Sunday, May 31, 2015

Donald Heaton Named Music Teacher; Sean Thrum New Girls BB Coach; All Coaches Retained

Donald Heaton was named new Music Teacher for the Worth County School by the School Board following their regular Board of Education Meeting May 19th and a closed session. Sean Thrum was named to a Probationary Teaching contract and named head varsity girls basketball coach by the board. These hirings are contingent on approved background check and proper certification.

The board accepted resignations from Cassie Gilland as math teacher and Will Stewart as bus driver.

The board voted unanimously to retain all coaches who wished to return for the 2015-2016 school. Retained as head football coach was Chris Healy; he will be assisted by Jon Adwell. Retained as head boys basketball coach will by Bryce Schafer. Mr. Thrum will be assisted by Tiffany Bliley. Chris Healy will be head boys track coach while Janice Borey will continue to be head girls track coach; they will be assisted by Jon Adwell. Dave Gilland will continue to be head girls softball coach; the school is now looking for an assistant with the resignation of Cassie Gilland. Todd Simmons will continue to be head boys golf coach and Janice Borey will continue to be head girls golf coach. Abbey Hern will continue to be the cheerleading coach.

At the junior high level, Todd Simmons will continue to coach boys basketball, while Josh Smith (FFA) will continue to coach the junior high girls. Chris Healy will coach junior high boys track, while April Healy will continue to coach junior high girls track. Josh Smith (FFA) will continue to coach football; named as his new assistant was Cody Green. Bryce Schafer was named as junior high girls softball coach, while Tiffany Bliley will be his assistant.

For school clubs and organizations, Donald Heaton will be in charge of instrumental music and vocal music. Merry Spiers will be in charge of annual as well as both junior high and high school academic bowl. Nancy Drury will be in charge of musical, Dr. Matt Martz in charge of student council, Angela Weddle in charge of concession stands, April Healy will continue to be in charge of FBLA, Josh Smith will continue to be in charge of FFA, and Jonell Cook will continue to be in charge of FCCLA. Named to direct the Flag Corps will be Nanci Drury. Jeannie Fletcher will do football field prep.

The school hires 5-6 people every year to help with summer custodial support. Hired this year were Jina Jackson, Beth Martz, Abbey Porter, John Thurman, and Angela Weddle.

$30 Million Available for New Food Product Lines

(USDA) -- Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning announced that USDA is making $30 million available to farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs to develop new product lines. Funding will be made available through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program.  

"Farmers and ranchers are creative people who, with a little help, can put that creativity to work and improve the bottom line for their operations," Vilsack said. "Value-Added Producer Grants enable them to develop new product lines to grow their businesses and expand their contributions to our nation's economy. This support is especially important for beginning farmers, military veterans engaging in farming and smaller farm operations participating in the local and regional food system."

VAPG grants can be used to develop new product lines from raw agricultural products or additional uses for already developed product lines. Military veterans, socially disadvantaged, and beginning farmers and ranchers; operators of small- and medium-sized family farms and ranches; farmer and rancher cooperatives; and applicants that propose mid-tier value chain projects are given special priority in applying for VAPGs. Additional priority is given to group applicants who seek funding for projects that "best contribute" to creating or increasing marketing opportunities for these type of operators.

“Pursuing new markets and expanding product offerings is important in any industry. Obviously, agriculture is no different,” said Missouri Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning. “The VAPG program offers the opportunity for our state’s agricultural producers to determine the feasibility of new product offerings. Increased economic activity, at any level, is essential for the vitality of our rural communities.”

Since 2009, USDA has awarded 853 Value-Added Producer Grants totaling $104.5 million. Approximately 19 percent of the grants and 13 percent of total funding has been awarded to beginning farmers and ranchers. During the 2013-2014 funding cycle, nearly half of VAPG awards went to farmers and ranchers developing products for the local food sector. Value-Added Producer Grants are a key element of the USDA's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative, which coordinates the Department's work on local and regional food systems. Secretary Vilsack has identified local and regional food systems as one of the four pillars of rural economic development.

Congress increased funding for the VAPG program when it passed the 2014 Farm Bill. That law builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers.

For more information on Value-Added Producer Grants contact (573) 876-9321 or email The deadline to submit paper applications is July 7. Electronic applications submitted through are due July 2. 

Eleven Make Northwest Honor Rolls

Eleven area students made the Northwest Missouri State University Honor Rolls during the Spring Trimester. From Denver, Todd Harding made the President's Honor Roll. Grant City had six honorees -- Cassie Carter (Academic), Alaina Freeman (Academic), Brooke Gilland (President's), Cody Green (President's), Rebecca Moore (Academic), and Adam Summers (Academic). Parnell had one -- Stephanie Farmer (Academic). Ravenwood had three honorees -- Kerrigan Adwell (Academic), Steve Schulte (President's), and Jenny Seipel (Academic).

Worth County Extension Council Minutes

Members in attendance: David Hunt, Julie Tracy, Jessica Davidson, Chevy Davidson, Mary Kay Hunt, Sherri Runde, David Seat, and CPD Jerry Baker. The meeting was called to order by David Hunt. Jerry asked for an amendment to the agenda to include 4-H/FFA Livestock Show under New Business. Motion made by Chevy to approve the amended agenda. Seconded by Mary Kay. All yes. No visitors present at the meeting.

Motion made by Chevy to approve the previous meeting minutes as sent. Seconded by David. All yes. The budget sheet presented to the county commissioners was reviewed. Julie presented the financial report and current bills. Bills were the normal business ones. The current balance of the expendable gift account is $43,281.09. Motion by Chevy to receive and file the financial report for audit and to pay the current bills. Sherri seconded. All yes.

Jessica reported on a fundraising activity for BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri). As of 4-17-15 there were 915 preregistered. She will need volunteers to help. Sam’s Club has watermelon slicers on the shelf, Jessica will look into purchasing one for use.

Chevy contacted Chris and Ashley Cadle to be the Worth County State Fair Farm Family for 2015. It coincided with Iowa State Fair and they will not be able to attend. He is currently talking to Daniel Gladstone and Jason Rinehart on their interest in attending. Rod and Dawn Brown may also consider this opportunity.

The YPA position will be officially opened for application until May 5th. The deadline can be extended if no applications are received. Those wanting to apply must submit an online application through the University. The position opening will be placed in the local paper. Jerry was missing his papers for Council Trainings, which will be covered at the next meeting.

Miranda and Jerry have both completed their Affirmative Action Training. This mandatory training focus is on what you can/cannot say or do in a program/presentation/print. Jerry reported there are a lot of people retiring from the University. In his staff report, he highlighted that he participated in the Atchison Co. Government Day. At this time, Jerry also discussed an article in the April 27th St Joseph News Press entitled “Next Generation.”

Julie had brought to our attention that other counties were having a program for “Women in Ag.” She had had a few people asking about the program. Jerry will explore this programming opportunity.

Jerry brought to our attention that the Missouri Cattleman’s Association have an 18” x 30” liability sign that would be beneficial to the 4-H/FFA Livestock Show. This would be an additional advisory notice about personal responsibility/liability when around livestock. The signs are offered in two styles, aluminum and polyethylene. They were priced (with shipping) at $45 and $28, respectively. Motion by Chevy to purchase the aluminum sign for $45. Seconded by David Seat. All yes.

Motion by Julie to move the next scheduled meeting, which is Memorial Day, to June 1st at 7:00 pm. Seconded by Chevy. All in favor. Motion passed.

Friday, May 29, 2015

It's (Still) Cool to be a Royals Fan -- Team Makes the NY Times Again

The Royals, after two decades of futility, finally righted the ship over the last three years and stand at 28-18 at this writing despite their recent slump. At the end of last year's season, with the Yankees dropping out of the Wild Card race, the New York Times did several different articles on the Royals as they were closing in on their first post-season appearance since 1985.

This year, the Yankees and Mets both started off strong, sparking hopes of a subway series; however, they have recently faded back to .500 and back into the realm of the ordinary. So, the Times did yet another piece on the Royals, this time about their announcer, Ryan Lefebvre along with their sports marketing department. The Royals, with their recent run of success, have seen their nightly TV viewership rise from 28,000 to 113,000. The Yankees have gone in the opposite direction, with attendance slightly down at Yankee Stadium and viewership down to 198,000 on TV.

This is not the only time the Times Sports Department has gone off on a tangent in the face of futility from its teams. From January to March of this year, their Knicks beat writer, Scott Cacciola, was given a sabbatical by his bosses from covering the Knicks, which were one of the most underachieving teams in the NBA this year. They were so bad that their leading scorer, Carmelo Anthony, shut it down due to injuries after the All Star Break. Mr. Cacciola's column, appropriately enough, was entitled "Not the Knicks." It is an outstanding compendium on how basketball ought to be played. It was telling that he found a Division II women's game between Emporia State and Missouri Western in St. Joseph more entertaining than what passed for basketball this year at Madison Square Garden.

Back in college, we sat in a Coaching Basketball class taught at Northwest by then-Mens coach Steve Tappmeyer, and we talked one day about the vaunted Sports Illustrated Jinx. Based on what we talked about in his classes, we think that there is a basis in The Jinx. In a nutshell, one of Tapp's main theories, which he always preached to his players in practice, teams do well and reach a state of mind where they think they have it made and relax. And getting on the cover of Sports Illustrated is one of the biggest symbols of having it made. The Royals have trended on Twitter before this year, particularly when other teams were plunking them at a record pace and the Royals thought they were doing it on purpose to get them out of their rhythm. The challenge for the Royals this year will be to maintain their high level of play without getting into a "comfort zone" that they have it made and can relax.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

New Faces at City of Grant City: Chapman on Grant City Council; Caleb Moyer is Water Superintendent

Two new faces will be at Grant City Council meetings. Caleb Moyer is now the Water Superintendent, replacing Greg Miller, who voluntarily stepped aside and who still works on the city crews. Michael Chapman agreed to serve and was sworn into the Grant City Council in April following the municipal elections. He replaces Dennis Downing, who did not seek reelection this year. With nobody filing, Mr. Chapman received enough write-in votes to win the election.

The council voted to set its sewer rates at 65% of water, or a minimum of $14.20 per month. Mayor Debbie Roach said that the city did not anticipate any future rate increases at this time.

The DNR signed the new permit for the city. They will now require the city to test their system weekly instead of monthly.

Water Superintendent Caleb Moyer reported that he had brushed the lagoon, flushed water lines, got the pool ready, and put in a new lifeguard chair. A leak at the pumphouse was fixed. He reported that water levels at the lagoon were high due to recent rains.

There will be at least 1,000 bikers coming for the Big BAM event that will pass through Grant City, Sheridan, and Allendale on Tuesday, June 23rd. This will not include family members and support crew for the event. There will be a BAM meeting on Wednesday June 3rd at 5:00 at Grant City Hall, where a representative from Missouri Life, which organized the event, will be on hand to answer questions. BAM will furnish signage along the route in rural parts, while communities will furnish signage during towns. They will also provide a water station along with a first aid tent. The city of Grant City is still seeking food vendors for the event; there has already been interest expressed. Portable restrooms will be available. A band will perform in Grant City from 12 to 4.

The Grant City Pool will open as soon as the weather permits. This week has seen unseasonably cool weather, with temperatures only reaching 51 degrees on Wednesday. Councilwoman Cathy James said that the pool generally sells around 40 pool passes per year. Rates were set this year at $100 for a family pass, $50 for single season passes, and $4 for a day pass. Moyer said that the city plans to patch the baby pool.

Spring cleanup will be June 6th, while brush cleanup will be on June 4th all day and on June 5th until noon. Mayor Debbie Roach asked all people living along the BAM route to mow to make their properties more attractive.

There will be a special City Council meeting on June 4th at 7 pm at City Hall.

Lights have been put up on the welcome sign on the east side of town.

Reagan Drury and Dora Martz of the Worth County Student Council reported that student organizations were planning a teambuilding event sometime in August and honor 9/11.

Obituary -- Patricia Ann Mincy 1957-2015

Patricia Ann Mincy was born October 17, 1957 in Rock Springs, Wyoming to John Lee and Janice Yvonne (Lane) Fleming. She passed away May 20, 2015 at her home in Grant City, Missouri at the age of 57.
Patricia graduated from Commerce City, Colorado High School. She was united in marriage to Lee Roy Mincy on May 23, 1981 in Colorado.  To this union 4 children were born. She was a member of the Grant City Baptist Church and faithfully attended as long as her health permitted.
Surviving are husband Lee, son, Matthew and mother, Janice, all of the home in Grant City; also, daughter, Janell Mincy of Quitman, Missouri, son, Michael Mincy of Glenwood, Iowa; brother, Richard Fleming of Denver, Colorado; sister, Yvonne Maynard of Arvada, Colorado and 6 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by daughter Tasha Nicole Mincy; father John Fleming; and brother Jimmy Flemming.

Memorial Services were 2:00 P.M. Sunday, May 24, 2015 at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City. Pastor Darin Drury officiated. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Fort Logan, Colorado Cemetery.      

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NEN Baseball Falls in Districts

Northeast Nodaway's baseball team has accomplished a lot over the last two years -- back to back conference titles, two winning seasons, and a record of 17-9 over the last two years. But one accomplishment has remained elusive -- winning a district game. That goal will have to wait at least one more year after the Bluejays were dispatched from the District Tournament in Maryville Tuesday by Braymer 5-2. Northeast ended their season at 7-3 after having their seven-game winning streak snapped.

It looked like it might be a long year after Northeast dropped its first game to a loaded Mid-Buchanan squad 20-4 and then lost to South Nodaway 2-0 to start off the season at 0-2. But then they picked things up and won their next seven games, clinching the conference title in the process. Fielding, a big area of concern identified by Coach Vance Proffitt at the beginning of the year, was an asset, while the pitching and hitting were already areas of strength. But with the loss of Garet Jackson, Andrew Faustlin, and Austin Jones from Northeast's 11-player squad, Northeast's first challenge will be to field nine players for next year; there were only 14 boys to choose from this year. The next is to fill the seniors' footsteps and work towards goals of having another winning season, winning a district game, and defending their two-time conference title. If Proffitt can find some incoming freshmen to field a team and the players buy into his system like they have the last two years, there is no reason why Northeast can't contend for another conference title next year provided they stay healthy.

Freshman Dylan Mildfeldt, who had never played baseball before, filled a huge hole in left field and caught a towering fly ball that could have been trouble Tuesday night; he showed himself to be a capable hitter and bunter. Another freshman, Brayden Welch, took one for the team as Proffitt sent him up to bat for Mildfeldt to start the 7th in hopes of jump-starting Northeast's fortunes. Mildfeldt reentered and stole second and third, coming in to score when catcher Logan O'Dell's throw got away into left field, making it 5-2. Andrew Faustlin, playing his last game as a Bluejay, slid into first and beat out an infield hit after hitting a slow roller down the third base line, but Rowdy West hit a sharply-hit ball right at the first baseman to end the threat.

That was a typical sequence for Northeast, as the Bobcats bent but didn't break against the Bluejays. Northeast hit the ball hard much of the night, but usually right at people. Garet Jackson's night at the plate typified Northeast's struggles against pitcher Wade Phillips, who usually threw strikes and trusted his fielders to do the work. Jackson hit a hard shot right at first which could have been a triple into the right field corner, but it was snared by the first baseman for one out. Jackson hit a shot in the gap that would have been out of Ravenwood's park, but was caught in the gap for another extra base hit taken away.

Northeast, who had been shut out by Phillips and the Bobcats, got a glimmer of hope after he was shaken up after a pitch in the fifth inning. Phillips, who had only walked two up to that point, began fighting the strike zone and walked Garet Jackson and Andrew Faustlin with two outs. Rowdy West hit a single up the middle to score Jackson and then Faustlin and Jackson successfully pulled off a double steal, with Faustlin safe at third on a close play. But then Andrew Freemyer popped out to end the threat with Braymer still up 5-1.

While Phillips was tying up Northeast's batters, Bluejay starting pitcher Freemyer was fighting the strike zone early. Drake Parker walked to force in Braymer's first run in the top of the first and Logan O'Dell's single in the second made it 2-0, scoring Brent Campbell. Freemyer's errant pickoff throw scored Austin Hall in the third, and Phillips' single to score Ty Hays later that inning, making it 4-0, finished him and forced Proffitt to go with Faustlin. Faustlin stopped the bleeding, only allowing Wade Phillips' RBI double in the fifth to put Braymer up 5-0, but Northeast could not get a key hit to get back into the game.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Obituary -- Martin Lee "Buck" Roach 1939-2015

Martin Lee “Buck” Roach was born November 12, 1939 in Knowlton, Iowa to Marion and Pearl (Smith) Roach. He was the only boy amongst seven sisters so his father came to call him “The Young Buck”. Buck lived most of his life in Worth County. Buck was united in marriage to Leota Campbell on October 1, 1960 and to this union four children were born: Vicki, Randy, Susan and Eric. 

He worked many years for the Miller Boys of Allendale and on other farms and later for the Worth County Road and Bridge Crew. Buck took great pride in his family and took them on many wonderful camping trips and vacations. The family spent lots of time camping at The Nation in Allendale where Buck attended school. He always grew a big garden and loved tinkering with cars. 

Buck passed away peacefully on May 17, 2015 at the Worth County Convalescent Center. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 46 years, Leota; his parents, Marion & Pearl Roach; two special uncles: Jesse Roach and Babe Roach; and two sisters: Ada Roach and Francis Campbell.

Buck is survived by his four children: Vicki (Virgil) Johnson of King City, Randy Roach of Grant City, Susan Gillespie (Joe) of Albany, and Eric Roach of Grant City; five sisters: Elizabeth Fountain of Albany, Alberta Chapman of Guthrie, OK, Marilyn Martin of Ok, Linda Barber of Mongomery, TX, and Carmeta Johnson of Grant City and brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Everett and Marie Campbell of Grant City. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City with burial in the Kirk Cemetery of Allendale.

Worth County Sheriff's Report

5-11 -- Cattle out north of Grant City; owner notified.
5-11 -- Cattle out north of Allendale; owner notified.
5-12 -- Highway Patrol in office for visit.
5-12 -- Person in for CCW renewal.
5-13 -- 911 call, all OK, pocket dial.
5-13 -- Two residents report scam phone calls.
5-14 -- Department of Health calls for info on Grant City resident.
5-14 -- Court clerk brings in papers to serve.
5-14 -- Worth County resident in about stolen ID report.
5-14 -- Resident reports phone scam.
5-15 -- Report of horse out in Grant City.
5-15 -- Person needs ID/OD check on truck.
5-15 -- Report of door open on unoccupied house in rural Worth County; officer investigates, finds no evidence of theft.
5-16 -- Report of cattle out in rural Worth County; owner notified.
5-17 -- Report of car in ditch south of Grant City.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Editorial -- Support the Worth County Music Programs

With the close of the school year and the resignation of both of Worth County's music teachers, the administration has decided to go a different direction, combining the two music teaching positions into one. The stated goal is to make the best possible use of taxpayer dollars, given that both positions required a lot of electives to make the teaching positions full-time. The school says that flexibility will not be affected given that there will still be a music elective unit at the end of the day along with distance learning, independent study, and other opportunities. "We want to be able to help any student who has a passion for music who wants to pursue it," Superintendent Dr. Matt Martz told the Express in March. "That is not going to change."

Anytime an institution makes major changes like that which don't necessarily have the support of the whole community, the administration and board have an obligation to do whatever it takes to make the changes work. That means using some of the cost savings from these changes to give the new teacher the resources they need in order to succeed.

We went to some of the Northwest Missouri State football games even before they became good. In 1993, the university decided to fire Bud Elliott, whose team, at 3-8, did not do as well as hoped. One of their losses was to Southwest Baptist, who won their only game of the year against the Bearcats. Numerous fans and some of the players protested the firing of Elliott, who was well-liked in the community. The university, therefore, had an obligation to do whatever it took to support his replacement, Mel Tjeerdsma. To their credit they did; after a rocky start in which Mel's first team went 0-11, the Bearcats rose to become the powerhouse it is today. The university vastly expanded the stadium and facilities, put in lights for the first time, and set up the Fall Classic at Arrowhead for a number of years, featuring the Bearcats and Pittsburg State, the MIAA football powerhouses.

The Worth County school board and administration needs to do something similar with its music program. The music program has been one of the top strengths for Worth County. Given our declining population and enrollment, the school is one of the marketable assets that we have. The school needs to get feedback from parents, teachers and former teachers, and students and former students about what is good about the program along with what can make an already good program even better. In order to reverse our population decline, we can't do the same things other schools do; we have to be able to offer something that other schools are unwilling or unable to do.

Both teachers who are leaving, Stephen Till and Alysa Kramer, set high expectations for their students and got them to develop relationships that will last long after graduation. In doing so, they continued a long tradition set by people who went before them such as Jim Spiers, Joanna Healy, and Kenneth Thompson. The recent performances of both the Instrumental Spring Music Concert and the Vocal Concert showed the high level of performance that our students are capable of showing in the right hands. It is our hope that the new teacher will be able to follow in those footsteps and continue the high levels of success for the music program.

Madison Cassavaugh and Alysa Lyle Receive Honors; Worth County Graduates 23

Madison Cassavaugh was named Valedictorian and Alysa Lyle Salutatorian at the Worth County Graduation Ceremonies Sunday afternoon. "We've all made mistakes, but we came a long way and we finally made it," said Class President Josh Warner.

State Representative Allen Andrews, whose son Luke graduated, spoke to the seniors. He said that it was a surreal moment for him, since he had graduated from Worth County in 1985. He noted that he was named "Class Clown" by his classmates and that he didn't remember who had spoken at his graduation.

Andrews said that one of the favorite sayings of his grandparents was, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life." He said that he spent all of his formative years trying to figure out what it meant, and then it dawned on him -- "No matter what has happened to you, you can always make a fresh start," he said. He challenged the students to "embrace life to the fullest" and "never stop growing." He quoted Senator Roy Blunt, who told him, "We're better off than we've been, but not less than we can be." Andrews said that sometimes, dreams don't always turn out, but that the students can still live abundant lives.

He said that the country was based on God and built on the fabric of flag, families, and country; on this foundation, the country became the greatest the world has ever known. "It's yours to shape and create a positive future," he told the students. He noted that the students will each meet around 10,000 people throughout their lifetime. He said that if they each touched the lives of 10 people, it would create a chain reaction that would affect the whole country in seven generations.

Mr. Andrews said that his parents had a sign on their motor home that said, "It's nice to be important; it's more important to be nice." He said that life would come with difficulties that would be painful and "test you to the core." But he said that the students should not be afraid of obstacles, noting that Michael Jordan was cut from a basketball team and Walt Disney was once fired for what the boss said was a lack of creativity.

Ms. Cassavaugh, the valedictorian, spoke nest, encouraging her classmates to find their passions and pursue them to their entirety. "We're all completely ready to face challenges," she said. Ms. Lyle, a big Dr. Seuss fan, wore Dr. Seuss art on her graduation hat and read his classic "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" An ensemble consisting of Jacy Gabriel, Alysa Lyle, Dora Martz, Kristen Ross, Merrideth Spiers, and Sydney Thummel sang, "You Are the New Day."

Graduating from Worth County were Deavin Allen, Luke Andrews, Ally Buffington, Austin Carlson, Zach Carr, Madison Cassavaugh, Taylor Causey, Kaitlyn Davidson, Jacy Gabriel, Gavin Hawk, Riley Jones, Alysa Lyle, Malori Moellenberndt, Dallas Monticue, Jared Simmons, J.C. Stephenson, Colton Straight, Shelby Thomas, Sydney Thummel, Lyle Ueligger, Josh Warner, and J.T. Welch. Graduating with honors were Deavin Allen, Austin Carlson, Taylor Causey, Kaitlyn Davidson, and Shelby Thomas. Those graduating with highest honors were Ally Buffington, Madison Cassavaugh, Alysa Lyle, Sydney Thummel, and Josh Warner.

Senior class officers were Josh Warner (President), Gavin Hawk (Vice-President), Taylor Causey (Secretary), Austin Carlson (Treasurer), Madison Cassavaugh (Student Council Representative), and Jared Simmons (Student Council Representative). The class motto was, "Success is reaching the point in life where you can do what you want." The class colors were lavender and pearl. The class flower was the lavender rose. The class song was "I Lived."

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Route B to Close in Nodaway County

Route B in Nodaway County will close tomorrow, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, local maintenance crews plan to close Route B from Imperial Road to 170th Street between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a culvert replacement. Motorists will need to use an alternate route during the closure. All work is weather permitting and schedules are subject to change.

MoDOT encourages all motorists to slow down, buckle up, eliminate distractions and drive safely to ensure everyone is able to Arrive Alive.

Worth County FBLA to Clean Cars for Nationals

The Worth County FBLA will have a car clean on Wednesday May 20th for a free will donation to pay for their upcoming trip to nationals. They will be doing vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning of interior windows. They will be in the circle drive of the Worth County School from 1 to 5 that day. Cost will be a free will donation.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Obituary -- Lloyd Eugene (Gene) Motsinger 1929-2015

Lloyd Eugene Motsinger, better known as Gene, was born just across the Missouri line in Iowa on February 24, 1929. He was the sixth child born to Albert Leander and Eunice Ellen (Hardy) MotsingerGene grew up in this area helping farm and attending Jackson school and Chestnut Ridge.
Gene joined the U.S. Army on January 10, 1956 and was stationed in Germany.
Gene married Bertha May Brown on December 30, 1952 at Villisca, Iowa. They made their home in Ringgold County. Gene farmed and worked at Ames Cross Garage; Roe Implement; and retired after working 24 years for the Department of Transportation for the State of Iowa.
He loved visiting with everyone he met and matched quarters with many friends around town.
Gene and Bertha always enjoyed going to parades around the county and attending music events. Gene was a favorite among all the nieces and nephews; telling them stories and giving rides on his Ford tractor and pickup. He loved to visit and he enjoyed attending the Motsinger reunion, the Jackson school reunion and the Watterson reunion.Gene was always teasing someone and telling a joke. His nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews were extra special to him.
Gene passed away May 9, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Bertha; his parents; 2 sisters Dale Jarred and Minnie Stringham; 3 brothers Lester A., Elmer "Yum", and James Clifford "Doc"; and 2 nieces Betty Adair and Shirley Holden.
Those left to mourn his passing include nieces and nephews Allyn (Nancy) Jarred of Tingley, IA, Bill (Norma) Stringham of Benton, IA, Myrna (Rex) Luko of West Des Moines, IA, Beverly (Chuck) Cochran of Sacemento, CA, Sandra Black of Trenton, MO, Roger Motsinger of Olathe, KS, Debra Burk of Omaha, NE; sister-in-law JeanMotsinger of Villisca, IA, great nieces and nephews Brad Holden, Dan Adair, Edwin Adair, Jarred Luko, Sarah Luko, David Stringham, Donna Stringham, Billie Adli, Penny Spencer, Larry Jarred, Monica Weiderholt, Mollie Walters, Paige Sites and Brittany Sites; quarter matchers and friends.
A memorial fund has been established for the Kirk Cemetery at Allendale, MO.

Worth County Sheriff's Report

5-4 -- City of Grant City testing intruder alarm.
5-4 -- Ringgold County asking about car plates.
5-4 -- Severe thunderstorm watch.
5-5 -- Grant City resident burning brush at his residence.
5-5 -- Two people in for CCP permit.
5-6 -- Versailles (MO) has person in custody on Worth County warrant.
5-7 -- Person calls about pipeline marker lying on the ground.
5-7 -- Officer on bailiff duty.
5-7 -- Officers on funeral traffic assistance.
5-8 -- Resident finds personal papers on school parking lot; papers returned to owner.
5-9 -- Officer investigating breaking at Worth.
5-9 -- Report of horses out on Route M.
5-9 -- Officer investigating domestic problem in Grant City.

Brayden Welch's 2nd Varsity Hit Sparks NEN to Outright Conference Title

Brayden Welch's second-ever varsity hit at West Nodaway sparked the Northeast Nodaway Bluejays' six run sixth inning that powered them past the Rockets to clinch back to back Northwest Missouri Conference Titles. Josh McGinness had just homered in the fifth, a sinking line drive that sliced away from rightfielder Korey Adwell and cleared the low fence at Burlington Junction to cut a once-secure NEN lead to 7-6. Rocket reliever Bryson Smith had shut down Northeast's bats after Northeast had chased McGinness and built up a 7-1 lead, but Welch, subbing for the injured Dylan Mildfeldt (ankle), greeted him with a single past short to lead off Northeast's sixth inning. Welch seems to have West Nodaway's number, as his first career hit was also off the Rockets. That opened the floodgates for a big inning and led to Northeast's 15-7 win, creating two back to back titles.

Max Giesken flied out, but Garet Jackson hit a carbon copy of Welch's hit between third and short and Andrew Faustlin, despite hitting into the wind, lined one over the third baseman's head to plate Welch and they took second and third on the throw home. Rowdy West flied out for the second inning to score Jackson and advance Faustlin to third, but West Nodaway's troubles had just begun. Andrew Freemyer singled in Garet Jackson and Austin Jones walked; they advanced to second and third on a wild pitch and Korey Adwell hit a line drive that sliced away towards the line in right and scored them both to make it 12-6. Max Giesken got hit by a pitch, the fourth hit batter for Northeast for the afternoon to force in Northeast's final run of the inning to make it 13-6.

West Nodaway tried to rally as Cody Galyan pulled off an acting job on a pitch that could have been strike three by diving out of the way and convincing the umpire not to ring him up; he later walked. He stole second and went to third on a wild pitch and Bryson Smith walked against Andrew Faustlin. But Faustlin stepped off the rubber and snuffed out a possible steal attempt and Smith was a sitting duck at second as Galyan could not advance; Damon Hull was called out on strikes to end the inning.

Northeast got two insurance runs in the seventh as Faustlin came home on a wild pitch and Adwell, swinging at a pitch well over hit head, hit a slow roller right up the middle that somehow got through to center field and scored Andrew Freemyer to make it 15-6. Garet Jackson came on in relief for Northeast and gave up Blake Farnan's solo shot over the right field fence before shutting down the Rockets for the win.

Rocket miscues in the first inning led to three Northeast runs; the Rockets committed five errors, including two dropped third strikes that were thrown away and which allowed two runs to score. Garet Jackson had the hit of the day for Northeast; despite hitting into the stiff wind, he hit a screamer in the gap between left and center that went for a double and scored Max Giesken. Andrew Faustlin fought the strike zone throughout the first, leading to Farnan's groundout that scored Blake Sanders to cut Northeast's lead to 3-1. But Northeast added four in the third as Korey Adwell reached on an error that allowed Austin Jones to score; Max Giesken singled in Dalton Auffert and Dylan Mildfeldt and Garet Jackson singled home Giesken.

But Faustlin fought the strike zone in the fourth inning, hitting a batter and walking three to force in one run and uncorking two wild pitches to score two more as West Nodaway cut it to 7-4. Northeast fought through their miscues, including three runners picked off base during the course of the game, to get the title as they have all year. They have now won seven straight. But Coach Vance Proffitt is never satisfied. "We're going to get some stuff fixed tomorrow," he promised. Everybody starts fresh for districts.

The cold wind was a factor throughout the game; balls that would normally be out of the yard at Ravenwood stayed in the much bigger West Nodaway confines and were long outs. The Rockets elected to play the game despite missing some of their players and despite unseasonably chilly temperatures; the mercury was at 47 degrees in the morning following a downpour the night before and only warmed up to 53 by the afternoon as the clouds never left. The wind was howling from left to right, which pushed anything hit to right field out of the yard and knocked everything else down.


Coach Vance Proffitt, at one point, told his players to "wear the damn thing," meaning to take one for the team. "What if it doesn't fit," quipped Garet Jackson. The Bluejay batters were hit four times during the game, including Austin Jones twice. Jones has been hit several times this year.


Frustration set in at several points for West Nodaway; their batters twice threw bats following rare called third strikes, and their coaches got upset at one point when the umpires ruled twice that Rocket batters had gone around in checked swing situations. The Rockets, at 8-5 last year and district runner-ups, were expected to contend for the title this year. They have won four this year and North Nodaway recently got their first win of the year against them.


Worth County softball coach Dave Gilland observes that most umpires want to ring batters up on called third strikes; however, the one who worked Monday's game was an exception; he was extremely reluctant to ring people up, which accounted for some of the surprise when he did ring someone up.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Junior High Girls Win GRC; Worth County's Second Title in Three Days

Worth County grabbed its second GRC title in three days when their junior high girls won the GRC Track Meet Thursday afternoon. Like the varsity, the junior high ran away with the meet, picking up 124 points to 84 for Stanberry. Nobody else had more than 47. The boys finished a strong second in the meet. South Harrison had little competition for first, winning with 105.75 points. Worth County had just as little competition for second, finishing with 83.5. Nobody else had more than 56.75.

Worth County got a 1-2 finish in the Shot Put as Kennedy Galanakis won with a throw of 34'8 1/2" and Merrideth Spiers was right behind with a throw of 34'7". Kennedy then went on to get a second first place finish as she won the Discus with a throw of 94'6". Kaylee McElvain was 5th in that event with a throw of 75'10 1/2". Issac Alarcon won both the throwing events for the boys as he won the Shot Put with a throw of 44'3 1/2" and the Discus with a throw of 135'11". Wyatt Latham was 6th in the Discus with a throw of 91'3".

The boys placed two in the High Jump. Bryant McCord was 3rd with a jump of 5 feet. Caleb Parman was right behind at 4th with a jump of 4'10".

Liz Lyle continued to dominate the High Jump as she won with a jump of 4'9", five inches ahead of her nearest competitor. The girls were 1-2 in the Pole Vault as Regan Allee beat out Jessi Badell in tiebreaks as both vaulted 7 feet. Kristin New was 6th with a vault of 5'6". For the boys, Daniel Craven was 4th with a vault of 7 feet.

The girls were 2-3 in the Triple Jump. Kristin New was 2nd with a jump of 25'3 1/2". Haley Hunt was right behind with a jump of 24'11 1/2". Caleb Parman was 2nd in the Triple Jump for the boys with a jump of 34'3 1/2".

Caleb Parman was 2nd in the Long Jump for the boys with a jump of 16'6". Anna Gladstone won the Girls Long Jump with a jump of 14'7".

Liz Lyle was 4th in the 100 with a time of 14.51. Issac Alarcon and Hayden Catlett (Maysville) were neck and neck in the 100, with Catlett winning with 12.63 to Alarcon's 12.64. Alarcon turned around and won the 200 with a time of 25.59. Caleb Parman was 4th with a time of 27.35.

Worth County dominated both hurdle races. Bryant McCord won the boys side of the 100 Hurdles with a time of 17.09. On the girls side, Anna Gladstone beat Liz Lyle in the 100 Hurdles as they finished 1-2. Gladstone had a time of 17.78 to Lyle's 18.13.

The 4x200 Relay team of Jessi Badell, Kennedy Galanakis, Regan Allee, and Anna Gladstone was 4th with a time of 2:05.68. The 4x100 team of Anna Gladstone, Macie Findley, Jessi Badell, and Liz Lyle had the satisfaction of avenging their defeat at the Tiger Relays the week before; they beat South Harrison with a time of 57.28 to South Harrison's 57.71. The boys 4x200 team of Bryant McCord, Wyatt Latham, Hunter Simmons, and Jacob New was 6th with a time of 2:08.71.

Kristin New was 4th in the 800 with a time of 3:00.08.

The girls 4x400 team of Regan Allee, Haley Hunt, Abbi Caddenhead, and Jessi Badell was 6th with a time of 5:10.78.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Obituary -- Eldon L. Hart 1928-2015

Eldon L. Hart, 86, of Columbia (MD) passed away April 16th at the University of Baltimore Hospital after a brief illness.

Eldon, born September 12th, 1928, to Loren and Elizabeth (Morin) Hart, grew up on the family farm southeast of Sheridan. He attended Grand View Grade School and graduated from Sheridan High School in 1946.

Eldon enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and was stationed in Fort Meade (MD). He was lated transferred to England and was honorably discharged in 1954.

Eldon married Mary Erbe in 1951 and they made their home in Columbia (MD). They have two children, Bryan and Janice and were members of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fulton (MD).

Eldon was employed by General Electric and attended evening college at the University of Baltimore, graduating in 1962 with a MS in marketing.

Later, he was a contract rep for John Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.

Eldon also owned and operated a fleet of school buses which served Howard County (MD) for many years. Mary was the business manager for Hart Bus Service.

After he retired, Eldon continued to drive school buses for many sporting events and school trips.

Eldon loved hunting and fishing, taking many trips to do both. He and Mary loved to travel and they made many trips to Worth County to visit family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Loren and Beth Hart; his wife Mary in December 2014; two brothers, Rodney Hart and Keith Hart; one sister, Norma Jackson; nephew Russell Foster; and niece Barbara (Hart) Wilson.

Eldon is survived by his children Bryan (Debbie) and Janice (Mark); four grandchildren, Joe Hart, Kyle Hart, Courtney Glover, and Adam Flagg; two sisters-in-law, Carol Jean Palmer and Rosalie Hart, both of Maryville; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services were held April 20th at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fulton (MD) with internment in the St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Obituary -- Heather Jenea Smyser 1984-2015

Heather Jenea Smyser, 30, Maryville, Missouri, died Tuesday, May 05, 2015,  near Barnard, Missouri as the result of an accident.

Heather  was born August 21, 1984, in Maryville to Steve  and Renea (Morrow) Smyser. 

A graduate of Maryville High School in 2003, she was a graduate of Vatterott College  and was employed at the Nodaway County Association of Group Homes as Direct Support at Julie Group Home, Maryville.

Preceding in death were her father Steve Smyser and grandfathers Dwain Morrow and Bill Smyser.

Survivors include her mother Renea Smyser, Maryville, brother Steven Smyser, Maryville, grandmothers Virginia Robison, Grant City, Missouri, and Ida Smyser, Maryville, numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Special Friends.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Price Funeral Home.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tiger Girls are GRC Track Champs in Dominant Fashion, Lyle Sets Season Best in High Jump; Davidson Wins Twice, Two Relay Teams Win

Worth County's girls ran away with the GRC Meet last Monday despite the rain at Bethany, collecting 114 team points. That means another banner on the wall at Worth County. They finished ahead of Braymer with 79, Polo with 73, Stanberry with 70, and Albany with 69 1/2. The boys were 8th with 42 points. Gallatin won with 125, edging out South Harrison, who had 124 1/2.

Sarah Poppa (Albany) edged out Payton Adwell in the 100, getting 13.48 to Adwell's 13.50. The result was still Adwell's best time of the year. The girls placed two in the 200 as Sydney Thummel was 2nd with a time of 27.69 to Kaleigh Janssen's 27.06. Payton Adwell was 6th with a time of 29.24.

Aubrey Ragan got a personal best in the 100 Hurdles, placing fourth with a time of 18.41. Her previous best was 18.80. Kristen Ross also placed in the hurdles, getting 5th in the 300 Hurdles with a time of 57.37.

The team of Sydney Thummel, Rikky Hunt, Ally Buffington, and Payton Adwell won the 4x100. Albany continued their steady improvement in the event, but Worth County beat them out with a time of 53.39 to Albany's 53.96. Worth County also won the 4x200 as Thummel, Adwell, Hunt, and Buffington beat out Polo with a time of 1:54.00 to Polo's 1:54.75. The 4x400 also placed as the team of Aubrey Ragan, Elizabeth Owens, Rikky Hunt, and Rachael Gardner placed 6th with a time of 4:43.59.

The girls placed two in the High Jump. Alysa Lyle got a season high with 4'11 to win the event. Rachael Gardner was 4th with a jump of 4'2", her best showing of the year. Lyle was also 2nd in the Pole Vault with a vault of 8'6", matching a personal best.

Coach Janice Borey moved Sydney Thummel to the Long Jump, where she placed 2nd with a jump of 15'4 3/4". The Tigers were 2-3 in the event as Aubrey Ragan was 3rd with a jump of 13'9 1/4". Elizabeth Owens placed in the Triple Jump for the first time all year, with an 8th place jump of 26'8 1/4", a personal best.

Kaitlyn Davidson won both of her throwing events. She won the Shot Put with a throw of 35'3", almost five feet ahead of her nearest competitor. She then won the Discus with a throw of 97'7 1/2".

On the boys side, Brevyn Ross was 3rd in the 110 Hurdles with a time of 16.79. He was then 3rd in the 300 Hurdles with a time of 44.59.

The 4x200 team of Chris Alarcon, Lucas Caddenhead, Jayden Jilek, and Ryan McClellan was 7th with a time of 1:46.38.

The 4x400 team of Brevyn Ross, Lucas Caddenhead, Jayden Jilek, and Ryan McClellan was 8th with a time of 4:02.54.

Jared Simmons was 4th in the Pole Vault with a vault of 9'6".

Ryan McClellan was 8th in the Triple Jump with a jump of 32'11".

Josh Warner won both of his throwing events. He broke the 50 foot barrier again in the Shot Put, getting a throw of 50'4". He then won the Discus with a throw of 161'9 1/2".

Editorial -- Deflategate Shows Patriots "Win at All Costs" Mentality

A new report released today shows that the Patriots "more likely than not" deflated footballs on purpose in order to get an advantage in their playoff game with Indianapolis last year. These findings show that the Patriots organization is one which values the "win at all costs" mentality that is detrimental to society given previous instances in which the organization has been in trouble with the NFL.

The Patriots completely outclassed the Colts that day 45-7, meaning they would have likely won whether they deflated balls on purpose or not. And, in fact, the Patriots did better after the balls in question were removed. However, the deflating of footballs gave Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady an advantage -- he could call plays knowing that he was handling a deflated football and knowing that his receivers would handle them. If they were using one of Indianapolis' balls, he could keep it on the ground. A football that is deflated is much easier to handle and catch, especially if thrown at high speed.

Given that this is not the first time that the Patriots organization has been in trouble, the NFL should penalize them with serious consequences. To do otherwise would send the message to other teams that the NFL rulebook does not mean anything and that rules are enforced based on who you are as a team. We understand that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is in a dilemma. If he comes down too harsh, he will be accused of caring more about deflategate than domestic violence, which was in the news last fall. If he is too lenient, he will be accused of damaging the NFL by sending the message that rules don't mean anything. This, in part, explains his muted response (so far) to the deal. 

Back in 1919, following the Black Sox Scandal, baseball was in an existential crisis. Public confidence was undermined in the sport; after all, people could not be sure whether the errors that the local heroes committed were simply a result of a bad day or part of a prearranged outcome. The banning of the Black Sox for life, while harsh, was a necessary step to restore public confidence in the game, as was the banning of Pete Rose. We don't think that such a step is appropriate here, but the rules have to mean something. And the belief that "everybody does it" is not an excuse to circumvent the rules. 

But one of the things that was not discussed in the NFL report was whether low wages were a factor. We know that the reason Eddie Cicotte got involved in throwing the 1919 World Series to Cincinnati was the fact that he wanted to pay off a $4,000 mortgage; in other words, he and other baseball players were underpaid.
Cicotte, like many players, felt chronically underpaid. For many years he lived at 2382 Central Avenue, near Vernor. In 1919, the large brick house, which still stands, was bursting with family members. In addition to being the sole support of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters, Rose and Virginia, Cicotte had taken in his wife’s parents, his brother and wife and their young daughter, and Rose’s sister and husband. He owned a garage, co-managed by his brother, and had taken out a $4,000 mortgage on a farm in Livonia Township, near present-day Seven Mile and Merriman roads. As Cicotte later related, he used the tainted money to pay off the mortgage and install new floors in the farmhouse and barn. He also bought livestock and feed.
We know from the report that Jim McNally, an attendant, and John Jastremski, an equipment assistant, were involved in the doctoring of the balls. We also know from the report that they received extensive gifts from Brady. From the NYT link:
Investigators looked at a wide range of evidence, including footballs, emails, text messages, security video and weather data. McNally and Jastremski received sneakers, jerseys, autographs and other items from Brady in the months before the A.F.C. championship game, the report said.
While the two employees in question had worked for the team for a long time and were presumably making more than an entry level wage, the fact that this sort of thing would happen suggests that there is a serious potential problem regarding team employees and athletes. An employee who feels they are not getting paid enough by the organization could be tempted to help the athletes push the envelope in ways that circumvent the rules.

We also know that most NFL teams pay their cheerleaders pay shockingly low salaries. For someone who works for low wages, items like sneakers, jerseys, autographs, and other items from Brady would be a major financial temptation given what they can fetch on the market. In order to prevent these sorts of scandals from happening again, NFL teams have an obligation to pay their low-level employees and cheerleaders a living wage if they are not already doing so; well-paid employees are happier employees. Furthermore, if they are not already doing so, NFL teams have an obligation to set or tighten up standards of conduct governing interaction between players and employees. It is natural to form relationships of this nature while working together towards a common goal; however, such relationships should not get to the point where the rules of the game are being circumvented.
And from a taxpayer perspective, there should be no more taxpayer subsidies unless low-level employees and cheerleaders of these organizations are paid a living wage. A professional sports franchise is an excellent way of creating economic activity in a city. However, it won't do any good if such a franchise does not pay its employees enough to pay the bills. Most people would be grateful to work for their favorite sports teams doing menial tasks. However, gratitude does not necessarily pay the rent, the car payment, or the food. 


Monday, May 4, 2015

Worth County Sheriff's Report

4-27 -- Officer checks on well-being of Worth County resident.
4-27 -- Officer recovers a bike at 100th Road & Iowa Avenue.
4-27 -- Persons doing a controlled burn near T Highway.
4-28 -- Lady reports road signs down at Route O & HH.
4-28 -- Controlled burn at YY & Lyon Road.
4-28 -- Officer picks up evidence from recent breakin.
4-28 -- Cattle out on 46 East.
4-29 -- Cattle out on 46 East.
4-29 -- Report of attempted breakin in rural Worth County.
4-29 -- Officer doing interview with female subject.
4-30 -- Fire call west of Grant City; call canceled.
4-30 -- Officer investigates domestic problem.
5-1 -- Person in for CCW renewal.
5-1 -- Call of suspicious pickup at MFA in Grant City.
5-2 -- Highway Patrol in with MIP and other charges.

Obituary -- Billy Dean Thompson 1936-2015

Billy Dean Thompson, 79, of Grant City, Missouri was called to his heavenly home on April 30, 2015 at Northwest Medical Center in Albany, Missouri.. Billy Dean was the sixth of ten children and was born on February 1, 1936 to Lawrence and Gladys (Hobbs) Thompson on the family farm in rural Allendale, Missouri.

After graduating from Grant City High School, he moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin until an industrial accident injured his back and he returned to Grant City. He served on the volunteer fire department for several years. Over the years, Billy Dean held a variety of jobs until he became the Manager of B. Prugh & Sons Hardware, which he later co-owned. Following the sale of the store, he went to work for Betty Dunfee at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home, a job he held close to his heart.

On April 7, 1962 he married Marilyn (Combs) Thompson and they were blessed with three children; Martin Lynn, Rhonda Faye and Kelly Lea.

In 1989, he accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized into the Grant City Baptist Church by Reverend Robert McCutcheon.

Billy Dean was preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law; Hobert and Hazel Combs, brothers; Robert, Gene, Clair and Kenneth; sister-in-law Ardath Yates; brothers-in-law; Wilmer Yates, Don Goodwin and Ed Schellhorn; infant grandson, Baby Kenny and two infant grandchildren; nephew, Alan Davidson; nephews-in-law, Timothy Yates, Chris Goodwin and Robert Combs and niece-in-law Pamela Burton.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Marilyn of the home, son, Martin (Rebekah) Thompson and daughter Rhonda (Scott) Steward, all of Grant City, Mo; daughter; Kelly (Don) Thompson, Rocheport, MO; granddaughters, Kendra “Angel Baby” (Nate) Lewis, Grant City, Katie Thompson, Kentucky, grandsons; Joshua Wagner, Maryville, MO, Brody Shrubshell, Rocheport, MO; step-granddaughter, Kristina Steward; step-great-granddaughter, Calissa Steward; brother, Rex (Grace) Thompson, Milwaukee, WI; sisters; Iona (Orlie Dean) Davidson, Osawatomie, KS, Doris (Ted) Cerny, Lincoln, MO, Marie (Paul) Lehman, Wathena, KS, Elaine (Clark) Stabe, Grant City; brother-in-law, Warren (Theresa) Combs, Grant City, sisters-in-law; Donna Thompson, LaVerne, CA, Eleanor Thompson, St. Joseph, MO and Althae Schellhorn, St. Jospeh, MO; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Family meant everything to Billy Dean and there was never a more loving father, Pops, or friend. He was a kind, considerate and compassionate man that put other peoples needs before his own. He never met a stranger and was quick to assign a nickname to family and friends. He had a best friend, Elmer, that the family became very acquainted with. Billy Dean collected oil lamps and Barbie dolls. He took joy in telling stories from his youth, or “back in the black days” as he called it, playing croquet and driving around the square to see “the girls”. His sense of humor and wit will certainly be missed by those that knew him.

Graveside services were 1:30 P.M., May 3, 2015 at the Allendale Cemetery in Allendale, Missouri under the direction of the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home. Pastor Len Green officiated. Casket bearers were Brody Shrubshell, Nate Lewis, Don Shrubshell, Duane James, David Hunt , Rick Ridge, honorary bearers were Bill Werner and Kirby Dowis. “Daddy’s Hands” by Holly Dunn was special music.

Friday, May 1, 2015

NEN Baseball Holds Off East Atchison Rally, Claims At Least Tie for Conference

Northeast Nodaway won handily in their first game of a double header Thursday, beating East Atchison 12-3. They built up an 8-2 rally in the second game, but then had to hold off a frantic rally by the Wolves in the nightcap. East Atchison scored five runs in the seventh before Andrew Faustlin came on in relief to get the final out of the game. The win raised Northeast's record to 6-2 for the season. East Atchison had wiped out big deficits before, erasing big leads from North Nodaway and West Nodaway to come back and win. The win also means that Northeast will finish with at least a .500 season, since the rest of their schedule includes two tournament games in Maryville on Saturday, a conference game with West Nodaway, and districts in Maryville. Faustlin hit a two-run home run to lead Northeast against East Atchison.