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Michelle Brooks (Reporter)

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Michelle Brooks is a general assignment reporter for the News Tribune and California Democrat. Her emphasis areas include the community of Russellville, rural schools, faith, military and veterans issues, historic preservation, gardening, and human interest stories.

California Elementary School kindergarten enrollment still growing

Published May. 25 2017

Principal Gary Baker reported at the California School Board regular meeting May 17 they have 86 enrolled so far and...

Appreciating local firefighters

Published May. 17 2017

Cozy corners filled the 34-year-old home of Craig and Linda Rodick on Missouri 87. The night of April 3, that...

Wood Place Library reopens soon with part-time hours

Published May. 17 2017

The Wood Place Library will open Monday, May 22, for 20 hours-per-week, funded by the Elia Wood Paegelow Foundation.

Gaw explains library receivership process

Published May. 17 2017

With the agreement of the parties, Special Judge Donald Barnes on March 28 named retired Tipton attorney H. Ralph Gaw...

Quilting for valor or veterans

Published May. 14 2017

Veterans in civilian clothing walk among Moniteau County residents every day. Often, their service is unknown.

Timpani enhances band sounds

Published May. 14 2017

The exciting sounds of the war march in the "Lord of the Rings" tune by the California High School band...

Moniteau County Library volunteers working to re-open

Published May. 10 2017

Behind the darkened doors of the Moniteau County Library, volunteers have been working diligently to re-open. It's almost like starting...

California celebrates National Day of Prayer

Published May. 10 2017

About 70 people gathered in front of the Moniteau County Courthouse to join with others across the nation at more...

Goal exceeded in damp trike-a-thon

Published May. 7 2017

The weather may have been dark and dreary Friday morning, April 28, but smiles were glowing along Lake Drive as...

Wayfinding signs offer welcome to California

Published May. 4 2017

When Eleanor Tiefenrun and her family moved to California, Missouri, they didn't know Proctor Park existed.

Writing from and for the heart

Published Apr. 30 2017

At age 8, Kelly Smith was filling Big Chief tablets with stories. So, when her parents offered her the choice...

Pantry volunteers honored

Published Apr. 30 2017

Max and Sherry Wachter were recognized for their volunteer efforts with the Cargill Cares Food Pantry Monday, April 24, by...

Flash flooding inundates Missouri

Published Apr. 30 2017

Gov. Eric Greitens declared a state of emergency in response to flooding Saturday across Missouri, as more rain and the...

Grant provides special equipment for CHS science lab

Published Apr. 26 2017

Chemistry experiments at California High School just got a boost.

Amick features Tipton veteran in latest book

Published Apr. 26 2017

The everyday experiences of a Tipton man serving in World War II with the famed Tuskegee Airmen have been captured...

Ash continues to lead school board

Published Apr. 19 2017

Craig Ash will continue to serve as president of the California R-2 Board of Education.

Digging into a varied career

Published Apr. 17 2017

From digging up 1904 World's Fair artifacts to baking miniature pastries to defending public entities in the courtroom, Annie Willis...

Teaching with the virtual

Published Apr. 16 2017

Virtual reality could be the next teaching tool in the California High School science department.

State parks remain vital interest 100 years after system began

Published Apr. 16 2017

Missouri's diverse history, geology and landscapes have been preserved for 100 years through the Missouri State Park System.

Voters pass Russellville school ballot issues

Published Apr. 5 2017

Cole County R-1 School District voters approved two ballot measures Tuesday.