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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.

JCMG expands hours, improves technology

Published Sep. 24 2017

More hours and more practitioners have arrived at the local Jefferson City Medical Group clinic.

Tech grants help students, budget

Published Sep. 24 2017

An iPad, a green screen and some video editing software made the recent total solar eclipse more memorable for some...

CRMC leadership pleased with local clinic

Published Sep. 24 2017

About 5,200 patients were seen at the Capital Region clinic in California last year.

Area entrepreneurs attend business mixer

Published Sep. 24 2017

Potential entrepreneurs attended the first of four business mixers hosted through the Moniteau County Regional Economic Development Council's Start Up...

Successful K-9 Mizzou soon to get help

Published Sep. 22 2017

Putting her nose on the line, K-9 Mizzou has been protecting Mid-Missouri from illegal drugs for four years.

Helen Russell to perform at Finke Theatre

Published Sep. 22 2017

By Michelle Brookseditor@californiademocrat.comMusic always has been central to Helen Russell's life.

Cemetery association seeks help to restore markers

Published Sep. 17 2017

Underneath the shade of a Liberty Tree, the 150-year-old Concord Cemetery lays open to the elements in Jamestown.

Ghost hunters make discoveries at historical society museum

Published Sep. 17 2017

Something extra-worldly could be happening at the Moniteau County Historical Society Museum.

Visitors encouraged at Moniteau Care

Published Sep. 17 2017

Pancakes topped with strawberries or syrup were being served up the morning of Sept. 7 at the Moniteau Care Center...

Clarksburg native Billy Jack brings his original music home

Published Sep. 13 2017

It's been four years since Billy Jack Purnell has played for a hometown crowd.

Jamestown man bound for Houston

Published Sep. 6 2017

JAMESTOWN — As Thomas Shands watched the disaster recovery images from Hurricane Harvey, the American Red Cross volunteer said, "I...

Contributors are a valuable resource

Published Sep. 6 2017

The Neighbors pages have been a staple inside the California Democrat print edition for generations.

Missouri military history featured in new book

Published Sep. 6 2017

The Show-Me State's enduring military heritage is reflected in "Missouri at War," the latest book by Russellville author Jeremy Amick.

Russellville viewed eclipse with fewer crowds

Published Aug. 23 2017

The less congested atmosphere of Russellville's Total Eclipse of the Park Monday provided amateur photographer Dick Woo with the perfect...

Russellville honors Purple Heart recipients

Published Aug. 23 2017

Those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect American freedom, including U.S. Marine Corp. John Campbell, will not be forgotten...

Solar eclipse: Perfect view with protective lenses

Published Aug. 20 2017

The most important thing residents need to know about The Great American Eclipse Aug. 21 is to wear approved protective...

Revitalized Moniteau County Fair derby triples numbers

Published Aug. 16 2017

The Moniteau County Fair arena was packed Saturday night for a revived demolition derby event, organized by the local Timbrook...

Parents make reading a priority

Published Aug. 13 2017

Some with energetic children they would like to keep engaged and others with the hope of increasing imagination, parents and...

Moniteau kids fair hands out school supplies

Published Aug. 9 2017

More than 500 students from Moniteau County schools, including homeschoolers, took home school supplies from the recent Moniteau County Alliance...

Historical Society program set on Russellville church

Published Aug. 9 2017

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Russellville will be featured in the next Cole County Historical Society Getting to Know Our...