Friday, January 16, 2015

Obituary -- Janet Stuart 1938-2015

Janet Stuart, 76, Stanberry, MO (formerly of Denver and Kansas City, MO) passed away Thursday, January 15, 2015 at an Albany, MO hospital.

She was born August 30, 1938 in Denver, MO the daughter of William “Bud” and Ethel L. (Moulder) Groce. In, 1956, she graduated from Grant City High School.

On September 1, 1957, she married Ronald Dean Stuart in Denver, MO. He preceded her in death on January 6, 2010. She was also preceded in death by her parents, infant brother, Norman and infant sister, JoAnn.

Janet owned and worked at the Stuart’s Drive-In in Stanberry. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Denver, MO and the Missouri State Bowler’s Association.

Survivors include sons, Greg (Teresa) Stuart, Stanberry, MO and Chad Stuart, Smithville, MO; daughters, Debbie Stuart, Stanberry, MO and Lori Clay, Columbia, MO; sisters, Jennifer Andreson of Texas and Julia (Dave) McDowell, Lee’s Summit, MO; brother, Jerry (Laura) Groce, Baldwin City, KS; 8 granddaughters, Mindy, Hailey, Kelsey, Gabrielle, Lainey, Madison, Ellie and Addie and 3 great grandchildren.

Funeral Service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 17 at Roberson Funeral Home, Stanberry, MO. Burial will be in High Ridge Cemetery, Stanberry, MO. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home where friends may call after 3:00 p.m. Friday. Memorials may be made to the Pineview Manor in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 153, Stanberry, MO 64489. Online condolences may be left at

Monday, January 12, 2015

Worth County 6th Grade Girls Place 2nd at Home Tournament

Worth County's 6th grade girls placed second at their home tournament Saturday. After grinding out an 8-2 win over a tough South Holt squad, they faced North Harrison in their second game. They took a 10-4 lead after one half and then broke the game open in the second half to get a 28-4 win. Jill Hardy led the Tigers with 8 points. Maddie Taute, Morgan Beagle, Braidy Hunt, and Megan Cassavaugh all had 4. Allison Larison and Anna Spainhower each had 2. The Tigers had 7 in the scoring column.

The Tigers played against Tarkio, one of the other top teams in the area, in the championship round. The teams are like Siamese Twins, always managing to face each other in the final round over the last two years. This time, Tarkio scored four points in the first minute and were able to make it stand up for the whole game as Worth County fell 16-11 in the championship round. Maddie Taute had 4 to pace the Tigers. Jill Hardy, Anna Spainhower, and Megan Cassavaugh each had 2, while Morgan Beagle had 1. "We're getting better every single time we play," said Coach Kirby Dowis afterwards.

County Seeks to Hire New Sheriff's Deputy

The county is seeking to hire a new Sheriff's Deputy following the resignation of Tony Steele, who will become a city officer in Lamoni. The other deputy, Tom Trullinger, could retire at some point meaning that the county may have to search for another deputy for Sheriff Terry Sheddrick. The problem is that there is nothing in the budget to pay for the $5,325 worth of state mandated training that new officers must undergo. Commissioners decided to loan the money to deputies who must undergo this training and then have them repay the money over a two year period while they are working for the county. The money would be deducted from their paychecked; if they were to break their contract and leave sooner or if they were terminated, the money would be due and payable much quicker than it would if they stayed with the county for two years.

Every deputy in Missouri must make at least $28,000 in the state; the state has a fund from which they help pay Trullinger's and Steele's salary. Many deputies make between $35,000 and $40,000 in Missouri. Iowa's pay for cops is considerably higher than Missouri's. Counties could hire deputies without training; however, they could not perform any work, even dispatch work, until they completed their training. In addition, deputies have to complete a certain number of hours of continuing education annually.

The county put in a new cell phone policy to deal with excessive phone use by employees. The new limit is one gigabite, with extra usage at the discretion of the commissioners. Overages may be charged to the employee at the discretion of the county.

Plans were made for the 2015 road season at the County Commission meeting. The county is planning to advertise rock, hauling, and fuel bids for this year.

The county voted to pay $500 to Children's Mercy Hospital in return for services rendered; Children's Mercy performed $116,000 in medical work for patients within the county which was not compensated.

Worth County Sheriff's Report

1-5 -- Maryville Public Safety calls about Worth County resident's car being broke down in Maryville.
1-5 -- Person calls regarding horses not being cared for.
1-6 -- Received call about suspicious car in Grant City.
1-7 -- Call of a truck broken down near W and YY.
1-7 -- Circuit Clerk brings in papers to serve.
1-8 -- Officer transporting prisoner from jail to Worth County Court.
1-8 -- Officer in court for bailiff duty.
1-8 -- Officer arrests person on Buchanan County warrant.
1-8 -- Officer transports prisoner back to jail.
1-9 -- Buchanan County officer in to pick up prisoner.
1-9 -- Person calls about problems with ex-wife.
1-10 -- Call of possible stranded motorist; officer investigates; nobody found.
1-10 -- Resident calls about missing wallet; calls back, wallet found but missing cash and SSN card.
1-10 -- Person calls about car window broken out.