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Michelle Brooks

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House in shambles gets an award-winning face-lift

Golden Hammer Award winner

A little bungalow in the South Side of Jefferson City received a master’s touch.

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Local veteran participates in Honor Flight

Herbert Raithel and his wife, Loretta, saw the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C., in 2005 from their tour bus seats at night because of a heavy downpour.

Faith leaders to stage prayer events at Capitol

Missourians will lift up their communities and state in prayer during three corporate prayer gatherings in the Capitol Rotunda prior to the Nov. 4 elections.

Local churches, organizations address homeless issues

To explore the idea of coordinating efforts among churches and other organizations, a Homelessness Task Force organizational meeting will be 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Jefferson City.

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12 Guard members deployed to Kosovo

When daughters have boo-boos, it’s nice to have Daddy around to make it better.

JC faith leaders share lessons learned in Ferguson

Whether the police are right in a situation and whether one likes the police, an officer should receive respect for his position. The matter can be addressed or corrected later, if the subject complies and then walks away.

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Gayle Skaggs' designs turn school library into a wealth of inspiration

Dinosaurs in the hallway, a safari in the library and an underwater world in the story room — Eugene elementary students enjoy immersing into imaginary worlds when they enter Gayle Skaggs’ room.

Local faces added to Vietnam memorial project

A yearbook photo of Lt. Ronald Thompkins has been uploaded to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation’s Faces Never Forgotten project.

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St. John’s Lutheran marks several milestones Sunday

A noble building in a tiny community holds strong traditions and a valued history.

Faith-based group develops ties with LU students

Carrying boxes and bags to a freshman’s dorm room might be the least of a new student’s challenges upon beginning his college career.

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Bosses dine with troops

ESGR, employers laud role of citizen soldiers

Veterans, especially those who have returned in recent years from combat and active duty, make good employees.

Last of targeted W. McCarty properties cleared for demolition

The wrecking ball will return to the 200 block of West McCarty Street one more time.

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Charm restored to Moreau Drive home

Thanks to extensive renovation

Rene Maxey found a home with size and character at 1317 Moreau Drive, where Heath Higgins had bought the home in 2012 and renovated the interior and replaced the windows.

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Senior citizens spend time at Moniteau County fair

Snacks, socializing, games and illusions made for a busy afternoon Thursday at the Moniteau County Fair Senior Citizens Day.

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Crowd was pulling for them

At Moniteau County Fair's Kiddie Tractor Pull

Little knees were bouncing up and down while the grating sound of a miniature metal sleigh followed behind the little green tractor powered by youth ages 12 and younger at the 148th Moniteau County Fair.

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Farmers market connects consumers, local products

Under the shade of tents in Smith-Burke Park, happy vendors are sharing their wares and their life experiences with visitors to the California Farmers Market from 4-7 p.m. each Friday.

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Century-old Russellville farmhouse receives facelift

‘I can do that’

A combination of “I can do that” and an appreciation for imperfection has helped the Wilson family fashion their first home in Russellville.

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JC teen never doubted calling to serve in Israel

‘There was a purpose for being there’

Even when missiles were flying above him and gunfire could be heard not far away, Luke Benke says he never doubted that God had called him to missions in Israel this summer.

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Mounted shooting sport makes debut at county fair

Rootin,' tootin' cowboys

Black powder caps popping, smoke rising, horses running and balloons popping — cowboy mounted shooting is a fast-growing sport.

Russellville youngster has need for speed

Confidence and hard work have paid off for Russellville fifth-grader Logan Cinotto.

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Foursquare-style home named city Landmark

Nearly a century of character

When Shae Marie Eickhoff walked into 1214 Elmerine St. 11 years ago for the first time, she knew she had found her home.

LU to host class about canning fruits and salsas

“Salsas and Fruits” will be the fourth in a five-session series on “Preserving the Harvest” developed by the Cole County office of the University of Missouri Extension.

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Artist’s creation turning heads, bringing chuckles across Mid-Missouri

Roamin’ gnome

Driving along at highway speeds, Stephen Feilbach still catches the surprised and amused expressions of travelers who point and grab their cameras.

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July Yard of the Month: ‘Truly Amazing’

Loads of top soil, turf, flagstone and plantings turn rocky corner lot into showpiece

A cute frog fountain has found a home at 3831 Foxboro Drive after traveling in a box for more than a decade from Los Angeles to northern Florida and back to Missouri.

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Leading a Legion of community volunteers

Tom Goodin wrapped up his year as the American Legion Department of Missouri commander.

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Bluebird conference landed this weekend

The Missouri Bluebird Society, which held its annual conference in Jefferson City this weekend, would like to establish a “Governor’s Bluebird Trail” with a start of five boxes installed on the Capitol grounds.

Eckankar religion on the rise

Since childhood, Deb Deutsch has craved spirituality.

Putting faces to the names on Vietnam Veterans Memorial

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. John Campbell became a casualty of the Vietnam War on Aug. 13, 1967, and U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph Schmidt was lost May 16, 1969.

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‘NOW’ chapter rallies against Hobby Lobby

The uniquely American attributes of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion flexed their muscles Saturday on Missouri Boulevard in Jefferson City.

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Conifer gardens coming near Capitol

When completed, the conifer garden will include not only about 150 trees and shrubs but also a gazebo, welcoming groups, weddings and fireworks spectators with a unique view of the Missouri Capitol.

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Staking claims for July 4th traditions

Before the day’s celebrations and get-togethers began Friday, Andrew Clayton parked his pick-up truck in a choice spot at the Missouri National Guard’s blue armory for its vantage point for the night’s fireworks display.

RLFD firefighters to benefit from Engine Show gift

Adequate personal protective gear for one firefighter costs about $4,000.

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Sports Crusaders ministry builds skills, faith

Stretching to funny voices and foreign languages and laughing in between drills, elementary-aged athletes are learning about their favorites sports and receiving lessons in faith this week at Sports Crusaders.

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Memorial Baptist Super Science Cmp examines creation through experiments

Sanding and painting, nearly 30 children from the neighborhood near Memorial Baptist Church are preparing pinewood derby cars.

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Book to celebrate 150 years of JC history

Photo scanning events to begin Monday

To celebrate the News Tribune's 150th anniversary in 2015, the local newspaper has partnered with the Cole County Historical Society, the Missouri State Archives and The State Historical Society of Missouri to create a keepsake book filled with photos crossing all the decades of greater Jefferson City’s life.

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Father remembered for life lessons

Two skills that really have made a difference in Michael Miller’s life — problem solving and working on vehicles — came from his step-father, Gary Vaterlaus. A lifetime of knowledge is the legacy Miller hopes to pass on to his children, too.

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Lohman Building has served as a cornerstone of Jefferson City since 1839

Fixture at Lohman’s Landing for 175 years

Steamboats were pulling in wherever looked good to them along the Missouri River’s edge and Missouri legislators were sleeping in residents’ small homes.

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A garden haven for birds, butterflies, everyone

Richters win June Yard of the Month award

Harry and Suzanne Richter began their full and well-maintained garden beds as a way to avoid safety hazards during mowing. And as everything else in the yard, it just kept growing.

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Russellville Engine Show seeks a younger crowd

New leadership coordinating the 176th Russellville Engine Show and Festival is looking to attract the younger generation to the festival Friday through Sunday.

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Historians appeal to public to help find gas chamber keys

The only witnesses to all 39 state executions at the Missouri State Penitentiary are missing. Individually cut by the prison’s locksmith in the 1930s, the keys to the gas chamber last were seen during a private tour in 2005.

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High Street homes earn Golden Hammer

The Golden Hammer Award returns to the 700 block of East High Street this month.

Women’s ministry offers women a place of refuge, healing

‘A well-kept secret’

Women who have faced the troubles of their past and found healing to move forward share their struggles and model their successes as peer counselors to other women at the Center for Women’s Ministries.

Juneteenth to kick off Sunday

The Missouri National Guard has increased its involvement with the annual Juneteenth Heritage Celebration this year.

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Sharing at summer meals

Third-grader Sarah Swillum set down her banana in an iced bin Tuesday morning before putting away her breakfast tray at Russellville Elementary School.

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Old-time music lovers get their fill at weekly jam session

The eyes and ears of more than 20 pickers and listeners were fixed on a sweet, timid 10-year-old singing the old-time favorite “How Great Thou Art” Friday at the Sweet Buy and Buy in California, Mo.

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LU Workshop designed to interest youngsters in farm animals

A petting zoo and educational booths led the activities Saturday at the first-time Animal Welfare Hands-On Workshop at the Lincoln University George Washington Carver Farm.

Return of the royalty, as princesses are crowned

The tradition of fair royalty is making a comeback at this year’s Jefferson City Jaycees/Cole County Fair, after about six years absent.

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Teen’s strawberry project cultivates interest in agriculture, science

Before her freshman year in high school, Taylor Young had never considered an agriculture-based career.

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MIA soldier remembered by sister, community

Her first day on the job also was her first in a foreign country, first in a war zone and first in a hospital for Freeburg native Jeanie Hasenbeck.

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Russellville High School holds first academic honors banquet

Seated at tables covered with white tablecloths and blue ribbons, 45 students were honored at Russellville High School’s first Academic Honors Banquet last week.