Stories by Michelle
'I like meeting new people and expanding my social bubble'
When Garrett Crouse and his pals ran through the halls of Eugene High School chasing a “ghost” as the Ghostbusters for 1980s day, his peers weren’t surprised.
When Russellville High School alumnae Sara Koestner decided to attend the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, joining a competitive engineering team was a must.
Unity in prayer was expressed across Mid-Missouri and the nation Thursday during the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer. Students gathered before the classes at their school flag pole to pray.
Brothers in arms, honor
Gov. Jay Nixon honored four veterans, including one from Jefferson City, with the Silver Star Banner in his office on Wednesday.
Future students discover what school is about
With maps, spy glasses and binoculars, future kindergartners sought clues through Russellville Elementary School Monday night at “Discovery Kindergarten.”
While Central Missouri Master Gardeners help customers with tips and descriptions of their thousands of plants, Nichols Career Center FFA members will be helping with the heavy work.
As an occupational therapist, Helene Webster-Richardson knows the value of gardening, but she has enjoyed learning the scientific and environmental benefits as part of the NEEED Project.
Two churches coordinate mission outreach program
Volunteers from First Baptist Church and First Presbyterian Church will go out to city parks, public schools, social service organizations and multi-family residential neighborhoods.
Eugene senior making his mark with champion goats
Trent Kempker spends more than an hour each day at his Eugene farm with Will and his other goats, which he shows at about 10 contests each year.
Greenhouse class has growth spurt in Russellville
The bright, beautiful blooms of the petunias and impatiens draw gardeners to plant the annuals in their beds.
The bass beat was thumping through downtown Jefferson City as thousands of walkers and runners of all ages were jumping and waving their hands under wispy clouds of color Saturday morning.
Pantry aims to offer simple recipes
When Stephanie Scott-Huffman heard Kolbi Ward could feed her family of five with $200 for a month, she knew her innovative food pantry concept was coming together.
The shoe industry was a big money maker in Jefferson City, especially during the era of prison labor. The International Shoe Building at 1101 E. Capitol Ave. was one of several industries built apart from the controversial inmate labor pool.
Efforts of counselor Cherri Williams and Russellville elementary and middle school teachers paid off. MAP test scores are among the top in the Show-Me Conference.
Mid-Missouri hosts King Kat Tournament Trail
A professional catfish tournament will be casting into the Missouri River on Saturday.
Communication is the key to influencing a society.
It won’t be the first time runners in Jefferson City will be drenched with colors. But it will be the first-time for the national Color Vibe organization to host a 5K run downtown, expected to draw more than 3,000 runners.
As a teenager, Gene Patterson found his life’s ambition.
Seven years ago, the Historic City of Jefferson introduced the Golden Hammer Award to promote private ventures to preserve the city historic architecture and neighborhoods.
Museum amassing pieces of Missouri’s memorabilia
The Missouri Museum of Military History has been filled in the last 25 years by items recovered by the Missouri Society for Military History or donated by the owners.
Staff piecing together history of sheriff’s department
The first four Cole County Jails have been cleared away, just as the fifth site soon may be.
Incentives pique children's interest in books
Reaching one’s reading goals in Eugene Elementary School is more about fun and less about dreaded assignments.
As the city turns a more acute eye toward the abandoned building plight, one owner shared his intentions to remove at least three structures from the registry.
Three incumbents will return to the Cole County R-5 Board of Education, according to unofficial election results.
Three first-time members have been elected to the Cole County R-1 Board of Education, according to unofficial reports.
Students buckled down in successful safety efforts
Making good choices that lead to safer lives is a priority message at two Mid-Missouri schools.
Cole County building, old jail face uncertain future
Delores Shirley has enjoyed the reaction she gets when she tells people, “I was born in jail.”
For the past three months, the Trinity Lutheran Church congregation has worshiped in the school gymnasium.
A new fundraiser hopes to promote and provide community support for Cole County R-1 Schools athletic programs.
Good grades and a willingness toward community service have drawn thousands of Missouri students to Beta Club in the past 75 years.
At the turn of the 20th century, Peter Kaullen was proud of opening his mercantile at 900 E. High St. At the turn of the 21st century, Juanita Donehue was determined to restore that three-story, German vernacular as home to her restaurant.
Bringing along their small children, dozens of couples from First Christian Church committed to start a mission on the south side of Jefferson City.
Thursday evening, nearly three dozen people attended an Open Forum to Discuss Marijuana Law Reform in Missouri, cohosted by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Jefferson City’s Social Action Committee.
Cole County residents are exercising their First Amendment rights in support of keeping the historic Cole County Sheriff’s House and Jail intact.
Students in Kate Lootens’ freshmen language arts class know the drill when they enter the classroom — start on their daily journal entry.
Eugene school program wards off weekend hunger
When 50 of the 290 elementary students at Cole County R-1 Schools head home for the weekend, tucked inside their backpacks is enough food for the next seven meals.
Chapter can help decipher eligibility
The local DAR chapter will share how others can discover whether they are eligible to join at DAR 101 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale Room on St. Mary’s Boulevard.
As Cole County commissioners consider demolishing the old jail and sheriff’s house, local historians want to remind residents of the historical beginnings of the buildings.
The Baptist Home is in the early stages of developing a Central Missouri campus on 73 acres north of Ashland on U.S. 63.
The Spanish-American War Memorial and the Blue Star Memorial Park where it stands should become the property of the city by early summer.
Show Me Conference Knowledge Bowl held at Lincoln University
As a younger student, Ryle Gobble heard the stories about quiz bowl team and looked forward to the day when it would be her turn.
A pair of curious hands and wondering eyes lean toward the jingling spurs of his boots, while Cowboy Tom strums away on his guitar at the Special Learning Center.
A 20-year tradition continued in Mid-Missouri, as hundreds of Boy Scouts collected more than 16,000 pounds of donated food in the Five Rivers District Saturday.
Kids reminded of good traits in many ways
Asking someone in the hallway “how was your day?” or helping up a friend who fell at recess — these are character traits students at Cole County R-5 Elementary see in each other.
The Claspill family has a tradition of filling out the News Tribune/Capital 8 Theaters Oscar ballots together each winter.
The small but dramatic portrait by Cole County R-1 middle schooler Joseph Pletz hangs in the third floor Capitol Rotunda with hundreds of other sculptures and paintings by Missouri students.
Third-grader Abigail Barr knew exactly where her pink handprint was on the backdrop used for portraits Friday morning for the Cole County R-5 School PTO’s Muffins with Mom.
New Year’s Day 2015 vocalists from Jefferson City will celebrate the Feast of Mary, Mother of God Papal Mass at St. Peter Basilica in Rome with Pope Francis.
Snow, ice and bitter winds may be outside, but miniature waterfalls, woods and fantasy homes bring warmth to the entrance at Longfellows Garden Center in Centertown.
For young families, with little ones’ activities and building careers, taking an active part in the political process can be a challenge.