Lexington, MO 64067: Most Backward Small Town in the State?

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Nathaniel Lyon

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Shrinking in population, stuck in an Old South mindset, city leaders against new business and industry, etc. Looks pathetic and trashy compared to progressive neighboring towns like Richmond, Higginsville, and Odessa. And the Minutemen football team? Ouch! If there is a worse town of this size in Missouri, I challenge anyone to name it and give reasons for their choice...
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I resent your comments about Lexington. I grew up in this town and all of my family still reside there. I must say I miss the small town "stuck in the Old South Mindset." What is so wrong with that southern charm. The people are friendly and the town offers a rich history, if you care about it. Lexington offers many antique shops and boutiques that cater to many out of town visiters. Lexington is home to many people who like the feeling of a small historic town. To me it is a place I will always call home. I do not see why you say Richmond, Higginsville and Odessa are much better, because they have a Walmart? Lexington is trying to keep the small town feel, keep the small "mom and pop" shops that used to be so cherished in America. And I like that. Where you just a visitor to Lexington?
Nathaniel Lyon wrote:
Shrinking in population, stuck in an Old South mindset, city leaders against new business and industry, etc. Looks pathetic and trashy compared to progressive neighboring towns like Richmond, Higginsville, and Odessa. And the Minutemen football team? Ouch! If there is a worse town of this size in Missouri, I challenge anyone to name it and give reasons for their choice...
Nathaniel Lyon

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If you really appreciate Missouri history, you should know who "Nathaniel Lyon" was and understand the vital role he played in keeping Missouri in the Union. There is nothing good about Boss Lawyer and his corrupt political machine, which took over control of Lexington City Hall in 1998. Previous administrations were crooked also, but they weren't organized as well. Most of the best and the brightest youth leave Lexington, never to return; are YOU one who did so? I find no "charm" in slavery, or rebellion, or Jim Crow, or a parochial attitude which rejects progress that benefits citizens of neighboring towns. And "friendly" you say? Only to those of their own kind! Who I am isn't important; suffice to say that I know whereof I speak from the sort of firsthand experience you obviously are lacking.
Nathaniel Lyon

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Oh! One more thing: I finally left Lexington, never to return, because I got tired of the death threats over the phone, late at night, from drunken Klansmen in Lexington...
Nathaniel Lyon

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Oh! One more thing: I finally left Lexington, never to return, because I got tired of the death threats over the phone, late at night, from drunken Klansmen there...
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the town is full of druggies and pathetic losers! i never saw such a sight when i first went to that town there is no southern charm there only hidden dirty little secrets and lots of illegal activities! i am never going to go to that town again for any reason. the only good thing in lexington is the dead!
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amen brother
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To all of the small-minded, pathetic people on this blog-

Each person that comes from Lexington has their own opinion. Some INDIVIDUALS are so blinded by the fact that A. we did have a strong Confederate pull, B. we are a mostly white population, and C. WE ARE A SMALL TOWN. I lived there for 18 years and now reside in a different state. I still love to go back there and have dinner at the Peddler. Myself and my parents are also good friends with THE MAYOR. He is a very decent and warm person.

The only dirty little secrets and illegal activities I was aware of; were the ones everyother person I knew were doing also. So if you can't even name yourself on this post proudly-- then you must have been one of this sad little boys that never gave the southern charm a chance.

One another thing--- About all of this racist crap. I was very good friends with both the good ol' country boys and the minorities. In Lexington they don't hold KKK Rallies, nor do they waste their time calling in death threats.

NATHANIEL LYON is too scared to even name himself on the post. HHHMMMMM.... I bet he isn't even from Lexington.
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Apr 30, 2007
 
THANK YOU PROUD! I TOO KNOW THE MAYOR, NOT ONLY WAS HE MY PRINCIPAL IN MIDDLE SCHOOL BUT HE ATTENDS MY CHURCH. YOU WILL NOT FIND A BETTER MAN!
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May 3, 2007
 
Lexington isn't so terrible. What concerns me most is the school district. Compared to Higg, or Richmond it isn't even close, those other towns have things going in the right direction (plus, not that sports are that important, but Lexington has been down, waay down in that area for quite some time now.)

The new county jail, and lafayette hall are nice improvements as are the cannonball 6 movie plex and recent coalition that was formed to save downtown was a step in the right direction.

Ive never been impressed with Lexington's park system, though Im sure the director does fine with what he is given.
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May 3, 2007
 
Former Resident wrote:
Lexington offers many antique shops and boutiques that cater to many out of town visiters. Lexington is home to many people who like the feeling of a small historic town. To me it is a place I will always call home. I do not see why you say Richmond, Higginsville and Odessa are much better, because they have a Walmart?<quoted text>
Odessa is no better than Lexington IMO, unless you prefer Bates City Trailer Trash (the state's largest trailer trash community?) kids being bussed into your school district. I dont blame the kids, for it's the adults who raise the kids (or attempt to raise the kids) By the way, Wal-Mart bypassed Odessa, even Wal-Mart think Odessa is too low brow.
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May 18, 2007
 
Sorry to add to the misery, but one of the most sought after Meth dealers in the state was arrested a couple nights ago and is a Lex. resident. Looking at major jail time with charges on a federal level.
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May 24, 2007
 
Higg resident wrote:
Sorry to add to the misery, but one of the most sought after Meth dealers in the state was arrested a couple nights ago and is a Lex. resident. Looking at major jail time with charges on a federal level.
Who was he drug dealer that got arrested ?

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May 24, 2007
 
It was Jeff McGraff. I know his family very well and they are very traumatized and hurt right now. My parents saw the aftermath of the police raid. They tore the house up on Thursday and his daughter graduated Sunday. Thanks to all the people that care about the family.... they helped Kathy get the hous perfect for her graduation party.
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I graduated from Lexington High, and have fond memories of my childhood in Lexington. But, I will say I never saw or heard of the KKK in Lexington. The minority community it seemed to me was quit big when I lived and grew up in Lexington. Their is a big problem with drugs its a shame Jeff was doing meth or selling it. I graduated from High School with Jeff I guess the lure of money and getting high was his downfall. About their football team with a dwindling population Lexington does not have the student resources to compete with the neighboring towns like Odessa, Oak Grove and Grain Valley that are on I-70 and have seen their population explode from being on the interstate. As for Tom Hayes he was my wrestleing coach and counselor. He helped me alot as a young person and as an adult and I respect and admire him very much!!!
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Jun 5, 2007
 
Currently student of LHS, its hard to live in a town thats whole government system is cricked. Police, lie, steal, decieve. Just last saturday, Rector was seen having dinner and a drink with a "well-known" drug addict at the Inn, and leaving together! All the courts in lexington want is money, and they will drain you dry for every penny you can find even if it means PLANTING EVIDENCE, it has been done many times here, just on the people certain cops "dont like". yes there is a drug problem. as big as being may never get fixed till the next generation of kids moves up to adulthood and have learned by seeing with there own eyes what drugs do. But despite all of the hardship, our minutemen players try. i have had a first hand view of every game, and every game we give it our best i have seen us do it time after time, but we always seem to come up short. It feels like we have the talent each years. watching seniors doing amazing things on the field during practice. maybe the coaching? currently our head coach is johnston and assistant coach meyor i think our failures. they have came, they have tried, and the past 2-4 years, have failed. they need to pack there bags and head on home. there downfall, they picked favorites, over the win. after all, its all about your last name in lexington. so threw my life in lexington, i have seen the most craziest, nutjobs you can meet. But there is the most nicest accepting giving people in the world here to, but they segragate eachother tremedously here, i think what lexington needs, is balance.
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Currently student of LHS, its hard to live in a town thats whole government system is cricked. Police, lie, steal, decieve. Just last saturday, Rector was seen having dinner and a drink with a "well-known" drug addict at the Inn, and leaving together! All the courts in lexington want is money, and they will drain you dry for every penny you can find even if it means PLANTING EVIDENCE, it has been done many times here, just on the people certain cops "dont like". yes there is a drug problem. as big as being may never get fixed till the next generation of kids moves up to adulthood and have learned by seeing with there own eyes what drugs do. But despite all of the hardship, our minutemen players try. i have had a first hand view of every game, and every game we give it our best i have seen us do it time after time, but we always seem to come up short. It feels like we have the talent each years. watching seniors doing amazing things on the field during practice. maybe the coaching? currently our head coach is johnston and assistant coach meyor i think our failures. they have came, they have tried, and the past 2-4 years, have failed. they need to pack there bags and head on home. there downfall, they picked favorites, over the win. after all, its all about your last name in lexington. so threw my life in lexington, i have seen the most craziest, nutjobs you can meet. But there is the most nicest accepting giving people in the world here to, but they segragate eachother tremedously here, i think what lexington needs, is balance.
hmm, not knowing the sitution i' will have to defer on making any assumptions about what your former football coach might have been doing going to dinner with such an unscrupulous character (as you have described in so many words)---I have learned that there are always two sides to each story though,(maybe he was giving counsel to this person, about trying to clean up their life-who knows)

also, I wanted to congratulate your high school......though I spoke poorly of your athletics, I must say it wasn't such a horrible year for you all, what with your Baseball team taking out my Huskers in the district final and then taking 3rd at state, plus your gals softball won the first conf. title of any sort in the last 16 years,(and the gals took 2nd at districts in hoops)...all in all not bad.

And I too have met many fine people from Lexington and consider many of them good friends. I think the person who originated this thread might have had some valid points , but honestly, I can think of a lot of places to live that are much worse than Lexington.
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Jun 8, 2007
 
I am a 2002 grad. and love Lexington. ALL of the comments made can be made about any town in Missouri or anywhere really. I currently live in Columbia due to school and see the same exact problems here as there. Actually I have seen worse, especially when it comes to racism. I grew up being friends with everyone and I doubt you will find anyone that I wasn't friendly with. There are certain people in the government that do have issues that need to be delt with and that is the reason we have the power to vote. You leave and you lose that right and can't help. I go back often and love the small town feel but I also avoid being in the middle of disputes there. Why degrade one another's towns? Why not use this to help improve the economy, government, and people?
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Jun 23, 2007
 
When you talk about how horrible our athletics are. Did you forget about the five state football championship that we've won?
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When you talk about how horrible our athletics are. Did you forget about the five state football championship that we've won?
certainly not, because i know my history......but winning exactly 1 MRVC conf. championship in ANY sport in the past 16 years speaks volume, no?

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