Monday, October 31, 2016

Worth County Sheriff's Report

10-24 – Report of damage at Kirk Cemetery at Allendale; someone driving on the grass.
10-24 – Nodaway County Sheriff reports finding Worth County resident’s billfold.
10-25 – Report of accident on 169.
10-26 – No reports.
10-27 – Officer investigates report of stolen car out of Iowa. Car was repossessed, not stolen.
10-28 – Grant City resident reports a hit and run at her residence.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Obituary -- Georgia "Francis" Richmond 1946-2016

Georgia “Francis” Richmond, age 70, of Stanberry, Missouri, formerly of Denver, Missouri, died Friday, October 28, 2016 at Mosaic Life Care, St. Joseph, Missouri. 

Francis was born January 13, 1946 in Denver, Missouri; the daughter of the late Irven Washington and Beulah Elizabeth (Smith) Richmond.

Francis was a graduate of Worth County R-I High School, Grant City, Missouri.  Francis was retired from Midwest Manufacturing at Stanberry, where she was a line worker.  Francis loved the simple life which included her flowers, crocheting and living in the country.

Preceding her in death were her parents and one sister, Marilyn Pritchett.

Her survivors include son Tim (Kim) Richmond, Benningon, Nebraska; grandson Tim Richmond, Jr. and granddaughter Alexandrea “Ali” Richmond, both of Omaha, Nebraska; sister Kathryn (Charles) Shriver, Elk Creek, Missouri; brother Richard (Sandy) Richmond, Omaha; brother-in-law Frances “Short” Pritchett, Mount Ayr, Iowa; niece Norma Kay (Jim) Brockmeyer, Buckner, Missouri; nephews Emery (Pam) Pritchett, Ravenwood, Missouri and Larry Pritchett, Gentry, Missouri; numerous other nieces and nephews, friends and loved ones.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at the Andrews-Hann Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri.  The family will receive friends from 10-11 AM prior to the services.  Burial will be in Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Denver, Missouri.  Arrangements: 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Allendale Fourth at Missouri Community Betterment Awards

Twenty-one communities and 10 community leaders were honored at the Missouri Community Betterment (MCB) conference in Columbia. The 53rd annual conference included speakers from the Missouri Department of Tourism, Missouri Department of Economic Development, USDA, and Regional Planning Commissions and had keynotes from Author and Syndicated Radio Host, Les Norman and Kevin Laue, the 1st player missing a limb to play NCAA Division 1 basketball. Missouri Community Betterment assists communities in their efforts to improve their quality of life through community and economic development efforts. Nearly 225 volunteers, community leaders and youth from across the state were in attendance.
The village of Cameron won the Gene Speichinger Community of the year award.  This award recognizes the outstanding community amongst the 21 communities entered in this year's Awards program. MCB judges and Board members were impressed with their outstanding community involvement and how strategic planning was evident in all projects.  Their projects had a wide impact on the community for its citizens of all ages.
"The Missouri Community Betterment Board congratulates all the volunteers from our communities all throughout the state," MCB President Brett Dinkins said. "These dedicated individuals and their collaborative community and economic development efforts continue to make Missouri's rural communities a place people want to call home." 
The Monday evening Awards Banquet is an integral part of the MCB program, which is administered by the Missouri Community Betterment Educational Fund. MCBEF is a not-for profit organization made up of businesses, public utilities, community representatives, federal and state agencies and individuals. From 2008-2016 MCB communities poured more than $425,754,269 back into their local economies through their community development projects.
Following is a list of the community and individual award winners

Gene Speichinger Community of the Year Award       Cameron
Community Awards
Category I
First Place: Mayview
Second Place: Galena
Third Place: Ladonia
Fourth Place: Allendale
Fifth Place: Annapolis
Category II
First Place: Albany
Second Place: Reeds Spring
Third Place: Mansfield
Fourth Place: Steelville
            Fifth Place: Green City
            Certificate of Merit: Lowry City
Category III
First Place: St. James
Second Place: Houston
Third Place: Louisiana
Fourth Place: Fayette
Fifth Place: Malden
Category IV
First Place: Cameron
Second Place: Perryville
Third Place: Lamar
Fourth Place: Salem
Fifth Place: Trenton
J.C. Smith Youth Group of the Year Award      Steelville

Youth Groups
Category I
First Place: Galena
Second Place: Caledonia
Category II
First Place: Steelville
Second Place: Mansfield
Category III
First Place: Louisiana
Second Place: Houston
Category IV
First Place: Lamar
            Second Place: Perryville
Youth Leadership Award
Blayre Messner - Albany
Makayla Koch - Houston
Noah Shaw - Lamar
Dawson Miller - Louisiana
Makayla Cahill - Salem
Adult Leadership Award
Jackie Allenbrand - Albany
Artie Howell - Annapolis
Barbara McDaniel - Lamar
Patricia Bolton - Louisiana
Alex Sellers - Salem

Worth Treatin' Raises $675 for Mission Possible

The Worth Treatin’ Celebration raised $675 this year for Mission Possible, organizer Jonell Cook told the Express Monday. There were 25 vendors at the event Sunday afternoon. They were located on the walking trail at the Pool Park.

Among the businesses and organizations that participated were Worth County FCCLA, Worth County PTO, Mosaic, Worth County FBLA, Great Western Bank, Monticue Construction, Grant City Golf Course, Andrews-Hann Funeral Home, Worth County Care & Rehab Center, Casey’s, C&S Car Wash, Drifter’s Express, Sheridan CBC, Worth County MFA, Dollar General, Learning Academy, Tiger Designs, Worth County Fire Auxiliary, Fraternal Order of the Bears #26, Grant City Fire Department, Worth County Ambulance, Grant City Lions, Rural Missouri Insurance, Hy-Vee, Headstone Country Variety Store, Mission Possible, Leo Club, and South High Sounds.
Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home also donated money for Mission Possible.

The Worth County Ministerial Alliance pooled money for the bounce house, while the City of Grant City brought candy for the event.

A soup supper was held at the Skating Rink, with chili, soup, lunchmeat sandwiches, and desserts served.

Businesses and organizations handed out candy and had contests and gave away prizes. The weather was sunny, which has become a regular feature of the Worth Treatin’ Celebration.

Four Guilty Pleas Received; Two Warrants Issued

Four guilty pleas were received and two warrants were issued at Worth County Circuit Court Monday.

Beverly Marci pleaded guilty to DWI and failure to drive on the right half of the road. She was sentenced to court-supervised probation; she must complete SATOP by January 24th. She was assessed $421.50 in fines and costs payable by November 23rd.

Wade Adams admitted to violating his probation by driving while revoked and failure to signal. He was continued on probation and pleaded guilty; he was assessed $447 in fines and costs payable at $50/month starting December 1st.

Joseph Jordan failed to appear on a traffic ticket and a warrant was issued for $250, cash only.

Amber Mutchler failed to appear on a traffic ticket and a warrant was issued for $94, cash only.

Rita Ware pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle without a valid license. She was assessed $119 in fines and court costs payable by November 23rd.

Darbi Weddle pleaded guilty to failure to wear a seat belt. A related charge of not fulfilling conditions of her intermediate license was dismissed without prejudice. She was fined $10 and ordered to complete 15 hours of community service by January 31st.

Worth County Sheriff's Report

10-17 – Report of stray dog growling at people in Sheridan, referred to Sheridan Mayor.
10-18 – Report of two people locked out of their cars.
10-18 – Person in to be fingerprinted; job requirement.
10-19 – Person calls about animals in a pen with no water.
10-19 – Officer transports prisoner from Daviess/DeKalb Jail to Ringgold County Jail.
10-20 – Person needs ID/OD on semi-truck; officer does report.
10-21 – Ringgold County calls for copy of warrant on prisoner.
10-21 – Report of suspicious truck near East Avenue in Grant City.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Mustang Junior High Teams Fall

Both North Nodaway Junior High teams fell to Stanberry last Tuesday. Both teams built up an early lead, only for it to evaporate in the second half.

The girls could not solve Stanberry’s pressure in the second half; after leading by as much as 9-2, they fell 24-19 as Stanberry chipped away for the remainder of the game. Jadon Dobbins led the scoring with 13 points for North Nodaway. Saylor Brown had 4, and Karissa Oberhauser had 2.

The boys led by as much as eight in the first half, but then threw the ball away throughout the third quarter and then went ice cold in the fourth before falling 32-25 to Stanberry. They scored 18 in the first half and did not score in the second half until 1:35 left in the fourth, when the game had been decided.

Andrew Blackford had 12 points, Karson Oberhauser had 11, and Hunter Wilmes and Dakota Wray had 2 each.

NEN Junior High Teams Sweep West Nodaway

Northeast Nodaway’s junior high teams earned a sweep of West Nodaway Thursday. The Academic Showcase was held that night, with students of different grades showing what they had learned.
The girls won their game 28-13 in the opener. The game was scoreless until Imajen Downing beat the Bluejay press and scored with 1:50 to go in the first quarter. But then Madelynn Mattson had consecutive putbacks for Northeast to put them back in front 4-2 after one quarter.

The lid finally came off the rim in the second quarter for Northeast. Angela Standiford scored from the high post off a pass from Paige West. West hit from the left wing off a pass from Blair Stoll. Stoll and Anne Schieber added putbacks and Stoll went backdoor and got a pass from West to put Northeast up 14-7 at the half.

Cassy Redden opened the scoring for Northeast with a backdoor pass from West. The score was stuck at 16-7 for the next three minutes until Blair Stoll trailed a fast break perfectly and got a pass from Paige West for the and-one. The shot went astray, but out of bounds off West Nodaway and then someone forgot to guard West, who was all alone to put Northeast up 20-7. Anne Schieber hit West for a shot from the left wing to make it 22-7 as Northeast held West Nodaway scoreless.
The reserves took over for the fourth quarter. Saige Kohlleppel scored off a pair of putbacks and Tierney Privett scored a driving layup for the reserves.

Paige West was a disruptive force on the defensive end, getting 13 tips for the night. Cassy Redden had 4, Blair Stoll, Angela Standiford, and Anne Schieber each had 3, Jozlynn Hopper 2, and Kirsten Morrow, Kohlleppel, and Rachelle Rodriguez each had one.

The reserves lost 7-6 in the nightcap. Anne Briney had 4, while Saige Kohlleppel had 2. Kirsten Morrow had 4 steals, while Jozlynn Hopper and Saige Kohleppel had 1. Kohleppel had 4 tips, Morrow 3, and Rachelle Rodriguez and Hopper had 2 each.

The boys took an eight point lead at the half and a nine point lead at the 2:14 mark of the fourth before holding off a Rocket rally and winning 33-30. Tyler Blay had 23 points for the Rockets, and he kept them in the game for much of the night. West Nodaway had a chance to tie it and send it to overtime, but Hunter Dawson’s good look from the top of the key hit the heel of the rim and bounced off.

For Northeast, Levi Boulting had 11, Ben Boswell had 10, Chase Atkins and Drew Wiederholt had 4 each, and Auston Pride and Alex Smith had 2 each. Six landed in the scoring column.
Levi Boulting had 4 steals along with Drew Wiederholt. Alex Smith, Zach Pride, Lane Dack, and Ben Boswell all had 1.

Levi Boulting had 3 blocks, Chase Atkins had 2, and Drew Wiederholt had 1.

Drew Wiederholt had 5 tips, Lane Dack had 4, Levi Boulting and Chase Atkins had 3, and Auston Pride, Lane Dack, and Ben Boswell had 2 each.

The reserves lost 7-6. Brayden Munns had 4, while Craig Burns had 2. Craig Burns had 5 boards. Dawson Vore had 2 tips and 2 steals.

Early Youth Firearms Deer Season Starts

The 2016/17 firearms deer season has five portions. The Early Youth portion is Oct. 29-30. The November portion (main rifle season) is Nov. 12-22. The Late Youth portion is Nov. 25-27. The Antlerless portion is Dec. 2-4. The Alternative portion is Dec. 24-Jan 3, 2017.

There are changes to the deer and turkey regulations this year which can be found in the 2016/17 Fall Deer and Turkey regulations and information booklet which is available at license vendors, at MDC offices, or available online at To report conservation violations you can contact the local Missouri Conservation Agent (State Game Warden) directly (numbers on MDC website or in regulation booklet), by calling the county dispatch center, or call MDC’s OGT (Operation Game Thief) 24 hour Dispatch Center at 1-800-392-1111, you can remain anonymous and rewards are possible.

Obituary -- Jenelda Maxine Carmichael 1924-2016

Jenelda Maxine Carmichael, 92, Pickering, MO died Friday, October 21, 2016, at Nodaway Nursing Home in Maryville.

Born February 12, 1924 in King City, MO, she was the daughter of the late Laverne and Eva Taylor Antle. 

Jenelda was a 1941 graduate of Coffey, MO High School. A sales clerk and homemaker, she formerly was employed by Nodaway Drug Store in Maryville. She had also served as an election judge in Pickering. She attended the Pickering Methodist Church.

On January 11, 1947, Jenelda and Jesse Earl Carmichael were married, 
in Maryville.

She is survived by sons, Stuart (Sherry) Carmichael, Pickering, and Eric (Pam) Carmichael, Maryville; daughter, Debbie Carmichael, Sherman, TX, and step-son Michael Carmichael, Riverside, CA; brothers, Richard Antle, Princeton, MO, Bob Antle, Stewartsville, MO and Jerry Antle, Princeton, MO; sisters, Melba Hart, Bethany, MO, Carolyn Hewett, St. Joseph, MO, Sharon Lippett of Liberty, MO and Connie Snapp of North Kansas City, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Earl Carmichael, and sisters Jeneal Groom, Beverly Jenkins and Alma Carmichael.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 PM Wednesday, October 26th at Price Funeral Home, Maryville.

Memorial Services will be at 10:00 AM, Thursday , October 27th, also at Price Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in King City Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to Mosaic Hospice and Nodaway Nursing Home.

Did Someone from Jefferson Steal the Band Uniforms? Scooby Doo Solves the Mystery

Did someone from Jefferson, jealous of what was going on at NEN, turn themselves into a Bluejay and steal all the band uniforms and instruments Saturday evening to play off everyone against each other? Did a student with too much spare time on their hands do it to put off having to take a test Monday? Did a disgruntled ex-employee fed up with all the laughter and noise do it? It was all in good fun at the Scooby Doo Mystery Theater at Northeast Nodaway Saturday. It was the first school play in over 10 years there. Mr. Grove and Mr. McDowell, the principals, decided they needed some help after band uniforms turned up missing and strange noises were heard throughout the school. Scooby Doo, the reluctant hero, had to be plied with some Scooby Snacks, but once he ate them, he was always up for the task, sniffing for clues. Proceeds went to the Northeast Nodaway Marching Band as well as the cheerleaders, who are purchasing a mat so they can throw each other in the sky. A Mexican Fiesta was served during the play, and audience participation was essential to helping solve who really did it.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Obituary -- Lana Twaddle 1950-2016

Lana Sue Twaddle was born on April 11th, 1950 to Nicholas Bradford Halstead and Ann Lee (Richards) Halstead in Albany, Mo. She passed from this life on September 18th, 2016 at Lake Ozark, Mo. 

Lana was married to Michael Twaddle on December 1, 1973 and he survives her in the home.  Lana was preceded in death by her father.

Lana was a long time bank manager at Kansas City North and retired after 30 years as a Vice President.  She was very active in many civic clubs and was a past member and officer of the North Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

Soon after her retirement she and Mike moved to the lake where she again became very active in the Newcomer’s club and three book clubs.

Lana’s nieces were the joy of her life. She was their example of ‘real class’ and inspired them to excel and to be whatever they desired to become.  Family was her passion and “Crazy Aunt Lana” stories will be passed on for ages to come.

Lana’s Grandparents, J.R. and Delia Richards were a great influence in her life.  Their family stories and weekends tending family stones at cemeteries got Lana deeply involved in genealogy.  She was often teased she cared more for the dead than the living. 

Lana is survived by her husband, Michael, of the home, her Mother, Ann Lee Halstead, Albany and her sister, Barbara (Terry) Findley of Siloam Springs, Mo. as well as her nieces, Melissa (Rob) Cole, Angela (Kirk) Davis and Amanda Findley (Ben Fletcher). Also surviving are many great nieces and nephews.

Private family services will be held at a later date.  


Obituary -- Evelyn Stevenson 1910-2016

Evelyn, daughter of Elvin and Myra (Griffith) McMath, was born near Drakesville, Iowa on March 30, 1910 and later moved with her family to Clearfield, Iowa. After graduating from Clearfield High School, she taught in the rural schools for several years. On December 21, 1934 she was united in marriage to Dwight Morey. Four children, Jim, Ed, John and Myrabel were born to this union. They farmed north of Clearfield before moving to town and operating Morey’s Variety Store. After Dwight passed away in 1953, Evelyn continued operating the store for some time before it closed. She then became employed with the Clearfield Community School as secretary to the superintendent and board secretary, positions she held for seventeen years.
On September 17, 1978 she married Joe Stevenson. She and Joe spent many of their retirement years traveling, visiting children and grandchildren, attending school activities in Lenox and enjoying their many friends in Clearfield. In 2004 they moved to Clearview Nursing Home. Joe passed away in 2006. Evelyn passed away October 14, 2016 at the Clearview Home in Clearfield.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons Ed (Georgia) Morey, of Bentonville, Arkansas, John (Donna) Morey of Shenandoah; daughter Myrabel (Allen) Lillie of Mesa, Arizona; daughters-in-law Joye Morey of Highlands Ranch, Colorado and Shirley Morey of Fort Collins, Colorado; stepdaughters Donna (Marion) Keenan of Bolivar, Missouri, Jeannine (Guy) Hampton of Leon and Judy (Bill) Mozingo of Grant City, Missouri. She is also survived by ten loving grandchildren Jill, Lisa, Jana, Holly, Sarah, Jeff, John M., David, Mike and John L.; eight great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. In addition she survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, and especially her adopted family at the Clearview Nursing Home, who she loved dearly.
Preceding her in death were her parents; two husbands; son James Morey; sisters Myrtha Nelson, Margaret Colton and Wilma McMath (in infancy); brothers-in-law Harley Nelson and Merle Colton.
Memorials may be made to the Clearfield Library or a memorial gift at Clearview Home.

Obituary -- Terry Wyer 1952-2016

Terry Lynn Wyer, 64, of Parnell, MO, passed away on October 10, 2016, at his home. 

He was born on May 10, 1952, to John Raymond and Helen (Allen) Wyer. They preceded him in death. He was also preceded by his foster parents, Jay and Iva Mae Goff, and a step son Danny Chapasko.

Terry is survived by his wife of 34 years, Martha Jane (Adams) Wyer; two daughters, Andrea Swafford, and companion Joe, and Tracey (David) Johnston; 2 granddaughters, Kachina Swafford and Annabelle Johnston, and 1 grandson, Jessie Swafford; mother in law, Jean Adams, 3 sisters, Mary Hudson, Kay (Bruce) Peterson, Jeannie; many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

A memorial service for Terry will be held at 2:00 PM, on Sunday, October 23, 2016, at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO.
Inurnment will be at a later date.

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Obituary -- Donald (Don) Merrigan 1929-2016

Donald (Don) Merrigan, 87, Maryville, passed away on October 21, 2016, at Parkdale Manor surrounded by his family.

Don was born March 3, 1929 in Guilford, MO, the son of Patrick (Pat) and Irene (McLaughlin) Merrigan. He began school in Guilford, but graduated from high school in Stanberry, MO. He was united in marriage to Margaret O'Riley on March 27, 1951 at St. Patricks Catholic Church, Maryville.

He joined the Marine Corps in 1951 and served his country until 1953. When he returned from the military he began farming with his dad in Conception, MO and worked as a carpenter. He continued farming until he retired and moved to Maryville in 2001.

Don was a member of St. Gregory's Catholic Church and was very active in the church. He enjoyed serving his community as a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, school board, rural water board, and the senior citizen housing board of which he was instrumental in getting built, in Conception Jct. He served many years on the housing board. Don enjoyed carpentry and kept busy in his shop in the basement of their home. Community service was important to Don, but his faith, family, and Irish heritage took precedence over everything else.

Don is survived by his wife, Margaret of their home, six children; Janet McCray, Olathe, KS, Joyce (Larry) Moffat , Ravenwood, MO, Mike (Cindy) Merrigan, Barnard, MO, Mary Stiens, Maryville, Steve (LaWanda) Merrigan, Conception, Margie (Charlie) Schieber, Derby, KS, 24 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, brother William (Sondra) Merrigan, McLean, VA., 5 sisters; Patty Archer, Eulalia Schieber, and Veronica Dorrell, Maryville, Lucia (Henry) Munch, Arlington, TX, Cecelia (Herman) Meyer, Stanberry, two sisters-in-law Pat Bryles, and Margie O'Riley, and many nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters Jeanie, Anna, and Winnie Stark, brother Hubert, and daughter-in-law Susan Merrigan.

A Family Rosary will be held at 7:00 PM Saturday, October 22nd at Price Funeral Home, Maryville, with the Parish Rosary to be 7:00 PM Sunday, October 23rd, followed by a visitation at St. Gregoary Barbarigo Catholic Church, Maryville.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM, Monday, also at St. Gregory Catholic Church, with Father Martin DeMeulenaere officiating. Burial will follow at St. Columba Cemetery, Conception.

Military Services at graveside by Missouri Military Honors and Tri-C American Legion Post #464.

Memorials may be directed to AseraCare Hospice and the Parkinson's Association.

Obituary -- John "Johnny Starr" Santee 1924-2016

On October 9, 2016 "Johnny Starr" left to play his last dance job. John was born on March 8, 1924 in Hawarden, IA to James and Nina (Wolfe) Santee. On March 12, 1945, John married Ruby "Connie" Cross and lived in Shenandoah, IA where they owned and operated "Mom and Pops CafĂ©." 

In the early 50's John and Connie moved to Fort Dodge, IA where they formed together "Johnny Starr and the All Stars," entertaining at various venues throughout Iowa and many other states. They also had their own local country music radio and television show. 

In the mid 60's they opened their own restaurant and lounge in Fort Dodge. In 1969 they moved to Bedford where they operated and managed the Taylor House Country Club. In 1973 they renovated a vintage building in downtown Bedford "Starlite Restaurant and lounge" where they entertained and played with many Nashville recording artists.

In 1980 they moved to Loveland CO where they operated a local motel until his wife passed away. John then worked with his son Jim as a carpenter until he retired.

John is survived by his daughter Judy Caulkins of Loveland, CO; son Jerry Santee (Debbie) of Sutherland, NE; daughter-in-law Vicky Santee of Denver, CO; one Grandson; five granddaughters; and 12 great grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Connie and son Jimmy John.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM First Christian Church, Hopkins, Saturday October 15, 2016. Interment was held in Hopkins Cemetery. A visitation occurred one hour 9:00 am-10:00 am prior to the service. In lieu of flowers please make donations to your local ALS Foundation. Go to www.price funeral home for on-line condolences.

Fatal Accident Near Westboro

A fatal accident occurred two miles south of Westboro Friday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 2005 Chevy Malibu driven by Thomas Smith (41) of Tarkio was northbound on Route O at 155th street at around 5:45 that evening. The vehicle crossed the center line and traveled off the west side of the roadway. The vehicle struck an embankment, started to spin, and struck the embankment a second time. It then struck a ditch and started to overturn. Smith was partially ejected from the vehicle. The vehicle came to rest off the west side of Route O on the driver's side of the vehicle, facing north off the west side of O. Smith was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Five Receive Minor Injuries in Wreck on 71

Five people received minor injuries on a wreck on 71 one mile north of Maryville last Monday at around 4:23 pm. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 2003 Ford Focus driven by Amy Goldsmith (36) of Maryville was southbound on 71 following a farm vehicle when it was struck from behind by a 1997 GMC Jimmy driven by Tarynne Poe (17) of Hopkins. Both were driven to a controlled stop on the shoulder. Goldsmith and three passengers of the Focus, Christopher Goldsmith (40), Eliana Goldsmith (6), and Ivy Goldsmith (10), all of Maryville, received minor injures. Poe also received minor injuries. All were wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck.

Obituary -- Jeffrey Leroy Haley 1959-2016

Jeffrey Leroy Haley was born October 10, 1959 at Richards Gebaur FB, MO to Lola (Hibbs) Haley and Leland Haley and died unexpectedly October 16, 2016 at his home in Tulsa, OK. Jeff’s father was career Air Force, so Jeff moved a lot in the first years of his life, until the family settled in Lee’s Summit, MO in 1969. Many fun times were spent in Sheridan, MO while Jeff was growing up and into his later years, with his grandparents, family, and friends. Jeff graduated from Lee’s Summit High School in 1977 and retired from Kellogg in 2005. 

Jeff loved football and Nascar, and cheered on his Chiefs, OK Sooners, and the Bearcats that never disappointed him in sports. He loved his time in Sheridan, MO and loved to be outside. Jeff always had a setup with a TV outside to watch all the football games on the weekends and any race. Jeff was a friend to all animals and loved his pets dearly. He loved to play with kids of all ages, and kids loved him too. No matter where he lived, he quickly met his neighbors and made friends. 

When he could, Jeff flew an American flag and was supportive of the Armed Forces. We will remember him forever sitting outside, with a cat on his lap and a dog at his feet, listening to music, or watching a football game. 

Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Leland in 1985. Jeff is survived by his wife, Sharon; mother, Lola; sister, Patty (Richard) Bindel; Lori Haley; nieces, Andrea Haley and Megan (Jeff) Stilley; nephew, Matthew (Molly) Bindel; eight great nieces and nephews; special life-long friend, Jim Rider; his favorite uncle, Dobe; and many cousins and friends. His East Coast Haley cousins held a special place in his heart, and he enjoyed many fun times with them over the years. We love you always, Jeff. Visitation was from 6-8 pm Thursday, October 20, with a service Friday, October 21 at 10 am, at Langsford Funeral Home, Lee’s Summit, MO. Cremation and burial in Sheridan, MO at 11 am Saturday October 22. 

Donations in Jeff’s memory can be made to Sheridan Cemetery and sent to Linda Hibbs, 12691 Hwy 46, Sheridan, MO 64486 or to the City of Sheridan, MO.

Friday, October 21, 2016

State Auditor Visits GHS Paper Tube Factory in Albany

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway met with community leaders in counties across north Missouri to discuss issues related to small business development and growth, including an ongoing follow-up audit of the Missouri Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board.

Auditor Galloway's small business tour included a stop in a Gentry County, where she toured GHS Paper Tube and Core Manufacturing Company in Albany. The company manufactures paper tubes and cores for industrial packaging, shipping and other specialty or custom business needs, and is currently rebuilding after a fire devastated the facility earlier this year.

"We know small businesses across the state are committed to their customers and their communities, and I've seen firsthand the dedication of many of these small business owners and operators, including the hard working folks at GHS Paper Tube and Core Manufacturing," Auditor Galloway said. "Even after a fire destroyed much of the facility just eight months ago, they're back up and operating and providing products and service to their customers. Small businesses across the state take pride in what they do, and they demonstrate a resilience that benefits our communities and our state."

In Sullivan County, Auditor Galloway participated in a small business roundtable discussion hosted by Milan Area Chamber of Commerce, where she met with representatives of the chamber and local business leaders in Milan.

The tour is part of an effort to gather input from small business owners and entrepreneurs across the state to assist in a collaborative effort to make recommendations and improve operations and service of the Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board.

"No one knows small businesses better than the people who run them, and that's why I've made it a priority to visit with business owners to get input on the issues that matter most to them," Auditor Galloway said. "It's critical to the health of our economy that we promote an environment where small businesses can thrive, and that starts by making the regulatory process less burdensome, and getting input as we move forward with recommendations to improve the board's operations."

The Small Business Regulatory Fairness Board was created to serve as an advocate for small businesses across Missouri but has not fulfilled its obligations under the law, and has been plagued with issues that have undermined its effectiveness. In May, Auditor Galloway shared the results of an audit of the board, which found sub-par operations due to inadequate staffing, board vacancies and lapsed terms, and a general lack of support for the board's statutorily required duties. Because the board received a rating of poor, the lowest available, a follow-up audit will be conducted to determine whether recommendations have been implemented. To provide input or information for consideration during the course of the follow-up audit, contact the State Auditor's Office at or by calling 800-347-8597.

The trip also included a visit to the Carrollton County courthouse where Auditor Galloway congratulated county officials and employees on receiving an excellent rating, the highest available, on their recent county audit. This was a first for any county in the state since the ratings system was implemented in 2011. Auditor Galloway also met with county officials and leaders in Mercer, Schuyler and Scotland counties.

Beef Producers Seminar November 5th

A Beef Producers Seminar will be held Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at United Producers in Maryville, located on 71 north of Maryville. Cost will be $25 per person with the RSVP deadline November 2nd.

Registration and the trade show will start at 2 pm, with live animal demonstrations starting at 4 pm. This includes ultrasound pregnancy checks and ultrasound fetal sexing. Genetic sampling and useful interpretations will be performed by Jared Decker, State Beef Genetics Specialist, University of Missouri Extension. Dr. Craig Payne, DVM, will talk about the Veterinary Feed Directive.

To register, mail checks to Andrew County Extension, PO Box 32, Savannah, MO or email If you need accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share, or if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please inform them by November 1st.

Worth County Acreage Reporting Dates for 2017

Worth County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Eric Redden announced that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits. Please pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates below for 2017.

 “In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Worth County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline," said Redden.

 The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Worth County: November 15, 2016:  grass certification December 15, 2016: fall barley, fall wheat & all other fall-seeded small grains January 15, 2017:  apples, grapes & peaches May 15, 2017:  spring oats & potatoes July 15, 2017: CRP, burley tobacco, corn, cotton, grain sorghum, hybrid corn seed, popcorn, rice, soybeans & all other crops.

 The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:

 • If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.

 • If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendar days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.

 • If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed” then the acreage must be reported by July 15th.

 According to Redden, Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note that the acreage reporting date for NAP covered crops is the earlier of the dates listed above or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins.

 For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact the Worth County FSA office at (660) 564-3341.

Obituary -- Justin Michael Jacobson 1973-2016

Justin Michael Jacobson, went to be with Jesus on October 16, 2016,  surrounded by family and a phenomenal staff at Broadlawns Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

He was born February 13, 1973 in Boone, Iowa. He grew up in Clearfield Iowa and graduated from Diagonal High School in 1991. Justin was a proud member of the Diagonal Maroons playing sports and in the band. His true passion was playing basketball where he helped his team make it to state in 1989 and 1991.

 In 1991 Justin spent several months recovering from an automobile accident. During his recovery he found his Lord and Savior. He made a decision to further his faith by attending and graduating from Rhema Bible College in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Justin’s greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. He was an avid sports fan, very knowledgeable in sports trivia. He loved watching the San Francisco Giants but his biggest passion was for the Pittsburgh Steelers! When he wasn’t cheering on the Steelers he was shooting pool with friends at Big Dogs in Des Moines. A true competitor Justin loved playing games and winning every time (One Way or Another!!)

Surviving are parents Dick and Deb Stewart of Creston, Iowa and Mick and Sue Jacobson of Boone, Iowa. FiancĂ© Jennifer Conner of Ankeny, Iowa, daughters Kayla and Jimmie of Conway, Arkansas, brothers, Anthony  Stewart (friend Tiffany) of Ankeny,  and Riley (Michele) Jacobson of Boone, sisters, Heidi (Aaron) Acela of Urbandale, Iowa, Laci (Jamie) Buffington of Lorimor, Iowa, nieces and nephews Kyli, Hunter, Emma, Mallory, Tanner, Halle, Fischer, Reese, Kaelee, Nolan and Maddox, grandma Opal Neese of Creston, numerous aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.

Celebration of Life will be at 2:00 pm Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Abundant Life Family Church, 500 South Birch Street, Creston, Iowa. Officiating the services will be Pastor Doug Brunell.  Visitation will be at 1:00 pm until service time.

Arrangements are under direction of Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home of Grant City, Missouri

Second Harvest Delivers 8,000 Pounds of Food to Sheridan

Second Harvest delivered 8,000 pounds of food to Sheridan last Tuesday afternoon. They serviced 127 households, including 244 adults and 92 children. The program to serve communities not served by a food pantry was made possible by a grant from Mosaic; food was distributed to towns in all 15 northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas counties served by Second Harvest. The plan is to make these food drops more than annual.

Stephen & Debra Kollitz Recognized at State Fair as Worth County Farm Family

Stephen & Debra Kollitz and family of Grant City were among the families honored during the Missouri Farm Family Day, Aug. 15 at the Missouri State Fair.
The Kollitz family was selected as the Worth County Missouri Farm Family by the Worth County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau. The family includes Lane, Rhett, and Latham.
Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the state who are active in their communities, involved in agriculture and participate in local outreach and extension programs such as 4-H or FFA.

The annual event is sponsored by five partner agencies, including the Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair and Commissioners, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and University of Missouri Extension.

Obituary -- Maxine Surplus 1922-2016

Wilma Maxine Surplus, 94, daughter of Floyd and Letha Pierson Foster, was born January 7, 1922 in Hopkins, Missouri. She departed this life October 19, 2016 in Maryville, Missouri.

Maxine lived in and around Sheridan most of her life. She was a member of the Sheridan Christian Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. She later moved to Maryville, where she worked for a time at Northwest Missouri State University.

Maxine married Arthur Ray in 1939 and they had one son Larry who is deceased.

Arthur passed away in 1945. She later married John Elby Surplus and they had one daughter Marylin Derks of Maryville, Mo. Elby passed away in 1971.

In addition to her husbands, Maxine was also preceded by parents Floyd and Letha Foster, son Larry Ray, grandsons Brad Ray and Darren Derks, son in law Ted Derks, brothers Lloyd Franklin and Donald Foster, sisters Opal Wilder, Eleanor Steinman, Dorothy Nelson, and Luella Norman.

Surviving are daughter, Marylin Derks of Maryville, Missouri, daughter-in-law, Patricia Ray of Sheridan, Missouri, grandchildren; Darla Black, Kevin Ray, and Marsha Ray, great grandchildren Jonathan Black, Shelbie Wideman, Jadyn Black, Madison Lager, Krysta Lager, Madison Derks, and Anthony Ray, sister Marian Rowe of Sheridan, Missouri and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Christian Church in Sheridan, Missouri. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. to service time.

Interment will be in the Luteston Cemetery, Sheridan, Missouri.

Arrangements are under the direction of Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home , Grant City, MO

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

NEN to Hold Red Ribbon Dress-Up Days

Northeast Nodaway will be holding Red Ribbon Dress-Up Days next week starting Monday. On October 24th, the theme will be, “Put Drugs to Sleep.” Students will wear pajamas. On Tuesday, the theme will be, “It’s Crazy to Do Drugs!” Students will wear mismatched clothes, socks, shoes, or hair. On Wednesday, the theme will be, “Battle Out Drugs!” Students will dress as their favorite super-hero. On Thursday, the theme will be, “Don’t Let Drugs Ruin Your Future.” Students will dress up as their future self or career. On Friday, the theme will be, “Too Bright for Drugs!” Students will wear shades and bright colored clothes.

Second Harvest Holds Sheridan Food Drive

A food drive was held in Sheridan yesterday. It was held by Second Harvest, which supplies the Worth County Food Pantry. Volunteers from Second Harvest, the Sheridan Christian Church, and the Food Pantry all helped in the effort. It was open to anyone regardless of income.

The effort was made possible by a grant from Mosaic. Second Harvest will hold similar drives in all 15 northwest Missouri counties that they serve along with the four northeast Kansas counties that they serve. The goal is to have these food drives more often in the future.

The drive attracted a lot of interest, with traffic in Sheridan being backed up to the water tower at one point.

Sheridan Fire Department to Hold Soup Supper

The Sheridan Fire Department will be holding a Free Will Donation Soup Supper on Sunday, November 6th at 5 pm. Proceeds will go to equipment needs for the Fire Department. Firemen will be going to houses throughout the day to check and replace smoke alarms. Members of the Fire Department will be serving food that night. Dessert will be included.

Registration Open for Grant City Holiday Bazaar

Registration is now open for vendors for the Grant City Holiday Bazaar. Cost is $25 for an 8’ by 8’ booth space for non-electric. Cost is $30 for electric. It will be held on December 3rd this year. Each vendor is expected to donate a door prize to be given away the day of the show. The event will be held from 9 am to 3 pm that day. Vendors must remain open for the entire period; there will be no early booth teardowns.

This event is sponsored by the Worth County Progress Organization. Send checks to the Worth County Progress Organization, PO Box 53, Grant City, MO 64456.

Sheridan to Hold Lighted Christmas Parade

The City of Sheridan will be holding its annual Christmas Parade Saturday, November 26th this year. Lineup will be at 7:15, with a parade at 7:30. There will be no rules on having a float this year.
From 5:00 to 7:00, there will be a soup supper for a free will donation.

Santa will come to Sheridan following the parade. He said that he will be handing out presents to all good girls and boys. In an interview with the Express, he said that a lack of snow will not keep him from flying out from the North Pole and taking time out of his busy schedule.

For more information, call Victoria Holmes (660) 254-1839 or Mary Jo Riley (660) 562-9797. This event is sponsored by the Sheridan CBC.

NEN to Hold Academic Showcase

Northeast Nodaway students will be showing what they have learned during the NEN junior high game against West Nodaway Thursday, October 20th. From 5:45 to 6:15, Mrs. Beatty’s class will present map making and Google Maps. Mr. Proffitt’s 5th grade students will be presenting soccer skills. Mrs. Jenkins’ students will present woven baskets.

From 6:00 to 6:30, Ms. Coulter and Mrs. Primm will be with 1st graders showing off their scarecrow activities. At the halftime of the girls game, there will be a pre-K Fall Festival. Projects will be on display all evening.

From 6:15 to 6:45, Mrs. Ojeda will have performances from 5th and 6th grade band members. From 6:30 to 7:00, Mrs. Adwell’s students will be participating in a directed drawing to give to their parents.

From 6:45 to 7:15, Mr. Freemyer’s 9th and 10th grade students will present a powerpoint about the US Government System. From 7:00 to 7:30, Miss Merrigan’s 9th grade students will present Romeo & Juliet projects. 7th graders will present colony projects.

Scooby Doo Mystery Dinner to be held at NEN.

A Scooby Doo mystery dinner theater will be held at Northeast Nodaway Saturday, October 22nd at the old gym. A Mexican Fiesta will be served. Proceeds will go to the Northeast Nodaway Marching Band and the Northeast Nodaway Cheerleaders.

This dinner will be full of community involvement, mystery, chaos, and fun. Students and faculty will participate in the production. You might also have the chance to be involved in the show. Just follow the directions on the cue cards you receive at the table.

This is the first school play that has been held at Northeast Nodaway in over 10 years.

Row Crop Survey Begins

 Producers of row crops and hay will soon receive a survey that the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will use in estimating county-level crop yields for 2016. NASS will begin mailing the questionnaire in the middle of October to more than 8,900 producers across the state of Missouri.

 “Producers should know that these survey results have a direct impact on their farms and that accuracy is very important. NASS needs 30 reports in each county to publish county-level results, and those results are used directly by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to implement the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) – County programs. A large majority of farms participate in these programs, and accurate survey responses make a real difference for Missouri producers,” said Bob Garino, Missouri State Statistician.

 “As required by Federal law, all responses are completely confidential,” Garino continued. “We safeguard the privacy of all respondents, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified. Individual responses are also exempt from the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA).”
 “Many producers respond by mail, or on our secure website which can save them time. After a while, we will begin contacting producers on the phone to ensure adequate response rates in as many counties as possible. Because the sample size is so large, NASS will continue data collection into January of 2017. Results for corn and soybeans will be published in February 2017.”

 For more information, call the NASS Heartland Regional Field Office at (800) 551-1014.

Fire Destroys Trailer West of Sheridan

A fire destroyed an old trailer west of Sheridan last week. It was located west of Sheridan one mile south of the former June Dowis place, by the Brethren and McLaughlin Cemeteries.

Over 150 Help Wilbur Osborne Celebrate 100th Birthday

Over 150 people helped Wilbur Osborne, lifetime Worth County resident and longtime judge, celebrate his 100th birthday Saturday. The meal was catered by the Allendale CBC. When someone asked him if he was still up for a race, he said he was.

Monday, October 17, 2016

NEN Junior High Boys Hold Off King City 16-11

Northeast Nodaway’s junior high boys jumped off to a 10-0 start early in the second quarter and then had to hold off King City to pick up their second win of the year, 16-11 after beating North Nodaway 20-15 last Thursday.

The game was scoreless for almost four minutes until Ben Boswell canned a 3-pointer off a pass from Zach Pride with 2:22 left. Alex Smith stepped through two defenders  and got a free throw for his efforts, and then Smith’s block set up a coast to coast take from Ben Boswell to make it 6-0 after one.
Auston Pride jumped a pass and banked one home after getting leveled by Parker Muff and converted a 3-point play; Lane Dack added a free throw to complete the run with 4:54 left in the second quarter.

The rest of the game devolved into a defensive snoozefest, with neither team able to get anything going. King City chipped away through most of the second and third quarters, getting as close as the final score on Jesse Roberts’ drive and bank with 2:46 left. Northeast shot themselves in the foot by missing a ton of free throws that would have made the game a lot more comfortable. Neither team could score for the last 2:46 of the third or the entire fourth quarter.

Ben Boswell had 7, Auston Pride 3, Levi Boulting and Drew Wiederholt 2 each, and Alex Smith and Zach Pride one each.

The “B” team lost 4-2 to King City. Craig Burns scored the lone tally for Northeast.

The girls game was one-sided; they started off their season with a 25-15 win over North Nodaway, but they could not build on that momentum against a much quicker King City squad, falling 25-10 in a game that got away from them early.  Anne Schieber and Blair Stoll had 4 and Angela Standiford had 2.

The “B” team played King City to a 2-2 tie. Jozlynn Hopper had the lone tally for Northeast.

Six Charged in Worth County Associate Court

Six new cases were filed in Worth County Associate Circuit Court by Prosecutor David Baird.

Wade Adams was charged on October 3rd with failure to signal and driving while revoked. An affidavit from the Missouri State Highway Patrol alleges that Adams failed to signal while turning into the Dollar General parking lot from 46 on September 13th at 2:07 pm. The officer alleged that he had prior knowledge that Adams was suspended and ran a license check that confirmed the suspension.

A highway patrol ticket alleges that Charles Cadle (32) of Grant City was speeding 80 miles per hour on 169 north of Grant City on July 20th at 3:34 pm.  He was charged on October 6th.

A ticket from the Worth County Sheriff’s Department alleges that Kyle Cline (31) drove an unregistered vehicle on 169 and M on October 4th at 2:00 pm. He was charged on October 6th.

An affidavit from the Worth County Sheriff’s Department alleges Casey Greenwell committed Class B Misdemeanor property damage by striking a window and damaging a door at Crestwood on September 19th. He was charged on October 4th.

A Worth County Sheriff’s Department ticket alleged Joseph McElvain (55) of Grant City drove an unregistered vehicle on East & 6th in Grant City on October 5th at 7:45 pm. He was charged on October 6th.

A ticket from the highway patrol alleged that Darbi Weddle (16) of Grant City violated provisions of her temporary instruction permit and failed to wear a seat belt on 46 & McKinley. She was charged on October 5th.

All charges are merely allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Worth County Sheriff's Report -- Trump Signs Stolen from Sheridan; Reward Offered

Three Donald Trump signs were stolen from beside Route 246 just east of Sheridan sometime last weekend. The owner, Pete Belekonny, is offering a reward for their return as well as the persons responsible. It was reported to the Sheriff Sunday.

There has been a stray white and grey German Shepherd mix that was dumped in Sheridan two weeks ago that has been hanging around the Rural Housing recently. Bob Farrell of the Worth County Sheriff's Department said that the Sheriff's Department generally doesn't handle animal cases unless people are in physical danger. He said that animals which trespass on private property and/or damage property or attack people, other pets, or livestock can be shot.

Following is the Sheriff's Report for this week:
10-11 -- Person in to see an officer.
10-11 -- Person in wanting info on transferring CCW to Worth County.
10-11 -- Person in to pick up papers.
10-12 -- Person in to see a deputy.
10-12 -- Person in to visit about a relative.
10-13 -- Gentry County calls for driving info about a subject.
10-13 -- Person calls about someone driving through a pasture fence.
10-13 -- Call of cattle out on 46; owner notified.
10-13 -- Report of car/deer accident on Route C and 1 mile north on M.
10-14 -- Highway Patrol reports van broken down on 169.
10-14 -- Person calls to report someone trespassing on their property.
10-14 -- Report of car being damaged on private property.
10-16 -- Person reports three Trump signs stolen from his property; reward offered.
10-16 -- Person calls about speeding semi-trucks going through Sheridan.

Worth County to Hold Parent-Teacher Conferences

Worth County R-III School District will hold Parent-Teacher Conferences this Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 1:15 pm – 7:00 pm.

“Parent Teacher Conferences after the first quarter of school is a long-time tradition,” said Chuck Borey, Elementary Principal. “Teachers look forward to meeting with each child’s parents to discuss the skills that their child has acquired this far in the school year and to make goals for the next quarter.”

Parents with students in the Elementary will have an assigned time to meet with their child’s teacher. Parents with students in the Junior High and High School, however, may see their child’s teachers without an appointment. JH/HS parents should stop in the office to pick up their child’s grade card and class schedule. Mr. Bryce Schafer (PE) or Mr. Josh Smith (AG) will not be available between 1-3 pm and Mr. Chris Healy (MATH) will not be available between 3-5 pm due to coaching responsibilities.

School will not be in session on Friday, October 21, 2016 due to conferences on October 20.

Worth County to Sell Off Old Banners

Worth County R-III is hosting an online bid for all old Worth County athletic banners.  There are 106 banners spanning from the years 1966 to 2012 up for bid.  If you would like to see what banners are available and place a bid please visit 

All bidding will start at $20.00 and will increase in increments of $5.00.  You can use the website to access the bidding form and check back to see if you have been outbid in order to submit an additional bid.  Bidding is now open and will close December 22nd with checks due January 6th. 

The funds raised will be put towards the new replacement banners.  The new banners will feature large add-a-year banners for each sport and individual banners for any team placing in the state's top four. 

If you would like to place a bid but are unfamiliar with using the web please call the school for assistance. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Area Growers Conduct Crop Tests

Seven area growers allowed the University of Missouri Extension Service to conduct strip trials on their farms in 2015. The focus of these trials was phosphorus, nitrogen timing, cover crop comparisons and cover crop termination studies.

This year, we hope to continue the work with these growers and are seeking to add additional strip trials.  The trials will be focused in the Holt, Atchison, Nodaway, Buchanan, Andrew, Clinton and DeKalb counties.

These tests are replicated strip tests using grower’s equipment and harvested using yield monitors to record yield data. The trials are field length plots. The Extension regional agronomist will coordinate trials with growers.

If you are interested in participating, please call Wayne Flanary, Regional Agronomist, University of Missouri Extension at 660-446-3724.

Study: Rural Post Offices Still Essential

(Senator McCaskill’s Office) – A top watchdog study completed at the request of U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, found that the Postal Service remains essential to rural communities, regardless of whether those communities have access to rural broadband services.

“This study shows what we already know to be true—that the Postal Service remains essential to Missouri’s rural communities, regardless of their access to other technologies,” said McCaskill, a former Missouri State Auditor and senior member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Postal Service. “There’s simply no substitute for the vital service our post offices provide— even as we continue to make important advances in rural broadband—and we’ve got to preserve and improve that service for the folks who rely on it most.”

“For North Dakotans in rural communities—whether they have access to high-speed internet or not—reliable mail service is a key ingredient to a successful business and staying connected,” said Heitkamp. “But too often, that high-quality service is not delivered—and that’s exactly what Senator McCaskill and I are working to improve. Today, we received the results of a Government Accountability Office study we requested which affirmed what folks in rural states have long known—that communities and businesses in rural areas depend on mail service regardless of their internet connection. By providing more clarity, we can make sure dependable mail service is prioritized in the rural communities where it is needed the most.”

The Government Accountability Office report examined the relationship between broadband access and use of the Postal Service in rural and urban communities. The report found that rural households without broadband access continue to rely on the Postal Service for more transaction and correspondence mail—and value this service for a variety of reasons, including fewer retail alternatives and a high level of trust in USPS services. The study also found that when rural households get broadband access, they do not reduce their use of the Postal Service.

McCaskill and Heitkamp are leading sponsors of the Rural Postal Act, a bill that aims to improve postal service, delivery times, and standards in rural communities that have been disproportionately affected by cuts to the Postal Service. The bill—also backed by Senator Jon Tester of Montana—would restore overnight delivery, return a faster First-Class mail standard, make six-day delivery permanent, and enact strict criteria the Postal Service would have to meet before closing a post office to ensure that rural communities are still able to easily access the mail system.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Tigers Set School Record with Biggest Comeback in Football History

Worth County got off to a promising start, fell into a 28-8 hole, and then set a school record by erasing it to beat Stanberry 44-42 Friday heading into the playoffs. With the win, they spared themselves a trip to Rock Port that was hanging over their heads throughout much of the year. Worth County finished behind Stanberry and Rock Port in point standings, but with the head to head victory, automatically got seeded ahead of Stanberry. They play the winner of Stanberry and North/West Nodaway on October 28th at Worth County. Game time is 7 pm.

Stanberry got the ball to start off, but ran into trouble when Tristin Stoll was called for facemask while fighting for extra yardage. They were forced to punt after getting a first down and the ensuing kick was shanked and traveled only five yards, setting up Worth County’s first score as the ball went out of bounds at the Stanberry 26. A horsecollar penalty on one of the Bulldog players moved the ball to the 13. Worth County lost two yards in three plays, but Ryan McClellan, starting at quarterback in place of Cade Allee (concussion), threw a strike to Wade Rush, who beat Brad Hailey into the left corner of the end zone for Worth County’s first score. Isaac Alarcon slipped off a tackler and dove into the end zone to make it 8-0 with 7:13 left.

Caleb Parman’s kick went into the end zone and Stanberry got the ball at their own 15. Trey Schieber got a first down off a screen pass and a fumble from Schieber bounded forward and into the arms of Cole Craig for nine more yards. From there, Cory Luke ate Worth County alive for much of the remainder of the half as he bounced outside for 14 on one play thanks to poor tackling, and went on jaunts of 7 and 20 before Caleb Parman saved a touchdown at the Tiger 1. A fumble set Stanberry back to the 4, but then Schieber rumbled in as the tackling was non-existent for Worth County during that series.  Stanberry was flagged for helping the runner forward and then Stoll was flagged for a helmet to helmet hit. Finally, Ryan McClellan broke up an extra point pass in the end zone to keep Worth County in front 8-6 with 3:24 left in the first.

Worth County struggled with its snapping game for the entire first half, and an errant snap buried them on their own one on the next possession. A short kick gave Stanberry the ball on the Tiger 21 and Schieber converted a fourth and two at the 13 and Luke once again fooled everyone with a sweep down the left side with 10:56 left in the second quarter. Brad Hailey caught a pass to make it 14-8.
Once again, a pair of bad snaps gave Stanberry good field position at the Tiger 35 and once again, Luke fooled everyone as he sprinted in uncontested into the end zone with 8:58 left. He threw a pass to Cole Craig for the extra points to make it 22-8.

The avalanche did not stop there as yet another bad snap forced a three and out and once again, Luke victimized Worth County as he scrambled 12 yards on third and long for a first down to the Tiger 24. A facemask put the ball on the 10 and on third and goal at the Tiger 4, Luke fooled everyone again with a sweep down the left side with 2:15 left to make it 28-8.

But from there on out, Worth County started to find its footing. Stanberry buried them at their own 15 with the ensuing kick, but on their first play from scrimmage, Ryan McClellan found Caleb Parman over the middle and he outraced everyone down the right sideline for a scare. Worth County faked a reverse to Parman on the extra point and Isaac Alarcon dove in for the two points to make it 28-16 with 2:01 left. On Stanberry’s first play from scrimmage, Drake Kinsella hit Stoll hard, the ball popped free, and Ryan McClellan scooped and scored with 1:49 left to make it 28-22.

Worth County had every reason to hang their heads after the ensuing play as a helmet to helmet penalty following an unsuccessful onside kick attempt put the ball on the Tiger 25. This time, it was Stoll who broke free with 1:01 left and Luke ran in the extra points to make it 36-22. Worth County had a chance to answer after Caleb Parman caught another long pass from Ryan McClellan, but a phantom holding penalty, in which nobody from Worth County was even remotely near the play, brought it back to their own 37.

But they got the ball to start the third quarter. They were faced with third and long, but Ryan McClellan scrambled for a first down to the 40.

All of a sudden, Isaac Alarcon, who had been boxed in throughout the first half, found some daylight as he ripped off gains of 12 and 24 yards down to the Bulldog 4. An offsides penalty put it on the two and two cracks from Wade Rush got Worth County into the end zone. Ryan McClellan got a block from Drake Kinsella and cut back into the end zone with 9:28 left in the third to make it 36-30.

Stanberry went three and out on its next possession and Isaac Alarcon got a 17 yard run off a block from Wade Rush to the Bulldog 37 for a first down. Another six yarder plus a helmet to helmet hit on Stanberry put the ball on the 15. On the next play, it turned into a busted play as it was designed to go to the right, but there were black shirts everywhere. But Ryan McClellan improvised and reversed his field down the left side for a score with 6:17 left to tie it at 36. Stanberry pushed Caleb Parman in the end zone as Worth County was trying to throw him a pass, but the referee was scrambling to get out of the way and didn’t see the interference and the game remained tied at 36.

Stanberry went three and out again as Worth County did a much better job of covering Luke than they did in the first half. On one play, Wade Rush totally disregarded Trey Schieber, and dropped Luke for a loss of three. Worth County got the ball back and Isaac ran for a first down, but they were stalled at the 19. Instead of kicking it away, Worth County tried to fake punt and it fooled nobody as Isaac Alarcon ran into a wall of black shirts at his own 23. That set up Stanberry’s final score as Schieber’s counter got a first down to the 4. Isaac Alarcon nearly stripped Luke and took off the other way for a score, but he was ruled stood up before Alarcon could make his play. That was similar to another near-miss by Alarcon in 8th grade, when he tried to strip one of the Stanberry backs and butterfingered it before he could take off for a score. Luke got into the end zone with 11:14 left to put Stanberry back up 42-36, but on an option play, Drake Kinsella and Caleb Parman combined to stop Stoll a yard short of the end zone for a critical stop.

It looked like it wouldn’t matter as Worth County got its next punt blocked by Elroy Anderson and Stanberry had a short field to work with at the Tiger 24 with a chance to go up two scores. But then Worth County made the first of two successful goal line stands. Luke scrambled for 16 down to the Tiger 7 and Schieber plowed ahead for 5 to the Tiger 1 for third and goal. But then Colton Wilmes and Isaac Alarcon combined to drop Schieber for a loss back to the 3 and a screen pass fooled nobody as Luke came under a heavy rush and his pass misfired.

The long field did not faze Worth County as Alarcon’s first down run got Worth County out of the hole at the 14. Ryan McClellan picked up two more and then Isaac Alarcon bounced to the left side and found nothing but daylight ahead as he scampered for a 64 yard score to tie it up with 4:42 left in the game. Ryan McClellan faked the reverse to Caleb Parman and cut back to the middle for a score to put Worth County up 44-42.

There was a heartstopping moment as Worth County elected to kick deep and Clayton Stoll nearly broke one; had he not stepped out of bounds at the 28, he might have gone all the way as he had a step on Worth County’s final defender. Worth County seemingly stopped Stanberry but a horsecollar gave them new life at the 40. Stanberry, which normally runs two tight ends and runs it at you, spread it out for the first time all night and Cory Luke found some daylight 21 yards on a scramble down to the 19.

Stanberry elected to take time off the clock and leave Worth County with as little time as possible to counter. Luke scrambled again for eight more to the 11, picked up three more on a sneak for a first down, and picked up two more to the six before meeting Devin Jackson. Continuing to spread it out, they tried a jet sweep with Schieber, but the play, which Pattonsburg had burned Worth County with, was blown up by Isaac Alarcon and a swarm of white shirts back to the 8 with 1:11 left.

Luke took a shot into the end zone, trying to exploit Mason Hawk, normally a defensive end. But the tall junior sealed off the intended receiver and batted the ball away, setting up one more try. Once again, Luke dropped back to pass and started to scramble, something that had picked him up all night. But this time, Devin Jackson got loose from his blocker and had his finest moment as a Tiger as he dragged down Luke at the 9 to give Worth County the ball back on downs with 56 seconds left.
Worth County still needed to make a play to kill the clock as Stanberry had two timeouts. Isaac Alarcon ran for six on the first play, but was dropped for a loss of four back to the 11 on the next as Stanberry used its last timeout. But this time, Ryan McClellan faked a handoff to Alarcon, and as the black shirts were swarming to stop Alarcon and force Worth County to punt, McClellan dove ahead for a first down to the 20 to finally kill the clock.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Stewartsville, Three Other NWMO Post Offices Targeted for Closure

(Senator McCaskill’s Office) – Four St. Joseph-area post offices and 35 other Missouri post offices would be protected from indefinite “emergency closure” under new bipartisan legislation from U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a longtime champion of rural postal service. The bill would prevent the U.S. Postal Service from using its emergency suspension process—meant to be temporary—to indefinitely close post offices without notice to the community, opportunity to appeal, or a timeframe for either reopening or permanently closing the facility.

In the St. Joseph region, these include the Olive Street and 10th Street locations in St. Joseph, and the Amity and Stewartsville Post Offices.

Since 2011, 650 postal facilities across the country were “temporarily” closed under emergency suspension. Of those closures, 511 remain closed today, and the Postal Service has not told those communities if—or when—those post offices might reopen. McCaskill introduced the legislation with Republican Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas.

“Missourians in rural communities rely on the Postal Service, and shouldn’t be left in limbo without knowing if the temporary closure of their post office will be a permanent one,” said McCaskill, a former Missouri State Auditor and senior member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Postal Service. “These post offices are part of the lifeblood of our communities—a source of employment and a lifeline for commerce—and we can’t allow the Postal Service to balance its books on the backs of small communities by shuttering post offices where they’re often most needed, with little transparency or explanation.”

“This bipartisan legislation improves the transparency and accountability of the postal services provided throughout the country, but particularly to rural America,” said Anthony D. Leonardi, National President, National Association of Postmasters of the United States. “Many times, Postmasters, workers and communities have been surprised by abrupt and unexpected post office suspensions with little notice and no timetable for their reopening, if they reopen at all. That’s why Senator McCaskill’s Postal Closure Accountability Act is critical—it would help end these unexpected closures, and ensure that communities are informed about the status of their community post offices.”

McCaskill, a longtime advocate for postal service in rural communities, is widely credited with having waged a successful campaign over several years to save rural post offices and maintain delivery standards. Earlier this year, she called out the Postal Service for its use of these “emergency suspension” authority to close down Missouri post offices, potentially circumventing the standard process that requires input from communities that would feel the effects of a closure and notifications to Congress.

In January, McCaskill demanded answers from the Postal Service on how it will protect mail delivery for rural Missourians and efficiently manage the cost-sharing benefits with competitors to carry mail the “last mile,” especially in rural areas, saying: “I think it’s really important we get a handle on [rural delivery times]. Those of us who are really pushing to protect rural delivery…think it’s important we know what we’re working with from a data-driven basis.”

And McCaskill is a leading sponsor of the Rural Postal Act, a bill that aims to improve postal service, delivery times, and standards in rural communities that have been disproportionately affected by cuts to the Postal Service. The bill—also backed by Senators Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Jon Tester of Montana—would restore overnight delivery, return a faster First-Class mail standard, make six-day delivery permanent, and enact strict criteria the Postal Service would have to meet before closing a post office to ensure that rural communities are still able to easily access the mail system.

Worth County Sheriff's Report

10-3 – Person in for CCW permit.
10-4 – Person in for well-being report.
10-4 – Person calls to report a man at Casey’s who locked their keys in their vehicle.
10-5 – Tested sirens to make sure all is working.
10-5 – Person calls on a warrant.
10-6 – Person reports 16 head of cows and calves on their property and no fence; wonders whose they are.
10-6 – Person in to see the Sheriff.
10-6 – Officer en route to Ringgold County Jail with prisoner.
10-7 – Person calls for Sheriff on CCW permit.
10-7 – Person in for CCW renewal.
10-7 – Officer en route to Ringgold County to pick up prisoner to transport to Department of Corrections in St. Joseph.
10-7 – Person calls to see if officer is going to pick up a statement.
10-7 – Person in to register as sex offender.
10-8 – Person called on some stuff officer took after investigation.
10-9 – Person hit a deer on 46 two miles east of Grant City.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Worth County Junior High Football Unbeaten

Worth County’s Junior High squad went unbeaten following their 38-8 win over Stanberry Monday. They started off with a 62-0 halftime victory over Platte Valley, then beat Mound City 42-6. They had their closest game of the year over archrival Albany as they won 50-44. They then beat North Andrew 24-0, pitching a shutout and then beat King City 38-6 and then Stanberry.

Editorial -- In Football, Safety of Kids Must Come First

There was a pretty interesting game at St. Joseph Christian on October 7th between North/West Nodaway and St. Joseph Christian. Everything that could have went wrong during the Muskets’ 52-0 loss to Christian did go wrong. The officials did not show up and the game, which started after 9 pm, was not played with registered officials until late in the first half, when officials from another game finally came and finished it. Naturally, there were plenty of missed calls as a two-man crew consisting of one coach from each team struggled to keep up with the players. Since there was no ambulance present, someone might have gotten seriously hurt. While St. Joseph Christian School is only one mile away from Mosaic Hospital, if a football player is seriously hurt, preventing serious or permanent injury or even death could be a matter of minutes or even seconds.

A few years ago, there was a player from Tipton (MO) who was fatally injured at a football game. Ever since then, there have been calls for the MSHSAA to adopt a rule requiring that each school have an ambulance at home games. Currently, guidelines state that schools should either have an ambulance at the field or communicate contingency plans to visiting schools. The MSHSAA has not adopted a full-fledged rule, citing cost for certain member schools to secure ambulance services. But they should talk to member schools and consider such a rule. Players are getting bigger, quicker, and more physical every year. In eight man competition, the level of play is getting stronger every year; whereas, Worth County used to have only a few tough games on their schedule, nearly every game is now challenging. Newcomers North Shelby and Braymer have taken their lumps, although King City has found some success and Greenfield is undefeated this year after barely making it through the season two years ago.

When an athlete is hurt, carrying them off in a golf cart is not the best solution because moving someone who is hurt without good reason can make the injury even worse. Emergency services workers are people who are properly trained in how to move someone who is injured without making it worse. While there is frequently someone there who knows how to give first aid, there is no guarantee without an ambulance present.

There have been growing concerns about football and the safety of athletes from the NFL on down. Some former NFL players have had to deal with the after-effects of concussions for the rest of their lives, and the fact that they made millions of dollars does not make it any easier. Many have had a reduced quality of life and/or premature death because of repeated head injuries.

We do not know who was at fault for the fiasco, but if the host school knows there are no officials, the game should be canceled or postponed until they can hire officials. If the officials don’t show up because they double booked, the host school should either contact officials at a nearby game to come do the game or cancel the game. Most officials in that situation are more than willing to help in that kind of scenario.