Sunday, June 25, 2017

Matt Kanak Resigns from School Board

The Worth County School Board accepted the resignation of Matt Kanak from the Worth County School Board at their regular meeting Thursday. The board will take applications for a new board member and pick one at their regular meeting next month on July 24th.

In other action, the board accepted a contract from MFA Oil for $16,996.59 and $12,168.00 for the diesel fuel contract for the 2017-2018 school year.

The board voted to purchase a basketball rebounding machine for $6,270 using funds donated from patrons.

The board authorized Superintendent Dr. Matt Martz to transfer up to $162,326 to the Capital Projects Fund for facility improvements between now and the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

The board allowed current teachers to take a new step on the salary schedule, approved a salary increase for Loren Jackson, gave non-certified staff a raise, and set administrator school salaries. Salary for the Elementary Principal was set at $64,422, the High School Principal at $70,476, and the Superintendent at $92,236.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Karla Hawk Forced to Kiss the Pig at Sheridan Rodeo

Four contestants, Karla Hawk, Jana Findley, Justin Rush, and Jeff Blaine vied for a lottery that they did not want to win – the lottery to kiss the pig at the Sheridan Rodeo. People donated money into money jars at Snakebite, and Hawk was the unlucky winner after all the money was counted. Speculation that maybe the local preacher might need to be set back on the straight and narrow, or that Findley might need a reminder of who controls the taxpayer dollars did not materialize. It took some coaxing for her to do so, but Hawk finally knelt down and kissed the big. She had to be reminded that she ate bacon on a regular basis, so what was the problem?

Emily Thomas Named Miss Defiance

Emily Thomas was named Miss Defiance Thursday evening, in the first such contest ever. She was chosen from four contestants. Contestants answered questions from judges before the winner was selected. Emily participated in the Parade and attended the Rodeo both nights. She is the daughter of Dave and Toni Thomas of Sheridan. Also participating were Macie Staton, Dayna Rowen, and Olivia Davidson.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Obituary -- Juanita Wolverton 1915-2017

Funeral Services for Juanita Vella Wolverton, age 101, will be held Monday, June 19, 2017 at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford, Iowa at 10 A.M. Visitation will be held from 9:30 A.M. Monday morning until service time. Interment will be held at Hopkins cemetery following the service. Memorials may be given in Vella's name. 

Juanita Vella (Warner) Wolverton was born August 4, 1915 near Lamoni, Iowa to Lewis A. and Susie (Gray) Warner. She was united in marriage to Rolland Lee (Rollie) Wolverton on November 29, 1930. To this blessed union two children were born Twyla Lee in 1933 and Ronald Warner in 1936. 

Rollie and Vella farmed near Bedford and sold honey in several states. Vella spent her life being a servant to her Lord and Savior and caring for her family and friends. 

Preceding Vella in death were her parents, husband Rollie, daughter Twyla Lee Young and son Ronald Warner. Left to mourn her passing are four grandchildren; Randy (Marge) Young, Riley (Kristie) Young, Radeana (Jim) Thomas, Carla (Larry) Vore, a sister Charlotte Bowman, along with numerous great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and great nieces and nephews.

WoCo Fest Set for July 29th

The first annual WoCo Fest will be held Saturday, July 29th at the Worth County Pool Park. The events have been lined out for the day.

At 8 am, the Grant City Lions will be having a Pancake Breakfast at the shelter house. At 10 am, the #ColorMeWoco Color Run registration will start. The run itself will start at 11, followed by a BBQ Lunch served at the shelter house. The lunch will be served by the Worth County Fire Protection District.

There will be three different activities going on from 10-2 sponsored by local organizations. The Methodist Church will be providing an inflatable obstacle course. The Grant City CBC will have kids' inflatable fun, while the Worth County Ambulance will be providing carnival games.

At 12:30, registration for the Baby Show will start; it will be held at 1. Also at 1, the Grant City Swimming Pool will open for a free swim. From 1-6 pm, the Sheridan Fire & Rescue will sponsor a Bingo. At 1:30, registration will start for the Sand Volleyball Tournament and the Bags (Cornhole) Tournament, both of which will start at 2.

There will be face painting and snow cones all day.

For Sheridan residents, the bridge at 246 will continue to be closed, while the one near Isadora is expected to reopen. Take Ash Avenue to the former Johnny Bainum residence; there will be an intersection. There will be a sign pointing to the McLaughlin Cemetery to the right; however, take a left instead until you get to 46, then take a left. Allow 25-30 minutes for driving.

Eagleville Teen Injured in Wreck

An Eagleville teen was injured in a wreck Wednesday morning. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 2004 Dodge Truck was driven by Logan Huitt (16) of Eagleville and a 2011 International Diesel was driven by Gary Nerison (59) of Auburn (NE). The accident occurred in Love's Truck Stop parking lot at around 9:35 am. The Patrol reports that the Dodge Truck driven by Huitt failed to yield the right of way to the Diesel, striking it in the left front. Both vehicles came to rest on their wheels at the location. Huitt received moderate injuries and was taken to Harrison County Community Hospital. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

One Seriously Injured in Wreck Near Graham

One person was seriously injured in a wreck near Graham on Route 71 at Route A Tuesday, June 20th. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 1991 Peterbuilt Truck driven by James Linville (74) of Graham and a 2001 Chevy Malibu driven by Allison Gresham (37) of Maryville were southbound on Route 71 when Gresham failed to notice the Peterbuilt, striking its rear. After impact, the Peterbuilt continued southbound, dragging the Malibu with it. Gresham received serious injuries and was taken to Mosaic Life Care. She was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Directions to Get Around Bridges

Directions to get around bridges: 
Grant City to Sheridan
Head West out of Grant to Route Z, follow Route Z to Route W, follow Route W to Hwy 46, turn right (north) to Parnell, follow Hwy to 160th Rd (1st & only gravel road to the left north of Parnell) follow that gravel to the first T, take a right (north) on Ash Ave, follow until you get to town, turn right (east) & you'll see all the action in town!  Allow 30 minutes for driving time.
The Worth County Commission has set the speed limit for 2,000 feet south of the Sheridan City Limits on Ash Avenue at 20 mph. The City of Sheridan has set the speed limit on that road within city limits at 15 miles per hour.
Parnell to Sheridan
Follow Hwy 46 to 160th Rd (1st & only gravel road to the left north of Parnell) follow that gravel to the first T, take a right (north) on Ash Ave, follow until you get to town, turn right (east) & you'll see all the action in town!
Both Grand River (Isadora) bridge & Platte River (east of Sheridan) are closed! If this changes updates will be posted!
Through Blockton to Sheridan
This route takes longer, but avoids gravel roads. Take 169 north to Redding, then turn left on J55. When you reach Blockton, turn right on P14 (Tay-Gold Avenue) until you reach Route 2. Take a left on Route 2  to Route N56, then take a left. Route N56 will become Route H, which will take you to Sheridan. Allow 45 minutes of driving time.

Who will Kiss the Pig at the Sheridan Rodeo?

The Sheridan Rodeo will be highlighted this year by a pig kissing contest. Four contestants have been nominated to kiss the pig this year. They are Jana Findley, Karla Hawk, Justin Rush, and Jeff Blaine. People can vote for who they want to kiss the pig by donating to one of the jars at Snakebite Tavern. On June 24th, the money will be counted and the winner announced at the Sheridan Rodeo.

The Sheridan Rodeo will be held at 7:30 nightly Friday and Saturday nights at the Sheridan Rodeo Arena. Admission will be $10 for adults, $5 for 12 and under, and free for children five and under. There will be nine championship events; Bareback Riding, Calf Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing, Steer Wrestling, Team Roping, Breakaway Roping, Bull Riding, and Over 40 Calf Roping. Rodeo kozies are on sale for $3 or two for $5; contact any Sheridan CBC member.

During both intermissions, there will be a box auction, a 50/50 drawing, and, for Saturday night only, the Kiss the Pig winner will be announced.

On both nights, Snakebite will offer live music after the Rodeo from 9 pm to 1 am each night.
The Rodeo will be held in conjunction with Old Defiance Days, which will run from June 22nd to 25th. New this year will be the Old Defiance Queen Contest. It and the Little Mr. & Mrs. Defiance Contest will be held on Thursday, June 22nd starting at 6:30.

The main event for Defiance Days will be the flag raising; State Representative Allen Andrews will raise the flag at 9 am Saturday. That will be followed by the Parade at 10:30.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Jordan Snyder to Pursue Football Dream at Peru State

Jordan Snyder’s dream is not done by any stretch of the imagination even though his playing days at North/West Nodaway are over. He will pursue his football dream at Peru State starting this fall. He said the biggest difference between high school and college ball was the level of commitment required – at Peru, athletes are expected to stay in shape year ‘round. Snyder squatted as much as 500 pounds at North Nodaway, but he will he going up against kids who are much bigger and quicker than he is. “The goal is still the same,” he said. “My goal is to push the starting nose tackle hard in practice, because I want his starting position.”

An avid storyteller, he can keep one enthralled all day with his stories about his playing days at North Nodaway and the North/West Nodaway Muskets. He credits his parents, Jeremiah and Jenni Snyder, for giving him the work ethic he needed and his coaches for pushing him hard in practice. “I want to be able to look back at this and say that I did the best I could,” said Jordan. “My coaches – Webster, Clark, and Marriott – all taught me that I needed to keep moving no matter what.”

Snyder was stuck behind Ty Cowan and then Blake Farnan during his underclass days. Practices under Coach Webster were all-out wars, whether it was Snyder against Farnan or Cowan or Trevor Meyer against Daytona Lutz. Webster had to stop and remind his players that they were one team and that they had one goal.

But when he became a senior, Jordan Snyder got new coaches in Coach Clark and Coach Marriott. “Coach Clark was all about defense and technique,” he said. “He taught me how to rip and swim, how to explode out of the three point stance, and really opened my eyes up. He encouraged me to play both sides of the ball,” he said. Playing at Peru State or any college program requires discipline, something Coach Clark preached. “If we did something wrong, we had to do hills for it,” said Snyder. “It made me a better player and helped me to keep pushing.”

And even though the score didn’t always show it, Jordan said he could look back with his head held high. “The games against Stanberry and South/Nodaway-Holt were some of the best football I ever played,” he said. He kept going even though at one point, he lost a strap trying to make a tackle against the Spartans. “I’m glad my high school career ended against Stanberry,” he said. “That was the first time we scored on a team like that and didn’t turn around and give it right back to them.”
At Peru, there will be kids from all over the midwest and nobody else from Northwest Missouri, let alone eight man. Snyder said it would be different with 11 players on the field instead of eight; he said there would be a lot more smashmouth football. But the fundamentals are still the same. “I’m not the biggest kid out there, but if I want something, I will work for it,” he promised.

One thing that prepared Jordan for college was playing middle linebacker in a JV game in a pinch; he said Coach Clark was encouraging him to try different positions. “It took me a play to realize what I had to do; once I did it, I got the hand of it. [Starting linebacker] Levi Hoyt thanked me afterwards,” said Snyder.

Initially, Snyder said that he wanted to be a mechanic after his high school days were over. But when he was able to return from two scary injuries during his freshman year and come back to become one of the best lifters the program has produced, the idea of playing college ball grew on him. He said he blew his ACL out and played on it until October. Then, he tore his labrum after he recovered in time to play baseball that year.

His sophomore year was the first year that North and West Nodaway came together to form a football cooperative. “Nobody said we could do it, but we came together after practicing for three weeks and played like we had done so our whole lives,” said Jordan. “The fact that people kept saying that it couldn’t be done drove us. I’m glad I got to play with Koby Reynolds, Trevor Meyer, and those guys.” That year, North/West Nodaway went to the Final Four and won a district title after dropping their first two games. Koby Reynolds, Trevor Meyer, and the rest of the receiving corps rewrote the eight man record book that year. The fact that practices were all-out war, said Snyder, made them better players. “I became a better player and Blake Farnan became a better player because of it,” he said. Snyder recounted one time when they went to the West Nodaway practice field after a recent rain and they did a drill in the mud. “Blake Farnan destroyed me that day,” said Jordan. “We were still a team.”

One Killed, One Lifeflighted in Head On Collision

One person was killed and another lifeflighted in a head-on collision in Taylor County Monday, June 12th at around 6:50 in the evening. The Iowa State Highway Patrol reports that a 2010 Ford Pickup driven by Zachary Edward Marxen (19) of Lenox was northbound on Yellowstone Avenue one mile north of J13, and a 2016 Challenger UTV driven by Braxston Bradley (10) of Prescott (IA) was southbound. They met and collided over the crest of a hill.

Killed in the wreck was Denise Cynthia Smith (60) of Lenox. Injured in the wreck was Braxston Bradley; he was transported via Ambulance to Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston. Also injured was Justyce Bradley (9) of Prescott (IA); she was life-flighted to Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines. None were wearing safety devices at the time of the accident.

Obituary -- Dwight Goodwin 1926-2017

Dwight Wilson Goodwin, 91, Martinsville, MO passed from this life on June 13, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Dwight was born on April 6, 1926 on the family farm of his paternal grandfather, Ninevah Goodwin in Harrison County, MO. Dwight was the fourth child and eldest son of Roy Franklin Goodwin and Cleta Maude (Wilson) Goodwin.

Dwight was a 1943 graduate of Martinsville High School. He was an active member of FFA, and his Harrison County Grand Champion steer placed 6th at the American Royal in 1942. Dwight enlisted in the army a few months prior to his 18th birthday. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division, Company ‘I’, during World War II. He married Pauline VanHoutan on June 27, 1947 in Wyandotte County, KS at the home of Rev. Storer. He then moved with Pauline to their farm near Washington Center, which served as their home for 64 years. Dwight was a deacon in the New Harmony Baptist Church and an active civic and community leader. He served on numerous boards including Washington Township, the Martinsville School, the Harrison County FHA, the Department of Natural Resources/Soil Conservation Services, the First State Bank of New Hampton, Crestview Retirement Home and the North Harrison ambulance board. Dwight proudly volunteered his service through VFW post 2176, including conducting military funerals for over 25 years. Dwight will be remembered by all who knew him as a man of exemplary character who devoted his life in service of his God, his country and his family.

Dwight was preceded in death by his wife and four siblings; an infant sister, Dewene Westlake, Nina Henton, and Franklin Goodwin.

He is survived by two sons, Alan Goodwin (Linda Hutchinson) Platte City, MO and James Goodwin (Clella Ross) Denver, MO; three grandchildren, Shane Goodwin, Weston, MO, Kynda Smith, Kansas City, and Jami Medina, Springfield; six great-grandchildren, Lindsay and Ashley Goodwin, Gus Ripley, Kynsey, McKaeda and Gannon Smith; and three sisters, Jean Lesnak, Jane Miller, and Joan Hensley.

Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 16 at Roberson Funeral Home, Bethany, MO. Burial with Military Rites followed in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Martinsville, MO. The family received friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Koger Cemetery and/or Wesley Chapel Cemetery in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Bethany, MO 64424. Online condolences may be left at

Obituary -- Gene Via 1946-2017

Herman Eugene “Gene” Via, age 70, Sheridan, Missouri died Friday, June 9, 2017 at his home.
Gene was born October 11, 1946 in Rock Springs, Wyoming, the son of the late Roy Woodrow and Vivian Mae (Lockhart) Via.

Gene attended Macon High School, Macon, Missouri. After high school Gene entered the United States Navy in 1964 -1970, and a second tour from 1984 -1998 serving a total of twenty years before retiring with the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class. With a rank of Petty Officer 1st Class Gene was stationed aboard the USS Tripoli during the Vietnam War and served as a Heavy Equipment operator.
Gene’s memberships include; American Legion Post 515, Sheridan, Missouri and the National Rifle Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Roy Glendon, Bill, Roy Edwin Via; and one sister Kathey Louise Moore.

Gene’s survivors include; two daughters, Samantha Kerwin, Nemaha, Nebraska, Jennifer (Ryan) Giese, Lincoln, Nebraska, one step-son Mike (Amanda) Myers, Edwards, Missouri; two brothers Roland (Dorothy) Smith, Macon, Missouri and Kenneth Paul Smith, Clarence, Missouri; five grandchildren Trevor Montanelli, Seth Kerwin, Kylee Myers, Colton Giese and Braxton Giese; and one great-grandson Henry Montanelli.

Mr. Via’s body has been cremated.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, June 23, 2017, at the Sheridan Christian Church, Sheridan, with the family receiving friends from 10-11:00 prior to the services. Pastor Jeff Blaine Officiating. Full Military Honors will be provided by the Missouri Honor Program, and the Worth County Memorial VFW post 3123.

Arrangements: Andrews-Hann Funeral Home, Grant City, Missouri.

Obituary -- Kenneth Frueh 1954-2017

Kenneth “Kenny” Eugene Frueh 62, Maryville, Missouri died Thursday, June 15, 2017 surrounded by family at MOSAIC Life Care in St. Joseph, Missouri. 

He was born November 8, 1954 in Maryville, the son of Eugene and Donna (Crocker) Frueh.

Kenny was a graduate of Maryville High School.

He married Barbara “Barb” (Mattson) November 30, 1985 in Maryville. 

Kenny had been a member of St. Gregory Barbarigo Church, Maryville. He was a loving husband, father, grandpa, son, brother and best friend. Kenny knew no strangers and made many friends as a farmer, bulldozer operator and through adventures to tractor pulls. His proudest title was Grandpa and he enjoyed being with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Frueh (April 23, 2006) and sister Diane (Frueh) Stanislaus (May 6, 2009).

Survivors include his wife, Barb of their home in Maryville; daughter, Ashley and husband, Ben Greeley, Maryville; his son, Shawn and wife, Emily Frueh, Pickering, Missouri; his grandchildren: Layla Greeley, Maryville and Landon Frueh, Pickering; his mother, Donna Frueh, Maryville; brothers, sister and their spouses: Karla and Randy Wooten, Maryville; Randy and Judy Frueh, Pickering; Roger and Teresa Frueh, Pickering; brother-in-law, Marlin Stanislaus, Olathe, Kansas; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends

Visitation is 7pm to 9pm, Sunday, June 18, 2017 at St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church, Maryville, with a prayer service at 6:30pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10am Monday, June 19, 2017 at St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church, with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Maryville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society for the Nodaway County Birthday Brigade Team with Relay for Life or St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church, both in Kenny’s name.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Worth County Teacher Receives Technology Funding

Worth County elementary teacher Jodi Lawrence, requested and was awarded funding to purchase a science and technology computer program called Raz-Kids from the Worth County Education Foundation. The program focuses on key reading skills while incorporating technology. It allows the student to work independently on their own reading level. A portion of the funding also purchased Science kits for hands-on classroom science experiments. As quoted on the Education Foundation’s Facebook page, Ms. Lawrence expressed, "These kits include everything we would need for an interactive experience for the students in a classroom setting."

Obituary -- Jeanne Vorhies 1955-2017

Jeanne Vorhies, age 62, of New Market, Iowa, entered into peace Friday, June 9, 2017 at Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska. Visitation with the family will be held 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. Private family burial will be in Dallas Center Cemetery, New Market, Iowa at a later date. Memorials may be given in her name. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

Jeanne A. Vorhies was born May 9, 1955 in Fairfax, Missouri to Jesse Eugene Everhart, Sr. and Lois Lavonne (Carpenter) Everhart. She grew up in the Fairfax, Missouri area attending schools and graduated from North Nodaway High School, Hopkins Missouri in 1973. Jeanne was united in marriage May 20, 1978 in New Market, Iowa to Larry Vorhies. They made their home and raised their family on a farm near New Market, Iowa.

While raising her family, Jeanne worked as a production worker for NSK Corporation for thirty four years. Jeanne came from a large family and family was her top priority. She enjoyed attending and supporting the activities of her children and grandchildren. She was an excellent cook and would always have enough food to feed an army. Jeanne also enjoyed ceramics, gardening, canning and sewing. Each grandchild was given a blanket made by Jeanne.

Preceding Jeanne in death were her parents; twin brothers, Ronnie Hugene Everhart and Donnie Eugene Everhart; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Edna and Howard Vorhies; brother-in-law, Stan Carlson.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of thirty nine years, Larry Vorhies of New Market, Iowa; children, Kristi Erritt and husband Brian of Sac City, Iowa, Mike Vorhies and wife Valerie of Stanton, Iowa, Mat Vorhies and wife Amanda of New Market, Iowa, Tim Vorhies and wife Laura of Great Falls, Montana, Jessie Weinreich and husband C.J. of New Market, Iowa, Shalae Judd and husband Brett of New Market, Iowa; grandchildren, Ryan Steinkamp, Taylor Steinkamp (Mindy), Macy Steinkamp (Jason), Kaitlin Steinkamp, Christian Steinkamp, Sophie Steinkamp, Carter Erritt, Tyler Vorhies, Nicole Vorhies, Eli Vorhies, Hayden Vorhies, Chase Vorhies, Bryan Vorhies, Logan Vorhies, Addyson Weinreich, Macks Weinreich, Brynna Weinreich, Micoy Judd; great grandchildren, Henley Steinkamp and Cole Steinkamp; brothers, Jess Everhart, Jr. (Linda) of Hopkins, Missouri and Jerald Everhart (Corey) of Hopkins, Missouri; sisters, Julie Markley (Chris) of Hopkins, Missouri and Janet Hoover (Al) of Pickering, Missouri; sister-in-law, Karen Carlson of Kent, Iowa; brother-in-law, Allen Vorhies (Nan) of Arvada, Colorado; many nieces and nephews and many friends.

Obituary -- Lora Madge Horn 1920-2017

Lora Madge Horn, 96, Maryville, MO, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017, at SSM St. Francis Hospital.

Madge was born August 21, 1920, near Gaynor, MO, to John Austin and Elsie Groves Sharr.
On March 20, 1940, Lora Madge Sharr and John S. Horn, Jr. were married in Maryville. She was a farm wife and a homemaker.

Madge was many things to many people. Her family will remember her as a mother, grandmother, farmer, quilter, collector, traveler and card player.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Horn (October 6, 2000); sons infant Kenneth Wayne Horn and James Lowell Horn (September 27, 2013); brothers Ova Manford Sharr and Wiley Wilmer Sharr.

Surviving Madge are her two daughters: Delsa Rose (Eldon) Hildebrandt, Falls Church, VA and Roberta Jean (James) Carmichael, Hopkins, MO; grandson Ken Horn, two granddaughters Rhonda Lynn (Andy) McGinnis, Independence, MO and Lora Rose (Phil) Larabee, Pickering, MO and several great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Horn has been cremated. Celebration of Life was held at the Senior Center in Maryville, Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm.

Obituary -- Preslee Christina Wendle 2013-2017

Preslee Christina Wendle, 3 years young, passed away Thursday, June 1, 2017 at her home with her mom and dad.

Preslee was born November 10, 2013 in Maryville MO to Ronnie and Amber Wendle. Preslee was diagnosed at 15 months with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. While Preslee spent a good portion of her life battling this evil, she brought nothing but happiness to all those who were close to her and Inspiration to everyone. Preslee loved Mickey Mouse, Elsa, Anna, Curious George and "Punzel". Her favorite things to do were play with her sisters, swing outside and eat her favorite scrambled eggs at Grandma's. Although she was the youngest and smallest of her and her sisters, she didn't let that slow her down. Preslee was the orneriest, most lovable child you ever met. Her incriminating giggle and smile would melt your heart. Preslee never lost her fight with cancer, God saved her from it.
Preslee was welcomed into heaven by all of her great grandparents and many friends and family that went before her. She has the best angels taking care of her now and we have the best angel looking after us.

Those left behind are her Mommy and Daddy, her sisters, Taylor and Elayna, all of the home, her maternal grandparents, Grandpa Bob and Grandma Susan Randle, Papa Matt and Mamaw Cyn Johnson, all of Maryville. Paternal Grandparents, Grandma Tina Wendle of Ravenwood, Grandpa Dale Wendle of Barnard. Uncle Jace, Aunt Ashley, Kinsley and Hadley Randle of Dumfries, VA, Uncle Jeff, Aunt Tricia, Garet and Lindsey Jackson of Ravenwood. Many, many family and friends. Our list would be incomplete without mentioning those closest to her through our journey at Children's Mercy; her favorite nurse Mary, Ashley, Brandy, Dr. August, Jordan, Dr. Ahmed, Celia, Katy, Sara, Aimee and of course, Hunter, the 4 Henson Dog.

In honor of Preslee, the family requests that you consider becoming a blood donor and joining the bone marrow registry at

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to US Bank in honor of Preslee.

Visitation will be 2-5 PM Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Laura Street Baptist Church, Maryville.

Funeral Services were 10 AM Monday, June 5th, also at the church. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery, Maryville.

Obituary Jacqueline (Dowling) Holaday 1933-2017

Jacqueline (Jackie) Jean Dowling Holaday, 84, Barnard, Missouri, went to join her Lord and Master June 10, 2017.

Jackie was born March 4, 1933 in Hopkins, Missouri to Eugene and Mildred Ulmer Dowling. She was a graduate of Horace Mann High School, Maryville.

Jackie married the love of her life Harold Dean Holaday August 10, 1952. They spent 64 years together. He still resides at their home.

From their union they had four children, Michael (Debbie) Holaday, Caron (Victor) Coulter, Malinda (Wes) Pangle, all of Barnard, and Lisa (Kirby) Parker, Plano, TX. Also surviving are eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; sister Mary Karen (Dave) Christensen, Savannah and brother Steve Dowling, Maryville and Aunt and Uncle Beverly and Pete Bowen, Independence, MO.
Jackie was a member of the Barnard Christian Church. She also loved baby sitting her grandchildren and area children and was a very good cook! She was Grant Township Tax Collector for many years and also had been a receptionist for the Super 8 Motel.

Jackie was preceded in death by her parents, brother Gary Dowling and sister Ronda Salsbury.
She was a very loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed by all.

Visitation will be 6-8 PM Monday, June 12, 2017 at Price Funeral Home, Maryville, with Funeral Services 10:00 AM Tuesday at the Barnard Christian Church. Burial will follow the services at the American Legion Cemetery, Barnard.

Memorials may be made to the choice of the donor, or the Barnard Christian Church.

Obituary -- Anita Lorraine Kundsen 1956-2017

Anita Lorraine Knudsen, Ravenwood, Missouri died May 29, 2017 at Nodaway Nursing Home, Maryville, Missouri

Born January 25, 1956 in Grant City, Missouri, she was the daughter of the late Jessie Comer and Frances (Collier) Comer. 

She was employed as a LPN with Los Angeles County, California. 

Surviving are sons, Brian (Michelle) Knudsen, Colorado Springs, CO and Brandon (Allie) Knudsen, Simi Valley, CA, daughter, Heather Rodgers, Ravenwood, MO, brother Dennis Comer, North Platte, NE, sisters Evelyn Borske, Wathena, KS, Mary Boswell, Ravenwood, Lora Bliss, Southerland, NE and 4 grandchildren Gaven Rodgers, Mason, Brianna, and Bailey Knudsen.

A Memorial Service was held at 10:00 AM Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Price Funeral Home. It was followed by Inurnment at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Ravenwood.

Obituary -- Dorothy Ann Davis 1948-2017

Dorothy Ann Davis, 68, Maryville, Missouri died Saturday, June 3, 2017, at Nodaway Nursing Home in Maryville.

She was born July 7, 1948 in Maryville to Robert Pike and Stella Brant Davis.
Preceding Dorothy in death were her parents, sisters Virginia and Shirley Davis, and Christine Guturrez and brothers Robert and Delbert Davis.

Surviving her are two sisters, Diana Davis, Hopkins, MO and Margaret Giggar, Gentry, MO, several nieces and nephews, including Robert and Tim Giggar and Rebecca Poke.

Graveside Services were 2:00 PM Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Miriam Cemetery, Maryville.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Grant City Christian Church to Offer VBS

Grant City Christian Church will host a VBS from July 17th to 19th from 6 pm to 8 pm each night. The theme this year will be “Get Road Trip Ready.” It will teach kids how they were designed creatively and wonderfully by and for God. It will be for ages Kindergarten through 8th grade. Each night will have food, fun activities and fellowship for children and adults alike.

15 Area Students Make Northwest Honor Roll

Some area students made the Northwest Honor Roll for the Spring Trimester.

Earning the Academic Honor Roll from Grant City were Cassie Carter and Josh Warner.

Earning the President’s Honor Roll from Hopkins was Courtney Martin.

From Maryville, Sarah Bliley made the President’s Honor Roll. She is a graduate of Northeast Nodaway.

Four students from Parnell made the honor roll this time. They were Rebecca Harmening (President), Jill Spire (President), Dalton Welch (Academic), and Stephanie Welch (President).

From Pickering, Hallie Henggeler made the Academic Honor Roll.

Five students from Ravenwood made the honor roll. They were Korey Adwell (Academic), Jamie Ball (Academic), Garet Jackson (President), Rachel Runde (President), and Steve Schulte (President).

From Sheridan, making the Academic Honor Roll was Allison Martin.

Allendale Baptist Breaks Ground on New Church

The Allendale Baptist Church broke ground on their new church Monday afternoon. It will replace the old building, which was built in 1890. It will be located east of the Allendale Park, where the late Allen Hull’s blacksmith shop used to be. The old building was experiencing basement flooding issues, and repair costs were estimated to be astronomical.

It is the first new church building in Worth County in 20 years. The most recent church building built from scratch was when the Grant City Assembly of God Church (now Crossroads) relocated from their old gray building south of the Square to its present location on 169 and 46, north of Country Corners. The Sheridan Christian Church expanded their building during that time, adding new teaching rooms, building handicapped accessible ramps, and expanding the main worship area.

A special church service, picnic, and groundbreaking ceremony was held on the site of the new church Sunday.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Emma Baldwin Saves NEN from Defeat With Base Hit; Young Tigers Show Promise

Down to her team’s final strike, Emma Baldwin battled and battled and finally got a two out two run single to score two runs, tie the score up at 7 against Worth County, and save Northeast Nodaway from defeat Thursday. Incoming freshman Jill Hardy took the mound for the 5th and 6th, starting off the latter inning by getting Blair Stoll to chase a head-high pitch. Paige West, a promising freshman for Northeast, beat out an infield single and Maggie Schmitz reached as Kristin New dropped a pop fly in shallow right field and West scrambled to second just ahead of the force play. Summer Swalley hit a high chopper to Hardy on the mound, but Makayla Adwell walked on four pitches, bringing up Baldwin.

The Maryville catcher, who plays summer ball with Northeast along with Swalley, got down 0-2 in the count to Hardy, only to foul one into the ball bucket in the Worth County dugout. She took one pitch high, fouled off another, and then knocked one into center with Worth County up 7-5. That tied up the game at 7. Emily Redden and Cami Adwell walked to force in a run and put Northeast up 8-7.
Hardy led off with a grounder to Makayla Adwell at short. Her throw was high, but Paige West pulled it down; it was one of at least three errors West saved her teammates that evening. Kaylee McElvain grounded out to Adwell, but Merrideth Spiers walked on four pitches to bring up Haley Hunt with the winning run.

NEN pitcher Maggie Schmitz missed with the next two pitches, but then got back to 2-2 on Hunt. For the second time all night, she threw a deadly change, Hunt swung, and Adwell caught the pop fly over her shoulder for the third out.

Worth County, whose summer team is partly composed of last year’s varsity players along with a lot of incoming freshmen, has a lot to look forward to. Returning pitcher Haley Hunt returns from shoulder surgery which sidelined her from basketball, while Braidy Hunt and Jill Hardy showed themselves to be capable pitchers as well. Allison Larison came in as catcher for the last two innings and stopped everything in sight.

Emily Redden’s single in the first put Northeast up 2-0, but Merrideth Spiers hit what looked like a routine grounder to third baseman Emily Redden in the bottom of the first. But it bounded eight feet high in the air before it reached her and bounded into left field for a three run double that put Worth County up 3-2 after one.

Northeast went back in front 5-3 in the top of the second after Summer Swalley’s walk forced in a run and Makayla Adwell’s two run double scored two more. But Morgan Beagle came home on a wild pitch to make it 5-4 in the bottom of the second and Jill Hardy reached on an error to score Anna Spainhower to tie it at 5 in the third.

Worth County moved ahead 7-5 in the fifth when Megan Cassavaugh grounded out to score Allison Larison and Braidy Hunt reached on an error to score Spainhower. But Maggie Schmitz went to her slow change for the first time all night to freeze Kaylee McElvain for the third out to get out of the inning.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Obituary -- Alice Faye Cross 1934-2017

Alice Faye Cross, 82, Hopkins, Missouri died Friday, June 2, 2017, at her home in Hopkins.

Alice was born November 10, 1934 in Ellington, Missouri to the late Ray and Maude Hall Kreps. She graduated from the Sheridan, Missouri High School in 1952.

Raymond Elvin Cross and Alice Faye Kreps were united in marriage December 4, 1952, in Hopkins. 

Until Alice "retired" at 79 years old, she had worked many jobs. She was always a homemaker for her family as she worked for Bircliff Industries, served as Hopkins Township Tax Collector and worked at Wilson Grocery, just to name a few. 

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband Raymond Cross (February 5, 2003); daughter Allison "Poppy" Calfee; brothers Galen Kreps and Charles Miller; and sisters Elizabeth Dukes, Ethelyn Sommer and Betty Morgan.

Alice is survived by her son, Raymond "Skeeter" Cross and daughter, Marcia (Randy) Beason both of Hopkins; seven grandchildren: Danielle Miller, Melissa Daly, Coby Cross, Grant John, Brooke Chonko, Luke Ramsey and Ali Ramsey; thirteen great-grandchildren; niece Penny Sheley, Lenox, Iowa; sister Donna Riley and son-in-law John Calfee both of Hopkins and her favorite little companions Piper and Mikey.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM Thursday June 8, 2017 at the First Christian Church, Hopkins. It will be followed by burial at Hopkins Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to SSM Hospice, 2332 South Main Street, Maryville, MO 64468.

Obituary -- Nate Schottel 1973-2017

Nathan Gregory Schottel, 43, of King City, MO passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

He was born September 16, 1973 in St. Joseph, MO the son of Donald T. and Sherrie L. (Huffman) Schottel.
Nathan worked as an arborist for Northwest Missouri Tree Service. He attended Renovation Church in St. Joseph, MO. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed the beach.
Upon his passing, Nathan was an organ donor to many recipients in need.
Nathan was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wayne and Kathy Rogers, Don Schottel, Sr. and Dorothy, and Leo Huffman.
Survivors include his daughters, Haven Schottel, St. Joseph, MO, Quinci (Trey) Pope, and Grace Schottel, all of King City, MO; son, Isaiah Schottel, King City, MO; wife, Tina Schottel; parents, Don and Sherrie Schottel, St. Joseph, MO; sister, Robin (Allen) Andrews, Grant City, MO; granddaughters, Lillian, Quinlynn, and Adleigh; niece and nephews, Kristen, Mitchell (Lauren) and Luke; and several cousins, aunts, uncles, and numerous friends.

Funeral Services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 3 at the First Christian Church, King City, MO under the direction of Roberson Funeral Home, King City, MO. Burial followed in King City Cemetery, King City, MO. Memorials may be made in Memory of Nathan to his Children in care of Roberson Funeral Home, PO Box 153, King City, MO 64463. Online condolences may be left at

Four People, Including Two Teens, Killed in Daviess County Wreck

Four Trenton residents were killed in a wreck near the Daviess/Grundy County line Tuesday, June 6th. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 1994 Isuzu Rodeo driven by Trey Shaw (20) of Trenton was eastbound on Route 190 in Daviess County, 1/2 mile west of the county line. The patrol reports that the vehicle traveled partially off the right side of the road and then overcorrected. The Rodeo returned to the roadway and began to travel off the north side of the roadway. The vehicle then traveled parallel to the roadway down an embankment, became airborne, and struck a ditch. The Rodeo came to rest in the ditch on its wheels facing northwest. The report states that the vehicle was difficult to see from the roadway and wasn't discovered until several hours later. Also killed were Malachi Knapp (18) of Trenton, Matheson Knapp (19) of Trenton, and Micah Knapp (31) of Trenton along with Shaw. None were wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Three Injured in Maryville Wreck; One Lifeflighted

Three people were injured in a wreck near Maryville Thursday evening, June 1st at around 6:23 pm. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 1999 Dodge 1500 Extension Cab Truck driven by Michael Hall (32) of Hopkins was northbound on Business 71 and failed to yield for a stop sign. A 2013 Chevy Impala driven by Jacki Thrasher (58) of Clarinda was northbound on 71. The Dodge Truck struck the Impala on the left front. The Impala drove off the roadway. The Truck overturned, ejecting a passenger and came to rest on its driver side. The Impala came to rest on its wheels.
A passenger in the Dodge, Karen Ebrecht (51) of Hopkins, was seriously injured and transported to St. Francis and subsequently lifeflighted to Mosaic in St. Joseph. Another passenger in the Dodge, Michael Ebrecht (28) of Hopkins, received minor injuries and was transported by private vehicle to St. Francis Hospital. Neither was wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck. The driver of the Impala, Jacki Thrasher, received moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to St. Francis.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Obituary -- Max Risser 1949-2017

Max Robert Risser was born February 10, 1949 at the Risser family farm home near Sheridan. He was the youngest child of Ivan Oakley and Virginia Sumy Risser. He passed from this life on April 17, 2017 at Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph.

On January 22, 1972, he married Brenda Roberta Patterson. They were blessed with three daughters: Thea Jean, Tisha Ann, and Tara Beth.

Max graduated from Sheridan High School with the Class of 1967. He began working for LMP in Maryville in 1971. In the fall of 2015, after 44 years, he retired from Nucor-LMP.

Left to cherish Max’s memory is his wife, Brenda, of the home in rural Maryville; daughter Thea (Mich) Hanway of Maitland; daughter Tisha (Troy) Moore of Fairfax; and daughter Tara (Troy) Yardley of Grain Valley. Grandchildren: Ariannah, Anderson, Alexander, and Alyssabeth Roderick; Brett Pointer, Bryan Halterman; Zachary and Zoey Moore; and Kadence and Mason Yardley. There are four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Sally (Paul) Beezley, Washington, Iowa; and Ivalee Johnson, Sheridan; his brother Oakly (Patricia) Risser, Vacavilla (CA); Brenda’s mother, Roberta Patterson; sisters and brothers-in-law, many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Max worked hard and played hard. He had a kind heart, twinkle in his eye, and a charitable soul. Max never met anyone he did not call a friend. He was a family man above all else. We were blessed to have learned many valuable lessons from Max, as well as cherished heartfelt memories.

On Monday, April 17, 2017, Max started his new beginning, a reunion of sorts, with loved ones lost in the past. Until we meet again, you will forever be in our hearts.

A Celebration of Life service was held on Friday, May 5, at the Mozingo Lake Golf Club House near Maryville.

Hopkins Picnic to Have Kiddie Parade

The Hopkins Picnic Kiddie Parade will be Saturday, July 8th at 11 am. Registration starts at 10 am and judging will start at 10:30. Ages are 12 and under. No horses, please, and if using an ATV vehicle in any category, it must be accompanied by someone 18 or older. Categories are:
1. Favorite Toys and Decorated Bikes.
2. TV Characters and Movie Stars.
3. Story Book Characters.
4. Favorite Singers or Songs.
5. Famous People of the Past.
6. Cartoon Characters.
The prizes are 1st $30, 2nd $25, 3rd $20 in each category and each participant will receive free ride tickets. They will also get free ice cream at the Community Building after the parade.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Obituary -- Pennie Collier 1953-2017

Pennie  Collier was born October 3, 1953 in Ringgold County, Iowa to Delbert V. and Leora (Todd) Stevens. She passed away on May 29, 2017 at her home in Grant City, Missouri following a courageous battle of a lengthy illness.

Pennie worked for Johnson Control in Abany, Missouri for over 20 years. She was a dedicated mother.

Pennie was preceded in death by her parents: and one sister, Rebecca Findley.

She is survived by her brother and caregiver Delbert Stevens Jr. of the home in Grant City, children: Amanda (Rob) Crowder of Sugar Creek, Missouri, and Everett (Patty) Collier of Blue Springs, Missouri; brother Ralph Stevens of Van Wert, Iowa; sister: Barbara Skroh of Osceola, Iowa and 4 grandchildren;  Nicholas Perdue, Paige and Wesley Collier and Elizabeth Crowder.

Memorial Services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri. A private inurnment will be at a later date at the Isabelle Cemetery near Allendale, Missouri.

Monday, May 29, 2017

From Thousands to Two Dozen: Isadora Memorial Day Ceremony Dwindles

The Memorial Day Ceremony at Isadora used to be one of the biggest draws of the county. As late as the 1930’s and 1940’s, there would be a sea of people filling up the entire Isadora Cemetery decorating the graves. There were even more people across the road in a picnic area. The young people would march into the cemetery from the picnic area and decorate the cemetery with flags.

The town itself still had a huge blacksmith shop during the 1930’s and ‘40’s, first run by Jack Wake and then by his son, Gary Wake. Now, it is a small village with a small building for the West Fork Boosters 4-H Club, the Isadora Church of Christ, and a few homes nestled in the timber. Blaine said that sometimes, while doing funerals at the cemetery, he could hear the turkeys in the surrounding timber calling.

Now, the ceremony draws two dozen people to come and remember the soldiers who gave their lives for their country. There were a few songs sang, the Pledge of Allegiance was sung, and the tributes to the Armed Forces were sang.

Jeff Blaine, Pastor of the Sheridan Christian Church, spoke. He spoke of Heinrich Severloh, otherwise known as The Beast of Omaha. He was a German soldier. The Germans doubted his loyalty; in 1942, he was punished for allegedly making dissenting remarks and forced to perform extreme physical exertions which left him with permanent health problems.

But when he was transferred to Normandy, Severloh nearly single-handedly kept the allied forces at bay during D-Day. The allies came with 2 million soldiers, 448,000 tons of ammo, and 13,000 aircraft flown in support. During the initial assault on D-Day, in the biggest amphibious operation ever, 160,000 men were ferried across the English Channel to Normandy. Around 14,674 air sorties were flown in support of the D-Day invasion.

Severloh defended a position named “Easy Red,” and began opening fire at around 5 am local time. He fired for nine hours, using up 12,000 rounds and was credited with inflicting anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 of the 3,800 to 4,200 American casualties singlehandedly before he ran out of ammunition nine hours later, retreating, and later surrendering to the Allies. Afterwards, in The Scotsman, he recounted in 2004 waking up that morning to a wall of ships that looked like it was stretching all the way back to England.

Afterwards, Severloh became a Prisoner of War, being held first in the US and later in England before being released in 1947. In his own words, he said, “There was no glory that day. Just good men dying.”

In the 1960’s, Severloh formed an unlikely friendship with David Silva, a chaplain who was wounded by three bullets in the chest at Omaha Beach. They met in the 1960’s and later in 2005 at a reunion of Allied forces in Normandy. Spiegel TV, a German network, did a documentary in 2004 in co-production with the Canadian Broadcasting Company about the unlikely friendship.

“I believe Severloh should have surrendered,” said Blaine. He said that we will all meet our maker, and that it was wise to surrender to Christ now. He said the Allied soldiers in Normandy came for one purpose – to preserve freedom. In the same way, Blaine said that Jesus was the way to eternal peace. “There will only be two people at the end – those who surrender, and those who have not.” Reading from Revelation 19:11, Blaine talked about Jesus as the insurmountable force who will bring judgement at the end along with the Word of God.

Debbie Thummel played “Taps” to close off the ceremony.

At Grant City, World War I Heroes Remembered 100 Years Later

Grant City American Legion Commander Dr. Matt Martz recalled the heroism of John Hunter Wickersham, who gave his life during World War I during the Memorial Day Ceremony in the Worth County Courtyard Monday. Wickersham was wounded during the St. Mihiel Offensive during World War I in France on September 12th, 1918. He was severely wounded in four places by a high-explosive shell. Before receiving any aid for himself, he dressed the wounds of his orderly, and then continued to direct the advance of his men. He fired his revolver with his left hand until he finally fell and died for his wounds. In memory of his sacrifice, he received a Medal of Honor.

The day before his death, he wrote the following poem to his mother:
The mist hangs low and quiet on a ragged line of hills,
  There's a whispering of wind across the flat,
You'd be feeling kind of lonesome if it wasn't for one thing—
  The patter of the raindrops on your old tin hat.

An' you can't help a-figuring—sitting there alone—
  About this war and hero stuff and that,
And you wonder if they haven't sort of got things twisted up,
  While the rain keeps up its patter on your old tin hat.

When you step off with the outfit to do your little bit
  You're simply doing what you're s'posed to do—
And you don't take time to figure what you gain or lose—
  It's the spirit of the game that brings you through.

But back at home she's waiting, writing cheerful little notes,
  And every night she offers up a prayer
And just keeps on a-hoping that her soldier boy is safe—
  The Mother of the boy who's over there.

And, fellows, she's the hero of this great, big ugly war,
  And her prayer is on the wind across the flat,
And don't you reckon maybe it's her tears, and not the rain,
  That's keeping up the patter on your old tin hat?

Another soldier who gave his life was recognized by Dr. Martz. Mark DeAlencar was shot and killed by small arms fire while fighting in eastern Afghanistan last month. He left behind a wife and five children. Dr. Martz noted that DeAlencar, told to lose weight to reenlist, did so.

“Our enemies want us dead,” said Dr. Martz. “Our armed forces are doing all they can to protect us. The children of fallen warriors will grieve long after the guns fall silent.”

Dr. Martz noted that some gave their lives in humanitarian causes. In 1975, as South Vietnam was falling, President Ford authorized Operation Babylift, an operation to evacuate orphans from that country and place them in foster homes in the US. Over 2,500 children were relocated during the course of that operation. During that operation, a C-5A Galaxy plane had the locks of its rear loading ramp fail. Frantic efforts by the crew of the plane were not successful and 138 people were killed, including 78 children and 35 Defense Attache Office Saigon personnel. 173 people survived, and all of the surviving orphans were flown to the US. The pilots, Captain Dennis “Bud” Traynor and copilot Captain Tilford Harp, both survived and were awarded the Air Force Cross for extraordinary valor after their actions were credited with the survival of the 173.

Lloyd Ridge gave the prayer and benediction. Joe Marshall led a salute to the deceased veterans. The Worth County Mixed Choir sang the National Anthem and “In Flanders Fields.” Ralph Kobbe played “Taps.”

Afterwards, a singing contest was held at the Senior Center. Dora Martz was first, followed by Unique Brown and Rachael Brown. John Kollitz also performed a couple of numbers before heading to a couple of concerts in Iowa. Dora Martz and Unique Brown sang “Jesus Loves Me” together, while Dora sang some songs as well.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Allendale Automotive LLC to Mark 6 Months in Business

On Thursday, June 1st, Allendale Automotive  LLC will mark its 6th month in business. They were formerly Mike’s Garage. They are doing a promotion; the 300th person to like their Facebook page will get a free front wheel alignment.

Male Beauty Pageant to Return to Hopkins Picnic

The Male Beauty Pageant will return to the Hopkins Picnic this year. Ladies can have fun dressing up husbands. The audience will enjoy the “ladies” clowning around on the stage and providing prime entertainment for the picnic. To enter, contact Sara Wyer Coleman or Richard Frampton.

Sheridan Christian Church has Cookbooks for Sale

Sheridan Christian Church has cookbooks that are available for mail order. Go to and go to Community Cookbooks. It will list cookbooks by state, then follow the directions on that page. Cost is $15 plus $7.20 for postage and handling.
The cover is elaborately decorated and there are many different recipes. One is for chicken and noodles for a crowd. Another is for crock pot chicken spaghetti. Another is for BBQ crockpot chicken.

Sheridan Rodeo Set for June 23rd and 24th

The third annual Sheridan Rodeo will be held once again at the Sheridan Rodeo Grounds during Old Defiance Days. It will be held 7:30 nightly. Admission will be $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, and free for 5 and under.

There will be 9 championship events – bareback riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, team roping, breakaway roping, bull riding, and over 40 calf roping. The event is sanctioned by the IRA, URA, and MRCA. Grand River Rodeo will be the stock contractor.

During the intermission, there will be a box auction, a 50/50 drawing, and for Saturday night only, there will be a Kiss the Pig. After each show, Snakebite will have music at the tavern from 9 to 1 both nights.

Sheridan CBC Horse Show Rescheduled for June 4th

The Sheridan CBC Horse Show that was to have been held in April has been rescheduled for June 4th at the Rodeo Grounds in Sheridan. Registration will start at 12 pm, with the show starting at 1 pm. There will be four age groups; 8 & under, 9-13, 14-18, and 19 & over. Cost for the events will be $5 per event, with 50% payback. There will be barrels, poles, key hole, and flag races.

Maryville Man Lifeflighted Following Wreck North of Sheridan

Three people were injured and one was lifeflighted in a wreck that happened between Sheridan and Blockton Saturday morning at around 4:25 am. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 2004 GMC Envoy was southbound on Route F eight miles northeast of Sheridan when it crossed the center line and traveled off the east side. The driver, Xavier Mildward (28) of Maryville, overcorrected, causing the vehicle to travel across the roadway and off the west side of the roadway. The vehicle overturned and came to rest on its wheels on the west side facing northeast.

A passenger, Jerrmiah Smiley (36) of Maryville, received serious injuries and was lifeflighted to Mosaic. Another passenger, Falicia Lawson (19) of Maryville, received minor injuries and was taken to Mount Ayr Hospital. Mildward received minor injuries and was taken to Mount Ayr Hospital. None were wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.

Crystal Hoover 1919-2016

Crystal Virginia Hoover, 97, passed away in Lakewood, Colorado on October 8, 2016. Crystal was born on August 30, 1919 in Sheridan, Missouri. She graduated from Missouri State Teacher's College with a degree in Home Economics in 1939. She taught third grade at both Ashland Elementary and Jose Valdez Elementary for approximately thirty years and remained a member of the Retired Teachers Association from the time of her retirement until the time of her death. Crystal's faith was always a guiding force in her life and she attended Lakewood Christian Church and St Paul's Community Church. She enjoyed travelling and loved to read in her spare time. Crystal was preceded in death by her husband Rex, and an infant son, David. She is survived by her sister Pauline Wells, her daughter Sharon Robinson and her sons Gregory and Steven Hoover. She also had seven grand children and six great grand children. She was an inspirational woman and will be greatly missed.

Obituary -- Orlie "Duane" Whitney 1930-2017

Duane Whitney, 86, of Overland Park, KS, passed away on January 17, 2017. He was born on October 24, 1930 near Sheridan, Missouri to Gilbert and Elda Whitney. After joining the Air Force he was sent to clerk typist training in Chillicothe, Missouri where he met his wife of 61 years, Wanda. After serving in Japan during the Korean War, Duane and Wanda married and settled in Kansas City, Missouri and later Overland Park, Kansas. He graduated from Rockhurst University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Duane was an accountant for Colgate Palmolive and Pitman Manufacturing before retiring as a comptroller with Myron Green Cafeterias. Duane loved to work in the yard and tend to his garden and rose bushes. He was a skilled refinisher of wood and refinished many pieces of furniture. He belonged to Overland Park Christian Church where he served many years as a financial secretary, deacon, and elder. Duane was preceded in death by his parents, brother Walter, sister Audrey and grandson Kendall. He is survived by his wife Wanda, daughter Debra, son David (Michelle), grandchildren Jay (Gemma) and Melia and great-grandson Jace.

Visitation was held from 9:30-10:30 am Saturday, January 21st with funeral services immediately following at Overland Park Christian Church. Burial at Johnson County Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were under the direction of the Amos Family Funeral Home in Shawnee (KS).

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Northeast Baseball Moves Past St. Joseph Christian Before Falling to LaPlata in Elite Eight

Northeast moved past St. Joseph Christian 10-9 Tuesday before falling 7-1 to LaPlata Wednesday. Northeast had to take a six hour bus ride in order to play and hung in gamely, but a four run second inning led to their demise.

Despite the loss, Northeast had a lot of accomplishments to look back on. They set a school record in wins with 13, while they clinched a district title for the first time ever. They also won their fourth straight conference title, which seemed improbable after they dropped their first three games to start the season, including one to St. Joseph Christian, their foe from Tuesday evening.

The game was a war between brothers as Cody Green was the assistant coach for Northeast Nodaway, while Micah was an assistant for Christian. The two are the sons of Len and Rita Green; Len is the long-time Crossroads/Assembly of God pastor at Grant City. Len celebrated his 30th anniversary at the church last year.

Northeast’s victory marked the first time that Cody had beaten Micah in a baseball game ever. Christian had beaten Northeast 2-0 at the start of the year. A few years before, before Northeast started their current run of conference titles, Micah was coaching at South Nodaway and his Longhorns beat Northeast while Cody was an assistant. Perhaps the cheering section that Cody had at the game Tuesday provided the boost Northeast needed, as members of Cody’s youth group came over to cheer Northeast on.

This year was the first year that Christian had played baseball, but it didn’t seem like an expansion franchise was on the field. They had 25 players listed on the roster, and they were loaded from top to bottom. They started off slowly besides their win over Northeast, but caught fire towards the end of the season and ran away with the district title in Maryville while Northeast had to survive two cliffhangers against North Harrison and Green City.

It looked like Christian would run away with the game with Northeast as Bluejay pitcher Rowdy West froze Zach Maggart on strikes, but then ran into trouble right off the bat. Nobody was used to the lively infield at Northwest Missouri State; what would have been a routine grounder back in Ravenwood turned into a high hopper over shortstop Spencer Weir’s head as Zech Perkins reached on a scratch hit. Johnathan Wing singled to right; Elias Manners hit a pop fly on the infield and was automatically out, but nobody took charge and the ball dropped in and rolled away, allowing the runners to advance 90 feet to second and third.

All hell broke loose as Simon Maize singled through third and short as the lively infield meant nobody had a chance at the ball. That scored two more, Trevor Hartigan walked and Spencer Weir had more trouble with the lively infield as he misplayed a high hop, loading the bases. That brought up Jacob Burton, who singled in two to make it 4-0.

Northeast, who had hit good pitchers well all year, couldn’t do anything with Trevor Hartigan and all hell broke loose again in the second as nobody took charge of a pop fly, which was pushed into fair territory just inside the first base line by a stiff wind for an error. Zach Maggart reached on the miscue, took second on a balk, and came home on Jonathan Wing’s single. Elias Manners hit a screamer which would have cleared the park anywhere else, but crashed off the wall 380 feet from home plate for a triple; he came home on Simon Maize’s sac fly to make it 7-0.

Christian scored another run in the third, but thanks to the vast field, Northeast was saved much worst. Spencer Weir snared a screamer from Hagen Kimsey backhanded and then Jacob Burton hit a long drive to the warning track in dead center, 375 feet from home plate. But centerfielder Dylan Mildfeldt was built for Northwest’s park, and he had no problem tracking it down and hauling it in for a long out. Caleb Kelley then walked, took second and third on wild pitches as Maggart walked and scored when third baseman Ethan Adwell had trouble with the crazy bounces the ball was taking on the infield, making it 8-0.

It looked like it was only a matter of time before Christian would put more runs on the board and finish Northeast early, but all of a sudden, with one out, Hartigan began fighting the strike zone after Reed McIntyre and Spencer Weir started off the inning with singles. Chet Spire walked on four pitches and then McIntyre came home on a wild pitch. Andrew Freemyer struck out, but then Rowdy West singled down the right field line to plate two and make it 8-3. Ethan Adwell walked and then once again, the vast field worked to Northeast’s advantage. Brayden Welch hit a screamer into the gap in right center field; center fielder Zech Perkins closed the gap in a hurry, but dropped it as two runs came home as they were off with the crack of the bat with two outs. All of a sudden, Northeast was right back in the game, down 8-5.

With Elias Manners, who had hit it 380 feet his last time up, coming up to the plate, Coach Vance Proffitt ordered an intentional walk, which paid off as Manners was shot down stealing by catcher Andrew Freemyer. Simon Maize tried to back out of a 3-2 pitch, but was completely fooled as Rowdy West got the strikeout. Trevor Hartigan hit a screamer into the left center field gap, but Dylan Mildfeldt, losing his hat in the process, came up with the running catch for the final out of the fourth.
Once again, Northeast used the field to their advantage in the fourth as Chance Barber led off with a bunt, which died on the grass infield in front of the plate and he made it to first and took second on a wild pitch. Reed McIntyre struck out, but Spencer Weir took a high pitch and hit it to center for a base hit as Chance Barber scored. Christian tried to claim that Barber missed the plate, but he had dragged his foot across the bag, so the run counted.

Chet Spire popped out for the second out of the inning, but then Hartigan began fighting the strike zone again and walked Andrew Freemyer. Once again, the field helped Northeast out as a lively hop scooted past Zach Maggart at third for Rowdy West’s base hit and  scored Weir. The vast field helped Northeast again as Ethan Adwell’s pop fly dropped in for a base hit and Maverick Price (running for Freemyer) was safe on a close play. At that point, Hartigan was finished and Levi Glidwell came in to strike out Brayden Welch, but the damage was done and the game was tied at 8 after four.

Hagen Kimsey singled past Weir at short, but then Jacob Burton, who had hit a screamer earlier, popped out to Weir and Caleb Kelley grounded into a force at second. Zach Maggart came up with the top of the order, but Spencer Weir finally handled the lively infield and got him on a grounder to end the inning with the score still tied at 8.

Spencer Gray walked to start the fifth for Northeast and Dylan Mildfeldt, running for him, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Chance Barber walked and stole second. But it looked like Northeast’s chance to take the lead would go down the drain as Reed McIntyre struck out and Spencer Weir hit a grounder to Hagen Kimsey at second, and he threw out Mildfeldt at home on a close play despite Proffitt coming out and arguing the call.  But then Chet Spire, who had not gotten a hit yet, hit a screamer to the wall in left center field 380 feet from home plate for a double, scoring Weir and Barber and Northeast was up 10-8 after five.

After Lions coach Andrew McDonald called all his team and had an animated conversation with them, they woke up to their peril and Zech Perkins led off the sixth with a soft liner up the middle that dropped in for a single. Jonathan Wing hit a slow roller to Ethan Adwell at third; he had no play and everyone was safe. That brought up Elias Manners, who had already had a triple 380 feet from the plate, but West froze him for strike three before giving way to Spencer Weir. West had struggled at the start, but got stronger and stronger as the game progressed to keep Northeast in the game.
Weir gave up a single to Simon Maize to make it 10-9, but Trevor Hartigan flied out and Weir froze Hagen Kimsey to get out of the inning with Northeast still up 10-9.

Glidewell struck out the side for Christian in the seventh and Andrew Freemyer came in to try to close it out for Northeast. Jacob Burton went after a high pitch, but fouled it right into catcher Rowdy West’s glove for the first out. Caleb Kelley hit a grounder to Ethan Adwell, but his errant throw was over Reed McIntyre’s head and Garrett Cassity came in to run for Kelley. Zach Maggart tried to bunt, but bunted in the air and Andrew Freemyer caught the pop fly. But he tried to double off Cassity and there was a heartstopping moment as the ball squirted out of McIntyre’s glove down the right field line as Cassity took second. Zech Perkins came up and Freemyer just missed inside with a 2-2 pitch to make it 3-2. But then he froze Perkins for strike three as the sun came out for the first time all day.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Kansas City to Drop ACA Health Insurance Plans for 2018

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) today announced the company’s decision to not offer or renew individual Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans in the company’s 32-county service area in Kansas and Missouri for 2018. This decision will affect Blue KC members with both on- and off- exchange individual plans but does not affect individual plans that were purchased on or prior to October 1, 2013.

“Since 2014, we’ve expended significant resources to offer individual ACA plans to increase access to quality healthcare coverage for the Kansas City community,” said Danette Wilson, President and CEO of Blue KC. “Like many other health insurers across the country, we have been faced with challenges in this market. Through 2016, we have lost more than $100 million. This is unsustainable for our company. We have a responsibility to our members and the greater community to remain stable and secure, and the uncertain direction of this market is a barrier to our continued participation.”

Blue KC has more than 1 million members, and this will affect approximately 67,000. This decision will not affect 2017 coverage. It also does not affect Blue KC members who are covered under one of its “grandfathered” or “grandmothered” plans. These plans were purchased on or prior to October 1, 2013. Additionally, members who receive coverage through their employers, as well as those who purchased a Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, short-term or student health plan from Blue KC, are not affected.

“This decision is necessary at this time, but we’ll continue to work with federal and state legislators to identify solutions that will stabilize the individual market and bring costs down for our members, the community and Blue KC,” said Wilson.

For more information, call 1-888-737-7086. Affected Blue KC members will be notified via mail by Blue KC by July 1, 2017.

Shelly Troutwine Hired as Part-Time Clerk for License Office

Unofficial Minutes

A Special Board of Alderman meeting was held May 24th, 2017 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Present: Mayor Debbie Roach- Aldermen: Michael Chapman, Catherine Runde, Cathy James Bruce Downing-absent.- Clerk Ayvonne Morin,PWD: Carl Staton.

Mayor called the meeting to order.

Pool: PWD Carl Staton informed the board about a leak at the pool. The city crew will get to
It as soon as they are finished preparing the streets for asphalt. The pool will open this Memorial day weekend, depending on weather. Some staff will be there selling pool passes and handing out other information.

Michael Chapman made motion to go into closed session, Catherine Runde, seconded, motion carried.

Closed Session: Catherine Runde made motion to hire Shelly Troutwine as part-time clerk for the License office, Cathy James, seconded, motion carried.

Catherine Runde made motion to end closed session and meeting, Cathy James, seconded, motion carried. Meeting Adjourned 6:50 p.m.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

North Nodaway to Discontinue Softball After 2018-2019

The North Nodaway school board last Wednesday voted to discontinue softball after 2018-19 and offer volleyball instead. School officials cited low participation at the middle school level, low numbers of girls at the elementary level, and more interest in volleyball at the middle school level. The school only played one softball game at the junior high level the last two years due to low participation. Volleyball requires six players to play, as opposed to softball, which requires nine. A junior high volleyball team will be formed this coming year, with a JV squad planned for 2018-19 and a varsity squad for 2019-2020. The vote was 6-1, with board member Tony O’Riley opposed.

Tiger Girls Score 22.5 Points in State Meet; Anna Gladstone Gets Three Medals

Worth County’s girls recorded 22.5 points at the State Meet last weekend, good enough for 12th place. New Haven won with 60 points, followed by Mound City with 53. Other local teams that finished high included Rock Port, fifth with 33 points, Stanberry, 11th with 23 points, and King City, tied for 14th with 20 points.

For the girls, Anna Gladstone was second in the 100 Hurdles with a time of 15.56, her second best time of the year. She will be a favorite at this event next year as the girl that beat her, Khristen Bryant (Columbia Independent) will graduate next year. Bryant holds the class record, which she set last year with a time of 14.54.

The state record of the 4x200 team from 1984 still stands, as they are still on the boards with a time of 1:47.07. School of the Ozarks came within two seconds, but was still at 1:48.93.

Anna Gladstone got her second medal in the High Jump as she posted fifth with a jump of 5 feet. Gladstone, Sadie Limback (Santa Fe), and Marissa Jensen (Stanberry) will be favorites in that event next year.

Regan Allee was fifth in the Pole Vault with a vault of 8’6”. She will be one of several favorites in the state meet next year. Khristen Bryant (Columbia Independent), who set the state record this year, will graduate; two of the other three competitors ahead of her will also graduate.

Anna Gladstone was sixth in a tough field in the Long Jump, getting one of her better jumps of the year with 16’3”. The field was loaded this year; Breanna Coulter (Northeast Nodaway) jumped 15’4”, which was only good for 11th place. By contrast, Michelle Schulte (Northeast Nodaway) posted fifth in the state with a similar jump in 2010.

Merrideth Spiers was fourth and posted a personal best throw of 123’7” in the Discus. The school record, held by April Miller, is 130 feet, while the class record is held by Haley Craig (North Harrison), who set it last year.

The boys posted 8 points at the meet.

Eli Mullock’s class record of 11.01 in the 100, set in 2011, stood up this year. The winning time was 11.41 for 2017.

The 4x100 team of Tevin Cameron, Caleb Parman, Ryan McClellan, and Bryant McCord was fifth with a time of 45.95. That squad will return everybody back. Worth County and Van-Far will be favorites in that event next year; the other three teams ahead of Worth County graduate nearly everyone.

Scott Parman’s High Jump record from 1992 of 6’10” still stands; the nearest competitor to him this year only posted 6’3”.

Drake Kinsella won Worth County’s other medal on the boys side as he was fifth in the Shot Put with a throw of 46’6¼”. He was easily one of the most improved contestants, improving his throw in that event by 10 feet over the course of the year.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

NEN District Title was First for Boys Since 1987

A pep rally was held for the Northeast Nodaway baseball team Sunday afternoon before its game with St. Joseph Christian in Sectionals Monday. At it, the school revealed that it was the first district title for a boys team since 1987, when basketball won districts.

The last district title came following an epic battle between Northeast Nodaway and Fairfax. With Northeast down one point going into the fourth quarter and the gym so crowded that many folks had to stand behind the baseline, Claude Samson’s squad held the ball for the first three minutes of the fourth before Todd Archer hit a shot from the left wing to put Northeast Nodaway up for good at 31-30. Northeast would get the ball back against a front line that was 6’4” and 6’8” and run out the clock for the one point win.

Also recognized were Dylan Mildfeldt, who qualified for state in the 100, and Brea Coulter, who qualified in the Long Jump and set a new school record in the process with a jump of 16’9”. Coulter was the first girl to go to state since 2012 in track, when Michelle Schulte went in the 3200 and Taryn Farnan went in the High Jump.

The Northeast Nodaway cheerleaders led the crowd in some cheers. Record numbers are cheering for Northeast, with 14 making next year’s squad. Some former baseball players came from the last three championship squads, including Korey Adwell, Andrew Faustlin, and Jill Spire.

Bluejay Baseball Wins First District Title Ever

Northeast Nodaway’s baseball team won its first district title game ever Wednesday night. Defying history and a strong Green City squad, Northeast took an early lead and held off several charges by the pesky Gopher squad to win 11-9 after three straight years of futility in districts. It was started three years ago by the very same Green City squad; Northeast had a banner regular season that year, running the table in their inaugural conference title season and drew the top seed in districts that year, only to be completely outplayed by Green City and fall 6-4.

Coach Vance Proffitt, who got his second shower in as many weeks, said the difference between the last three years and this year was a much higher level of focus. That was evident in the first inning, when Spencer Weir took a 3-2 pitch up and in to lead off and then went all the way from first to third on Chet Spire’s groundout. It turned out to be hardly necessary, since Andrew Freemyer’s home run that barely cleared the Eagleville fence put Northeast up 2-0. But it was the kind of alert baserunning that showed that this team was focused against a dangerous power hitting Green City squad and a hurler with the biggest breaking ball they had seen in Camden Williams.

Later in the inning, Rowdy West doubled as a fly ball dropped in between centerfielder Alex Barto and rightfielder Colby Carmack. Ethan Adwell walked and they went to second and third on a wild pitch. Brayden Welch laid down a perfect bunt and reached safely, only to have West thrown out at the plate as he didn’t get a big enough lead from third and was cut down after the throw to first. Proffitt argued the call to no avail, only to have a third run score anyway as Ethan Adwell came home on a  wild pitch to make it 3-0.

The heart of the Green City order was up, but Devin Fields’ screamer was right to Rowdy West at shortstop. Hunter Chase walked and stole second on a close play, but Spencer Weir settled down and struck out Camden Williams and got Ryan Peavler to fly out to Chet Spire by jamming him inside.
Williams tried to establish his huge breaking ball as he froze Chance Barber with one that started high, dove in the dirt, and was somehow called a strike by the umpire. He then froze Reed McIntyre, but Green City mistakenly thought the play was over and started throwing it around the horn. The ball had briefly hit the dirt and McIntyre made it to first before the Gophers could recover. Williams set up Spencer Weir with three high pitches and shut him down with another huge breaking pitch that started head high and broke down to the knees.

But then the dropped third strike came back to bite Green City; without it, they would have struck out the side and held Northeast scoreless. As it stood, Chet Spire kept the inning alive as Williams tried to freeze him with one of his big breaking balls on a 3-2 pitch but left it too high. Andrew Freemyer fought off an 0-2 breaking ball and hit it through the hole at short to score McIntyre and Rowdy West hit a screamer to left that took one bounce and cleared left field for a ground rule double to make it 5-0 after three.

NEN pitcher Spencer Weir sailed through the second, but got into trouble in the third after one out when he tried to throw a knuckle ball on Devin Fields, but he caught hold of it and it sliced away from Dylan Mildfeldt in center field for a single. That opened up the floodgates as Weir was tiring and had no more movement on his pitches. Hunter Chase and Camden Williams singled and then Ryan Peavler hit one to dead center so far out that Dylan Mildfeldt didn’t even try to go after it; that made it 5-4. A single from Alex Barto, a four pitch walk to Colby Carmack, and another single to Michael Hall tied it at 5-5; Carmack and Hall stole second and third with one out; seven straight Gophers had reached safely. But then Weir recovered and struck out Jeremy McCarty and Nathan Chase to get out of the inning with the game still tied.

Northeast continued to battle Williams and his huge breaking ball; Spencer Wier fought off a pitch up and in and knocked it in the hole between third and short to start the top of the fourth for Northeast. Chet Spire fought off another breaking ball and hit a grounder that took a crazy hop on Nathan Chase at short and went into short left as Spencer Weir made it from first to third. Andrew Freemyer’s pop fly barely stayed in the playing area; North Harrison has a long foul territory and third baseman Michael Hall made the catch just in front of the fence for the first out. Rowdy West then successfully got Williams out of his pitching rhythm; he called time just before he threw a pitch and found one much more to his liking and beat out an infield hit to short, scoring Weir. Ethan Adwell tried to bunt, but it it in the air and Williams caught it for the second out of the inning with Northeast up 6-5.

But then Brayden Welch came up to the plate. He has been clutch throughout his time at Northeast; two years ago, his single against West Nodaway ignited the rally that secured the Bluejays their second straight title; that year, his only hits of the year were against the Rockets. This year, his grand slam against Platte Valley jump started Northeast’s season after they had started off the season 0-3. Northeast swept the double header and Welch’s walkoff single all but clinched the conference title against West Nodaway after the Rockets had hit a 3-run shot off Andrew Freemyer to tie it up.
Monday night, Brayden Welch added to his laurels as he knocked one over the pine tree to the left of the scoreboard, 300 feet from home plate. That three run shot put Northeast up 9-5. Northeast would go through some more twists and turns in the game, but Brayden Welch’s shot put them back in control.

Green City tried all they could to wipe out the result of that play. They threw to third in a vain attempt to claim that Spencer Weir had not touched third while rounding the bases. They even headed to the dugout in an effort to sell the call, but to no avail. The home run stood.

Andrew Freemyer took the mound for the fourth inning and promptly, Devin Fields walked and Hunter Chase dug a pitch out of the first and deposited it over the center field fence to make it 9-7. But just as it looked like Green City would be getting the momentum back, Spencer Weir dropped to his knees and snared Camden Williams’ screamer to kill the rally. That seemed to give Freemyer the confidence he needed to start throwing strikes, and he shut down the Gophers through the fourth and fifth innings.

Meanwhile, Northeast added to their lead as Spencer Weir turned on Michael Hall’s breaking ball and hit it over the left field fence in the fifth and Spencer Gray turned on an inside pitch and singled down the left field line in the sixth to score Rowdy West to make it 11-7. But Northeast’s momentum was halted dead on the next play as Chance Barber hit what should have been the third out of the inning to first. But first baseman Ryan Peavler bobbled it and Barber was safe. Dylan Mildfeldt, running for Gray, tried to go first to third on the play, but although third baseman baseman Nathan Chase missed the tag, the umpire called Mildfeldt out anyway, triggering a rhubarb as Proffitt vehemently contended that the tag was missed. But the call stood and the momentum started swinging in the Gophers’ favor again.

Green City started making some noise in the sixth as Nathan Chase walked on a 3-2 count that was close and Devin Fields singled to left. A wild pickoff try by Freemyer scored Nathan Chase. Hunter Chase went after a breaking ball in the first and struck out, but Fields took third on a wild pitch and came home on Camden Williams’ groundout to cut Northeast’s lead in half.

Rowdy West’s futile attempt to slide into first on a groundout with two outs in the seventh didn’t work, and Northeast had to cling by their fingernails in the bottom of the inning. Alex Barto chopped one off the plate that bounded high into the air; Andrew Freemyer tried for an out that wasn’t there and threw it away, putting Barto on second. Colby Carmack chased a pitch in the dirt for a strikeout; Barto took third as Northeast threw to first to keep the tying run off the basepaths. Michael Hall hit a sharp grounder, but it was right at Reed McIntyre at first and Barto could not score on the play. Green City sent up Thomas Watt, but he grounded out to Chance Barber at second to end the game.
“From day one, we were all over you about doing the little things,” said Proffitt to his team afterwards. The little things paid off in the last two games. “That was a great team we beat and this shows it,” he said.

Proffitt said that the difference this year was that the team remembered the heartaches of the last three district losses and were bound and determined not to let it happen again. “After the North Harrison win, the pressure was lifted and we just hit the tar out of the ball,” he said.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

NEN Baseball Ends District Jinx in Cliffhanger

It looked like one of the Cubs' meltdowns all over again. Northeast was seemingly in command against North Harrison in the second round of districts, up 6-2, when everything unraveled in the fifth inning. Lane Huitt's two run double made it 6-4, Collin Castleberry drove him home with a single, and Logan Craig hit a home run to the left of the scoreboard to finish NEN pitcher Rowdy West and seemingly put North Harrison up 7-6. But then Rowdy West, for the third time this year, pulled off a successful appeal play and wiped out Castleberry's score since he didn't touch home plate. Instead of Northeast trailing, they were tied with North Harrison 6-6 with plenty of life. Spencer Weir came on in relief to retire J.D. Baker on a grounder to end the inning.

They took full advantage of their new lease on life; Rowdy West tripled into the left field corner with one out, Ethan Adwell beat out a slow roller to J.D. Baker at short as West came home safely on the throw to first to make it 7-6. From there, Spencer Weir pitched two innings of shutdown relief for the win. There was a heartstopping moment in the sixth when Trey Gilliland's grounder to West at short was thrown high, but Reed McIntyre, one of the smaller players on the team, made a leaping stop of the errant throw and somehow landed on the bag in time for the third out.

Weir needed to retire the Shamrocks 1-2-3 in the seventh to keep Castleberry, who had hit two home runs against NEN in North Harrison's first-ever baseball game last year, along with Logan Craig, who had already hit one Monday night, from batting again. He did so, retiring Logan Huitt and Randy Rinehart on strikes; second baseman Chance Barber, who let one get under his legs to jump-start North Harrison's fifth inning, did not let that happen again.

North Harrison jumped out on top in the first as Logan Craig's groundout scored Lane Huitt and J.D. Baker singled to left center to score Castleberry. But Northeast got one back in the bottom of the first as Chet Spire flied out to score Spencer Weir. Weir, playing short, made a leaping catch to save catcher Andrew Freemyer a throwing error in the second and somehow tagged out Logan Huitt trying to steal in the process to stop the Shamrocks from adding to their 2-1 lead.

Northeast finally broke through in the second as Spencer Gray singled through the hole at short, Chance Barber walked, and Reed McIntyre hit a screamer to left that had home run written all over it. Left fielder Lane Huitt knocked it down to keep it in the yard, but couldn't come up with a catch and then threw the ball into the dugout to score Gray and tie it at second. Spencer Weir walked, but North Harrison was seemingly home free after Chet Spire's fly ball to Logan Huitt in center was too shallow to score Barber. But then Andrew Freemyer hit a line drive that went over the left field fence for a grand slam, Northeast's third of the year, to seemingly put them in control at 6-2, a score that stood until the fifth.

But Northeast had to battle history the rest of the way; the Cubs found out last year that curses have a hard time of going away. Northeast had won conference each of the last three years, only to fall in the first round of districts every time. At the end, Coach Vance Proffitt was on the verge of tears. But this time, they were tears of joy. On the other hand, as he told his charges, the only thing it got them was another day of practice.