Monday, October 31, 2011
I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend making sure that things were just perfect in case someone came over to visit. One day I realized that no one came over; they were all having fun.
Now, when people do visit, I don't have to explain the "condition" of my home. They are more interested in hearing about the things I have been doing while I was away living and having fun. If you haven't figured it out yet, please consider my advice. Life is short, so please try to enjoy the blessings God has given us.
Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better to paint a picture or write a letter? Perhaps bake cookies or a cake, and plant a good seed for God. Ponder the difference between want and need.
Dust if you must, but there's not much time, with river to swim or mountains to climb, music to hear, and books to read, friends to cherish, and a life for God to lead.
Dust if you must, but the world's out there with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair, a flutter of snow, or a shower of rain. This day will not come around again.
Dust if you must, but bear in mind, old age will come and it's not kind. When you go, and go you must, will the Lord have you spending time in heaven chasing dust?
It is not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.
--Submitted by Glenda Wyer
Sustaining serious injuries were Jordan Breeding, 19, of Hopkins and Samantha Weed, 18, of Bedford. Breeding was life-flighted to Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. Weed was taken to St. Francis Hospital and then life flighted to Omaha. Kaley Folkerts, 19, of Bedford and Scott Woods, 22, of Hopkins received minor injuries. Folkerts was transported to the St. Francis Hospital while Woods refused treatment at the scene.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Worth County FFA members recently attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN from October 18-21. Members attending included Austin Carlson, Chase Thummel, Jared Simmons, Shannon White, Caleb Mace, Grant Parman, Jennifer Runde, and Sydney Thummel. Local FFA members traveled with FFA members from other schools, including Stanberry, Lathrop, North Harrison, and Princeton. During this event, students were able to partake in educational tours, as well as leadership development and FFA business meetings. Tour sites included the Cameron Caves, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Hunter’s Honey Farm. In addition to convention sessions and the FFA career show, students attended activities sponsored by the National FFA Organization, including a hypnotist show and Blake Shelton concert. This activity provided an excellent opportunity for local FFA members to develop leadership skills and gain insight into the future of the agriculture industry and agriculture education in general. The purpose of the National FFA Organization is to develop premier leadership, personal growth, and career success for students through agriculture education.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Report of lost billfold.
Followup on vandalism in Denver at Methodist Church and Post Office.
Report of cattle out on Missouri 46 west of Hatfield; Harrison County advised.
Cattle out on Route M west of Denver; officer dispatched.
Cattle out north of Denver; officer dispatched.
Cattle out on Route B north of Oxford; officer dispatched.
Report of animal neglect; officer checks location.
Report of runaway child.
Report of stolen big screen TV.
Highway Patrol in with an arrest warrant to process.
Officer checks suspicious vehicle report south of Sheridan.
Individual in the office with questions about obtaining an ex-parte order.
To report a problem, contact the secure phone line at (660) 564-2222. For emergencies, dial 911.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
"Raising the guaranteed loan limit will allow FSA to better meet the financial needs of producers across the state," said Meissen.
Another change will affect the one-time loan guarantee fee charged on all FSA loans obligated after October 1st, 2011. The one-time loan guarantee fee will increase from 1.0% to 1.5% of the guaranteed portion of the loan.
FSA guaranteed loans allow lenders to provide agricultural credit to farmers who do not meet the lender's normal underwriting criteria. Farmers and ranchers apply for a guaranteed loan through a commercial lender and the lender arranges for the guarantee. FSA can guarantee up to 95% of the loss of principal and interest on a loan. Guaranteed loans can be used for both farm ownership and operating purposes.
Producers who are unable to obtain financing through a commercial lender, including a guaranteed loan, could be eligible for a FSA Direct Loan. These loans are made by FSA with government funds and the limit is $300,000 (except for Emergency Loans which have a limit of $500,000). The maximum combined guaranteed and direct farm loan indebtedness is now $1,514,000.
For more information on FSA's farm loan programs, please contact Charles Meissen at the Harrison County USDA Service Center at (660) 425-7635.
Monday, October 17, 2011
It will be the policy of the county that all programs and activities be accessible and usable by qualified persons with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 and the ADA. The county will conduct a self-evaluation with the assistance of a citizen review committee and make necessary modifications in order to comply. Where building modifications are required, the county will take these requirements into account.
The resolution creates a grievance procedure for complaints of discrimination under the ADA; all persons who believe that they have been discriminated against will have the right to file a written complaint. The claimant shall deliver to the clerk's office a written complaint stating the name and identification, the department name and location, a description of the incidents involved, the nature of the claimant's disability, and other necessary information. The County Clerk will investigate the factual basis for the grievance and hold a meeting with the claimant; within 10 days, the Clerk will notify the claimant of their decision and what corrective action will be taken by the county.
If the claimant is not satisfied by the decision, they may appeal to the County Commission within 45 days of the date of the meeting with the clerk whether notification from the clerk is received or not. The hearing will be conducted in an informal manner and commissioners will make every effort to avoid the appearance of conducting a trial in a court of law. The appeal will be in writing and shall state why the claimant believes the County Clerk's decision was incorrect.
No later than 10 working days after the written appeal, the clerk shall fix a time and place for convening a hearing before the commission. Following the hearing, the commission will rule within 48 hours and provide their written findings and recommendations to the claimant. Failure to attend by the claimant or to notify the commission of their inability to attend will constitute just cause of dismissal of the complaint. The purpose of this process is not to award monetary damages, but to correct a situation that is occurring within a county building.
The resolution also adopts a statement of nondiscrimination regarding hiring, promotion, disciplining, or removal of any county employee on the basis of handicapped status.
A complete copy of this resolution can be obtained at the Worth County Clerk's office.
In other action, the commissioners stated the county policy towards gated roads. Such roads are dealt with on a case by case basis, but will not be maintained if they are gated off.
With the colder weather, the county is getting ready for winter. There are no more heaters that are running on 110 power; they are all running on 220. The county, however, is wired for 110 current.
The commission recently was left with the problem of how to house Community Services and the Economic Development office. The Economic Developer's office is moving out of the basement of City Hall because the city says it needs the area for storage. Community Services is moving due to massive budget cuts at the federal level. Community Services will move to the Grant City Methodist Church while the Economic Developer is moving in with the Extension Office in the basement of the Courthouse. Outgoing director Charity Austin said that she will begin moving stuff this week. The Worth County Progress Organization is still taking applications for the Economic Developer's position and will try and fill the position at their November meeting.
Treasurer Linda Brown reported that the county had made a $25,000 transfer from the CART fund to cover the Special Rock Fund. The Patron gravel is mostly hauled for this year. The county might still haul some bypass rock for Route C. The 100% match for county roads that bypass the Route C construction between Denver and Allendale is still in effect. Route PP is now open while construction for Route T north of Allendale has been postponed until next year.
Lenny Roush reported that the county has around 160 pounds of ice melt and two bags of liquid melt left, which he said would last through the first severe snowstorm. He will look at prices for more.
Commissioners spent much of the day looking at the Rinehart road as well as other roads that are being targeted by the new Brush Ordinance.
It was reported that Grand River had run a fiber optic cable over a county tube, which Commissioner Dennis Gabbert said the county had not been notified of. The county is in the process of drafting a letter to GRM.
The commission renewed their dues with the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments.
It was reported that the rural population for the county was down to 944 people based on 2010 census data.
Road & Bridge Foreman Jim Fletchall reported rock had been placed on #116. In going back over the old maps, County Clerk Roberta Owens reported that the numbering had been done sometime between 1903 and 1925. A map of the county did not show the roads numbered; however, a 1925 map showed the roads numbered much as they are today.
Regarding brush enforcement, Fletchall said that there were a lot of roads that had a dent made in them, but that there was still too much overhanging brush on a lot of them. He said he feared that the county would have to repeat the brush process all over again if the landowners did not cut it enough. He said that while present efforts had helped, it was not a cure and it was not what was called for under the brush policy. The county is getting more and more specific in its brush letters explaining what needed to be cut. Commissioners were touring roads Monday to see how well landowners with brush letters had followed up and removed brush from the roads.
Fuel storage came up as an issue again. Fletchall said that quotes he got regarding state-mandated containment ranged from $1,000 to $2,500. Shipping costs from a supplier out of the area would more than offset any price savings. The county will try and negotiate a better price to meet their containment needs.
Fletchall also said that a tube by Gordie Sorenson's was still a recurring problem. He said that he would be looking for buckets at auctions that would fit the present county vehicles. A 14 foot bridge near Oxford near Dennis Gabbert's was not holding up very well and it needs beams and more.
The commission said that they were still onboard with the city in pursuing a recycling program for the county. Previously, the county was unable to implement one because they could not find anyone willing to haul; however, there is a lot more money in the industry now and there are at least two businesses in Maryville that are willing to haul for recycling. King City has such a program and they have open container hours; people leave their trash and someone is there to sort it and put it in the bins. When the bins are full the hauler comes and leaves another one in its place. There would be no cost to the county if they were to get the grant; if they don't, the county said they would need to look over their situation first before proceeding.
Location would be a problem as Fletchall said that the county was still dealing with space issues at the county barn and the city's is not fenced off.
Austin reported that she was also pursing a program which would raise Deputy Tony Steele's salary to at least $28,000. It would not cost the county any more money; the goal of the program is to raise the salary level of the deputy to over $28,000 without any extra local costs. It would be renewable annually; Austin said she was not sure if there was a sunset clause like there is with the COPS grant.
Before the game, the officials donated a portion of their paycheck to the Grant City Lions Club. Bill Calhoon of the Lions Club was present to accept the check on behalf of the club in a ceremony before the game.
South Nodaway could not get untracked on their first series as Lane Craven and Dalton Welch were there to drop Tom Fletchall for a loss of two. Jordan Harding and Dallas Greenland stopped Jake Amos for no gain on their next play and then an incomplete pass forced them to punt. The short kick gave Worth County a short field to work with at the Longhorn 30 and they took advantage. The game was a test of Worth County's speed against South Nodaway's size as the Longhorns are the biggest team that the Tigers have to face with 6'9" Zach Hilsabeck back to anchor the South Nodaway line. But the Longhorns had nobody who could match up with Eli Mullock's speed, which meant that he was usually gone if he got into the secondary.
Eli took a 28-yard hook and ladder play down to the 2. Bryce Ross rolled out and found nobody open and was sacked, and Eli only got one on the next play. But then the Tigers warmed up and Wyatt Rush sprung Eli for five yards for a touchdown to make it 6-0 with 9:11 left.
South Nodaway got a good return to their own 31, but then Lane Craven, Dallas Greenland, and Dalton Welch dropped Jake Amos for a loss of six back to the 25. A quarterback keeper only got two back and then a botched screen pass was fumbled and South Nodaway was forced to punt. Eli Mullock returned the ensuing punt for the score as he outran the first two defenders and bounced to the outside and ran past everyone else to make it 12-0 with 7:04 left in the first quarter.
South Nodaway finally got untracked on their next drive as they showed that they were one of the best teams at carrying out fakes that the Tigers have seen this year. Worth County bit several times on the fake handoffs and didn't seem to know who had the ball sometimes, which resulted in some good gains. But they would always stiffen up and stop the Longhorns when it mattered. Tom Fletchall did all he could to help his team, bouncing outside to convert fourth and two at the Tiger 35 and then converting third and 6 at the Tiger 33 with a 14-yard scramble to the 19. The Longhorns got all the way down to the 12 aided by an offsides penalty, but then Kevin Stoll forced a quarterback hurry as Fletchall threw the ball away on third down and then Wyatt Rush dropped Fletchall for a loss on fourth down as the Tigers took over on downs.
The long field only made things more interesting for the Tigers as Eli Mullock donned his Batman cap and the action looked more like a playground game instead of a football game on the next play. Eli took a jet sweep down the right side and got a crackback block from Jordan Harding. He met two defenders at the line of scrimmage and juked them. Then, he got a block from Logan Ridge, who had hustled clear over to the sideline to get his man and cut back towards the middle of the field to score. Eli got a block from Logan Ridge and cut back to make it 20-0.
South Nodaway gambled and it backfired on them, resulting in Worth County's next score. Lane Craven dropped Fletchall for a loss of four, but South Nodaway nearly rescued the situation as a Fletchall to Cody Burden flat pass set up fourth and one at the 27. But South Nodaway elected to go for it and Cody Burden was stopped inches short and the Tigers had a short field to work with. A hard count by Bryce Ross drew South Nodaway offsides, and then Eli picked up two to the 20. Dallas shot up the middle for 13 down to the seven as Wyatt Rush's block sprung him free. Eli then shot up the middle to make it 26-0 with 10:42 left in the first half.
The snapping woes that plagued West Nodaway last week hurt the Longhorns this week; with South Nodaway on their own 27, Fletchall was nowhere to be found and the center snapped the ball, which rolled clear to the 11. Kevin Stoll outhustled everyone to the ball and recovered it for the Tigers, who had another short field to work with. Three plays later, Eli Mullock was in behind a Dallas Greenland block. Worth County used some trickery for the extra points as they faked an extra point try and then scooped the ball high in the air to Eli, who ran in the extra points to make it 34-0.
South Nodaway returned it to the 37, but then got nowhere on the next series and gave the ball up on downs. Tyler Schmitz and Dallas Greenland led a host of Tigers to drop Amos. Burden picked up four more, but then Dallas Greenland blitzed and dropped Amos for a loss of two to set up fourth and seven. South Nodaway gave up the ball on downs thanks to a dropped screen pass and then Worth County only needed one play to get in. The Tigers carried out a perfect play action fake and everyone bit on the fake to Eli, leaving Aaron Patton wide open for a pass from Bryce as The General got behind the defense and took it to the house. Jordan Harding caught a short pass and broke the plane for the extra points to make it 42-0 with 6:29 left.
The Longhorns picked up a first down on their next series as Burden picked up seven, but then a botched handoff killed that drive and then Jordan Harding blew up a jailbreak screen as the Longhorns were forced to punt. They got off a good kick to the Tiger 12, but then Eli Mullock got a block from Wyatt Rush and bounced outside for a 58-yard score with 3:25 left to make it 50-0.
South Nodaway drove down the field and scored against the JV with 1:16 left to make it 50-6, but then Worth County put back in their first string and only needed two plays to put the nail on the coffin. Eli picked up five yards on his first play and then donned his Batman cape for his 6th score of the evening as he swept down the left side of the field after getting a block from Dallas Greenland on the much taller 6'9" Hilsabeck. Cody Burden got a perfect angle to stop Eli, but then Eli reversed back to the middle of the field as Burden got turned backwards by Eli's juke and the Tigers went back up 56-6 in time for the mercy rule.
10-11 -- Received report of person driving off and not paying for gas at a local business.
10-11 --Worth County Sheriff's Department (WCSD) helps with traffic for fire department giving rides to kids.
10-12 -- Gentry County 911 calls about accident.
10-12 -- Person in to report hitting deer on Route Y.
10-12 -- Person in to apply for concealed carry permit.
10-13 -- WCSD investigates report of car in ditch north of Allendale.
10-13 -- WCSD serves papers on local resident.
10-13 -- Person in to report car may have been keyed.
10-14 -- WCSD investigates a possible domestic issue at local apartments.
10-14 -- WCSD investigates a possible car break-in.
10-14 -- WCSD helps with lift assist on ambulance call.
10-14 -- Denver resident reports theft of chain saw.
10-15 -- Report of cows out on Jaguar Avenue.
10-15 -- Report of dogs attacking some goats; 1 goat killed and dogs destroyed by owner of goats.
10-15 -- Report of vandalism at Denver Methodist Church.
To report a problem, contact the secure phone line at (660) 564-2222. For emergencies, dial 911.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
A Special Meeting was held October 4th, 2011 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Present: Mayor Debbie Roach, Aldermen: Dennis Downing, Bruce Downing, Catherine Runde, and Cathy James. Clerk: Ayvonne Morin, Greg Miller, PWD: Carl Staton, Danny & Dena Campbell.
Mayor called meeting to order.
Building Permit Process/Permit: Mayor, Board and clerk had received several complaints concerning the building permit that Danny Campbell had submitted. The Mayor suggested waiting till the 19th meeting, but considering the permit is in compliance, and not violating any laws, and Mr. Campbell would like to get started on his project before inclement weather, the Board approved the permit.
Permit was approved for a 30 x 48 building, one car garage with living quarters.
Cathy James made motion to adjourn meeting and go into closed session pursuant to 610-021 (3) employees, Dennis Downing, seconded, motion carried, meeting adjourned. 7:00 p.m.
Closed Session: Catherine Runde made motion to adjourn closed session and meeting, Bruce Downing, seconded, motion carried, meeting adjourned. 7: 30 p.m.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
There was a third meeting held about the CAFO issue. Chevy Davidson presented some facts and figures to the commission. Several people were in attendance to voice their opinions.
1. Commissioner Dennis Gabbert made a motion approve the agenda and minutes. Commissioner Rob Ruckman seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
2. Treasurer Linda Brown presented the weekly balance sheet, bills, and payroll.
3. Commissioner Rob Ruckman made a motion to approve the bills. Commissioner Dennis Gabbert seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
4. Commissioner Rob Ruckman reported the gas prices from MFA as gas $3.399 and diesel $3.759
5. Charity Austin, Economic Developer reported on EEZ progress. The Enhanced Enterprise Zone documents have been mailed off. It should be completed in about 3 weeks. She also told the commissioners that they City will no longer house the Economic Developer so they will need to provide an office space.
6. Bridget Gibson voiced concerns about old 169. She wants to know how to make it compliant for the tax rock. The commissioners told her that it would need to be narrowed, ditched, and crowned, and then base rock added to make it compliant.
7. Road and Bridge Foreman Jim Fletchall Report:
· Russell found 2 buckets to look at for the loader. Fletchall will find out more information.
· While working on CR 194 county crew found where Grand River Mutual Phone co had sliced through a tube. Fletchall will call Windstream.
· Fletchall explained a mistake that was made on CR 60. It had been designated as a bi-pass road earlier this spring so Roger Robertson the County rock hauler assumed it was all supposed to be covered with the tax rock, so he started at the wrong end and went all the way through.
· Robertson called to ask the commissioners if he was supposed to put tax rock on CR 164 since it was in the city limits of Denver. Commissioner Ruckman told him to put rock on it as it connected with the county road.
8. As set from Tax Hearing held on September 19th the levies are as follows:
Library tax levy at 0.0999.
The General Revenue Tax Levy at $.4996
General Revenue Temporary Tax Levy at $.35,
Road and Bridge Fund Tax Levy at $.4996
Special Road and Bridge Fund Tax Levy at $.3297
Senior Citizens Fund Tax Levy at $.05
9. Commissioner Dennis Gabbert made a motion to adjourn for lunch at 12:00 pm. Commissioner Rob Ruckman seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
Presiding Commissioner Ted Findley brought the afternoon session to order at 1:45 pm.
10. Commissioner Dennis Gabbert made a motion to go into closed session with David Baird, County Attorney to discuss litigation at 1:48. Commissioner Rob Ruckman seconded. Findley aye, Ruckman aye, Gabbert aye.
11. Commissioner Dennis Gabbert made a motion to come out of closed session at 3:15 pm commissioner Rob Ruckman seconded. Roll vote: Findley aye, Ruckman aye, Gabbert aye.
12. There was more discussion on available space in the courthouse, due to the budget cuts from Community Services, the Community Services office will no longer be housed in the Apblanalp building. Mary Jo Fletchall is seeking free space for her office. Ted Findley is on the Community Services board and mentioned moving the office somewhere in the courthouse also.
13. Commissioner Dennis Gabbert made a motion to adjourn at 4:56 pm. Commissioner Rob Ruckman seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
1 Dan Nally
2 Mary Cavin
2 Don Shearer
2 Carol Streebin
3 Nolan Drake
3 Baker Peters
3 Jerry King
3 Alvira Stock Morris
3 Jeremy Nally
5 Debbie Kemery Lynch
5 Crystal Drake
6 Barb Miller
6 Ashley Norris
7 Hunter Castillo
7 Courtney King
7 Patsy Stroburg
8 Tammy Faubion
9 Virginia Powell
9 Ryker Henson
9 Cody Tyler Dyer
11 Sarah Carlson
11 Kristie King Searl
12 Charlene Ballantyne
12 Judy Henry
14 Becky Hanson Devine
14 Patricia Brown Clark
14 Chuck Walters
15 Mike Kemery
17 David Henry
17 John Weaver
17 Jeff Guthrie
17 Dakota Johnson
18 Jackie Norris
18 Logan Ridge
19 Connie Drake
19 Lynn King
19 Amber Mahers
20 James Ridge
22 Leslie Miller Drake
22 Ann Poor
23 Larry Headley
23 Susan Walters
23 Weston Drake
24 Anne Meek
25 Brody King
25 Ronnel Schlapia
25 Jim Pearce
25 Bea Scroggie
25 Jerry Kemery
27 Quentin King
27 Callyn Bonde
28 Bill Hunt
29 Greg Loutzenhiser
29 Pauline Dudley
30 Mabel Smith
30 Savannah Farrens
2 Bobby & Carolyn Hull
4 Joe & JoEllen Guinn
8 Keith & Velma Walters
10 Richard & Elaine Schornhorst
12 Edwin & Lorraine King
16 Robert & Linda Henson
17 Joe & Doris Butlers
17 Kent & Karla Wiederholt
29 Bill & Irene Freeman
29 Dick & Cindy Snethen
31 Clint & Nicci Johnson