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Aurora celebrates history with new mural

AURORA, Mo. — The city of Aurora is putting together a mural that celebrates 150 years and tells the rich history within the city.

In honor of it turning 150 last year and with the help of several grants and fundraising projects. The city of Aurora is putting together a mural on the North wall of the Children’s Smile Center that tells its story.

Raine Clotfelter – America’s Muralist, said, “Each one of these pieces that we’re painting on this mural is a rich part of Aurora’s history, and it’s just nice to have some of the students here of the school, they’re art students working on this mural.”

When finished the mural will bring attention to the railroad, the mines, shoe factory, the mill, agriculture, the houn’ dog school mascot, and military service.

Makenna Vesett – Junior, said, “It really shows how Aurora came together, because it’s all these different parts that came together. All roads lead home which is how this train kind of represents that.”

While students are a big part of putting together the mural. The help doesn’t stop at the hands of high schoolers.

Kim McCully-Mobley – Aurora High School Teacher, said, “We like the history, we like the art and we like the fact that it’s intergenerational. You know we’ve had mothers, grandmothers, students, friends, community members, preachers, doctors, lawyers, we’ve had everybody down here kinda trying to put there hand in this and be a part of it.”

And with how big the project is for the city, there’s some added pressure.

“It’s kinda stressful, but it does mean a lot to me because I am part of this community and I like to have something, I like to be able to have a part in it,” said Vesett.

While there’s still a lot of work to be done with the help of the community the mural is expected to be complete next week.

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Area organizations team up to help the homeless

SOUTHWEST MISSOURI — Two local companies are working on a project to combat homelessness.

Nate Schlueter, Chief Visionary Officer at Eden Village, said, “We think that homes alone will solve homelessness, and the reality is the root cause of homelessness is the catastrophic loss of family.”

Eden Village in Springfield is building communities for those who have lived on the streets for a year. They are working with Village Home Builders in Neosho and Center Creek Teardrops in Carl Junction to make permanent and temporary housing for the homeless.

“We cannot build communities quick enough to meet the demand of people that could afford our housing and be good neighbors. We have 170 people on our waiting list.”

So they turned to Center Creek Teardrops in Carl Junction for a temporary housing solution for the homeless.

Julie Ware, Co-Owner of Center Creek Teardrops, said, “It was exciting to be able to create a space that would a safe, dry place for someone to stay overnight. This gave a person a place that they could get into they could lock themselves in and go ahead and get a really good night sleep in their own space.”

They are creating 22 trailers which are solar powered and can withstand heat and cold temperatures. Meanwhile Village Home Builder in Neosho is putting the finishing touches on their 24th and final tiny house for Eden Village.

Vickie Boyt, Village Home Builders, said, “One of the great things about these houses and the vision of Eden Village is to put people into houses that feel like real homes. When you walk into one you’ll feel a sense of space with the vaulted ceilings and the way they’re laid out I think help to provide integrity to the people who are living there.”

Village Home Builders hopes to deliver the last home in mid-March.