Perry welcomes home legendary carousel

A Quincy church recently announced its public support for the LGBT community.

In March, the Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ voted to become an Open and Affirming congregation.

For more than 10 years, the Salem United Church of Christ has accepted LGBT people into its congregation. Now the church has decided to announce its public support for the LGBT community.

“We recently became Open and Affirming,” Rev. Ken Kramer, Intentional Interim Pastor for Salem Evangelical UCC said. “Which means that we are now specifically saying that all those who are lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and questioning people are not only welcome here, but affirmed as who, for who they are.”

“It’s a decision made by the church,” Robert Bedell, a 20 year member of the Salem Evangelical UCC said. “It’s was a resolution by the church and the resolution is predicated upon our interpretation of the message of the New Testament which specifically states that you should love one another as I have loved you.

For Bill Buss and Don Hunter it’s great news.

They’re a couple that’s always felt accepted by the church.

“Well, it’s important to me, because everybody needs to be able to feel comfortable,” Hunter said. “And when I mean comfortable, absolutely feel like you can express yourself and your opinions, and you know, most of the members here accept us as gay people.”

Joyce Winn has attended this church her whole life and supports this resolution.

“We overwhelmingly voted to accept it,” Winn said. “And we were so very pleased. And Don and Bill have done so much for our church and for us personally. It’s just wonderful having them here and we just love them to pieces.”

Both men now want anyone outside of the church who considers themselves LGBT to feel that acceptance.

“It’s a very big step, because there are people who go to other churches and they may go to the other churches and financially support the other churches, Buss said. But I also personally know that if you are openly gay and you want to be on different committees, that TMs not going to happen.

More than 1,100 churches nationwide are part of the Open and Affirming resolution.

by Derek Frank: Thursday, May 22nd 2014


Perry welcomes home legendary carousel

A group of people from Perry, Missouri are piecing together a piece of history.

It’s an 1898 Armitage-Herschell carousel that once was a staple in this Ralls County community.

The Perry Carousel once was known as one of the most exciting ride in Perry.

“It’s a piece of local history, not only Perry. People, kids from all around came to ride that merry-go-round, came to ride the merry-go-round,” Friends of the Perry Carousel President Ron Leake said.

“It was here for about 20 years, from 1942 to 1963. The best we can guess,” Leake said.

After many years of use, the carousel left Perry and was owned by several different organizations.

Now, it has returned to this small city.

It’s being loaned to Perry by the Faust Park Foundation for an upcoming celebration.

In order to bring this gem back to life, volunteers formed the Friends of the Perry Carousel.

“It’s bringing the young and the older, the people who have some connection here and bring them together with kind of a joint interest,” Leake said.

Shelby Hodges’ grandfather, Marvin, once owned the carousel.

She can’t believe it’s finally come back.

“I’ve heard about it my whole life. Just everybody talking about it and I never thought I’d see it,” Hodge said. “So we’re all really excited to get, to help put it together, bring it back to Perry.”

Many people have worked tirelessly on the restoration.

“About every night this week, we’ve had about, anywhere from 15 to 20 people working around it, putting it back together,” Leake said.

After only a few weeks, it’s almost returned to its original condition.

“It’s in pretty good shape. There’s a few parts that we’re going to have to manufacture,” Leake said. “We’ve had some of the people manufacture some of the parts for us; couple of pieces need to be restored.”

Almost all of the volunteers can’t wait to ride this relic.

“Once I heard they restored it, they got the horses all painted up and everything,” Hodge said. “We’ll have those for the 4th of July, so they look really nice.

“It’s very rewarding to see people coming and want to help out and volunteer, you know,” Leake said. “It makes you kind of, gives you a little pride in the community and what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.”

If you want to donate or join the Friends of the Perry Carousel, you can call Ron Leake at 573-248-6147.

Grab a glass of vino at the Village Vineyard & Winery

Five years ago, an ambitious couple decided to open a winery in Camp Point, Illinois.

Little did they know, their hangout for local wine lovers would become one of the most happening spots in Adams County.

“I enjoy my products being loved by others,” Gordon Cantrell said.

Gordon Cantrell and his wife, Brenda, have a talent for turning grapes into something special.

“We try to make wine that is more indicative to the Midwest that you know,” Gordon Cantrell said. “Something you can’t buy in the grocery store.”

Their journey to becoming one of Adams County’s best wine makers started on a small piece of land.

“I had a small acreage, looking for something to do with it. It wasn’t feasible to buy all of the equipment to start in with corn and soybeans,” Gordon Cantrell said. “So I found grapes.”

After years of practice, they perfected making decadent bottles of wine.

“A little scary, but we made it work and it’s been working ever since,” Brenda Cantrell said.

“Grew grapes for a few years selling them to other wineries. And then later, eventually, we moved into our own winery and started making wine on our own,” Gordon Cantrell said.

They opened the Village Vineyard and Winery to share their wine with as many people as possible.

It quickly became a hot spot for wine connoisseurs.

“We’ve had people come in and just as customers,”Brenda Cantrell said. “And we have made so many friends.”

What started as a small grape growing operation has expanded into a lucrative business.

“We have three acres of grapes, which at times can usually yield between 15 and 18 tons of fruit every year,” Gordon Cantrell said.

With many harvests completed and customers served, Gordon and Brenda want to continue sharing their passion for wine with any customer who walks through the door.

“I think it’s great when I can create something that people enjoy. My wife and I are people. We like people,” Gordon Cantrell said.

Currently, the Village Vineyard and Winery offers more than 20 different bottles of wine from grapes grown behind the winery.

KHQA will be coming to you live from Camp Point for our Mountain Dew Days of Summer event on Thursday, July 10.

Come out and watch your KHQA News at Five and your KHQA News at Six live from Bailey Park, participate in fun activities for all ages and watch The Lego Movie at dusk!

If you want to see your tweets on KHQA, tweet @KHQA with the hashtag #howdoyoudew and show us how you Dew! We’d love to see your photos, too!

Click here for more details about the Mountain Dew Days of Summer.

by Derek Frank: Tuesday, July 8th 2014

A look inside the oldest home in Camp Point

There is a house in Camp Point known as the “big brick house.”

It holds a great deal of significance for this Illinois village.

LeeAnn Farlow and her husband Steve live in the oldest home in Camp Point.

“It’s the oldest house in town and Peter B. Garrett built it,” LeeAnn Farlow said.

It was originally owned by a historical figure named Peter B. Garrett who erected the mill in town.

“The house was built in, we think 1835. He was one of the founders actually, Steve Farlow said. They came into town and it use to be a camping point. That’s why it became Camp Point.”

Besides a few modern modifications, the couple has preserved much of their three-story home’s original aesthetic.

“The original house was in an L-shape and the only thing that is added on, was a kitchen and dining room,” Steve Farlow said.

“I guess it was 2005, LeeAnn Farlow said. We had a bad storm and pulled all the shingles off our roof and we had to put new shingles on.”

Eventually, Steve’s grandfather became the owner of the home.

He wanted one of his grandchildren to inherit the house.

“The game plan always, was that one of the boys would actually take the house from my grandfather, Steve Farlow said.

LeeAnn and Steve got engaged after just one month of dating in 1980.

“We have been married almost 34 years this year, LeeAnn Farlow said. And we’ve lived in this home and raised our three children in this home.”

Now, all three kids have moved out of the nest.

Since their home has historical importance, the Farlows tried to get it recognized as a historical piece of property, however, their effort was unsuccessful.

“I looked into having it added to the historical registry. But they have certain guidelines and since this added addition was put on in 1951, I believe, it would not fit their criteria, LeeAnn Farlow said.

With so many great memories inside of their home, the Farlows can’t wait to pass it along to one of their kids.

“Just a lot of great things, LeeAnn Farlow said. A lot of warmth in this house.”

The Farlow’s house is older than Camp Point, which was chartered in 1855 according to the village’s Website.

KHQA will be coming to you live from Camp Point for our Mountain Dew Days of Summer event on Thursday, July 10.

Come out and watch your KHQA News at Five and your KHQA News at Six live from Bailey Park, participate in fun activities for all ages and watch The Lego Movie at dusk!

If you want to see your tweets on KHQA, tweet @KHQA with the hashtag #howdoyoudew and show us how you Dew! We’d love to see your photos, too!

Click here for more details about the Mountain Dew Days of Summer.

by Derek Franke: Wednesday, July 9th 2014

Context Diagram/ Level 0 Diagram

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This diagram contains nine processes to explain the function the information system will perform; however, this excludes the “front desk” person. Last week’s lecture indicates basic employees—like the “front desk” person—should be excluded from diagrams. The narrative only includes the process the patient goes through to check in at the front desk; however, this excludes how the information is collected—that’s why the process “ Receive and Process Info” needed to be included. The diagram also didn’t include any details about the database the doctor looks through to verify medication or treatment options—that’s why the data store “Patient Treatment Database” has been added to the diagram. This diagram also lumps the medical technician’s examination and the doctor’s evaluation into the “Examine Patient ” process to signify the patient saw both. The data flow goes between the technician and the doctor to help remove an additional process to explain the patient received evaluation from both.