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UCM idea of interest to district

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MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2012

EVACUATION JOHNSON COUNTY CARES CENTER

JACK ‘MILES’ VENTIMIGLIA Star-Journal Editor Warrensburg – Superintendent Deb Orr said the University of Central Missouri’s Innovation Campus – 40 miles west, in Lee’s Summit School District – has attracted Warrensburg School District’s interest. “We are certainly going to check into it,” Orr said Friday. “We don’t know all the details yet about the program.” Working with UCM in cooperation with business partners, including Cerner Corp., the Lee’s Summit district offers

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Board raises cost for sports, OKs calendar, recyling CYNTHIA NOLD Star-Journal Staff Writer Leeton – The school board raised the cost of season passes, approved the 2012-’13 school calendar and supported writing a recycling grant.

SPORTS PASSES

SCHOOL CALENDAR

The board voted to adopt the 2012-’13 calendar Crooks presented as the product of committee study. Aug. 22 is first day of class and May 21 is the last. Crooks said the later start for the year would not conflict with the state fair and would reduce air conditioning costs. Professional development for teachers will be full days Mondays instead of Friday half days to get more work done matching curriculum with Department of Elementary and Secondary Education standards.

RECYCLING

Crooks received board approval to write a recycling grant. “Recycling for everyone, not just the school,” she said Thursday Recycling is available at sheltered workshops in Clinton and Warrensburg, she said, and recycling is a local topic to discuss with the City Council and Lions Club. The grant amount could be up to $30,000, with a 15 percent match.

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Superintendent Susan Crooks said Leeton charges less for passes than other area schools and fees do not support sports activities adequately. The board voted to raise family passes for the 2012-13 year from $50 to $75, student passes from $12.50 to $25 and individual season passes from $25 to $50.

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FOLLOWING A FIRE in the basement of the Johnson County Care Center, 122 E. Market St., in downtown Warrensburg, about 65 residents and staff members evacuate in the cold weather across the street to the Daily Star-Journal office where they remain for a couple of hours until taken to other locations.

Nursing home fire sends residents on ‘field trip’

JACK ‘MILES’ Roy Davis VENTIMIGLIA Star-Journal Editor Warrensburg – A basement fire forced more than 60 residents and staff from Johnson County Care Center, a downtown nursing home, to evacuate about 12:45 p.m. Sunday. The fire knocked out power, forcing residents to go to other area nursing homes for the night. Maintenance supervisor Roy Davis, the first to fight the blaze, said he suspected the fire started in electric con-

duits in the mechanical room. “They appeared to be smoldering. They’re plated in, but you could see smoke coming out,” Davis said. Davis attacked the initial fire on his own. “When I opened the door, the room was engulfed in flames and I put that out with a fire extinguisher. At that point, I went into the boiler room to check the status,” Davis said while Johnson County Ambulance District and

I returned to find it aflame again.

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SUE STERLING Star-Journal Staff Writer Warrensburg – The Johnson C Cares homeless shelter is full and the nization has depleted grant money fro Federal Emergency Management Ag An advisory board member, the Joel Kurz, said Friday the group the $4,000 FEMA grant to house peo motels when they could not be help the shelter. “There are always people who through the cracks,” Kurz said. Violent people and sex offender among those who cannot stay at the sh he said. “There are things we need to talk a he said. He said two men released from j Johnson County went to a Sedalia shelter. First, he said, they needed obtaining photo identification requir the shelter. Sedalia has four shelters that ar most of the time, Kurz said, and is wo to establish three more. Some shelte for men, some for women and som families. “We have one shelter,” Kurz said. “M we need more.” The shelter houses women on one and men on another. “We’re using Pettis County’s reso It’s time to try to create some thing so we can serve people in our county,” sory board member Suzy Latare sai Jan Powers said she felt they s “two totally separate groups – sex offe and the homeless. It seems like th don’t mix. You’re dealing with a gro severely disturbed people: It takes ferent type of intervention. We can turn them over to people without tise.” Kurz said many are homeless d drug, alcohol or mental health prob Board members have different typ expertise to help resolve such prob he said. “As we pool that expertise, we are able to serve the needs,” he said. One woman who admitted to using needed to go to rehab, he said. Adv board member Erica Collins, who for Pathways, placed her in a C facility almost immediately. Board member Scott Patrick Willie Shields, whose nonprofit will take over the shelter next month be a great resource to fill the gaps, b going to take some time.” “He has plans for those types of thi Kurz said Shields wants assuranc he will receive help from the boar current volunteers. “If you have expertise in an are want you to be the liaison and help things happen,” he said.

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Historical society publishes book about music man

CYNTHIA NOLD Star-Journal Staff Writer Warrensburg – “Old-Time Fiddling: Hal Sappington, Missouri Fiddler” is a book about a music maker co-written by Rose Marie Kinder and her daughter, Kristine Lowe-Martin. The book includes video of Sappington accompanied by guitarist Herb Best. “I was interested in preserving the old tunes,” Hal Sappington said. “People who like these old time tunes

would like it.” Kinder “started asking me a lot of questions” in 2009, he said. “Herb Best, guitar player, and I met over at her house and recorded about three times,” Sappington said. The CD contains 56 songs, he said. Sappington, Kinder and Best are retired University of Central Missouri teachers who taught in different fields. Music brought them together through the Johnson County Histor-

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ical Society open jam on Sundays. Kinder usually plays bass with the group. She taught writing at UCM, and her co-author daughter is a writer, photographer and graphic artist. Johnson County Historical Society Press published the book, which is available at the society’s Smiser Heritage Library, 302 N. Main, and at Old Drum Gallery and Trading Co., 128 N. Holden. “I’ll give a copy to each of my kids,” Sappington said.

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Nursing home residents find shelter at newspaper office Continued from Page 1 nursing home staff got residents off the cold parking lot and moved across the street into The Daily StarJournal building. Davis said he turned off the main power in the boiler room and then rechecked the mechanical room. “I returned to find it aflame again,” he said. In addition to fire, thick gray smoke filled the maintenance room, but Davis said he crawled with the fire extinguisher back into the room to stay below the choking smoke. “I put it out a second time and ducked out the door to get some air,” he said. “I went out on my knees.” The effort the second time left Davis choking, but then he noticed the fire had returned. “I went back to the room that was on fire and tried to put it out a third time with no success,” he said. Smoke stretched from the ceiling down to less than 2 feet from the floor, Davis said, making breathing impossible. “I was breathing smoke and it was all over.” Warrensburg Fire Department and Johnson County Ambulance District personnel responded. While smoke poured from upper windows in the three-story facility, firefighters worked inside to stop the fire and to blow out the smoke at 122 E. Market St. At the scene, Fire Chief Phil Johnston said the department responded to an automated call. Johnston notified the State Fire Marshal’s Office of the fire. Notification is required any time a fire involving a medical facility occurs. Office personnel arrived about 6:10 p.m. to begin work. The official cause of the fire’s origin could take hours or weeks to determine, Johnston said, depending on the work needed. Mayor Baird Brock, also at the scene, said he is glad everyone got out safely. He congratulated emergency personnel for their efforts. Ambulance district personnel and Johnson County

Care Center Administrator Rhonda Meyrand and her staff checked and rechecked names. They made sure everyone got out of the building safely and that everyone knew where every patient would be transported for care until the facility returns to normal operations. “Everybody’s chipped in to help us. They’ve been great,” Meyrand said. “They’ve been great.” Meyrand said the fire did not get far. “It was a small fire contained in the mechanical room,” she said after making sure residents had places to put them up. “Residents are all housed on the second and third floors and it was in the basement.” Ambulances lined up five deep behind The Star-Journal building, with buses from Oats and Whiteman Air Force Base providing help to transfer nursing home residents to Ridge Crest and Warrensburg Manor nursing facilities. Johnson County Emergency Services Director Gloria Michalski said the transportation effort worked well. “They’re doing an awesome job,” she said. To reassure some nursing home residents, one employee referred to the newspaper visit as a field trip. Staff helped residents to and from bathrooms and with personal care as needed. Warrensburg City Manager Paula Hertwig Hopkins also responded to the scene and congratulated emergency personnel who continued placing residents onto gurneys and into ambulances. Red Cross worker Doug McIndoo, in cooperation with Emergency Services, passed out hamburgers donated by McDonald’s to emergency workers and nursing home residents. “What a great community,” Hopkins said. Meyrand praised her staff. “I could not ask for a better staff, the way they’ve acted today. They’ve responded 100 percent,” she said. “They’ve been absolutely great.”

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AT LEE’S SUMMIT, from left, are UCM President Chuck Ambrose, first lady Georganne Nixon and Gov. Jay Nixon.

Warrensburg district reviews Innovation Campus potential Continued from Page 1 high school juniors college credit, on-the-job training with businesses, a bachelor’s degree after their sophomore year in college, reduced and possibly no college debt, and jobs after graduation. Summit Academy in the Lee’s Summit School District serves 12 metro area districts, including Odessa, but has no agreement with Warrensburg School District. Prior to Gov. Jay Nixon’s visit in support of the Innovation Campus on Thursday, Lee’s Summut School District’s executive director of technology, Dr. Don Andrews, said the district is open to expanding academy enrollment to other districts. Orr and Assistant Superintendent Scott Patrick – chosen to assume the superintendent role at the end of the school year – began discussing the idea Friday of whether the UCM program would work for Warrensburg. She said she also has talked about the possibility with UCM President

Chuck Ambrose. “How the scheduling works, how the credits work, all of those details – there’s just several pieces that we need,” Orr said. “The program sounds very beneficial to students, so there’s no question about that. It’s how can we make it work for our students here to get them what they need.” In cooperation with Ambrose, Nixon on Friday provided a $500,000 state grant to help underwrite campus apprenticeships and job-training programs. Starting in the fall, the Innovation Campus program will enroll up to 30 high school juniors at Summit Technology Academy. UCM officials expect to expand the program to 50 or 60 more students in year two and up to 100 students in year three. “The Innovation Campus will create a direct pathway for Missouri students from the classroom to training for career opportunities in high-demand fields,” Nixon said.

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INSIDE THE STAR-JOURNAL, Johnson County Care Center nursing facility residents wait for transportation to other nursing homes following a fire in their home. Standing at center, nursing center dietary department employee Daizy Winters tries to keep spirits up.


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Community shines for those in need

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arrensburg’s caring community spirit shined once again, this time to deal with the fire at Johnson County Cares Center, 122 E. Market St. The community’s spirit has been seen time and again in donations and volunteerism, with people coming forward to provide a homeless shelter so no one in the community would freeze this winter, people providing shelter to battered women and their children, church groups making sure the hungry eat not only during the holidays but all year round, and help for those fighting and displaced by fires. The Johnson County Cares Center fire Sunday again turned a spotlight on those who are on the front lines of preserving life, with the lion’s share of the work being done by Warrensburg and Johnson County firefighters, law enforcers and the Johnson County Ambulance District. They got into and made safe the building while nursing home staff got out all 69 residents – taking the time to list and count and recount everyone to assure the safety of all. Others also made their concerns known, with Mayor Baird Brock and City Manager Paul Hertwig Hopkins appearing at the scene to encourage and thank everyone. Caring people looking out for one another – that defines the spirit of Warrensburg.

YOUR LETTERS Fire Chief Johnston gives thanks to many for nursing home fire help On Sunday, I received a telephone call from City Manager Paula Hertwig Hopkins. She was very complimentary about the response and follow-up to yesterday’s fire at Johnson County Care Center. As she passed on her compliments, I was reminded how much we all appreciate hearing that a job has been done well. I usually know what it takes to produce a favorable outcome, and I saw a lot of that demonstrated yesterday. For those of you who responded to the initial response, you did an outstanding job. Your experience and decision-making skills were quite evident. To those of you who Phil Johnston responded on the “all WARRENSBURG FIRE CHIEF call� ... we couldn’t have completed the tasks without you. You understand the importance of coming back to aid members of our team when the tasks exceed our capabilities with the crews sizes that we have on initial attack. We all appreciate your coming back to help us. “You� became “us� quickly and in important ways. To the fire crews who later performed the special and important tasks of removing medical records, business files, and patient belongings from the building as well as transporting the facility’s food to suitable off-site locations in your personal vehicles, your efforts weren’t overlooked by me or by others. Special people do special things, and I am very proud of you for who you are and for what you do. For the members of the Warrensburg Police Department and the UCM Department of Public Service who responded, I say it again, “thanks for traffic control, scene security and investigation assistance.� You would have to be a firefighter to fully understand the sense of security we feel when we see you at the end of the block protecting our apparatus and especially our fire hoses.� Maintaining scene control and preserving the integrity of our water supply through that large yellow fire hose are among the highest priority assignments at an incident. You might not feel your job is important, but loss of water or equipment can quickly escalate into a loss of life. We appreciate your attention to these important tasks. To the members of the Johnson County Fire Protection District, you would have to be in my shoes to know how I feel about your apparatus and personnel pulling up to our incident locations. The best compliment I can pay you all is that I would want to be one of you if I couldn’t be one of us. I’m sure the citizens in MANY AID RESIDENTS, NEXT PAGE

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Newspaper people like everyone else Anyone who has ever ventured into a disaster Greensburg, Kan., and worried with my family zone knows the feeling of hopelessness that can when a tornado did severe damage in Liberty, Mo., envelop a person. including at William Jewell College, in 2003. I have The first disaster I encountered personally incovered numerous fires and fatal accidents. volved a flood that inundated homes In most cases, I could do little on the Meramec River in Jefferson beyond the immediate job of recordJack Miles County. I went to sleep that night in ing the mayhem for posterity, underour clubhouse, built on the highest standing that the horror of the moland next to the river, and then raised ment will pass and that people will another 10 feet on concrete blocks. I someday want to show their children felt no concern about the flood predicand grandchildren what happened. tion. The next morning a boat arrived Sometimes there are chances to on the top step to our front door to reshelp, and when that can be done cue us. The water below ranged from safely, most reporters that I know – about 10 feet at our porch to a depth because they are people, same as anyof about 16 feet on the roughly 200one else – will step up. If a displaced yard row across the back water to the person needs a ride, if emergency road. I could barely see the roof of the personnel need water, if a person neighboring house to the south, built burned out of an apartment needs on much lower land. As we rowed, I money, news people will help or not thought about people who did not live just as readily as everyone else. I jackmiles@npgco.com in clubhouses, as we did, but who had know one reporter who – seeing a (c) 2011 Star-Journal Publishing Co. no other place to go. Being only about female deputy wrestling a man intent 10 at the time, I could only feel sorry. on getting her gun, and no one else On Dec. 2, 1982, I worked in New Baden, Ill., a in the hall – ignored the fear that the man already tiny rural town that stood in the path of a tornado had the gun, grabbed him, and talked sense to him that killed a person and did severe damage. I recall until the deputy gained control of the situation. the rain still fell when I arrived and how odd the On Sunday, when the Johnson County Cares wrecked businesses and residences seemed in Center dealt with a little fire, The Daily Star-Jour“my town.� I considered many in that town to be nal staff stepped up. Noticing people in wheelfriends and shared their loss. chairs on the parking lot – 40-degree weather is I have covered far worse floods, far worse tornacool, but even worse when people are elderly – the does and big fires in the years that followed. I took newspaper took in 69 residents. a rowboat down Highway 3 in Illinois after East St. I am pleased with how our staff responded. Louis flooded in 1984, and in 1993, I saw our newsTeresa Shane immediately set to work to create paper office in downtown Parkville, Mo., flooded room by helping to move desks. Cynthia Nold to the ceiling and then drove along the Missouri ran out to buy cups so people could drink. Bob River to St. Louis, where Vice President Al Gore Carder, Bob Davis and Stella Harris gave up spoke to encourage Lemay area residents, and I their chairs so that those with greater needs could continued visiting flood-ravaged communities, be comfortable. including St. Genevieve, along the Mississippi People in the media often are stereotyped in until I reached Memphis. I saw houses turned to movies as callous and uncaring. Some are. Some kindling by the killer tornados in Hutchinson and are not. We’re just like everyone else.

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Feb. 22, 1967 s Kim Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Anderson, has been named local winner in a Time magazine annual Current Affairs contest. s -RS Alberta Goodwin, county health nurse, presented a program, “Dental Health,â€? at the Cardinals 4-H Club meeting Saturday at the VFW Hall. Debbie Jennings, president, conducted the business meeting. s3IXTEENMEMBERSWEREPRESENTFORTHE3HAKEspeare Club meeting held Tuesday at the home of Mrs. William Raker. Mrs. Kenneth Tipton reviewed “Give Me Liberty,â€? a novel about Patrick Henry by Noel G. Gerson. Feb. 22, 1977 sJean Yankee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Yankee, has been named Teenager of the Month by the Warrensburg Optimist Club. s !RMY 3PECIALIST &OUR Charlene Carter, daughter of Mrs. Nancy A. Sipes, Latour, has been assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division in Wurzburg, Germany. s -RS Evelyn Vaughn hosted Prairie Extension Club Wednesday at a carry-in luncheon. Mrs. L. H. Beebe presented “Fabrics and Findings Update.â€? Mrs. Frank Toepfer presented on choosing, growing and using spices and herbs. Feb. 22, 1987 s Lester Morrison completed 30 years of service with John Deere Equipment, 20 years at the local organization, on Feb. 15. s ,EETON (IGH 3CHOOL STUDENT Brenda Wilson has been chosen to serve on the 1987 State Acteens Council. s0ETE-AUDE#HEVROLET&RONT%ND!LIGNMENT Super Special $9.95 most cars and light trucks

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Crest Ridge budget means cuts for students, teachers, staff AMANDA LUBINSKI Star-Journal Staff Writer

Centerview – Crest Ridge School District students, teachers and staff will suffer cuts. The Board of Education approved reducing spending by nearly $169,000 in the 2012-’13 school year. “In November or December we got everyone together and created an advisory council that was made up of parents, teachers, staff and board members and created a road map of where we are at financially,” Superintendent Julie Dill said. “Based on the current economic situation, we went over everything and the council came up with a list of cuts that could be made.” The list of cuts: $24,000 used to send high school students to Warrensburg Area Career Center for credit recovery; $33,028 from dental and vision insurance for staff; $88,487 to pay two full-time certified staff members; and $23,375 in payroll and benefits based on reducing student contact days from 174 to 169. In January, Dill said the board must make up for federal and state funding cuts. She said the state

cut the district’s formula funds by nearly $205,000 in the 2011-’12 school year and the federal government cut nearly $27,500 from Title One allocations. Dill said the projected budget for 2012-’13 is more bleak because of an estimated $61,000 to $300,000 in state cuts and nearly $36,000 in federal cuts. In addition to cuts made to the 2011-’12 budget, the board eliminated 2012-’13 Career Ladder funds. “That’s $42,000 right there,” Dill said. Twenty-eight teachers receive Career Ladder supplemental pay. All board members approved the cuts. Dill said she is confident cuts will not affect education. The district plans to offer a credit recovery program, replacing one offered in Warrensburg. “I have run programs of credit recovery inside my districts before and am willing and able to do it again so students will still get the credits they need but it will be here instead of Warrensburg,” she said. “... Also, we have the smaller number of con-

tact days already integrated into next year’s schedule and I am sure we can still prepare students in the way we all expect.” Board Vice President Scott Siegfried said he supports Dill’s recommendations. “We hired Julie to do the job and if she thinks this is the best schedule, I think we should do that,” he said.

right before end-of-course exams and Missouri Assessment Program tests. How can kids learn with a schedule like that?” Dill said courses include exams and state assessment curriculum throughout the year. “They will be more prepared because we will focus on the material throughout the year instead of just trying to cram it all in there right before the test,” she said. Board member Becky Brookshier said she is concerned about starting school Aug. 16. “That’s a week earlier than most districts and I worry too about the state fair because I know a lot of kids show there, and are real involved in that, and may not have time to do so,” she said. Dill said the earlier start would coincide will Warrensburg’s Vocational Technical program. “That way the students we have, that go there, won’t be adversely affected,” she said. The board approved the calendar 5-to-1 with Schmidli voting no and board member Tony Matthews being absent.

BOARD APPROVES CALENDAR The board approved the 2012-’13 calendar. Before the vote, board members expressed concerns about less time spent in the classroom. Some board members said breaks should be more widespread. “By looking at the proposed calendar you have students having time off right after getting back from a two-week Christmas break,” board member Janet Everhart said. “And if you look at March, we have spring break split up so they are getting two spring breaks,” board President Rick Schmidli said. “So there isn’t one full, five-day week in the whole month of March. That’s

Health board better Community Health Services could move in March But she said net revenue is down 67 percent from last year, including about a 23 percent decrease in net patient revenue. Total revenue is about $178,000 below budget, she said, but expenses also are down about $102,000, including $27,200 in January. Non-operating revenue rose $11,800, due mainly to a $19,000 increase in property tax receipts that offset lower interest income, Shaul said. She indicated the financial picture may brighten next month. “February has been a pretty busy month,” she said.

SUE STERLING Star-Journal Staff Writer Warrensburg – Community Health Services may move into the new building, 723 PCA Road, next month, Administrator Debbie Haller said. Haller told the board Thursday she anticipates construction will end in a couple of weeks. The board authorized $5,596 in change orders to

add railings at the main entrance and along a sidewalk, stair tread for the east stairs, reversing the swing of two entry doors and relocating a light switch. “Most are for safety issues,” Haller said. The board OK’d change orders totaling $27,000 for the project, including $11,000 for new windows in the existing building. Staff presented the con-

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I had always assumed that I would just live as a bachelor. I don’t think a marriage to me would be emotionally fulfilling for her based on the factors I have presented, but she feels I would offer unquestioned stability. – Unsure DEAR UNSURE: You have a right to live the life you want to live, in the

meets the agency’s needs. Haller said the choice will depend on the company’s availability, services offered and anticipated length of the move. “We want as little disruption of business as possible,” she said, adding staff “will map out final details next week.” An open house is set tentatively for 1:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 18.

Board approves leasing district farm property Centerview – The Crest Ridge School Board approved leasing 23 acres to Gary Krewson for farming. “It’s something we do every year. It’s the patch of land on the south part

of the district property,” Superintendent Julie Dill said Monday. Krewson will pay the district $ 85 an acre. The lease will be put out to bid again next year.

Confirmed bachelor thrown off balance DEAR AMY: I am a 50-year-old, single man politely described as “unusual.” I have very few friends and am very comfortable with that. I am not a social animal and like structure in my life. If it were not for my sisters, I would wear the same combination of tan pants, white shirt, red tie and blue blazer every day. I have worked with a young lady for 15 years; she is in my circle of friends, and I have accompanied her to various activities for years. She has intimated to me, my sisters and some colleagues that she would like for us to become romantically involved with the hopes of marriage as the outcome. I have tried to dissuade her and her “allies” by pointing out my age (I am 13 years her senior), my personality and our disparity of appearance – she is quite stunning, and I am very plain.

tractor and architect with a punch list, she said. “We’re in the penalty phase” on the project, Haller said. The Jan. 17 completion date had been set. She said the $250 per day penalty will defray some change order costs. The board authorized Haller to accept a bid from one of three moving companies that staff determined

way you want to live it. You need only search your own soul to make choices that are authentic, and not based in fear and anxiety. Aside from that, you should reassess a relationship in which you feel pressured to offer something to someone that you have no desire to give. You should also consider what “unquestioned stability” means. This distinctly unromantic term makes it seem as though she is making a bid for your 401(k). DEAR AMY: I’m dating a wonderful man who also happens to be a wonderful father of four great kids. The children are all younger than 10. We get along very well. The issue is that he gets the children every single weekend. So I can choose to entertain four kids and eat at Chuck E. Cheese every weekend, or be a “Weekend Widow” and hang out by myself. My boyfriend refuses to

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look into hiring a sitter or even asking his ex for a weekend off. Am I being unreasonable in thinking this issue could be grounds for parting ways? – Weekend Widow DEAR WIDOW: I understand not wanting to spend every weekend dining at Chuck E. Cheese; one way you might influence your guy is to suggest that you all figure out how to cook together and enjoy evenings that are both fun and more nutritious at home. Your guy will need to realize the importance of balance in terms of his private life with you and his role as an involved father, but when it comes to this particular family, you two should enjoy your Monday through Friday romance and use your weekday time together to prepare yourselves for the weekends. If you can’t accept this, then I agree that this might not be the right relationship for you.

With grateful hearts, we say thank you. Everyone at Johnson County Care Center would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who so freely gave of their time, energy, kind and comforting words and services to our residents Sunday during the evacuation due to a fire in the basement of our facility. This was a very dramatic experience for nursing home residents, which will never be forgotten not only by the residents but by the staff at Johnson County Care Center. We certainly have God to thank for the safety of our residents. We also thank God for sending all of you who assisted us in every single step of the way to safety. I as administrator of the facility would like to thank the staff for their fast response to the situation and for their compassion for our residents. It will never be forgotten. We would also like to thank each and every one of you who were involved in assistance. I personally feel it takes a very special person to so quickly respond to assist others in need. Our residents quickly had blankets, food, and a safe place to go where it was warm. Thank you Daily Star-Journal for opening your business for 69 very special people to be in out of the cold. Others provided comforting words assuring them that all would be ok, which did not end and is still ongoing as they are all placed in other homes on a temporary basis. The response from Ridge Crest Nursing Home, Warrensburg Manor Nursing Home, and Country Club Care Center here in Warrensburg as well as Myer Care Center in Higginsville, and our 3 sister homes in Kansas City, Clara Manor, Myers, and The Summit a special Thank You for your quick response in helping us get our residents to safety. The community assisted in ways that completely takes my breath away. The gratitude we feel is overwhelming. Within a very short time there were so many others who showed up to help in any way needed. Thank you so much to the Warrensburg Ambulance District, Oats and Warrensburg Veterans Home for the buses, as well as Whiteman Air Force Base for their offer as well. A special thank you to the Warrensburg Fire Department and Warrensburg Police Department for everything they did to save lives and be compassionate and caring to our residents. Thank you Petra, Thank you Alewel’s Country Meats, Thank you American Red Cross. I know there are so many others who were there Sunday to help. I am sorry I do not know everyone who was there to personally thank each and every one of you. I know that I am very proud of the staff at Johnson County Care Center for being the compassionate and caring individuals that it took to make this horrifying experience for our residents as easy as possible. The staff continues to work with our residents in the other facilities to provide as much comfort and care as possible and providing a familiar face until they can come home again. Although they are being well cared for in the other facilities that we will always be grateful for, THERE IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for caring for our residents enough to do everything you did.

Rhonda Meyrand, Administrator, and all the staff at Johnson County Care Center

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Survival’s fundraiser on university campus CYNTHIA NOLD Star-Journal Staff Writer Warrensburg – Survival Adult Abuse Center plans the Third Annual Girls Night Out fundraiser with a Mardi Gras theme from 6 to 8: 30 p.m. Feb. 28 at Elliott Union, University of Central Missouri. The event needed a large venue, Joni Pointer said. She chairs Survival’s fundraising committee and co-chairs the event. “Kris Ambrose and Teresa Pearce SURVIVAL FUNDRAISER, 3

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PARKS AND RECREATION

Oily mops spur blaze downtown JACK ‘MILES’ VENTIMIGLIA Star-Journal Editor Warrensburg – Investigators from the Missouri Division of Fire Safety – with the aid from investigators from Warrensburg Police and Fire departments, determined Monday “spontaneous combustion” resulted in the fire that caused the evacuation of 69 nursing home residents Sunday. Johnson County Care Center, 122 E. Market St., remained closed Monday. The fire started as a result of cleaning spilled vegetable oil Saturday, followed by placing the mop heads in a dryer, Warrensburg Fire Chief Phil Johnston said. “It was caused by a spontaneous ignition of mop heads with organic oil,” Johnston said. “Ordinarily, linseed oil and cloth or fibers can spontaneously combust, but there was so much heat from the dryer that it accelerated the combustion process. Instead of going over a period of days, it happened in a very short period.” The dryer caused the mop heads to become so hot that they started smoking and had be removed, he said. An employee carried the hot mop heads on a piece of cardboard to a small storage room, Johnson said. “They were too hot to hold,” he said. After being piled in the storage room overnight, a chemical reaction caused the mops to ignite Sunday, Johnston said. Early speculation suggested the fire had started within an electrical panel in the storage room. Further investigation at the facility continued, Johnston said. Ambulances and buses took Johnson County Care residents to Ridge Crest and Warrensburg Manor nursing facilities, and to three facilities in Kansas City, Johnson County Care Center Administrator Rhonda Meyrand said. The Fire Department does not release estimated dollar values for building damage, Johnston said.

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SUE STERLING choked with vegetation, made that Star-Journal Staff Writer project a priority for the board in Warrensburg – A Master Plan Com- 2010-’11. The skate park “ranked way down” mittee will help the Parks Board on the board’s priority determine future park list “until we talked with improvements. Judy Vickrey people,” board member Board President Judy Dwayne Jackson said. Vickrey formed the comThe most A community-led effort mittee during a discusobvious to raise funds resulted in sion of the board’s goals the skate park becoming and five-year capital problem we face a priority, he said. improvements program. High public demand “The most obvious is being tone deaf led to earlier construcproblem we face is ... to the community. tion of the aquatics being tone-deaf to the center, he said. community,” she said. Last year’s goals “We need to try to find out what the community really wants,” included obtaining a grant to begin board member Mike Thompson, who the trail at Lions Lake and improvewill serve on the Master Plan Com- ments to the indoor pool, including resurfacing pool floors and a new feamittee, said. Capital projects have moved up the ture to replace the leisure pool swan. The trail project received a $100,000 ranks when citizens voiced wishes. A public push for restoring Lions Recreational Trails grant and is in the BOARD TO ESTABLISH, 3 Lake, which had silted in and become

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CEMENT SURFER: On an unseasonably warm February Saturday, Jacob Richards, 19, a student at the University of Central Missouri, practices his skateboarding skills at the Warrensburg Skate Park next to Nassif Aquatic Center. Before receiving public input, the Skate Board Park ranked as a low priority for Parks Board members.

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SUE STERLING Star-Journal Staff Writer Warrensburg – With the homeless shelter due to change hands next month, Johnson County Cares will focus on obtaining and maintaining a volunteer base. Johnson County Cares opened the winter shelter at 136 W. Culton St. on Dec. 19. A not-for-profit group, Destiny Community Partners, led by Willie Shields, will take over operations in early March. “Problems arise every day. We could always use more (volunteers),” Johnson County Cares advisory board member Joel Kurz said. “Willie wants to ensure we will continue to support him. If you have expertise in an area, we want you to be the liaison and help make things happen.” Another board member, the Rev. Terrance Moody, said the volunteer base “will take some beefing up.” Moody said most volunteers work full time. “How do we ramp up and get more volunteers? I just see mostly the same people,” he said. “Johnson County Cares is about getting other people involved. What we really need is people who are going to go influence other people ... to give blocks of time. It’s about us hooking up with other people (long term).” Kurz said, “We do things piecemeal now, but we’ve done a pretty good job of addressing situations.” Jan Powers said board members deal with the situation, “but at some point you won’t be able to intervene.” “We’re overloading the board. You’re trying to do everything,” Powers said. Kurz said he has received calls from potential volunteers, but better organization is needed. Powers agreed to serve as volunteer scheduler and coordinator. Tauni Forte, who is forming another nonprofit group to assist the homeless, said University of Central Missouri organizations may supply volunteers. Survival Adult Abuse Inc. Director Brad Schulte said many UCM programs require student internships. “You should never run out of students,” he said. “You have to evaluate their commitment,” Moody said, and schedules must be planned around university breaks. Board member Suzy Latare said Johnson County Cares Board Chairwoman Erica Collins has talked with UCM social work students and with Whiteman Air Force Base groups. “We need a clear description of jobs,” Latare said. Debbie Evetts said people have called to seek volunteer training. Moody said volunteers “want to know specifically what you want them to do. ... When you understand where work is needed, you can guide people to where it’s needed.” Theresa Presley suggested the Web site list jobs for volunteers. Latare said background checks will be needed for volunteers who will stay at the shelter.

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City decides to demolish residence on Pacific St.

SUE STERLING Star-Journal Staff Writer Holden – A building at 202 E. Pacific St. will be demolished at city expense. Following a public hearing at City Hall, Building Commissioner Gary Brown found Thomas E. Wine’s house constituted a danger to public safety and should be torn down. At the hearing, city code enforcement officer Eric Gustin testified he inspected the property March 10 after receiving a complaint about

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“trash, junk and debris on the property.” He said he “found violations” consisting of the lot covered with junk, “falling down sheds” and the house sagging, leaning, missing parts, open doors and windows, and a hole in the roof. The house lacks utility service, he said. He determined the house “was not fit for human habitation,” though Wine still lived there. Gustin said he issued a notice to abate Jan. 20 and that the city intended to hold a hearing to declare

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the building dangerous. He said he believes the building is dangerous. “It’s not sound and cannot be rendered sound,” he said. He asked Brown to declare the house a dangerous building and to order demolition. Wine, now living elsewhere, did not testify at the hearing, but did not object to the demolition order. He received 30 days to remove property from the site. The council accepted Shore Construction’s $7,800 demolition bid

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Base adding ‘couple hundred’ JACK ‘MILES’ VENTIMIGLIA Star-Journal Editor Warrensburg – More personnel are coming to Whiteman Air Force Base, which is expanding physically, Brig. Gen. Scott Vander Hamm said at the Rotary Club luncheon Tuesday at Audrey J. Walton Clubhouse, Keth

Memorial Golf Course. “Whiteman will plus-up,” Vander Hamm said, adding “a couple of hundred people” to the 11,000 personnel as A-10s move from Louisiana to Missouri. The A-10 Thunderbolt II, better known as a Warthog, is a single-seat, twin-

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AMANDA LUBINSKI Star-Journal Staff Writer Kingsville – A man remains in Johnson County Jail while facing felony probation violation charges after a woman caught him trying to steal, allegedly, a pickup truck from her property. On March 2, sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary in progress call at 1789 N.W. 450th Road in rural Kingsville. Sheriff Chuck Heiss said Earlene Modlin encountered a man dressed suspiciously. “She was outJeremy D. Ogle side taking her UNDER ARREST IN JOHNSON COUNTY trash out and came around a corner and he was there in her outbuilding. He had camouflaged clothing on and was wearing a black ski mask and had a pair of bolt cutters in his hand,” Heiss said. “It was in the middle of the day in broad daylight.” Heiss said the man, Jeremy D. Ogle, 34, Kingsville, also possessed a bag of burglary tools. Before deputies arrived Ogle fled. “The property owner scared him off. We caught him not too far away in a creek that was at the property line,” Heiss said. “He was still wearing the ski mask.” Deputies transported Ogle to the Johnson County Jail on a 24-hour felony hold. A felony warrant issued by the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office March 3 charged Ogle with attempted theft of a vehicle, burglary and possession of burglary tools. Bond is $15,000. During the investigation, deputies learned Ogle is on probation for forgery, possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated. A second warrant charges him with felony probation violation and carries no bond.

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BACK HOME... At Johnson County Care Center, 122 E. Market St., a nursing home in downtown Warrensburg, resident Vernon Burris is among the first to return Tuesday following a fire that forced staff to evacuate the building two weeks earlier, Feb. 19.

Nursing home residents return JACK ‘MILES’ VENTIMIGLIA Star-Journal Editor Warrensburg – Sixteen days after a small fire forced their evacuation, the first residents returned Tuesday to Johnson County Care Center, 122 E. Market St. Oily towels – heated and removed from a dryer, then left in a small room – caused the Feb. 19 fire, investigators reported. The fire forced the evacuation and relocation of 69 residents. Removing smoke odor and residue took several days. Nursing home Administrator

Rhonda Meyrand watched as staff helped resident Vernon Burris off the bus to return to the home. “Between today, tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, everybody will be back,” Meyrand said. They will return from nursing facilities in Warrensburg and from as far away as Kansas City. “All of our inspections have been cleared,” Meyrand said. Burris would be among the first residents to eat at the center since the fire, she said. “We’re cooking lunch right now,” Meyrand said.

JACK ‘MILES’ VENTIMIGLIA Star-Journal Editor Jefferson City – A dog fight is under way, with Old Drum, Seaman and Jim the Wonder Dog nipping at the title of “State Historical Dog.” The capital crowd has discovered man’s best friend comes from Warrensburg, with the Supreme Court in 2011 unveiling a bust of Old Drum and lawmakers this year considering whether to name him the State Old Drum Historical Dog. BUST IN STATE SUPREME COURT BUILDING Rep. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, offered House Bill 1778 to leash Old Drum to the state title. The term, “man’s best friend,” became affixed originally to Old Drum after a trial. On Oct. 28, 1869, Leonidas Hornsby ordered a hired hand to shoot a dog hanging around the property. Old Drum, owned by Charles Burden, wound up dead. Burden sued and his lawyer, Confederate Sen. and later U.S. Sen. George Graham Vest, delivered in court what has become known as “Eulogy to a Dog.” The eulogy concludes, “And when that last scene comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there, by the grave side will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open in alert watchfulness, faithful, and true, even in death.” The eulogy left jurors in tears and won the lawsuit. Hoskins hopes Vest’s howl still resonates in the halls where Vest once served as a Missouri House member. But other lawmakers have dogs in the fight. Rep. Joe Aull, D-Marshall, has come sniffing around on behalf of Jim the Wonder Dog. Jim’s claim to fame is that he carried out commands no matter the language given, and received a spot in Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Some folks who know about “animal acts” might suggest, speaking colloquially, “that dog don’t hunt.” One blogger asks, “Is it true that LAWMAKERS, BACK PAGE

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KCP&L asks to raise rates in Johnson County

Warrensburg – Kansas City Power & Light Co. filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission for rate increases ranging from 10.9 to 15.1 percent in three service areas, including in Johnson County. KCP&L seeks $58.3 million in the MPS area, previously served by Aquila’s Missouri Public Service division, for a 10.9 percent increase, or about 27 cents per day for the typical residential customer. In the L&P area formerly served by Aquila’s St. Joseph Light & Power division, the increase of $25.2 million represents an increase of 14.6 percent, or 36 cents per day. In the Kansas City area, the increase of $105.7 million, or 15.1 percent, will mean

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percent to 5.25 percent. an increase of 48 cents per In a press release, day for the typical customer. KCP&L President and The PSC has set March 19 Individual citizens who wish to comment should contact: Chief Operating Officer as the deadline for applicaOffice of the Public Counsel, Terry Bassham said the tions to intervene in the rate Governor Office Building, 200 rate increase is necessary case. Madison St., Suite 650, P.O. because “over the last sevIndividuals who wish to Box 2230, Jefferson City, MO eral years, the costs of doing comment should contact the 65102-2230; call (866) 922business have outpaced the Office of the Public Counsel 2959; or e-mail opcservice@ company’s ability to mainor the Public Service Comded.mo gov. or the Public Sertain its current rates.” mission. vice Commission staff, P.O. Bassham cited upgrades Hearings are scheduled Box 360, Jefferson City, MO 65102; call (800) 392-4211; or to infrastructure, investin Jefferson City in October. e-mail pscinfo@psc.mo.gov. ments in renewable energy, The PSC can approve, reduce environmental mandates or reject the request. If and a sharp drop in natural approved, new rates take effect in January. Last year, the PSC gas prices that has decreased the amount reduced the requested increase from 13.8 of electricity KCP&L can sell outside the

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service territory as factors requiring the rate increase. The need for additional generation capacity in the former Aquila service areas also is a driver, the press release states. Bassham said KCP&L Economic Relief Program will expand as part of the rate increase request. The program offers bill payment assistance to low-income customers and a credit of up to $50 per month for 2,000 customers who meet income requirements and are current on bills. The program, initiated in 2010, is set to end in September. But if the expanded program is approved, KCP&L plans to more than double participation with a focus on senior citizens.

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AMONG THOSE to whom Mayor Baird Brock, left, awards proclamations of thanks for helping to answer the emergency call at Johnson County Care Center is Johnson County Ambulance District Chief Shane Lockard.

Emergency personnel receive city recognition CYNTHIA NOLD Star-Journal Staff Writer Warrensburg – Mayor Baird Brock shook 10 hands as he handed out 10 framed proclamations at the City Council meeting. Proclamations recognized those who responded to the fire emergency and evacuation of Johnson County Care Center, 122 E. Market St., Sunday, Feb. 19. Most of the framed words of honor went to emergency responders, but the first went to Jack “Miles” Ventimiglia, editor and representative of The Daily Star-Journal. Ventimiglia regularly grabs camera

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and note pad to cover fire and accident stories. With the Johnson County Care Center emergency directly across the street from the newspaper, Ventimiglia came back with more than a story, he brought 69 residents and several care center staff members. The Daily Star-Journal’s proclamation said emergency responders evacuated residents to the center’s parking lot without time to gather coats when the wind chill registered 42 degrees. The proclamation stated “newspaper staff rearranged an interior area of their building to provide a warm shelter for the displaced residents and their staff members ...”

Ventimiglia invited them in, filling the front page and the building with the people in the news story. In addition to what Ventimiglia did, Teresa Shane and other staff members at The Daily Star-Journal assisted in making residents as comfortable as possible. Brock also gave framed copies of proclamations to representatives of emergency responders and care center staff. Chief Shane Lockard representing Johnson County Ambulance District; Administrator Rhonda Meyrand, representing Johnson County Care Center; Executive Director Liz Lenger, Johnson

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Wednesday last day to register to vote Warrensburg – Johnson County Clerk Diane Thompson reminds county residents that they have until 5 p.m. March 7 to register to vote before the books close for the April 3 General Municipal Election. Mail-in registration cards must be postmarked as of March 7 to be valid for the election. Mailed cards may be used for initial registration, transfer, or change of address. For more information, call the clerk’s office at (660) 747-6161.

Free event aids active military, veterans Warrensburg – More than 30 vendors signed up to participate in the Military and Veterans Resource Event at University of Central Missouri. Participating vendors will provide information at booths and tables set up at Elliott Union ballroom from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 13. UCM Coordinator of Military and Veteran Services Deliliah Nichols said the purpose is to give resource information. She said the event is free and is meant to benefit active duty service members, Guardsmen, reservists and veterans. Area resources expected include the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Missouri Career Center Express, R-G Federal Credit Union, Fuelling and Associates LLC Counseling Services, the Kansas City Veterans Administration Hospital and the Missouri Veterans Commission.

County Central Dispatch; Director Gloria Michalski, Johnson County Emergency Management Agency; Chief Larry Jennings, Johnson County Fire Protection District; Investigator Chris Beal, Missouri Division of Fire Safety; Sgt. Dan Othic, University of Central Missouri Department of Public Safety; Battalion Chief Doyle Oxley, Warrensburg Fire Department; Chief Bruce Howey, Warrensburg Police Department. The proclamation recognized the prompt and effective cooperation among all the agencies in immediate response and follow up to the fire at Johnson County Care Center.

WORK PROGRESSES Monday on 100th Southwest County Road

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Work on disputed ‘road’ continues in county Continued from Page 1 Property owners said the roadbed had been abandoned and they own half of the 40-foot right of way. Commissioners denied a petition the homeowners submitted in January 2010 to request closing the road. Commissioners then decided to reopen 100th Southwest as a through road. County crews began clearing the roadbed two years ago and started construction about one year ago. The homeowners obtained a temporary restraining order and injunction

in May to keep county road crews and Mark and Jeff Irle, who farm adjacent land, off the portion of the roadway between 101st Southwest and Post Oak Creek until the issue is decided. The homeowners filed an amended petition last month, forcing postponement of the trial set to begin Feb. 28. The trial is now set to start Oct. 10. Meanwhile, county road crews are building the roadbed across the Irles’ land between 301st Southwest and Post Oak Creek in preparation for reopening the road.

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Warrensburg – The Historic Preservation Commission invites the public to hear historic preservation consultant Deb Sheals at 6:30 p.m. March 14 at the Municipal Center Council Chambers, 200 S. Holden St. The commission states Sheals has worked on the National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation Form and the Grover Street Victorian Historic District nomination. At the meeting, Sheals will discuss her efforts to list a historic district and a multiple property documentation form in Warrensburg. Sheals will share stories and history from her research of Warrensburg and discuss how to obtain historic tax credits from the State Historic Preservation Office. The city received a Historic Preservation Fund Grant, with 60 percent of the project cost coming from federal funds and 40 percent of the project provided by local match. The city received the $12,000 federal match in March 2012. This project is partially funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sunday, February 19, 2012 FIRE FORCES EVACUATION OF WARRENSBURG NURSING FACILITY The Warrensburg Fire Department responded at 12:31 PM today to an automatic fire alarm activation at Johnson County Care Center, 122 E. Market Street. The facility is a three story (plus basement) building utilized as a state licensed nursing facility. Approximately 70 residents were in the facility at the time of the alarm activation. Fire Department units and personnel responded promptly and were advised by staff members at the front door that a fire had occurred in a commercial clothes dryer located in the basement’s laundry room and that the fire was out. As firefighters were verifying there was no fire in the laundry room, they were alerted to the presence of smoke on the second and third floors. After they began removing occupants from the upper floors, another member of the facility’s staff alerted them to the presence of a fire in a storage room in the southeast area of the basement. On-scene Incident Commander Doyle Oxley requested the response of all available off-duty Warrensburg Fire Department personnel as well as crews and equipment from the Johnson County Fire Protection District and the Johnson County Ambulance District. The fire crews directed their efforts towards attacking and quickly extinguishing the storage room fire and the simultaneous evacuation of the residents from the building. The fire was quickly extinguished but not before smoke migrated throughout the building. As additional fire fighting and emergency medical service resources arrived, the priority transitioned from fire attack to ensuring all residents and staff members were

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