Camp Barnabas receives $10,000 donation
Justice Jewelers, in Springfield, donated $10,000 to Camp Barnabas, which will benefit the camper scholarship fund to pay for children with special needs to attend a week-long camping session.
Justice Jewelers, co-owned by Margie and Amelia Justice, raised the funds in conjunction with the store's 30th anniversary celebration.
The battery change program, started by the late Woody Justice, donates all proceeds for watch batteries changes at the store directly to Camp Barnabas, including the cost of the battery.
"We are so appreciative of the support Justice Jewelers has given Camp Barnabas over the years," said Kylie Wright, creative director for the camp. "The money given to us goes to our camper scholarship fund. At least half of our campers receive a partial scholarship, so the money plays a big part in helping our ministry. Justice Jewelers helps us in never turning away a camper because of money."
"We at Justice Jewelers are proud to be long-time supporters of Camp Barnabas," said Margie Justice. "We are grateful for the support our community gives us and happy to support our community."
With Tuesday's donation, Amelia and Margie Justice have continued a long tradition of community support by Justice Jewelers, bringing the company's total contributions to the camp to over $300,000.
Steve Gash, fire chief of Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Department, recently resigned his position at the department to pursue other endeavors in the Kansas City area. Mark Pierson, assistant fire chief, has been promoted to fill that vacancy, and Lt. Pamela Stilwell was promoted to the assistant chief's position. The changes became effective on Sept. 2.
Blunt honored for mental health support
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt recently met with Missouri members of the National Council for Behavioral Health and where he was presented the "Legislator of the Year" award for his support of several bipartisan bills, including the "Excellence in Mental Health Act," in an effort to help treat and identify people with mental illness. The "Excellence in Mental Health Act" addresses the nation's fragmented mental health system by offering current Community Mental Health Centers a chance to obtain the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic designation.
New library hours
On Saturday, Sept. 28, the Eagle Rock Branch Library will be hosting a "Good Neighbor" stop-and-go event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents are invited to stop in and enter to win a door prize. The event will also serve as a reminder that Sept. 28 will be the last Saturday the branch is open. The library will celebrate its new hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in October. The library is closed for lunch from 12:30 to 1 p.m.