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Gourds belonging to the Cucurbita group.

Photo by Peter Woodard via Wikimedia Commons

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.
A periodical cicada nymph is held in Macon, Georgia on Wednesday, March 27. This periodical cicada nymph was found while digging holes for rosebushes. Trillions of cicadas are about to emerge in numbers not seen in decades and possibly centuries.

Photo by Carolyn Kaster | AP Photo

'Cicadapocalypse' set to rampage across the Midwest and Southeast

WARRENSBURG – Call your sons, call your daughters, call your friends, call your neighbors, for an apocalypse is brewing – a “cicadapocalypse” to be exact.
Warrensburg Mayor Bruce Uhler presents Warrensburg Convention and Visitors Bureau Tourism Director Marcy Barnhart with a proclamation on Wednesday, May 15, at the Warrensburg Visitors Center. The WCVB celebrated its 10th anniversary on Wednesday, inviting community members for cake and an open house. 

Warrensburg Convention and Visitors Bureau celebrates 10-year anniversary

WARRENSBURG – The Warrensburg Convention and Visitors Bureau Board celebrated a decade in Warrensburg on Wednesday, May 15 by hosting an open house in its visitors center.

Local Briefs May 17

JCALP to host Culver’s night
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Crash Reports - May 17, 2024

Holden man arrested for DWI in Johnson County crash
Warrensburg Schools Foundation President Bob Lotspeich awards a Teacher Scholarship to Shannon Clawson.

Photo courtesy of the Warrensburg Schools Foundation

Foundation awards teacher and support staff scholarships

The Warrensburg Schools Foundation recently announced the recipients of its 2023-24 Teacher and Support Staff Scholarships. Members from the Foundation’s board traveled to Martin Warren Elementary, Ridge View Elementary, and Maple Grove Elementary to award three scholarships totaling $2,500.

7 Brew Coffee opens in Warrensburg

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.

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.
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.

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.
As featured on ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir,

Warrensburg’s DayStar Filters gives a glimpse of the eclipse

WARRENSBURG – As the moon passed over the sun on Monday, April 8, it offered millions of American viewers the opportunity to see a total solar eclipse for the first time since 2017. From Mexico, to Missouri, to Cleveland and New York, eyes turned toward the skies as the path of totality peaked all across North America.
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.
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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.
Warrensburg High School Assistant Principal Kyle Cahill, center, poses for a picture with fellow administrators after accepting his Missouri Association of Secondary Schools Assistant Principal of the Year Central District award.

WHS’ Kyle Cahill wins MoASSP Assistant Principal of the Year

WARRENSBURG – Kyle Cahill thought it was just another day of lunchroom supervision.
Warrensburg Middle School Principal Holly Jennings, middle, poses for a picture with her Principal of the Year Award and R-VI Assistant Superintendent Dr. John Finnane, left, and R-VI Superintendent Steve Ritter, right. 

WMS Principal Holly Jennings wins MOASSP Principal of the Year award

WARRENSBURG – Last month, Warrensburg Middle School Principal Holly Jennings was recognized as Principal of the Year by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals Central District, the Warrensburg R-VI School District announced via a Facebook post.

UCM Fall 2023 Dean’s List

The following local students have earned a spot on the University of Central Missouri Dean’s List for the 2023 fall semester.
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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