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Situated less than three miles from the geographic center of the United States, Edgar Springs, Missouri is home to Gene Blake, 67, retired chief of the Edgar Springs Fire Department. With fewer than 300 residents, many residents are feeling negative effects of the economic downturn. Blake said the department could use a new fire engine, but the town funds can't support the purchase.

Situated less than three miles from the geographic center of the United States, Edgar Springs, Missouri is home to Gene Blake, 67, retired chief of the Edgar Springs Fire Department. With fewer than 300 residents, many residents are feeling negative effects of the economic downturn. Blake said the department could use a new fire engine, but the town funds can't support the purchase.