Saturday, March 17, 2018

Wicked Witch Kidnaps NEN Mascot in Unsuccessful Effort to Regain Slippers

The hunt for the Red Slippers took a scary turn at Northeast Nodaway, but it all ended well as around 125 people watched the drama unfold.

Everyone thought that the Wicked Witch of the West was killed when Dorothy doused her with the water bucket back in 1939 before returning to Kansas. But the red slippers, which held Oz’s magical powers, left the land when Dorothy went back home and were lost for many years.

For many years, the Wicked Witch (Brittany Moran) secretly reconstituted her powers and reassembled her notorious flying army (Kolby Sybert, A.J. Adwell, Brendon Deardorff, Casey Briney). Finally, after many devious means, she found out that the slippers were somewhere near Ravenwood (MO). So she kidnapped the Northeast Nodaway mascot, the Bluejay, brought it back to her castle, and demanded the return of the slippers as ransom, or her winged monkeys would pluck the Bluejay completely apart.

The head cheerleader, Sarah Linville, was teleported to Oz by the Good Witch (Victoria Moran) and tasked with the recovery of the Bluejay mascot and the red slippers. Without the slippers, the power of Oz would slip away and eventually, the Wicked Witch of the West would completely take over.
People are so afraid of the Wicked Witch that they can only speak in clues, because she has eyes everywhere. But like Dorothy, Sarah is sent off with some presents of goodwill by the Munchkins (Paige West, Dana Chandler, Salina Deardorff). She meets up with the Scarecrow (Colton Swalley), the Tin Woodman (Brittany Burns), and the Cowardly Lion (Corby Schmitz).

The Lion is especially angry, because the Witch is usurping what he regards as his forest. But when the Lion wavers, Sarah goes by herself to confront the Witch and demand the return of the Bluejay mascot. Things look to go south for Sarah, but then all of a sudden, out of the blue, the Lion finds his courage and together he, the Woodman, and the Scarecrow along with Sarah defeat the Witch and the Winged Monkeys and rescue the Bluejay mascot.

When Sarah and the Bluejay return home, it turns out that the Wizard of Oz had been hiding with the red slippers in the basement of the Northeast Nodaway school; the Wizard had found the slippers and did not want anything to happen to them with the Witch still alive. But with the Witch dead, he returns to Oz and the magic is restored.

The dinner theater and school play, which was held Saturday, raised money for both the cheerleaders and the band; it was all in good fun. Spaghetti, salad, lemonade, and desserts were served. There has been plenty of magic floating around the community of Northeast Nodaway; while a lot of hard work went into the production of the play, someone still found time to drop a flock of loud, annoying pink flamingos in someone’s yard on the north end of Ravenwood. Administrators Jason McDowell, Brian Grove, and Ken Grow played a role in the play; they agreed to let Oz stay in the NEN school basement despite their concerns about liability to the school.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Obituary -- LaLeene Beth "Peachie" Eastin 1939-2018

     LaLeene Beth “Peachie” Eastin, 78, Eagleville, MO, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at a Bethany, MO nursing home.

     Peachie was born July 1, 1939 in Leon, Iowa the youngest of three born to James David and Helen (Jones) Wilson.

     LaLeene was given her nickname by her loving Grandma Wilson. The nickname stuck so well that many of her life-long friends couldn’t tell you her birth name.

     Peachie lived her younger years in Blythedale, MO. She graduated from North Harrison High School in 1957. She married Alan Kay Eastin on June 1, 1958 and they celebrated 54 years of marriage.

     She was preceded in death by Kay, her loving husband; her parents; her sister, Beverley Richardson; and her brother, James Robert Wilson.

     Peachie is survived by her daughter, Kimberly (Michael) Waldren, Bennett, CO; son, Kerry (Vickie) Eastin, Eagleville, MO; five beautiful grandchildren, Acasha King, Austin, TX, Atlanta (Del Plato) Waldren, Commerce City, CO, Aaron (Jess) Waldren, Aurora, CO, Halee Eastin, Independence, MO, Hannah (John) Kern, San Diego, CA; and six great grandchildren, Savannah King, Charlotte King, Brecken Waldren, Cassidy Waldren, Elliana Waldren, and Kinsley Waldren.

     Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 19 at Roberson Funeral Home, Eagleville, MO. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Blythedale, MO. The family will receive friends from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Harrison County Cancer Transportation Fund in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Eagleville, MO 64442. Online condolences may be left at

Worth County School Rehires All Teaching Staff; Accepts Food Service Resignation

Worth County’s school board voted to rehire all certified teaching staff Thursday following their regular board meeting and a brief closed session. Nontenured elementary teachers and paraprofessionals rehired were Jackie Findley, Janet Kinsella, Ashton Lewis, Rachel Runde, Bryce Schafer, Keely Sherer, and Jamie Stalder. The vote was unanimous, with board member Tyler Steele abstaining on Runde.

Non-tenured high school teachers rehired were Karen Andrews, Tiffany Bliley, Hannah Frerking, Brooke Hecker, Blaire Owens, and William Coleman.  The vote was unanimous, with board member Jeff Andrews abstaining on Karen Andrews.

Tenured elementary teachers rehired were Leena Hightshoe, Amy Jackson, Patty Lischer, Linda Phipps, and Trisha Ross. The vote was unanimous, with board member Tyler Steele abstaining on Amy Jackson.

Tenured teachers rehired were Jonell Cook, Amy Gladstone, April Healy, Chris Healy, Selina O’Connor, Farrah Richey, Kelley Ross, Josh Smith, Merry Spiers, and Julia Wideman. The vote was unanimous.

The board voted unanimously to tenure Nanci Drury and Amanda Pottorff.

Extra duty contracts will be voted on at next month’s board meeting.

The board voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Food Service Manager Angela Weddle, effective immediately. The board voted to hire Kaleigh Wilmes as a new 1st grade teacher next year.

District Curriculum
The school evaluated the district curriculum as “Above Average.” Strengths listed include reviewing all current policies regarding curriculum, keeping requirements up to date, aligning it with the Missouri Learning Standards, and maintaining it through a web-based repository. Concerns listed included the need to match with the needs/wants of students, the community, and job prospects along with the need to make students college and career ready. Recommendations include conducting a needs survey of students, parents, and community members.

Elementary Principal’s Report

Elementary students participated in the area Elementary Math Contest on February 17th at Northeast Nodaway. Students from Worth County that qualified for Regional Contest in Maryville on April 7th include Brayden Stevens, Lucas Frisch, Bridgette Hightshoe, Tyler New, and Tuker Riley.
Character superstars for February include Jane Hawk, Nathan Fitzgerald, Jordan Dannar, Camden Gray, Lola Morin, Liam Hayden, Kristen Tracy, Brandon Bever, Brylea Paxson, Wyatt Hill, Karson Briner, Camdain Frisch, Kynah Steele, and Tyler New. They participated in a cookie roll, a marshmallow toss, and a jelly bean rocket toss.

A guest speaker from the National Education Association and The Cat in the Hat came to school.
A tornado drill was conducted on March 6th at 10 am.

Sue Robison from University Extension comes on Tuesdays to do nutrition classes with the students. Topics include sorting foods into the five different food groups, nutrients, and growth.

Jump Rope for Heart was held, and students raised $3,261.10 for the American Heart Association. The top six kids (there was a tie for fifth) got to throw a pie at Borey. They were Kaydence Downing, Emma Coleman, Catelynn Moyer, Evalyn Gilland, JoLynn Hawk, and Jane Hawk.

The Mo Chip program will be held again on March 24th between 10 am and 2 pm.

The Worth County Elementary Book Fair will be held from March 26th to 28th in the Elementary Activity Center.

The Northwest Missouri Solid Waste Management District will be inviting 3rd and 4th graders to visit Northwest on April 19th. They will have a fun-filled interactive program that focuses on recycling and protecting the environment.

High School Principal’s Report

FCCLA members went and participated in the FCCLA Star Event contest at state. 9-10 Worth County students qualified for nationals, including Anna Spainhower, Jill Hardy, Wyatt Abplanalp, Braidy Hunt, Keelin Engel, Merrideth Spiers, Kaylee McElvain, Kennedy Galanakis, and Abbi Caddenhead. Bailee Walker received a gold medal, as did Lauren Moore; she is still waiting results on whether she qualified for nationals. Kennedy Galanakis was installed as State Vice-President of Community Service at FCCLA State Leadership Conference. She will be representing Region 1 at all state functions this year.

FFA teams have been going to competitions this year. At Hamilton, the Livestock team placed fourth. At Lathrop, Dairy Cattle was seventh out of 43 teams, Livestock was 12th, and Floriculture was 27th. Keelin Engel was a finalist in Creed Speaking, while Merrideth Spiers is an Area II Officer candidate. Keelin Engel was selected to perform in the State FFA Choir at the Missouri State FFA Convention.

Athletic Director’s Report
Worth County’s basketball girls were 21-9, won districts, and got to the quarterfinals. Named to the All-GRC Squad were Regan Allee (2nd team), Anna Gladstone (2nd team), and Kristin New (Honorable Mention). Named to the All-District Squad were Regan Allee, Anna Gladstone, and Kristin New.

The boys were 24-6, won a district championship, and were quarterfinalists. Named to the All-GRC Squad were Drake Kinsella (1st, unanimous), Cade Allee (1st), Ryan McClellan (2nd), and Mason Hawk (Honorable Mention). Named to the All-District Squad were Drake Kinsella, Cade Allee, Ryan McClellan, and Mason Hawk. Drake Kinsella was named to the MBCA Missouri Challenge.
Named to the GRC Band were Merrideth Spiers and Lincoln Moore.

Junior High Academic Bowl was 2-3, while High School is 1-2. There are 20 girls and 19 boys out for High School Track. First meet is March 22nd at Worth County. There are 15 girls and 14 boys out for Junior High Track. First meet is March 27th at Worth County. There are six boys out for golf; first meet is March 21st at Stanberry.

Estate Money
The board voted to accept endowed funding from the Frank Ross Estate and from two other estates for the furtherance of educational goals. The Ross Estate money will provide the science department an annual income, which will be used to further the needs of science education at Worth County.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Obituary -- Stanley Waldeier 1950-2018

Stanley Wayne Waldeier, 68, of Ravenwood (MO) passed away at home on March 14th, 2018.
Stanley was born in Maryville to Lawrence & Jeannette Waldeier on January 28th, 1950. He graduated Northeast Nodaway High School in 1968 and began a lifelong career at Chicago Northwestern Railroad & Brotherhood of Maintenance Way Employees in 1969. He married his high school sweetheart Madeline Mitchell in 1970.

Stan and Madeline made a home with the addition of 3 great (but sometimes ornery) children. We’re not sure where the children got that from! The family moved to Iowa in 1978 and Stan held several positions for the railroad up to and including Vice President of the BMWE. He most enjoyed holding firm on an argument to the benefit of his railroad brothers. After retiring in 2010, Stan and Madeline were very happy to return home to Ravenwood.

He was an avid outdoorsman, loved hunting and fishing. Stan and Madeline spent a lot of time camping and boating as well. Anything to be outdoors. When stuck inside, he enjoyed finding obscure country music from the far southwest with meaningful lyrics so long as you were willing to “listen to the words.” For all that knew him, it goes without saying that any of the above included a good number of slightly true stories and lots of laughter.

Stan was a member of St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and the Grand River & Defiance Muzzleloader Clubs.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Mary Jane (Keith) Preist; grandson Spencer Owen Waldeier; and sister-in-law Sue Waldeier.

Stan is survived by his wife Madeline Waldeier; son Lawerence (Ed) & Mary Waldeier of Maryville; son Doug Waldeier of Rockford IL; and daughter Annette & Ryan McCarthy of Adel, IA; five grandchildren Tonya, Trevor, Stanley, Joseph & Grace Waldeier; three brothers Larry Waldeier, Jim & Mary Waldeier, and Robert & Ann Waldeier; 15 nieces & nephews.

Rosary will begin at 5 pm on Friday, March 16th at St Gregory’s with Visitation from 5:30-7:30 pm. Funeral mass will be held at 10 am Saturday, March 17th with graveside service at St. Joseph Cemetery in Parnell. Arrangements are under the direction of Price Funeral Home, Maryville. In lieu of flowers, the Stanley Waldeier Memorial Fund has been established at Citizens bank & Trust.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mustang Baseball Hoping to Rebuild, Play Strong Defense

North Nodaway’s boys are adjusting to life without standouts Peyton Coleman, who graduated last year, and Koby Reynolds, who graduated the year before. They hope to rebuild with a mixture of promising freshmen and a core group of players which has seen a lot of varsity innings.

There are 13 Mustangs out this year. Signing up are Logan Keho, Tyler Bix, Lucas Alvarez, Makayla Cross, Dalton Smyser, Arron Coleman, Ryan Riley, Karson Oberhauser, Andrew Blackford, Cody Cline, Dakota Wray, Austin Bird, and Drexel Richardson.

Last year, the Mustangs were 10-8, their first winning season in school history. They got to district finals before being shredded 19-2 by St. Joseph Christian and taking second place. The goal now will be to learn to hit. The infield is solid, with Makayla Cross seeking to nail down third and Arron Coleman seeking to nail down shortstop. Tyler Bix returns as catcher, or he can play outfield as necessary. Keho, Smyser, and Riley also saw a lot of varsity action last year.

Without standouts like Peyton Coleman and Koby Reynolds to anchor the mound, North Nodaway will be looking at several different arms with the new pitch count limit. Tyler Bix, Arron Coleman, and Ryan Riley all return with mound experience, while Dalton Smyser can also pitch.
Coach Jake Shipman is in his second year as the baseball coach after guiding the Mustangs to their first-ever winning campaign. “Defensively, we can field the ball well,” he said. “We just have to learn to hit.”

Obituary -- George Allee 1929-2018

George W. Allee, 88, formerly of Union Star, MO, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Missouri Veterans Home, Cameron, Missouri, he was born April 8, 1929 in Gentry County Missouri.

He is preceded in death by his parents George W. and Lucy S. Allee and spouse Lois I. Allee (Meyers) and brother Edward Allee. He is survived by his brother Jerry B. Allee of Kansas City MO., and 6 children. Susan C. Bowen Hastings NE., Stephen O. Allee and spouse Pam. Platte City MO. Georgia L. Logan, Hastings NE. Gordon W. Allee and spouse Kara, Hastings NE., Julie L. Allee Hastings NE., Clay S. Allee Maryville MO., several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

George worked in Wyoming as a young man before starting his career at Mead Products (formerly Westab) a paper products company. Later in life he moved to rural Union Star MO where he was engaged in farming and enjoyed a great deal. He also enjoyed vacationing in the Snowy Range in south eastern Wyoming and instilled the same enjoyment of the outdoors in his family.

Funeral services: 11:00 AM Friday at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home, Grant City, MO. Interment Isadora Cemetery, Grant City, MO. St. Joseph arrangements, Rupp Funeral Home. Online condolence and obituary

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

NEN Baseball Enters 2018 With Target On Their Backs

Northeast Nodaway comes into the season with as high expectations as they have since Coach Vance Proffitt has been here. For his part, Coach Proffitt said that every team in the conference would be a team to watch, declining to single out any team to beat. But on the other hand, nearly every coach on KMA Radio has tabbed Northeast as a team to beat this year. That means they will encounter some games where the other team rolls over, but other games where a team plays well over their heads to try to knock Northeast off their perch.

The Bluejays no longer have to worry about the numbers game, at least for now, thanks to a solid freshman contingent. They have 16 players out for baseball this year. Signing up this year are Levi Boulting, Austin Welch, Alex Smith, Spencer Weir, Cameron Staples, Brayden Welch, Chet Spire, Rory Bredlow, Chase Atkins, Drew Wiederholt, Chance Barber, Maverick Price, Reed McIntyre, Spencer Gray, Dylan Mildfeldt, and Ethan Adwell.

Last year’s team generated plenty of buzz and excitement as they made a run to the Elite Eight before falling to LaPlata. They hope to duplicate the feat of the basketball teams at Northeast, which still hold eight different state records in basketball, and the cheerleaders, which made their third straight trip to state this year.

One of the main pitchers will be Spencer Weir. Chet Spire, Ethan Adwell, and Cameron Staples will be thrown in the mix. When not pitching, Weir will play shortstop. Staples was auditioned at third, while Ethan Adwell played shortstop last year when Weir was on the mound. Chance Barber returns to anchor second, Dylan Mildfeldt returns to patrol center field when he is not making a bid for the 100 State Title, and Brayden Welch returns to left field. Everything else is up for grabs. “We have a lot of different options we can try,” said assistant Cody Green, who returns to assist Proffitt.

This year will rekindle the sibling rivalry between Cody and Micah Green, who helped coach at St. Joseph Christian. The two teams met in Sectionals and Cody had his own cheering section of kids from his youth group at Crossroads Church in Grant City with a poster that said, “Our Green is better than your Green.” Appropriately enough, given the family name, the Bluejays and Lions met on St. Patrick’s day as well, with the Lions winning 2-0.

The Bluejays are the four-time defending conference champions of the 275, which absorbed the Northwest Missouri Baseball Conference. Two years ago, that streak looked to be in jeopardy as NEN started off 1-3 in conference play, but proceeded to run the table to scramble back to 5-3 and share the title with two other teams. Last year, Proffitt was worried about the team’s youth and the Bluejays seemed to fulfill his worst expectations at first, dropping their first three. But then they only lost one more game until Quarterfinals, winning the conference, setting a school record with 13 wins, and breaking a three game losing streak in districts. The goal will be to build on that with plenty of teams gunning for their scalp.