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story.lead_photo.caption Korbin Hardesty Photo by Olivia Garrett / Fulton Sun.

This column serves as a spotlight, highlighting the everyday people in Callaway County. The Fulton Sun takes a moment with someone who is not usually featured in the news but is just as instrumental in making our community the strong and beautiful place we all know and love.

Korbin Hardesty enjoyed the first snow of the year at Veterans Park this weekend with his two children. Hardesty grew up in Callaway County and attended North Callaway schools. He attended the State Technical College of Missouri and today owns his own landscaping business, Missouri Nativescapes.

What was your first job?

My first job was probably working construction or doing carpentry work. Now, I'm a landscaper.

Who inspires you most?

Probably my grandpa. He was a big influence on me growing up and he is just about the most respectable man I've ever known.

What is something you are proud of?

My boys.

What in your life has been the most fulfilling?

Definitely the friendships I've made. And being a dad would be the most fulfilling I guess.

If you could do any job in the world what would it be?

I'm doing it. I own my own landscape business and we do some really nice water features and koi ponds. We do plantings and specialize in native plants. Just working outside and working with my hands and being creative, that's it.

What is a job you wouldn't want to do?

Any type of office work or clerical work. That would be about the worst thing.

What is your favorite thing about Callaway County?

We like doing things outside. We go out and walk and look for "treasure" — arrowhead hunting. Arrowhead hunting is one of the things we do for fun whenever we can.

Another thing is the disc golf here (at Veterans Park). I've been playing up here for over ten years. Our club works really hard to maintain the course, working with the city. It's a pretty neat thing.

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