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Local Briefs May 21

Chamber Military Affairs to host breakfast program
Warrensburg DAR member Jayne Barry shares memories of her time serving in the Navy during the May 10 DAR meeting.

Photo courtesy of the Warrensburg chapter of DAR

Warrensburg DAR recognizes members who served

The Warrensburg chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution met Friday, May 10 at RISE Café with 24 members and guests present.

Crash Reports - May 21, 2024

Holden motorcyclist injured in Johnson County accident

Community Calendar for May 21 through May 27

To have your event or meeting listed or changed, send details to hollyb@warrensburgstarjournal.com or call 660-747-8123.
The WMMC Auxiliary recently presented a $25,000 donation to the Western Missouri Medical Center Foundation as part of its Day of Giving campaign.

Photo courtesy of the Western Missouri Medical Center Foundation

$25,000 donation boosts WMMC Foundation's fundraising campaign

The Western Missouri Medical Center Foundation announced a significant milestone in its Day of Giving campaign, thanks to a $25,000 donation from the WMMC Auxiliary.
Two members of 2nd Lt. George A. Whiteman's family place a memorial wreath at his grave during the annual wreath-laying ceremony Saturday morning, May 18 in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sedalia. The event was hosted by the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce's Military Affairs Committee.

Photo by Nicole Cooke | Sedalia Democrat

Annual memorial ceremony honors 2nd Lt. Whiteman

SEDALIA — Community members, elected officials, Whiteman Air Force Base representatives and family members gathered for the 36th annual Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony hosted Saturday morning, May 18 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Sedalia.
Local News
Before the movie began, kids eagerly ran across the lawn and climb up trees on Friday, May 17, on the Johnson County Courthouse lawn. The next Movie on the Lawn event will be at 8:30 p.m. June 21. Warrensburg Main Street will offer voting on its Facebook page to determine the featured film.

Photos: Warrensburg Main Street hosts first Movie on the Lawn of the summer

Photo: Classical Conversations celebrates commencement

Photo: DAR presents pin to Warrensburg senior

Gourds: Swiss army knife of the plant world

Our ancestors couldn’t go to the hardware store or shopping mall to buy utensils and other household essentials. Instead, they improvised with items found in nature. The dried fruit of several members of the cucumber family proved useful for many purposes, said University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.
Local Sports

Warrensburg T&F tallies 17 state qualifications

Warrensburg track and field tallied 17 state qualifications during the MSHSAA Class 4 Sectional 4 meet on Saturday, May 18, at William Chrisman High School in Independence.

No. 2 Mules baseball advances to Super Regional series

No. 2 Central Missouri baseball got the start it needed from freshman Jack Scott in a NCAA Division II Central Region semifinal matchup with No. 11 Augustana.


7 Brew Coffee opens in Warrensburg

7 Brew Coffee, 300 E. Russell Ave., is Warrensburg’s newest coffee shop, which offers products like coffee, energy drinks, teas, sparkling-infused waters, shakes and smoothies.
WARRENSBURG – Whether it is a hot cup of joe, a cold brew, or an energy drink that gets you out of bed in the morning, Warrensburg’s newest coffee shop, 7 Brew Coffee, has it all in spades and is now open at 300 E. Russell Ave.
Darinda Dick

WMMC President earns board certification

Darinda J. Dick, MSN, RN, FACHE, President and CEO of Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg, has completed her board certification in healthcare management, earning her designation among the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
David Aery is the owner of Hook Solutions, 23964 U.S. Highway 65 in Warsaw. Arey has been manufacturing lures on the property since 1987 and sells the across the country, but mostly on the east coast.

Photo by Chris Howell | Sedalia Democrat

Hook Solutions lures new customers and employees

WARSAW – A few miles south of Lincoln, across from the bowling alley in a nondescript white building, a team of workers manufactures 40,000 fishing lures a week.
Hayden Morelan of Hayden's Sweets makes cotton candy during the Warrensburg Farmers' Market on Saturday, May 13, 2023, in downtown Warrensburg. Morelan is returning for the 2024 season, which begins with the Moonlight Market on April 27 and the first regular Saturday on May 4.

Warrensburg Farmers' Market preparing for 2024 season

A true sign that summer is on its way, the Warrensburg Farmers’ Market will host its annual Moonlight Market on Saturday, April 27, followed by the first Saturday of the regular season on Saturday, May 4.
A Beer, Wine, & Spirit Stroll participant views the assortment of wines from Stone Hill Winery of Hermann available to try on Saturday, April 20, at Marmee's and Borgman's. 

Sold out Beer, Wine, & Spirit Stroll takes over Downtown Warrensburg

WARRENSBURG – Warrensburg Main Street and the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce combined efforts Saturday for their fourth annual Beer, Wine, & Spirit Stroll in the downtown area.
Volunteers Monica Mitcheltree, left, and Max Ridenhour talk with students who stop by the charity table during a Reality Check event hosted by Central Bank on Thursday, April 11 at Crest Ridge High School.

Central Bank hosts Reality Check at Crest Ridge

During the 2023-24 school year, Central Bank visited multiple schools in the Warrensburg area. Most recently, the bank hosted a Reality Check at Crest Ridge High School.
Police & Crash Reports
Eric J. Black, 37, was arrested on April 15 for driving without a valid operator’s license and was given a verbal warning for the registration violation after a traffic stop at Holden and Culton streets. He was transported to the Warrensburg Police Department, processed and released.
Warrensburg woman seriously injured in collision
Leeton motorcyclist injured in Henry County crash
John T. Campbell Jr., 48, was arrested on April 8 for driving with a revoked license after a traffic stop near South Maguire Street. He was transported to the Warrensburg Police Department, booked and released with multiple citations.
In the Community
Calendar of events
Maggie Burgin, Warrensburg Main Street Event and Marketing Coordinator, stands outside Sterling Elementary with students from Mrs. Maduros and Mrs. Stewart’s fifth grade classes and social worker Katie Quinn after the Movie on the Lawn Committee meeting.

Photo courtesy of Warrensburg Main Street

Sterling Elementary, Warrensburg Main Street plan Movie on the Lawn

Warrensburg Main Street is hosting a free Movie on the Lawn series this summer, which will feature movies on the third Friday of May, June and August.
Back row from left: Nathan Snowden, Hudson Gray, Jani Wright, Jeremiah Combs, Wesley Rivera, Judge Stacey Lett, Carli Hamlin, Summer Stiles and Caleb Gentry. Front row: Emma Whelehon, David Shetterly, Caleb Collier, Jenny Berezin, Maddie Beary, Isaiah Coppenbarger and Gabriel Lefebvre.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Grey Photography

Homeschool students take part in mock court

Fifteen 13-year-old to 15-year-old Warrensburg and Columbia students were in court this month, and many of them were serving as attorneys and law enforcement officers as Classical Conversations Challenge B classes participated in a mock trial.

UCM Board of Governors approves FY 2025 operating budget

The University of Central Missouri's Board of Governors approved the Fiscal Year 2025 operating budget during a plenary session on April 24 at the Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit. The session also included the establishment of new degrees and certificates, as well as recognition of several students, faculty and staff.

New state legislation raises concerns across school districts

Last week, Gov. Mike Parson signed legislation to boost the minimum salary for teachers, incentivize five-day school weeks, increase support for early childhood education programs, and increase funding for small schools, among other provisions.
From the Opinion page

Irises, peonies, and the chop

Finally, the rains came and blooms followed. May in Central Missouri gardens is a time of abundance. Gardens come to life with the blousy blooms of peonies and the statuesque blooms of irises. The bloom size and the longevity of the peony and iris make them must-haves for any garden. They are good starter plants as they are both very hardy and bloom reliably when planted correctly.
Bennet Bodenstein

A look at Chilean sauvignon blanc wines

Sauvignon blanc wines are currently suffering the same fate that befell the merlot wines at the turn of the last century.
Gwen Rockwood

The ugly truth about sleep

Sleep is beautiful. But the physical act of sleeping isn’t. That’s why I roll my eyes during rom-com movies when the man wakes up early (yeah, right) to gaze adoringly at the woman he loves while she sleeps.

Get in the habit of finishing well

I love the story of the woman at the well. If you’re not familiar with it, look in the fourth chapter of John’s gospel.
Bennet Bodenstein

Wines perfect for mothers

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12 and is one of the happiest of our national holidays. Thus, only the happiest of wine is the order of the day, but which one?
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