Sunday, August 13, 2017

Mustangs Look to Close Out Girls Softball with a Bang

In what could be the last two years of Mustang Softball, new skipper Kit Meiners is hoping her squad will finish out their tradition with a bang. North Nodaway won 16 games last year and looks to be a contender this year despite the loss of Bethany Herndon, Madison Thompson, and Kelsi Oberhauser. Meiners, who was an assistant for the last year and an assistant at Northwest Missouri State for several years before that, will be assisted by Torri Blythe, who was a standout softball player both at Maysville and at Northwest.

She said the strength of this year’s team would be their defense and their attitudes, which she said had been great this year. She said Platte Valley would be a team to watch for. However, North Nodaway brings in an experienced pitcher-catcher duo with Keagan O’Riley and Makayla Cross. Cross, who played baseball last spring, is hoping that hitting a baseball will help her see the softball better.

The Mustangs have a big junior class coming up; other horses on that class include Kristin Herndon, who will anchor down an infield that looks to be solid. Chloe Schimming, a West Nodaway athlete who plays with North Nodaway under a cooperative agreement, is fully healed from a knee injury and knocked O’Riley’s first offering a long ways for a double; she looks to be one of Meiners’ big guns at the plate. Ashley Thompson will provide a big target at first and has really improved her hitting over the summer; she ripped one a long ways in practice. Audrey Trimble, a slap hitter, and Emma Hart will play in the outfield along with Alicia Davison, who can be either a slap hitter or a power hitter at the plate, wherever Meiners needs her. Taylor Combs can hit it a long ways when her bat speed is there. An upperclassman, Bailey Tate, can fill in as well along with Emily Dew.

Among younger players who could get to play, Jaden Dobbins, Shea Dailey, and Kandace Damgar all vied for time on the infield Thursday, with Dailey doing a lot of damage at the plate, hitting a pair of triples Thursday. Karissa Oberhauser, Kelsi’s sister, caught a screamer from Combs and turned a double play; the Mustang freshman has shown some early promise with her glove.

Keagan O’Riley will handle most of the pitching; however, if she goes down or gets tired, Chloe Schimming can step in and pitch; she proved to be capable; Audrey Trimble can pitch as well. Emma Hart can back up Cross behind the plate if necessary.

North Nodaway has already begun the process of phasing out softball and phasing in volleyball; they have hired a new volleyball coach who will oversee a junior high program this year. If the Mustangs are to turn back the clock in softball, the goal will be to give everyone something to talk about and inspire some of the younger students to give softball a try.

They will know right away where they are in softball this weekend, as they will travel to North Harrison to participate in their tournament this weekend. Last year, they lost to Worth County in the championship game. Other tough games on their schedule include Plattsburg, Maryville, two games with Worth County, Savannah, and King City.

John Drexel Marriott 1938-2017

John Drexel Marriott, 79 of Clearmont, MO died Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at SSM Health St. Francis in Maryville, MO.

He was born June 18, 1938 in Burlington Jct, MO, the son John and Bessie Farquhar Marriott. John and Helen Joyce Melvin were married June 2, 1957 in Clearmont.

John was graduate of Hopkins, MO High School and was a farmer. He also worked for St. Joseph Light and Power and as a boiler operator at the water treatment plant facilities in Maryville and Grant City.

A member of the Clearmont Baptist Church, he also was Past President of United Bow Hunters of Missouri and was known as a Professional Bow Maker.

John was preceded in death by his parents; son, James Wayne Marriott (April 17, 2016); brother, Vernal Marriott and sister, Iris Marriott.

Surviving John is his wife Helen, of the home in Clearmont, sons, John (Waneva) Marriott Jr., Clearmont, Russell (Loyalea) Marriott, Glenwood, IA and Danny Marriott of Clearmont, ten grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held from 5-7 PM Sunday, August 6th, 2017 at Price Funeral Home.

Funeral Services were 10:00 AM Monday, August 7th at Price Funeral Home. Burial was in Hopkins Cemetery.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Obituary -- Janice Yvonne Flemming 1936-2017

Janice Yvonne Flemming was born June 15, 1936 in Lamar, Colorado to James and Velma (Neiman) Lane. She departed this life August 8, 2017 at Worth County Convalescent Center in Grant City, Missouri at the age of 81 years.

Janice was united in marriage to John Fleming on Christmas Day 1956. They made their home in Colorado and became the parents of four children. After the death of her husband in 1983, Janice moved to Missouri to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Lee Mincy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John, son Jimmy Fleming, daughter Patricia Mincy, granddaughter Toshia Mincy, brother James Lane, sisters Alverta Scott, Elda Brack, and Doris Walther.

Janice is survived by her son-in-law and care giver, Lee Mincy, Grant City, Missouri, daughter Yvonne Maynard and husband Dennis, Arvada, Colorado, son Richard Fleming, and wife Laura, Aurora, Colorado, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, sisters Tressie Pitier , Kansas City, Kansas, Pam Hockett, Farmington, New Mexico , and Esther Brown, Texas.

Janice was a patient and loving person who was always helpful and kind to others.
She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Memorial Service will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home, Grant City, Missouri. Inurnment will be at a later date in her beloved mountains beside her husband John and son Jimmy in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Evergreen, Colorado

Friday, July 28, 2017

Obituary -- Paul "Frank" Ross 1950-2017

Paul Franklin "Frank" Ross, 67, of Ames, IA, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017, surrounded by his family.

A Celebration of Life will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the Gilbert Middle School (201 E Mathews Dr., Gilbert, IA 50105) with a time of fellowship to follow. Frank's ashes will be scattered later in a private family service. 

Frank was born on January 10, 1950, in St. Joseph, MO, to Charles "Clayton" and Marie (Hauber) Ross. Frank graduated from Worth County R-I High School, Grant City, MO, in 1968. He continued his education at the University of Missouri, obtaining a B.S. Degree in Chemistry in 1972. In 1987, he completed his Master's Degree in Food Technology. He married his wife Karen (Hardy) on July 29, 1972, in Grant City, MO. The couple was blessed with three sons.

Frank worked as an Analytical Veterinary Toxicologist for the ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory from 1973 to 1977. From 1977 to 2007 he was Supervisory Chemist for the Chemistry and Analytical Services Section at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, IA. During his career at NVSL, Frank was instrumental in the development and management of a nationally respected chemistry-toxicology service laboratory. He published numerous scientific articles and was a cofounder of the Midwest Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC). He received the Harvey W. Wiley Award in 1992 in recognition of his significant contribution to the field of Analytical Veterinary Toxicology. In addition, he served on the board of directors of the AOAC International for several years, including serving as president from 1995-96.

A member of the Gilbert Lions Club since 1975, Frank worked in various club roles to help others, including as president. In 1987, he served as District 9 X 7 Governor for Lions International.

Beginning in the mid-1980s, Frank worked with the Gilbert Athletic Boosters Club, helping with basketball and wrestling tournaments and other sports concessions to raise funds for Gilbert's athletic programs. In 1997, he received the Gilbert High School Friend of Athletics Award.

As his young sons were growing up, Frank coached their teams in a variety of sports, including baseball and soccer. From 1998 to 2010, he coached the Gilbert High School Boys' Soccer Team, first as an assistant coach and later as the head coach. He was known as "Coach Knarf" by many of his players. 

Since 2006, Frank served as president of the board of directors of the Worth County Education Foundation, benefiting the students of his alma mater. 

An avid sports fan, Frank enjoyed cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals, ISU Cyclones, Missouri Tigers, and Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats.

He will be remembered by those who knew him for his leadership, involvement in the community, and impact on young athletes.

Survivors include his wife, Karen; sons, Zachary (Lisa) Ross of Green Isle, MN; Jacob (Jessica) Ross of Nevada, IA; and Brandon (Kim) Ross of Brownsburg, IN; grandchildren Matthew and Lauryn Ross of Brownsburg, IN; siblings, Charles (Diana) Ross of Liberty, MO and Clella (James) Goodwin of Denver, MO; and many nieces and nephews. 

Frank was preceded in death by his father in 1991 and his mother in 2008.

Memorial contributions may be made in Frank's name to the Gilbert Athletic Boosters Club or the Worth County Education Foundation.

Online condolences and memories can be shared on Frank's page at

Monday, July 24, 2017

Obituary -- Bonnie Ann Broughton 1948-2017

Bonnie Ann Broughton, age 68, of Emden, Missouri passed away on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at the Salt River Community Care Center, in Shelbina, Missouri.

Bonnie was born July 30, 1948, in Disco, Illinois, the daughter of Rufus Rueben Miller and Mary LaVaughn Briggs.  She was united in marriage to Stephen Kendrick (Ken) Broughton Jr. on August 6, 1966 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shelbina, Missouri.  He survives. 
Bonnie is survived by three children, Peggy Hull (Jason) of Jefferson City, Missouri, Stephanie Blaine (Jeff) of Sheridan, Missouri, and Travis Broughton (Linda) of Mequon, Wisconsin; seven grandchildren, Haylei Bock (Kyle), Rylee Osborn, Ashley Heideman (Derek), Paige Cain (Jason), Mollie Blaine, Jeshua Blaine, and Julien Broughton; three great grandchildren, Avery Heideman, Addyson Heideman, and Jaxon Cain; and siblings, Sam Miller (Joan), Julie Stephens, Darlene VonThun (Barry), Faye Livers, and Rueben Miller (Tami).

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Clifford, Larry, Charles, and Danny Miller; and sisters, Betty Hartsock, Arlene Davis, and Mary Louise-Miller.

Bonnie was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Shelbina, and served both on the Altar Society and as a CCD teacher for the church for several years.  Bonnie also served as 4-H Community Leader.  She enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking, sewing, and dancing.  Most of all, she cherished her time spent with family, especially her grandchildren.   

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, July 31, 2017 at 10 am at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Shelbina, Missouri, with Father Angelus Minj as the celebrant.  Burial will held in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Shelbina, Missouri following the service.  A scripture service will be held on Sunday, July 30, 2017 from 2:30 pm to 3 pm, followed by a visitation from 3pm to 6pm at the Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home in Shelbina, Missouri.  Memorials may be made to Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Hospice Compassus, or the Salt River Community Care Center.

Online condolences may be made to:

Friday, July 14, 2017

Missouri Granted Extension on Real ID Compliance

Missouri was granted an extension to comply with Federal Real ID requirements until October 10th by Homeland Security Chair John Kelly, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. Missouri Senators Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt had requested the extension, along with Missouri Governor Eric Greitens. After October 10th, state licenses will no longer be accepted at federal facilities and nuclear power plants unless they are Real ID compliant. Missouri still faces a January 22nd deadline for airports and some federal facilities and bases.

On August 28th, a Missouri law allowing residents to obtain Real ID compliant driver’s licenses that was passed by the legislature will take effect. Before that, legislators had fought tooth and nail against complying, citing privacy concerns.

Among other forms of acceptable identification as listed by the TSA include passports and passport cards, DHS Trusted Traveler cards, US Military ID, permanent resident or border crossing cards, airline or airport-issued ID, or US Citizenship & Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766).

Sheridan Horse Fun Show Saturday, August 19th

The Sheridan CBC will have a new Horse Fun Show Saturday, August 19th. Registration will start at 4 pm at the Sheridan Rodeo Grounds, with the show starting at 5 pm. There will be four age groups – 8 & under, 9-13, 14-18, and 19+. Entry will be $5 per event. There will be barrels, poles, key hole, and a flag race. There will be 50% payback on prizes. This event is sponsored by the Sheridan CBC.