Saturday, January 20, 2018

Cade Allee, Christina Clementoni are Worth County Courtwarming Royalty

Cade Allee and Christina Clementoni were named Worth County Courtwarming Royalty for 2018. They were crowned by last year’s royalty, Jacob Wimer and Dominique Findley. Crownbearers were Brooke Monticue, Kennedy Murphy, Gracie Thurman, Brock Healy, Jordan Dannar, and Mason Hiatt.

Other candidates were Will Engel, Wayde Parman, Olivia Davidson, and Liz Owens. Junior attendants were Bryant McCord and Kennedy Galanakis. Sophomore attendants were Regan Allee and Ethan Thomas. Freshman attendants were Nate Adwell and Jill Hardy.

The girls won their Courtwarming tilt with Pattonsburg 73-16, scoring the third highest point total against the winless Panthers that any team has scored this year. The Tigers led 51-7 at the half and cruised to the victory. Regan Allee had 15, Kristin New 13, Kaylee McElvain 10, Jenna Smith and Merrideth Spiers 6, Braidy Hunt, Jill Hardy, Anna Gladstone, and Haley Hunt 4 each, Megan Cassavaugh 3, and Jessi Badell and Christina Clementoni 2 each. The boys faced a tougher test against Pattonsburg but came out on top 50-43.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Payton Craig Grabs 1,500th Career Point as Shamrocks Win Homecoming

Payton Craig scored her 1,500th career point Friday as North Harrison’s girls made quick work of Gilman City 61-14 and moved one step closer to a conference title. There was little suspense about the game itself. North Harrison scored the first 36 points of the game and never looked back against the hapless Hawks, who only dressed out six for the game.

The main worry for Coach Aaron Long was whether or not his team would show rust after the long layoff, as Tuesday’s game with East Harrison was postponed due to inclement weather. But Payton Craig got her team going early, Brandy Rivet hit three 3-pointers early to take the pressure off of her, and North Harrison was on its way.

And the second half went in North Harrison’s favor, allowing Long to substitute freely. The only suspense was whether Payton Craig, who needed 17 points to get to 1,500, would get it Friday night. She did so early in the third quarter as Emma Craig got her the ball down low and she split two defenders to get to the basket.

From there, Brandy Rivet, who would later be crowned Homecoming Queen after the boys game, hit three 3-pointers, Addie Slaughter added a pair of putbacks, and Payton Craig hit a pair of free throws after getting a pass from Olivia Babinski to make it 55-9 after three quarters.

When Payton Craig came around, North Harrison had already returned to respectability; they have had a winning season every year since Coach Aaron Long had been there starting in 2009-2010. But with her on the floor, North Harrison has had its longest sustained run of success since the 1970’s. Through Friday night, they have been 73-23. The last group of players to lose fewer games were the teams from 1974-75 to 1977-78, which lost a combined total of 19 games. In 2015-2016, the Shamrocks had a record of 23-5, which was their best season since the 2003-2004 team, which went 24-3 and lost District Finals to Tiffany Troutwine’s Worth County team in overtime.

Payton is the fourth leading scorer in the area according to the News-Press rankings, with around 20 points per game; the only Class 1 player scoring more is Kourtlyn Rounkles of Southwest Livingston, with over 26. Craig is the area leader in steals per game, getting 6.3.

Obituary -- Lucy Walkup 1916-2018

Lucy Walkup died Monday, January 15, 2018, at the age of 101 in Flagstaff, AZ. 

Lucy was born the daughter of John Frances Meloy and Margaret (Temple) Meloy on November 25, 1916, in Benton, Wisconsin.  She earned her BA in Secondary Education from Rosary College in River Forest, Illinois.  She was subsequently hired by J. Lawrence Walkup, teacher, principal and superintendent, to teach in Sheridan, Missouri.

On June 2, 1943, Lucy and J. Lawrence Walkup married.  The Walkups moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, in 1948, when Lawrence Walkup accepted the position of assistant professor of education and psychology at Arizona State College.  Formerly a music and elementary school teacher, Lucy was a substitute teacher at the ASC Training School and later taught sophomore English at Flagstaff High School while Dr. Walkup served as professor, Dean of Education and ultimately President of ASC, leading the college to university status as Northern Arizona University in 1966.  Lucy earned her MA in Secondary Education from ASC in 1958.

When Lawrence Walkup became ASC President in 1957, Lucy became immersed in campus life as campus first lady, serving in this role for 22 years, 1957-1979.  The couple had a policy of openness toward students, and the President's Home was site for social functions where students learned to mix comfortably with faculty as well as fellow students.  This concern for students as persons and open-door policy toward them helped ASC/NAU avoid some of the campus turbulence of the 60s.  The Walkups worked for better facilities and more opportunities for students with direct campus involvement, and growth of the institution resulted.  When Dr. Walkup retired in 1979, the couple continued to involve themselves in the community, even while enjoying more leisure and travel.

After Lawrence's death in 2002, Lucy continued as an NAU and community volunteer. She donated her time to the American Cancer Society, the Symphony Guild, the NAU Faculty Wives Club and as a volunteer at DeMiguel Elementary School, where she helped second- and third- grade students with their reading skills until “retiring” from her 9 years of involvement in that activity at age 98.

In her lifetime she also was a member of Nativity Church, Gamma Phi Beta, PEO, Homemakers Club, Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Kappa Gamma, Assistance Guild of Flagstaff, the Gamma Beta chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, and Kappa Delta Pi, an education honorary.  Lucy received a number of honors over the years including Woman of the Year at NAU in 1961 and Platt Cline Award for Humanitarian Service in 2016 from Arizona Daily Sun Citizens of the Year.

Lawrence and Lucy Walkup were important extended family for many of their nieces and nephews. Mrs. Walkup is survived by daughter, Susan Walkup, and niece Kathi (Brewer) Hlavac of Flagstaff, sister Loretta Brewer of California, and other nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews from the Meloy lineage; and from the Walkup lineage, Starr Walkup of Wheeling, Missouri; Dawn Houk and husband, Bill, of Deepwater, Missouri, and their children and grandchildren; Melody Houk and husband, Jerry, of Meadville, Missouri, and their children and grandchildren; and John Walkup and wife, Crystal, of Ronan, Montana, and their children.

Flagstaff Arizona Services will be Saturday, January 20th at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Chapel; Rosary will be recited at 10 am followed by Funeral Mass at 11 a.m.  Missouri services will be held at Lindley Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at 11 am with visitation prior at 10:30 am, and graveside services and interment at Wheeling Cemetery in Wheeling, Missouri.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wheeling Cemetery and may be left at or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 47, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601. Online condolences may be made at

Arizona arrangements are under the direction of Norvel Owens Mortuary, Flagstaff, Arizona. Missouri arrangements are under the direction of Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe, Missouri.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Cade Allee Honored for Scoring 1,000 as Tiger Boys Down Albany

Cade Allee was honored before the game for scoring 1,000 career points and the Tiger boys recovered from their loss to North Andrew to make quick work of Albany 59-27 Thursday. Allee has started all four years and finally reached the milestone against Princeton this year.

Against North Andrew, Worth County put hardly any defensive pressure, but against Albany, they did much better, getting 16 tips and 16 steals against the Warriors. It also helped that they took good care of the ball, only surrendering it six times. They jumped out to a quick 12-0 lead as Caleb Parman hit Drake Kinsella inside, Ryan McClellan got a drive and hit a floater, Cade Allee went backdoor and got a pass from Kinsella after Ryan McClellan got a steal, Allee scored off a Kinsella steal after Allee got a tip, Ryan scored off a steal after Drake got a tip, and Ryan McClellan hit Drake Kinsella in transition after Mason the Hawk got a quick outlet.

Albany coach Curtis Cox was beside himself, burning three timeouts in the first quarter trying to stop the bleeding. But the lead drew to 19-3 after one as Mason cleaned up after a McClellan steal, Ryan McClellan hit Tevin Cameron for an NBA 3-pointer, and Jacob New worked a successful high-low to Drake Kinsella.

The Warriors tried to make a stand in the second, but Cade Allee had 8 points and Ryan McClellan 7 as Worth County’s lead grew to over 20. Cade Allee hit Ryan McClellan for a drive down the left baseline, McClellan got two free throws, and put up a floater. Then, Allee got a drive and pullup and added a triple, Mason Hawk hit a cutting McClellan for a layup, and McClellan hit Allee in transition for a 3-pointer as Worth County led 34-12 at the break.

Lane Watson got a drive to start off Albany, but then Drake Kinsella got a steal for a layup and then Mason Hawk got a block and a steal, threw it to Caleb Parman, who threw it to Kinsella for a fast break. Ryan McClellan added a putback, and Drake Kinsella worked a perfect give and go with Caleb Parman to make it 42-14 with 4:05 left.

Jaxon Anderson hit Tevin Cameron for a 3-pointer and Jacob New hit Cade Allee for a 3-point play as Worth County crossed the 30-point threshold and went up 48-15.

Bryant McCord scored after Jacob New aired one out, McCord added a drive, Bryant hit Caleb Parman for a backdoor look that resulted in two free throws, and Jaxon Anderson scored from inside and added a pair of free throws in the fourth quarter as Albany never got closer than 28.

Cade Allee had 16 points to lead the Tigers. Ryan McClellan had 13, Drake Kinsella 10, Tevin Cameron 6, Caleb Parman, Bryant McCord, and Jaxon Anderson all had 4, and Mason Hawk had 2.

Worth County had 8 blocks for the game as Albany kept trying to take it in on them to no avail. Mason the Hawk had 4, Jaxon Anderson 2, Cade Allee had 1, and Bryant McCord had 1.

Ten different Tigers got boards. Mason Hawk had 7, Cade Allee 5, Drake Kinsella and Bryant McCord 3 each, Ryan McClellan, Tevin Cameron, and Jaxon Anderson 2, and Caleb Parman, Jacob New, and Ethan Thomas had 1.

Ryan McClellan and Jacob New had 4 assists each. Caleb Parman and Drake Kinsella had 3, Bryant McCord had 2, and Mason Hawk, Cade Allee, Jaxon Anderson, and Tevin Cameron had 1 each.

Mason Hawk and Caleb Parman had 3 tips each. Drake Kinsella, Ryan McClellan, Cade Allee, and Jacob New had 2 each. Jaxon Anderson and Bryant McCord had 1 each.

Mason Hawk had 6 steals to lead the Tigers. Ryan McClellan had 4, Drake Kinsella and Tevin Cameron had 2 each, and Jaxon Anderson and Jacob New had 1 each.

Three Hit Double Figures as Tiger Girls Beat Albany 52-33; Win Streak Reaches Three

Faced with playing Albany back to back, Worth County’s girls overcame 24 turnovers to beat the Warriors again as three Tigers reached double figures. Albany came in playing much better, putting more pressure on the ball and speeding Worth County up. They forced four Tiger turnovers in the first two minutes and jumped out to a 6-3 lead early.

But then Worth County found their footing as Kristin New hit Kaylee McElvain inside and Regan Allee hit two free throws to make it 7-6. Regan Allee got a steal and fed Kristin New and New added a free throw to make it 10-6.

Gabby Newman scored off a steal to make it 10-8, but then Jessi Badell got loose off a Regan Allee drive and Anna Gladstone successfully took on three green shirts after a Kristin New steal to make it 14-8 after one.

It looked like Worth County would pull away after Regan Allee hit consecutive 3-pointers to make it 25-10 with 2:56 left in the second. But then Gabby Newman, who had been held in check the first game, got the hot hand and scored eight in the last 2:30 to bring her team back to within 25-18 at the break.

Worth County fought back to bring the lead up to 15 in the third, only for Newman to get the hot hand again and cut it back to 10. Kaylee McElvain cut inside and got a pass from Kristin new, Regan Allee got a tip and Anna Gladstone got a steal and layup, and Kaylee McElvain got loose after a Jessi Badell offensive glass to make it 31-18. A pair of lapses on defense allowed Albany to cut it to 12, but Kristin New’s backdoor pass to Anna Gladstone made it 38-23. But then the alley oop play to Newman was good for a layup and then Albany got the ball back and lined up as though to set up for a last shot. But Newman hit an NBA 3-pointer instead to make it 38-28.

But then Worth County’s conditioning kicked in and they took much better care of the ball in the fourth quarter. Jessi Badell hit a free throw, Anna Gladstone scored off a drive, Kaylee McElvain got loose on the baseline after another Gladstone drive, and Regan Allee’s drive sprung Badell open to make it 45-28.

Albany chipped away, but then Anna Gladstone hit Kaylee McElvain on the baseline again, Gladstone added a free throw after Jessi Badell got a tip and steal, Gladstone scored again after a Kaylee McElvain steal, and Regan Allee got a steal and pullup to give Worth County its biggest lead of 52-32 at the 1:25 mark.

Regan Allee had 16 points to lead Worth County. Anna Gladstone had 15, Kaylee McElvain 10, Jessi Badell 8, and Kristin New 3.

Jessi Badell and Regan Allee had 2 blocks each for Worth County. Anna Gladstone and Kristin New had 1.

Jessi Badell had 8 boards for Worth County. Kristin New had 6, Regan Allee had 3, Kaylee McElvain, Anna Gladstone, and Merrideth Spiers had 2, and Jenna Smith and Haley Hunt had 1 each.

Kristin New had 8 assists for Worth County. Regan Allee had 5, Anna Gladstone 3, Kaylee McElvain and Jessi Badell 2, and Megan Cassavaugh 1.

Anna Gladstone had 6 tips to lead the Tigers. Kaylee McElvain, Jessi Badell, and Regan Allee all had 4, Kristin New 3, and Merrideth Spiers and Megan Cassavaugh had 1 each.

Anna Gladstone had 6 steals for the Tigers. Jessi Badell had 5, Regan Allee and Kristin New 4 each, and Kaylee McElvain 1.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Graffiti on Shed Discussed at Grant City Council

On January 7th of this year, a fire gutted a shed north of Sherri’s Pharmacy in Grant City. Shortly afterwards, someone spraypainted graffiti with vulgar language on the shed on all four sides. Two citizens, Donna Nickerson and Jay Shipley, came to the Grant City Council Meeting Wednesday to ask what could be done about getting rid of the graffiti.

“The sign coming into Grant City from the west says this is a great place to call home,” said Nickerson. “Is it, when school buses and kids go by it every day? It’s been there 11 days.” She said that calls and inquiries to the city and Sheriff’s Department have received no response.

Public Works Director Carl Staton said that he had tried to contact the owner of the building regarding the issue, but was unable to find him and nobody who knew him would give out his number. Clerk Ayvonne Morin said she had contacted the Sheriff’s Department, but was told by someone there that there was nothing they could do. “I wouldn’t put up with it for five minutes if it were at Isadora,” said Jay Shipley. “How would you respond if a kid asks what that word means?”
The city agreed to contact the City Attorney to see what steps they could and couldn’t do.

Janice Borey updated the council on the efforts by the Golf Board to renovate the clubhouse. They are seeking up to $250,000 for the project. The Grant City Legion owns the course and leases it to the Golf Board. Under one proposed grant the board is pursuing, the Legion would transfer the course to the city, who would lease it to the Golf Board, since the rules of the proposed grant require a local government to put its name on the project. The council voted to accept the transfer contingent on approval of the Legion and approval of the grant.

Public Works Director Carl Staton reported that city crews were working on trucks and sweeping snow. He said the city was fortunate this year not to have main breaks after the first cold snap.
Water Superintendent Caleb Moyer reported that the city replaced two frozen water meters and a few minor leaks.

Mayor Pro Tem Cathy James signed a proclamation designating February 4th to 10th as Boy Scout Week. This will be the 108th anniversary for the organization.

Incumbents Catherine Runde and Bruce Downing have filed for reelection. They are unopposed.
The council will hire lifeguards for the pool in March. Councilwoman Cathy James said the city was fortunate with their pool, since Maryville has had to spend $500,000 on repairing leaks and Mount Ayr has also had issues.

The council will hold a special budget meeting on January 24th.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Black Bear Sighted Between Hopkins & Pickering in 2010

The Missouri Department of Conservation reports that a black bear was sighted between Hopkins and Pickering along the 102 River back in 2010. The next closest black bear sighting to the area was along the Gentry-Harrison County Line between Albany and New Hampton in 2011. There have been no more recent sightings reported to the MDC; however, the Conservation Department reports that they are making a comeback in Missouri after having been driven out with settlement. The MDC has launched a new map online which tracks black bear sightings.

The MDC estimates that there are currently 350 black bears in the state. The MDC Conservation Commission has established a benchmark of 500 black bears before they initiate a hunting season. The MDC has marked 145 bears and has tracking collars on another 90 to better track bear movements throughout the state.

The website has more information about bears. They say that people should not feed bears, because of the possibility of vehicle accidents and human-bear conflicts.