Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Mizzou Athletic Director Returns for Second Visit of Worth County

Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden made his second visit to Worth County Wednesday morning and met with Mizzou Tiger fans and spoke his mind on issues from the SEC, the basketball teams, and the athletic department's partnership with University Extension. He first visited Worth County in 2006, when he spoke to a Worth County student assembly. On Wednesday, he came to the Courthouse as part of a swing through Northwest Missouri. He also stopped at Gallatin and a student assembly in Tarkio before meeting with NWMSU coaches for a talk with them.

Alden showed himself to be a long-term thinker, saying that the university's membership in the SEC doubled the school's visibility from 45 million TV sets to almost 90 million. "We're getting applications from students from all over the south, something we've never had before," he said. He said that it was a good challenge for Missouri to compete in the SEC. "We can't stay stagnant," he said. "People who never would have known about us before now look at us and our logo quizzically, and then they come and check us out and see what we're all about." For Alden, it all starts with branding, saying that it was a challenge when Columbia was farther away than, say, Ames or Lincoln. But Mizzou sports is now a regular topic of conversation in the area; about 15-20 years ago, that was not necessarily the case. The next step is to put the university's best foot forward; under his leadership, the university has invested over $150 million in its athletic facilities since he took over. The result is a recruiting tool that draws top athletes and students from all over the country.

Regarding the basketball teams, he said that everyone was excited about this year's men's team following their 30-win season; over 7,000 people showed up for an exhibition game with Northwest Missouri State. The women, including Kyley Simmons, niece of Worth County's own Todd Simmons, are in a rebuilding year, but Alden said that they would be ahead of where they were last year. Alden had nothing but good things to say about Simmons, who started as a point guard last year as a freshman. "She's got the best work ethic of anyone on the team," said Alden. He said that the success of both the teams would depend on how well they played as a team and shared the ball.

Touring the small towns of Missouri is nothing new for Alden; he has visited every county of the state in his 14 year tenure at one time or another. Reaching out to Tiger fans around the state is one of his core philosophies, one that he started doing when he became athletic director in 1998. He talked about other small towns during his visit, such as Bethany, which produced the Madison brothers, Ty Luellen, and Larry Linthacum, or Brookfield, which has also produced a pipeline of Missouri athletes. He himself was born and raised in small town Missouri; he grew up in Williamsburg, MO, a small town 35 miles east of Columbia.

When he first became athletic director, Alden said part of his goal was to change the culture; in the past, "we never got out and about," he said. "This is a matter of us reaching out and thanking loyal Tiger fans across the state for their support of Mizzou athletics." Along the way, he has formed many partnerships, such as with the University of Missouri Extension, which serves all 114 counties in the state. The Extension is part of the University of Missouri system and both Alden and the Extension share the goal of academic excellence.

National Rural Health Day

Northwest Missouri rural communities face unique healthcare concerns including healthy life-style issues, accessibility issues (particularly in terms of transportation and technology), and affordability issues as the result of larger percentages of un-/underinsured citizens. These are just a few of the concerns Northwest Medical Center and other local, state and national rural stakeholders hope to bring to light during the second annual National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 15, 2012.
National Rural Health Day gives Missouri the opportunity to ‘Celebrate the Power of Rural’ and showcase the good works of our rural citizens, as well as, raise awareness to the healthcare concerns our communities face.  Northwest Medical Center is committed to promoting healthy life-style choices and healthcare.  Our goal is to bring the amenities and services that urban areas enjoy, to citizens and patients residing in our local communities.   
Events recognizing National Rural Health Day and “Celebrating the Power of Rural” will take place in every state throughout the nation the week of November 11-17.  In Missouri, Northwest Medical Center will celebrate National Rural Health Day by partnering with area schools and business to WALK FOR WELLNESS.  On November 15th, anytime throughout the day, we are asking community members to Stop what you are doing, Drop the pencils and close the computers, and Walk for 5 minutes, 10 minutes, an hour; whatever you have time for. 
Northwest Medical Center invited area schools to participate in the WALK FOR WELLNESS, and the response has been great.   Albany R-III District Superintendent Jon Rinehart agrees that healthy lifestyles are important and we need to continue to educate our children.  “Our school district is proud to partner with Northwest Medical Center to highlight such an important issue that effects our youth and community.” -Jon Rinehart, Albany School District Superintendent.
Unite with us to recognize National Rural Health Day by walking and supporting healthy life-style initiatives.  Be sure to send photos of your walk to trisha.kellogg@northwestmedicalcenter for Facebook postings and recognition.  Let’s Stop, Drop, and Walk, to Celebrate the Power of Rural!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Two Injured in Grant City Accident

Two people were injured in a two-car accident Tuesday (October 30th) afternoon in Grant City at 46 and Front Street. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 1998 GMC Sonoma driven by Winfield Bowen, 90, of Mount Ayr, was attempting to turn south on Front Street from 46. The Sonoma turned into the path of a 1989 Oldsmobile Regency driven by Philip Hanks, 37, of Grant City. The Hanks vehicle struck the Bowen vehicle in the passenger side. The Hanks vehicle came to rest on its wheels on 46. The Bowen vehicle was pushed off the south side of the roadway and came to rest in the grass. Hanks received moderate injuries and was taken to the Northwest Medical Center in Albany. Bowen received minor injuries and refused medical treatment at the scene. Neither person was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. The Bowen vehicle received extensive damage and was driven to a local garage and will be towed at a later date. The Hanks vehicle was totaled and taken to Don's Body Shop of Parnell.

Nine NEN Students Attend FFA Nationals

Nine Northeast Nodaway students attended FFA nationals in Indianapolis. Attending were Kristan Judd, Sarah Bliley, Jenny Seipel, Kerrigan Adwell, Taryn Farnan, Kaysie Wiederholt, Kristen Wiederholt, Collin Schmitz, and Jason Henggeler. They attended a couple of the sessions, watched two band concerts, watched a hypnotist, stopped and visited the Abe Lincoln Museum in Springfield, and went to a career fair where they visited with various colleges and companies.

The FFA has been busy in other areas as well. On November first, they raffled off a deer stand to a lucky winner. They are also selling fruit; they are selling apples, oranges, pears, and grapefruit; to purchase some fruit, contact a Northeast Nodaway FFA member. They also had their Barnwarming in which 75 students attanded; Dalton Henggeler and Allyson Carter were chosen king and queen for the event.

Two Sheridan Houses Destroyed by Fire

Two Sheridan houses were destroyed by fire Tuesday (October 30th) morning. The Sheridan Fire Department got a call at around 2:50 a.m. The Randle house at 2nd and Lincoln was completely gone while the former Joe Adams house was mostly gone. The cause of the fire was unknown.

Jack Remembers -- To the Victor

The elections are over, but as I write this, I have no idea how they came out.  All I know is I don’t like how campaigns are run.  Where I grew up in Eastern Jackson County, politics was part of our life.  All the county jobs were patronage.  Actually, that’s how our Democracy was built.  President Andrew Jackson said “To the victor belongs the spoils.” 
     In Jackson County, the spoils were the patronage jobs.  It didn’t cost anything to run for office, because if the elected official had twenty employees, those twenty employees not only gave him part of their paycheck to cover election expense, but also went out election day which was a holiday for the county employees, and brought in the votes for their boss, the elected official.  These elected officials ran the county so efficiently, they never raised taxes and they never issued bonds, except to build roads.  Jackson County’s tax levy was 77 cents per hundred valuation, the lowest in the nation for a Class A County.  It was debt-free, and had a AAA credit rating. 
     Then two things happened.  The do-gooders and the powers to be (money people) decided workers shouldn’t be laid off when their elected official was defeated and new workers hired.  In the Federal government, they call it civil service and in the county they call it the merit system whereby it is almost impossible to fire a government employee.
     I ran for committeeman and also formed a political club called the Sni Valley Democratic Club.  Even then in the early 1960’s, the county and state officials would come to us and offer to pay for our printing and sample ballot if we would put their name on it.  Today, when an elected official comes by or contacts you, all they want is money for their television ads.  So now you have to be rich to run for any office, or take money from the lobbyists and the wealthy who also demand control of the elected officials vote when they need it. 
     I liked it better before the do-gooders and rich took over the election process.
Jack can be reached at PO Box 40, Oak Grove, MO 64075, or  Visit

Casey Guernsey -- Proposition B

Over the last several weeks, I have been writing about the various propositions on the ballot for next week.

Of the four initiatives, the tobacco tax increase — Proposition B — has spurred the most discussion. It is certainly true that Missouri has the lowest tobacco tax in the nation and that cigarettes can damage our health. However, I am very much a believer in personal responsibility and I simply do not agree that a 760 percent tax increase on a targeted business of any variety is equitable during these challenging economic times. As always, there is much more to this proposition than a tax increase and I'd like to explain that.

We all remember the ballot initiative that dealt with gaming funds (casino and lottery) several years ago. We've also learned that despite the fantastic campaign advertisements promising huge increases in education funding, this did not transpire. What actually happened was a swap in revenue sources for education which kept education funding at the same level. This isn't what the voters thought would take place! All of these funds were supposed to fund increases in dollars to our schools and help solve our education problems. Since then, our largest two school districts remain unaccredited. And now, we are faced with yet another campaign to raise taxes for our schools that could end with a broken promise.

Those supporting Proposition B claim lawmakers could only use the money for education and health care. Missourians have rejected similar tax increases on the ballot in 2002 and 2006. If you look at how this proposition is worded, it mandates the money to be placed in a 'Health and Education Trust Fund' and those funds to be used to educate children about tobacco use. Prop B also increases the amount of money tobacco companies must pay into an escrow fund. The devil is always in the details, and my concern is that this money will be used for tobacco education funding and NOT sent to schools for them to spend on general education improvements, Capital improvements,  text books, etc. I am concerned this won’t increase education dollars like the general public expects, but rather create a new education program that will wind up costing us even more dollars to administer.

Proposition B would also establish a commission of political appointees to spend almost $60 million of our tax dollars per year without oversight. This unelected panel could spend tax dollars on virtually whatever they want with zero accountability.

Diverting money is a classic way to avoid tough decisions to cut spending. I am concerned that this massive tax increase would ensure wasteful spending will continue, or become even worse, in our state. I'm like you; if we have a proposition about education funding - it should be about education funding! This ballot initiative is more about punishing tobacco companies than it is increasing education dollars at our local schools where it is needed.

Our elected officials are accountable each and every election, while the commission established in this initiative is not. In addition, I have never felt a tax increase of this size was necessary to continue to provide existing services in this state when we continue to have tax credits and other spending programs that are out of control.

To me, this proposed tax increase seems too large. For those who believe the funds will go to a good purpose, I will remind them our challenge is not a lack of budget funds, but rather how we spend those dollars. The solution is not more revenue raised on the backs of hard-working citizens; it is prioritizing the funds available and certainly not creating new expensive programs, commissions and propositions as Prop B does.
I am a “no” vote on Proposition B. It is true, we need to spend more money on education and if this proposition had actually done that, I would view it entirely different. However, I do have many constituents that feel otherwise on this proposition. We will soon know the outcome of this issue after the Nov. 6 election.
It is an honor to serve as your Missouri State Representative, and I do appreciate your input on matters of importance to you, your family and community. Please feel free to contact me at 573-751-4285 or Thank you for taking an active role by voicing your opinions on our state and national governmental matters.

Cub Scouts Hold Annual Wienie Roast

Cub Scouts held their annual wienie roast Sunday Oct.28 at the scout campground.  The evening began with Vern Mitchell and Tammy  Sullivan  with the Sheridan Worth County Ambulance.  They showed the boys equipment that they use in an emergency situation and a couple of the boys participated in a couple of demonstrations. Vern and Tammy explained how they need to remain calm so they can help them if they were to ever get hurt and then they got a tour of the ambulance.  To finish the night Two Boy Scout boys, Trenton Gabriel and Wyatt Frese lead a Flag Retiring Ceremony with the Cub Scouts assisting.  The boys learned how to properly retire our American Flag.  The Cub Scouts would like to thank everyone who purchased popcorn or gave monetary donations. It was greatly appreciated and this helps the boys go to camps and pay for their badges that they earn throughout the year.  We have a great community supporting our troop and we thank you.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Doin' God's Work -- Trick or Treat!

Trick or Treat! God has done a lot of treating while the devil is still up to his tricks. Keep our eyes on God and doing his work until He returns. I hope the children understand the difference is only a prayer away.

The calendar seems to turn much faster than it used to. Perhaps it is because I am ready to hibernate and reflect on where God carried me last month. I have so much to thank God for! Time to give back to our neighbors!

Wednesday, we congregated, sang songs of praise for blessings of God's work from answered prayers. We also discussed ways to spread the gospel cheer.

Samaritans Purse Shoe Box Christmas is being collected. November 12-19 dropoff is at the 24770 Interlude Road, Calvary Church in Maryville. Go east on 16th street, turn left on Dewey, go 1 block, turn into the drive on your right. Collection times are -- November 12th, 3-7 p.m.; Saturday (17th) and Sunday (18th), 1-4 p.m.; Monday (19th) 8-9:30 a.m. Praise God for the opportunity to give to others during the special season of His birth! Franklin Graham had a vision in 1993. Last year, they delivered over 8.6 million gift-filled shoeboxes to over 100 countries that spread the Gospel and God's love.

There will be many opportunities to enjoy a meal with UMC folks. November 2nd fall dinner at Ravenwood; Lord's Acre Sale November 3rd at Grant City; and don't forget the annual Election Dinner at Sheridan City Hall November 6th. Also, Sheridan will have a bazaar to purchase some baked goodies and a little bit of everything. Make plans to join us while you are in town voting.

I guarantee doing God's work will open more doors as we approach Thanksgiving and Advent. Let's put His word into action for others to desire following God. Pastor Janis plans to take a vacation November 19th to 26th. What a blessing the TRIO have been to our communities. May we continue to pray for them, God's vision for us, and the world around us in these political times. See you in the neighborhood and church!

Obituary -- Eleanor Marie Krupa 1920-2012

Eleanor Marie Krupa, 92, of Plymouth (MI) died peacefully on October 23, 2012. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Francis Krupa in 1999. Loving mother of Doug (Lois) and Gaylynn (Jim) Harris, three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and one sister, Lois (Maggie) Rosborough of Sheridan survive her. Family and friends gathered at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Brighton, MI Saturday, October 27th from 1-6 p.m.

Worth County Sheriff's Report

10-22 -- Officer investigating report of 7 hogs being shot at a farm on Route B in Worth County.
10-23 -- Person in Grant City calls about dog in trash; referred to City of Grant City.
10-23 -- Officer investigates report of phone harassment.
10-23 -- Person in for accident report.
10-24 -- Officer responds to medical alert in Grant City.
10-24 -- Report of dead dogs on 169 south of bridge; officer investigates.
10-24 -- Officer investigates C&I driving on 46 near Allendale.
10-24 -- Officer investigates 911 hangup call; all OK.
10-25 -- Financial business calls about repossessed truck.
10-25 -- Head Start tours Courthouse.
10-25 -- Jefferson County, CO calls about a person wanted on a Worth County warrant.
10-26 -- Report of cow out on Route Z; owner notified.
10-26 -- Person in with papers for prosecutor's office.
10-26 -- Officer investigates report of hit and run at 46 and A.
10-26 -- Report of a parked car partly on the roadway; officer is investigating.
10-27 -- Officers attend Hazmat drill in Sheridan.
10-27 -- Officer helps with traffic for 5K run.
10-27 -- Officer attempts to serve papers in Sheridan.

Worth County Junior High Boys Get Breather over Shamrocks

Worth County's Junior High Boys won a breather over the North Harrison Shamrocks 33-5 Monday night. The Tigers scored the first 24 points of the game and did not allow a single North Harrison score until the third quarter. Ryan McClellan led the Tigers with a career high 11 points, followed by Cade Allee with a career high 10 and Drake Kinsella with 7. Wayde Parman followed with a career high 4, while Bobby Lynch scored his first career point as a Tiger, hitting a free throw.

Drake Kinsella opened the scoring for the Tigers by following his own miss 10 seconds into the game. Wayde Parman followed with a driving layup and then Worth County scored 14 points in the final three minutes of the first quarter to put the game away. Wayde Parman hit Drake Kinsella inside, then Cade Allee followed with a putback, Ryan McClellan scored off a Drake Kinsella steal, Wayde Parman scored off a steal, Cade Allee got another putback, Ryan McClellan scored off another Wayde Parman steal as Wade was active on defense, and then Ryan hit Cade Allee for a baseline shot with 10 seconds left to round out the scoring. North Harrison didn't have anyone who could handle the ball and it showed as Worth County got a lot of easy points off of steals.

The Tigers continued to pull away slowly in the second as Drake scored to lead off, then Ryan McClellan scored off a steal and then Jacob Wimer hit Ryan on the left wing.

North Harrison broke the shutout right off the bat in the third quarter to end any suspense, but Ryan McClellan continued to have the hot hand in the third, getting a free throw and later scoring off a Wayde Parman steal. Cade Allee added a shot from the right side and a pair of free throws and Drake Kinsella scored a free throw as Worth County led 32-3 after three quarters.

The girls lost 34-23 to North Harrison as they struggled against a mobile athletic center, something that has been their achilles heel this year. They dug themselves into a 14-4 hole in the first quarter and could not dig their way out of it as they could not come any closer than 5. Grace Schottel led the scoring for Worth County with 8 and Payton Adwell followed behind with 7; both were personal bests for them. Quinci Schottel added 4 and Kristen Ross and Sidney Troutwine had 2 each.

Sheridan Shamrocks Elect New Officers

Sheridan Shamrocks met immediately following the county recognition night on September 30. The next meeting date was set for October 15. Members were reminded to be thinking about nominations for officers. Members present were Megan and Levi Cassavaugh, Alysa and Liz Lyle, Taylor Sanders, Kristen and Tyler New, Elias and Andrew Alarcon, and guest Ashlynn Barnett.

The Shamrocks met on October 15 to elect officers for the following year. Outgoing President Megan Cassavaugh called the meeting to order and led the Pledges. Karla Parman, county YPA, handed awards to those not present at recognition night. Kristen New gave the Treasurer’s report which was approved. New officers were elected as follows Liz Lyle, President; Kristen New, Vice-President; Linda Petersen, Secretary; Nevada Hoff, Treasurer; and Liz, Nevada, and Maddie Taute, County Council Representatives. Birthday wishes were given to Elias Alarcon, Tyler New, and Liz Lyle. Dues are $8 for Clover Kids and $9 for regular members. Members were encouraged to be thinking of community service projects and of the 6 meeting requirement for Achievement Day and the Livestock Show. Ramonia Parman will be the leader for cooking projects. Christie Petersen and Rebecca New are leaders for sewing projects. The next meeting will be November 12 at 4 p.m. at Sheridan Grocery and CafĂ©. The New family will provide refreshments. Members present included Kristen and Tyler New; Rebecca, Daniel, and Katelyn Parman; Ragan Allee; Ashlynn Barnett; Nevada Hoff; Elias Alarcon; Megan Cassavaugh; Liz and Alysa Lyle; Sydney Gardner; Franklynn and Maddie Taute; and Matthew and Lindajoy Petersen. Adult leaders present were Ramonia Parman, Rebecca New, Christie Petersen, Karla Parman, Julie Cassavaugh, and Miranda Lyle.

Four Sheridan Residents Call for Fixing Parnell Road

Four Sheridan residents came to the Worth County Commission meeting Monday and called for the county to fix the road running south from 246 to Parnell. Charlie Haun, Joe Fletchall, Pete Belekonny, and Wayne Branham came to the meeting to state their concerns. The city has also requested work on the road according to last week's minutes. The residents say that the road has too many potholes and that there is a dust problem, leading to allergies. There is also a speeding problem, with cars shooting through the road at between 40-50 miles per hour. There is also a standing water problem. Back in the 1980's, there was a speed limit 25 sign going into town; however, that sign has been down a long time. The speed limit on all county roads is 55. It would be up to the city to determine the speed limit within Sheridan city limits.

The solution would be for the county to tear up the asphalt, dig out the potholes, and start over. Once the county got it into shape, the residents could chip in money to stop the dust problem; while the county does not put in money to control dust, it allows residents to do so. MFA in Maryville will put chemicals on the road that would control the dust at residents' expense. Interested parties should notify the county so that they can get the road up to shape so that the grader won't have to come across it; should the grader come along and do the road, it will get rid of the dust retardant and it will have to be replaced. The county does not maintain asphalt roads. The county, however, does maintain roads within city limits if it is the only way that the county can get to their roads; the county does so for a road in Worth and Denver.

The county tentatively scheduled a demonstration for a wood chipper for Thursday morning. They are in the process of applying for a grant for it.

The next Worth County Progress Organization meeting has been rescheduled to November 1st at 6:00 at the Courthouse due to the election.

The county received an inquiry about purchasing a tube that the county does not use anymore. The county policy is to determine scrap value for such tubes and then take sealed bids to sell such tubes.

Tire needs were discussed by the commission with the winter season coming up. The county decided to purchase a complete set of four tires and see how they would hold up, splitting if necessary.

Last week, the county learned that bids for cleaning brush along Road #163 that the county says is in violation of brush ordinances were too high, so the county may have to remove the brush and then charge the cost to the landowner. County Attorney David Baird will get pricing options for the county to use if they cut the brush themselves and then charge the landowner.

Commissioners explained their agreement with the Missouri Department of Conservation about rock along Conservation roads. The MDC agreed to pay for 200 tons of rock per mile; some is to be spread heavier in reconstruction areas while the rest is to be spread over other roads. The county will spread half of the rock now and the other half in spring.

New Grant City Baptist Pastor Comes Back Home

New Grant City Baptist Church Pastor Darin Drury said that he was following a calling when he got into the ministry. "I had a rough childhood growing up and it turned into a calling into the ministry," he said. He previously served as pastor of the Cave City (AR) Baptist Church. He has a wife, Nancy, along with three children, Reagan, Riley, and A.J. At one time, he was pastor of the Laura Street Baptist Church, so for him, this was a homecoming. Drury started out as a youth leader for Kansas City for KC Youth for Christ and he grew into a pastor. "I learned a lot about how to study and interpret the Bible there," he said. Drury said that he saw the opening at Grant City as an opportunity opening up as well as a homecoming for him and his family. "People have treated us great since we moved here," he said. He has already hit the ground running; the Grant City Baptist Church is planning a Thanksgiving Supper on Tuesday, November 20th. There are other events in the works as well.

Sheridan Express Considers Expanding Blog

The Board of Directors of the Sheridan Express Newspaper Cooperative at its October meeting considered a suggestion to open up the Sheridan Express blog for information and opinion contributions from the cooperative's paid members. This would be a right in addition to the rights of democratic election and profit-sharing that already exist under the Articles of Association or Agreement and by-laws. No definite action was taken. Public comment is invited.

Worth Treatin' Attracts 45 Booths

The second annual Worth Treatin' celebration was held Sunday, sponsored by the Grant City CBC and the Grant City Fire Department. Over 200 people went to the Pool Park and got treats from area organizations and businesses and many then went to the new Firehouse and ate dinner for a fundraiser for the Grant City Fire Department.

Among the businesses and organizations who participated were The Learning Academy, Kobbe Feed Seed & Auction, Sheridan Christian Church, the County of Worth, Grant City Golf Club, Snakebite, Great Western Bank, Monticue Construction, Kobbe Lawn Care, Dollar General, Rural Missouri Insurance, Worth County PTO, Worth County Dance Team, Worth County Cheerleaders, White Pony Ranch (Dave and Jozy Moyer), Grant City Auto, Grant City Skating Rink, Sherri's Pharmacy, Worth Smokin' BBQ, Northwest Medical Center, Life in Moments Photography, Drifters Trucking, Hart's Drive-In, Sheridan Grocery & Cafe, Worth County Farm Bureau, Worth County Fire Auxiliary, Janet Wake Larison, Davidson Construction, Casey's, Sheridan Fire Department, Grant City Fire Department, Worth County Lumber, Groom Taxidermy, Worth County Convalescent Center, Flowers N' Things, Hy-Vee, Parman Farms (Pete & Diane Parman), Medicine Hat, Campbell Construction, Worth County FCCLA, Susie's Noodles, Oldtowne Cafe, Grant City CBC, and the Grant City Baptist Church.

Sheridan Fire Chief Gives Tour to Visitors

Sheridan Fire Chief Butch Thomas gave an impromptu tour of the Sheridan Firehouse to outside visitors Sunday morning. Present during the tour were Jay and Sharon Vantuyl, Ed and Rita Deml, Mervyn Vantuyl, and David Vantuyl. David climbed on the front of one of the vehicles and looked inside the ambulance. Thomas also sounded the siren for his visitors.

Obituary -- Helen Maxine Baker 1922-2012

Helen Maxine (Brooks) Baker was born to Mimalee Cox and Willie Ralph Brooks on April 10, 1922 at New Market, IA. Helen had several brothers and sisters. She was one of five -- Helen, Gladys, James, Florence, and Winiford and four step-brothers and sisters -- Edith, Cleo, Frank, and Mildred.

Helen married Aubra Guy Baker October 5, 1939. They were blessed with four children; Margaret (Merv) Moore, Wilma Konieczny (deceased), Carolyn (Tom) Baker, and Richard (Sandy) Baker.

Helen had 8 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews. She enjoyed her family, making quilts, gardening, and feeding them all when they came to visit. Helen and Aubra traveled all over the US for over a decade. They finally settled around New Market and farmed. Then, they moved to Hopkins to farm. In 1966, they moved north of Grant City on a farm with crops, cows, and chickens. Helen was a homemaker, a woman of many chores, and hard work to be done.

They joined the Assembly of God Church in Clarinda.

Aubra had passed away so Helen and Richard had a sale in January and moved to Grant City in March. Helen then went to work for the WCCC in 1970 as a CNA. She retired after 20 years, only to go back to work for them and celebrated the runner-up award for the oldest person working. She loved all the staff and residents and felt like they were family.

She became a member of First Assembly of God in Grant City in 1982. She enjoyed the pastor and his family.

Helen passed away to be with her Lord and Savior on October 23, 2012. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. She was a special lady.

Funeral services were held at the Andrews Funeral Home in Grant City on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Pastor Len Green officiated. Interment was in the Grant City Cemetery.

Obituary -- Twilla Ellen Fletchall 1932-2012

Twilla Ellen Fletchall went to be with the Lord October 23, 2012 at her apartment in Westminister, CO after a brief illness.

She was born Febrary 7, 1932 on a farm east of Allendale to Orville and Loda (Maudlin) Fletchall. Her mother died in a house fire with Twilla was seven weeks old. Her father was badly burned getting Loda (27 years old), son Verdon (4), and baby Twilla out of the house.

Twilla's grandmother, Frances (Combs) Maudlin, who she always called Mama, raised her. Most of her young life was spent in Worth and Harrison Counties. She graduated from Hatfield High School in 1949. After graduation, she moved with her grandmother to Odessa, TX to be near her aunts, Leona and John Faustlin and Zelphia and Melvin Brantley. In Odessa, she worked for Bell Telephone Company. Sometime later, she went into full-time Christian Ministry and became a youth director for a non-denominational church. She transferred to Denver as a youth director and later church secretary until failing health brought retirement. Twilla has devoted her life to serving her Lord and Savior.

Twilla was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents Frank and Frances (Mama) Maudlin, Michael and Rebecca Fletchall, brother Verdon Fletchall, step-mother Mary Campbell Fletchall, half-brothers Mervin and Danny Fletchall, half-sister Sue Fletchall Burk, and step-brother Eldon Campbell.

Twilla is survived by sisters-in-law Judy Fletchall, Jolene Fletchall Umphry, and Saundra Campbell, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. She will be missed by all of us.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City with interment in the Fletchall Cemetery, Grant City. Memorials for Twilla will be decided later.

Six Worth County Students Make All-District Choir

Six Worth County students tried out for the All-District Choir. There were over 200 students picked to represent their district. All six students successfully made the choir. The students were Claire Andrews, Brianna Fletchall, Dakota Owsley, Shane Kollitz, Joel Kollitz, and Clayton Ross. Five out of the six performed this past weekend in Platte City.

Harry Truman -- Citizen First, Public Servant Second

Yes, Harry Truman did say that "He didn't give the Republicans hall; he just told the truth and they thought it was hell." This, according to Phillip Richmond, who spoke at the preelection Worth County Democratic Rally. Richmond is a former guide at the Harry Truman Home in Independence. It was also related that at the end of his presidency, he was the most unpopular president ever, a little-remembered fact today when both political parties claim his mantle in the area of foreign policy. Harry was unique. He considered himself a citizen first and public servant second. He actively opposed the placing of his name on what is now Truman Road in Independence. He would not approve of the names given to "Truman Dam" or "Truman State." He championed education but did not graduate from college. He loved young people and encouraged them to participate in public affairs. To him, politics was an honorable profession.

Nine from Worth County Attend FFA Nationals

Worth County FFA members recently attended the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN from October 23-26.  Members attending included Lane Craven, Kristen Andrews, Josh Warner, Sydney Thummel, Jared Simmons, Jake Hardy, Rikky Hunt, Danielle Funk, and Kenna Lafollette.  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, Dow Agrosciences, and the  Kelsay Dairy 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 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.

Anhydrous Ammonia Disaster Exercise Held in Sheridan

An anhydrous ammonia disaster exercise was held in Sheridan Saturday morning to train emergency crews on what to do in the event that an accident happens involving anhydrous ammonia. Anhydrous ammonia is very dangerous material and in the worst case, people have to be evacuated upwind from the source in the event of a major leak. Sterling Hopkins, manager of Worth County MFA, said that the first step in an ammonia accident was to call him immediately so that he could notify corporate headquarters as well as have properly trained people to work with emergency crews. Ammonia in sufficient concentrations can overpower a person in as little as 20 seconds; during the training session, a video was shown of a responding officer who didn't realize the danger of ammonia and who was killed responding to an accident in 20 seconds. Ammonia is used as fertilizer for crops; however, it must be handled carefully by properly trained personnel.

Excess pressure can result in tank failure, which means that tank volume cannot exceed 85%. It is inflammatory to skin and it is dangerous to life and health in as little as 300 parts per million. Contact lenses can make it worse because they can trap the vapor; it is inflammatory to the eyes. In an ammonia accident, the emergency response is complicated because the victims must be placed in a tank of water to flush the anhydrous ammonia and minimize the effects. Dangerous concentrations of anhydrous ammonia can extend well beyond the visible vapors and it can easily be mistaken for ordinary smoke from a fire. Releases of more than 100 pounds must be reported to state and national authorities.

In the simulated accident, a car collided with an anhydrous ammonia tank resulting in two fatalities and people being thrown from the vehicle and ammonia leaking from the tank. The new Emergency Command Center that the county has was deployed in response. Another complication in dealing with anhydrous ammonia accidents is the fact that it takes 100 gallons of water for each gallon of ammonia to be contained. Therefore, fire departments must consider alternative water sources when dealing with ammonia releases. Vehicles must be placed upwind of the ammonia, runoff water must be controlled, and contaminated water must be disposed of.

For smaller releases, emergency authorities can have people stay in homes with windows closed. However, large incidents require immediate evacuations and appropriate roads closed off so that passing motorists are not exposed. Specialized protective gear must be worn and downwind operations should not be considered unless absolutely necessary. Even if anhydrous ammonia does not release right away in an accident, it can do so later.

The exercise itself involved donning protective equipment and treating a "victim" with a broken leg. Treatment requires washing the victim's eyes for 15 minutes if the eyes were exposed. The first priority is to get victims out as soon as possible, and then deal with the anhydrous leak. The Worth County Ambulance completed training requirements for many of its members back at the firehouse, where four more "victims" were. Mary Jo Riley role-played the part of a hysterical relative frantically trying to get information about one of the victims. The Sheridan CBC hosted a lunch for the volunteers afterwards. One of the biggest areas identified was the fact that two of the radios did not work on the appropriate frequency, something that Emergency Management Director Pat Kobbe said she was glad to discover during a drill and not during the real thing.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Worth County FFA Grasslands 3rd in Districts

Worth County FFA Grasslands team recently competed at District and State level competitions.  This year’s team included Chase Thummel, Brandon Allee, Sydney Thummel and Jared Simmons.  They competed at the Northwest District Grasslands contest at the Pony Express Wildlife Reserve in St. Joseph on October 4th.  The team placed 3rd the district competition and went on to compete at the State Grasslands contest in Ashland, MO on October 18th.  The Grasslands contest requires students to appraise the value of grassland areas by determining soil characteristics, evaluating wildlife capabilities, identifying species of plants present, and determining suitability for beef cattle production.