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Michelle Brooks (Reporter)

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E-mail: mbrooks@newstribune.com
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.

Newly discovered painting an interesting Black History Month find

Published Feb. 19 2017

An original oil painting of paleozoic Missouri was uncovered inside the Missouri State Museum's cabinets last summer by Curator of...

George Washington comes to Jefferson City

Published Feb. 12 2017

A distinguished historic figure will tower over visitors to the Cole County Historical Society's museum in an elaborate recreated uniform.

Workshops provide lessons in rehabbing old homes

Published Feb. 12 2017

The pioneer era of historic preservation in Jefferson City is ending.

'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...

Special meeting set on proposed demolition ordinance

Published Feb. 9 2017

Faced with concerns from the city counselor's office, the Historic Preservation Commission will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m....

Black Missourians' military contributions featured in new museum exhibit

Published Feb. 8 2017

Jefferson City baseball enthusiast Toney Jenkins was 21 when he was inducted to the U.S. Army in October 1917 to...

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.

Investing in fresh faces: Schools providing better support for new teachers

Published Jan. 30 2017

James Janes recalls the "small element of fear" when he began his first year of teaching. Now that he's a...

Houses in initial urban renewal plan steeped in history

Published Jan. 29 2017

Four of the five Jefferson City properties being considered for initial attention in the East Capitol Avenue Urban Renewal Plan...

Lincoln University market provides fresh goods in winter

Published Jan. 22 2017

Fresh, local produce is still available through the winter at the Lincoln University Farmers Market in Jefferson City.

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...

Landmark home on Elmerine Avenue shaped city history

Published Jan. 22 2017

In a Jefferson City neighborhood where several Missouri governors have made their home before being elected into the Executive Mansion,...

Old City graves to feature QR codes

Published Jan. 20 2017

The city's Cemetery Resources Board wants to make the histories of those buried at Old City/Woodland Cemetery accessible to the...

Area couple collects glass soda bottles

Published Jan. 15 2017

Cradling a fragile, ornate glass bottle, Randee Kaiser beams with pride as he weaves the bottle's tale of origin and...

HPC closer to demolition ordinance

Published Jan. 11 2017

Jefferson City's Historic Preservation Commission will present a final copy of its proposal for a revised demolition ordinance at its...

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...

Ringing out the Christmas season

Published Jan. 6 2017

A long-standing, post-holiday tradition continues Sunday in Jefferson City with the "Bells of Christmastide" hand bell concert.

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.

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.