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Michelle Brooks

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Blair Oaks students win national scholarships

Two Blair Oaks High School students were honored by the National Consumers League for involvement in a community service and leadership initiative through LifeSmarts, a consumer literacy program.

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More than a fair exchange

Cultural differences benefit exchange students as much as their studies

She may technically be a junior, but Anja Krupchenko is an elite student.

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A+ gives elementary students extra attention

A mutually-beneficial program, A+ at California High School provides graduates with college costs and gives elementary students extra one-on-one attention.

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Archery teams on target for nationals

St. Thomas the Apostle School took a “Grace of God Day” recently when well more than half of its student body would be gone to the National Archery in Schools Program national tournament.

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Sweet sound of progress

Ground broken for new Helias addition

The Helias Catholic High School chorus sang the Doxology to close a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday for a long-anticipated school expansion. Where the vocalists stood, on what has been a practice field, will soon house a dedicated choir room.

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Century home restored to last another 100 years

Marshall Street home receives first Golden Hammer recognition of 2015

A century home has been restored to last at least another century.

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Historic family’s name lives on

From a residential space to government offices, Dix Apartment building remains a landmark

Neighbors of the Dix Apartments at 623 Capitol Ave. are the Walls at the Missouri State Penitentiary, the Col. Darwin Marmaduke House at 700 E. Capitol Ave. and the Lester Shepard Parker House at 624 E. Capitol Ave.

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A garden with personality

Colorful flower beds, antique accessories earn Callahan garden May Yard of the Month

A wooded wonderland awaits visitors who trek out to 362 Cannondale to see the May Yard of the Month.

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MSP nomination shelved — for now

State asks for more time to discuss historic designation

The Missouri State Penitentiary’s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places was on the agenda to be heard Friday by the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. But it was not heard.

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Taos man spreads light in Africa

Mission work inspires Mark Verslues to build on his faith

A Taos man has found his civil engineer degree and construction experience were preparation for his work in the mission field.

Historic Preservation Commission eyes grant, but needs outside help

Jefferson City staff hopes a not-for-profit organization will step forward to apply for a $100,000 grant through the National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Projects.

Charges sought for removal of pioneer-era cemetery

The Cole County Sheriff’s Department is seeking charges for the removal of a pioneer-era cemetery in Apache Flats.

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Audience gets a lesson on end of Civil War

More than 50 listeners gathered under tents in the Cole County Historical Society’s courtyard Saturday to hear the Ford’s Theater original “Lee and Grant at Appomattox.”

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Russellville mom relishes her roles while awaiting third baby

‘Being a mother is the coolest experience in the world’

Game day at the Hackett house in Russellville is family day, and Mom Shannon is right in the mix, wearing orange and blue, eating snacks and cheering on the Denver Broncos.

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NRC starts review of 4-county drill at nuclear plant

The results of an emergency preparedness exercise Tuesday at the Callaway Nuclear Plant and in Reform will be posted by mid-August to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)’s website.

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JCHS students kick off National Day of Prayer

It looked like a typical group of high schoolers hanging around before school. As more arrived, wearing backpacks and carrying breakfast, they greeted each other and then returned to their phones or conversations.

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Digging into our buried past

Nancy Thompson wander old cemeteries and earns genealogists' undying gratitude

Buried and hidden history have a defender in Nancy Thompson.

Healing House to open for women coming out of recovering program, prison

The Healing House in Jefferson City, which will welcome its first residents this month, will host an open house for the community from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at 1418 West Main St.

Tractor enthusiasts roll into Apple Creek Farms

Antique tractor enthusiasts were treated to a free day of music, conversation, shopping and, most of all, showing off their tractors.

Vigil planned for National Day of Prayer

A 12-hour prayer vigil will be open to the community Thursday for the National Day of Prayer.

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Students gain dual credit at Blair Oaks

Extra benefit from State Tech teachers’ visits

Three professors from State Technical College of Missouri have been teaching dual-enrollment courses this school year on the Wardsville campus.

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Help for Russian villages burned back to 17th century

Mid-Missourians alerted by Siberian relative

“We are burning.” That was what Mid-Missourians Erik and Lucy Minkin heard over the phone from her cousin, Lyudmila Tutkova, who called the Mid-Missouri couple on April 12 from her village Sabinka in Siberia.

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Renowned butterfly species draws new attention on Earth Day

Nature’s monarchy

Renowned butterfly species draws new attention on Earth Day

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Jamaica ag trip reaps new ties for Lincoln

Lincoln University’s agriculture and extension programs provide a unique opportunity for the Mid-Missouri school to develop cooperative relationships in foreign countries.

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JC Landmark was nation’s oldest prison west of Mississippi River for 170 years

Once a destination for criminals to be punished or, in some cases, put to death, the old Missouri State Penitentiary now attracts thousands of tourists every year looking to get a glimpse inside the walls.

Golden Hammer award returns to Jefferson City

Adding curb appeal

Six local historic treasures will be recognized this year as their owners have put a new shine to their curb appeal

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Grave task ahead at Old City, Woodland cemeteries

Jefferson City’s Cemetery Resources Board took a walk-through of the Old City and Woodland cemeteries Tuesday to prepare and prioritize repair and restoration projects.

MSP nominated for national historic register

Finally — the Missouri State Penitentiary has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Project SEARCH: JCHS students working on transition to life after school

When a student has struggled in regular education classes but is high functioning, it might be difficult to create a plan for his next step in life.

Cinotto named fire chief for Russellville, Lohman

Two additions have been made to the Russellville-Lohman Fire Protection District.

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Librarian Susan Bell has passport ready as retirement nears at Russellville High

Don’t be fooled by Susan Bell’s calm demeanor; there’s an adventurer inside.

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200 years ago, frontier battle changed face of Mid-Missouri

Untouched prairies and dense forests covered Mid-Missouri when French-Canadian fur traders established Cote sans Dessein more than 200 years ago.

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Russellville garden features Stations of the Cross

A haven for reflection

Russellville garden features Stations of the Cross

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Field trip goes virtual for sixth-graders

Russellville youngsters get ‘tour’ of ancient artifacts

About 30 sixth-graders at Russellville Elementary School were fixated on a television screen, where two terra cotta figures were being discussed by Ben Hauser of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Jamestown school levy on ballot

Voters in the Jamestown School District will be asked Tuesday to approve a levy to improve the school facilities.

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Russellville school board hears proposal for football program

Proponents point to success and growth of Blair Oaks

Could 2018 see Indian football on Russellville High School’s newly completed track and field complex?

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Runge sale encourages return of native plants

As the large snowflakes fell Saturday morning, eager native plant shoppers filled the parking lot at Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City.

St. Martins Student Council gives back to the community

When more than 200 students, faculty and staff from St. Martins Elementary School leave their classrooms to line the roadway in silent prayer, it tends to make a significant impact on the grieving families leaving funeral services.

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LU hosts FFA students looking to hone skills

Judging and being judged

Hunched over lab tables with clipboards in hand, students were keenly studying the contents of seed samples Tuesday at Lincoln University.

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No limits for St. Martins man with new heart

Chad Nierman received a none-too-soon heart transplant in September. His pre-teen son Zane was quick to point out that his dad’s original heart was operating at 8 percent at the time of the surgery.

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El Salvador grows on LU extension specialists

4 travelers schedule program on exchange experience

Local gardener Hugh Flowers and his cohorts from the Lincoln University Cooperative Extension recently took their valuable experience and tested programs to growers in El Salvador.

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Calvary seniors to direct one-act plays this weekend

Already a tradition at Calvary Lutheran High School, seniors have the option to direct at the spring One-Act Festival.

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Russellville school adds care before, after classes

Russellville Elementary School added a before- and after-school care program this semester to provide a safe place for students to release energy or do homework between parent schedules and school hours.

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Vitae offered vital answer

A military career behind him, Pat Castle is on a dual marathon of running and running Vitae Foundation

Two years ago, when Carl Landwehr extended the invitation to take over the Vitae Foundation, Pat Castle had never considered Mid-Missouri as an option after retirement from the U.S. Air Force.

Ping pong offers fast serving of fun in Jefferson City

From junior high to senior citizens, paddles always ready

Ethan Johnson and Elliott Lammers approach the green table, paddles in hand. They ease quickly from palling around to sorting out who wins the first serve.

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New facility allows FFA program to better meet enrollment needs

A safer, larger and more efficient space will allow the California High School FFA program to better meet the needs of its continuously-increasing enrollment.

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High Street building traces history from taylor shop to travel agency

For nearly a century, 207 E. High St. was a staple of men’s fine clothing in Jefferson City. The ownership changed hands and the styles certainly took their turns, but the location was dependable.

Youth band to perform at Calvary Lutheran variety show Saturday

Combining music and faith

Youth band to perform at Calvary Lutheran variety show Saturday

Calvary to show scripture-based variety show

The third part in Calvary Lutheran High School’s Colossians 3:17 series will be performed at 2 p.m. Saturday in the school’s auditorium.

Human resources department recognized with award

The city’s human resources department was recognized Tuesday by CHC Wellness with a Culture of Health Award at the city council meeting.