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Michelle Brooks

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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.

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Bringing the heat all year long

27 years of delivering gas has been a blast for Junior Shikles

No matter the weather or the backyard terrain, Junior Shikles has been keeping Mid-Missouri families warm by delivering their propane with a smiley face on their bill.

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63 finish high school careers at Eugene

By the time Eugene High School’s 63 graduates walked into the gym to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance,” they had personalized their caps, sent photos with friends in their black and white gowns and had received their honorary cords and sashes.

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Landmark of Jefferson City news

For more than 80 years, Monroe Street has been the hub of Capital City journalism

The Jefferson City News Tribune represents more than the heritage of print news in the Capital City; it is the evolution of family traditions. The Palmer-Hussman family began in

Local author writes book on JC veterans

As his Monday stories in the News Tribune have been doing since 2010, Jeremy Amick’s “Jefferson City at War 1916-1975” preserves the stories of many Jefferson City veterans.

Town hosting pet registration event

Many municipalities require annual registry of domestic animals.

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Russellville seniors urged to ‘keep moving’

The message was “Keep Moving” at Sunday’s baccalaureate service for Russellville High School seniors.

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Bockrath house earns Golden Hammer Award

Vacant and boarded up for years, the distinguished Bockrath Home was hidden and deteriorating until Nathan Runyan and Matt Winingear took notice in 2012.

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Circus brings two new acts to Jefferson City

The six lions and two tigers in the Circus Pages — coming to Jefferson City for shows at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at Washington Park Ice Arena — are just like family to co-ringmaster Colleen Pages, 22.

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Future scientist has social bent

'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.

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Russellville grad headed to nationals with MST bridge team

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.

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Students, area residents gather in prayer

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.

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Silver Star Banners mark sacrifices, dedication to duty

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.

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Introduction to Kindergarten

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.”

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Annual master gardener plant sale on tap Saturday

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.

NEEED cultivating love of gardening, community betterment

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.

More than 400 to worship through service

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.

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Getting his goat not a baaaa-d deal

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.

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Blossoming knowledge

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.

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Jefferson City’s first color run a success

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.

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Donations sought to aid goal of homemade nutrition

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.

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Shoe factory helped make JC top manufacturing city in state in 1909

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.

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MAP-ping out a plan for Russellville students

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.

Tournament in search of catfish on Missouri River

Mid-Missouri hosts King Kat Tournament Trail

A professional catfish tournament will be casting into the Missouri River on Saturday.

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Doctor: It's time for meaningful talk on abortion

Communication is the key to influencing a society.

Color run coming to Capital City on Saturday

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.

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Monster dreams come true

As a teenager, Gene Patterson found his life’s ambition.

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New season starts for Golden Hammer Awards

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.

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Battle plan to save Missouri military history

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.

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Cole County’s jail has been in six locations

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.

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Making Eugene students want to read

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.