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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.

$2 million school bond weighed in Russellville

Published Jan. 16 2017

Choosing to homeschool or send her children to private schools in the past, this is the first year Renee Davis...

Day of inaugural begins with prayer

Published Jan. 10 2017

A day of joy and celebration to reflect on the responsibility of government "is a day best begun in prayer,"...

Group unites descendants of Union soldiers

Published Jan. 8 2017

Growing up hearing stories from his grandmother about her grandfather's Civil War service, Pete Oetting has had a lifelong interest...

Prayer breakfast speaker: Strive for sacred in roles of influence

Published Jan. 6 2017

Conviction and respect are essential, despite a growing cultural trend that points its finger at strongly held beliefs as problem-causers.

These stories recall difference makers

Published Jan. 4 2017

Mid-Missouri is full of individuals making a difference in the lives of others, working toward a better future or reaching...

MoDOT wants to learn local significance of older bridges

Published Jan. 2 2017

Bridges are local landmarks, though they may not hold the same personal attachments as historic homes.

Youth minister's approach grounded in spending time with teens

Published Jan. 1 2017

When only a teenager himself, the Rev. Casey Malley was leading a Bible study and coordinating after-school programs at his...

Russellville school district seeks no-tax increase bond issue amid shrinking student body

Published Dec. 28 2016

The Cole County R-1 Schools needs another 40 students to move into its district.

Sea Cadets program shapes character, leadership skills for youth

Published Dec. 26 2016

Uniforms are not uncommon at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City. However, once a month, the uniforms belong...

School bullying policy revised

Published Dec. 21 2016

After administrators met with staff and students regarding proposed changes to the school's bullying policy, the California Board of Education...

Toys for Tots expands to Moniteau, Howard counties

Published Dec. 21 2016

Moniteau County children will benefit this year from the annual U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

Rural church inspired to rebuild, improve nativity after fire

Published Dec. 18 2016

Corticelli Baptist Church has not only returned but improved its live nativity despite a fire that prevented the third night's...

California schools providing greater support for newer teachers

Published Dec. 14 2016

The first four years of a teacher's career are the hardest. And turnover is 40 percent more likely.

Parsons Home draws attention of expert on Confederate general

Published Dec. 12 2016

A long-time relic hunter, William Gurley has become an expert on Jefferson City native Confederate Gen. Monroe Mosby Parsons by...

Russellville church promotes the spirit of giving

Published Dec. 11 2016

Tables were filled with holiday decorations and other home decor pieces for children to select as a gift to their...

A season worth celebrating

Published Dec. 11 2016

The Russellville Lions annual Christmas parade was held Saturday in Russellville.

Return to Pearl Harbor

Published Dec. 7 2016

Joining his few remaining fellow survivors today to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor will be...

Russellville teacher gets grant for science, math projects

Published Nov. 30 2016

Building bridges with only Popsicle sticks and paper clips or programming a robot to create an action, second-grade students in...

Farm family of the year honored at chamber breakfast

Published Nov. 25 2016

When Bruce and Linda Lackman bought their farm near St. Thomas in 2000, they combined his experience with cattle and...

Federal regulations may impede California school board

Published Nov. 22 2016

Federal regulations may impede the California board of education from making the best decisions for its constituents.