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Michelle Brooks (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0243
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.

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...

Russellville considering an increased operating levy

Published Jan. 21 2017

The Cole County R-1 school board approved presenting a 50-cent increase to the operating levy to voters on the April...

$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...