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Michelle Brooks

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Safety grant seeks to protect Russellville students

Construction is underway to improve the safety of Cole County R-1 pedestrian students.

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Honey Creek log cabin under restoration

House has served family for generations

An uncovered one-room log cabin on Route E near Honey Creek has been under restoration the past six weeks by GK Meyer Construction and Repair LLC, a historical restoration company from Leslie.

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Cliff Manor is a trip back in time

Designated a Jefferson City landmark

The backyard view of the Missouri River from the Cliff Manor Bed and Breakfast is as beautiful for today’s guests as it was advantageous for the Union soldiers who occupied the site as Fort College Hill during the Civil War.

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Archives revive 58 maps of Jefferson Barracks

Mapping out a place in history

A bundle of yellow pages donated to the Jefferson Barracks Heritage Foundation were unfurled by the Missouri State Archives this spring. The discovery will help with both practical measures and historic preservation.

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Golden time for 4-H involvement

Cutting wood to heat the one-room schoolhouse was as much fun as it was work for the original members of the Stringtown-Corinth 4-H Club.

BizBeat: New Russellville salon opens

Six months before graduating from Merrell University with licenses in aesthetics and cosmetology, Patricia Nilges began remodeling a stone bungalow on Route C in Russellville.

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Winding Road leads mother, daughter to open store

A winding road has taken a California, Mo., mother and daughter from hectic lives, through crisis, to a new relationship dynamic and the opportunity to try a life’s ambition.

Sorority converging on capital this weekend

Nearly 300 Beta Sigma Phi sisters will be avidly shopping and inquisitively touring downtown Jefferson City as part of the sorority’s 2013 state convention.

Committee discusses preserving Dix house

A man with a dream of growing a vast orchard, L.V. Dix bought 80 acres far west of the Capital City in 1867.

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Art truck inspires Russellville students

The Native American-stylized painting of Aesop’s fable “The Fox and the Crow” caught the attention of eighth-grader Skyler Kaiser on Monday. She stood and sketched a fox near the loading doors of the Pakistani Cargo Truck Initiative outside the Cole County R-1 Elementary School.

Russellville educator joins legislative tour

Parents, teachers, administrators and concerned residents had the chance to voice concerns to the Missouri House education committee last week. Helping the legislators dissect those issues aboard a bus ride across southern Missouri between hearings was Cole County R-1 Schools Superintendent Jerry Hobbs.

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For local doctor, mission field begins at home

Thursday banquet to help raise funds for pregnancy center

As the new medical director at the Pregnancy Help Center of Central Missouri, Dr. William Musick is glad to share with expecting mothers the possibilities available to them.

Arts panel eyes metal artwork for downtown

A large piece of metal artwork may be on its way to Jefferson City’s downtown.

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Foundation repairs lead to dream yard

Dana Basel built Karen’s Playhouse not long after they moved into their 419 Meier Drive home in 2001. The rustic, miniature cabin in fact is a well-used piece of their elaborately decorated and landscaped Jefferson City backyard. Since then, Karen has been bringing her artistic talents and appreciation outdoors.

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Local scientist helps bring biochar research to area

Three years ago, local do-gooder Jack Ryan shared his interest in biochar with Lincoln University Professor Raymond Bayan, a scientist who says he was familiar with how charcoal was made. But he had heard little of biochar.

Local church plans first-time Holistic Health Expo

The Holistic Health and Living Expo 2013 in Jefferson City will share a variety of natural and green ways for people to care for themselves and their world. The first-time event is being held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Capital Mall Community Room and is sponsored by the Unity Church of Peace.

Seabees memorial to be dedicated Saturday

The United States Seabee Memorial Monument will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Jefferson City National Cemetery, 1024 E. McCarty St. Since gaining approval for such a memorial, the Seabees have been working to place one in each national cemetery.

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Long past their heyday, Missouri still has about 80 roadside parks

Travelers depended on roadside parks in the early years of paved highways. At the peak of their popularity in the 1960s, more than 120 roadside parks or rest areas were opened along Missouri highways.

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Sweet mix of family, business on ‘cake night’

Rocky Hill Cakes owners Mike and Cara Carel asked to give demonstration at state meeting

Thursdays and Fridays are “cake nights” at the Carel home. While Cara runs the mixers and the oven, Mike builds and designs. After they’re tucked in, the operators of Rocky Hill Cakes turn on their music and might be up into the early morning.

New sounds for Christmas

The last two springs, the Callaway County Christian Choir prepared a diverse concert, which it performed at many churches within the county lines. Brian Smith is expanding that to form the Mid-Missouri Christian Choir.

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Little Free Library makes its debut in Russellville area

Check out the roadside reading

Travelers of Route C west of Russellville will notice a miniature house, too large for a birdhouse, on a post near the Molls’ house.

‘The Monastery’ facing demolition

Public meeting set on Lafayette interchange

A piece of the Harlem Renaissance sits where the Lafayette Street interchange with U.S. 50 is slated to go by winter 2016. The Missouri Department of Transportation has set a public meeting for 4-7 p.m. Sept. 26 at Immaculate Conception Church.

Russellville foundation awards grants

Technology, literacy, security and motivation were rewarded with the inaugural grants from the Russellville Schools Foundation.

Second annual Christian Business Expo set for Thursday

Expo will highlight vendors with belief in Christian principles

Within 48 hours after the first Christian Business Expo in 2012, the number of booth signups had doubled for the second expo, which is set for Thursday.

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Military museum begins move

Dozens of soldiers, airmen, retirees and spouses walk in to the Patriot Center each day to renew their military identification or seek other services.

Three churches to share worship, outdoor service

Three churches of varying denominations will be taking their faith outside the church walls Sunday.

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Bottle caps turned into mural

Eugene youngsters finally see art teacher’s vision

A swirl of texture and color, Cole County R-5 Elementary students created their first schoolwide art project last year. Art teacher Amanda Davis encouraged students to collect bottle caps but didn't immediately reveal her vision.

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Eastside businessmen working on veteran’s memorial at intersection

In celebration of the nation’s bicentennial, the East End Betterment Association erected a flag pole at the intersection of High and McCarty streets in 1976.

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Game on at Russellville

Students will have the opportunity to build video games or enhance their movies thanks to replacement and upgrades of Cole County R-1 High School’s business classroom.

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Guard considers moving statue

Relocated museum could offer more prominent location

A life-sized bronze of a militiaman represents a pivotal point in the evolution of the Missouri National Guard. Dressed ready for military duty at the turn of the 20th century, the figure, created by St. Louis sculptor Carl Mose, also has set watch over the U.S. 50 Blue Star Memorial park on the west end.

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Missouri, 6 area schools look for ways to better 'MSIP 5' scores

Missouri’s educational performance has historically matched its geography. We’re in the middle, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. But, what will it take to be excellent?

Scholarship program sends Linn State student to work for Padres

Having Mark McGwire say “excuse me” to him when their jobs intersected at Petco Field was a far cry from the lonely days of cutting grass on the Monroe City ball fields for Tyler Gosney. A recipient of the Central Missouri Master Gardeners scholarship this year, Gosney will complete his last year at Linn State Technical College.

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Master Gardeners ready to host garden tour

Students pursuing education in a horticulture-related field are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship offered by the Central Missouri Master Gardeners. A garden tour Sunday, Sept. 8, will support the scholarship fund.

Charity opens permanent offices

St. Raymond’s Society hires executive director

A Jefferson City area not-for-profit with a mission toward young mothers may soon catapult into a larger realm of service. St. Raymond’s Society has opened a permanent office at 308 E. High St. and hired a full-time executive director.

Bible study group sets meeting

An informational coffee and study of Old Testament books Ruth and Esther will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Jefferson City, hosted by a prayer group for a future Community Bible Study at Grace Evangelical Free Church, 3011 S. Ten Mile Drive.

Historic challenge: Save the penitentiary

One of the most significant architectural links with the Capital City’s evolution through nearly two centuries is in jeopardy and the city’s Historic Preservation Commission has decided to take the lead.

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Lincoln plans native plant seminar

Native plants are growing in popularity as their uses multiply. Author Dave Tylka will present “Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People” at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lincoln University’s Scruggs Center.

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Shapely backyard captures serene feel on busy street

The Rehagens take volunteers — plants that is. Their August Yard of the Month at 1415 Stadium Blvd. is scattered with dogwoods, Japanese maple, rose of Sharon, gooseberries and hydrangeas.

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Common Ground garden aims to draw in neighborhood

Putting their personal interest into ministry, master gardeners have created community through gardening at the Common Ground Community Center. The center is supported by five downtown Jefferson City churches.

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Changes greet Russellville students on first day

Family tradition at the Plochberger house included posing for photographs on the first day of school. Mom Jamie Plochberger took outside photos of her fifth-grader Landon and second-grader Lexie in front of the Russellville Elementary School on Thursday morning.

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‘Their mom away from home’

Her desk behind the glass at the entrance to Eugene High School is the first stop for many students each morning during the school year.

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Elks host poker run fundraiser for veterans

A good cause and lots of fun combined with remarkable August weather made the 6th annual Ride for the Veterans Poker Run the greatest success yet. Elks Lodge 513 had 217 riders sign up for the 115-mile ride, which stopped in Linn, Chamois, Hermann and Mokane.

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Former Moreau Heights school building has ‘always been a service to the community’

Designated a Jefferson City landmark

In 1913, Jefferson City voters passed the largest bond proposal yet to expand the high school on Hobo Hill and to build two new grade schools, including Moreau Heights. The city Landmark today houses the Moreau Montessori School.

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175 years later, little church of Cedron has devoted following

Anniversary mass set for Aug. 18

Although the first Catholic church established in Moniteau County ceased to be a mission of Annunciation Parish of California in 1993, loyalty is still evident in the friends group, which maintains the church building in Cedron.

Neighborhood to be considered for National Register of Historic Places

A favorite street for many with Jefferson City roots, Moreau Drive and 95 surrounding acres may soon become a national treasure, too.

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Russellville teen has exhibited show pigs since he was 5

Clayton Thompson is carrying on a 140-plus-year family tradition on the land of his ancestors. Since he was 5, Thompson has exhibited hogs.

City code change aimed at keeping wheelchairs out of streets

A clarification in city code would encourage those in wheelchairs and other motorized mobility devices to use Jefferson City sidewalks. Some wheelchair users take to streets, concerned that current ordinance doesn't allow them to use sidewalks.

JC Council to toughen sidewalk cafe permit

Visitors to downtown Jefferson City should see fewer cigarette butts and less litter around outdoor cafes in the future. The city is tweaking its sidewalk cafe permit code requiring permit holders to sweep daily.

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Catholic parish celebrates 100 years of Mass

Inside a small house at the corner of then-U.S. 50 (McCarty Street) and Clark Avenue, a new Catholic parish celebrated its first Mass 100 years ago in Jefferson City. Immaculate Conception Church relieved the overflowing conditions at St. Peter Church.

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Local re-enactors participate in Battle of Gettysburg

What a sight it was when local Civil War re-enactors marching at Gettysburg’s 150th anniversary rounded the corner from ladies bearing gifts and encouragement to see a field filled with thousands of blue and gray uniforms, smoke rising and weapons popping.