• Pumpkins on display, raising money

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  • Several local elected officials are carving pumpkins for a cause.
    The pumpkins are on display starting at noon today at the newly renovated Truman Courthouse on the Independence Square. They are on display until noon Saturday – shortly before the Independence Halloween Parade that goes near the Square – and visitors will select a winner by voting with their dollars for a favorite.
    The money donated for each pumpkin will go to that specific charity, but an overall winner be declared.
    The officials and their charities are:
    • Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired.
    • Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross, Community Services League of Blue Springs.
    • Independence Mayor Don Reimal, the Independence unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.
    • Grain Valley Mayor Mike Todd, Grain Valley Holiday Senior Baskets.
    • Sugar Creek Mayor Matt Mallinson, Sugar Creek Citizens Civic Relief Commission.
    • Oak Grove Mayor Mark Fulks, Community Services League of Oak Grove.
    • Kansas City Mayor Sly James, Turn the Page KC.
    • Lee’s Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads, One Good Meal.
    • Raytown Mayor David Bower, Raytown Three Trails Kiwanis.
    • Grandview Mayor Steve Dennis - Grandview Assistance Program.
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