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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.

Gillam Family Illusions' to offer more dancing, music, creativity

Published Mar. 31 2017

More dancing, more music and more creativity — that's what familiar audiences can expect from the Gillam Family Illusions' performance...

California school board tours sports facilities

Published Mar. 22 2017

The California High School baseball/softball field complex has been a significant cooperative project between the district and the athletic boosters...

Russellville faces rate hike for new sewer plant

Published Mar. 20 2017

Sewer rates will increase for those in Russellville beginning April 1.

Elementary PTO supports every day at school

Published Mar. 19 2017

A warm-loaded array of breakfast foods, a new set of soccer and basketball goals and balls, special moments for parents...

State archaeological society forming local chapter

Published Mar. 19 2017

Those interested in preserving and learning about the prehistory of Mid-Missouri and beyond now have a local chapter of the...

Mid-Missouri woman looking into life in Missouri River bottom before floods

Published Mar. 12 2017

Susan Sundermeyer grew up in the Missouri River bottom, where her great-grandfather settled the family in 1879.

Aiding the technical side of libraries

Published Mar. 5 2017

When libraries in Missouri need technical support or resource sharing, they turn to Jennifer Thompson.

Public meeting at Russellville to address 2 ballot issues

Published Mar. 5 2017

Russellville school district voters will find two separate issues on the April 4 ballot. One is not tied to the...

Grant needs votes for kids

Published Mar. 5 2017

Casting an online vote once a day through March 24 could help the California Elementary School receive new playground equipment.

California High's all-female math faculty teams up

Published Mar. 1 2017

While one math class was measuring the circumference of an Oreo, another was applying the California High School student Chromebooks...

Support group seeks to help parents after loss of child

Published Feb. 26 2017

Ruth Padilla has seen many joyful days as an apprentice midwife. However, the Russellville mother of six also has seen...

California school counseling program improves

Published Feb. 22 2017

The California School District's counseling program completed its own manual and, at the same time, dramatically improved its assessment rating.

Russellville April bond issue would cover HVAC

Published Feb. 22 2017

The Cole County R-1 School District needs to replace several of its climate control units.

McGirk couple mark 42 years this Valentine's Day

Published Feb. 12 2017

Hanging out with friends at the Lake of the Ozarks strip 43 years ago, Curt and Marian Bridges met Memorial...

'It Runs in the Family' on tap at The Little Theatre

Published Feb. 11 2017

The Little Theatre will perform "It Runs in the Family" by Ray Cooney from Feb. 16-18 at the Miller Performing...

MoDOT's Harlan keeps drivers aware of road conditions

Published Feb. 5 2017

When a weather event makes Missouri roads hazardous, millions of residents turn to Stuart Harlan's mapping program.

Data room promotes collaborative teaching

Published Feb. 1 2017

Data is helping teachers at California Elementary School know their students better.

Moniteau County welcomes its first baby of 2017

Published Jan. 25 2017

Little Leona Rae Palmer was due on her father's birthday, Dec. 31. "But she wanted to wait a little bit...

Data explained for California school board

Published Jan. 25 2017

In recent years, California school administrators and their corresponding buildings have made a concerted effort to collect data.

Youth pro-life group growing rapidly

Published Jan. 22 2017

The local Life Runners will participate in the Midwest March for Life on Feb. 4 and in the national A-Cross...