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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.

State archaeological society forming local chapter

Published Mar. 19 2017

Those interested in preserving and learning about the prehistory of Mid-Missouri and beyond now have a local chapter of the...

Mid-Missouri woman looking into life in Missouri River bottom before floods

Published Mar. 12 2017

Susan Sundermeyer grew up in the Missouri River bottom, where her great-grandfather settled the family in 1879.

Aiding the technical side of libraries

Published Mar. 5 2017

When libraries in Missouri need technical support or resource sharing, they turn to Jennifer Thompson.

Downtown Lent services begin Tuesday

Published Mar. 2 2017

Jefferson City's downtown churches again will host weekly Community Lenten Worship Services.

California High's all-female math faculty teams up

Published Mar. 1 2017

While one math class was measuring the circumference of an Oreo, another was applying the California High School student Chromebooks...

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...

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...