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Michelle Brooks

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Moniteau County church added to National Registry

A rural brick church styled in Gothic revival with a traditional center steeple has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Fundraiser a hit for baseball league

Driving 45 minutes one-way for baseball practices for their three boys is worth it to the Mealy family from Mokane.

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100th Day combines service, learning, Valentines

In the midst of celebrating at Eugene Elementary School, soldiers and those in need were remembered, too.

Russellville residents list favorite songs for Valentine's Day

“I Cross My Heart” by George Strait was the song Mark and Pam Thompson danced to at their wedding 18 years ago. Mark is a Cole R-1 School Board member and Pam is the Stringtown-Corinth 4-H Club leader.

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Hospital board encourages local firms to bid on project

Groundbreaking on $37 million expansion slated Feb. 27

Atypical for the construction industry, more than 100 contractors, builders and tradesmen were invited to a sit-down presentation about the upcoming Capital Region Medical Center.

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Operation Comfort Warriors aids troops

American Legion program offers service members support

Where government services end, the American Legion’s Operation Comfort Warriors program begins, ensuring patients at U.S. military hospitals and warrior transition units are given needed items.

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Israel trip brings scripture alive

Combining spiritual and educational, young and old, Christian and non-Christian, First Presbyterian Church and Westminster College led a dozen Americans through Israel this winter.

Bullying seminar set for Saturday

Out of growing concern for the safety and future of the community’s youth, Second Baptist Church will host a bullying prevention seminar.

Master Gardeners plan seminar

Hands-on classes have been added to the popular Central Missouri Master Gardener’s Spring Seminar.

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Community finds voices of faith

More than 30 churches, groups join individuals for Faith Voices for Jefferson City

A 26-year-old mother of a two-year-old, Joeni Miller doesn’t want to live in poverty. She was invited to share her personal experience with citizens who attended Thursday’s “Claim the Dream” founding convention of Faith Voices for Jefferson City.

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Inspiring youngsters to read

Reading is an adventure that has been taken to the swamp level in Tina Kauffman’s library. The fourth-year librarian coordinates with Cole R-1 classroom teachers each year to create a reading theme.

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Railroad depot connected state, people

The opulence of the Missouri Pacific Railroad station greeted guests and newcomers to Jefferson City at the turn of the 20th century.

Faith-based, advocacy group forming in Capital City

‘It’s past time for us to get beyond the walls of our churches’

Celebrating that one’s faith has a legitimate claim in public decision-making, Faith Voices For Jefferson City intends to educate and equip the average resident to speak up.

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Landmark nominations sought in Jefferson City

Jefferson City's Historic Preservation Commission is seeking nominations for 2014 Landmark awards. Applications are available at the city’s Web site.

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Student leadership defined

When Kara Wehmeyer helped found the Calvary Lutheran High School’s SADD chapter and organize the Key Club’s blood drive, it was more than altruism.

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Student leaders learn from others' bad choices

Student leaders from Missouri’s colleges learned about leadership in an unlikely place this week while attending the Governor’s Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values.

Commercial vehicles raise residents' ire on St. Mary's Blvd.

It may be legal, but residents and a Jefferson City commission don’t see it as neighborly that large, sometimes speedy, commercial vehicles are using St. Mary’s Boulevard instead of Missouri Boulevard.

Young Farmers groups plan joint meeting

Madisen Boyer has grown up in the Russellville Young Farmers/Young Farm Wives. As a Cole County R-1 School junior, she now is involved with the Russellville FFA Chapter, too.

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Military museum’s new location expected to open in summer

The 14-year-old display cases at the Museum of Missouri Military History have been moved to the new museum space, adjacent to the Patriot Center at the entrance to the Skelton Training Center.

Approach to teaching students changed in four years

It took a school-wide commitment four years ago to implement the Professional Learning Communities model at every level. A year ahead of schedule, they have exceeded their original goals.

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Youngsters design wall art for local grocer

The fourth-grade artists at Cole County R-1 Schools have been recruited to add some color to the produce aisles at Fairway Grocery in Eugene.

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PLC provides TLC for Russellville schools

Nearly a miracle by education standards, the Russellville school district moved from the bottom 100 of 523 schools to the top 50 in four short years.

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Recognizing the Blue Christmas

Elvis song hits home for some; service aims to help

Not everyone is feeling joyful during the Christmas season. A Blue Christmas Service will be extended at 7 p.m. Monday in Jefferson City at Table of Grace, which meets at 3328 Bennett Lane.

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Eugene PTO holds Christmas workshop for elementary students

Filling up shopping lists

Cole R-5 Schools PTO member Melissa Johnson walked with third-grader Jay Bungart, helping him calculate his spending budget and select the best gifts for each person at the annual Secret Santa workshop.

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Operation T.O.Y.S. brings law enforcement, kids together for shopping

‘This is a blessing’

Operation T.O.Y.S. (Take Our Youth Shopping) has been putting a smile on the faces of Jefferson City youth for more than 30 years.

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‘Democrat Building’ houses a history of businesses

The second-floor cupola of the “Democrat building” at 300 E. High St. in downtown Jefferson City is a notable architectural feature today.

Winter weather cancels events, mars roads

The threat of wintry precipitation caused many events to be cancelled this weekend, including the Christmas parades in Holts Summit, Russellville and Linn, and the first night of Capital City Christian Church’s Journey to Bethlehem in Jefferson City.

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Dinner brings cheer to Dulle, Hamilton

Residents enjoy food, decorations, presents

The fourth Christmas at The Towers party was Saturday, feeding about 150 residents with a holiday meal, complete with homemade rolls and cheesecake.

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Eugene church shares faith, crafts in after-school program

With rosy cheeks from walking nearly a mile from Cole County R-5 Schools to the Eugene Christian Church, Ashton Bax and Lena Birdno were eager to share their day’s experiences with volunteers.

Eugene schools offer generous spirit

Generosity is being collected in the form of canned goods and first-aid products at Cole County R-5 Schools.

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Weighty subject at school

What had been a dingy room with a few pieces of out-dated machines is now a bright and clean room with modern equipment.

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Church groups play pivotal role in annual holiday tradition

A mainstay of Downtown Living Windows has been local church participation.

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Early mantle of leadership

Student council has been part of Jacob Robertson’s life since sixth grade.

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Book features city’s past in artistic medium for kids, adults

The first brick building constructed after the Capital City location was decided nearly 200 years ago likely was the Rising Sun Hotel. With traffic along the river, “the highway of the day,” many guests would have brought news and ideas to the city by staying at this original anchor.

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Car club member earns scholarship

He’s likely the youngest member of the Mid-Mo Old Car Club. And he’s certainly the first to receive the club’s $1,000 scholarship.

Carmelite sisters to bid JC farewell today

Bishop John Gaydos will celebrate Mass at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Then guests are invited to a receiving line with the sisters and a reception in their honor in the undercroft.

Tons of help

DNR staff donates 6,000 pounds of food to pantry

With nearly 2,000 people served this month at the Samaritan Center, a 6,000-pound donation has restored the center’s pantry to a good operating level.

Thanksgiving meal serves as an act of kindness for community

Cindy Schnieders has organized Immaculate Conception Church to offer a Thanksgiving meal to families in need. Last year, the effort delivered about 450 meals to homes and served another 50 at the church. To inquire about delivery, call 573-635-6143 before noon Tuesday.

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Dual state crowns make final year special for Coach Craig Miller

Despite injuries and personal setbacks, the seniors on Cole County R-1 High School’s boys and girls cross country teams persevered.

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Reading rituals in Russellville

Literacy Nights open up a world of reading

Teachers at Cole County R-1 Schools include fun and technology in their attempts to share a love of reading with elementary students.

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Historic Millbottom building withstands the test of time

Designated as Jefferson City Landmark

Jefferson City's Millbottom was “one of the most interesting, multi-dimensional historical neighborhoods,” said author and historian Gary Kremer.

Jefferson City preservation panel cites advances

Jefferson City’s Historic Preservation Commission celebrated successes Tuesday. Future applicants for demolition will be required to submit photos taken within the last 90 days of both the exterior and interior of structures 50-years-old and older.

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Vets honored at Russellville schools

Bill Stubinger accepted an American flag at Monday’s Cole County R-1 Schools community Veterans Day assembly, with grades K through 12 in attendance, including his son and daughter.

Students competing in Battle of Belt contest

Speech class students at Cole County R-5 High School have submitted 30-second public service announcements (PSA) to the annual Battle of the Belt competition, hosted by the Missouri Department of Transportation.

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Carmelite sisters moving from Capital City

The three remaining sisters at the Carmelite Monastery, 2201 Main St., will move to the Benedictine Monastery in Clyde, Mo., on Dec. 2, ending the order’s 53 years in Jefferson City.

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Eugene thanks vets with breakfast, assembly

The community of Eugene pulled together for a thank-you breakfast Friday for its veterans. Cole County R-5 Schools annually holds a Veterans Day Assembly.

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Church’s ministry combines power of donations, coupons to help needy

Within a church community, many roles exist — preaching, teaching, singing, children’s work. For Trish Frazer, its shopping. Trinity Lutheran Church took up Frazer’s idea in April to make couponing a ministry.

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Couple’s dream home a curious sight

Watching the fireworks from Proctor Park this past Independence Day, Don and Brenda Cram sat contentedly in front of their “shouse.” The home isn’t exactly a “shouse,” a shop and house combined in one. But with its tin siding and roof, it doesn’t look like any other house in town.

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Jefferson City councilmen meet with constituents

Public transportation, taxation among topics

A two-hour conversation Saturday between Ward 1 and Ward 2 city councilmen and about 50 constituents was well attended by Citizens for JeffTran members. Many reiterated the need to move forward with the formation of a commission for everyday residents to provide input to council decisions.

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Joshua Stockman: Officer serves as resource for Eugene schools

It’s not the DARE adults today may remember. Cole County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Stockman applied for the Cole County R-5 school resource officer position but the curriculum and training he gained from DARE school last month little resembled his own elementary days at St. Joseph Cathedral School.