Thursday, May 24, 2018

Keagan O’Riley Fans 15 as Mustang Softball Holds Off NEN

Keagan O’Riley fanned 15 batters Thursday and North Nodaway needed to cling by their fingernails in order to get past NEN 3-1. The Bluejays manufactured a run in the first inning when Paige West hit a grounder that first baseman Ashley Thompson bobbled. West stole second; Blair Stoll struck out, but Maggie Schmitz singled to left center field to score West to make it 1-0. North Nodaway got out of the inning as Delaney McIntyre struck out on a pitch that barely hit the outside corner and Kami Adwell grounded out to O’Riley.

But it looked like Northeast’s tally would stand up for a while. Audrey Trimble walked and stole second and MaKayla Cross moved her to third with a bunt back to the mound. But NEN pitcher Blair Stoll got Kandace Damgar to pop out to Delaney McIntyre at third and catcher Maggie Schmitz caught Shai Dailey’s pop fly for the third out.

Keagan O’Riley kept North Nodaway in the game, as she started striking out everyone right and left. She gave up a single to Marybeth Lamb in the second, but struck out the side to strand her. But shortstop Paige West made an over the shoulder catch in the Mustang second to take a base hit away from Keagan, while Cassy Redden caught Ashley Thompson’s fly ball to center and Angela Standiford caught Kristin Herndon’s pop fly after Emma Hart walked after looking at two close pitches and a low pitch after getting down 1-2.

Once again, O’Riley struck out the side in the third, getting her total up to eight, but Blair Stoll matched her pitch for pitch. Emily Dew was called out on strikes, Alonna Cross struck out swinging, while Paige West took a base hit away from Jadon Dobbins with another running catch.

Keagan O’Riley got her consecutive strikeout total to eight in the fourth, but NEN looked like they would survive the fourth as Stoll grabbed Trimble’s hot shot for the first out. But then things turned out similar to the North Harrison game last fall. In that game, NEN completely outplayed the Shamrocks, who would go on to take third in state that year, through three, only to fall apart in the fourth. MaKayla Cross hit what looked like a routine fly ball to right, but Marybeth Lamb dropped it for an error and Cross was on second with one out. That opened the floodgates as Kandace Damgar singled to left to tie the game at one and took second on a wild pitch. Shai Dailey hit a base hit into center, but Cassy Redden came up with it quickly despite a quirky hop, threw it to Paige on the cutoff, and West threw a strike to home and catcher Maggie Schmitz blocked the plate perfectly to preserve the 1-1 tie as Dailey took second.

Blair Stoll had two strikes on Keagan O’Riley and tried to serve her a change to get to three strikes and get out of the inning, but O’Riley turned on it and hit a screamer off McIntyre’s foot at third and into no-man’s land; McIntyre was shaken up and left fielder Kami Adwell had to go get the ball as O’Riley took second with a double and Dailey scored to break the 1-1 tie. Ashley Thompson shot one just past Angela Standiford at second for another base hit to make it 3-1 and took second on a wild pitch and Emma Hart took a 3-2 pitch just low to put runners on first and second as the sixth straight Mustang batter reached safely. Unlike the North Harrison game, where the Shamrocks got to 12 runs in the fourth and ended it next inning, NEN got out of the inning as Kristin Herndon hit a fly ball to right, but Lamb atoned for her mistake earlier in the inning by catching it to end the inning.

Marybeth Lamb did all she could to start the fifth, going from 1-2 to 3-2 and working an 11 pitch at-bat against Keagan O’Riley, fouling pitch after pitch into the stands. Finally, O’Riley got her to strike out and Angela Standiford was called out on strikes as O’Riley got to 10 straight strikeouts. Paige West reached for the second time on a Mustang error as she bunted and third baseman Kristin Herndon hurried her throw and threw it away. But Blair Stoll hit it hard, but right at first baseman Ashley Thompson for the third out. Maggie Schmitz came on to retire the Mustangs in order in the sixth, but O’Riley finished strongly, getting Maggie Schmitz and Delaney McIntyre out on strikes and Madelynn Mattson to pop out.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Worth County Elementary Has 16 Achieve Perfect Attendance for School Year

16 Worth County elementary students had perfect attendance for the entire 2017-2018 school year. 99%, or 154 of 155 students, had 90% or higher attendance for the entire school year. Students who had perfect attendance for the school year along with students who missed less than a day will be given to Sky Zone in Des Moines.

The following 16 Worth County students had perfect attendance for the entire school year:
Kindergarten – Jarrett Gilland.
First Grade – Kassidy Joslin, Kennedy Murphy, Brianna Riley.
Second Grade – Audrey Runde.
Third Grade – Caleb New, Sumer Riley, Ryder Smyser.
Fourth Grade – Brayden Murphy, Rylee Ruckman, Marissa Schmitz.
Fifth Grade – Abbi Brown, Carter Chapman, Eliza Corey, Bridgette Hightshoe.
Sixth Grade – Mitzie Gillespie.

Worth County Perfect Attendance Rolls for 4th Quarter

The following Worth County students had perfect attendance for the 4th Quarter for the 2017-2018 school year:

Kindergarten – Hudson Cameron, Zaiden Chipps, Emma Coleman, Nathan Fitzgerald, Jarrett Gilland, Emilee Groven, Karleigh Guinn, Cole Hardy, Jane Hawk, Weston Hill, Lila Jewett, Londyn Maudlin, Hardie Paxson.

First Grade – Bella Blankenship, Caleb Corbin, Tucker Fletchall, Camden Gray, Mason Hiatt, Kassidy Joslin, Kennedy Murphy, Brianna Riley, Gracie Thurman, Selena Velasquez.

Second Grade – Paige Chaney, Brynn Chapman, Braelyn Fletchall, Bentley Frisch, Liam Hayden, Alize Rathmann, Audrey Runde.

Third Grade – Kambree Briner, Arenna Galanakis, Evalyn Gilland, Addison Gray, Reyen Hansen, Caleb New, Sumer Riley, Hayden Sanders, Dylan Smith, Ryder Smyser, Kristen Tracy, Garrett Troutwine.

Fourth Grade – Malachi Behrens, Brayden Combs, Lucas Frisch, Brayden Murphy, Brylea Paxson, Conner Pointer, Marissa Schmitz, Reed Smyser, Bailey Steele, Brayden Stevens.

Fifth Grade – Karson Briner, Abbi Brown, Carter Chapman, Eliza Corey, Camdain Frisch, Bridgette Hightshoe.

Sixth Grade – Mitzie Gillespie, Jacob Kanak, Maranda Meyer, Rebecca Smith.

Mark Fletcher Returns as Boys Basketball Coach; Board Hires Two Other Extra Duty Positions, One Teacher, and Three Cooks; Starting Teacher Pay Increased by $1,400

The Worth County School Board named Mark Fletcher as the new Worth County boys basketball coach Thursday following a closed session. He replaces Bryce Schafer, who resigned to become the new head boys basketball coach at Creston. This will be Fletcher’s second stint as head coach; he guided Worth County to a GRC Conference Title in 1994-95 and to a 21 win season in 1995-96. He coached P.J. Sanders, who became the all-time leading scorer at Worth County, although purists will be quick to point out that Kent Thompson, the previous holder, got his points without benefit of the three point line, which did not go into effect until 1987-88, after he graduated.

The board also accepted the resignation of teachers Bryce Schafer and Jamie Stadler. The board accepted the resignation of Nanci Drury at the Flag Corps coach; she will continue to teach at Worth County. The board named Jessica Sanders to head the Junior High Cheer Squad, Tera Coleman as the Flag Corps Coach, and Danielle Henry as an elementary special education teacher. The board hired three new cooks as Ayrica Fletchall, Christie Petersen, and Ron Petersen were named.

After considerable discussion, the board voted to raise starting teacher pay by $1,400 a year, health insurance coverage by $25 a month, and give non-certified staff a 50 cent an hour raise at a cost of $54,000 annually. The initial plan had been to give non-certified staff a 33 cent raise; however, board member Amanda Gilland lobbied for more, saying that under the original plan, non-certified staff would actually see a cut in their paychecks due to increased health insurance costs. The board looked at a $900 increase in starting pay for teachers, but stuck with the $1,400 increase, saying that starting pay was going up across the area. For instance, Northeast Nodaway, North Nodaway, and Albany all offer higher starting teacher pay.

School administrators said they had increasing difficulties attracting qualified personnel to open teaching positions; for instance, one recent opening only attracted three applicants. “It’s a choice between increasing our revenues or cutting our budget,” said Board President Tyler Steele. Currently, the board has reserves that are 39% of annual expenses; the state recommends that schools keep at least 25%, because new state funding does not come in until January, and schools need to cover unforeseen expenses.

Worth County currently has one of the lowest school tax rates in the area, at $3.62. Superintendent Dr. Matt Martz said that he had cut all he could, including eliminating the preschool for what he said was savings of $70,000 a year, along with eliminating a music teaching position. Board members did some calculating and figured out that they could get by for anywhere from 3-7 years before reserves fell to 25%, but that was assuming there would be no major expenses in the meantime.

Students Kennedy Galanakis and Abbi Caddenhead along with teacher Jonell Cook gave a presentation to the board about the FCCLA and their activities. There were 61 members this year, of whom 11 entered competitions this year. Of those, all 11 went to state and nine will go to nationals and are in the process of raising funds.

Kennedy and Abbi talked about going to Jefferson City and job shadowing legislators. Kennedy shadowed Representative Allen Andrews and got to sit in on one of his meetings with the Budget Committee. Abbi shadowed Elaine Gannon, who represents a district in the St. Louis suburbs. This year, nationals will be in Georgia.

Elementary Principal Chuck Borey reported that there were 16 students with perfect attendance all year. Around 99% of students had attendance of 90% or better. Some elementary students went to a Day at the K, where they watched the Royals play; the Royals got a rare win while they were in attendance.

The board voted to award the fuel contract for the 2018-19 school year to MFA Oil. The school will prepay $18,772.68 to cover the period from August 2018 to January 2019 and then prepay $13,169.52 to cover the period from February to May 2019. The August through January contract was based on 7,300 gallons at a price of $2.5716 per gallon. The February through May contract was based on 5,200 gallons at a price of $2.5326 per gallon.

The board voted to allow Tech Director Amy Gladstone to hire an adult to assist her with maintenance of technology during the summer months. This includes cleaning hardware, imaging computers, inventory, organization and setup, maintaining security, classroom computer setup, virus scans, and updates along with moving equipment from room to room. Total cost will be $1,050 and will come out of her budget.

The board voted to hire three summer workers this year at a total cost of $9,282. Some of the funds will come out of the Fiscal Year 2018 money and some will come out of the 2019 money.

The board voted to set lunch pricing for the 2018-2019 school year. Elementary will be $1.35 for breakfast and $1.90 for lunch. High school will be $1.60 for breakfast and $2.20 for lunch. Adults will be $1.95 for breakfast and $2.80 for lunch.

Courthouse News for May 23rd, 2018

On May 14th, Worth County Prosecuting Attorney Brett Hurst filed charges against Sandra Knapp (31) of Mount Ayr for Driving While Revoked/Suspended, DWI (Prior), and Exceeding the Posted Speed Limit.

On May 14th, the Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office arrested Linessa Hughes (29) of Lamoni on charges of Driving While Revoked, No Insurance, and No Registration. Bond was set at $1,600, which she posted and was released.

On May 14th, the Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office arrested Samuel Gene Sutton (46) of Mount Ayr on a charge of Assault for allegedly pushing a man in his chair onto the floor, causing him to fall over.

On May 15th, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office arrested Deiontae Moss (21) of Bedford on a warrant for 2nd Degree Theft.

On May 16th, the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Roelio Bermea (48) in Harrison County on a misdemeanor Clay County warrant for an Equipment Violation.

On May 19th, the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Dorothy Dodge (27) of Grant City in Nodaway County on a felony probation violation warrant from Nodaway County.

On May 19th, the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office reported that a young man, Kalvin Rawson (18), was missing. He was subsequently found safe.

The Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office will be having a K-9 Garage Sale in the summer. Proceeds will go towards any veterinary bills “Bolt,” the drug dog, may have, along with any needed training, equipment, and other upkeep. To donate an item, please contact the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Office at (660) 582-7451.

On May 21st, Xavier Mildward pleaded guilty to an amended charge of DWI (2nd Offense) in Worth County Associate Circuit Court. Other charges were dismissed. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and given credit for time served. He was given two years probation and must wear an alcohol monitoring device, attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings 5 times per week until March 1st, 2019, when he must attend two, and pay court costs.

On May 21st, charges of No Insurance against Samantha Thorburn were dismissed in open court as she produced a proof of valid insurance

Hopkins CBC to Raffle Royals Tickets

The Hopkins CBC will raffle off Royals tickets during the Hopkins Picnic. Tickets for that will be $5 each. Other prizes will be raffled off at $1 each. The tickets will be Dugout Box seats plus a parking pass. Tickets will be for the Monday, August 6th game between the Chicago Cubs and the Royals that will start at 7:15 pm. The value of the tickets will be worth over $300. The tickets were donated by Nodaway Valley Bank. The Hopkins CBC will also be selling root beer floats and bowls of ice cream with toppings. For questions or more information, please call Judy Crane at (660) 254-2427.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Payton Craig, Audry Briggs Receive Top Honors as 20 Graduate from North Harrison

Payton Craig was named Valedictorian and Audry Briggs Salutatorian Sunday as North Harrison graduated 20 students from school. Graduating were Audry Briggs, Collin Castleberry, Payton Craig, Jonathan Crowder, Brennan Gilliland, Cameron Hamaker, Bobby Hutton, Sarah Jalas, Ryan Jones, Joshua Joyce, Daniel Martinez, Lucas McChesney, Heather Musser, Emma Passmore, Brandy Rivet, Vici Stellpflug, Connor Stobbe, Ryan Thomsen, Casey Thurman, and Hannah Whitmire.

The Class Motto was, “Our lives are before us, our past is behind us, our memories are forever with us.” The Class flower was the red carnation. The class color was red. Class officers were Payton Craig (President), Daniel Martinez (Vice-President), Lucas McChesney (Secretary), and Heather Musser (Treasurer). Student Council President was Audry Briggs. Student Council Vice-President was Bobby Hutton. Student Council Representative was Hannah Whitmire.

The North Harrison Band playing “Pomp and Circumstance.” Pastor Jason Laxton gave the opening and closing prayers. Superintendent Dr. Todd Willhite gave the opening welcome. Mrs. Kara Smith presented the awards. The High School Choir sang “Omnia Sol.” Principal Mike Schmidli presented the class. Board member Kirk Emig presented the diplomas. The students showed a video presentation of all 20 of the students.

Officers of the National Honor Society this year were Payton Craig (President), Bobby Hutton (Vice-President), Hannah Whitmire (Secretary), and Audry Briggs (Treasurer). Other members were Sarah Jalas, Lucas McChesney, Heather Musser, and Brandy Rivet.

A variety of awards were handed out during the ceremony. The US Army Reserve Scholar-Athlete Award went to Payton Craig. The GRM Scholarship went to Audrey Briggs. GRM also was part of a national scholarship committee that selected 53 students nationally. Selected from North Harrison was Bobby Hutton, who was awarded a $2,500 scholarship.

The Alma Johnson Award, which goes to North Harrison students pursuing a degree in education, went to Audry Briggs and Brandy Rivet. The Eagleville American Legion Scholarships went to Payton Craig and Audry Briggs. The Americanism award went to Craig. Cameron Hamaker was recognized for having enlisted in the Missouri Army National Guard. It will include a full ride to go to any Missouri public university.

The Leah Wilcoxson Trullinger and Howard Trullinger scholarships went to Brandy Rivet and Heather Musser. The Toll Family Scholarship went to Payton Craig. The Cracraft Construction Scholarship went to Brandy Rivet and Heather Musser. The MFA Scholarship went to Payton Craig. The Elks Lodge #125 Scholarship went to Heather Musser. The Harrison County Farm Bureau Scholarship went to Payton Craig. The Class of 1976 Scholarship went to Audry Briggs.

Salutatorian Audry Briggs will attend Graceland University, where she intends to pursue a Music Education Degree. She said that there were 1,371 days since they became freshmen; she challenged her classmates to think about where they would be 1,371 days from now. She said that each day was precious and encouraged them to pursue things that would make them happy.

Valedictorian Payton Craig will go to North Central Missouri College in Trenton, where she will play softball; she plans to transfer to Northwest Missouri State, where she will pursue a degree in Ag Business. She told stories about their times in school, including the time Audry brought her baby sister Katelyn to show and tell, the time they were able to watch baby chicks hatch in class, the time they rode horses, Bobby Hutton voraciously reading every single book he could find on dinosaurs and quoting off facts about them to everyone who would listen, riding horses, doing a word search that had no words, dodgeball rivalries on the playground between the boys and girls, and discovering a snake in the classroom.

Danica Stoll, a 2008 North Harrison grad and now a science teacher there, was the speaker. She was the class Salutatorian and went to Graceland. She wove a compelling personal story along with encouragement and words of wisdom. She lived in New York City at one point and was in a process of discovering herself. Then, she was diagnosed with a degenerative neuromuscular disorder. Despite her condition, she was one of a few students to go to Africa with a non-profit organization; the other students were all from wealthy families.

“Don’t limit yourselves,” she said. “If you don’t believe in yourselves, you’ll never accomplish your goals.” Originally, she didn’t plan on teaching, but she learned to love it and came home to teach science at North Harrison. “You will never know where you will wind up,” she said. “Your version of success will be different than others’. Never stop growing. Every situation you encounter is another chance to grow. There are many in your corner; just look at all these people who showed up for 20 of you.”