Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bluejay Softball Erupts in 20-5 Senior Night Win

Northeast Nodaway's softball team picked up its third win of the year after they erupted for 15 runs in the third inning to down Winston 20-5. It looked like it would be a track meet at first as nobody could stop each other through the first two innings and the game was tied 5-5. But then Northeast broke the game wide open in the third. It was the final home game for seniors Alicia Smith and Vanessa Riley, who were honored after the game.

Gill Heldenbrand grounded out in the top of the first to score Sophie Pliley to put Winston up 1-0. The Redbirds had won one game this year, a 19-6 shellacking of Tri-County in the HDC Tournament. They were looking for another one before the regular season was out. Later in the inning, Taylor Coffelt threw out Maggie Farrell stealing to stop any other threats.

Jana Walker walked and stole second and came home after Makayla Adwell beat out an infield hit to second. Adwell stole second and took third when shortstop Josie McFee let the ball get away. Alicia Smith, who hit the ball hard all night but right at people, grounded out to score Adwell.

NEN pitcher Maggie Schmitz fought the strike zone in the second; she walked Ashley Noel and Shelby Mason and gave up a single to Ashley Gadberry to load the bases. Northeast threw the ball all over the place as two runs came across the plate; a dropped fly ball allowed two more to score to put Winston up 5-2.

In the third, Vanessa Riley struck out, but it was dropped and Gerry Runde crossed the plate as Winston threw to first. Makayla Adwell's two run triple to center tied it at 5-5.

Makayla Adwell's backhanded grab of Gadberry's line drive prevented any further damage in the Winston half of the third. In the bottom of the third, Taylor Coffelt was safe after being picked off third and escaping a rundown and scoring. Winston pitcher Sophie Pliley walked six straight batters; two were forced home to score and Vanessa Riley scored on a wild pitch to make it 9-5 and Pliley was finished. Josie McFee replaced Pliley, but Northeast teed off on her as Makayla Adwell singled over a drawn-in Redbird infield as they were trying to force out a runner at the plate, and then Alicia Smith, who had hit it hard and right at the red shirts all evening, finally blasted a three run triple to the right field wall that cleared the bases and broke the game open with Northeast up 13-5.

Taylor Coffelt came up next and blasted a shot over the center fielder's head and made it to third. But then she took off on a lazy return throw to the pitcher and was safe at home for a two run home run. Emily Redden hit a rocket to the wall in left that went for a triple, Vanessa Riley, Brittany Moran, and Jana Walker all walked to force in a run, Riley scored again on a wild pitch, Maggie Schmitz stretched a single into a double to bring in a run, and Makayla Adwell beat out an infield hit to bring in the 20th run and end the game on the mercy rule.

Rachael Gardner Hits Two Run Shot in Senior Night Victory

Rachael Gardner, playing in her final home game as a Tiger, hit a two run shot Tuesday night to lift her team to victory over South Harrison. The Bulldogs, winless in the GRC East, put up a good fight but fell short 6-3. Honored at Tuesday's game were Gardner, Sidney Troutwine, Payton Adwell, Sophia Obermuller, Dominique Findley, Victoria Moore, and manager Aubrey Staton. Gardner's shot, her first varsity home run, was a screamer that easily went over the left field fence and rolled to the base of the long fence, 290 feet away. It put Worth County up 3-0 after Haley Hunt's single had scored Adwell earlier in the first inning.

Worth County added to its lead in the third when Payton Adwell scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0. Maddie Lathrum grounded out to score Katey Wilhelm to make it 4-1, but Worth County got two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Dominique Findley hit a pop fly single that dropped in to lead off Worth County's half of the sixth. She took second on a wild pitch and Merrideth Spiers reached on a pop fly single that dropped in over third. Sophia Obermuller grounded out to third to score Findley and Sidney Troutwine hit a double to the left field wall. She was out trying for three, but not before Spiers had crossed the plate to make it 6-1.

With one out, Ashton Farmer reached on Obermuller's dropped fly in right to spark a rally. Kierra Shelby grounded out but Brooklyn Virtue's single scored Farmer and Kooper Jennings' pop fly dropped in fair behind first to set up runners at second and third. Katey Wilhelm singled and Virtue crossed the plate for South Harrison's third run. But it was a freshman who preserved the game for Worth County as Anna Gladstone threw a strike to home plate to nail Kooper Jennings for the final out. It was the fifth such outfield assist for the Tiger freshman.

With the win, the Tigers matched their win total from last year as they won their 10th game.

Obituary -- Jessica (Cordell) Meyer 1984-2016

Jessica Jolene (Cordell) Meyer died September 9, 2016 at home in Imperial (MO). She was born December 16, 1984 in Maryville to Errol and Mary Ann Cordell,  She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Hopkins. She attended Upward Bound while in high school, graduating from Maryville High School in 2004.

In 2006, she graduated from Cottey College, Nevada (MO) with an Associate of Arts Degree and then graduated from the National Academy of Beauty Arts in 2007 in St. Louis.

While at Cottey College, she met the love of her life, Robert Meyer of St. Louis. They were married in Hopkins on March 21, 2009. They lived in House Springs (MO) until moving to Imperial in 2013.

Jessica gave up her beautician career when her children were born to be a stay at home mom. She was an avid car seat safety advocate and Jessica was a dedicated photographer when it came to her kids and family.

Preceding her in death were her grandparents, William Morton, John and Bonnie Cordell, all of Maryville.

She is survived by her husband Bob, and sons Steven (5) and David (3), her parents Mary Ann Cordell of Maryville, Errol (Sherry) Cordell Sr., Branson (MO), her in-laws Steve (Brenda) Meyer of St. Louis, two brothers, Errol (Tanna) Cordell Jr. of Maryville and Josh Cordell of Nixa (MO), two sisters, Logan Cordell of Largo (FL) and Brooke Cordell of Branson (MO), sister-in-law Jamie (Tim) Caldera of St. Louis, step-sister Heather Stottle of Branson (MO), step-brothers Matt (Kate) Stottle of Columbia (MO), Chris (Katrina) Stottle of Columbia (MO), grandmother Annabelle Morton of Maryville, two nieces, Adrianna Cordell and Emma Stottle, two nephews Braxton Cordell and E.J. Stottle, step-mother Lynette Sadler of Largo (FL), many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Obituary -- Opal Fisher 1923-2016

Opal Irene Fisher, age 92, Grant City, Missouri, died Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Opal was born November 3, 1923 in Jefferson Township of Taylor County, Iowa; the daughter of Boyd and Gladice Marie (Fish) Gray.  

Opal was a graduate and Salutatorian, with the class of 1941, Parnell High School, Parnell, Missouri.  
She received her Teaching Certificate from Northwest Missouri State Teachers College (NWMSU). 

On December 21, 1946, Opal was united in marriage to Ernest Eldon Fisher at Troy, Kansas.  To this union five children were born, Jerry, Donna, Judy, Doyle and Kevin.

Opal started her teaching career in a one room school house in 1946. After taking time off to raise a family she resumed her teaching career with Headstart.  She was one of the first teachers in the head start program providing comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition for many families in the community

 Opal was very active in the community, serving as President of the Worth County Senior Citizens Board, Chaplain for Worth County Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, member of the Grant City First Christian Church and the Christian Women’s Fellowship.

Opal was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Ernest (3/11/1989), daughter Donna Ekren (5/12/2011), son-in-law Don Ekren, four brothers and three sisters.

Her survivors include: son, Jerry (Janet) Fisher, Holt, Missouri; daughter, Judy (Steven) Hoakison, Creston, Iowa; sons Doyle (Katie) Fisher, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kevin (Carla) Fisher, Stanberry, Missouri; brother, Jim (Peggy) Gray, Branson, Missouri; sister, Elaine Shornhorst, Independence, Missouri; 14 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, great- great-grandchildren, great-great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of friends and loved ones.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM, Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the First Christian Church, Grant City.  Burial will be in the Grant City Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM, Friday, September 30, 2016 at the Andrews-Hann Funeral Home, Grant City.

Memorials:  Worth County Senior Center or Worth County VFW Women’s Auxiliary.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Worth County Sheriff's Report

9-19 – Report of suspicious car at 170th road. Officer investigates and cannot locate.
9-20 – Person in to be fingerprinted.
9-20 – Car recovery company calls about an impounded truck.
9-21 – No report.
9-22 – Resident in about IRS scam calls.
9-23 – Officer investigates car-deer accident on Route C.
9-23 – Worth County officer transports prisoner to jail in St. Joseph.
9-23 – Person in to check on a truck title.
9-23 – Person in for ID/OD on jeep.
9-23 – Report of horses out on Route K. Left message for owner.
9-24 – Report of calf out on 46 highway; owner notified.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Obituary -- Wilma Faustlin 1936-2016

Wilma L. Faustlin, 80, of Ravenwood, MO, passed from this life on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at a health care facility in Maryville, MO.

Wilma was born on February 4, 1936, in Maryville; her parents were Irvin L. and Velma L. (Goforth) Jones. 

She was a graduate of the Horace Mann High School, Maryville, and was a lifelong resident of the area. She was a member and attended St. Columba Catholic Church, Conception Junction, MO.

On June 1, 1957, Wilma was united in marriage to Lawrence Leo Faustlin in Maryville, MO. He passed away January 16, 2002. She was also preceded by 2 sons, Edward Faustlin and Thomas Faustlin.

Wilma leaves behind her 3 children, Larry (fiancée Trish Folkerts) Faustlin, Ravenwood, MO, Deloris (Todd) Puckett, Ravenwood, MO, and Steve (Heather) Faustlin, Ravenwood, MO; 6 grandchildren, Ashley (fiancée Seth Lane) Bomar, Jeremy (Cammi) Faustlin, Justin Shipps, Tabitha (fiancée Zach Ploof) Shipps, Andrew Faustlin, Courtney Faustlin; 8 great grandchildren, Paige Lane, Ashlin Bomar, Brooke Lane, Guage Faustlin, Lily Lane, Madison Faustlin, Emilee Groven, and Rylee Ploof; sister, Joyce Sleep, Maryville, MO, and several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, September 23, 2016, at the St. Columba Catholic Church, Conception Junction, MO. The burial will follow at the St. Columba Cemetery, Conception, MO.

The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 PM, Thursday, September 22, 2016, at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO.

Memorials are suggested to the SSM Hospice, Maryville, MO.

For online condolences and guest book, visit

Obituary -- Larry Bradshaw 1943-2016

Larry F. Bradshaw, Sr., 72, of Ravenwood, MO, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 22, 2016, near Ravenwood.

Larry was born in Maysville, MO, on October 23, 1943. His parents were Woodrow and Verda Mae (Danner) Bradshaw. He had lived in Maysville, Stanberry, MO, Maryville, MO, Sheridan, MO, and the past several years in Ravenwood. He graduated from Maryville High School.

Larry was a truck driver all his life, and was presently employed by Meyer Farms, Maitland, MO.

He was a member of Xenia Masonic Lodge #50 AF & AM, Hopkins, MO; the Scottish Rite Bodies, and the Moila Temple Shrine, both of St. Joseph, MO. 

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Patricia McMillen, his nephew, and 2 great nephews.

He is survived by his children, Terri (Tom) McBrien, Conception Junction, MO, Larry (JR), (Paula) Bradshaw, Maryville, Lisa Nielson, Arkoe, MO, Christi Bradshaw, Lebanon, and Melissa (Mike) Wilmes, Conception Junction; his siblings, Shirley Auffert, Jim Bradshaw, and Jerry (Mary) Bradshaw, all of Maryville; 12 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville. The burial will follow at the Miriam Cemetery, also of Maryville.

The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 PM, Monday, September 26, 2016, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to help with final expenses.

For online condolences and guest book, visit

Obituary -- Thelda "Arlene" Carroll 1932-2016

Thelda "Arlene" Carroll, 84 of Maryville, Missouri died on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at Nodaway Nursing Home in Maryville.

Arlene was born Tuesday, July 5, 1932 in Isadora, Missouri to Wilzie Orville and Wilma Clarcie Walker. She married Curtis Carroll August 1, 1949 in Bedison, Missouri.

A homemaker, Arlene was of the Baptist Faith.

Preceding in death were her parents, husband Curtis, son Virgil Carroll, 2 grandchildren (Jeremy and Jonathan Carroll) and one great-grandchild (Dylan Stevens), brothers Joe and Jack Parker, and sisters Betty Smith and Venetta Robertson, half brother Johnny Parker and half sister Wanda Sue Parker.

Surviving are daughter Christine (Kenneth) Nielson, Maryville, MO, sons Dick (Dorothy) Carroll of Burlington Jct.,, MO, LaVern (Kathy) Carroll of Bolivar, MO, Ronald Dean Carroll of Maysville, MO, Don (Peggy) Carroll and Billy Dale (Lynne) Carroll both of Marion, MI, daughter-in- law Terri Carroll, Maryville, MO, sister, Willa Fern Burns, Parnell, MO, 18 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren; and 3 half sisters Lettie Kneedler, Sue Bunge, and Patty Bunge all of Winterset, IA

A Funeral Service will be at 10:30 AM on Friday at Price Funeral Home Maryville, Missouri. Burial will be in Nodaway Memorial Gardens, Maryville, MO.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM on Friday, September 23, 2016, at the Price Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Hazardous Mitigation Meeting Set for Allendale

Would you like to help create safer and more resilient communities in Worth County?

There is an EASY way to do exactly that!  Come to the meeting in Allendale to meet with local leaders and to tell us your stories about any natural disaster we have endured since 2011.  Bet you know of someone or some structure that was harmed in an ice storm, wind storm, flooding, tornado or other natural hazard.  Firsthand information is very important to the plan update.

We are updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan for Worth County and its communities to assure that the county will be eligible for FEMA hazard mitigation funds when we face the next natural disaster.  YES, I SAID WHEN, NOT IF.  We are planning in order to decrease the impact of the next natural disaster so residents and businesses suffer fewer losses.

During this meeting, a summary will be provided of the draft risk assessment.  Participants will be requested to contribute to the review.  They will also help update the plan goals that provide the basis for the mitigation strategy portion of the plan.  The planning committee will also begin the process of updating of the status of each hazard mitigation action that was included in the previous Hazard Mitigation Plan for Worth County.

Join us on October 4, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the Allendale Community Center for the Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan update meeting.   We need information about the past five years from the residents and businesses that may have had damage to their property.  Call Linda Laderoute at 660-582-5121 for more information.  The meeting is hosted by the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments.

Gene Auten Named Economic Developer

September 19th Minutes
Presiding Commissioner Ted Findley brought the meeting to order at 9:00 am.

Commissioner Regan Nonneman made a motion to approve minutes and agenda.   Commissioner Ted Findley seconded. All in favor, motion carried.

Treasurer Linda Brown presented the weekly balance sheet.

Gene Auten, County EMD brought the Insurance Services Office Automatic Aide Agreement for the commissioners to review. The ISO Rep thought they should approve it before the Fire Chief’s signed it.

Gene will attend MOSWNN radio training Sept 27th . The training is mandatory before the radio can be obtained.

Gene will be working on winter weather event planning by getting plans in place. He requested and received permission to purchase the items that he needs to fix the Emergency Trailer.  He will also meet with Community Service Director Lori Wimer about emergency food supplies in the event of a severe storm.

Gene as County Economic Developer: Gene reported that he had read the Grant City Strategic Plan, and has started on Sheridan’s.

Gene will organize both of the Progress Organization events.

The Progress Organization is sponsoring a Dave Ramsey Entrepreneur Event that will be held October 19th, 8:00 am to 4 pm.  Anyone is welcome to attend the presentation. Food will be provided.

The Progress Organization will also sponsor the Craft Fair again this year.

Road and Bridge Foreman Jim Fletchall reported by phone from the Norman Snead tube location.  He reported that he now only has 3 FEMA projects left.

After some discussion about the Sheriff needing to look more professional, Commissioner Regan Nonneman made a motion to order new hats for the Sheriff and both deputies.   Commissioner Ted Findley seconded. All in favor, motion carried.

Commissioner Regan Nonneman made a motion to adjourn at 11:00 am. Commissioner Ted Findley seconded. All in favor, motion carried.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Worth County Sheriff's Report

9-12 – Resident calls about cattle in field with little or no fence.
9-12 – Officer transporting prisoner to Harrison County Jail.
9-13 – Person calls for wellbeing report.
9-13 – Ambulance calls for lift assistance.
9-13 – Highway Patrol and Worth County deputy arrests person on Buchanan County warrant.
9-13 – Highway Patrol and Worth County deputy arrests Worth County on a Gentry County warrant.
9-14 – Person in with a check for Worth County Sheriff.
9-15 – No reports.
9-16 – No reports.
9-18 – Worth County Sheriff’s Department assists Highway Patrol on fatality accident at 46 and 246 Junction in Worth County.

Monday, September 19, 2016

“Faithful & True Hearted” Played by Band for First Time in 33 Years

“Faithful & True Hearted” was played by the Worth County High School Band for the first time in 33 years in front of the residents of the Worth County Care & Rehab Center Friday during the Homecoming Parade. It had long been a mainstay for Worth County since the 1950’s, but after long-time band teacher Kenneth Thompson left after 1983, the score was lost and Worth County subsequently adopted the “Notre Dame Victory March,” still in use today. But with the advent of technology, people were able to recover the music and lyrics to the song and the Worth County Community Band put together an arrangement. Alumni in recent years had lobbied for the song to be restored and sang the song annually at the alumni reunion in summer. This year, Julie Capps, the new band teacher, put together the song for the band to perform.

Payton Adwell, Wade Rush are Homecoming Royalty

Payton Adwell and Wade Rush were named Worth County Homecoming Royalty Thursday evening during Homecoming ceremonies. During Friday, they rode in the parade and met people at the Worth County Senior Center as well as the Worth County Care & Rehab Center. Adwell and the other queen candidates and attendants were escorted by their dads before the game against King City. Present for the ceremonies were Debbie Pritchard McCloskey, the 1966 Homecoming Queen, as well as Jodie Bradley Wurster, the 1991 Homecoming Queen. Jon Adwell, Payton’s dad, was the 1991 Homecoming King that year.

Obituary -- Linda Engel 1943-2016

On Sunday, September 18, 2016 Linda Norene (Fox) Engel, or rural Denver, MO, left this world to be with the Lord. Linda was born in El Reno, Oklahoma on February 3, 1943 to Philip Arlo Fox and Hesper Norene (Kowen) Fox. Later, she was joined by her brothers Barry Ross and Philip Boyd Fox. Linda’s early childhood was spent living in the “secret city” of Los Alamos, NM where he father, a security guard, witnessed the detonation of the atomic bomb. She spent several years here going to school and playing in the nearby, ancient ruins of the pueblos with the other children of the city. As the years went by, the family moved to Overland Park, KS where she grew to womanhood. She loved to tell stories of how she would put on her Sunday best and catch the train a Union Station to visit her grandparents in Slater, MO, originally from the Blue Ridge, MO area, where her grandfather Kowen and many others of the family are buried. The “star room” at her Nana’s was always a comfort to her when she stayed there, and good food was remembered at the Bungalow Café that they owned.

Linda graduated from Kansas City Business College and worked for Bendix Cooperation in Kansas City as a secretary where this quick witted, red-haired beauty met her match in life. On April 16, 1966 she married Dr. William Joseph Engel, Jr., taking their holy sacrament of marriage at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Kansas City. Becoming a devoted wife led to her becoming a wonderful mother in 1967. They first welcomed Heather Norene, and then came Holly Marie, followed by William Joseph III (Jay). This family of five had many happy, hard-working years together. Trips to Canada were a particular favorite memory she had of them all being together.

Through the years Linda wore many hats and wore them well. She continued as secretary to Bill as he held a career as a professor at many local and national colleges, she ran the family rental properties in the Kansas City area (it was said that you had to be a saint to rent a house from Linda Engel), she was a meticulous homemaker while still running the business and Bill. Another job she loved was that of being a foster mom for babies with the Catholic Charities.

In later years, she and Bill prepared for their retirement as they sold piece of their life in Kansas City and in 1984 began purchasing farmland in northwest Missouri, where in 1991 they made Worth County, MO their final, permanent home. They wanted to move to a place where they could live out their lives peacefully and have something to pass on to their children and grandchildren. Of all these many hats, the biggest brimmed one carried the love and joy for her children as a mother.

Today, Heather, Holly and Jay along with her eight grandchildren, are her greatest accomplishment, her legacy. They will carry on her stories, her memories, and life lessons she so diligently passed on to each of them. There are so many memories to be cherished, never forgotten.

Linda Norene (Fox) Engel was preceded in death by her Mother, Hesper Norene (Kowen) Fox and her Father, Philip Arlo Fox. She is survived by her beloved “Bill” of 50 years, daughter Heather Norene (Engel) Daubenberger and her husband Brad, with daughters Megan and Kate of Maple Grove, MN. Holly Marie (Engel) Smothers and her husband Dan, with their daughters Bailee, Rilee and Jaynee of Buckner, Mo. William Joseph Engel, III (Jay) and his wife Danelle Jo (DJ) (Boldt) with their children Will, Keelin, and Eva of Denver, MO. Also surviving are brothers two brothers, Barry Fox, Baldwin City, MO and Boyd Fox, Philadelphia, PA, Aunts Hazel Bellemy of Rio Rancho, NM and Helen of Slater, MO, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Private family services will be held for Linda. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Wharton Cemetery, which is surrounded by the beauty of their family farm, in rural Denver, MO.

Memorials can be made to:
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
1208 South 25th Street
Bethany, MO 64424


Mosaic Life Care Hospice
137 North Belt Highway
St Joseph, MO 64506


Sheridan Woman Injured in Wreck Near Ravenwood

A Sheridan woman was injured near Ravenwood last Tuesday evening in a wreck. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer  driven by Gladys Rowe (54) of Sheridan was northbound on Route E just north of Route NN four miles north of Ravenwood at around 11:57 pm when she fell asleep at the wheel, overcorrected, and went off the west side of the roadway. The vehicle returned to the roadway and left the roadway again, striking an embankment. Rowe received minor injuries in the wreck. She was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Teen Wreck at Sheridan "Y" Kills One; Another Lifeflighted (Corrected)

One person was killed in a teen wreck that occurred Sunday afternoon at around 4:20. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 2007 Ford SUV driven by Olivia Davidson (16) of Sheridan was eastbound and a 1997 Ford driven by Matthew Petersen (17) of Sheridan was westbound. The Davidson vehicle pulled into the path of the Petersen vehicle, which struck the Davidson vehicle in the westbound lane of 46. The SUV went off the left side of the roadway coming to rest facing west. The 1997 Ford rotated after the impact, coming to rest facing north.

Ronald Smith (16) of Maryville was killed at the accident. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. He was taken to Price Funeral Home. Petersen received moderate injuries and was lifeflighted to Mosaic Hospital. Another passenger, Andrew Alarcon (13) received moderate injuries and was taken to St. Francis. Davidson was not injured. Davidson, Alarcon, and Petersen were all wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

The accident blocked traffic at the Sheridan "Y" for the next few hours as ambulances, police, and fire units from the Sheridan and Grant City Fire Departments were present. People attempting to go south to Parnell could not use that road and had to use an alternate route.

The Highway Patrol corrected an earlier version of this report on its website.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Little Movement Expected in 8 Man Polls After Week Five

All the top ten teams except for King City won Friday night. But next Friday will see some shakeup as Worth County travels to St. Joseph Christian and North Andrew and Stanberry tilt in a rematch of last year's 16-14 Stanberry victory in the state title game in which the Bulldogs used a goalline stand to preserve the win.

#1 Stanberry 80, Pattonsburg 12 -- Stanberry had little trouble disposing of Pattonsburg and staying on top of the perch. Trey Schieber rushed for 180 yards and Cory Luke threw for 70 more. But Pattonsburg showed some life offensively behind quarterback Cole Dilley. He completed 9 passes in 13 attempts for 122 yards and ran for 54 more.

#2 North Andrew 70, Sacred Heart 12 -- Schoonover's Cardinals had just as little trouble disposing of Sacred Heart despite their second straight long road trip.

#3 Nodaway-South Holt 62, DeKalb 0 -- This one was over by halftime.

#4 Rock Port 46, East Atchison 0 -- This one was over at halftime. Jase Hughes completed five passes in nine attempts for 180 yards despite the shortened game. Tyler Jones caught three of those for 135 yards. Rock Port did nothing to hurt their second place standing in Worth County's district.

#5 Worth County 42, #10 King City 26 -- Worth County has won every single Homecoming match since 2004, but King City showed they belong in the rankings. Isaac Alarcon, the leading runningback in eight man football, rushed for 103 yards on 28 carries despite getting a lot of attention defensively. Cade Allee had his best game as a Tiger, getting 8 completions in 9 attempts for 134 yards and two long runs as well. For King City, Collin Breckinridge threw for 170 yards and ran for 61 more.

#6 Southwest Livingston 28, Stewartsville 26 -- Southwest Livingston held off Stewartsville in a thriller to stay on the perch.

#7 St. Joseph Christian 62, Albany 6 -- Christian had little trouble disposing of Albany, who elected to play on despite being down 45 points. Johnathan Wing ran for 181 yards and threw for 73 more against the Warriors. Tom Sagun broke off a 30 yard run for a rare bright spot for Albany.

#8 Greenfield 54, Marmaton (KS) 0 -- Unbeaten Greenfield had little trouble sending Marmaton back to Kansas.

#9 Mound City 46, North/West Nodaway 0 -- Mound City put this one away in the third quarter. North/West Nodaway played tough in the opening quarter, trailing only 8-0 after one frame. But then the floodgates opened after that, with Ben Shifflett eating them alive. He ran for 147 yards and threw for 51. For North/West Nodaway, Korbin Koch was 7 for 17 for 36 yards. Weston Carter had three catches for 19 yards.

Tigers Down King City Through Air in Homecoming Tilt

King City sold out to stop Worth County's running game, but Worth County took to the air to stop the Wildkats, last year's 11-man GRC champions, and raised their record to 4-1 as they won 42-26. The game was not as close as the score indicated as Worth County rested two of their mainstays on defense in the final quarter, Mason Hawk (ankle) and Wade Rush (cramps). Both are expected to return next week against St. Joseph Christian.

King City's linebackers blitzed all night and were shooting the gaps as well as anyone in eight man ranks, but Worth County was still able to put together a long drive to start the game. They converted a fourth and two at their own 37 when Cade Allee threw a 10 yard completion to Caleb Parman. They converted another fourth and two at the Wildkat 25 when Cade Allee got a block from Isaac Alarcon and got a three yard run for first down. They converted a third fourth down at the 14 when Wade Rush followed a block from Colton Wilmes and moved a pile five yards to the 9. But King City was so committed to stopping the run that nobody guarded Mason Hawk, who took a four yard strike from Cade Allee with 4:21 left in the first quarter. The handoff on the extra point was fumbled around, but Wade Rush scooped it up and ran it in to make it 8-0. The ground was wet from a rain the night before and Worth County had trouble all night with handoffs and snaps.

Jayden Mancuso picked off an errant King City pass at the Wildkat 21 and Worth County was right back in business. Cade Allee got blocks from Drake Kinsella and Wade Rush for a first down run to the 7, and then Isaac Alarcon moved a pile into the end zone with 2:16 left to make it 14-0.

A holding penalty on King City buried them at their own 13, but they began moving the ball behind Collin Breckinridge who either ran or passed depending on what the defense gave them. They were without Devin Breckinridge (shoulder), who warmed up but did not play. But it didn't seem to matter as they had Collin Breckinridge reading the defense and they used counters to David Hershberger and B.J. Eiberger to keep the defense honest. But they finally stalled at the Tiger 23 when Devin Jackson shot up the middle to get a sack and Ryan McClellan broke up a long pass intended for Eiberger in the end zone.

Isaac Alarcon had a 23 yard catch and run over the middle when he caught a pass, juggled it, and somehow hung on. That moved the ball to the King City 32. Caleb Parman beat Collin Breckinridge on the left sideline in one on one coverage for 19 yards to the 10. With fourth and three at the 3, Isaac Alarcon took a dive, got a block from Wade Rush, and his final effort got him into the end zone with 4:21 left to make it 20-0.

A long kickoff return by B.J. Eiberger set up King City's first score as he ran back the kickoff to the Tiger 15. That set up Breckinridge's 12 yard pass to David Hershberger with 2:54 left to make it 20-6. Worth County moved the ball down the field, but ran out of time with the ball at the 7.

King City drove to their own 39 with a chance to make it one possession, but punted after that. They had a golden opportunity to make it one possession again when they picked up a Worth County fumble at the Tiger 37, but a false start and a pass breakup by Ryan McClellan stopped the drive. King City's punt would have pinned the Tigers at their own three, but David Hershberger tried to push Ryan McClellan into the ball and drew a late hit penalty that moved the ball out of the shadows of the goalposts to the 18. That was a costly penalty as Mason Hawk was done for Worth County after coming out during the last series (ankle) and it gave the Tigers new momentum. Worth County was backed up second and 12 at their own 16 due to a false start, but Cade Allee aired it out to Ryan McClellan for 44 yards to flip the field. Wade Rush caught a pass over the middle for 15 yards to the 5, and then moved a pile into the end zone with 4:58 left in the third to make it 26-6.

Caleb Parman came out of nowhere to pick Breckenridge and set up another Tiger score after he returned it to the King City 31. Isaac Alarcon converted a third and four at the 25 with a 7 yard run and a late hit moved it to the King City 8. With 1:22 left, Isaac Alarcon dove into the end zone to make it 34-6. Cade Allee took a sweep down the left side, got a block from Isaac Alarcon, and got in for the extra points.

King City let two golden opportunities to get back in the game slip away. First, a would-be kickoff return from B.J. Eiberger was wiped out by a holding penalty and the ball was moved back to the King City 21. Then, Ryan McClellan slipped and fell on the wet turf and Eiberger was wide open for six on a pass play, but the pass was thrown too far for him. King City picked up a first down to the 31, but then consecutive sacks from Drake Kinsella and a body slam from Wade Rush straight out of the WWE on Breckinridge as he was trying to scramble forced them to punt. Cade Allee found rare daylight on the ground as he ran around the right end, picked up blocks from Wade Rush and Isaac Alarcon, and scampered for a 46 yard touchdown run with 10:20 left. Caleb Parman caught a pass to make it 42-6. On the touchdown run, Wade Rush cramped up and was done for the night.

With Rush and Hawk resting, King City put together a frantic rally that fell short. The speedy Hershberger caught a 23 yard pass with 7:48 left to make it 42-12, a 9 yard scramble from Breckinridge after a couple of long pass plays made it 42-18, and King City recovered a fumble as Worth County took too long to get the play in and a hurried snap resulted in the slick ball falling to the turf. That set up another pass to Hershberger from 19 yards out with 2:01 left to make it 42-26 before Allee's 32 yard run helped run out the clock.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Eldon Hart Retires from Sheridan Housing Board After Nearly 40 Years

Eldon Hart has retired from the Sheridan Rural Housing Board. He was honored in a ceremony Wednesday. "I've been on since day one," he said. "It's time for someone else to do it. It's been a good thing for Sheridan and I didn't do much, but I'm happy to have been a part of it." He said that it was hard to believe it had been over 30 years. "Time gets away from you; it hasn't seemed that long," he said.

Kera Galanakis is New WCCC Secretary

Kera Galanakis is the new secretary for the Worth County Care & Rehab Center. She was hired by the board at their regular meeting last month. She previously worked for an accounting firm in Stanberry. She said it was good to come back home to work. "There are a lot of good people here," she said. She is married to Dino; they have three children -- Kennedy, John, and Arenna.

Obituary -- Jarret Roy Auten 1968-2016

Jarret Roy Auten was born to Charlie and Sharon Auten on February 23, 1968 at Albany, Missouri. He left this life on September 9, 2016 at his home in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

He is survived by his mom, Sharon Fletchall; step-father, Donald Fletchall; brothers, Don (Gail) Holman, Gene (Christy) Auten; sister, Marty (Doug) Parker; step-brother, Doug (Pam) Fletchall, special friend, Gary Jaynes; nephews, Chris (Tory) Parker, Jesse (Jessica) Fletchall, Jacob Auten; nieces, Rosanna (Justin) Georgetti and Mandi Fletchall; Aunts, Jean (Jack) Cottrell, Helen Clevenger; great-nephews, Ryer Parker, Parker Georgetti, Johnny Georgetti, Xander Fletchall, Caine Fletchall; great-nieces, Rogan Parker, Adrian Fletchall, Sarah Fletchall; his four legged friends; many cousins and friends.

Preceding Jaret in death were his father, Charles Auten; grandparents, Guy and Dessolee Auten, Elva and Martha Lovitt; aunts, Imogene Dynes, Mary Steele, Laura Curnutt; uncle, Billy Constant; cousins, Linda Meers, Claude Constant and Kevin Curnutt.

Jarret attended Worth County R-III elementary and high school. He had spent the last several years in and around the Kanas City area working at various jobs.

Jarret was happiest helping others. He and Gary spent many happy hours planning and working in their gardens. Then Jarret would distribute the produce around the neighborhood. He mowed the neighbors’ yards and helped anyone with any project. He never missed a holiday or the little ones’ birthdays. His gifts were amazing, especially for the little ones. His cheerful, booming voice will be missed by all.

Mr. Auten’s body has been cremated. Memorial services will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Crossroads First Assembly of God Church, Grant City, Missouri. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

A memorial fund has been established in Jarret’s name.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tate Welch & Team Wins National Barrow Junior Livestock Judging Contest

Tate Welch and a team of four kids won the National Barrow Junior Livestock Judging Contest held in Minnesota between September 10th and 14th. Contestants evaluated pigs and the winners were the ones who came the closest to the judges and who got them in the right order. They won plaques for their efforts. Also competing were Eli Hinke (Princeton), Sawyer Wimer (Princeton), and Wyatt Ellis (Bethany). Tate plans to compete next month in the American Royal on October 21st.

Ceremony Held Awarding Hopkins CBC Walking Trail, Ballpark Funds

The Hopkins Community Betterment Club(HCB) of Hopkins, MO, recently received grants from the Dugdale Charitable Trust Fund in the amount of $1,500, the Gary G. Taylor Charitable Trust for $7,000, and from the Harry and Helena Messick Charitable Trust for $3,500.  The HCB will use the funds toward the building of a walking trail in the Hopkins City Park along with erecting a fence around the baseball/softball field and football field.

Their purpose is to support and improve the quality of life throughout the community.  They feel there is a need for a safer place for young and old to walk as well as help the school aged students have a place to practice running track and the chain link fence will protect the improvements that have been made to the fields, guard against vandalism, and provide spectator protection.  The HCB Club is very grateful for help from these charitable trusts.

Jared Simmons Spotlighted by NCMC

Jared Simmons from Grant City, Missouri has been selected as North Central Missouri College’s September Student Spotlight. Jared is a sophomore agriculture student, A+ scholarship recipient, Agriculture Club President, and a Student Ambassador at North Central.

Jared came to NCMC because as an FFA student in high school, he was always very impressed with Barton Farm Campus. Jared stated, “NCMC is the perfect fit for me. I love that the student teacher ratio is small, and it is affordable.”

Jared is an Agriculture and Natural Resources major and takes most of his classes at Barton Farm Campus. “David Nowland and Rustin Jumps are great instructors. My favorite class was Ag Marketing with Mr. Nowland; he is a genius about Ag business.” Stated Jared. When asked about Barton campus he said “Barton is great. It’s nice because I walk into my classes at Barton and everyone has the same interest and background as me which is like home. But then I go back to the main campus, and I’m surrounded by lots of different people with varied interests and backgrounds. I love that I get both; my peers with similar interests and the ability to meet new people every day.”

Jared plans to transfer to Northwest Missouri State University to major in Agronomy after his completion at North Central to obtain his bachelor’s degree. To learn more about NCMC Agriculture programs, visit or contact David Nowland at 660-359-3948 x1314 or Rustin Jumps at x1336.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Death Notice -- Jarret Roy Auten

Jarret Roy Auten formerly of Worth County, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Lee's Summit on Friday, September 9th.  Jarret was 48 years old and leaves behind many family and friends.  He will be missed. Services will be announced at a later date.

Obituary -- Gladys "Marie" Campbell 1941-2016

Gladys “Marie” Campbell was received into the precious hands of Jesus on September 12, 2016. Marie was born July 20, 1941 to Jesse and Lucy (Barnhart) Roach in Allendale, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Edna Baker and Betty Robertson; brothers Lloyd and Earnest; grandson Patrick Ferrell and great-granddaughter Elizabeth Lakey.

Marie was married to Everett Campbell on July 29, 1958. They had 4 children; Avona Campbell, Grant City, Rhonda (Gary) Brown, Urbandale, Iowa, Everett Jr. (Lora), Grant City and Danny (Dena), Grant City; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. We will miss her dearly, her laughter, smiles, positive fighting attitude, cooking, sewing and crafting and will savor the love she had for us and the Lord.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 A.M. Thursday, September 15, 2016 at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri. Interment will be in Kirk Cemetery, Allendale, Missouri. Visitation 7:30-9:00 P.M. Wednesday.

Anne Schieber Tosses Perfect Game for NEN Junior High

Anne Schieber tossed a perfect game as Northeast Nodaway beat North Nodaway 13-0 Thursday afternoon. After North Nodaway went down in order in the first, Northeast batted around in the bottom of the inning as Madelyn Mattson, Angela Standiford, and Paige West all had doubles. Kami Adwell, Zayla Carlson, and Sarah Linville all had singles in the frame.

In the top of the second, Schieber had two tough plays. Alonna Cross led off the inning with a long drive to right field, but it was right at Angela Standiford, who hauled it in. In the bottom of the inning, she got to 3-1 against Audree Embley. The count went to 3-2, then Embley fouled off two pitches before striking out.

Delainey McIntyre hit a solid shot between third and short for an infield hit to start off Northeast’s second. Schieber helped herself out with a double down the left field line while Sarah Linville and Madelyn Mattson also got hits in the inning as Northeast added to their lead and went up 13-0.
The only suspense was whether Schieber could keep her perfect game intact. She got easy outs on her first two plays, but then got behind 2-0 to Saylor Brown. But she fought back to 2-2 and then got her to pop out to the mound to preserve her perfect outing.

The varsity had a frantic rally fall short against North Nodaway as they fell 8-6. But they picked up their first win of the season Monday, downing Pattonsburg 14-8.

Payton Adwell Hits Grand Slam in Tiger Victory

Payton Adwell hit a grand slam as Worth County’s softball team won a GRC tilt with Pattonsburg 11-4 Thursday. She nearly hit for the cycle as she added a single and a triple as well. Dominique Findley was 2 for 3 with a double. Adwell had 5 RBI’s, Haley Hunt 2, and Kennedy Galanakis had 1.

Christian Seeking to Move Up in Eight Man Rankings

Stanberry remains in the driver’s seat in the Missouri 8-Man Coaches Association website’s poll, but Southwest Livingston and St. Joseph Christian showed that they belong in the conversation.

#1 Stanberry 62, #7 St. Joseph Christian 42 – Stanberry could not gain separation from the Lions for a long time, leading by only 30-28 at one point. Finally, they used a big run late in the third to pull away and get out of St. Joseph and do the W! W! W! chant. But the Lions, allegedly in rebuilding mode, played two tough games against the top two teams in eight man football.

#2 North Andrew 72, KC East 6 – Once again, the Cardinals faced little competition in a game that was moved to Thursday due to the chaotic weather.

#3 South Holt/Nodaway-Holt 66, Platte Valley 12 – Platte Valley showed flashes of potential despite the loss. Alan Ottman scored to put South Holt/Nodaway-Holt on the board, but Dan Collins’ squad struck back with a 55 yard strike from Patrick O’Connor to Regan Meyer to make it 8-6. Later, Tristan Freemyer ran back a kick off to make it 24-12. But what looked like a track meet turned into a rout as Josh Peterson’s squad took control in this halftime game despite the loss of Zach Walker. Brody Day ran 6 times for 169 yards.

#4 Rock Port 56, North/West Nodaway 0 – This was another halftime game. North/West Nodaway showed the ability to move the ball through the air, but could do little else right against Rock Port. As things stand now, a trip for Worth County back to the state title game will go through Rock Port, which is a district foe. Likely seedings are 1 – Stanberry; 2 – Rock Port; 3 – Worth County; 4 – Albany; 5 – East Atchison; 6 – North/West Nodaway. For Worth County to move up, they will have to knock off Stanberry, Christian, and North Andrew, all of whom are still coming up. They also have to take care of business against King City Friday night.

Rock Port continues to put up impressive numbers through the air. Jase Hughes completed 8 passes in 12 attempts for 256 yards. Tyler Jones had 3 catches for 107 yards. But teams can’t ignore the run; Caden Linthicum had 3 carried for 99 yards. For North/West Nodaway, Korbin Koch completed 9 passes in 18 attempts for 76 yards; Dakota Smyser had 5 catches for 54 yards. Tyler Bix had 4 carries for 24 yards.

#5 Worth County 56, Albany 14 – Maverick Hall of Albany was as good as advertised on the ground, running hard on kick returns and on the ground regardless of the score or situation. But he met his match in Wade Rush, who was credited with 21 tackles and was probably in on many more. Isaac Alarcon rushed 10 times for 155 yards and Cade Allee had his way through the air, throwing long strikes to Caleb Parman and Ryan McClellan. Isaac Alarcon continues to be the leading rusher in the state in eight man football, with 619 yards for the year. He is followed by Zac Smith (Norborne/Hardin Central) with 578 yards. Maverick Hall (Albany) is third with 493 yards.

#6 Southwest Livingston 54, #9 Mound City 40 – Southwest Livingston showed that they continue to belong in the conversation despite losing the Crowe brothers from their last several title runs. Mound City got off to a 3-0 start, but crashed and burned and had a long bus ride home after the long road trip.

#8 Greenfield 54, Pleasanton (KS) 6 – Greenfield continues to roll, but has not been tested against the top powers, being that they are in the south part of the state. Jerret Esposito ranks 8th for runningbacks. None of their future regular season games are against higher-ranked foes. But winning has a way of becoming a habit.

#10 King City 66, Pattonsburg 16 – King City took advantage of three picks to take out the hapless Panthers in the fourth quarter. Collin Breckinridge completed 12 passes in 17 attempts for 196 yards. B.J. Eiberger had 8 catches for 100 yards, while Drevin Breckinridge had 14 carries for 81 yards.

Tigers Down Warriors in Rain Shortened Tilt 56-14

Worth County downed Albany in a rain-shortened contest 56-14 as they improved to 3-1 following their season opening loss to South/Nodaway Holt. Albany came into the game with one of the top backs in eight man football in Maverick Hall. But he met his match in Wade Rush, who was credited with 21 tackles and was in on the majority of stops that night.

Cade Allee started things off by throwing a 14 yard strike to Mason Hawk that got them into Warrior territory. Isaac Alarcon picked up five yards and then Cade Allee fooled everyone by faking a handoff to Wade Rush and then bouncing to the outside for a 31 yard score with 11 minutes left in the quarter. Isaac Alarcon ran in the extra points to make it 8-0.

Albany, running behind its huge offensive line, got into Tiger territory with an 11 yard run from Maverick Hall to the Tiger 38. But with Albany facing fourth and two at the Tiger 30, Isaac Alarcon shot through unblocked and dropped Seth Bennett for a three yard loss to the 33 as the Warriors gave up the ball on downs.

Worth County was faced with fourth and seven at their own 36, but instead of punting, they sprung Isaac Alarcon loose on a quick pitch and he beat Trevor O’Neal around the right edge. There was nobody else to stop him and he scampered in for a 44 yard strike with 7:16 left in the first quarter and ran in the extra points to make it 16-0.

Mason Hawk batted down a pass on third down and Albany was forced to punt. A bad snap pinned the Tigers back to their own 12, but Isaac Alarcon got loose on a power sweep as Drake Kinsella pulled from his right guard spot and sprung him loose for 49 yards down to the Warrior 29. Wade Rush caught an 11 yard pass from Cade Allee for 11 yards to the 18, Isaac rumbled for 7 down to the 11, and then Worth County lined up in the Wildkat formation with Isaac Alarcon taking the direct snap. He pulled off a perfect fake handoff to Wade Rush and bounced to the left side for an 11 yard touchdown run. Cade Allee ran in the extra points behind the blocking of Colton Wilmes to make it 24-0 with 4:08 left.

Albany muffed the ensuing kickoff out of bounds at their own 10 and went three and out, allowing Worth County to have good field position at midfield. Despite Warrior coach Doug Fountain burning a timeout and telling his squad to “pick it back up,” Worth County was able to get in another scoring drive. Isaac Alarcon picked up four and then Cade got free on an option as Cody Coburn got sucked inside and picked up 11 to the Warrior 25. Allee then threw a strike over the middle to Ryan McClellan, who wrested the ball from two defenders and got into the end zone with 59 seconds left. Jayden Mancuso ran in the extra points to make it 32-0.

Once again, Albany went three and out and this time, the punt was shanked. For some reason, instead of getting away from it, Caleb Parman caught it, returned it for a short distance, and fumbled as he was hit at the Warrior 33. A recovery by the Warriors would have given them a break, but the officials ruled the ball had gone out of bounds first, giving Worth County a short field to work with. They only needed one play to score as Isaac Alarcon took a dive up the middle, got a block from Harley Charles, and was off to the races with 11:40 left in the second quarter. Cade Allee took a sweep down the left side and got blocks from Drake Kinsella and Caleb Parman to get in to make it 40-0 and get the extra points.

Caleb Parman’s kickoff went into the end zone and Albany was faced with a long field at their own 15. Maverick Hall got a first down run to the 30, but three plays later, Albany fumbled it and Drake Kinsella recovered it on the Warrior 32 for another short field to work with. This time, Jayden Mancuso got the bulk of the carries and Wade Rush got an 8 yard carry as well. Mancuso followed a big surge by the line and got in with 7:38 left to go to make it 48-0.

After that, coach Chris Healy began subbing freely and moving people around to different positions before the game was called after three quarters due to heavy rain and lightning. Albany scored right before halftime to make it 48-8 before Cade Allee aired it out to Caleb Parman for a 50 yard strike despite the downpour. Albany tallied again late in the frame.

Tate Welch, Leslie Birkenholz Win Pig Show Awards at State Fair

Missouri junior swine exhibitors travelled to jackpot shows throughout the summer competing for points in the MPA Youth Show Pig Circuit.  Points for the circuit could be earned from twenty different shows held across Missouri. An awards presentation was conducted to conclude the program August 10 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia. Over $14,000 in cash and prizes were awarded to the winners in various categories.

Winners, by town, are:

Wyatt Ellis – Bethany – 10th place in Crossbred Barrows

Leslie Birkenholz – Hopkins – 10th place in Overall Gilt, 4th place in Berkshire Gilts, 2nd place in Hampshire Gilts, 2nd place in OPB Gilts, 2nd place in Poland China Gilts

Chloe Hodge – New Hampton – 5th place in Berkshire Barrows

Shambree Hagan – Princeton – 6th place in Overall Gilts, 4th place in Duroc Gilts, 1st place in Poland China Gilts, 4th place in Yorkshire Gilts
Eli Henke – Princeton – 8th place in Overall Gilts, 1st place in Chester White Gilts, 5th place in Crossbred Gilts, 1st place in Showmanship-Intermediate
Brylee Williams – Princeton – 2nd place in Overall Barrows, 2nd place in Crossbred Barrows, 3rd place in Duroc Barrows

Tate Welch – Sheridan – 7th place in Overall Barrows, 4th place Chester White Gilts, 1st place in Poland China Barrows, 4th place in Showmanship-Intermediate

Premium sponsors for this year’s Circuit included Northeast Veterinary Service, Heimer Hampshires, Show Stock Outfitters and Judging Pro. Funds were also raised through advertising in the official pocket guide and a benefit auction.

This year, 220 kids participated in the program, accumulating points from twenty shows held across Missouri. Points could be earned in each of the following breeds for both market barrows and breeding gilts: Berkshire, Chester White, Duroc, Hampshire, Poland China, Spotted, Tamworth, Yorkshire, OPB and Crossbred. Points were also earned for members who participated in one of four Showmanship divisions. Prizes were awarded to the top five finishers in each breed for both market barrows and breeding gilts, and in each Showmanship division. The top ten were awarded in the crossbred division. Prizes were also awarded to the top ten exhibitors in both overall barrow and overall gilt categories.

The MPA Youth Show Pig Circuit is designed to provide junior swine exhibitors the opportunity to develop their citizenship, leadership and sportsmanship skills and to reward Missouri youth for their participation and hard work for exhibiting their swine projects statewide. For more information, contact the Missouri Pork Association at (573) 445-8375, or visit the MYSPC webpage,

Monday, September 12, 2016

Tyler New Sets ‘Lil Tigers Rushing Record With 255 Yards

Tyler New broke a ‘Lil Tigers record by ripping off 255 yards in 11 carries Saturday as the two junior squads clashed. The Black squad beat the White squad in a brutal battle, 31-6, in which New was the one person who was able to consistently find daylight. There have been other 200-yard performances for the ‘Lil Tigers; Tevin Cameron, Caleb Parman, and Brevyn Ross both broke the 200 yard barrier for the squad. Dylan McIntyre would go on to get 227 for the older squad.

Tyler New started off his afternoon Saturday by getting loose on a sweep with 13:03 left in the first quarter on the Bengals’ second play from scrimmage, scoring from 62 yards out. Landon Wilmes ran in the extra point to make it 7-0.

The Bengals were faced with third and long on their next series, but once again it didn’t matter as Tyler New broke outside and ran down the right sideline for his squad’s second score with 6:04 left to make it 13–0.

New recovered a fumble on defense, but then there was a scary moment when he took a helmet to the arm fighting for yardage and everyone thought it had broke initially. But it was simply a bruise, nothing that couldn’t be cured with rest and ice. He came back in halfway through the second quarter, but by that time, the momentum had stalled into a defensive struggle and neither side could move the ball offensively the rest of the half. Adam Swaney and Jax Henderson were making plays for the white squad on defense, while Elias Alarcon was a force on defense for the black squad.

Jadin DeFreece got rare yardage for the black squad when he dragged a host of defenders 13 yards to midfield and Landon Wilmes picked up an 18-yarder to the White 22 before that drive stalled out. Jadin DeFreece and Autumn Cousette combined to drop Karson Briner on one play before he could even get off a handoff to thwart a drive. Late in the first half, Tyler New, showing no ill effects from his arm bruise, got loose for 30 yards with 43 seconds left, but Grant McIntyre made a touchdown saving tackle at the 19 and the drive stalled there.

Grant McIntyre found rare daylight for the white squad from 70 yards out to cut their deficit to 13-6 with 11:44 left in the third, but Tyler New countered with a 60 yard scamper down the left sideline to give Black some separation again at 19-6. Chase Clabaugh recovered a fumble to set up Tyler New’s 31 yard sweep to the 1 early in the fourth. Carter Chapman from the white squad saved a score, but Landon Wilmes was in the end zone on the next play to make it 25-6. Elias Alarcon picked off a desperation pass in the closing seconds for a pick six.

Nine Plead Guilty in Worth County Circuit Court

Nine pleaded guilty in Worth County Circuit Court Monday.

Tristan Miller pleaded guilty to no seat belt and careless and imprudent driving resulting in an accident. He received one year court supervised probation, 20 hours community service, and was assessed a fine of $10 for the seat belt ticket and $114.50 in court costs for the C&I charge payable by October 7th.

Chris Allen pleaded guilty to careless & imprudent driving and minor in possession. He was fined $100 plus $114.50 in court costs, one year court-supervised probation, and 40 hours community service.

Dwayne Harmening pleaded guilty to speeding, two counts of no insurance, and failure to register. He was fined $467.50 in fines and costs payable by October 12th.

Brad Burton pleaded guilty to DWI and was sentenced to 15 days in jail with credit for time served.

Andrew Wermelskirchen pleaded guilty to DWI and speeding 77 miles per hour. A seat belt charge was dismissed. He was fined $728.50 in fines, court costs, jail keep, and patrol recoupment costs. He must complete SATOP, given one year probation, and sentenced to 8 days shock time on weekends.

Alicia Kennedy pleaded guilty to driving while revoked and careless & imprudent driving resulting in an accident. She was fined $498 plus $25 payment plan fee. She must make $50/month payments starting October 1st until paid in full.

Joseph McDonald pleaded guilty to no plates and no insurance. He was fined $300.50 in fines and costs payable by October 12th.

Ashley Rhynes pleaded guilty to driving while revoked and speeding. She was fined $508.50 in fines and costs plus $25 payment plan fee. She must make $50/month payments starting November 1st.

Cody Sleep pleaded guilty to minor in possession and speeding. He was fined $444 in fines and costs payable by October 12th.

Makayla Cross’ Catch Preserves Mustang Victory

Makayla Cross’ two out catch of Haley Hunt’s screamer preserved an extra inning victory for North Nodaway as David Carroll’s squad avenged their North Harrison Tournament loss to Worth County and won 4-2 in nine innings. Sidney Troutwine had reached on a bad hop single; Payton Adwell had grounded out and Anna Gladstone had popped out. But Haley Hunt was up next and she had already victimized Keagan O’Riley with a three-run home run in the tournament. Sure enough, Hunt gave it a long ride to deep right field. It looked like extra bases or even a game-tying home run, but Cross made a running over the shoulder catch to preserve the victory and get the final out.

North Nodaway had manufactured two runs in the top of the inning. Bethany Herndon had reached on an error that rolled through second baseman Kristin New’s legs and Rachael Gardner’s frantic throw from right field was not in time. Audrey Trimble and Kristin Herndon both beat out bunt hits to load the bases and Chole Schimming, who had broken Worth County’s hearts last year with a two run home run, did so again this year with a shot up the middle that scored two runs. Schimming and Herndon took second and third on Anna Gladstone’s futile throw home, but they were stranded when Alisha Davison flied out to Rachael Gardner, Keagan O’Riley’s smash that would have gone for extra bases was snared by first baseman Kaylee McElvain, and Madison Thompson grounded out.

David Carroll’s squad seemingly had it won in the eighth when Alisha Davison led off with a perfect bunt single in front of the plate, took second on a wild pitch, and Keagan O’Riley smashed a single to left. But Dominique Findley’s throw from left was a strike and Payton Adwell blocked the plate and tagged Davison for the first out. But Madison Thompson’s grounder, which would have been the second out, turned into trouble when Sidney Troutwine’s throw pulled Kaylee McElvain off the bag. Kelsi Oberhauser’s groundout to Troutwine scored O’Riley as she didn’t have a play. But Worth County tied it back at 2-2 when Rachael Gardner ripped a single between third and short and Kaylee McElvain laid down a perfect bunt down the third base line. Third baseman Kristin Herndon’s throw was in time and McElvain was out, but Gardner took off for third and the throw was airmailed, allowing her to score and tie it up.

Worth County had a chance to win it in regulation, but Haley Hunt’s smash with two outs was snagged by third baseman Kristin Herndon to preserve the 1-1 tie.

North Nodaway scored the first run of the game in the top of the first when Worth County pitcher Haley Hunt airmained Kelsi Oberhauser’s grounder, allowing Madison Thompson to score. North Nodaway looked to add to that lead in the second as Chole Schimming singled up the middle to center and Alisha Davison beat out a slow roller up the first base line. But Keagan O’Riley forced Schimming at third. Madison Thompson hit a screamer in the right center field gap, but Anna Gladstone was there for the running catch and doubled off Davison off second to end the inning. It was her second such double play of the year.

Worth County tied it in the fourth when Dominique Findley reached on Alisha Davison’s bobble and Haley Hunt scored. Later, Rachael Gardner tried to score on a double steal attempt when Bethany Herndon fumbled a throw at second and let it roll a few feet away. But she recovered in time to throw out Gardner at the plate to keep it tied at 1-1.

Obituary -- Jack Carson 1942-2016

Jackie Lee Carson was born in Knowlton, Iowa on December 23, 1942. He was the first of two sons born to Leo Frank & Dorothy Marie (Ruby) Carson. Jack attended country school at Knowlton and east of Diagonal before entering Diagonal Community School.
Jack had a strong work ethic and he started farming at age 14. On July 8, 1960, Jack married the love of his life and his best friend, Virginia (Ginny) Tridle. They always lived around Diagonal and loved the farm life. In addition to farming, Jack began a career as a crop adjuster in 1975. For the last several years, Jack has worked for ARMtech. He was known for his honesty and fairness for both the farmer and the company and many farmers personally requested him to adjust their crops.
Jack loved the Iowa State Fair. Beginning in 1960, Jack and Ginny missed only two fairs: 1964 when Patty was born and the fair of 2016. They camped in cars, pickups, and eventually campers. Jack’s passion was for collecting. He had an extensive collection of tractors with Farmall being his favorite. He collected cars, wrenches, and he had sheds full of bargains purchased from the 1,000+ auctions that he attended. Jack will be forever remembered as an honest hard-working man who loved his family.
With the care of HCI Care Services nurses of Mount Ayr, Jack was able to fulfill his wish to go home, and be in his home, for the third and final auction of the summer on September 10. Surrounded by his wife and daughters, Jack went home to be with his Lord on September 11, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law Ronny Garner; nephew Kenny Carson; sister-in-law Ruth Kilgore; parents-in-law Bill & Linnabell Tridle; and a special friend, Larry Grace.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Ginny Carson of Diagonal; four daughters Pam (Mitch Hargin) of Diagonal, Sandy (Bill) Armstrong of Mount Ayr, Patty (Jim) Newton of Diagonal, and Shelly (Travis) Troutwine of Grant City, MO; 10 grandchildren Jennifer Grace, Justin (Chelsey) Kuonen, Jacque (Bob) Sobotka, Jared (Chelsea) Armstrong, Josh Armstrong, Danielle Newton, Nolan (Stephanie) Newton, Tonya (Cody) Mullock, Travis Troutwine, Jr., Sidney Troutwine; 14 great grandchildren; one brother Frank (Sue) Carson of Diagonal, IA; brother-in-law William (Maxine) Tridle of Orient, IA; two sisters-in-law Carolyn Tridle of Kansas City, MO and Betty (Rick Cadwallader) Kohrt of Spokane, WA; nieces, nephews, and many good friends.
Memorials are to the Knowlton Cemetery

Worth County Sheriff's Report

9-5 – Holiday – no report.
9-6 – Resident calls about an email scam.
9-6 – Worth County officer in court in Iowa.
9-6 – Report of possible sick coon near residence on South high Street in Grant City; officer could not locate the animal.
9-7 – Person calls about a protective order.
9-7 – Person calls about girlfriend causing problems.
9-7 – Cattle out on 169 highway; gate left open.
9-8 – Person in with legal papers to serve; officer out of office serving papers.
9-8 – Officers on bailiff duty.
9-8 – Nodaway County transports prisoner to court on Worth County warrant.
9-8 – Person calls about items missing from home; officer investigating.
9-9 – Person calls about cattle in field close to 46 highway; field is not fenced.
9-9 – Sheriff’s sale at courthouse.

Obituary -- Randy Percifield 1964-2016

Randy Lee Percifield was born June 23, 1964 to Willard and Bonnie (Sartor) Percifield in Creston, I0wa. He departed this life at his home September 5th, 2016 at the age of 52.

Randy spent the majority of his childhood around the Diagonal, Iowa area. He had many jobs in his life. As a teenager he worked at the Sale Barn in Grant City, MO and Rival in Albany,MO. He helped his brother-in-law farm around Tingley, Iowa and built fence around Hatfield, MO..

On December 27, 1991 Randy married Cindy Ray of Grant City, MO, and became a father to her son Kevin Ray. He had a daughter, Angel Daub, from a previous relationship.

In 1992 Randy & Cindy began living on farms near Redding, Iowa for several years before moving to their present home in Delphos, Iowa. Randy was employed by Hayse & Hayse Inc. from 1991 to 2005 doing a variety of jobs including loading chickens, forklift operator and farm hand until he became disabled in 2006.

In 2008 he became grandpa to a boy, Mathew, and in 2010 to a girl, Breeanna. These grandchildren were his world. He would say there’s nothing better.

In early 2016 Randy’s daughter, Angel, passed away due to a car accident. This was very hard on Randy as he was just getting to know her.

Randy didn’t know a stranger, and loved to help people. He once picked up a hitch-hiker and drove him 200 miles, gave him all his money, and wouldn’t leave him until he was sure he had a place to stay, saying all I ask is when you get on your feet you pay it forward.

Randy was all about family and friends. He had a very special bond with his son Kevin, once saying not only is he my son, but also my best friend. He will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.

Randy was preceded in death by his father, Willard Percifield, mother Bonnie Percifield, daughter Angel Daub. He is survived by wife Cindy and son Kevin Ray of the home in Delphos, Iowa, brothers Kevin and Leann Percifield , Redding, Iowa,

Dale Percifield, Redding, Iowa, Kenny and Stephanie Percifield, Mt. Ayr, Iowa, sisters Brenda and Gary Smith, Diagonal, Iowa, Glenda and pat Schwienebart, Newton, Iowa, two grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life was held at his home in Delphos, Iowa Saturday, September 10, 2016. Arrangements are under the direction of the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home, Grant City.

Dylan McIntyre Rips Off 227 Yards; ‘Lil Tigers Win Opener

Dylan McIntyre ripped off 227 yards as the ‘Lil Tigers Senior Squad won their opener Saturday 40-6 over East Union, the team that they faced in the championship game of the Super Bowl last year. Usually, the team that loses the championship game turns around and wins the opener when the two teams meet again, but that was not the case this time as Dylan McIntyre ripped off a 60 yard gain on Worth County’s first play from scrimmage, shooting down the right side untouched for Worth County’s first score.

The game turned sloppy for most of the remaining quarter. After forcing a three and out, McIntyre got a block from Brendon Deardorff and got into Eagles territory with a 14 yard gain down to the 32, but a pair of false starts killed the drive. East Union could not get anything going, but Worth County finally started moving the ball thanks to a late hit out of bounds that placed the ball on the 40. A pass from Braxton Hightshoe to McIntyre netted 31 yards to the 10 and on the next play, McIntyre got loose around the left edge, got a block from Colt Cameron, and got in early in the second quarter to make it 13-0 with 13:20 left in the period after Hightshoe’s extra point run.

Worth County fumbled deep in their own territory on their next possession at their own 25 after tackles from Tanner Ridge and Lance Abplanalp had forced another three and out. East Union had a golden opportunity to get back in the game, but Dylan McIntyre broke up a pass, Levi Cassavaugh rung Joshua Lopez’s bell, Lopez’s first down run was called back by a block in the back, and Jared Frederick’s sweep was pushed out at the 27.

After their goal line stand, Worth County recovered and began moving the ball down the field as Dylan McIntyre got a block from Colt Cameron for 11 yards and then Colt Cameron got a carry from the Tiger 39. He got a block from Boston Adwell and outmuscled his way past two tacklers and broke free with 2:20 left for the 41 yard score to make it 19-0. Boston Adwell had a fumble recovery to kill East Union’s final drive of the half.

Worth County got the ball to start the second half, and they got backed up to their own 8 thanks to a holding penalty. An offsides penalty moved it back to the 13, and then Dylan McIntyre got loose again. He got a block from Wyatt Craven and shot down the right side for a 67 yard scamper; Braxton Hightshoe ran in the extra point to make it 26-0 with 12:11 left in the third quarter.

Jared Frederick nearly broke one for East Union on the next series, but Braxton Hightshoe’s shoestring tackle at the 40 saved a score and a block in the back penalty backed them up. Hightshoe shot through like a missile to drop one of the Eagle backs back to the 30 and then Boston Adwell got his second fumble recovery on the next play to give Worth County a short field to work with. They only needed one play to score as the defense got sucked in on a sweep, Colt Cameron knocked down the last defender between Dylan McIntyre and paydirt, and he scampered in for 31 yards and went over the 200 yard mark with 4:21 left in the third.

Tanner Ridge recovered another Eagle fumble at the 17, setting up McIntyre’s final score with 14:17 left in the fourth to make it 40-0 before East Union used the rest of the fourth quarter to move down the field and score right before time expired.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

2nd Annual Barn Quilt City Tour To Be Held in Hopkins

The second annual Barn Quilt City USA celebration will be held in Hopkins on September 18th at the city park. There will be tours of the painted quilts of Hopkins. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides as well as tractor rides. Bill and Roger From the Palace, a group out of Bedford, will perform. There will be around 30 craft and merchandise booths. The North Nodaway Junior Class will provide a food concession. Free will donations will be accepted. The rain date for this event will be September 25th. This event is sponsored by the Hopkins CBC.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Rep. Allen Andrews Wins Freshman of the Year Award

To honor and recognize the efforts of Rep. Allen Andrews, R- Grant City, for his work this year on Higher Education, Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives Todd Richardson, awarded him the Freshman Legislator of the Year Award for his outstanding work on Higher Education Issues.  Last session, Andrews was awarded the title of Freshman Legislator of the Year for his work in Agriculture.

“I firmly believe actions speak louder than words and as an elected official, those actions are crucial to the well-being of our constituents.  I commend Rep. Andrews on his actions in higher education showing firsthand that his actions demonstrate leadership for the people of his district,” said Speaker Richardson.

Through his role on the House Committee on Higher Education, Rep. Andrews helped promote legislation that would strengthen the future of higher education.  Furthermore, Rep. Andrews was appointed to a Chairman position by the Speaker of the House for the Midwestern Higher Education Compact which is a governing body over public universities in 12 states that make up the Upper Midwest which include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Rep. Andrews also actively serves on Committees for Judicial and Criminal Jurisprudence; Corrections; Consumer Affairs; and Conservation and Natural Resources.

“I am grateful for this acknowledgement and realize our many accomplishments were the result of the hard work of many great leaders here in Jefferson City and at home. Even though much has been accomplished, both in the committee and in the House of Representatives, we will continue to work hard to strengthen Missouri’s public institutions and strive to provide more than 450,000 students with a high-quality, postsecondary education that is second to none.” said Rep. Andrews.

Obituary -- Kenneth Lambert 1941-2016

Kenneth Lambert, age 75, Bethany, Missouri, formerly of Grant City, Missouri, passed away September 7, 2016, at his home with his family by his side.

Kenneth was born May 3, 1941 near Grant City, the son of the late Owen Kenneth and Lennis Bernice (Pritchard) Lambert.

Kenneth was a graduate of Mount Ayr High School, class of1959, Mount Ayr, Iowa.

On December 12, 1965 he was united in marriage to Martha Green at the Methodist Church in Mediapolis, Iowa.  To this union two children were born, Renee’ and Chad.

Kenneth was a veteran, having served his country in the United States Air Force.

Some of his memberships included: Grant City United Methodist Church, Young Farmers, a 52-year member of the Allensville Lodge, Allendale, Missouri, a former board member of the Worth County School Board and the MFA Board.

Kenneth was a rancher and farmer in the Grant City area where he enjoyed raising cattle and crops.

Preceding him in death were his parents, and two brother-in-laws, Richard Bain and Harold Miller.

His survivors include; his wife Martha of the home, Bethany, daughter Renee’ Lambert and husband Jack Bailey, Hallandale Beach, Florida, son Chad Lambert, Bethany, sisters, Mary Lou (Galen) Cook, Grant City, Rowena Miller, Carlisle, Iowa, Nona Ann Bain, West Des Moines, Iowa,
brothers, Calvin (Shirley) Lambert, Enson, Ohio, Keith (Mary Kay) Lambert, Allendale, Gary Lambert, Mount Ayr, many nieces, nephews and a host of friends and loved ones that knew him.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, September 10, 2016 at the Andrews-Hann Funeral Home in Grant City.   The family will receive friends from 1-2 PM prior to the services.  Burial will be in the Redding Cemetery, Redding, Iowa.  Military graveside services will be under the auspices of the Missouri Military Honors and the Worth County Memorial VFW Post #3123.

Memorials: Harrison County Home Health and Worth County R-3 School