Monday, January 22, 2018

Ted Findley Won’t Seek Reelection

Presiding Commissioner Ted Findley told the Sheridan Express Monday that he would not be seeking reelection to the seat this year during the Worth County Commission Meeting. Filing period for this seat and other offices up for the 2018 election will start on February 27th and end March 27th.

Economic Developer Gene Auten reported that St. Francis/SSM was looking into putting a clinic into the west wing of the Worth County Care & Rehab Center and lease the space from them, bringing in more revenues. This means that a doctor would be on hand for residents’ needs. In addition, they are also looking into getting imaging, which would cut down on hospital trips for residents.

If this goes through, this would be in addition to the physical therapy services already being offered at the facility and would also be in addition to the rural health facility being built at the old Casey’s building, which is being done by Mosaic/Northwest Medical Center.

Courthouse News for January 24th

Dustin Wiley pleaded guilty in Division I Circuit Court before Judge Ed Manring of DWI (2nd Offense) on Thursday, January 4th. He was sentenced to 30 days shock time with work release from Mondays through Fridays from 8 am to 5 pm. He was given a 90 day Suspended Execution of Sentence and assessed $40/day jail keep and $114.50 court costs. He will serve two years probation, must get substance abuse evaluation within 45 days, must complete 80 hours community service, and not possess or consume alcohol or enter a place whose primary purpose is to sell it.

On Monday, January 8th, Victor Ivy pleaded guilty of operating without a valid license and trespassing. He was assessed $344 in fines and court costs payable at $50/month starting February 1st by Associate Circuit Judge Joel Miller.

Brian Krauth pleaded guilty to Driving While Revoked with two prior convictions. He was assessed $489.50 in fines and court costs payable $50/month starting February 15th by Judge Miller.

Xavier Milburn was arraigned on charges of Driving While Revoked, two counts of supplying alcohol to a minor, Felony DWI (3rd offense), careless and imprudent driving resulting in an accident, and failure to wear seat belt. The court entered a not guilty plea and continued the case.

Kristin Needles was arraigned on passing a bad check of $66.30 to Hy-Vee and passing another bad check of $62.24 to Country Corners. The court entered a not guilty plea and continued the case.

On January 8th, Prosecutor Brett Hurst filed 8 misdemeanor charges against Jeremy Foster of Grant City for possession of drug paraphernalia, one charge of misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and one felony possession of a controlled substance.

On January 8th, Prosecutor Hurst filed 3 misdemeanor charges against Christina Sweat of Blockton. She was charged with one count of possession of marijuana and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

On January 8th, Prosecutor Hurst filed a Class D Felony charge of possession of a controlled substance against Heather McCampbell of Bethany. She was also charged with 8 misdemeanor charges of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of marijuana.

On January 8th, Prosecutor Hurst filed a misdemeanor charge of driving while revoked or suspended against Cory Farrell. He was also charged with attempting to pursue, take, kill, possess, or dispose of wildlife illegally.

On Monday, Michael Troutwine (63) of Sheridan pleaded guilty to DWI and was sentenced to two days in jail with credit for 12 hours time served. The sentence will start February 9th at 8 pm. Judge Joel Miller assessed $317.50 in court costs, highway patrol fees, and jail keep.

Prosecutor Brett Hurst filed a motion to revoke Wade Adams' probation for failure to pay the $450 probation fee and failure to submit to a random drug test.

Prosecutor Brett Hurst filed a motion to revoke Kali Cameron's probation for failure to pay the $450 probation fee and failure to submit to a random drug test.

Will Force pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle without a valid license and was assessed $119.50 in fines and costs.

Joe McElvain pleaded guilty to speeding 6-10 miles per hour over the speed limit. The court waived fines and costs and assessed 10 hours of community service with the Worth County Road & Bridge Crew.

Nathan Thockmartin was arraigned on charges of fraudulent use of a debit device. The court entered a plea of not guilty.

Susan Walters was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to two counts of stealing energy drinks from Casey's in Grant City.

Charges listed are merely allegations. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Drake Kinsella Scores 25 as Tiger Boys Demolish Rockets

West Nodaway came into Monday night’s game with a vastly improved team from last year’s 4-20 campaign. They came in with a record of 6-6 and were an explosive team, scoring 75 in a win over Osborn, 84 in another win over Union Star, and 73 in a losing effort against NEN. But Worth County totally demolished them 78-42 after not getting anything to fall against Pattonsburg the game before.

Coach Bryce Schafer said that the team didn’t do all that badly in the Pattonsburg game. “We had a lot of good looks and missed them. We worked hard and battled through it for the win,” he said.

Drake Kinsella and Ryan McClellan both had 8 points in the fourth quarter as Worth County flipped the script, going from 7 down at one point in the fourth to up seven at the end. With the win, they will likely secure the top seed in Albany, with either Pattonsburg or Mercer taking the 2nd seed and the other taking the third. Likely fourth and fifth will be North Harrison and Gilman City, with East Harrison, Albany, and Newtown-Harris likely rounding out the field.

But against West Nodaway, the Tigers went off on a hot streak to start the game. West Nodaway tried to make a stand in the second, only for Worth County to put the game away in the third and pull away in the fourth for the win.

Ryan McClellan hit Mason Hawk inside, Caleb Parman got a putback, and Cade Allee hit a 3-pointer from Mason Hawk, and the Tigers were off and running. Baskets from Eli Sanders and David Hull kept it at 9-4, but Ryan McClellan scored in transition after Hull’s basket, Cade Allee got loose in transition, and Mason Hawk and Drake Kinsella worked a high-low to make it 15-4.

Worth County kept getting loose in transition with Drake Kinsella getting a pass from Caleb Parman, Kinsella getting a quick outlet after a defensive board to Ryan McClellan for another basket, Cade Allee getting a third-chance putback and adding a 3-pointer to make it 24-6 after one.

The Tigers cooled off to start the second and Korbin Koch carried the Rockets on his back, scoring five in a two minute span to bring West Nodaway to within 26-16. Drake Kinsella’s putback made it 30-18 at the 3:41 mark, but then Eli Sanders’ drive and 3-point play made it 30-21 with 3:36 left, putting it under double digits again.

But then Drake Kinsella went off, fueling a 12-0 Tiger run by getting an inside shot from Ryan McClellan and another one where Ryan aired it out to him for a basket. The backbreaker came when Mason the Hawk got a block and board on the defensive end, got it to Caleb Parman, who threw to Cade Allee in transition for a 3-point chance. Cade missed the free throw, but Mason the Hawk was there for the putback to make it 38-21. Drake Kinsella scored off a putback and Ryan McClellan scored off a drive to make it 42-21. Worth County led 44-23 at halftime.

West Nodaway continued to try to make something happen, but they had nobody to counter Drake Kinsella on the inside in the third. Ryan McClellan, Caleb Parman, and Tevin Cameron all got him the ball inside, opening everything else up in the third. Cade Allee cleaned up on a Ryan McClellan steal and got a steal of his own after Jacob New and Ryan McClellan both got their hands on an errant Rocket pass. He also got a backdoor look from McClellan. Tevin Cameron got in on the act, hitting a 3-pointer and adding a tip and steal, while Ryan McClellan and Jaxon Anderson also chipped in on Worth County’s 21-point third quarter as they led 65-35.

Worth County continued to pull away in the fourth as Jacob New got one inside to Mason Hawk, Drake Kinsella got loose inside and stepped outside and hit a 3-pointer. Jaxon Anderson showed a burst of speed and went coast to coast for a layup, and Tevin Cameron added two tallies off a drive along with an Ethan Thomas steal and save.

Drake Kinsella led the Tigers with 25 points. Cade Allee had 18, Ryan McClellan 14, Tevin Cameron 9, Mason Hawk 6, Jaxon Anderson 4, and Caleb Parman 2.

Worth County blocked nine shots for the game. Mason Hawk had 9, Drake Kinsella 2, and Ryan McClellan and Jacob New 1 each.

Drake Kinsella had 13 boards to go with his 25 points. Mason Hawk had 10, Cade Allee 6, Tevin Cameron 3, Caleb Parman, Ryan McClellan, Jacob New, and Jaxon Anderson 2 each, and Ethan Thomas and Bryant McCord had 1 each. Ten different Tigers had boards.

Ryan McClellan and Caleb Parman had 5 assists each. Mason Hawk had 3, while Cade Allee, Drake Kinsella, and Tevin Cameron had 2 each. Jacob New and Ethan Thomas had 1 each.

Ryan McClellan had 4 tips for the Tigers. Caleb Parman, Mason Hawk, and Tevin Cameron had 3 each. Cade Allee, Jacob New, and Jaxon Anderson had 1 each.

Cade Allee and Mason Hawk had 2 steals each. Ryan McClellan, Tevin Cameron, and Ethan Thomas had 1 each.

Tiger Girls Win Fifth Straight, Down North Nodaway in Burlington Junction

Worth County and North Nodaway’s girls teams were two red-hot teams coming into Monday’s game. Worth County had won its last five games, while North Nodaway had won eight out of its last nine, returning to form after falling to Rock Port as they beat St. Joseph Christian and Nodaway-Holt. But it was Worth County who came out on top 53-44 despite being the lower seed against the Mustangs, grabbing their fifth straight to go 11-5. North Nodaway cooled off and dropped to 10-7. This is only the first blow, since the two teams will meet again in Hopkins.

It looked like it would be a long night for Worth County at first, as Audrey Trimble got loose inside and got a pass from Keagan O’Riley, Trimble hit Ashley Thompson in the paint, and Kandace Damgar hit Kristin Herndon for three to make it 7-2 just over four minutes into the game. Only a pair of backdoor looks from Jessi Badell to Anna Gladstone kept Worth County afloat as they made it 7-4.
But then Regan Allee shot the Tigers back into the game, scoring eight in the last 2½ minutes of the first; Anna Gladstone got loose in transition as well as Worth County erased their deficit and took a 15-9 lead after one.

North Nodaway fought back and tied it less than one minute into the second quarter, prompting a Worth County timeout. Ashley Thompson hit a free throw, Keagan O’Riley gave her a high-low look, and Kristin Herndon added a 3-pointer. Worth County settled down and got back in front after switching to a 1-3-1 and Anna Gladstone connected in the high post after a pass from Haley Hunt and Jessi Badell went backdoor and got a pass from Kaylee McElvain to make it 21-17.

But then Audrey Trimble got a steal and layup, then got another steal and Kristin Herndon’s putback turned into a three-point play to put North Nodaway back up 22-21. Worth County was able to limit Ashley Thompson, keeping her off the boards and limiting her to six. But it was Trimble who scored double her average and kept North Nodaway in the game.

Kaylee McElvain hit Regan Allee in the high post, Kristin New hit Anna Gladstone on a backdoor look, and Jessi Badell went backdoor and got a pass from Anna Gladstone to put Worth County back in front 27-23 at the half.

It looked like Worth County would take control when Regan Allee got a drive and pullup after Kristin New inbounded her the ball and Jessi Badell added a putback to make it 31-23. But once again, Trimble carried North Nodaway on her back, scoring from the baseline after getting a pass from Kristin Herndon. Herndon added two free throws to make it 31-27. Kristin New inbounded the ball to Anna Gladstone, who hit one over Ashley Thompson, but Trimble scooped up a loose carom and added another putback to make it 33-31 again.

Anna Gladstone took on Ashley Thompson and got her out of the game with three fouls and hit a free throw, killing North Nodaway’s momentum with 2:38 left in the third. Neither side could score again until Thompson came back in and scored off a high-low pass from Keagan O’Riley to make it 34-33.

Neither side could gain separation at that point as Kristin New hit a 3-pointer, but Kandace Damgar scored off a drive. Kristin New went coast to coast after a Jill Hardy defensive board and outlet, but Kristin Herndon hit Ashley Thompson inside. Kristin New hit Regan Allee for a guarded three only for Kristin Herndon to hit Audrey Trimble backdoor to make it 42-39 with 3:25 left.

The backbreaker came on the next play when North Nodaway went to a diamond press, only for Anna Gladstone to slice her way through it like it wasn’t there and hit Kaylee McElvain on the right baseline to make it 44-39 with 3:38 left. Those were McElvain’s first two points of the game. Regan Allee followed with a steal to make it 46-39.

Kandace Damgar hit a 3-pointer to make it four again, Kaylee McElvain hit from the baseline again for Worth County, but then Damgar got a steal for North Nodaway. Kristin Herndon hit a free throw with 1:27 left, Ashley Thompson got an offensive board, and hit another to make it 48-44 with 1:26 left.

North Nodaway could afford to be aggressive on defense as they were not in the bonus, but Regan Allee drove and drew a two-shot foul and hit one to make it 49-44, and then Worth County’s conditioning kicked in. North Nodaway threw a pass away, Anna Gladstone made one out of two to make it 50-44, and Jessi Badell rebounded the second free throw, allowing Worth County to run the clock down from 56 to 35 seconds before North Nodaway could foul and get the clock stopped. Kristin New hit one out of two to make it a three possession game at 51-44.

Kristin Herndon missed a 3-pointer, Anna Gladstone got the defensive board and got fouled and hit both free throws to make it 53-44 with 24 seconds left. After North Nodaway threw it away again, Worth County was able to run out the clock.

For Worth County, Regan Allee had 18 points. Anna Gladstone had 17, Kristin New 8, Jessi Badell 6, and Kaylee McElvain 4.

Regan Allee had the lone blocked shot for Worth County.

Jessi Badell had 12 rebounds for Worth County. Anna Gladstone had 8, Regan Allee and Kristin New had 2 each, and Kaylee McElvain, Merrideth Spiers, and Jill Hardy had 1 each.

Anna Gladstone and Kristin New had 5 assists each. Jessi Badell, Jill Hardy, and Kaylee McElvain had 2. Regan Allee, Haley Hunt, and Megan Cassavaugh had 1.

Kristin New had 8 tips for Worth County. Anna Gladstone had 6, Kaylee McElvain, Jill Hardy, Regan Allee, and Jessi Badell all had 3, and Haley Hunt had 1.

Kristin New, Jessi Badell, and Regan Allee had 2 steals each. Anna Gladstone, Megan Cassavaugh, and Kaylee McElvain had 1 each.

For North Nodaway, Audrey Trimble had 16. Kristin Herndon had 12, Ashley Thompson had 10, Kandace Damgar had 5, and Kaylee McElvain had 1.

Kristin Herndon had 3 blocks for North Nodaway and Ashley Thompson had 2.

Kristin Herndon had 8 boards for North Nodaway. Kandace Damgar had 7, Ashley Thompson 6, Keagan O’Riley and Audrey Trimble had 4 each, and Emma Hart and Alisha Davison had 1 each.

Keagan O’Riley had 5 assists for North Nodaway. Kristin Herndon had 4, Kandace Damgar had 2, and Audrey Trimble and Ashley Thompson had 1.

Kandace Damgar had 2 tips, while Audrey Trimble, Kristin Herndon, and Ashley Thompson had 1.

Audrey Trimble had 4 steals for North Nodaway. Kandace Damgar had 3, and Kristin Herndon, Ashley Thompson, and Alisha Davison had 1.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Burglary, Theft in Maryville

Maryville Department of Public Safety is requesting assistance with a burglary investigation that occurred on 01-17-18 at the Hy-Vee convenience store at 1215 South Main Street and the theft of the United Methodist Church’s van at 102 North Main Street in Maryville. Please contact Maryville DPS at 660-562-3209 if you saw any suspicious activity at Hy-Vee gas or near the 700 block of West Lincoln Street or at the parking lot of the United Methodist Church between 11:00 pm on 01-16-18 and 1:00 am on 01-17-18.

Obituary -- Russell Leroy Lovitt 1924-2017

Russell Leroy Lovitt, 93, of Maryville, Missouri, passed away at Nodaway Nursing Home in Maryville on January 8, 2018.

He was born to Orville and Lillian (Hill) Lovitt at his maternal grandparents farm home near Allendale, Missouri on August 27, 1924.

His childhood was spent on farms in Missouri and Iowa.  He graduated from Mt. Ayr, Iowa High School.

His lifetime included work as a salesman, businessman, oil well rigging, large appliance repairman and manufacturing.

He married Mary Lee Brown and they were parents to Michael and Stormy. The marriage ended in divorce.

On June 28, 1975, he married Elaine Ling at Harvard, Nebraska.  Their blended family lived in St. Joseph and Albany.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Stormy Lee, granddaughter Priscilla Pankau and a sister Leota Halloran.

Survivors include his wife Elaine, son, Michael (Shelly) Lovitt, Hawthorne, NV; step-sons, Dale (Kristin) Ling, Lincoln, NE; Tim Ling, Ceresco, NE; twelve grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren; sisters, LaVaughn Thomas, Lawson, MO; Verda Benitz, Kansas City, MO; and good friend, Kerin Lovitt, Albany.

Funeral Services were held 2:00 pm Friday, January 12 at the Roberson-Polley Chapel, Albany.  The body was cremated following the service with inurnment in the Foster Cemetery, New Hampton at a later date.

Memorial Contributions: Nodaway Nursing Home, SSM Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice in care of the Roberson-Polley Chapel, 403 N. Hundley, Albany, MO  64402.  Online condolences:

Obituary -- Erdene June (Shaw) Powell 1921-2018

Erdene June (Shaw) Powell, 96, Independence, MO (formerly of Eagleville, MO) passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at an Independence, Missouri nursing home.

She was born June 10, 1921 the daughter of Harley Robert and Velma Leath (Gutridge) Shaw on a farm southeast of Eagleville, Harrison County, Missouri.

Erdene started to school at the Pine Country School, a few miles south of Eagleville and graduated from the Eagleville High School in 1938.

In the mid-1930’s, Erdene joined the Otterbein United Brethren Church north of Eagleville and was baptized in a pond west of the church at the Civilian Conservation Corps Complex.

In 1941, Erdene attended Chillicothe Business College to take their Stenographic Course and was there when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

After finishing school at Chillicothe in May, 1942, she married James L. Miller and lived in Houston, Texas about six months. In December, 1942, she returned to Missouri and started working for the Aluminum Company of America. While living in Kansas City, she attended Bales Baptist Church and Central Bible Church, then joined Noland Road Baptist Church October 30, 1994. As a faithful member of the Noland Road Baptist Church, she participated in Sunday School, worship service, and the Young at Heart group activities.

Family dinner gatherings were special times for her to share stories and good food. She made our favorite candies for Christmas, much to our delight.

During her working years, Erdene worked as a stenographer, bookkeeper, and office manager and retired in 1988 after working 17 years for the City of Kansas City, Missouri as Secretary to the Director of the Water and Pollution Control Department.

Erdene’s hobbies included playing the piano, crocheting, playing cards, and compiling family history and tracing genealogy.

She loved the color red, getting her hair fixed, her nails painted, wearing beads, the Royals, the Chiefs, and seeing her friends and family. Jearld did her hair every week for over 40 years, even coming to get her from the nursing home weekly.

Erdene loved life itself, had a good memory, an infectious laugh, and was truly a joy to be around. She was always happy and will be missed by her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 2 brothers, Robert Harley Shaw and Gordon Hugh Shaw and his wife, Madelyn; sister, Roberta Iris (Shaw) Kimbrough and husband, Brown; her husbands, James L. Miller and Leslie R. Powell; stepson, William G. Powell; and adopted grandson, Christopher.

Erdene is survived by her nieces and nephews, Karen (Glen) Harrold, Norman (Marcy) Kimbrough, Duane (Mary) Shaw, Charles (Connie) Spurgeon, and Sherry Knorr and families and 2 step-daughters, Lori Riley and Kerry Rich. She was a very special aunt to our children and grandchildren who loved her dearly.

Although Erdene had no children, two people adopted her as their mother. One son, Jearld (Sally) Hutson, and daughter, Judy Weber and her adopted children, Michelle, Michael, Christopher, Matthew, and Jon who all called her “Grandma Erdene.”         

Graveside Services and burial were held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 20, in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Blythedale, MO under the direction of Roberson Funeral Home, Eagleville, MO. There is no scheduled family visitation. Memorials may be made to Noland Road Baptist Church and/or Cedar Hill Cemetery in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Eagleville, MO 64442. Online condolences may be left at