Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Presidential Primary Vote March 10th

Worth County and the rest of the state will hold the Presidential Primary on Tuesday, March 10th. This will be the week after Super Tuesday. Polls will open at 6 am and close at 7 pm. The following will be the polling locations for this election:

Smith Township
Allendale Community Building- 2308 Washington Street, Allendale MO 64420

Allen Township
Denver School House-419 Main, Denver MO 64441

West Union/East Union Township
Sheridan Community Building-266 W. Jefferson Street, Sheridan MO 64486

Middlefork Township
Worth Baptist Church 306 Main St, Worth MO 64499

Greene Township
Gabbert House, 20596 Hwy U, Oxford MO 64475

East Fletchall/West Fletchall/East Union Township
Worth County Fairground-301 North Lyon Street, Grant City MO 64456

The following Democrats have dropped out of the race: Cory Booker, Andrew Yang, Deval Patrick, John Delaney, Julian Castro, Marianne Williamson, Michael Bennet. Joe Walsh has dropped out of the Republican side of the race. They will still appear on Tuesday’s ballot.

Obituary -- Bea June (Allee) Gaitan 1935-2020

Bea June Allee Gaitan was born January 19, 1935 in Worth County to Robert and Wilma Kobbe Allee.  She passed away February 24, 2020 at the Worth County Care and Rehabilitation Center in Grant City, MO.

She graduated from Sheridan High School in 1953, married, and she was blessed with a daughter Penni, son Kelly, and daughter Christina.   Bea worked the family farm around the Bedford/Blockton area. Being a nature lover,  she made a home for many a stray animals and always enjoyed the birds and flowers.  They moved to Shenandoah, Iowa where she started her professional career and worked for the Superintendent of Schools. She was top notch seamstress and often made her girls Easter dresses.  Bea also enjoyed antiquing, went to auctions and refinished beautiful pieces that she would treasure most of her life.  Later she moved to Omaha where she worked  as Warren Buffet’s personal assistant, worked also for the local TV channel and Ford Motor Co. 

In 1974, she moved with her daughters to her beloved Texas.  She worked for politicians, real estate companies and medical corporations until finally settling in her home of 30 some years in the hill country lake area West of Austin where she worked for a local builder.  Here she made it her mission to rescue and care for all animals and started a feral cat rescue with friends.  She loved cooking and baking for family gatherings.  She welcomed to her family, her loving son-in-law, Alex Martinez and her pride and joy, Heather her granddaughter. Bea enjoyed crafting with her daughter Penni, and loved watching Heather grow up through the years cheerleading and becoming a beautiful bride to Chris Woehl.  Great grandkids Carter and Avery were welcomed to the family, which made way for Bea's new nickname Grandma Grapes. 

Bea could be found honky tonkin and boot scootin to Waylon, Willie and the boys with her daughters.   Bea visited Seattle, as Chris built her house at Snoqualmie Pass, while there, they hiked to the top of Mount Catherine together. After Bea's brother passed away, she and Chris made an Alaskan ferry cruise together as a tribute to him. 

Throughout her life, Bea would make trips to race tracks around the country where her dad and brother, Harold Allee, trained and owned thoroughbred horses.  During which, she would likely run into her youngest daughter, Chris, or one of her nephews at the track. 

As Bea’s health declined, she came back to Worth County to be surrounded by her sister, Frances, and her sisters' family.  She enjoyed many family gatherings, celebrations and sporting events.  Along with her nieces, they made a memorable trip to Colorado Springs to welcome Bea’s loving companion, Mandy, her cat.

Bea was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Penni, her father, mother and brother, Harold Allee.

Bea is survived by her son-in-law: Alex Martinez, granddaughter, Heather (Chris) Woehl and great grandchildren, Carter and Avery; son, Kelly (Janet) Stoner, grandchildren, Seth and Laci; daughter, Christina (Greg) Craven; sister, Frances Dowis and nieces and nephews, Rob (Karen) Dowis, Connie Dowis, Kirby Dowis, Hal (Sharon) Dowis and Kyla (Bob) McClain and their families.

Services are pending at a later date.  Memorials can be made to the VanSkyock Cemetery in Sheridan, MO, TNR Maryville (cat rescue) in Maryville, Mo, or the Worth County Care and Rehabilitation Center in Grant City (MO) under the direction of Prugh Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City.

Courthouse News for February 26th, 2020

On February 15th, Gentry County Prosecutor Jessica Jones filed charges against Lyle Cline (35) of Albany alleging Possession of Controlled Substance (Felony) and two counts Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bond was set at $4,950, cash only.
On February 16th, the Ringgold County Sheriff’s Department arrested William Powell (62) of Diagonal on charges of Public Intoxication and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
On February 16th, Harrison County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer filed charges against Caleb Salmon (29) of Bethany alleging Stealing (Felony).
On February 16th, Harrison County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer filed charges against Phillip Buchite (38) of Bethany alleging Stealing (Felony) and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (Felony).
On February 16th, Harrison County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer filed charges against Travis Baker (35) of Ridgeway alleging No Insurance.
On February 17th, Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice filed charges against Nicole Still (46) of Maryville alleging DWI.
On February 17th, Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice filed charges against Anthony Pina (19) of Kansas City alleging No Valid License.
On February 17th, Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice filed charges against Richard George (69) of Westboro alleging Peace Disturbance.
On February 18th, the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Robert Randall (57) of New Hampton in Harrison County on charges of DWI and Following Too Closely.
On February 18, 2020, Deputies were called to the Bedford High School for a report of possible illegal substances being possessed on the premises. K9 Ciba arrived on scene and was deployed and gave a positive indication to the odor of illegal substance on a vehicle that was parked in the parking lot of the school. A subsequent search was conducted and marijuana along with paraphernalia was located. As a result of the search, Ashlyn Pitman, 18, of Bedford, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On February 19th, Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice filed charges against Carla Hines (57) of Barnard alleging Failure to Register.
On February 19th, Worth County Prosecutor Janet Wake Larison filed charges against Ashley Rhynes (31) of Sheridan alleging Speeding.
On February 19th, Harrison County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer filed charges against Sukheep Singh (24) of Bakersfield (CA) alleging Careless & Imprudent Driving (Accident).
On February 19th, Special Prosecutor Myra Stout filed charges against Christopher McClellan (31) of Dittmer (MO) alleging Non-Support (Felony).
On February 20th, Special Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer filed charges against Brandon Allee (25) of Sheridan in Worth County alleging Animal Abuse.
On February 20th, CNN reports that an Idaho woman, Lori Vallow (46) in conjunction with the disappearance of her two children, who have been missing for five months. She was charged with Desertion of a Child, Resisting Arrest, Obstructing Officers, Solicitation of a Crime, and Contempt of Court. She had allegedly fled from Idaho to Hawaii after remarrying after police had started asking questions about her two missing children.
On February 20th, Harrison County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer filed charges against Joshua Hutton (29) of Cainsville alleging DWI, Careless & Imprudent Driving (Accident), and Driving While Revoked.
On February 20th, Harrison County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer filed charges against Brendan Guccione (28) of Oceanside (CA) alleging Careless & Imprudent Driving (Accident).
On February 20th, Harrison County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer filed charges against Trevor Bradley (17) of Ridgeway alleging Careless & Imprudent Driving (Accident).
On February 20th  at 6:15 p.m. David L Moffitt Jr., age 44 of Mount Ayr, was arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance – Marijuana. He was then transported to the Ringgold County Jail.
On February 21st, Harrison County Prosecutor Jonathan Meyer filed charges against Ryan Wiley (38) of Ridgeway alleging Domestic Assault (Felony) and Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Felony).
On February 21st, Baillie Dickenson (29) of St. Joseph pleaded guilty to Assault on an Infant Child and Making a False Statement to an Officer. KQ2 reports that it was in conjunction when an incident in which she had allegedly squeezed her child into her chest too hard, causing serious injuries; she then allegedly made a false statement to a law enforcement officer by stating that her 16 month old child had fallen on them.
On February 22nd, Harrison County Prosecutor Johnathan Meyer filed charges against Chad Service (36) of Bethany alleging Possession of Controlled Substance (Felony) and Leaving the Scene (Felony).
On February 23rd, the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Jacob Poulos (32) of Geneseo (IL) on charges of Careless & Imprudent Driving (Accident) and DWI.
On February 23rd, the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Alexzander Totton (22) of Florissant (MO) in Harrison County on charges of Following Too Closely and a Clark County Warrant (Speeding).
On February 23rd, the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Christian Binder (20) of St. Louis in Harrison County on charges of Possession of Ecstasy (Felony), Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Charges were subsequently filed on February 24th by Harrison County Prosecutor Johnathan Meyer.
On February 24th, Special Prosecutor Barbara Klima filed charges against Randall Peak (35) of King City in Gentry County alleging Non-Support.
On February 24th, Special Prosecutor Barbara Klima filed charges against Justin Pruitt (29) of Coffey in Gentry County alleging Non-Support (Felony).
On February 24th, Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice filed charges against Zakery Hulsing (20) of Maryville alleging Minor in Possession and Misrepresentation of Age to Purchase Liquor.
On February 24th, Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice filed charges against Kevin Giesken (56) of Burlington Junction alleging No Valid License and Failure to Drive on Right Half (Accident).
On February 24th, Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice filed charges against Sean Watson (25) of Ravenwood alleging No Valid License and No Tail Lamps.
On February 24th, Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice filed charges against Russel Guy (27) of Winnemucca (NV) alleging DWI and Failure to Drive on Right Half.
On February 24th, Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice filed charges against Nicholas Wolf (28) of Guilford alleging Careless & Imprudent Driving (Accident) and Leaving the Scene.
On February 25th, Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice filed charges against Cherish Kridler (40) of Maryville alleging Failure to Register as Sex Offender (Felony).
On February 25th, a Federal Judge sentenced James Patrick Pardee to 15 years in prison for Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering. He was ordered to forfeit $2.1 million. Northwest Mo Info reports that he had allegedly distributed $2.1 million worth of methamphetamine in Buchanan County, Clinton County, and Nodaway County between January 2015 and November 2017.
On February 25th, Christopher Evans (27) of St. Joseph was sentenced to 3 years in prison for Making a Terrorist Threat. KQ2 reports that on September 20th, 2019, he had allegedly made two threats to Altec Industries about a bomb threat at its facility. Five days later, he allegedly phoned into the St. Joseph Police Department threatening to shoot everyone coming from the building. Investigators were able to trace the phone call.
On February 25th, the St. Joseph Police Department arrested Xavier Cruz on a charge of Second Degree Assault after he stole a Ford Expedition, fled from an officer, ran a stop sign, and collided with another vehicle, injuring the driver. Bond was denied.
Charges listed are mere allegations. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty it is to determine guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Kaylee McElvain Posts Career High as Tiger Girls Advance

Worth County erupted for 79 points against West Nodaway, the most points this group of players has scored, as they got a 79-30 win over the Rockets in districts Saturday.

Anna Gladstone had 28 points; it was the third time she has gotten that many points, and each time, it has been on the new Albany court. She had 28 in Albany last year against the Warriors, 28 against Pattonsburg this year in the Albany Tournament, and 28 in Saturday’s game.

For Kaylee, she erupted for 11 points in the third quarter to get to her career high mark. Two more Tigers got into double figures as Regan Allee had 11 and Kristin New added 10 for the Tigers.

The game was the second in a row in which Worth County had broken the 70 point barrier and the third time in the last four games. They scored 76 against Maysville Thursday, and they scored 73 against Pattonsburg last Monday.

Regan Allee started off the scoring with a 3-pointer, and then Kristin New got loose in transition after a Kaylee McElvain steal to make it 5-0. Riley Linville countered with two free throws, but then Regan Allee hit another 3-pointer, Anna Gladstone got a steal and fed Kaylee McElvain for a layup, and then Kaylee got another steal and Regan Allee entered it into Anna, who got two free throws to make it 12-2.

The Tigers kept pulling away with balanced scoring as Kaylee McElvain had 8 in the first quarter and Regan Allee, Kristin New, and Anna Gladstone all had six in the period as Worth County pulled out to a 26-8 lead.

In the second, Anna Gladstone had 14 points, getting 8 of them off straight steals and Regan Allee and Kaylee McElvain added 5 each as the Tigers pulled out to a 50-10 halftime lead.

In the third, Kaylee got the hot hand with 11 points, and Anna Gladstone added 8 in the period as Worth County led 73-20. Ali Brown got on the board in the fourth, getting four points. EmiLee Brown added a putback at the buzzer.

Anna Gladstone had 28 points and Kaylee McElvain 24. Regan Allee had 11, Kristin New 10, Ali Brown 4, and EmiLee Brown 2.

Worth County had 41 tips and 35 steals for the game. Anna Gladstone matched a career high in steals, when she got 11; she got 11 last year against East Harrison as well. Kaylee McElvain and Kristin New had 9, Megan Cassavaugh 3, Regan Allee 2, and EmiLee Brown 1.

Kristin New had 12 tips. Kaylee McElvain had 9, Anna Gladstone 8, Megan Cassavaugh 5, Taylor Sanders 3, Merrideth Spiers 2, and Regan Allee and EmiLee Brown 1 each.

Kristin New had 9 assists. Anna Gladstone had 6, Kaylee McElvain 4, Regan Allee 3, Megan Cassavaugh 2, and Justina Wimer and Elizabeth Brown 1.

Tiger Boys Survive Track Meet to Outlast Rock Port 77-70

Worth County’s boys broke out of a late-season slump at just the right time, leading Rock Port from wire to wire in a 77-70 win in districts Monday night. Before the game, Coach Les New had said that his squad needed four different players to score in double figures to be effective. Worth County had gotten by in their 57-45 win over Maysville with three in double figures, but this time, they got four.

The Tigers raced out to a 20-14 first quarter lead and extended it to 39-28 at halftime. From there, they held off repeated charges from Rock Port to get the win. The Blue Jays got it down to six several times in the second half, but could never get closer, as Worth County would always hit a timely 3-pointer or have someone get the hot hand.

Alex Rinehart had 22 points, Jackson Runde 20, Jaxon Anderson 17, and Aydan Gladstone 13 for the Tigers. Grant Cameron had 3 and Jackson Smith 2. The Tigers had nine 3-pointers for the day.

Mustang Girls Drop Heartbreaker in Districts

North Nodaway’s girls dropped a heartbreaker against Albany in the first round of districts, falling 46-42 to the Warriors in overtime.

At first, it looked like Albany would run away with the game. North Nodaway faceguarded Gabby Newman and held her down for most of the game as Saylor Brown established herself as one of the top defenders in the area; she is just a sophomore. But Sierra Anthony ran wild in the post all day, scoring 21 points and carrying the Warriors on her shoulders.

Albany scored the first eight points of the game, and looked to be in control; however, Ellaina Renfro got a putback and then Kandace Damgar shot the Mustangs back into the game, so that they took an 11-9 lead after one quarter.

Despite struggling with turnovers (32) and giving up offensive boards all day (21), North Nodaway somehow stayed in the game and were down only two at the half after Saylor Brown’s drive at the buzzer. They then took the lead when Saylor Brown hit a 3-pointer, Jadon Dobbins scored off a drive, and Jacquelyn Cline scored off another to put the Mustangs in front 24-19. Anthony brought the Warriors back to within 26-24 after three, but North Nodaway looked to be in control after pulled away to a 32-25 lead with 4:59 left in the fourth after Jacquelyn Cline’s drive.

But then Michaela Martin got a steal, which led to a three point play from Emily Poppa, which resurrected Albany’s chances. North Nodaway got another steal to make it 32-30. Saylor Brown scored off a drive to make it 34-30 with 1:45 left, but Kayce Messner answered with a 3-pointer and Albany got yet another steal and Messner tied it at 34 with 1:17 left.

After both sides passed up chances to go ahead, Gabby Newman finally got untracked with 25 seconds, scoring a free throw to put Albany in front 35-34. North Nodaway turned it over, Newman dribbled 10 seconds off the clock before she got fouled, and made one out of two to make it 36-34 with 10.5 seconds left.

North Nodaway got it into their end with seven seconds and called timeout to set up a play. But Albany knocked it out of bounds with 3.5 seconds left. North Nodaway got it into Jacquelyn Cline, who drove down the left baseline and put it in as time expired to send the game to overtime tied at 36.

Albany took an early lead in overtime, but then Saylor Brown tied it up at 39 with 1:42 left off a pass from Jadon Dobbins. But then Michaela Martin hit two free throws to put Albany back in front 41-39 with 1:31 left. North Nodaway missed a 3-pointer and turned it over on their next two possessions, and then Emily Poppa hit two free throws with 40 seconds left to make it two possessions at 43-39.

Saylor Brown hit a free throw to make it 43-40, but then Newman seemingly salted it away at 45-40 with 14 seconds left. But then Jacquelyn Cline hit two free throws with 9.3 seconds left to make it 45-42 and Albany stepped on the line inbounding the ball, and North Nodaway had a glimmer of hope. But then they threw it away and then Emily Poppa hit another free throw to make it two possessions with four seconds to seal the game.

Obituary -- Betty Skroh 1929-2020

Betty Elaine (Harrold) Skroh was born October 6, 1929 to John and Bessie (Lisa) Harrold in Blythedale, MO. She passed from this life on February 14, 2020 at Lamoni Specialty Care at the age of 90 years, 4 months, 8 days. In her early years she attended school in Blythedale. After it closed, she graduated from Cainsvillle High School in 1947. She taught two years in a one room school while attending summer classes in Maryville.

Betty married Wallace Adolph Skroh on April 27, 1950. To this union, they were blessed with two children, Roger Neil and Diane Elaine. They celebrated their Golden Anniversary, living 48 of those years on the farm that has been in the Skroh name for over 150 years. They grew corn and soybeans.  Betty was a farm wife who enjoyed planting and tending garden vegetables and fruits throughout the summers and canning them for use in the winters.  She cooked good, nutritious food for her family as well as any extra hands helping out.

Betty was a member of the Cainsville Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School several years. She was a 66 -year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, serving as an officer many years.

Betty is survived by son Roger (Vanya) Skroh, daughter Diane Cornett, grandchildren Sara, Karen, and Bart Skroh, Jarrod (Harmony) Cornett, Justin (Bailey) Cornett, great-grandchildren Jad and Jett Cornett, and Jaxson and Breece Cornett, and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband Wallace, sister Frances Young, and brothers Eugene and J. J. Harrold.

Betty’s services will be February 19, 2020 at the Cainsville Assembly of God at 11 a.m., with visitation at 10 a.m. Officiating will be her grandson Pastor Bart Skroh. She will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband, Wallace, at the Bohemian Cemetery south of Cainsville.

Arrangements were provided by the Bethany Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Bohemian Cemetery.

Betty was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who will be sadly missed by her friends and loved ones.