City provides several parks for residents

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No community in Johnson County offers more or better parks and related activities than those found in Warrensburg.

The community is home to nine main parks and a couple of pocket parks, and another major park is planned. Each park offers distinct attributes.

BLIND BOONE: This park is the most artistic in the community, offering two sculptures — one of world-renowned pianist Blind Boone and the other of a wind harp. There are also murals on park buildings. In addition to art, the park offers a gazebo with electric hook-ups available, restrooms, barbecue grills, a quarter-mile walking trail and a nature area.

CAVE HOLLOW: This large park on the west side of the community has a picnic shelter with electricity available, restrooms, concessions, barbecue grills, a half-mile walking trail, a playground, a nature area, and two baseball/softball fields. Within Cave Hollow Park, are two pocket parks: the Old Drum Dog Park for large and small dogs, provides a play area for dogs and their owners; and the coming inclusive park designed with equipment and access to serve all community members, including those with physical issues.

GROVER PARK: Located next to the Warrensburg Community Center and containing a large indoor pool at 441 E. Gay St., is Grover Park, which offers Nassif Aquatic Center, an outdoor pool.

In addition to the Nassif Aquatic Center, Grover Park offers the public eight tennis courts, a baseball/softball field and the Warrensburg Skate Park, making Grover Park the key component of a complex that brings together key elements of the leisure time experience.

Under old shade trees that make Grover Park comfortable even in summer, guests will find three picnic shelters, with electricity available for one; a large gazebo; restrooms; barbecue grills; and a spacious playground with an assortment of equipment on which children may play.

Warrensburg Community Center, at the corner of East Gay and Mitchell Streets, provides the community state-of-the art exercise equipment and classes; indoor youth and adult pools; a gymnasium for basketball, games, large events and sometimes theatrical performances; a cafeteria used for functions including daily senior lunches; community meeting rooms where the Lions Club and other groups meet; and planned activities, with many events for children and families, such as the annual Santa Breakfast. Park activities are listed at www.warrensburg-mo.com/departments/parks-recreation/.

The eight tennis courts are in excellent shape. They are used by Warrensburg School District students in their frequent bids to capture district and state tennis crowns. The public also enjoys frequent and regular access to the courts.

Warrensburg Skate Park is a quality facility for skateboard users. The park offers challenging, concrete hills upon which skateboard enthusiasts roll. There also are steel sidebars, a broad and flat space for gaining momentum or slowing, and steep drops upon which skateboarders at all levels hone their skills.

Nassif Aquatic Center includes youth play areas and an adult pool, a “lazy river” course upon which guests may float, a large slide, an ample number of deck chairs on which to sit in sun or shade, restrooms, showers and a concession stand.

HAWTHORNE: This park provides a picnic shelter, barbecue grills, a quarter-mile walking trail and a playground with equipment over a spongy surface.

LIONS LAKE: The park offers two lakeside shelters, restrooms, barbecue grills, a two-mile walking trail, a baseball-softball field, a dock from which people fish and a nature area.

Various species can be seen from time to time at the park, including eagles and great blue heron, in addition to these regular park guests: geese, ducks, otter and deer. Found within Lions Lake Park, Culp Park is a nature park with an overview of Lions Lake.

MARR PARK: A picnic shelter, restrooms, barbecue grills and a walking bridge over a creek are among features at Marr Park, which is supported by a community service group, the Warrensburg Optimist Club, which hosts an annual Easter egg hunt. The park includes a playground, half-mile walking trail, nature area, basketball court and a nine-hole disc golf course embraced by enthusiasts of the game.

SHEPARD PARK: Surrounded by gentle slopes and dotted by old trees, Shepard Park provides a picnic shelter, restrooms, barbecue grills and a playground.

WEST PARK: Three baseball/softball fields, four soccer fields, a mile-long walking trail and a nature area are part of a sports complex that includes restrooms, concession stands and barbecue grills.

NANCY ANDERSON CHILDREN'S MEMORIAL PARK: Eight benches and a gazebo provide plenty of seating to view and reflect on the nine statues dotting the small park near Sunset Hill Cemetery. 

15 elected officials guide county government

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Johnson County government consists of 15 elected officials who operate independently in carrying out the day-to-day duties of their offices.

Candidates for office run on party tickets, with winners of the August party primary elections facing each other in the November general election. Most elected officeholders serve four-year terms.

The Johnson County Courthouse, 300 N. Holden St., is the hub of most of the governmental activity, housing all offices except for the judiciary and law enforcement branches, which operate from the Johnson County Justice Center, 101 W. Market St., and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and jail, 278 S.W. 871st Road, between Holden and Centerview. The Assessor’s and Collector’s offices also moved to the County Annex, 1310 S. Maguire St., in August 2017. Courthouse, Annex and Justice Center hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The county’s web site is www.jococourthouse.com.

Johnson County Commission

The commission, the administrative arm of the county, is composed of a presiding commissioner, who is elected countywide, and one commissioner each from the eastern and western districts. Current officials are: Bill Gabel, presiding commissioner; Charles Kavanaugh, western commissioner;and John Marr, eastern commissioner.

Commissioners establish county policy. They make decisions involving county property; develop, adopt and enforce the county budget; develop ordinances for the public health, safety and welfare; supervise the building and maintaining of roads and bridges; and other administrative functions, such as making appointments to county boards.

Commissioners have three employees who they appoint: the emergency management director (Troy Armstrong), the human resources director (Lisa Shore) and the road and bridge supervisor (Gary Bell.)

Commissioners generally meet in the commission chambers at the courthouse on Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number is (660) 747-2112.

County Clerk

The county clerk’s primary duties are to keep the records of the commissioner’s court and to serve as the election authority for the county. The office also issues county liquor and merchants licenses and handles sales tax and fictitious name applications. Diane Thompson currently serves in the position. Phone: (660) 747-6161.

County Collector

The Collector’s Office prepares and mails personal property and real estate tax bills; collects and distributes taxes for the county and the other taxing jurisdictions in the county; provides tax information to the Missouri Department of Revenue; issues merchant licenses; and conducts annual tax sales for real estate on which taxes are delinquent for three years. Ruthane Small is the current collector. Phone: (660) 747-5531.

County Assessor

The Assessor’s Office is responsible for assessing values of all personal property and real estate in Johnson County; transferring ownership of real estate on tax records; providing public information about property in the county; issuing certificates of non-assessment of taxes (exemptions); providing aerial maps as available; completing and updating county maps as property changes. Mark Reynolds is the current assessor. Phone: (660) 747-9822.

County Auditor

The Auditor’s Office maintains the general ledgers for the county; handles accounts payable; countersigns all licenses, tax statements and checks issued for the county; conducts audits on the monthly reports received from the offices; issues purchase orders; and operates as the central purchasing department. Chad Davis is the current assessor. Phone: (660) 747-2633.

Recorder of Deeds

The Recorder of Deeds Office records and maintains all documents involving real estate, with records dating back to the early 1830s. The office also is responsible for recording many types of documents, such as warranty deeds, deeds of trust, subdivision plats, surveys, tax liens, releases and assignment. The office also issues marriage licenses, stores plats and surveys and files military discharges and miscellaneous documents. Stormy Taylor will take office in January 2019 when current Recorder Jan Jones retires. Phone: (660) 747-6811.

County Treasurer

The Treasurer’s Office receives, disburses and invests county funds; balances the financial books and ensures money is accounted for in separate funds; maintains records for grants and reimbursements held by Johnson County; ensures the correct deposit to more than 87 funds. Heather Reynolds is the current treasurer. Phone: (660) 747-7411.

Public Administrator

The Public Administrator’s Office provides guardianship and/or conservatorship duties and reports to the court annually about the care and administration of each estate; is appointed personal representative in estates where no will has been made. Nancy Jo Jennings currently holds the office. Phone: (660) 747-5327.

County Prosecutor

The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office prosecutes criminal cases involving state offenses. The prosecutor also advises the county commission and other officials on civil matters relating to county government. Rob Russell currently holds the office. Phone: (660) 422-7400.

Circuit Clerk

The circuit clerk maintains records for the Johnson County Circuit, Associate and Probate courts, maintains the court dockets, handles filings for civil and criminal cases, and is responsible for juror notices and procedures. Stephanie Elkins is the current circuit clerk. Phone: (660) 422-7413.

County Sheriff

The sheriff responsible for the operations of the Sheriff’s Office and the Johnson County jail.

His duties include staffing and managing budgets for both departments. The office investigates crimes and enforces state laws outside the incorporated areas of the county; takes citizen complaints and makes incident reports; serves civil documents; provides court bailiffs; houses county prisoners and contracts with other jurisdictions to house inmates from out of county; and contracts with some smaller cities in the county to provide city marshals and police chiefs. Scott Munsterman is the current sheriff. Phone: (660) 747-5511.

County Surveyor

The county surveyor county projects, such as road openings and extensions, for the county and “remonuments”corners at the county’s request. Sam King is current county assessor. His office is located at 425 N. Holden St. Phone: (660) 747-9512.

County Coroner

The county coroner orders autopsies and inquests in cases of suspicious deaths; pronounces victims dead at the scene of accidents, and other violent or suspicious deaths; issues rulings on cause of death; signs death certificates; and performs the duties of sheriff when that office is vacant. His office is at 617 N. Maguire St. Current coroner is Clark Holdren. Phone: (660) 747-9114.

Seniors

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Senior citizens in Warrensburg can find a veterans home, nursing homes and senior centers offering personal attention and health care services.

Care Connection for Aging Services, 106 W. Young St., offers a variety of services for the elderly, including the Warrensburg Senior Center, 445 E. Gay St. In addition to lunch daily, there is occasional entertainment, sometimes a visit by a state leader, and always time for fellowship. The center also provides delivered meals to shut-ins. Donations for the food are asked, but not required. For more information about food and other programs, including mobility services, counseling and respite care, call (660) 747-3107.

Missouri Veterans Home, 1300 Veterans Road, provides 24-hour care for residents and is nationally recognized for outstanding service to elderly veterans. Call (660) 543-5064 for details.

Other facilities and agencies that provide senior services and housing: Ridge Crest Nursing Center, 706 S. Mitchell St., (660) 429-2177; Johnson County Care Center, 122 E. Market St., (660) 747-8101; Johnson County Community Health Services, 723 PCA Road, (660) 262-4365; Warrensburg Manor Care Center, 400 Care Center Drive, (660) 747-2216; Harmony Gardens, 503 Burkarth Road, (660) 262-3451; Mooreview, 130 W. Culton St., (660) 429-1587; Bristol Manor, 603 Creach Drive, (660) 747-8319; Crossroads Hospice, 601 E. Russell Ave., (660) 422-5800; Country Club Care Center, 503 Regent Drive, Apt. 607, (660) 429-4444; Warrensburg Senior Housing, 451 Northern Hills Road, (660) 429-6100; and Preferred Futures Inc., 234 N.W. 41st Road, (660) 422-8377.

Fitness

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Maintaining a healthy workout routine, no matter how strenuous, keeps the human body in top-notch form.

Warrensburg offers fitness centers, outdoor areas and sports leagues to help individuals begin or continue on the path toward a healthy lifestyle.

The university’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center, 500 S. Maguire, Warrensburg, houses modern workout equipment – treadmills, stationary bicycles, elliptical machines and free weights – in addition to an indoor track, several indoor basketball and volleyball courts, and a climbing wall with more than 1,000 square feet of climbing space.

Alumni and their family members are welcome to join the center.

Fitness centers outside the university include AnyTime Fitness, 115-7 E. Pine Street, Warrensburg, 747-2601; Strive Women’s Fitness, 1125 N. Simpson Drive, Warrensburg, 429-2348; CrossFit Believe, 520 N. Enterprise Drive, Warrensburg, 909-4248; and Warrensburg Community Center, 445 Gay St., 747-7178, which includes indoor and outdoor pools.

Staying fit does not necessarily include what some generalize as “working out.” Area biking and walking trails are located at the UCM campus’ Pertle Springs, Lions Lake and along Highway DD. For more avid riders, the 240-mile Katy Trail spans from suburban St. Louis to Clinton, along which are restaurants, hotels and motels serving as way points in more than 30 cities.

Other ways to stay fit involve competition and Warrensburg Parks and Recreation hosts youth and adult sports leagues year-round.

Adult leagues include mens and coed softball, basketball, volleyball, pickle ball and tennis. Youth leagues include baseball, softball, basketball, soccer and flag football, among others. Find out more online at http://teamsideline.com/Org/Home.

Other activities such as washing a car, dancing, tumbling, martial arts, participating in various community 5-kilometer runs or vigorously pruning bushes also are worthwhile.

Working toward a desired outcome adds to mental satisfaction.

Social services assist community members

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Warrensburg and Johnson County provide a number of services for those who need help with housing, transportation, careers or food.

The Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church provides meals and distributes food through Harvesters. Call the church at (660) 747-5608 for information about meals. Food distribution is the first and third Saturday’s of the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; For information on the Women, Infants and Children program call (660) 747-2012; Missouri Valley Community Action Agency provides support services, (660) 886-7476; OATS transportation, (660) 827-2611; For mental health needs, Pathways Community Behavior Healthcare, (888) 403-1071 and Survival Adult Abuse Center for victims of domestic violence, (660) 429-1088 or (800) 846-7597.

Arts well represented throughout community

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Warrensburg – The visual and performing arts are well represented in Warrensburg through the mutual interest of town-and-gown leaders from the city and the campus.

“The city’s arts scene has coalesced based on city and University of Central Missouri leadership.

The city and university provide a calendar of events and museum displays that change regularly.

One reason for the diversity is the Warrensburg Arts Commission, led by Jeff Imboden, a musician who also directs UCM’s Performing Arts Series .

Commissioners bring public awareness of, accessibility to, participation in and support for arts and cultural activities in Warrensburg. The group meets at 7 p.m. every third Monday at City Hall.

• One art center is the UCM Gallery of Art & Design, directed by Christian Cutler. The gallery presents a variety of artwork – recent works having included blown glass, textile art and ceramics – to advance an appreciation for visual art.

Gallery events, some geared to children and some including receptions and lectures with master artists, are listed at http://www.ucmo.edu/gallery/.

• Warrensburg Main Street, a business group that promotes downtown, bolsters the performing arts with the free Sounds of Summer Concert series.

• Art exists in parks, downtown and on the UCM campus: a sculpture of Old Drum on the county lawn at North Holden and East Market streets; an outstanding sculpture of Ragtime-era musician Blind Boone, along with a wind harp, at Blind Boone Park; on West Pine Street, etched into concrete, is “Downtown Vibrations”; at Lions Lake, from spring to fall, find “Bobbers,” a heroic-size, whimsical sculpture of fishing bobbers; at City Hall, an 8-foot tall, 24-foot wide photo mural by Janet Bonsall, “The Four Pillars,” portrays the community’s vital institutions – Whiteman Air Force Base, Union Pacific Railroad, UCM – and everyday people; and the variety of work on campus includes “The Five Wise & Five Foolish Virgins,” a stained-glass window by Gabriella Polony-Mountain on the second floor of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library, and 13 sculptures in wood, metal and stone, created by artists including Dennis Sohocki, Kathleen Caricof, Larry Young, Elizabeth Ritter and Rita Blitt.

• Live theater is abundant on the UCM campus, with a busy production calendar offering full-scale performances, from musicals to dramas, provided by the accredited Department of Theatre and Dance at the Highlander Theater. A few of this year’s shows: “Caesar X,” “9 Circles,” and “The Toxic Avenger.” Aspiring thespians perform original shows at the Black Box Theatre within Nickerson Hall. Find Highlander and Black Box news at https://www.ucmo.edu/theatre/calendar/.

• UCM’s Performing Arts Series entertains adults with discerning ears for classical music, and children eager for engaged learning. Recent performers have included the Maniacal 4 and Zane Forshee. What comes next is available at http://www.ucmo.edu/pas/.

The presentation is a small part of the arts scene. The “much more” part includes the Annual Childrens Literature festival drawing more than 4,000 people; Powell Gardens, drawing around 100,000 visitors per year; and community productions, including Center Stage Academy’s coming performance of “Shrek The Musical Jr.”

Warrensburg supports business community

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Warrensburg Main Street, Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce and the Johnson County Economic Development Corp. cooperate to attract and retain businesses.

Johnson County EDC

The EDC, working in cooperation with Warrensburg and state officials, accomplished a major economic coup in May.

Through the use of incentives, the EDC played a key role in attracting the $110,110,000, 1.1 million-square-foot Dollar Tree distribution center to Warrensburg. Expected to open by spring 2018, the facility will employ 375 people full time when operating fully.

The EDC provides a variety of business services across the county.

The EDC strives to generate new wealth and the retention, expansion and attraction of high-value, high-growth business investment opportunities that will create quality employment opportunities and complement and add value to existing businesses and the overall economic well-being of the county.

EDC directors consist of representatives from the various sectors of the economy, including Warrensburg, smaller cities, Johnson County, chambers of commerce, school districts, University of Central Missouri, local industry and retail businesses.

The agency has two “customers”: existing and potential businesses and government agencies consisting of cities in the county, as well as Johnson County.

To help businesses and public agencies plan for the future or determine the need or demand for specific products and services, EDC collects, analyzes and compiles demographic data. The major focus of the agency in 2015-16 is implementation of the corridor study on the Johnson County Innovation District. The study, by Olsson Associates, identifies opportunities for economic development along the Highway 50 corridor from Highway 58 to the East Loop and Highway 58 to Centerview.

The EDC’s regional partners include the Central Missouri Economic Development Alliance, a five-county cooperative marketing organization, and the Whiteman Area Leadership Council.

The EDC provides financing information to clients, ranging from individuals to major employers, including pros and cons of each option and contacts with each agency or bank.

The agency’s micro-loan program provides up to $10,000 per project at low interest rates to qualifying local businesses. The loans can be used for operating expenses, inventory, supplies, equipment or real estate.

Learn more at http://www.growjocomo.com.

Main Street

Warrensburg Main Street is recognized nationally for community-based business efforts; is accredited by the national and Missouri Main Street programs; is one of six state-accredited Main Street programs in Missouri; developed the Warrensburg Business Incubator Program; to date has worked to have $2.4 million reinvested in the downtown through efforts that included obtaining grants, government appropriations and downtown business owner fund matching; and hosts events throughout the year that attract visitors downtown, including the weekly Farmers Market during the growing season, the two-day Burg Fest, the Summer Concert Series and the Dickens Christmas Living Windows program. Learn more at warrensburgmainstreet.squarespace.com/.

Chamber

The Chamber of Commerce provides member services: Networking – luncheons, coffees, business after hours, ribbon cuttings and the Chamber Leads Exchange Group; Marketing – businesses use the chamber as a source of traditional and social media to market community businesses, with options including the Friday Chamber Flash that keeps members updated on chamber events while allowing businesses a way to let other business people know what they are doing; Referrals – chamber staff provides referrals for members, and all members are listed in an easy-to-use online directory; Advocacy – the chamber is a unified voice to represent business at local, state and national levels of government, including by going in person to Jefferson City; and Professional growth – members are invited to Chamber University presentations and the Chamber Leads Exchange Group, and to participate in groups including Women In Networking and other committees.

The group spearheads the Love What’s Local campaign to encourage people to shop locally to support Warrensburg’s people, economy, social and community services.

Learn more at warrensburg.org/index.asp.

Plenty of places to put faith into practice

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Many places of worship call Warrensburg home.

As expected in the Bible belt, almost every place of worship is a church, and the community has a variety of Christian denominational and nondenominational churches.

With hundreds of students from foreign lands attending the University of Central Missouri, in addition to community residents with other beliefs, there is a Muslim Center at 137 E. Culton St., at the intersection with North College Avenue.

Warrensburg is home to these places of worship...

First Baptist Church

1302 S. Maguire St.

(660) 747-9186

Bethlehem Lutheran Church

Pastor: Joel Kurz

607 N. Maguire St.

(660) 747-6742

Jesus Saves Pentecostal

400 W. Culton St.

(660) 747-5369

Central Missouri Baptist

105 S.E. 421st Road

(660) 429-6511

Grover Park Baptist Church

Pastor: Dr. Randall S. Neal

409 N. Mitchell St.

(660) 747-7196

Shiloh Missionary Baptist

Pastor: Terrence Moody

212 N. Main St.

(660) 747-5685

First United Methodist

Pastor: Louie Lowe

141 E. Gay St.

(660) 747-8158

Warrensburg First Presbyterian Church

Pastor: Heather Jepsen

206 N. College St.

(660) 747-5731

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Pastor: Joe Bathke

300 S. Ridgeview Drive

(660) 747-6154

First Christian Church

Pastor: Jerry Basye

101 E. Gay St.

(660) 747-6815

Church of Jesus Christ

104 N.W. 361st Road

(660) 747-5463

Church of Jesus Christ

143 E. Pine St.

(660) 429-1370

Evangelical Free Church

Pastor: Mel Johnson

480 S.E. DD Highway

(660) 429-3762

First Assembly of God

Pastor: John Mark Allen

88 S. Mitchell St.

(660) 747-6762

Kingdom of God Christian Center

Pastors: Chad & Ivery Jamerson

123 E. Gay St.

(660) 441-3620

Community of Christ Church

Pastor: Jan Everhart

700 S. Mitchell

(660) 747-3835

Harvest Fellowship Church

Pastor: Shawn Benson

372 S.W. State Route 13

(660) 747-8164

Cumberland Presbyterian

Pastor: Randy Crawshaw

201 Grover St.

(660) 747-3021

Northside Christian Church

Pastor: Sid Tiller

500 N. Ridgeview Drive

(660) 747-8632

Bethel Baptist Church

Pastor: Richard Ricard

416 N.W. State Route 13

(660) 747-2173

Church of Christ

Pastor: Jeff Kenee

722 S. Maguire St.

(660) 747-5519

Christ Episcopal Church

Clergy: Ron Verhaeghe

136 E. Gay St.

(660) 429-1133

Warrensburg Church of the Brethren Pastoral Team

Contact: Jerry Crouse 802 Hale Lake Road

(660) 238-7147

Central Missouri Mission Center

106 N. College Ave. (660) 747-6193

Christian Student Fellowship

211 S. Maguire St.

United Campus Ministry

210 N. College Ave. (660) 747-6221

Liberty Baptist Church

85 N.W. 795th Road (660) 747-6085

Church of Jesus Christ, Latter Day Saints 1515 E. Hale Lake Road (660) 747-6500

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Johnson County

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Johnson County came into existence Dec. 13, 1834.

The legislature carved space out of the Missouri Territory called Lillard, and later, Lafayette County, and named the new county for Vice President Richard Mentor Johnson.

Located on the western side of the state, about 50 miles from Kansas City, Johnson County encompasses about 829 square miles with an estimated population of 54,362 split about equally between urban and rural residents.

Johnson is the fourth most-populated micropolitan in the state, based on 2010 population estimates. The University of Missouri Extension Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis projects the area will be one of the top 10 fastest-growing counties in Missouri through 2030.

The second-class county operates with a commission form of government.

The county seat is Warrensburg, the largest of seven incorporated cities scattered around the county. Other towns are Centerview, located to the west of Warrensburg; Holden and Kingsville, to the southwest; Knob Noster to the east; and Leeton and Chilhowee to the south and southeast, respectively.

Communities that no longer qualify as towns but remain listed on the county map are Burtville, Columbus, Cornelia, Dunksberg, Elm, Ernestville, Magnolia, Medford, Montserrat, Owsley, Pittsville, Post Oak, Rose Hill, Slabtown and Sutherland.

Home to Whiteman Air Force Base and the University of Central Missouri, the county’s quality of life ranks high compared to the other 113 Missouri counties.

With a median age of 29.6 years for residents, Johnson is the fourth-youngest county in the state, and residents have a higher education attainment percentage compared to Missouri averages.

Johnson ranks 12th among Missouri counties for health outcomes and 18th in health factors, based on the 2015 county health rankings compiled by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.

The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimated that in 2010, there were 28,881 jobs in Johnson County, with state government, including UCM, accounting for 3,666 jobs, or 12.7 percent of the total.

Military, retail trade and local government employed the next highest numbers.

Major employers in addition to the air base and UCM are Western Missouri Medical Center, EnerSys Energy Products Inc., Warrensburg School District, Wal-Mart Super Center, Stahl Specialty Co., Missouri Veterans Home, Knob Noster School District, Holden School District, Johnson County, GE Transportation Intelligent Control, Warrensburg, Johnson County Egg Farm, Swisher Acquisitions Inc., Lowe’s Home Improvement, Carlyle Van Lines, Country Club Care Center, Northrop Grumman and Crest Ridge School District.

Agriculture is an economic generator, ranking as the fifth-largest employment section in Johnson County. The 2012 Census of Agriculture showed 73.7 percent, or about 391,000 acres of approximately 530,741 acres in the county, are in farmland, including 219,868 acres in cropland.

In 2012, 1,657 farms operated in the county, with farm size ranging from several acres to more than 2,000 acres. Of 2,610 farm operators in 2012, 669 listed farming as their principal occupation, with 988 listing “other” as their main occupation. Cattle remain a major agricultural commodity in the county, with corn and soybeans the major crops harvested on 198,441 acres.

Value of agricultural sales in Johnson County in 2012 totaled $119.8 million.

Recreational opportunities are offered at Knob Noster State Park, Powell Gardens, Hazel Hill Lake, JN Turkey Kearn Memorial Wildlife Area, Ralph and Martha Perry Memorial Wildlife Area, the Holden City Lake, Lions Lake in Warrensburg, the Warrensburg Community Center, several other Warrensburg city parks, Pertle Springs, Keth Memorial Golf Course and Hidden Pines Country Club.

Numerous festivals take place around the county, and various clubs and organizations hold events for the public during the year.

Organizations available for various ages, interests

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• Warrensburg Kiwanis Club, 607 N. Ridgeview Drive, meets at 6 p.m. on first and third Tuesdays, (660) 747-7396

• National Federation of the Blind, Old Drum Chapter, meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, WILS, 610 N. Ridgeview Drive. Contact (660) 441-1907

• Writers of Warrensburg, Trails Regional Library, 432 N. Holden St., 6 to 8 p.m., every first and third Tuesday, (660) 747-9177

• William A. Carleton V.F.W. Post 2513, 7 p.m., every first and third Wednesday, 618 Lakeview Drive, Commander Teresa Shane, (660) 422-1537

• Daughters of the American Revolution, Workshop Cafeteria, 607 N. Ridgeview Drive, noon every second Friday, Sue Boland, (660) 747-7464

• Warren Martin Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, Workshop Cafeteria, 607 N. Ridgeview Drive, 12:30 p.m. every third Saturday, except February, July and August, Mike Powers, (660) 747-7532

• Mid-Missouri Artists, Community Center, arts and crafts room, 445 E. Gay St., 7 p.m. every last Thursday, Rebecca Limback, (660) 429-2446

• New Century Dulcimer Ensemble, practice at 4:30 p.m. every Thursday, Community of Christ Church, 700 S. Mitchell St., Rebecca Limback, (660) 429-2446

• Warrensburg Recorder Consort, practice from 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, for location call Patrick Larkin at (660) 909-1834

• American Association of Retired Persons, 6 p.m. every third Monday, 733 E. Young St.

• National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, 733 E. Young St., noon every third Monday, (660) 429-1345

• Warrensburg Lions Club, noon on all but fifth Mondays, Community Center, 445 E. Gay St., (660) 747-3577

• WD-40 women’s group, Senior Center, 445 E. Gay St., 9 to 10 a.m., Wednesdays, Joann Hanna, (660) 747-7562 or Pauline Hibdon, (660) 747-6208

• Bariatrics Support, 6 to 7 p.m. every third Tuesday, Room 1, Western Missouri Medical Center, 403 N. Burkarth Road, (660) 747-5558

• Different Strokes, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. every second Tuesday, Room 1, Western Missouri Medical Center, 403 N. Burkarth Road, (660) 262-7536

• Inspired Quilters Guild, 7 p.m. every second Monday, First Christian Church, 101 E. Gay St. (660) 429-5421

• Good Neighbors 4-H Club, 7 p.m. every fourth Monday, Northside Christian Church, Lesa Carroll, (660) 747-0089

• Rotary Club, noon every Tuesday, Traditions at Keth Memorial Golf Course, 5 Par Drive, www.wbgrotary.com

• Optimist Club, 607 N. Ridgeview Drive, 7 p.m. every first and third Thursday, Jan Schawo, (660) 747-2376

• Knights of Columbus, 300 S. Ridgeview Drive, Terry Berkland, grand knight: berkland@embarqmail.com

• West Central Missouri Genealogical Society and Library Inc. meets at 7 p.m. every fourth Monday, except in May and December, Culp Building, 302 N. Main St., (660) 747-5862

• Johnson County Retired Teachers and School Support Staff, 11:30 a.m. every first Tuesday, First Christian Church, 101 E. Gay St., (660) 441-5489

• Ways and Means Screening Committee, 733 E. Young St., meets at 6 p.m. every third Wednesday, (660) 747-5957

• American Legion Riders Chapter 131, 733 E. Young St., (660) 747-5957

• American Legion Post 131 Auxiliary, 733 E. Young St., meets at 6 p.m. on first Saturdays, (660) 747-5957

• Elks Lodge 673, 822 E. Young St., (660) 747-6435 Masons, Corinthian Lodge, 402 E. Russell Ave., meets at 7:30 p.m. on first and third Mondays, momason.org/lodges

• Matthews-Crawford American Legion Post 131, 733 E. Young St., (660) 747-5957

• Do Good Yoga, 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Trails Regional Library, 432 N. Holden St., (660) 747-9177

• Early Bird Rotary, 733 E. Young St., 6:45 a.m. every Thursday, American Legion, 733 E. Young St.

• Toastmasters, Trails Regional Library, 432 N. Holden St., contact brian@yourheadway.com

• Warrensburg Community Band, 2017 concert season rehearsals are from 7 to 9 p.m. at Warrensburg High School, 1411 S. Ridge View Drive beginning June 5. Concerts are scheduled for June 25, July 4, July 20 and July 24. For more information, email David Robinson at dgrobinsontpt@gmail.com.