Thursday, March 31, 2016

Rowdy West Homers to Power Bluejays Past Shamrocks; Shuts Them Down in 7th to Preserve 11-8 Win

Northeast Nodaway's Bluejays were fighting for their lives against North Harrison Thursday night. Playing their first ever game as a franchise, Rob Claycomb's squad was supposed to be an easy tuneup before Friday night's match with North Nodaway. But the Shamrocks put on a surprising display of power and had Northeast down for the count before they righted themselves in the later innings. Finally, after North Harrison rallied to tie it at 8, Rowdy West put them ahead to stay with his bat and then shut them down with his arm to preserve the win.

Northeast was fighting for their lives at one point. After dropping an extra inning struggle, 7-4 to South Nodaway, they did not want to go to 1-3 on the season. And they looked headed for that as the Shamrocks were launching shot after shot over the fence as they trailed 5-2 at one point. But they scored two in the third and four in the fourth to right the ship.

Lane Huitt singled home Randy Rinehart for the first-ever run for the Shamrocks in the top of the first, but then Max Giesken welcomed them to high school baseball with a first pitch shot over the center field fence just to the right of the center field pole to tie it up. It was similar to a first-pitch shot he hit last year off Garret LaMaster to put Northeast up 1-0 and right their ship last year and spark a run that led to their second straight conference title. Rowdy West crashed one off the right field wall to score Spencer Weir to make it 2-1 in the bottom of the first. Andrew Freemyer hit a slow roller to short with one out and was out at first; Coach Vance Proffitt sent Weir home from second on the play and he should have been safe, but for some reason, the umpire missed the call and called him out, swinging the momentum North Harrison's way.

North Harrison then proceeded to score three more in the third after Northeast went scoreless in the second. Back to back doubles scored Lucas McChesney, and then Collin Castleberry hit the first of his two home runs to make it 5-2 and put Northeast on the ropes. North Harrison looked for an insurance run as Kelvin Owens reached second on an error, but Rowdy West threw him out trying to steal third.

It looked like nothing would go Northeast's way tonight as Max Giesken roped one, but J.D. Baker backhanded one at second to take extra bases away. But then Spencer Weir singled to left. The shortstop was cheating over to second to cover second and Rowdy West hit one right through the hole to put another runner on. They advanced on a wild pitch and then Andrew Freemyer hit one up the middle. J.D. Baker tried to make another spectacular play, diving for it, but the ball caromed off him and into no man's land as both Weir and West scored to make it 5-4. North Harrison tried to add to their lead as two reached on errors and there were runners at second and third with two outs. There was the potential for a big inning as the heart of their order was coming up. but freshman Chet Spire froze Lucas McChesney for the third out to get out of the inning with no damage done.

Chet Spire then helped himself out when he hit a slow chopper that somehow got through both third and short for a base hit. Korey Adwell hit a pop fly behind first that dropped in, but Spire held up in case it was caught and was forced out. But Jill Spire laid down a perfect sac bunt to move Adwell to second and set up a big inning. Max Giesken hit a shot off the wall for a single; it was deep enough to score Adwell from second. Then, Spencer Weir hit the shot of the day when he hit a monster smash over the scoreboard that rolled all the way to the edge of the timber in left. It was the longest home run ever hit by a Northeast Nodaway player.

That chased Collin Castleberry from the mound and brought in Tyler Lundy, but Rowdy West reached when the shortstop got played by a hop and stole second. Andrew Freemyer doubled to left, aided by a bad hop, and West scored on the play to make it 8-5.

But then North Harrison began chipping away as Logan Craig homered to dead center and then Rowdy West made a rare miscue at catcher. With two outs and Castleberry at third, West tried to pick off Castleberry even though there were two outs and Gavin Garrett was down in the count. The throw hit Castleberry, who came in to score and make it 8-7. Chet Spire froze Garrett for strike three to get out of the inning.

The momentum continued for Northeast after they failed to score. With Brayden Welch at third and Korey Adwell at first with one out, Spire laid down a bunt, but hit it too hard and it rolled right back to pitcher Tyler Lundy, who threw out Welch at the plate. Max Giesken grounded out to end the inning.

In the top of the sixth, Tyler Lundy grounded out and Rowdy West made an outstanding defensive play when a third strike on J.D. Baker rolled to the wall. West got to the ball and his throw beat Baker on a close play. That play turned out to be huge as leadoff hitter Randy Rinehart deposited Chet Spire's next pitch over the left field fence as left fielder Colton Wilmes leaned over the fence in disbelief. That finished Spire, who exchanged places with West, who took over on the mound. But Chet Spire obviously had a short memory as he threw out Lucas McChesney stealing after he had singled off Max Giesken's glove to preserve the 8-8 tie.

Spencer Weir whistled a single over third and then Rowdy West hit a long drive to deep left center field. Spencer held up, thinking there might be a play. But a gentle breeze from the north pushed the ball deeper and deeper. The centerfielder might have had a play on it if he had chased after it, but he never moved as the ball kept carrying. Finally, the ball dropped just over the fence and Northeast was up 10-8. Andrew Freemyer popped out and Colton Wilmes struck out, but Northeast manufactured a run as Lundy began fighting the strike zone and walked Brayden Welch and Chet Spire. The second baseman was seeking to hold Welch on second, but then Korey Adwell found the hole and hit it perfectly through the gap to score Welch to make it 11-8.

The question was whether it would be enough to hold off the Shamrocks, with Castleberry, already with two home runs, coming up against Rowdy West, who did not pitch at all last year. Lane Huitt grounded out, but then West plunked Logan Craig to bring up Castleberry. A third home run for Castleberry would have made things interesting, but West acted like he had pitched all his life, tying him up and pulling the string on him with a perfect curve for strike three. Kevin Owens struck out as well, ending the game.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Selling It for Wolfers Merchandise Company

A fan from the Wolfers Merchandise Company was passed around at the Hopkins Historical Society last Tuesday. They were once a prominent business in Hopkins. The six promises they made to all prospective customers were as follows:

1. We buy only the best lines of merchandise.
2. We buy direct from the largest and most dependable manufacturers and wholesale houses in the business.
3. We pay cash for our merchandise, which assures us always the lowest price.
4. We sell on the lowest margin of profit possible, depending on volume of sales.
5. We guarantee everything to be just as we represent it and consider no sale complete unless you are completely satisfied.
6. Courteous Treatment of all is our policy.
Make our store your store!

1895 Hopkins Graduation Program

At the Hopkins Historical Society annual meeting Tuesday, a graduation program was shared from the 6th annual Hopkins High School Graduation held in 1895. Enis Siegfried was valedictorian, while Lula Goodson was salutatorian. Graduation ceremonies were much longer than they are now, with students giving full-length orations to the assembly showing what they had learned. Songs sang included "The Nightingale," "Love's Sunshine," and "Stars of the Summer Night." The Rev. Ezra Downs opened the graduation ceremony with prayer. The motto was, "Not Finished, but Begun." Graduates were Dora Stockton, Harry Smith, Ora Fraser, Lula Goodson, F.D. Ingram, Grace Wolfers, and Enis Siegfried.

Hopkins Historical Society Seeks Volunteers, Members

The Hopkins Historical Society is seeking volunteers as well as members. They operate the Hopkins Historical Society & Museum Building, located next door to the Hopkins Bar & Grill. Hours this year will be from 1 to 3 every Tuesday starting in May and running through the end of October. There are copies of old Hopkins Journals, memorabilia, models of old cars, and historical information about the town.

The building is staffed on a volunteer basis. To volunteer, contact President Jim Cline at (660) 254-3711. To join, send annual dues of $10/year to Lois Brand, 29370 140th Street, Hopkins, MO 64461.

The society held its annual meeting last Tuesday night. They will run a booth at the Hopkins Picnic this summer to raise funds for the building. Proceeds will go to defray operating costs and building upkeep. Work is needed on the south wall so it won't leak. A cleanup day was scheduled for the afternoon of April 28th, in advance of the opening of the building.

Junior High Tiger Girls Run Away With Early Bird; Boys Edged Out by Jefferson

Worth County's girls ran away with the Junior High Early Bird while the boys were edged out by Jefferson Tuesday. The girls won with 122 team points, followed by Albany with 68 and future conference foe St. Joseph Christian with 65. Stanberry had 42 and Jefferson had 37.

Merrideth Spiers showed she will be a force in the shot put, as she won with a throw of 38'3", good enough to win a lot of varsity meets. Teammate Kaylee McElvain was 5th with a throw of 30'3". On the boys side, Wyatt Latham was 2nd with a throw of 33'11".

In the discus, Wyatt Latham won that event with a throw of 107'11". On the girls side, two athletes placed. Kaylee McElvain was 2nd with a throw of 90 feet and Merrideth Spiers was 3rd with a throw of 79'9".

The boys picked up their second first place finish in the high jump as Lucky Gladstone won with a jump of 5'1". On the girls side, Anna Spainhower was 3rd with a jump of 4'2".

The girls and boys both finished 1-2 in the pole vault, keeping up the tradition. Regan Allee won on the girls side with a varsity-level leap of 7'6", while Keelin Engel was right behind with a height of 6'6". On the boys side, Nathan Adwell edged out Daniel Craven on tiebreaks, as both cleared 8 feet.

The girls placed two in the triple jump, with Kristin New winning the event with a leap of 27'1 1/4". Braidy Hunt was 3rd with a jump of 26'6". On the boys side, Jaxon Anderson was 3rd with a leap of 30'10 3/4".

Anna Gladstone established herself as a force in the long jump. She won with a varsity-level leap of 15'4 1/2", almost two feet ahead of her nearest competitor. She followed that up with a second place finish in the 100 with a time of 14.86, while winning the 100 hurdles with a time of 18.25, over a second ahead of her nearest competitor.

The boys 4x200 team of Reid Gabriel, Hayden Holmes, Nate Adwell, and Zayne Swope won the 4x200 with a time of 1:59.67.

Daniel Craven picked up his second medal of the afternoon, placing 6th in the 1600 with a time of 5:50.80.

Anna Gladstone picked up her third first place medal of the afternoon, running the final leg of the 4x100. The team of Megan Cassavaugh, Regan Allee, Nevada Hoff, and Gladstone won with a time of 1:00.09, almost two seconds ahead of their nearest competitors. The boys team of Reid Gabriel, Lucky Gladstone, Nate Adwell, and Jaxon Anderson was second with a time of 55.32.

The girls placed two in the 800 as Braidy Hunt was 3rd with a time of 2:54.69, and Kristin New was right behind her with a time of 3:00.63.

The girls were 3rd in the 4x400 as the team of Megan Cassavaugh, Jill Hardy, Anna Spainhower, and Regan Allee was 3rd with a time of 5:06.00. The boys team of Lucky Gladstone, Nate Adwell, Daniel Craven, and Reid Gabriel was 5th with a time of 4:43.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Worth County Sheriff's Report

3-21 -- Worth County officer transports one male and one female from jail to Worth County for court.
3-21 -- Worth County officer transports one male back to jail.
3-21 -- Harrison County calls about papers served on Worth County subject.
3-21 -- Resident in needing trailer ID/OD.
3-22 -- Worth County resident calls about injured deer on 169 south.
3-23 -- Resident calls about Worth County lady being lost and driving badly; her friends escort her home.
3-24 -- Alarm at tavern in Sheridan; all OK.
3-24 -- Person in for statement form.
3-25 -- No report.
3-26 -- Highway Patrol and Worth County officer investigating minors in possession.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Weather Patterns Predicted to Change for 2016

The National Weather Service has been releasing information regarding changing weather patterns this year. The weather pattern that we have been in is known as El Nino. There are indications that this is changing to La Nina.

An El Nino pattern is when the seas surface water is warmer at the Equatorial Pacific. A  La Nina pattern is when there is colder sea surface water at the Equatorial Pacific.

This change may bring on a hotter and drier summer growing season. Also, there is an increased risk of late spring frost and early fall frosts.

Forecasts have uncertainty and can change but should be considered when making plans for the coming 2016 growing season.  One may want to relook at risks and how to manage through risks.

For more information, contact Wayne Flanary at 660-446-3724 or Kurt Nagel at 816-776-6961, Extension Agronomists, University of Missouri Extension.

Obituary -- Vera Hamblin 1934-2016

Vera May Hamblin, 81, left to be with the Lord March 25, 2016, at Bedford Nursing Home in Bedford, Iowa.

Born May 31, 1934 in Parnell, Missouri to Florence (New) and Pete Auten.

Preceding in death were her parents, brother Ralph Auten and brother-in-law Russell Coleman.

She is survived by her daughter Vicki (Bud) Heideman, Hopkins, Missouri; son Dusty (Nikki) Hamblin, Celina, Texas; grandchildren Bobby, MiTasha, Brett, Trent, Nikolas; eight great grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren; siblings Vivian Coleman, Virginia Robinson, Duane Auten (Donita), and Les Auten (Tama); nieces and nephews.

She had a long career as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Heartland Hospital in St. Joseph, Missouri. 

She is survived by many loved friends and family and is remembered for her deep love and appreciation for those that serve in the military.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm Monday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Parnell, Missouri where the family will receive family and friends at that time.

Obituary -- Joyce Henggeler 1939-2016

Joyce Maxine Henggeler, 76, Maryville, Missouri, died Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at Golden Living Community, Maryville, Missouri.

Joyce was born March 28, 1939, in Denver, Missouri to Homer and Sylvia (Spencer) McMichael.

A graduate of Ravenwood High School, Joyce was a homemaker.

She married Gus Henggeler on February 13, 1960, in Maryville, Missouri.

Preceding in death were her parents, husband Gus Henggeler (12-03-2008)
and brothers Donald and Bobby McMichael.

Survivors include her son Bryan Henggeler, Orient, IA , daughter Judy Kilroy, Omaha, NE, grandchildren Nicole (John)Taylor, Paige, Janel Henggeler, and Courtney Kilroy, and great grandchildren Alexis and Ethan.

A private family graveside service will be held, with burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, Maryville, Missouri.

One Teen Fatally Injured, Another Life Flighted After Caldwell County Wreck

One teen was fatally injured and the other was life-flighted following a wreck two miles south of Kingston in Caldwell County Thursday afternoon at around 3:58 pm. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 2012 Volkswagen driven by Alexander Wilson of Kansas City was traveling northbound on Yankee Ridge Road two miles south of Kingston when he lost control and traveled off the west side of the roadway. The vehicle struck a small tree and continued to travel off the roadway. The vehicle then struck a large tree, caught fire, and came to rest facing west on the west side of the road. Wilson (16) was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger, Walter Eckenrod of Kansas City (17), was seriously injured and life flighted to Liberty Hospital in Liberty. They were both wearing seat belts at the time of the wreck.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Now Playing With the Boys -- Jill Spire and Taylor Coffelt

Two-time defending conference champion Northeast Nodaway had a lot of holes to fill this year if they were to have a legitimate shot at a threepeat. But thanks to senior Jill Spire and sophomore Taylor Coffelt crossing over from softball to baseball this spring, Northeast filled a lot of holes. Mid-Buchanan beat Northeast in their first game of the year, but Jill Spire was the story of the game -- one of the Dragons hit a screamer at Spire at second, as hard as a high school ball can be hit. But Spire snagged it and threw to first for the out, as everyone from the Mid-Buchanan side reacted in shock. Obviously, they couldn't believe a girl was capable of making that kind of a play. Playing in left field, Taylor Coffelt made another spectacular play as she chased after a screamer on the dead run. Nobody thought she would be able to get to it, but at the last moment, she reached out and snagged it with her glove.

Pitching turned out not to be a problem for this year despite the loss of Andrew Faustlin and Garet Jackson. Northeast had two pitchers coming back in Max Giesken and Andrew Freemyer, but they needed some more arms. But they found three more in Rowdy West and freshmen Spencer Weir and Chet Spire, Jill's little brother. The pitching was there for Northeast last Tuesday at East Atchison; they broke open a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning and won under the ten run rule.

If Northeast can continue to find the hitting, they will have a good chance to repeat as champions for the third time. They get into the thick of things this week, with home dates with South Nodaway, North Harrison, and North Nodaway. There is a big adjustment from softball to baseball but "they are learning very quickly the differences between softball and baseball," said assistant coach Cody Green. Pitched balls come in at a different angle, the ball is much smaller and hit much harder, you can lead off in baseball (unlike softball), and the bases are farther apart. It helps that the boys on the teams have accepted Spire and Coffelt like any other member of the team.

Northeast is not the first team to have girls cross over from softball to baseball; Max Giesken noted that a few years ago, West Platte had a girl playing baseball on their team. But Jill Spire and Taylor Coffelt have the chance to make this season special for Vance Proffitt's squad.

Facebook Hoax -- Powerball Winners are not Paying $10,000 per Like or Share

No, Powerball winners are not paying $10,000 or $1,000 to everyone who likes their Facebook pages. Even a Lottery winner has a finite amount of money to give out. These pages are likely hoaxes whose purpose is to collect and share personal private information. Or, they might be simply living out personal fantasies about what life would be like if they were to win such a large amount.

From the link, some are not even legitimate -- you can look up winners by Googling up Powerball. In the worst case, the "winner" will contact you and ask for your bank account details -- so they can deposit the promised $10,000 in your bank account, of course. When you give it to them, they will empty your bank account and cut and run.

If you want to win a quick $1,000 or $10,000, playing the Lottery is a better option; however, the odds are stacked so that the Lottery would win -- otherwise, there would be no more Lottery. There are plenty of good ways to make a better living -- look for a better job in your field would be one way to start. The website would be a good place to start and the Missouri Career Center has an office in Maryville. Draw up a business plan and ask people for funding would be another if you own a business. Holding a yard sale and advertising it in the local papers would be a good way to raise a quick few hundred or a thousand -- and no need to play the odds or give out information to people you don't know personally.

But the best way to get a better lifestyle would be to elect officials who would raise our standard of living -- as opposed to tearing the other person down. Push for policies that would create jobs and improve our way of life. While we have some radical ideas that we think would raise everyone's standard of living, we support any idea from any party that would help. No idea is too large or too small.  If everyone participates in the political process, we would put scammers out of business and raise everyone's standard of living.

US Senate Candidate Visits Worth County, Says Time to Get Serious About Deficit

At the Presidential level, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, the Republican frontrunners, have been slinging mud at each other with unprecedented vitriol. It progressed to the point where the National Enquirer, a Trump ally, published allegations of multiple extramarital affairs by Mr. Cruz and Mr. Cruz calling Mr. Trump a “sniveling coward” for threats against Mr. Cruz’s wife.

Meanwhile, Patrick Lee, a write-in candidate for US Senate, came to Worth County to talk about much more serious topics – the national deficit and what it would do to our children and grandchildren. Obviously, how any of the five remaining candidates handles the deficit is much more important than who slept with who.

Mr. Lee is traveling around the entire state of Missouri visiting every newspaper in the state with his message of fiscal responsibility. On Thursday, besides meeting with the Express, he met with the papers in Grant City, King City, Mound City, and Bethany. He gave a nine-minute talk about his campaign – at the end of his talk, the deficit had grown by $6.2 million or $700,000 a minute. As of Thursday, the total national debt was around $19,156, 201,400 – that’s $19 trillion.

Mr. Lee started off wanting to run for office, but was put off by the nastiness and backbiting involved, but remained an avid spectator. He found a calling as a professional ventriloquist, traveling all over the region giving talks to people. He also gives talks to schools as well. His favorite character is Thomas Jefferson, whom he bears a resemblance to; his car has a license plate referring to that. But he can also portray Daniel Boone, the well-known pioneer, or William Clark of Lewis & Clark fame.
As he gave his talk, Mr. Lee handcuffed himself to a can – a symbol of the politicians who are constantly kicking the can down the road on the deficit even though it has been growing every year since 2001 exponentially. “If I have to make a spectacle of myself to get my point across, I’m willing to do it,” he said.

Mr. Lee is spending his own money and putting his business on hold as he travels around the state. As soon as he is done visiting statewide newspapers, he plans to visit radio and TV outlets as well.
In addition to his message of death to debt, he advocates less regulations along with more civility and accountability. He challenged people to ask other candidates what they would do to reduce the deficit. “I have a plan that would destroy the national debt,” he said. “What would your candidate do to do that?”

On immigration, he would provide a path to legal residency (not citizenship) for illegal immigrants; guest workers would pay a $1,000 fine for an adult or $250 for a child and have a 200 word English vocabulary; permanent residents would pay a $5,000 fine for an adult, $500 for a child, and learn a 500 word vocabulary. People who chose neither, overstayed their visas, came fraudulently, or have felony convictions would be deported.

Mr. Lee supports campaign finance reform and transparency. All donations over $100 and expenditures over $1,000 would have to be made public in 24 hours. All interest groups would have to make their information public along with which candidates and causes they support.

In reforming government, Mr. Lee would reform all three branches of government. The legislative would be required to introduce bills that have only one subject, have no longer than 5,000 words, no unfunded mandates, and all legislation must be deficit-neutral. For the executive branch, signing statements and executive orders would be prohibited unless specifically authorized by Congress. All regulations would be limited to 250 words. The ability to pass Constitutional Amendments would be switched to the judicial branch; a citizens commission would review all standards for judges and the courts would amend the Constitution if recommended by the commission.

Among other ideas, Mr. Lee would consider a payroll tax increase to put Medicare on a strong foundation, raise the federal motor vehicle fuel tax for five years to fund infrastructure improvements, phase out over 10 years all subsidies and credits which insulate businesses, individuals, and professions from the “real-world” marketplace.

“Democrats reject ideas because Republicans favor them; Republicans reject ideas because Democrats favor them,” wrote Mr. Lee in his FAQ on why he is an independent. As he told the Express, “I can fuss and complain, or I can get out and do something.”

Obituary -- Karyn Pickering 1945-2016

Karyn Rae (McCafferty) Pickering, 70, Grant City, passed away Thursday March 24, 2016 at The Worth County Care & Rehab Center with her family by her side.
Karyn was born May 21, 1945 in Creston, IA to Gayle and Marian (Looney) McCafferty. She grew up on a farm in Cromwell, IA and attended school in Cromwell through the 11th grade before finishing high school in Creston graduating in 1963.
Karyn married Carol Pickering August 3, 1985, at The United Methodist Church in Grant City, MO.  She loved to serve her church and her family.
Karyn worked at the Farm & Home as the bookkeeper and the First National Bank both in Creston before going to college. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and later received her Master’s Degree from the University.  Karyn began teaching at Worth County R-III in 1979 where after almost 30 years she retired.    Karyn loved teaching and shared stories of her many moments with her students.  
Karyn following her retirement from teaching, opened Mrs. Picks Quilt Shop in Grant City, MO where she continued her skill of teaching.  Karyn was quite a skilled quilter. She has made and been a part of the making of hundreds of quilts over the years.  There is no doubt that Karyn has influenced the lives of young people her entire adult life. 
Karyn and Carol sold fireworks at West Side Fireworks for 19 years. Karyn enjoyed meeting with former friends and students at the stand. 
Karyn was a member of The United Methodist Church of Grant City, MO where she served as the Treasurer for many years and most recently was active in the United Methodist Women. 
Karyn was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter Julie McKinney Hanson. Survivors Include: her husband, Carol, of the home; 4 children, Ellen (Chad) Lance, Marshall, MO; Cindy Green (Friend Don Noble), Mt. Ayr, IA; Doug (Barb) Pickering, Grant City, MO; Amy (Greg) Mobley, Maloy, IA; 12 grandchildren, Jace Lance, Jada Rae Lance, Nik (Lacee) Pickering, Brad (Kendra) Pickering, Kelsey Pickering, Justin (Charlotte) Green, Kelly (Travis) Weiderholt, Lacie Groom, McKenzie (Aaron) Benson, Madison Mobley, Emma Mobley, and Gracie Mobley; 10 great grandchildren; brother Kelly (Julie) McCafferty, Moline, IL, and sister Bonnie Taylor, Des Moines, IA.

Funeral Services: 10:00 am, Monday, March 28 at the Andrews Hann Funeral Home, Grant City.  Family Visitation:  5-7 PM, Sunday, March 27 at the Funeral Home.  Burial: 2:30 pm at the Cromwell Cemetery, Cromwell, IA.   Memorial:  Grant City United Methodist Church or Worth County R-III Athletic Department.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Part of Route 46 to Close Tomorrow

A road closure planned for Route 46 in Nodaway County has been postponed due to weather. Crews from the Missouri Department of Transportation planned to close Route 46 between Burr Oak Road and Route PP from 8am to 3pm for a culvert replacement. Due to weather, that closure has been postponed until Friday, March 25 from 8am to 3pm. 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.

For more information on this and other MoDOT projects, call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) or visit and view the online Traveler Information Map. In addition, MoDOT provides updated information on Twitter @MoDOTNorthwest and Facebook at

Part of Route C to Close Tomorrow

A portion of Route C in Gentry County is scheduled to close March 25, 2016, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. Local maintenance crews will close Route C from Route J to Route FF for a culvert replacement from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. During this closure, motorists will need to use an alternate route.

MoDOT apologizes for any inconvenience this necessary closure may cause and encourages all motorists to slow down, buckle up and drive safely to ensure everyone can Arrive Alive.
For more information on this and other MoDOT projects, call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) or visit and view the online Traveler Information Map.

In addition, MoDOT provides updated information on Twitter @MoDOTNorthwest and Facebook at

Obituary -- Gary Meek 1964-2016

Gary Brent Meek, age 51, of Grant City, MO, was born September 4, 1964 in Ringold County Hospital, Mt. Ayr, IA and departed this life on March 22nd, 2016 after battling pancreatic cancer in Grant City, MO. The son of Carl Marion and Madlyn (Barber) Meek, he is survived by his wife Wendy (Carlson) Meek of Kansas City, MO, one son Colton (Shawnee) and granddaughter Lunah Faye of Maryville, MO, step-daughter Madison Cassavaugh of Maryville, MO, his parents, Carl and Madlyn, of Grant City, MO, two brothers, Randy (Kris) Lincoln, NE, Kevin (Tyanna) of Grant City, sister-in-law Melinda Meek, Grant City, MO, nephews Trevor, Trenton, Jason (Christina), James, Michael (Katie) Meek and great-nephew Oliver, niece Samantha Meek, uncle Larry (Shirley) Meek Hermitage, MO, aunt Betty (Richard) Supinger, Grant City, MO. Gary is also survived by many cousins and in-laws. Gary was preceded in death by his brother Terry Alan Meek, paternal grandparents Carl and Isyl Dean (Thomas) Meek, Grant City, MO, maternal grandparents Lycile and Myrtle (Young) Barber, Denver, MO. Gary spent several years initially as a long haul trucker, then 14 years of his early career working for Clarkson Construction, also as a truck driver, He finished his career working for lifelong friend Larry Bunker as a truck driver and farm equipment operator. Gary enjoyed canoe trips and riding his motorcycle with his wife and friends. He also enjoyed time with his friends and family.

Memorial services will be Saturday March 26th at 2:00 P.M. at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, MO, Pastor Len Green officiating. Inurnment at Grant City Cemetery.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Grant City Council Plans to Pave High Volume Streets

Streets were discussed at the regular Grant City Council Meeting Wednesday. If the city does not get enough to do all the streets from its upcoming bond issue, they will do the ones with the most traffic and most homes. Possible candidates include School Bus Road. Third street behind the Worth County Care & Rehab Center along with the street that runs by Jerry Drake's and Comish's has seen much more traffic since Casey's expanded and built a back entrance; third street is seeing a lot of truck traffic while there is also a lot of traffic that goes out to the school and Head Start. Public Works Director Carl Staton will draw up protocol for streets to be paved and bring it to the next meeting.

The council is in the process of putting on an issue to charge a use tax for out of state car sales.

Councilwoman Cathy James was named Mayor Pro Tem in Debbie Roach's absence. Staton reported that the city had cleaned up ditches, reshaped first street, and plans to reshape third street. The city put up some new signs around the school and patched potholes on the road north of the Christian Church.

Gas man Guy Fletchall reported that the boiler was burning out tubes and that it needed to be replaced. The city took bids and the council voted to award the bid to Allstate Production Equipment for a cost of $4,655. Another bid came in at over $10,000. Shipping will cost from $600 to $800 extra and the city will install it.

WCCC is now Worth County Care & Rehabilitation Center

The WCCC board, at its regular meeting Wednesday night, authorized Administrator Bev Miller to change the name from Worth County Convalescent Center to Worth County Care & Rehabilitation Center. The change was made to reflect the fact that the facility provides outpatient rehab care for patients of all ages.

Board member Mike Hall did not seek reelection for the April 5th election. The board is seeking for an interested member from the Allendale area to take his place. The board meets once a month every 3rd Wednesday at 6:00; meetings typically last one hour.

The facility is seeking to provide care for VA patients; Miller is in the process of seeking a contract for the facility. There is currently a backlog of people seeking to get into VA homes around the state and the facility could be part of a solution that would help address the backlog.

There are 17 residents and five Medicare Part A's as of Wednesday evening. The Worth County Care & Rehabilitation Center will have an Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at 1:30; they will also celebrate National Nursing Home Week in May again.

The board authorized the purchase of a surge protector for the building. Currently, the heaters can handle low voltage surges, but not high voltage surges. That could happen anytime the generator kicks in. The generator is tested monthly, and it kicks in anytime there is a power outage.

Department of Conservation Offcers Grants to Communities for Tree Care

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering cost-share grant money to help communities improve the care of their trees. These Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grants can help government agencies, public schools, and not-for-profit groups manage, improve, and conserve trees and forests on local public land.

According to MDC, the grant monies are often used to fund community tree inventories, removal or pruning of hazardous trees, tree planting, and to train volunteers and city and county employees to best care for community trees and forests.

"TRIM grant recipients focus on keeping their neighborhood trees healthy and thriving, which translates to a whole host of social, economic, and environmental benefits for the community and the state," said MDC Forestry Management Chief Justine Gartner.

TRIM grants are administered by MDC in cooperation with the Missouri Community Forest Council. The program provides reimbursements of $1,000 to $10,000 to grant recipients to fund up to 60 percent of money needed for projects. Projects located in communities with the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City USA designation are eligible for an additional 15 percent in matching funds.
TRIM grant applicants must submit a completed application by June 3 that details project costs and funding sources, maps and drawings of the project site, and a narrative outlining the purpose and anticipated long-term impacts of the project. Proposals are assessed on a competitive basis for their value to the community, the ability to promote, improve, and develop a community's forest, and economic feasibility.

To apply and for more information, visit the MDC website at

List of Acceptable Household Hazardous Wastes

Bring your household hazardous waste to the collection on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Holt County Road & Bridge Barn, 800 East Nodaway Street, Oregon or come on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the Nodaway County Maintenance Barn, 1516 E. Halsey Street, Maryville.  Photo ID is required to show proof of residency in Atchison, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway or Worth County.  Both collections are open from 8:00 AM until Noon.  
Latex paint and alkaline batteries will not be accepted.  These two items can be safely disposed of in the trash.  The paint must be dried.  This can be accomplished by opening up the can and letting a small amount dry out, or if there is a bit more in the can it can be mixed with clay kitty litter and left to dry.  If you have paint that is less than 5 years old, has no sign of rust on the can and has not been frozen, it can be donated to Habitat for Humanity at the ReStore in St Joseph.  Please call Linda Laderoute at 660-582-5121 with any questions.



Automotive Products

·      Antifreeze
·      Auto batteries
·      Brake fluids
·      Car wax/polishes
·      Degreasers
·      Transmission fluids
·      Windshield wiper fluids

Home improvement products

·      Adhesives and glues
·      Paint brush cleaners
·      Stains and varnishes
·      Paints Paint thinners
·      Wood preservatives


·      Fertilizers, with pesticides
·      Flea collars and sprays
·      Fungus-control chemicals
·      Insect-control chemicals
·      Moth balls
·      Rat and mouse poisons
·      Weed and brush killers


·         Ammonia
·         Bleach
·         Disinfectants
·         Drain cleaners
·         Floor wax/strippers
·         Furniture polishes
·         Metal cleaners
·         Spot removers
·         Toilet bowl cleaners
·         Window cleaners


·         Aerosol cans (empty)
·         Air fresheners
·         Artist and hobby paints
·         Batteries – lead-acid,
        Ni-cad, lithium
·         Fabric dyes
·         Fluorescent light bulbs
·         Photo chemicals (b and w)
·         Thermometers
·         Swimming pool chemicals



Latex paint, alkaline batteries, tires, motor oil, syringes, prescription medicines, compressed gas cylinders, smoke detectors, commercial waste, radioactive waste, unknown wastes, explosives (including ammunition), or white goods (dryer, stove, etc.)

Monday, March 21, 2016

Worth County Sheriff's Report

3-14 – Funeral home calls for traffic assist.
3-14 – Two people call about CCW permits.
3-14 – Officer transports female prisoner from Ringgold County to court in Worth County.
3-15 – Person calls about IRS scam.
3-16 – Report of horses out north of Allendale.
3-16 – Officer does ID/OD for person.
3-17 – Tornado test on sirens.
3-17 – Officer arrests and transports male to Ringgold County Jail.
3-18 – Ringgold County Jail calls about male prisoner having medical problems.
3-19 – Highway Patrol and Worth County officer arrest female on a Worth County warrant; Worth County officer transports her to jail.

Arbor Day is April 1st

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages Missourians to celebrate the value of Missouri trees and forests during Arbor Days in April by planting native trees and practicing proper tree care.
Missouri Arbor Day is Friday, April 1. Missouri has been observing the state's official Arbor Day on the first Friday in April since 1886 when the General Assembly declared that day be set aside for the appreciation and planting of trees. National Arbor Day is recognized on the last Friday of April, which is April 29 for 2016.
Get information from MDC on backyard tree care, including types of trees for urban and other landscapes, selecting the right tree for the right place, planting tips, watering and pruning info, and more -- from the Department's website at
MDC's George O. White State Forest Nursery near Licking offers Missouri residents a variety of low-cost native tree and shrub seedlings for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control, and wildlife food and cover. Orders are accepted from Nov. 1 to April 15 every year. For more information, visit the MDC website at
Communities around the state also hold local Arbor Day activities. For more information on Arbor Day and Missouri's Tree City USA communities, visit the Arbor Day Foundation at

Obituary -- Pat Kobbe 1943-2016

Patricia “Pat” Kobbe, age 72, Grant City, died Sunday, March 20, 2016 at Mosaic Life Care, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Pat was born May 15, 1943 in Linneus, Missouri; the daughter of the late Clarence
Elaine and Mary Frances (Wade) Kerns.

She was united in marriage to C. Ralph Kobbe on August 3, 1975 at the Maysville United Methodist Church.  To this union one son was born Kevin Kip Kobbe.

Pat was a graduate of Linneus High School, and Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri where she held a BS in Home Economics.  She worked ten years for the University of Missouri Extension Service at Maysville; was member of the Laclede United Methodist Church; Eastern Star; P.E.O; Worth County Chamber of Commerce; and currently was the Worth County Emergency Management Director for the state of Missouri. Pat was the bookkeeper/Secretary for Kobbe Auction and Seed, Grant City.

Pat’s hobbies included being an avid reader and cooking.  She was an outstanding cook taking many meals to those working on the farm.

Her survivors include:  Husband Ralph, of the home, son Kevin (Lacy) Kobbe, and granddaughter Kimberlyn, all of Grant City; step-son Kenneth Kobbe, step-daughter Kristina Kobbe, 7 step grandchildren, 3 step great-grandchildren; her lifelong friend since college, Ada Lee (Tom) Craig, St. Charles, Missouri.

Funeral services will be held at 11AM, Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the Andrews-Hann Funeral Chapel where family visitation will be from 10-11AM prior to the services.  Burial:  Grant City Cemetery.  A memorial fund has been established in Pat’s Name.

FAQ for Worth County's Bond Issue

The bond issue for the Worth County School will be held on April 5th along with local municipal and school board elections. See ballots in this week's Sheridan Express.

by Superintendent Dr. Matt Martz
Last year I wrote about the different funds that are used to pay for our public education.  Funds 1 & 2 are used to pay for the operating expenses of the school district (buses, food service, utilities, and teacher’s pay). Fund 4, capital improvement, is used for equipment purchases and small maintenance purchases.  Fund 3, or the debt service fund, is used strictly for building projects or large improvement to the facilities.

On April 5, the Worth County R-III Board of Education will ask voters to extend the 25 cent Debt Service Levy.  This levy will not cause patrons yearly taxes to rise and will give the school district $500,000 to make improvements to the building and grounds. At the March board meeting, the Board of Education heard from ConEdison Solutions, a construction management company, regarding the costs of projects that have been proposed from the district facilities committee.  The Board will need to prioritize the projects in order to stay within the $500,000 budget.  Projects that the committee recommended include replacing the gymnasium bleachers and gym flooring, replacing guttering, resurfacing the elementary playground, and reconstructing the roadway that extends around the East and South sides of the building.

If the voters approve the bond levy on April 5, the board will move quickly to make that determination and work would begin as soon as possible. 

I am including some of the more frequently asked questions regarding this bond levy.  Please contact the school if you have additional questions.

Worth County R-III School District

(Frequently Asked Financing Questions)

1.      What is the financing proposal of the Worth County R-III School District?

            The Board of Education is seeking voter approval at the April 5, 2016 election for a $500,000 general obligation bond issue that extends but does not increase the current $0.25 debt service tax levy of the District.  The proceeds from these bonds are to be used for the purpose of providing funds to complete safety and security improvements to the parking lot and playground; to repair and replace the gymnasium floor and bleachers; and to complete other remodeling and repair improvements to the existing facilities of the District.

2.                  Explain what a general obligation bond is and how it relates to the financing for this project?

Under Missouri law the only way a School District can legally borrow money for school facility improvements or construction on a full faith and credit basis is to seek voter approval of a general obligation bond issue.  A “general obligation” means that the School District can and must levy sufficient taxes to repay the principal and interest associated with the bonds.  With voter approval of at least a four-sevenths majority at the April 5, 2016 election the District can then sell the $500,000 of bonds in increments of $5,000.  This financing process gains access to numerous investors at favorable terms compared to what would happen if the District was dependent upon a single lender to supply the funding. The interest earned by the investors is exempt from federal and state of Missouri income taxes.  With the interest being tax-exempt, the actual rate the District has to pay is much lower than would otherwise be the case for a typical loan.  Based upon current interest rates in the municipal bond market the average interest rate is expected to be less than 3.00%.

3.                  How can the $500,000 general obligation bond issue be referred to as a no tax increase program?

The current $0.25 debt service fund levy is adequate to repay the existing bonds plus the $500,000 of new bonds by extending the levy eight years (from fiscal year ending 2020 to 2028), but not increasing it above the current level.  This is feasible due to growth in assessed valuation and very low interest rates in the current municipal bond market.

4.                  Can the District pay the bonds off early to save interest expense?

            Yes, the bonds will contain optional redemption (call) features that enable the District to repay them at no penalty in the event fund balances become large enough for that to occur.  The call feature also provides the District the opportunity to refund the bonds to take advantage of lower interest rates in the future, if the overall economic conditions create that set of circumstances.

5.                  Will local investors have an opportunity to purchase the Bonds?

Yes, the bonds will be available to local investors prior to being offered to others.  If you are interested in purchasing some of the bonds, let the District offices know and they will insure you are contacted after the election.

6.                  What type of rating will the general obligation bonds have?

The District can expect to receive an AA+ rating by Standard & Poor’s Corporation on the general obligation bonds.  Missouri school districts issuing general obligation bonds for construction purposes are eligible in most cases to participate in the State of Missouri Direct Deposit Program.  This program provides each issuer with an AA+ rating.

Breaking -- Pat Kobbe Dies

Patricia “Pat” Kobbe, age 72 died, Sunday, March 20, at Mosaic Life Care Center in St. Joseph.  Family visitation will be Saturday, March 26 from 10-11 AM followed by the funeral service at 11 AM at the Andrews-Hann Funeral Chapel in Grant City. Memorials may be left at the funeral home in Pat’s Name.

14 Year Old Boy Life Flighted After ATV Wreck

A 14 year old boy was life flighted Sunday after an ATV wreck near Farmersville, in Livingston County. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 1987 Honda TRX-250 ATV was southbound on private property at around 12:10 Sunday when it struck a tree, ejecting both occupants. The driver, Matthew Miller (14) of Chillicothe, received serious injuries and was taken to Hedrick Medical Center and life-flighted to Children's Mercy Hospital. The passenger, Kristopher Holtzclaw (14) of Trenton, received serious injuries and was taken to Hedrick Medical Center.

Two Wrecks Near Bethany Saturday

There were two wrecks near Bethany Saturday. In the first one, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 1996 Chevy S10 driven by Isaac Martinez (46) of Bethany was southbound on Route 69 five miles north of Bethany when it traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a fence, and overturned. The vehicle came to rest on its top off the west side of the roadway. The accident occurred at around 2:20 pm Saturday. The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene. Martinez received moderate injuries and was transported to Harrison County Community Hospital. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The second wreck occurred at around 7:30 that evening. The Patrol reports that a 2004 GMC Envoy driven by Tracy Friend (33) of Bethany was traveling southbound on highway 13 four miles south of Bethany. The Patrol reports that according to the driver, he struck an unknown vehicle, which left the scene. The driver attempted to locate the unknown vehicle, but did not report the crash to law enforcement. The hospital called law enforcement to report the crash when the driver presented himself for treatment the next day. Friend received minor injuries and was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Third Teen Wreck in Nodaway County in One Week

Nodaway County experienced its third teen wreck in one week Friday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 1999 Buick LeSabre driven by Austin Kraft (19) of Omaha was westbound on 46 four miles north of Skidmore at around 6:08 pm. The vehicle traveled off the north side of the road, overcorrected, and returned to the roadway. The vehicle then traveled off the south side of the road, overcorrected, then traveled off the north side of the road. The vehicle struck an embankment and fence before coming to rest on its wheels. The vehicle received extensive damage. Kraft was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the wreck and received minor injuries.

Bethany Woman Injured in New Hampton Wreck

A Bethany woman was injured Thursday in a wreck near New Hampton. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that Sarah Pickren (21) of Bethany was driving a 2005 Chevy Aveo eastbound on 136 at around 1:33 pm when she lost control of the vehicle, crossed the center of the road, returned to the south side, ran off the south side of the road, and crossed Route ZZ. The vehicle struck an embankment and overturned and came to rest on its wheels facing southwest. It was totaled and was towed from the scene. Pickren received moderate injuries and was transported to Harrison County Community Hospital. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Burlington Junction Woman Injured in Wreck

A Burlington Junction woman received moderate injuries in a wreck Thursday morning. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 1995 GMC Van driven by Jennifer Bates (29) of Burlington Junction was eastbound on 200th Street in Nodaway County when it approached Icon Road at a T intersection. The vehicle drove through the intersection, off the east side of Icon Road, and struck a ditch. The vehicle came to a rest off the roadway facing east and received extensive damage. Bates received moderate injuries and was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Maryville. She was wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck.

Robert Stricklen, Pony Express Riders Recognized at Denver School Open House

Robert Stricklen and other riders of the Pony Express were recognized at the Denver School Open House held Saturday afternoon. Mr. Stricklen was also a Worth County resident as noted by the Worth County Reporter. He moved to Grant City in 1884 and lived in Worth County for the last 42 years of his life. He moved to Worth in 1904 and died there in 1926.

Before the Pony Express came along, mail from the rest of the country to California was taken either on fast packet ships sailing around Cape Horn or via Panama and then loaded on ships and delivered to their destination. But, as advertised in New York City, mail could be delivered to San Francisco in 10 days. The Gold Rush was on and there was more and more demand for a faster mail service.

Letters cost $1 for the first 1/2 ounce (after initially starting at $5) and each additional 1/2 ounce was another $1. A flyer on display at the Denver Schoolhouse Saturday advertised for employment for young riders. They had to be willing to risk death daily and orphans were preferred. Pay was typically $60/month. St. Joseph was the westernmost point of the US rail system in 1860 and the Pony Express ran for 18 months from St. Joseph to Sacramento. Kids as young as 11 rode the routes, which took 10 days in summer and 12-16 days in winter. Riders had to weigh 125 pounds or less. In 1861, the telegraph was built, which meant that news could travel much faster and the Pony Express was ended. But by its end, it had delivered 35,000 pieces of mail in its 18 months of operation.

Helen Foster gave a talk at the Open House about the Pony Express and about Western movies in general. Cookies and drinks were served.

Worth County PTO Carnival Held

Worth County held its annual PTO Carnival Friday, with several student and community organizations taking part. There was a face paint, a bowling game, a nerf gun shoot, a jumping gym, and an inflatable train that kids could go through. The FBLA held a basketball toss, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes had a balloon toss, the FFA had ladder golf, the Worth County Fire Auxiliary had a memory match game, the first graders had a lollypop tree, the 5th graders had a die roll, Great Western Bank had a treasure hunt, the Learning Academy had a duck game, the 2nd graders had a pie in the face booth which they could not talk Assistant Principal Chuck Borey into getting, and the Grant City Leo Club had a marshmallow toss.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Obituary -- Barbara Deardorff 1932-2016

Barbara Jean Deardorff, daughter of Pearl (Bower) & Virgil Deardorff, Sr, was born at home on March 18, 1932. Barbara graduated from high school and began a long and rewarding career as a nurse's aid at Clearview Home in Clearfield.

Barbara did not have children of her own so she became a 'second mom' and extended grandma to many throughout the Clearfield community. She enjoyed hosting Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas dinners: usually there was a dinner for the single people and another for the married couples. Barbara loved to play cribbage and cards. In her later years, she enjoyed her 'get-aways' to the casino.

Barbara loved to go fishing and she would take kids and make sure they knew how to bait their hooks and catch their fish. She was a wonderful cook and will be remembered for her fried chicken, potato salad, pies, home canned pickles, cinnamon rolls…just to name a few.

Barbara passed away on March 17, 2016 at the age of 83 years, 11 months, and 29 days. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Keith & Virgil Deardorff, Jr; sister Verna Fletchall; and twins Bennie Lou and Betty Sue and infant brother Charles Myles.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sisters Bonnie (Jerry) Fletchall and Connie Asher; brother Phillip Deardorff; sister-in-law Joanie Deardorff; several nieces and nephews; many friends including special friends, Dixie Larsen, Sharon England, Opal Neece, and Pat Long.

A memorial fund has been established in her name.

North Nodaway Third Quarter Honor Roll

High School
Principal's High Honor Roll (4.0 and above)
Breann O'Riley
Ben Hart
MaKayla Cross

Principal's Honor Roll (3.5-3.99)
Koby Reynolds
Wyatt Tate
Dustin Rowen
Britney Wood
Taylor Adwell
Kelsi Oberhauser
Kelton Emery
Dakota Smyser
Madison Thompson
Cole Bird
Taylor Combs
Brittney Leach
Bailey Tate
Kendrick Calfee
Breanna Coulter
Alisha Davison
Dayna Rowen
Rachael Gray
Emma Hart
Kristin Herndon
Audrey Trimble
Emily Dew
Olivia Miller
Keagan O'Riley
Cheyenne Murphy
Tanner Davison
Ashley Thompson
Katie Bloomquist
Adam Crater

Honor Roll (3.0-3.49)
Logan Steeve
Kade Owens
Baleigh Emery
Drew Roderick
Peyton Coleman
Bethany Herndon
Gus Hoepker
Trevor Brown
Keith Irwin
Leslie Richardson
Justin Strough
Aaron Coleman
Cody Wood

Middle School
Principal's Honor Roll (3.5-3.99)
Tyler Bix
Logan Keho
Ryan Riley
Jadon Dobbins
Karissa Oberhauser
Karson Oberhauser
Shalena Adwell
Zachery Willoughby
Jamie Wray
Alonna Cross
Alyssa Roderick
Saylor Brown
Brycelynn Wray
Felicia Poppa
Lexi Harger

Honor Roll (3.0-3.49)
Kandace Damgar
Karlie Emery
Wyatt O'Riley
Faith Adwell
Shai Dailey
Jessica Mires
Dakota Wray
Andrew Blackford
Hannah Richardson
Carson Hoepker
Harley Leach
Alexus Strough
Corbyn Rucker
Maulie Titus
Keegan Keho
Hunter Wilmes

Don't Wing it on Egg Safety This Easter

 Don’t let safety rules fly the coop this Easter. University of Missouri Extension nutrition and health specialist Janet Hackert offers eggs-cellent tips to prevent foodborne illnesses caused by salmonella.
First, pay attention to the packing date on the egg carton. The last three digits of the first number indicate the pack date under the Julian dating system, in which Jan. 1 is 001 and Dec. 31 is 365, or 366 in leap years. The American Egg Board says fresh eggs can be stored in cartons in the refrigerator for up to five weeks after the packing date. Some manufacturers label eggs with a “sell by” date. To carry a USDA grade mark, this date must be no more than 30 days after the packing date.

Hackert offers these tips.
• Refrigerate eggs to prolong their safe use.
• If you use real eggs for Easter festivities, color them and keep them refrigerated.
• Leave hard-boiled eggs unrefrigerated no more than two hours, including time for dying, hiding, hunting, and any other time they are out of the refrigerator.
• If your egg hunt was held outside, wash eggs well. They may have been exposed to pesticides, animal waste and other contaminants.
• Hard-boiled eggs can be refrigerated safely up to seven days after cooking.

To avoid overcooked, rubbery eggs with yolks that turn green on the outside, the American Egg Board recommends this method of cooking eggs:
Place eggs in a single layer in a pot with enough tap water to cover the eggs with at least an inch to spare.
Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Turn off heat. For electric stoves, you may need to remove the pot from the heat to prevent continued boiling.
Let large eggs stand for 15 minutes. Medium eggs should stand 12 minutes and extra-large eggs stand for 18 minutes.
Cool immediately by putting eggs under cold running water or place them in ice water. This stops the cooking process and makes the eggs easier to peel. Older eggs peel easier than fresher eggs.
Store cooked eggs in their carton because the porous eggs absorb smells in the refrigerator.
For more food and nutrition information from MU Extension, including feature articles, answers to frequently asked questions and learning opportunities, go

Servings: 1
• 2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
• 1 tablespoon diced celery
• 2 tablespoons red pepper, diced
• 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt or light mayonnaise
• salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
• dash of paprika
• 2 slices wheat bread
Nutrition information per sandwich: 446 calories; 21 g total fat; 822 mg sodium; 47 g carbohydrates; 6 g fiber; 20 g protein.
(Recipe from

Retired Teachers Donate $14 Million in Community Service Hours

The Missouri Retired Teachers Association and Public School Personnel (MRTA) presented a check representing $14,115,120 in community service hours donated in 2015 to Missouri’s citizens at its annual Unit President Summit in Jefferson City on March 15-16, 2016.  At the time the check was printed, MRTA members reported volunteering 611,839 hours back to their communities during 2015.  Washington D.C.’s Independent Sector places a value of $23.07 per hour for community volunteers.  In addition to hours of service, members also reported donating 57,068 food items and cash donations exceeding $433,000 to food pantries and food banks within their communities. 

Community Service plays an important role in the activities of MRTA’s 145 local units and its more than 25,000 members across the state of Missouri. As statewide community service projects, members participate in the Community Hunger Action Program and the Ronald McDonald Tab Top Collection Program.  Members also donate their time working at soup kitchens, senior centers, visiting patients in hospitals and nursing home residents, mentoring students, at local churches and charity events. 

MRTA, organized in 1960, is a grassroots not-for-profit corporation working exclusively for retired school personnel.  MRTA members strive to uphold and improve the integrity, value, and mission of our public schools, so that all school personnel may live healthy, vital lives and be secure economically, socially, and professionally in retirement.  MRTA works with government and its entities for beneficial legislation, and encourages its members to be involved in community affairs and to work for worthy educational causes.  Its mission is, “To serve and not to be served.” 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Obituary -- Terry Dye

Terry Dye, 58, of Albany, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016 at his home.

Terry, the son of Curtis and Patricia Lee (Beadel) Dye was born December 30, 1957 in Kansas City, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his father and brother, Curtis G. Dye.

On May 9, 1980, he was united in marriage to Terri Lyn Murray.

Terry owned and operated Dye’s Auto Repair in Albany for almost 30 years.

Survivors: wife, Terri Lyn Dye of the home; daughters, Christina Coil; Valerie (David) Sherrill; son, Jacob (Shawna) Dye all of Albany; grandchildren, Phoenix and Hunter Coil; Channing, Brylee and Jamesyn Sherrill; mother, Pat Dye, St. Joseph; brother, Kevin Dye, Agency, MO; grandmother, Irene Dye, Stanberry.

Services will be held Saturday, March 19th at 1:30 at the Roberson-Polley Chapel in Albany. Memorial donations may be made to: Terry Dye Cancer Transportation Fund in care of the Roberson-Polley Chapel, 403 N. Hundley, Albany, MO 64402