Sunday, November 29, 2020

Obituary -- Rita Andriano 1939-2020

Rita M. Andriano, 81, of Saint Joseph, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at a local health care facility. She was born January 13, 1939 in Stanberry, MO, daughter of Matilda and John Runde. She graduated from Grant City High School. 

On October 18, 1958, she married Max Andriano. Rita worked at Clark Construction and later St. Joseph Fuel Oil, totaling 40 years. She enjoyed traveling, working in her garden and landscaping. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church and was a member of the St. James Altar Society, Faucett Lions Club, and Sparta Club. 

Rita was preceded in death by husband, Max Andriano, father, John Runde, mother, Matilda Runde, son, Richard Andriano, brothers, Leo Runde, John Runde, Richard Runde, Walter Runde and sister, Teresa Price. 

Survivors include sons, Gregory (June) Andriano of St. Joseph and Steven (Caroline) Andriano of Rocheport, MO, brother, Bernard Runde of Parnell, MO, sisters, Rosalie (Dennis) Starke, Monica Clayton, Sally Davidson, Mary (Jim) Crocker, 8 grandchildren, Patrick, Luke, Brett, Shane, Nicholas, Nicole, Madelynn and Lizzy. 

A Private Family Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated; Father Joseph Totton, Celebrant. The inurnment was at the Mount Olivet Cemetery. Memorials are requested to the St. James Catholic Church or Faucett Lion's Club. Online webcast, condolences and obituary at www.ruppfuneral.com. Arrangements were under the direction of Rupp Funeral Home.


RIP Loretta Hart

Loretta Hart was a good friend, neighbor, and friend to all who knew her. They lived in the farm just west of Honey Creek for many years. She never knew a stranger, and she understood the value of hard work. She and Eldon raised her kids to be the same way. 

For as long as Sheridan High School was around, they were big supporters of the Bearcats. When Sheridan folded in 1976, they transferred their allegiance to North Nodaway, where they always had a front row at Mustang basketball and football games, whether their children were playing or not. They were honored as #1 Mustang Fans by the school a few years back.

Loretta was perfectly suited to be the greeter at Wal-Mart in Maryville, a position which she held for 22 years. Like Fred Mares at Hy-Vee, she was the face of the store. She will be missed by many in the area.


Saturday, November 28, 2020

Auston Pride Gets Double Double as NEN Boys Drop Mercer

Northeast Nodaway’s boys faced a Mercer squad that was headed into unfamiliar territory – rebuilding mode. They had only one player from last year with significant varsity experience, and they had to build a team of ten players from scratch. The Cardinals showed flashes of potential, but Northeast was able to come away with the 67-36 win last Tuesday.

Mercer had nobody who could match up with Auston Pride, who grabbed 23 points and 11 boards for the Bluejays. They posted three in double figures and two others with six or more in the win.

Northeast started off by scoring the first 12 points of the game. Lane Dack started off the scoring with an inside shot, Dylan McIntyre got loose in transition and got a pass from Ben Boswell, Lane Dack hit Auston Pride backdoor, Ben Boswell hit Chris Kephart in transition, and then Auston Pride scored inside off a pass from Zach Pride. Auston then aired one out to Zach Pride, who missed a layup, but Auston showed a burst of speed, hustling down the court to get the offensive glass and clean up. Auston Pride had six points and six boards in the first six minutes of the game.

Wes Cashman cleaned up on a miss to put Mercer on the board, but Ben Boswell scored off a steal. Auston Pride and Dylan McIntyre picked up their second fouls, but then Brayden Munns, who gave the Bluejays some quality minutes last Tuesday, got a block, Zach Pride got the board, and Ben Boswell fed Kephart with the assist. Kephart added a free throw and then Zach Pride got a steal and got it to Boswell to make it 19-2 after one.

Ben Boswell scored four points to start the second quarter, but then Mercer’s trapping defense started to take its toll as they scored the next six points to cut it to 23-8. But Auston Pride and Dylan McIntyre came back in and restored order. Dylan McIntyre hit Pride in transition for a three point play, Auston Pride scored off a drive, and Lane Dack scored off a Zach Pride steal to make it 30-8.

Dylan McIntyre scored in transition, Auston Pride hit a free throw, Ben Boswell kept a possession alive and hit Pride backdoor, and Boswell hit a 3-pointer to put Northeast up 38-8 at the half.

Mercer, which had missed a ton of long 3-pointers in the first half, finally got some to drop in the third quarter. Auston Pride picked up his third foul, and the Cardinals got as close as 40-15 two minutes into the third. But then Pride came back in, and Dylan McIntyre cut inside and got a pass from Lane Dack, Auston Pride scored off a Dack offensive board, and Pride got loose in transition to put the Bluejays back up 50-19.

Kaden Graham cut Northeast’s lead to 56-30 to start the fourth, but then Zach Pride hit a free throw and Auston put back the second, Pride hit Dylan McIntyre backdoor, and Ben Boswell added a steal to put the Bluejays up 63-30 and trigger the running clock.

Auston Pride had 23 points. Ben Boswell had 15, Dylan McIntyre 12, Chris Kephart 8, Lane Dack 6, Brayden Munns 2, and Zach Pride 1.

Chris Kephart, only a freshman, led the rebounding for Northeast with 12 boards despite only playing half the game. He established himself as a rebounding machine in junior high and picked up right where he left off in his first varsity game. Auston Pride had 11, Zach Pride 8, Lane Dack and Ben Boswell 6 each, Dylan McIntyre 4, and Brayden Munns 1.

Zach Pride had 8 assists. Lane Dack had 6, Ben Boswell 5, Auston Pride and Dylan McIntyre 2, and Brayden Munns 1.

Zach Pride had 8 tips. Ben Boswell had 5, Chris Kephart 3, and Lane Dack 2.

Ben Boswell had 6 steals. Zach Pride had 4, and Chris Kephart and Lane Dack had 1.

The girls lost 50-12 to a brutally physical Mercer squad that is seeking to make another run at a state title; they brought Dan Owens out of retirement to coach the squad.


Friday, November 27, 2020

Obituary -- Julia Ashby 1936-2020

Julia A. Ashby, age 84, Grant City, Missouri died Saturday, November 21, 2020 at the Worth County Convalescent Center in Grant City.

Julia was born January 6, 1936 on the family farm near Allendale, Missouri.  She was one of five children born to Trusten C. and Leah (Conn) Wilkinson.

Julia was a graduate of Grant City High School class of 1954.  Julia also held a BS in Education from Graceland University at Lamoni, Iowa.

Julia was united in marriage to Jerry Donahue Ashby.  To this union three sons were born, Shawn, Matt and Tim.

A schoolteacher, Julia had taught elementary school in Redding, Iowa.  Julia and Jerry had also served as missionaries with the Community of Christ Church in the Caribbean on the Cayman Islands.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jerry (2010), brother Aubrey “Connie” Wilkinson, brother-in-law LeRoy Mosbarger, nieces Melissa Mosbarger and Mary Beth Wilkinson.

Her survivors include three sons, Shawn (Chris) Ashby, Independence, Missouri, Matt Ashby, St. Louis, Missouri and Tim Ashby, Hannibal, Missouri, four grandchildren Angela, Marrisa, Matt and Kathryn Maud, two great grandchildren Weston and Aoife, two sisters Donna Rae Mosbarger, Nancy (Lyndall) Hill both of Grant City, brother Ronnie (Michelle Paul) Wilkinson, Cameron, Missouri, sister-in-law Mary Bea Wilkinson, Grant City, nieces, nephews and a host of other friends and loved ones.

Graveside funeral services will be held Monday, 2:00 PM, November 30, 2020 at the Kirk Cemetery in Allendale, Missouri.

Arrangements: Andrews-Hann Funeral Home, Grant City.


Obituary -- Loretta Hart 1930-2020

Loretta Pearl Hart of Sheridan, Missouri passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2020 at Mosaic Medical Center in Maryville, Missouri.

She was born on December 29, 1930 to Archie and Marie Hammond in Persia, Iowa where they lived until moving to Carpenter, Wyoming when she was 12 and where Loretta graduated from High School in 1949. 

Loretta met a young farmhand, Eldon Hart who was working in Wyoming and they were married on September 4, 1949 and settled down east of Sheridan on a small 20 acre farm. Soon after, Eldon was drafted and stationed in California where Loretta stayed with her aunt until his return from Korea.

She worked a few different jobs during this time including the May Company Store until she was hired at McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft of which she was extremely proud of her time spent working there.

Upon Eldon’s return from the war, they both worked in aircraft, bought a small house in Long Beach California and also homesteaded a cabin on Lake Henshaw. The farm life called to them again and they bought a farm to the west of Sheridan, Missouri and moved to the home they still live in.

At this home, they raised 2 sons, Jay and Gary along with crops and livestock. Loretta was well known for her home-cooked meals for anyone who stopped by at dinnertime.

Loretta was one of the original employees at the Maryville Wal-Mart and helped to set up the first store there, where she worked for 22 years until her retirement.

She enjoyed her community activities and especially attending any sport that her sons and later on, her grandchildren were involved in. 

Loretta is survived by her husband Eldon of 71 years of the home; two sons Jay Hart and Sue Schafer, Sheridan, Missouri and Gary and Amber Hart of Sheridan, Missouri; grandson, Benjamin Hart of Columbia, Missouri; granddaughter, Emma Hart of Sheridan, Missouri; sister-in-law, Arvetta Terry, St. Joseph; brother-in-law, Dean Wright of Skidmore.

Preceding Loretta in death were her parents, sister, Rose Hammond, sister, Melinda Deupree and husband Carl, sister, Darlene Arp and husband Grant, sister-in-law, Ruth Wright and brother-in-law, Cleo Terry.

Mrs. Hart has been cremated under the care of Price Funeral Home. There will be no visitation held. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 www.pricefuneralhomemaryville.com.


Thursday, November 26, 2020

Opinion -- State Nurses, Physicians Associations Urge Mask Mandate

 By the Missouri State Medical Association and the Missouri Nurses Association

Back in July, the physicians and nurses who comprise the Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA) and the Missouri Nurses Association (MONA), joined together to urge Missouri’s Governor Mike Parson to implement a statewide masking requirement. That request was over 200,000 cases ago and we are in a much more precarious situation then we were in back this summer. 

Our organizations remain in favor of a statewide mask requirement; however, due to the Governor’s hesitancy in implementing such an order, we sent him a letter last week presenting some other mitigation techniques that have been successful in other states. We hope that the Governor may find these actions more palatable:

–We ask the Governor to wear a mask in public at all times to emphasize the personal responsibility mantra he has mentioned repeatedly during press conferences and on his social media accounts.

–Encourage citizens to stay home regardless of whether they feel sick or have symptoms, and to only go places outside their homes when absolutely necessary, including limiting his own travel.

–Encourage churches and other houses of worship to implement their own masking mandates, offer online services, and utilize social distancing measures.

–Close bars and nightclubs, or, in the alternative, require them to cease operations at 10:00 pm.

–Mandate reduced occupancy at health clubs and gyms, and restrict in-person classes.

–Encourage Missourians to keep holiday gatherings small this season, and to restrict the sizes of indoor gatherings in general.

–Recommend all citizens receive the flu vaccine this year.

–Require restaurant service to take place through delivery, carryout, or curbside service only.

–Encourage businesses to not only adopt, but robustly enforce their own masking policies and to implement mitigation-friendly services such as curbside pickup.

We strongly believe that statewide problems demand statewide solutions.

We hope these will serve as a starting point for the Parson administration in enacting statewide policies that will mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The frontline physicians and nurses who are battling this disease, and who are saving the lives of Missourians every day, urge the Governor to action NOW to help and support the healthcare workers and citizens statewide.


Brett Emig Hangs 35 on Mustangs; Ethan Fry Sparks North Nodaway Late

Brett Emig scored at will and hung 35 on North Nodaway last Tuesday, as North Harrison led them by as much as 24. But then a freshman, Ethan Fry, came off the bench and sparked North Nodaway late and they cut it to 10 before they fell 69-55. 

The game got off to a wild start. First, North Harrison scored the first 13 points as Nick Babinski knocked one down from the top of the key, Wade Briggs hit two free throws, and then Brett Emig scored two more after getting a pass from Grant Claycomb. Grant got a steal, Brett Emig scored off a Wade Briggs steal, Kamden Robertson hit two free throws, banking them home, and then Emig hit a free throw.

But then North Nodaway started faceguarding Emig and scored the next nine. Aydan Blackford scooped up a loose ball and scored, Jordan Jenkins scored off a drive, Blackford hit from the left wing, and Andrew Blackford hit a triple to make it 13-9 before Brett Emig got a steal to make it 15-9 after one.

North Harrison took back control in the second thanks to rebounding and steals. New coach J.W. Brandt has been preaching defense, rebounding, energy, and effort, and it showed. Cooper Cracraft added a putback, Brett Emig scored off a Brandon Hamilton steal, knocked down a 3-pointer, and got a tip and steal to force North Nodaway into their second timeout. It didn’t help that Andrew Blackford, who is figuring big in new coach Michael Trautz’s plans for this year, had to sit with three fouls. 

Nothing worked at first, as Brandon Hamilton got a quick outlet to Brett Emig to make it 26-9 with 3:56 left. Freshman Aydan Blackford stepped up for North Nodaway, scoring six points in the last 3:35 to help stem the bleeding. But Brett Emig got to the rim at the buzzer to extend the Shamrock lead to 35-15. He had 13 points for North Harrison in the period.

Back to back threes by Jordan Jenkins and Andrew Blackford to start the third helped stop the bleeding, but then Wade Briggs hit an NBA 3-pointer at the 4:24 mark of the third to spark North Harrison again. Nick Babinski followed his own miss perfectly and converted it into two free throws, Grant Claycomb hit two more, and then Brandon Hamilton got a tip and steal to make it 48-24 with 3:27 left.

It was at that point that freshman Ethan Fry came into the game for North Nodaway, and from that point on, the Mustangs looked like a totally different team. The ball moved much better, people were on the same page, and the team figured out they could get out and run.

Emig kept scoring for North Harrison, but the lead began to disappear late in the third as Aydan Blackford scored off a drive and Karson Oberhauser got a putback and hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to cut the lead to 52-37.

The lead continued to shrink at the start of the fourth as Andrew Blackford kicked it out to Aydan for a 3-pointer and Aydan Blackford got it to Karson Oberhauser in transition to make it 52-42.

But just as it looked like North Nodaway might complete an improbable comeback, Brett Emig restored order for the Shamrocks, getting 11 points in the fourth quarter. He pushed it right back at the Mustangs after they cut it to 10 after getting a pass from Grant Claycomb, and then Grant got loose in transition to make it 56-42. Andrew Blackford countered with a drive and the Mustangs got the ball back, but then Grant Claycomb got a tip and steal, Wade Briggs got loose in transition after Grant Claycomb got a blocked shot, and it was 62-44 again with 4:51 left.

North Nodaway made a final push as Ethan Fry hit a 3-pointer, Aydan Blackford scored off a drive, and Ethan Fry scored off a drive to make it 65-51. But then Brett Emig carried the Shamrocks on his shoulders the rest of the way, and the Shamrocks never let the lead get below 14 the rest of the way.

Brett Emig had 35 points to lead the Shamrocks. Wade Briggs and Grant Claycomb had 11 each. Nick Babinski had 6, and Kamden Robertson, Cooper Cracraft, and Brandon Hamilton had 2 each.

Brett Emig had 12 boards. Nick Babinski had 8, Brandon Hamilton 7, Grant Claycomb 5, Cooper Cracraft 4, Wade Briggs 3, and Kamden Robertson 2.

Brett Emig had 6 assists. Grant Claycomb had 4, Brandon Hamilton and Nick Babinski 3 each, Wade Briggs 2, and Cole Kampman and Cooper Cracraft 1.

Grant Claycomb had 6 tips. Nick Babinski had 5, Brett Emig 3, Kamden Robertson and Wade Briggs 2, and Cole Kampman, Cooper Cracraft, and Brandon Hamilton 1.

Brett Emig had 6 steals. Grant Claycomb had 3, Wade Briggs and Brandon Hamilton 2 each, and Kamden Robertson and Cole Kampman had 1 each.

For North Nodaway, Aydan Blackford, only a freshman, had 20. Andrew Blackford had 10, Ethan Fry 9, Karson Oberhauser and Jordan Jenkins 7 each, and Damian Dailey 2.

Damian Dailey brought some badly needed size to the Mustangs this year, providing some length and athleticism and getting 8 blocks. They will be even more formidable in the post when they get back Dakota Wray, who is even taller and has even longer arms. Karson Oberhauser had 2 blocks and Aydan Blackford had 1. 

Aydan Blackford had 11 boards. Karson Oberhauser had 10, Damian Dailey 5, Andrew Blackford 4, and Jeremiah Dobbins 1.

Andrew Blackford had 5 assists, as did Aydan Blackford. Karson Oberhauser and Damian Dailey had 2 each, and Jordan Jenkins, Ethan Fry, and Jeremiah Dobbins 1.

Aydan Blackford had 3 tips. Jordan Jenkins, Karson Oberhauser, and Andrew Blackford had 1. Aydan Blackford, Karson Oberhauser, and Damian Dailey all had 1 steal each.