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Demolitions clearing the way for a fresher Marshall

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Top left - A condemned home's demolition on the 600 block of North Ellsworth Avenue would follow on Dec. 5, within weeks of the Arrow Street building's demise.

Top right - Except for one corner, the demolition of the Scott Building, at the intersection of Salt Pond Avenue and Marion Street, required substantially less finesse than that of the Arrow Street building as it was pulled apart in little more than an hour Saturday, Feb. 25.

Bottom left - Marshall Municipal Services and Fire Department personnel work to clear away the brick facing of the former Lighthouse Shelter Thrift Store on the 200 block of West Arrow Street Nov. 21, 2016, as the building is torn down.

by Arron Hustead Staff Writer

While there are no shortage of condemned, abandoned or otherwise derelict properties in Marshall, six were addressed with finality for a city seeking opportunities to move itself forward. Such buildings were a long-standing issue for the city's constituents and became a platform issue in the April 2016 municipal elections. The issue would be addressed by the city council in the following fiscal year, as $18,000 were budgeted toward the demolition of derelict and condemned buildings, starting with a building that had long been a thorn in the city's side.

The former rented space of the Lighthouse Thrift Shop at 262 W. Arrow, which had sustained significant damage from a storm in 2008, had been virtually abandoned by its owners after the tenants were forced to relocate due to the damage. The roof began falling in three years later, and bricks from the building's facing would periodically tumble to the sidewalk below, forcing the city to rope off the sidewalk in front of it for public safety. For years, the building was considered too risky to tear down, due to the potential damage to its neighboring buildings, which butted directly up against its eastern and western walls. In late November, as

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the city was seeking means and opportunity to take the building down, the timetable was moved up on a particularly gusty day as several bricks from the facing were blown free and the front of the building could reportedly be seen swaying with the wind. As a result, the entire block of Arrow Street in front of the building had to be closed off and an emergency permit for its demolition was approved by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Once the demolition got under way, city employees used Marshall Fire Department and Marshall Municipal Utilities bucket lifts to reach the top of the building where the facing was slowly pulled apart brick

by brick until lowered to a level where the rest could be pulled apart with a lesser risk of damaging the neighboring buildings. By using in-house labor for the project, City Administrator David Haugland estimated the cost of the building's demolition at $13,000, mostly from waste disposal fees. That comes at a considerable savings from the estimated $68,000 he said it might have cost to have the building torn down by a contractor. Two vacant houses would follow soon thereafter, coming down in early December, to nearly reach the budgeted limit for demolitions. However, on Jan. 4, 2017, the council gave its approval to amend the budget for

three additional demolitions, including two houses and another downtown building, known as the Scott Building. Located at the intersection of Salt Pond Avenue and Marion Street, the Scott Building had stood for several generations before it too was abandoned and left to slowly deteriorate. It came down in little more than an hour Saturday, Feb. 25, as it had no immediately adjacent buildings that it could potentially crash into. Only the southwest corner of the building gave any seeming cause for concern, due to two utility poles within a few feet of the building. Those were carefully braced against the potential for any impact

from debris as after all but the front of the building had been taken down, that corner was pushed inward, carrying the remainder of the front wall with it. and winter Fall months were determined to be the optimal time for the demolitions to be scheduled, weather permitting, working around the seasonal schedule of the municipal services department's street projects. Haugland said the city would definitely be planning to conduct more demolitions in the future, beginning again in the fall of 2017, and that there were already some buildings in consideration as well as other buildings that the city might purchase through tax sales.

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Addition of community development broadens MSDC’s prospects

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Two Americans with Disabilities Act compliant houses are currently under construction in Marshall; one located at 571 W. Washington St. (pictured) and another located at 472 S. Grant Ave.

By Jessica Crabtree Staff Writer

With the focus of community development as an addition to the playing field of economic development, the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation worked on many ongoing projects during 2016 that focused not only on manufacturing and warehousing, but other forms of development including housing and tourism. MSDC Director Stan Moore pinpointed this change to 2008, where economic development expanded to include other aspects. He said the main focus for any sort of development revolves around four groups of people: employers, employees, residents and visitors. He explained that including visitors changes a city’s demographics. In the past, prospective companies

only looked at the U.S. Census Bureau, but now, they also consider the traffic count and sales tax dollars spent in the area. “Then the whole demographic picture changes to where you get noticed by companies looking to expand,” he said. Because of the added focus on visitors, tourism has become what he calls “an economic development tool.” In 2017, MSDC anticipates several main events will draw attention to Marshall. MSDC prepares for the occurrence of the total solar eclipse, Bicycle Across Missouri, “Day in the Park” and champicornhusking onships. Moore said that with community and tourism developments, MSDC is more visible in the planning and developing stages, but with developments of manufacturing and warehousing, MSDC

is less visible. “If any development occurs or if any expansion occurs, it’s not our story to tell,” he said. “It’s their business and it’s totally up to them on the public announcement.” He added that there are several of those types of projects in the works, but could not name specifics due to confidentiality. However, there are several current projects that Moore could elaborate on. He spoke of the recent discovery of the Malta steamboat, and said if David Hawley, co-owner of the Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City, were to build a new, larger museum, he hoped Hawley would consider Saline County. “That’s one of those things that we want to make sure everybody knows; we would really like to have the new museum somewhere here in

Saline County,” Moore said. The current Arabia museum, located in Kansas City, brings an approximate 80,000 visitors each year. A housing study of Marshall was recently conducted by MSDC, the city of Marshall and the local board of realtors, “to determine if there’s a need for new housing, and what pricing point that new housing needed to be.” Moore then noted that two Americans with Disabilities Act compliant houses are currently under construction in Marshall. The two houses will be similar to four houses already built in Slater. Moore estimated that the two Marshall houses will be complete in June. MSDC also recently wrote a grant to the United States Department

of Agriculture for the USDA Rural Business Development grant. Moore said that three counties — Ray, Lafayette and Saline — and the communities within those counties, are involved. The grant would supply money to evaluate land in those communities for possible development. Each community would then be able to choose the highest and best use of that land. Several areas of land in Marshall are also being prepared for expansion or growth. An assessment of city property near Highway 240 and Highway O was completed, and the land is now “clear,” meaning there are no issues should development occur there. An assessment of the former Marshall Habilitation Center property was initiated in 2015, with both Phase I and Phase II now complete. Each phase is necesfor possible sary development to occur on the property. Moore noted that a development success story for 2016 was Ag. Idea USA LLC. expanding to Marshall. The company is based out of Argentina and specializes in seed technology and research. He said the company had a very successful year and plans to grow in 2017. Moore then talked about a job fair to be held on April 11 at the Martin Community Center. “What we’ve seen in the last few years with those job fairs is the number of employers that are

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Finding the perks during treatment: Non-profit aims to meet cancer patients’ needs

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Cancer Perks, a nonprofit organization based out of Sedalia, was founded in April 2016 to assist cancer patients at the Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia. After four months of serving patients, the organization looked to include additional area patients, and began speaking with Fitzgibbon Community Cancer Center. The organization officially began assisting patients at Fitzgibbon in November, and have had immense success at both locations. Now, Cancer Perks considers taking on another area, such as Warrensburg. Cancer Perks offers a wide variety of services to cancer patients — the most popular being “perk” bags. Bags are delivered to both hospitals once a month, with Bothwell receiving 30 and Fitzgibbon receiving 15 per month. “At (the patient’s) first consultation when they have been diagnosed with cancer, that first initial appointment, they get the bag,” Whitney Cromley, co-founder of

Cancer Perks, explained. “The hospital is in charge of giving those out.” Each bag consists of several items that are most requested by cancer patients. Such items include ChapStick, scentfree lotion and lemon drop candy to help cover the taste of radiation. A special item included in the bag is a hand-made card, usually made by students. At the beginning of 2017, students from Southeast Elementary created and donated 377 cards to go in “perk” bags. Russell Whyte, a patient at Fitzgibbon Hospital who received a “perk” bag, said it was a very nice gesture that was “totally unexpected.” Though he hasn’t been able to use all of the items in the bag, he said he greatly appreciated receiving it. He noted an appreciation for a diary that was included in the bag, as well as a handmade blanket that he also received. He said he had nothing but “good things to say” about the organization, in addition to Fitzgibbon Community Cancer Center. In addition to bags, the organization offers Cancer Perk Resources,

which provide services to patients to assist completing everyday tasks. Extra needs may include yard mowing, meal prep and delivery, and support groups. If the hospital sees a patient who may need the extra services, they will let the patient know that Cancer Perks is available to help, but it’s ultimately the patient’s decision whether to call the organization. In the meantime, the hospital lets Cancer Perks know of the circumstances, never mentioning names, so that if the patient does call, the organization already has an idea of the situation. “I would say they call about 50 percent of the time, unfortunately,” Cromley said. “I hope that number increases. ... I think a lot of that has to do with trust; just knowing that we are going to take care of their need.” She added that some people are skeptical to believe that there is no catch for receiving help, and she wanted to make clear to everyone there is absolutely no catch. According to Cromley, the most used resource is assistance with paying for prescription medication.

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ganization had several smaller fundraisers to help offset costs, but this year, it looks to host one large fundraiser for the year. “I want to do a fashion show with all of the models being cancer patients or survivors,” Cromley said. She added that the idea came from an event similar to one she attended in St. Louis. Though the show is not finalized, she said she hopes it would be scheduled in the fall of 2017. “I just think it will be fun for the patients,” she said. “Something fun for them to get to, you know, participate in and be active in the program, but also, we just want to honor those people who are survivors. You know, a lot of them don’t have their hair, and they don’t feel beautiful, but they are; they are so beautiful and I just want to highlight those people.” For more information about the organization, go to www.cancerperks.com, the Cancer Perks Facebook page, or email info@cancerperks.com. Donations from the Marshall area can be dropped off at Common Good Natural Living, located at 3317 S. Odell Ave., in Marshall.

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New committee advocates suicide prevention in the community By Jessica Crabtree Staff Writer

A committee that was formed approximately one year ago, the Suicide Prevention and Response Committee looks to evaluate additional ways of helping the Marshall community. The committee was formed on that same basis after a conference and workshop regarding spiritual care during disasters was held at Fitzgibbon Hospital in September 2015. The group of individuals behind it evaluated additional needs of the community after the workshop was well received. They soon realized a need of suicide awareness and prevention. According to committee coordinator Jacki Carton, the committee is an “ad hoc” committee of the Mental Health Association of Saline County, and its first meeting was held on Feb. 9, 2016. The committee was formed to be ongoing and meets regularly. It acts as a resource center, providing information about the area’s resources and support groups. The committee consists of 10-15 members from various organizations such as Fitzgibbon Hospital, Marshall Police Department, Great Circle — Tom Butterfield Campus and several area churches. Part of the committee’s goal is not only to educate the community, but to educate themselves as well. In terms of educating themselves, the group looked into training law enforcement and emergency first responders. According to Marshall Police Department’s Public Information Officer Roger Gibson, crisis intervention training is offered free for law enforcement, and includes 40 hours of instruction. Gibson, who has received the training, said it has been helpful during certain calls to the police department. An example he gave was a call of a “psychiatric episode.” He explained that although officers were unsure what type of situation they would be arriving to, they were able to handle the situation because the training prepared them for a number of different scenarios. Now, the committee has a long list of area resources and support groups offered to local residents. “That’s one of the roles for our committee is that we get together and talk face-to-face so that (we) know the issues brought up,” Carton said. “They come up with a lot of resources, so you know, we have an idea, ‘OK, this is kind of the area we see a need for training,’ so then we pull out that resource and verify what we have available,” Gibson added. In honor of National Suicide Prevention Month, the committee held a successful town hall meeting last September. At the meeting, six panelists spoke about suicide prevention. One panelist, Marla Stretz, lost her 26year-old son when he died by suicide in 2009. Committee members were surprised by the turn out, which had an es-

timated 40 people in attendance. “I think we were thinking it would be more of professionals would come, but it was good that there were some families there,” the Rev. Dr. Dan Festa said. “I think it served a purpose because when you talk about suicide prevention, the professionals are the ones that will do the counseling, but the professionals aren’t going to be (the victim’s) first contact; it’s going to be somebody out in the community who knows the person,” Keith Bishop, director of community based services at Great Circle — Tom Butterfield Campus, said. “I think we just wanted to get the word out to people that if you’re worried about someone, ask them. Don’t be afraid to breech the subject. I think it’s, you know, a scary subject, and sometimes you don’t want to ask the question because you’re afraid of the answer, but if you ask the question, and many, many times the person will be honest with you about it, and then once that occurs, then you are in a position to get that person help.” The committee hopes that with an increased awareness, the number of suicides, suicide attempts and threats will decrease. According to information provided by Gibson, the MPD recorded one adult suicide, 21 adult threats of suicide and 18 adult attempts of suicide in 2016. Though there were no juvenile suicides in 2016, MPD recorded two juve-

nile threats of suicide and nine juvenile attempts of suicide. Between January and February of this year, MPD already recorded one adult threat of suicide and two adult attempts of suicide. Carton then spoke of problems keeping a person in care once they have started receiving it. “That’s a huge issue because if Dr. Fahrmeier (at Fitzgibbon Hospital) or anyone from Burrell (Behavioral Health) feels they have someone who needs inpatient care and actually needs to be admitted, because a person doesn’t have to go in and they can leave,” she said. “There’s a lot of legal issues there; entanglements basically. ... I know one of the biggest complaints that I hear others say, too, of families, is that they get a loved one, maybe a son or daughter or spouse, admitted, but they don’t keep them, they can’t or they don’t keep them long enough, and out they come.” Gibson said at that time, police can be contacted, and they can write an affidavit with the judge. “There are some people that make up their minds that they are going to complete suicide, and it doesn’t matter what kind of interventions you do, what preventative measures or anything else, and they are going to kill themselves, and after multiple attempts, they will eventually succeed,” Festa said.

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Chamber Director Jeanette Klinge welcomes position with enthusiasm By Sarah Reed

General Manager With six months behind her as the Marshall Chamber of Commerce director, Jeanette Klinge is looking forward to drawing more crowds to Marshall. That is, after two potentially large-scale events take place this year. “About four days into my job, in walks Greg Wood with Missouri Life (magazine),” she recalls, stating he wanted to bring Bicycle Across Missouri through Marshall. Bicycle Across Missouri — also known as Big BAM — is a cross-state bike tour and music festival, according to the event’s website. Riders are able to experience the hospitality of small towns, the state’s scenery, and enjoy live music — which travels with them — at each stop. The bike tour is expected to approach Marshall from Route 20 on June 13, and then depart the next day to Moberly. “They bring a 45-foot trailer with showers. They bring a beer garden. They bring a band for that night’s entertainment,” Klinge explains. “The whole community is invited to this at no charge.” Logistics for the event has been well underway, including shuttling riders to shopping, hotels, restaurants and attractions during their day in Marshall. More than 300 riders were registered for the event before the end of January.

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“When they park their bikes, they’re done riding. They’re going to enjoy the community,” she says. According to Klinge, there was an initial $5,000 cost to participate in the bike tour, which helps cover its expenses. She lauded the chamber’s board of directors and the Marshall Tourism Commission — which granted the funds — for supporting the effort, as well as Missouri Valley College where the riders’ base camp will be. “It prides me to see the chamber is doing things,” Klinge says. A total solar eclipse on Aug. 21 is also another event Klinge and others believe will draw massive crowds to Marshall — considered a prime viewing location for the rare occurrence. “I had an email from Hawaii today (about) the eclipse,” she says. “It’s unbelievable what’s starting to generate … It is going to generate income for the community. That’s what we’re here for … commerce.” Klinge says she sees

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Ana Reyes became the new owner of Pattycakes Sweets Shop on Nov. 1, 2016.

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While not the career path she had previously imagined, Ana Reyes now runs her own business on the Marshall square. Reyes purchased Pattycakes Sweets Shop from its founder Angie Shepard on Nov. 1, 2016. Having worked there since soon after the shop opened in 2013, Reyes was already familiar with the ins and outs of the business. "Most of you know Ana, as she has been with me since almost the beginning," Shepard wrote in a post on the

Facebook Pattycakes page last October announcing the transition. "She has ben a great asset and become an excellent decorator and baker." Originally, Ana said she had planned to be a real estate agent or a tax preparer, but never went on to college after completing high school and having a son. "I would have never seen myself working in a bakery, but I made it in here and (Angie) taught me a lot of things, and I self-taught myself a lot of things," Reyes said. "… When I first started working here, that was my goal, you know, to

work for a little bit and let my son grow up a little bit. That way I could go back to school, but I just seemed to like this area, even though I never saw myself in a bakery. I never really thought I would buy it eventually. It was just brought up to me and I was like, my son is my life, so I hesitated because of him. He's been so attached to me… but sometimes you've got to do what you've got to do. So, I decided to do it for him." While working at the shop for years, Reyes said she had never before worked on the donuts before, instead

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Pattycakes Sweets Shop Owner Ana Reyes rearranges items in the shop's donut case Friday morning, March 3. Donut twists (such as the one pictured in the top left corner) can now come with cinnamon sugar, one of the menu changes made by Reyes. Reyes said she also plans to add Mexican-style sweet breeds, which are like donuts but baked rather than fried, to the menu in the future. making primarily cookies and cupcakes. With the new responsibilities came new hours, as in order to prepare the donuts, Reyes now comes in late at night and works through the morning to ensure that days' pastry treats are ready in time for the shop to open at 4 a.m. "It's a lot of steps, a lot of multitasking," Reyes said of the donutmaking process. "You've got to turn around and ice and glaze and roll at the same time. You're taking both fryer, mixer, glazer, and just trying to get stuff prepped, put in trays to put (in the case). So, it's a lot of little

steps, but it's just getting into a routine to where you can turn around and do one and turn around and do the other." Despite only a few months in the donut game, Reyes is already adding to the pastry menu with cinnamon twists and plans to add Mexican-style sweet breads and other deserts popular among the Hispanic population in the future. Reyes said the sweet breads are comparable to donuts, but are baked rather than fried and are not as sweet. "I don't know if it's because they know that

I'm the owner now, but it has brought in a lot of Hispanic people a lot more in here," Reyes said. "I don't know if it's just that they didn't know that we spoke Spanish or just kind of felt a little more comfortable, which I know a lot of people here in town. I want to kind of do a little bit to where it meets the kind of things they're wanting because I know us Hispanics don't really like a lot of sweets sometimes." She added that the shop would continue to serve all the things its regular customers enjoy, even as the menu expands.

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rewards. Mulch helps prevent weeds, retains water for plants, and looks and smells great. Use a tool like a steel mulch fork to put down the mulch right over your existing soil, then spread it around evenly with a metal rake until the layer is two to four inches thick.”— Chris Lambton, Yard Crashers

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turns—so you know you can get it in your house. I keep these measurements stored on my phone so I can pull them up when I’m shopping.”— Taniya Nayak, HGTV designer

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“Restaining doesn’t just make your deck look better. It also puts a protective coating on the wood that can prevent mildew, cracks, and warping. If your deck has a transparent stain, gets excessive sun, or sees heavy traffic, restain it once a year. If it gets plenty of shade, you can probably wait up to five years. Either way, it’s the kind of job you can tackle yourself. Plan to do it on a weekend when the forecast calls for dry weather and temperatures between 50°F and 90°F.”— Josh Temple, Beach Flip

Worth the time: Testing paints on a wall before committing to a color “Paint can dry a shade lighter or darker than it looks on a chip, so bring home a few samples to try out. Paint a two-foot square of each color on your wall, let them dry, and check how they look throughout the day and night. I once had to part with a pretty light blue because it looked weirdly washed out in the midday sun. Remember to test colors with the lights turned on and off, too.”— Christina El Moussa, Flip or Flop

Worth the money: Hiring a window cleaner

“Depending on the number of windows you have and how big they are, hiring a pro may cost a few hundred dollars, but it means you don’t have to climb up and down a ladder, which is both tiring and potentially dangerous. Ask about discounts—some companies offer a deal if they’re cleaning both the insides and outsides of windows, as opposed to just the outsides.”—David Bromstad, Beach Flip

Worth the time: Mulching flower beds every spring

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Carton said that if a group was interested in hearing a presentation, the committee would be more than willing to do so. Since the success of the town hall meeting, the committee has been looking into other areas that need to be addressed within the community, including needs of veterans and anti-bullying programs. “We don’t have any specific plans, but we can present a general program to anyone who would ask us, and then training, that is another goal of ours, is to discuss that and encourage it, and network,” Carton said. The committee’s advice for someone who knows a person who is at risk for committing suicide is to stay with them and talk

Worth the money: Getting your roof inspected

“Every three to five years, invest a couple hundred dollars on a professional inspection. A roofer can spot structural issues like sagging, water damage, and holes before they turn into much pricier problems.”—Chip Wade, Elbow Room

Worth the money: Sealing marble and granite countertops

“Although it can cost between $300 and $500, this is something I leave to the pros to make sure the job is done right. I have leathered marble in my kitchen and wouldn’t trust myself to preserve the texture. Do it at least once a year and you won’t have to worry about sauce splatters and coffee spills staining your counters.”— Alison Victoria, Kitchen Crashers

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to them about getting help, including calling a hotline. “Some people are more comfortable with an anonymous hotline call like that,” Carton said. “Indeed, if a person is telling another person that they are considering suicide, they need more than the hotline.” For more information about the committee, contact Carton at jacki@jackicarton.com. A list of resources recommended by the committee are as follows: Call 911 National Suicide Prevention Line: 1-800-273-8255 Burrell Behavioral Health Hotline: 1-800-395-2132 Burrell Behavioral Health: 660-886-8063 Fitzgibbon Mental Health: 660-886-7800

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Worth the time: Scanning important documents to your computer

“I’ve started using a NeatDesk scanner [$400, bestbuy.com] to upload paperwork like tax documents and my son’s report cards to my desktop. Then I store the hard copies in the attic so they’re not junking up my office. What a pleasure not having to dig through battered file boxes.”— Tiffany Brooks, HGTV Smart Home 2015

Worth the money: Installing soft-close cabinet hinges

“Soft-close hinges keep doors from slamming shut and wearing down quickly. It’s like adding a little pillow to your cabinets! Just unscrew your old hinges and screw in the new ones—they cost about $10 each at the hardware store. Even lower-quality cabinets feel high-end as a result.”—Matt Blashaw, Vacation House for Free

Worth the time: Changing the water in a vase daily

“Cut flowers last longer when they get fresh water every day. Their stems can’t soak up the amount of H2O they need when the liquid is gunked up with bacteria and debris. Changing the water every day also prevents a cloudy, smelly situation inside the vase.”— Vern Yip, HGTV designer

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A roundabout filled with numerous serving stations replaces what was previously a single buffet line at the Ferguson Center dining hall.

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All new dining furniture and lighting, as well as bar-style seats designed for laptop usability, are part of the renovation project of the Ferguson Center dining hall in summer 2016.

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Valley Village is home to 80 Missouri Valley College students. Four suites inside each building include a communal living space with two bathrooms and five individual bedrooms.

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An outdoor classroom south of Baity Hall provides an alternative learning environment. The classroom, consisting of a concrete slab with limestone benches, serves as a popular retreat from the typical indoor class setting during fair weather and can be reserved by teachers in advance.

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Summer 2016 was a busy one for Missouri Valley College. While the students were away on summer vacation, several projects aimed to freshen up the campus' look for their return. The projects vary from improvements to housing and dining to adding new outdoor features. After the success of Viking Village, a second, similar in style dormitory — Valley Village — was built to the east of the Burns Athletic Complex. Like Viking Village, Valley Village houses students in furnished suite-style spaces where multiple residents share a living room, but have individual bedrooms.

The four Valley Village buildings, set off in a circle with a courtyard in the middle, house a total of 80 residents. However, where each Viking Village suite features four individual bedrooms and one bathroom, Valley Village has five individual bedrooms and two bathrooms per suite. "Viking Village on Redman (Avenue) turned out to be such a big success with the students, we wanted to do that again and help spread out some of our kids," MVC Vice President of Operations Tim Schulte said. "Overcrowding in some of our buildings was definitely becoming one of our major concerns. We wanted to be able to get kids into higher end housing so they could

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enjoy their experience here more." A renovated dining hall on campus was something Schulte said was long overdue and changed everything. The 8,450-square foot facility, which opened in 1970, had previously only featured a single buffet line. Now, in partnership with food service management company Fresh Ideas, students have a variety of different cuisines that can be selected from eight different serving stations, each with its own unique theme such as a Mongolian grill, pasta, and a smokehouse.

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The Hibbard Nature Trail crafted in Summer 2016 from wood chips spans nearly half a mile around the wooded boundary behind the Burns Athletic Complex and Valley Village. Previously carpeted, the space now features fresh flooring and allnew lighting, as well as a row of bar-style seating designed for students to plug-in and utilize their laptops. "As you can imagine, carpeted spaces and wet with food, it was difficult to keep clean," Schulte said. "Now, it's all hard-surface floor. It's big. It's bright. It's nice." An outdoor classroom and nature trail add to the character of the campus, providing new features for students to take advantage of. The classroom, located just south of Baity

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R.P. Lumber beaming over arrival in Marshall

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Don't be fooled into thinking all R.P. Lumber has to offer is in the showroom through the front doors. A drive-through indoor lumberyard wraps all the way around the interior showroom.

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Travelers on U.S. Highway 65 through Marshall paying attention to the east side of the roadway in 2016 would no doubt have noticed a change taking shape. That's because through the year, what was old became new again when R.P. Lumber moved into the former Walmart off College Street. Founded by Robert Plummer in January 1977 in Staunton, Ill., a town of approximately 5,000 people, R.P. Lumber is currently celebrating its 40th year in business. Now with 65 locations across Illinois and Missouri, the business still considers itself a mom-and-pop style store with an emphasis on community values. "Mr. Plummer likes to service communities that are right in the middle, between being able to support a big box store, but gives the buying power that

some of the smaller lumberyards can't," Rusty Reith, an R.P. Lumber inside salesman, said. "… He's a small town guy. He still lives in the small town that he started the company in, and he sees the need that the do-it-yourselfers and contractors that don't get it from the big box stores, as far as service. Customer service is his main emphasis on business, then supplying a good price for the same products that might (otherwise) have to drive 35-40 miles to get, but still staying in their home town." Those values were showcased right away in Marshall, as rather than building an allnew location, the company elected to put pre-existing unoccupied space back into use. "A lot of people can look at Marshall and see the buildings that are getting dilapidated and falling in on themselves," Reith said. "Mr. Plummer came in, and instead of building a Ana Reyes Owner

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new building, he took one that had existed and it was a cornerstone in Marshall forever. …He made the building look new again instead of letting it fall in on itself." The remodeled building features a retail showroom where Reith said customers will be able to find anything their homes could need, all the way from the ground up. That includes household fixtures, paints, storm doors, siding, cleaning supplies and more. Additionally, Reith said people walk into the store and think it looked bigger from the outside. Of the building's 75,000 square feet, just 12,000 square feet makes up the showroom. That's because a spacious indoor drive-through lumberyard wraps completely around the sides and back. The store opened in the fall of 2016 in what Reith termed a soft opening. He said the response to the business' presence in Mar-

R.P. Lumber Inside Salesman Rusty Reith shows off some of the sink fixtures available in the store's expanding kitchen and bath section Friday, Feb. 17. The chain store, which opened its Marshall location in October 2016 at the former Walmart on College Avenue, Reith says plans to sell everything someone could need for their home from the foundation all the way up to the roof. shall had been great so far, but that many people remained unaware that the store was open for business. A grand opening will likely not take place until sometime in the spring — after the kitchen and bath section, currently a work in progress, can be fully fleshed out. R.P. Lumber in Marshall currently employs 11 people, though Manager Keith Reninger said two to four more employees could be added before the end of the year. Most current employees, he said, either already lived in Marshall or within a 25-mile radius. "The other thing he really prides himself on is trying to employ as many hometown people as he possibly can," Reninger said of Plummer. "I'm the farthest one away from the store and I'm 25 miles from here. The other 10 people are all within four miles of here. … We had one employee move here from Illinois with his wife and two kids, so that's all kind

of part of his plan too, is he moves people around and helps the community that way." While it's the new kid on the block as the most recently opened R.P. Lumber store, Reninger said the Marshall location, which has the largest showroom of the 65 current locations, would serve as the model store for the way future iterations will be designed. He estimated the Marshall showroom doubles or in some instances quadruples the size of the showrooms in the other lo-

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