Following tragedy family fights to keep boy's dream church alive - KCTV5

Following tragedy, family fights to keep boy's dream church alive

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LATHROP, MO (KCTV) -

Atop a rural piece of land in Clinton County sits a church unlike most others. It was the dream of a little boy whose life was cut too short.

But now, the town of Lathrop is fighting to keep the Mackintyre's Church up.

The church is more than just a place of worship, it's the realization of a wish a 9-year-old boy never got the chance to see come true.

However, the town is worried a plan by KCP&L and other utilities to build a transmission line in the area could threaten what has become a staple of the community.

"He picked out this spot. He came up with my mom on the four-wheeler one day, put his foot down, and said, 'This is where my church is going to be,'" Mackintyre's mother, Stacey Garton, said.

Garton lost her son four years ago to a sudden brain aneurysm. That very day, she and her husband vowed his memory and vision wouldn't die with him.

"With the dreams and aspirations he had and that for everyday for three years, this child asked for a church. There had to be a reason, and we had to build it," Garton said.

So with a lot of help from his grandparents and the community, they built the church and laid Mackintyre's body to rest just a few feet away.

"We have weddings here. We have baptisms here. We have funerals here," Garton said.

KCP&L stresses no definite route has been chosen yet, and they are making efforts to reach out to the community to hear their concerns.

But Garton wants to make sure the piece of land is off their radar before it is too late.

"There are plenty of other routes they could take that are more feasible," she said.

Officials are holding a public meeting Thursday night in Excelsior Springs. This family is hoping for a big turnout so their voices are heard.

In addition to Thursday meeting, Garton is also scheduled to sit down with her county commissioners and those designing the possible routes on Friday. 

Click here to read about KCP&L's Midwest Transmission Project.

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