Wednesday, April 29, 2015

4x400 Propels Tiger Girls to Second Meet Win; Brevyn Ross Beats Ellis in 300 hurdles, Warner Sets Personal Best in Discus

Worth County's girls needed to beat Jefferson in the 4x400, the final event of the day at Stanberry, in order to get their second meet win of the day. They were at 70 points, to 68 for Jefferson. A win for Jefferson would have secured at least a tie for the Eagles, who are cooping in track with South Nodaway. Worth County got off to an early lead against Jefferson, only for Meaghan McConkey of Jefferson to catch Aubrey Ragan on the final turn of the third leg. However, Ragan found her second wind and stayed close enough to keep it a race going into the final handoff. Sydney Thummel, who is normally a sprinter, took the handoff, passed Mallory McConkey, and held her off to secure her team's victory at the Bulldog Relays Tuesday night before collapsing at the finish line; she had given everything she had. Worth County's girls won the meet with 80 points, to 76 for Jefferson and 67 for Stanberry. The team knocked 30 seconds off its previous best time to win the event and the meet.

Brevyn Ross knocked three tenths of a second off his time in the 300 Hurdles to beat Dustin Ellis of Stanberry for the first time this year. Ross and Ellis were neck and neck throughout the race, but Ellis leaned prematurely at the finish line, which allowed Brevyn Ross to claim the victory at the end. Ross won with a time of 41.8 to Ellis' 41.9. Ross was beaten by Ellis in the 110 Hurdles, but timed his forward lean perfectly at the finish to edge out Duncan Owens of DeKalb to secure second with a time of 16.5 seconds, knocking almost half a second off his time in that event. Josh Warner set another personal best in the discus, raising his mark to 166'5". Warner also continued to win the Shot Put, getting 49'1/2". That showed that his 51-foot performance at Worth County last week was no accident.

North Andrew ran away with the boys meet, winning first with 104 team points. Albany and Stanberry followed with 69, and Worth County got fourth with 57 points.

Both girls sprint relay teams won as well; Worth County's girls won three different sprint relay races on the afternoon. The 4x100 got a narrow lead over Albany by the second leg which stood up the rest of the race as Payton Adwell brought things home for the Tigers; the Tigers got a time of 53.6, knocking over a second off their previous best time. In the 4x200, the Tigers maintained a slim lead until the third leg, in which a really good handoff put them way out in front; the cruised home with the three second victory over North Andrew and King City. They finished with a time of 1:52.7, about 2.4 seconds better than their previous best time.

Hailey Craig of North Harrison beat out Kaitlyn Davidson in the Discus as Davidson was second with a throw of 97'3. However, Davidson turned around and beat Craig for the first time all year, beating her in the shot put with a throw of 38'2", beating out Craig's throw of 36'2". Davidson improved her best time of the year by almost two feet.

Payton Adwell knocked off a tenth of a second off her personal best time in the 100 and won it with a time of 13.5 seconds to 13.7 for Sarah Poppa of Albany. Sydney Thummel was third in the 200, getting a time of 28.6. Aubrey Ragan got her best showing in the 100 hurdles this year, placing third with a time of 19.3. Kristen Ross was fourth in the 300 Hurdles with a time of 59.2. Alysa Lyle was third in the High Jump with a jump of 4'8".

Ben Badell got his best showing of the year in the 200, placing second with a time of 24.8, a personal best. Lucas Caddenhead was fifth in the 400 with a personal best time of 58.6. The 4x100 Relay Team of Chris Alarcon, Lucas Caddenhead, Ryan McClellan, and Ben Badell was 5th with a time of 49.6. The 4x200 Relay Team of Ben Badell, Chris Alarcon, Jayden Jilek, and Brevyn Ross was third and shaved almost four seconds off their time with a time of 1:39.1. The 4x400 Team of Ben Badell, Jayden Jilek, Lucas Caddenhead, and Brevyn Ross was 5th with a time of 4:01.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Obituary -- Margaret Findley 1926-2015

Margaret Findley, 88, Maryville, Missouri died April 27, 2015 at SSM St. Francis Hospital.

Margaret  was born July 1, 1926, in Bedison  Missouri to Ralph Wallace Pratt and Ida Roena Shinabargar.  She married Garland  Edward Findley on August 21, 1950, in Maryville.

She was a graduate of Maryville High School and Northwest Missouri State Teacher's College.  She retired after a 36 1/2 year teaching career. She was a special education instructor in the intermediate grades at North Nodaway School, Hopkins and Pickering.

She taught at North Nodaway  for 24 years.  Previously, she taught at Guilford, Skidmore, Sheridan and Gaynor.

Mrs. Findley went back to college after nearly 25 years of teaching to obtain her special education certificate.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church.

Preceding in death were her parents, husband Edward Findley ( May 30, 2014), sister Mary Ruth Brogan and brother Charles Pratt.

She is survived by her son Ralph (Judy) Findley, Unionville, Missouri; daughters: Rosa Lea Lancey, Savannah, Missouri and Garland (Paul) George, Maryville; grandchildren: Jo Ann (Darrin) Harvey, Charlie Findley, Amy Findley, Jeffrey Findley, Teresa (Chris) Cluck, Denise (Jeremy) Peters, Laura (Mike) Bissen, Karen (Nathan) Dingman, Cathy George, Tisch (John) Erdman, McKechnie (Justin) Reese, 14 great and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be 1:00 PM Friday, May 1, 2015,  at the Price Funeral Home, Maryville with the Funeral Service following at 2:00 PM.

Burial will be at Nodaway Memorial Gardens, Maryville.

Memorials may be made to the Charity of your choice in Margaret's name.

Obituary -- Fern Lorene Parman 1915-2015

Fern Lorene Parman was born July 17, 1915 in Sheridan, Missouri to Harry and Edna (Stoner) Turner. She passed away April 26, 2015 at the Worth County Convalescent Center in Grant City, Missouri at the age of 99.
Fern was united in marriage to Clyde Andrew Parman on December 17, 1933. They owned and operated the Sheridan grocery store for a big part of her life. She enjoyed traveling, fishing and cooking. She was a member of the Sheridan Christian Church and Lions Club.
Fern was preceded in death by her husband Clyde; parents; brother, J.B. Turner and 2 sisters: Warene Parman and Bonnie Turner. She is survived by nieces and nephews; Betty Hill, Nola Parman, Bill Parman and Leo Parman.

Graveside Services and Interment will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at the Sheridan Cemetery (Vanskyock Addition) in Sheridan, Missouri. Gordon Green will officiate. Arrangments are under the direction of the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri. The family will meet at the funeral home and leave for cemetery at 1:30 P.M. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Sheridan Cemetery.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Worth County Sheriff's Report

4-20 -- Officer has court duty.
4-20 -- Officers investigating hit and run on High Street in Grant City.
4-21 -- Person in with papers for sheriff.
4-22 -- Conservation agent calls for deputy.
4-22 -- Person needs ID-OD on trailer.
4-22 -- Report of bull out at C & M highways.
4-23 -- Report of cow and bull out at C & M highways.
4-23 -- Court clerk in with papers to be served.
4-23 -- Person in about concerns for elderly lady.
4-23 -- Officer serves papers in Worth County.
4-24 -- Report of 911 hangup call.
4-24 -- Report of cow out just into Harrison County.
4-25 -- Person in to report vandalism to property in Worth County.
4-25 -- Officer investigating C&I driving in Grant City.

NEN Posts Two Conference Victories, Need Sweep at Tarkio to Clinch Tie for Title

Northeast Nodaway's baseball teams won a pair of conference games at the expense of West Nodaway and North Nodaway and came closer to a second straight conference title. First, they managed to play their game against West Nodaway despite forecasts of rain and used a five-run sixth to win 9-7. They did so despite playing shorthanded, as Andrew Freemyer was in Oklahoma showing sheep at the national level. Andrew Faustlin got the win for Northeast and the Bluejays pulled together in his absence. Faustlin helped himself out by hitting two home runs.

Against North Nodaway in Hopkins, the Bluejays won 10-6, playing a much different team than the one they run-ruled in Ravenwood. The Bluejays jumped out to an early 8-1 lead after their half of the third, but then struggled against the pitching of Peyton Coleman, who had one of the best curveballs that the Bluejays had faced all year. Northeast took seven called third strikes during the afternoon, an area of concern for Coach Vance Proffitt.

Northeast broke up a 1-1 tie in the second with five runs as Faustlin's double with two on capped the rally and was the highlight. Max Giesken's Texas Leaguer started the rally as the wind, blowing across and in from right to left, knocked down his pop fly in left field before the left fielder could get to it to score Korey Adwell. Garet Jackson walked in Dalton Auffert and Dylan Mildfeldt scored after a wild pickoff throw left the playing area.

Rowdy West got the hit of the day for Northeast, a double over rightfielder Ty Cowan's head despite hitting into the wind; it might have cleared the fence at Northeast Nodaway. However, since North Nodaway does not have a fence, the only way to get a home run is to hit it 400 feet into the creek or get an inside the park homer, as Andrew Faustlin did last year when he hit one clear to the scoreboard. It was enough to score Dylan Mildfeldt and Max Giesken to put Northeast up 8-1.

But Andrew Freemyer, who started pitching for the Bluejays, fought the strike zone during warmups and delivered a four-pitch walk to start the game. He settled down in the second, but fought the strike zone again in the third as a single from Ben Hart and a ton of walks led to two runs. But Max Giesken came on in relief and struck out Colt McCoy with the bases loaded to keep the margin at 8-3.

Garet Jackson, pitching for the first time all year, gave up a single to Dakota Smyser that plated Coleman and cut Northeast's lead to 8-4. Proffitt, who considers every game against his former school a rivalry game, started getting agitated after a called third strike by Andrew Freemyer and a popup from Austin Jones with runners on second and third and one out killed a potential rally. "We were too tentative about swinging at pitches," he said. "We've got to keep those curve ball counts from happening in the first place." But Jackson righted the ship by striking out the side in the fifth and Andrew Freemyer made a catch at second to strand August Hoepker at second in the sixth.

Northeast finally got some badly needed insurance runs in the seventh as Freemyer's double scored Garet Jackson and Rowdy West to make it 10-4. But Freemyer wandered off second too far and was out in a rundown for the last out of the inning; this is something that Proffitt says has to be cleaned up before districts.

But the insurance runs were important as Garet Jackson tired and began fighting the strike zone in the seventh; two walks and an error loaded the bases with nobody out. But Freemyer redeemed himself and made a great catch at second of a line drive that could have been extra bases and Kendrick Calfee struck out. Jackson got into some more trouble as he hit Cowan to force in a run and a pickoff throw turned into a steal of home for Dakota Smyser to make it 10-6. But Jackson struck out Hoepker looking to end the threat.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Obituary -- Kathleen Joyce Rinehart 1931-2015

Kathleen Joyce (Huff) Rinehart of Grant City peacefully left this life on April 23, 2015. She was born on December 13, 1931 on a farm near Elmo, the youngest child of Lewis Walter Huff and Vira (Pruitt) Huff.

She graduated from Elmo High School in 1949. Early on, she discovered a passion for music and the written word. She sang and played the piano intuitively and beautifully; and she enjoyed performing music -- and the occasional tap dance -- well into her advancing years. Her love of reading was another passion and one that likely led to her acceptance of her calling of teaching. She began teaching in one-room schools during the 1950's, simultaneously taking classes at Northwest Missouri State College. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in 1957 and a Master's Degree in 1982 from Northwest Missouri State University.

Her teaching career eventually led to stops in Coin (IA), Council Bluffs, Tarkio, and Grant City. She retired from Worth County R-III in 1992.

She was united in marriage to John P. Rinehart in 1957. From this union, two children were born: Ann Ostermann of Brunswick (MO) and John Rinehart of Albany. Kathleen has seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband John, mother Vira, father Walter, sister Mary, and brothers Norval and Richard. She is survived by her children Ann Ostermann and her husband Jeff; John and his wife Shana; brothers Robert and Jack; numerous nieces and nephews; and her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Kathleen was a long-time member of the Grant City United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be at 2:00 Monday, April 27th, 2015 at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, with visitation one hour prior to service. Interment will be in the High Prairie Cemetery, Elmo.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Josh Warner, Throwing Into the Wind, Breaks 50 Foot Barrier in Shot; Girls Win, Two Relay Teams Finish First

Josh Warner broke the 50 foot barrier in the Shot Put at the Tiger Relays despite throwing into the wind, getting a personal best throw of 51'5" to win the event by almost five feet. He faced some of his stiffest competition of the year, with Stephan Elliott, the 6'8" skyscraper for Princeton getting a throw of 46'10 1/2" and Michael Stanley of Gallatin getting a throw of 45'4 1/2". Shelby McMillen, who had beaten Warner earlier in the year, was fourth with a throw of 44'10". Josh Warner also won the discus with a throw of 155 feet.

The Worth County girls used winning efforts from their 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams and a strong performance from their 4x400 to secure their meet victory. Going into the final event, they led Rock Port with 73 points to 71 for Rock Port. They needed to outscore Rock Port or lose by no more than one point to win the meet. They did so, getting fifth with a time of 4:58.86. Rock Port finished sixth with a time of 5:00.30. Worth County won a crowded field with 75 points to 72 for Rock Port, 61 for Jefferson, and 44 1/2 for Gallatin and Albany. Worth County beat out six of their GRC rivals, which augers well for the upcoming GRC meet later in the year.

The 4x200 relay team of Sydney Thummel, Rikky Hunt, Kaitlyn Davidson, and Ally Buffington easily got a lead on Albany, but had to fend off a strong challenge from Maysville to win. They passed Maysville on the final turn to win with a time of 1:55.15 to Maysville's 1:56.12. Albany was third with a time of 1:59.51. The 4x100 was even closer as Sydney Thummel held off Albany's runner during the final stretch of the race and won in a photo finish. Worth County got a time of 54.92 to Albany's 55.05.

The boys had their highest showing of the year, finishing third in a crowded field with 51 points. Gallatin won the meet with 78 points and South Harrison was second with 58 points.

Kaitlyn Davidson was fourth in the Shot Put with a throw of 34 feet and second in the Discus with a throw of 98'6". Alysa Lyle was fourth in the High Jump with a leap of 4'8" and second in the Pole Vault with a leap of 7'6".

Aubrey Ragan placed in the Long Jump for the first time of the year with a leap of 13'7 1/2", good enough for second place. Ragan also placed in the 100 Hurdles, placing sixth.

Jared Simmons was third in the Pole Vault with a leap of 10 feet.

Brevyn Ross collected his first medals of the year on the boys side as he placed second in the 110 Hurdles. Dustin Ellis of Stanberry won handily with a time of 15.27 and a strong three-way race for second developed between Ross, Seth Cline (Albany), and Tyler Preston (South Harrison). Ross edged out his two rivals to take second, getting a time of 16.87 to Cline's 16.94 and Preston's 17.04. Ross was then edged out by Ellis in the 300 Hurdles, placing second with a time of 42.13 to Ellis' 41.93.

Payton Adwell was second in the 100 with a time of 13.60. She was edged out by Christina Hall (East Atchison), who posted a time of 13.46. Sydney Thummel was second in the 200 as she posted a time of 28.32. She was edged out by Kaleigh Janssen (Albany), with a time of 28.08. Adwell was fourth with a time of 28.79.

The boys 4x200 team of Chris Alarcon, Lucas Caddenhead, Ryan McClellan, and Ben Badell was 6th with a time of 1:44.46. The 4x100 team of Alarcon, McClellan, Badell, and Brevyn Ross was fourth with a time of 48.33. The 4x400 team of Badell, Jayden Jilek, Lucas Caddenhead, and Brevyn Ross placed fourth in the 4x400 with a time of 3:55.

On the girls side, Thummel collected her second individual medal as she placed third in the 400 with a time of 1:06.08.

NEN Breaks School Record with 6 HR's

Northeast Nodaway's baseball team set a school record with six home runs as they beat winless North Nodaway 12-2 in six innings Wednesday night. Both teams showed rust from a long layoff; NEN had not played for over a week due to inclement weather and FFA commitments. But the Bluejays recovered much better from the layoff and beat the Mustangs to go to 2-1 in the Northwest Missouri Baseball Conference. South Nodaway avenged their loss to East Atchison and kept the heat on Northeast with a 10-0 win over the Wolves Tuesday.

The Bluejays killed a potential big rally for the Mustangs in the top of the first as Max Giesken caught a carom off pitcher Andrew Freemyer's glove and threw to first to take a hit away from Dakota Smyser. North Nodaway, which had played South Nodaway tough in a loss earlier this year, put Koby Reynolds, their best pitcher, on the mound to face Northeast. But NEN Coach Vance Proffitt successfully sent his runners early and often against the Mustangs. Max Giesken, who hit the first Longhorn pitch out of the yard in Northeast's 4-1 win over South Nodaway, hit Reynolds' first pitch down the left field line for a single in the bottom of the first. He stole second and then took third and home on wild pitches to put Northeast up 1-0. Andrew Faustlin followed with another tally when he stole third and took home on a wild throw into left field to make it 2-0.

From there, it was a fireworks show as the Bluejays showed the kind of power that they were capable of as Andrew Freemyer hit the first of two home runs for Northeast, scoring Rowdy West, over the left field scoreboard. That put them up 4-0 after one. Max Giesken's home run, off the center fielder's glove and over the fence, opened the floodgates; it was his second of the year. Garet Jackson followed by whistling one past the left field light pole to put Northeast up 6-0 after two.

Peyton Coleman put North Nodaway on the board by stealing third and coming home on catcher Andrew Faustlin's throwing error, but the fireworks continued as Faustlin atoned for his miscue by hitting a home run which barely cleared the center field wall, scoring Garet Jackson, who was also on base. Rowdy West followed with the longest shot of the night, a tape measure shot that cleared the center field pole and finished Reynolds. Kendrick Calfee came in to pitch for North Nodaway, but Andrew Freemyer greeted him with his second home run of the afternoon over the center field fence to put Northeast up 10-1 after four.

The Bluejays had a chance to end it in five on the ten run rule after Andrew Freemyer picked a runner off first to snuff out a Mustang threat in the top of the fifth, but Garet Jackson was thrown out at the plate as North Nodaway barely kept the game alive.

Andrew Freemyer, bidding to throw the second no-hitter in school history after Andrew Faustlin, saw his effort broken up in the sixth as Smyser broke up his bid to start the sixth. After giving up another single to Reynolds and hitting Ben Hart to load the bases with nobody out, he was finished and Max Giesken came on to try and stop the bleeding. Calfee hit one in the hole that shortstop Garet Jackson got to, but didn't have a play on as Smyser scored to make it 10-2. Giesken continued to fight the strike zone, getting behind 3-0 to August Hoepker, the littlest man on the team for North Nodaway; Hoepker had walked every single time batting against Freemyer. But Giesken came back to strike him out and was in control the rest of the inning, masterfully changing speeds on Tyler Philpott and Wyatt Tate and striking them out to end the inning with no further damage.

Calfee started off the sixth in good shape by getting an out, walking Korey Adwell, but getting Dalton Auffert to ground into a force at second. But with two out and Northeast's #9 hitter, Brayden Welch, at the plate, Calfee grazed Welch on the helmet with two strikes on him to revive Northeast and bring the top of the order. Giesken and Jackson walked to force in a run and then Andrew Faustlin hit a slow roller into the hole at short and beat out the throw to end the game by the 10 run rule.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Worth County Sheriff's Report

4-6 -- Resident in for job related fingerprinting.
4-6 -- Resident calls about buying a handgun.
4-7 -- Resident calls about dog in trash; referred to city hall.
4-7 -- Resident in to register for sex offender.
4-7 -- Pipeline company calls about releasing pressure on lines.
4-8 -- Person calls about arrest warrant.
4-8 -- Resident reports phone call scam.
4-8 -- Officer assists lady who locked keys in car.
4-8 -- Resident calls about dog problem; referred to city hall.
4-9 -- Person calls about camper title.
4-9 -- Maryville Public Safety calls about driveoff at Hy-Vee Gas Station in Maryville.
4-9 -- Officer transports two females to Ringgold County Jail.
4-10 -- Person in to sign traffic complaint.
4-10 -- Local business calls about pickup parked where they unload.
4-10 -- Person calls about someone knocking on door and then running off.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

NEN Baseball Avenges Earlier Defeat; Back in Driver's Seat in Conference

Northeast Nodaway and South Nodaway were playing each other again Friday afternoon. It was the same players and the same pitchers going up against each other. However, it was a different outcome as Northeast won 4-1 in what Coach Vance Proffitt called the cleanest game his team ever played since he had taken the helm.

It didn't look like it would be South Nodaway's day after Bryce Deen struck out into a double play as Jed Galbrith was nailed by Andrew Freemyer trying to steal second in the top of the first. That meant that one of Northeast's few miscues, a dropped fly ball by Dylan Mildfeldt who lost it in the sun, was erased.

Northeast recovered from the scare as Max Giesken hit the first pitch from Garrett LaMaster over the left field fence for Northeast's first run of the afternoon. On the other end, Andrew Faustlin began establishing himself as he began to record strikeout after strikeout; he recorded 14 for the afternoon to match his career high.

The Bluejays killed a potential rally in the bottom of the second as Austin Jones wandered too far off third after Korey Adwell's single and was picked off. South Nodaway got two runners on base in the second after a walk and an error, but Faustlin got two called third strikes to get out of the third.

South Nodaway looked to keep their deficit at 1-0 in the third as the first two Bluejay batters got out, but Andrew Faustlin helped himself out with a grounder under shortstop Ben Jermain's legs for an error to start off Northeast. He reached second on a passed ball as catcher Bryce Deen lost one in the dirt and couldn't find it in time and took third on Rowdy West's single. Andrew Freemyer whistled a single down the line at third to bring home Faustlin to make it 2-0.

The Longhorns sought to cut into Northeast's lead in the fourth with two out as Galbrith walked and reached second on a wild pitch. Ben Jermain, trying to redeem himself for the error in the third, hit a screamer to right; Korey Adwell tried for a diving catch and missed as Galbrith crossed home to make it 2-1. Somehow, Adwell still held Jermain to a single. Faustlin struck out Tristan Freemyer to get out of the inning. It might have been much worse, but NEN first baseman Rowdy West snagged a screamer by Garrett LaMaster earlier in the inning that would have gone for extra bases.

In the fifth, once again Northeast scored with two outs. Andrew Faustlin walked and Rowdy West followed with a single to left past third. Andrew Freemyer showed some of the power he has displayed in practice as he doubled over the left fielder's head to score Faustlin. Austin Jones atoned for his earlier baserunning miscue as he hit a shot in the gap between right and center that dropped in for a single and plated West to make it 4-1.

South Nodaway mounted its most promising threat in the sixth. With out one, Bryce Deen singled to center and Northeast elected to walk Garrett LaMaster to get to the bottom of the order. The move looked like it would backfire as Faustlin proceeded to walk Galbrith on four pitches. That loaded the bases for South Nodaway with one out. But Ben Jermain hit a soft line drive that was snagged by West at first and Faustlin got a called third strike on Tristan Freemyer to get out of the inning. It was the second time Faustlin got a favorable call from the umpire to get out of a jam.

With two outs in the seventh, Faustlin walked Logan Murphy on four pitches, but then Quentin Ebrecht grounded to Dalton Auffert at third, who threw to second for a force for the final out.

The win put Northeast back in the driver's seat in the Northwest Missouri Baseball Conference as South Nodaway had also lost to East Atchison 6-2 last Tuesday. Northeast is in control of its own destiny at this point; if they win out, they will repeat as conference champs.

Obituary -- Etha Pearl Ray 1932-2015

     Etha Pearl (Goff)  Collier Ray was born March 19, 1932 in Worth County, Missouri to Roy E. and Mable (Ray) Goff. She passed away April 8, 2015 at the Worth County Convalescent Center in Grant City, Missouri at the age of 83.

     She was baptized November 10, 1985 and was a member of the Sheridan Christian Church.

     Etha Pearl married James Everett Collier from Mt. Ayr, Iowa on January 29, 1950. To this union three children were born. He was electrocuted and passed away on October 14, 1966.

     Ten years later Etha Pearl married Noah Ray on April 24, 1976 and they spent 32 years together, 30 of which was in Sheridan, Missouri. With failing health they spent the remainder of their lives at the Worth County Convalescent Center in Grant City. He preceded her in death in 2009.

     Also preceding her in death were infant daughter Janis Elaine Collier, son James Collier; parents: Roy and Mable and brother: James T. Goff.

     She is survived by son Steven Collier and wife Grace of Independence, Missouri; three sisters: Myrtle Risser, Margaret Monday and Kathleen Fletchall and husband Frank; four grandchildren Heather, Jeffrey, Everett and Amanda Collier; and two great-grandchildren Paige and Wesley Collier.

      Visitation will be 1:00 -2:00 P.M. Tuesday at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri followed by graveside services and interment in the Isadora Cemetery in Grant City. Pastor Jeff Blaine will officiate.

Obituary -- Betty Ruckman 1927-2015

     Betty Gene Ruckman, 88 of Allendale, Missouri was born February 5, 1927 on the family farm in rural Worth County to Ralph and Aloaha (Morin) Carroll. She passed away April 10, 2015 at the Worth County Convalescent Center in Grant City at the age of 88.

     Betty graduated from Grant City High School. She married fellow classmate and high school sweetheart, Galen Ruckman on August 25, 1945 in Troy, Kansas. To this union three children were born. Michael Lee, Sue Carroll and Robin Wray.

     Betty was a long time member of the Allendale Baptist Church where she attended regularly until her heath declined. She wasn’t afraid to tackle any task including gardening, sewing, furniture refinishing, upholstering, and even carpentry.

     Betty had many jobs during her lifetime, including secretary, factory worker, bus driver as well as being a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and farm wife.

     Preceding her in death were her parents, and brother Marlin Carroll.

     She is survived by husband Galen of the home in Allendale, Missouri; sons: Michael (Beverly) Ruckman of Grant City; Missouri, Rob (Melissa) Ruckman of Denver, Missouri, daughter, Sue (Gary) Adcock of Kansas City, Missouri, brother, Leroy (Modonna) Carroll of Stanberry, Missouri,  sister, Vera Davis of Stanberry, Missouri, 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

     Visitation will be 1:00-2:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri followed by Memorial Services. Inurnment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers family request memorial contributions be made to Worth County Convalescent Center, 503 E. Fourth Street, Grant City, MO 64456 or Hands of Hope Hospice, Pineview Manor, 307 Pineview Street, Stanberry, MO 64489.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Obituary -- Betty Lou Daniels 1923-2015

Betty Lou Daniels was born December 14, 1923 in Parnell, Missouri to Robert and Sarah (Griffey) Lockhart. She passed away April 8, 2015 in Maryville, Missouri at the age of 91.
Betty was united in marriage to Victor Daniels on April 20, 1960 in Maryville, Missouri. He preceded her in death.
 Betty had a great love for her family and friends. She was a great neighbor, always there to lend a helping hand when there was a need in the community. She loved the outdoors, working with her animals and in the garden.
Also preceding Betty in death were her parents, one brother, Ralph Bosley and four sisters: Verna Meek, Dorothy Morgan, Eileen Gladfelder and Emilee Keever.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews and many friends.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri. Rev. Darrell Darby will officiate. Interment will be in the Kirk Cemetery in Allendale, Missouri. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Worth County Sheriff's Report

3-30 -- Officer investigating report of ID theft.
3-31 -- Brush fire north of Worth.
3-31 -- Person in to make bond on arrest warrant.
3-31 -- Person reports scam attempt on bank and credit card.
3-31 -- Grass fire near M Highway.
3-31 -- Person calls about arrest warrant.
3-31 -- Highway Patrol in with person arrested for probation violation.
3-31 -- Officer responds to domestic disturbance at Crestwood Apartment.
4-1 -- Person in officer for CCW permit.
4-1 -- Officer responds to call about elderly lady walking on High Street in Grant City, possibly confused.
4-2 -- Department of Senior Services in.
4-2 -- Grass fire on E Highway north of Grant City.
4-3 -- Person in for CCW permit renewal.
4-4 -- Report of car-deer accident on north 169 Highway.
4-4 -- ANR Pipeline will be blowing off gas for approximately 4 hours.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Obituary -- Phillip Chase Humphrey 1949-2015

Phillip Chase Humphrey was born Jan. 19, 1949, in Maryville, Missouri. He passed away on March 30, 2015 in Overland Park, KS. He was the Son of Raymond Veryl and Billie Fern (McLaughlin) Humphrey. After graduation from Worth County R-1 High School, he attended Central Methodist College in Fayette, Mo. and earned a Degree in Biology. He pursued careers in both Sales and Warehouse Distribution. He also served six years in the Kansas National Guard.

Chase was preceded in death by his Father, Veryl, and a Sister-In-Law, Nancy Humphrey. He is survived by his Mother, Billie Fern; his wife, Judy Redfield; his brother, Kent and his wife Cyndi; his daughter, Sarah Glass and her husband David; Stepson Jason Redfield and his wife Renee; Stepdaughter Jennifer Adkins and her husband Kevin; his grandchildren, Jillian and Brooklyn Glass, Jackson Redfield and Triston, Aidan , and Addison Adkins.

Chase had many interests. An outstanding baritone player and excellent vocalist, he loved cars, the Chiefs, the Missouri Tigers and ice cream. He especially loved his Grandchildren, of whom he could talk endlessly. A proud Father and Husband, he will be missed by all.

Chase’s Body has been cremated. Memorial Services will be at 11:00 AM, Friday, April 10, 2015 at the Andrews-Hann Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri. The Rev. Janis Roorda officiating. Inurnment will be in the Grant City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NEN Baseball Drops Pitching Duel to Longhorns, Falls 2-0

Northeast Nodaway's baseball team dropped a pitching duel to the South Nodaway/Jefferson Longhorns and fell 2-0 Tuesday evening in a Northwest Missouri Baseball Conference game. The loss was the first-ever defeat for the Bluejays in the new conference. Northeast won the conference last year outright, running the table against South Nodaway, North Nodaway, East Atchison, and West Nodaway. But the level of play figures to improve dramatically this year. North Nodaway won three games, but threw a scare into West Nodaway in districts before losing 6-5; they played South Nodaway tough this year. West Nodaway, in their inaugural campaign last year, posted a winning season.

The Bluejays are now 0-2 on the year. They dropped a 20-4 game last week to powerhouse Mid-Buchanan at home. They played better against South Nodaway Tuesday, in a well-played game in which two miscues by Northeast proved costly. The pitching, as expected, turned out to be a strength; Andrew Faustlin started and went the distance, getting stronger as the game progressed and keeping Coach Vance Proffitt's squad in the game with some timely pitching. The fielding, which was a concern of Proffitt's going into the season, turned out to be an asset, with some outstanding defensive plays being made despite some new faces on the field.

Northeast figures to do well with their hitting, but they struggled at the plate against South Nodaway pitcher Garrett LaMaster. The Longhorn hurler, who was touted as a player to watch by Proffitt before the season, lived up to his billing by limiting the Bluejays to one hit as he pitched a complete game shutout.

Andrew Freemyer, making his first varsity start as a catcher, struggled at first, dropping a third strike which set up what turned out to be South Nodaway's winning run in the first. LaMaster would help himself by singling Bryce Deen home later in the inning to put the 'Horns up 1-0. But Freemyer got stronger as the game progressed, throwing out two runners stealing. South Nodaway tried to test the new catcher's arm, but he was up to the task. He had some big footsteps to fill, following Shaun Burns, who graduated. But he will save a lot of runs with his arm and Proffitt said he and Faustlin were on the same page for the most part.

Northeast had their chances, but LaMaster would always get timely strikeouts to get out of innings. Northeast got two on after a dropped third strike in the second, but LaMaster got a strikeout to get out of that inning. Northeast loaded the bases in the fourth on two errors, one on a ball lost in the sun. At Beale Park in Maryville, where South Nodaway plays its home games, the sun shines right into the center fielder's eyes when it is setting in the west, making playing that position an adventure. Tim Jermain, who was in the stands, started getting agitated, but LaMaster got out of that inning by striking out Austin Jones looking.

Bluejay freshman Dylan Mildfeldt impressed folks with his bat in preseason, but his glove saved a run in the bottom of the fourth. After a dropped third strike got Bryce Deen on base, LaMaster crushed one into the gap between left and center, but Mildfeldt, despite battling the sun, played the ball perfectly to get an out. The Longhorns loaded the bases later in the inning; Faustlin walked one batter after he didn't get a call on a checked swing situation. But with Tristan George batting for South Nodaway, he went to first on what appeared to be ball four, only to be called back because it was only ball three. Faustlin subsequently struck him out.

Freemyer, Northeast's slugger at the plate, had gotten some good swings through the game against LaMaster, but had not put one in play yet. But he finally got a hold of one in the sixth and gave it a long ride into the gap between right and center. But Galbreath, playing center, ran it down to retire Freemyer.

South Nodaway got an insurance run in the sixth as LaMaster doubled over rightfielder Korey Adwell's head and later came around with two outs as Clint Ebrecht reached on shortstop Garrett Jackson's error. Dalton Auffert singled with two outs down the right field line for Northeast to bring the tying run to the plate in Brayden Welch, but once again, LaMaster got a timely strikeout to end the threat.