Saturday, December 31, 2016

Obituary -- Kathleen Marie Foster 1925-2016

Kathleen Marie Foster, 91, Maryville, Missouri died Thursday, December 29, 2016, at Oak Pointe Assisted Living and Memory Care in Maryville.

She was born December 15, 1925 in Maryville to Vilas Earl and Marie Sturm Pope. Kathleen was a 1943 graduate of Maryville High School and then attended college. Kathleen and Gerald Gene Foster were married October 16, 1948 in Maryville.

She was a member of St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church, American Legion Auxiliary and was a Red Cross Volunteer.

Preceding Kathleen in death were her husband Gerald Gene Foster (February 25, 2010), sons Patrick Foster and John Foster, brother Robert Pope and sister, Mary Lou Wilmes.

Kathleen is survived by daughters, Gerry (Jerry) Wagner, Bethany, MO and Rosie (John) Archer, Maryville, brother, Richard (Donna) Pope, Pickering, MO, sister, Ruth Ann (Don) Stoll, Stanberry, MO, 5 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Parish Rosary will be 6:00 PM, Friday, December 30th, followed by visitation from 6:30-7:30 PM, at St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church, Maryville.

Mass of Christian Burial is 10:00 AM, Saturday, December 31st, at St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, all in Maryville.

Memorials may be given to St. Gregory's School, 315 South Davis, Maryville MO 64468 or the American Red Cross-Midland Empire Chapter, 401 North 12th Street, St. Joseph, MO 64501.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sheridan Community Building Flooded

Last Tuesday, the Sheridan Community Building was flooded. Sheridan CBC President Mary Jo Riley said that the place was OK during the lunch hour, but that by later that afternoon, it was flooded. About a dozen CBC members and volunteers came and worked to clean out the water. Riley said that she didn’t know what had caused it, that they had checked with a plumber, and that he couldn’t find anything wrong with the pipes.

Alicia Smith Named World’s Teen Miss USA Tourism Queen for 2017

Alicia Smith was named last month as World’s Teen Miss USA Tourism for 2017. Last year, she organized a community variety show at Ravenwood; she is a cheerleader at Northeast Nodaway and has excelled in numerous dance competitions around the country. She also mentors younger dancers and cheerleaders.

She is organizing a stuffed animal drive this year for Children’s Mercy Hospital, which will be held at Nodaway-Holt on Thursday evening, January 5th at their basketball game. All stuffed animals must be new with tags. There will be bins placed at Citizens Bank in Ravenwood and Maryville if you cannot attend the game.

Alicia is the daughter of Danny and Tracy Smith of Parnell. She is a senior at Northeast Nodaway, and her motto is, “No Regrets!”

Five Charged with Trespassing Near Isadora

Five people from Jamesport were charged for 2nd degree trespassing onto the Kimmons G2 farm near Isadora. The Missouri Department of Conservation ticketed the five men on December 2nd at around 5 pm. Prosecutor Tina Dieter filed the charges on December 19th. Charged were Lavenn Breely (40), Eli Borntrager (48), Devon Ropp (20), Edwin Ropp (46), and Brian Waltums (27), all of Jamesport. A 2nd degree trespassing charge is an infraction.

Among other charges that were filed, Doy Allee (44) of Grant City was ticketed by the Worth County Sheriff’s Department on December 15th with speeding 69 miles per hour. Charges were filed on December 19th. He is not the well-known Sheridan farmer and businessman.

Jeremy Foster (25) of Grant City was ticketed for having no seat belt and failure to have two lighted headlamps on 6th & High on October 2nd at around 2:09 am. Charges were filed on December 19th.

Thomas Rathmann (26) of Worth was ticketed by the Worth County Sheriff’s Department for speeding 70 miles per hour on 169 and 190th street on December 12th at 6:50 pm. Charges were filed on December 19th. He was also ticketed for operating without a valid license.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Obituary -- Karen Hayes 1947-2016

Karen S. Hayes, 69, of Albany, passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at Worth County Convalescent Center in Grant City, MO.

 Karen was born January 19, 1947 in Albany. She was the daughter of John N. and Ester (Jasper) McMillen. Her parents preceded her in death.

 She was also preceded in death by her niece Mindy Grace.

 For several years, Karen worked as a print operator for Nebs Printing in Maryville. She was a member of the Albany United Methodist Church.

 Survivors: sons, Jay (Twyla) Hayes, Craig (Amy) Hayes, both of Mulvane, KS; grandson, Easton Hayes; twin sister, Sharen (Gene) Wilson, Albany; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and one great-great-niece; long time friends, Debbi (Ray) Schmitz, Vicki Berry, Maree Daise; faithful companion, MS Rowdy.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Country Corners to Become Full Scale Restaurant

Johnny Thurman has purchased Country Corners and will assume ownership from Ejaz Ahmed on January 1st. He told the Express he plans to turn the south end into a full scale restaurant by around April. Removal of the old laundry machines was already taking place as of Friday evening. Country Corners will continue to offer a deli menu on the north wing. The south end will have a normal food menu with Mexican nights and other specials.

Business at Country Corners has slowly been picking up in recent months, with two morning coffee clubs  getting together daily. It will continue to offer gas, fountain drinks, coffee, and other convenience items.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Don Null Appointed to WCCC Board

Don Null was appointed to the WCCC Board Wednesday at the conclusion of the regular board meeting. He will represent Smith Township along with the northern half of Allen Township. The board is now back up to its full slate of six members. The current census is at 20 residents along with one Medicare Part A patient. Each board member represents a different geographical area of the county. Other members include Jeff Thummel (West Union), Scott Houk (East Union and Greene), Susan Gladstone Tucker (Middlefork and South Allen), Jim Larson (West Fletchall), and Patti Spainhower (East Fletchall).

Grant City Awards Trash Bids; Prepares for Great Northwest Days

The City of Grant City awarded trash bids for the next five years to Porter Trash, which is their current provider. The city also received a bid from Advanced Trash, which is based in Mid-Missouri. Porter’s bid was $11.15 per month per resident. Advanced was $11.75 per month per resident with an increase of 2.5% per year along with a fuel surcharge.

Economic Developer and Emergency Management Director Gene Auten talked about preparations for Great Northwest Days, which will be held next year in Jefferson City. He reported that he has begun raising money; the Wool Shop will donate dusters to people. Points of emphasis for legislators will be declining population as well as transportation. Mayor Debbie Roach said one of the city’s main concerns was infrastructure; the city is looking at upgrading its wastewater system to comply with EPA and DNR regulations.

Auten said that there was a need for a rural policy office at the state level which would lobby legislators and the governor’s office year-round. “We need a full-time advocate for rural Missouri at the state level,” he said. For instance, he said there are some well-meaning programs that don’t help the area because their threshold is too high, such as the Mo Works program. While preparing for the event, Auten said he had discovered some interesting facts about the county, such as the fact that Worth County has the world’s largest vintage sled collection, located at Denver Sleigh Works. One of the first Pony Express riders is buried in Worth County.

Auten reported that he is talking with some people who are interested in starting new businesses in the county.

Auten reported that there were movements in other parts of the state to demolish old houses; cities and private citizens would put money in to form a non-profit, which would demolish old houses and sell the land, frequently to neighbors. One town in Missouri got rid of 13 old homes in a year this way. This process would not be as subject to DNR and EPA regulations, since the government can’t tell people what they can and can’t do with their property.

Auten reported that the Hazardous Mitigation meeting in Sheridan went well, with over 50 people present. He said that the goal was to identify critical infrastructure that FEMA can build up better than it was before in the event of a major disaster like a tornado. Grant City will be asked to take active steps to improve positioning in the event of a disaster. The last such plan was passed five years ago. There will be one more such meeting for the county. Attendance from concerned citizens at these meetings counts for in-kind donations for FEMA aid purposes.

Deputy Sheriff Scott Sherer attended the meeting and said that he would be open to enforcing city ordinances. The city would have to set up a municipal court system first. In previous years, the city had paid a monthly salary plus gas, a car, and a radio, but decided that it was not worth the money. Currently, sheriff’s officers can already enforce such things as domestic disturbances and DWI’s, since these are violations of state law.

In recent years, cities have come under fire from the state for collective excess revenues; this trend has accelerated since the Ferguson unrest of 2014. But councilman Bruce Downing said, “We’re not in it for the revenue; we just want people to clean up their properties.”

If the city were to set up a court system, they would have to have a separate clerk and have a separate entity. It would be up to an arresting officer to decide whether to arrest someone under city ordinances or state ordinances if a city court were established.

Public Works Director Carl Staton reported that city crews were tinkering with equipment, removed two gas lines, and fixed two leaks. He reported that the door on the south end of the city barn was deteriorating and needed replaced for a price tag of $1,900. The council authorized the expense.
The city received an inquiry about trailers in town. Trailers are only legal in the city if they meet zoning requirements and city specifications. On areas not zoned for trailers, people can stay there temporarily, but not permanently.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Obituary -- James Robert Johnson 1950-2016

James Robert Johnson son of Marcella (Brown) Johnson and Jesse Johnson was born on December 3rd, 1950 in Gunneson Colorado. Jim grew up in Diagonal and graduated from Diagonal High School in 1969, “Nothin’ Finer than a ‘69er.
After high school Jim joined the Army Reserves and served in Viet Nam from 1970-1972 and received an honorable discharge in 1976. Upon returning from the service Jim was a farm hand for John and Sandra Taylor and Jake and Bert Jezek in Diagonal.
On November 24, 1976 he was united in marriage to Joyce Still and to this union came their only child, Jayla Sue born October 27, 1978.
Jim then worked for Gerald’s plumbing in Mt Ayr Iowa and became familiar with the ins and outs of the plumbing heating, cooling trade. He went on to drive a truck for Kenny Calvin out of Creston, and later Jacobson transportation out of Des Moines.
Jim and Joyce made the decision to begin a new business venture, and started 3 J’s Plumbing and Wiring in 1988, working side by side. They served the Ringgold County area for almost 20 years.
When Jim’s mother Marcella became ill, Jim made the decision he needed to be closer to home, and took a dispatcher position with the Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office which he enjoyed from 1999-2006.
In Jim’s younger years, he enjoyed many activities including hunting, fishing, bowling and dancing. After a disabling lawn mower accident Jim kept busy at home with wood working projects, perfecting his peanut brittle recipe, and entertaining Jayla’s friends or as he referred to them “his girls” at the kitchen table “aka” Johnson Bar and Grill and sometimes he would participate with his own special “tottie for the body”.
Jim never knew stranger and always had a smile on his face and a positive outlook on life. With all his health conditions he never complained and never gave up.
Jim’s daughter Jayla Sue was the light of his life, he taught her many life lessons including how to change her own oil and make sure your fishing pole is equipped with line before you get to the pond. Jim had many “adopted” daughters including his special niece Heather and always treated Jayla’s friends as his own.
On October 1, 2009 Jim became a grandpa to Wyatt James Daniel Parman. He loved being a PaPa, they shared a special bond. They enjoyed playing games on the tablet and spending quality time together. Jim was a member of the American Legion Post #172, and Faith Lodge #179.
Jim and Joyce were blessed to celebrate 40 years of marriage together, making memories and friendships that will never be forgotten. They enjoyed traveling, camping and playing cards with special friends.
Jim passed away suddenly on December 21st, 2016 at Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Jim was preceded in death by mother Marcella Briner, father Richard Briner, sister Sandy Johnson.
Those left to cherish his memory include: his loving wife Joyce; daughter Jayla Sue Johnson and fiance’ Keven Parman; grandsons Wyatt James Daniel Parman and Tanner Parman; special niece Heather Martin; brothers Allen Briner, Steve Briner, Mike Briner, and families; aunt Annabelle Jones; step-mother Dora Briner; and a host of other nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial fund has been established in his name to be decided later.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Editorial -- South Nodaway Gym Turns Into Ice Skating Rink

The floor at South Nodaway Tuesday night was like an ice skating rink at times, creating treacherous conditions for players for both North Nodaway and South Nodaway.

This has nothing to do with the outcome; the Mustangs lost both games. The girls hung gamely with one of the elite teams of the area in South Nodaway, held down future Northwest commit Mallory McConkey, and stuck with them for two and a half quarters before the floodgates opened and they lost 69-39. The South Nodaway boys are a much better team than the squad that lost 86-23 to Worth County. Against North Nodaway, they took the ball out top early and repeatedly froze the ball, only moving it around when they had to; the game slowed to a crawl. North Nodaway did not respond well to South Nodaway's stalling tactics and fell 51-25.

But the issue is player safety; we would be writing this if the scores had been reversed and North Nodaway had won. Playing conditions were bad during the girls game; players had to be careful to avoid slipping and sliding on the playing surface. Playing conditions got worse during the course of the evening; by the time the boys game started, players from both sides were slipping and sliding all over the floor as moisture was forming on the floor.

While the administration did a good job telling people to stay off the floor, that did not solve the problem, as there were slick spots on the east area, where there is hardly any foot traffic during the game. On the west end, Mustang guard Peyton Coleman repeatedly fell trying to drive at the west basket during the first half. On the east end, there were instances where South Nodaway players were slipping and falling on the slick floor near the baseline area, including one time when Longhorn player Logan Harlan slipped, fell, and was shaken up and North Nodaway player Cole Bird stuck behind to help him up and make sure he was OK.

When the teams switched sides for the second half, things did not get much better. There were multiple times where players from both teams were slipping and falling, especially on the east end near the baseline area, including one time where two Longhorn players tripped and fell following a defensive board, tripped up Peyton Coleman, and the officials called Coleman for a foul.

The bottom line is that this game should not have been played, regardless of the outcome or the score. The safety of the players has got to come first. We understand that schools in the area have tight budgets, but if a school is unwilling or unable to provide for the safety of both sides' players at athletic events, then they need to rethink the value of offering athletics.

Schools call off games all the time due to treacherous roads during basketball season or muddy fields during softball and baseball seasons. And schools stop games all the time during football season or track when there is lightning. We understand there is inherent risk in playing any sport, but it should be no different when it comes to playing surfaces; if one person is injured or could be injured because of unsafe playing conditions as opposed to the inherent risk of playing sports, then it is not worth playing the contest.

On a related note, the Worth County School Board and Administration did the right thing when they put in the new gym floor and bleachers this year. The old floor and bleachers served the school well for 60 years, but the wear and tear on the floor was getting to the point where it would create a hazard for athletes playing on it if it were let go for too long. Players were not slipping and sliding on the floor during Monday's games with Mount Ayr despite people tracking in snow and mud from the outside; the new floor held up well. The point is that the games should be decided by the players on the floor, not by unsafe playing conditions for both schools.

Hawk Has Career Night Against Raiders, Gets 20 Points and 18 Boards as Tiger Boys Win

The Class 2 Mount Ayr Raiders came in with plenty of size and talent, but they had nobody who could match up with Mason Hawk, who got 20 points and 18 boards in Monday night’s 59-36 victory. Everyone up north knew about Cade Allee and his shooting and had good reason to be worried (Cade has family in Diagonal), but it was Mason Hawk, who was relentlessly going to the rim and crashing offensive boards who ate the Raiders alive.

Mount Ayr threatened to take control early as Tristan Holmes hit a triple right off the bat. But another 3-pointer went in and out and consecutive 3-pointers from Cade Allee prompted Mount Ayr skipper Bret Ruggles’ first time out.

It didn’t work as Jacob New scored off a backdoor layup, Drake Kinsella hit from the high post, and Mason Hawk scored off a backdoor look and a couple of free throws as the Tigers jumped to a 16-3 lead after one despite Ruggles burning another time out in a vain attempt to stop the run.

Worth County started getting sloppy on the defensive end and Mount Ayr finally found their rhythm, chipping away and closing to within 18-9. Worth County’s only basket was a pair of free throws from Isaac Alarcon off a pass from Drake Kinsella, who was working the high post to perfection Monday night. But Alarcon went off, converting a 3-point play and hitting a triple off a pass from Jacob New to put Worth County back in control.

Isaac Grose’s free throw cut it to 24-10, but the fact that they were focusing so hard on Cade Allee opened up the inside for the rest of the half. Mason Hawk scored from inside, Drake Kinsella had a pair of free throws and an and-one bucket, and Jacob New hit a 3-pointer for Worth County as they raised their lead to 34-10 at the half.

Mason Hawk, the relentless board crashing man, grabbed a putback and Jacob New banked home a 3-pointer to raise Worth County’s lead to 39-12 at the 6:10 mark. Coach Bryce Schafer had talked about starting off stronger in the third quarter, so this was an encouraging sign.

But all of a sudden, Ruggles, the Mount Ayr skipper, found something that worked as he went to an all-guard lineup; instead of walking it up and running the offense, they began using their speed and pushing it up the floor at every chance. Dawson Frost, a freshman, hit a 3-pointer to get himself going and that was all the spark he needed; with Frost as the spearhead, Mount Ayr was running up and down the floor at will, scoring baskets, and cutting into Worth County’s lead. Frost scored 11 out of Mount Ayr’s 20 points in the period. In the blink of an eye, Worth County’s lead went from 27 to 15 despite Hawk continuing to crash the boards and score for Worth County. Worth County was shorthanded as they lost Ryan McClellan in the first half (toe) and were struggling to adjust without their point guard.

Things were getting interesting with Worth County’s lead cut to 45-30 at the start of the fourth. But Mount Ayr ran out of steam as the fourth quarter started. They continued to try to spread it out, but Worth County did a much better job helping out on defense; two 3-pointers for Mount Ayr that would have gotten it closer than 15 were in and out and Worth County started finding the range again and Wayde Parman played some quality minutes on defense, seeing his first extended playing time of his career. Drake Kinsella hit from the high post and Isaac Alarcon scored in transition and got a putback to make it 51-30 and push it back over 20 again. Mason Hawk hit two free throws and added a putback, and Cade Allee scored off a pullup after a pass from Jacob New to make it 57-30 with under four minutes to go.

Mason Hawk had 20 for the Tigers. Isaac Alarcon had 12, Cade Allee 10, Drake Kinsella 9, and Jacob New 8.

The girls game was non-competitive as they faced the best team they will face all year as they fell to perennial powerhouse Mount Ayr 60-14. The Raiderettes featured Kelcie Shields, a six-footer who can touch the rim, who blocked three shots and altered many more as Worth County kept going to the rim only to be denied. They also had to deal with the play of Sam Stewart, a guard who came off the bench to wreak plenty of havoc; the scary thing is that she is only a freshman.

Regan Allee had 5 to lead the Tigers, Anna Gladstone had 3, Kaylee McElvain and Merrideth Spiers had 2, and Jessi Badell and Kristin New had 1 each.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Obituary -- Edward Rolland Barcus 1931-2016

Edward Rolland Barcus, 85, of Maryville, MO, and formerly of Clearmont, MO, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at the VA Hospital in Kansas City, MO.

Ed was born on April 16, 1931, in Ruthven, IA. His parents were Irvin Earl and Edith Martha (McCullah) Barcus. They preceded him in death. He was also preceded by his wife, Ruth, on January 15, 2013. Ed spend most all his life in the area.

He proudly served his country in the US Navy, from 1951 to 1956. 

On December 25, 1955, he was united in marriage to Ruth Elaine Friend, at the Clearmont Baptist Church. 

Ed spend 25 years at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville. He was a campus safety officer, and later was in the environmental department. In his younger days he was a farmer and trucker.

He was a member and attended the Clearmont Baptist Church, Clearmont, MO, and the Bradley-Carver American Legion Post 492, Elmo, MO.

His survivors include his 3 children, David E. (Jeanette) Barcus, Clearmont, MO, Gloria M (Joe) Reidlinger, Maryville, MO, and Darla K. (Jeff) Smith, Coin, IA; his brother, James I. (Sue) Barcus, Hopkins, MO, and his sister, Dorthy M. Fluke, Bedford, IA; 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO. The burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Clearmont, MO. Military rites will be conducted at the cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 PM, Monday, December 19, 2016, at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the Clearmont Baptist Church, Clearmont, MO.

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Fatal Accident in Wreck Near Pattonsburg

There was a fatal accident Friday evening on ice covered roadways north of Pattonsburg. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 2017 Freightliner driven by Nicholas Taylor (35) of Des Moines was southbound on I-35 at around 8:45 that evening when it traveled off the right side of the roadway and began to slide. It impacted an embankment and began to overturn. The vehicle came to rest west of southbound I-35 facing northwest. Taylor was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Four Year Old Seriously Injured in Wreck on Ice Covered Roads

A four year old was seriously injured in a wreck on an ice covered roadway near Bethany Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 2007 Chevy Uplander driven by Teresa Hudson (61) of Hatfield was southbound on 69 when she lost control on an ice covered roadway and went off the right side, coming to rest on the driver's side. Hudson received minor injuries. One passenger, Kadence Lambert (6) of Hatfield, received moderate injuries. Another passenger, Remington Doolittle (4), received serious injuries. None were wearing safety devices at the time of the accident. All were taken by Ambulance to Harrison County Hospital.

Five Members of Grant City Family Injured in St. Joseph Wreck

Five members of a Grant City family were injured in a wreck in St. Joseph Friday afternoon in icy conditions. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 2012 Chevy SUV driven by Ashleigh Moser (32) of Grant City was northbound and a 2001 Ford Pickup driven by Austin Moylan (22) was southbound on I-29. The pickup driven by Moylan lost control, skidded across the median, and into the northbound lanes. The front of the pickup struck the SUV in the passenger side. The pickup skidded off the east side of the roadway coming to rest facing east. The SUV came to rest northeast in the middle of northbound I-29.

All five occupants of the SUV, Ashleigh Moser, Jonathan Moser (36), Landon Moser (10), Mason Moser (4), and Nataleigh Moser (5) received moderate injuries and were taken to Mosaic by EMS. Moylan was not injured. All were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

Obituary -- Agnes Eileen (Freemyer) Matheny 1925-2016

Agnes Eileen Freemyer Matheny was born into this world on February 18, 1925 the oldest child of William Freemyer and Opal Deardorff Freemyer in Grant City, Missouri. She left this world on December 16, 2016.
Eileen was educated in Maloy, Iowa. She married the love of her life Earl Matheny on January 24, 1942 in Grant City, Missouri. They lived in Blockton the first few years of their marriage. Earl went into the Navy in the fall of 1942 and was discharged in 1945. She was a homemaker during Earl’s absence, raising their children Donna and Karen. Upon his return from the war, they lived for a short time in Conway working as tenant farmers before returning to Clearfield. Son Earl Dwight was born during this time. He worked for Massey Harris in Clearfield upon their return.
They moved to Creston in 1953 while Earl worked at the HyVee store as a produce manager. They lived in Creston until 1960 when they returned to Clearfield and purchased the E&E Grocery store. Earl and Eileen ran the grocery until son Dwight bought them out in 1975. Eileen spent her life as a homemaker and worked along side Earl for years.
Eileen was an avid reader, seamstress and cook. She read her whole life until her eyesight was taken from her, passing along her love of reading to her family. She spent her life cooking and taught many of her family to be the excellent cooks they are now. Her love of family was the most important to her. Spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren was extremely special to Eileen.
She was a member of the Legion Auxiliary, Methodist Women’s Circle and the Clearfield Methodist Church. She was happy to see all of her friends and visit with anyone who came by. She loved life and spreading joy to all. After Earl’s death, Eileen continued to live in their home until her passing.
Eileen is survived by her daughter Donna (Keith) Moore of Creston, children Diane (Randy) Long, their children Jason Long, his daughter Josie, Amy Long, her children Tyler and Ivy, Jeremy Long, his daughter Rylann, Heather (Jon) Ecker, their children Madison and Hayden, Karla (Nic) Denney, their children Josh (Paige) Hancock, Nathan (special friend Hayley) Hogue and son Booker, Clint (Shaun) Kniep, their children Jillian and Tessa, Tammy (Glen) LaFratte, their daughter Miranda, Blake (Mikki) Moore, the daughter Reagan, daughter Karen Elliott of Clearfield, her son Lester (Amber) Elliott, their son Brody, son Dwight (Carol) Matheny of Clearfield, their daughter Courtney (fiancé Donnie) Snyder, her children Alex York, her son Jace, sons, Trey Snyder and Kaden Snyder, sister Donna Gray, brother Wes (wife) Freemyer, Harold (special friend Enid) Freemyer, brother-in-law Wilbur Matheny, a host of nieces, nephews, and special friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl in March of 1989, her parents, grandchildren Larry, Lannie, Lonnie, and Angela England, great-grandson, Benjamin Dodge, son-in-law, Lester Elliott, sister-in-laws Ardith Sickels and Mary Lou Walkup, brother-in-law Joseph Matheny, sister-in-laws JoAnn Freemyer and Harriet Ann Freemyer.
Casket bearers will be Paul Roger Whitmore, George Bailey, Gordon Still, Greg Beggs, Doug Boyer, Joe Routh, and Dwayne Cason. Honorary casket bearers include her seven grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.

Around 1,200 Attend Worth County Elementary Christmas Concert

Around 1,200 people attended the Elementary Christmas Concert at Worth County Thursday night. Witnesses said that the gym had packed more people than any recent event at the school; the bleachers seat 800 for ballgames, and the floor is lined with chairs during concerts. The concert was moved from the afternoon to the evening, allowing a lot more people to attend. There were sightings of The Grinch there, and Santa made an appearance as well. Students from all the grades shared what they had learned during Mrs. Capps’ music classes.

The event has become one of the biggest events in the county. The Allendale Fourth of July Breakfast typically draws 800-1,000 a year, while graduation typically draws a similar number. The Albany homecoming game from last year also drew a lot of people.

Worth County School Board Accepts One Resignation, Hires New Teacher

The Worth County School Board accepted the resignation of Johnny Thurman, effective December 31st. At that time, he will become the new general manager for Country Corners. The board also voted to hire Keely Sherer as a new probationary teacher.

The Food Service program was rated as “average” by Superintendent Dr. Matt Martz. Strengths listed include the salad bar option and all you can eat fruits and vegetables, the fact that meals comply with nutritional guidelines, the fact that junior high and high school lunches are provided using offer instead of serve meaning less food waste, fewer complaints on food service staff, the new convection oven, and the new salad bar.

Concerns listed including the rising costs, the need for more equipment replacements (the steam table needs to be replaced), the need for a portable steam table to serve elementary breakfast, and the need for a fire suppression system for the gas stove area. Recommendations include looking at costs, looking at increasing meal prices, and upgrading the food service equipment.
The transportation program was rated as Excellent. Strengths listed including the Drivers Training Program; all drivers have the School Bus endorsement and went through 8 hours of training in Maryville. The school had a 90% Fleet Maintenance Award during 2015-2016 and purchased a new bus during the 2014-2015 school year.

Concerns listed include the age and condition of the vans, the age and conditions of the bus fleet, and the need for more drivers. Recommendations include seeking to purchase a new bus in 2017-2018 and looking for an 8-passenger van in good condition to replace one of the current vans.

Elementary Principal Chuck Borey reported that current enrollment was 151 students. Numbers include K=15, 1=22, 3=22, 3=27, 4=20, 5=17, and 6=28. Character Superstars for November include Brooke Monticue and Jordan Dannar (Kindergarten), Dale Deardorff and Samuel Stephenson (1st), Addison Gray and Ethan Lininger (2nd), Katie Fletchall and Garrett Richey (3rd), MacKenzie Walter (4th), Tyler New (5th), and Lanie Cousatte and Mikala Owens (6th). These kids earned a Party with the Principal in which they played Stuff the Turkey and made turkey cookies. 

Book Fair Week was held from December 12th to 16th. Monday was First Mate Monday, where kids brought in pennies and their favorite stuffed first mate. Tuesday was Shiver Me Timbers, in which kids brought in nickels and wore their favorite winter pajamas. Wednesday was Wear it All Wednesday, in which kids brought in dimes and wore their pirate costumes. Thursday was True Treasure Thursday, where kids brought in quarters and a treasure from home to show and tell. Friday was Fill it Up Friday, where kids brought in any coins to fill up the box and then spent time reading when Mr. Borey announced “Drop Everything and Read.”

On December 21st, there will be an Elementary Awards Assembly, a visit from Santa, and Elementary Class Christmas Parties. 

High School Principal Jon Adwell reported that Rob Goade, a retired band director from Centralia High School, came to work with the band on Tuesday, December 6th. At a future basketball game, the Traveling Pep Band from Northwest Missouri State will come and join the Pep Band for a performance. The Band and Choir performed at East Hills Mall in St. Joseph on December 12th. A winter formal was held on December 10th. Gary Steins from the REC granted the school to send one science teacher to MU for a two day workshop on electricity. This counts as continuing education hours.

Mike’s Garage to Become Allendale Automotive, LLC

As of January 2, 2017 Mike's Garage in Allendale, MO will now be known as Allendale Automotive, LLC. After 18 years of service, owners Mike and Carol Hall have decided to sell the shop to current employee of 17 years and wife, Tyrel and Ashley Briner. Mike and his family would like to thank the community and surrounding areas for their support over the years and being given opportunity to serve a great community. Tyrel and his family currently live in the Allendale community and are blessed with opportunity to carry over the shop and continue such a great service that has been available to the community for so many years. Employees that will continue with Allendale Automotive, LLC are David Hall, Ben Badell, and Jed Burwash. Services available will continue to be major and minor repairs on foreign and domestic vehicles. Hours of operation will remain Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm and for questions and appointments we can still be reached at (660)-786-2469. Both the Hall and Briner families would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Mustangs Put On Clinic Over Bobcats; Thompson Leads Three in Double Figures for Girls, Coleman Has 19 for Boys

North Nodaway’s Mustangs put on a clinic over East Harrison Thursday night as both teams put them away early and had a fun night of basketball.

North Nodaway Girls 53, East Harrison 23
East Harrison had every reason to expect a better game coming into Thursday’s game. They were packing some scoring punch despite losing to Worth County, and several of their players knew each other; the Bobcats’ Natayla Selby had played traveling ball with Madison Thompson and some other players.

North Nodaway struck first as Alisha Davison got a steal, Madison Thompson got a putback, Davison went coast to coast after a miss, and Kristin Herndon scored in transition as she got a pass from Davison. But then the Bobcats seemingly found their footing as Selby scored four points as they closed to within 11-8 at the 1:15 mark of the first quarter.

But all of a sudden, Kristin Herndon got behind their press for a long pass from Davison twice and Ashley Thompson added a free throw in the final 56 seconds, a sequence that permanently swung the momentum in North Nodaway’s favor despite Sami Jackson wishing it was a 20 point margin instead of just 8. North Nodaway led 16-8 after one quarter of play.

The same thing that happened to the Bobcats against Worth County happened to them against North Nodaway; they could not stop North Nodaway from constantly pushing the ball up the floor. Alisha Davison got a ton of steals and assists for Sami Jackson’s crew; when she was in foul trouble or resting, Audrey Trimble proved to be a capable backup.

Defensively, North Nodaway played 32 minutes of shut-down ball; after Selby’s initial scores, North Nodaway did a much better job of watching her and she never scored another point. And the gaps were not there for Lauryn Waddle to get open looks; Madison Thompson stuffed Waddle once and Selby once. And Bethany Herndon and Ashley Thompson both got a ton of blocks as the Bobcats tried in vain to attack the basket and draw fouls.

The momentum kept swinging in North Nodaway’s favor in the second as they asserted themselves on the offensive boards, getting a ton of extra possessions and drawing Bobcat skipper Bill Pottorff’s ire at both his players and the officials. North Nodaway got some outside looks early in the second as the Bobcats crashed hard on the Thompson girls, sending 2-3 players at them when either one of them caught it in the post. Kristin Herndon got a couple of outside looks and Kelsi Oberhauser got one before Madison Thompson finally got untracked with a couple of free throws late in the first half as Trimble got her the ball down low. Thompson followed up by knocking down a couple of outside looks with a defender draped all over her as Trimble continued to find her, a sequence that pleased even Sami Jackson. North Nodaway led 30-10 at the half.

North Nodaway continued to feed Madison Thompson early in the second as Audrey Trimble and Kelsi Oberhauser each found her once and she cleaned up after a missed layup to make it 36-11. Ashley Thompson took it from there as Keagan O’Riley was getting her the ball late in the frame as North Nodaway raised their lead to 43-15 after three.

North Nodaway continued to outscore East Harrison in the fourth as Kandace Damgar came off the bench and made some hustle plays, knocked down a shot from the right wing, and hit a couple of free throws. Madison Thompson scored off an inside look as Audrey got her the ball again, Alisha Davison got loose in transition, and Ashley Thompson cleaned up after a miss.

Madison Thompson had 16 for North Nodaway. Ashley Thompson had 12, Kristin Herndon had 10. Alisha Davison had 6, Kandace Damgar had 4, Kelsi Oberhauser had 3, and Keagan O’Riley had 2.

North Nodaway Boys 65, East Harrison 24
This one had every expectation of being closer, given that the teams had split both games last year, with North Nodaway losing in Cainsville and turning around and beating the Bobcats in districts at Stanberry. East Harrison, which didn’t have enough players for Worth County the week before, dressed out five for the North Nodaway game.

It started off close, with the game stuck at 2-2 for a long time and both teams walking it up and throwing up a quick shot against the other’s zone. But then Daytona Lutz knocked one down from the right wing off a pass from Dakota Smyser, Cole Bird followed with one of his deadly middle-range jumpers, and Peyton Coleman took on three to convert an off-balance three-point play. Daytona Lutz got behind the Bobcat defense and the Mustangs were off to the races, leading 12-2 after one.

Peyton Coleman was getting a box and one look most of the night, but he still got open to score, knocking down a driving layup and getting loose in transition for a 3-point play in the second frame. In the meantime, everyone else was getting good looks; Arron Coleman scored off a backdoor pass from Peyton, got loose in transition and took a pass from Dakota Smyser, and got a putback. Cole Bird knocked down another medium range jumper, while Smyser scored off a drive and converted a save from Peyton into a layup. North Nodaway led 29-7 at the half. With only five players, East Harrison simply wore down as the game progressed after hanging with North Nodaway to start the game.

Both Coleman and Smyser got the hot hand in the third as everyone else was feeding them the ball and North Nodaway was beating East Harrison up and down the floor. They each scored seven in the first four minutes of the third as the Mustangs jumped out to a 43-19 lead at that point. For North Nodaway, it was much different than last year, when they won 17 games, but all but one of their wins were competitive games.

Cody Wood showed some flashes of what he can become in the third and fourth, putting up 9 points off the bench, driving at will against the exhausted Bobcat defenders. Tyler Bix got some good looks as well, adding 5 more.

Dakota Smyser Hits Layup as Mustang Boys Avenge Title Loss from Last Year

Getting a conference title in the new 275 will be no easy task with Jefferson in the fold, but North Nodaway’s boys took a big step towards contending with a 43-41 double overtime win over Mound City last Tuesday night.

Last year, North Nodaway’s boys played Mound City for a share of the conference title on their last home game of the season, only to fall well short. But this year, they jumped out to an early lead. Mound City came back to take the lead, North Nodaway fought back to force overtime, and then found a way to win it in the second extra frame.

North Nodaway struck first as Peyton Coleman converted a 3-point play, Cole Bird hit a free throw, and Arron Coleman scored off a backdoor look from Dakota Smyser to put themselves up 6-0. Cole Bird took a charge on defense during the stretch. They held off a Mound City attempt to rally and stretched it to as much as 20-12 behind Dakota Smyser’s 3-pointer before Ben Shifflett’s driving layup cut it to 20-14 at the buzzer.

But then Ben Shifflett started asserting himself, scoring off a drive and hitting a 3-pointer from the top of the key; Matthew Poppa scored off a couple of steals, and just like that, North Nodaway’s lead was gone as they fell behind 23-22 just three minutes into the second half. It looked for all the world like Mound City would repeat their performance from last year when their 6’5” post, Noah Young, who had not scored up to that point, went off in the last 1:49, scoring six and staking his team out to a 31-25 lead after three.

But then North Nodaway started settling down and getting to the rim again. Tyler Bix and Dakota Smyser hit free throws, Peyton Coleman scored off a steal, and Bix went down the right side to tie it at 31 with 5:28 left. Poppa’s putback made it 33-31 to break a two minute scoring drought from both teams, but Coleman’s drive tied it right back up at 33.

It looked like North Nodaway’s best efforts would fall short as Ben Shifflett’s drive and pullup with 2:40 left put Mound City up 35-33 and the Panthers got the ball back and started running out the clock, forcing North Nodaway out of their zone and into man to man. But instead of running the clock in the last minute and forcing North Nodaway to foul, Dylan Marrs’ 3-pointer was off, giving the Mustangs new life. Peyton Coleman grabbed the ensuing board and went down the floor coast to coast and drew a foul, getting two free throws to tie it up at 35. Mound City ran down the clock for the last shot, but Marrs’ 3-pointer was off, as was Young’s putback try at the buzzer.

The first extra period was scoreless for the first two minutes, but then Poppa took advantage of a second chance opportunity after the Panthers had grabbed an offensive board and hit two free throws with 1:41 to make it 37-35. But then Tyler Bix scored from inside off an entry pass from Cole Bird to tie it up. Mound City once again ran down the clock for a final shot, but Ben Shifflett’s long 3-pointer was off and the game went to a second overtime.

The game remained tied for the next two minutes until Daytona Lutz, who had missed a couple of one and ones earlier, hit two free throws to put North Nodaway up 39-37 with 2:04 left. Shifflett countered with two of his own with 1:54 left and North Nodaway missed an open look. But Peyton Coleman outjumped two taller Panthers players with 1:20 left on the left baseline to give North Nodaway an extra possession. He went to the basket and got the benefit of a charge/block call that could have gone either way, hitting both free throws to make it 41-39. Shifflett scored again off a drive and pullup with 40 seconds to tie it up, and then North Nodaway held the ball for the last shot of the game.

The logical choice to get the ball was Peyton Coleman, who has scored over 1,000 career points and who had 18 on the night. But sometimes, coaches have a sixth sense about them that tells them someone is going to come through. Coach Jake Shipman isolated Dakota Smyser for the last shot and he came through, going straight down the right side of the lane and banking it home off the glass to make it 43-41 with four seconds left. Mound City, out of timeouts, had only a halfcourt heave that was wide left as time expired.

Peyton Coleman had 18 for the Mustangs. Dakota Smyser had 8, Tyler Bix 7, Arron Coleman 5, Daytona Lutz 3, and Cole Bird 2.

The girls did not fare so well against one of the elite teams in the area in Mound City. They fell behind 9-0 and fought back to an 11-6 deficit after one quarter. But then the defending state champions held North Nodaway scoreless in the second quarter and were off to the races as North Nodaway missed some layup opportunities in the period and were 0 for 4 from the line in the frame. The Mustangs fell behind by as much as 38-10 before finishing with a strong fourth quarter, falling 44-25 to the Panthers. Ashley Thompson had 13, Alisha Davison and Kelsi Oberhauser 4 each, and Kristin Herndon and Bethany Herndon 2 each.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Teen Injured in Rear End Collision

A teen was injured in a wreck southeast of Maryville Wednesday evening. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 2003 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Emily Berning (17) of Maryville was southbound on F when it ran into the rear of a 2007 Nissan Murano driven by James Bailey (41) of Maryville. Berning received moderate injuries and was taken to St. Francis Hospital of Maryville. Bailey was not injured in the accident. Both were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Hopkins CBC Gets $23,000 Grant for Project

The Hopkins CBC received a $23,000 grant from the Gladys Rickard Charitable Trust, which donates to projects around the area. The money will be used for the nature trail and the ballpark fence in Hopkins. Floyd and Gladys Rickard were well-known businesspeople in Hopkins, running the pharmacy there for many years. The store was also known for its soda fountain. The trust has donated $2 million to projects in the area since 2004.

The CBC received a lot of positive comments about the project from representatives of the US Bank, which also funded the project. The fact that their track athletes have to practice in the streets of Hopkins was a big factor in getting the project funded.

The CBC awarded the bid for the fencing portion to Meyer Fencing for $19,954.61, which could be lower depending on volunteer labor that is performed. They are based in Kansas City and were the low bidder. The bid does not include the walking trail.

The school has promised $3,000 towards the project. Work will begin during spring.

Removal of the four old buildings along the north side of Barnard Street, which runs towards the school, was also discussed.

Worth County Sheriff's Report

12-5 – Someone came in to report someone being on private property.
12-5 – Person in to speak with an officer.
12-5 – Person called to report someone has been trespassing on private property.
12-7 – Ringgold County called to have a deputy meet at the state line with a prisoner.
12-8 – Officer en route to Ringgold County to transport prisoner to court.
12-8 – Officer en route to Nodaway County to transport prisoner.
12-9 – Officer en route to Kansas to pick up prisoner and transport to Ringgold County.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Peyton Coleman Honored for 1000th as Mustang Boys Roll Over DeKalb

Peyton Coleman passed a milestone for North Nodaway as he scored his 1000th career point when he hit a 3-pointer early against Rock Port in the Mound City during North Nodaway’s 39-30 victory. He was honored for that during North Nodaway’s 68-35 victory over DeKalb Tuesday night as North Nodaway jumped out to a 4-1 start. They raised their start to 5-1 Friday by beating Northeast Nodaway.

“We want to find out what kind of a team we are,” said Coach Jake Shipman, who put in a trapping defense for this game that worked. “We had an all-around good game; nine out of our 12 players we dressed out scored.”

The Tigers, normally a solid time, have fallen on hard times this year, having not won a game yet. They are a young team, with only four upperclassmen out of 12 players listed. They had one player score for them consistently in Zach Novotny, who had a way of finding the gaps in North Nodaway’s zone defense and had 23 of his team’s 35 points.

Tuesday night, Peyton Coleman focused on getting everyone else involved early, hitting Daytona Lutz for a 3-pointer right off the bat. Augustus Hoepker jumped consecutive passes on the press and scored and then hit Coleman for a top of the key triple to make it 10-0 just over two minutes into the game.

Dalton Myers countered with a triple for DeKalb, but then Peyton Coleman stole it twice and fed Dakota Smyser twice for layups. Novotny countered to make it 14-5, but then sat out the rest of the period with two fouls, as DeKalb didn’t have anyone on the floor who could score as North Nodaway continued to grow its lead. Smyser scored off a steal, Daytona Lutz got a putback, freshman Tyler Bix scored off a Coleman steal, and Dakota Smyser got a tipin at the buzzer after he got a steal, Arron Coleman missed a layup, but Smyser was there for the crash.

Novotny came back for DeKalb for the second quarter, but Tyler Bix connected again to spark a 14-0 run at the start of the second that put it away and gave North Nodaway a 36-5 lead at the 4:36 mark of the second.

Peyton Coleman led North Nodaway with 20 points. Dakota Smyser had 15, Daytona Lutz had 11, August Hoepker had 8, Tyler Bix had 5, Cole Bird had 3, and Arron Coleman, Logan Keho, and Austin Bird had 2 each.

The girls played their best half since the Sheridan Express started covering them last year, building up a 24-18 halftime lead against a highly physical DeKalb squad. They had every reason to expect a win, but they shot a horrific 8 for 28 from the line. As the free throws hopelessly clanked off the rim, DeKalb started chipping away, coming back to win 45-36 in the second half.

Madison Thompson had 12 to lead North Nodaway. Ashley Thompson, showing no ill effects from landing hard on her back on the floor at Mound City the week before, followed with 9. Kelsi Oberhauser had 5, Alisha Davison had 4, and Bethany Herndon, Kristin Herndon, and Aubrey Trimble all had 2.

Tiger Girls Down East Harrison to Take 4th Win

Worth County’s girls picked up their fourth win of the year, doubling their win total from last  year and taking down East Harrison 67-38 as they continued their torrid scoring pace and showed no ill effects from their loss to South Nodaway last Monday.

They weathered an early surge from the Bobcats, who had been dismantled by 40 last year in Ridgeway by the Tigers. But Bill Pottorff, who coached at powerhouse South Harrison last year, somehow saw potential in this bunch and took on the task of rebuilding them, with immediate results, jumping out of the gate with a 3-1 start.

Their sparkplug was Natayla Selby, who got them out of the gate by scoring 8 out of her team’s first 10 points against Worth County in the first four minutes, staking her team out to a 10-4 lead. They were pressing, swarming, and flying around the gym and confusing Worth County with their multiple looks.

But Worth County’s girls were up to the challenge as Anna Gladstone started an 11-0 run with a free throw after grabbing an offensive board. Payton Adwell knocked one down from the right side after Kaylee McElvain kicked one out. Then, Sidney Troutwine made a diving steal while playing the front cog of Worth County’s trapping zone and had the ball while sprawled on the floor. It took everyone on both sides a few seconds to process what had just happen; Anna Gladstone realized what happened sooner than everyone else and Troutwine rolled it to her for a layup. Payton Adwell threw one to Regan Allee for a 3-pointer in transition and Merrideth Spiers scooped up a carom and put it back in to make it 15-10.

East Harrison adjusted and started getting the ball to Lauryn Waddle, who was finding the caps in Worth County’s trapping zone at will in the second quarter. But Worth County continued to pull away as both Regan Allee and Kaylee McElvain got the hot hand in the second frame. Kristin New hit her twice for open looks on the right wing, while Kaylee McElvain had one look where she faked out two defenders in the air and then blew right by them for a layup. Worth County led 33-21 at the half. Jessi Badell wreaked havoc on the defensive end all night, including one play where she sent one shot into the stage; she had three blocks for the night.

Worth County’s depth began to tell in the second half as they scored the first 14 points of the second half as the Bobcats got into foul trouble and McElvain was able to roam the offensive glass at will.  Anna Gladstone had one play where she head-faked a Bobcat player going in for a layup like she was going to attempt a monster stuff and made her miss badly. She had another where she didn’t just block an errant perimeter shot from East Harrison; she pulled it down and took off the other way for a free throw on the other end.

Worth County got into foul trouble themselves late in the third, but Aubrey Ragan and Dominique Findley provided some fresh legs as they both got into the scoring column as Worth County led 51-26 after three.

The Tigers kept getting loose in transition and scoring, as Kristin New’s transition look put the Tigers ahead 57-28 early in the fourth. Alyssa Andrew’s 3-point play brought East Harrison back to within 57-33, but then Nevada Hoff came off the bench for a 3-pointer off a pass from Jessi Badell. Regan Allee hit four free throws and Worth County took their largest lead of the night at 67-33.
Later, Dominique Findley hit a 3-pointer and Hannah McElvain, who was all over the floor on defense for the reserves, took a charge on defense.

The girls landed 10 in the scoring column. Regan Allee had 18, Kaylee McElvain 15, Anna Gladstone 10, Payton Adwell and Dominique Findley 5, Kristin New and Merrideth Spiers 4, Nevada Hoff 3, Aubrey Ragan 2, and Jessi Badell 1.

The boys did not fare as well. East Harrison did not have enough players to field a team Friday, so the Tigers scheduled Maryville’s varsity at the last minute, as both teams had a common open date and they fell hard 63-36. The Spoofhounds, who won districts in Class 3 last year, were bigger, quicker, and faster than any of the smaller schools around, even Stanberry. They had three kids listed at 6’6” and one more listed at 6’4”. They got a dunk right off the bat from Jackson Golightly and another one from Jalen Sundell late in the game. In between was a clinic on in your face defense as Maryville was able to knock Worth County out of their rhythm on their shots and work the ball around at will on offense.

Worth County looked like they still had a chance at it down 11-7 early in the second quarter, but then gave up the next 14 points as Maryville took control at 25-7. Worth County finally got some shots to fall and closed to within 30-17 early in the third, but then Maryville went into high gear again and scored the next eight to put the game away.

Isaac Alarcon had 11 points for Worth County. Drake Kinsella had 10, Mason Hawk 5, Ryan McClellan 4, Cade Allee 3, Tevin Cameron 2, and Jacob Wimer 1.

“If we had hit our shots early on, it would have been a lot different,” said Coach Bryce Schafer. “I’d rather take a game like this any time over an easy win. We get more out of those and our boys took it the right way.”

Three Injured in Teen Wreck After Running Stop Sign

Three teens were injured last Tuesday, December 6th after the driver failed to stop at a stop sign. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by Hunter Brown (18) of Princeton was southbound on Route B at the junction of 136 in Mount Moriah, in Harrison County at around 7:35 pm. The vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign, crossed 136, traveled off the south side of 136, drove through a field, struck a ditch, and came to rest in the field facing west on its wheels. Brown received minor injuries and was taken to Harrison County Hospital in Bethany. He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. Two other teens were passengers in the vehicle. Josiah Brown (16) of Gilman City received minor injuries and was taken to Harrison County Hospital. Makayle Crabtree (17) of Bethany received moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Liberty Hospital. They were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.

Two Injured in Car-Tractor Wreck Near Stanberry

Two people were injured in a car-tractor wreck near Stanberry Friday at around 5:25 pm. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 1983 John Deere Farm Tractor driven by Chris Allenbrand (44) of Stanberry and a 2016 Chrysler Town & Country Minivan driven by Julian Nichols (73) of Albany were eastbound on 136 when the Chrysler struck the Tractor in the rear. The Tractor came to rest on its wheels on the eastbound shoulder. The Chrysler came to rest on its wheels partially blocking the eastbound lane of 136. Allenbrand was not injured in the accident. Nichols received minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. A passenger in the Chrysler, Karen Nichols (72) of Albany, received moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to the Northwest Medical Center in Albany.

Obituary -- Barbara Jayne Riley 1938-2016

Barbara Jayne Riley, 78, of Ravenwood, MO, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2016, in Maryville, MO, with family at her side. 

Barbara was born on November 5th, 1938, to Catherine Lutgen Luke and Lawrence Vincent Luke. She married the love of her life John Lewis Riley on May 2nd, 1959, at St Mary's Catholic Church Maryville Mo. 

Preceded in death were her parents, grand parents Tom and Francis Luke, and Henry and Lydia Lutgen. Mother and father in law Tom and Vivian Riley and Brother in law George Riley. 

She leaves behind loved ones near to her heart; John Riley (husband), Sheila Riley, Lees Summit Mo, Marcia (David) Wolf, Barnard MO, Tricia (Jeff) Wiederholt, Ravenwood MO, Mike (Alison) Riley, Lees Summit Mo. 

Grandchildren; Brandon (Brandy) Wolf, Shannon (Tyreek) Harry, Justin (Courtney Deene, Fiancee), Adam (Cassie) Wiederholt, Ryan (Kacie) Wiederholt, Kristen Wiederholt, Regan Riley, John Riley, Grace Riley. 

Great grandchildren; Tyshawn and Trenton Harry, Gage and Makenna Wolf and Lucie Wiederholt, Siblings; Agnes (Bill) Meyer, Maryville, Sharon (Bernard) Riley, Ravenwood, Larry (Caren) Luke, Raymore MO, Leo (Linda) Riley, Liberal Ks, Mary Riley, St Joseph MO. 

After marriage she lived on the farm with her husband and spent her life devoted to him and their children enjoying living life to the fullest everyday, while teaching their children the many values and qualities that she portrayed in life. One being always to show gratitude to others for their kindness. 

She was blessed with living the "Life of Riley" while being married to her best friend of 57 years. 

Traveling the country was second nature to her. A few of her favorites were Alaska and Breckenridge, Colorado. Texas was her 2nd home where she enjoyed spending time with her husband and numerous friends during her retirement. 

She loved spending time camping and swimming, and passed that love on to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

To pass the time, she enjoyed oil painting and crocheting just to give away the projects to the ones she loved. 

She was a wonderful loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. We find comfort in knowing that she's "On The Road Again" on her trip to heaven with "The Wind At Her Back". She went to heaven to be an angel, but she had already been our angel here on earth. 

The celebration of life will include a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 14th, 2016, at the St. Columba Catholic Church, Conception Jct. Mo. The burial will follow in the St. Columba Cemetery Conception, Mo. 

A parish and family rosary will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday December 13th, 2016 at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville Mo. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to AseraCare Hospice, Savannah Mo, or St. Columba Catholic Church Parish. 

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Obituary -- Catherine Sorensen Riley 1931-2016

Catherine Sorensen Riley, 85, of Albany, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Pineview Manor in Stanberry.

Catherine, the daughter of William and Naomi (Barnes) McGinley was born February 21, 1931 in Hugginsville, Missouri.

On August 27, 1949, she was united in marriage to William (Bill) Sorensen. He preceded her in death July 1, 1981.

 Catherine married Forest Riley in 1986 and he preceded her in death in 1996.

 She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter Stacie Sorensen, sisters Doris Parker and Ina McCann.

 Catherine loved the Lord and witnessing to others. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Albany.

 Survivors: 8 children, Ron (Linda) Bethany; Cathy (Lewis) Marshall, Albany; Billy “Monger” (Lorie), Albany; Debbie (Elmer) Good, Albany; Janette Klindt, Pattonsburg; Tim (Marcy), Albany; Larry (Betty), Albany; Richard, Gentry; 22 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, Dolores Findley, Grant City; and Karen Woosley.

Obituary -- Jim Mooney 1949-2016

James Steven "Jim" Mooney, 67, of Hopkins, MO, passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Nodaway Nursing Home, Maryville, MO.

Jim was born on November 3, 1949, in Great Bend, KS. He lived in Great Bend and Ellinwood, KS, but most all his life in Hopkins, MO. Jim was self employed.

HIs parents were John Thomas and Vada Floretta (Lanterman) Mooney, and preceded him in death.

Jim served his country during the Vietnam War in the US Navy. He was a jet mechanic and served from 1968 to 1971.

His memberships included the American Legion Post 100, Maryville, and the Maryville Elks Lodge # 760.

He is survived by his children, Tim (Laura) Mooney, Maryville, MO, and Wendy (Virgil) Parman, Grant City, MO; his siblings, Richard (Sharon) Mooney, Deltaville, VA, Nancy "Jody" Griffey, Hopkins, MO, and David (Ireene) Mooney, St. Joseph, MO; 4 grandchildren, Payton Poppa, Landon Parman, and Cooper and Bodie Mooney; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville. The burial followed in the Hopkins Cemetery, Hopkins, MO. Military honors followed the commital under the direction of the Missouri Military Honors Detail, and members of the James Edward Gray American Legion Post 100, Maryville.

The family received friends from 6-8:00 PM, Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to the "Benefit of Jim Mooney" account, and may be left at the funeral home.

Obituary -- Marlene Miller 1933-2016

Marlene J. Miller, 83, of Ravenwood, MO, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at Parkdale Manor in Maryville, MO, surrounded by her family.

Marlene was born on September 11, 1933, near Swaledale, IA. She was the daughter of Philip and Clara Pitzenberger. The family moved to Missouri in 1948. Marlene graduated from the Ravenwood High School in 1951.

On June 8, 1952, she married Byron N. MIller, Jr., and they had 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.

Marlene worked at several different jobs including the Platte Valley Bank, the Ravenwood Creamery, Refinished Furniture, and at Sherry's Grocery. She was the caretaker of the Wilcox School, she raised Foxes, and she and her sister opened the first Reflexology and Massage Therapy business in Maryville. They later added accupressure and pedicuring to their business. Her family always came first. She loved family get togethers, especially the one her sister and husband had every year. She also loved her flowers.

Marlene was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents; brother, Clarence; sister Phyllis Ann; grandchildren, Zane and Jocelyn; and her beloved daughter, Julie Lynn.

She is survived by her husband and her sons. Daniel, of Ravenwood, MO, his children, Carl and wife, Karen, of Ravenwood, MO, and their children, Brea, Justin, Colton, Summer, and Cynthia; Daughter, Jennifer and husband, Billy Ritchie, of Grand Junction, IA, and their children, Lane and Alexis; Son, David and wife, Irma, of Ravenwood, MO, and their children, Kyle, of Ravenwood, and his son, Brayden; Daughter, Kateline, of Ravenwood; son in law, Roger Taylor, of Overland Park, KS; 3 Sisters, Dolores Slagle, of Des Moines, IA, Virginia Frear, of Maryville, MO, and Karen Hansen, Fairfax, MO. Numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and her beloved dog Peanut Butter.

Graveside services and burial were at 2:00 PM, Monday, December 5, 2016, at the Oak Lawn Cemetery, Ravenwood, MO. 

The family received friends from 5-7:00 PM, Sunday, December 4, 2016, at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO. 

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Obituary -- Margaret Joyce Frueh 1939-2016

Margaret Joyce Frueh, 77, of Maryville, MO, passed away on Sunday, November 27, 2016, at her home northeast of Maryville.

Margaret was born on November 12, 1939, near Wilcox, MO. Her parents were Dale J. and Thelma M. (DeNeen) McGinness. She lived most all her life in the area, but had spent 7 years in St. Joseph, MO. Margaret went to grade school in Arkoe, MO, and to high school at Horace Mann High, Maryville, MO. She worked many years at the Energizer Plant in Maryville.

On December 2, 1955, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Maryville, she was united in marriage to Bernard C. Frueh. He passed away in 2013. She was also preceded by her parents; her daughter, Brenda K. Frueh, in 1958, her sisters, Estella Clements, and Carolyn Humphreys, and her brother, Walter McGinness.

Margaret was a member and attended St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, Maryville. She had taught sewing in 4-H, she enjoyed bird watching, caring for her children and grandchildren her entire adult life. 

She is survived by her children, Teresa M. Frueh (Rick Rhodes), Mulberry, FL, Gregory J. (Diana) Frueh, Hopkins, MO, Lisa A. (Rick) Filley, Skidmore, MO, Melanie S. (Don) McClurg, Maryville, MO, Charles L. (Tina) Frueh, Conception Junction, MO, and Dale J. (companion Shandalen Gross) Frueh, Maryville, MO; her siblings, Leland McGinness, Kansas City, MO, Patricia Felden, Independence, MO, and Joe (Mary) McGinness, Lathrop, MO; 10 grandchildren, Joseph, Charlie, and David Blocher, Sara and Samantha Frueh, Amberle and Kirby Filley, Joseph McClurg, Amanda and William Frueh, Hannah Frueh, and Alyssa Rudd; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 11:00 AM, Friday, December 2, 2016, at the St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, Maryville, MO. The burial followed in the St. Mary’s Cemetery, Maryville.

The family received friends from 6-8:00 PM, Thurday, December 1, 2016, at St. Gregory’s Church.

In lieu of flowers memorial are suggested to Mosaic Life Care Hospice, 307 Pineview Street, Stanberry, MO, 64489.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Obituary -- Carolyn Holtman 1949-2016

Carolyn Ann Holtman, 67 of Conception Junction, Missouri died Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Mosaic Life Care in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

Carolyn was born July 14, 1949 in Maryville, MO to Ralph Vincent and Rita Ann (Roach) Luke.

She married James Holtman June 27, 1970 in Conception Junction.

A Jefferson High School graduate, she also attended Northwest Missouri State University in business.

She was employed by Citizens Bank and Trust, Maryville, as a Financial Service Representative.

Carolyn was a member of St. Columba Catholic Church, Conception Junction and loved her grandchildren's athletic and sports events.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband Jim of their home, daughter Tammy (Charles) Bliley, Conception Junction, and their children Tiffany, Kristina, Dakota Bliley and Jackie (Steven) Spire, son Timothy (Kellie) Holtman Conception Junction, and their children, Vanessa and Colby, son Thomas (Vicki) Holtman, Hopkins, MO and their children Triston, Trey, Jayce, Taylor, Faith, Shalena and Harley, sisters Martha (Ernie) Chapman, Columbia, MO, Diane (Ken) Parks, Osage Beach, MO, Janice Luke, Kansas City, MO, brothers Vincent (Becky) Luke, Conception Jct, John Luke, Maryville, and James Luke, Portland OR, and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM on Friday, December 9, 2016 at St. Columba Catholic Church with burial in St Columba Cemetery, Conception, MO.

A Rosary was held at 5 PM, Thursday, December 8, 2016, Price Funeral Home with a visitation following from 5:30-8:00 PM.