Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bluejay Girls Win Defensive Gem over Bulldogs; Claudia Wiederholt has Season High

Northeast Nodaway's girls flipped the tables and knocked off CFX 33-21, a team that had their number last year. Claudia Wiederholt had a season high 8 points for Northeast as she had a season high for the Bluejays. Following a discouraging 47-31 loss to South Nodaway, a game in which Claudia didn't play due to getting hit in the eye with a ball during pregame warmups, Northeast hacked and fouled their way into a 30-point hole against once-beaten North Andrew. But then they played their best half of the year and at least put points on the board in a 66-41 loss to the Cardinals.

Northeast then had to play CFX, a team that had beaten them twice last year. In the first game, they were doomed by sloppy play; in the second game, they did too much hacking and fouling. But in Tuesday night's game, they cleaned all that up and got the win. It started out by allowing CFX only one shot down the court on defense; both Taryn Farnan and Dallis Coffelt hit double figures in rebounding, snagging 11 each. Dallis added two blocks on defense and Claudia one as they were able to patrol the paint and erase mistakes. Offensively, Claudia's ballhandling made all the difference as Northeast had a season-low six turnovers. That was an important stat as in a battle between two good defensive teams, every possession is important.

It all added up to Coach Vance Proffitt being as relaxed as he's been all year while patrolling the sidelines for Northeast. The Bluejays didn't get a lot of scoring; points were hard to come by for both teams. But they had balanced scoring in the win. Claudia Wiederholt and Taryn Farnan had 8 points each while Dallis Coffelt had 6, Jill Spire had 4, Holly Redden had 3, and Kerrigan Adwell and Brianna Riley had 2 each. Claudia added some outside shooting on a night when Holly Redden had an off night. Defensively, Taryn Farnan showed why she is one of the best on the ball defenders in the area. Sophomore standout Ryan Hopkins was constantly trying to push the ball up the floor and get her team back in the game. But just as often, Taryn was there to stop her; thanks to her size, Hopkins did not have a lot of good outside looks. Hopkins got her points, but she was not able to take over the game.

Northeast had four different players get in the scoring column in the first quarter; Holly Redden had a 3-pointer from the left side off a pass from Taryn Farnan, Dallis Dawn had a free throw and got a long outlet to Taryn for a layup, and Claudia added a pullup. That was all the scoring for Northeast, but CFX did not have a single good look the whole period. Their only points came when Baylee Lewis hit an outside shot with Holly Redden draped all over her as Northeast led 8-2.

Hopkins hit a pair of free throws to start the scoring for the Hornets in the second, but then Kerrigan Adwell got loose off a good backdoor look to get Northeast going. Claudia hit a shot from the right wing and another from the top of the key and Dallis Coffelt and Taryn Farnan added free throws to put Northeast up 16-4. Just as importantly, Northeast got Hopkins in foul trouble to kill any chances of a rally late in the half.

Between two evenly matched teams, it is only a matter of time before the one trailing starts to make a run and CFX suddenly started hitting some shots to cut it to 18-11, prompting Proffitt to switch from zone back to man to man for the rest of the game. Northeast played through a four minute scoring drought to start the second on the other end. Brianna Riley had her only two points of the game, but they were huge as she took a pass from Dallis Coffelt and hit a jumper with 3:48 left in the third to break CFX's momentum. Dallis threw a long skip pass to Taryn Farnan for a layup to get Northeast's lead back into double digits at 22-11 with 2:01 left in the third.

Once again, CFX tried to get the momentum as Alyssa Lewis' sidearm sling from downtown somehow went in early in the fourth to get the Bulldogs to within eight at 24-16. CFX ran a trap at Northeast and put their press back on, to no avail. One goal of a full court press is to funnel the ball into one of the corners just across the timeline, where two players can easily trap one. But a noticeable difference between the CFX and South Nodaway games was that Northeast kept the ball out of the trap area for the most part and got it to the middle of the floor, where it is much harder to trap.  Taryn Farnan hit Dallis Coffelt on a backdoor layup and then Holly Redden hit her inside and then Taryn Farnan grabbed an offensive board and drew Hopkins' fourth foul to take away CFX's aggression on defense and put Northeast up 31-19 with 4:02 left.

There was one scary moment at the 2:25 mark when Claudia got a hard foul as CFX was frantically trying to get the ball back and was shaken up; however, she came back in on the next dead ball and got a pass from Holly Redden for the dagger with 1:15 left, a fast break layup that prompted the CFX coach to throw in the towel.

Bluejay Boys Shut Down Explosive Hornets

Northeast Nodaway's boys shut down an explosive CFX team 61-47 as they were able to do a much better job of protecting the lead. Earlier in the season, Northeast had to scramble to beat the Hornets as they lost a double digit lead late in the game before Garet Jackson and Rowdy West bailed them out. But this time, they were able to do a much better job of staying on the court; they did a much better job of avoiding the hacking and fouling that had plagued them the first time. In the first game, the Bluejays were down to their final five players.

Northeast got off to an 18-4 lead after one quarter. Joel Scroggie had six in the period as once again, CFX did not have anyone to match up with him and Steve Schulte was getting the ball to him at will. That opened everyone else up; Andrew Faustlin got a drive and pullup as well as a putback; Steve added two 3-pointers, and Max Giesken added a backdoor layup off a pass from Joel. Joel was just as dangerous passing the ball as he was scoring it himself; he was always finding the open person when CFX tried to double him.

Joel Scroggie added four more in the second quarter as Northeast led by as much as 27-8 in the second quarter. Garet Jackson got on the board, as did Andrew Freemyer. But a blown call by the referees gave momentum back to the Hornets; an obvious hacking foul on Garet Jackson was instead called on Steve Schulte, who was sent to the bench with his third foul. This is the second time this year that Steve was the victim of the officials calling the foul on the wrong player.

With Steve out of the game, Northeast missed his ball-handling and defense and didn't score in the last 2:19 of the period. The Bluejays did not help themselves on defense, committing a silly foul 60 feet from the basket that turned into a free point for CFX. Between two evenly matched teams, every possession is important.

Hall of Fame Coach Bobby Knight was always harping on the need for teams to finish halves strongly. A good case in point was Tuesday night's game as CFX was able to translate their momentum into a third quarter run that got the lead under double digits. Northeast had four different players score in the period as Steve Schulte and Garet Jackson each had a 3-pointer, Andrew Freemyer scored a layup after a quick outlet from Joel Scroggie and Shaun Burns pushing it up the floor, and Joel hit Max Giesken cutting inside for a layup. But Jase Barnes fueled CFX's run with two 3-pointers in the period, the last one at the buzzer to make it 37-28 after three.

The bad thing about that play was that the Hornets had the ball to start the fourth quarter with a chance to get the deficit down to two possessions. But Northeast swung the momentum back the other way as Steve Schulte got a steal, went coast to coast, and got the call on a charge/block situation and converted a 3-point play in an obvious makeup by the officials for their previous miscue as the defender was completely set on the play. From there, Garet Jackson, who had been quiet most of the game, got the hot hand and got 10 points in the period as Northeast got the lead back into double digits and got ahead by as much as 19 before Coach Chaim Jenkins cleared his bench. Steve added a backdoor layup off yet another pass from Joel Scroggie, who was passing the ball like a point guard that night. Joel added a layup after a pass from Max Giesken, got a 3-point play after a putback, and also saved one on the defensive end from going out of bounds to Steve Schulte, who got it to Shaun Burns for a layup.  Max Giesken added a pair of free throws as Northeast scored 24 points in the period.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Grant City 2013 Budget Shows $150,000 Surplus

The City of Grant City had total income of $1,159,036.47 and expenses of $1,009,075 for a total surplus of around $150,000. The figures do not include money for the USDA water line project that is nearing completion. This includes a $100,000 surplus for the water fund, a $38,000 surplus for the sewer fund, and a $5,000 deficit for the gas fund. Tax collection revenues were higher than expected as the city succeeded in collecting some delinquent taxes. The city held a special meeting Wednesday to conduct business due to the lack of a quorum at their regular January 22nd meeting.

Public Works Director Carl Staton reported that the city was trying to get chlorine in the new line so that the city could send in testing samples and then open the new water line. Paperwork for the project is being finalized. Staton reported that he had kept a daily log of all pipe used for the project. The council voted to approve a change order for the project with the stipulation that the city will not approve the costs for a directional bore for $11,200. The following conditions were also made: All roads, intersections, signs, mailboxes, and tubes must be put back in the same condition that they were before the project began. One council member reported getting a complaint due to the project. Gravel must be put down on all roads affected. All trenches where there is settlement or holes must be filled to grade. The new water main must be tested and passed and in service by February 17th before penalties apply. Deadline for seeding, mulching, fertilizing, and final grade is May 16th. Staton reported that six different meters froze during the cold weather, which included temperatures of ten below zero. The city also fixed a water leak.

The city received a query from a prospective customer regarding gas service to a residence just outside of city limits. The council responded that it would not be feasible to add one customer as it would cost an estimated $6,000 to $7,000 on the city's part to bring the line to the city limits unless the customer were willing to pay for the entire project. The council makes such decisions on a case by case basis.

The city will put in a bid for the Department of Revenue office again this year. Should someone else get the bid, they will have to find a new office since the bid does not come with the office.

The council approved the budget for 2014. The city is looking to build a new city barn to replace the current one, which is aging. Estimated cost for a 60 by 80 foot barn would be between $80,000 and $100,000. The city could do their own labor in order to save costs. The city will look into possible grant sources for the project. The council voted to add $25,000 to water, sewer, and street/gas fund to capital outlay. The city says that the costs to repair and maintain the current barn exceed the cost of getting a new one.

The council voted to re-appoint Dave Moyer, Barb Pickering, and Joan Ford to the Board of Adjustment and appoint Becky McElvain and Andy Thurman to the board.

The initial meeting between the city and the state's economic development team will be held sometime near the end of March.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tiger Boys Once Again Drop Close Game

Worth County's boys basketball team once again dropped a close game Monday night as they fell to a very good Nodaway-Holt team 55-50. They led 15-10 after one quarter, but the Trojans chipped away at it, tied it at 26 at the half, and then took control in the second half. The pattern of the past two games is similar to the 1983-1984 season, when the Tigers dropped nearly all of their games by one or two possessions. There is no break in the schedule for the boys, who now have to travel to Albany Friday; the Warriors won districts last year and have some key cogs back this year.

The Tigers did not help themselves out at the free throw line as they shot only three for 10 from the line. Brevyn Ross led the Tigers with 20; he is becoming a model of consistency for the team in the scoring column. Ben Badell followed with 9, Truman Moore and Chris Alarcon had 8 each, Josh Warner had 3, and Lane Craven had 2. Brevyn Ross had two 3-pointers for the Tigers and Ben Badell had one.

The girls did some things right, but still fell to the unbeaten and top-ranked Nodaway-Holt squad 62-35. The Tigers held Megan Rosenbohm to 21 points and Kristen Andrews and Sydney Thummel did a good job defensively on her, getting the ball out of her hands. Unfortunately, everyone else stepped up for the Trojans, who had nine different people in the scoring column. Kaitlyn Davidson had 11 to lead the Tigers. Claire Andrews followed with 8. Ally Buffington had the best scoring night of her career, getting six. Sydney Thummel followed with 4 and Kristen Andrews, Danielle Funk, and Dylanie Abplanalp had 2 each. Danielle Funk, returning from an ankle injury, had 2 blocked shots. The Tigers were 11 for 20 from the free throw line.

Courtwarming Royalty Candidates Named for Worth County

Courtwarming royalty candidates have been named for Worth County for this year. Queen candidates are Claire Andrews and Kristen Andrews. King Candidates are Andrew Mullock and Lane Craven. Junior Attendants will be Jared Simmons and Kaitlyn Davidson. Sophomore attendants will be Chris Alarcon and Dylanie Abplanalp. Freshman attendants will be Jacob Wimer and Sidney Troutwine.

Five File for Worth County School Board Election

Five candidates have filed for the Worth County School Board Election to be held April 8th. They are incumbent and Board President Jeff Andrews, Scott Davidson, Tyler Steele, Mary Jo Fletchall, and Stephanie (Owens) Hardy. Three seats are up for election. Incumbents Paul Tracy and Richard Mullock did not seek reelection this year.

Incumbents Catherine Runde and Bruce Downing filed for reelection for the Grant City Council.

For the WCCC Board, incumbent Scott Houk filed for reelection for the East Union and Greene Township seat. Incumbent Kathy Miller did not seek reelection for the South Allen and Middlefork slot.

Write-in deadline for the April 8th election is March 28th.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Worth County Sheriff's Report

1-20 -- Worth County resident reports juvenile problem; officer investigating.
1-20 -- Report of a controlled burn near Pike Road in Worth County.
1-20 -- Officer responds to disturbance call near Denver.
1-21 -- No calls.
1-22 -- Officer arrests person on probation violation.
1-22 -- Person reports wrong address on divorce papers.
1-23 -- Report of a person having problems with electrical scooter on South Lyon Street.
1-23 -- Report of controlled fire at Grant City Cemetery.
1-24 -- Ambulance dispatched to residence in Grant City for person with mental problems.
1-24 -- Person calls needing accident report; referred to Missouri State Highway Patrol.
1-25 -- Report of disturbance at Sunny Slope Apartments in Grant City; advised to contact landlord.
1-25 -- Officer does well-being check on Worth County resident; person is OK.
1-25 -- Report of car-deer accident north of Allendale.

Obituary -- Ronald Glen Jennings 1947-2014

Ronald Glen Jennings, 66, of Newton, KS, died Saturday, January 18th, 2014 at the Harry Hynes Hospice of Via Christi Regional Medical Center -- St. Francis Campus in Wichita, KS. He was born on March 22, 1947 in Grant City, the son of Glen and Viola Mae Sharp Jennings. Ronnie graduated from Grant City High School in 1965.

He began his truck driving career in Albany with Petro Lane driving propane. Ronald married Carolyn Shaffer on June 17, 1967 in Albany. They moved to King City, where he began working for Meadow Gold Dairy, later being transferred to Ottumwa, IA, then to Topeka, KS.

In 1988, Ronald went to work for Casey's, delivering gasoline, where he remained working until his death. The Jennings moved from Topeka to Newton in 1999.

Ronald enjoyed hunting and could be seen regularly at the "Round Table" of Newell's Truck Stop in Newton.

Survivors include his wife Carolyn of the home; son Paul Glen Jennings and wife Tammye of Topeka; daughters Sybil Rollwagen and husband Jesse of Overland Park, and Sonya Rogers and Husband David of Moncks Corner, SC; parents Glen and Viola Jennings of Grant City; sisters Beverly Ruckman and husband Mike and Judy Houk and husband Scott of Grant City; ten grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home in Newton, KS. Graveside and interment services were held at 3 on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at the Grant City Cemetery in Grant City. Condolences may be left at Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home of Newton, KS.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Tiger Boys Throw Scare into Highly Touted Braymer; Fall by 14

Worth County's boys threw a scare into the highly touted Braymer team Friday night before falling by 14, 68-54. The Tigers remain winless on the year following the 14-point loss and a 17 point drubbing by King City Tuesday. Braymer had only lost three games for the year and figured to blow Worth County out of the gym; however, after the Tigers had fallen behind 16-9 late in the first quarter, Brevyn Ross (20 points) shot Worth County back into the game, tying it at 16 with a 3-pointer early in the second. His score off a steal tied it again at 18.

The boys have been playing more and more competitive this past week; however, perimeter defense was a liability. They gave up seven 3-pointers to Reagan Law of King City in the Wildkat loss and then continued the trend of leaving shooters open, giving up consecutive 3-pointers to spark a 10-0 Braymer run that put them up for good although Worth County always kept it close. Chris Alarcon's 3-pointer from the right wing with 3:26 left stopped the run and then Lane Craven's free throws with 40.6 seconds left in the first half brought Worth County back to within three again at 32-29.

Braymer opened the scoring in the second half with yet another long bomb, but Worth County kept in it with a lot of good transition looks as Brevyn Ross and Ben Badell were pushing it up the floor at will. Consecutive 3-pointers from Ben Badell and Brevyn Ross brought Worth County to within one at 42-41 with 2:23 left in the third, but a steal after Worth County had a chance to take the lead allowed Braymer to wrest control and the Bobcats followed up with a 3-pointer to make it 47-41 going into the fourth.

A pair of bad passes that led to easy baskets and another pair of defensive lapses that led to 3-pointers allowed Braymer to take its largest lead of the game at 58-43 before Josh Warner took a charge on defense to finally stop the bleeding. A transition basket from Ross, a coast to coast drive from Chris Alarcon, and a pair of free throws from Alarcon brought the game back to within 64-54, but the Tigers could not get it under double digits.

The girls also lost two during the week and have not been able to catch a break in the schedule as Braymer came into the game with a 10-5 record and a six-foot post player along with a stifling press. The Tigers played two good quarters against the Bobcats, but they had a 9 minute scoring drought as they dug themselves into a 21-4 hole against the Bobcats. They struggled against the press during that stretch, doing too much dribbling and making silly mistakes on the other end of the court. They gave up a 3-point play on one sequence when they forgot that a Bobcat player was sneaking behind them on a free throw situation on the other end; they gave up another free point when they fouled someone with one tenth of a second left on the first half clock 60 feet away from the basket, falling behind 30-10 at the break.

The Tigers were too afraid to attack the six-footer for Braymer and did not go to the basket enough in the first half. They finally got untracked in the second half when they did a much better job of attacking the basket and getting to the rim. Sydney Thummel led the scoring for Worth County with 11 points. Claire Andrews had 9, Kristen Andrews had 6, and Kaitlyn Davidson 4. The Tigers were shorthanded already, playing without Payton Adwell (illness), and went down another player when defensive stopper Danielle Funk rolled her ankle and didn't return.

Obituary -- Ronald Seymour 1941-2014

Ronald Y. Seymour, 72, St. Joseph, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at his home. Ronald was born on July 3, 1941 in Grant City to Donald H. and Vonceile (Yetter). He served in the Air Force and retired from the St. Joseph School District as a building engineer.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Savannah. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and playing pool. Ronald was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Shirley Nance.

He married Saundra Adams on June 19, 1960 in Worth; she survives of the home.

Additional surviving family members include daughters Rhonda (Dan) Archer of Omaha and Sherri Seymour Beckett of St. Joseph; grandchildren Blair, Ashlee, and Courtney Archer of Omaha and Jared Busichio of St. Joseph; and brother Larry Seymour of Bella Vista, AR.

Services were held at 10 am Saturday at the Heaton-Bowman-Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel. Visitation was held after 12 noon on Friday and the family received friends from 6-8 pm at the chapel. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Special Olympics of Elkhorn, NE.

Three Area Students Named to North Central Dean's List

Three area students were named to the North Central Missouri College Dean's List for Fall 2013. Northeast Nodaway grad Ashl'e Moore was named to the President's List, along with Sheridan resident Paige Blaine. Sheridan resident and Worth County grad Kacey Smyser was named to the Dean's List. Students named to the President's List compiled a 4.0 GPA during the Fall 2013 semester. Students named to the Dean's List compiled at least a 3.5 GPA during the Fall 2013 semester.

Obituary -- Richard Cottrell 1942-2014

     Richard Ross Cottrell, 71, passed away January 21, 2014 at St. John Hospital in Maplewood Minnesota.  Richard was born June 12, 1942 to Lorin and Frances Cottrell in Grant City, Missouri where he grew up and graduated from high school. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State at Maryville and went on to earn his degree in Economics from the University of Arizona, Flagstaff.  For the past several decades he resided in Chanhassen, Minnesota where he was a Human Resource Consultant.  .  

     Richard was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bill, and a son Robbie.  He is survived by a brother Jack (Jean) Cottrell, sisters, Betty Bartlett, Joan Hardy, Helen (Lindy) Laval, and Joyce (Howard) Wolfe, numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

     Funeral services will be Friday, January 24, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri, with visitation one hour prior to service.  Interment will be in Grant City Cemetery.  .      

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Bring Jobs Home Act Targets Businesses Moving to Missouri

A new bill filed in the Missouri House seeks to attract businesses to Missouri while avoiding the problems of the controversial HB 253 that was proposed last year and which was successfully vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon. Critics charged that HB 253 would have substantially gutted funding for schools; according to figures provided by the state, Worth County could have lost as much as $180,000. The Coalition for Missouri's Future, a group opposed to this bill, said that it would have gutted state funding by as much as $800 million per year.

The Bring Jobs Home Act (HB 1089) is much more narrowly tailored; specifically, it provides for tax breaks for businesses relocating to Missouri. There is a cap for tax breaks set at $10 million; businesses taking advantage of this break would be served on a first come first served basis. Businesses relocating to Missouri would be allowed to deduct any amount for which a deduction is allowed to the taxpayer under Section 162 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, permit and license fees, lease brokerage fees, equipment installation costs and similar expenses, and eligible expenses paid in connection with the elimination of business units outside of Missouri and establishment of business units within the state.

Under this bill, a business can deduct 20% of eligible insourcing expenses. No deduction would be allowed unless the number of full time employees for the taxable year for which the deduction is claimed is more than the number of full time employees in the year before eligible expenses were incurred. If a taxpayer is not allowed a deduction under the $10 million ceiling provision, they would be allowed one the next year. Should a taxpayer take a deduction under this section and then eliminate the business within 10 years, they would be required to repay the state.

The bill has a 6-year sunset clause; it would expire unless renewed by the legislature. If it is renewed by the legislature, it would then have a 12-year sunset clause.

Proposed Law would Allow Counties to Specify Penalties for Burn Bans

A proposed law in the Missouri House would allow counties to specify penalties for burn bans. Currently, counties can adopt burn bans in the event of severe drought. However, there is no provision for penalties for violations. Under HB 1077, Worth County and other counties would be able adopt orders or resolutions with penalties in the event of a drought or any other major disaster within the county such as the Ice Storm or the Grant City Square Fire.

Violations of these orders would be an infraction similar to a routine speeding ticket. These orders would not apply to state agencies responsible for fire management or suppression activities, persons conducting agricultural burning in accordance with best practices, or individuals, organizations, or corporations selling fireworks.

County commissions would also be able to pass regulations concerning their emergency management functions and operations.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

New Grant City Water Line Set to Turn On

The new 11 mile water line for the Grant City and Parnell water systems is set to turn on sometime next week, Randy Mehendall of  Snyder & Associates told the Grant City Council at the regular meeting tonight. The council could not conduct business due to a lack of quorum; however, they heard presentations and reports. A special meeting will be conducted January 29th to approve the budget and to do paperwork for the project.

The first sample will be taken sometime next week and sent in for testing. Once the tests come back OK, the city can then switch over to the new water lines. Afterwards, the final cleanup for the project will take place sometime this Spring. Total cost for the project was around $851,000, paid for by a USDA grant/loan program and passage of a bond issue by the city.

Linda Laderoute of the Solid Waste District reported on the regional recycling program that they are doing. There have been 273 responses to the recycling surveys that are online; the survey is open until March 15th. Once the survey is complete, there will be a followup meeting with all participating counties and cities. Worth County is participating in the survey. Currently, Grant City has a recycling bin by the school and the Worth County PTO has an aluminum dropoff point near Darold Hughes' shop (formerly Moutray's). For Grant City, the biggest issue is not having a place to get rid of glass. The nearest glass recycling bins are in Blockton (clear glass only), Bedford (in the Hy-Vee parking lot), and at Northwest Missouri State University. The project is paid for by a USDA rural utilities solid waste grant.

Incumbents Bruce Downing and Catherine Runde have filed for reelection for the Grant City Council. They will be unopposed this election.

Public Works Director Carl Staton reported that there were a few small water leaks, some frozen water meters, and a plugged sewer main on the southwest corner of town caused by tree roots. Staton said that he had gotten requests to fix private sewer systems from two customers. He said that it was not city policy to fix private sewer systems.

Jeannie Claypool reported on her work on hunger and homelessness issues. She said that she had housed 60 homeless people throughout her lifetime and that she had been homeless herself twice. She said that homelessness could happen in a heartbeat. She has completed a book of poetry and is now seeking a publisher. Her ministry is named Angel Flight Ministries. She said that she has come to realize how valuable life really is and that many people in the community had a positive impact on her life. She noted that the size of Grant City used to be 1200 to 1400 in the past; it is now between 800 and 900. She said that babysitting kids had helped pull her through over the years.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

NEN Boys Drop Heartbreaker to South Nodaway in OT

Northeast Nodaway's boys dropped a heartbreaker in OT to South Nodaway 43-42. After pulling out some close games earlier this year, the Bluejays finally dropped one. "Sometimes, you have to go through this in order to win one," said coach Chaim Jenkins. Northeast snapped a two game winning streak and now has eight games to make their case for a better district seeding. The bad news is that this is a brutal week for the Bluejays with a game with North Andrew on tap. The good news is that it will only get better now that they have their whole team back.

Shaun Burns came back and showed one of the huge scoring bursts of which he is capable as he had nine straight points in the first half and 11 overall. The game was a well-played defensive struggle between two evenly matched teams. Neither side could take control and nobody led by more than 5 the whole game. Steve Schulte hit a 3-pointer to make it 38-34 Northeast with 6:09 in regulation, but Dalton Murphy scored six straight for the Longhorns to put them back in front 40-38. But then Max Giesken fed Joel Scroggie. Joel, who had been limited to three points up to that point, scored to tie it up with 1:15 left. South Nodaway ran down for the last shot, but Kyle Wolf's shot was off line and the game went to overtime.

Andrew Faustlin scored his first points of the whole game to put Northeast up 42-40 with 2:32 left in overtime as both teams were content to run down the clock and play for one possession. Zeb Coleman made one out of two for South Nodaway and then Northeast ran it down to 17.2 as South Nodaway only had three fouls and had to use up a lot of time to get Northeast into the bonus. Garet Jackson missed the front end of a one and one and South Nodaway went to Damien Willmore for the last shot. Willmore, normally a 3-point shooter, drove the line and put up a runner over Joel Scroggie that went in with 4.8 seconds left. Garet Jackson, who shared scoring honors with Shaun Burns with 11, rushed up the court following a timeout and threw up an off-balance three-pointer that was long as time expired.

The girls did better against South Nodaway than the last time they played them, but made too many mistakes as they lost 47-31 as they were playing shorthanded without Claudia Wiederholt (eye). Claudia, their main ballhandler, hurt her eye during the JV warmups and they could ill afford to lose her against a good pressing team like South Nodaway. They committed 11 turnovers in the first quarter as they dug themselves into a 13-6 hole that they could not get out of. They could have made it a lot closer, but they were one for ten from the line in the first half. Somehow, Northeast's girls have had trouble shooting free throws against South Nodaway; the Bluejays shot 12 for 32 against the Longhorns in a game played a few years ago but still  managed to win.

The basic premise of breaking a press is to either get the ball to the middle and get across the timeline or get a quick reversal and get across before the defense can rotate over. But the players were constantly driving into the traps down the sideline, resulting in a good chunk of their turnovers. Northeast was lucky to be down by only 20-10 at the break, but they could not catch up against the Longhorns in the second half. Finally, Coach Vance Proffitt had seen enough and dd the 5 in 5 out drill, putting in a lineup of Jill Spire, Talina Nelson, Brianna Riley, Allie Runde, and Bailey Judd with four minutes left in the third. Proffitt was pleased with the result as they held their own against the Longhorns, but Northeast was unable to get it any closer than 11 in the second half.

Jill Spire was a bright spot for Northeast in the game, getting 12 points, one off her career high. Taryn Farnan and Holly Redden followed with 6 each, Brianna Riley and Dallis Coffelt had 3 each, and Vanessa Riley had 1.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Proposed Sheridan Water Plan has No Hydrants on South Side

The preliminary engineering report for the proposed overhaul of the Sheridan Water System is out and the problem is that there are no hydrants for the south side of town. Fire Chief Butch Thomas told the Sheridan City Council that as fire chief, he was concerned that the south side would be unprotected in the event of a fire in that part of town. The proposed new water main would run on the north side of 246 and then loop to the north. In the worst case scenario, Thomas said that would mean that the Fire Department would have to hook up to a hydrant on the north side and run a line 4-5 blocks across 246. Thomas said that he had talked to the State Fire Marshall and other fire people and that they had told him such a plan was “unacceptable.”
Thomas said that another concern was that it would result in higher insurance rates for city residents since insurance companies set insurance rates in part based on how close one lives to a fire hydrant.

Mayor Leland Wake said that the plan was not written in stone. Arnie Kreek of the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments, who was at the meeting, said that he would look into the matter.
Kreek was at the regular Sheridan City Council Meeting last Monday to talk to the city about where they were at with regards to a new water system. A few years ago, when Sheridan originally applied, they combined their application for a water system overhaul and an emergency hookup to the Hopkins Rural Water District. At that time, the Missouri Wastewater Application Review Board asked questions about a proposed $103,000 hookup fee for the project. That fee has been taken care of and the city now has an emergency hookup. The city separated the hookup and the overhaul applications and the city is now pursuing overhauling the water system.

Based on the 2000 census, the city qualified for the low to moderate income status for Community Development Block Grant funding automatically. Kreek said that the current overhaul application would be based on the 2010 census figures and he wasn’t sure if Sheridan still qualified. The initial application will take around a month to complete, followed by an environmental review for the project. This will cost the city around $3,000 to $5,000; this review is separate from the one done for the overhaul. This review would take anywhere from 4-6 months and would take into account the existing plant. The project would be put out for bid. Mayor Leland Wake said that  nothing was written in stone about closing the plant.

The USDA, CDBG, and DNR would determine the loan/grant ratio. Under the proposed project, every house would get new water lines. The upper limit is $5,000 per customer for CDBG funding or around $500,000 total given around 100 households in Sheridan. Mayor Leland Wake said that he did not think that a bond issue would be required for this project. Grant City passed a bond issue to replace their 11 mile water line a few years ago.

Outgoing Water Superintendent David Parman gave his final report at the meeting. The city fixed two water leaks during the past month. One was near the former Bob Finch residence. Another flooded the Sur Gro building. Barry Lyle will be the new Water Superintendent while Parman will serve as backup operator. Chuck Zook will also help with the water system. The city put up a new aerator on the south side of the plant. The city transferred some money from the general account to the water fund to pay off bills.

Obituary -- Ed Jacobs 1952-2014

Edwin William Jacobs, 61, Stanberry, MO, formerly of the Worth County area passed away Saturday, January 11, 2014. Ed was born September 5, 1952 to Fred and Crystal Jacobs. He was an amazing man who truly enjoyed life. He enjoyed the outdoors, horses, boating and music. 

He was a very talented musician, who played the guitar and had a beautiful singing voice. He has been in many country–western bands and played music all over Northwest Missouri throughout his lifetime. He owned his own plane for awhile and really enjoyed flying. He always lived life to the fullest and made the best of everything. He was accustomed to hard work, throughout the years he has worked for the railroad, been a welder, owned and operated his own bulldozer, he also owned and operated his own welding business, Jacobs Welding in Albany, Missouri for several years. He was a farmer, he maintained a small cattle herd, done some row crop and put up hay for his cows and horsed. In the last 20 years he really focused his life on helping others. He became a paramedic and loved being able to care for people and help them in their time of need. He volunteered with the Disaster Services through the American Red Cross and went to several disasters including The World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Ike. He was a fiver, an encourager, and a great friend. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Crystal Jacobs and his sister Delores Owens. Left to cherish his memory are his son Ed (Diana) Jacobs of Sheridan, MO; daughter, Julie (Keith) Cassavaugh of Sheridan, MO; son Wyatt Jacobs of Albany, MO; brother John (Kay) Jacobs of St. Joseph, MO; grandchildren Chance, Cash, Megan and Levi; step-grandchildren Cheyenne, Clayton and Madison; friend, Debra Sickles of the home and many other friends and family. His passing will leave a hole in the heart of many, but also great memories that will last a lifetime.

Funeral services were 10:30 A.M. Friday, January 17, 2014 at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri. Interment was in the Isadora Cemetery in Grant City.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Ginny Quick to Retire from Worth County

The Worth County School Board voted Thursday to accept the resignation of Ginny Quick from the school system. She taught 5th grade for the school. She will retire at the end of the school year. In other action at the regular board meeting, the board voted to accept the beverage bid from Pepsi and reviewed school policies as well as the 2014-2015 school calendar.

Obituary -- Alice Ridge 1937-2014

Alice Ridge passed away on January 15, 2014 at Clearview Nursing Home in Mt. Ayr, Iowa. 

Alice was born December 16, 1937 at Isadora, in Worth County Missouri to James G. and Laura Hall Ray. Alice attended Isadora and Grant City Schools graduating in 1955 and was a life-long member of the Isadora Church of Christ and served as the church pianist and organist for over fifty years. 

On June 5, 1955 she married Lloyd C. Ridge and they made their home on the Ridge family farm just across the west fork of the Grand River from her birthplace on the Ray family farm.  Alice was a farm wife and an excellent cook  she fed not only family but pretty well anyone that walked through the door or her home. 
Growing up in rural Worth County church and family was the center of Alice’s life using her talent for music to  play the piano and also to sing with her brothers and sisters and husband. Over the years  Alice and Lloyd C. sang at many weddings and funerals in the area.  Her joy was hosting an annual Ray family get together and singing with Opal, Neva, Jim, Ed and Wilbur.  

Alice was a talented seamstress sewing and tailoring clothing for herself and her family. Many area youth and family members learned the art of sewing from her.  Numerous homes in southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri are adorned with draperies she made during the forty years she sewed for Vernie’s  Drapery Shop of Creston, Iowa.  Over the years she enjoyed various hobbies including cake decorating, candle making and most recently jewelry making, an art she learned while enjoying sunny Apache Junction, Arizona during the winter months with Lloyd Cecil.

For Alice gardening was not a hobby it was serious business and providing food for her family by her labor was her duty and a natural part of her life. No one on the planet could grow as many and as large of tomatoes as Alice grew in her garden.  She loved sharing the bounty of her garden with her family and friends. What produce was not consumed was canned or frozen;  nothing was ever to go to waste.
Alice served as a 4-H Club leader for the Westfork Boosters 4-H Club, was a member of the Sunny Corner Club, Sheridan Town and Country Club and most recently enjoyed singing at local events and nursing homes with the Southwest Iowa Community Singers.

Although Alice was orphaned at the age of 13 and raised by her brother Virgil and his wife Lena she had a deep love of home and family. Alice provided a home away from home for her brothers,  sisters, cousins and friends.  Anyone that needed a place to stay found a place where they belonged at   L. C. and Alices.  The caption written for her which appears next to her graduation photograph in the 1955 Grant City High School Annual predicted Alice’s life of service and loyalty by stating “Not a friend for a day but a friend for life”
Alice was preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Virgil Ray, Delbert Ray and Jim Ray. Sisters: Madlyn Ray, Lucy Ray, Tessie Lynch, Ollie Heron, Neva Olney, Opal Glover, Betty Wiley and Helen Roach.
Alice is survived by her husband of fifty-eight years Lloyd C., son Roger Ridge and wife Lisa of St. Joseph, Missouri; daughter Becky Carlson and her husband Jim of King, City, Missouri. Four grandchildren: Caleb Ridge of Blockton, Iowa and special friend Courtney Sommer; Jacob Carlson (Petrea) of Amity, Missouri; Taylor Ridge (Kelsey) of Grant City, Missouri; Sarah Schuman (Colby) of Amity, Missouri; Three great-grandchildren: Tanner Ridge, Riley Ridge and Addaline Shuman and Brother Wilbur Ray of Grant City, Missouri.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 18, 2014 the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blockton, Iowa. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can made in care of the funeral home to Isadora Church of Christ or Hospice of Southwest Iowa.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

18 Area Students Make Northwest Honor Rolls

The highest number of area students in recent memory have made the Northwest Missouri State University Honor Roll for the Fall 2013 trimester. For Denver, Todd Harding made the President's Honor Roll. For Grant City, 11 different students made the honor roll for the trimester. They are Will Buffington (Academic), Cole Buffington (Academic), Keely Cook (Academic), Alaina Freeman (Academic), Brooke Gilland (Academic), Cody Green (Academic), Erik Groven (Academic), Kyler Hiatt (President), Jordan Hunt (President), Rebecca Moore (President), and Zach Ragan (Academic). From Parnell, two area students made the honor rolls. They are Brandy Runde (Academic) and Austin Thummel (Academic). From Ravenwood, three students made the honor rolls. They are Arianna Bredlow (Academic), Nichole Carlin (Academic), and Kateline Miller (Academic). From Worth, Don Gibson made the Academic Honor Roll. A total of 18 students in the Sheridan Express coverage area made the honor rolls at Northwest.

To be included on the Academic Honor Roll a student must carry a minimum of 12 credit hours and attain a grade point average of 3.50 or above on a 4.00 scale. Students named to the President's Honor Roll have attained a perfect 4.00 GPA for the trimester.

Two area students graduated from Northwest during the Fall Trimester. Kyler Hiatt graduated with degrees in corporate rec/wellness, rec and park management, and psychology. Aaron Summers graduated with a degree in geology.