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Michelle Brooks (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0243
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.

Group offers support, solidarity for grieving parents

Published Oct. 23 2016

"Miscarriage is one of the loneliest experiences I have ever had to endure," Jefferson City mom Jennifer Bish wrote in...

NEEED Project garden expanding objectives

Published Oct. 23 2016

Bright orange sweet potatoes laid in stark contrast to the rich brown soil of the Heart of Missouri Garden plot...

Small-town church makes a big impact in Centertown

Published Oct. 23 2016

Growing up, Christin Templeton wasn't a church goer — that is, her family only attended on major holidays.

Neighborhoods get new mini-libraries

Published Oct. 20 2016

When Jacob Witherspoon opened the door to his neighborhood's new little library, he pulled out a copy of "Treasure Island."

Time capsule opened early to find soggy Moniteau County history

Published Oct. 19 2016

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

Lincoln University to host seminar on religious freedom

Published Oct. 14 2016

Freedom of religious conscience has been a recurring topic in current events.

A touch of Brazil in Mid-Missouri

Published Oct. 7 2016

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

Couple celebrates in theatric style

Published Oct. 6 2016

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

Temple Beth El feeling blessed by presence of young rabbi-in-training for High Holidays

Published Oct. 5 2016

A piece of bread was tossed into the Missouri River, and with it went the hope of turning from sin.

Former teacher brings historical education to the archives

Published Oct. 2 2016

Ten years ago, Emily Luker brought with her to the Missouri Secretary of State's office 32 years of teaching experience,...

190 years as the Capital City

Published Oct. 1 2016

It took 85 years for the permanent seat of government title to be incontrovertible for Jefferson City.

Church supports offenders, who help community

Published Sep. 28 2016

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

She found her option

Published Sep. 27 2016

Autumn Fields was presented with a diploma from California High School at the regular school board meeting Wednesday.

Third Cole County Courthouse a survivor

Published Sep. 25 2016

Just as the Missouri's Capitol is the third building of that name, the Cole County Courthouse is in its third...

Team chaplain offers counsel, encouragement to Lincoln athletes

Published Sep. 25 2016

The Lincoln University football team has been through some emotional times off the field in recent years. Team Chaplain David...

10 years of ministry

Published Sep. 24 2016

For 10 years, the Landmark Church has been ministering to those not in church or those struggling with addiction.

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,...

Lincoln University celebrates 150 years of teaching

Published Sep. 18 2016

Lincoln University has been teaching students for 150 years — beginning with just two students, Henry Brown and Cornelius Chappelle.

Festival-filled weekend in California

Published Sep. 18 2016

The 26th annual California Ozark Ham and Turkey Festival took place Saturday.

Supporters given chance to claim one-of-a-kind artwork

Published Sep. 15 2016

Art supporters will have a chance to claim a one-of-a-kind work created by local celebrities at the first-time Celebarty live...