News from “Where the Rivers Meet”

June 30th, 2012

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Brunswick Back to School Roundup

July 30th, 2014

Attention Parents! Bring your children (ages 3 through sixth grade) to participate in Brunswick’s back to school roundup on Sunday, August 3, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the City Park. There will be a picnic, games, and prizes of school supplies. Remember, children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive supplies for the upcoming school year. Thank you to the area churches for sponsoring this event.For more information or to make a monetary donation to support the Brunswick back to school roundup, contact Joyce Sears.

Farmers Market

July 23rd, 2014

Don’t forget the Farmers Market each Saturday morning at the NorthBank Wash & Trade at the West end of Brunswick from 8 a.m. to noon. Plan to shop early, I understand they sold out last week.

American Legion Post #7 Fish Fry

July 23rd, 2014

The American Legion Post #7 will be hosting a fish fry at the Legion Hall this Friday, July 25, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Adults $8 and children under 12 $5.

Job Fair

July 13th, 2014

chariton county job fair July 2014

Arrowhead Saddle Club Annual Rodeo

July 10th, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014 – Saturday, July 12, 2014
Indian Grove, MO

Ice Cream Social

July 10th, 2014

Zion United Methodist Church 123rd Annual Ice Cream Social, Saturday, July 12. Start serving ice cream & cake at 6:30 pm (Free will offering). Food stands – 5 pm – pork burgers, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips & drink. Also – bazaar stand, games for the kids.

KC Catfish Tournament – August 2, 2014

July 10th, 2014

Fishing Tournament
August 2, 2014
7 pm to 8 am (night event)
Brunswick River Access
1st Place, $5000 Guaranteed
Hosted By KC Catfish
Pre-Entry $125 Per Team
(postmarked by July 26th)
$145 Day of the Event
For rules and pre-entry go to

The Battle of the Bulge – WWII

July 8th, 2014

Gabriel Reichert’s speech at the Independence Day Celebration portraying his great-uncle, Sergeant Jon Jones, tank commander, “C” Company, 11th armored division, 41st Tank Battalion. Sergeant Jones fought in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. To see this video, visit the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Chariton County’s Best Kept “Green” Secret

July 7th, 2014

For the last 26 years, I have frequently driven past the Hampton Feed Lot, located on Highway 11, and not given it a great deal of thought. It is just a cattle feedlot. Or is it?

 Digester Facility manager, Terry Smith, graciously extended an invitation to any interested parties at our last Chamber of Commerce meeting to tour the facility and learn a bit about this “Green Operation.”

Six of us took Terry up on her offer and visited Hampton Feedlot on Wednesday for what turned out to be a very educational tour. Hampton Alternative Energy Products, LLC (HAEP) is an impressive operation and is utilizing amazing technology. I sure wish I had paid more attention in my science classes. Even thought we had very little understanding of the science behind the technology, our small group was able to ask questions and learn a bit about how the process works.

In 2010, HAEP began construction on an Andigen Induced Blanket Reactor Anaerobic Digester. That is a really big title for a really big operation. The digester captures and processes waste from over 2,400 head of their beef cattle into energy. Some lightheartedly call it “Cow Power.”

After much trial and error and a huge learning curve on this cutting edge process, HAEP is presently converting their animal waste into methane gas which fuels a  300 Kilowatt engine/generator. The generated electricity is then used to supply the daily electrical needs of the digester and feedlot with any surplus energy sold to the local utility partner KCPL.

However, the process doesn’t stop there. Since the goal of the alternative energy project is to reduce the volume of wastes generated by the feedlot operation, HAEP then takes the effluent, or byproduct of the digester, and processes it into a fertilizer: Nature’s Eco-Friendly Nutrient Vitalizer which is bagged and sold on the retail market.

We weren’t the only ones who were curious about what HAEP was doing. The Missouri Secretary of Agriculture, Richard Fordyce, visited the Hampton Feedlot and HAEP on Tuesday for a tour of their unique operation.  Accompanying the director were  J.P. Dunn, Internation Manager and Melissa Miller, International Marketing Specialist for the Missouri Department of Agriculture.  Tony McCollum, Presiding Chariton County Commissioner; Gary Clark, Chariton County Western District Commissioner; Susan Littleton, Chariton County Clerk as well as HAEP Board of Directors and staff discussed the accomplishments of the facility and the future of agriculture in rural Central Missouri.

Who would have guessed this amazing technology and one-of-a-kind operation is right here in Chariton County. If you are interested in more information or a tour, contact Terry Smith at 660-634-2216.

Thank you Brunswick for Making the Independence Day Celebration a Success!

July 7th, 2014

Check out the Brunswick Chamber Facebook page for some great pictures.