Saturday, May 25, 2019

Will Runde Becomes ASE Certified Car Mechanic

On Thursday, Worth County grad Will Runde successfully completed a two year course in Automotive Technology at Northwest Technical School. In the process, he became an ASE Certified Mechanic. The ASE is a national non-profit organization which has certified 300,000 people in the US and parts of Canada.

Birth Announcement – Theodore Allen Andrews

Theodore Allen Andrews was born to Lauren (Null) Andrews and Mitch Andrews on Wednesday, May 22nd weighing 6 pounds 15 ounces and was 20.5 inches tall. Both Lauren and Mitchell are graduates from Worth County. Grandparents are Allen and Robin Andrews of Grant City and Theran and Cindy Null of Denver. Great-Grandparents are John C. and Jo Andrews and Don and Lois Null. Mitchell and Lauren live out in Colorado, where Mitchell is a firefighter and Lauren is a nurse.

For Many Years, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church was Thriving Rural Church

For many years, the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church was a thriving rural church located between Allendale and Mount Ayr on the Missouri/Iowa State Line. The church was built in 1890 on the Jim Hunt Farm. Early day ministers were Rev. Glenn and Rev. George Hensley.

The congregation nearly folded during the World War I years; at one point, there were no services for several years. It was then sold to the Assembly of God and moved to the location between Allendale and Mount Ayr, where Route T is. The first minister of the Assembly of God congregation was Kelly Campbell.

As late as 1950, Pleasant Hill was a thriving congregation. Sunday School attendance was as high as 75, and the pastor was Rev. Cecil Hardy. Judy Claypool, on the Worth County Progress Organization’s Facebook page, recalled that the Buck family ministered there, and that she loved the VBS program that they put on every year. Lorna Carter remembered giving her heart to Jesus in that congregation. She recalled that they had night services as well.

Claypool recalled she and her friends piling into Allie Wilkinson’s car and riding to church. “I don’t care how many of us there were, we all made it to church, piled on each other’s lap.” “It is doubtful if any church in this section can equal this record,” wrote the Times-Tribune reporter at the time.

Mike Duley Retires from Postal Service

Mike Duley has retired from the US Postal Service, effective April 17th. He served as the Grant City Postmaster for the last several years. He served in the USPS for 23 years and received a service award from the Postal Service. “I never thought I would be retired at this age, but my health has changed that,” said Duley on his Facebook page. “I met a lot of good people, made a lot of good friends. I miss my employees; we have a good bunch of people who care about your mail.”

Kaylee McElvain Accepted to UMKC Summer Scholar Program

On Friday, Kaylee McElvain, now a senior at Worth County, was accepted into the University of Missouri-Kansas City Summer Scholar’s Program. She is interested in pursuing medicine or pharmacy on graduation. She will be shadowing physicians and observing the ER at Truman Medical Center. She will also get time in medical simulation labs and listen to physician lectures. She has maintained a 3.98 Grade Point Average at Worth County, including college credit courses. Her aunt, Sherri James, runs Sherri’s Pharmacy in Grant City.

Haley Craig 16th at Nationals

Shamrock and Bearcat thrower Haley Craig ended her career in Texas Friday in Kingsville at the NCAA Track & Field Championships. She came into the Shot Put seeded 21st, but placed 16th, throwing 151.3 feet into the wind. She showed continuous improvement throughout the season, qualifying for nationals.

NEN Hope Foundation Raises $1,120 for Teachers

Mrs. Katie Jenkins was awarded an NEN HOPE Foundation grant in the amount of $60 to purchase three light pads for the Art Department. 

Mrs. Barb Bredlow, 6th grade and science teacher, received an award in the amount of $60 for the purchase of two digital balances.

Mr. Philip Doty, NEN Ag teacher, has been awarded an NEN HOPE Foundation grant in the amount of $300 to purchase a commercial food dehydrator for the Agricultural Department. 

Ms. Amanda Sutton, music instructor, was awarded $700 to purchase a Yamaha Music Synthesizer to be used in all of the music classes.

In addition to these awards, the Foundation also sent over $185 to Heifer International in compliance with the by-laws of the foundation.