Thursday, September 20, 2018

Shamrock Softball Wins Senior Night Behind Ashlynn Gilpatrick’s Pitching, Mason Cracraft’s Home Run

North Harrison, going through its annual Hell Week, downed Milan 12-5 behind Ashlynn Gilpatrick’s 10 strikeouts and Mason Cracraft’s home run. They sent off their seniors, Mason Cracraft, Addie Slaughter, and Sally Briggs with a win as they pounded the ball early and often.

North Harrison was playing shorthanded without Carly Rinehart (shoulder), but got strong pitching from Ashlynn Gilpatrick, who gave up two home runs to Cadence Pauley, but shut down the rest of the Ladycat lineup for the complete game win.

Milan started off with a base hit as Jannissa Martinez shot a single to right center with two strikes on her. But left fielder Deva Wallace caught Katie Banner’s fly ball, Mason Cracraft made a running catch running backwards of Pauley’s pop fly, and shortstop Kami Gibson snagged Erin Richardson’s grounder for the third out.

Rainey Fordyce set the tone for the rest of the game when she shot a rocket past third down the left field line and successfully stretched a single into a double. That led to an avalanche of hits and aggressive baserunning, as North Harrison scored in every inning but the fifth. Coach Brandon Craig was worried about pitcher Cadence Pauley’s arm, but his charges, even without Rinehart, were up to the challenge of hitting off her. North Harrison was tentative at first, looking at six called strikes in the first inning, but only looked at four more the rest of the game as they constantly sought to put the ball in play.

Ashlynn Gilpatrick was next, and her towering fly ball was misjudged by the center fielder and dropped in for a double as Fordyce scored. The wind was howling out to center and wreaking havoc with fly balls all afternoon.  Camden Castleberry, running for Gilpatrick, took third on a wild pitch and scored when Emma Craig reached on a three base error by the shortstop when her throw got away from everyone. Lola Brashears, running for Craig, scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0.
The Shamrocks added to their lead in the second when Deva Wallace hit another fly ball misjudged in the wind by the center fielder; it dropped in for a double. She took third on a wild pitch, and Addie Slaughter grounded out to score Wallace to make it 4-0.

As Ashlynn Gilpatrick retired nine straight Milan batters, Emma Craig successfully stretched a double into a triple after hitting one over the center fielder’s head to start the third. Kami Gibson swung at a pitch in the dirt for what should have been strike three, but the ball got away from the catcher and Gibson was safe at first as Lola Brashears (running for Craig) scored on the play. Gibson stole second and went to third on an error as the second baseman let the throw get away. Sally Briggs doubled to right center field to bring her home, went to third on a wild pitch, and Mason Cracraft homered to dead center field to make it 8-0.

Hunter Stevens struck out, but Deva Wallace walked on four pitches to restart the inning. She took second on a wild pitch. Addie Slaughter reached on a bobble by the second baseman to move Wallace to third, and Rainey Fordyce reached on a dropped throw from the first baseman to score Wallace to make it 9-0 and prompt the fiery Milan coach to yell at his players after the inning was over.
Milan finally got on the board as Katie Banner doubled and Cadence Pauley hit a towering fly ball.

Center fielder Rainey Fordyce got a bead on it, but crashed into the fence and fell over as Pauley’s two run shot made it 9-2. Eric Richardson grounded out to Kami Gibson and catcher Emma Craig alertly caught a squib from Lexi May that started off foul but rolled into fair territory down the third base line and threw a laser beam to first to get her out. That loomed up strongly as Jordyn Gray walked and Jocelyn Perez reached on an error when Gilpatrick and third baseman Addie Slaughter collided going after a pop fly. But Gilpatrick recovered to get Hallie Wiseman called out on strikes to end the inning.

North Harrison used a two out rally to make it 10-2 in the fourth. Mason Cracraft singled to left field and took second when the left fielder let the ball get by her for an error. Hunter Stevens doubled to the wall in left center and was out trying to stretch it into a triple, but Cracraft scored on the play. Milan bunched together three straight singles from Katie Banner, Cadence Pauley, and Erin Richardson to make it 10-3 in the fifth.

With the game well in hand, Coach Brandon Craig began subbing freely in the sixth, putting Kenna Slaughter at third, Baily Briggs in center, Lola Brashears in right, Sally Briggs behind the play from third, and Addie Slaughter at first. Gilpatrick continued to pitch strongly, striking out Jordyn Gray and Brianna Hail, while Kami Gibson continued to be rock-solid at shortstop.

The Shamrocks got two more in the sixth as Kenna Slaughter successfully stretched a single into a double after singling to left center. Kami Gibson singled to left and made it to second when the left fielder let it get by as Slaughter scored. Gibson took third on a wild pitch, and Sally Briggs singled to center to score her.

Pauley struck again in the seventh for Milan, but strong fielding play kept things from getting interesting. Jackmin Pierre pinch hit and went after the first pitch, hitting a pop fly in the dead spot between the mound and second. But shortstop Kami Gibson made a catch on the first base side of second. Jannissa Martinez, the fastest runner on the team for Milan, was next and hit a ground ball to Gibson and was racing down the line. Gibson hurried her throw and it was wide, but Addie Slaughter reached out and snagged it for the second out. That meant that only two runs scored when Katie Banner singled and Pauley hit a deep drive to left. This time, it was left fielder Camden Castleberry who looked like she might have a play, only to see the ball drift over the fence as she fell over it trying to make a play. Gilpatrick froze Erin Richardson for a called third strike to end the game.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tiger Softball Holds Off King City Rally

Worth County had been struggling to finish off games, giving up last-inning losses to Gallatin, North Nodaway, and Braymer this year. However, they finally held off King City Tuesday, winning 6-4. Worth County led 6-1 going into the seventh, but King City scored three runs in the inning before Worth County held on to win.

After making a ton of errors in the Braymer game, in which Worth County lost a 7-0 lead and fell 10-7, the Tigers played errorless ball against King City. Consequently, they withstood a 12-hit attack which included three doubles. Haley Hunt was the winning pitcher. Megan Cassavaugh was 2 for 3, while Anna Gladstone was 2 for 4. Merrideth Spiers had two RBI’s, while Megan Cassavaugh and Haley Hunt had 1 each.

Worth County Receives Audit Report of “Good”

The Missouri State Auditor’s Office release a report Wednesday rating Worth County as “good.” The auditor’s office audits all small counties on a regular basis.

Two main areas were addressed. The first involved Prosecuting Attorney controls and procedures. The Auditor’s Office says the Prosecutor’s Office has not adequately segregated accounting duties and does not perform a supervisory review of detailed accounting records. The Prosecuting Attorney’s office does not always issue receipt slips for monies received. The Prosecuting Attorney’s office does not always transmit court-ordered restitution to victims in a timely fashion.

The second issue identified involved the enforcement of the Brush Control ordinance. The Auditor’s Office says that the amount charged for enforcement of brush control was not always calculated accurately, resulting in some taxpayers being overcharged for the service. Under the voter-approved ordinance, landowners are required to keep brush along county roads cut according to county standards, or the county will come and cut the brush for them and assess it against their taxes. Brush letters are sent out based on whether the road is a school bus or mail route and based on complaints from patrons, road & bridge personnel, and gravel truck operators. If a road gets targeted for enforcement, all landowners along the road get brush letters. If a landowner gets a brush letter, but has no brush along their portion, they do not have to do anything.

Because counties are managed by several separately-elected individuals, an audit finding with respect to one office does not necessarily apply to the operations of another office. The overall rating assigned to the county is intended to reflect the performance of the county as a whole. It does not indicate the performance of any one elected official or county office.

A “Good” rating means that the entity is well-managed. The report contains few findings, and the entity has indicated most or all recommendations have already been, or will be implemented. In addition, most prior recommendations have been implemented.

In response, the Prosecutor’s Office agreed to implement a plan to segregate the accounting duties of the office staff and provide a more thorough review of the records. Receipts will be issued immediately for all monies received, and all monies will be distributed to the proper parties in a timely manner. The estimated time frame for implementation will be 30 days.

The County Commissioners agreed to review the County Clerk’s calculations for charging brush levies for accuracy. Under the Brush Law, the County Clerk prepares a calculation of the total cost of eradicating brush for each parcel of land by calculating the total amount of labor and machine hours, along with any additional costs included.

There were three parcels that were assessed brush levies during 2017. Out of those three, the Auditor’s Office says that two of them had errors in recording the number of hours worked. The Auditor’s Office says the errors resulted in taxpayer overcharges totaling $127.

The Auditor’s Office listed the following salaries for elected officials for Worth County:
Ted Findley, Presiding Commissioner, $22,427.
Regan Nonneman, Associate Commissioner, $20,306.
Tyler Paxson, Associate Commissioner, $20,306.
Barbara Foland, Recorder of Deeds, $30,766.
Roberta Owens, County Clerk, $30,766.
Brett Hurst, Prosecuting Attorney, $39,603.
Terry Sheddrick, Sheriff, $38,192.
Linda Brown, County Treasurer, $30,766.
Sharon Supinger, County Coroner, $8,487.
Patsy Worthington, Public Administrator, $8,955.
Julie Tracy, County Collector, $30,920.
Carolyn Hardy, County Assessor, $30,447.

These figures do not include the Circuit Clerk and the Associate Circuit Judge. These salaries are paid by the state.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

North Harrison to Compete in Trenton Junior High Tournament

North Harrison will play in the Trenton Middle School Tournament next weekend, September 29th at 8:30. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students.

Each team will play everyone in their respective pool. The first place team in each pool will play for first place, the second place teams will play for third, and third place teams will play for fifth.

Games will be played for seven innings or 1:15 time limit for each game. In the event a game is tied, the international tiebreaker with runners on second and third will be used until a winner is determined. There will be a 15 run rule after three innings and 10 run rule after five.

North Harrison will play the following schedule:
8:30 am – Trenton vs. North Harrison.
10 am – Putnam County vs. North Harrison.
1 pm – 3rd and 5th place game.
2:30 pm – 1st place game.

Obituary -- Dorothy Pickering 1931-2018

On August 17, 1931, Dorothy entered this world and the life of her parents, William “Bill” and Clara Denney Jefferson, completing their family of three sons, Harold, Lawrence and William (Billy Rowe) in Wall Lake, Iowa.

When Dorothy was a girl, the family moved to Grant City, Missouri where she graduated Grant City High School in 1950. She married her high school sweetheart, Robert Pickering, in February 1951 and followed him to the Territory of Alaska, full of courage and belief that she was where she was supposed to be. They settled on Douglas Island.

Robert’s job, surveying the territory of Alaska for the Federal Government, took him away from the family 6-7 months of the year, so Dorothy raised their family of three children, Marijo, Carol and Roger, in the shadow of tall mountains and pristine waters of the Inside Passage. She tried her hand at gardening on the side of a rocky mountain, babysat in her home, and worked in a daycare nursery to supplement the family income.

When Alaska became a state in 1959, Dorothy and her family were in the heart of the excitement and celebration as Juneau/Douglas celebrated Alaska’s 49th star on the American Flag!

In the fall of 1961, the Bureau of Land Management moved their headquarters to Anchorage, so the family left the beautiful island and began a new adventure in Alaska’s largest city. While they looked for permanent housing, they spent their first week in a hotel across the street from a Dairy Queen, something the children had never seen before—an ice cream store!

The family put down roots in the Sand Lake area of Anchorage where Dorothy rode out the 1964 Earthquake with her three children, finished raising their family, and remained until the early 1970’s. During that time Dorothy worked for McKinley Jewelry and began what was to be her career in banking; starting at First National Bank of Anchorage.

In 1985, Dorothy left Alaska for a short time; living in Michigan, Texas and Idaho where she worked as a live-in Certified Nursing Aid. Alaska was home, though, and it called to her. In 1990, she moved back to Anchorage, and the employment of Key Bank, where she worked and retired in 2006.
Dorothy remained in Anchorage, until recently, when health issues caused her to move closer to her daughter, Marijo, in Fairbanks, taking up residence in the Fairbanks Pioneer Home where she made some very dear friends.

During Dorothy’s life, when she wasn’t raising kids and working, she gave generously of her time to the “Pearl Harbor Survivor’s Group” in Anchorage, volunteered every year for the “Walk for Hope”, and was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout Leader. She sewed most of her children’s clothes and loved to bake, and pressure can fresh vegetables. Dorothy loved to read, and stitch and she passed on those loves to both of her daughters.

Dorothy was a very strong woman with high ethics and manners, which she strove to teach her children as they grew. Her children’s friends were always welcome in her home; “If the party was at my house, I knew where my kids were”. We never knew just how strong Mom was until we watched her struggles during the latter part of her life. Now we know where our strength comes from. She is so very missed.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents William “Bill” and Clara Denney Jefferson; her oldest brother Harold Jefferson and his wife Ruth; her youngest brother Bill Jefferson and her baby grandson Michael McKinney.

Dorothy is survived by her three children and their families: daughter Marijo Larson, her children and families; Heather Sharpton (Russ) and their children Grayson, Kaia and Dagen; Hansel Larson (Dana) and their children Eli and Sadie; and Patryce McKinney: daughter Carol McKinney Dienst (John), her children and families; Patryce McKinney, Althea Dooley Nabinger (Floyd) and her children Tempest and Kaylee Dooley: son Roger Pickering, his children and families; Kenneth Jorgensen and his children Kristopher and Randy and Kristopher’s children Alexander and Charlotte; Randy Jorgensen; David Pickering; great-great-grandchildren; brother Lawrence Jefferson of Gallatin, Missouri; many loving nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Services were held at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa on Saturday, September 15 at 1:30 p.m. Burial followed in the Redding Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at

Obituary -- Melissa Cronk 1970-2018

Melissa Jane (Force) Cronk, 47, of Pickering, MO, and formerly of Maryville, MO, passed away unexpectedly at SSM Hospital in Maryville on Sunday, September 16, 2018.

Melissa was born on December 10, 1970, in Jacksonville, NC, to Ronald and Janie A. (Harrington) Force. She had lived most all her life in the Maryville area.

She graduated from Maryville High School and then received her CNA Certificate from NW Technical School, also Maryville. She had worked in nursing at Village Care Center; and had done home health care for SSM for many years. She was of the Christian faith.

Preceding her in death was her father, Ronald Force, and her brother, David Force.

She is survived by her mother and step father, Janie and Larry Harbin, Maryville; her 3 children, Matthew (Brittany) Cronk, Pickering, MO, Christopher (Bailea) Cronk, Burlington Junction, MO, and Emily Davis, Pickering, MO; her sister in law, Jami Force, Kansas City, MO; her step mother, Peggy Force, Grant City, MO, step brother, Russell (Whitney) Hamblen, Houston, TX, 2 step sisters, Kim (Eric) Brooks, Denver, MO, and Michelle Knapp, Maryville, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, September 21, 2018, at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO. Cremation will follow the service.

The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 PM, Thursday, September 20, 2018, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be directed to the family to help with Emily’s education.

Obituary -- Teresa Kemper Price (Runde) 1923-2018

Teresa Kemper Price, 95, of Maryville, Missouri passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph.

Teresa was born on June 21, 1923 in Stanberry, Missouri to John and Mathilda (Ginther) Runde. She was a homemaker and member of St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church and Oblate of St. Benedict's Conception Abbey.

She married Louis J. Kemper on June 1, 1943 in Stanberry, Missouri. He preceded her in death. She later married John Price in July of 1985. He also preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Jimmie and Richard Kemper, daughter, Vera Brady, and three brothers, Leo, Jack and Richard Runde.

Survivors include eleven children, Sr. Mary Beth Kemper, O'Fallon, Missouri, John Kemper, Floodwood, Minnesota, Teresa (Robert) Kemper, Kansas City, Kansas, Ronald (Brenda) Kemper, Stanberry, Missouri, Lois (Roy) Schieber, Platte City, Missouri, Dolores (Stephen) Schroff, Roeland Park, Kansas, Marcella (John) Bell, Raymore, Missouri, Tom (Ruth) Kemper, Conception Junction, Missouri, Donna (Greg) Hall, Leawood, Kansas, Stephen (Sandra) Kemper, Conception Junction, Missouri, Marilyn (Mark) Wunder, Bloomington, Illinois, Agnes (Dennis) Anderson, Barnard, Missouri, Pete (Macia) Kemper, Barnard, Missouri; 41 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Pete Runde, Liberty, Missouri, Bernard Runde, Parnell, Missouri; five sisters, Monica Clayton, Maryville, Missouri, Marcella Davison, Clarinda, Iowa, Rita Andriano, St. Joseph, Missouri, Mary Ellen Crocker, Liberty, Missouri and Rosalie Starke, Stanberry, Missouri.

Mass of Christian Burial 11 am Wednesday, September 19th at St. Gregory's Barbarigo Catholic Church under the care of Price Funeral Home, Maryville. Burial St. Columba Cemetery, Conception, Missouri. Rosary 6 pm Tuesday, September 18th at St. Gregory's Barbarigo Catholic Church. The family will receive friends following the rosary from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The family suggests memorials to St. Gregory's School Fund.