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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.

Marker honors town's sacrifices, role in Civil War

Published Jul. 12 2017

At the end of the Union supply line using the Pacific Railway, the community of Pacific City, incorporated in 1868...

Quiet but dedicated, dad works hard to provide for his family

Published Jun. 18 2017

Quiet but dedicated, Nathan Dummermuth has reared four children as his own. And now he's proud to watch his oldest...

Shedding light on eclipses in our past

Published Jun. 13 2017

On this day in 1257, it is likely people of the Mississippian culture saw a total solar eclipse from what...

With retirement at hand, the Rev. Peter Kurowski turns attention to writing

Published Jun. 11 2017

Choosing a life of service to people and time for Bible study over prestige and administration, the Rev. Peter Kurowski...

USDA provides summer meals in Moniteau County

Published Jun. 7 2017

Despite a rocky start Monday, a community effort is underway to provide four lunches a week for children 18 and...

Missouri Missing plans 10th anniversary

Published Jun. 7 2017

For 10 years, families of missing Missourians have gathered in Jefferson City in mid-June to raise awareness of their silent...

Family legacy spins to life in antique

Published Jun. 4 2017

When Anna Apollonia Grunbaum crossed the Atlantic Ocean with her new husband, Friedrick Ziegler, as immigrants from Bavaria aboard the...

School board president chooses respect and responsibility

Published Jun. 4 2017

Craig Ash grew up in California with six siblings, thankful for the small-town America-experience.

Students discovering science, history at summer school

Published Jun. 4 2017

Standards and serious learning are still in play during summer school at California Elementary School.

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...