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Michelle Brooks

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Legion Post 231's work inspired by namesake Toney Jenkins

Many times Saundra Allen and her family have participated in veterans memorial services at the Jefferson City National Cemetery.

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Volunteers mapping out new Veterans Trail

A Veterans Trail will be created to honor those who have served and to promote awareness of military service among the next generation of soldiers, sailors and airmen.

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Latest Silver Star Banner recipients span three wars

Robust, standing ovations showed the appreciation of more than 150 soldiers, civilians and veterans to four other veterans who were recognized by the Silver Star Banner Monday.

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Local newlyweds get blessing from the pope

Not every bride wears three wedding dresses.

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Students willing to go through challenges to achieve goals

Adam Kennedy likes to take his time eating. But the Russellville High School junior has accepted the fact he might not have that luxury, if he reaches his dream of serving as a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger.

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Gold Star mothers offer mutual support

Family members gather at grave of Jamestown area Marine

Three Gold Star mothers met with Sandy Deraps Thursday at the memorial for her son, Leon.

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Breakfast on the go: Eugene High students get extra shot at that critical early meal

Lockers slamming, friends chatting, crowds snaking through the hallways — it’s a typical scene, when the bell rings for the end of first period at Eugene High School.

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Lake at McKay Park restocked with trout for winter

McKay Park was restocked for the winter Friday with 2,400 three-quarter-pound rainbow trout.

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Innovative pantry offers food, recipes

When a reminder about The Pantry being open went out Friday morning across Facebook, for some it was the answer to “How am I going to feed my children this week?”

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Students find behavior, good work are tickets to PTO Store

For the last nine weeks, fourth-grader Josie Stewart has been earning tickets for good attendance, displaying the monthly character trait, improving her math goals and scoring well on Reading Counts quizzes.

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Community rallies for Maelyne fundraiser

Two blocks of downtown Russellville were covered with generosity Saturday as members of the community did their part to support the family of Maelyne Cartee, a second grader recovering from head trauma at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

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Future looks bright in FFA and life for Elizabeth Wyss

Even at age 3, Elizabeth Wyss was ready to talk with customers at her family’s business — Russellville Locker and Feed Store.

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Benefit scheduled for girl trampled by cow

Maelyne Cartee, 7, has shown signs of improvement this past week, as she has been treated for head trauma in the intenstive care unit at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

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Built around 1970, farmhouse takes on new life

Owners of historic Moreau Drive home win October Golden Hammer award

Barbara Prasad always had wanted to live in an older farmhouse. So when her husband Chandra and their daughter Erica drove through Jefferson City's Moreau Drive neighborhood one day, they found the perfect home.

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California students competing in safe-driving contest

Driving too fast on gravel roads or turning one’s head during a conversation are dangerous choices behind the wheel. California High School seniors Matt Oerly and Allan Burger know that all too well.

Eugene students release balloons at FCA cancer event

Just after her father learned he had cancer, Jess Adrian also learned she would be an aunt.

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Taking out the trash has a whole new meaning for Russellville students

The new environmental science class at Russellville High School is a win-win-win-win.

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Healing House offers women a second chance

The Healing House and New Beginnings, a not-for-profit, is on its way to becoming Jefferson City’s first recovery house and program for women who suffer from substance abuse.

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Russellville girl hospitalized after cow trampling

A seven-year-old tomboy who loves to play with animals and always has a quick-witted comeback, Maelyn Cartee is always on the move. Unfortunately, Tuesday evening, Cartee was trampled by a cow at her Russellville farm.

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Eugene offers dual credit for ag classes

Students at Eugene High School now have the option of earning dual credit in two agriculture classes.

Sunday events will mark ‘Battle That Never Was’

Jefferson City was occupied by Union troops, who kept guard from inside residents’ homes and covered the land side with encampments and fortifications.

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Master Gardeners celebrate progress since 2004 medicine wheel garden

In 2004, the Central Missouri Master Gardeners embarked on their largest project up to that point, inspired by the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery military expedition.

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See You at the Pole event draws students

For prayer, inspiration

Underneath the flag pole in front of Russellville High School, about two dozen students gathered for prayer and inspiration Wednesday morning.

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Garden’s design ebbs, flows throughout growing season

Gail and Bob Cummins' 121 Summerhill Drive property has been named the September Yard of the Month by the Bittersweet Garden Club and Central Missouri Master Gardeners.

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Russellville high scores rewarded with day of celebration

A sea of blue pride flowed through downtown Russellville and filled the stands at the new high school track Friday in a Celebration of Academic Success.

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Russellville farm hosts early stop in international tour

During 13-state tour of U.S. national parks and South Devon ranches

Leonie Daley walked straight over to the crimson, 1-year-old South Devon heifer, a Cole County Fair winner for 12-year-old Elizabeth Kauffman, was on display at the Triple Crown ranch this week.

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Community responds to double tragedy

Butch and Shirley Gilpin are the sweet, generous neighbors anyone would be happy to have.

Fundraiser at Warden’s Home

The Discover Jefferson City Foundation will host its fourth annual fundraiser 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Warden’s Home, 700 E. Capitol Ave.

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MSP riot of 1954 had far-reaching impact

The effects of an 18-hour fiery riot contained within the limestone walls of the Missouri State Penitentiary went far beyond that night 60 years ago.

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Fiery night of mayhem in Capital City

While Gail Hughes sat down to dinner at his home after a regular day as a corrections caseworker at the Missouri State Penitentiary and Warden Ralph Eidson had settled in for an evening of fishing north of town, Sept. 22, 1954, an inmate was beginning his next escape.

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Local couple selling all they own for mission in Cambodia

Pete and Debbie Livingston are selling their house and everything they own to be part of restoring children rescued from sex slavery in Svay Pak, Cambodia.

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Russellville hosts golf tourney to raise money for pool

Most of the people who come out for the day are looking to have as much fun as they are to support the volunteer-supported community pool.

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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.