The Newtonia Battlefields, and the Ritchey Mansion that sits on them, will be part of a television show produced by KMOS-TV, a public television station in Warrensburg, Mo.

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The Newtonia Battlefields, and the Ritchey Mansion that sits on them, will be part of a television show produced by KMOS-TV, a public television station in Warrensburg, Mo.
KMOS, in cooperation with Missouri Life magazine, is producing a six-episode series titled "Missouri Life," and one of the series will feature the people, history, food and other cultures of Newton County.
On Wednesday, Meredith Hoenes, the on-camera host of the show, was in Newtonia to feature the Civil War in that small Newton County community. Hoenes interviewed Jim Ridenour, the new caretaker at the Ritchey Mansion, and also filmed parts of the two battlefields.
Ridenour, a Civil War re-enactor, appeared in uniform for the interview, which was held at the mansion house.
The film crew was in Newton County from Monday through Thursday, July 17-20, recording stories to round out their agenda. To cover such a variety of subjects in the county, they had a busy four days.
Besides the filming at Newtonia, the crew covered Twin Oaks Custom Cabinets for their Made in Missouri segment.
The segment entitled Remarkable Missourian featured the George Washington Carver National Monument. Shorter features in the Missourian segment were Thomas Hart Benton and the Neosho National Fish Hatchery.
The Missouri Flavor featured Sam's Cellar. For the Missouri Cameo segment, American Indian artist, Doug Hall, and his log cabin store, were the subject. Each of the segments will end with scenes from the Wildcat Glades and Audubon Center.
Christy Millen, producer of the series, said the show will be first broadcast on KMOS in Warrensburg, and then be available on-line by searching for Missouri Life on the PBS video app.
Millen also said, "KOZK in Springfield, has stated they will broadcast the program 'this fall.' We do not have anything more specific than that."