorrell takes helm of Russellville schools

New Superintendent Perry Gorrell already was familiar with Russellville, visiting his fiancée and attending events there.

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Vintage jet fighter lands at military museum

The Museum of Missouri Military History got a surprise Friday. Two flatbed trailers delivered both the fuselage and the wing of the camouflage-painted F-4 Phantom II Rose’s Gang.

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Transporting history one piece at a time

When Grayson Wells went to work with his father Friday morning, his office was the cab of a semi-truck and the 11-year-old was responsible for watching out the rear view mirrors to ensure their cargo — an F-4 Phantom II fighter jet — traveled safely to the Museum of Missouri Military History.

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Buildings retain architectural, historic significance

One block off the Moniteau County Courthouse square is intact streetscape preserving both architectural and local history.

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Jaycees president fills many roles in fair week

An attorney by day, Erin Wiseman has been troubleshooting and keeping logistics on track at the Jefferson City Jaycees Cole County Fair each night this week.

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Russellville band camp upbeat with new director, instruments

The percussion section of Russellville High School’s band has received some extra attention this summer. Besides new band director Nathan Gargus arriving with nearly a decade of competitive drumline experience, community donations added some extra thump to the line’s instruments.

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Building blocks of past, future

Allen Pollock has his business model ready for his retirement

Building neighborhood streets in the 1970s, building miniature-scale figures and tracks in his basement, and building community partnerships over the last 30 years — Allen Pollock’s life has centered around construction.

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Perennial-bed garden named Yard of the Month

After 28 years in the making

A modest yard at the end of an east-side cul-de-sac is so peaceful, angels call it home.

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Young and old team up for aerial adventure with drones

Safety goggles on, the motor hums and then the blue tarps on the Jason Gymnasium floor flap as the four wings of handmade drones force air down for liftoff Thursday morning in Jefferson City.

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Rugen finds enjoyment through the camera lens

Brenda Rugen has a unique view through her camera’s lens.

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Eugene team earns gold at national competition before first anniversary

Less than one year ago, Eugene High School started an FCCLA chapter, and already a two-member team recently returned with a gold award from the national competition.

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'Rebel' with a cause

SCV commander worries respect, tolerance now a ‘one-way street’

Growing up with a changing address as his father moved from U.S. Air Force base to base, Darrell Maples learned to be a “people person” to make new friends from Spain to Texas to Nebraska.

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Doing their Sunday best

Congregation offers a Sunday of labor to help new shelter

Child-sized shovels and muddy shoes showed the younger members of Freshwater Church were just as eager as the adult member to pitch in at the second annual Labor for Your Neighbor Sunday.

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Landmark store led neighborhood revival

Today, 308 W. Dunklin St., is more than a story above the main thoroughfare in Old Munichburg and houses Kas A Designs.

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4-H shooters learn safety, skill, responsibility on way to national championship

Right on target

Responsibility and adhering to protocols are top priorities when 4-H members take up their pistols, shotguns and bows each Wednesday at the United Sportsmen’s Club.

Impact of road damage spreads

Cole County commissioners meet school districts' new leaders

The water damage on Lower Bottom Road will impact bus routes next month for the Blair Oaks School District.

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Rooted in her community

When Becky Bocklage started college, she thought she wanted to teach children. Instead, life took her to the opposite spectrum where she teaches business to adults.

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Charm restored to historic former downtown bar

Former Mortimer Kegley High Street building receives Golden Hammer recognition

Another piece of the Capital City’s downtown charm has been restored at 115 E. High St. The Historic City of Jefferson has recognized the facade improvements by owner Jewell Patek with the July Golden Hammer award.

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Russellville family enjoys home away from home

The Nichols family feels just as at home underneath a shade tree, sitting in their camp chairs around a warm fire at a state park, as they do in their rural Russellville home.

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Maclay Home dates to Civil War

A time capsule of pioneers, merchants and soldiers, the Maclay Home in Tipton is history itself.

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This VBS offers 'special' message

St. John’s Lutheran spreads message to special needs children

For most parents, taking their children to a new activity causes a bit of alarm or wariness. Those emotions are heightened when their child has a special need.

Prairie Home Fair gears up for 100th showing

Not only special events, but extra days, have been added to the Prairie Home Fair’s 100th showing, which will be held July 8-12.

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Courthouse among Moniteau's registered places

The Moniteau County Courthouse Square is uniquely intact, reflecting its pioneer town commercial center.

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Library fundraiser marks return to stage for duo

Sisters singing again

Fans of the old Lee Mace’s Ozark Opry may have seen or heard the Moniteau County Library director and her sister decades ago.

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Run Cupcake Run raises money, awareness for Belair student

Craig and Sara Clime have made sure their son T.J. experiences as much out of life as he can before the effects of his Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy prevent him from doing so.

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Local military historian publishes sixth book

The personal stories of Cole County soldiers are pieced together with historic context in the latest book by local military historian Jeremy Amick.

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Building on community spirit

The motto “Let us lead by serving others” belongs to more than just Beta Club.

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Local couple continues Cambodian mission to eliminate sex trafficking

When Pete and Debbie Livingston sold all they owned to relocate to Svay Pak, Cambodia, they knew they were called to help remove and heal children in the sex trade.

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A focal point of education, community

Built in 1904, the former Broadway School has been named a city Landmark

Half a century of learning and childhood memories are captured in the Broadway School building, now owned by Carpenters District Council of Greater St. Louis and Vicinity, at the corner of Broadway and Dunklin Street in Jefferson City.

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Community displays patriotism year round

Each patriotic holiday, more than 100 California, Mo., business or church locations are donned with an American flag for the day.

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West end pizza restaurant receives Golden Hammer recognition

About 60 years ago, two storefronts went up in the west end area.

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Technology camp gives students insight into computer programming

Cracking the code

Students at St. Martins Catholic School have the chance this summer to not only view the behind-the-scenes coding that goes into their technological world, but they’ve also been able to write a little.

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Summer school program acclimates new students, reinforces learning

Getting the hang of things

The first two weeks of California Elementary’s Summer School have been a camping theme in teacher Kendra Hall’s classroom. One of four kindergarten classrooms with about 20 students each, the goal is to acclimate the little ones to the routines and expectations of the school atmosphere.

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Jamaican duo getting close look at new farm techniques

More than 100 local farmers or those interested in agriculture are expected to attend the third annual Alternative/Organic Agriculture Field Day today at the Alan T. Busby Farm.