Sep 02 2014

Mexico Fall Sports Schedule Busy Tonight

Several Mexico fall sporting events will take place today.

The girls tennis team will take on Hannibal at home at 4:30 this afternoon in conference play. Weather permitting, the Lady Bulldogs softball team will face conference contestant Kirksville at home at 5:00 this evening. The MHS girls volleyball team heads to Eldon for Varsity/JV play at 5:30 tonight. The Boys soccer team will visit Marshall at 5:30 in a conference game. The JV football team travels to Moberly for a game at 6pm in their first conference matchup of the season.

Sep 02 2014

Hawthorne Elementary Teacher Awarded Grant

A Hawthorne Elementary School teacher has been awarded a Donors Choose grant for the school.

Music Teacher Shawna Penn says that this is her first Donors Choose grant from Donorschoose.org which is an online charity founded in 2000. The website lets teachers post project material requests and allows parties to help teachers get the supplies they need.

Donors Choose monitors every project request, purchases the material and ships it directly to the school, requires photographs of the project taking place, and supplies a cost report showing how the money was spent.

Penn was granted $380 to obtain drum circles, drum sticks and 24 colored egg shakers for the music department.

Penn says children from all grades will benefit from the contributions. “I will use the shakers in Kindergarten and grade one for sure,” she said. “The upper levels, grades 2-5, will benefit from the drumming techniques. There are so many engaging possibilities at this point. The fifth grade will be using the drums in their spring performance, hopefully.”

Penn’s project had six donors including a Piano teacher in Columbia & Mexico, Donors from New Jersey & Chicago and even the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Penn says the students will be busy writing Thank-You notes to the donors.

Sep 01 2014

Mexico Residents Donate More Than $1k to Red Cross

Motorists in Mexico & Montgomery City helped the American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter Audrain-Montgomery Leadership Council raise more than $1800 in the recent Street Collections.

Leadership Council members and volunteers stood in intersections in the communities during two days in late August to stop traffic and collect donations for the chapter.

The Montgomery City Street Collection raised more than $750 August 23rd.

Friday, Mexico residents gave at the intersection of Clark & Monroe streets, with Red Cross personnel collecting more than $1,000 in the effort.

Chapter Executive Director Dave Griffith said:
“What a great effort by our volunteers in Audrain and Montgomery counties,” Griffith said. “This just goes to show that no donation is too small. We appreciate every donation. Every dollar makes a difference.”

The two day effort American Red Cross Heart of Missouri Chapter raised more than $1800 overall.

Aug 29 2014

Laura Miller George Help Center Groundbreaking

More than 100 people gather at the groundbreaking.

More than 100 people gather at the groundbreaking.

Nearly 100 people were on hand yesterday as the Help Center in Mexico broke ground…

Help Center holds ground breaking ceremony.

Help Center holds ground breaking ceremony.

The new name for The Help Center founded nearly two years ago, was revealed as part of yesterday’s ceremony:

New name for the Help Center is revealed.

New name for the Help Center is revealed.

Several speakers were on hand to discuss the history of the program, including Vice President Bob Fenlon who said that with the help of a grant and the donation of land from the Atkins family, the new Larua Miller George Help Center will be able to help far more families:

Help Center Board VP, Bob Henlon speaks to the crowd.

Help Center Board VP, Bob Henlon speaks to the crowd. Also pictured: President Cheryl Louder & Director Gary Jones

Also on hand at yesterday’s ground breaking ceremony was former Sentaor Kit Bond, who said the work the center does is indicative of helping those who cannot help themselves:

Former Senator Kit Bond speaks to the crowd at the ground breaking.

Former Senator Kit Bond speaks to the crowd at the ground breaking.

The new facility will have more than 15,000 square feet – nearly four times what the center has now. The community will be able to receive food on more days and the food distributions will be centrally located once the building is constructed. Completion of the Laura Miller George Help Center is expected next year.

Aug 28 2014

Leaders Highlight Progress in State of the Community Event

Representatives from the city and non profit organizations gathered last night to discuss the current State of the Community of Mexico & Audrain County.

Several vendors were and speakers for the evening included: Dave Neuendorf, CEO for Audrain Medical Center, Audrain County Commissioner Steve Hobbs who outlined progress in the county’s bridge building program & Tim Cruz with Disability Services. Steven Gaither traveled from Columbia to speak on behalf of the Truman Veteran’s Clinic and Mexico School Superintendent Kevin Freeman shared with the group information regarding the Bright Futures. Freeman said the program started in Hannibal & focuses on meeting the most basic needs of students in order to help them excel in the classroom.

Other speakers also highlighted a positive outlook in the community including city manager Bruce Slagel who said the unemployment rate is down, more than 12,000 people are currently employed in Mexico the highest rate in over 12 years. Neuendorf said the Audrain Medical Center will get two new pieces of equipment worth millions of dollars that will help with cancer treatment and identifying illnesses with CT scan pictures increasing from 16 to more than 120.

Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce President Tracy Graham thanked the public for coming out and the speakers who presented the current state of the community of Mexico.

Aug 27 2014

State of the Community

State of Community

 

 

Representatives from the city and non profit organizations gathered last night to discuss the current State of the Community of Mexico & Audrain County.

Several vendors were and speakers for the evening included: Dave Nuendorf, CEO for Audrain Medical Center, Mexico City Mgr Bruce Slagel, Audrain County Commissioner Steve Hobbs, Tim Cruz with Disability Services, Steven Gaither traveled from Columbia to speak on behalf of the Truman Veteran’s Clinic, and Mexico School Superintendent Kevin Freeman shared with the group information regarding the Bright Futures. Freeman said the program started in Hannibal & focuses on meeting the most basic needs of students in order to help them excel in the classroom

Other speakers also highlighted positive outlook in the community including city manager Bruce Slagel who said the unemployment rate is down, more than 12,000 people are currently employed in Mexico the highest rate in over 12 years

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