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  1. 1. CMYKThursday, June 10, 2010 THE STAR HERALD Page 5A AREA NEWS Courtesy photos Top: American Heritage Girls help with Angel Food distribution at Crossroads UMC. Left: A volunteer awaits local families to pick up their highly discounted, quality food.Crossroads UMC: Courtesy photoCass County’s new Angel Dave Kraft dead lifting in the Strongman contest. BY VALERIE REED vreed@thestar-herald.com The economy’s rising costs ple who are struggling who don’t necessarily qualify for food stamps or aid,” said Polly Mabey, Crossroads UMC out- e-mail address, they are auto- matically entered into a $500 drawing. With the purchase of three or more boxes, a second Strongman coming to Richards-Gebaurof gasoline, house payments, reach advocate. entry is added.bills, clothes and other neces- There is no discrimina- Mabey said that while manysities does not leave a lot of tion of salary to receive from people utilize the program forroom left in the budget for Angel Food. Beneficiaries can themselves, there are manyfood. With the help of Angel receive the basic “Signature” others of greater means whoFood Ministries, hosted by On June 12, KC Strongman this event, Eric Todd. peting in Strongman for nine box with either $30 cash or in purchase food to donate to theCrossroads United Methodist will be holding a Strongman Through forum postings years, after watching the com- food stamps. The box weighs needy. “That’s the great thingChurch, grocery assistance is Competition at Richards- on KC Strongman’s website, petition on TV. about 21 pounds and contains of having no requirementsnow offered to local families. Gebaur Airport. Starting at 1 www.kcstrongman.com, Todd Todd said he wanted to pro- quality food from every food about who can purchase the Angel Food Ministries is a a.m. guests will be able to see was able to reach out to 30 to mote a Strongman event in group, including chicken or food,” she said. “If you cannon-profit organization, hav- participants compete in five 40 competitors who will be the community simply because beef, milk, eggs, vegetables save your money on grocer-ing fed more than 8.1 mil- events including a bus pull and competing for a trophy, prize there would be nowhere else to and fruits. The “Signature” box ies, then maybe you’ll havelion families. First established a circus dumbbell press. money and an award package. compete locally. “I was lucky can feed a family of four for it (money) to help someonein February 1994, in Georgia, All proceeds from the event The Strongman competitors to have some great promoters about a week or an individual else.”Angel Food was a way to will benefit Camp Quality, a are divided into four divisions put on shows for me to com- for nearly a month. With Angel Food, there isgive back to the community. camp for children with can- – lightweight at 200 pounds pete in, and I wanted to give Additionally, Angel Food no limit to how much a fam-Crossroads UMC saw this was cer. “I chose them because I and under, middleweight at 200 back,” Todd said. This is the offers Senior/Convenience ily or individual can purchase.a needed opportunity in Cass worked as a companion there to 265 pounds, heavyweight at seventh year for the competi- Meals, Allergen-Free, Seafood, Orders can be placed online atCounty and asked Angel Food one year and saw what they greater than 265 pounds and tion and the first time it has After School, and Fruit and www.angelfoodministries.comif it could be a host site. Now, offered these kids. I thought it master, thoes who are 40 years been held in Belton. Veggie Boxes, all under $40. or at Crossroads UMC, locatedwith church members and out- was an important mission, and and older. To learn more about upcom- There are also five “Special at 700 Quick Trip Way, Belton,side volunteers, like American I wanted to be a part of it,” said One heavyweight contender ing competitions or to become Unit” boxes including Chicken from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays andHeritage Girls, Crossroads Missouri’s State Chairman for is Scott Sully, who has been a competitor, visit www. and Rib, Bit O’ Blessing and Thursdays the first, second andUMC is able to provide for 75 North American Strongman lifting weights since he was 13 kcstronman.com or www.nas- Assorted Meat Grill. All of third week of the month.to 100 families a month, with Inc. and the co-promoter for years old and has been com- trongmaninc.com. the fresh and frozen food is To learn more abouthopes of growing to help even priced at up to 50 percent off Angel Food Ministries, suchmore of the surrounding com- retail and comes from high as future ordering and distri-munity. quality suppliers such as bution dates, the full menu “The people we serve the Protein Solutions, Vanguard, and more, visit www.angel-most are the elderly who are Miller Franz, J&W Foods and foodministries.com, www.on fixed incomes and a lot of Diversified Citrus. crossroads-umc.com, e-mailyoung families who are try- When an individual orders a angelfood@crossroads-umc.ing to stretch their food bud- box of food and provides their com or call 816-331-5258.get. There are a lot of peo-
  2. 2. CMYKPage 14A THE STAR HERALD Thursday, July 1, 2010 AREA NEWSSupply and support are not seasonal: Food pantry needs donations year round BY VALERIE REED vreed@thestar-herald.com It is common for familiesand communities to cometogether to help others aroundthe holidays. This help includesgifts, money, love and of coursefood. What goes unnoticed is thatfamilies are in need all year,not just during the holidays. Founded in the 1970s WestCentral Community Agency,located in Belton, is a “com-munity service unit to servelocal families of low income.” Families supported byWCMCAA have to quali-fy based on income and thenumber of family members.WCMCAA is not just a foodpantry, they also offer energyassistance – including, lights,gas and food, an employmentand training facility, Headstartand early childhood educationcenter, Section 8, and women’shealth services with a nursepractitioner that provides basicwomen’s healthcare. One of the biggest concernsWCMCAA has is the childrenin the summertime. Those chil- Valerie Reed/The Star Herald but also local companies, suchdren who are unable to attend as Price Chopper, Hy-Vee and Above: The food pantrysummer school may not get Starbucks. Starbucks donates shelves, with room to spare.daily meals. WCMCAA does Danish pastries, muffins, pastry,not have a summer program for Left: The Employment andthe children, when the pantry and coffee beans. The groceryshelves become bare. stores donate food everyday. Training Center where “We need the extra for the WCMCAA has more than people can use the comput-children,” said Julia Copeland, just food stocked on the pantryfamily and community develop- shelves. Along with the South ers and get help for seekingment specialist. Haven Baptist Youth Group, employment. With commodities provided WCMCAA has started a gardenby Harvesters, WCMCAA’s full of cucumbers, tomatoes,food pantry is open to qualified peppers, corn, green beans andfamilies four days each month carrots. This is the first year for– the first, second and third the garden.Tuesday and the first Thursday. For more informationFamilies who are in emergencysituations and need food imme- about West Central Missouridiately are also helped. Community Action Agency, The food that WCMCAA located at 109 Congress, Belton,has is not only donated by indi- visit www.wcmcaa.org or callviduals within the community, 816-322-0505. The Star Herald – Bringing you community news for more than 100 years Call 816-331-5353 to subscribe today!
  3. 3. CMYK THE STAR HERALD SPORTSFormer UFC fighters promote new clothing line SCENE SECTION B ● THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2010 Valerie Reed/Star HeraldTitle Boxing held a photo shoot Tuesday at the Military Police Combat Support Building in Belton to promote Driven Inc. Founded by former UFC fighters, Jens Pulver and TonyFryklund, Driven Inc. is a way for them to transition from the athletic circle to coaching/mentoring. Fryklund, a fighter for 13 years, has done combative tactics in the Coast Guard andwants to give support back to the Troops. Together, Pulver and Fryklund own the Driven Gym in Boise, Idaho. “I want to be an ambassador for anyone who has ever been picked on,”said Pulver, who has fought for 9 years. Driven Inc. creates T-shirts for police, firefighters, EMT, and military. These fighters don’t stop there, they also have a “Ground and Poundsince 1776” as well as “Run for Your Life”, to support battered women, children and men. To learn more about Driven Inc. and their supportive efforts, visit www.driventc.com or www.driveninc.net. Top left: Title Boxing’s Photographer Nancy Werkowitch. Top right: Pulver and Fryklund get ready on set. Bottom left: Title Boxing’s Beau Langdon helps on set. Bottomright: Behind the scenes of Driven Inc.’s photo shoot.All-Star Challenge football game slated June 17 The Greater Kansas City dent and Smithville head foot- State head coach Bob Lisher. competing with Missouri as Mission. Practice is not open goal kick for a new car at half-Football Coaches Association ball coach Greg Smith said. The Missouri squad will be well, along with Harrisonville to the public. time. The GKCFCA will also(GKCFCA) announces the All- “We have had tremendous coached by David Allie of running back Terry Scott. The game will be televised award the Warren Award andStar Challenge XIX, the high support from the high school Raytown South. Kansas leads the all-time on a tape-delayed by Metro the Dave Bassore Man of theschool football all-star game football fans over the years On the Missouri squad this series 10-7 with one rainout. Sports on Friday, June 18 at 7 Year award.featuring teams from Missouri and with this year’s game to year is Belton tight end/defen- Practices began June 7 and p.m. and 11 p.m. as well as on All proceeds from the GK-and Kansas, to be played June be played in a city that is well sive end Kyle Becraft. Also on will be held Monday through June 19 at 7 a.m. and June 20 CFCA benefit the Greater17 at 7 p.m. at Shawnee Mis- known for its passion for high the team are Raymore-Peculiar Friday of that week and Mon- at 7 p.m. Kansas City Football Coachession District Stadium North school football like Shawnee linebacker Alex Stockham, de- day through Wednesday of Tickets are $8 for adults Assocition, who in part withlocation. Mission, is fantastic. We ex- fensive lineman Jake Peterson the next week. The Missouri and $5 for students with stu- the McCarthy Auto Group “We are really pleased to pect the event to be outstand- and offensive tackle Andrew team is practicing at Raytown dent ID. provides 22 $1,000 scholar-have the Shawnee Mission ing this year.” Mueller. Pleasant Hill running South High School. The Kan- In addition to the game, the ships to 11 scholar-athletesSchool District host the game The Kansas squad will be back Matt Hertzog and wide sas squad is practicing at Law- McCarthy Auto Group will from Missouri and Kansasthis season,” GKCFCA presi- coached by Lawrence Free receiver Justin Starks will be rence Free State and Shawnee sponsor one lucky fan’s field each year. Midwest Titans moving to new location BY STEPHANIE YEAGLE syeagle@demo-mo.com Due to budget concerns,the Midwest Titans are mov-ing from their three-yearhome at Memorial Stadiumin Harrisonville to ExcelsiorSprings. "We definitely wantedHarrisonville to be our home,"Titans head coach and co-owner Robert Webb said. Webb and co-owner Eric and the owners look forward to couple of weeks ago. the North American Football Webb and the entire Titans said.Hoskins inked out a one-year getting back down there in the "By far this is going to be League to the Alliance organization to the entire Webb invites all Midwestdeal to host their 2010 games at near future." our best year," Webb said. "We Football League (AFL). The Harriosnville community and Titans fans to come up andExcelsior Springs. The Titans have already revamped the offensive line and AFL has 56 teams and their Cass County, to HT Adams watch the team at Excelsior "You never know what the started out the season on a high are very athletic up front. It playoff structure is exactly and the Harrisonville school Springs and added that therefuture holds," Webb said. The note, defeating the Norfolk showed in the very first game." like the NFL. district for allowing us to be are still three players onfoundation of our team is out Thunderbirds out of Nebraska, The Titans also made anoth- "We would like to send a part of their community for the team that reside in Cassof the Cass County community 43-6, in the first game held a er move, transfering from a big thank you from coach the last three years," Webb County.
  4. 4. CMYKPage 2A THE STAR HERALD Thursday, June 17, 2010 AREA NEWS A Trip to Memory Lane BY VALERIE REED shop. The antique store is full vreed@thestar-herald.com of vintage cash registers, type- Started in 2005, Romaine writers, scales and marbles, allDennis of West Line built a which can be purchased.tiny church in memory of his When Dennis isnt construc-mother, who died that same tion or decorating, he is at hisyear. Dennis has continued to classic car shop, “Good Timebuild six more buildings, creat- Classics,” also in West Line.ing Memory Lane. When asked what influenced This miniature nostalgic him to create Memory Lane, Below: Dennistown is inspired by the 40s, 50s Dennis commented, “I dont Antique Store.and 60s. know why, I just had the ground Throughout the years, sitting there . . . I just started Bottom: TheDennis has built and decorated drawing it out on paper.” first buildings,seven buildings on Memory Dennis welcomes groups the churchLane. Originally, there were and individuals to come out and and school.two roads, but he decided to tour his little town. Weekendsclose the second road and add are the best time to visit, allow-more buildings. These include a ing visitors to meet Dennis andchurch, bank, town hall, diner, explore inside the buildings.gas station, boutique, store, Memory Lane is located Top left: Inside Dennis Store the wallsschool and barber shop. in western Cass County, right Dennis has temporarily before Louisburg, Kan. To plan are covered with antiques that canstopped building and is focus- a trip, call Dennis at 816-899- be purchased. Top right: Memorying on the interior of the barber 2491. Lane street sign welcoming you in the hands of a wooden bear. Above: All the desks are lined up in the one room school house. Photos by Melissa Cowan / The Star Herald Above: Romaine poses in front of the Gulf Filling Station, where sometimes he parks his classic cars. Left: Gulf Gas Station and DDs Diner, THE STAR HERALD READERS CONTACTS The Star Herald is published every Thursday at Publisher Editor Advertising Manager (816) 331-5353 SUBSCRIPTION RATES * © 2010, Belton 419 Main St., Mark Maassen Linda Thompson Vicki Daniel Belton, MO 64012. Periodicals postage paid at CASS & JACKSON COUNTIES ANNUAL 816-380-3228 (Ext. 2228) 816-331-5353 (Ext. 222) 816-331-5353 (Ext. 223) Publishing Company $31.00 vdaniel@thestar-herald.com Belton, Mo. mmaassen@demo-mo.com editor@thestar-herald.com (USPS 519-420) MISSOURI & KANSAS POSTMASTER: Staff Writer Send address changes to $38.00 Allen Edmonds The Star Herald is a The Star Herald ELSEWHERE IN THE USA 816-331-5353 (Ext. 225) McClatchy newspaper P.O. Box 379 $43.00 aedmonds@thestar-herald.com Belton, MO 64012 * Includes Kansas City Sunday Star.
  5. 5. CMYKThursday, June 17, 2010 THE STAR HERALD Page 3B AREA NEWS Turner’s-German American Hall to host Sommerfest Celebration BY VALERIE REED kits. vreed@thestar-herald.com Guests will be able enjoy the celebration with live enter- Turner’s-German American tainment from German bands Hall, located in Belton, Missouri including Matthias Wagner, is hosting its fourth annual Don Lipovak, 49 Stones and Sommerfest Celebration from 4 Liederkranz. The children’s to 11 p.m. June 26. dance program, KC Turner’s This family friendly celebra- Shining Stars will perform as tion includes live entertainment well as the Blautalers, a German and the Sommerfest Market dancing group. including German food, cloth- Turner’s-German American ing, ethnic merchandise, bever- Hall is located at 512 Bong ages and more. Ave., Belton. While there are food and For more information beverages for the adults, out- visit www.kcturners.org or side will be a free children’s contact Jaime Michalree at area including inflatables, pony jtazdevil@aol.com or 816-878- rides, games and Identi-Kid 3232. Courtesy Photos Left: The bounce house, just one activity out of many for the children. Top right: The German band, Liederkranz perform- ing last year. Bottom right: Guests dancing and enjoying the company of the Blautalers dance group. McClendons adjust to life with triplets: ‘We’re always doing something’ BY MELISSA COWAN mcowan@thestar-herald.com Benjamin and Emily McClendon, “It’s actually beenBelton, knew they wanted to have an- kind of easy,” Emilyother child. said. “It’s just like tak- Their first born, Chloe, is 2 years ing care of one babyold. but three times in a row. “We weren’t really trying (to get We’re always doingpregnant),” Emily said. “We were just something.”letting it happen.” And Chloe helps, Emily did get pregnant again in too.2009. But she didn’t expect to be “She calls them herpregnant with triplets. babies,” Emily said. “We were in disbelief at first,” Ben However, Emily’s Melissa Cowan / The Star Heraldsaid. pregnancy wasn’t so At left: Emily feeds baby Sophia with big sister, Chloe, playing on the couch. At right: Ben is feeding Aidan. Their triplets, Aidan Matthew, Bel- smooth.la Grace and Sophia Rose, were born She faced some com- but had to quit her job.on April 6, 2010. plications and had to go to Washing- said. “We lost half of our income, and fine.” Now, Emily stays home with the And adjusting hasn’t been too dif- ton for treatment. we have three more mouths to feed.” “We were living within our means children, and Ben is a security guard.ficult for them, they said. She was working as a hair stylist But Ben says they’re doing “just to begin with.” “It can be stressful at times,” Emily MOBCOM reunion signalsthe end of command at R-G The Marine Corps Mobili- by recognizing employees withzation Command hosted a re- more than 10, 20, 30 and evenunion for its past and present 40 years of service.employees during the Memo- The reunion culminatedrial Day weekend at Richards- with an evening of dining andGebaur. dancing under the stars at the The get-together was a cele- Liberty Memorial Saturdaybration of the command’s 45-year night that was heralded by thehistory in Kansas City as it tran- Kansas City Bagpipers. Alsositions to New Orleans as part of present were members of thethe 2005 Defense Base Realign- United Service Organizations.ment and Closure initiative. The USO was an integral and Mobilization Command instrumental part of reunion’s(MOBCOM) has been a part of success. McCarthy recognizedthe Kansas City military pres- the USO’s support by present-ence since it moved here from ing them with a framed photo-Philadelphia in 1965. graph of the command. MOBCOM’s first general In all, nine former com-officer, retired Maj. Gen. Con- manders and 167 employeesstatin Sangalis, and its present and family members attended Col. Patrick McCarthy, Commander of Marine Corps Mobilization Command, addresses more than 150 current and formercommander, Col. Patrick Mc- the reunion. employees during a recent company reunion event held at the Command’s Conference Center at Richards-Gebaur.Carthy, both spoke to a crowd Though the command be-of more than 150 current and gan moving personnel to Newformer employees on Friday Orleans in the summer and fallevening, officially beginning of 2009, only now is the mainthe weekend-long event. body beginning to move. With Sangalis made particu- the reunion completed, all at-lar note of the civilians of the tentions will now focus on mov-command, calling them the ing the main body and the bulkbackbone of the command. of its functions to MOBCOM’sMcCarthy echoed the remarks new home.
  6. 6. CMYK Thursday, June 24, 2010 THE STAR HERALD Page 3A AREA NEWS Public invited to comment Two rapes – apparently unrelated – reported in Raymore on tourism in Cass County BY ALLEN EDMONDS aedmonds@thestar-herald.com to a disturbance call at that address earlier in the evening, lowing morning, June 18, po- lice took a report from a vol- The potential for the development of tourism Commerce office at 816-331-2420. and that the victim was visibly unteer with the Metropolitanas an economic development tool in Cass County ● Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Harrisonville, second Raymore police are investi- upset. He said in his report that Organization to Counter Sexu-is the focus of a study being conducted by David floor courtroom in the Historic Courthouse on gating two reported rapes that despite asking her what was al Abuse, who had met with aK. Reynolds of DKReynolds & Associates. the Harrisonville Square. For more information, allegedly occurred in the last wrong, she did not provide an reported sexual assault victim The Cass County Corporation for Economic contact Cherry Mickelson or Sara Craig at the week at different residences in answer at that time. at an area hospital.Development has retained Reynolds to survey Harrisonville Area Chamber of Commerce office the city. The cases appear un- However, at the police de- The reported victim, a 19-current tourism opportunities and propose future at 816-380-5271. related, according to Raymore partment, she told police that year-old Raymore woman,development strategies. The study began May 1, ● Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Raymore, Community Police Chief Kris Turnbow. after leaving a party with the reported an assault that hadand will be completed by Aug. 15. In the first case, police in- suspect and another person occurred early the morning of Room at Raymore City Hall. For more infor- Four community meetings are currently set dicated that an 18-year-old to run an errand, the suspect June 15 at a residence in the mation contact Cherie Turney at the Raymorefor the next week at various locations throughout woman and her cousin came to grabbed her upon their return 1100 block of Tudor. She saidthe county to seek local input from interested Chamber of Commerce at 816-322-0599 or Dana the police department just after and pulled her to the rear of she was at a party with sevenbusinesses and citizens. Others may be sched- Seitter at the Raymore Economic Development 4 a.m. June 17 to report a sex- the building, pushed her to the or eight individuals, and laiduled to cover all areas of the county. office at 816-331-5000. ual assault that had occurred ground and raped her. down to rest on a couch at 2:30 ● Today, 11:30 a.m., Pat’s Restaurant, All meetings are open to the public and outside an apartment building An evaluation was conduct- or 3 a.m.Peculiar. designed to give anyone in Cass County the in the 300 block of Foxwood ed at a metropolitan area hos- She told police she awoke to ● Monday, 6:30 p.m., Belton City Hall Annex opportunity to provide input into the planning Drive earlier that morning. pital following the report, and find the suspect raping her.on Main Street. For more information, con- process. Reynolds will facilitate the meetings The officer indicated in his evidence was collected. Turnbow said both cases re-tact Kay Stanbarger at the Belton Chamber of and lead the discussion. report that he had responded In the second case, the fol- main under investigation. M-58 resurfacing begins in Raymore Road resurfacing began M-58 Highway between Dean tions, Phase II project comple- this week on the Phase II por- Avenue and Foxridge Drive, has tion by J.M. Fahey Construc- tion of the M-58 Highway mill been delayed and is anticipated tion Company is expected by and overlay project, according to commence in mid-July. July 21. to Raymore’s Engineering De- The highway will remain For more information on this partment. open to traffic during construc- or other planned 2010 road con- This second phase includes tion; however, access will be struction projects in Raymore, the section of M-58 Highway restricted to one lane east or visit www.raymore.com/index. from Foxridge Drive to Skyline west bound in the construction aspx?NID=344 online, or call Valerie Reed/The Star Herald Drive. The Phase I portion of area. the Raymore Engineering de-After being without a postmaster for a year, Kelly Kilgore is on board as the new post- this project, mill and overlay of Subject to weather condi- partment at 816-331-1852.master. New postmaster at Belton office Drexel man hurt in one-car wreck BY VALERIE REED always wanted to be. She is especially excited to A Drexel man suffered serious injuries when Route W, according to the Missouri State High- vreed@thestar-herald.com While Kilgore maintains be join the Belton team after he was involved in June 15 accident near his way Patrol. customer relationships, provides learning that nearly half of the hometown. His vehicle traveled off the right side of the After an entire year of not effective service and operates staff has been there for more Ward R. Billings, 54, was flown to an areahaving a postmaster, Belton within budget, she has estab- than 20 years and has won four hospital by air ambulance following the 6:55 roadway and struck an embankment. He wasPost Office is happy to welcome lished goals, as well. For the service awards. p.m. one-car accident, when he failed to negoti- wearing a safety belt at the time of the accident,Kelly Kilgore to the team. Belton Post Office, she would To learn more about the ate a curve on State Route D just south of State according to the report. Kilgore, Ottawa, Kan., like the entire team to work as Belton Post Office call 816-joined the Belton staff onMarch 26. After working for productive and customer friend- ly as possible. 331-2122 or visit www.usps. com where customers are able Correctionthe post office for 21 years, “I am excited to be here. I’m to have questions answered,she first started as a city car- looking toward a healthy and obtain useful tips and ship pack- Because of incorrect information supplied longtime partner of Wallace’s in her work withrier and worked through ranks. cooperative relationship with ages from their home with free to The Star Herald, last week’s article on Faye the association, she said.Recently, she was promoted to the community,” Kilgore said. pick up. Wallace left out a major contributer to her ef- forts with the Belton Welfare Association, she Engel is also involved heavily with the Westpostmaster, something she has said. Willene Engel should have been listed as a Central Missouri Community Action Agency.

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