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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.

LU professor helps mark founding of historic black regiment

Published Sep. 22 2016

As Lincoln University marked its official 150th anniversary Saturday for the opening of a school to teach newly freed slaves,...

Background or mysterious friendship quilt is still a mystery

Published Sep. 15 2016

Lisa Edmondson remembers looking at the embroidered-signatures on feedsack-cloth blocks with her grandmother Louise Adams.

Mid-Missouri man pursues primitive passion

Published Sep. 15 2016

The 7-foot-long shaft is made of Missouri-native river cane he cut and straightened; the bannerstone weight he handcarved himself. Throwing...

Giving help, hope to those in need

Published Sep. 7 2016

The smile on a child's face when he's given his first-ever bicycle is small in comparison to the joy on...

Mysterious friendship quilt still a mystery

Published Aug. 31 2016

A friendship quilt has made strangers friends.

Bond issue eyed for Russellville schools

Published Aug. 23 2016

Taxpayers in the Russellville school district may be asked this spring to consider a new bond issue.

Clarksburg couple's dream of large family comes true

Published Aug. 17 2016

Jennifer and Jason Miller are fulfilling their dream of rearing a large family in a rural home, though it comes...

California schools remember those who died

Published Aug. 3 2016

Lives lost while studying or working at the California School District are memorialized in a new setting in front of...

Russellville elementary gets new principal, familiar face

Published Aug. 3 2016

As Tina Kauffman prepares for another year at Russellville Elementary and Middle schools, it is as principal instead of librarian.

Clarksburg musician popular in local contest

Published Aug. 2 2016

Social media has been essential to Billy Jack Purnell's music spreading across the globe.

Elections to library board

Published Jul. 26 2016

The request for a trial has been denied in the ongoing litigation by the city of Tipton against the Moniteau...

Moniteau County Library still defending in lawsuit

Published Jul. 26 2016

Although a judge recently denied the request for a trial setting, the case of Tipton versus the Moniteau County Library...

Library: senior delivery

Published Jul. 26 2016

"I have to have something to read," said Alma Chambers, a resident at the California Care Center.

Back-to-School 'Fairly' eventful

Published Jul. 26 2016

For Moniteau County parents like Jenna and Larry McCumber, getting their children ready to go back to school can be...

Horses the main attraction in fairs gone by

Published Jul. 20 2016

Precise and majestic high stepping horses once were the anticipated main event at the Moniteau County Fair.

Find a rock, cheer a heart

Published Jul. 20 2016

When Cadence and Haley Winkler looked down as they walked out of a Jefferson City store, they were delighted to...

Quilters patch up library with fabric, patterns, batting and borders

Published Jul. 20 2016

Tuesday afternoons at the Moniteau County Library @ Wood Place, the second floor is abuzz with sewing machines and scissors.

Library travels to day cares

Published Jul. 6 2016

For the last three summers, she been able to share that love for books with little ones at six local...

What's new at the 150th Moniteau County Fair

Published Jul. 5 2016

The Moniteau County Fair and Agriculture and Mechanical Society will celebrate the 150th event July 30-Aug. 6.

Clay family celebrates 150 years of family farming

Published Jun. 29 2016

LUPUS — The tradition of eldest sons inheriting the bulk of their family's assets has sent the Clay family west...