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Integrity Roofing, Siding, Gutters & Windows partners with local ministry

WARRENSBURG — A project a year-and-a-half in the making neared completion on Monday, June 29, thanks to the partnership between a Warrensburg business and a Warrensburg ministry.

Integrity Roofing, Siding, Gutters & Windows in Warrensburg teamed up with Standing in the Gap Ministries to provide a new roof for the ministry’s Womens Facility, a year-long christian discipleship house, at 617 Broad St.

“About a year-and-a-half ago we started talking about some needs that the house had, one of them was a roof,” Blake Clarkson, co-owner of Integrity Roofing, Siding, Gutters & Windows in Warrensburg, said.

Clarkson said Joseph and Tara Hubbard, Standing in the Gap Ministries, are personal friends and that the business and ministry have worked together for the past couple of years.

Clarkson said the materials and labor were donated through Integrity.

“We are just excited to be a local business and partner with an organization that is doing good things in the community,” he said. “We want to kind of help with that and reward those who are in our community and this is one way that we can do that.”

Clarkson said the roof that was on the house on Broad Street went back about 60 years and had three roofs on it.

He said all of the old roof came off, down to the clean deck.

“Integrity, without them, this is huge for us,” Joseph Hubbard, executive director of Standing in the Gap Ministries, said. “We are a ministry, we are not government funded, so to have somebody come along side and help us and pour into the ministry is huge.”

Clarkson said Integrity installed a 50-year architectural roof system on the facility.

“For us as a business, living by one of the parts of our vision which is empowering and uplifting our employees, our customers and our community, and this is just one way that we can show that,” he said. “We don’t just say it, we get out and do it.”

Joseph Hubbard said the new roof with go a long ways in helping the ministry take individuals in and teach them how to live for God.

“It’s about rebuilding the community one life at a time,” Joseph Hubbard said. “Without individuals like Blake and their company, we would not be able to do what we do.”


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Eagle Scout completes landscaping project for Johnson County Central Dispatch

WARRENSBURG — Scouts BSA Troop 7513 member Christian Lockard completed his Eagle Scout project with the help of fellow BSA Scouts Troop 7513 members and its sister troop BSA Troop 513 Bluebirds on June 20 to assist Johnson County Central Dispatch.

The troops helped JCCD by landscaping the hill in front of the JCCD building.

Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Scouts BSA program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

The Eagle Scout Service Project is an opportunity for scouts to demonstrate leadership while performing a project for the benefit of their community and a chance to put all of one’s Scouting training and experiences into practice by planning, developing and giving leadership to others in a service project.

JCCD Executive Director Kimberly Jennings said JCCD already had funds allocated towards landscaping and reached out to EMS Chief Shane Lockard to see if any Eagle Scouts were in need of a project to complete.

Shane’s son, Christian, needed a project to complete and took the lead on the landscaping project.

Jennings said Christian kept track of the money that was allocated, chose the plants that were planted and spent a couple of weeks planning the project.

Christian said he had performed the duties of a senior patrol leader and has helped other troop members complete their Eagle Scout projects before, but had never overseen a project the size of this one.

The troops started landscaping June 19, but had to postpone work on the project to the following day due to rain.

Christian said working to complete this project has helped his problem-solving skills as a leader.

“It taught me how to improvise when things went wrong,” Christian said. “It mainly taught me how to think on the spot and come up with a new plan than what we have.”

Jennings said in addition to overseeing the project and ensuring the other troop members knew what to do, Christian was helping with the landscaping himself.

“It went smoother than I imagined it when we were coming up with the plans and I think what we finished up with looks great,” Christian said.

Jennings said Christian was even able to successfully complete the project under-budget.

The completed project can be seen in front of the JCCD building located at 315 Hawthorne Boulevard, Warrensburg.


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Four opposed races in Johnson County primary election

JOHNSON COUNTY — Johnson Countians will have the opportunity to vote on their preferred political party candidate in the August Primary Election set to take place Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Candidate filing opened Feb. 25 and closed March 31.

Candidates running for county nominations are:

Eastern District Commissioner of the County Commission

Incumbent John L. Marr, Warrensburg, is opposed for the Republican nomination by Aaron J. Brown, Concordia.

Candidates seeking the Democratic Party nomination are Raymond L. James, Leeton, and John A. Hart, Warrensburg.

Western District Commissioner of the County Commission

Incumbent Charlie Kavanaugh, Centerview, is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Arnold Wilson, Kingsville, is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Sheriff

Incumbent Scott Munsterman, Warrensburg, is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Assessor

Incumbent Mark Reynolds, Warrensburg, is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Treasurer

Incumbent Heather Reynolds, Warrensburg, is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Public Administrator

Incumbent Nancy Jo Jennings, Holden, is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Donald Lee Atkinson, Holden, is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Coroner

Incumbent Clark Holdren, Warrensburg, is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Collector of Revenue

Incumbent Laura Neth Smith, Warrensburg, is opposed for the Republican nomination by Paula West, Warrensburg.

Smith was appointed by Gov. Mike Parson to fill the position of county collector until the county could vote to fill the position following Ruthane Small’s resignation from the position on March 2.

Warrensburg SE-1 Township Committeeman

Incumbent Gene Lang, Warrensburg, is opposed for the Republican nomination by Byron W. McMurphy, Warrensburg.

The remaining Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians that filed for committeemen and committeewomen positions are unopposed for nominations in their respective races.


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Missouri candidates set for Aug. 4 primary election

JEFFERSON CITY — Candidates will be seeking their political party’s nominations to state positions on the August Primary Election Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Candidate filing opened Feb. 25 and closed March 31.

Candidates who filed with the Secretary of State’s Office in Jefferson City before the deadline are:

Missouri Governor

Incumbent Mike Parson, Bolivar, is opposed for the Republican nomination by Raleigh Ritter, Seneca; James W. (Jim) Neely, Cameron; and Saundra McDowell, Springfield.

Candidates vying for the Democratic nomination are Nicole Galloway, Columbia; Jimmie Matthews, St. Louis; Antoin Johnson, St. Louis; Eric Morrison, Kansas City; and Robin John Daniel Van Quaethem, St. Louis.

Rick Combs, Lohman, is unopposed for the Libertarian nomination.

Jerome Howard Bauer, St. Louis, is unopposed for the Green Party nomination.

Lieutenant Governor

Incumbent Mike Kehoe, Jefferson City, is opposed for the Republican nomination by Arnie C. AC Dienoff, O’Fallon; Aaron T. Wisdom, Williamsburg; and Mike Carter, St. Charles.

Candidates seeking the Democratic nomination are Gregory A. Upchurch, St. Charles, and Alissia Canady, Kansas City.

Bill Slantz, St. Charles, is unopposed for the Libertarian nomination.

Kelly Dragoo, Kansas City, is unopposed for the Green Party nomination.

Secretary of State

Incumbent John (Jay) Ashcroft, Jefferson City, is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Yinka Faleti, St. Louis, is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Carl Herman Freese, Foristell, is unopposed for the Libertarian nomination.

Paul Lehmann, Fayette, is unopposed for the Green Party nomination.

Paul Venable, St. Louis, is unopposed for the Constitution Party nomination.

State Treasurer

Incumbent Scott Fitzpatrick, Cassville, is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Vicki Lorenz Englund, St. Louis, is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Nicholas (Nick) Kasoff, St. Louis, is unopposed for the Libertarian nomination.

Joseph Civettini, St. Louis, is unopposed for the Green Party nomination.

Attorney General

Incumbent Eric Schmitt, Kirkwood, is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Candidates vying for the Democratic nomination are Rich Finneran, St. Louis, and Elad Gross, St. Louis.

Kevin C. Babcock, St. Louis, is unopposed for the Libertarian nomination.

District 4 U.S. Representative

Incumbent Vicky Hartzler, Harrisonville, is opposed for the Republican nomination by Neal Gist, Laurie.

Lindsey Simmons, Hallsville, is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Candidates vying for the Libertarian nomination are Steven Koonse, Leeton, and Robert E. Smith, Nevada.

District 21 State Senator

Incumbent Denny Hoskins, Warrensburg, is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Mark Bliss, Warrensburg, is unopposed for the Libertarian nomination.

District 51 State Representative

Kurtis Gregory, Marshall, is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

William Truman (Bill) Wayne, Warrensburg, is unopposed for the Libertarian nomination.

District 52 State Representative

Incumbent Bradley Pollitt, Sedalia, is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

District 53 State Representative

Terry Thompson, Lexington, is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Candidates seeking the Democratic Party nomination are Connie Simmons, Centerview, and Ron Fauss, Corder.

Cameron Pack, Odessa, is unopposed for the Libertarian nomination.

District 54 State Representative

Incumbent Dan Houx, Warrensburg, is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

James Williams, Warrensburg, is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.