Saturday, March 29, 2014

Obituary -- Norma Jean Craven 1928-2014

Norma Jean Craven, 85, passed away peacefully at the Worth County Convalescent on March 28, 2014. Norma loved her family, enjoyed playing cards, gardening, singing and telling stories.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Phronia White; siblings: Newt, Berthel, Kenneth, Rex, Joe, Ben, Thelma Kate, Berniece Cook and Mary Lou Geitner; her son: John Craven and granddaughter Tara Lee.

She is survived by daughter Vickie Swoboda (Paul) of Kansas City, MO; daughter-in-law Veronica Craven of Sheridan, MO; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Graveside Memorial Services and Inurnment will be 1:30 P.M., Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the Grant City Cemetery in Grant City, Missouri.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Obituary -- Grace Downing 1930-2014

     Grace H. Downing, 83, Maryville, Missouri passed from this life March 25, 2014.  She was born on December 7, 1930 to Charlie and Josephine Frump. 

     On July 19, 1947 she married William Oakley Downing. To this union six daughters were born, Rita (Larry) Chafin, Barbara (Ron) Collins, Brenda (Ben) Barger, Judy (Jerry) Wonderly, Willa Mace and Cara (Jeremy) Baumli, as well as many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Also surviving are her brother Charles Frump of Linden, Washington, sisters: Beverly Grimit of Maryville, Mayetta Miller of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Ida Smyser of Maryville. 

     She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, an infant brother, her granddaughter Traci Mullock and brother Bill Frump.

     Grace willed her body to science. Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or the American Cancer Society.

     Arrangements are under the direction of the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri.

Obituary -- June Marie (Rose) Thomas 1930-2014

     June Marie (Rose) Thomas passed away March 24, 2014 at Nodaway Nursing Home in Maryville, Missouri at the age of 83.She was  born August 17, 1930 in Davenport, Iowa to Hubert and Lula Mae Rose. 

     June graduated from High School in 1948 in Glenwood, Iowa. She married Bob Thomas of Grant City, Missouri in March 1954 and she lived in Grant City for over 50 years, where they raised 3 boys, before moving to Maryville, Missouri. 

     June was preceded in death by her husband Bob; parents; and 2 sisters: Marge and Alvia.

     Surviving are a 3rd sister, Joan that still lives in the Davenport, Iowa area and June’s 3 boys, Mike, Pat and Steve that all live in the Kansas City area, 6 grandkids and 3 great-grandkids. 

     Her body has been cremated and a private graveside service will be held in Grant City later this spring.
 Arrangements are under the direction of the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City.

Obituary -- Danny Jackson 1948-2014

Danny Linn Jackson was born March 2, 1948 to Hale and Coyla (Dehart) Jackson.

Danny graduated from Grant City High School and Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri.  He served in the United States Navy from 1966-1992. He made his career as an Electronic Warfare Advisor while in the Navy.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Surviving are children: Robert Jackson of Bloomfield, KY, Martha Raney of Pensacola, FL, Sarah Rohret of Arnold Park, IA and Elizabeth Rohret of Ames, IA, 2 brothers; Buddy Lee Jackson of Grant City, MO and Michael Jackson of Omaha, NE and 1 sister; Barbara Jackson of Grant City and 10 grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be 2:00 P.M. Friday, March 28, 2014 at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri. Military Rites will be performed by  V.F.W. Post #3123 and American Legion Post #92 in the Redding Cemetery in Redding, Iowa following the service.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Worth County Sheriff's Report

3-17 -- Person in office wanting VIN check.
3-17 -- Person in for fingerprinting.
3-17 -- Worth County officer on court duty.
3-17 -- Worth County officer and Highway Patrol respond to disturbance on 6th Street.
3-18 -- Lady reports hitting a deer south on 169.
3-18 -- Gentry County calls about changing radio channels.
3-18 -- Person calls about 911 address.
3-19 -- Adult Protective representative in to investigate a problem in Grant City.
3-19 -- Worth County resident in to report stolen property.
3-20 -- Worth County resident in to report stolen pickup.
3-20 -- 911 call of grass fire near Route T and D north of Allendale.
3-21 -- Person in to report lost wallet.
3-22 -- Person in to complain about 4-wheeler on her property.
3-22 -- Lady calls about someone being drunk and creating a disturbance.
3-22 -- Report of accident at Dollar General parking lot.
3-22 -- Person calls about being attacked by a dog.

Obituary -- Patricia E. Hall 1922-2014

    On the first day of Spring, March 20, 2014 Patricia E. Hall passed away with family members by her side.  She was a resident of Emeritus at Highland Hills Assisted Living in Pocatello, Idaho.  Heritage Hospice had been providing Pat with loving care for the past several weeks.  

     Patricia was born December 8, 1922 in Allendale, Missouri to Dewey and Edna Mae (Dickerson) Gilland.  She was the second of five children.  Her older brother, George Gilland and next younger sister Naomi Williams preceded her in death.  Younger sister, Mary Ellen Prater lives in St. Joseph, Missouri, and brother, Jon Quentin Gilland lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  

     Pat graduated from Grant City High School, attended State Teacher’s College in Maryville, Missouri, then taught in a one room schoolhouse near Grant City for a year.  In 1941 she married her sweetheart, John Larkin Hall, Jr. and they were married nearly 66 years.  They had two daughters:  Janice, married to John Russell and residing in Syracuse, New York, and Susan, married to Jerry Furlong, living in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  

     They moved to San Diego, California, where Larkin worked in a war production plant until he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  After they came back to Missouri, Patricia went to school and became a licensed Cosmetologist.  She had her own beauty shop in Grant City for many years.  In 1956 they moved to Farmington, New Mexico.  In the early 60’s Patricia went back to college for her teaching degree.  She drove 100 miles round trip for the next two years and graduated with honors from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.  She taught elementary school for 17 years in Farmington, and was loved by her students as well as her fellow teachers.  She was both a Girl Scout leader and a Cub Scout leader, a talented artist, quilter, seamstress, and had always been an avid reader.  She made beautiful porcelain dolls and period clothing for them.  She and Larkin won a blue ribbon at the New Mexico State Fair for a wonderful doll house they made with electric lights, handmade furniture, little curtains and crocheted rugs.  She loved to play cards and had a great sense of humor.  She was accomplished in so many areas,  but most of all she brought smiles and happiness to everyone she knew.  She truly “never met a stranger”.

     Pat loved her family – especially her three grandchildren:  Amy Welsh, Jennifer (& Steve) Maheras of Pocatello, and Alyson (&Christian) Natoni, Idaho Falls, Idaho.  She had six great grandchildren:  Emily Joslin, Alexis, Sam and Gabe Elsethagen, and Jack and Lily Maheras, and one great, great grandchild Henry Joslin.

      Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home, Grant City, Missouri with visitation one hour prior to service.  Patricia will be buried next to her dear husband, Larkin, in the Grant City Cemetery.  She will be remembered with love by all who knew her.     

Saturday, March 8, 2014

One Injured in Three Car Accident on 148

A Hopkins woman was injured in a three car accident north of Maryville last Wednesday evening. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 2012 Nissan Murano driven by Donna Nelson (67) of Ravenwood was westbound on County Road 220, a 2008 Chevy Pickup driven by Lola Steeve (79) of Hopkins was northbound on 148, and a 2006 FRHT driven by Michael Parkhurst (52) of Eagleville was southbound on 148. The Patrol says Nelson was driving too fast for conditions and attempted to turn south onto Highway 148 and struck Parkhurst in the driver's side. Steeve attempted to avoid the other two vehicles and struck the passenger side of Nelson's vehicle. The Nissan came to rest on the west side of 148. The pickup came to rest on the east side of 148. The FRHT came to a controlled stop on 148. Steeve received moderate injuries and was taken to St. Francis Hospital by Ambulance. The Nissan and the pickup were totaled and towed from the scene. The FRHT received minor damage and was driven from the scene. All three people were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

Brian Dailey to Fight in Boston Saturday

Brian Dailey will fight on March 15th in Boston against top rated fighter Chris Triatei, a top-rated prospect out of New England. Dailey is ranked 87th in the US in cruiserweight according to BoxRec and is looking to move up in the rankings. The fight will be scheduled for 8 rounds. Triatei is ranked 25th in the US according to the BoxRec. It will be held at the Royale Nightclub in Boston. Triatei is 15-3 with 11 knockouts. Dailey is 5-8; all of his fights have been knockouts and only two have lasted past the first round. Weighin will be on the 14th.

On June 13th, Dailey will fight at Battle of the Ballpark II at Phil Welch Stadium in St. Joseph. Last year, he knocked out Emmit Woods 1:43 into the first round at this event.

All five of his victories have been first round knockouts; Dailey has been ranked as high as 57th in his class. Gorilla Style Clothing has hats, shirts, hoodies, and more; contact Brian to Facebook to order.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Jared Simmons Sent to Boys State

Jared Simmons was sent to the Boys State this year, the Grant City American Legion announced at their regular meeting Thursday. The Legion sends one Worth County student to that event annually.

Seven members were present: Jeremy Dale Baker, J.W. Harding, Jack Cottrell, Ralph Kobbe, Bob Hull, Harold Fletchall, and Wilbur Osborne.

Ralph reported that he had gotten some more names for the War Memorial Project.

New officers were elected for this year. Officers elected were Jeremy Dale Baker (commander), J.W. Harding (adjutant), Wilbur Osborne (treasurer), Joe Marshall (chaplain), Ralph Kobbe (Sgt. at Arms), and Jack Cottrell (vice-commander).

The legion furnished flowers for Alice Ridge, Ed Costin, and Terry Meek. The legion received $145 from memorial donations in memory of Ed Costin.

Harold Fletchall closed with prayer.

Obituary -- Alma Lee Watson 1938-2014

      Alma  Lee Watson, 75, Grant City, Missouri, was born December 25, 1938 in Kansas
City, Missouri to Earl and  Winifred (Sutclisse) Lundy, and departed this life Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Heartland Medical Center, St. Joseph, Missouri.        

     Survivors include her beloved companion Max Florea of the home in Grant City, daughters, Teresa Ledgerwood, Raytown, and Paula Dunham, Kansas City, sons, Scott Watson, Kansas City, Randy Watson, Liberty,  sister Eva Gray, Kansas City,  brother Bernie Lundy, Independence,  eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.  

     Alma was preceded in death by her parents, brother Bill Lundy and husband Gerald. Thomas Watson.

     A Visitation and Celebration of Life is being planned for Alma on Saturday, March 15, 2014  from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home, Grant City, Missouri. Private Inurnment will be in Kansas City at a later date.    

Department of Economic Development to Visit Grant City March 28th

The Missouri Department of Economic Development Director Mike Downing has set dates to take a team of economic development experts and visit Grant City. The date will be March 28th. They will visit Albany on the previous day, March 27th.

Six communities total were chosen during the annual Missouri Community Betterment Program conference held on October 20th and 21st, where Downing issued a competition to the community representatives in attendance. The first five attendees to email Downing that night on behalf of their city would receive a visit from the team to discuss their community's needs and help find solutions to local economic development issues. Due to a tie, six communities were offered visits.

Since the conference, DED and MCB have put together teams of specialists who have begun initial planning and research for the six selected communities. The teams hope to develop community development strategies to encourage business growth and job creation.

MCB is designed to help Missouri communities enhance their quality of life through community development, planning, and implementation. The program offers technical assistance to its participating communities. The competition provides a unique opportunity for communities to get exclusive hands-on advice from a team that is specially created for that community's needs.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Worth County Sheriff's Report

2-24 -- Resident in to report damage to his mailbox.
2-24 -- Officer investigates a breakin south of Allendale.
2-24 -- Report of a breakin about a month ago in Sheridan.
2-25 -- Highway Patrol in to do a random breathalyzer test on a male subject.
2-25 -- Officer investigating a breaking north of Allendale.
2-25 -- Midwest Mobile in to work on radios.
2-25 -- Officer investigating report of breakin west of Grant City.
2-25 -- Officer investigates report of dead horse on Silver Trail.
2-26 -- Officer investigates report of hit and run accident in Grant City.
2-26 -- Officer investigation of breakin north of Allendale.
2-26 -- Person in with list of items taken in breakin.
2-26 -- Court officer in with papers to serve.
2-26 -- Officer in with suspect in earlier hit and run.
2-27 -- Person in to report ID theft.
2-27 -- Adult Protective Services in Oregon State calls about possible scam in Worth County.
2-27 -- Officer responds to a disturbance call north of Grant City.
2-28 -- Gentry County Sheriff's Office calls for information on CCW holder.
2-28 -- Children's Division calls regarding a client in Worth County.
2-28 -- Officer stops C&I driver on 169 South.
3-1 -- Maryville Public Safety Officer calls for well-being check on subject.
3-1 -- Report of rollover accident on Route Z.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Taryn Farnan Wills NEN Girls Past Stanberry

Taryn Farnan, playing through a lot of pain, had 22 points to carry Northeast Nodaway's girls past Stanberry 38-27 in the first round of districts. The game clinched Coach Vance Proffitt's first-even winning season either at NEN or North Nodaway as they went to 13-11 with the win. Dallis Coffelt helped at the other end, getting six blocks and a critical steal in the closing seconds. Taryn Farnan had 2 and Claudia Wiederholt and Brianna Riley had 1 each.

Northeast fell behind in the first half by as much as 12-8, but Kerrigan Adwell hit Taryn inside, Dallis Coffelt hit a shot from the wing with a defender in her face, and Jill Spire hit Taryn inside to put Northeast up 14-12.

But Stanberry had been playing excellent basketball after falling by 8 to Northeast in December, even getting wins over Braymer and Jefferson. They also had wins over Maysville and DeKalb in the King City Tournament. The reason was that their outside shooting had gotten much better and they had a lot more people who could shoot. Also, Kaleigh Wilmes had substantially improved her scoring since the two teams last played.

Wilmes' 3-pointer put Stanberry up by one in the third, and it looked like it would be down to the wire. But then Brianna Riley scored her first three points of the game off an emphatic drive and 3-point play with 1:41 left in the third to make it 19-17 and put Northeast up for good. That play permanently swung the momentum in Northeast's favor as they took control from there on out. It was similar to another play Brianna made when her only two points of the game permanently broke a CFX run earlier in the year and Northeast was able to reestablish control and win. Dallis Dawn hit Taryn at the buzzer to put Northeast up 21-17 as Northeast finally got their high-low game working. If Brianna gets to where she can take it to the basket like that all the time, she will be quite a force next year with her speed.

Wilmes hit a free throw, but then Taryn Farnan countered with two free throws, giving Northeast a five point lead at 23-18 with 6:15 left in the fourth. It was the first lead of more than four points for either team.

Dallis Coffelt rolled her ankle and had to come out and Stanberry was doubling Taryn, trying to get the ball out of her hands. But she was able to find Kerrigan Adwell all alone for a backdoor layup to make it 25-19 and Brianna blocked a shot on the other end as Northeast was able to hold the fort until Dallis came back. Taryn continued to carry the Bluejays, getting the next five points to make it 30-20 with 2:50 left.

Shaylynn Craig suddenly went off for Stanberry, making a 3-pointer to make it 30-23. Stanberry stole the ball on the ensuing possession, but Wilmes' 3-pointer was off the mark and a tieup on the rebound went to Northeast. Once again, Stanberry doubled Taryn trying to get the ball out of her hands, but this time she found Brianna Riley backdoor to make it 32-23. Craig countered with her second 3-pointer, but Taryn Farnan hit both free throws to make it a three possession game as it was now under two minutes and Stanberry had to start fouling. Dallis Coffelt then got a critical steal off a Farnan tip and Jill Spire's free throws made it 36-26 with 1:09 left to clinch the game.

Northeast was ousted in the second round 57-32 by Mercer. The backbreaker was Hayley Sample's NBA 3-pointer at the buzzer to put Mercer up 14-4, and they never led by less than double figures the rest of the way. Holly Redden and Dallis Coffelt had 8 each and Taryn Farnan 6 and Jill Spire 3. Northeast had balanced scoring, but there was not enough of it against the high-powered Mercer team, which has only lost one game. Taryn Farnan took 2 charges on defense. Northeast did a good job of getting to the offensive glass, but they could not slow down Mercer's perimeter game or take care of the ball against Nicole Kost, who collected a ton of steals for the Cardinals on defense. They ended their season at 13-12.

Joel Scroggie's Monster Stuff Preserves NEN Boys Win Over Mercer

Joel Scroggie celebrated his 18th birthday by getting 15 points and 6 blocks, the last being a monster stuff of Bryer Noe's layup attempt with 2 seconds left that would have tied the game for Mercer and sent it into overtime. The stuff, which was clean, knocked Noe flat on his back as time expired to preserve Northeast's 35-33 win and Northeast Nodaway's boys picked up their 10th win and advanced in district play last Tuesday.

The game was close all the way, with no team leading by more than 4 at any point during the contest. Grant Widner's 3-pointer from the left corner put Mercer in front 30-28 with 1:57 left, but Garet Jackson, who had only two points up to that point, answered with 1:39 left after getting a pass from Shaun Burns to put Northeast in front 31-30. It was similar to another game that Garet had earlier this year when he was scoreless until getting a drive and hitting a game-winning 3-point play to bail Northeast out against CFX in the closing seconds.

Garet followed with two free throws and Mercer got a traveling call, but Northeast missed the front end of a one and one to open the door; Widner tied it up again at 33 with 35.4 seconds left. Mercer elected to press and Northeast got in trouble as they were able to funnel Shaun Burns to the side with 24 seconds left, but Northeast still had a timeout and used it. They set up a play and Steve Schulte hit Joel Scroggie with 15.4 seconds left to put Northeast up 35-33.

Mercer elected to rush it up the floor, but Joel was there at the other end for his fifth block, stuffing Noe's runner down the middle of the paint. Mercer got the offensive board and had a good weak side look, but Garet Jackson alertly fouled with 2.2 seconds left; Northeast still had fouls to give and it was on the floor. That set up the final heroics.

Besides Scroggie, Steve Schulte had 8 points, Garet Jackson had 7, and Shaun Burns had 5 and four assists. Steve Schulte had 9 tips for Northeast on defense while Garet Jackson had 6 and Shaun Burns 5.

Northeast showed better fight than they did the first time against Stanberry, but they failed to score in the last 3:42 of the first quarter and dug themselves into a 17-7 hole after one. They fell behind 28-7 before getting it going and cutting it back down to 13 at 28-15 on Garet Jackson's 3-pointer. They hung around until early in the fourth quarter, battling a 13 to 17 point deficit until Joel Scroggie fouled out and everything fell apart after that. With Joel Scroggie bottled up by 6'7" Ryan Jensen, Steve Schulte did all he could to carry Northeast to another round, getting 16 points and four 3-pointers. Garet Jackson had 9. Steve had 11 tips on defense while Garet Jackson had 7. Shaun Burns and Joel Scroggie had 5 each.

Worth County Boys Falter to Jefferson in First Round

Worth County's boys played like state champions in the first quarter, getting Jefferson down 20-10 after the 6:23 mark of the second quarter, Unfortunately, they failed to play any kind of defense the rest of the way and fell apart on both ends of the floor, losing 70-35 after the carnage was all over. The boys had every reason to expect a better season than last time, when they only won three games. But they fell apart in many games that they had a chance to win and won only two games for the year.

After they took the lead, they forgot to guard Alex Holtman, who hit three 3-pointers to shoot them back into the game and Jefferson ran away with the game from there. Obviously demoralized, the Tigers even let the Jefferson third string outwork them in the closing minutes to make the margin even worse. Truman Moore carried the Tigers in the first half, getting 10 of their first 20 points, but battled foul trouble in the second and sat for most of the half. He had 11 to lead the Tigers. Brevyn Ross had 10 points, two steals, six assists, a block, and took a charge. Josh Warner had 8. The Tigers will have nearly everyone back for next year; the challenge next year will be to put five people on the floor who are a threat to score, improve on defense, and mold a promising freshman class in with a more experienced group.