Saturday, May 31, 2008

Obituary: Doris Chancellor 1932-2008

Doris Jean Chancellor, 75, of Belton, formerly of Sheridan, passed away Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 at Kansas City Hospice House.
Mrs. Chancellor was born on October 18th, 1932 in Sheridan to Dale and Vetra (Van Ausdall) Constant and had resided in Belton most of her life.
A Methodist, Doris was very active in the Belton VFW Post 8220 Auxiliary and spent many years in scouting. She was an avid baseball fan and started Little League in Grandview in 1964 and was a varsity softball pitcher in high school.
She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband Chuck and grandson Chase.
Survivors are sons Mike Ardoin, Lee’s Summitt; David Chancellor, Clinton, MO; daughter Amy Harris, Oak Grove; brothers Roy Constant, Warrensburg; and Gary Constant, Hopkins; sisters Leta Wake, Sheridan; Willa Wilson, St. Joseph; nine grandchildren, Angie, Stephen, Steven, Christian, Daniel, Ashley, Aaron, Kyle, and Jacob.
A special thanks to Kansas City Hospice caregivers.

Show-Me State of Mind for June 4th, 2008

Representing Our Values, Not Exxon's
There is a common theme to the comments I hear from residents across the 6th Congressional District: "We want someone to represent our values in Washington."
Every day that we cringe as gas and diesel prices rise higher and higher - now topping $4.00 per gallon in some places - it is clear that Washington does not share the values of hardworking Americans. And Congressman Sam Graves' record has come to epitomize how Washington is broken.
At best, Graves has ignored rising gas prices over the past seven years. He has continued to give us the same talking points - in some cases releasing the same statements and columns year after year - about the importance of increasing the supply of oil. In fact, Graves' legislation is only for show. His bills go nowhere.
But Graves is guilty of more than neglect. He has voted time and time again to give billions in tax credits and giveaways to Big Oil. Companies like Exxon, in turn, send campaign checks to Congressman Sam Graves. This vicious cycle of special interest politics leaves consumers in a pinch at the pump. One woman recently told me that she had to skip a doctor's appointment because she couldn't afford to fill her gas tank.
These are not Missouri values.
What Washington needs is someone who will stand up against Big Oil companies and special interests. That's what residents of the 6th Congressional District deserve - a representative who will side with them and not with special interests, someone who shares their values.
Kay Barnes is a candidate for U.S. representative for Missouri's 6th Congressional District

Friday, May 30, 2008

The Health Benefits of Nuts

The nutritious advantage of nuts
BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Nuts are high in calories and fat, but those calories are loaded with nutrition. "Nuts in moderate amounts daily can make a huge difference in your health," said a University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health specialist.
Studies have consistently linked nuts to a significantly reduced risk of heart disease, mostly because they lower total cholesterol and LDL ("bad" cholesterol), said Susan Mills-Gray. Some research has even shown that nuts may increase HDL ("good" cholesterol).
Nutrients and substances in nuts that have heart-protective benefits include B vitamins, vitamin E, potassium, copper, magnesium, selenium, soluble fiber, arginine (an amino acid that promotes blood vessel relaxation) and sterols (which help lower cholesterol).
In 2003, the FDA approved heart-health claims for the product labels of seven kinds of nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, some pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts.
Nuts are one of the best plant sources of protein. Nut butters (almond, cashew and peanut) are a healthier sandwich filling than full-fat cheese and most deli meats.
New research indicates that eating nuts daily may serve as an effective tool in weight loss and weight management. "The fiber and protein in nuts helps make you feel fuller longer, so you are less hungry, and that means you may eat less," Mills-Gray said.
Interestingly, some research has found that not all the fat in whole nuts is absorbed – from 4 percent to 17 percent passes out of the body undigested.
"While all this is great news, keep in mind that nuts are loaded with calories," she said. "Even though the fat is healthy, going overboard could lead to excess calorie intake. Limit yourself to a small handful daily, and instead of simply adding nuts to your diet, eat them in replacement of saturated-fat foods."
Consumers should also watch out for the sodium in packaged nuts. Unsalted varieties are widely available.
Mills-Gray offered a quick assessment of the nutritional strength of popular nuts:
* Almonds are rich in vitamin E and calcium.
* Brazil nuts are the best dietary source of selenium; eating three a day provides 200 mcg, an amount found to lower the risk of prostate cancer.
* Cashews are rich in copper and zinc.
* Chestnuts are lowest in calories and contain extremely small amounts of fat.
* Peanuts contain resveratrol, an antioxidant also found in grapes and red wine. They are rich in arginine and contain the most protein.
* Walnuts are rich in alpha-linolenic acid, a heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acid.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The following Worth County elementary students either made the B honor roll or got a BUG (Bringing Up Grades) award for the 4th quarter of the 2007-2008 school year. High Honor Roll winners and Perfect Attendance awards were printed last week.

4th Grade: Taylor Raymond, Danielle Funk, Truman Moore, Joel Kollitz, Tristan Miller, Jake Hardy, Lydia Michelle Baab, Tess Andrews, Rikky Jo Hunt, Ryan Smyser, Jackson Rush, Brevyn Ross, Jacob Auten, Christopher Alarcon, Kenna LaFollette, Trey Richardson.
5th Grade: Deavin Allen, Luke Andrews, Zac Carr, Sabrina Emrich, Jacy Gabriel, Gavin Hawk, Malori Moelenberndt, Lane Owens, Colton Straight, Shelby Sweat, Sydney Thummel, Lily Ueligger, Terry VanGundy, Josh Warner.
6th Grade: Kristen Andrews, Claire Andrews, Madison Hawk, Clayton Ross, Kristen Chitty, Madison Davis, Aaron Green, Katie Mullock, Jennifer Runde, Stormy Sherer.

4th Grade: Christopher Alarcon, Rikky Jo Hunt, Brevyn Ross.
5th Grade: Deavin Allen, Jacy Gabriel, Gavin Hawk, Lane Owens, Colton Straight, Shelby Sweat, Josh Warner.
6th Grade: Cody Schrock.

Crossroads Choir Coming to Blockton

Crossroads Choir, the High School Choir from Rising Son Church of Christ in Des Moines, will be presenting a musical/drama entitled "The Assignment" at the Blockton Christian Church on Sunday, June 22nd beginning at 7:00 p.m.
This group of 31 students will be presenting a very special look at worship. "The Assignment" takes place in a classroom where the meaning, value, and importance of worship are discussed, questioned, and discovered for life today. Through drama and song, the audience, too, will be directed to see how relevant worship is for all.
Everyone is welcome to attend this production. This will be their first stop on a summer tour through Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri. There is no charge for this event, but a free-will offering for this group will be taken. For more information, please call Scott Marcum at (641) 788-2735.

Sheridan High School Alumni Attendance List:

The following people attended the Sheridan High School annual Alumni Reunion this year:
1938-Phillip Wake, Maryville MO
1939-James Ivan Nally, Maryville MO
Clorine Mitchell Bainum, Sheridan MO
1941-Pauline Cooper Wells, Rea MO
1942-Warren Lester, Riverton WY
1943-Maryon Asher, Sheridan MO
1944-William Jim Aldrich, Kingsville TX
Margaret Aldrich Dowis, Blue Springs MO
1947-LaVelle Hibbs, New London IA
Guy L Allee, Sheridan, MO
Joyce Dowis Chambers, Maryville MO
Eldon Hart, Sheridan MO
1949-Lola Hibbs Haley, Lee's Summit MO
1950-Garvin Porter, Savannah MO
Beverly Allee Mayes, Maryville MO
1951-Dean Stone, Lone Jack MO
Larry Dowis, Sheridan MO
Arvetta Hart Terry, St Joseph MO
1952-John Bainum, Sheridan MO
Dale Rowe, Sheridan MO
1953-Glen Dukes, Gold Canyon AZ
Doy Allee, Sheridan MO
Henry Dell Rowen Sr, Parnell MO
1954-Jack Fisher, Parnell MO
Donna Wall Dukes, Gold Canyon AZ
1958-Elihu Rowen, Sheridan MO
Leo L Parman, St Joseph MO
Martha Allee Rush, Sheridan MO
Patty Thummel Fisher, Parnell MO
John E Young, Kansas City MO
Stella McConahay Lantz, Maryville MO
Ron Rauch, Grant City MO
1963-Charles Force, Oskaloosa KS
Linda Nigh Walker, Sheridan MO
Barbara Cossins Carlock, Albany MO
1964-Dora Randle Hall, Darien GA
Laverne Walker, Sheridan MO
1965-David Parman, Sheridan MO
Chuck Lasley, Dearborn MO
1966-Larry Musick, Hopkins MO
Sara Cossins Winsor, Chillicothe MO
Jay Sanders, Parnell MO
1972-Linda Dowis Marsh, Albany MO
Connie Randle Wonderly, Maryville MO
1974-Chandra Allee Hopkins, Sheridan MO
1975-Doug Allee, Sheridan MO
Gary & Pam Townsend, Rea MO
Robert Hall, Darien GA
James McManus, Kansas City MO
Catherine & Cindy Dowis, Kirksville MO
Kate Loomis, Blue Springs MO
Adam Loomis, Springfield MO
Berdeta Hibbs, New London IA
Joann Parman, St Joseph MO
Patricia Musick, Hopkins MO
Dave & Vonita Hanna, Savannah MO
Barb Aldrich, Kingsville TX
Etta May Fowler, Grain Valley MO
Leda Lester, Riverton WY
Carma Rauch, Grant City MO
Bonnie Sanders, Parnell MO
Cassandra Rhoades, Liberty MO
Caleb Hopkins, Kansas City MO
Karla Parman, Ramonia Parman, Sterling Hopkins, Kay Rowen, Barb Rowe, Ralph Davidson, Glenda Wyer and Loretta Hart of Sheridan MO
Officers for 2008 were President-Dale Rowe V President-LaVelle Hibbs
Sec/Treas-Chandra Hopkins Registrar-John Bainum
New election results were President-LaVelle Hibbs V President-Jay Sanders
Sec/Treas-Chandra Hopkins Registrar-John Bainum
Honored Classes were 1943, 1948 and 1958
Recognition of oldest graduate went to Phillip Wake, class of 1938
Most distance traveled went to Glen & Donna Dukes, Gold Canyon AZ
Alumni deaths reported:
Elsie Davidson Carr-1924
Georgie Glass Bowman-1935
Dwight Brogan-1940
Leta Brogan Lasley-1941
Betty Runyon Jersak-1945
Myron Waldier, Oren Larison, Doris Constant Chandler-1951
Diana Constant Troutwine-1974

Letter to the Editor -- Memorial Day

Letters to the Editor are the opinions of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Sheridan Express.

Memorial Day 2008 is now just a page in time. I'm sure it was a day for most people that wasn't any more eventful than any other day. It might have been a day off for some, a day for family gatherings for others or a day to spend on the lake doing things we like to do. On May 30, 1868, it was a different story. It was the first observance of Decoration Day . It was held at Arlington National Cemetery across the Potomic River from Washington DC.
The observance was held to decorate the graves of the Civil War casulties with flowers as an act of remembrance and respect. Since that time, Decoration Day has been changed to Memorial Day and has been expanded to include all who have died in American wars.
What have we done to continue the tradition that was started so long ago? Have we continued to honor those who have died while serving our country? In our busy lives do we stop and even give thought to those who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms we enjoy?
We are blessed to have a group in our community who make sure the tradition of honoring our war dead is not lost. These are men in our community who forgo the trip to the lake or relaxing in the easy chair for the day. These are men who give of their time to make sure we honor those who gave so much for our country.
Sheridan Legion Post 515 performs Memorial Day services at cemeteries in the area and have done so for many years. As the group ages, help has been enlisted from area Legion posts and from younger military personnel who are serving or have served in the national guard. In spite of age, weather, crowd attendence, these soldiers continue to carry on. We owe these people a great deal of thanks for continuing to honor the dead.
My hope is that this tradition will continue and will not be forgotten. We all enjoy the time away from work and a day just to relax. I think we can do both. Next year I challenge you to attend a service at one of the area cemeteries and then spend the day enjoying whatever you like to do. I think we can sacrifice a little of our time to honor those who have given so much.
My thanks to Phillip Wake, Mike Bainum, Ed Meek, Leland Wake, Laverne Walker, Eldon Hart, Roland Farrell, John Earl Young, Guy Allee, Chris Allee, Doug Allee and David Parman. Your dedication to the remembrance of those who died is appreciated.
Chandra Hopkins

Roundup or Rosette

Is it Roundup or rosette? Even your plant doctor may not know
COLUMBIA, Mo. –Residue from late-season Roundup application can mimic symptoms of rose rosette, a disease fatal to many rose species, said the coordinator of the University of Missouri Extension Plant Diagnostic Clinic.
No effective control for rose rosette in infected plants has been found and no current laboratory tests can confirm rose rosette disease, said Simeon Wright.
"I usually ask if the person may have sprayed Roundup near the roses late last summer, allowing the herbicide to come into contact with plant leaves," he said. "If they had not, it is likely to be rose rosette."
Rose rosette is thought to be caused by a virus or virus-like pathogen transmitted by an eriophyid mite called Phyllocoptes fructiphylus, or by grafting.
Symptoms vary depending on species and cultivars. Common symptoms include the development of witches’ brooms, which are clusters of small branches with red pigmentation. Canes may develop excessive growth of soft, pliable red or green thorns.
When Roundup drifts onto the leaves, it can work its way to the roots, allowing rosette-like symptoms to appear the following season.
Plants affected by Roundup can survive. "If you have some normal-looking shoots there is a good chance of recovery," Wright said.
Home gardeners can wait before removing the plant if they suspect Roundup residue, but that could allow rose rosette to spread to another plant, he said.
Rosa multiflora appears to be the rose most susceptible to rosette. No cultivars have been shown to be resistant.
Early detection is critical for control. Infected roses should be removed and destroyed. Roots left in the soil may re-sprout still having the virus.
Effective control of the mites can reduce the risk of rose rosette spreading. The pesticides Sevin and Avid are registered for control of the mite. Use of Sevin, however, may lead to outbreaks of spider mites.
More information about rose diseases is available online in the MU Extension guide "Roses: Care After Planting" (G6601) at
The MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic can assist gardeners with disease identification and plant diagnosis. For more information, visit the clinic’s Web site at or call 573-882-3019.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sheridan City Council Agenda

Agenda for Sheridan City Council meeting, June 2nd, 2008, 7:00 p.m., Sheridan City Hall:
1. Call to Order
2. Action on minutes
3. Financial Report
4. Presentation and action on bills
5. Water Department Report
6. Economic Developer Charity Austin
7. Other business
8. Public Comments
9. Adjourn

Considerations for late-planted corn

Considerations for Late Planted Corn
The question is how much yield loss can I expect when I plant corn the first week of June? Corn yield decreases significantly during the last part of May and first part of June. Research indicates a 75% crop during the first week of June then dropping to the 60s the second week of June. These are estimates based on the yield potential of a given year. If we have good weather, we can expect good yields based on this type of year but if growing conditions are poor, then we will have poorer yields compared to these estimates.
As corn is planted later, there should be better stands. You may consider reducing planting populations by 5%. This is a suggestion made by Dr. Bob Nielsen, Purdue University. The thought is when planting early typically, you lose some stand from poor planting conditions. However, with the warm soils, one should have better stands.
Also, you should check to make sure you are planting deep enough to be in moisture. Later planted corn has a tendency to dry out because of the higher temperatures. Do not plant less than one and one-half inches deep.
For more information, contact Wayne Flanary, Regional Agronomist, University of Missouri Extension at 660-446-3724.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Paxson, Hunt to wed

Mr. Daniel Hunt of Grant City and Mrs. Ellen Hunt of Maryville, MO would like to announce the marriage of their daughter, Sharon Hunt to Tyler Paxson. Tyler is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Paxson of Sheridan. Through this courtship, there has been one child born, Brylea Danielle Paxson. The wedding ceremony will be held at Sheridan Christian Church June 7th, 2008 at 4:00 p.m.
Sharon is a 2006 graduate from Worth County High School and a 2007 graduate from North Central Missouri College where she has received her Practical Nursing Training. She is employed at St. Francis Family Health Care in Maryville, where she is working as an LPN.
Tyler is a 2003 graduate from Worth County. He is the business owner and operator of Paxson’s Welding and Tire Service of Sheridan.
Grandparents include Jubal and Opal Hunt of Grant City; the late Douglas and Francis Winter of Clarinda; Vernon and Donna Paxson of Sheridan; and Francis and Erma Berg of Maryville.
There will be a reception immediately following the ceremony at the Parnell Legion Hall in Parnell. Cake and punch will be served as well as supper. Dance will begin approximately 8:00 p.m. Please come and enjoy!

Capitol Report for May 28th, 2008

Memorial Day – Remembering Our Fallen Heroes
Memorial Day is a special time when we as Americans pay our respects to those who have paid the highest price for our freedom and given their lives for our country. It is a time when Americans reflect on our past and look to our future as we acknowledge the debt we owe those men and women who, because they so cherish freedom, have taken up arms to defend our liberties, our country and our ideals.
In cemeteries and memorial sites throughout the country, Americans take time to reflect on the sacrifices of the brave men and women who gave their lives to preserve our freedom. Memorial Day is a time of reflection, a time of remembrance, and a time of prayer. Unfortunately, there are some in our nation who have forgotten what it takes to secure that peace. We are fortunate that our lives here at home have remained relatively peaceful because our soldiers have been willing to fight for freedom in other corners of the world. War and conflict can seem so far away, but we must never forget that it is our neighbors, our friends, and our family members who sacrifice to ensure our way of life. As a community, we must commit ourselves to their memory, as it is through these sacrifices that we have the freedom to live in peace.
In today's world, freedom continues to be cloaked in uncertainty. While the threats to freedom lurk in the shadows, the cost of independence remains high. It is with deep gratitude and thanks that we honor our soldier’s sacrifices. They don't do it for glory, honor, or fame, but they do it because they are committed and devoted to defending our way of life.
As we once again pause to remember our fallen heroes on this Memorial Day, take time to remember and give praise to those in our families, our communities, and our country who have and may still be serving this great nation. I ask you to remember and honor those who have already given their lives for our nation, those who currently defending our nation, and the families who are suffering the absence of a loved one. Most importantly, I ask you to remember and pray for all those who give and have already given so very much for this great nation as together we joyfully rise to acknowledge them, salute them, and may God Bless them in their endeavors ahead.
As always, please feel free to call, email, or write with your ideas or concerns. The Capitol number is (573) 751-1415, my email is and my mailing address is Room 429, State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

Adcock Second in Big 12 Decathlon

MU Decathlete, Sophomore Nick Adcock places second at The Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Conference Championship on May 17 in Boulder, Colorado.
This was only Adcock's second decathlon meet this season due to inclement weather, his first was at the KU Relays where he took first place with a personal best score of 7,329 points, he improved his score in Colorado by 328 points for a personal best of 7,657 points.
On day one Adcock earned four personal best records, one in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.94, the long jump with a 23' 11 & 3/4" jump, in the shot put with a throw of 43' 5" and the 400 meter dash with a time of 48.03, plus he set a new MU record for a decathlon meet in the 100 meter dash and the 400 meter dash, he set a new season best in the high jump of 6' 7".
On day two Adcock had a personal best, MU record and Big 12 record in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.36, a personal best in the javelin with a throw of 184' 7". Adcock's last event of the day was the 1500 meter run where he needed to out distance the leader Donavan Kilmartin of Texas by just over 10 seconds to take over first place, Adcock ran it in 4:49.85, Kilmartin's time was 4:59.34 which left an 18 point difference between first and second.
Adcock's final score earned him an automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA National Championship at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa June 11-12. Adcock also claimed a USATF Olympic Team Trials "B" qualify standard and with his efforts moves him to third all time Mizzou history with his performance.
Adcock is the son of Gary & Sue Adcock Kansas City, Missouri, Grandson of Galen & Betty Ruckman Grant City, Missouri and Carl & Virginia Adcock Bethany, Missouri.

Walk 1440 for May 28th, 2008

Who do you remember the most in your past?
Why do you remember them?
On Memorial Day we are asked to remember those who have chosen to fight for our country; our entire nation celebrates the memory of the cost of these military men & women.
Who does God remember in the past of human history?
Why does God remember them?
I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus arrived, because they have supplied what was lacking from you. For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition (1 Corinthians 16:17-18 NIV).
I’m almost certain most of us haven’t heard of Stephanas, Fortunatus, or Achaicus but God said these men deserve "recognition"…that is to be remembered…why?
Why would God, the Creator of the universe, want to see these men recorded in human history for the past 2000 years?
It’s because they were men…
The world has lots of opinions on what makes a man a man…
What does the Creator of the world say makes a man a man?
Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong (1 Corinthians 16:13 NAS).
In one verse, God says what makes a man a man is his faith…it is not the money he makes, not the number of hours he works, not the size of his arms, not even the accumulation of manly stuff but simply his faith.
Can manhood be defined simply by having faith in God? To be a man don’t we have do something to prove we are a man?
The right of passage into manhood does not depend on the deeds of the man but the deeds of the faith in a man…what are these deeds?
Let all that you do be done in love (1 Corinthians 16:14 NAS).
Love is the epitome of manhood in God’s eyes…being a man is being love.
What run’s through your mind when you envision a man defined by love?
What run’s through God’s mind when he envisions a man defined by love?
"Be on the alert…" love will always look out for the interest of others…alert to danger.
"Stand firm in the faith" love will always have a strong stance to defend .
"Be strong" love will always give you strength & courage to do the right thing.
Sounds like the making of man.
There are 1440 minutes in a day…WALK1440 in love…like a man

Hansen to Speak at Worth County Alumni Reunion

Each year the Worth County Alumni Association asks a member of the class celebrating their 50th Anniversary to be the guest speak for the all school reunion June 22,2008 at the High School Gymnasium. This year our speaker will be Judy Gates Hansen of Bettendorf, Iowa. Judy is the daughter of the late Paul Gates and Cornelia Gates, now residing in Hamilton, Missouri.
After her graduation from Grant City High School, Judy enrolled in the College of Education at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
As a student in Family and Consumer Sciences, Judy found her special interest was in Child Development. She followed that course of study and gained practical experience working in the University’s Child Development lab school. She used this knowledge later in the development of a lab school for Pleasant Valley High School that is now in its thirty-second year.
After college graduation, Judy married Dale Hansen who was also a teacher. They were married forty years before he lost his battle with cancer.
Judy taught at the junior high level in the Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa schools before their daughter and son were born.
Judy’s return to teaching led her to Pleasant Valley High School where she retired after twenty five years.
One of Judy’s memorable experiences was being presented her retirement plaque by the president of the teacher’s association who was one of the first students to seek a career in education because of the Child Development career lab at P.V.H.S.
In retirement she enjoys spending time with her children and six grandchildren, traveling and participating in her church and community activities.
Judy thanks the association for the honor of representing her class at this year’s reunion.

Friday, May 23, 2008

NWMSU Spring Honor Rolls

The following area students have made either the President’s (4.00 GPA) or Academic (3.50 - 3.99 GPA) Honor Roll for the Spring Trimester:
Gentry: Lauren Baker, Jennifer Findley (Academic).
Grant City: Megan Gilland, Jana Harding, Lynsie Jackson, Charlea Lewis, Tara Phipps (President’s); Tierney Eaton, Kathleen Patrick (Academic).
Parnell: Fallon Cordell, Jeremiah Mullock, Josh Wray (President’s), Aaron Luckert, Jessica Mullock, Heather Runde, Susan Sybert (Academic).
Ravenwood: Cassie Farnan, Matthew Schieber (President’s); Bridget Wilmes (Academic).
Sheridan: Chelsea Dille (Academic).

Aphid Waste

Sooty mold fed by aphid waste can put unsightly spots on spring plants
COLUMBIA, Mo. –That black or grayish green coloration on some of your newly bought spring landscaping plants is likely a fungus called sooty mold, which feeds off the leftovers from pesky insects called aphids.
Aphids are small, soft-bodied insects, usually wingless, with long legs and antennae. The insects congregate in considerable numbers on new plant growth in the early spring.
Aphids cannot digest all the plant sugars they ingest. They excrete the excess in the form of a sticky substance called honeydew, which supports the growth of the unsightly sooty mold.
Aphids can be recognized by their cornicles, a pair of tube-like structures projecting from the rear of their bodies. Curled, distorted leaves usually are a good indicator of the aphids at work, said Mary Kroening, University of Missouri Extension horticulturalist.
"Aphids damage plants by piercing the leaves, stems and flowers, then sucking sap and other fluids, leaving the plants discolored or stunted," she said. "Sooty mold will not directly kill a plant, but if severe, will weaken the plant, making it more susceptible to other detrimental factors such as drought."
Garden plants that tend to have aphid infestations on an annual basis include butterfly milkweed, aster, dock, euonymus, viburnum and hydrangea.
There is no effective control of sooty mold except by reducing the aphid population. The best approach may be to let the natural enemies of the aphid do their work, she said.
To help aphid predators, use synthetic insecticides as little as possible. Insecticidal soaps or horticultural oils also work to control aphids. Aphids are a favorite diet of ladybird beetle (ladybug) larvae and adults. One ladybird beetle can eat up to 100 aphids in a day.
Parasitic wasps are very successful in attacking aphids. Other predators include lacewings, syrphid flies and assassin bugs.
Aphids can be knocked off the plants with a strong jet spray of water. Aphid populations also can be controlled by pruning out and disposing of aphid-infested plant material.
More information about aphids and other sap-sucking pests can be found in MU Extension guide G7274, "Aphids, Scales and Mites on Home Garden and Landscape Plants," available online at

Show Me State of Mind for May 28th, 2008

Veterans Deserve Our Respect
This Memorial Day I will join veterans and their families in my home town of St. Joseph for the Joint Veterans Committee Ceremony to celebrate the sacrifice of those who fought to protect our nation. As we take time in our own communities to visit the final resting places of those we have lost, and to keep them alive in our thoughts, we must also be mindful of those who have and continue to make the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
The men and women of the United States military are true heroes, and we should honor them every day. Yet, we hear about troops who do not have adequate equipment, and those who receive substandard care in hospitals like Walter Reed.
We must not forget that our nation is great because members of the armed services are willing to fight for it.
In order to demonstrate our support for the military, we must have a new GI Bill. Senator James Webb, also a native of St. Joe, sponsored legislation that will include educational benefits for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan in addition to stipends for housing, program fees, and books. It is hard to imagine where our country would be today without the GI bill that was passed after World War II.
We need leaders in Washington who will stand up to support our veterans, whether they are deployed overseas or back home with their families.
Millions of brave men and women serve their country honorably each year. It is our duty to give them the respect they deserve.
Kay Barnes is a candidate for U.S. representative for Missouri's 6th Congressional District

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Gilland Joins National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Former Worth County grad Cassie Gilland continues to get academic recognition at the national level. Gilland of Grant City has accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). Cassie will be honored during an Induction Convocation this fall on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University.
‘~NSCS is more than just a symbol of academic achievement. Membership gives students access to a number of amazing benefits including career and networking resources, scholarships, travel, and service projects both on campus and in the community," says Stephen E. Loflin, NSCS executive director.
NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the nation’s only interdisciplinary honors organization for first- and second-year college students. Membership is by invitation only, based on grade point average and class standing. NSCS has more than 650,000 lifetime members and 228 chapters in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
For more information about The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, please call 202.265.9000 or visit NSCS’ Web site

Senior Country Music Festival/Health Clinic in Bethany June 6th

Irlene Mandrell, youngest of the famous Mandrell sisters, will be the keynote speaker for the 15th Annual Senior Festival, "Country Hoe-Down," on Friday, June 6. The event will be held at South Harrison High School, 3400 Bulldog Avenue, Bethany, Missouri from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Just turn off I-35 at the Highway 69 Spur (Exit 93) and turn left on Bulldog Avenue to reach the school. Senior citizens, baby boomers and caregivers from across Northwest Missouri are invited to attend the festival.
The day will begin with health screening from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m., including free tetanus shots, massage, and screening for cholesterol, glaucoma, bone density, blood pressure, blood glucose, vision, blood oxygen and skin cancer. An exhibit area, with 25 exhibitors, will be open for viewing during this time. Morning fruit break will be sponsored by Health Systems Care Centers and Northwest Medical Center.
Opening session at 10:45 a.m. will feature actress, model and performer Irlene Mandrell, sponsored by CLAIM and Relay Missouri. Mandrell, starring on Hee Haw for eight years, is a two-time winner of Music City News comedy act of the year. An accomplished hunter, Mandrell annually hosts "The Irlene Mandrell Celebrity Shoot," raising money for "Wish Upon A Star" and Boy Scouts of America.
Noon luncheon, sponsored in part by Bethany KFC and Graves will be available for $3.00. Over the lunch break, join the group for fun exercise with "Get Up and Move with Nurse Good-body."
The afternoon session will be a lively competition of entertainment and skits by area senior centers. Cash prizes will be awarded to senior centers winning the competition, compliments of Cameron Elks and Gallatin Lions.
The Senior Festival is sponsored by the Northwest Missouri Area Agency on Aging. The event is funded in part from Older American Act funds, distributed by Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services.
The facility is air conditioned and handicapped accessible. There is no registration fee. For information on OATS transportation, check with your local contact person. Be present and win door prizes provided by area senior centers and businesses, including Branson Get-Away packages. Special Yee-Haw Grand Prizes, sponsored by Pamida Foundation, Harrah's Casino, Relay MO and CLAIM will conclude the day's activities. Come join the fun of Senior Festival '08 in Bethany, Missouri on Friday, June 6th.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

SCHAUMBURG, ILL. – In recognition of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month®, the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) releases a new public service advertisement (PSA) campaign and news, and coordinates several activities to raise awareness about skin cancer and to encourage Americans to practice sun-safe behaviors
When detected early, most skin cancers can be successfully treated. In fact, melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is highly curable when found and treated early. The five-year survival rate for people whose melanoma is detected and treated before it spreads to the lymph nodes is 99 percent. However, dermatologists caution that finding skin cancer in its earliest stages requires a commitment by individuals to perform regular skin self-examinations and to report any suspicious moles or unusual changes to their dermatologist immediately.
Now, new research shows that involving a partner in the self-examination process, particularly one with whom an individual has a good relationship, makes it more likely that self screening will happen and can improve the early detection of skin cancer which could lead to a better prognosis.
In an article entitled "Examination of mediating variables in a partner assistance intervention designed to increase performance of skin self-examination," published in the March 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, dermatologist June K. Robinson, MD, FAAD, professor of clinical dermatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, presented findings that patients at high risk for melanoma benefited when a partner was involved in their skin self-exams. Specifically, the patients who were assisted by a partner in performing skin self-exams were more likely to follow a regular detection routine than those who relied solely on themselves for motivation.
Monday, May 5, is Melanoma Monday® and the official launch of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month®. For more information about skin cancer, please visit the SkinCancerNet section of, a Web site developed by dermatologists that provides patients with up-to-date information on the treatment and management of disorders of the skin, hair and nails.
General Health Clinic encourages you to speak with your healthcare professional with questions or concerns regarding skin cancer. The Clinic welcomes most major insurances along with Medicare and Medicaid. Payments by cash, credit cards, and debit cards are accepted. The clinic is located at the junction of highways 148 and JJ in Hopkins, Missouri. Appointments can be made by calling 660-778-3209.

Maloy Solstice Party June 21st

Come celebrate our 14th annual summer solstice and the feast of St John Baptist celebration in the remote and colorful town of Maloy, Iowa, on Saturday, June 21. Festivities begin about 4 p.m. with ultimate Frisbee, basketball and other games in the Maloy City Park at the center of town as well as visiting the gardens, restored prairie, the chickens, goats and sheep. At 6 we will have a pot luck supper in the park and dance hall, featuring first harvests from our gardens, fields and pastures. After supper there will be folk dancing in the park until dusk, followed by a bonfire in our orchard, more food and drink and music. Bring friends, bring some food or drink to share if you wish (there is always enough) musical instruments, lawn chairs. There is room to tent if you want to stay the night, room to sleep on our floor and we can try to arrange for a bed for anyone who needs one. Children welcome, of course. Please let us know if you're coming, especially if you are planning on staying the night.
Last year’s celebration is broadcast on Youtube, thanks to Rodger Routh-
Come celebrate with us the longest day despite the darkness of the times around us!
-Brian and Betsy and Alex- 641-785-2321
Veronica and Don and Wendell- 641-785-2325

129th Undergoes Weapons Training

Missouri Army National Guardsman Sgt. Kevin Ackley, of Grant City, is nearing the end of training at Camp Atterbury and looking forward to his next phase of training in Germany to support the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Kosovo.
Ackley and his fellow Soldiers with Battery A, 1-129th Field Artillery recently started operating on a 24-hour cycle. As the noncommissioned officer in charge of the night shift, Ackley has had to make adjustments to the new schedule. Once in Kosovo, he will remain on the night shift. As training gets more intense, Ackley sees a lot of improvement in the way his team operates.
"It seems like the squads have come together a whole lot better, especially after getting maced," said Ackley.
Ackley makes light of the effects of being doused with pepper spray and tazered, but acknowledges that it is a vital part of his training.
"If you use non-lethal weapons, you have to have them used on you," said Ackley. "You need to know the side effects."
Instructors hook up the tazer to the Soldiers’ boots, they lock arms with their buddy and then receive 50,000 volts. It last for only a few seconds, but Ackley said the memories linger for a lifetime.
"I would rather get tazed a hundred times than sprayed with pepper spray though," said Ackley.
During training, Soldiers receive a squirt of pepper spray across the forehead to experience the effects. They then must complete some soldiering tasks while under the disorienting spray to fulfill the exercise. They have to show they are able to still function if they come in contact with the non-lethal liquid.
"If a cop ever threatens to mace you, go ahead and lay on the ground," said Ackley. "Six hours after the fact, you’re still feeling the effects."
After Atterbury, the Soldiers will finish their training in Hohenfels, Germany before heading to Kosovo.
For more information about the Missouri National Guard, please call 1-800-GoGuard or visit

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Setting in a Mousetrap, Pondering my Fate for May 21st, 2008 -- II

Oil Prices bring back memories
I remember when an automobile was a joy, yes kids, it used to be fun to have a car. The cheapest I ever paid for gasoline was .23 cents a gallon. Those were the days when, if you got 20 mpg, you were going great. But in a sense no matter how expense or inexpensive gas was, it was always still to high. I have heard of people talk about paying .10 cents a gallon. It was still high because many were probably making less than a thousand dollars a year. When my parents were married my father worked for around $40 a week. ($ 2,080) a year as an automobile mechanic. Which was a good wage just before World War II.
Recently going down to MCI, we passed several loads of new cars. It took me back to the day my brother and I were walking home from uptown and they were unloading new Buicks at Brown’s Buick. We sat on a wall and watch until they were all unloaded. In 1958 we had just taken my grandfather to his home in Ohio, when we were a distance from a carrier carrying new Edsels. My dad knew what they were and put the ‘57 Ford, with the 317 in racing gear and we caught it someplace in the hills. When traveling, we always were on the lookout for car carriers and kind of played a game to which brand we would see the most of. Seems like the most were General Motors products. At first carriers only carried four, it was always a thrill. New cars were important to our family. This is one reason I have always been car poor.
New car showing were the best time of the year after Christmas and my birthday. The earliest memory I have of the garage my father worked at, was the new car showing of the 1956 Fords. They put a back and white two-door hardtop in the window the night before. The cars came under a tarp and were carefully hidden until the showing date. It was always a big event in the community and the new cars coming out was always a time when people flocked to the showrooms. It was tradition. Next to Haase Ford-Mercury dealership was Brake Pontiac-Cadillac. I remember going past there one night and there was no room left. The showroom held three cars, was wall to wall people. Major leaguer Nellie Fox was a Pontiac fan. He came every year to Brakes. But we were not allow to go because my father sold Fords next door. It was one of the times I wish my father didn’t sell Fords.
The night before the showing my dad took the family to the dealership after it had closed. I remember it was dark when we went in and he had to turn on a few lights. He would pull back the canvas for us to see the latest models. It was a special time I will always remember. When the ‘57’s came out he brought one home as soon as he could, it was a dark green and white Custom 300 and took my mother and I for a ride. I was always proud of my first ride in a new car. The next day we got his demonstrator, it was light green and white. We started off for Washington D.C. to get my grandmother at National Airport and had a flat tire. I have a picture of myself standing in front of our new ‘55. My mother had just picked it up and drove to Smith Grocery, a small mom and pop store. When she came out the car would not go in reverse. She said I was never so embarrassed in my life. A new Ford that didn’t work.
Haase and Brakes are now gone including the buildings. In my town in those days there were four GM Dealerships, three Chrysler dealerships, Ford, Nash, Packard, Studebaker, Crosley and Edsel; at different times. Now like Maryville, there is only one full line GM dealer. I was told that at one time there was four dealerships in Grant City, including a Pontiac-Studebaker dealer, what a combination? Even Allendale had a Dodge-Plymouth Dealer. The only one I ever heard of in Sheridan was Mason. That was a long time ago.
Today it is all different. And for my money it is not better. Now cars are expensive luxuries. You plan every use of it, Sunday rides are out and cruising is a thing of the past. There was a day, a good day, where life in America was great.

Recollections of a Farm Woman for May 21st, 2008

The spring wild turkey hunting season is over, the big birds are safe from the two-legged hunters until fall.
Mother Nature tried her darndest to help them all she could. She made the weather on several occasions as miserable as she could. She ruined it in my neck of the woods for the youth season. I had three great nephews who were rearing to go, but she talked them out of it.
My house cat "Popcorn" was waiting on baited breath for the smell and taste of the wild turkey scraps. Two years ago, when the nephews’ father was here, he bagged his first turkey, he had it laying in the front yard, and was phoning friends and family. Popcorn was pacing back and forth in front of the door wanting out. I opened the door and it wasn’t long before I discovered what her anxiety was all about. She was stalking a big bird. We picked her up and took her over to where she could get a closer look, and then she couldn’t decide whether she wanted to tackle it or not. Popcorn wasn’t afraid of the scraps later on.
This farm has provided plenty of food for the birds since they were introduced in this area several years ago.
A friend was deer-hunting one fall near a field of soybeans. As he sat there waiting for a deer, it was near dusk, several turkeys strutted out from the underbrush and started down the row of beans. As he watched, they fanned out their wings and rattled out several of the soybeans and proceeded to have supper.
My turkey hunters have had several moments. I wish they could have been caught on video camera. My brother in law set out some decoys one fall and was making his calls, when up over the hill came a young tom turkey on the run. He thought there was a lay hen nearby. He took one look at the tom turkey decoy and made a hasty retreat. It seems he had tangled with one earlier in the day and he wanted no part of him.
This spring, my niece’s husband had his decoys out and was secluded in the brush nearby when a wily coyote appeared on the scene and and pounced on the decoy. It made a crackling noise when he hit it; it startled him so that he leaped in the air and made a hasty retreat. We shall see what adventures are in store for the hunters this fall.

Sheridan Christian Church News for May 21st, 2008

This will be a busy weekend again! A spaghetti supper at 5:00 p.m. at the old Schoolhouse followed by a talent show and silent auction will be held on Saturday night, May 24th. Donations will go to the Relay for Life Team of the church. Call Marcia Rush for the information or donations to the auction.
The annual Sheridan High School alumni reunion will be at 12:30 on Sunday at the old school gym. Bring covered dishes and your own table service. Coffee and tea will be provided. Everyone is invited.
We will have Memorial Day services at the Isadora Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Monday. Jeff Blaine will bring a short message. I’m not sure about other plans yet. Hope we have a good crowd.
We need several more families to sign up for pictures in the new church directory. Pictures will be taken from 2:00 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 28th. We need to have at least 35 families signed up. Call Jeff for info.
Sharon Hunt and Tyler Paxson’s wedding will be Saturday, June 7th at 4:00 p.m. at the church.
On Sunday, June 8th, we will have a picnic in the park after our second service to honor our graduates. The women will honor Sarah Hinz with a baby shower afterwards.
On Saturday, May 31st, there will be a fundraiser/Baked Potato Bar and pie/roll auction at 6:00 p.m. in the Northeast Nodaway High School gym. Donations will go to help send kids to NYR in Colorado again this year.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Obituary: Irene Thrasher 1924-2008

Irene Thrasher was born January 21st, 1926 five miles southwest of Stanberry, MO; the daughter of Ray and Trixie Law. Irene was united in marriage to Melville Carol "Bill" Thrasher of Denver on January 21st, 1948. To this union a son, Donald Lee Thrasher, was born 7 weeks prematurely on February 18th, 1960 at Missouri Methodist Hospital, St. Joseph, MO. He weighted 3 pounds, 3 ¼ ounces, and lived in an incubator until his death 3 weeks later. He had developed lung problems on March 4th and passed away March 9th, 1960. His gravesides services were held March 12th. A second child, Karen Rene’ Thrasher, was born at Gentry County Memorial Hospital, Albany, MO on March 10th, 1964. Irene took her Lord’s hand and went home on Thursday, May 15th, 2008. She was at Golden Living Center, Colonial Manor of Albany at the time, following a brief illness and diagnosis of cancer made May 5th, 2008.
Irene was baptized at an early age by Reverend Lockwood in the Denver Christian Church, where she maintained membership until her death. Irene attended the Denver and Brushy Creek Elementary Schools and graduated from Grant City High School in 1944. In June of that year, she took the county teacher exams, as she had always wanted to be a teacher. In July of the same year, the president of a school district of Lone Star, a near-by district, wrote and asked her to put in an application there. She started teaching that school in August with 24 students ranging from 1st graders thru 8th. She taught for 15 years. She got her BS degree in Elementary Education at NWMSU, Maryville. She then taught first grade in Grant City for 27 ¾ years. Throughout her 42+ year teaching career. She taught multiple generations of some families. She was very proud of her students and was able to share fond memories of numerous ones at any given time.
Preceding her in death were her parents Ray and Trixie; a brother, Raymond Law, Gladstone, MO; infant son Donald Lee; and husband Melville "Bill" Thrasher. Surviving are her daughter Karen and son-in-law David Fletchall of Grant City; three grandchildren -- the lights of her life -- Anthony, Kansas City and Sheena and Brianna, Grant City; sister Opal McCleary, Richardson, TX; brother J.W. Law and wife Phyllis, Skidmore; sister-in-law Doris (Law) Sanders, Gladstone; nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held at Andrews Funeral Home, Grant City, on Monday, May 19th, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Brother Bill Bracken officiated. Interment was in the Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Denver. Memorials may be given in her name to the Worth County Education Foundation at the Worth County School in Grant City.

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand words that blow.
I am a diamond glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in the morning hush;
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds circling flight.
I am the soft starlight at night.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.

House Happenings for May 21st, 2008

IT’S OVER!! The Second Regular Session of the 94th Missouri General Assembly ended at 6 pm on May 16, 2008. It’s finally over, it ended, but it ended without much of a bang. Personally, I think that’s actually a pretty good thing. Remember, the population of our State is fairly evenly split between the two major parties, each of which has philosophical differences about what’s good for you and me. Normally when we look at what happens legislatively, about half of us think it’s a good thing and about half of us think it’s a bad thing. The Republican Party has enjoyed a strong majority of members in both the Missouri House and Senate, as well as the Governor’s office, so it would have been possible to pass unlimited legislative policies. About half of us are thankful that didn’t happen.
I suspect that, during the next few weeks, you will hear a lot about several major accomplishments and I suspect you’ll also hear several criticisms. We did address several important issues; however, I believe that most of the accomplishments are fairly superficial. Time will tell, but I really don’t think you will experience many significant changes in what goes on with your family or in your area.
Governor Blunt’s surprising announcement, early in the session, set off quite a few political reactions and some of those reactions may have contributed to our relatively quiet session. Our Governor did maintain some priorities and at least a couple of them made it through, although perhaps not exactly in the form he would have preferred.
One of those was CCS HCS SS SCS SB 711, which addresses property taxation reform. All property values are routinely re-evaluated by respective county assessors. When they have a substantial increase in assessed valuation, then the appropriate government entities usually apply a reduction in levies against total valuation in order to limit the tax increase on individual homeowners or businesses. Some areas of the state have not been doing the second stage of that calculation, even though it was already law to do so, and many homeowners have been treated unfairly. This law will require tax rate rollbacks by all political subdivisions in assessment years. It also increases the income limits for homeowners who qualify for the senior citizen/disabled person property tax credit. Now limits will be raised from $25,000 (in 2007) to $30,000 (in 2008) with an additional income exemption of $4,000 for a spouse who previously had been allowed $2,000. There are several other components of the bill, some of which will place hardships on local county officials trying to meet new deadlines for calculating and providing notice of tax estimates to individual taxpayers. In addition, there will probably be surprises for many of us with some unintended consequences that may result from the new law. Again, time will tell.
I’m still trying to analyze what all was included in the last week of activity and I’ll try to discuss some of the major stuff in the next few articles. If you need to contact me, I can be reached at or 573-751-1649 or at the district office at 660-359-3988.

Capitol Report for May 21st, 2008

2008 Legislative Session Comes to a Close
The Second Regular Session of the 94th General Assembly came to an end when we adjourned last Friday night at 6:00pm. At the beginning of this legislative session, we knew we had several challenges before us, but we were committed to moving a legislative agenda that is good for Missouri and its citizens. Although the legislative process throughout the final week was relatively slow, by the time the final gavel fell we were successful in passing property tax reform, immigration reform, and legislation protecting our children.
One of the most significant measures we passed this session was a reforming of our property tax system in Missouri. I am happy to report that we passed property tax reform legislation that will require the rollback of property taxes in reassessment years, eliminate back door tax increases, increase transparency in tax liability, and expand property tax support to seniors and the disabled.
Next, we focused on the one of the problems Congress continues to ignore, illegal immigration reform. At the beginning we embarked on a course to craft a strong immigration policy that punished employers who knowingly hired illegal immigrants, that directed our law enforcement to detain illegal immigrants, and that prevented illegal immigrants from obtaining a drivers license or public benefits. By the time session came to a close, we passed legislation that will stop illegal immigrants from taking Missouri jobs, punish employers who knowingly hire them, and ensure that illegal immigrants will not receive public benefits paid for by hardworking Missouri families.
Finally, we passed legislation to protect children from sexual predators and online threats. These new protections seek to protect children who access the Internet while increasing penalties for repeat offenders and individuals who committed offenses in other states.
It has been an interesting year in the legislature and I am glad to be home with Stephanie and Addison. We have strived to use our tax dollars wisely, make government more efficient, and return common sense to the public policy process. I believe we have continued to move Missouri forward and are better prepared for the future because of our actions today. I look forward to continuing to fight for Missouri’s taxpayers as we strive to make Missouri a better place to work, live and raise a family.
As always, please feel free to call, email, or write with your ideas or concerns. The Capitol number is (573) 751-1415, my email is and my mailing address is Room 429, State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

Viruses Threaten Wheat

Viruses biggest wheat disease problem this year
Viruses biggest wheat disease problem so far this year; fungicides won’t work
COLUMBIA, Mo – Farmers growing wheat in Missouri should think twice before spraying fungicide on their fields. Most wheat problems this year are due to viruses, so fungicides would have no effect, said University of Missouri Extension specialists.
"This is a good year for viruses in wheat. In the central part of the state, viruses are a big problem," said Laura Sweets, MU Extension crop disease specialist. "Fungicides won’t have any impact on those."
"There’s no control for plants once they’re infected with a virus," said Simeon Wright, MU Extension plant pathologist and coordinator of the MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic, which tests crop samples to identify plant diseases and pests.
In recent weeks, several samples have tested positive for wheat streak mosaic, which is among the most damaging of the viral diseases.
"Yield loss is very challenging to predict. However, in some cases you can get up to a 50 percent yield loss," Wright said. "It can cause sterile heads and a less extensive root system."
Wheat streak mosaic is transmitted by the wheat curl mite when it feeds on plants. Symptoms include stunted growth and yellow streaking on the leaves.
Wright said volunteer wheat is a prime haven for curl mites and can be a main source of the virus. Volunteer wheat is rogue wheat spilled during the previous harvest. It often grows along field margins, so signs of wheat streak mosaic often show up first on field edges.
"The virus can spread very well on grassy weeds, but volunteer wheat is by far the biggest thing that allows the virus, and the mite that spreads it, to carry over from one year to the next," Wright said. "The mites can shelter in it over the winter and serve as a reservoir for the virus."
While there is no way to control wheat streak mosaic once plants are infected, farmers can manage their fields before planting wheat to reduce sources of the virus and mites. First, remove volunteer wheat and other plants that attract mites, such as weed grasses and other cereals. Second, choose wheat varieties with resistance to the mite or the virus.
"Some varieties have some resistance," Wright said. "There are usually ratings that tell you how resistant different seed varieties are."
Planting wheat later in the fall also helps because mite activity slows as temperatures cool, he said.
The best way to protect wheat plants is to scout fields for signs of damage, then send samples to the MU Plant Diagnostic Clinic for positive identification.
"It’s common to see plants with multiple viruses, or a viral infection with a fungal disease," Wright said. "You can also have wheat varieties with speckling on the leaves that’s unique to that variety and not caused by a disease."
Scab, a fungal disease that may soon be a risk, occurs when the weather is warm and wet. Farmers should not try to control scab with fungicides without a positive identification.
Plant samples sent to the clinic must be fresh. Decomposing tissue complicates testing and can give false readings, Wright said. Send samples directly to the clinic or through a local MU Extension office.
To mail directly, download a submission form from the Plant Diagnostic Clinic Web site. Put samples in a plastic bag with a dry paper towel, then place sample and form in a padded envelope or box. A general test costs $15. Virus testing is an additional $10. It may take up to a week to get virus test results.
Forms are available at and from local MU Extension offices.

Letter to the Editor -- Sam Graves' mudslinging

Letters to the editor are the opinions of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the owners or the editor of the Sheridan Express.

Dear God --- it’s started already!
Congressman Sam Graves has started the mud-slinging, and the November election is still over 5 months away. Last week he ran TV and radio advertisements in parts of the 6th congressional district criticizing his contender --- Kay Barnes.
It’s hard to believe that an incumbent would feel that he needs to enlist such nastiness this early in an election year. This negativity should be a clue to those of us, who are not 24/7 political fanatics, that he must be feeling pretty desperate already --- and maybe for good reason.
Why does Sam Graves have to start negative campaign advertising so soon? Why can’t he talk about "good things" that he’s accomplished during his time in office?
Well, maybe it’s because he really doesn’t have much positive to say about what he’s been doing in Washington the past 7 years.
David Raffel
Parkville, MO

Sheridan News for May 21st, 2008

Sunday was graduation day for some of our Sheridan seniors. Congratulations to each and every one of the graduation class of 2008 from Worth County. A party was held for Hillary Steinman and Lee Roy Goolsby at the Community Center.
On June 13 Faye {Dowis} Reynolds will celebrate her 90th birthday in Yuma, AZ. I did not get the zip code in the last time I mentioned it so I am going to put the whole address in for those of you who wish to send her a card. It is 13228 43rd, Yuma Arizona 85367.
Paul and Sally Beasley, Washington, Iowa visited with her Aunt Icle Young on Sunday. They also visited with Myrtle Risser and Iva Lee Johnson. Also they visited with Diana and Albert Baker, St. Joe
Over the weekend Myrtle Risser had a family get together with sister Etha Pearl Ray from the Grant City WCCC. Myrtle picked Etha up on Saturday a.m. and she stayed until Sunday p.m. Sunday sister Margaret Monday, Grant City, Kathleen and husband Frank Fletchall, Savannah, MO, John Nelson, Maryville, and Elbert Risser, Sheridan visited. Myrtle had a wonderful time with them as they don't get together very often.
Roy and Dale Rowe went to Red Oak, Iowa to visit with their sister Wilma Auten on Saturday.

Walk 1440 for May 21st, 2008

There is a sidewalk not far from my house with a root growing underneath it which causes the sidewalk to be uneven
The root is so big that if I’m not paying attention I can trip over that ripple in the sidewalk causing me to fall or stub my toe…either of which can cause a lot of pain
Have you considered that your life may be like sidewalk?
Is your life like a smooth, flat sidewalk which offers a peaceful & pleasant journey to whoever would be your companion?
Or is your life like a broken up, uneven sidewalk which only offers a painful & unpleasant trip or fall to whoever would be your companion?
See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. Hebrews 12:15 NIV
Just like a sidewalk, our lives can be complicated by a root…a root of bitterness
It has always amazed me that a root of a plant can grow underneath a sidewalk in such a way to eventually destroy that sidewalk…rendering the sidewalk useless
At one time that root was small, insignificant & not given much notice but given the proper nutrition all roots grow
In your conversations, do you find yourself willing to "cause trouble" in the lives of others?
In your conversations do you find yourself willing to "defile", tarnish, dirty, or stain the lives of others?
If you are willing to do these things to the people around you…could it be that a root of bitterness has grown into your life?
What causes bitterness in people towards other people?
"See to it that no one misses the grace of God…"
We all have experienced bitterness in our life due to the pain of our actions or others actions; bitterness due to our failures or where others have failed us…we have a choice to grow the bitterness of that moment or grow in the grace of God
If you choose to "feed" the hurt & pain you feel… a root of bitterness will naturally begin to crack the "sidewalk" of your life…your life will be marked by unevenness, the pain of "stubbed toes", & falls
How do we keep roots of bitterness from growing into our life that hurt our self & others?
Bitterness comes when we miss "the grace of God"…
Bitterness comes from a focus on ourselves trying to correct what we have done to our self or trying to correct others in what they have done to us
Not missing the grace of God means a focus on God & what God has done for us to take away the pain we’ve caused our self & the pain others have caused us
There are 1440 minutes in a day….WALK1440 focusing on God to understand grace

Summer Reading Program at Library Expands

The Worth County Partnership Library will be available for student use and open to the public mornings during summer school again this year. In addition school librarian Janice Borey will provide a weekly story time for each of the elementary classes during summer school. For the second year the Worth County Library received a grant through the Missouri State Library which provides the funds for these extra hours of service. Library Director Mary Seat wrote the grant to expand the Summer Reading Program to include the elementary students. This is the third year that the Missouri State Library has allocated some of the LSTA funds they receive for such grants. These grants provide additional funds to allow libraries to reach outside their walls and connect with youth and families that don’t normally participate in the summer reading program.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Devin Dignan Speaks at Baccalaureate

Devin Dignan talked about choices and responsibility in his Sunday morning talk at Baccalaureate. "When I graduated in 2004, you guys were still in eighth grade," he said. "We didn’t have a three-peat in track, the trip to Carnegie Hall, and the school didn’t have wireless computers or air conditioning," he said. "Things have changed a lot. Well, Mr. Healy tells everyone during announcements to make it a good rest of the day. So, some things don’t change, I guess."
Dignan said that they were six hours away from getting their diplomas, and that after that, they would be faced with a world of choices. "That diploma is worth more than a piece of paper," he said. "You’re an adult, and you’re determined by your ability to make choices. In the next 3-5 years, the decisions that you make will shape you for the rest of your lives."
Then, Dignan asked what would motivate people’s decisions -- the world, or God. "Are your choices going to draw you closer to God or push you away from him?" he asked. Dignan said that about a month ago, he was watching a D-II softball playoff game and one girl, who was mired in a 3 for 34 slump, crushed a pitch and hit it over the fence for the first home run of her four-year career. The shot broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning. But then, something horrible happened -- as she was rounding second, she tore a ligament in her knee and fell down, unable to complete her trip around the bases. The rules say that in order to score, a runner must circle the bases without being physically assisted by coaches or teammates, meaning that if she failed to touch third and home, she would be out and it would still be a 2-2 tie. But then, the opposing shortstop and the rest of the opposing team helped her around the bases so that she could score what turned out to be the winning run. "Nobody would say that what the shortstop did was the wrong thing," said Dignan.
Dignan went on to talk about David and the choices he was faced with. For instance, David could have simply dropped off the cheese and went home, but he chose not to. He twice could have killed Saul in cold blood, yet he chose not to. "How far will you go to accomplish your goals?" asked Dignan. "Will you compromise? Will you put false info on your resume? Can you be content with what God has in store for you?"
For instance, he said that people don’t always live up to their billing; for instance, David not only seduced Bathsheba, he tried to get Uriah to sleep with her to cover up the fact that she was pregnant. But after Uriah refused to sleep with her because of his bond with his fellow soldiers, David had him killed. As a result, his family was torn apart, Absalom revolted against him, and he was not allowed to build the temple. "It’s amazing how much a bad choice can do to people," said Dignan.
Dignan said that the Old Testament was dominated by the choices both God and man made. God chose to create the world. Man chose to eat the fruit. God chose to give man a second chance. God chose to reveal the law and deliver Jericho by means of the Israelites walking around in circles and blowing their trumpets. Jerusalem chose to fall rather than to turn back to God. Jesus chose to live among the poor and then die to redeem us. "Are we going to be accountable, or are we going to pull ourselves away from God?"

Friday, May 16, 2008

Stay with Corn in Spite of Rain Delays

Stay with corn in spite of rain delays

COLUMBIA, Mo. - "Stick with corn in spite of rain delays. I've said it before and I'll say it again," said Bill Wiebold, University of Missouri Extension agronomist.
Farmers considering switching to planting soybeans are urged to stay with their original plans.
"Even in the last USDA planting intentions report, there was not enough corn acreage to supply all of the demand," Wiebold said. "We will need all of the corn acres we can grow."
Wiebold admitted that rain-delayed plantings may yield lower than if corn had been planted in April. "What most people don't consider is that soybean yields start to decline with delayed plantings also."
The May 11 crop report of the Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service showed 34 percent of the corn was planted. That compares with 63 percent last year and 83 percent normally.
"I get some flak for recommending late-planted corn," Wiebold said. "But the original decision was probably a good one.
"I ask farmers to think back to their decision-making process last December when they were sitting at the kitchen table. That decision was made for good reason and it is a better decision than a hasty change of plans made under stress in May.
"Farmers wanting to buy soybean seed this late in the season will have difficulty finding quality seed. The best seed varieties were sold out early in the season."
Date-of-planting studies at the MU Bradford Farm in Columbia show that corn planted in mid-May may lose about 15 percent in yield compared with the earliest planting date.
The final corn yield depends on the weather in early July at the time the corn plants are trying to pollinate the kernels on the cob. Drought and hot weather at that time can reduce yields markedly.
"If cool weather with rain comes when corn pollinates, we could still have a bumper crop," Wiebold said. "The best thing a farmer could wish for is that all of the fireworks displays on the Fourth of July would be rained out."
A late shift from a corn crop to soybeans would probably throw away previously applied investments, Wiebold said. If nitrogen fertilizer has already been applied, that would mean throwing away $100 to $150 per acre.
A soybean crop, unlike corn, does not need nitrogen fertilizer. The soybean plant, a legume, collects nitrogen from the air. In addition, fall-applied herbicides to control weeds in cornfields this spring may prevent planting a soybean crop. The soybean is a broadleaf plant, similar to most weeds.
High prices still make corn a profitable investment, Wiebold said. "I'm not an economist, but a corn price near $6 a bushel on the futures market has to be considered. There are lots of reasons for sticking with corn plantings through the month of May."
MU Extension climatologist Pat Guinan says weather patterns in the third week of May suggest a shift away from the frequent rains of the past three months to a week without precipitation. Northern Missouri, where much of the state's corn is planted, will dry out sooner than the southern half of the state.
"With a week of dry weather, we can get most of the crop planted," Wiebold said.
Wayne Crooks, an MU Extension regional agronomist at Keytesville who works with farmers along the Missouri River, said, "When the weather dries, don't stand in front of a farmer. You will be run over."

Show-Me State of Mind for May 21st, 2008

A Representative Who Won't Ask for Exxon's Permission
A woman from Holt County recently shared her story with me. Each month, this retiree must drive to Kansas City to receive an eye treatment for a severe disorder that could cause her to lose her sight. And last month, she had to skip her appointment - because she could not afford to fill her gas tank for the drive.
This story was a clear reminder that Missourians need someone who will stand up to oil and gas companies in the midst of the current gas crisis. Unfortunately, Missouri's 6th District residents do not have such an ally in Washington.
Congressman Sam Graves recently took credit for providing Missourians "relief from high gas prices." He voted to suspend additions to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, despite a long record of doing just the opposite. In both 2004 and 2005, Graves voted against doing just this. I wish I could applaud Graves for voting in support of a Democratic sponsored bill that will help ease consumers' pain at the pump. But this change in position is clearly election-year politics in action.
Sam Graves is attempting to clean up a seven-year record of siding with Exxon and the big oil companies who bankroll his campaigns, rather than with consumers here in Missouri. In fact, Graves only votes for bills that Exxon and Big Oil approve of. That's the price of receiving more than $50,000 in campaign contributions from these companies: only 14 members of Congress received more support from Exxon than Graves since 2006.
When Graves had the opportunity just a few months ago to take some of the billions in tax breaks and giveaways from oil companies and redirect them to renewable energy projects here in Missouri, he voted the way Big Oil told him to, which was "No." So our Congressman again turned his back against cutting their giveaways and against supporting renewable energy.
We need a Representative who won't ask Exxon for permission before voting for good energy bills that will provide relief for everyday Missourians.
Kay Barnes is a candidate for U.S. representative for Missouri's 6th Congressional District

Countdown to $200 Oil (2)

Remember the Big Bad SUV? Remember the heady days when oil was going to drop to unbelievably cheap levels, and we were going to kick the tails of the Big Bad Terrorists? Back in 2002-2003, gas was cheap, at $1.50 per gallon. Back then, it was considered to be too expensive. But it did not affect the millions of Americans who decided to buy the SUV. Now, don’t get me wrong -- the SUV can be very practical and carry a lot of people; there are lots of practical reasons to get out and buy one. But back in those days, it was marketed as a status symbol -- you had to get one in order to be the dominant person in your community. For instance, these are actual slogans that were used to market the SUV:
"It only looks like this because it’s Badass."
"Excessive. In a Rome at the Height of its Powers sort of way."
"Perfect for Rugby Moms."
As we all know now, these dreams never materialized. Gas is almost $3.60 and rising. Now, a typical marketing slogan for an SUV says, "Any smaller, and it would be European." And then, they wonder why they are not selling any new cars.

National Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week

The week preceding Memorial Day (May 19–25, 2008) has been designated as National Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week.
The goal of this year’s recognition is to highlight the importance of healthy swimming behaviors in preventing recreational water illnesses (RWIs). State and local health departments across the country investigated more RWI outbreaks in 2007 than ever before. This upsurge is being driven by an increase in the number of RWI outbreaks caused by Cryptosporidium ("Crypto"), a chlorine resistant parasite, and is primarily associated with treated recreational water venues, such as pools and water parks. While seven RWI outbreaks caused by Crypto were identified in 2004, CDC already has received at least 18 preliminary reports on such outbreaks for 2007. This number is likely to rise as 2007 RWI outbreak numbers are finalized. Remember, even a well maintained pool can transmit Crypto. [Include information here on local activities or observances]
Awareness of recreational water illnesses (RWIs) and healthy swimming behaviors play an important role in stopping transmission of RWIs. Germs on and in swimmers’ bodies end up in the water and can make other people sick. Even healthy swimmers can get sick from RWIs, but the young, elderly, pregnant women and immunosuppressed persons are especially at risk. Specific actions you can take to promote healthy swimming include:
Do not swim when you have diarrhea.
Do not swallow pool water or get pool water in your mouth.
Shower before swimming (children too!).
Wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers.
Take children on bathroom breaks or change diapers often.
Change children’s diapers in a bathroom, not at poolside.
Recreational water venues are important sites for exercise and leisure. To make this summer a Healthy Swimming experience, General Health, Inc. and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge swimmers to continue to enjoy swimming, but only after adopting healthy swimming behaviors to reduce the risk of recreational water illnesses.
For more information about Recreational Water Illness Prevention Week and Healthy Swimming, visit
General Health Clinic welcomes most major insurances along with Medicare and Medicaid. Payments by cash, credit cards, and debit cards are accepted. The clinic is located at the junction of highways 148 and JJ in Hopkins, Missouri. Appointments can be made by calling 660-778-3209.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Barnes Promises Change at One Year Anniversary

Kay Barnes today marked the one year campaign anniversary of her entry into 6th Congressional District race by renewing her pledge to bring change to a Washington that is broken. Last year on May 14 Kay Barnes, standing with her family in front of her mother's home in St. Joseph, announced her candidacy for the seat now held by four-term incumbent Republican Sam Graves.
"On that day a year ago, I asked voters if they believed they and their families were better off than they were in January 2001 when Sam Graves and President Bush were sworn into office. I knew then that the answer was no. What I could not anticipate that day was how much worse things would get - an economy now in crisis, skyrocketing gasoline prices, home foreclosures on a steep rise, health care costs continuing to escalate, and a war with no end in sight. More than ever, Missourians need a representative who will stand with them, and not with the special interests who are benefiting from their hard times," Barnes said in her remarks this evening to supporters assembled at Finnegan's restaurant in Clay County.
With six months still remaining until the November election, Barnes has already made more than 100 visits to communities throughout the 26 counties of the District. Barnes has the support of more than 4,300 individual contributors, and thousands more who have signed up to work in their local communities to build a substantial grassroots organization.
Barnes concluded, "If voters want a change in the direction of our country, they must send new leaders to Washington - leaders who will work across party lines, as I have done in my years of public service, to seek real solutions to the real problems facing our nation. Sam Graves cannot be trusted to fix the very problems he helped create in the last 8 years."

Relay for Life Fundraiser in Sheridan May 31st

Relay For Life will be hosting a Fireman's Ball fundraiser on Saturday, May 31 at the Sheridan School Building. There will be a $10 cover charge at the door. Between 7 pm and 9 pm is a fish fry, from 9 p.m.-Midnight will be a dance and breakfast is available from 11 pm to when the cooks say done. This is a BYOB event, however non-alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase. No under-age 21 drinking will be strictly enforced. The food events are free-will donations.

Corn Growers Protest Steelman's Actions against Cooperative Ethanol Plants

"In her zeal for political gain, state treasurer and gubernatorial candidate Sarah Steelman crossed the line when she resorted to insults, calling Missouri senators "cowards" after they voted to overturn an unreasonable conflict of interest policy. Her policy to punish thousands of farm families who invested hard-earned dollars to build Missouri's ethanol industry is an inexcusable act of political grandstanding.
"The state's BIG Missouri Program was designed to allow low-interest loans to Missouri-based companies to help them compete in today's tough business climate. Missouri senators recognized the state treasurer went beyond legislative intent by implementing an unreasonable conflict of interest policy that defies explanation. Under Steelman's guise of keeping "elected officials" and their families out of the BIG Missouri Program, hundreds of Missouri citizens were denied access. The treasurer, however, fails to consider three glaring issues.
"First, our state senators and representatives work part-time. Most have paying jobs outside of their legislative duties, and yes, a shrinking number are farmers. To not allow farmer legislators to participate in these types of programs parallels not allowing doctor legislators to see Medicaid patients, not allowing lawyer legislators to practice in the legal system, or not allowing banker legislators to engage in financial matters. With citizen legislators, it is unrealistic to expect a zero percent conflict of interest on any measure passed by the General Assembly. To single out agriculture is unjust. Why disallow every other investor in a cooperatively owned project when the investment by elected officials is minimal (less than 2 percent)?
"Second, agriculture is a capital intensive business and investing in a biofuels plant can be risky business. When neighbors join together to compete against the wealthiest industry in the history of the world (the oil industry), the knowledge that local leaders are willing to take the risk by investing in a biofuels facility provides reassurance to other investors. Without the leadership shown by elected officials on both sides of the political aisle, these ethanol plants (which can cost from $100-200 million) would not have been built. Instead of vilifying state leaders, we should thank them for joining in the effort to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and investing in Missouri rather than sending our jobs, tax revenues and economic development overseas.
"Finally, why would the state treasurer not allow biofuels cooperatives that include elected officials to participate in the BIG Missouri program, yet encourage legislators to utilize the Missouri Saving for Tuition or MOST 529 College Savings Plan? Isn't that having different rules for programs established with state dollars she is elected to protect?
"In the name of responsible government, Missouri legislators are establishing guidelines through the formal state lawmaking process rather than utilizing an inner office memorandum as a backdoor approach to limiting program eligibility. It is a travesty to see our state's farmer entrepreneurs penalized due to politics. I applaud Missouri's senators for standing up for the citizens willing to take personal risk to drive economic growth and domestic energy development."

Setting in a Mousetrap, Pondering my Fate for May 21st, 2008

Soon to be over
This has to be one of the most interesting political seasons in my lifetime. More like a three ring circus. First it is the first time since 1952 an incumbent president or vice-president has not been one of the choices.
But now it seems as if there are skeletons in every closet. Obama is in trouble because of his former relationship to Rev. Wright. McCain is in trouble because of his association with President Bush and Hillary is in trouble because of her relationship with Bill. Right wing talk show host Glenn Beck even made light of McCain, 5-14-08. At least that is what the news is saying.
The senate on Tuesday, 5-13-08 voted 97-1 to stop filling the national emergency surplus, 70,000 gallons a day in hopes of lowing the price at the pump. The president is against it, but senators in the Republican Party; fearing the administration will hurt their chances for reelection in November, are trying to distance themselves from Bush. But if you like what we have, by all means vote for John McCain. As luck would have it, Congressman Graves draws closer to the president with each passing second.
Hillary is going to fight it out till the end. She reminds me of Robert Taylor, the last surviving American fighting the Japanese in the movie Bataan. In doing so Hillary will divide the Democratic Party. Her attitude is giving me all the more the sensation that I have done the correct thing in ending my former support for her. There is no doubt however Hillary Clinton will show up at the capitol, on inauguration day expecting to be sworn in. Many think that she and Obama need to be a ticket together. Hillary ran one administration as the first lady, now she could do it as vice-president. What Americans face in such a situation is a lot more difficulty than we can imagine. Hillary is not going to be put in a place of obscurity as being the Vice-President of the United States. If you don’t like Obama the best thing to do is make Hillary his vice-president.
Obama is faced with the problem of his name. Many think it is a bad sign that his middle name is Hussein. I knew a man who in 1994, when Dodge introduced their new line of trucks say, "I love the looks of the Dodge truck, but I won’t buy one because it is a Dodge." What he was really saying, if they put a Chevrolet emblem on it, there would be a sale. Does Obama have something to prove to the American people? Without a doubt yes. He has to prove that a black man has the brains to be president and the wisdom not to cause to much trouble. During the civil war the black man, until 1863 was disqualified from serving in the Union Army, simply because he was black. I want to say something more about this. I grew up in Chicago in the late 50’s and early 60’s.
The star for the Chicago Cubs was Ernie Banks. I never thought of Ernie Banks being black or white. I only thought of him as being great baseball player. Ernie is also a great person. Racism is not something you are born with, it is something taught to you. As a teenager I learned every race related derogatory term there is for blacks and others, being many. I believe that Barack Hussein Obama is just as good of a red, white and blue American as anyone. Not voting for a man because of his middle name makes about as much sense to me, as my getting rid of a friend in Minnesota because his name was Adolf. It is silly what we can use as a guide to like or not like of someone.
My feelings today are not who to vote for in November. My feelings are to vote or not to vote. I will go to the polls and vote for Kay Barnes for Congress, that is a given. Like I said, it is very interesting, and the future of America faces a crossroads. Go straight ahead and turn the corner. We need to get off of this road, we can’t afford the gas to drive on it and I wish Mr. Bush would have to go back to Texas by car at his own expense.

Proper Lawn Care Now can Stop Turfgrass Diseases Before it's Too Late.

Proper lawn care now can stop turfgrass diseases before it's too late
BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. - Adequate soil moisture and warmer weather are making lawns grow a little faster than most people probably would like them to right now. "Just because lawns are doing well now does not mean the grass will continue to be healthy," cautioned a University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist.
As the season progresses, turfgrass diseases will begin to appear. "Homeowners often neglect to manage these diseases until they become visible and then try to make a rapid diagnosis and apply a fungicide," said Travis Harper. "In some instances it may be too late. Maintaining a healthy, disease-free lawn should begin right now."
The first step in maintaining a healthy lawn is proper soil fertilization. Soils with low nitrogen levels increase the susceptibility of turfgrass to diseases such as dollar spot and red thread. On the other hand, too much nitrogen makes cool-season grasses more vulnerable to leaf spot, Rhizoctonia brown patch and Pythium blight. Low pH is often associated with diseases such as brown patch as well.
Low potassium levels in the soil reduce turfgrass tolerance to high temperatures and drought stress, which can increase the potential for diseases such as summer patch.
How do you know for sure whether your pH and nutrient levels are too high or too low? Have your soil tested at your local MU Extension center.
Mowing height and frequency also affect the likelihood of turfgrass diseases. Optimal cutting heights for cool-season grasses range from 2.5 to 4 inches, depending on the grass species. Warm-season grasses can range between 1 and 2 inches. Cutting grass lower than these recommended ranges increases the likelihood of disease.
To determine how often to cut, use the "one-third rule" of mowing: Remove no more than one-third of the leaf growth during a single mowing. "Mowing creates wounds on the grass blades through which fungi can enter," said Harper. "Make sure to keep your mower blades sharp. Leaf cuts made by a sharp mower blade are cleaner and heal faster than the tearing and shredding caused by a dull mower blade."
Overwatered lawns are more likely to develop turfgrass diseases. Water lawns only when they show signs of needing water. Allow cool-season grasses to have periods of drying (near wilting) to disrupt the growth cycle of fungi favored by excess water. Lawns should be watered only in the early-morning hours. Lawns watered in the evening remain wet throughout the night, which encourages the development of diseases.
Even if all of these techniques are followed, development of turfgrass diseases may be unavoidable. "This does not necessarily mean that a fungicide needs to be applied," said Harper. "Grasses can naturally recover from some diseases when environmental conditions favor growth of the turfgrass." In some situations, however, it may be necessary to use a fungicide to suppress diseases until favorable environmental conditions return.
The regular use of these cultural practices, along with the occasional use of fungicides, will help your lawn stay healthy all year long.

Monday, May 12, 2008

County Commission Meeting for May 14th, 2008

Leslie Riney, Family Service Director for Worth and Nodaway County came to the Commission to discuss emergency sheltering and Red Cross shelter supplies. After discussion it was concluded that Worth County does want to have an emergency shelter supplies on hand in the event of an emergency. Pat Kobbe, Emergency Management Director will look at a stocked trailer in either Nodaway or Gentry county and then will give a recommendation to the Commission. The project will be done at no cost to the county. The goal for the Red Cross is for the county to get by for 48-72 hours until they can get to a disaster; then, the Red Cross would be able to supply relief.
The county currently has two trailers; one is the command center in the event of a disaster; the other can be taken anywhere in the county as needed to supply food and bed cots. In addition, the county has shelter agreements with buildings across the county in the event of an emergency. Riney’s visit came as the result of an executive order from Governor Matt Blunt directing them to supply trailers and supplies to counties. In return, the county would lend trailers to neighboring counties in the event of an emergency there. In addition, Emergency Management Director Pat Kobbe said that as soon as she got a check from FEMA that she would have disaster simulations.
Jim Fletchall said that he would make room for the trailers at the county barn and put some gravel where it would be; he will also tear down an unneeded shed as well. The trailers can be hooked up to the generators that the county got as the result of the ice storm. The county can easily obtain extra cots, as all area National Guard and Air Guard units have them.
Charity Austin, Worth County Economic Developer came to the Commissioners to discuss interest in a consolidated fire, ambulance and possibly sheriff's building. The Grant City Fire Department does not have the money by themselves to match a grant for a new fire building, so they are seeking to join with other local entities for a combined project. Presiding Commissioner Bill Mozingo said that he was concerned with finances that such a center would involve, expressing concern about staffing. It would be imperative especially if the proposed center were to have a jail. "I was here when the county had no money," he said. "It’s wonderful if we can pay for it, but the question is, can we pay for it?" Mozingo added that it would not be a good idea to move the sheriff just for the sake of doing so.
West Commissioner Lorace Waldeier said that an advantage would be that it would improve communication, especially in conjunction with the Enhanced 911 service that voters approved. But he added that it would greatly increase the liability for the county as well. Commissioners agreed to come to the table to discuss ideas and work these problems out.
There was more discussion about the deteriorating road conditions and rising gas prices. While the ground may be different in different parts of the country, "there is not a lot of difference between Grant City and Redding," said Waldeier. "And yet, their county roads are in better shape than our state roads," added Mozingo. East Commissioner Bill Calhoon said that the repeated freezing and thawing was especially bad on the gravel and dirt roads. On a related note, Mozingo said that the county did not have the authority to investigate price-gouging, saying that was a matter for the Attorney General’s office. He said that they did not have any more access to their office than anyone else.
Fletchall reported that recent rains were slowing grader and bridge work and that crews were working on repairing equipment. He said that it was too muddy to deliver tubes in some places. In addition, a 6’x60’ tube on County Road #87 near Larry Scott’s needs replaced; Fletchall will order a new tube.
The county will have electrician Earl Drake wire the Courthouse so that it can be powered by the generator in the event of an extended outage.
Mozingo spoke on the phone with Engineer Roger Versules about the Courthouse Restoration Project during the meeting; Versules reported that he had gotten five bids on the roofing; ten days after the acceptance of the bids, work will start on the roof.
Charity Austin said that she would look into solid waste grants for the county for either a skid loader or a wood chipper. The county did not get the grant they applied for, as there was not enough money; many other entities in the area were turned down for grants as well. The City of Grant City had a similar problem as they were turned down for a grant for recycled rubber for the Pool Park. Mozingo said that this time, he wanted to see if there were limits to how much the county could ask for; Austin said she would look into them. The county would have to buy it new; Austin explained that the reason was that the government wanted to protect its investment; the county must pay prevailing wages and hire an engineer for the Courthouse Restoration Project for similar reasons.

Sheridan Christian Church News for May 14th, 2008

This Sunday, Devan Dignan will be speaking at the Worth County School Baccalaureate at 10:00 a.m. Graduation will be at 2 p.m.
May 24th the church Relay for Life team will have a spaghetti supper at the old schoolhouse starting at 5:00 p.m. along with a silent auction. At 6:30 the talent show will start. It sounds like a fun evening. Donations for the auction are welcome.
May 25th is the Annual Alumni Dinner at the old Sheridan Schoolhouse at 12:30. Bring covered dishes and your own table service. Huey’s class of 1958 is being honored for graduating 50 years ago. There are several who don’t live far away, so I hope they will have a good turnout for his class.
On Memorial Day, May 26th, we will be having services at the Isadora Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Hope the weather warms up and more folks can get out and come to the services.
On Wednesday, May 28th, Olan Mills will be taking family pictures for our new church directory. Sign-up sheets are on a table in the Fellowship Hall to sign up for times between 2:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
On Sunday, June 8th, the church will have a picnic in the park honoring our graduates around noon. Meat will be furnished. Families need to bring covered dishes. The ladies will get together afterwards to have a baby shower for Sarah Hinz and her baby which will soon be born.

Birth Announcement -- Samantha Prugh Dunfee

Mr. and Mrs. Neal Dunfee of Lyon, CO are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Samantha Prugh Dunfee on April 25th, 2008. Samantha weighted 6 lbs 13 oz and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Jackson of Houston, TX, Sammy King of Palm Springs, CA, and Betty and the late Bill Dunfee of Grant City.

A Moment with Mike for May 14th, 2008

Last week I discussed the economic outlook for Missouri and the optimistic forecast compared to many states that are struggling to make ends meet and find themselves raising taxes or cutting programs. We have a constitutional responsibility, and I believe, an ethical one, to balance our budget every year and spend within our means. So, while our budget for the next fiscal year comes in at 22.4 billion dollars, there has been considerable effort to make sure our dollars are spent wisely.
The General Assembly will allocate this money to the many programs and initiatives without any raise in taxes and in fact, we have cut taxes for many Missourians, including seniors. I have been asked how we continue to take in surplus revenues without a single tax increase. The answer is that we have helped promote a thriving economic climate, and have in turn actually taken in increased revenue from businesses. We have offered incentives and implemented tort reform and other pro-growth legislation to allow our business community to keep our economy strong.
Arguably, the most essential service we provide is education. As it is every year, one of the top priorities in our state budget is to ensure our young people have exceptional educational opportunities. The FY2009 budget will allocate more than $5.3 billion in funding for elementary and secondary education. This is the fourth year in a row we have increased funding for education. A key item contained in that increase is an additional $121 million for our Foundation Formula that allocates funding to our public schools and another $30 million increase designated to specific programs such as Early Childhood Special Education, A+ Schools, Education for the severely disabled, Missouri Virtual Schools and the Small Schools Program that is so important for us in Northwest Missouri.
The FY2009 budget will also reflect a commitment to enhanced funding for Higher Education. The budget for the first time includes more than $1 billion in state funds for higher education including a $43 million increase to Missouri’s public two and four year institutions. We also allocated an additional $23.8 million for the Access Missouri Financial Assistance Program, bringing total funding to $95.8 million, allowing even more middle-class families to have access to affordable higher education.
We also continue to work to provide health services for Missourians. Our budget contains $5.8 billion in total funding for Mo HealthNet, which reflects $420.4 million in new funding. This includes $4.8 million to expand health care coverage for children through the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and $13 million to provide access to health care coverage for low-income women.
Of the many items that could be discussed in the budget, these, along with Transportation make up a large portion of the total amount. I am pleased that we have been able to create a responsible budget that provides for current programs while also ensuring we will have a safety net for the future.
If you have questions, you may reach me at my Capitol number 573-751-9465, at the local district number, 660-582-4014, by email at or by mail at Room 406A State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO 65101.