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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.

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...

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...

Church builds upon relationship with East Elementary

Published Sep. 10 2016

Reaching East Elementary School through mentoring, school supplies and other incentives, First Christian Church has been developing a relationship with...

21st-century church celebrates fifth year

Published Sep. 10 2016

The Jefferson City corner of Dunklin Street and Clark Avenue is developing a new identity.

100 Mo Miles program drives community to the outdoors

Published Sep. 4 2016

By age 17, Ebonee Woods already was involved in campaign work; she saw that as her life's work.

Mid-Missouri family connects with faith through mission trips

Published Sep. 3 2016

The smile on a child's face when he's given his first bicycle is small in comparison to the joy on...

Friendship quilt mystery solved

Published Sep. 3 2016

Lisa Edmondson remembers looking at the embroidered signatures on feedsack-cloth blocks with her grandmother Louise Adams.

Decades-old blocks of embroidered feedsack cloth sew up new circle of friends

Published Sep. 1 2016

A friendship quilt has made strangers friends.

The warden's house, a Jefferson City landmark

Published Aug. 28 2016

After taking the fateful phone call that a riot was erupting across from his Jefferson City home at 722 E....

Blunt touts 'more jobs, less government'

Published Aug. 27 2016

America has faced troubles in recent years due to Obamacare, loss of foreign respect, overreaching regulations and weakening of the...

Treasure trove of military history

Published Aug. 24 2016

Rows of military jackets, stacks of various patches, piles of buttons and boxes of miscellaneous items fill most of the...

Pageant promotes positive self image

Published Aug. 21 2016

When former Miss Lincoln University Amanda Andrews heard young girls saying people had called them "ugly" or "no good," she...

Jefferson City, Irish pastors switch roles for four weeks

Published Aug. 21 2016

The Rev. Daniel Hilty, senior pastor at First United Methodist Church, and his family enjoyed walking the heart of downtown...

Historical society series highlights Russellville's history

Published Aug. 21 2016

Russellville's history will be highlighted in the next installment of an occasional series by the Cole County Historical Society about...