Farmington, Mo., resident begins Peace Corps service in Panama

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Jordan Varble of Farmington, Mo., and his wife, Sarah, have been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart June 18 for Panama to begin training as environmental health volunteers. The Varbles will make a difference training community members in operating, maintaining, and managing potable water and sanitation systems, along with educating people about how to decrease the risk of waterborne diseases.

Jordan, 26, is the son of Mike and Sandy Gamblin of Farmington. He graduated from Farmington Senior High School before attending Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, Mo., where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2009. Continue reading “Farmington, Mo., resident begins Peace Corps service in Panama”

Sedalia, Mo., resident begins Peace Corps service in Uganda

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Dustin Bales, 24, of Sedalia, Mo., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Uganda April 23 to begin training as a health extension volunteer. He will make a difference raising awareness about health issues and identifying and training local leaders on issues including nutrition, sanitation, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Bales is the son of Julia Bales and a graduate of Smith Cotton High School in Sedalia, Mo. He graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo., with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 2010. He earned his master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of South Florida in 2012 as part of the Master’s International program, which allows students to combine graduate study and Peace Corps service. Continue reading “Sedalia, Mo., resident begins Peace Corps service in Uganda”