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egion Baseball • AO Employment Services • Athenas • MOKan Eagles Park/Bar H Boys • Beta Sigma Phi • Boy Scout Troop # Boy Scout Troop #480 • Boy Scouts Commissioners • Bushwhacker Quilt Guild • Cancer Support Group • CCPA • Childre iracle Network • Community Outreach • Cottey College Campus Activities • Cub Scout Pack #117 • DAR Elizabeth Cary anas • Ducks Unlimited • Eagles Fraternal Order • Eastern Star • Elks Lodge BPO #564 • Garden Club • Geneological Soci ernon/Cedar • Girl em-POWERment Club • Girl Scouts of Nevada • Habitat For Humanity • Historical Society • Hospital Au ary Tim Boyd • Knights of Columbus • Laurels • Masonic Lodge # 303 • Master Gardeners • McGennis Youth Center • Me Wheels • Mental Health AA Nevada • Ministerial Alliance • Missouri Cattlemen Fund • MOPS Mothers of Preschoolers O-KAN Square Dancers • Moss House • Muscular Dystrophy Assoc . • Natl Active of Ret Fed Empl Assoc • Nevada Amate adio • Nevada Area Multisport • Nevada Elks Youth Activities • Nevada Group Alcoholics Anonymous • Nevada Head Star evada Lions Club • NRMC Foundation • Nevada Senior Center • NYR Baseball • PEO Chapters • PTO • Red Cross Vern ounty Chapter • Relay for Life • Republican Committee • Research Club • Rotary Club of Nevada • Salvation Army • Sheld dults for Teens • Shrine Club of Nevada • Soroptimist International • Thalias • The Neighbors Center • Tops #488 • United Way ernon County • University MO Extension • Vantage Point • VC Prof. Daycare Providers • Vernon County Arts Council • Vern ounty 4-H Clubs • Vernon County Democrats • Vernon County People for Pets • Vernon County Youth Task Force • VFW Lad uxillary • VFW Post #2175 • Vietnam Veterans of America • Women's Leadership Council • Youth Fair Vernon County • 3 ub • AAUW • Aerie Auxhilary (Eagles) • Alpha Delta Kappa • American Cancer Society • American Legion • American Legi aseball • AO Employment Services • Athenas • MOKan Eagles Park/Bar H Boys • Beta Sigma Phi • Boy Scout Troop #42 • B out Troop #480 • Boy Scouts Commissioners • Bushwhacker Quilt Guild • Cancer Support Group • CCPA • Children’s Mira etwork • Community Outreach • Cottey College Campus Activities • Cub Scout Pack #117 • DAR Elizabeth Cary • Diana ucks Unlimited • Eagles Fraternal Order • Eastern Star • Elks Lodge BPO #564 • Garden Club • Geneological Society Verno edar • Girl em-POWERment Club • Girl Scouts of Nevada • Habitat For Humanity • Historical Society • Hospital Auxiliary T oyd • Knights of Columbus • Laurels • Masonic Lodge # 303 • Master Gardeners • McGennis Youth Center • Meals on Wheel ental Health AA Nevada • Ministerial Alliance • Missouri Cattlemen Fund • MOPS Mothers of Preschoolers • MO-KAN Squ ancers • Moss House • Muscular Dystrophy Assoc . • Natl Active of Ret Fed Empl Assoc • Nevada Amateur Radio • Nevada A ultisport • Nevada Elks Youth Activities • Nevada Group Alcoholics Anonymous • Nevada Head Start • Nevada Lions Club RMC Foundation • Nevada Senior Center • NYR Baseball • PEO Chapters • PTO • Red Cross Vernon County Chapter • Relay fe • Republican Committee • Research Club • Rotary Club of Nevada • Salvation Army • Sheldon Adults for Teens • Shrine Cl Nevada • Soroptimist International • Thalias • The Neighbors Center • Tops #488 • United Way of Vernon County • Univers O Extension • Vantage Point • VC Prof. Daycare Providers • Vernon County Arts Council • Vernon County 4-H Clubs • Vern ounty Democrats • Vernon County People for Pets • Vernon County Youth Task Force • VFW Ladies Auxillary • VFW Post #21 Vietnam Veterans of America • Women’s Leadership Council • Youth Fair Vernon County • 3M Club • AAUW • Aerie Auxhila agles) • Alpha Delta Kappa • American Cancer Society • American Legion • American Legion Baseball • AO Employment S ces • Athenas • MOKan Eagles Park/Bar H Boys • Beta Sigma Phi • Boy Scout Troop #42 • Boy Scout Troop #480 • Boy Sco ommissioners • Bushwhacker Quilt Guild • Cancer Support Group • CCPA • Children’s Miracle Network • Community O ach • Cottey College Campus Activities • Cub Scout Pack #117 • DAR Elizabeth Cary • Dianas • Ducks Unlimited • Eagles F rnal Order • Eastern Star • Elks Lodge BPO #564 • Garden Club • Geneological Society Vernon/Cedar • Girl em-POWERm ub • Girl Scouts of Nevada • Habitat For Humanity • Historical Society • Hospital Auxiliary Tim Boyd • Knights of Columb Laurels • Masonic Lodge # 303 • Master Gardeners • McGennis Youth Center • Meals on Wheels • Mental Health AA Nevada inisterial Alliance • Missouri Cattlemen Fund • MOPS Mothers of Preschoolers • MO-KAN Square Dancers • Moss House uscular Dystrophy Assoc . • Natl Active of Ret Fed Empl Assoc • Nevada Amateur Radio • Nevada Area Multisport • Nevada E outh Activities • Nevada Group Alcoholics Anonymous • Nevada Head Start • Nevada Lions Club • NRMC Foundation • Neva nior Center • NYR Baseball • PEO Chapters • PTO • Red Cross Vernon County Chapter • Relay for Life • Republican Comm e • Research Club • Rotary Club of Nevada • Salvation Army • Sheldon Adults for Teens • Shrine Club of Nevada • Soroptim ternational • Thalias • The Neighbors Center • Tops #488 • United Way of Vernon County • University MO Extension • Vanta oint • VC Prof. Daycare Providers • Vernon County Arts Council • Vernon County 4-H Clubs • Vernon County Democrats ernon County People for Pets • Vernon County Youth Task Force • VFW Ladies Auxillary • VFW Post #2175 • Vietnam Vetera America • Women’s Leadership Council • Youth Fair Vernon County • 3M Club • AAUW • Aerie Auxhilary (Eagles) • Alp elta Kappa • American Cancer Society • American Legion • American Legion Baseball • AO Employment Services • Athena OKan Eagles Park/Bar H Boys • Beta Sigma Phi • Boy Scout Troop #42 • Boy Scout Troop #480 • Boy Scouts Commissioner ushwhacker Quilt Guild • Cancer Support Group • CCPA • Children’s Miracle Network • Community Outreach • Cottey Colle ampus Activities • Cub Scout Pack #117 • DAR Elizabeth Cary • Dianas • Ducks Unlimited • Eagles Fraternal Order • Easte ar • Elks Lodge BPO #564 • Garden Club • Geneological Society Vernon/Cedar • Girl em-POWERment Club • Girl Scouts This Tim designBoyd was created by Amberof Palmer, Nevada News Print Shop. evada • Habitat For Humanity • Historical Society • Hospital Auxiliary • Knights Columbus • Laurels • Maso odge # 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Living A Life That Matters

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Frequently Used County Government Telephone Numbers

Electric Companies

Emergency ......................................................911 Non Emergency 515 E. Walnut ....... 417-667-5079 Assessor......................................... 417-448-2530 Associate Circuit Court ................. 417-448-2550 Bridge Dept. .................................... 417-667-5204 Center Township Road Dept. .......... 417-667-2269 Circuit Clerk..................................... 417-448-2525 Collector/Treasurer-......................... 417-448-2510 Commission..................................... 417-448-2500 Coroner-.......................................... 417-667-3322 Court Reporter............................... 417-667-5016 Emergency Management ............... 417-667-8236 Health Dept..................................... 417-667-7418 WIC Office ...................................... 417-667-8447 County Jail ...................................... 417-448-5555 Juvenile Office ................................ 417-667-5015 Probate Court ................................. 417-448-2555 Prosecuting Attorney ..................... 417-667-4862 Public Administrator ........................ 417-448-2570 Recorder ......................................... 417-448-2520 Sheriff Dept. Emergency.................................. 911 Non-Emergency .............................. 417-667-6042 Treasurer........................................ 417-448-2510 Missouri University Extension Center ......................... 417-448-2560

Barton County Electric Cooperative .................................. 417-682-5636 Empire Electric............................... 800-206-2300 KCP&L Electric ............................... 888-471-5275

Frequently Used City of Nevada Telephone Numbers


Airport.............................................. 417-448-2752 Animal Shelter ................................ 417-448-2753 Building Inspector ........................... 417-448-2700 City Council- for Messages to-........ 417-448-2700 City Hall .......................................... 417-448-2700 Clerk ............................................... 417-448-2700 Community Center .......................... 417-448-2740 Finance- Water, Sewer, Billing, Collector....................................... 417-448-2700 Golf Course (Frank E. Peters Municipal Course Club House/Twin Lakes Sports Complex).......................... 417-448-2750 Housing Authority ........................... 417-448-2730 Library ............................................ 417-448-2770 Municipal Court .............................. 417-448-2737 Parks Maintenance Center ............. 417-448-5168 Police Emergency ............................................911 Police Non-Emergency ................... 417-448-2710 Public Works ................................... 417-448-2780 Recycling Center ............................ 417-448-2509 Street Maintenance ........................ 417-448-2780 Walton Pool ..................................... 417-448-2762 Wastewater Treatment Plant ........... 417-448-2761 Water/Sewer Maintenance ............. 417-448-2701 After-hours Emergency ................... 417-448-2710 Water Treatment Plant .................... 417-448-2757

Newcomer’s Relocation Guide / Telephone Numbers

Chamber of Commerce .................. 417-667-5300 Driver’s Licence .............................. 417-448-5705

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Garbage/Trash Service D B Disposal.................................... 417-876-4746 Quality Disposal.............................. 417-321-2190 Shawn’s Trash Service .................... 417-667-6771 Waste Corporation of America ....... 800-747-7701

Gas Companies

Empire District Gas Company......... 417-667-7403

Cable TV and Satellite Providers

Fidelity Communications (Cable)....... 417-667-2857 Airwave Communications (DISH)....... 417-667-9700


Nevada Regional Medical Center ............................ 417-667-3355 VA Clinic.......................................... 417-448-1133

Job Services

Missouri Career Center .................. 417-448-1177 Nevada Daily Mail/Daily News........ 417-667-3344


Nevada Recycling ........................... 417-448-2509

Public Schools

Bronaugh R-XIII School District ...... 417-246-5330 Nevada R-V School District (also serving Arthur, Deerfield, Metz, Milo, Moundville and Richards)............ 417-448-2000 Northeast Vernon County R-I School District (serving Schell City and Walker) ..... 417-465-2221 Sheldon R-VIII School District ........ 417-884-5111

Transportation - Public Airports

Nevada Municipal Airport ............... 417-448-2752 Kansas City International................ 816-243-5237

Bus Lines

Greyhound ...................................... 800-231-2222 Jefferson Lines ............................... 888-864-2832

Taxi Cabs

“M” Nod Taxi & Shuttle Service ....... 417-667-9993

Car Rentals

Enterprise Rent-A-Car (Pittsburgh, KS) Serving Nevada ........................... 620-231-2100

Kansas City Airport Car Rentals

Ace ................................................. 877-822-3872 Alamo ............................................. 888-426-3296 Avis.................................................. 800-831-2847 Budget............................................. 800-527-0700 Dollar............................................... 800-800-4000 Enterprise........................................ 800-325-8007 Fox.................................................. 800-225-4369 Hertz................................................ 800-654-3131 National........................................... 800-227-7368 Payless ........................................... 800-729-5377 Thrifty............................................. 800-367-2277

Vehicle Registration

Nevada License Office .................... 417-448-5705

Vehicle Inspection Stations

Max Motors...................................... 417-667-4000 Nevada Auto Mall............................ 417-667-3385 Osage Auto Repair ......................... 417-667-6677 TCB Towing and Automotive............ 417-667-4869

Water Companies

Consolidated Public Water Supply District 1 .......................... 417-667-8512 Nevada Water Department ............. 417-448-2700 Public Water Supply Dist 2, & 7Sheldon (Dist.2) ........................... 417-884-2035 Deerfield (Dist. 7) ............................ 417-966-7333 Schell City Water Dept. ................... 417-432-3222 Walker Water Dept. ......................... 417-465-2230

Important Telephone Numbers

Poison Control................................ 800-222-1222 Child Abuse Hotline:....................... 800-422-4453 Suicide Prevention Lifeline: ............. 800-273-8255 Center for Missing and Exploited Children....................................... 800-843-5678

Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Alcoholics Anonymous ................... 417-448-5889 Nevada Mental Health Services ..... 417-667-8352


Council on Families in Crisis/Moss House Hotline .............................. 800-398-4271 Office ........................................... 417-667-7171 Shelter ......................................... 417-667-4272

Services for the Disabled

On My Own, Inc. ............................. 417-667-7007 Skills Unlimited ............................... 417-667-6021

Emergency Social Service, Financial Assistance, and Medicaid

Vernon County Social Services ...... 417-448-1100

Vernon County Time & Temperature.......... 417-667-3033

Well Rooted in both History & Community

Official Community Guide

Produced and published by: Nevada Daily Mail 131 South Cedar Nevada, MO 64772 417-667-3344 Publisher: Floyd Jernigan Graphic Design: Amber Palmer Jean M. Smith Cover Design: Tim Bourassa Theme: Lisa Christie Contributing Writers: Frank and Pat Arnold Wendy Barton Carol Branham Lisa Christie City of Bronaugh City of Moundville City of Schell City City of Walker Gina Ensor Lt. Derek Forst Kelsey Gregory Healthy Nevada Project Aimee Meyer Pat Miller Charity Ogle Caroline Phillips Steve Reed Ron Schowngerdt, DDS Will Tollerton


Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce 225 W. Austin Blvd., Suite 200 Nevada, MO 64772 Executive Director: Gina Ensor Advertising Information: Kelsey Gregory Lisa Christie Gina Ensor email:

Newcomer Relocation............................. 4

SE Vernon County............................ 30-31

Catch the Vision.................................... 6-9

What to do in Vernon County................. 10

Victorian Homes & Driving Tour ....... 32-33

Vernon County Attractions .................... 11

Map of Vernon County..................... 34-35

Entertainment ................................. 12-13

Cottey College.................................. 36-37

Education......................................... 38-40

Nevada Murals Outdoor Recreation Bushwhacker Days

Central Region.................................. 14-19

Sheldon Old Settlers Picnic

Nevada History .................................... 42

Census of Agriculture ...................... 44-45 Vernon County Labor Market ........... 46-47

Creating a Culture of Health The Healthy Nevada Project A Promising Economic Future Living Lives that Matter

NW Vernon County ......................... 20-21

Citizen of the Year ................................. 50

McGennis Youth Center

Major Employers Civic Organizations

Public Safety ......................................... 48 Camp Clark........................................... 52

NE Vernon County .......................... 22-24

8 Wonders of Vernon County............ 54-55

Historic Courthouse ............................. 56

Walker, MO Schell City, MO Amish of Vernon County

SW Vernon County .......................... 26-28

Bronaugh, MO Moundville, MO Buschwhacker Lake & Conservation Area


Close to Home...................................... 58 Community ........................................... 60

Business Directory .......................... 62-67

Cover design by Tim Bourassa, Information Managment Solutions 417-684-3514

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the Our vision is‌

To make the City of Nevada the most appealing, prosperous, and well managed community in the Midwest.

2013 Board of Directors

Back Row: Mike Brown (Past President), Frank Arnold, Dr. Ron Schowengerdt (President), Vince Caswell Front Row: Aimee Meyer (Vice-President), Bobbi Ogle, Sabrina Johnson (Treasurer), Kim Williams, Kathy Abele  Not Pictured: Leva Richmond, Kristine Fulton, Beth Stewart, Bill Gregory.

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Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce Board of Director’s

“Commitment to Serve” I recognize the important responsibility I am undertaking in serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce. I hereby personally pledge to carry out in a trustworthy and diligent manner, all the duties and obligations inherent in my role as a member of the Board. I acknowledge that my primary role as a member of the Board is to (1) contribute to the defining of the Chamber mission and governing the fulfillment of that mission and to (2) carry out the functions of the office of a Board member and or Officer as delineated in the Chamber bylaws. My role as a member of the Board will focus on the development of broad policies that govern the implementation of institutional plans and purposes. This role is separate and distinct from the role of the Executive Director to whom is delegated the determining of the means of implementation.

My Commitment… I will exercise the duties and responsibilities of this office with integrity, responsibility and due care. I pledge: ~ To establish as a high priority my attendance at all meetings of the Board and Board committees on which I serve. Absence from three meetings without an excuse deemed valid by the Board of Directors shall be construed as a resignation. ~To come prepared to contribute to the discussion of issues and business to be addressed at scheduled meetings, having read the agenda and all background support material relevant to the meeting. ~To represent the Chamber in a positive and supportive manner at all times and in all places. ~To observe the parliamentary procedures outlined in Robert’s Rule of Order and display courteous conduct in all Board and committee meetings. ~To refrain from intruding in administrative issues that is the responsibility of management, except to monitor the results and prohibit methods not in congruity with Board policy. ~To avoid conflicts of interest between my position as a Board member and my personal and professional life. If such a conflict does arise, I shall declare that conflict before the Board and refrain from voting matters in which I have a conflict.

Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce

2013 Ambassadors Carol Branham, Nevada Housing Authority    Bill Fleming, KNEM Radio    Pat Arnold. Pat’s Designs    Lisa Christie, Burch and Associates    Ross Lawrence, Hoffman Financial   Kim Robertson, Medicaloges Jeremy Fast, Eyecare Professionals   Wendy Barton, KNEM Radio Pictured, left to right: Ross Lawrence of Hoffman Financial

Resources ; Wendy Barton of KNEM/KNMO Radio; Lisa Christie of Burch and Associates

Not pictured: Jeremy Fast, Carol Branham, Bill Fleming, Pat Arnold and Kim Robertson

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Gina Ensor Executive Director

NEVADA/VERNON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Located in the historic Carnegie Building at: 225 W Austin Blvd. Suite 200 Nevada, MO 64772 417-667-5300 Visit or email us at:

Well Rooted in both History & Community “We reject mediocrity!

Kelsey Gregory Office Manager

We will create the highest standard of living in the region, be the model of professional local government, and advance the practice of civility. We will lead the way!” –JD Kehrman, Nevada City Manager

WANT TO GET INVOLVED IN YOUR COMMUNITY? Contact the Chamber at 667-5300 to get a list of our Civic Organizations. Glenda Haller, Gina Ensor, Iva Reed

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Letter from the President


Welcome to Nevada, Missouri located in the heart of Vernon County; a place we have called home for the past 22 years.

No strangers to SW Missouri, we grew up in Butler, Missouri (Bates County). After graduation from Butler High School, the UMKC and the UMKC School of Dentistry provided our college experience. My wife Linda graduated as a Registered Dental Hygienist and I as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. Now married, it was on to Omaha, Nebraska, to work and study at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Bergan Mercy Hospital. Family brought us back to SW Missouri where we raised our two daughters, Amanda and Emily. Both are Nevada High School honors graduates. Amanda went on to graduate from Kansas State University College of Architecture and Emily from the University Of Missouri Columbia School Of Journalism. Both are gainfully employed in their selected fields and are strong supporters of their universities. We believe the key ingredients to a strong prosperous community are large and small business employers with strong business leaders. A superior health care system and a superlative educational system drive our communities appeal to new residents. A strong ministerial alliance, faith based and non-profit organizations are central to our care for each other and our environment. Nevada has excellent police, fire, EMS, and sheriff departments serving and protecting our city and county. The Nevada/ Vernon County Chamber of Commerce has been a part of our lives since our first day in Nevada. The Chamber welcomed us with an open house and introduced us to the community. The Chamber embraces and promotes the many businesses, groups and organizations within our community. Our personal connections include, but are not limited to, the Nevada Lions Club, Ducks Unlimited, and the Nevada Area Habitat for Humanity, the Community Council on the Performing Arts, AAUW, Soroptomists, Laurels, the Nevada Public Library, the YMCA and the first Baptist Church. We encourage you to discover Nevada and Vernon County. Visit the Bushwhacker Museum; attend Nevada Griffons baseball games and Nevada High School sporting events. Go to the Youth Fair; see the best of what our next generation has to offer. There is so much to see and do here. Contact the Chamber office at 417-667-5300 to be updated on our weekly calendar of events. Linda J. Schowengerdt, BS, RDH Ronald D. Schowngerdt, BS, DDS 2013 Chamber President

Did you know...

ABOUT CHAMBER BUCKS? Ask us about Chamber Bucks that help support our community circle.

~ Mission Statement ~ The Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce serves as an advocate for the betterment of the community, creating a climate for economic prosperity and enhancing the quality of life throughout Vernon County.

~ Statement of Purpose ~ We will assume the leadership role as community marketing specialists in promoting prosperity and pride in business, the arts, and our citizens.

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What to do in VERNON COUNTY Annual EVENTS February

• Eagle Days - Schell City (even years)


• Home & Leisure Show • Cottey Founders Day Weekend


• Nevada Area Wide Garage Sale • Vernon County Farmers Market (May-Oct.) • Champion Diamonds Baseball • Schowe & Shine Auto Show • Gospel Showcase @ Fox Theatre


• Walker Fun Days • ACRA/NRCA Professional Rodeo • Bushwhacker Days • Bushwhacker Quilt Guild Show • Fairgrounds Tractor Pull • Champion Diamonds Baseball


• Vernon County Youth Fair • Champion Diamonds Baseball • Fireworks Display • Sidewalk Sale on the Square

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• Sidewalk Sale • Hume Fair • National Night Out • Sheldon’s Old Settler’s Picnic • Cottey Picnic


• Schell City Fall Festival • MO Osage Muzzle Loaders • Bronaugh Fall Festival • McGennis Youth Center BBQ • Walker Fun Days


• 4-H BBQ • United Way Oktoberfest & Chili Cook-off • Cottey Family Weekend • Safe Treats Parade on Square


• Veterans Day Activities • Retail Holiday Open Houses

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• Christmas Parade • Miss Merry Christmas Pageant • Lights at the Lake • Santa on the Square Be sure to check out the calendar of events available on the Chamber of Commerce web site for a full listing of everything happening in Vernon County & Nevada.

For more detailed events information, visit

Vernon County ATTRACTIONS Bushwhacker Jail Museum May thru October 231 N. Main, Nevada Bushwhacker Museum 212 W. Walnut, Nevada 417-667-9602 Capri Bowl 1701 N. Osage Blvd., Nevada 417-667-2306 Century 6 Cinema 3101 E. Austin, Nevada 417-667-7469 Historic East End Shops Business US 71 Hwy (Osage) at Cherry Street, Nevada Franklin P. Norman Community Center 200 N. Ash St., Nevada 417-448-2740

Strike Zone Batting Cages

Osage Village RV Park Mini Golf 1501 N. Osage Blvd., Nevada 417-667-2267 Champion Diamonds Complex 17866 E. Overland Rd, Nevada 417-667-4993 McGennis Youth Center 3181 S. WW Hwy, Rich Hill, MO 417-484-3216 Amish Community and Stores Hwy 54 East (Refer to County map for overall area) Nevada/Vernon County Farmers Market North Side of the Nevada Square

Nevada Speedway S. Barrett Ave, Nevada 417-667-5859 Nevada Victorian Homes Tour Citywide, Nevada 417-667-5300 Osage Village State Historic Site Hwy C, Walker 417-682-2279 Vernon County Courthouse Nevada Square 100 W. Cherry St., Nevada 417-448-2500 W. F. Norman Corporation 214 N. Cedar, Nevada 417-667-5552

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NevadaMURALS Located on the exteriors of buildings throughout Nevada at the following locations:

“Drink Coca-Cola”

Corner of Cherry and Commercial Streets Known at the “Ghost Mural” Was an advertisement for Coca-Cola and the Black Hawk Billiard Hall

“Hotel Mitchell”

Corner of Cherry and Washington Streets. This mural depicts the historic “Hotel Mitchell” in its’ heyday around 1885.

“The Lone Osage”

Located in Andrew McNair’s Art Studio on Cherry Street This mural honors Vernon County’s Osage Indian heritage and history.

“Train Mural”

Located at Osage & Cherry Streets, this mural depicts the MKT Railroad (MO-KS-TX) that ran thru Vernon County and Union Station. This line operated until the mid 1900’s.

“Southern Valor”

Ash Street at Walnut Street. This 2002 mural depicts the Bushwhackers and the Union burning of Nevada, and pioneer life before the war between the states. The Following Murals are located in Interior locations throughout Nevada:

“Cottey Though the Years”

Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Performing Arts at Cottey College, Austin Blvd. at Tower Street. This mural depicts the story of Cottey College and it’s students.

“L.F. Richardson Memorial Mural”

Ash Street at Austin Blvd. (in the Nevada Police Department Bldg.-Council Chambers). This 1975 mural depicts Vernon County’s history.

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Austust A. Busch Jr. Memorial Wetlands Four Rivers Conservation Area 15 Miles N. of Nevada • 417-395-2341

Conservation area consisting of 13, 929 acres of mostly wetlands with several large tracts of bottomland forest. Over 21 miles of stream frontage and a large natural area

Bushwhacker Lake Conservation Area Bronaugh, MO 417-629-3423

Almost 5, 000 acres which provides bicycling, bird watching, camping, canoeing, fishing, horseback riding and wildlife viewing.

Champion Diamonds Sports Complex 17866 E. Overland Rd., Nevada 417-667-4993

Champion Diamonds has 8 fields and is a regulation baseball and softball complex. On-site lodging is also available to teams during tournaments.

Lyons Stadium 400 W. Highland Ave., Nevada 417-448-2740

Lyons Stadium is home to the Nevada Griffons Collegiate Baseball team and the Nevada High School Tigers Baseball Team

Marmaduke Park Disk Golf 417-448-2740

Prairie State Park 128 NW 150th Lane, Mindenmines 417-843-6711

A natural preserve which is one of Missouri’s largest remaining tallgrass prairies. There are bison and elk that call this nature preserve home. There are also exhibits and interpretive programs throughout the year. Those visiting can enjoy backpacking, camping, hiking and picknicking.

Schell Osage Conservation Area/Wildlife Reserve Schell City (AA Hwy at RA Hwy) 417-876-5226

Home of the Truman Reservoir and 42 acres of native prairie. This area is home to Bald Eagles and their nests, hacking towers, two boat ramps, fishing and a staffed Conservation office. Primitive Camping is also available on this tract of conservation land that consists of almost 9,000 acres.

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Nevada has over 439 acres of city parks GOLF COURSES Frank E. Peters Municipal Golf Course Twin Lakes Sports Complex, Nevada 417-448-2750 Nevada Country Club Country Club Drive, Nevada 417-667-7182

Twin Lakes Sports Complex 417-448-2750 Walton Park Aquatic Center At Ash and Atlantic Streets, Nevada 417-448-2740 Nevada’s own aquatic park and family fun at its’ very best! Offering recreational swimming for the whole family with snack bar on site

Bushwhacker DAYS Bushwhacker Days is a family based festival that is held on the second weekend in June. It is based on Nevada/Vernon Co. being the “Bushwhacker Capital of the World”. What is a Bushwhacker, you ask? The dictionary meaning is “a confederate guerrilla in the Civil War” or “a guerrilla who fights in remote or rural areas”. One of the best ways of describing a “Bushwhacker” is the story in the famous Clint Eastwood movie, “The Outlaw Josie Wales”. The hero is a peaceable Missouri farmer whose wife and child are slain and cabin burned by raiding Kansas Jayhawkers (the very word is defined as “raiders”). Not surprising he goes on the warpath, becoming a Bushwhacker. A blurb promoting the movie summed it up this way: “They murdered his family, and then dared call him an outlaw!” The events start on Wednesday evening with an opening ceremony, ice cream social, cook out, and ends with a gospel night of music on the main stage. Thursday evening is the Bushwhacker BBQ and “Local Legends” featuring lots of local talent. Friday night, the street fair, venders and crafters set up and on the main stage is the Texaco Country Showdown followed by a country

music celebrity. Saturday begins with a 5K run, baby shows, car, motorcycle and tractor shows, quilt show, horseshoe tournament, and lots of good entertainment. Also during the day are historic re-enactments on the square and historic presentations at the Bushwhacker Museum. The vendor and craft booths are going all day and we are proud to have Pride Amusement Carnival open Wednesday night thru Saturday night with armbands every night. Saturday night is the grand finale on the main stage with a great local opening act followed by a Restless Heart. Bushwhacker Days 2013 will be celebrating the rebuilding of the city of Nevada after being burned 150 years ago during the Civil War. There will be a re-enactment on Saturday of the “Burning of Nevada”. Bushwhacker Days 2014 will be the 50th Annual Bushwhacker Days. Bushwhacker Days is put on by volunteers on the Bushwhacker Committee and sponsored by local businesses, individuals, Nevada /Vernon County Tourism, City of Nevada, and Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce.

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Central Region NEVADA

Vernon County Seat

Nevada Square

The Downtown Nevada Square is a magical blend of sights, sounds, aromas, tastes, textures and cultures. It is a melting pot where business, dining, creativity, shopping, art, music, commerce, history, professional and personal services and live theater all come together to form our vibrant community. Downtown Nevada is the envy of communities across the nation with charming brick-lined streets, leading to historic buildings lovingly restored that house distinctive stores and businesses, all surrounded by an historic and beautiful courthouse as it’s centerpiece. Explore chic boutiques, unique stores and galleries for the perfect gift, art or specialty item. Visit a museum, partake in a local festival or enjoy live theater all on the historic square You will temp all five senses when you experience downtown. You will find amazing restaurants, incredible shopping and entertainment all in one pace. Explore Downtown Nevada for yourself to see what’s exciting and new around every corner. Your adventure will lead you to out-of-the-ordinary shopping, dining and entertainment experiences, you won’t find anywhere else.

Nightlife in Nevada

Whether you are looking for a cultural, black tie, or just simply, a casual and fun evening on the town, you will find it right here in Nevada. Throughout the year, Cottey College will host many cultural events that will make you feel like you’re in a large metropolitan area. They’ve hosted events such as the St. Louis Ballet, Nationally award-winning poets, artists, international speakers, and live performances at the Haidee and Allen Wilde Center for the Performing Arts. The arts that abound in this beautiful venue will amaze you! If you enjoy attending black-tie affairs, then you will find many opportunities through the year at one of our many community social events. Vernon County is a very philanthropic community where there are numer-

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ous charity events for you to choose from and get involved with. Our Civic organizations are the life-blood of our community. If casual, fun times are more of what you’re after, then look no further! You can choose from linedancing, karaoke or live bands at one the many local sports pubs and bars. Cherry’s Sports Pub and Grill is just one place where a casual and fun evening is exactly what’s on the menu. In a festive environment with sports memorabilia all around, you’ll feel like you’re in a sports pub in a much larger city...only it’s right here in Nevada. The Fox Theatre is also an option for fun, with many live performances throughout the season. There is an array of entertainment that will appeal to the adults and children alike at this historic theatre located just off the square. Family fun nights can be every night in Vernon County. Choose from a game of mini golf, go bowling, catch a movie, watch a rodeo at the fairgrounds, or simply just play together at the Franklin P. Norman Community Center. The possibilities are endless for a night of family entertainment.

So...what are you waiting for? Get your dancing shoes on, dust off your boots, and come join the fun!

You’ll Never Leave Hungry Whether you want donuts and coffee in the morning or

a late night snack, you will find restaurants in all corners of Vernon County . You’ll find wonderful “home-cooked” meals in remote places you didn’t expect all the way into the downtown area. The area has five-star dining and many popular restaurant chains to choose from.  Nevada provides the best burger you will ever sink your teeth into as well as fabulous steaks that can boast national recognition.  With all the delectable food available, don’t be surprised when you’re served by local owners and chefs who have served United States Presidents or who’ve worked with Julia Child. It’s also even rumored that the girls who attend Cottey College do so not only for the educational experiences, but for the culinary amenities, as well. You can also experience chefs in training at our very own culinary school.  With Vernon County’s varied cuisines, you are sure to have an experience that will please all of your senses, and truly get a taste of Vernon County; as much of our own cattle and local vegetables are used in meal preparations.  

Did you know...

Brent Mendenhall owner of Del-Way Drive-In has appreard on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, The X-Files and many more nationwide television shows as a George W. Bush impersonator.

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culture a of


Healthcare should be two words: Health and care. Although the two concepts are intertwined, they are not the same and each plays an important role in a person’s overall wellness. The majority of current delivery systems have been designed around care, in a reactive environment. Focusing on health is primarily up to the individual to navigate on his/her own. Therefore, it is imperative that an individual engages in their health versus reacting to it. That’s the thought behind a collaborative partnership between Nevada, Missouri and Cerner Corporation. Called Healthy Nevada, the project aims to create a culture of health that inspires and enables the community to be more proactive in its health and care. The project seeks to enhance the health of individuals and empower health professionals, while reducing the overall amount spent on health and care. It is our hope that the results and new models can be replicated in communities throughout the country. Nevada was chosen to bring this concept to life through a competitive process in the state of Missouri. While there were several viable communities, Nevada demonstrated several key components necessary for a research and development project: strong leadership, various assets, and a shared vision for a higher quality of life long-term vitality of Rural America.

The Healthy Nevada Project

The first and most obvious reason to engage in your health is for your own well-being and because it’s personal. Secondly, health care is too important to stay the same and new sustainable models around health and care are needed. As a provider or organization, there is a need for the health care market to decrease costs, focus on health and prevention, optimize payments and delivery and secure income from an expanded network. This presents a unique opportunity for a rural community, medicine, academia and government to work together on common goals. Healthy Nevada will aim to create a culture of health in Nevada over the next 3 to 5 years by focusing on 3 overarching components: health, care and sustainability.


By bringing together care providers, schools, employers, community organizations, grocery stores, restaurants, churches, sports leagues and citizens, we can put health at the heart of your community. We can make the healthy choice the easy choice in Nevada and enable a healthier individual and community lifestyle through education and resources to learn more about healthy choices and incentive programs.

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To achieve our goal, providers and organizations must know what health issues are happening, what will happen within their population real time. We believe that we will need to apply the same principles to population health that we have applied successfully with hospitals: predictive algorithms, clinical decision support and a “closed loop” health system to ensure that the right care is delivered to the right person at the right time in the right place.


Sustainability is often looked at in terms of future funding. That will be a key focus of the Healthy Nevada project. We will also focus on a clear, unified vision of the future. A stable organizational structure, strong local leadership and community support will be needed to help make key policy and resource decisions. Healthy Nevada will be organized as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. In addition, a commitment is being made to increase the grant writing capacity of local Vernon County organizations by providing funding for training and the creation of a Healthy Nevada Funding team. By working together, our various community partners will be able to leverage their own resources while pursuing funding resources from state and federal government and foundations. It is welcomed but rare to have a public-private partnership to design, implement, and test new approaches to

health, care, and sustainability. Through this project we have a unique opportunity to work together and lead a transformation of Nevada becoming the standard of rural health care. “We believe that together we can impact the cost and accessibility of care, while improving the quality of life across a community, “Cerner Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff Jeff Townsend.

About Cerner

Changing the way health care is applied and received. Cerner’s mission is to contribute to the systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities. For more than 30 years, Cerner has been executing its vision to make health care safer and more efficient. Based in Kansas City, Mo., the company offers the most comprehensive array of information software, professional services, medical device integration, remote hosting and employer health and wellness services in the world. Cerner systems are used by everyone from individual consumers, to single-doctor practices, hospitals, employers and entire countries. Taking what we’ve learned over more than three decades, Cerner is building on the knowledge that is in the system to support evidence-based clinical decisions, prevent medical errors and empower patients in their care.



Nevada Regional Medical Center/Hospital Nevada Medical Clinic Nevada Urgent Care NOW Care Clinic Vernon County Ambulance/Med Flight


Promising Economic


No longer is Nevada thought of as, “That little town you pass through on your way from Joplin to Kansas City”. That little town has flourished over the last few years and there is much more economic growth on the horizon. Last year was a clear indication of things to come for the Nevada and Vernon County area. After welcoming Pilot, the nation’s largest truck stop operator, early in 2012, over 42 new business licenses were obtained throughout the remainder of the year; a significant increase over recent years. The city welcomed new businesses such as Fastenal industrial supply, Cherry’s Sports Bar & Grill and What to Wear boutique. Companies, like Pilot, choose locations based on economic indicators and growth potential. They invested nearly $3 million in their Nevada facility; a clear sign of their confidence in the future of the area. Also in 2012, Nevada announced a partnership with Cerner Corporation called the “Healthy Nevada” project. Nevada was carefully selected as a beta site by the Kansas City-based International Medical Software company because of its size, location and potential. Cerner was able to significantly improve many health indicators of their own

employees and wanted to apply their strategies to a community to see if they could achieve the same outcomes. Cerner intends to invest significant resources in Nevada over the next 5 years to improve the overall health factors of the city’s population. Studies show that health factors are directly correlated to economic indicators. So, by improving the health of the community, Nevada will also improve its economy and as its economy improves, so will the health indicators of its population. Perhaps the most significant contributor to economic growth in 2012 is the completion of the Interstate 49 corridor in December. Interstate 49 runs from Kansas City to Shreveport, Louisiana. It will eventually connect the interstate system from Mexico to Canada. Cities located at an interstate stop are magnets for economic development. Trucking industries, logistics and lodging are just a few of the business types who are already taking interest setting-up shop in the Nevada area. As the largest city between Joplin and Kansas City on I49, a home to many unique qualities and a strong community, this “little town” is ready for a big change. The Chamber of Commerce, City of Nevada, County Officials and Tourism Department are dedicated to encouraging growth and development in the coming years. Nevada/Vernon County Community Guide | 17


Living LIVES That


When you’re here, Nevada and Vernon County’s “Circle of Community”, is all around every face that you see. Everywhere you turn, there’s an organization helping others, students volunteering for the greater good, working hard to better themselves and others all around them. You’ll see public servants doing all they can to keep us safe, officials who work hard to improve community services and infrastructure, and those who serve our country while sacrificing it all. Individuals selflessly volunteer their time serving others and give to those who need it most. Our community is filled with businesses that have been here for many, many decades who continue to serve our community with their wonderful products and services. Enjoy our Circle of Community and help it continue to strengthen and grow. Slow down and look around; you will see all you need and much, much more.

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Did you know...

Rinehart Jewelry is celebrating 60 years in Nevada as a family run business.

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Agricultural Park McGennis and YOUTH CENTER


Mary A. McGennis Agricultural Park and Youth Center Located in Northwestern Vernon County

provides refreshments during swim time. The supervisor’s home is also located at the site.

Over 40 years ago, Mary A. McGennis donated 160 acres to form the Mary A. McGennis Youth Center and Agricultural Park in northwestern Vernon County as a gift for the youth in the five-county area. Although the Center is especially popular with youth from the immediate area, the Board of Directors is comprised of representatives appointed by the Extension Councils in Bates, Vernon, St. Clair and Henry counties.

Several events for the summer of 2013 are already in the planning stages. On April 27, a 5K Trail Run/Walk will take participants around the lake for a beautiful view of the entire acreage. Movie nights and a fishing derby give the opportunity to experience the loveliness of the Center during the late afternoon and evening hours. “Theatre Under the Stars, held in August at the McGennis Old Barn Theatre, is always a crowd pleaser. The goal at McGennis Youth Center is to provide a location for quality family entertainment, and suggestions are always welcome.

The predominant feature of the McGennis Youth Center is a beautiful six-acre lake, which is a popular area for swimming and fishing during the summer months. A lifeguard is provided in season on Wednesday- Sunday from 1:00 to 7:00 pm. Two stone shelter houses, with fireplaces and picnic tables, flank the lake. A chapel and a one-room school stand near the entrance to the Center, each restored to their original country atmosphere. An old red barn, which has also been restored, features a modern kitchen facility and dining area, as well as public restrooms. The barn also serves as the backdrop for the annual “Theatre Under the Stars” productions, held in August. Three cabins line the road heading east, where a sports area contains a ball diamond, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts. The cabin area features a storage shed built by the vocational agriculture department at Rich Hill High School, as well as a modern restroom facility with showers. In the swim area, a snack shack

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The use of the center is free of charge to our patrons, with the exception of swimming. A nominal fee is requested for the use of chapel for weddings and the use of the cabins to cover the cost of upkeep. The Center is a non-profit organization. Therefore donations are necessary for the Center to continue to function. Any amount is greatly appreciated. Two major fundraisers provide the majority of income for the Center, a food booth at the Rich Hill Fourth of July Celebration and the Annual Barbecue and Auction, held the last Sunday in September. These two events help raise the necessary funds to continue day-to-day operations for the Center.

We encourage everyone to visit McGennis Youth Center. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the lovely site and the facilities that have been developed. The Center is an ideal place to have family reunions, birthday parties, church retreats and camps. To use the facilities for picnicking and/or camping, it is recommended that patrons call for reservations at 417-484-3216. Patrons are always welcome, reservation or not, but those who reserve do get first priority.

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Everyone is always welcome in Walker. We are a small, quiet and kid-friendly community.




Walker, MO

The beginning of the town of Walker, MO was with the coming of the M.K. and T Railroad on October 15, 1870. Walker is situated in the central portion of Walker Township and is surrounded by fine farming country and a thriving community. The town was laid out in December of 1870 by the Walker Town Company, of which J.R. Barrett, of Sedalia, MO., was president; H.L. Martin was the surveyor. Hiram Walker and William Leslie were the original owners of the land and the town was named for Mr. Walker. For many years Walker was served by three passenger trains, the Katy Limited, the Katy Flyer, two locals that ran from Parsons to Sedalia, the El Dorado Branch and several freight lines. Any one who wished could board the train to Nevada, do their shopping and return later for the price of .15 cents one way or a few cents cheaper for a round-trip tickets. Besides being a market for corn, wheat, and oats grown in the community, Walker was a prominent shipping point for livestock and hay. Hundreds of hogs were hauled in wagons and large herds of cattle were driven to the stockyards to be shipped to various markets in the country. Sanford J. Preston established the “Walker Herald” in 1882 and continuously recorded births, deaths, joys and sorrows, together with the expectations and realizations of nearly two generations of the people who made Walker their home. Walker has a modern post office on the south side of Marvin Avenue where Flossie Haynes is the postmistress with Etta Conway and Hattye Dale as her assistants. Established in 1890 by Lee Hays, owner, the Walker Telephone Company had one line extending north of town with just a few residents on this line. A few years later, more lines were added to serve anyone in the community who wished for service. On July 27, 1891, some stockholders, in a called meeting, elected seven directors for the Farmer’s Bank of Walker, which became officially established August 10, 1891. Walker has been proud of a good school system through the many years of its existence. The first grade school was organized in 1883 for grades one through nine, with an enrollment of 100 pupils.

Coal was a very important item to people in the Walker area until recent years and there were several strip pits mined to furnish fuel for people locally as well as some in Nevada. One of the summer attractions from 1904 to 1911 were the Street Fairs. This celebration brought many people to Walker from neighboring towns and the country side. Walker now has five churches including the First Baptist, Church in Christ Mennonite, Christian, and the Methodist. The newest is the Faith Baptist Church, which was built and organized in 1969. Local organizations are Masonic and Eastern Star Lodges, Odd Fellows and Rebecca’s, Royal Neighbors, the Pioneer Club and the Friendship Club. The very dim light bulbs that served the town for many years have been replaced with mercury lights that brighten our streets and yards at night. Before the recent census (1970) was taken the population of Walker was 235, but it is thought that we have more than that at the present time.

(As taken from the Centennial Historical recollection in 1970)

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(This adaptation was taken from The Walker Herald dated September 18, 1970)

Recreational activities in Walker:

Tennis Court and basketball goals at the park

Annual events include:

Annual Dog clinic in March, Walker Fun Days Celebration There is a community room available for rentals throughout the year; also available is the Walker Park and shelter house. Churches include:

Mennonite House, Christian Church, Faith Baptist Church Utility Companies are:

KCP&L (electric) D&B Trash Service

Property Mangers in Walker:

City Hall Address:

Abilene Enterprise

103 North 5th Street, Walker, MO 64790 Office Hours 8-12:00 Noon Phone: 417-465-2230

Walker Schools:

North East Vernon County HS Mascot- Knights Students: 107 High School Grade School in Schell City

Schell City, MO History:

We are a small town of 292 people, but our history is alive and strong. Augustus Schell was the founder of Schell City, MO. He was a lawyer, politician and businessman from the state of New York. Schell City was founded in 1871. The railroad soon entered the picture and the town was booming. Recreation & Points of Interest:

Schell City Conservation Area is a draw for various reasons. There is fishing, hunting, and bird watching. Also has a lot of wildlife including bald eagles.

Non Emergency Fire:

417-465-2221 Cell: 417-667-1521

Realtors/Property Managers:

Senior Housing Apartments: Jean Watson 417-432-3202 Schools:

North East Vernon County R-1 Mascot - Knights Elementary School - K-6- 130 students - located in Schell City North East Vernon County HS Students: 107- located in Walker Restaurants:

Madalyn’s Kitchen Schell City CafÊ Club House Pizza

Annual Events: Schell City has an annual Fall Festival. The festival is the first weekend following Labor Day. There are craft and food stands galore. There are activities for the young and old including live music, baby contest, talent show, and parade. Both nights consist of a street dance and fireworks.

City Hall:


Non-emergency Fire Dept. 417-432-3222

Schell City has a park with playground equipment and a shelter house which is partly enclosed, there is also a ball field that is used regularly. Nearest Medical Services:

Nevada, El Dorado Springs, and Appleton City Churches:

134 South Main Street, Schell City, MO 417-432-3222 email:


Tom Haddix

Did you know...

Schell City is known for their pagoda which stands in the north end of Main and AA Highway.

Baptist Church, Christian Church, and Methodist Church Electricity, Water, Gas, and Waste Services:

There are several propane providers to choose from. KCP&L of Kansas City provides electricity. Trash Service and water is furnished by the city.

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NE Section OF Amish VERNON COUNTY Most Americans are familiar with the Amish of Lancaster County Pennsylvania, where about 40,000 “plain people,” (including Old Order Mennonites) make up about 10% of the county’s total population, clustered around three towns: -- Strasburg, Intercourse, and Bird-in-Hand. There are other major groupings in Ohio and around Elkhart IN. It is estimated that there are 150,000 Amish in 17 states (and more in Canada). However, over the past several decades, Missouri’s Amish population has been among the fastest-growing nationwide. There are an estimated 5000 Amish in Missouri, with the largest settlements at Jamesport (begun 1953), and others at Clark (established 1954), Stanberry and Seymour (where observance is more strict and conservative than elsewhere in the U.S., and tourists are not especially wished-for). Although the Amish have been in the state since 1850 or earlier, the oldest existing settlement is Bowling Green (begun 1948), with smaller groups near Mt. Vernon, Kirksville, Windsor, Harwood, Schell City, Rich Hill and new settlements appearing periodically. Far from dying out, as has long been predicted, the Amish have doubled their population in the last twenty years, due to high birth rates and a far greater percentage of young Amish now making their permanent, adult commitment to the church, despite the increasing difficulty of earning a living from small-scale, low-technology farming. The Amish and Old Order Mennonites of Vernon County are located in basically two sections of the county: one in the Northwest area around Rich Hill and the other is in the Northeast area around Harwood and Schell City. Both areas have businesses that are open to the public and carry true Amish products such as furniture (indoor and outdoor), spices, produce, baked goods, livestock feeds and much more. People come from all across the country to enjoy the craftsmanship of the Amish and Mennonites. In the Harwood/Schell City area you will find an Amish small-engine repair shop, general store, feed store, lumber mill, furniture makers and farms true to the Amish way of life. It’s common to see their horse-drawn carriages traveling to and from homes on a Sunday after church. The Amish of Vernon County are warm and inviting and invite you to come and experience all they have to offer.

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SSection W Bronaugh, MO Bronaugh, MO was named for Warren Carter Bronaugh who was born in Buffalo, (West) Virginia in 1841, son of C.C. Bronaugh and the grandson of Revolutionary War Patriot, William Bronaugh. When Warren was a young child, his family moved to Henry County, Missouri and it was there that he grew up. He was nicknamed “Wal”. In 1861, he enlisted in the Confederate Army in Springfield and served under General Price. He participated in the Battle of Lone Jack. After the battle, Wal and another soldier became separated from the rest of their unit. Their unit retreated while they were away. Fortunately, Wal and the soldier met another Confederate soldier who told them about the retreat and they were able to relocate their unit instead of being captured by the Union troops that had moved into the area. After the War, Wal and his brothers moved to Texas where they raised cattle. However, during an 1880’s drought, they went broke. The Bronaugh brothers then moved to an area south of Nevada and started another cattle operation. It was at that point that land for a new town was obtained, and the town was named for Wal Bronaugh. Before long, he returned to Henry County and he then lived near Clinton for many years. One part of Bronaugh history that is often overlooked, is the relationship of the town founder to the Younger brothers who rode with Jesse James and who were arrested following the famous bank robbery at Northfield, Minnesota. The Younger brothers were also Confederate Soldiers. Their family was among those families who were robbed many times by Jayhawkers coming out of Kansas. The Younger’s reacted by joining up with various bands of outlaws who were referred to as Bushwhackers. There is no evidence that Wal Bronaugh ever participated in such activities. By 1876, the Younger’s careers of riding with the James gang had ended. They had been convicted of the robbery and murders associated with the Northfield, Minnesota bank robbery. They then entered the Minnesota State Penitentiary with life sentences ahead of them. In the fall of 1885, Wal Bronaugh traveled to Minnesota and asked to visit with the Younger’s in prison. He was allowed to do so. There is some question as to Bronaugh’s real motive for visiting the former outlaws. Originally it was felt that he went to Minnesota on a sense of loyalty to fellow Confederate soldiers who he felt were victims of circumstance.

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SW When he met Cole Younger, Bronaugh later stated that it was then that he realized that he had formerly met Cole. Cole had been the Confederate soldier who had helped Wal find his way back to his Confederate unit some 20 years ago at Lone Jack, Missouri. He had in essence, probably saved Wal Bronaugh’s life. There is another theory about Bronaugh meeting the Younger’s and it involves Frank James (Jesse’s brother). Frank could certainly never go into Minnesota during his life or he would be arrested for the Northfield bank robbery. It is well established that Wal Bronaugh and Frank James were good friends. It is plausible that Wal’s visit to the Minnesota penitentiary was actually on behalf of Frank. Whatever the reason for Wal Bronaugh’s going to Minnesota, there is no doubt that he was absolutely committed to working for the release of the Younger’s from prison. In fact, he spent the next nearly 20 years working toward that goal. He spent much of his own money and used his influence with Missouri politicians to work for the Younger’s parole. The Younger’s were paroled finally in 1901. On the day that their parole was announced, Wal Bronaugh was in Minnesota and it was he who escorted the Younger’s from prison and met with reporters. Bronaugh remained a Confederate supporter for the duration of his life and served as commander of the Missouri unit, “United Confederate Veterans”.

Did you know...

WC Bronaugh purchased a home in Nevada for Frank James, the infamous outlaw. Annual Events: Bronaugh Fall Festival (last Saturday in September)

School: Bronaugh Wildcats

Churches: Baptist, Christian and Methodist

City Hall address: 166 4th Street, Bronaugh, MO Mayor: Sherry Brown

Utilities: • KCP&L (electric) • Consolidated Public Water Supply

Restaurants: Producers Deli

Non emergency Numbers: Ambulance: 417-667-5079 Sheriff: 417-667-6042

Moundville, MO A Harvey Karnes, surveyor and farmer donated the land, laid out, and platted the town on a mount about eight miles southwest of Nevada in 1860, hence the name “Moundville”. It is surrounded by rich farm land and in the 1930’s had a large coal mining operation southwest of town. At one time, it was considered to be the county seat, as it had a bigger population than Nevada, but Nevada was chosen because of its’ more central location. There were numerous businesses at one time, including five grocery stores, six places to buy gas, two café’s, a bar, hardware store, lumber yard, livery stable, blacksmith shop, carpenter shop, a five and dime store, jail, funeral home, doctors office, grain elevator, feed mill, several auto repair shops, a new Ford car and truck agency and a MO Pacific Railroad Depot and Stockyards. (You could ride the train to Nevada for $.10) Moundville was also home to Cooper College, four churches; several lodge halls, and an elementary and high school. After the coal mining shut down and better roads and transportation became available, Moundville started to decline and at present there are just two businesses and a post office. The service station has been operating for 55 years, under the same ownership.

Did you know...

The Cooper College (est. 1892) building stood until the late 1950’s when a tornado damaged it. The bell remains as a memorial to the old school.

Recreational activities and points of interest include: • Baseball Diamond • Community Building for social gatherings Annual Events: Lords Acre Supper 4th of July Fireworks There is a City Park available for family fun. Churches: • Methodist Church • Spoken Word Tabernacle Utilities : • Electric Company: KCP&L • Water: Public Water District #1 • Garbage Disposal: Waste Corporation of America • Telephone: CenturyTel School: Moundville students are integrated into the Bronaugh School District City Hall: 417-922-3456 (West F. Hwy) Mayor: Lyman Bott

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SSW ection

Bushwhacker Lake


Located in Bronaugh, Missouri.

During the Civil War, Kansas Jayhawkers ambushed local residents believed to be Confederate sympathizers. In retaliation, those men, known as bushwhackers, banded together and started their own guerilla war against the Union. The guerilla warfare soon spilled over into Missouri, and some fierce fighting took place along Little Dry Wood Creek.

Bushwhacker is an appropriate name for the conservation area that now covers 4,790 acres along the Vernon and Barton county lines.

Little Dry Wood Creek runs through the eastern side of the area.

Historically, nearly the whole area was prairie, with timber only along Little Dry Wood Creek and its drainages. Before it became public land, much of the original prairie had been plowed and put into crops, or disked and seeded to fescue. The more than 1,400 acres of prairie remaining today are being restored through controlled grazing, herbicide treatment, and burning. About 120 acres of native hay meadows also remain and harbor the same plant communities that buffalo once grazed. Other wildlife, such as quail, rabbits, and deer, are common. Each fall and spring, hundreds of waterfowl use the area’s lakes and ponds.

One of the drainages was dammed in 1982 to make 157-acre Bushwhacker Lake . This lake, along with a smaller lake and numerous ponds on the area, has been renovated and stocked with bass, bluegill, and channel catfish.

 During your visit to Bushwhacker Lake Conservation Area, you may observe various wildlife management, research, and soil conservation activities. Sharecrop agreements with local farmers help provide food for wildlife. Trees and shrubs are planted along the boundaries, and clumps of shrubs will be planted in the open fields to provide cover for quail and other wildlife. Native warmseason grasses and prairie forbs, wheat and lespedeza are being planted in strips. Any physical disturbance is only temporary. Do you enjoy Bird or nature viewing? This area has a good diversity of grassland birds including Dickcissels, Grasshopper Sparrows, Henslowe Sparrows, and Short-

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eared Owls. Prairie Chickens have booming grounds on the west side of the area. Many portions of native prairie have good plant diversity. Wildflowers are typically showy during late spring to Early Summer. Hiking? Hiking is allowed on the entire area. There are many mowed access trails that provide quality hiking opportunities. There is a 6.6 mile mowed horse/hiking trail located southwest of the lake.  

Camping? Designated camping area is adjacent to the boat ramp located on Bushwhacker Lake . Camping is primitive with a privy available. No other amenities provided.  

Hunting?  There are area regulations, but yes, you can go hunting at Bushwhacker Lake Conservation area. Various hunting opportunities include: Deer, Dove, Quail, Rabbit, Squirrel, Turkey and Waterfowl with an abundance of several species. Do you like the hunt to be a little more challenging? Well, bring your bow and arrow! There is also an archery range for target practice. Archery Range (unmanned). Four backstops available, 10, 20, 30, and 40 yard targets. Open entire year.  If you enjoy the outdoors, then while visiting Vernon County, the Bushwhacker Lake Conservation are is a “Must See” attraction.

Check with Missouri Department of Conservation office in Joplin (417-629-4323) for boating and fishing regulations specifit to the Bushwhacker Area.

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Sheldon Old Settlers’ Picnic A Small Town Tradition

The September 8, 1905, edition of the Sheldon Enterprise, gave the following report. “Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23 will be days long to be remembered as on those days Sheldon gives her first annual Old Settler’s Picnic. There will be all kinds of attractions and on Saturday a horse and calf show. The park will be thrown open as a camping ground with free water, free straw and free fuel to the disposal of the public.” The September 29, 1905, edition of the Sheldon Enterprise reported the following: “The first Old Settler’s Picnic was a most successful event. It was estimated that there was no less than 5,000 people in the town on the second day. A permanent organization was effected Saturday under the name “The Old Settlers Picnic Association”. Judge Correll was elected president; W.B. Hyder, first vice-president: John Cray, second vice–president: J.T. Voss, secretary: and W.L. Earp assistant secretary. (Sheldon Old Settlers’ Picnic cook book 2004) The present day Sheldon Old Settlers’ Picnic has been held the third weekend in August for the last

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In 1904

In 1904, twenty-three years after Sheldon was officially established, community leaders led by Mr. Davis, Mr. McCutcheon and John Phipps furnished beef for a free barbecue and organized the first Sheldon Old Settler’ Picnic.

several years. Everyone associated with Sheldon has their own memories of the Picnic and I’m sure a lengthily could be written about what the Sheldon Picnic means to them, me included. I currently serve as president of the Picnic Association. I served as co-president last year with my dad, Kerry Fowler. My dad had actually served on the board in years past. I enlisted the help of some Sheldon residents that could tell me more about the Sheldon Picnic in years past and I’m so glad I did. I heard stories I know I’ll never forget and also history, about Sheldon, where I’m proud to say is my home town. I interviewed Darlene Sheriden and LaVerne & Helen Leininger. LaVerne’s first Picnic was around 1930 when he won second place in the baby show. LaVerne has a lot of memories of past picnics, the community building, canned goods, garden produce, and field crops. Darlene was involved with the Picnic at a very young age and still served on our ad committee last year. Darlene is the granddaughter to John Phipps, one of the original founders of the Picnic. The Phipps family still takes

great pride in the Picnic. This year John Phipps, 7th generation family member was even present. Darlene said her grandfather and other town leaders started the event for a way all the farmers could get together and socialize and to show their prize animals, produce, crops…etc. The event first started as two days, but quickly grew to three. Two large canvas tents were set up for two out of the three churches to have food stands-they would serve two years and have one year off. I was told they were very large food stands that served full course meals that included your choice of chicken dinners with all the trimmings, homemade pie, green beans, slaw, ham and beans, and also Aileen Benny’s famous vegetable soup. It was also mentioned that in some of the earlier years the chicken dinners they served were very fresh! Live chickens were brought in daily and were killed, cleaned and cooked during the picnic. There was always a large carnival. Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, gypsies would even have games, where small prizes could be won. Once the community building was built it would always be full of exhibits; including chickens This was where Darlene got involved at a young age — helping her father Ezra Phipps on the poultry committee. She said she would help her dad build and set up cages for the event and feed and water the chickens daily. There were all kinds of animal entries chickens, pigs, goats, best boy rider, and best girl rider. Best buck, lamb, and best pair of mules, just to name a few. The mule show was always a popular event. The animal shows came to an end in the late 1940-early 1950’s. The

community building still has entries every year although it’s not as full as it was in past years, but Agriculture entries are still one of the most popular exhibits. Canned goods, flowers, photography, 4-H and textiles can still be seen during the Picnic. Our itinerary for the three days hasn’t changed much in the last 100 years, but many new activities have been added along the way. Gospel music can still be heard on Thursday night, just like it was in the early days. A street dance and band performances both Friday and Saturday night. The royalty coronation is on Saturday, which is the Picnic’s main fund-raiser every year. So if you like the picnic buy a ticket from those girls! The softball tournament is always a great attraction and it was in the early days too. All three interviewees said all the stores would close early just to watch the games, especially when the Wooldridge brothers were playing. The oldest brother would even wear his St. Louis Cardinals jersey, yes I said his jersey. A pro-baseball player even played in the ball tournament at the Sheldon Picnic. The kid’s games and races are a big crowd favorite. The park is full of kids, parents, grandparents and spectators to watch all the local youngsters try to win their prize money. The baby show is still held on Saturday morning, just like it was so many years ago. We have added a pedal tractor pull in the last 15years and it is a big hit with all the kids. The antique and classic tractor pull draws a big crowd on Saturday night, sometimes running into early morning on Sunday. Our parade goes down Main Street on Saturday evening- just like it did in 1925-shown in the bottom picture. One thing that has changed is the water. We have the modern way of getting water now, which is much different than how it was in yearly years. All three interviewees commented on the “community watering trough” you would drink from. There was a large tank that was located to the south of the community building. Large blocks of ice would keep the water cold and someone was always keeping watch over the tank to make sure it was full of water and that no one put used water back in the or spit their tobacco in it. There were several cups with string

tied to the trough that you would drink from. It’s also safe to say that love bloomed and possibly still does at the Sheldon Old Settlers Picnic. My grandparents Floyd and Mildred (Norwood) Fowler met at the Sheldon Picnic in 1927. I’m sure there are many, many others that met at the Picnic. I remember my grandma telling stories about the plane rides that used to be given. My granddad even talked her into going for a ride after her mother forbade her go. I know there are a lot of Picnickers that are proud to say they have never missed a picnic, me included. My dad has always jokingly said: “you’re not grown, until you have missed a picnic” and he only has missed two in his lifetime. Both were when he was stationed in TX and in the Philippines when he was in the Air Force. He said: “it was very hard to be young and away from home and know exactly what you would be missing at the Picnic”. Darlene Sheridian has only missed one Picnic in her life time and she just turned 89 this year. The Picnic she missed was when she was pregnant with her twin daughters and her doctor wouldn’t let her drive from Wichita, KS. Helen said her favorite memory of the Picnic was to always see friends that you hadn’t seen since school was out. One thing that Darlene and Helen both commented on was that all the girls would plan out their outfits, make new dresses and always looked their best at the Picnic. I’m sure there are many that still do that today. Many people, fads and interests have come and gone over the last 100 years in our little town, but I noticed there was one constant with everyone I interviewed, including myself. Even though there is a vast difference in our ages, we all shared the same common favorite memory. The picnic is a time that everyone comes home. Families come together and friends reconnect at the Picnic. It is a wonderful way to bring summer to an end. Even in 2012 the picnic still resembles what the 1917 advertised “Thirteenth Annual Old Settlers Picnic and Home Coming Week”. Sheldon might be a small town, but we take big pride in our home town and the Sheldon Old Settlers’ Picnic. We just celebrated our 108th year and we have no plans on stopping!

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Victorian homes & places driving tour Please stop by the Chamber of Commerce, for full descriptions of the homes. This tour is self-guided. BUSHWHACKER MUSEUM The Old Jail- 231 North Main 1860-1871 The Museum-212 West Walnut 1920

WILLSTON D. BAILEY HOUSE 812 North Washington 1886

COURTHOUSE SQUARE Vernon County Courthouse Southwest corner of Cedar & Cherry (Note the owl on top of the building) Completed in 1908 of Carthage limestone, Romanesque Revival style. Rockwood Hotel- 128 West Walnut Nevada’s first modern hotel, built in 1878 by Dr. Charles Rockwood. Statue of U.S. Senator William Joel Stone- Located on the south courthouse lawn, bronze and Missouri Red granite. Former Nevada Post Office Go west on Cherry Streetcorner of Cherry & Ash Built in 1908,

E.J. WARTH HOUSE 819 North Washington mid-1880s

A.J. (ANDY) KING HOUSE 700 West Walnut 1890

H.P. HILDEBRANT HOUSE 823 North Washington 1900

JACOB S. WACHTEL HOUSE 903 West Walnut early 1880s

HARRY DUCK HOUSE 937 North Washington 1900

W. T. BALLAGH HOUSE 810 West Cherry 1880

W. A. ARMSTRONG HOUSE 1008 North Washington 1895

EDWARD T. STEELE HOUSE 805 West Cherry 1913

JOHN BERGHAUSER HOUSE 305 East Central 1889

FRENCH H. GLENN HOUSE 738 West Cherry 1903


GEORGE WILLSON HOUSE 128 South Clay 1906

W. F. NORMAN CORPORATION 220 North Cedar 1898 DANIEL P. STRATTON HOUSE 321 North Washington 1881

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NICHOLAS JOHANNES HOUSE 505 West Austin 1919-20 WALLACE MATTOX HOUSE 204 South West 1890 COTTEY COLLEGE 1000 West Austin Founded in 1884 W.F. NORMAN HOUSE 400 South College 1923-24 RADIO SPRINGS PARK End of South College Street 1887 H.W. LANCASTER HOUSE 806 West Sycamore 1906 LARKIN CALLAWAY HOUSE 525 West Arch 1891 THOMAS HACKETT HOUSE 503 West Sycamore 1900 JOHN HUSTON HOUSE 404 South Adams JOHN MIMS HOUSE 411 South Adams 1893 JAMES A. DALY HOUSE 624 South Ash 1895

Z.C. KELSO HOUSE 226 West Arch 1884

DEEPWOOD CEMETERY 800 South Washington 1869


ROBERT J. McGOWAN HOUSE 320 South Lynn 1898

JAMES B ROBINSON HOUSE 312 South Main 1890

JOSEPH T. HORNBACK HOUSE 203 South Washington 1896

JOHN CLACK HOUSE 504 South Cedar 1880

MEMORIAL BUILDING (ARMORY) – 402 East Cherry 1908





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Metz (Village) Joe Luther, Chairman of Board Jessica Luther, Clerk 290 W. Walnut, Rich Hill, MO 64779 471-684-2912

Moundville (Village) Lymon Bott, Chairman of Board email:

Richards (Village) Russell Underwood, Chairman of Board Charie Coffman, Clerk, P.O. Box 1, Richards, MO 64778 417-927-3406

Bronaugh Sherry Brown, Mayor 679 N. Maple, Bronaugh, MO 64728 417-922-3319 Lori Conner, Clerk 383 E. 4th St., Bronaugh, MO 64728 417-922-3453

Stotesbury (Village) Martin Barnes, Chaiman of Board 3633 Gordon St., Hume, MO 64752 417-927-3285 Marvin Shelton, Clerk 3763 E.Rumbaugh, Hume, MO 64752 417-927-3297

Deerfield (Village) Wayne Sisseck, Chairman of Board P.O. Box 123, Deerfield, MO 64741 417-966-7359 Bill Smith, Clerk, P.O. Box 9, Deerfield, MO 64741 417-966-7242



Schell City Tom Haddix, Mayor 417-432-3133 Sharon Sanderson, Clerk 417-432-3222 P.O. Box 22, Schell, City, MO 64783 email: city

Sheldon Rob Sewell, Mayor Becky Morgan, Clerk 471-884-2621 110 W. Main, Sheldon, MO 64784 email: cityof

Walker Leon Gier, Mayor 660-890-4975 Sylvia Keith, Clerk, 417-465-2230 P.O. Box 58, Walker, MO 64790

Milo (Village) Kevin Williams, Chairman of Board email: kdalewilliams@centuryel. net

Harwood (Village) Bill Begley, Chairman of Board 216 N. Brown St., Harwood, MO 64750 417-296-2543 Donna Rickey, Clerk P.O. Box 25, Harwood, MO 64750 417-432-1615

CENTRAL SECTION: Page 14-19 Nevada Brian Leonard, Mayor J.D. Kehrman, City Manager City Hall, 110 S. Ash, Nevada, MO 64772 417-448-2700

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“ Where

Amazing is Expected ” “Cottey believes that everyone who comes there can do something amazing, but Cottey lets you define what amazing is.”


Ivy Fitzgerald, Class of 2006

mazing might also describe how a woman and her sisters began a college for women in Nevada. The story of Virginia Alice Cottey and the founding of Cottey College is a familiar one to area residents. Guided by the belief that women deserved the same quality of education as men, she and her sisters pooled their money, $3,000, and built a school in Nevada, Missouri. Vernon Seminary, as it was known initially, opened its doors on September 8, 1884, in a two-story red brick building with 28 students from kindergarten through a two-year collegiate course. The changes that have occurred over 128 years have been amazing, but the commitment to women’s education has not changed as Cottey has progressed through the ages. The Campus The most obvious change over time has been to the face of campus. The central part of Main Hall, on Chestnut and Austin, was the campus for the first few years. As needed, the College added three residence halls, an academic building, a gymnasium (which is now an art facility), another gymnasium, a chapel, and a library. Nevada residents may also remember the dedication of the Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts in 1989 and the Rubie Burton Academic Center in 1998. The Norman House was added as the Helen and George Washburn Center for Women’s Leadership in 1998. Today, the campus has 14 buildings on 11 city blocks with a lodge on 33-wooded acres. Cottey isn’t through, though. Plans are in the works to construct a new state-of-

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the-art fine arts instructional facility in the near future as part of the Defining Moment campaign.

The Instructional Program Although originally a school with classes from kindergarten through college, in 1932 Cottey dropped the lower grades and focused on the two-year collegiate program to concentrate resources and achieve accreditation. Today, Cottey offers both two-year and four-year degree programs. Degrees include the Associate in Arts; Associate in Arts-Music; Associate in Fine Arts in art, dance, and theatre; and Associate in Science degrees; and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English, Environmental Studies, International Relations and Business, and Psychology. The College anticipates adding additional baccalaureate programs in the next few years. Cottey is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

International Focus In 1949, the College initiated a program to recruit international students. Cottey became known as the “College of World Friendship” in the decade that followed. Approximately 13 percent of today’s student population is international, 20 percent of the faculty are from other countries, and this academic year 24 different countries are represented on campus. What’s more amazing, however, is Cottey’s commitment to send each student on a trip abroad. Cottey initiated its International Experience trips in 1999. Every second-year student is eligible to go on the one-week trip to a European city over the first week of spring break. The trip offerings have grown over the years as well. This year, students could choose from a trip to Guatemala, Thailand, or Italy. In past years, alternate trips to Japan and New Zealand have been offered. Growth Cottey opened with 28 students in 1884. Today, full residential enrollment is 350 students, but the College is looking to grow. The comprehensive campaign, A Defining Moment: The Campaign for Cottey College, is a five-year, $35 million campaign which will grow Cottey in programs and in students. The goal of the Campaign is to add academic programs, expand the physical plant, and increase enrollment to 500 students. The Campaign priorities include: increasing the scholarship endowment, endowing two faculty chairs, constructing a new fine arts instructional facility, and enhancing the library. If Cottey has been

amazing in the past, just wait to see what the future will bring! Regardless of the changes that occur, however, Cottey will hold fast to its mission to educate women to become learners, leaders and citizens in a global society. For more information on Cottey College, please visit the web site at

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• Public school systems in the county include: Nevada, Bronaugh, Sheldon, and Northeast Vernon County (for Schell City and Walker) • In addition, there is a private school in Nevada: St. Mary’s Elementary School, affiliated with St. Mary’s Catholic Church. • There are two colleges in Nevada: Crowder College (a community college based in Neosho, Missouri) has a satellite campus on the north end of town, and Cottey College, a small, independent women’s college, that has been in Nevada since 1884. • Nevada/ Vernon County is also home to the Missouri Welding Institute, a trade school. Missouri Welding Institute is a “Premier Welding School” geared to training welders for jobs all over the world. Their training facility occupies an area that is 26,500 square feet which includes the welding shop, pipefitting laboratory, cylinder storage, classroom, library, student breakroom, storm shelter, storage building and offices.


The mission of the Nevada R-V School District, a district that inspires innovative and educational excellence, is to develop well-equipped life-long learners who are productive in a changing global society through diverse educational experiences, best instructional practices, and innovative technology, as well as utilizing the resources of our community. (From the Nevada R-V website.) The local Nevada R-V district is Accredited with Distinction and is an A+ school, providing students a path to a successful future. Students who

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graduate from an accredited A+ high school (and meet specific requirements) may use their benefits at any Missouri community college. These benefits include reduced tuition. The Nevada R-V School District has two elementary schools, one elementary/middle school, one high school, and a regional vocationaltechnical center which serves the county. The district also works with Heartland Hospital, a local mental health facility for youth, to provide their educational services for Heartland’s residential population. Statistics on the Nevada R-V School system may be found on the website for Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Educa-

tion at Information about the district’s programs and schools may be found at https://sites.

Coming in 2013

Performing Arts CENTER

On October 24, 2012, Nevada High School broke ground on a new performing arts center and multipurpose building to be completed in the fall of 2013. The new Ella Maxwell Center for the Performing Arts is being constructed on the north side of Nevada High School campus. In addition to the work currently underway for the performing arts center, the initial phases of the multi-purpose building are underway, too. The multi-purpose building will be west of NHS Wynn Gymnasium. When complete it will provide a second basketball court on-site.

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CROWDER COLLEGE COTTEY COLLEGE Crowder has had a presence in Nevada since 1995. In addition to Cottey College is a n independent liberal arts and sciences college traditional associate degree programs, the college also offers an accelerated one-year LPN program. These programs are housed in the Nevada Moss Higher Education Learning Center, and offer flexible class schedules including early morning, afternoon, and evening classes for your convenience. Fully networked computer labs are available for student usage. The Nevada campus features traditional classroom instructed courses as well as “Flex” courses (these feature a combination of classroom hours and a Blackboard internet component.) Because Crowder is a Missouri community college, students who have earned A+ benefits at an accredited Missouri high school, may use those benefits at the local campus. For more information on Crowder College in Nevada, visit their website at:

for women with two-year and selected four-year programs. Cottey offers the following degrees: Associate in Arts Associate in Arts-Music Associate in Fine Arts Associate in Science Bachelor of Arts in English Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Business

The college, founded by Virginia Alice Cottey in 1884, was given to the P.E.O. Sisterhood in 1927, which makes Cottey the only nonsectarian college in the United States owned and supported by women for women. The P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic educational organization of almost 250,000 members, is dedicated to providing excellent educational opportunities to women. Today, a Cottey education emphasizes high academic standards with unique opportunities for personal growth through residential, cultural and intellectual experiences. Cottey’s Lecturers and Artists Super Series (CLASS) regularly brings noted performers and lecturers to campus for the enjoyment of not only its students, but the community as well. For more information on Cottey College, visit their website at:

Did you know...

The medical profession is one of the fastest growing industries and Crowder College has an amazing nursing program.

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Missouri State Representative District 126 - Vernon and Bates Counties

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• Accredited with Distinction in Performance since 2000 • Over 57% of district teachers have a Master’s Degree • Less than 3.5% dropout rate • 94.9% attendance record • A+ Schools designated High School

• Dual-credit high school and colleges courses • Balanced Literacy Elementary Reading Initiative • Coordinated School Health Program-registered nurses district wide • Nevada Regional Technical Center-vocational programs for H.S. students • Nevada R-V Foundation - Investing in Excellence

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1860 - “Nevada City” Founed 1863 - Nevada City burned by Union Soldiers 1865 - Nevada City re-built 1869 - “Nevada City” re-named “Nevada”

1870 - First railroad arrived 1884 - Cottey College Founded 1906 - Cornerstone laid for Vernon County Courthouse

1887 - State Mental Hospital opened 1910 - Post office opened 1917 - Cargegie Building completed

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Nevada, Missouri was founded in 1860 under the name “Nevada City” just prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. The name was chosen by DeWitt Hunter in honor of his time spent in Nevada City, CA during the Gold Rush of 1849. The original fifty acres was purchased at a cost of $250 and was selected due to its location in almost the exact center of the new Vernon County, of which it became the 4 county seat. During the Civil War, Nevada City became known as the “Bushwhacker Capital” due to the strong pro-South5 ern attitudes of its approximately 425 residents. The 7th Cavalry of the 8th Division of the Missouri State Guard (pro-Confederate) was raised at Nevada in 1861, and according to report, Vernon County sent more men to the Southern armies than any other county in Missouri. As a center for guerrilla warfare in Southwest Missouri, Nevada became a target for pro-Union militia. On May 23, 1863, a company of federal mi6 litia from Cedar and St. Clair counties arrived in 1) General John Logan Nevada City to exact retribution for a recent am2) V. A. Cottey bush by Confederate Bushwhackers. The Union 3) Cottey College Sign soldiers gave the local residents (of whom only 4) Frank James a handful remained after three years of continu5) Chief Pawhuska ous conflict) 20 minutes to rescue their belongings 6) Border War Skirmish before setting the town on fire. Almost all of the public, commercial, and residential buildings were destroyed in the incident. To learn more about Vernon County History, please visit Nevada City was rebuilt after the war’s end in The Bushwhacker Museum: 1865, and the name was officially changed to Nevada on March 3, 1869 when the city was incorporated. The town experienced much growth in the latter decades of the nineteenth century. The first railroad, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Katy) arrived in 1870, with the Missouri Pacific soon to follow in 1880. Another boon to the economy came with the construction of the State Mental Hospital in 1887, which eventually employed around 1,100 residents in the community. With Nevada’s prosperity came new building projects. The cornerstone for the now iconic Vernon County courthouse was laid in 1906 and still stands as proudly today as it did a century ago. Cottey College was founded by Miss Virginia Alice Cottey and her sisters in 1884 and continues to this day as prominent educational institution for women. The W.F. Norman Corporation, which opened for business in 1900, continues as the only remaining manufacturer of metal ceilings in the United States. Nevada continues to serve as a regional hub of government, recreation, and industry. As a bustling town well away the concerns of metropolitan areas, Nevada is well-positioned for future growth as an economical and safe community to retire or raise a family.

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St. Paul is located approximately two miles south of the stoplight at Austin Blvd. (54 Hwy) and Ash Street (BB Hwy). The church sits on the west side of BB Hwy. on East Pony Hill Road. Finish Line Convenience Store is directly south of St. Paul.

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AGRICULTURE Did you know...

Stop at one of the local stands, farmers’ markets, or retail establishments to buy a bag of pecans and taste the difference yourself!

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Average farm size: 330 acres Vernon County farms: 1,383 Dairies contribute over $7 million, while poultry and eggs provide over $9 million in sales for Vernon County.

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Vernon County

LABOR MARKET WORKFORCE SNAPSHOT Employers in Vernon County enjoy a stable and educated workforce. Our county’s turnover rate is consistently lower than the state average. In 2000, Vernon County employers experienced 8.6% turnover rate while the rest of the state averaged a full 10%. In the recent downturn, turnover rates have dropped everywhere; however, in Vernon County the rate is down to 6.8% while the statewide statistics show 8.08%. Statistics are according to the 2010 census and QUI Quickfacts. The work ethic and job retention may be reflected in the home ownership and education levels of our population. In the years 2005 - 2009, about 70% of households owned their homes. According to one Harvard study, “Strong and consistent evidence indicates that homeowners are more likely to: a) be satisfied with their homes and neighborhoods; b) participate in voluntary and political activities; and c) stay in their homes longer, contributing to neighborhood stability.” Vernon County’s working population, per capita, has earned high school diplomas at a much higher rate than both state and nationwide levels. Conversely, those without a High School Diploma are fewer per capita, contributing to a stable and community centered workforce. QUALITY OF LIFE The above statistics point to a stable and educated workforce, but more importantly, they point to a quality of life. The State of Missouri currently has the thirteenth lowest cost of living index, according to the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center. Couple this with a core population of hard working, family oriented individuals and it is easy to understand why those of us already here consider Vernon County to be an excellent place to bring your business and raise your family.

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Major Employers • 3M............................................. 610 • Nevada Regional Medical Center......................... 465 • Nevada R-5 School System.... 368 • Nevada Habilitation Center..... 290 • Wal-Mart Super Center............ 260 • Murphy Family Ventures.......... 240 • Heartland Behavioral Health Services......................... 200

• Cottey College......................... 162 • American Standard ................. 135 • City of Nevada......................... 130 • Platinum Aero Structures, Inc............................ 80 • US Bank..................................... 76 • InSite Support Services............. 50 • Wilkinson Pharmacy.................. 50

Special Points of Interest: • 2010 population ..............................................21,159 • Population increase from 2000 to 2010 .............3.4% • Home ownership rate .......................................69.8% • Private nonfarm establishments in 2009 ..............523 • Private nonfarm employment in 2009 ...............5649 • Median value of owner occupied homes ............................................................ $82,500 • Land area ........................................826 square miles • 25.6 persons ...................................... per square mile


Industry Types & Quantity in Vernon County: • Manufacturing Firms .............................................28 • Retail Trade ........................................................... 79 • Real Estate Rental and Leasing ............................. 18 • Professional Scientific & Technical Services ........19 • Administrative & Support, Waste Management and Re-mediation Services ....................................26 • Health Care & Social Assistance ......................... 103 • Arts, Entertainment & Recreation ...........................5 • Accommodation and Food Service ....................... 40 • Other services ........................................................ 38

1 person 2 persons 3 persons 4 persons 5 persons HOUSEHOLDS 6 persons 7 or more persons

HOUSEHOLD INCOME Less than 10k ....... 11.9% 10kthan -14,999k Less 10k ...................9.9% 11.9% 15k - 24,999k ........ 15.2% 10k -14,999k ............9.9% 25k - 34,999k 14.5% 15k - 24,999k ................ 15.2% 25k - 34,999k ................ 14.5% 35k - 49,999k 17.7% HOUSEHOLDS 35k - 49,999k ....................15% 17.7% 50k - 74,999k 50k - 74,999k ............15% 75k - 99,999k .............. 8% 75k - 99,999k ....................5.7% 8% 100k - 149,999k 100k 149,999k ......5.7% 150k - 199,999k ......1.7% 150k - 199,999k ......1.7% 200k+........................... .5% 200k+........................... .5%

Civic Groups 3M Club AAUW Aerie Auxiliary (Eagles) American Cancer Society American Legion Athenas MOKan Eagles Park/Bar H Boys Ranch Boy Scout Troop #42 Bushwhacker Quilt Guild Cancer Support Group Community Council on the Performing Arts (CCPA) Children’s Miracle Network Community Outreach Cottey College Campus Activities Cub Scout Pack #117 DAR Elizabeth Cary Dianas (MFWC) Ducks Unlimited Eagles Fraternal Order Eastern Star 100.00% Elks Lodge BPO #564 80.00% Garden Club Geneological Society 60.00% Girl em-POWERment Club Girl Scouts of40.00% Nevada Habitat For Humanity Historical Society 20.00% Hospital Auxiliary Knights of Columbus 0.00% Laurels (MFWC) Less than H.S. H.S. Graduate Masonic Lodge #303 Graduate (includes GED) Master Gardeners (Four Seasons) McGennis Youth Center Meals on Wheels Vernon County Mental Health AA Nevada Missouri Statewide Ministerial Alliance United States

Missouri Cattlemen Fund Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) MO-KAN Square Dancers Moss House Muscular Dystrophy Association Nevada Amateur Radio Nevada Area Multisport Nevada Elks Youth Activities Nevada Group Alcoholics Anonymous Nevada Head Start Nevada Lions Club NRMC Foundation Nevada Senior Center P.E.O. Chapters DW, KK, ND Red Cross Vernon County Chapter Relay for Life Republican Committee of Vernon County Research Club Rotary Club of Nevada Sheldon Adults for Teens Shrine Club of Nevada Soroptimist International Thalias (MFWC) The Neighbors Center United Way of Vernon County Vantage Point 100 Vernon County Arts Council Vernon County 4-H Clubs 80 Vernon County Cattlemen Vernon County Democrats 60 Some College Bachelor’s Degree Overall w/H.S. Vernon County People for Pets or Associate’s or higher Diploma or more RACIAL MAKEUP Vernon County Youth Task Force 40 VFW Ladies Auxillary VFW Post #2175 20 Vietnam Veterans of America Women’s Leadership Council 0



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100.00% 80.00% 60.00% 40.00% 20.00% 0.00% Less than H.S. Graduate

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Vernon County Missouri Statewide United States

Vernon County 2010 Population by Age Group Persons under 18 years 25%

Vernon County 2010 Population by Age Group

Persons between 18 & 65 years of age


Persons 65 years and over 16%

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The historic Courthouse located

on the square is the seat of Vernon County government. Vernon County operates with North, South, and Presiding Commissioners. The county commissioners have offices in this location as does the county treasurer, and other elected officals. The City of Nevada operates with a City Manager, a Mayor, and four City Council members.


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Police Department and the Vernon County Sheriff’s Department. The Nevada Fire Department has over 15 dedicated Firefighters, and the surrounding communities in Vernon County have volunteer departments that are ready when needed. Vernon County is also served by the Vernon County Ambulance District and Air Methods Med-Flight when medical emergencies should arise.

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CAMP Clark Camp Clark has played a role in every major US conflict from the Mexican border insurrection in 1916 to the present War on Terrorism in Iraq. In 1916, Camp Clark served as the mobilization point for six thousand of the troops sent to the Mexican border insurrection and to hunt for Pancho Villa in the southwestern United States and Mexico. In 1918, nearly 10,000 men arrived at Camp Clark before being shipped out to Europe to join in the final fighting of World War I (WWI). During World War II (WWII), Camp Clark served primarily as a Prison of War (POW) camp where approximately 5,000 captured Italian and German soldiers were detained. After WWII, the camp continued to be used, primarily by the National Guard, for weekend and annual training and maintaining equipment. Currently Camp Clark is training troops and support staff for the war in Iraq. They have troops in Iraq & Afghanistan and have peace keeping missions in Kosovo and Egypt. During the 1920s, a grass airstrip was added to the northwest corner of Camp Clark. The members of Camp Clark’s aviation unit flew a “Curtiss OX JN-4 ‘Jenny,’ purchased by the unit’s officers. Perhaps the most famous member of this group was Captain Charles Lindbergh, who, in 1927, made the first solo flight across the Atlantic” (Fiedler 2003:121). 52 | Nevada/Vernon County Community Guide

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WONDERS OF VERNON COUNTY Not listed in any particular order of signifiance.


Vernon County has 712 of 834 square miles in productive farmland. Vernon County is 1st in pecans and 4th in swine; both of which are shipped as far as China.  The County has 76 and counting Century Farms.  Included in agriculture production we have a significant impact in crop, dairy, and cattle.  Vernon County contributes over $130 million in agriculture alone and the surrounding southwest Missouri area has the largest portions of Missouri’s $3.4 billion agriculture industry.


Vernon County boasts over 100 civic groups. We also have many philanthropic events year round.  Vernon County knows how to step up to the plate and serve their community and the people within and around us with much enthusiasm, generosity, and compassion. The spirit of community has flowed into the minds of our youth who have also stepped up to the plate and and have become involved; whether it be with the Vernon County Youth Task Force, Living out Loud (LOL), and many others.  The local DECA students, who won first place in 2012 International Competition, are working on two public relations plans that will positively affect the 2) CONSERVATION and HUNTING Vernon County has over 17,000 acres of Conservation land and community.  One is The Healthy Nevada Project and the other is a over 150 acres of useable water for fishing and other like sports.  Stand Up 2 Cancer funding initiative.  Hunting and fishing is a way of life, and many visitors come during the hunting seasons to sport our local game.  We’ve seen spot- 5) INDUSTRY ted the Robertson’s of Duck Dynasty and a Chief’s player now and Not only is 3M the areas largest employer, Nevada’s 3M is the again, taking advantage of our ample wildlife and green spaces. center of excellence in commercial graphic plant sites over the seven worldwide.  3M chooses Nevada to have their international and metropolitan visitors tour, proving how much of a gem Nevada 3) ARCHITECTURE Our community has many Victorian and Craftsman homes, some has.  3M has many well known large clients and most everywhere are located on a popular driving tour.  But did you know two of you go, 3M graphic material is there.  From a UPS truck, graphour companies have made a significant difference in architectural ics on a semi, NASCAR race cars, billboards, and even enormous enhancements? Gammon Glass, a local glass company also owns pictures inside malls, museums, and exterior wall art. But, 3M Nethe same company that supplied our Missouri State Capitol with vada is not only graphics.  its beautiful stain glass windows.  W.F. Norman, a decorative sheet 3M Nevada also produces metal company, has had on going contracts with Disney and Uni- speciality products for 16 versal Studios nationally and worldwide.  You will find the special- other 3M businesses, giving ty decor in many movies and TV series like “Maverick” starring additional diversity and staMel Gibson and Jodie Foster, “The Book of Eli” starring Denzel bility to the plant.  Started in Washington, CSI, and many others.  W.F. Norman has assisted in 1971, the plant has grown the restoration of many state Capitols from Texas, Michigan, Ver- over the years to 769,000 mont, and more.  In the recent 2013 Rose Bowl Parade, if you square feet on 229 acres of caught a glimpse of a Roman Chariot, you also caught a peek of land. Pictured is 3M graphics on the Kansas City CenW.F. Norman’s beautiful artwork.  tral Library garage. 54 | Nevada/Vernon County Community Guide


In 1902 Nevada sported its first Minor League Baseball team, the Nevada Lunatics, one year after Minor League Baseball was born. Since then, Nevada has had a long tradition in baseball.  Nevada’s most recent team, the Nevada Griffin’s of the National Baseball Congress (NBC) debuted in 1985. The team comprises of college students that come to play from all over the nation.  In its 27 year history, 26 have continued on to Major League Baseball.  Among those, there are five still actively playing in MLB; Trevor Hoffman, Paul Phillips, Jason Smith, Mark Tehen, and Ian Kinslerwhom also played in the World Series with the Texas Rangers in 2010.  The Griffins have gone to the NBC World Series twice, and placed third two other times. Baseball dreams begin early in Nevada.  The area has very active youth teams, and Champion Diamonds, a US Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) sanctioned team brings other youth from all over the state to the area.  If there is one thing our community enjoys, it’s to “Play Ball!”


Vernon County’s History is so significant that in 2006, we received a U.S. Congressional designation as being a part of the “Freedom’s Frontier Region”. Events that happened in the 29 eastern Kansas and 12 western Missouri counties of Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area led to the Civil War and an enduring struggle for freedom. Conflict over slavery and other issues drew those on both sides into a violent Border War. Missouri heroes were Kansas villains. Kansas victories were Missouri tragedies. Our region was the epicenter of conflicts that still define American values, and its struggles to achieve them. The issues of slavery, the forced migration of Native Americans and the inspiring resilience of those nations in the face of oppression, the voluntary immigration of settlers along the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails, and the final resolution of racial segregation in our public schools a century later — all these belong to the story of the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. This story continues to evolve, to define and influence who we are today, in the region and as a nation.


A community cannot succeed if it was not for the drive, spirit, and good will of the people within it. Vernon County has a unique diversity not always found in rural American communities.  The people within come from all kinds of walks.  Some had been born and raised in the area, and others have relocated from the biggest cities in our country, and we have a notable population that have settled here from overseas.  The generous and compassionate spirit is strong.  Almost every month you may find there is a benefit, an organized 5K run, or a good baked potato feed to help those in need.  Our businesses have time and time again showed strong support for our community and our schools. Vernon County has a wealth of educators, health care professionals, small business owners, farmers, laborers, and creative artists.  Each person can make a difference, and some go above and beyond. Vernon County strives to develop a culture where people and businesses, working together, creates an exceptional community. 

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ernon County, Missouri was organized on February 27, 1855 and is named for Miles Vernon, a threetime Missouri Senator from Laclede County. In the same year commissioners bought 50 acres for $250 as the site of the county seat. The county seat was first called Fairview; later the name became Nevada City. Now known as just Nevada, it is geographically located in the center of the county. The first courthouse was completed in 1857. The upper story was used for county offices and the lower floor held the courtroom and was also available for religious services of all denominations. This building was located one block west of the public square. Appropriations of $900 were made for construction of the building which measured 28 feet by 18 feet with the first story nine feet high, the second story seven feet. This building was burned with the rest of the town by Federal troops on May 26, 1863.

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For lack of a suitable building in Nevada, the first post-war sessions of the County Court were held at Little Osage. The second courthouse was built in the center of the Nevada City square in 1868. The final costs totaled approximately $25,000. The 50-by60-foot brick building had a 15-foot tower that rose from a 10-foot base. The building faced south. In time it deteriorated and was sold and razed in 1906. The present Vernon County Courthouse was completed in 1908. The three-story, Carthage limestone, Romanesque Revival style building measures 80 by 100 feet and rises to 126 feet at the top of the dome. It was the first courthouse built in Missouri after the Civil War and for a time, viewed as the finest in this part of the state. The original call for bids stated: “… that the said building be of a size to meet the wants and needs of Vernon

County for fifty years. The size must not be so large as to sacrifice quality to size, that it should be proportionate to the perspective of the square, that said building complete shall not exceed the cost of $75,000.” During construction, rapidly rising costs caused alterations to be made to the original plans. An example of materials substitution was the change made to the main staircase from marble and iron to quartersawed oak. In actuality the final costs for the courthouse amounted to almost $80,000. Our Courthouse was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places on June 27, 1997. A life-size bronze statue, erected by the State of Missouri, was dedicated on the Courthouse lawn in Nevada in 1935 to the memory of William Joel Stone, a Vernon Countian who served Missouri as a Congressman, Governor, and United States Senator. From 1872 to 1874 he also served as Prosecuting Attorney for Vernon County.

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At the time of writing this article, Vernon County is actively working toward becoming a Certified Work Ready Community. This is a voluntary initiative guided by key community leaders which will serve to strengthen Vernon County’s economy from within. This program gives individuals the opportunity to validate their work skills and even provides tools to improve skills. Employers may experience reduced training times and lower turnover. Educators will have insight into training needs. Economic Developers and Entrepreneurs will have hard data to utilize in building new businesses. It all begins with three ACT developed WorkKeys Assessments that demonstrate achievement in Reading for Information, Locating Information and Applied Math which are provided to Missouri residents. Successful completion of these high stakes, proctored assessments earns the individual a National Career Readiness Certification. Think ACT for the college bound student only de-

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signed for the workforce! A side note here, the American Council on Education Recommends College Credit for Certificates Awarded at Silver Level or above! Currently the assessments are being delivered to adult job seekers at the Missouri Career Center and there is a plan in place to provide these same assessments at the Nevada Regional Technical Center to students by the 2013-14 school year. Businesses who recognize the value of the NCRC will be able to put it to use in their hiring practice by simply recommending applicants seek out the credential. The employer has immediate validation for those applicants, who have taken that extra step, they can read, do math and understand charts and graphs. Studies show these employers enjoy lower turnover rates and training costs than those who do not recognize this program. Now, when we have several individuals and businesses utilizing the program there are added benefits. Perhaps the most important of


these is giving individuals and educators a baseline allowing them to see strengths and weaknesses. This knowledge is empowerment to focus on improvement. All of these together build up our community. Individuals can utilize internet based training to skill themselves up, educators can provide more focus to entire programs if needed and businesses can save money! Yet another added benefit, when we have achieved these things as a community, imagine how much more attractive we will be to potential new business, entrepreneurs, and perhaps even bring home locals who once went off to college but had to go work elsewhere. The State of Missouri Department of Economic Development provides the program at no cost to adult jobseekers and employers. This includes software allowing individuals to practice up for the assessments. If employers wish, they may build upon the program by paying costs associated with addition of other services or assessments. Our Nevada Regional Technical Center is modeling their program after other Technical Centers in the region and expects to offer these same programs by the next school year, again at no cost to those students participating. Put all of this together and you have the Certified Work Ready Community Initiative. Learn how to be a part of it by contacting your Missouri Career Center in Nevada or the Nevada Regional Technical Center!


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PARTS AND SUPPLIES Liter’s Automotive 417-667-6112 1833 N. Osage Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772

TELECOMMUNICATIONS ATT 417-836-2474 600 E. St.Louis St., Springfield, MO 65806 The Cellular Connection, Inc. 417-667-4200 1039 E . Hwy 54., Nevada, MO 64772

WEBSITES/MARKETING Tim Bourassa 417-684-3514 17393 S. 1200 Rd., Nevada, MO 64772

CHURCHES Crossroads Community Church 417-667-6737 500 E. Highland (YMCA) , Nevada, MO 64772 First Baptist Church 417-667-6036 301 E. Highland Ave., Nevada, MO 64772 First Christian Church 417-667-3540 Washington & Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 First Presbyterian Church- pg 53 417-667-5625 500 N. Olive, Nevada, MO 64772 Life Church 417-667-9760 421 N. Centennial Blvd, Nevada, MO 64772 Nevada Assembly of God 417-667-2497 2247 N. Osage Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 Nevada Church of Christ 417-667-2462 704 S. Main, Nevada, MO 64772 Pine Street Baptist Church 417-667-2687 240 N. Pine St., Nevada, MO 64772 St. Paul Lutheran Church - pg 43 15156 E. Poney Hill Rd. Nevada, MO 64772 United Methodist Church 417-667-5435 500 S. College, Nevada, MO 64772

CIVIC & SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS Bar H Boys Ranch 417-321-4405 11357 E. Nebo Hill Rd., Nevada, MO 64772 Community Council on the Performing Arts 417-667-9513 107 W. Barton Place, Nevada, MO 64772 Nevada F.O.E. 3770 417-667-9283 2213 E. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772

Business Directory CIVIC & SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS McGinnis Youth Center 417-484-3216 Rt 1, Box 76, Hume, MO 64752 Nevada Lions Club 417-667-3057 16484 S. 1375 Rd., Nevada, MO 64772 Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce 417-667-5300 225 W. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 Rotary Club of Nevada 417-684-5099 PO Box 894, Nevada, MO 64772 Vernon County Democratic Central Community 417-884-5103 29540 S. 1850 Rd., Nevada, MO 64772


NOW Structures, Inc. 417-667-3022 15910 E. Infantry Pass, Nevada, MO 64772


TFJ Nominee Trust 501-225-0707 7707 T Street, Little Rock, AR 72227

EDUCATION & INSTRUCTION University of Missouri Extension 417-448-2560 100 W. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES Cottey College - pg 37 417-667-8181 1000 W. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772

Vernon County Republicans 417-321-0909 7511 E. Hwy D, Richards, MO 64778

Crowder College, Nevada Campus pg 37 417-667-0518 600 W. Edwards Place, Nevada, MO 64772

Vernon County Youth Task Force 417-664-4230 300 W. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772


Women’s Leadership Council 417-667-4600 210 N. Centennial Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 Youth Task Force 300 W. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64773


American Red Cross-Greater Ozarks Chapter 417-667-5563 201 E. Cherry, Ste. 203, Nevada, MO 64772 InSite Support Services, Inc. 417-667-8073 345 N. Osage Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 University of Missouri Extension 417-448-2560 100 W. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 United Way of Vernon County 417-667-5563 201 E. Cherry, Suite 203, Nevada, MO 64772

COMPLAINT RESOLUTION Better Business Bureau 417-862-4222 1516 St. Louis St., Springfield, MO 65802


Nevada R-5 Schools - pg 41 417-448-2000 800 W. Hickory, Nevada, MO 64772 Northeast Vernon County School R-1 417-465-2221 216 E.Leslie Ave., Walker, MO 64790 Sheldon School District R-8 417-884-5111 100 E. Gene Lathrop Dr., Sheldon, MO 64784


Academy of Cosmetology & Esthetics 417-667-7779 419 W. Austin Blvd, Nevada,MO 64772 Alternative Opportunities 417-667-4638 429 E. Walnut, Nevada, MO 64772 Missouri Career Center 417-448-1177 621 E. Highland Ave., Ste 3, Nevada, MO 64772 PRIVATE SCHOOLS St. Mary’s School 417-667-7517 330 N. Main, Nevada, MO 64772

PRESCHOOL First Baptist Church Preschool 417-667-6036 64 N. Clark, Nevada, MO 64772 Nevada R-5 Parents As Teachers 417-448-2061 425 N. Elizabeth, Nevada, MO 64772


West Central MO CCAA Head Start 417-667-5393 1025 Wooter, Nevada, MO 64772


Tiger Pride Preschool 417-549-6181 1703 N. Osage Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772

Nevada Concrete, Inc. 417-667-8622 902 E. Subway, Nevada, MO 64772 Buildet, LLC 417-549-6478 1100 E. Highland, Nevada, MO 64772 Erwin Construction, Inc.- pg 43 417-667-8377 PO Box 233, Nevada, MO 64772


Nevada Regional Technical Center 417-448-2090 900 W. Ashland, Nevada, MO 64772


NRTC DECA Chapter 417-448-2090 900 W. Ashland, Nevada, MO 64772


Cash’s Quality Electric 417-667-4549 111 N. Barrett, Nevada, MO 64772 Roof Solar 816-682-5594 Rt. 3 Box 15A, Rich Hill, MO 64779 Wallace Electric 417-667-5366 1018 S. Adams, Nevada, MO 64772


BANKS-LOANS-MORTGAGE SERVICES Heritage State Bank - pg 59 417-667-7297 1625 E. Hedges Plaza, Nevada, MO 64772 Metz Banking Company - pg 61 417-667-4550 123 N. Osage Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 Quik Cash 417-667-6221 1227 E. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 Sun Loan Company 417-667-6500 400 Johnson Dr, Ste.B, Nevada, MO 64772

Pat’s Designs Unlimited 417-667-4139 1200 W. Hickory, Nevada, MO 64772

Tower Loan 417-448-1668 125 N. Main, Nevada, MO 64772

Ray’s Trophies & Golden Needle Embroidery - pg 65 417-667-8118 108 E. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772

U S Bank 417-667-7777 200 E. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 U S Bank Home Mortgage 417-667-3333 221 W. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 World Finance Corp 417-549-6255 124 N. Cedar, Nevada, MO 64772


Manpower 417-682-2222 201-A W. 12th, Lamar, MO 64759 Missouri Career Center 417-448-1177 621 E. Highland Ave., Ste 3, Nevada, MO 64772


Alternative Opportunities 417-667-4638 429 E. Walnut, Nevada, MO 64772

ENGINEERS ENERGY CONSULTANT Taylor Engineering & Energy Consulting - pg 21 417-667-2149 913 N. Main, Nevada, MO 64772

FINANCIAL ABSTRACT & TITLE SERVICES Bowman’s Vernon County Title Co. pg 25 417-667-7565 208 N. Cedar, Nevada, MO 64772


Larry Bledsoe, CPA,PC 417-667-8444 105 W. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 Ralph Shumaker, CPA - pg 51 417-667-3004 333 N. Barrett, Nevada, MO 64772


First National Bank - pg 25 417-667-3057 100 W. Walnut, Nevada, MO 64772 Great Southern Bank - pg41 417-667-3347 201 E. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772


CMJ Financial Center - pg 21 417-549-9832 117 E. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772

RETIREMENT PLANNING Hoffman Financial Resources - pg 43 417-667-4721 225 W. Austin Blvd., Ste 100, Nevada, MO 64772


Buzz’s BBQ 417-667-4227 2500 E. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 Count on Us Catering 417-667-7182 13675 S 1490 Rd., Nevada, MO 64772 Flour Power Bakery 417-321-0250 17 N. Osage, Nevada, MO 64772 Gobblers Roost - pg 3 417-465-2255 17675 S. 2450 Rd., Nevada, MO 64772 Jenny’s California Cafe 417-321-3572 114 N.Cedar, Nevada, MO 64772

CONVENIENCE STORE Pilot Travel Center 865-588-7488 Knoxville, TN, 37939


Missouri Eagle Beverage Co. 417-667-5530 I-49 & K, Nevada, MO 64772


Ramey’s Pricecutter 417-667-7530 500 E. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 Wal-Mart Super Center pg 37 417-667-3630 2250 Lincoln Ave., Nevada, MO 64772 Wood’s Supermarket #472 417-667-3764 1407 W. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772

FUNERAL SERVICES Ferry Funeral Home -pg 21 417-667-3322 301 S. Washington, Nevada, MO 64772 Brophy Monument Co - pg 50 417-667-6136 305 E. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772


City of Nevada Recreation & Parks 417-448-2740 200 N. Ash, Nevada, MO 64772 Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce 417-667-5300 225 W. Austin, Suite 200, Nevada, MO 64772 Nevada Housing Authority 417-448-2730 1117 N. West, Nevada, MO 64772 Nevada Public Library 417-448-2770 212 N. Walnut, Nevada, MO 64772 Vernon County Extension 417-448-2560 100 W. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 CITY OFFICIAL City of Nevada City Manager 417-448-2700 110 S. Ash, Nevada, MO 64772 City of Nevada Finance 417-448-2700 110 S. Ash, Nevada, MO 64772


Burch & Associates - pg 51 573-636-4599 213 East Capitol Ave, Jefferson City, MO 65101 Taylor Engineering & Energy Consulting - pg 21 417-667-2149 913 N. Main, Nevada, MO 64772


Vernon County Commission 417-448-2505 100 W. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 Vernon County Treasurer 417-448-2510 Vernon Co Courthouse, Nevada, MO 64772

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Business Directory GOVERNMENT EMPLOYMENT TRAINING Missouri Career Center 417-448-1177 621 E. Highland Ave., Suite 3, Nevada, MO 64772




Nevada Oral Surgery 417-667-7576 14054 E. Hwy 54, Nevada, MO 64772

On My Own, Inc. 417-667-7007 428 E. Highland Ave., Nevada, MO 64772

Ron Schowengerdt, DDS - pg 25 417-667-7134 1701 W. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772

SENIOR SERVICES Nevada Housing Authority 417-448-2730 1117 N. West, Nevada, MO 64772

Federal Protection, Inc. 417-869-9192 2500 N. Airport Commerce Dr., Springfield, MO 65803 RECYCLING SERVICES Nevada/Vernon Co Recycling Center 417-448-2700 110 S. Ash, Nevada, MO 64772

HEARING ABK Hearing Center, LLC - pg 53 417-321-5480 1506 W. Austin, Nevada, MO 64772 OPTOMETRY Eye Care Professionals - pg 50 417-667-3076 111 N. Main, Nevada, MO 64772

On My Own, Inc. 417-667-7007 428 E. Highland Ave., Nevada, MO 64772 Vernon County Senior Center 417-667-5847 301 N. Main, Nevada, MO 64772




Pike, Randy-Dist #126 State Rep 660-679-8626 201 W. Capitol Ave, Room 400CB Jefferson City, MO

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES BEHAVIORAL/MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES Nevada Habilitation Center 417-448-1123 2323 N. Ash, Nevada, MO 64772 CHIROPRACTIC CARE Moore Chiropractic & Acupuncture 417-667-7436 523 W. Austin, Nevada, MO 64772

Nevada Chiropractic Clinic - pg 41 417-667-3699 200 S. Alma, Nevada, MO 64772 Renfro Family Chiropractic 417-667-2020 124 W. Walnut, Nevada, Mo 64772 CLINICS & HOSPITALS Nevada Internal Medicine 417-667-8484 625 S. Ash, Nevada, MO 64772 Nevada Medical Clinic - pg 59 417-667-6015 900 S. Adams, Nevada, MO 64772 Nevada Regional Medical Center- pg 68 417-667-3355 800 S. Ash, Nevada, MO 64772 Nevada Urgent Care- pg 51 417-667-9000 111 N. Elm, Nevada, MO 64772 NowCare Clinic 417-448-2439 345 S. Barrett St., Nevada, MO 64772


Vernon County Ambulance District 417-667-5079 515 E. Walnut, Nevada, MO 64772


Nevada Family Dentistry 417-667-3006 402 E. Walnut, Nevada, MO 64772

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Community Pharmacy - pg 53 417-667-6044 900 S. Adams, Nevada, MO 64772 Wal-Mart Super Center - pg 37 417-667-3630 2250 Lincoln Ave., Nevada, MO 64772 Wilkinson Pharmacy, Inc. 667-7802 & 800-562-8876 105 S. Oak, Nevada, MO 64772 Woods Supermarket 417-667-3953 1407 W. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772


Industrial Physical Therapy, Inc. 417-667-6673 320 E. Austin Blvd., Suite 2, Nevada, MO 64772 Performance Therapy 417-448-2439 345 S. Barrett St., Nevada, MO 64772 Vocational Rehabilitation 417-448-1332 621 E. Highland, Ste. 2, Nevada, MO 64772 RESIDENTIAL CARE Barone Alzheimer Care Center 417-448-3999 Rt. 2 Box 330, Nevada, MO 64772 Bristol Manor of Nevada 417-667-5700 401 E. Walnut, Nevada, MO 64772 Christian Health Care of MO 417-667-8889 700 E. Highland Ave., Nevada, MO 64772 Culpepper Place of Nevada 417-667-3883 640 E. Highland Ave, Nevada, MO 64772 Medicalodge of Nevada - pg 57 417-667-5064 1210 W. Ashland, Nevada, MO 64772 Moore-Few Care Center 417-667-3355 901 S. Adams, Nevada, MO 64772

CDL Electric Heating/Cooling 417-684-3289 217 W. Walnut, Nevada, MO 64772 Ernsbarger Heating & Cooling 417-667-9454 416 W. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772

HOUSING & RENTALS Ash Place - pg 61 417-448-5730 2095 N. Ash, Nevada, MO 64772 CMJ Financial Center - pg 21 417-549-9832 117 E. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 Nevada Housing Authority 417-448-2730 1117 N. West, Nevada, MO 64772

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS Adams, Don Adams, Rama Christie, Lisa Claire C. Wright Trust Gulick, John Fisk, Ronald Fisher, Barney Forkner, Arch Jones, Linda Meyer, Amiee Prichett, Cecil Reed, Iva Rourk, Thaylee York, Barbara

INSURANCE Alcorn’s Farmers Insurance 417-283-4193 906 N. Osage Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 American Family Insurance- Jan Tate 417-667-2035 906 N. Osage Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 Blue Cross/Blue Shield of KC 660-826-3404 2903 N. Broadway, Sedelia, MO 65301



CMJ Financial Center - pg 21 417-549-9832 117 E. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772

Iron Brand by Natalie Eberhard 417-549-6019 1315 E. Austin, Nevada, MO 64772

Farmers Insurance- Jessica Bland pg 25 417-667-5559 405 E. Austin, Nevada, MO 64772

Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce 417-667-5300 225 W. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772

Leonard Ernsbarger Independent 417-667-6024 416 W. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 Morrison-Post Insurance Agency 417-667-6159 211 W. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 Perry Grizzle Shelter Insurance 417-667-5055 225 W. Walnut, Nevada, MO 64772 Peterson Insurance Agency,LLC pg 51 417-850-7219 200 S. Alma- Ste B, Nevada, MO 64772

NRTC DECA Chapter 417-448-2090 900 W. Ashland, Nevada, MO 64772


CableNet Advertising Service 417-455-2200 405 Geyer Rd., Neosho, MO 64850


City Directory, Inc. 641-444-4468 Belmond, Iowa central office, Belmond, IA 50421

Renwick Insurance Agency, Inc. pg 61 417-667-7874 101 N. Main, Nevada, MO 64772 State Farm Insurance-Bill Foster pg 3 417-667-9433 200 N. Cedar, Nevada, MO 64772

Names & Numbers 800-592-7625 PO Box 1479, Pittsburg, KS 66762 NEWSPAPER/RADIO KKOW AM/FM 620-231-7200 1162 E Hwy 126, Pittsburg, KS 66762

State Farm Insurance-Wes Knell pg 59 417-667-6152 400 S. Johnson Ave., Suite C., Nevada, MO 64772

KNEM 97.5FM/KNMO Radio -pg 49 417-667-3113 414 E. Walnut, Nevada, MO 64772


Ewing & Hoberock 417-667-3318 123 N. Main, Nevada, MO 64772 Fisk, Ron Law Office 417-667-7678 127 W. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 McCaffree, Landoll & Slaby 417-667-2211 128 1/2 W. Walnut, Nevada, MO 64772

MANUFACTURING 3M pg 57 417-667-7851 2120 E. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 Quality Products, Inc. 417-667-8944 3100 Industrial Pkwy., Nevada, MO 64772 Thorco Industries, Inc. 417-667-2311 910 E. Highland Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 W.F. Norman Corporation - pg 57 417-667-5552 214 N. Cedar, Nevada, MO 64772

MARKETING City of Nevada Tourism -pg 2 417-448-2700 110 S. Ash, Nevada, MO 64772

Nevada Daily Mail & Nevada News pg 67 417-667-3344 131 S. Cedar, Nevada, MO 64772

PERFORMING ARTS Children’s Lighthouse Theater 417-876-3712 215 W. Joe Davis, El Dorado Srings, MO 64744 Community Council on the Performing Arts 417-667-9513 107 W. Barton Place, Nevada, MO 64772 Cottey College 417-667-8181 1000 W. Austin, Nevada, MO 64772

PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES Iron Brand by Natalie Eberhard 417-549-6019 1315 E. Austin, Nevada, MO 64772


LCN Graphics 417-876-0838 1630 E. Hwy 54, Suite 4, El Dorado Springs MO 64744 The Nevada News Commercial Printing pg 67 417-667-3344 131 S. Cedar, Nevada, MO 64772

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AGENCIES/PROPERTY MANAGEMENT *Curtis & Sons Realty - pg 21

*Gobblers Roost - pg 3 417-465-2255 17675 S. 2450 Rd., Nevada, MO 64772

417-667-7868 121 S Main, Nevada, MO 64772 *Delbert Johnston Rentals, LLCpg 21 417-667-1333 Nevada, MO 64772 Hedges Properties - pg 59 417-667-2366 1631 E. Hedges Plaza, Nevada, MO 64772 Lifestyle Real Estate 417-667-2274 319 N. Osage, Nevada, MO 64772 McCaffree Real Estate 417-667-3311 112 W. Walnut, Nevada, MO 64772 Pro Realty Group 417-667-8000 121 W. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 Stutesman’s Action Realty - pg 49 417-667-8400 333 N. Barrett, Nevada, MO 64772 The Barnes Company - pg 53 417-667-7990 319 W. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 *Town & Country Real Estate 417-667-2966 1700 W. Austin, Nevada, MO 64772 * Auction Services Available

RECREATION City of Nevada Recreation & Parks 417-448-2740 200 N. Ash, Nevada, MO 64772 Bushwhacker Museum 417-667-9602 212 W. Walnut, Nevada, MO 64772 Nevada Griffons 417-667-6159 P.O. Box 601, Nevada, MO 64772 Osage Prairie YMCA - pg 53 417-667-9622 2200 E. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772

RESTAURANTS *Buzz’s BBQ 417-667-4227 1506 W. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 Cherry’s Sports Pub & Grill - pg 50 417-667-5254 903 E. Subway, Nevada, Missouri 64772 Del-Way Drive In- pg 53 417-667-7077 1501 W. Austin, Nevada, MO 64772 Dominos Pizza 417-667-8878 200 S. Adams, Nevada, MO 64772

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Flour Power Bakery 417-321-0250 17 N. Osage, Nevada, MO 64772 Iguana Azul 417-667-4639 112 W. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 Jenny’s California Cafe 417-321-3572 114 N.Cedar, Nevada, MO 64772 McDonald’s Restaurant 417-667-6736 201 W. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 Thai Cabin n Grill 417-549-6441 13708 E. Nighthawk Rd, Nevada, Missouri 64772 White Grill 417-667-9889 200 N. Commercial, Nevada, MO 64772 *Catering Available


Belles & Beaus, LLC 417-667-7773 121 N. Main, Nevada, MO 64772 Rinehart Jewelry 417-667-3539 205 W. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 That 1 Store 417-321-3528 1317 N. Osage, Nevada, MO 64772 What To Wear 417-321-3528 1317 N. Osage, Nevada, MO 64772


Jims Appliance & Repair 417-667-8787 216 W Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772


The Cellular Connection, Inc. 573-346-3822 324 E. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 EMBROIDERY Ray’s Trophies & Golden Needle Embroidery - pg 65 417-667-8118 108 E. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 Pat’s Designs Unlimited 417-667-4139 1200 W. Hickory, Nevada, MO 64772


JWrayco 417-549-6948 521 S. Lynn, Nevada, MO 64772



May’s Floral pg 37 417-667-2796 101 W. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772

Hertzberg w/Perfect Touch 417-667-5574 116 E. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772

Missouri Eagle Beverage Co. 417-667-5530 I-49 & K, Nevada, MO 64772


Interior Motives - pg 51 417-667-5727 119 N. Main, Nevada, MO 64772


Cavener’s Library & Office 417-667-2345 108 N. Cedar, Nevada, MO 64772 Chair Mart Showcase 417-667-8533 103 N. Main, Nevada, MO 64772 Ellis Furniture 417-667-3018 201 E. Walnut, Nevada, MO 64772 Hertzberg w/Perfect Touch 417-667-5574 116 E. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 Interior Motives- pg 51 417-667-5727 119 N. Main, Nevada, MO 64772 Loretta’s Attic 417-667-9031 605 E. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 That 1 Store 417-321-3528 1317 N. Osage, Nevada, MO 64772 Wal-Mart Super Center- pg 37 417-667-3630 2250 Lincoln Ave., Nevada, MO 64772


Loretta’s Attic 417-667-9031 605 E. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772


Orscheln Farm and Home 417-549-6462 2401 E. Marvel Rd., Nevada, MO 64772 GIFTS Rinehart Jewelry 417-667-3539 205 W. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 May’s Floral - pg 37 417-667-2796 101 W. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 Wilkinson Pharmacy, Inc. 417-667-7802 105 S. Oak, Nevada, MO 64772 HEALTH & WELLNESS Nature’s Station- pg 49 417-549-0911 124 W. Walnut, Nevada, MoO 64772 Island Excape - pg 49 417-448-7705 124 W. Walnut, Nevada, MoO 64772



C & L Supply, Inc. 417-667-3500 930 N. Osage Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 Floors & More 417-667-4182 1705 N. Osage Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 Meek’s 417-667-3078 2201 E. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 Nevada Discount Building Material 417-549-6111 1220 E. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772 Sutherland’s - pg 43 417-667-3100 2101 E. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772

JEWELERS Hacker’s Jewelers - pg 43 417-667-4653 505 E. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 Rinehart Jewelry 417-667-3539 205 W. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 MONUMENTS Brophy Monument Co - pg 50 417-667-6136 305 E. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772


Belles & Beaus, LLC 417-667-7773 121 N. Main, Nevada, MO 64772 Pat’s Designs Unlimited 417-667-4139 1200 W. Hickory, Nevada, MO 64772


Cavener’s Library & Office 417-667-2345 108 N. Cedar, Nevada, MO 64772 Modern Copy Systems 417-448-8960 5 W. Broadway, Iola, KS 66749

SPORTING GOODS/SHOES/ APPAREL Davison’s Shoes/Verco 417-667-5849 120-122 N. Cedar, Nevada, MO 64772

Chair Mart Showcase 417-667-8533 103 N. Main, Nevada, MO 64772

Pat’s Designs Unlimited 417-667-4139 1200 W. Hickory, Nevada, MO 64772

Ellis Furniture 417-667-3018 201 E. Walnut, Nevada, MO 64772


Ray’s Trophies & Golden Needle Embroidery - pg 65 417-667-8118 108 E. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772



Academy of Cosmetology & Esthetics 417-667-7779 419 W. Austin Blvd, Nevada,MO 64772 Nature’s Station- pg 49 417-549-0911 124 W. Walnut, Nevada, MoO 64772 Kountry Style Salon 417-549-9900 615 E. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772

SECURITY SYSTEMS Federal Protection, Inc. 1-800-299-5400 2500 N. Airport Commerce Ave., Springfield, MO 65803

SPECIALTY SERVICES J-S Hunting Worldwide Hunting pg 50 417-549-0549 11235 E. D Hwy, Richards, MO 64778 W.F. Norman Corporation - pg 57 417-667-5552 214 N. Cedar, Nevada, MO 64772

UTILITIES Barton County Electric Coop - pg 43 417-682-5657 91 W. Hwy 160, Lamar, MO 64759 Empire District Gas Company - pg 65 417-667-7403 819 E. Minnesota, Nevada, MO 64772 Heartland Propane 800-211-9101 2205 Hackberry Rd., Girard, KS 66743 KCP & L Electric 888-471-5275 721 N. Osage, Nevada, MO 64772

VETERINARY 54 Veterinary Clinic, Inc. 417-667-8381 2210 W. Austin, Nevada, MO 64772 Nevada Veterinary Clinic - pg 57 417-667-6081 1935 South Ash , Nevada, MO 64772


Buzz’s BBQ 417-667-4227 1506 W. Austin Blvd., Nevada, MO 64772

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Count on Us Catering 417-667-7182 13675 S 1490 Rd., Nevada, MO 64772 Flour Power Bakery 417-321-0250 17 N. Osage, Nevada, MO 64772 Gobblers Roost - pg 3 417-465-2255 17675 S. 2450 Rd., Nevada, MO 64772 Jenny’s California Cafe 417-321-3572 114 N.Cedar, Nevada, MO 64772


Belles & Beaus, LLC 417-667-7773 121 N. Main, Nevada, MO 64772 Hertzberg w/Perfect Touch 417-667-5574 116 E. Cherry, Nevada, MO 64772 Interior Motives - pg 51 417-667-5727 119 N. Main, Nevada, MO 64772

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