Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Worth County School Board Minutes -- Mike Rennells Extended for One Year

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Sherri Runde, Jeff Andrews, Richard Mullock, Karen Fletchall, Jubal Summers
BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT: Paul Tracy, Sheila Hunt
1.    Call to order by President Summers at 7:32.
2.    MOTION by Andrews, second by Mullock to approve the agenda.
            Motion carried 5/0.
3.    Pledge of Allegiance
4.    District Mission Statement
5.    MOTION by Runde, second by Mullock to approve the consent agenda.
    A. Minutes of Previous Meeting: 4/19/12
    B. Financial Report, Monthly Bills
        Motion carried 5/0.
6.    Citizen’s Comment’s
    A. Jackie Findley and Patty Lischer thanked the PTO for their support in providing a field trip for the 1st thru 3rd grade to the Missouri Theater.
         Tish Warner presented a request from the teachers to the Board to consider a the possibility of a salary increase.
    B. Thank you.
    C. FFA Appreciation
7.    Principal’s Report
    A. Elementary Principal Report
    B. High School Principal Report
8.    Superintendent’s Report
    A. SOAR Update
9.    Administrative Requiring Action
    A. MOTION by Fletchall, second by Andrews to approve the second reading of the following policies:
        Policy 4810 – Sexual Harassment
        Regulation 4810 – Sexual Harassment
        Policy 4820 – Employees with Communicable Diseases
        Regulation 4820 – Employees with Communicable Diseases
        Policy 4830 – Board/Staff Communications
        Regulation 4830 – Board/Staff Communications
        Policy 4831 – Staff Involvement in Decision Making
        Policy 4840 – Conflict of Interest
        Regulation 4840 – Conflict of Interest
        Policy 4850 – Staff Dispute Resolution
        Regulation 4850 – Staff Dispute Resolution (Grievance Procedure)
        Policy 4860 – Personnel Records
        Policy 4870 – Drug Free Workplace
        Policy 4871 – Driver Drug Testing
        Regulation 4871 – Driver Drug Testing
        Policy 4872 – Alcohol and Illicit Drugs
        Policy 4880 – Use of District Property
            Motion carried 5/0.
    B. MOTION by Andrews, second by Mullock to approve the Memorandum of Agreement with Community Services for the 2012-2013 school year.
            Motion carried 5/0.
    C. MOTION by Fletchall, second by Runde to approve the Track Runway Resurface project with Fisher Track for $9,180.
            Motion carried 5/0.
10.    MOTION by Andrews, second by Runde to go into closed session at 8:40 pursuant to section 610.01, 610.021, 610.022 RSMO to discuss personnel matters (subsection 3 & 13).  Sherri Runde-yes, Jeff Andrews-yes, Richard Mullock-yes, Karen Fletchall-yes, Jubal Summers-yes.
Tracy & Hunt connected with the board via tele-conference.
Tracy & Hunt disconnected with the board via tele-conference.
11.    MOTION by Andrews, second by Runde to end closed session at 10:40
Sherri Runde-yes, Jeff Andrews-yes, Richard Mullock-yes, Karen Fletchall-yes, Jubal Summers-yes.
12.    MOTION by Andrews, second by Mullock to continue employment of the Non-Certified Staff as presented.
            Motion carried 5/0
    MOTION by Mullock, second by Runde to offer Amy Garrett Student Council Advisor for the 2012-2013 school year.
            Motion carried 5/0
    MOTION by Andrews, second by Mullock to extend Mike Rennells Superintendent Contract through the 2013-2014
            Motion carried 5/0
13.    Items for future meetings
    A. FY 13 Salary & Benefit Considerations
    B. FY 13 Budget
    C. Student Handbook
    D. Teacher Handbook
    E. School Lunch Prices
14.    MOTION by Mullock, second by Fletchall to adjourn at 10:55.
            Motion carried 5/0

David Dunfee to Speak at Worth County Alumni Reunion

David Dunfee, son of Bea and Mabel Dunfee, will be the featured speaker at the all-class reunion on Sunday, June 24th.  David will speak on “Yesterday and Today” comparing how things have changed and how they have changed since he left Worth County to serve in the Army and later with a successful career with the USDA Farmers Home Administration in Iowa.  David retired in 2006 and lives with his wife Nancy in Pleasant Hill, Iowa.  David has remained well connected to Worth County and his message promises to be interesting and should  bring back fond memories of his family and of Worth County.

The reunion will be held in the Worth County R-III cafeteria with a carry-in dinner beginning at 12:30.  Drinks, plates and table service will be provided.  The program will at 2 pm  with entertainment  by Lana Wake,  followed by David Dunfee.

Classes needing special arrangements or seating should call one of these numbers: ( 660 ) 564-3551;  564-3554; 564-3462.  All alumni, spouses and friends are cordially invited to join us.  The facility is  air-conditioned and easily accessible.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Road Traffic, Community Action Month Topics at Commission Meeting

1.    Commissioner Rob Ruckman reported the gas prices as $3.499 and diesel as $3.799   
2.    Commissioner Dennis Gabbert made a motion to approve the minutes and agenda. Commissioner Rob Ruckman seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
3.    Treasurer Linda Brown presented the weekly balance sheet.
4.    Mary Jo Fletchall stopped by to say that she had discussed putting up her display about the Community Action.
5.    Vernon Coy came to discuss the traffic issues in front of his house. He asked about putting up speed limit signs. He requested gravel be put on due to the bridge being replaced, but was advised that the patron would still have to purchase it. He also asked about spray for roadways. Fletchall gave him some recommendations.
6.    Economic Developer Tammy Ueligger report: The County market day went real well. She has three kids for a work study program, one in her shop and two for Worth County Progress Organization.
7.    Duane Warner came in to discuss closing a section of CR 224 in Section three of East Fletchall.
8.    Mary Jo Fletchall came to talk to the commissioners about Community Action Month.
9.    Jim Fletchall, Road and Bridge Foreman Report:

    Richard Supinger picked up the scrap iron.
    Discussed tubes
    Discussed CR 224

Commissioner Dennis Gabbert made a motion to go into closed session pursuant to RSMo 610.210 at 10:56 for personnel issues. Commissioner Rob Ruckman seconded. Findley aye, Ruckman aye, Gabbert aye.
Commissioner Rob Ruckman made a motion to come out of closed session at 11:07 am. Commissioner Dennis Gabbert seconded. Findley aye, Ruckman aye, Gabbert aye.

10.    Commissioners adjourned for lunch at 11:45 am.

Presiding Commissioner Ted Findley opened the afternoon session of the meeting at 1:10 pm.

11.    David Baird, county attorney came to discuss roof issues.  He gave them a copy of the letter sent to Frasier’s lawyer.
12.    Commissioners discussed road closings.
13.    Commissioner Rob Ruckman made a motion to adjourn for road inspections at 1:35 pm. Commissioner Rob Ruckman seconded. All in favor, motion carried.

New Business -- Gazerek Enterprises Auto Detailing and More

A foundation already in existence makes good business sense for a couple of entrepreneurs. Joe and Tiffany Gazarek have started their own business, Gazerek Enterprises Auto Detailing & More, in Savannah. They have located their new venture in a current business already familiar to the area.
Tiffany is the daughter of Terry and Patti Strong so when she and her husband decided to go out on their own, taking up shop with her parents business, Strong Collision Repair, only made sense.  
“We were able to take over a bay within Strong’s for my business, and it is working out great,” said Joe Gazarek.
A love for cars initiated the beginning for Gazarek Enterprises with a focus on detailing cars. Gazarek Enterprises services not only cars and trucks, but boats and motor coaches too. Other services offered are leather conditioning, carpet shampooing, headlight restoration, road tar, pet hair removal and engine degreasing. Gazerek brings more than 20 years experience to the business which he now calls his own, thanks to Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation (NWMEF).
 “NWMEF helped guide us in the right direction, and gave us someone to bounce ideas off of,” Gazarek said.  “Annette [Weeks, facilitator] is great with marketing strategies, budgeting.  I highly recommend contacting NWMEF before starting a business, as they have the resources you need to get your business off the ground and will help ensure your I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed.”
NWMEF is an economic development project trained by the Sirolli Institute which serves six counties including Andrew, Atchison, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway and Worth. Services are offered free and are strictly confidential. NWMEF is a not-for-profit organization. For more information, contact Annette Weeks, facilitator, at (816) 262-5158 or The Resource Board is comprised of more than 70 volunteer board members from each county as well as regional representation.

Jack Remembers -- Memorial Day

Memorial Day always brings back memories of my service time. When I was in the Infantry, every morning when we were in camp, everyone would fall out in formation for roll call, which was called Reveille. It was early morning, sometimes still dark, and one of the most fascination things the Army did. Here we were a thousand men in this big field and it was like a musical chant as each Company Commander would report in to his boss, the Battalion Commander who was at one end of this field standing on an elevated platform, such as “Able Company all present and accounted for, Sir.” Then Baker Company Commander might report “Baker Company one man AWOL, Sir.” It was not unusual to hear a Company Commander to report “One man hanging in the latrine, Sir.” Suicide was very common in the military overseas. The soldier may have gotten a “Dear John” letter or simply not able to “take it” any longer.
There were three classes of soldiers in the Infantry. One was called “EM” which meant enlisted man, the Private, Private First Class, and Corporals. Then there were the “NCO’s”, Non-Commissioned Officers, which included all the Sergeants. Then there were the “Officers”. No group mingled with the other group.
There were no lower forms of humans than the EM’s, which I was a part of. We were called “dogface”. Our ration cards did not include several things the NCO’s and Officers could buy in a PX. In particular, no EM had a stamp in his ration book that allowed him to buy whiskey, which could be bought by the NCO’s and Officers for $1.60 per Fifth. We all knew the Sergeants who did not drink and we would beg them to give us the whiskey stamp out of their ration book.
Explain it any way you want, but no soldier overseas in the Infantry who drank ever committed suicide.
Jack can be reached at PO Box 40, Oak Grove, MO 64075, or

U.S. Hwy 136 in Maryville Lane Closure for Repairs

U.S. Hwy 136 at the U.S. Hwy 71 Junction in Maryville in Nodaway County will be reduced to one lane in each direction pending utility repairs.  The repairs are due to a water line break.  The road will be reduced to one lane in the eastbound and one lane in the westbound direction.
MoDOT encourages everyone to drive safely and Arrive Alive. For more information about other MoDOT projects, call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (888-275-6636) or visit and view the online Traveler Information Map. In addition, MoDOT uses Facebook and Twitter to provide update information and tips. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Flags to Fly at Half Staff Memorial Day

Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered that the U.S. and Missouri flags on all state buildings in Missouri be flown at half-staff on Monday, May 28, until noon that day in observance of Memorial Day. He also encouraged Missourians to honor the selflessness of those in the armed forces.

“Especially on Memorial Day, I ask Missourians to take time to honor the memory of those military men and women who have given their lives defending our freedom,” Gov. Nixon said. “Over the past year, 11 brave members of our military from Missouri have given their lives in defense of America and the freedoms we share.  On this solemn day, I urge Missourians to pray for the families of these fallen heroes and to give thanks to the veterans still with us for their service to our country.”

One way to support veterans who have served is through the state’s Show-Me Heroes program, the Governor said. Missouri employers who sign up for Show-Me Heroes online at pledge to give first consideration to military veterans when those employers fill job positions. Gov. Nixon began the program in January 2010; to date, 1,967 employers have taken the Show-Me Heroes pledge, and they have hired more than 1,500 veterans.

Brad Lager's Capitol Report: Memorial Day – Remembering The Sacrifice

Memorial Day is a time to honor and a time to respect those who have paid the highest price defending our country and our freedom.  It is a time to remember the sacrifices of so many men and women who have given their lives for our country because they believed in the ideals upon which this nation was founded.  It is a time to acknowledge these American heroes for their service and their commitment.

What began as an act of decorating the graves of fallen soldiers following the Civil War has grown into an annual remembrance where citizens and surviving soldiers honor their fallen comrades.  For example, soldiers of the 3rd US Infantry place a small US flag at each of the 260,000 gravestones in Arlington National Cemetery and then patrol the grounds 24 hours a day throughout the Memorial Day weekend to ensure each flag remains standing.  Although not every celebration is to this detail, there are thousands of patriotic organizations across this great nation where similar activities in cemeteries are carried out as they honor the fallen soldiers from their communities. 

Memorial Day is a time of remembrance, of reflection, and of prayer.  Millions of Americans will visit the graves of loved ones to honor their memory.  There will be celebrations, fireworks, and speeches to commemorate the day, and citizens from coast to coast will spend time with family and friends quietly enjoying the peace we have in our local communities.  In the midst of these activities it is important to never forget the reason we are together:  to honor those who secure the freedom and safety we all enjoy.  The cost of freedom remains high. It is paid by the service and sacrifice of Americans past and present who have given and who continue to give so very much for our country.

On this Memorial Day, take time to remember and give thanks to those in our communities who have served or who are currently serving this great nation.  Remember the families who spend this holiday filled with memories of a loved one who was lost in service to our country.  Pray for the sons and daughters who are currently in harm’s way as they defend our freedoms and our way of life.  Pray for their family members who carry on their daily lives as they worry about the well being of their child, their parent, or their spouse who is currently serving.  But 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 422, State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO 65101.

Concrete Replacement on Interstate 29 in Atchison County

Concrete replacement is currently being performed on southbound Interstate 29. Southbound traffic will be narrowed to one lane (driving lane closed) between mile marker 113.4 and mile marker 112.6 until Friday, June 1, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. 
MoDOT apologizes for any inconvenience that this necessary closure may cause. For more information about this or other projects, contact MoDOT at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (888-275-6636) or log onto You can also follow MoDOT's Northwest Missouri District on Twitter at or on Facebook at

Memorial Day - The start of grilling season

There’s something pleasingly primal about meat sizzling on an open flame. But, that juicy fare can cause problems if handled poorly.
Beef, poultry and pork grilled outdoors is a definite taste treat for us, but it’s a magnet for disease-causing bacteria if not kept cold or hot.
“Bacteria grow and multiply best at temperatures from 40-140 degrees Fahrenheit,” said Tammy Roberts, nutrition specialist for University of Missouri Extension.
Food safety starts at the grocery store. Roberts said buy meat and poultry right before checkout. Separate raw meat from the other foods in your shopping cart to prevent cross contamination.
“Raw meat juices can drip on other foods and contaminate them with bacteria,” Roberts said. “Even better, put packages of raw meat into plastics bags.”
Once you have your food bagged and paid for, it’s a good idea to drive straight home, Roberts said. Those perishables need to be in the refrigerator as soon as possible if it’s more than 90-degrees outside.
“Bacteria double in number about every 15 minutes in 90-degree weather,” Roberts said.
According to Roberts, these safety rules hold true for other perishable items like eggs, sandwich meats, cheese and foods made with mayonnaise.
Once you’re ready to prepare the food for grilling, start by washing your hands with soap and water. Roberts said it’s important to wash your hands before and after handling raw meat.
Thawing meats safely is also very important. Roberts said never defrost meat on the kitchen counter. Frozen meat sitting at room temperature will thaw on the outside first while the inside is still frozen. That room-temperature outer layer is perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
“Use the refrigerator for slow, safe thawing, “Roberts said. “If you’re really in a hurry, you can thaw sealed packages in cold water.”
She said you can defrost meat in the microwave, but it must go straight to the grill when the “done” bell rings.
Grilling season is often the time when we want to whip up our favorite marinade. Roberts said marinate the meat in the refrigerator and when the process is finished, throw out the marinade.
“People tend to want to use the marinade as a dipping sauce after the meat is cooked,” Roberts said. “But, that’s a really bad idea because there’s bacteria in that sauce.”
Once the prep work is done it’s time to toss the rack of ribs or juicy burgers on the hot coals. This is the time to bring out the food thermometer. It’s the best way to be sure that food reaches a safe minimum internal temperature.
“Hamburgers should reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit, chicken breasts should reach 165 degrees, beef, veal, and lamb steaks can be cooked to 145 degrees. Pork should also reach 145 degrees but should be held on the grill for 3 minutes at that temperature,” Roberts said.
When the meat is ready, put it on a clean plate. If you place it on the same plate that carried the raw meat, you’ll contaminate your dinner with the bacteria from the raw juices, Roberts said.
Grilling out is part of the fun of picnics or camping. If you’ll be carrying food to another location, a cooler is an absolute must. Roberts said remember the number one rule of food safety: keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot.
“All perishable foods, especially meats, should be in a cooler filled with ice or ice packs,” Roberts said.  “It’s also important to keep the cooler cool. Don’t transport it in a hot car trunk, and don’t leave it sitting out in the hot sun.”
After everyone has eaten their fill, don’t forget the leftovers.
“Leftovers need special care,” Roberts said. “They need to be put back in the cooler, or refrigerator, where they’ll be stored at or below 40 degrees.”
Just a few simple food safety practices will help assure that everyone has a good meal and no one goes home sick.

42 Attend Sheridan Alumni Reunion

42 people attended the Sheridan Alumni Reunion Sunday afternoon. The event was moved to the Sheridan Christian Church due to the deterioration of the Schoolhouse building. Minister Jeff Blaine led the gathering in prayer and noted that Sheridan High School grad Clyde Rickabaugh did many of the paintings and sculptures which are part of the church.
Warren Lester was the oldest grad present, from the class of 1942. There were two people from the Class of 1944, Jim Aldrich, a retired professor living in Kingsville, TX and Margaret Aldrich, who has retired from teaching after teaching 6th grade for 33 years.
Among other people recognized were Marilyn Findley (1950), Russell Findley (1947), and Jim Ridge, along with wife Alice, who farms by Isadora. “I never got away from Worth County,” he said.
Glenn Dukes and wife Donna were present; they were from the class of 1953 and they came all the way from Apache Junction, AZ.
Sonny Beasley, Class of 1954, was present; he is a regular at these reunions. Darlene Runyon (1955) was present as was Ruth Ann Minor, who because a speech pathologist. Gary Larison (1955) was the farthest away, from Brandenton, FL, south of Tampa.
Among others recognized were Sally Risser Beasley, Allyn & Carol Young, and Ivalee Risser Johnson, who farms northwest of Sheridan. Arvin Cossins (1961) and wife Eloise (1961) were there; Arvin is retired from the Missouri Highway Patrol as well as the Cass County Sheriff’s Department. “I’ve been following Arvin around all this time,” said Eloise.
Sharon Fletchall (1961) was recognized as well as Larry Hibbs, who described himself as a “paid tourist.” Shirley Winemiller (1961) is the president of the Alumni Association and is currently living in Bedford. Barbara (Cossins) Carlock (1963) was recognized; she is now living in Albany.
Among the more recent Sheridan High School grads were Duane Hammer (1965), David Parman (1965), Sarah Cossins (1966), Henry Dell Rowen (1966), Jay Sanders (1966), and Doug Allee, the youngster of the gathering, having graduated in 1975.
Marking the 65th anniversary of their graduation was the Class of 1947, which received special recognition at the event. Among those present was Joyce Dowis Chambers of Maryville. “There were not very many girls ‘cause the boys ran us all off,” she quipped. Chambers ran the theater for a while and recalled that none of the kids had cars back in those days except for Charles Dukes; she recalled riding one day on the fender of his 1939 Chevy. Lavelle Hibbs, Eldon Hart, and Alvin Batt, who drove from Arlington, TX, were also there.
Among the 42 present, 16 had served in the military, including Eldon Hart, who later worked in the aircraft industry before buying his present farm west of Sheridan in 1961.
The main goals of the Alumni Association are to get the photos out of the old school building and to make copies for people who want them. Mayor Leland Wake reported that the city was trying to get a clear title to some land before construction of the new community building started.
There was a tie vote on whether to cater or whether to have everyone bring their own dishes like previously; Winemiller broke the tie by saying that they would cater for one year and that if it didn’t work out, they would go back.
Winemiller was reelected as President of the Alumni Association; Jay Sanders was Vice President, and Ivalee Johnson was secretary and treasurer.

Doing God's Work for May 30th, 2012

Many enjoyed Memorial Weekend. There were special tributes to those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Some traveled far to visit classmates for the Sheridan Alumni dinner.
Pastor Sue combines Sabbath services quite well; the First Sunday of Pentecost and the remembrance of those who have gone before us. When Jesus left us for His rightful position next to God on the throne, He sent the Holy Spirit to protect us, guide us, and keep us connected to Him. Without the Holy Spirit, sin would take over the world. I find it comforting to know the Holy Spirit is alive and among us.
Christian family and friends who live in daily contact or far away, the Spirit keeps us connected. Yes, even better than the computer connections! Our souls stay connected in such a comforting feeling through the power of prayer. When we part, it is never “good bye;” but “see ya” as we know our fellowship has no end with the promise of eternity, where we will gather at the feet of Jesus.
June proves to be a busy month with fellowship and activities. June 6th at Grant City, UMW will meet at 1:30; also, 7 p.m. at the home of Jackie Wardrobe. Annual Conference is at Springfield, MO June 8th to 11th. Old Defiance is June 22nd to 24th. The moving days of the new minister for Nodaway-Worth parishes is around the 27th.
Where ever the Holy Spirit may lead you, remember those who gave their life for us to keep the freedom to worship and serve God under one nation. Above all, remember the one who gave His life and shed His blood for so much more than this earthly world can offer. God bless you this week. See you in church!

Sheridan Birthdays & Anniversaries

June Birthdays:
1 – Eldon (Butch) Thomas
1 – Eldon Hart
1 – Cannon Morrow
2 – Stanley Runyon
2 – Steve Runyon
2 – Wyatt Rush
3 – Stacey Berg
3 – Mark Young
3 – John Young
6 – Kevin Auten
7 – Evelyn Hansen
8 – June Cotter
10 – Cammi Hansen
11 – Doug Allee
12 – Clint Rowen
12 – Mark Young
12 – Jerry Drake
13 – Amanda Welch
16 – Dee Wake
16 – Wendell Dokken
17 – Tim Martin
18 – Glenda Wyer
19 – Brandon Brand
19 – Norman Runyon
19 – Wade Rush
19 – Austin Thummel
19 – Melody (Rush) Hawk
20 – Heather Rowe
19 – Jake Runyon
22 – Tess Andrews
22 – Mark Rush
22 – Dale Parman
24 – Kally Jo Parman
24 – Tyler Garrett
25 – Pete Welch
25 – Tyler Paxson
25 – Kristy Hinshaw
26 – Duane Auten
27 – Linda Hibbs
27 – Cassie Titus
27 – Stephanie (Morrow) Parman
30 – Garland Owens
30 – Jill Troutwine
30 – Wyatt Langford

June Anniversaries
7 – Larry & Evelyn Hansen
13 – Tim & Gina Wall
14 – Keith & Karen Wray
14 – Kay & Huey Rowen
17 – Travis & Elizabeth Dimmitt
18 – Genee & Charlie Haun
18 – Darren & Amy Garrett
23 – Candy & Rodney Martin

Saturday, May 26, 2012

McCaskill Makes Jobs for Veterans the Focus of Upcoming Hearing

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill has announced a hearing to examine the progress made by government contractors in the hiring of military veterans. Under federal law, contractors and subcontractors are required to take steps to promote opportunities for qualified veterans, and this hearing of the Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight (SOCO) will review whether these requirements are improving hiring and employment of veterans.

“If you’re getting government contracts, especially through the Department of Defense, you need to be taking steps to make sure that military veterans are well represented in your employee workforce,” said McCaskill. “It’s the law and it’s just good business.”

The hearing, which takes place on Tuesday, June 5, will bring representatives from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, VetJobs, Missouri-based The Mission Continues, and two large government contractors together to discuss hiring practices and how they can be improved.

In preparation for the hearing, McCaskill’s subcommittee released a Veterans Fact Sheet detailing data that had been provided by government contractors to the Department of Labor about veterans hiring practices. The fact sheet shows that much of the data collected by the Department of Labor is incomplete or inaccurate.

Senator McCaskill has been an outspoken advocate for military veterans since coming to the Senate in 2006, and was a founding member of The Veterans Jobs Caucus.  She was as a leading advocate for the Vow to Hire Veterans Act, and has repeatedly rallied support for additional care for veterans returning from combat duty.

A link to the Veterans Fact Sheet is available HERE.

McCaskill Priorities Included in National Defense Legislation

As the Senate Armed Services Committee closed its yearly debate on the National Defense Authorization Act—legislation that sets policy and priorities for the Department of Defense—U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill applauded the Committee for including a host of issues she had championed in the bill.

Among other efforts, McCaskill successfully advocated for the following items critical to Missouri and the U.S. armed forces:

·         Blocking an additional round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). As the Chairman of the Senate panel with jurisdiction over base closures, McCaskill told top military leaders earlier this year that she would not allow any plan to move forward that closes U.S. military bases here at home, given the minimal savings that occurred as a result of the last BRAC round in 2005 and a lack of a full analysis of the costs associated with a new BRAC. Before bases inside the U.S. are closed, the function and necessity of the over 1000 bases abroad should be evaluated.
·         Full funding for the procurement of 26 F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets and 12 EA-18G Growlers, and the addition of $60 million to for advance procurement for the F-18 to prepare for the likelihood that more of the aircraft will need to be bought in fiscal year 2014 due to massive delays and cost overruns in the F-35 program.  The bill also includes language expressing concerns with the F-35 program and indicating purchases of F-35s should not necessarily occur if the program is not performing on schedule.  The F-35 program has a long history of being behind schedule.
·         Strengthening whistleblower protections provided to employees of government contractors who raise the alarm on waste, fraud, and abuse. As a former State Auditor and prosecutor, McCaskill has consistently championed stronger protections for whistleblowers as a means to better fight waste and misconduct.
·         Overhauling the federal government’s planning, management, and oversight of contracting during overseas contingency operations. The provisions are largely taken from McCaskill’s comprehensive Wartime Contracting legislation, introduced along with Senator Jim Webb (Va.) based on recommendations by the U.S. Commission on Wartime Contracting, itself created by a law passed by McCaskill and Webb and modeled on the World War II era Truman Committee.
·         Instituting a lower cap on the amount of taxpayer money paid to executives of companies that contract with the government.
·         Preventing enrollment fees on TRICARE medical insurance or increases in TRICARE deductibles for members of the military and their families. McCaskill has been a longtime opponent of raising TRICARE fees and has successfully lobbied for increased awareness and funding for soldiers with Traumatic Brain Injury and those affected by Post Traumatic Stress.
·         Preventing the Air Force from moving forward on its proposed force structure changes of the Air Guard and Air Force Reserve.
·         Providing additional coverage of fertility treatments for military members who may require such treatments due to chemotherapy, radiation or surgery in order to ensure military servicemembers who face loss of fertility due to medical treatments have a chance to preserve their ability to have children.
 “The priorities for me in considering this defense policy bill were clear—doing right by our men and women in uniform and our military families while ensuring the careful use of taxpayer dollars at a time when the national debt is itself a national security problem.  I’m proud of the bipartisan effort and cooperation that went into drafting this legislation, because doing the right thing for our servicemembers and the defense of our nation is a non-partisan issue.”

The week began as McCaskill—an outspoken advocate for transparency—was once again successful in opening her panel’s consideration of the defense policy bill to the public. McCaskill is the only Senator to hold any portion of the debate in public in the last 15 years.

“The public deserves to be able to witness, understand and scrutinize the positions being advocated and the decisions being made by their elected leaders regarding the over half a trillion dollar defense budget,” said McCaskill, Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Readiness. “We continue to gain votes every year, and I firmly believe that open mark-ups in the full Armed Services Committee are coming in the future.”

McCaskill has served on the Senate Armed Services Committee since coming to the Senate in 2006.

Worth County Economic Developer: Paxson's Named Business of the Month

What a blessing to be a part of Holy Week in Worth County! As you know Holy Week is the week preceding Easter each year. Holy Week was hosted at the Christian Church – a location befitting of the magnificence of His work! For one week each year, all of the churches in Worth County come together for worship. On Monday, Norman Runyon gave an inspiring account of the truth in God’s word in the Bible. Tuesday brought us the new interim Baptist pastor, Richard Lamborn.  His emphasis was putting less on SELF, an act that would beautify us all! Chuck Warner spoke to us on Wednesday about the meaning of fathom. It is difficult for most of us to fathom God’s love – to think he sacrificed His own son!  Thursday brought out the Assembly Muppets and their endeavor to sell used tombstones. (One of those things – you just had to be there!) On Good Friday, Dr. Tim Wall, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Assessment in Education at Missouri Western State University in St Joseph delivered the message and Travis Dimmitt shared his gift of music. Tim, and wife Jenny, live in Maryville with their two children. Travis is the Principal at North Nodaway in Hopkins. Travis also lives in Maryville, with his wife Elizabeth and their two children. Both have been assisting at the Methodist Church. Travis’ rendition of “Watch the Lamb” was a moving experience! Thanks to the kind soul who offered me a Kleenex, my sleeve was getting a little soggy.  If you are not familiar with this song, find it online on YouTube. You won’t forget it for some time! This writer was so very humbled by this, it changed the essence of the Easter weekend. Don Null introduced Tim and Travis, as well as offering the recap of the week (much of which was used to jog my memory here! – thanks Don!) Don reminded everyone of a very cold Sunrise Service with Tommy Randal at the football field on Easter morning. Although I was not a part of that worship service, I can imagine the sight. Don suggested reviving this ‘collective’ Sunrise service on Easter morning. If you agree, say something to your local pastor. Our next opportunity to worship as a community of believers will be June 24 at 9 o’clock at the Sheridan City Park.  Brunch will follow services.  Hope to see you there! There are fifteen churches in Worth County. These congregations support their church family as well as the community. They continue to be prayer warriors right in our midst. Thank You! And thanks to all those who worked behind the scenes to bring Holy Week to us all!
    We have another hard working group of ladies that should be mentioned. This group is “Grant 4 Change.” Have you noticed the basketball court east of the Square? It looks wonderful! This court gets used ALOT! Another contribution to our community this group has made are the Horse Shoe Pits east of the court. On April 21, “Grant 4 Change” held a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament and a Horse Shoe Pitching Tournament. It was a very cool and dreary day but turnout was good. Dale Findley and I played as a team. Don’t believe the tales that we are bad pitchers even though we lost 3 out of 3! Some of the competition was good and some were just darned lucky! As Mr. Findley would say, “I would rather be lucky than good any day!” If you want to brush up on your skills, meet at the pits on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. Good, cheap fun! Their next event will be a Texas Hold ‘em Tournament at the Sale Barn on June 2. Our “Grant 4 Change” group is now working toward reviving the volleyball court at the Pool Park. They are really working for improvements for the families and youth of our community. My personal thanks to their board members (AND THEIR HUSBANDS!): Abbey Morin, Rachel Jackson, Krystal Grisham, Amber Steele and Jamie Nunguster! Keep up the good work!! You are making GREAT GRANT CHANGES!
     Our featured Business of the Month is Paxson's Welding & Tire Service (660-562-4497 OR  660-799-2512). 
This business is owned and operated by Tyler Paxson in Sheridan, MO.  Tyler offers a complete welding shop for all your ag repair needs.  In addition, he offers on-site tire repair as well as sells all major brands of new tires.  Add custom exhaust work and hydraulic hoses to that list!  Tyler has custom fabricated a well made tree puller that hooks to a skid steer or 3 point hitch assembly. His creativity has no boundary as he has also made a three point adapter with a hydraulic PTO to allow any tractor attachment mount to a skid steer.  Bale stabbers are available for three point or skid steer, both with removable tines.  Tyler is an enterprising, young family man!  He employs Montana Rush, who does a great job helping customers and welding up Tyler's creations.  At the risk of sounding like a broken record folks -- can't say it enough -- BUY LOCAL!    Local families depend on it!
   At the time of this reading, we will be literally HOURS from our very first County Market Day! There have been hours and hours put in by a number of people to create a successful market. We will have eggs, baby chicks and bedding plants for sale this Saturday! We will have bakers and candle makers! Our market will grow with your support as a buyer and/or vendor. Let’s get growing!!
   You will receive a flyer indicating our Market Schedule. Thanks to the Worth County Progress Organization and the Grant City Community Betterment for helping to make this happen! You may also receive one in the mail. SHARE IT! POST IT! TALK ABOUT IT! Not only does this flyer give you a Market Schedule but it also lists some of the events happenin’ in Worth County. There’s something going on in Worth County this summer for cowboys, pullers, golfers, poker players, savvy shoppers, EATERS and those of us just wantin’ to have a little fun!
   So until next time – ENJOY! It’s summertime in God’s country!   

Grand Opening for Pool Bathhouse

The City of Grant City along with “Grant for Change” and Grant City Community Betterment will be hosting a Grand Opening for the new Bath House at the Grant City Municipal Swimming Pool.
The celebration will be held Saturday, June 9th starting at 11 am.
Grant for Change will be hosting games for the children in the park at 11 am followed by a free cookout (while it lasts) sponsored by the City of Grant City and Grant City Community Betterment.
The cookout will be followed by kid’s games in the pool and at 2 pm we will have speakers and a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Governor Nixon along with federal and state legislators and representatives from Department of Natural Resources has been invited to attend and share in this day of fun and celebration.
The Bath House was made possible by a grant through the Land and Water Conservation Fund through the Department of Natural Resources.
It is a beautiful addition to our new pool and the park area and we hope everyone will take advantage of the area and enjoy it.
Please bring yourself and your family and join us for a day of fun and celebration!

Weekly Area Road Work for May 30th, 2012

The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the Northwest Missouri region for the week of May 28-June 1 from the Missouri Department of Transportation. Weather conditions may cause postponements in planned work schedules. Other construction or maintenance work may occur on other roadways throughout the area. Many projects will include lane closures, and delays can be expected. MoDOT reminds the public to buckle up, slow down, and drive with extreme caution through work zones.
For more information about a project, please contact MoDOT at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (888-275-6636) or log onto You can also follow MoDOT's Northwest Missouri District on Twitter at or on Facebook at
Atchison County
·    I-29- Southbound from 4 miles north of U.S. Hwy 136 to 2 miles north of U.S. Hwy 136; Concrete repairs, From May 29, 7 a.m. to June 1, 9 p.m.
Buchanan County
·    I-29- Various locations; Pavement and shoulder repairs, May 28- June 1
Gentry County
·    U.S. 169- At Linn Creek Bridge; Bridge deck repairs, May 29- June 1
·    Route AA- CLOSED at Jameson Trail Road and Route V; Culvert repair, May 29
·    Route AA- CLOSED at Jameson Trail Road and Route V; Culvert repair, May 31
Harrison County
·    Route A- Pavement replacement; May 28- June 1
·    Route A- From U.S. Hwy 69 to Route T; Shoulder work, May 29- June 1
·    U.S. Hwy 69- Pavement replacement; May 28- June 1
·    Route T- From the Iowa State line to Route A; Pothole patching, May 29- June 1
Nodaway County
·    Various locations- Mowing operations, May 29- June 1
·    Route ZZ- Entire route; Pothole patching, May 29
·    Route NN- CLOSED at intersection of Route 46; Culvert replacement, May 30
·    Route N- CLOSED between County Road 350th Street and County Road 360th Street; Culvert replacement, June 1
·    Route VV- CLOSED at the Long Branch Bridge for a Safe & Sound Bridge Project
·    U.S. Hwy 71- CLOSED at the White Cloud Bridge for a Safe & Sound Bridge Project
Worth County
·    U.S. Hwy 169- From Route 46 to Route O (Gentry County); Pothole patching, May 31
·    Route 46- From U.S. Hwy 169 to the Nodaway County line; Pothole patching, June 1

Worth County Honor Rolls

Jordan Harding, Todd Harding, Jordan Hunt, Carli Jackson, Sam Martell, Zach Ragan, Will Buffington, Alaina Freeman, Jessica Garrett, Don Gibson.
Rebecca Moore, Grant Parman, Kacey Smyser, Chase Thummel.
Brianna Fletchall, Kayla Martell, Clayton Ross, Travis Troutwine.
Ally Buffington, Madison Cassavaugh, Cassie Johnson, Cole Parman, Josh Warner.
8th Grade:
Jacob Auten, Danielle Funk.
7th Grade:
Rachel Gardner, Victoria Moore, Kristen Ross.

Angela Behrens, Dylyn Constant, Eli Mullock, Logan Ridge, Montana Rush, Victoria Rush, Bryson Scott, Michal Worley.
Brandon Allee, Sydney Davenport, Starla Farnsworth, Kiley Reynolds, Ryan Smith, Shannon White.
Claire Andrews, Kristen Andrews, Cassie Carter, Lane Craven, Caleb Mace, Katie Mullock, Elizabeth Novak, Jennifer Runde, Stormy Sherer, Justin Smith.
Austin Carlson, Malori Moellenberndt, Shelby Thomas, Sydney Thummel.
8th Grade:
Dylanie Abplanalp, Chris Allen, Tess Andrews, Nicole Aragon, Jacob Hardy, Rikky Hunt, Kenna LaFollette, Montana Lykins, Taylor Raymond, Ryan Smyser.
7th Grade:
Belle Babb, Harley Charles, Erin Colvin, Brianna Harker, Emma Novak, Carissa Runde, Quinci Schottel, Cole Spainhower, Brooklyn White, Jacob Wimer.

Reply to In Flanders Fields

By John Mitchell
Oh! sleep in peace where poppies grow;
The torch your falling hands let go
Was caught by us, again held high,
A beacon light in Flanders sky
That dims the stars to those below.
You are our dead, you held the foe,
And ere the poppies cease to blow,
We'll prove our faith in you who lie
In Flanders Fields.

Oh! rest in peace, we quickly go
To you who bravely died, and know
In other fields was heard the cry,
For freedom's cause, of you who lie,
So still asleep where poppies grow,
In Flanders Fields.

As in rumbling sound, to and fro,
The lightning flashes, sky aglow,
The mighty hosts appear, and high
Above the din of battle cry,
Scarce heard amidst the guns below,
Are fearless hearts who fight the foe,
And guard the place where poppies grow.
Oh! sleep in peace, all you who lie
In Flanders Fields.

And still the poppies gently blow,
Between the crosses, row on row.
The larks, still bravely soaring high,
Are singing now their lullaby
To you who sleep where poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.
–Submitted by Icle Young

In Flanders Fields

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
–Submitted by Icle Young

Friday, May 25, 2012

Candace Lynn Hughes

Candace Lynn Hughes was born to Johnny Hughes and Haley Ridler last Thursday, May 17th. She weighed 6 pounds and was 20 inches long and was born at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville. Ridler is a 2009 graduate of Nodaway-Holt. Johnny is a 2009 graduate of Worth County. Grandparents are Glenn Hughes Jr. and Teresa Hughes. Johnny and Haley are engaged. Haley is a CNA at the Worth County Convalescent Center.

Robert & Teresa Staton Wed

Robert and Teresa Staton were married in a private ceremony Friday, May 25th. They held a reception for the public on Saturday. Robert is the son of Duane and Beverly Staton of Grant City. Teresa is the daughter of Randy and Diane Osborn and Marjorie and the late Jack “Doc” Parker.

Changes in Store at Worth County School

Worth County’s school will have a new look when school starts up again next fall. Superintendent Mike Rennells and Secretary Kandy Sorensen will move across the hall to the room where the computer lab was. The computer lab will move to Chuck Borey’s old classroom and Chuck Borey will move from a teaching position to assistant principal and his office will be where Nancy Lewis’ office was. Incoming Principal Jon Adwell will move to Kandy Sorensen’s old office, which was his idea as it would allow him to see what was going on in the halls at all times. Another change requested by Adwell which will be implemented will be the creation of an In-School Suspension (ISS) room where Rennells’ office used to be so that there will be an immediate consequence for student misbehavior. Another ISS room will be placed where the nurses’ station was in the elementary.
Moving the High School Computer Lab to where Mr. Borey’s office was will allow high school classes to do work on the computers without interrupting the library work. Another move that has been discussed is expanding the Partnership Library; the school and the library have been in talks to see if that was possible; the present library was built so that it could be expanded at a future date if funding was available.
Board meetings will be moved to Mr. Rennells’ new office under the new plan, which Rennells says will ease workload on library staff.
Most of the construction work and renovation will be done in-house, thanks to custodian Joe Burbach, whom Rennells credited with saving the school thousands of dollars that would normally be bid out.
Another change being made will deal with the elementary. Walls will finally be put up in the elementary classrooms. This was a move that had been discussed for 25 years, but had never been put into action. But Rennells said that it was a matter of improving student achievement at the third and fourth grade level; the school was last in the conference in test scores, which Rennells said would cut down on noises and distractions and allow for more learning to take place. “It’s not because of our teachers and it’s not because of our students,” explained Rennells.
The school will have one principal in Jon Adwell next year and one assistant in Chuck Borey, a move that Rennells said would save the school $80,000 annually. In-house replacements for other vacant positions will create another $70,000 in annual savings, which will absorb anticipated federal cuts; over the next 10 years, federal budget cuts could wipe out almost all federal education funding regardless of who gets elected president in 2012.

WCCC Applies for $20,982 USDA Grant

The Worth County Convalescent Center Board voted to apply for a USDA grant to partially pay for the heating project for the facility. They applied for $20,982 following a public hearing on the proposal.
The financial picture showed good and bad news. One piece of good news was that there was a net income of $3,800 for this month. But Kathy Miller and other board members said that they wanted to see a more detailed breakdown of the facility’s financial picture; they wanted to see a breakdown of what was owed by the state and what was owed by private patients.
Last year, accountant Danny Marsh had worked on identifying bad debts for the facility but board members said that they wanted to see more. “We want to look at our books and be confident of what we are approving,” said Miller, saying that they had been having the same conversations about this last year.
Theoretically, Miller said that there was $288,000 in receivables, but she said that she feared that much of that money was on paper and didn’t know how much of it was current debt and how much of it was old debt from a year ago.
The one-time reimbursement that the WCCC got in February helped with the budget, but bed capacity was at 46%, which led board members into an extended discussion about marketing the facility. Also, utility bills have been going up since October despite the facility putting in a new heating and cooling system.
The board decided to table the financial report for the present.
Next on the agenda for the WCCC was to renovate the rooms to approve the appearance. They are currently in the process of renovating one private room, after which board members will look at it and make recommendations. Carpeting was also discussed, with board members looking at samples of carpet that could be used. Administrator Karen Fletchall will get measurements and quotes on carpet tiles.
The facility is in the process of creating some private rooms for residents with structural modifications. The difficulty with doing too many at a time is that there might not be a room available if a new resident comes in, but the ultimate goal for the facility is to redo all the rooms to make them more attractive and meet the needs of the facility better.
Administrator Karen Fletchall proposed that the facility give life insurance to all its employees at an annual cost of $2620.80 from the current health insurance provider. The proposal was tabled until the next meeting until administration could determine who was full-time and who was part-time and determine eligibility.
Board Member Mike Hall said that the facility needed to talk about doing a marketing campaign to attract more people. He said that he had talked to employees and that the WCCC was currently losing employees because they were working part-time instead of full-time because of the shortage of residents at the facility.
Cost options were discussed for promoting the facility. The school and the WCCC are currently two of the biggest employers of the county. Currently, the WCCC has 42 employed.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

McCaskill Sees Results in Effort to Combat Chinese Trade Practices

Weeks after visiting a Sedalia steel wheels plant where she expressed support for a trade case against China, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today showcased the positive impact on American jobs that is resulting from recent work to combat illegal Chinese trade practices.  She also stressed the need to enforce the judgements of trade cases.   

In a letter to chief customs official David Aguilar, McCaskill pointed out recent evidence that Chinese companies are shipping jobs back to the U.S. after being forced to compete fairly with other manufacturers by the International Trade Commission.    

“This shows that when the playing field is level, the U.S. will outwork and outcompete China,” McCaskill said. “The problem is that a foreign government like China’s continues to do everything it can to cheat the system, and so I’m going to keep up the pressure on both China, and federal officials here in the U.S. to make sure everyone is playing by the same rules.”

Currently, if the Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission find that a Chinese company has engaged in unfair trade practices, those companies can be penalized through tariffs on their goods. Some Chinese companies have responded by moving their production to the United States and creating American jobs. 

Unfortunately, a number of malicious companies have sprung up offering to help foreign companies evade the tariff penalties through mislabeling, smuggling or other means.  Sen. McCaskill has been working with her colleagues to crack down on this problem.  In her letter, she warns that, if Chinese companies believe they can get away with smuggling, it will undermine job growth in the U.S.

McCaskill called on Aguilar to continue the American crackdown on such practices by foreign governments.

“Customs has taken some steps in the right direction, but needs to do more to stop this kind of evasion,” McCaskill wrote in her letter.  

McCaskill has been an outspoken leader in the fight against unfair trade practices in China, introducing the FAIR Enforcement Against Duty Evasion Act, which would help strength enforcement matters.

McCaskill has also stood up for Missouri manufacturers, testifying in Congress in support of a trade action filed against them by a Maxion Wheels of Sedalia, Missouri, and visiting the plant in April as part of her Fighting for Fairness tour.

A copy of McCaskill’s letter is available HERE.