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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.

Hunt spreads 'Christmas magic'

Published Dec. 7 2016

A fantastical world from a 3-foot-tall perspective filled the classrooms, greenhouse and woodshop of the Jefferson City Parks, Recreation and...

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...

100 years ago - Capstone placed on Capitol

Published Dec. 5 2016

Ceres may sit on top of the Capitol dome, but some little-known tokens lay beneath it.

Toebben is good sport for Jefferson City Parks & Rec

Published Dec. 4 2016

Proactive and personable, Angie Toebben is a well-known face among those who have been involved in local youth sports.

Historic Old Munichburg parsonage razed

Published Dec. 2 2016

A 118-year-old German, brick home has come down in Jefferson City's Old Munichburg neighborhood.

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...

Jefferson City church putting on Christmas Around the World event

Published Nov. 27 2016

A beach party might not sound like the traditional American Christmas, but it would be in Australia.

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...

Men's faith group bakes pies to raise funds

Published Nov. 25 2016

One counter was covered with flour and rolled dough and another with mixing bowls full of puddings and fruit Wednesday...

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...

More than 100 unmarked graves found in Callaway County cemetery

Published Nov. 6 2016

What started as a search for early Callaway County pioneer graves has become a pioneering work for cemetery mapping.

Jefferson City garden named in honor of its biggest promoter

Published Nov. 6 2016

A new rock and iron entrance invites visitors to the James D. Schwieterman Memorial Garden in the River City Gardens...

Bullying, new sports on California school board agenda

Published Oct. 27 2016

Bullying will be discussed at the November meeting of the Moniteau County R-1 Board of Education.

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.