Fair Grove

Scott Harvey / KSMU

An item on next Tuesday’s special election ballot asks citizens in Fair Grove whether the city shall impose a local use tax.

“If you conduct business on let’s say Amazon.com, this is a way for Amazon who now pays sales tax inside the state of Missouri, to be able to pay sales tax like they would if they were a local brick-and-mortar business,” says Fair Grove Mayor Tim Smith.

When settlers made their way to the Ozarks—often by covered wagon—they brought with them their faith. Through today, churches have played a tremendous role in the formation of communities as well as the glue that held them together. For our ongoing series A Sense of Place, KSMU’s Emma Wilson visits a church that can trace its involvement in the community back over 150 years.

[Sound of chatting churchgoers in fellowship hall]