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Michelle Brooks

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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.

Property owner: Plan is to raze abandoned buildings

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.

Incumbents win seats in Eugene

Three incumbents will return to the Cole County R-5 Board of Education, according to unofficial election results.

3 newcomers win Russellville school board seats

Three first-time members have been elected to the Cole County R-1 Board of Education, according to unofficial reports.

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Battle of the Belt

Students buckled down in successful safety efforts

Making good choices that lead to safer lives is a priority message at two Mid-Missouri schools.

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Eugene woman grew up in old sheriff’s house

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.”

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Trinity Lutheran congregation pitches in for church makeover

For the past three months, the Trinity Lutheran Church congregation has worshiped in the school gymnasium.

Boosters staging fundraiser for Russellville athletes

A new fundraiser hopes to promote and provide community support for Cole County R-1 Schools athletic programs.

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Legislature recognizes club's 75 years

Good grades and a willingness toward community service have drawn thousands of Missouri students to Beta Club in the past 75 years.

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Former mercantile finds new life as restaurant

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.

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Church celebrates 50 years

Bringing along their small children, dozens of couples from First Christian Church committed to start a mission on the south side of Jefferson City.

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Panel discusses marijuana proposals

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.

Supporters of old jail, sheriff’s house launch online petition

Cole County residents are exercising their First Amendment rights in support of keeping the historic Cole County Sheriff’s House and Jail intact.

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Russellville class pilots technology program

Students in Kate Lootens’ freshmen language arts class know the drill when they enter the classroom — start on their daily journal entry.

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'Buddy Packs have been lifesavers'

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.

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DAR plans membership event

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.

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Debate about buildings tied to past

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.

Baptist Home to build new campus in Ashland

The Baptist Home is in the early stages of developing a Central Missouri campus on 73 acres north of Ashland on U.S. 63.

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MoDOT to donate park, monuments to city

The Spanish-American War Memorial and the Blue Star Memorial Park where it stands should become the property of the city by early summer.

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Eugene students up to the test task

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.

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‘Cowboy Tom’ loves to see people smile

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.

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Scouting for Food collects for Samaritan 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.

Eugene students practice good character

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.

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Oscar contest winners announced

The Claspill family has a tradition of filling out the News Tribune/Capital 8 Theaters Oscar ballots together each winter.

Russellville student’s art adorns Capitol

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.

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Eugene elementary school sees success with new program

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.

Mid-Missouri choir to ring in 2015 with Vatican performances

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.

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Get low-down on mini gardens

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.

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Osage County Republicans attract young members

For young families, with little ones’ activities and building careers, taking an active part in the political process can be a challenge.