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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.

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.

Russellville board eyes big changes

Published Nov. 22 2016

The December meeting of the Russellville school board should yield definite changes coming for the school district.

Generations came together to develop Blue Star marker

Published Nov. 15 2016

Generations came together to honor veterans through the development of the Russellville City Park Blue Star Memorial, dedicated Friday at...

With APR, every school faces challenges

Published Nov. 13 2016

Making consistent improvements in all areas of public school districts is difficult, but it's what the Annual Performance Report demands...

IT manager enjoys technology troubleshooting

Published Nov. 13 2016

The IT (information technology) world has a variety of roles, many of which Amber Addison has filled in her 17...

Students participate in events for Red Ribbon Week

Published Nov. 1 2016

Each year the California Middle School designates a Red Ribbon Week as a way to educate and encourage youth to...

BOE plans to discuss new bullying policy

Published Oct. 25 2016

Bullying will be discussed at the November meeting of the Moniteau County R-1 Schools board of education.

Community asked to help with 'timely' project

Published Oct. 18 2016

Buried near the entrance of the Moniteau County Fairgrounds 50 years ago was a time capsule left for the 2066...

Worldwide missions are pastor's passion

Published Oct. 5 2016

Missions are Evandro Kopper's passion, whether it be in Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Memphis, Tennessee, or Central Missouri.

Celebrating a trifecta with pinache

Published Oct. 4 2016

The Thompsons never considered a traditional celebration to mark three milestones — her 50th birthday, his retirement from the military...

California schools see growth in test scores, enrollment

Published Sep. 27 2016

California schools have more than 40 students more than this time a year ago.

Church supports offenders, offenders help city

Published Sep. 27 2016

Last week, 10 offenders from the Tipton Correctional Center gave up their normal work release program, to spend a week...

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.