Stories by Michelle
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A favorite street for many with Jefferson City roots, Moreau Drive and 95 surrounding acres may soon become a national treasure, too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The unique “cotton rock” limestone of Mid-Missouri was used to construct many of the earliest buildings in Jefferson City. Prussian-born immigrant Bernard Eveler constructed a duplex at the corner of West Main and Clay streets entirely with this uneven medium between 1854-60.
Housing repair is a common ministry through the United Methodist Church. But Wesley United Methodist Church has put a different spin on it. Led by volunteer director Don Barnett, the local church decided to become a host and coordinator for mission outreach groups to come into the Jefferson City community.
A local Vietnam veteran has found his “improbable” book is reaching others. Author Raul Delgado will host his fourth book signing 4-8:30 p.m. today in Jefferson City at the American Legion Post 5, 1423 Tanner Bridge Road.
Crossing the street to get to know his neighbors, Austin Dey soon found more than friendship. Living on Jefferson City's near east side to be near his employer, the young professional was eager to get his hands into a garden.
Born of Belgian aristocracy, Father Helias chose the wilds of the American frontier. He left behind fine clothes and beautiful homes for buffalo-hide coats, log cabins and sleeping along the trails.
What started out as a summer community service project for church youth groups, has blossomed into a gift for everyone. Under Russellville's City Park pavilion Wednesday night, more than 60 guests were served at a community picnic, which will be repeated at 6 p.m. July 25 and Aug. 8.
Cake and ice cream will be joined by nature walks, canopy climbs and storytelling Saturday as the Runge Nature Center celebrates its 20th anniversary. A special highlight to the day is hosting Vertical Voyage, which will take visitors up to the tree canopy with ropes and harnesses.
As the nomination to the National Register of Historic Places moves forward for the Moreau Drive Historic District, the Jefferson City Historic Preservation Commission formally expressed its concerns for another historic area involving the Missouri State Penitentiary.
Ashton Miller is a familiar face at the Outlaw Baseball League games and the Russellville Lions Club ball fields.
JC facility to mark 20th anniversary
Whether it’s plants, animals or people, the Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City has been building communities for 20 years. Since the doors opened July 1993 to the resource center and trails, Runge staff and volunteers have been connecting with local individuals and organizations to promote conservation of Missouri’s living resources.
Spencer Allen has drawn from his local spiritual talks and theology essays for parents to compile “Mackerel Snappers.” This is the first non-fiction work published by the lifelong Mid-Missourian and local educator.
The only Frankenstein in the country held its first ever parade Saturday in celebration of its sesquicentennial. A line of mostly early 20th century tractors and restored classic cars stretched around Our Lady Help of Christians Parish in this Mid-Missouri community.
Fresh water will be at the fingertips of those who call the remote Haitian village of Mare Blanche home. And it’s all thanks to bunches of shoes donated in Mid-Missouri.
After four years of darkened windows, the blue restaurant across the street from Cole County R-1 High School is serving up hamburgers, chili dogs and ice cream treats.
Quietly carrying out its mission for the past 40 years, Birthright in Jefferson City has supported the right of every pregnant woman to give birth and the right of every child, once conceived, to be born.
In Jefferson City
The model of a middle-class home in the first half of the 20th century, 718 E. Capitol Ave. was recognized as a City Landmark in May. The Watts Home is named for Hampton and Cornelia Watts, who had the home built in the early 1920s.
As a second-grader, Kaley Payne looked up to the Sports Crusader coaches. As a seventh-grader, she started helping with the campers at the faith-based sport clinics.
Ranch teaches girls about more than horses
Watching the advanced girls going over their maneuvers, intermediate riders like Emily Robyn, 11, long for the day when it will be them jumping and training the horses at Wild Horse Creek Ranch.
What initially sounded like heartache, through faith, became a blessing.
“It’s been an interesting place to work,” said Debbie Schreiber of her 36 years at the Cole County Prosecutor’s Office.
Rocking his newborn daughter on the front porch of his Rock House Road home, Greg Holtgrewe watched his boys riding bikes and pedal tractors.
How did the rogue lettuce grow so far from the raised beds where the seeds were planted this spring?
Healthy foods will be sent home with children following a free family meal at City Park in Russellville 6-7 p.m. Tuesday.
Parade largest yet for town
Sawdust fell like snow at the Russellville City Park during the chainsaw competition, one of many events Saturday at the Frog Leg Festival and Engine Show. Earlier in the day, the parade uptown was the largest yet, said volunteer Sarah Stillfield.
A pair of historic, commercial buildings have been revived for a new century in the near East Side neighborhood of Jefferson City. Although 616 and 618 E. High St. occupy the same inlot, they were constructed at different times.
Wearing a new skirt and a top borrowed from her godmother, Elizabeth “Elli” Nichols, 12, approached confidently when her name was called for the Miss Teen Russellville contest Friday.
Eugene summer schools draws 155 students
Selecting just the right recycled material and the best way to arrange them for optimum safety of their “egg drop,” Samantha Evers and Adam Koetting knew taking their time would pay off.
One of the few remaining storefronts untouched by the South Side revival on Dunklin Street will host a 48-foot-wide and eight-foot-tall mural.
Learning the joy of making something from his grandfather and a diligent work ethic from his father, Jim Dyke has become a prolific artist and entrepreneur.